Old Blinking Light
Old Blinking Light

Old Blinking Light

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.taosrestaurantgroup.com/old_blinking_light/_about.html
  • Phone: (303) 346-9797
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southwest, American
  • Executive Chef: Christopher Hansen
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call and talk to our event manager!
  • Private Party Facilities: The Old Blinking Light’s "Kiva Room" offers a warm, intimate atmosphere for family gatherings, corporate events, social receptions & business luncheons. This truly unique space accommodates up to 36 people seated and up to 45 for a cocktail style reception. With private access to an outdoor patio of Colorado's beautiful front range, the Old Blinking Light is the ultimate private dining experience in Highlands Ranch. We offer our full dinner menu for parties up to 25, and special limited menus to your specifications. The Kiva Room's large screen TV is laptop compatible and is perfect for Powerpoint presentations and slideshows. There are also chalk boards and cork boards available for your needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Earl Gonzales 3033469797

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highlands Ranch Parkway
  • Public Transit: RTD bus route has multiple transits that will get you 200 yards from the restaurant. The stop will be the town center in Highlands Ranch.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Open parking available throughout the town center with a multi level public garage directly behind the restaurant.
A word from Old Blinking Light
Whether you are looking for a relaxing lunch, family-friendly dinner or night out to enjoy excellent margaritas, the Old Blinking Light welcomes you! Named one of America’s 10 Best New Chefs by Food & Wine Magazine, Chef Joseph Wrede joins forces with owners Michael Yaccino and Nat Troy to introduce a fresh new taste to the Highlands Ranch community. Influenced by a Taos, NM background, the superb menu offers a wide range of fresh flavors and tastes. American food with a Southwest soul!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Old Blinking Light reviews from OpenTable diners
97 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (68)great for outdoor dining (53)good for groups (43)fit for foodies (43)special occasion (23)hot spot (21)kid-friendly (20)great for lunch (18)vibrant bar scene (17)romantic (12)notable wine list (9)late-night find (7)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • In preparing for my birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/3/2011
    In preparing for my birthday dinner, I was very excited to try this restaurant. The menu looked delicious, and I was salivating to try the duck fat fries. I ordered the bacon wrapped buffalo meatloaf and my mother ordered the anchiote pork loin. Well, in a restaurant with maybe a handful of other patrons, we waited an extremely long time, with no return from the server regarding the delay. The meatloaf was surprisingly moist, but the bacon was a fatty mess. The pork loin was dry and chewy. On top of that, it was just barely warm. The duck fat fries were nowhere near as delicious as I thought - they were peppery and soggy. Dessert was creme brulee, which was good, but not the best. I don't think I'll be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They have changed-up their
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/29/2011
    They have changed-up their menu allowing more variety of price and food types, which makes it easier to accomodate more personal tastes. We enjoyed each selection and they were willing to temper the spice/heat on certain dishes for us. The staff were friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The guacamole and chips was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/22/2011
    The guacamole and chips was really good. Our entrees were okay. I ordered the Achiote Pork...it was supposed to come cooked "medium" but instead it was well done and dry.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great happy hour burger!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/22/2011
    Great happy hour burger!! Not to mention, they carry Chimay beer which can be hard to find. It however is not on the happy hour menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A fun place with a great happy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2011
    A fun place with a great happy hour and fantastic variety of foods for those who are gluten free. Have a mojito and some chips and salsa. You will be very glad that you did.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stale bread, dried mustard
    DJ2UVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2011
    Stale bread, dried mustard on the sliders, bland drinks, and soggy oily fries were the highlights of this experience. Definitely one to pass on if you really want decent food. Among the worst restaurant/food experiences we've had in a long long time. And it's not cheap.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice to have a restaurant
    LLisa4
    Dined on 6/25/2011
    Nice to have a restaurant like this in the neighborhood. We went with our 4 kids, and everyone found something to like. Service was friendly, plenty of room for our group. We'd recommend the grilled fish tacos, buffalo meat loaf, and the chocolate chip cookie & milk - a rich bar drizzled with caramel & chocolate.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is always fresh and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/17/2011
    The food is always fresh and of high quality. The burgers are fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's an okay place to go for
    John
    Dined on 6/11/2011
    It's an okay place to go for dinner. It was not crowded on Saturday night and that may also tell you it is not 4.5 stars rated. Good variety.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was over spiced and frankly
    Fraser2VIP
    Dined on 6/3/2011
    Food was over spiced and frankly too hot for the kids. Ribs had too much cayenne, and the mac and cheeze does not need so much jalapenos or the server can ask if we want it less spiced. Excellent food. Portios are generous. Will simply order apetizers next time.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Finallya place I can sit and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/3/2011
    Finallya place I can sit and enjoy my evening and not be pushed to finish. Staff are fun to interact with. Our new regular spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JBH
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/2/2011
    Great place. Loved the decor. The food was creative and very good. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Service was outstanding, had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/27/2011
    Service was outstanding, had a table for 14 and everything was fast and fabulous food too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We waited quite awhile before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/14/2011
    We waited quite awhile before trying this restaurant, we live in Highlands Ranch and this was our first visit. Initial reviews were that the restaurant was overpriced and the food was mediocre which is what caused us to wait quite awhile before giving it a shot. I believe that the menu has changed to be more moderately priced and we had a good meal. I believe they have fixed what they need to in order to make this a great neighborhood restaurant. We will be visiting again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • When I went, They didn't have
    davidmad1
    Dined on 5/8/2011
    When I went, They didn't have the full menu, instead they had some "select" items and a "brunch buffet". The buffet was comprised mostly of breakfast items, but also had some chips with a WONDERFUL guacamole dip and a station that had prime rib and ham. None of the items on the buffet were fresh nor were they warm/hot. Even the prime rib was cold, and very bland. The chili flavored crust on the prime rib seemed like it had potential for sprucing up the underwhelming flavor of the meat, but after only 4 or so bites, I was done, if simply out of boredom.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glad we have a great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/30/2011
    Glad we have a great restaurant in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • happy hour is always a great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/23/2011
    happy hour is always a great time here - food is terrific!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was a new restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/21/2011
    This was a new restaurant for us. We like to try places we've never been, and we were very pleased. The food was AWESOME. I really likes the small desserts. I usually dont order dessert, but I dont feel so guilty when it's just a bite or two! Our waiter was very nice and knowlegable about the menu! I cant wait to go back. There are many things on the menu I cant wait to try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, great atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/11/2011
    Good food, great atmosphere and staff...well worth tracking down if you happen to be in Highlands Ranch looking for someplace new and different to try.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best place in Denver area so far
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/25/2011
    Thoroughly impressed. Food was excellent. One of those hard to find restaurants that has a quality of a food you would expect to pay $50 or more per person but is only $15. Best enchiladas in Denver, I am from AZ and know my mexican food, their red sauce is amazing, you can tell the make it themselves with actual peppers. Bacon wrapped buffalo meat loaf was excellent. Overall great food, great selection, and I will be going back regularly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I thought the menu could be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/25/2011
    I thought the menu could be expanded a little more. It was good, but not great. Probably won't go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a decent place to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/23/2011
    This is a decent place to eat in the Ranch. Parents, look up the word baby sitter, google it. There is a Red Robin down the street if you are compelled to drag your toddlers to dinner, don't bring them here. Please.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I took my girlfriend here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2011
    I took my girlfriend here for our 1st Valentines together. I couldn't of asked for a better place. The food was outstanding and full of flavor! The atmospher was relaxing and romantic with the fire all around. Noise level where very quite, the bar looked fun. Overall I would stonglly recommend this resurant for any ocation. I don't see it working well with younger children.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great menu with a variety
    msfunnybonesVIP
    Dined on 2/12/2011
    Great menu with a variety of unique preparations. Great atmosphere. Only complaint was that the waiter continued to place blame on everyone and everything else for his lack. But overall, it was a great place to eat and enjoy the company.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great happy hour food specials.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/12/2011
    Great happy hour food specials. Too loud for a special occasion or romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We enjoyed the relaxed feel.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/11/2011
    We enjoyed the relaxed feel. It was too cold tosit outside, but the view of the fire pit is always fun. The Nat's salad was unique and tasty!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MUST TRY!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/11/2011
    This was my first dining experience with the OBL and I was absolutely impressed. The food was amazing, the service was terrific, and our entire party commented (some even the next day) about the wonderful find in Highlands Ranch. OBL will now be a frequent stop for us!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good atmosphere, but lacks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/28/2011
    Good atmosphere, but lacks taste quality of what they make the food out to be (and what you pay for).
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food and service were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/28/2011
    The food and service were good but if you want to have an intimate conversation this is not the place to go. The way it is set up accoustic wise, voices echo everywhere and it is difficult to hear the person talking to you at yoru table.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Redemption
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/25/2011
    This was our third trip to OLB. The first two were horrendous due to the service, but things seem to have changes. Our server was very friendly, prompt, and took great care of us. The food has always been outstanding if you are in the mood for American food with a Southwest flair
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Met for dinner with 2 friends
    ericslane
    Dined on 1/22/2011
    Met for dinner with 2 friends - hostess was very gracious and accommodating, in that she set my wife and I before the other party arrived. Server was pleasant, but somewhat inattentive. Don't know if the bar was backed up, but drink times were exceedingly long. Food quality and appearance were outstanding. Portion size on the chicken queso nachos was huge, even sharing them with 3 other people. I had the chicken sandwich, which was also quite good. Sweet potatoes fries were spot on. First time dining here, but will return. Great find!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • eh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 1/22/2011
    service was slow - food was just ok for the price - I would go again... but probably only for the bar and appetizers.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great enchiladas! Loved all
    BethVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2011
    Great enchiladas! Loved all the food. Will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was our first trip to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/15/2011
    This was our first trip to The Old Blinking Light, and certainly not our last. Just walking inside was a revelation; the atmosphere was warm and welcoming, the ambiance relaxing and the decor refreshingly NOT like very many other places we've been. Our server was prompt and helpful, but not smothering; the food was tremendously fresh and flavorful, and we appreciated that much of it was organic and locally sourced. Great attention was paid to the children (interestingly, the kid's menu is posted at the door, so you know going in what's available; I found this very thoughtful and a nice touch), and I think they enjoyed it every bit as much as we did.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Limited menu, but excellent
    SamJVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2011
    Limited menu, but excellent food. Since it is in Highlands Ranch, there are usually plenty of families, but the food is upscale and not at all like a chain restaurant. The food is always fresh and wine list is also quite good. i recommend it if you are looking for great food with a Southwestern flair!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We are new to the area and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/14/2011
    We are new to the area and this was a great find ... fresh and scratch, great variety, fabulous drinks too. From basic to eclectic menu items, this is a neat place. Next time we'll sit on the patio by the fire pit.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good service and good food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/12/2011
    Good service and good food. The patio looks like it would be great in nicer weather.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a surprise!! - we are
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/1/2011
    What a surprise!! - we are new to Denver and are trying lots of different restaurants and Old Blinking Light was fantastic! The food is fantastic, the service is great and the decor is fabulous.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate