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Epernay Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://epernaylounge.com
  • Phone: (303) 573-5000
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Nick Shankland
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Contact: Director of Marketing & Events (720) 369-5032

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Arapahoe
  • Public Transit: Walking distance to the downtown Light Rail Stations.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer free valet parking if you spend $30 or more, otherwise it's $8 with validation. We also have the DCPA/Theater District parking garage directly next to us.
A word from Epernay
Epernay is a contemporary raw/sushi bar located at 1080 14th Street, in the heart of Denver’s Theater District. We have quickly been named # 1 Lounge of the Year by Nightlife & Bar Media Group as well as Denver's premier lounge. We offer a realm of sophisticated sex-appeal through our unique, globally inspired dishes and our unparalleled ambiance. We have an amazing array of small plates, sushi, specialty cocktails, and champagne by the glass. Our menu is a perfect fusion of classic standards and contemporary tenacity all designed to amaze. Epernay is the ideal environment for an intimate night with friends, coworkers, and couples. Epernay is open for dinner service Tuesday through Saturday night.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Compared to our first visit, we were very disappointed by the service this second time. When a party was being seated near us, something was found on the seats. Instead of efficiently cleaning it up, the staff seemed to be confused and they threw fabric napkins over whatever it was. It ruined the moment for my husband and I. I also noticed a table that was very unhappy. I think the server was trying her best to accommodate their needs. It appears that the focus on food and dinner has taken second place to the bar and nightlife scene later on in the evening. Not sure if we'll try Epernay again."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Sat outside on Friday night before seeing 8pm show at DCPA. Service friendly and attentive; custom cocktail (PEARFECTION) was delish. Would have drunk another if didn't have to get moving. Hummus was not enjoyable; very pasty and not fresh tasting. LOTS of details went into a delicious cheese platter, but ironically, the cheeses were the weakest link. All the breads/crackers/relish/fruit/nuts were fab. Cheeses were unremarkable and a little dry. Would try food again, but more likely to drink there."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Took my wife here on date night. Loved this place! Considering booking an office party here. Great food. Great staff. Ambiance is on point - although the men's room is kind of weird. Lol. My wife said the ladies room was ridiculously pretty so I go looking for the men's room, turn a corner and walk into a urinal lol. There wasn't even a door. Aside from weird peeing space, this place is on point!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We were treated with respect and dignity. Very relaxing atmosphere and the food was very very good. Staff was on top of things and very friendly. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Moderate portions of very well prepared dishes make this a delightful pre-event venue in the DCPA. I prefer it to both Limelight and Kevin Taylor at the Opera. The restaurant was not crowded when we dined there and service and food were both excellent. We look forward to returning."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Not enough servers. Food service became slow as the room filled or kitchen was slow. Hard with theater tix."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "The food, menu, drinks, ambiance, service, and location are all great. It was quiet during dinner time, but I hear the bar scene is great later in the evening. It also is a great place to host a party or event. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Great Happy Hour - excellent cocktails and a nice selection of apps."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We had 7pm tickets to the theatre and Epernay is right in the same complex. they service was attentive, the waitress was quite kind and engaged us the perfect amount, not too much to make it uncomfortable, but not ignoring us either. good food, great drinks...recommend it if you want a close to the theatre location. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "We were attending the opera on May 3 and made a 5:15 reservation at least a week in advance. When we arrived, there was a large "Derby Day" party going on. The noise was terrible; the only place they found to seat us was in the front and very noisy. We decided we could not enjoy our dinner there so we left immediately. I understand the economic value of having a large party there but they should have notified us of this and the (expected) noise and crowds. Even 24 hours notice would have been appreciated. We did not get a chance to taste the food or evaluate the service but we will not give this restaurant a second chance!. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My husband and I had first dined at Epernay during Restaurant Week. During Restaurant Week the food was amazing, but the portions were comically small. However, the food was delicious enough that it warranted a return visit. We were happy to find portions sizes were good when it was not restaurant week. Also, due to our Restaurant Week experience we were about to order too much food and our waitress was gracious enough to let us know instead of allowing us to over order. It was a very nice night out."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Thought the sushi was fresh and the service was attentive."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Great place to go before the theatre. The new style sashimi is excellent. The service was slow for sushi but they made sure we had enough time to get to our show. Lounge area really nice. Surprised more people weren't there but perhaps it's an after theatre place."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Located next to the DCPA, Epernayy is a great place for pre or post theater dinner or drink. The cocktails are delicious. I especially enjoyed the Churchill. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Stopped in to have a light dinner and drinks. Our server, Hanna, was quick to ask if we were on any time constraints and fortunately we had plenty of time to enjoy the wonder food and drinks. Despite a large gathering business professionals, Hanna was very helpful with food and drink suggestions and made sure we had everything we needed. A great experience before a show and I'm sure at any other time too."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The food was delicious, but I must say if the portions served during Restaurant Week reflect the portions served at normal hours, then it's a bit pricey for what you get. No complaints about taste or quality or service, all of which were great, but 3 courses later I was still hungry."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We went to Epernsy during Denver Restaurant Week. They did not offer their regular menu - only a very limited choice 3 course one. The quality of the food was excellent and the waiter was very friendly and knowledgable about the food. The portion sizes were tiny - basically 2 very small appetizers and a small bite if dessert. I thought it was very overpriced at $30 per person. The portion sizes were so small that right after dinner we went across the street and had salads and appetizers at another restaurant."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I dinned with my good friend for my birthday and we had a great time! It was snowing out so they were not super busy so that made it a little more relaxing environment! It was 5280 week so we were a little limited on our options but overall we really enjoyed what we got to try. And it is always nice to try something I normally wouldn't go for!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I tried out Epernay Lounge during Denver Restaurant Week with MeetInDenver and it was absolutely delightful. They were very accommodating with regard to our last-minute reservation change and separate checks. The service was great. The food was outstanding. The grilled octopus was probably the best I've ever had, not rubbery, and deliciously seasoned. The new style sashimi was wonderful as well, the sauces were light and paired perfectly. The cocktails were spectacular. I really enjoyed their version of the French 75 and the sake-strawberry drink in a martini glass. I'm so glad this place participated in Restaurant Week because I'm not sure I would have heard of this restaurant, otherwise. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Epernay works very well for pre or post theater dining. It is located steps away from the performing arts complex and, the kitchen doesn't close early on the weekdays. We enjoyed various sushi style creations as appetizers, and the lamb and the bison were elegantly presented and delicious as well. For a special celebration, there are many champagnes from which to choose."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Our waiter was very knowledgeable & personable, the food was delicious & were able to talk to the chef about his specially prepared octopus which was very tender & completely different from any I had eaten in the past."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Nice restaurant in great proximity to the Denver Center for Performing Arts complex. Had a prix fixe Valentine's Day dinner that was delicious. We had sushi for appetizer as well and it was great! Strong drinks, great service. We want to go back and try their typical day to day food (not prix fixe) as well."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "After reading many of the reviews I was not sure I wanted to risk our Valentine's Date experience. Glad I did. From the moment we walked in to the time we left the staff made us feel welcome and appreciated. We were greeted promptly and friendly, our waitress was polite and responsive to requests, the GM (Chris) greeted us and made us feel welcome, and the food, OMG, PERFECT! I have dined in many of the finest restaurants in the world. Epernay is in the top ten for us. This is a “must try” dining experience. I do recommend you plan on at least 90 minutes. Fine dining is an art. If you are planning to rush in – rush out go to McDonalds. If you want one of the finest dining experiences in Denver then make Epernay your next stop."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great ambiance and wait staff. Very convenient to the theater district if you're interested in dinner before a play."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Went on a snowy evening when there wasn't more than 3 people in the restaurant. The Chef was very nice and a gracious host. I had quite a sample of the menu that was pretty tame. The chef had me try a pork biscuit they are going to serve for 5280 that was fabulous. My server was a ton of fun and he & I hit it off discussing cuisine in all sorts of places. He's also a foody! Love this place even though it's a bit pricy for one."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We were greeted nicely and taken to our seats immediately. Server was great. Manager checked on us as well as filling Our water glasses. All the food we ordered was wonderful. The chef sent out two samples. This was a very pleasant dining experience! Close to the theaters and easy to find."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Great selection of wines and champagne. Good food in small portions so we could experiment and try different items. Friendly and prompt service. Great atmosphere. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Bad service, cold food, bad reaction to complaints by management. There are few diners here pre-theatre. There is a reason for this."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "The food=--what there was of it-was creative and delicious. But the portions were laughingly small and extremely overpriced. My companion's expensive meal has a half cup of soup (which the waiter agreed was way too little for the money) and his $16 soft shell crab turned out to be 5 small bites. My far was heartier so I could share it with my guest. The waiter was friendly but failed to warn us that my guests orders were going to amount all in all to a small appetizer. We will not be returning."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Cocktail menu both unique and tasty. Dinner crowd is interesting, but the later evening crowd is especially dynamic. Sushi but many other delicious options as well - definitely worth a visit!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Apparently there was a chef problem, and the restaurant could only serve the sushi section of the menu. While I love sushi most of the time, we were looking formsomething a bit more gastronomic for date night at the theater. We left."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Their location may be great if you are going to the the theater. However, the sushi was is average at best. Leaves a lot to be desired. The quality of the fish was not very poor."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Great butternut bisque. You have to order it on a chilly evening! We tried a few sushi rolls and they were great."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Greeted by no one. Had to ask to be seated! Not a good way to start! Started w/ Butternut squash soup - Excellent and I wanted more! Next I had an order of edamame which was OK and then an order of Scallops that were delightful. The entree was a pork chop done a bit too much. Good flavor but dry for a chop. Wine was difficult to settle on. Very tough to decide when they all had a strong minerality that doesn't go well with either fish or pork dishes. I settled on a french pinot N that was acceptable at best."
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "We have been here three times. Each time the meal was outstanding and the waitstaff very knowledgable . Unfortunately each time we ordered desert with ample time to spare but ended up canceling the order as there was an inordinate wait. Too bad as everything before that was quite good."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "I have eaten there twice, and they both left me saying, "Meh." Everything was good-ish. The server was preoccupied with, well, I don't know what with, just not with us. The food was pretty good, the ambiance in the dining room was stark, very stark. I felt like I was sitting in a cafeteria. If there were no other better sushi places in a 2 mile radius, this would be very good. But there are, much better ones, and this one still needs to step it up."
    Dined on 10/1/2013
  • "We came in for dinner prior to a show this past Saturday night. We informed the waiter when we sat down that we had 1 and 1/2 hours before we had to leave for the show. He did not think this would be a problem. We ordered within the first 10 minutes of sitting down but didn't receive our appetizer until 20 minutes before the show and our main course until 10 minutes before we had to leave. Once the food arrived, it was very mediocre. The spinach salad was overdressed and sparse. The mussels were also extremely overcooked but we didn't have time to complain, send them back or ask for a new order. Overall..I don't think I'd go back in for more than just a drink."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Beautiful, chic place. Surprisingly quiet for Halloween, but this place usually has a good crowd."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Very slow service. It took over 1 hour to receive our food--which was very good. During that time another couple left before their food arrived as they needed to leave for a show...apparently the wait was not worth missing the show. Later, waitstaff informed a neighboring table there they should not order sushi if they were on any kind of a schedule. IF you have the time, and IF you are extremely patient, the service is friendly and the food is very good. Just don't plan on stopping in before a show!"
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "Right in the middle of downtown Denver, close to the convention center. Difficult to park on street, but parking garage attached to restaurant if you don't mind paying $10 to park. Sat by window and watched people and traffic. Surrounded by buildings, very urban. That being said, food, service, and presentation was excellent. A bit pricey, but food WAS very good. If you like "the city", I would recommend this place."
    Dined on 10/24/2013