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Eating out in Rioja

Restaurant reviews


The Darien Winery

The Darien winery, a stark white modern building outside Logrono designed by local architect Jesus Marino Pascual was opened in 2007. The slick restaurant serves traditional Riojan food alongside a range of Darien’s fruity modern wines:
The tasting menu offers great value for money and combines traditional dishes such as Rioja style beans with chorizo and roast lamb with modern touches such as a starter of roasted artichoke and a palate cleanser of Rioja red wine sorbet. Don’t be tempted into eating too much of the delicious fresh bread though – the portions are huge!

Darien (with restaurant)
Ctra. Logroño-Zaragoza Km. 7
26006 LOGROÑO (La Rioja)
Tel: 941.25.81.30


Dinastia Vivanco

Dinastia Vivanco is an amazing complex combining a museum, winery and fantastic circular restaurant with views of the mountains and vineyards where you can enjoy meat and fish fresh from the charcoal grill. They serve a creative tasting menu for 58€ a head including white and red Rioja wines, with creative dishes such as deboned pig’s trotter with pancetta and tarragon ravioli and roasted apricot puree. Start your meal with bread dipped in what must be one of the world’s fruitiest, richest olive oils then an amuse-bouche of chilled asparagus soup and crisp sesame sticks and finish with a rich, luxurious chocolate pudding and ice cream made in the kitchen from local, seasonal fresh fruit.

Dinastia Vivanco
Tel: 941 32 23 23


Hotel Viura

This stunning new boutique hotel, hidden in a tiny village in La Rioja Alavesa, houses some of the best accomodation in the region and the restaurant, with its golden barrels on the ceiling is also a delight.  Menus change with the seasons but a recent meal in early summer included crab ravioli with a delicate consommé, grilled octopus with garlic soup and lamb ribs cooked to perfection in viura wine with creamed potatoes.  The extensive wine list covers the best of La Rioja and a tasting menu is also on offer for 70€, pairing modern versions of classic dishes with great wines. 

Hotel Viura
Tel: 945 60 90 00