Machete Tequila + Tacos - Lodo
Machete Tequila + Tacos - Lodo

Machete Tequila + Tacos - Lodo

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.machetedenver.com/
  • Phone: 7206127698
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 12:00am.
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 12:00am.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Chef Jose Avila
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Let Machete host your next event. To contact Machete about catering for 20-200 please email: dan@machetedenver.com.
  • Private Party Facilities: Let Machete host your next party. To contact Machete about renting out space for your event please email: dan@machetedenver.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 17th
  • Public Transit: Directly across the street from Union Train Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered street parking and parking garage available at 18th and Wynkoop St.
A word from Machete Tequila + Tacos - Lodo
Welcome to Machete Tequila + Tacos. Machete’s menu infuses classic Mexico City cantina fare with regional specialties and street food favorites such as tacos, quesadillas and ceviches. With an emphasis on the bold flavors and robust palate of Mexican cuisine, Machete uses the freshest ingredients to prepare every delightful meal. Machete also has one of the largest tequila menus in Denver and incredibly potent margaritas. Come on down for some street-style tacos and quesadillas, huaraches, alambres, authentic salsas, fundidos, fine tequilas, freshly-juiced margaritas and Denver’s first private tequila cage.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Machete Tequila + Tacos - Lodo reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelEnergetic
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (15)vibrant bar scene (15)fit for foodies (14)great for lunch (13)hot spot (13)neighborhood gem (12)late-night find (7)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)romantic (1)Show More
  • Good Lunch Spot
    kk929
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We got to Machete at 11:30am, and it was pretty quiet. The service was friendly, albeit a little slow for me, since I only get an hour for lunch. We ordered the guacamole and 4 salsa selection, both of which I would highly recommend. I got three tacos, while my dad got two - I probably would have been better off with two, since you get so much guac with your order. The tacos were good - definitely for foodies but kind of difficult to eat and my tortillas were hard, so I couldn't eat them and just ate the filling. I'll probably try something else next time, because I'd like to go back for the guac and salsa. I did not have any of the tequilas, so I cannot comment on that selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The tacos were delicious and the service was fun and excellent.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So loud I can't taste my tacos!
    Robz3D
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The tacos were good, but nothing to run back for, the black squid ink tortilla was cool. The margs were ok, nice and strong and large! But lacking in flavor.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • really loud and crazy decor
    sunniraindrop
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Was looking for a replacement to T/aco that closed and the definitely have unique offerings including shark on the menu. Very loud spot but fun day of the dead decor all over. I'd go back for late night fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT FOOD!
    luvthefoodVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great food and seating for a large team building event - staff is always happy to help ensure everyone enjoys the restaurant!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time and I will Return
    Jenkgiant
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    2 of our party of 4 arrived 15 minutes early at 8p and we were seated right away, which was great but when the other 2 arrived they were told I did not have a reservation so they went to the bar as they were unaware we had arrived early. Maybe the reservation was marked closed/completed after 2 of us were seated early? The service was attentive & the food was excellent. A few different servers brought our items & our waitress was super sweet. Since I had asked about corn tortillas, she realized I have a gluten sensitivity & was quick to point out there is flour in 2 of their 4 salsas which I very much appreciated! A male server who was very familiar with their tequilas helped us with those selections--loved, loved the Crema recommendation!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great traditional tacos!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This is one of the best places to find traditional Mexican tacos. The style is reminiscent of the tacos you find in Mexico City. Definitely will be coming back for more
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The name fits
    Foodie1VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Great tacos and tequila - exactly what they advertise. The margaritas are very authentic Mexican, not too sweet.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Nuevo Mexican food!
    DSmith
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Upscale food and drinks makes this a great find. Thank you Open Table!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Food was fabulous!! Sarah our server was amazing! Highly recommend!! Definitely going back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Machete....odd name, great food
    UnrepentantFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Tacos....my date thought hers with halibut was one of the best things she'd eaten in a long time. Mine were delicious, both of them, all seafood (scallops and shrimp). The flourless chocolate cake was wonderful. All gluten free, which she had to have.....and all with a ton of flavor. Lively, vibrant food that pops, margaritas the way they're supposed to taste. Nothing fancy about the place, typical Mexican cantina, but wonderful food and a great server. It's a darn fine lunch spot for downtown Denver....prices were excellent. I like Machete's a lot, and was prepared, honestly, to be underwhelmed. Far from it. This place is a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Quite Ready for Prime Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I had dinner at the new Machete over the last weekend, hoping for a similar experience to the one located in Cherry Creek. While I love the fact that they are branching out into this great spot in LoDo, my experience was poor. We waited for almost 10 minutes before a server came to our table to greet us - I had to go to the hostes in order to get someone to come by. The layout was so tight that we were pretty much connected to both tables on either side, and spent most of dinner being bumped into. Drinks were strong and the menu was pretty similar to the other location. The noise level was really high, due to the buzz and volume of patrons. I'm sure this place will be great with a little time, but I'll give it a month or 2 before I return.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and Service!
    Rayf
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great food in the tradition of street tacos. A little noisy but that adds the upbeat atmosphere of the location. Overall, a great find.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dessert is a must!
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Really enjoyed Machete! The chips and guac were great, definitely go for the four salsa sampler. I enjoyed the shrimp taco a lot, the lengua taco had a little too much onion on top but it was easily removed. The corn cake with churro ice cream was FANTASTIC! I'll definitely be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Guac
    Shannon
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Exceptional guacamole, salsas and tacos although the waitress assured me I could easily eat three tacos and was barely able to put away two after the chips and guar appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting Interior
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We had a variety of tacos and guacamole and chips at Machete. My favorite taco was the Arrachera taco. Delicious! I would definitely get this again. The others I had, a chicken taco with potato and camarron taco with shrimp were ok. I would not order them again. The chicken one in particular had pretty dry meat. We liked the guacamole and chips and the sides of different salsas to try with them. My favorite salsa was the chipotle salsa with the smokey flavor! The service was fine. We had water on the table at all times and didn't order any other drinks. The interior was pretty dark and the decor reminded me of the Mexican "Day of the Dead" holiday a bit with skeletons and skulls hanging from the ceiling.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Margaritas
    JimS
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The tacos were good, and the margaritas were excellent. Our waitress was fantastic, very attentive, super friendly; and when some drunk idiot and his girlfriend came and sat down at our table she came over instantly and told them to beat it. Will certainly come back when we are downtown.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 8 reviews are from the Machete Tequila + Tacos - Lodo reviews archive.
  • A new fave!
    BrunchBunch
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We recently checked out Machete in both Cherry Creek and LoDo. Love the tacos!! Even the kids liked it. The food is wonderful and we had great service in both locations. Evening is more of a bar scene and, of course, louder. The LoDo location was great for lunch on Sunday before the Rockies game and it was good for families and not as loud.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just ok
    chloe
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We were there after a baseball game and our server said they had been very busy. The place was pretty dead when we got there at 6:30. Our service was excellent, however the food was very ordinary. Ceviche was dry and tasteless. Tacos---just ok.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good ambiance...
    Sweet22
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This is a very neat place to eat at. The waitress was extremely helpful and knowledgeable with the menu. I would definetly recommend to anyone looking for some great tacos.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    It was a great time and great service even though we had a really large group!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good fresh and inventive tacos
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Not your typical chain Mexican food. Our group ordered the assorted 12 tacos which were served family style on a large platter. This made for a casual and fun dinner. Also had the guacamole and chips which everyone enjoyed as it was a generous portion.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just okay
    imasage06
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Service was attentive and on top of things. The food was just okay, which was dissapointing. The plates were really bare. No sides, no garnish, no dressing up the food. Very minimal and basic. The camaron taco had great flavor, the others were rather bland. The guacamole was pretty average too. Too much onion flavor in it, not enough salt & lime. Tortilla chiprs were good, but would have been so much better if they were warm. The salsas that came with the chips were just okay. Out of the 4 to choose from, the red pepper one was the best, the others were just okay. I had high hopes, but they were dashed. The good news is that small changes could really improve the overall experience. The drinks were good, but the food needed some work.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the new Machete!
    MariVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We've enjoyed the other location at Cherry Creek and had been looking forward to trying the new one. It's in a great location closer to school for us and when word gets out and union station gets going, this restaurant will be busy! We went in on a Sunday night with friends that had never been to the other location. It was rather slow in the restaurant. We were seated promptly and Kenny did a great job explaining the menu and the new items. The drinks, while some may think they are pricey, are absolutely worth it! I love the new banquet room in the back and that the cartoons decorate the bathroom like the other location. Great decor! I really was happy with the experience. ...and it was the perfect end to our spring break!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The " New" Machete
    Piney
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We went during the " soft opening" time while visiting Denver from the San Francisco Bay Area. The food, drinks and service were great. Each of four adults had three tacos each all of a different type. This is a location which will be most attractive and convenient when the train station is redeveloped. We will be back again when we are in Denver in the future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.