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Appaloosa Grill
Appaloosa Grill

Appaloosa Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.appaloosagrill.com
  • Phone: (720) 932-1700
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Sean Boutot
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For custom catering options please contact Mindy Lorens at events@appaloosagrill.com
  • Entertainment: Appaloosa Grill is owned by musicians and it shows on the stage every night. There is never a cover and Happy Hour kicks in nightly at 10pm, right as the music starts, and goes until we close at 2am. The Grill offers the best local and national talent available and our friendly door man will always accept donations from patrons. If you had a good time, kick down!
  • Special Events & Promotions: Appaloosa Grill can customize a party for groups of 20 to 75, or buyouts for larger events. Everything from happy hours to plated dinners.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 16th St. Mall @ Welton
  • Public Transit: Appaloosa Grill is located one block from Northbound Light Rail Station and two blocks from Southbound Light Rail Station. The Grill's front door is located at a "free mall ride shuttle stop" as well. The "Mall Ride" shuttle runs the length of downtown Denver from Union Station to the Capitol.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: The closest and most economical parking is at a meter along Welton St. between 15th and 17th. There are also a variety of parking lots and garages in the area. We recommend the underground parking at the Denver Pavilions. The restaurant entrance is located on the right side of Welton St. as you head north between 15th St. and the 16th St. Mall.
A word from Appaloosa Grill
Established in 2001, the employee owned Appaloosa Grill is a refreshingly unique choice among eateries that line the 16th Street Mall. The diverse all day menu features 100% natural meats as well as a variety of vegetarian options. The Grill also boasts two happy hours a day, a private party room for groups up to 75, a patio on the 16th Street Mall, live entertainment nightly and a kitchen that serves til 1am.

The Appaloosa Grill is a fusion of food and ambiance that is both upscale and casual. Warm cherry woodwork, burgundy-upholstered booths and elegant lighting make Appaloosa Grill popular for business lunches, while an antique bar with blazing candles and modern light fixtures offer dinner guests a classy, moody atmosphere. Appaloosa Grill opened in April 2001 to provide a unique dining experience for Downtown Denver's visitors, habitants and workers.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Diner Reviews
  • "Went with a group of 8 and we were all pleased. Nice atmosphere and awesome food. Everybody had something different and we were all pleased. The service was very good and the beer selections were great. I would recommend this spot to all my friends."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We liked the food and service so much we went twice for lunch. Sat outside on the patio both times. The bison burger was tasty and the miso slaw was good. May go back again while we are here!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Great place if u r staying downtown. Right on the 16th St. mall."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "If you're going to a concert at the Paramount Theater, the Appaloosa Grill is a convenient place to get a good meal before the show. Nice patio for watching folks on the 16th Street Mall. Food was very good. I especially enjoyed the beet salad."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Took a prospective client to lunch here. I was pleased with the variety on the menu. There was something for everyone whether a burger or something healthy. The service was very fast and friendly. Everyone liked their food."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Great spot, lively, noisy but fun, so don't go there for a quite evening. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Your location was perfect for our event at the Paramount Theatre, and the service was very timely. I thought the food was great, and you had a good variety of selections for most anyone's taste."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Our food was good and the service was great. Our server was attentive and made helpful suggestions. We would go back. There brunch menu is limited but we all found sandwiches and salads we liked. Restaurant opens to 16th street mall and has outdoor seating."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "My husband and I LOVE Appaloosa for dinner, music, ambience, the whole bit. However, we ate here for Easter Brunch and I had the eggs benedict special. I have to say it was mediocre at best. amateur even. I didn't know what to say because I usually love their food! The one thing I look forward to about Easter is the food and mine was disappointing. Bummer. Lesson learned: Appaloosa is a great dinner place, not so much for breakfast."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We went here on Easter, and the service and food were great. Would definitely come here again."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Excellent food/menu with unique twist on all items listed on menu. Food was amazing and wait staff receptive and energetic."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We were staying downtown for a meeting and decided to walk to the 16th Street Mall where we ate at this fine establishment. They offer Gluten and Wheat Free meals which was great for my wife and some dishes for me. I had the English Egg Rolls which were excellent and surprisingly tasty. My wife had the Thai Curry with rice which she enjoyed every bit of it as it was not too spicy. The prices are just a little high but, the views and entertainment make it worthwhile. We sat by the window which was great for watching the people walking up and down the street making the time pass by pleasantly. Service here is above average but, not quite excellent."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Best service I had all week while visiting Denver. Unique food. We ate late and shared some light meals, sausage platter, salad & chile (ok - not that light). All were excellent and we didn't get the disapproving stare from our server when ordering small plates to share. Excellent wine list, but even better, the waitress was very knowledgable about the wines and made an excellent suggestions. I am a commercial wine grower. I appreciate a knowledgable server. What I really hate is someone who is not knowledgable and fakes it. I don't expect all servers to be wine experts so I would prefer they say so. I respect that. Back to the point, this is an excellent choice."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We only had appetizers but they were amazing! Great place with comfortable bar to hangout before a show!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Ate dinner here after appointments downtown. The menu had several Mediterranean choices which made it very interesting. They also had several expected choices like chicken sandwich, fish, wings and burgers. We order a little bit of everything. The wine list was also very good and our server was able to recommend a great Chardonnay based on a description of desired flavors. The prices ranged from $22.00 for an entree to $8.00 or $10.00 for sandwiches. This place wasn't what I would call a quiet romantic place. Parking could be rough. We parked in lot that was a few block down for $10.00 for the evening. You could also park at the Denver Pavilion, it would be closer. We liked it and we will back."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Was a great local place to take a group of people to from a conference. Great food and service. Ended up going there two times in four days."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Live music for the first hour we went. Young crowd. Busy. Good menu selections and very good food."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The food, the service, the ambiance...all very mediocre...I will not be back."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Restaurant was cold and the food was just ok. Our waitress was sweet and wonderful."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I LOVE the food at Apaloosa Grill. The Beer cheese fondue comes very recommended."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "First time here, used Denver Restaurant Week as an opportunity to visit. Tried both the buffaloaf and fried polenta & cassoulet. Both dishes were outstanding. The server was friendly and competent, but he was missing during part of our meal and missed offering refills on our alcoholic beverages. Support staff was outstanding, though. Recommend."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Walking in I had low expectations due to it's funkiness. Dining alone, I sat at the bar and was soon well taken care of. Both of the female bartenders were so friendly and professional and knowledgeable. I ordered my steak on the rare side or med.rare and then bartender went back and told the chef who was out front expediting and it came out exactly the way I like it. The food was well presented and delivered HOT. The Baklava for dessert was amazing. A great experience, so don't judge a book my it's cover. Well done!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We had a group of 10 that met for dinner and drinks to celebrate a birthday. The food was good and there was a variety and the drinks were a good pour. It's a good place to meet coworkers or friends for an event."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Nice atmosphere, friendly and attentive service. The food was mixed. The mustard pork and carne adobada were both delicious. Unfortunately the sides weren't worthy of the main dishes. The rice, beans and mac and cheese were non-descript approaching bland."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "This was a great experience. The menu was varied and included a number of entrees from the region. I enjoyed the Buffaloaf with spinach and garlic mashed potatoes. The service was excellent! As I considered options from the menu as well as the wine list, my waiter was very helpful and made honest suggestions to steer me toward choices he believed to be good ones. He also brought a taste of a wine he thought to be better than what I ordered as another option. I look forward to dining here again!"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "The food was good, as was the service. Prices are reasonable. The problem is the acoustic are bad, which makes the sound leave way to high. Very difficult to have a conversation."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Great service, love the variety of the menu. It is designed to meet all food and dietary preferences."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "We came to Denver for Christmas and I waited too long to make reservations for dinner. Everywhere was booked. Thankfully, Appaloosa was nice enough to squeeze us in. We ate here twice during our trip and it's not super fancy but the food is good and service is very friendly. I had Prime Rib and my boyfriend had the steak and both were cooked perfectly. The bruscetta was a flavorful starter and the homemade cranberry cheesecake was way better than I expected. We took our server's (who was super sweet and a delight) suggestions and were so happy we did. Appaloosa was cozy, close to our hotel, friendly and delicious."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "We has a good time at happy hour- the house Cabernet was amazing!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Hit the Appaloosa on a Saturday night about 7:00. First thing we ran in to was the tables were too close together to navigate between to get seated. Had to ask another party to move their chair so we could get by. After that, the service was fine ... bit rushed, but fine. The food was OK. Had the Steak Frite. Would have preferred the steak a bit more tender and the frite a bit thicker ... but that's being picky. Overall would recommend this location to anybody looking for a meal while on travel or out for drinks. If you're looking for a place to have a conversation or sit for a bit enjoying your partner, probably not so much."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Great all round menu. If you are in the mood for steak at lunch try the Steak Frittes. Just right."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Our waitress was very accommodating and friendly. She was prompt with taking our order and took our picture. I had a bison burger cooked to medium and it was great."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Dinner with the family for New Years eve. Service was phenomenal, food was great and the ambience for family with kids or friends looking for a night out a great find! Thank YOU"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The food was very tasty! No one out of our 5 person group was disappointed. The seating was a bit tight for five us of as their big booths. The service was quite good despite it being such a busy night. They did include a 20% gratuity automatically into our bill. The environment was extra loud though, just heads up regarding that. We will return based on the tasty food alone, all at a great price!"
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "We went here with a group of 6 on Christmas Day and the food was not so great. We had been here before on Christmas day when they had a limited menu and the food was pretty good, but this year it was just not good. My husband's ribs were horrible, and a few other items that were ordered did not get good reviews from other's at the table. Not sure if it was just because the entire restaurant was basically sat in about an hour, but needless to say, we will not be going back here on Christmas day anymore!"
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "We chose this restaurant simply because it was open on Christmas Day. We are estactic that we made the right decision. The bar was located a few blocks from our hotel. Ths staff was was eager and willing to serve. Since it was Christmas, there were many out of towners and other singles that had no place to go. The staff was delightful and we later learned that they all volunteered to work for Christmas. We were offered service with a smile. The food was great, bison chili (excellent), pistachio lemon crusted fish was very good as well. My family of three are pleased with all aspects of our dining experience."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Food was awesome, service was exceptional. My friend & I had Such a wonderful experience! Made our Christmas a Memorable holiday, thanks!"
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "2nd year we have gone for Christmas dinner, great staff and food. This is now our tradition for Christmas dinner!"
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "I hadn't been back for a few years. My last few experiences there left me non-plussed. But I wanted to give Appaloosa another try. My French Dip sandwich was just meat on a bun (I asked them to hold the cheese and the cream horseradish sauce). They produced some carmelized onions on request, but even if there had been other ingredients, the meat was sliced like it was for a roast beef sandwich, not French DIp. The salad came soaked in dressing. There's nothing horrible about AG, but why waste a meal when there are solid and even great options?"
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "Was not at all what I expected. It is a ok restaurant but was very loud,one of the steaks was not done the way ordered. The manager did fix it though. Thought that there would be some ambience but none! Not one that we would go back to."
    Dined on 12/14/2013