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Atticus Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://atticusdenver.com
  • Phone: (720) 459-8273
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast & Lunch Daily 8am-3pm
    Cocktail Hour | Happy Hour 3pm-6pm & 9pm-Close Mon-Sat.
    Dinner 5pm until Close Mon-Sat.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Executive Chef: Diego Coconati
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Downing
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lot at rear of building. Also available parking across the street in Bank of the West lot during closed bank hours.
A word from Atticus
Atticus, is a welcoming neighborhood spot. Our restaurant and bar is focused on warm hospitality and comfort. Serving up a community-inspired breakfast, lunch, cocktails and dinner. Our inventive American menu is designed around Colorado’s small producers, and complimented by a thoughtfully curated wine list and craft cocktails made with spirits from local independent distillers. At Atticus, we believe everyone has a story that can offer new perspective, and when people join for food and drink, companionship is at its best.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Atticus came recommended from a neighbor. Delightful restaurant with original menu and casual service that made for an intimate dining experience. Will be back for the the Tuna Tarter."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This is the sort of restaurant that, if you're a college student at DU and your parents are visiting, that you would want to bring them to. Closely located to campus and much better than average college fare, this would do well as almost any neighborhood restaurant. The service is particularly excellent, and the food a nice variety of meats, fish, and cheeses that complement each other well and are interesting; the presentation is nice and the desserts are excellent."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Atticus for brunch and it was delicious both times. Great coffee and an excellent meal. The chilaquiles was the best I've had! We'll definitely be back! I am anxious to check out the dinner menu."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Have been to Atticus 3 times now. Love the transformation of this former bar. Décor is warm and fun with a funky blend of woods and metals. Knowledgeable server. Most recent, our group of 4 really liked our food (1 scallop, 2 fishmongers choice and one butchers choice - love that concept) and the lovely presentation. The fish on the fishmonger platter was a bit dry, but the scallop divine. Very good and diverse wine selection. A few weeks ago, we stopped in without a reservation and the place was super crowded and they had run out of food. Had a lovely salad for lunch on the third occasion. There is a demand for a good neighborhood restaurant in the DU area. We know the kinks will be worked out! We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had an early dinner at Atticus with our two kids. The service was very good and the food was unique and very tasty. It felt like they were really working on the service side. The chef came out to discuss our meal in addition to a pass or two from the manager. The menu had a couple of nice vegetation options. The kids mostly stuck to the meat and cheese appetizer plates and enjoyed their meal. I would give it 5 stars but I save those for the best of the best."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This charming little place was a surprise, both because it "sneaked" into the area (replacing a well known pizza and beer place) and also because the food choices were up to date and quite delicious. The pea flan was outstanding and my companion loved the special gazpacho. An unusual menu option is a meat or fish combination - a kind of tapas plate. I had the fish and it was terrific. The wine list was deep and contained good choices. We were too full for dessert, but will return again. There is obviously a chef in charge - and a very good one."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I'm hesitant to rave about this place. Not because they offer anything but great food and superior service, but selfishly I'm afraid the secret will be out and I'll never be able to easily get a table again. Went for Sunday brunch because it is close to Restoration Community Church and we wanted to try something new. We were greated by a familiar face - Justin- from Cafe Bar. Simply put, he rocks. Love his warm personality and constant attention to customer service. He has a real passion for creating an inviting atmosphere. They have interesting, but approachable food served in a modern-meets-industrial environment. The restroom is ajancent to a separate bar with tons of TVs. Looking forward to going back to watch a game sometime!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Very mediocre and waiter unfriendly and arrogant. Hard looked forward to a great brunch experience but it didn't happen."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We decided to go to Atticus on a recommendation from a friend - we are so glad we did! Three of us shared the tuna tartare, the roasted beer salad, the PEI mussels, the butchers plate, the house salad, and the chocolate cake. Everything was amazing. The cocktails were also to die for. The service was also good - attentive but not hovering. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We enjoyed the hand crafted cocktails. The ambiance was fun, the design interesting and artisan. Our favorite plate was the Octopus Carpacchio. Stunning composition, wonderful richness of the octopus balanced with an slightly acidic dressing. Flavors were fresh, seasonal. Ingredients are curated and championed. Thanks to Justin and team for a wonderful evening out."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This was my first time at this restaurant. Both my friend and I enjoyed the food and found the menu interesting, however the noise level seemed to be high (especially for a Monday night) so it would be nice if that could be worked on in some way."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "In the first five minutes we had three different people people come up and offer their service. Then after we fingured out who actually was our waiter. He was a bit slower coming around. We had to ask twice for our drinks. Then after our food arrived, one of our orders was wrong. The bar back/bartender seemed avoyed that an order was wrong, I'm sorry my wife ordered the sea food dish and you brought us the lamb. The non special dishes were portioned right, however the two special plates the butcher's choice and the seafood special were on the small, leaving my wife and mother in law wanting more. The food was tasty but we went else where for dessert."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food was average, nothing especially tasty but a couple of things that weren't particularly good. Watercress salad comes to mind. Waitstaff crew was not very helpful in describing or recommending wines. Left expecting much more. Probably would not come back."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I enjoined my time there, food was great! I got the breakfast burrito, best I've ever had! The coffee was delicious too!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had a very nice dinner with great wine! The service was great and the staff super friendly. They had an entire list of Rose wines for summer which was great. The food was good but not outstanding. Keep up the good work!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I've read a couple of mixed reviews on Atticus so we were pleasantly surprised how excellent our entire evening was. We've been visiting Denver for about 10 days and have been to several very good restaurants, some costing quite a bit more than our dinner here. My wife ordered the tomato quespacho for an apetizer, I had the ahi tuna and then we shared the flat iron steak. All were excellent. I also had a Maker's Mark Old Fashion (2 of them) which was also very true to the original. We're from Kentucky so we know bourbon. It was made a little different than the average bar but if you're a bourbon fan I recommend it. Wine recommendation was great too. Atticus will definitely be on our list of dining place on our next trip to Denver! "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Had lunch with a friend. We both had the steak sandwich - super delicious! The steak was tender, the Ciabatta roll crispy, and then of course, there was blue cheese and onions involved, so how could we go wrong? :) Nice little salad came with it that had strawberries, goat cheese, and pecans. Overall, a really delicious lunch for only $12!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Manager Justin was fantastic! I wanted to surprise my boyfriend to celebrate him getting his masters degree from DU. Justin allowed me to come early and helped me set up the whole table and choose which table I wanted. They were so nice and made it an awesome experience! Thanks! "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "A follow up review from our list visit.....I believe the staff took my last review to heart! As mentioned in my last review, I felt the staff needed to sharpen their skills and be better aquainted with the menu as I believe this restaurant is suited for foodies! Foodies like GOOD food and GOOD descriptions of what they are going to be served.... along with a waitstaff that is on their toes! Much better this time around and I hope this is the beginning of consistently great service and food. Still some timing issues, but getting better. Beet salad was delicious! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food was very good. Jason the manager was so nice and very attentive. My only problem was that it took too long to get our food. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "The location is not that great but the food and service was awesome. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Food is great. Noise level is beyond acceptable and the service was horrible. No menus until we flagged down a waiter, same for a drink order, salad and hot main course came out at the same time but barely could fit on the table. The food will keep this restaurant going if they get their act together for the dinner hours. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We arrives sans reservation at about 7:15 on a Thursday night. The restaurant was fairly full, but they found us a table. Our waiter was pleasant enough, but seemed overwhelmed. It took 30 minutes to get simple snacks (nuts and olives), and an HOUR to get our entrees. Here is why we'll be back: when I told the manager what had happened, he sincerely apologized, took one entree and dessert off of our bill, AND gave us a $25 gift card for our next visit. We were impressed with the response to feedback and how they went above and beyond to compensate for poor service. Going to try brunch next time. The dinner food was tasty - atmosphere is rustic with a charming neighborhood feel. Great wine list."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I've been to Atticus three times now. The food has always been interesting and of high quality. The prices are very reasonable for what you get. The Butcher's Choice, which offers three types of meat with sides, is great for those who can't settle on one thing. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I love the ambiance in this restaurant. The menu is great, and the food was very good, once we were finally served. Our server was slow on the uptake and the food was slower to our table...I would definitely dine at Atticus again, hoping to have a different experience."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "If having a big heart counts for anything, Atticus has that. They welcome you graciously, no request is too small or annoying, and someone with a passion for food created their menu. In fact, the food was good & we will go back. But little problems added up. First, they did not have the ingredients to make one of the menu items we wanted to order & it was not because they ran out since we were the first people to order food that morning. Second, our server, as nice & polished as could be, needed reminders to bring things like sugar or cream to the table. And third, the food arrived just warm enough to eat, but not hot, so cooled down quickly. Once they've ironed the wrinkles, Atticus will be a great restaurant."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "It was a busy Saturday, pretty noisy, and they seemed understaffed, but the food was really great and it's a nice neighborhood spot. Our server was genuinely nice but I think she was spread thin so we ended up waiting longer than we probably should have to order, for the second round, and to get the bill. I know it's fairly new so hope they work out the kinks. The octopus carpaccio, diver scallops, and lamb were all outstanding. Great dinner!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Our second visit was not as enjoyable as our first. The menu has been pared down both in selection and the quantity of food on the plate. The service, although friendly and accommodating, was a bit slow as was the delivery of our appetizer (a meat tray). I enjoy the artsy twist on the food, but just wish things moved a little bit more quickly."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Love Atticus..secret neighborhood gem, not for long, though: ). So nice to have a restaurant from the proprietors of Table 6, right here in the DU area. Very relaxing little spot with delicious food and great ambience. Been here several times now with everything being consistent including the wait staff....which is my one wish for Atticus. Staff friendly, but not well versed in knowing the menu and come up off very casual. Would love to see them step it up a little bit, shine a little bit more professionalism. Know your menu, know your wines....a lot of foodies in the house. With that, I think this gem will be here to stay."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "My husband and I were pleasantly surprised with Atticus. The food was wonderful with large portions and a great value. The service was upscale and attentive, very knowledgeable about the seasonally changing menu. Great cocktails and cafe selections. Well done. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Not sure this restaurant will last. The space is too small and casual for the food and prices. They were out of two things I really wanted and the substitutes were not as good. Just OK"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Delicious food, very small portions. Went home hungry."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "We've eaten here twice - delicious both times. A really nice addition to the neighborhood."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Loud! Cannot carry on a convrersation due to all the noise. Service is non existant. I ordered. tea with sweeteners, and was given a container with 2 sweet and low, 2 equal, 1 sugar and 2 raw sugars. All were rock solid due to the obvious spill in the container. My entree (breakfast classic) was served with no toast, I had to flag down someone to bring that out. When it arrived, there was 1 slice! First restaurant I've EVER been to that doesn't serve 2 slices. Never had drink refills offered, had to ask for everything including the check after my card was placed on the table for about 10 minutes. Won't go there again, and would not recommend it."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Tried Atticus for the first time for Easter Brunch. They created a special Easter Brunch menu which was filled with so many wonderful dishes it was hard to decide! My friend and I loved how friendly they all were and how quick and attentive the service was. The food was delicious (I had the smoked salmon salad, which was mouthwatering). My friend had the Easter Ham with delicious and colorful veggies. We enjoyed our meal so much we even asked to see the dinner menu because we both thought we'd love to come back for that. All in all a great experience and we will be back!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Unique flavors, unique ambience, delightful wait staff. A must-try."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We had been to this spot twice for nice meals. We had heard from friends that there had been a change in staff, but we were willing to give it a try. We made a reservation and were seated immediately upon checking in. Unfortunately, that was the best part of the experience. We ordered a bottle of wine shortly after being seated and waited over 30 minutes for it to arrive. Our server seemed overwhelmed and confused the entire evening. We ordered entrees - I had the mussels and J had the special. Neither were memorable. There were at least a dozen unopened mussels in my dish. After our server cleared our dishes he came back to take our entree order ... really?! Hopefully it was just a bad night, but we are in no hurry to return."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Great service and food. We shared the mussels, and then had the salmon and hangar steak. Everything was perfectly portioned and not too heavy. Cocktails were good, though a martini was $12 - a bit overpriced. We even had dessert - fruit tart that ended the meal perfectly."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Food and service was really wonderful. But I could hardly hear the person across the small table-for-two. Because the walls are all hard surfaces and the place was packed, the decibel level was really uncomfortable and I had ear ache for the rest of the evening. I hope they can calm down the noise level somehow, as the place is a foodie delight. "
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The charcuterie dish was the highlight (although the table runner who brought it from the bar next door couldn't identify the items on the plate and our server was nowhere to be found). The noise level was nothing short of absurd with poor acoustics in a small space creating the necessity for yelling to be heard by my dining companion. The shrimp wrapped in prosciutto was presented beautifully but was unremarkable in flavor. The smoked short rib had great flavor but was plated in an uninspired fashion. While I wouldn't eliminate the possibility of returning, I will not rush to return to Atticus."
    Dined on 4/8/2014