Acorn
Acorn

Acorn

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.denveracorn.com/
  • Phone: 7205423721x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Saturday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm

    Sunday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Steven Redzikowski
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: The Nest can entertain up to 40 guests. It is located on the second floor with a Birdseye view into the open kitchen along with views of the Rockies on the horizon. It is a perfect space for casual or formal events. Please inquire with our private events coordinator about specifics.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 33rd
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Acorn
Located within the Source, a reclaimed 1880’s refinery turned new epicurean marketplace in Denver’s River North District, Acorn boasts Chef/Owner Steven Redzikowski’s eclectic, contemporary American cooking in an approachable, family-friendly format, alongside Beverage Director/Owner Bryan Dayton’s ingredient-driven cocktails, and handpicked selection of artisan wines and beers.

Similar to its critically acclaimed sister restaurant in Boulder, OAK at fourteenth, Acorn’s culinary and inspirational foundation is its oak-fired oven and grill, which produce a seasonal, ever-changing menu of craveable, family-style small plates and entrées. Guests will also find a selection of favorite dishes from the menus at OAK.

Steven, Bryan and their team at Acorn are proud to be serving Denver, and look forward to welcoming you.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Acorn reviews from OpenTable diners
295 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (251)hot spot (168)great for outdoor dining (145)neighborhood gem (140)special occasion (114)good for groups (73)vibrant bar scene (52)great for lunch (50)romantic (40)notable wine list (39)great for brunch (25)late-night find (24)scenic view (22)kid-friendly (7)Show More
  • Reminds me of Soho in New York
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Eclectic edibles in a beautiful setting. The menu reflects local, fresh ingredients and combines tastes not usually seen on Denver menus. Sometimes the service is too casual, but, heck, that's OK. Acorn takes the time to make sure its diners experience the wonders of its offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Funky
    Chesco
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Its in Rino, an up & coming area. Its packed, most of the time. A great repurposed building. Too noisy inside though. Food was unique, fresh, but I felt , expensive, for the size of the plates. To share a $12. carrot ravioli & get 3 ? I`d send people there, with a caveat, about noise & price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Acorn Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This was my second time at Acorn, and the food did not disappoint! Everything we ordered was delicious. The drinks we ordered were just okay, but I don't think that's a reflection on the bartender at all. Will definitely come again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Experience
    Greatspot
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I booked the reservation via Open table and noted in that reservation an allergy to mushrooms and that it was my wife’s birthday. The staff was aware of this details and congratulated my wife and assured us there would be no mushrooms right when we sat down. There was excellent servicer throughout the night. I am a whiskey snob and I was so impressed with their list and cocktails. I was really blown away. The plates were delicious and good portions. We loved the pork as well as the kale salad. I would highly recommend this amazing restaurant and plan on going back ASAP.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PamK
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Fabulous experience. Service beginning to end was incredible, not pretentious, just great, knowledgeable service. We had two favorite plates, one was the ahi tuna, buttery, and incredibly fresh taste. Second was the octopus, braised, tender, flavorful - nice surprise - I usually like octopus, but this was a delicious combination of flavors. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Experience
    GarrettLS
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Everything was great here, from the food to the service. All of the servers and the other waitstaff were very willing to answer questions and helpful. The food was fun and delicious. My wife and I enjoy ordering lots of smaller plates, and we didn't have one dish that wasn't impressive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!
    Acorn
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food here is amazing, the service was great, and the atmosphere is very cool without being pretentious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food, Drinks & Service
    TailGator
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Worth a visit for sure. Amazing food, extensive and singular beverage selection (local wine, beer and spirits) and attentive/interactive staff. Definitely a "do not miss" if in the Denver area. What accentuated the experience was that the staff accommodated our changes in party number and held our table in spite of a significant traffic delay. They were extremely accommodating and paid particular interest to our OpenTable preferences. Lastly, and most importantly, the food was delicious. Amazing experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodlover
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Fantastic service. Small plates. All dishes were under seasoned. Except for the Tagliarini with Squid and Octopus, everything else was pretty disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cool place
    Donna
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Cool place. We had shrimp and grits which was excellent, the peppers weren't anything special and the apple/kale salad was very good. Not thrilled about having to leave the restaurant to go to the bathroom.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUM
    JackieVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Went here with my boyfriend, and had one of the best meals. Food is to die for. My fave was the carrot ravioli, so good. The restaurant is has a hip modern decor, and is located within an old warehouse. The service is okay at best, with a pretty pretentious air. It took twenty minutes to get our first round of cocktails that were pretty mediocre, and the server was absent most of the meal. Even with this negitive feedback, the food makes up for it all. Be ready to order many plates as they are small, meant to share, and aren't cheap.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Server was attentive without being intrusive. Food arrived quickly but not too fast. We never felt rushed. The location was very cool.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Martins
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    first time here - celebrating our 20 anniversary - fabulous experience - we will tell everyone and we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Acorn
    Shanny
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This is my current favorite Denver restaurant. There is so much to sample from the shared plates menu. We love to dine here with friends so we can taste a variety of things I definitely would not cook at home! A fun and lively atmosphere combined with great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great space, food and service
    ph2o2
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I wasn't sure what to expect when making a reservation. The neighborhood is still a bit gritty, but you forget about that as soon as you walk in from the parking lot. Lots of stainless steel makes the place bright and shiny and balances the brick and industrial materials used in the patio area. Beautifully designed space and the food didn't disappoint either. Lots of fresh ingredients and interesting combinations. My group of 3 was distracted and slow to order, but the servers were patient and friendly. I thought the prices were fairly reasonable as well. Great experience for my out of town guests and I'll certainly be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Restaurant
    Mongoose47
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Acorn is a real find and we have now gone twice within a two week period. The food is truly to die for and the service was consistently impeccable (attentive but never hovering)! I used to think that Frasca in Boulder was the best in the Denver area but no more. We have also eaten in 3 star Michelin restaurants in France and at several famous restaurants (some with Michelin stars) in the San Francisco bay area and Acorn is in the same league. I could go on and on but suffice it to say Acorn is a truly wonderful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best food in Denver. Period.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I've come to this restaurant twice, just to make sure the amazing experience I had the first time wasn't a fluke. It wasn't. I've got another reservation in three weeks. This visit we had ten different dishes, including dessert, and all were outstanding. We dine out a lot, in several cities, and I can say this is one of my top ten and the best Denver currently has to offer. Cocktails are also amazing. My only critique is that the fried pickles are WAY overpriced. Really, $1 per pickle slice? Great flavor, but that's just insulting, especially when you aren't offering bread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a complete evening out.
    NIle26
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was excellent with the market salad and the Squid Ink Tagliarini was the best. The service helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. The options of cocktails was great. I do like that you have a list low boozes cocktails and a great selection of wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Truly a delightful meal
    Idonotcook
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Heard about restaurant via TV interview of the chef. And, well with seeking out. Small plates big enough to share but not too large that you were full before trying more. Wide range of fresh local ingredients were celebrated in each bite. Staff helped to guide us through selections of food and beverages. Will come back whenever in Denver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Veggie heaven!
    DiningDiva
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Hip, urban setting with beautiful small plates using fresh, local ingredients in season. Great for vegetarians! Make sure you allow time to visit Acorn's neighbors-coffee shop, cheese store, bakery and gallery.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must for Denver resident or visitor
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Very unique setting. Food and service were superb. Primarily small plates with only a couple of entree choices. The three of us chose six small plates then one dessert. Every choice was well prepared and unusual. It was a lovely meal to celebrate our daughter's birthday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Eclectic, indeed
    LindaH
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I've eaten here several times now, and love the food, but don't recommend it for everyone. It would be a dining nightmare for my husband who like simple food, quantity over quality - so I find it best to go with friends! The combinations of flavors and sauces and ingredients are amazing. Unfortunately the selection of wines by the glass is very limited, there are only 2 reds and 2 whites, all from California. The selection of creative craft cocktails is very fun, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    First time here, Dan? Dave?, our server, went through the menu with us and made some great recommendations. Left fat and happy! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great vibe, great food,
    JulesVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My daughter and I dined here and loved the interesting menu of small plates to share. We had an outstanding gnocchi with green vegetables in a silky parmesan sauce, Hamachi, a lamb shawarma which came with a small naan, a squash dish that was light and delicious and an eggplant with feta plate that was our least favorite. Everything was delicious, beautiful and creative. My only gripe is that there was baby cilantro in almost everything we ordered and it wasn't listed on the ingredients. I loathe cilantro as do many others. I'd suggest adding that cilantro is in a dish on the menu. I rated this highly because after picking off the cilantro, everything else was awesome! Our server was helpful and attentive. It's pricey but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WOW
    LoveFineFoodVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Four of us were there on Saturday night and shared 8 dishes plus 1 dessert. I don't think you really need 3 dishes person. Every single dish we ordered was perfect! This is a great way to dine where you can share so many dishes and tastes. Only down side was their drinks were the smallest portions I have EVER been served. I had gin and friend had vodka, both really small amounts. I would not bother paying for those again. It happened the last time we were there and I totally forgot about. (Cho Lon gives a great amount!) Enjoy the food though because you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!
    JudyKL
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great for cocktails and small plates. Everything was excellent - I especially liked the lamb shawarma and the chicken for 2. The service was impeccable - they brought our dishes out in a well thought-out sequence. A little loud so not great for a romantic dinner for two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DenversbestVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Voted best new restaurant by BOn Appetit we were so excited to visit. The place was quite empty when we got there and the staff seemed preoccupied with prep Our server was slow and had a chip on her shoulder. The food was tasty but my shrimp and grits came out warm having to wait for my husbands burger but it was really good so was the burger. We ordered butterscotch pudding and were disappointed with it. It's a really cool place, great setting and location We'll give it another try
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Experience
    cherylscarletVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I enjoy all aspects of this restaurant. The food, the ambiance and the experience. We enjoyed ordering several items to share among friends which was perfect as there were far too many favorites to choose.. The "lomi lomi" ahi tuna, carrot and ricotta ravioli, lamb "shawarma" and oak grilled pork belly are exquisitely presented and even more so delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We read about this gem of a restaurant in a recent Bon Appetit article, where it was nominated as one of the Top 50 restaurants in America for 2014. So glad we did, because this was a very memorable meal. The setting is casual but don't let that fool you...these people know their food and every morsel exceeded our expectations. We had the pork belly & watermelon salad and the shrimp and grits and splurged on the butterscotch pudding for dessert. We are still talking about this meal. If we were locals, we would be there weekly. Sadly, we live far away and were in town on a visit. Don't miss this one if you get the opportunity!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cool place - great food.
    Gina
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I took my Aunt to Acorn for her birthday lunch. She is 70+ and thought it was a very cool spot! We both ordered the same thing, which was unfortunate - I would like to try something other than a salad next time. It was quite good - many interesting flavors - but it was a pretty small portion. Regardless - I would go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So so good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Acorn never fails to impress. The food, the drinks, and the service were all outstanding. It makes me wish we lived in Denver so we should be there more often. Thanks for giving my wife a great birthday! We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Service Could Improve
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We loved the food, but the service was lacking. We waited more than 20 minutes for our drinks to arrive. Also, we asked for bread, which we had to request twice before receiving it. We also waited more than 20 minutes for the bread. The server put in the orders, but it took a long time for other staff to bring the items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lacking
    NicknameVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We where excited to come for lunch on Labor Day. Though service was well timed, our server was a bit robotic and seemed to lack knowledge about the menu. We started with the fried pickles. They where very good but for five dollars I'd like more than five pickles. My hubby had the posole that lacked any hint of spice. I had the grill cheese with gazpacho that sort of worked together but lacked some much needed sweetness and I didn't end up liking it. With so much lacking, we won't be back.
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  • Wonderful Meal
    KyleVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Had dinner last night at Acorn. Great meal! Started with craft cocktails, which were fun and tasty. The food was really special. Our favorites were the kale salad, ravioli and gnocchi. The shrimp and grit were good but not great and the bacon wrapped pork was just ok but the other dishes will definitely bring us back! I want to add to that the host really went out of his way to accommodate us. We had a reservation at 8:00 for two and needed to change it to a party of three and he worked magic to get us in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Denver again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Waited 45 minutes past my res which I had made 5 weeks in advance. Brought over some "oh I'm sorry for the inconvenience" shots for the table which were sugar loaded nonsense and a bit insulting for a table of 50 plus year old foodies. Food was okay .. Some very good dishes but overall a bit over complicated and trying too hard to marry too many elements. Shawarma was wet and had way too many ingredients. Kale salad was excellent. Meatballs with Buratta was very nice but redundant. My fav was the chicarrones with ham and beautiful tomatoes tepenade of sorts. Mussels were good but dry. Shrimp and grits were marginal. Ahi was bland. Overall I prefer sister restaurant Oak in Fourteeth
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  • Great Experience
    NotUrTypicalFudiVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Excellent food, rare beer selection, attentive wait staff. Will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Divine
    FatDaddyVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We've been here many times and LOVE it. This time we took our 6 & 8 year old kids. They loved it. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gnocchi!
    marklikeswine
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The service was outstanding and we ordered four of the small plates for each of us to share as recommended by our server, Nathan. It was a perfect amount of food for two people. The lamb and the gnocchi were fantastic! I wish the wine list had more by-the-glass options, as my lady prefers white and I generally drink red. We ended up with a nice bottle of white and I got a glass of red (their only red glass option) that I didn't quite love. We finished off with the peaches and creme and a nice moscato, super awesome!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Acorn - A Gem of a Nut
    TWong
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My daughter and I had dinner there the other night and the food was fabulous. I especially loved the squid ink pasta with seafood and the shrimp and grits. Yum!! The brioche dessert with buttermilk ice cream, goat cheese and berries was also to die for. Wish I lived in Denver!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Best meal I've had in a while. 6 small plates for 4 people was more than enough. Great presentation and flavors
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate