Epernay

Epernay

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://epernaylounge.com/
  • Phone: 3035735000x
  • 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

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.
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Epernay reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (9)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (8)special occasion (5)romantic (4)good for groups (4)fit for foodies (4)notable wine list (3)great for outdoor dining (3)neighborhood gem (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Good sushi for decent prices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We went here for dinner before going to a show at the Boettcher Concert Hall. The server was very attentive without hovering. The sushi was fresh and delicious. Four rolls of sushi and two cocktails only cost us $56, which is not a bad price. I will definitely be coming back here again before our next show.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hidden gen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Epernay doesn't emphasize their restaurant as much as their bar/lounge and events, but they should!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Sushi!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Went to Epernay before a show, and were the only people in the place. It has a great decor, and I can imagine it gets packed on the weekend. They have outdoor seating that looks great, and the bar is really cool. But you want to go there for the sushi.... it is tremendous! I think their wine list could use a bit of an update, but will satisfy most people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great place for dinner before the theater. They should market it more to this crowd. I can't wait for them to have a full menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chic sushi and drinks spot
    Cakecakecakecake
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Went for a ladies night out to get sushi and drinks, was the perfect spot for our evening. Great staff and environment.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lost its luster
    DPF816VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This used to be a great place to stop before attending an event or before exploring downtown. They had a nice dining room, a great menu, and wonderful cocktails. Unfortunately, Epernay substantially changed its menus and became much more of a bar-type atmosphere. All of the good, inventive cocktails are gone, and the food menu, especially the happy hour menu, is much more limited. All of our favorites were gone. We were very tempted to just leave when we had seen the changes, but we recognized the truffle mac and cheese so we ordered that. Unfortunately that, too, had changed. Very disappointing!
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  • In transition, but a very nice meal
    ScottchVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We went to Epernay knowing that they were between chefs and tinkering with their concept. The menu was limited to cold sushi items, and the place did seem a bit disorganized. Still, we had friendly, professional service, very nice sushi, and some magnificent happy hour bubbly by the glass (especially the Iron Horse 2007 vintage Brut!). Epernay strikes me as a wannabe in the overdone genre of clubby, late-hour, annoyingly youthful, grazing-and-fancy-drinks joints with ridiculous furniture that drives anyone over 40 away. But the theatre location is great, the space has promise, and Champagne and sushi is potentially a great combination. Let's hope the owners make it over into the serious, adult dining destination it could be.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Where is the rest of the menu?
    janeeyre96VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    When did they switch menus so that no hot items were sold? I seem to remember that it used to have fusion food and not just sushi. Sushi was good, however the prices are a bit high. Also the tables are too small in the lounge to provide comfortable eating arrangements when more than 1 plate is put down.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great late night dinner/dance spot
    JMar
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My husband and I chose Epernay for a late night sushi dinner for our anniversary. Restaurant portion was empty, but it was 10:00pm (after dinner crowd and prior to lounge crowd) The place was so chic and clean. Our server was wonderful and attentive. Sushi was wonderful and great presentation. Custom drinks were delicious. We highly enjoyed our experience. After dinner we went into the lounge portion of the place and enjoyed a good crowd and listened to dj playing hip-hop and r&b music. Mood went from quiet which was perfect for dinner, and then to energetic as the crowd began to arrive. We will try Epernay again!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.4
    • Food3.4
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 100 reviews are from the Epernay reviews archive.
  • Love this place!
    GanjaFoodie
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great cocktails and service
    mich
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and AWSOME service
    Greatplace
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food in Theatre District
    TDdinerVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New favorite place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Not enough servers. Food service became slow as the room filled or kitchen was slow. Hard with theater tix.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Great Happy Hour - excellent cocktails and a nice selection of apps.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for pre-show dinner
    Heffeln
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor planning
    OperaLover
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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!.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Magellan65VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    EvergreenDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice meal
    tyrus
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Thought the sushi was fresh and the service was attentive.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great before the theater
    WagdinesoutVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect before a show
    Waiting4show
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We went to Epernsy during
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    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.
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  • The food was delicious, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great vibe and atmosphere!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant Week
    DSPCuteOne
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.
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  • Excellent cuisine!
    Ariadne
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blown Away!
    DienverDinerVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice restaurant in great proximity
    Fred
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our waiter was very knowledgeable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Atmoshere
    Goodchoice
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Great ambiance and wait staff. Very convenient to the theater district if you're interested in dinner before a play.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service / Quality of food/timing
    maria
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great selection of wines and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food=--what there was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went on a snowy evening when
    TazzVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely worth a look
    NYEater
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disaster
    BillinColoradoVIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    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.
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  • Gave them a second chance but....
    DunzoVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    Bad service, cold food, bad reaction to complaints by management. There are few diners here pre-theatre. There is a reason for this.
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    • Noise LevelModerate