Linger
Linger

Linger

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lingerdenver.com/
  • Phone: 3039933120x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Happy Hour: Tuesday - Friday 4:00 - 6:30pm
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 10:00-2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, International, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Justin Cucci
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Umatilla
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet on site.
A word from Linger
Linger, the second concept behind Root Down's Chef/Owner Justin Cucci is located in Denver's Lower Highlands neighborhood. Linger’s vibrant menu reflects a broad farm-to-street sensibility with a spin on traditional ethnic eats. Design elements can be described as a purposeful contradiction featuring reclaimed boxcar floors, a brick ellipse, a Lite Brite bar top and infinity windows with incredible views into downtown Denver. The food, the service, the story combine to extract a feeling. Linger is like a mixtape, and we hope it connects. We’re not trying to reinvent food -- it’s simpler than that. We hope to elicit a feeling – like you get when you hear your favorite song.
Linger now offers lunch!!!! Tuesday - Friday 11:30 am till 2:30 pm.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Linger reviews from OpenTable diners
512 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (378)hot spot (284)neighborhood gem (263)scenic view (245)special occasion (206)good for groups (205)great for outdoor dining (154)great for brunch (151)vibrant bar scene (145)great for lunch (108)romantic (96)late-night find (64)notable wine list (39)kid-friendly (32)Show More
  • Yummmm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Fantastic food and wine. Décor is very hipster. Atmosphere is a little bit loud so conversations are a little strained. I loved that the servers provided recommendations on the best way to eat a particular dish and described what was on the plate. Totally recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food - horrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I love this place. Been there many, many times. However, the service has continued to decline. The service I received the other night was simply terrible. Took the waitress almost 15 minutes to take a drink order, apps came out but failed to tell us they were out of one we ordered until another one came, rude, etc.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Did Not Fit the Hype
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Linger was a nice place to say we have eaten at once. Due to no real assist in request, only decent quality food/service, and a loud environment, our trip did not meet expectations. It was not a place we would wish to go back to it. It just did not meet all rave expectations.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good looks but not food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    My friends warned me that it was a hip cool place, but the food was mediocre. I should have listened.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We love Root Down and had heard that Linger, being the sister restaurant, was even better. Plus, it's always on the 'best restaurants of Denver' lists. For my husbands birthday, we decided to try something different. The atmosphere was killer! Wait staff was great. Food...meh. Everything we had kept having ingredients that were way too overpowering. It just wasn't good. We kept thinking that the next dish would be better, but it wasn't. They did give him a birthday desert that was to die for. I think we'll stick to Root Down for food, Linger for the bar/atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The staff was kind, attentive and knowledgeable. The wine was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of a kind menu and vibe
    Linger2linger
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had a group of 8 seniors for brunch who enjoyed the variety or offerings and excellent service. Chris, our server made us feel at home and did not rush at all and explained the entrees and made excellent recommendations. We sat at a window table, only to later realize the window was open and enjoyed a beautiful sunny fall day. The menu is very diverse and reasonably prices. I would recommend it to anyone with an adventurous spirit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    FoodieLife
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    What a gem! We had dinner at Linger during a weekend visit to Denver from Chicago. Everything we ate was delicious! The duck wings are highly recommended! Although our service was pretty slow (we waited upwards of 15 minutes for our second course) -- the food was well worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The servers are always amazing here, very helpful with the menu and not pushy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice night out, good value
    Word
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The bad: We were crammed in a tiny booth, steak salad came out without steak on it, server didn't offer us dessert before presenting the check. The good: Great ambience , city views , rooftop dining, food was excellent, so was the bill. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    great food great looking restaurant. a bit too loud and the beat techno music isn't what I'd pick to enjoy a dining experience, it mad me a little edgy. Skip the fish tacos not worth it and fried. Scallops and the devils on horseback were are favorites. Service is really great, lots of people checking in to see if you need anything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Linger rolls off tongue w/ agility
    PurpleHaze
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Tastings. Tempting treats to tease your taste-buds. Terrific wine too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummmm
    koala
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    First time for lunch....unique menu/presentation, loved the lamb kofta, great ambience as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fun, different food than the normal
    gottashiner
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Fantastic service, great to sit on rooftop deck heaters above which take off chill. Food was interesting- watch the prices be a use there is range & you could spend $100 on 4 items without any problem. Husband didn't think the fish tacos were very good. The waygo sliders were great, Greek salad very good, & shrimp appetizer not on menu was really good. Couldn't eat there every week but once per month would be fun
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular!
    SparkleYum
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Fantastic place for amazing food, special occasions, and trying new things.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so much fun
    KathyVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I was in Denver on Business and decided to try Linger based on the other reviews. i'm so glad i did. i loved the popcorn on the tables, the view from our open window of the ice cream place next door, and the look and feel of the restaurant. we started with the fried cheese curds, then i had a pork bun and the most amazing duck wings and my colleague had the parsnip soup and the fried rice with tofu. Everything was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had High Expectations
    Dlsk
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    What the server recommended for our party of four was not enough food. Waited a long time between courses even though ee ate at 5:30 p.m. The dates and bacon were rather bland and I had heard they are one of your favorites. The cheese and pepper were an inadequate size. My table loved the scallops and salmon, but for a party of four, should have been four portions. You should do a two portion normal size, and then if there are more people per table, they could order two servings. Liked your cashew milk and similar offerings.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Brunch
    Thumbless
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We ended up being that group. A birthday brunch reservation that grew twice and then had some no-shows. My apologies again. They handled it like absolute pros and didn't give us any attitude for things out of our control. Food was awesome, waiter was enthusiastic and gave us the fun facts about this building. Atmosphere was vibrant and hip without being pretentious. Loved it. And so did my wife, which was the most important part because it was her birthday. Thanks Linger
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service, good food
    Georgiedenver
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Small group of us went for brunch and it was great. Recommend reservations since they're generally pretty busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Linger losing its edge?
    MickiVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Having dined at Linger numerous times, I know I can count on great food, great service, and a great experience. So the standard is already pretty high. But brunch last Sunday was just OK. The service still great, but the food not so much. The flavor wasn't as exciting, and presentation did not have that special touch that I'd experienced before. I hope it was just an off day, as this restaurant should be at the top of the list for the place to go in Denver.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TrishWS13VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I've put off dining at Linger because I was never sure I would like the unusual combinations of ingredients in each dish. But when I was looking for something new and different for our regular Sunday brunch, their menu was it. We dug a bit deeper into the menu, past the crowd favorites, and ordered the Ramen with pork belly & the fried rice with short ribs. Although under-seasoned (we added hot chili oil & fish sauce), these were both soulful and soul-satisfying dishes. Each was rich in flavor without the heaviness of most typical brunch dishes. Warm and unctuous, these dishes are perfect to have on a chilly Sunday morning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great menu, fun location
    Fitforfoodies
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a great time at linger. Although a bit difficult to get a reservation on the weekend, our 9 pm dinner reservation was worth the wait. Wonderful menu and accommodating and personable employees. Plus you can't beat the Highlands when it comes to unique and fun restaurants/bars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    Alissa80026
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Absolutely loved this place! The food was creative and delicious. Drinks were as well. Recommend the New Saigon cocktail. Waiter was extremely knowledgeable, sweet, and accommodating to our vegan table. We had a 7:00 reservation and didn't get seated until 7:45, but had no problem getting a drink at the bar while we waited. If we were on more of a time crunch that would have been a big problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent Food; Terrible Service
    notimpressed
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    While the restaurant did accommodate an additional person to our reservation, the service was terrible. We never received refills on our coffee. The server forgot half of a friend's breakfast order, delivered it to her after she'd asked for it (and everyone else had finished eating), and he still charged her for it. Another friend ordered bottomless mimosas; she didn't get a second refill. Finally, another ordered the hangover ramen, it came to her very cold. Brunch is our thing, but Linger is not.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always delicious
    Margge
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had reservations for 10:15 on Friday night for two people. We showed up with 4 people at 9:00 and they willingly adjusted our reservation and we even got to be seated earlier. We stopped at the roof top bar for drinks which is beautiful and has very fun drinks. When we were seated for dinner, the server was informed about the food choices and we had a wonderful time. Food is GREAT!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loving Linger!
    Lola
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    As we traveled a few hours down to Denver, we made a rezzie to ensure we had a table at this busy restaurant! When we walked in, our table was ready (great scheduling by the staff!) Linger is quite a lively place, with high ceilings and an open kitchen. Our server was lovely and didn't mind we were eating a light meal. Lots of interesting choices (i had the chicken bastilla) plus a good selection for my vegeterian friend (an enormous veggie crepe), made this a great experience for foodies. That is why Linger is one of my fave Denver restaurants!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A few hiccups, still pretty great.
    MelC
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I made reservations months in advance. You have to if you want to eat at Linger on a weekend. We had to wait 15 minutes past our reservation time to be seated. But once we got our table, things got better. The food was great and comes family style, and things were really doling until our last two dishes. There was a 10 minute gap in the delivery. These are small plates so 4 people eat them up in about two minutes. We also didn't get one of the desserts we ordered, or the second glass of wine I ordered. We weren't charged for the dessert, and I was abLe to get these e eventually. It's really loud and I don't think our server heard us. I'm sure I'll go back, but be ready for a super busy, super loud experience. The food is worth it though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly underwhelmed
    Luv2eat1313VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I went here expecting it to be one of my new favorite Denver restaurants because of friends' reviews. However, I walked away underwhelmed. We waited an hour for our first tapa, and the food that came out was yes creative but not out of this world. On a positive note, their cocktails were very tasty and the view was nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I highly recommend Linger for food choice, ambiance, and an overall pleasurable dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, fun atmostphere
    visitingEater
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The food was delicious. We had a party of five and got dishes to share. The popcorn they bring to the table when you arrive is fun and tasty. The best part of the meal may have been the fall seasonal soup, some kind of squash bisque. The place was really busy on a Tuesday night, but service was attentive and the views were beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food is ok, love everything else
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I've been here a few times and have always loved the service and atmosphere of this place. Top notch every time! The food is meant to be shared, it comes in very small portions. We ordered several plates: Sweet Potato Waffle Fries, Sliders, Civieche, Chilli Relleno, Salmon, Pot Stickers, Pork Bun, Pork Tacos. We loved every single dish except The Pork Tacos and The Pork Bun. The Pork Tacos were HORRIBLE. The use of ginger in tacos is a complete mistake. Awful. The Pork Bun was...weird. The "bun" felt very doughy and the sweetness of the pork was odd. It reminded me of apple pie with pork in it. But I can't rave enough about the Sweet Potato Waffle Fries and the Salmon...OMG. Best. Salmon. EVER. Too bad it couldn't be my whole meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bribos
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Everything was great. Brought a guest from NYC that grew up in Paris. She thought the bottled wine prices were high and the wine list difficult to comprehend but loved the wine that she chose. Food prices are very fair. We had a great waiter. We did wish that you would have had valet parking. We were there on a Sunday night. Overall, would give four and a half stars as a rating. This was our second visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Linger-ed at Brunch
    Sharla
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    After repeatedly seeing Linger on Food and Wine "best of" lists we had to try. It did not disappoint. Our waiter was Gish. Honest and knowledgeable, which are both key to enjoying a dining experience. Will definitely will be requesting his section on future visits. After brunch we wandered up to the bar. Very cool space. We sat to have some tasting pours of mezcal. Cory, the bartender, was not familiar with spirits at all. She also continually coughed -- openly, without regard for the fact she's in food service. That really was the only negative of our 2+ hours visit. (a comment card was given to the manager praising Gish & notifying of Cory)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific food
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Very interesting, tasty plates and pretty environment. On a Saturday evening, however, the service was quite slow and the noise and activity level high/distracting from a good meal experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creative and tasty
    Joedriver
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    A very busy place with a creative menu. Quality of the food and service was very high. Not a quiet place. We will be back even though we live a long distance away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vibrant Scene
    Foodie4U
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Linger is such an electric place located in one of Denver's hottest neighborhoods! I love their eclectic menu. There's always something new to the taste buds to try. Great service and wait staff. Very attentive! Love Linger and look forward to my next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional food
    Foodlvr
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    unexpected combinations that tickle the tastebuds & make you smile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wixin1314
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My only complaint was that I made my reservation 6 weeks in advance requesting a window table. Then I called 2 weeks in advance to make sure. The person said yes we did have a window table. When we got there we were seated one back from the window. They just said sorry we can't seat you by the window
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch venue
    MAColo
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Interesting and updated menu. The bento box was fabulous. Easy to get to and great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unusual thought provoking
    Papa
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Love the site, the way they have created interesting menu items, small plate offerings, not farm hand portions
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate