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Pikkas Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pikkasdenver.com
  • Phone: (720) 381-6748
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, Visa
  • Cuisine: Peruvian
  • Executive Chef: Joseph “Chef Pepito” Aparicio
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Pikkas’ private dining room is available by reservation, seats 18, and features a cozy ambiance including a warm fireplace and fine artwork on the walls.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Bus stop at 1st and Filmore two blocks away.
A word from Pikkas
Located in the heart of Cherry Creek North, Pikkas Peruvian Cuisine & Pisco Bar features a festive upscale-casual, indoor and outdoor brightly-colored atmosphere with an outstanding new Peruvian tapas menu. The menu offers a wide selection of Peruvian delicacies, fine wines, signature cocktails, and Latin American beers. Pikkas is the newest venture and pride of Joseph “Chef Pepito” Aparicio, and a culmination of over 20 years of culinary experience. Chef Pepito’s first Peruvian restaurant, Taita Peruvian Cuisine & Bar, on Capitol Hill opened in August of 2012. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Really authentic and great Peruvian food. A gem. We have been missing Peruvian food since our trip in May where we were amazed by how good the food was. Pikkas brings this to Denver."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We dropped by on a hot summer night and grabbed the street-side patio (left corner) seating where we had great people watching and a clear view of the amazing musicians. Live Latin music, fresh ingredients and masterful touch from the kitchen and bar made this overall a fantastic experience. We went for the ceviche and other seafood, which was fantastic. One of us had a steak dish too, which was amazingly flavorful and tender. Have to admit we are not Cherry Creek district fans in general but have added Pikkas to our destination spots. We will be back in winter to try the fireplace seating."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My daughter and I dined at Pikka's last Saturday night. The food was delicious, but our server was not terribly attentive. The restaurant was not particularly busy, but we saw our waiter exactly 3 times during our 2 hour dining experience. My initial wine cocktail was room temperature by the time I received it, we had to ask for silverware when our appetizer came, and we were already finished with our entrees by the time he decided to see if we were enjoying our meals. I will probably return to Pikka's for the food, but I do hope I get a different server."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This was a very disappointing dining experience. Overall, we felt this was grossly overpriced for the quality of food that was provided. Food quality was fair at best -- both appetizer and entree had varying levels of cooking levels (some parts tough and way overcooked; others moist at underdone), which indicates products that were not fully thawed from frozen. At $20+ per dish, I expect something more than what I could get from Costco. The ambience was nice for those who actually were seated in the main dining room; we were not. We were placed by ourselves in a side room that featured one long bench and multiple tables packed closely together. Even though we were alone, it was far from an intimate experience. Avoid this place."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Our server was excellent and the dinner was delicious, but the restaurant is sleepy! We love that it is quiet and we can talk and hear each other, but they need some life! Perhaps a guitar player or personal touch to create a little vibe. They need to advertise more in the neighborhood or create some special value. The food is too good, not to succeed."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The food was marvelous. The staff caring and observant. The steps a disaster waiting to happen. A member of my party when entering nearly tripped and fell on a poorly placed and designed exterior step. A different member when leaving nearly fell on the same step. Although it is clearly marked it should be corrected. Upon walking to our cars we were rating the restaurant and agreed the food was spectacular and we would not return until the step was corrected."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We had a nice dinner there. The food is pretty good. I liked the live guitar music the best. The ambiance is very nice. I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is that I ordered the dish: Arroz Con Marisco. It teasted like just fried rice with little pieces of seafood. Not impressed with that dish. But, it was probably my fault since I don't really like fried rice. But the other dishes looked much more appealing as I looked around what other people are ordering. I will go back and try other dishes. I love their decoration, live music, service. Definitely spent a wonderful evening there. The whole environment made me feel like we traveled to some other country and dined in a local restaurant there. :-)"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Interior of restaurant was uncomfortable and unattractive. Food was good but overpriced. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This was our groups first time at Pikkas for lunch. The service was outstanding and the food was to die for. Our waiter definitely made our dining experience very enjoyable. I would highly recommend Pikkas to anyone and will definitely be going back for lunch and to try dinner as well. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The music was a lovely addition to a very nice meal."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This restaurant was recommended highly deeper a friend and now I see why. The food was fabulous and the Chase subtle yet. Distinct. I highly recommend because it is truly find in this neighborhood. Actually you should make it your destination next time you want a wonderful dining experience. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Third time there and it's getting worse. Menu options sound great but were not executed well. Poorly presented by inattentive waitress. Stood at door for 5 minutes while being ignored by only two wait people present. Rap music playing when we arrived. Won't go back."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "We had a delicious mid-week dinner at Pikkas. Ask for an outdoor table along the west side of the restaurant. The steak with frittes was excellent. Don't forget to order a pitcher of the Sangria. We have no complaints and look forward to dining at Pikkas again."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "I haven't had Peruvian food this good since the last time I was in Costa Rica. I recommend this place!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "We sat on the patio and enjoyed wonderful food while relaxing and listened to a fantastic band from S. America. Eric - bar tender but waited on us outside - took great care of us! We followed his recommendations of various food selections and were happy with everything we ordered. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The food was great and ambience too but they need to improve the service a lot considering was slow "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Really like the food here. Portions are generous. Sangria is quite tasty! Staff if very friendly. Service was a bit off -- but they were busy and we were a large group -- so it did not really bother me."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Our first experience with Peruvian cuisine and it was great! It was our 36th anniversary and my wife loved it. The chef's dressing and marinades were unique, light and tasteful. If they offered them for sale, we would have bought several bottles. Although, I showed up with only my credit card receipt for this Denver Deal, they were very gracious and asked me to call back on Monday with the voucher info. They only charged us for our drinks and declined to charge my card again, even though I offered. I found the Denver Daily Deal e-mail in my spam folder on Monday and called them with the voucher # and PIN. We will be back and will recommend to all our friends. I am a hero in my wife's eyes but the chef and staff did all the work."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This was our second time at Pikkas and we just love it. The food is fantastic. Everything we have tried is so flavorful. It is a bit of a drive from our house, but totally worth it. The menu has a nice variety for everyone - meat, seafood, vegetarian. The ambiance is fun and there is a nice little outdoor area if the weather is nice. I highly recommend this place!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We found it by accident and it was fabulous, will be back often. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We went to Pikkas twice in two weeks. We hope they do well, but they are not ready for prime time yet. Both evenings the food was very good, but... They have a small wine list, but both times they were out of the bottle we wanted. We ended up getting a glass of their table wine, and it was really fairly nasty. Then our main course took over 45 minutes to arrive even though it wasn't too busy. Given that we couldn't enjoy sipping on the wine, this was a really long wait (the band also took a break about this time). They need to improve their wine list and, just as importantly, have in the wines they list. They also need to tighten up the service aspect. We won't try back again until we read some reviews indicating they are improving..."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We found this gem on Open Table and it will definitely be a regular of ours! The food was excellent. .... delicious new flavors. Very well prepared. Service was slow, but we didnt really mind. The staff are very helpful and friendly. You feel they care that their guests enjoy themselves. Try it!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "While visiting in the Cherry Creek area, we decided to try the Peruvian food at Pikkas for lunch and it was well worth the time. My wife had the Sudado de Pescado and enjoyed it very much. I had the Asado Sandwich and cannot begin to say how delicious it was and the accompanying sauce made it even better. The service was very accommodating, friendly and courteous. The place is well kept and neat everywhere you go which tells me of the pride that the ownership has in running their establishment. When we are in the area again, we will definitely make a point of returning to Pikkas."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "TI would recommendthe Quinolto taita. It is the Chef's signature dish. If you likeexotic and good. Try the grilled baby octopus.My friend had Chileansalmon "wild caught" onover spinachand mashed garbanzo beans. It was tasty also. They make the Peruvian national drink "Pisco Sours. Excellent!!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The food was uninspiring and not at all what we expected from a Peruvian restaurant. Reason for grading the service as poor was because although we had ordered an appetizer it never came and instead she brought the main courses without any comment or explanation. The wine we ordered from the menu was not in stock and we settled for the house wine which she had to go back to the bartender to find out what it was. Restaurant was not very crowded for a Friday night and I doubt that it will have much staying power."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This brightly-painted cheerful new restaurant is located below sidewalk level, so a bit hard to find, but inside awaits delicious Peruvian food, served graciously by helpful wait staff, who patiently answer questions. Next time, however, we may order salads instead of entrees, as our bill came to $90 for two entrees and two glasses of wine. The food was excellent; my husband ordered the grilled steak tips and veggies, and I had the chef's creation, a quinoa and shrimp delight. There's a nice bar too, that specializes in piscos, a brandy-like liqueur."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "This was my second time visiting Pikka's. The first time I went for happy hour and fell in love with the happy hour selection and prices. The second time I went for dinner. I spent several years in South America and love me some Pisco. These pisco sours are expertly made and the best you're going to find in Denver. The food is great- but a bit over-priced. Our group had the Lomo saltado, the Aji de pollo (I liked this better on the happy hour menu), the mushroom ravioli (good house-made noodles), and the Couscous specialty. Everyone's favorite was the Couscous specialty dish- it has layers of flavor and is warm and gooey. Yum. The papas rellenas and ceviche were good choices on the happy hour menu. Good atmosphere too."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "not recommended. poor ambiance. great ceviche. terrible octopus appetizer preparation. over cooked and rubbery bad steak frites. cut of meat was all fat and gristle."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Pikkas has a great bar area and was really good for getting a group together. The ceviche and the different types are amazing! The entrees are excellent as well. More people need to know about Pikkas and experience it."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Very pleasant experience. Very good, unusual food and superb wait staff."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite Cherry Creek restaurants. Get the pisco sour before dinner."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We found this fun fabulous Peruvian restaurant to be just wonderful! Service was very attentive and helpful in navigating the menu. Every dish was special and delicious - the stewed fish was light and different (in a good way), the steak with spinach mashed potatoes was flavorful. And not to be missed - the mussels were spicy and out of this world. It was so nice to have something completely different and so many new flavors. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Actually out group raved about everything: the Paella, the Lomo Saltado, and the Aji De Galina. Pleasant place that few people know about."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Good food, nice atmosphere. The Peruvian corn, spinach and mashed garbanzo was great."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This restaurant was really good with timing and attention from the servers, however the menu seems somehow overpriced and in reality food is nothing spectacular that blows you away. Just another Peruvian restaurant serving the same thing. Keep in mind that this restaurant is not really gluten free friendly or even vegetarian/vegan friendly. You can find couple of dishes from the whole menu, that is it."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Don't be put off by what you see from the street. This should become a Cherry Creek favorite. The mussels appetizer was to die for, and the entrees of slow cooked fish and the paella were superb. Pisco sours are a must. Prices are very reasonable for Cherry Creek. I recommend this restaurant highly."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Their Pisco Sours are great and taste just like what you would get in Peru !"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was excellent, we had a fantastic time. Thank you"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "This was the second time I visited Pikkas. The first time was for lunch, this time for dinner, The food was excellent, very different from the run if the mill. The bar was very nice and some customers were eating there, the service was excellent, I will return."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "This place needs a makeover! It is in a lower level space that feels like someone's ugly old basement. There are basically no decorations or anything to make the place more comfortable. Although our server was very nice, it took a long time for the food to arrive and it was mediocre."
    Dined on 1/10/2014