Old Blinking Light
9344 Dorchester St
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129Neighborhood:
Highlands Ranch / Lone Tree
AmericanPrice: $30 and under
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
- 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!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
- Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
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Old Blinking Light reviews from OpenTable diners
97 reviews since July 25, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
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 birthdayOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 8/3/2011In 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:
- They have changed-up theirFoodieDined on 7/29/2011They 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:
- The guacamole and chips wasOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 7/22/2011The 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:
- Great happy hour burger!!OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 7/22/2011Great 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:
- A fun place with a great happyOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 7/16/2011A 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:
- Stale bread, dried mustardDJ2UVIPDined on 6/25/2011Stale 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.
- Nice to have a restaurantLLisa4Dined on 6/25/2011Nice 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:
- The food is always fresh andOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 6/17/2011The food is always fresh and of high quality. The burgers are fantastic.Special Features:
- It's an okay place to go forJohnDined on 6/11/2011It'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.
- Food was over spiced and franklyFraser2VIPDined on 6/3/2011Food 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:
- Finallya place I can sit andOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 6/3/2011Finallya 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:
- JBHOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 6/2/2011Great place. Loved the decor. The food was creative and very good. Can't wait to return!Special Features:
- Service was outstanding, hadOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 5/27/2011Service was outstanding, had a table for 14 and everything was fast and fabulous food too!Special Features:
- We waited quite awhile beforeOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 5/14/2011We 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.
- When I went, They didn't havedavidmad1Dined on 5/8/2011When 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:
- Glad we have a great restaurantOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 4/30/2011Glad we have a great restaurant in the neighborhood.Special Features:
- happy hour is always a greatOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 3/23/2011happy hour is always a great time here - food is terrific!Special Features:
- This was a new restaurantOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 3/21/2011This 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:
- Good food, great atmosphereOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 3/11/2011Good 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:
- Best place in Denver area so farOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 2/25/2011Thoroughly 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:
- I thought the menu could beOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 2/25/2011I thought the menu could be expanded a little more. It was good, but not great. Probably won't go back.
- This is a decent place toOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 2/23/2011This 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:
- I took my girlfriend hereOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 2/14/2011I 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:
- Great menu with a varietymsfunnybonesVIPDined on 2/12/2011Great 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 happy hour food specials.OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 2/12/2011Great happy hour food specials. Too loud for a special occasion or romantic dinner.Special Features:
- We enjoyed the relaxed feel.OpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 2/11/2011We 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:
- MUST TRY!OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 2/11/2011This 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:
- Good atmosphere, but lacksOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 1/28/2011Good atmosphere, but lacks taste quality of what they make the food out to be (and what you pay for).Special Features:
- The food and service wereOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 1/28/2011The 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.
- RedemptionOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 1/25/2011This 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 flairSpecial Features:
- Met for dinner with 2 friendsericslaneDined on 1/22/2011Met 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:
- ehOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 1/22/2011service was slow - food was just ok for the price - I would go again... but probably only for the bar and appetizers.Special Features:
- Great enchiladas! Loved allBethVIPDined on 1/15/2011Great enchiladas! Loved all the food. Will go back!Special Features:
- This was our first trip toOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 1/15/2011This 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:
- Limited menu, but excellentSamJVIPDined on 1/15/2011Limited 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:
- We are new to the area andOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 1/14/2011We 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:
- Good service and good food.OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 1/12/2011Good service and good food. The patio looks like it would be great in nicer weather.Special Features:
- What a surprise!! - we areOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 1/1/2011What 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: