Diegos Mexican Food & Cantina
Diegos Mexican Food & Cantina
  • Address:
    1600 Champa St.
    On the 16th Street Mall @ Champa Street
    Denver, CO 80202
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown / LoDo
  • Cuisine:
    Mexican
    Price: $30 and under

Diegos Mexican Food & Cantina

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.diegosdenver.com/
  • Phone: 3033434671x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Daily: 3:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Walter Terrones
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: We offer our entire award-winning menu for your next event. Contact us to customize your mouth-watering choices.
  • Private Party Contact: Tony 7193525412x
  • Entertainment: Live entertainment on Saturdays!!
    Best Value Downtown!!
    Reserve your catering needs now!


    All-day Saturday and Sunday Drink Specials:


    Seven Day's a week for $ 2, 3, 4, and 5!:
    Bean Dip $2.00
    Con queso $3.00
    Chile Fries $4.00
    Diegos Nachos $5.00

    Diegos quesadillas $5.00
    WATCH ALL THE GAMES HERE!!

    It’s game time!! Come and cheer on our

    Denver Nuggets and Avalanche teams!!

    During all Nuggets & Avs' games:

    ENJOY DRINKS SPECIALS

    $5 Diego’s Frozen Margaritas Daily

    Go Nuggets and Avs at Diego’s!



  • Special Events: Diego’s Happy Hour
    7 Days a Week
    3-6:30 p.m.



    $5 Diego’s Frozen Margaritas
    $5 Diego’s Signature Margaritas
    $2.50 Coors Light Pints
    $3.50 Import Pints
    $3.00 Wells

    Salsa Bar
    $2 Tacos
    $2 Tostadas
    1/2 off Select Appetizers



    Diego’s weekly specials
    7 Days a week specials:
    S.I.N. Sundays—Service Industry Night
    Margarita Mondays--$5.00 for all Specialty Margaritas
    Taco Tuesdays—99 cents Tacos and Bean Tostadas
    W—.
    Thirsty Thursdays—It’s Island Night; $5.00 Tropical Drinks $5 Diego’s Frozen Margaritas, and $5 Diego’s Signature Margaritas, 3-close
    Fiesta Fridays--$15.00 Beer Buckets! !!
    Kids’ Day Saturdays—1 free kids’ meal with a purchase of an adult’s

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 16th Street Mall
  • Public Transit: We are conveniently located on the 16th Street Mall just steps from the free Mall Ride and one block from light rail.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking Conveniently Located across the street;$5.00 evenings and weekend parking.
A word from Diegos Mexican Food & Cantina
We invite you to experience a touch of Mexico’s finest cuisine in our tropical atmosphere on the 16th Street Mall at Champa Street. Our award winning salsas and green chili will ignite your senses while our margaritas will transport you to the sandy beaches and tranquil sunsets on the water. Ask about our banquet and party facility. We are conveniently located within Performing Arts, Convention Center, and many hotels.
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Diegos Mexican Food & Cantina reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.2
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (5)great for lunch (3)neighborhood gem (2)kid-friendly (1)fit for foodies (1)hot spot (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Don't eat here!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    The music was way too loud to have a conversation. We complained and we were moved to the patio area where the music was still too loud. The house margerita tasted as if it had no alcohol it in. I ordered the chili rellanos that came the food was cold and flavorless. The only good thing about this restaurant was the service.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I will not visit dinner without
    GEDavisVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    I will not visit dinner without visiting Diego's: excellent fajitas and outstanding margaritas.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was very flavorful. Our
    MattVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2012
    Food was very flavorful. Our server Alan was attentive and helpful with questions on the menu.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, fun atmosphere...great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    Great food, fun atmosphere...great service! Prices reasonable, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you want very good Mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/5/2012
    If you want very good Mexican food at reasonable procies this is a great place. They had a 2 for 1 Margarita deal which was great! The wait staff is was very attentive and friendly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere. We took
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2012
    Great atmosphere. We took a large group there and had awesome food and fantastic service! The manager came over and brought us salsa and regularly checked in with us.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • yummy mexican grub
    Dodo
    Dined on 8/7/2012
    Food was great ,but the waiter screwed up my order, took forever to get my side of guacamole. The margritas were super!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were seated on time, and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/6/2012
    We were seated on time, and the service staff were very helpful. They handled two late arrivals with speed. The food was very good, and everyone's order was accurate. We had a good time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Large Group Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/20/2012
    We did a company luncheon at Diego's for 20 people. I had made a reservation online about a week prior. We got there and the table was set up and ready for us, and we got a lot of attention! We had plenty of the chips and salsa, and our drinks were constantly being filled. You worry with a group that size about confusion on the orders or something going wrong, but it was so smooth! Our food came out warm, at the same time and delicious - the majority of the people in the group had never been there, everyone loved it and said they'd definitely be back. Thanks Diego's!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love this place! I have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/12/2012
    We love this place! I have liked everything I have tried off the menu, and the chips and two temperatures of salsa provided is such a nice, and unique bonus. Beyond the food, we really enjoy the staff. It is always nice to be remembered and we feel special everytime we go. Love Diego's!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Finding a mexican food place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/10/2012
    Finding a mexican food place right in downtown denver was such a treat!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good salsa bar and Margaritas
    coviews
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    We went to Diego's on Cinco De Mayo, so it was very busy. The atmosphere was most certainly "bar" like... with some folks needing to be cut off. However, our overall experience was good. We sat in an indoor/outdoor area which was a bit more casual. The food was good, however, the service was a bit slow.. Then again, with how busy they were, I guess it was to be expected. Our waitress was very nice and apologetic about any delays. We had 6 in our party, and all were satisfied with their meals. Nothing spectacular, but good. I liked the salsa bar (nice selection) and the Margaritas. I'd go again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Things were just okay, not
    downtowndinerVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2012
    Things were just okay, not spectacular. Service was VERY slow.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went during 5280 week. Felt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/4/2012
    Went during 5280 week. Felt that the 5280 offering was misleading. The text read that the special menu was $52.80 for 4 people. When we got there, we realized that the special menu was $52.80 for 2 people. The $52.80 menu for 4 was different food choices. Those choices were not special or interesting. Very average. Felt mislead. The service was very good with the exception of delivery of cocktails. One cocktail came after delivery of appetizer and the pitcher of margaritas were not delivered until after the dinner food was delivered. The resturant was not very busy, so this was confusing. The odor of the resturant smelled like stale standing water.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • When we arrived, our server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/2/2012
    When we arrived, our server told us that the 5280 menu posted online was not available and we could make a mini-combo (something available on their normal menu). This was not as appealing as the 5280 menu. They did still offer the appetizer (Green Chile Fries), but we only got one choice for dessert, not the choice of 3 like the online menu stated. This was even more frustrating when we saw the table next to us ask for 5280 and got offered the menu posted online. They did still offer the pitcher of margaritas at a discount and they were pretty strong. It was $52.80 for four, so not a bad deal overall. However, they wouldn't let us just do it for 3 people, so we paid for 4 and took home the extra meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was not good at all.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/1/2012
    The food was not good at all. Everything was too large of portions and tasted like it was straight out of a box. Although out server was nice, overall he was very forgetful and slow.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellant food and scenary.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/19/2012
    Excellant food and scenary. Our waiter, Marcus, was absolutely adorable. We will definately dine with Diego's again in the near future.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We eat here at least twice
    MLOWEVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2012
    We eat here at least twice a week and lovvvve it!!! I could eat here everyday! The food is delish and the service is amazing - everyone is super friendly and goes above and beyond to make sure everything is perfect! It's our favorite lunch spot downtown!
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  • Service was terrible, restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/4/2012
    Service was terrible, restaurant was half empty and food took 30 minutes to arrive, then 2 out of the 5 meals ordered were wrong. It appeared to be very clean and well kept, and the margaritas were good, but the food was not very good.
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  • We were please to find Diego's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/3/2012
    We were please to find Diego's open because of the snow storm. Thought for a moment that the service might suffer, again due to the snow storm because they were quite a few people that didn't make it into our work but the service was great as usual just like the food. Thanks again!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • While Diegos had a great atmosphere
    cogirl
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    While Diegos had a great atmosphere, the server was inexperienced and the food was poor. I ordered a tamale, which was dry. I ordered chile on the side and it never came. Our drinks were not refilled (alcoholic which brings in a lot of revenue for the restaurant). I was a bit disappointed for a downtown restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went to Diegos for our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    We went to Diegos for our New Years Eve dinner w/2 other couples, and we had a great dinner. Good food and good location!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the wine was quite pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    the wine was quite pricey for the quality.. but it was New Years Eve and we did not have reservations before the 30th. We were able to get in at 7pm and the food was okay.
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  • The fried food was cold and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/11/2011
    The fried food was cold and undercooked, I didn't eat any of it. The drinks were great and service wasn't bad!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was slow. For a lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/14/2011
    Service was slow. For a lunch hour one could be delayed for more than an hour.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Diego's is a bar with some
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/2/2011
    Diego's is a bar with some food, not a restaurant. The appetizers were terrible enough that we left and got dinner somewhere else.
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  • Not a restaurant i would return
    MAMA
    Dined on 10/1/2011
    Not a restaurant i would return to - smelled like sewer inside the restaurant - We went for my daughter's birthday and I was not impressed at all.
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  • Good Mexican Food Downtown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2011
    We went there because the food is good, prices are resonable and it is convenient to our work. The online reservation worked really well- they had our table for 10 waiting for us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is the worst Mexican
    dine22jhVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2011
    This is the worst Mexican food and service I've ever had in Denver. I cannot believe they are on open table. This is basement joint in a horrible part of town. Do not waste your time.
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  • The chips and salasa are really
    Mystic88VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2011
    The chips and salasa are really very tasty, the entree (I had a bean chimi) was a bit bland. The margaritas tart and strong, just the way I like them.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, wonderful service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/19/2011
    Great food, wonderful service. They have the best queso.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food - OK Margarita
    JCEgVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2011
    Went for birthday lunch on Tuesday. I ordered a custom combo plate of guac tostada, chimichanga, and cheese enchilada for around $10-11. I enjoyed them all as well as free chips & salsa - appreciated came with both mild & hot salsa choices. Service was good & friendly staff. House Margarita was free as had joined their e-mail list & was my b'day - drink was mediocre though. Will definitely go back for lunch. Very grateful they did not sing to me!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went to Diego's on Friday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/8/2011
    Went to Diego's on Friday night for a date with my hubby-to-be. Wonderful ambiance. Service was pretty good and the food was creative & delicious. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was a nice suprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/28/2011
    The food was a nice suprise for mexican, and had a variety to choose from. Glad to find a place downtown that is awesome. Can't wait to go try again when in Denver, will be one of our stops.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Straight-forward Mexican food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/17/2011
    Diego's is a pretty straight-forward Mexican restaurant. No big surprises which is, in general, a good thing: the food is pretty straight-forward, the service is good, and the ambiance is fine. We had Presidente margaritas which were very good - no skimping on tequila which was appreciated! Tortilla chips were free and plentiful, and a complimentary salsa bar with ~6 different flavors of salsa was a nice touch. We ordered the nachos supreme with chicken to start, partially as a vehicle for the variety of salsas; somewhat strangely the nachos supreme came AFTER our meals were brought out. For my entree, I ordered the chile verde which was described as "award winning" on the menu. It was good, not spectacular. Overall, a good restaurant.
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  • Thank God for Margs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/22/2011
    I had a party of 18 and made a reservation earlier in the week so that they would have plenty of time to prepare. The food was great and the margs were even better but when it came time to pay our bill it was a disaster. We had asked the server to split our checks before dinner which he said was fine. He told us at the end that this was not possible. We were fine with that but were all paying separate. It took him an hour and half to figure it out and there was no manager onsite to assist. Several people in our group work at other restaurants using the same system had to literally help him collect our payment. They also advertised $5 House margaritas on Fridays and we were charged full price.
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  • Questionable service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/2/2011
    While the food was good and everyone seemed to generally enjoy the experience, we were a bit disappointed in the service. We had a party of 11 and had made reservations for 15. We were a couple of minutes late and they had already broken down our table and had to re-set it (not a huge deal, it just took a couple more minutes). However, we were VERY slow to be served. They didn't take our order until we'd been there about 25-30 minutes and we didn't have any drinks (not even water) until we'd been there over 45 minutes. This would maybe be understandable if they were incredibly busy or we hadn't made reservations, but there were only 2 other groups in there. The staff were moving quickly, but didn't appear to be doing anything. Frustrating.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food but Service needs an Up
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/2/2011
    My wife and I tried out Diegos since it was new and near the Denver Center of the Arts... The Diegos' Style Shrimp was rich and inviting... and my wife loved the #2 combo. Portions are large, and the staff mostly attentive.... the only issue we had getting our check with took the better part of 10 minutes.. While we waited we watched the manager coach his staff trying to bring them together as a better team... given a couple more weeks I'm sure this place will become much better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Building itself was well past
    JeffBVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2011
    Building itself was well past prime. Must have spent $1.49 updating restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • this restaurant is large and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/1/2011
    this restaurant is large and spacious. The food was very good, with large sharable portions. It also has a nice bar. I would dine here again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate