Cool River Cafe - Denver
Cool River Cafe - Denver
  • Address:
    8000 East Belleview Ave #C-10
    Greenwood Village, CO 80111
    Neighborhood:
    Tech Center / Greenwood Village
  • Cuisine:
    Steakhouse
    Price: $31 to $50

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
90 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (46)great for lunch (27)good for groups (26)romantic (24)fit for foodies (21)neighborhood gem (18)vibrant bar scene (16)notable wine list (16)great for brunch (14)great for outdoor dining (11)hot spot (10)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week Treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good, not outstanding
    MoonWomanVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    My office staff often choose Cool River for special occasions...birthdays, in particular. The food is always very good...and sometimes it's outstanding. This visit just didn't quite make outstanding although the french fries were excellent as was the blackened salmon on the Caesar salad. The venison, ordered medium rare, was very rare. Chocolate mousse cake got rave reviews.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never a disappointment
    gevJim
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Having been to Cool River 6 or 7 times over several years, I have never been disappointed
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good food and service
    tubules
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Had a great experience on this second visit to this restaurant. Unfortunately my husband's prime rib was cooked inappropriately, well instead of medium, but the server was adamant about taking it back and making it right and a manager spoke with us to personally apologize and in addition to correcting the meal he wanted us to know the steak was on them. A free steak for his birthday was a great present for my husband!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fantastic for lunch
    ForgottenVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Besides getting a great meal, you just feel special at Cool River.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ms Bee
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I have dined at Cool River, before but this time, our waitress was not at all attentive to our group or were we ever offered water or service by the wait staff. The hostesses were courteous and assisted us with photographs at the close of our meal, but we timed it that for over twenty minutes, no one checked on our table after we received our meal to see if we were satisfied. I have never been treated in this manner, before and I invited several ladies because, previously, the food and the service were wonderful. I was disappointed with our waitress.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing service
    Chillz
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Enjoyed an evening with my spouse for our anniversary. Amazing food with even better service. Great choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    greatfoodforall
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    We enjoy celebrating special occasions at Cool River. We have never had a bad experience while dining there.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    Edith
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Nice place to go to lunch, not too noisy but has a very vibrant feel in the restaruant. Very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good
    Phoenix
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    I only had a salad here but it was fresh and tasty. My only suggestion would be for the restaurant to offer more "lunch options" of full meals but small plates. I don't want a $20 lunch but I settled on the salad due to the limited lunch options. This place might be better for dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A new favorite.
    kagnet
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This will be my favorite south metro 'steak house' from now on. Service outstanding. Beautiful decor. Surf and turf dinner special for Mothers Day was excellent. My steak was high quality and cooked perfectly. Great wedge salad. Rick, our server was superb. Extensive wine list, I thought was also reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place
    Maria
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went for brunch because somebody recommended and it was great! I would go back for sure!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mothers day
    Kristi
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This was our first time for the Mother's Day brunch at Cool River. The buffet was easy to maneuver, even when crowded. The food was delicious, fresh, with a great selection. It was well worth the price. The service was excellent, our dirty plates were swept away frequently, and Ann, our server was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Mother's Day Brunch
    kokosadie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed Mother's Day Brunch at Cool River. It was a cold, snowy morning and we were seated in a cozy room next to the fireplace. After ordering a mimosa and coffee, we headed off to the large buffet area, where there was a wide variety of breakfast foods (scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, cheese blintzes, fruit, cheeses, muffins, bagels, ham) as well as lunch entrees (salmon, salads, deli platter, mac and cheese, roast beef, chicken enchiladas, asparagus, etc). We also managed to squeeze in some room for dessert, including brownies and assorted cakes. The staff was very attentive. Overall, a wonderfully satisfying dining experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mediocre at best
    LindaB
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    cool river is nice but expensive. our waitress didn't seem to know exactly what was going on. didn't know the specials until we asked. our service was marginal at best. wasn't the experience we were anticipating
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outdoor patio fun
    zempgal
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Great outdoor bar ombiance with the firepit! Go have a drink and relax in a quiet setting!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 56 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 944 reviews are from the Cool River Cafe - Denver reviews archive.
  • Delightful Evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We have been to Cool River several times and we come back because we love the people there and the food is always great. It is a great dining experience. The Manager and Sommelier, Craig, gave us an awesome suggestion on the wine and Chad, our server, was delightful and attentive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mediocre
    eets
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The food was luke warm. I expected more from a restaurant with such a reputation. Service was slow and poor. Atmosphere was appealing...
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very disappointing
    erikc
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Cool River seems to want to be a "real" steakhouse, but it has very far to go. Ambience was nice, greeting was friendly, but it all went downhill from there. My daughter's crab cakes were served on a plate so hot that the sauce actually bubbled and sizzled while we watched. Sort of like a sizzling fajita platter, but not nearly as tasty or fun. I ordered the bone in filet special. Steak was undercooked and the quality of the meat was incredibly disappointing. Didn't know that filet could have so much gristle and fat. At $49 for an 11oz filet, Cool River is WAY out of its league. Also ordered a side dish which never arrived, yet was on the bill anyway. Should have stayed home and cooked a steak from Tony's Market. Won't return.
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  • Solid Choice
    SandyVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We've dined here a few times with mixed experiences. This visit was the best so far. Prime rib was tender and flavorful as we're the Bacon wrapped Scallops! Service was very attentive with a table stop by the manager. Waited a bit too long for the check. Love the reconfigured bar area.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best Easter buffet ever!
    Brenda
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Anything you could ever dream of eating on Easter was available to enjoy and everything tasted amazing. Great service, awesome atmosphere and fantastic food!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Brunch
    Bleigh
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We have been there before for Easter brunch and have been impressed. This time not so much. The breads and pastries were pretty stale. Crab legs were so small it was not worth the effort to crack the shell. Most of the dishes were warm at best and the desserts tasted very odd. It appears that the quality of food has decreased considerably. Maybe they are under new management, not sure. Years past I would highly recommend, not so much any more.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet