Assignments

Assignments

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.aic.aii.edu/
  • Phone: 3037786625x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:30 - 1:30pm
    Dinner: Wednesday - Friday: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, International
  • Executive Chef: Chef Vaccaro and Chef Kennedy
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: On site catering is available for 7 to 45 people in our existing restaurant please contact Charles Anderson at (303) 778-6625
  • Private Party Facilities: Assignments is available for private gatherings please call for information
  • Private Party Contact: Chef Kathryn Furman 3037786625x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Center Avenue
  • Public Transit: Light Rail and RTD Bus Services
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free Parking
A word from Assignments
A WELL KEPT SECRET NESTLED IN THE HEART OF THE DENVER DESIGN DISTRICT, ASSIGNMENTS RESTAURANT IS LOCATED INSIDE THE INTERNATIONAL CULINARY SCHOOL AT THE ART INSTITUTE OF COLORADO. WE ARE A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL, DRIVEN BY A PASSIONATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENT STAFF. THE AMBIANCE OF THE DINING ROOM INVITES OUR GUESTS TO PARTAKE IN AN INTIMATE AND EXCITING EXPERIENCE THROUGH THE CLEAN, CRISP DECOR AND THE ENTERTAINMENT OF THE VISIBLE KITCHEN. OUR GUESTS ARE IN CONSTANT VIEW OF OUR EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE, OBSERVING THE DEDICATION AND ORGANIZATION IT TAKES TO RUN AN EXCEPTIONAL RESTAURANT.

ASSIGNMENTS RESTAURANT OFFERS CUISINE OF THE HIGHEST STANDARD AND PRESENTS THE GIFT OF FOOD IN THE MOST NOURISHING OF CONDITIONS. OUR MENU IS INFLUENCED BY CLASSIC ITALIAN AND NEW AMERICAN CUISINE AND CONSISTS OF AUTHENTIC INGREDIENTS ARTISTICALLY PREPARED BY FUTURE CHEFS. WE PROVIDE FRESH, LOCAL AND SEASONAL COURSES, CREATING A UNIQUE COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE.
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Assignments reviews from OpenTable diners
21 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.5
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (13)fit for foodies (10)special occasion (10)neighborhood gem (4)good for groups (3)romantic (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Assignments
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Always a special dining experience -food, service which is attentive without being intrusive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dinner
    LocalFan
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This is a great value for dinner. Food is excellent. Waitstaff is well orchestrated and willing to engage in conversation if you ask them any questions. Note: there is no alcohol served and no BYOB
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    lunch was timely, fresh food, great coffee and desserts
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This is the best food for the best price going in town! 3 course gourmet lunch for $12!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attention to detail
    Dasule
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    When your meal is prepared and served by culinary students at a great culinary school. You can expect the best. I was not disappointed. Excellent all the way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Awesome hidden gem
    Kwashee
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This place was amazing. I would have never known about it until my friend showed me. I loved the fact that everyone was learning and becoming better. I also loved that they were learning what the restaurant world really is like.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Lovely place for a leisurely lunch. Food and service both excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Maybe one more try!
    live2Eat
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The restaurant had difficulties providing consistency in many areas. The syrup/soda ratio was never accomplished even after several attempts at seating. The heat ratio of my dish was inconsistent from pasta to shellfish, and lacking flavor. The Focaccia bead was nice, but the basket and accompanying dish had no butter, even though we had both bread dish and Butter knife. The deserts visually appealing, but were lacking flavor and richness.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    KJWHighlandsRanch
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Assignments was wonderful! This was our first time visiting the restaurant and we were amazed that these were students running the restaurant. We went in for lunch on August 1, 2014 and found the service top notch, the food incredibly good and overall a great experience. This is a wonderful experience for the students and to show what they have learned and I have to say they outshine many of the restaurants in the Denver area. I would definitely recommend this to anyone for lunch or dinner! The amount of food is perfect and the price is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    happyindenver
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Love dining @ Assignments for special occasions! It is such a special treat with a delicious 4 course meal, cooked and served by AI Students.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I always love it!
    clare
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I've taken many people who have not heard of Assignments - always impressive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great chance to try something new
    Communcher
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    With the fixed menu, you might think that you will miss out on your possibilities, but Assignments is always trying something new and they almost always get it right. The menu offers traditional fare but always something that you might have never seen before. I like ordering that item to take an adventure. The student chefs haven't failed yet in making me glad I did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • portion size
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The taste of all items were exceptional. it just wasnt enough to satisfy our hunger... At the end of dinner were looking around for more to eat...
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 251 reviews are from the Assignments reviews archive.
  • Yummy!
    SarahVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I had not been to Assignments in some time. The food was just as I remembered...fanatastic. The server was unaware that they had Coke products available. But, we were sitting close enough to the beverage station for her to be corrected. I was disappointed that they no longer have a liquor license. It would be nice for them to at least have the license for people to bring in their own wine, if wanted. There was a large group from a nearby retirement community that took up most of the restaurant. Since they did not sit at one table, there were people just walking around to socialize during our meal. But, for the price you can't beat the quality! We will be back when the menu gets changed out; which is every 11 weeks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Attention to food preparation and service was excellent. Pleasant dining area, though outside of restaurant could use some work, at a minimum, have your art students paint a mural on the wall leading to restaurant, provided such treatment is allowed. Otherwise, some decorations and plantings would probably help. Overall a great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good, but a bit wobbly
    Ahna
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Food has been excellent the two times I have visited for lunch. Dessert was the weakest of the courses both times. That said, the service is wobbly. The staff, though in training, seem downright timid and awkward, maybe they need a more rigorous primer course on the basics or simply to practice with each other more before going "live" on the public. I even had a drink dumped on me, thank goodness it was only iced tea, not hot or something staining. Twice I was also served the wrong hot tea- surely a culinary student should recognize a cinnamon tea as NOT Darjeeling, even if the bar service labeled it incorrectly. We will probably return, though I may stick with water for a drink, just to be safe!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful!
    Gershwin78VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Wonderful experience - thoughtful menu, very well prepared and presented, eager wait staff, appropriate portions - all students in the Culinary School at the Art Institute of CO. We had 4 courses, enjoyed each one, and did not leave uncomfortably full. Fresh ingredients - creative combinations. No wine list, so have a glass before you go. Support the students, school, community and enjoy a wonderful experience at the same time. As a Cordon Bleu graduate - I recommend Assignments for foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!!!
    Twofoodiesfromcentennial
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Our first visit was amazing! Personable students serving and cooking. Ambience was appreciated in music and nice table settings with fresh flowers. We were surprised that the place was not packed, and enjoyed a table that one could watch the students cooking in the kitchen! Where can you get four courses for $21, and everything was cooked perfectly! We are going to try the other menu items in two weeks. What a find! The restaurant is ideally located about a block from the Broadway light rail, so one can avoid driving traffic, and continue to downtown for a night of fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Assignments restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Service was great, waiters very attentive. Food was very good, attractively served. Wonderful experience with a student-run restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Outstanding food and service. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I remember.
    Changed
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    I was a student at this school so I thought it would be nice to revisit with a fellow classmate for my Birthday. The food was as good as we remember but the usual instructor was not there. I believe that Mr. Charles Anderson was the backbone of the experience and without his presence it just wasn't the same. A warm greeting at the door was absent. There was no attempt to highlight that it was a Birthday celebration and our promised discounts missed the check. Understanding that it is a learning experience, I have no complaints towards the students; they showed enthusiasm for the industry. I would still recommend this as a secret foodie spot to try, but I fear that the experience I once knew might not exist any longer.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb
    JoeeVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We've been coming to Assignments for many years. It is always a superb dining experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Food and Even Better Price
    Carrie
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Assignments is a gem and a serious find. In fact, we love it so much, that I am ALMOST reluctant to give my secret away!!! The food is amazing and at $21 a person for 4 COURSES - you can't beat it. The restaurant is run by students, with instructors at the helm, but you would never know it. Professional, clean, courteous. These students REALLY love what they do and it shows. We've been here twice, the most recent time for my BFs birthday. I mentioned the occasion on my reservations and they brought a flight of desserts with a candle to celebrate. Wow. We plan on coming once every semester, when the menu changes. Bravo Assignments. I can't wait to come again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • this place has it all. Great
    Oldlady
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    this place has it all. Great food, good service and a price that is right. Going back in June for another Birthday celebration. this was a great find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • I always love it!
    clare
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Assignments is a great place to try new foods with great prices. I have brought several freiends, none of whom had ever been there, and all of them were impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Not impressed
    Gful
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    the mushroom minestrone was good and the butterscotch pudding was excellent. The pork saltimbocca, however was not very good at all. It was cold and tough. The service was okay. I had to ask for more iced tea. I was charged for the second glass, which would have been okay except each glass was mostly ice.
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  • Well Done
    JoeeVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Assignments adjusted to my friends food allergies preparing fresh fruit for dessert. It was a special touch that was very much appreciated. As usual, the meal was terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming and Delightful
    Marguerite
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    This is the second time I have been there for lunch. The food is fabulous and the sercvice was wonderful. I will definitely go bac.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't be in a hurry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    With a reservation the service was extremely slow. Even getting refills on water and tea. The food was good, not great and could have been warmer. My soup was only lukewarm at best.
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  • Disappointed
    hello
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I know this is a learning school but I wasn't impressed with the service which should be excellent considering there are plenty of very young inexperienced servers in this industry who are fantastic. I never got my iced tea but it was on the bill. The appetizers were fantastic but it went downhill from there. I'm not a foodie so I'm not super picky but the lukewarm under-seasoned food was not to my liking. This restaurant is great if you're on a budget though. The price is right.
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  • Academics meets Gastronomics
    BnCM
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Wonderful real-world environment for culinary students. We learned the proper way to spoon soup from a bowl and what the "right" side of the table you should put your finished plate. It's unfortunate that they do not have a liquor license - but we will return again without hesitation to try the remainder of the menu.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    JoeeVIP
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    My friend and I have enjoyed Assignments for many years. We have a personal interest in the students and the teachers. This time my friend could not come because of a serious illness. They prepared him a lunch to go at no charge for me to take to him. The food is always superb and the teachers and students are wonderful to get to know. This is my friends and my favorite dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • excellent
    ksmith
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    I've been here twice now and both times was a great experience. The food is always fenominal and the service was great. I've reccomended it to family.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the interaction with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Loved the interaction with the servers. So enjoyed the menu. The duck appetizer was fabulous
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Experience Not to Be Missed
    EatUrVeggies
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    As this restaurant is affiliated with the Denver culinary institute, it is quite the unusual experience for a dining occasion. Have a tour of the kitchen and institute as part of your evening and your will find it informative and interesting. Too bad no alcoholic beverages are available to enjoy with your dinner..perhaps sometime in the future. A diverse enough menu to satisfy a range of palates..our table enjoyed the duck breast, mushroom soup, and pinwheels. The salad was excellent. For the entrees, most of us had the chicken, but others had the bass and scallops. The creme brulee was very good, but the apple tartlet was a little overbaked. A true learning experience for the staff and patrons... we had a very nice and fun evening!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was most pleasantly surprised
    Solrac
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    I was most pleasantly surprised by this restaurant. The dishes were amazing and exceptionally well presented. The students/waiters were very attentive and friendly and open to chat about the food and their course. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great value.
    vdgllc
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Obviously, this is a little difference experience since it is a student environment. That being said, it was a very pleasant evening and, with a couple of minor exceptions, the food was excellent. Staff was extremely pleasant and service was good. A great value for the price. I would return.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great prices for great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    The prices at this place are insane for the amount of food and the level of cooking displayed by the culinary students of the Art Institute. You'll feel like you're eating something from one of the hottest restaurants in Denver but paying half the price - creamy burrata, crispy skinned alamosa bass and sinful butterscotch budino that could stack up to any in the city. The dining room is a little outdated, but understanding that this is a non-profit, one can forgive. They have also discontinued their alcohol program which is a pity because one of the instructors has a great background in pairing. Still I would recommend it to anyone who loves delicious food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • The food is great, but this
    acworkmaVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    The food is great, but this restaurant is really about the students. A must go for anyone who is a foodie!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You'll love the food and the energy
    UnrepentantFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    Students cook and serve at Assignments, under the tutelage of experienced and professional instructors. You'll find enthusiasm, and pride in their work. It is a delightful experience, and a true bargain. Close enough to downtown for a business lunch. No wine list, (sob!) but other than that, have fun, and have a glass after dinner at home. Enjoy...everyone I've taken is in love with the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.