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Explore all the wonderful happenings that make Rialto Cafe unique to Denver’s dining scene. Locally owned and operated for more than 20 years, Rialto Cafe is Denver’s most iconic venue on the 16th Street Mall.
Discover all that we offer from our delicious chef specials, wine tastings & events, theatre offers and an award-winning banquet & catering team to host events large or small!



Meetings & events


what we offer

Rialto Cafe has several venues for meeting and special events for groups as small as 8 people or cocktail parties as large as 250. The mezzanine is a vibrant space ideal for semi-private dinners or social events, while our banquet spaces like Joslins and Strand offer flexible customization, perfect for meetings, conferences or larger social gatherings. We have 5 of these venues, located in the Courtyard by Marriott, directly adjacent to the restaurant.

Fixed menus and packages are available, along with a professional and experienced team to see to all your details from start to finish. Whether Rialto Cafe is your choice for one event, or part of a larger agenda you’re hosting, it’s conveniently located blocks from the Colorado Convention Center, Denver Center for Performing Arts, Pavilions, Pepsi Center and other popular Denver attractions.



Wendy Klein 

Director of Sales and Catering
303-260-4732 • 303-260-4736 (fax)
We’ll make your next special event a success!”


3-6 PM • 7 days a week



happy hour

daily from 3-6pm

We have one of downtown’s best happy hour featuring small plates to share and an array of cocktails, draft beer and wine.


happy hour features

  • Food plates priced $5-$8

  • Wines by the glass from $4.50

  • $5 Cocktails & $6 Martinis

  • Draft beer from $3


from 4 PM • Every tuesday

get primed

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get primed

Tuesdays from 4pm

$22.99 | 12-Ounce Cedar River Prime Rib Dinner

Add a Benchmark Manhattan or old fashioned for $4.99



got tickets to a show?

TheateR special


theater special


Present your theater, ballet, opera or any concert tickets from Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA), Paramount TheatrePepsi Center (or any other event venue) to enjoy 10% off your entire bill and 40% off select bottles of wine. Parking is also FREE when you park at Independence Plaza after 3pm. Click here for more details on parking.*



  • 10% off your entire bill

  • 40% off select wine bottles

  • Free parking at Independence Plaza*

born in colorado? so are we. 


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locally owned & operated


During the Roaring 20’s, the single screen movie theater was a place of novelty with a full marquee and neon lights.  The Rialto Theater called itself the “brightest spot in the world” with “perfect ventilation: air changed every three minutes” and is thought to be the stepping stone upon which the 16th Street Mall really began.  Founded in 1916, the Rialto Theater was an inexpensive treat for those suffering financial loss during the Great Depression. An evening in front of the silver screen cost just fifteen cents!

Fast-forward to today's Rialto Cafe, no longer at 1540 Curtis, and housed in the historic Tritch Building, also called the Joslins Building. The department store with lingerie and cosmetics counters were once here, where you sit today. The original movie house tragically burnt down, but the memory and the energy of the Rialto lives on with us.

We first opened our doors as the Rialto Cafe in 1998 on downtown Denver's busy 16th Street Mall. We're proud and honored to be supported by the community and thank everyone who have made our success possible throughout the years.


we’re colorado proud

  • Locally owned & operated

  • Colorado craft beer & spirits

  • Local ingredients whenever possible