Polished Tavern
Polished Tavern

Polished Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.polishedtavern.com/
  • Phone: (303) 534-5082
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 10:00pm,

    Friday & Saturday: Late Menu: 10:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Polish, American
  • Executive Chef: Cezary Grosfeld
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: We specialize in Polish Cuisine, but for our customers we can create anything upon request.
  • Private Party Facilities: It is a VIP room, good for appetizers, late menu for all kinds of festivities.
  • Private Party Contact: Cezary Grosfeld 7202513219x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 15th & Lawrence
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: directly below the restaurant entrance from lawrence street - 5$ with validation ticket
A word from Polished Tavern
Polished Tavern - Polish Restaurant and Infused Vodka Bar.

We specialize in homemade Pierogi - Polish Dumpling and Infused Vodka. We are first restaurant with ICE BAR!!!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Polished Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (13)vibrant bar scene (11)fit for foodies (10)special occasion (8)hot spot (7)late-night find (6)neighborhood gem (5)romantic (2)great for lunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Stinky
    Cyrene
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Good food and great service spoiled by doors to patio being left open and smokers sitting at doorway caused entire room to be engulfed with cigarette smoke. Ruined the entire experience for me and my guests. Clothing reeked of smoke by the time we left.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sunday
    evergreencubVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Best attentive service. Waitress was stellar. We had her two times so far. Great burgers both times. Awesome decor . chic modern look.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st time
    JDickey
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This place has a very nice atmosphere, definitely a grown up place though. The food was pretty good however there were several pin bones in the salmon. I would recommend this place for its drinks. They are no joke. We ordered the espresso chocolate martinis and let me tell you, not only were they delicious but they packed a serious punch. No watered down cocktails at this place.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the sampler appetizer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    2 of us dined on the polish sampler, which included different stuffed pirogies, stuffed cabbage, chicken, sauerkraut, and cucumber, cabbage and beet salads. The poppyseed cake was a little disappointing - more like povitiza than poppyseed cake. Overall, a good, hearty meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a good place for Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The Polished Tavern is clearly a Vodka Bar and Night Club. We went for dinner and while the decor, food and service was very good, we felt odd being the only diners in the restaurant at 7 pm on a Sat night. Once we entered, the decor and style clearly points to a night club. It would be nice to see it in it full swing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Polish food
    Wyodiner
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Although it was a little loud from the bar part, the food was very good and authentic. The borscht was better than I have ever had, including in Russia.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and tasty
    Angie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The feast was wonderful. Great flavors and variety. The dill sauce on the meatballs was superb. I loved the chocolate expresso martini with dessert. Not very many people for a Friday night but it was also Labor Day weekend. Cool lit up ice bars As well. Service was nice and attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food and service were excellent. It was very quiet, because we dined midweek. The Polish food was terrific, and the menu included plenty of regular American classics as well. The Lemon Drop martini was superb. We'd go back and eat here again in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious Food, Loud Surroundings
    mkemm
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I'm glad I read other reviews before going to this place, as I felt better prepared to handle the bar scene there. We ate dinner there around 8pm on a Saturday, and it was pretty loud and un-cozy. I'm tempted to go back during lunch hours with my parents (who couldn't possibly tolerate the evening noise level). Our server was kind, although way too busy, like the owner doesn't believe in staffing appropriately - just one server for eight food tables, plus some bar patrons. The food was authentic and absolutely mouth-watering delicious. I ordered some giant sampler off the appetizer menu, and it had a bit of everything. We had leftovers to take home, which we enjoyed for two additional meals.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    TraceyH
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Excellent service & outstanding food! The schnitzel was fantastic, as well as the perogies, but I highly recommend their bloody mary!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place!
    Judy
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food at the Polished Tavern is wonderful. We were very impressed. Great atmosphere and service too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No place like it!
    Chris
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Poland has always been one of my favorite places in the world and with friends in Poland I used to explain that there were no bars in the US (or at least in Colorado) that were anything like the bars in Poland. Kinga's Lounge was my go to spot until Polished Tavern opened up - it's in a prime location (the area around Kinga's can be a bit shady), has a superb and authentic Polish menu (and beer/drink list), as well as over 30 in-house infused vodkas. There is nothing like it and it is excellent! From the staff to the food to the drinks to the location, Polished Tavern is exceptional and a nostalgic reminder of Poland!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 72 reviews are from the Polished Tavern reviews archive.
  • Surreal?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Was recommended to try the polish food. Surprised by the the Night Club setting, A way cool experience if you are a drinker can't get any better than to have your own ice chest right in front of you at your table! 7:15 Reservation. 2 servers in the whole place and we got the 1 that was a bar tender? Brought a bottle of beer to the table then asked if we wanted a cold glass? Then proceeded 2 times to forget the frosted glass?, sounded like only 1 chef in the kitchen, BUT! Thank goodness the food was tasty and fresh hot after the very long drawn out wait. Our bar tender spent more time apologizing, but hey our group is a patient fun loving group. Nothing left me desiring to return or to recommend this place to others, and I'm a foodie…
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Ate here as something different from the normal ethnic. Based on our own Eastern European heritage, we had to try the Pierogis, cabbage roles and Schnitzel. All excellent. A little noisy with a few notably loud "happy hour voices", so probably not the place for an intimate dinner or first date. Out with friends, probably a good place to have some drinks, some appetizers, and some fun.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Polish food
    Jolacabana
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Loved the atmosphere and the food. From appetizer to desert, it was authentic Polish cuisine. Loved it and will definitely come back. Dziękuję!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Order polish food !
    AlexiScriabin
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Make sure to order the polish food on the menu. The other food is okay but not as good. Also if you want Chopin vodka (which you most likely will) order it on the rocks. Mixing it in drinks takes away from its character.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    AIAP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    This was a great find, the food was fantastic and delicious and the service was good. I would go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Modern Decor
    Goodmeal
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This restaurant is more for the bar crowd. Our table had a trough in the middle of it filled with ice to keep the vodka cold. A few of the patrons that were drinking were quite loud, once they left it was much easier to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thanks to Groupon
    mar14
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Very kind waitress, wonderful Polish food and happy hour is a bonus glad to have the opportunity
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bland food and loud music
    Cheryl
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The restaurant is definitely aimed at a younger crowd. The music was very modern and very loud. I could have ignored that if the food was good, but it was very bland and tasteless. I grew up with Polish cooking, and this isn't it. I will say that the service was excellent. The restaurant was practically empty which was very strange for a Friday night.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CVTravels
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Potato and cheese pierogis. Delicious!! Would love to try cheese and spinach (just not a feta fan).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't stay.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Friends of our party arrived early and told us what a disgusting dive it was, we went elsewhere.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful Polish Food
    HawaiiDad
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Great food and great drinks. I loved that this restaurant had ice bars in the center of the tables to keep drinks cold. The pierogi were absolutely amazing. We also really loved the potato pancakes, the schnitzel, the salmon and the kielbasa. Not really a family place but my family, from my 6-year old daughter to my 19-year old son (and, of course, my wife and me) really enjoyed our visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SLOW!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    For a party of 8 it took and hour and a half to get served our drinks and appetizers in a empty restaurant, followed by another 45 minutes to be served our entrees.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Polish Food
    MickeyK
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Food was tasty and filling. Presentation was great. Waitstaff was great at explaining the Polish entrees and making recommendatiions. We had the Kotlety Mielone and the Golabki and both were wonderful. I had a Warka Red Amber Lager that was OK, a little heavier than I expected. My wife had a margarita which she said was very good. All in all it was an enjoyable outing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Polish food
    tabledweller
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This is more of a bar (with some great infused Polish vodkas) but the food here is a hidden gem. It's authentic, super tasty and pretty cheap. Come on a weekend night and you'll be hit with a bar atmosphere. Come any other time and enjoy a quieter time indulging in Polish delicacies from pierogi and schnizels to kielbasa and szarlotka (polish apple cake).
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • so-so
    lylehmanVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Red Square Euro Bistro is much better. blah blah blahblahblahblahblahblahblahblah
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Pierogis in Denver
    susanatthecastleVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Great pierogis. Great service. Nice atmosphere. Quiet during the week. Love the ice troughs for your vodka flights.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something different
    Katie
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    We had a great time at Polished Tavern! The ambience was so much fun, service was great, and the pierogi and drinks were delicious! Happy Hour is definitely the best time to go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lisa E
    Lisae
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    We had excellent service and attention. The atmosphere was fun. The Perogies were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    ERus
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    The Polished Tavern was excellent. My friend and I went to dinner here before a show and it worked out great. The food was really good. It is not exactly what you would get in Poland or Russia but was flavorful. I would call it a slight yuppy twist to traditional Polish/Slavic food. The vodka was wonderful too and a lot of fun to try the "Surprise Me!" infused shot. (I got plum and highly recommend it. This is a place I want to take my husband on a date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perogibee
    butterbee
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Split personality - noisy and eighties/nineties pop, so not suitable for fine dining, but not a good menu for younger crowd either. Mushroom sauce was great, most of the other of our four entries were okay, but not recommendable.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • worst in Denver
    denverpeter
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I seriously have not had a worse meal in Denver. Servicer first confused or appetizer order, bringing the wrong dish not once, but twice. A repeat performance during the main course. She brought the entirely wrong entrée to one of us. By the time the right entrée came, the other diner was finished eating. And the meatballs were so salty they were hardly edible, not to mention that the meat was not browned but obviously burned from rushing. If you value your health, go somewhere else, there was not a vegetable in sight. Truly not worth a walk across the street. And to have paid full price for such a ruined evening with my daughter before the Opera. It's a shame. I had remembered this is being a decent place.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • For Restaurant Week
    antetheater
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We had an early reservation. We were greeted promptly and given a choice of table or ice bar, and chose a table. The food, from pierogis through our appetizers (the Breton stew and salmon tartare) and main couse (the Polish Feast platter) on to dessert, was tasty, and well-prepared. The portions were just right for us. Our server was attentive, although the time between courses was a bit too long. Overall, we had a good meal, and will recommend Polished to friends as well as return ourselves.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Before the theater
    Labrew
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We were looking for something different for dinner before going to the theater. We found it in this bar/restaurant. We were tipped off by OT that it was restaurant week in Denver and to ask for a special menu. There was a great price fix tasting menue and we opted for a platter for 2 of the house specialties. Their presentation and delivery of polish comfort food was excellent. The variety, flavors and textures were correct on all counts, satisfying the taste buds of a discerning diner of slovak descent. The pierogies were fresh and flavorful worth the trip all on there own. The drinks (margaritas and infused vodka) were flavorful and well concocted. We will keep on a list for future visits while in town.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • polished indeed
    eatit
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went there for valentines day, pierogies an appetizer and a platter full of more delicious food then we could eat (plus a free bottle of wine) if you have ever eaten polish food I would definitely recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Bar in Denver!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    I absolutely love this place! It's by far my favorite place in Denver. I love it for happy hour, or late night. The staff is amazing, and super friendly. The food is outstanding...you have to try the pierogies, and the infused vodka is very good! The décor is really cool too. They have ice in the middle of the tables to keep your drinks cold, which is such an amazing idea! I go here at about once a week, I love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great time!
    lilmonkey05
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    We always have a great time at Polished Tavern. It isn't too crazy or packed until later in the evening, the food is delicious, and the location is perfect for heading to Larimer Square after dinner or anywhere else downtown (although we've spent many nights staying at Polished Tavern all night!). Everyone that I've taken there has enjoyed it as well. I've found it to be a wonderful spot for getting a group of friends together. I've had friends come with kids too and it has been fine to do that for dinner. I absolutely recommend Polished Tavern and I come back there as often as I can!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More of a bar than a restaurant
    FineDiner
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    We made reservations for a party of 7 at 6pm - our table wasn't ready when we arrived at 6. The service was slow and the waitress did not know the menu, when asked how entrees were prepared she didn't know and said she would find out but never did. We had to ask for menus and the daily special posted out front included a shot which seemed redundant since we had already ordered drinks when she told us what the special was. Ordered martinis, quite nice but the WORST olives I've ever had made them a disappointment. Don't order the borscht, its just chicken broth with some beet coloring. Perogis and gulaosh were good. It's got the bones for a good place but the service is really lacking.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Celebration
    stones80303
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    The service was excellent and the food was very tasty. The server Monika made every effort to make sure we were taken care and had no problem adding up separate tickets. I will come back soon.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate