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Root Down

Root Down Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rootdowndenver.com
  • Email: rootdowndenver@gmail.com
  • Phone: (303) 993-4200
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm -11:00pm, Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm, Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4:30-7:00pm. Happy Hour is offered in the bar only! Reservations for Happy Hour are only accepted for parties of 8 (Fridays excluded).
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Justin Cucci
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Root Down has a private dining room which seats a maximum of 24 guests. Please call for further information.
  • Private Party Contact: Hilari Workman (303) 993-4200

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 33rd and Osage
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet service now available.
A word from Root Down
Root Down aims to connect the neighborhood to a dining experience in the same way ingredients are connected to food. There should be a seamless bond between the elements and experience, which stimulates the senses and draws people in.

Root Down serves “globally influenced seasonal cuisine,” which basically means we go where inspiration leads us. We’re not tied to one style or genre—we’re hoping to create one of our own.

At Root Down we pride ourselves on striving to solve the ‘Omnivore’s Dilemma.’ We have created a dining spot where all dietary needs will be accommodated, including vegetarian, vegan, raw and gluten free; also allergies or intolerances are always handled professionally by the kitchen team. Our menu has icons reflecting this philosophy, though we always request you notify your server of specific needs. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "I took a friend here who was visiting from out of town. We had a perfect experience. The service was great and the food was exceptional. Thanks Root Down! We ordered the gnocchi, sweet potato falafel, veggie sliders, beet salad, red pepper soup, and had the ginger lemonella and cafe no se beverages. Perfect!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants in Denver! I had the pork loin and the garlic green risotto. It was amazing. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Root Down is a favorite. I've been many times and they never disappoint. Amazing food and the outdoor patio has a great view of the Denver skyline."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "I want to love Root Down - is that my problem? It's the pacing at the beginning of service that sets me a bit off - every visit. Just please get our drinks and aperitif out in a reasonable time. Unless we're at the bar where things are always spot on - we suddenly find ourselves wondering, "is a server going to take a drink order?", followed by "where are our drinks?". We travel to eat, we understand and actually appreciate european pacing and I want to think Root Down is honouring that ideal. Maybe that's it. Dunno... but if the start could just approach the spectacular quality and presentation of the food it would be parfait!"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "My son and I ate dinner at Root Down during our trip to visit a college in the area. Our server was Drina and she was amazing!!!! Not only did she help us navigate the wonderful food offerings but helped with my wine selection. The food was delicious and creative and FUN to eat and was timed appropriately as one course ended another came out. My son 17 and a big meat eater, enjoyed all the different choices and was thoroughly happy with the meal. I will definitely put Root Down on my list of must eat places when traveling."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We had reservations for six people that were made several weeks earlier. We got there and somehow our table was given up? We got there pretty early too. After about 30 minutes past our reservation time, we were seated in a really neat room so that made up for the wait. I LOVE the food. Gluten free and vegetarians will be delighted! If you are hungry, you may leave a little hungry or spend a lot of money to get full. Either way, the flavors and tastes you will encounter will be memorable. It's a very popular restaurant. Just arrive with a lot of patience and you'll be just fine. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Loved it great intro to the Denver food scene. Lots of vegi options."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Have been trying to get a reservation for weekend brunch for a while. Food was amazing and the blood orange mimosas were divine."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Delicious, great service, warm and inviting. Root Down took an old gas station and built a charming restaurant. Keeping enough of the old place to remind you of the old gas station."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The service was excellent as not only did our waiter take very good care of us but any wait staff near by was quick to refill drinks and attend to any needs we had. The 56 hour ribs were amazing although the portion was a little smaller than I expected. Regardless, it left room for dessert. Dinner for two including an app, 2 entrees, dessert, and coffee cost me about $100. Very reasonable."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Always a personal favorite! Food is fantastic, service is great, and price is reasonable.... what more could you want."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "As usual the food was amazing. The beet salad was beyond description. All four in the party had excellent food. The Sunday special is an incredible opportunity to explore the menu."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Root Down continues to be our favorite restaurant in the entire Boulder/Denver area. Our most recent visit (our third this year) occurred because we had a house guest from Atlanta who specifically asked ahead of time to go there again. The arepas, scallops, and croissant bread pudding were tasty standbys, as expected and the green risotto and baked Alaska, new on the spring menu, were equally terrific. We've never known Root Down to have an off night (or an off day), and we're thankful for its always-inventive menu, consistent preparations, and friendly, enthusiastic service. Bravo!!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Everything about Root Down in wonderful! The food, the service, the funky decorations. The brunch is definitely worth exploring, I personally love the breakfast burrito. Although I'm not sure I've ever had anything I disliked here!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The staff is helpful, service and food is outstanding. I've eaten at Root Down 5 times now, and have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I was hoping for more from their brunch menu. I am a loyal Root Down dinner customer and love their Raw Food night. This was my first time for brunch and I have to say, I wasn't wow'd by my meal. I had the banana bread French toast and it tasted fried. It's possible it said that it was on the menu and I missed it, but I wasn't expecting it and was disappointed. With that said, the group I was with very much enjoyed their meals and none of them had what I had so I do believe it is just a preference thing. I'm honestly just not used to not liking something at Root Down. For as many times as I've gone there everything has always been delicious."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Fun for a weekend brunch. The wait staff was very good. The food just OK this time."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I was told by a friend if I was going to Denver (I live in Aspen) that I must go to Root Down. Even though at first it seemed I wouldn't be able to get a reservation for a Saturday night, we got in for an 8:30 reservation. The staff was very friendly and welcoming, the restaurant had great dim lighting, not so dark that you couldn't see the menu/ what you were eating. We started with the kale and spinach salad (with bacon) this was my favorite dish, followed by the Diver Scallops, the Lemon Ricotta Gnocchi, we also had the Steelhead Trout - the food was incredible. Desert was croissant bread pudding. Root Down crushed it. SO GOOD!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Have been here twice and love it. Great food. Service is always excellent. Can't partake in the cocktails currently but they look like they are great. Would recommend a reservation"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Always delicious and enjoyable. This place is can't miss."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Service was amazing! We have many allergies to deal with in our family and the wait staff is very knowledgeable & helpful! They were able to accomodate all of us! Food was amazing! Will be dining there again!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Tthis place is a standby for a great dinner experience."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We had a great time and loved the food. The wait staff was great but the food came very slowly. Not so much of a shock on a busy night! We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "They never disappoint! Menu is constantly changing, with a few mainstays-the Devils on Horseback are a must! Love this place every time we dine, service and food are always great!"
    Dined on 6/11/2013
  • "We have been here once before and really enjoyed it. We decided to come back for our anniversary and were not disappointed. The food was fabulous and the service was excellent. Our waiter Bill was extremely knowledgeable about every aspect of the food, drinks and wine. The service to us and the other patrons was consistent, as Bill took the time to answer all questions and to build a relationship with us. Bill is our favorite! We would dine here every day if we could!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "We made an hour-long drive to Denver with Root Down as one of the highlights. The Banana Creme Brulee was the draw. I'm gluten-intolerant, so it is wildly exciting to find such delicious, healthy, beautiful, local food (okay, bananas aren't local, but lots of other aspects of the menu are). The ambiance is also a treat--a few days later I am having happy flashbacks about our time at Root Down."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Root Down never fails to disappoint! This visit we decided to split a number of small plates and a dessert. We left complete full and completely satisfied. The food was amazing (highly recommend the meatballs and lamb sliders), drinks were delicious (must try the blackberry smash - even if you're not a whiskey drinker), and the service was outstanding. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We are from out of town but often visit our daughter and our son-in-law in Denver. We ate here during an early dinner on a Sunday. We went with the prefix menu. Our favorites were the sweet potato falalel and brussel sprout kale salad. So delicious! The entrees were great as well. It was an extremely busy place even for that early in the evening. We had a great server who kept us waited on even with all her tables. It was an enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Had an amazing dining experience at Root Down. It is everything and more that the various reviews say about the food. Because we waited til the last minute to book a table, we were fortunate to snag a great seat at the bar. Kudos to David, the bartender. The 'team' working the bar moved effortlessly to take care of the drinks-only scene as well as the many who were eating. But the FOOD... wow. We started with the beet salad... amazing. Then we moved to the Lemon Ricotta Gnocchi... light and fresh. To finish the meal we shared the Colorado Ranch Meatballs. From start to finish, we were never disappointed with the presentation, the blending of flavors and the overall fresh taste. It is a gem of a restaurant for sure. We can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "I have been to Root Down a number of times and it never disappoints. The staff is friendly and attentive, the atmosphere is busy but not crowded and the food is amazing. For brunch I always get the Root Down Benedict for two reasons it's has amazing flavor and it is different from any other Benedict you have ever had. I tried the Banana bread french toast this time as and it was melt in your mouth good and so much banana flavor. The Chai tea is nice and spicy and the blood orange mimosas are just the right way to start a day. This place is a must for anyone looking for something fun and different."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Every time I come back to Root Down, I am pleasantly surprised by the menu changes and new things to try. The kale and Brussels sprout(vegan) salad was too good - I wanted to order another! I can't wait to come back and try their vegan brunch."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Great food, great service. I am a vegetarian who is gluten and dairy free. Root Down has delicious options for my diet"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Brian, the manager, is a customer's delight as he truly cares about your experience. The whole experience can be summed up by saying "they get it right every time". This restaurant remains in our top three for that very reason. Go - Enjoy - and then Go Back!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great service, unusual and superb flavors. No downside here!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I have eaten here several time, it never disappoints. The food is so creative and delicious! You must get "devils on horseback"! Vegetarian and gluten free friendly."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Ive eaten at root down over 10 times since it opened, I frequent most of denver's foodie spots regularly. I have seen many "it" restaurants come and go, they have their moment in the sun, but root down has endured. It is consistent in excellent food quality. We were a table of five and ate family style- of the 10+ small plates that came out in total not one was dissapointing and some were really outstanding- gnocchi, the pork, surprisingly the chicken is great too. Love this place- the vibe is fun the food is great. I'll be back."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "This restaurant is unique in its menu. The food is presented beautifully and tastes great. The service staff is very attentive and knowledgable. It was a great evening for me and my husband. We are from GA and we will return on any upcoming trips."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "my date said the sweet potato falafel was the best thing he'd ever tasted. I'd have to agree. I love the lamb sliders. The arepas were delicious and the pot de creme was fabulous. Great wine - a zinfandel from CA."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Crowded, lots of noise and the food was very good but it took forever to get the food. Would not go back. Too many other great restaurants. Wasn't worth it. Went with 2 other people. Noone would go back."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We selected this restaurant, in part, because one of our diners is vegetarian and the menu has a great selection of vegetarian items - unlike many restaurants that feature just one obligatory veg item. This is a great menu for sharing. Our group selected 8 items (2 per person as recommended by our waiter). This was probably one item too many for our group - we were just too full to really enjoy the last item. But everything was delicious and I highly recommend it. The one minor flaw was that we were seated in a small area, off the host station, and separated from the rest of the restaurant. I would prefer next time to be in the heart of the action - or definitely in warmer weather, on their great outdoor deck."
    Dined on 3/25/2014