Cool River Cafe - Denver
Cool River Cafe - Denver

Cool River Cafe - Denver

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.coolrivercafe.com/
  • Phone: 3037714117
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dining Room
    Monday - Friday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Saturday 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Sunday 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Bar
    Monday - Friday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Saturday 4:00pm - 11:00 PM
    Sunday 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Lytisha Mullings
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bellview and I-25
  • Public Transit: Belleview Avenue Light Rail 1/4 mile
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Cool River Cafe - Denver
Cool River is an upscale steakhouse and southwestern grill featuring fresh seafood and certified Angus beef for lunch and dinner. We feature a full service bar and an award winning wine list. We also have the Denver Tech Centers premier private dining space for your social or business events.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Cool River Cafe - Denver reviews from OpenTable diners
87 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (48)good for groups (25)fit for foodies (23)romantic (23)neighborhood gem (22)great for lunch (20)notable wine list (17)vibrant bar scene (13)great for outdoor dining (11)hot spot (7)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Never again
    HananVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    For the prices and the service and the food I would rather spend my money at a real steakhouse. That would be Morton's, Elway is, and Morton's of Chicago and Brooks I won't even go to Shannahan's or Flemings because again way crazy prices! I ordered scallops at $27 for scallops that weren't even that big wrapped around bacon each piece and a sweet sauce. I gave it away. My friends prime rib was to be on the medium-size it was well done. Prime rib should be served rare to medium rare I personally think it tasted like cardboard. I personally think that their days are limited to be open. I really need to do something.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We left, never to return.
    NomNomNom
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We were sat adjacent to a large table of 10-12+. The same server was assigned to us. He didn't know anything about the wines, and had to "run back and ask someone" to answer basic questions. By the time my wife's beer arrived, it had been 20 mins! Totally unacceptable. I was entertaining company from out of town, and this place was an embarrassment to me, and to Denver.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Jeff
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food was as good as always. If you are looking for a good meal, you shouldn't be disappointed. If you're looking for a cigar, you most certainly will be disappointed. It has been a few years since I've eaten at the Cool River because I don't work in the DTC any more. However, the reason I went was the cigar room, and it no longer exists. The website still notes it as a reason to go, but it has been eliminated. It's unfortunate that the single distinguishing characteristic for this place has been eliminated. It's what set the Cool River apart.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious and very quick
    TravelinFoodie
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We took a party of 8 there on a Thursday evening at 6:15 without issue. The exterior is nice and it's tucked back inside a shopping area, but what you find inside is entirely unexpected. Service was prompt and friendly, and our server was both knowledgeable and decisive when asked for her opinion between menu items. The # Forks Salad was a delicious change from the usual with fresh, crisp apples and a slightly sweet creamy dressing. Dinner came out in a very timely manner without any feeling of being rushed. The venison was tender and cooked as I ordered, and the others commented on the scallops wrapped in bacon, the shrimp, and other selections. The cinnamon ice cream had a natural flavor to it, not the fake spicy taste of some. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as expected
    MagicVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Cool River has gone downhill with their food preparation. Our group of 4 (seniors) generally felt that the quality presented was not worth the price.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Out of sea bass
    WantedSeaBass
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    It was my birthday and my husband took me to Cool River specifically because they had sea bass on the menu. I looked briefly but knew I wanted the sea bass. When I ordered it I was told they were substituting halibut because they did not have sea bass. Very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good experience...
    Karen
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I had the haddock special. It was delicious, albeit a large portion, so I took it home to eat for lunch the next day. It was actually 2 days later before I got to eat it, and the fish was still fresh and delicious! Not every restaurant could/would serve fish this fresh. The rice was excellently seasoned, the vegetables were perfect as well.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Restaurant
    ColoradoEatsVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food is good, service is good. Nothing will wow you, but they are very consistent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great steak place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great steaks! Love all the sides that come with meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was awful
    DenverFoodie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I have been to Cool River several times, the service has always been excellent and the food wonderful. However my most recent visit was less that I have come to expect at best and really poor. We were not greeted by our server for almost 10 minutes affter sitting down, we did not even have water to drink! I was just ready to go complain when our waitress came to take our drink order. We then waited for what seemed like a longer time than normal for our drinks. The food was hot and was delivered by someone other than our server. We did not see our server until close to the end of our meal, the busboy worked harder than she did! I will give them another chance but I was very dissapointed.
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  • Pretty good but other options
    XmasnitesaveVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I must say at first glance the menu looked intriguing. Yes its another high price steakhouse in the Denver area, but the reviews and overall score here sold us on giving it a try. On a whole the entire experience was just OK. No specific complaints. My wife's Filet looked a tad small for the cut size she ordered, the center of my baked potato was cold to the touch, but the Prime Rib cut was huge but very fatty,we skipped desert as it seemed underwhelming, and for the price I would probably just not bother again. The do have what appears to be a nice outdoor patio but we always pick indoors since it looked like rain maybe Oh and the clientele ran from business casual (us) to T-shirts and flip flops. Will try elsewhere next time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Special Occasion Spot
    goldenvisitor
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Cool River has incredible food and a great atmosphere. It is, however, pretty expensive. Not a good choice for just a regular meal out, but wonderful for a birthday, anniversary, or the like. My friend and I had a great time celebrating his birthday. This was our second visit, as we celebrated my birthday there last year.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    EclecticEater
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Great food, attentive service, seating area not too dense or noisy. The manager was out on the floor interacting with guests directly. Impressive wine list and painstaking attention to detail. I will keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday bash
    estrella4eats
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The family took me out for a birthday dinner on Sunday and everyone had a fantastic meal! The service was great and the food fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love to come here for lunch -
    SCMKS
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My favorite meal is the III Forks Blackened Salmon & I love that I don't have to wait until it is a special! I can order it anytime I want & I usually do. Best ever in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • VERY POOR SERVICE.
    Craig
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    After 15 mins I had to find a waiter. We wont be back. I used to take my teams there. Poor choice of wine by glass. Too expensive for quality
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurant Week
    kimmy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My husband and I ordered off the Restaurant Week menu and our food was very good. My salmon was cooked just right. Unfortunately, we were seated upstairs, which was the first time we have eaten up there, and the ambiance was nothing like it is downstairs. It's like two completely different restaurants. The service was very disjointed. Our menus were closed before anyone came by to ask us if we wanted a drink. Someone else came by a little later to see if our server had been by yet. Still someone else brought out the salad and a different person brought out the meal and my husband's was the wrong order. We have eaten here before and really enjoyed it and will go back again, but will definetly ask to be seated downstairs.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool River is cool
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Love this place. Went for dinner with friends, had an awesome time and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great setting for business dinner
    Raisin226VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Met a colleague for a late dinner and found the service excellent: responsive and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good dining experience
    Patio14patty
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The restaurant week menu was a pleasant surprise with several entree choices and generous sides. We were seated promptly and the food was good. I had the shrimp which was good but had too much sauce.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    IandM
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We went here for the first time during restaurant week. Some of the items we ordered were fantastic - others just so-so. The filet my husband had was fantastic, however we ordered the cab cakes as an appetizer and these tasted like they came out of a box from the freezer. Would come again, but would be very selective about what we order!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Confused - Restaurant Week???
    Time2Eat
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    If you are making a reservation here for restaurant week, don't bother. Although they are listed as participating (with a menu posted), they had no abbreviated menu at prix fixe, it was full menu. That being said, my Prime Rib was fantastic and the scalloped potatoes as good as I remember from Dallas.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week Treat
    Dineout
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This visit during Restaurant Week was a real treat. Food and service both excellent. Good location near I25 and Bellview with easy parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5280 Week in August
    Bobnjan
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Time for annual foray into the more expensive dining arena, so we tried Cool River (again). Still not disappointed with the ambience, service or the food and we'll probably make this our go-to for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great experience
    vinodude
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Once again, we had a great meal with great service. This place remains one of my favorites for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool River Cafe - A Cool Place
    Jedi67
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I hadn't visited Cool River Cafe in several years not because it's not a great venue, but there are so many great eateries in Denver, it can be a challenge too make it back to the same location twice in a Calendar year. Cool River Cafe is right on par with Ocean Prime, Shanahan's, and Elways. This is a great place to take a date as well as a great place for any special occassion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner.
    Diningmissdaisey
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our server was polite and congenial. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service, yummy food
    Ping
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Wonderful food selections and very attentive and friendly waitstaff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    After spending a week in the Denver Tech Center I was ready for an upscale meal. Cool River Cafe was recommended and from start to finish I must say I was totally impress with the food and the service. The ahi tuna was awesome, the salad was great, the salmon was perfect and the creme brulee completed my experience to a 10!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great patio
    IdahoTraveler
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had a small group for a business discussion over lunch. Sat outside under the umbrellas, under the much quieter patio. Both food and service were very good. We all had salads, two steak and one chicken pecan, and we all left satisfied. The staff was very accommodating when we shifted with the sun, to a more shaded table later in our meal. I will definitely come back for the food and when weather permits, the patio.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Cologolfster
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Dined with 4 friends. Service was poor to downright snotty. One friend ordered a specific Scotch and when the waitress brought something very different her response was.."well I didn't pour it!" She continually interrupted our conversations, was very slow and seemed "offended" when another friend told her nicely that his lamb chops were so tough that he couldn't cut them with a steak knife (unfortunately very true). And, there was no offer to make things right. Likewise, my prime rib was so tough I could barely chew/eat it, maybe 2 ounces out of the 16 ounce portion was edible. I didn't complain because I felt it would fall on deaf ears. I will say that the other 3 meals were fine. So, not a night dining-wise I would want to repeat.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dinner with friends
    Monphy
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We met up for dinner with freinds. The dinner was great and your service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall good
    Ditly
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Overall the night was good but with two main problems. The first was my martini tasted more like vermouth than vodka even after extra dry was specified. Second was a filet that should have been medium but was well done. Otherwise it was a good experience and we would return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ULtimate power lunch
    TomSFVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Great food and fast service. I had the venison which can be risky at most places however since I was traveling from San Francisco, we don't see that very often. It was prepared just right. Very moist and tender. We sat in a very comfortable booth that gave us the feeling of privacy for our business lunch
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • mixed on one item
    mopsy
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    3 of the 4 of us loved the dinner but i made the mistake of asking for well done lamb chops after wait person gave me choice of how to cook them, rare, medium, well done & I chose well done but i asked there be no charred blackened meat. it came burned all over, a bit of pink in middle of one. i couldn't cut any of the 4 chops with the steak knife. I just took it home and then discarded it i couldn't even cut the chops apart and they were tough. his was my first bad experience well done to you all means burned and inedible.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints
    nancyrid
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I have been her a number of times and it is never a disappointment. The specials are great and the steak is always delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    JustMyOpinion
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We chose Cool River for a family birthday celebrationn. The food choices were exceptional and the food was well prepared, with just a bit of a twist on it to make it interesting. We had the shellfish, venison and chicken. All done to perfection. The main dining area on the lower can be a bit loud for quiet conversation, but all in all a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steakhouse? not really
    Steaklover
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Tasteless bread, undersized baked potato, bland steak. Was not asked to check the inside of the steak like they do at del friscos and shanahans. Steak was not served on a really hot plate. Overpriced for a "steakhouse". rather overpriced for the quality of the meal. Wait staff was not engaging. Indicated that we had 2 birthdays and wait staff seemed not to notice, although the restaurant left 2 birthday cards on the table. However, the ribs served at our table were excellent. Scallops wrapped in bacon were ok.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I took three clients there -- the food was great, our server very attentive, but not in the way, and all three gentlemen said their food was great. I had the salmon with beefsteak tomatos! it was perfect size, and perfectly prepared.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • For a Special Occassion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Service was very attentive - the Salmon was too dry. Still a very nice location for a special occasion. The Saturday night bar was dead. Overall pricing definitely over priced.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate