Perfect night out
Visiting from Charleston SC. took family including young granddaughter It was a special night on patio. Great food and service will return on next visit.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always one of my favorites!!!!
Always one of my favorites!!!! Patio by FAR my favorite!!!!
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Welcome to Denver
My first real vacation trip to Denver and we found this on Open Table. The reviews were good so we went. Despite being July, the patio was very comfortable and we had a great time. Service was excellent - he helped with food and wine. Parking would be a problem later in the evening as it is a small parking lot out front. We enjoyed our dinner.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Where Denverites Go To Dine
Get here quick before 5280 or the Westword writes a review. This is one of Denver's secrets, that Denverites don't want the tourists finding out about. Great food, great ambiance
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always love sitting on the patio. The calamari, mussels and halibut were terrific but the burger was not seasoned.
Will definitely be back! Prices were reasonable.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delightful patio/scrumptious brunch
Hadn't been to Solera for a while but the brunch here is wonderful. The patio is one of the nicest in Denver and I find the food to be consistently wonderful and special. The scrambled eggs with truffles and creme fraiche were amazing. I will be back soon.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Goose never fails to deliver
Solera has been in the neighborhood for years and the chef/owner, Goose, continues to offer delicious and innovative cuisine.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We sat outside on the patio for a the first time. You would never know you Colfax was just on the other side of the fence. The food was as great as always.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went on a recent Sunday evening. Excellent drinks, with great selection of beer and wine (duh). Fantastic appetizers -- highly recommend the bruschetta. Entrees were top notch. The scallops, in particular, were out of this world.
Only downside was a mom who let her three year old run around the restaurant, tripping and getting in the way. I don't understand why people think it's acceptable to let your kids ruin other diners' meals, not to mention the danger related to servers carrying hot plates of food. If your kids can't sit still for an hour, get a sitter. If you're eating at places like Solera, you can obviously afford it.
That said, my wife and I highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely return.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Surprise Find
Very attentive & respectful service from bartender and wait staff. Elegant wine list. Eclectic outdoor decorating demonstrating the owner's home state. Very nice outdoor lighting with elevation changes for seating and plenty of space for private dining & conversation. My dinner was prepared & presented beautifully and was as delicious as it looked! Pricing was very reasonable for the quality of service and food. I would recommend this to anyone!
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have often gone to Solera for their all you can eat mussels on Tuesdays and are never disappointed. The always changing selction and 3 variations make this a must for anyone who loves a dinner of mussels. You can bring your non-mussel lovers too as the menue has more to offer.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our second visit
We live in Wyoming and had Solera recommended by friends. Solera has lived up to the recommendation each time.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
First=tier, as always
Denver is bustling with new restaurants and it's easy to forget just how good some old favorites are. We returned to Solera for the first time in about a year and a half and were bowled over once again. Every bite of all four appetizers, entrees and two desserts was scrumptious. My wife almost always orders the lobster mac and cheese, a dish that's been on the menu so long I wondered if it had grown tired. Not a chance; it was creamy, succuslent and sweet and close-your-eyes-and-sigh good. THAT's why it's been on the menu continuously for years. Gazpacho was a newer menu item, and it was delicious, very bright tomato flavor with a hint of smokiness; crisp and delicious. Cocktails and wine suggestions were first-rate, too.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the calamari here! Best
Love the calamari here! Best in Town! The very fresh Alaskan salmon was also wonderful, light and delicious.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yeah! for Solera
Excellent all the way around. Great food, good service, nice ambiance especially on the patio. It has been one of our favorites for a long time but this outing was exceptional.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the outdoor patio dining!
Went here recently with my family to celebrate my birthday. I requested outdoor patio dining and it was a perfect evening! Loves the ambience sitting outside underneath the tall trees, lined with strings of white lights. The food was also delish! We had the calamari & little neck clams appetizer, the calamari was some of the best I have ever had!! Our entree was just as good, Spanish paella. I will be coming back & would highly recommend it for any special occasion!!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great first time experience!
Food was outstanding! From appetizer to dessert and coffee. Best total dining experience in a long, long time.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Relaxed and charming
The food is wonderful, and so is the staff. It is very clear that this place is a labor of love!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
I lived within a few blocks of Solera several years ago but never visited, and just realized I was missing out on the gem of my old neighborhood. The patio in particular is a hidden oasis on Colfax Ave with great ambiance. The food was amazing, especially the halibut, which was the best I ever had. The Thai calamari comes in three sizes, and based on our order the server suggested the small size, which was huge and delicious. The patio was very busy and the restaurant relatively empty, but we were there on a Wednesday night at 8:30 PM. I highly recommend this restaurant.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good, but Pricey
As the title says. My group ordered many plates of tapas. While I had be forewarned that tapas are of a small portion, I was very surprised at what small meant. One item was peach halves on top of roasted bread. We received two of these tasty little morsels. Each was about half the size of a tennis ball, for $16. Portion sizes and plate prices were that way for all the other items as well. The notable exception was the plate of clams we got, which was heaping with them.
The outdoor patio is quite beautiful, and while the tables seems grouped close together, there was no issue of noise volume problems or bumping into other patrons. We received our food in a timely manner, with no complications besides initially having no bread at our table.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
gem inside a rough exterior
My daughter and I drove past Solera a couple times before it dawned on us that the little restaurant with a sad, strip mall feel was what we were looking for. If we hadn't had reservations, we might not have gone inside, but it was well worth it. Service was relaxed and professional, and food was excellent. The entrees could have been less salty, but overall it was an excellent experience. We'll have to go back with a larger group so we can sample more of the menu!
8/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
We always enjoy this place, not only for the food, but the patio and ambiance are just amazing! Great service and reflect for a date night or a group get together!
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
From the outside this place looks like nothing special, but once you get inside it is very beautiful. The patio is a must experience, and fun environment. This restaurant is on colfax, so you will hear the occasional siren, but its not anything to stop you from going. The service was great, and the food was great.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had brunch at Solera last Sunday and it was amazing as usual. I don't know what kind of secret ingredients they have back there in the kitchen but the food is always so good it leaves you wishing for more.
Even though it is situated in the heart of the hood on east Colfax the food and service are so consistently great that it begs to be sought out! Fabulous as usual.
Keep up the good work guys!
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner made to order!
We planned a dinner to celebrate our weding anniversary, and the Chef and staff at Solera made the occasion that much better!
As a raw vegan and vegetarian, Solera ALWAYS accommodates like no other restaurant in Denver; on this occasion, they went one step further by planning an off-the-menu four course meal that we shared, and compensating for my unannounced food allergies.
Solera you are a true gem in the Denver restaurant scene, and I do m best to spread the word about the quiet, unassuming way you understand and serve your customers - THANK YOU!!
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my honey here for Saturday date night. We sat on the patio and shared drinks, calamari, bruschetta, butter leaf salad, caeser salad and then I went into a food coma and can't remeber what we had for entrees. This place is always so good. Go now.
9/6/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Place to go!
The service and food, as usual, were wonderful! It's a bit on the pricey side, but it's fine for special occasions...like my wife's birthday. It is a wonderful spot, a fine restaurant with excellent -- outstanding, really -- service. Since fine dining prices can not be cut, it is worth the drive....and the prices.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have been to Solera countless
Have been to Solera countless times as I live nearby. It is my go-to spot for a spontaneous dinner. Menu is updated frequently enough to reflect the seasonality and provide a new surprise with each visit. I am always drawn to the scallops mac-n-cheese - definitely the best in town - but have always been rewarded when I try something new. Had the bone-in pork chop, this was cooked perfectly, nice thick cut, and great complementary vegatables and sauce. The wine list is very favorably priced, and has enough standards and obscure items for everyone. Lastly, the service has always been great, with very knowledgeable servers. I especially like the pace, there is enough attentiveness to ensure your needs are met, but also very leisurely.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our server was outstanding, he was around when he was needed but did not hover. He was also very helpful in dealing with one of the parties food allergies. I wanted to give him a tip that matched the cost of the meal. Thank you
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is our favorite place!
This is our favorite place! Every time we have come here the food is amazing and the staff is top notch!!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
When in east Denver, there is nothing that compares with Solera. The service is always professional, the ambiance in the bar or dining room or patio is appropriate to the setting (elegant in the dining room, friendly in the bar and romantic on the patio. The food was very good on Saturday from our peach bruscesta through the excellent fish and meat and capped off with a fine flourless cake. The wine list is extensive and our Priorat had all the proper character of that terroir.
9/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Another great experience
We live close to Solera and have visited many times. The food is always very good but this last visit was exceptional. Truly an under appreciated gem in an unlikely Colfax location.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great find
I have driven by this restaurant hundreds of times. Being where it's located on East Colfax I was never super intrigued to check it out. When I saw the menu on opentable.com I got very excited, but I had no idea it was the restaurant I had ignored for so long. It was a great experience! I will be going here again and again! The outdoor patio looked beautiful, and I can't wait to sit out there!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my family and friends of 10 to Solera for brunch and they were blown away. My brother is from NYC and always talking about how much better the food is out there. Tell you what, the table was silent when the food came out because everyone was so focused on the food! Can't say enough about Solera, BRUNCH to DINNER will not AMAZING!
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Solera is my favorite restaurant in Denver. I took some friends in February for restaurant week and they loved it also. They treated me to dinner there for all the favors I had done for them. What a reward. The calamari appetizer is the best calamari I've ever had.
The scallops are cooked perfectly, and the white truffle mac n chesse is exquisite. The staff was very helpful with providing a gluten free meal for one of the group. She had the paella, which she greatly enjoyed.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went out of our way to snag some yummy grub at Solera. Starting out with the cheese plate- delish! My salad was basic, but scrumptious. My love enjoyed her iceberg lettuce salad with scrumptious blue cheese. For my main, I had the most deliciously gamey duck, with wild vegetables. My date had the mushroom risotto special with rabbit. While she would have preferred more meat, she found the dish quite to her liking. A special sauce came out (quite late, I think) for my Duck that added new heights of flavor to the dish. Absolutely loved the sauces, but would probably have preferred to have had them when I began eating. A slight error.
The server was friendly and made excellent wine suggestions.
A wonderful Friday night meal.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Solera never disappoints.
Solera never disappoints. The best calamari in Denver.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Open table is excellent for finding good restaurants for out of towners. This was a winner. Ver nice menu with great flavors. You won't be disappointed.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
A hidden gem!
Solera has been a favorite of mine for almost 9 years! It's hidden on Colfax between a Popeye's and an auto store but don't let the location fool you. This place is a gem! It has been solid since my first visit.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We picked Solera for a celebratory occasion to recognize the new marriage of our good friends! It couldn't have been a more perfect restaurant to experience great food, drink and environment for this momentous occasion. We knew we could count on Solera and as always, Solera always rises and goes beyond expectations. Manifique!!!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a rowdy party of about 10 for brunch, they were fantastic, accommodated special orders without blinking, and overall took great care of us. The food was phenomenal and the service was even better. I will say that the decor could use an update and their love for truffle oil can be a bit over the top but really everything else was incredible.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Solera is a neighborhood gem - you'd never know it from looking at it from Colfax, but the minute you enter the door, you're in a very cool restaurant. The food is wonderful and the wait staff are great. We walk to it so we can enjoy the neighborhood!
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was good, as was
The food was good, as was the service. Would say, however, that it's a bit pricey. We paid about $100 for two salads, one appetizer, one entree, dessert, one glass of wine and tip.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
A really nice surprise on Colfax
From the outside, this looked like a place to just drive past, but inside is a great dining treasure. The ambiance is really very nice - warm and intimate - a great space. The varied, well-prepared menu items were all delicious and the service was friendly and fun. Our party had entrees of Paella, Grilled Tuna, PEI Mussels, and Sea Scallops, accompanied by appetizers of Pork Belly, Calimari, Soup and Salads and topped off by Bread Pudding and Apple Crisp. Everything exceeded our expectations. The timing of service was a little off as the soup arrived at the same time as the salads, but the overall dining, service, food and ambiance were all a pleasant surprise. If it were not for Open Table, we would not have found Solera - we'll be back!
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
It was about time I got here
Friends had recommended this place and I was not disappointed with the food or service. We would love to return in warm weather when the patio is open. My only negative, which is slight, was that our reservation was for 8pm and our table did not become available until 830 and there was no where to sit so we had to stand in the front door alcove, which is not big. The host was apologetic and I suppose if it were I that was lingering long over my last bite, I would not want to be rushed either.
Most definietely will return.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun and Energetic Wine Tasting
We had a great time at their weekly wine feature. It's a good deal, and the service is friendly, efficient, and the wines and foods are good to try.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
The menus is always changing and it never disappoints, the decor is very rustic and feels cozy. It doesn't look like a great place from the street next to Popeye's but it is amazing.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic date night!
The bartender was fun, our food was divine, and service was good.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great menu, food, and service
Enjoyed the dining experience with special friends. The menu selection was varied with lots of great choices. Food was excellent and well presented. Service was friendly and yet professional. Definitely would go again.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding dining on Colfax@Grape
This was our second visit and we were as well impressed with the experience as on our first visit. The menu offers many enticing options - all well prepared. The pork belly appetizer was a delicious share-able treat. Salads are perfectly prepared and a nice "side" portion. The sea scallop entree with truffle mac-n-cheese was fabulous as was the featured sea food entree. The peanut butter chocolate mousse was a perfect finish to the meal. Cocktails were expertly crafted - Colorado Manhattan and Rye Old Fashioned. Server was pleasant, professional and made well-informed recommendations while inquiring about our tastes and preferences. We will return!
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM