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Rioja - CLOSED - Closed

11920 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77077
Critics' Pick


  • Sun 11am-9pm, Tue-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri 11am-12am, Sat 5:30pm-12am
  • $$
  • Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Brunch
  • Catering, Delivery, Fireplace, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Recommended, Reservations Accepted
World-class paella made with housemade chorizo is the main attraction at this Memorial Spanish restaurant. At dinnertime, Rioja turns out another giant pan of fresh paella every 40 minutes. But there's also a great selection of hot and cold tapas and some interesting Spanish wines on hand. Live entertainment is offered on weekends.

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