Root Down
Root Down

Root Down

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rootdowndenver.com/
  • Phone: (303) 993-4200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm -11:00pm
    Brunch:
    Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm
    Happy Hour:
    Monday - Friday 4:00-6:30pm
    Happy Hour is offered in the bar only

    Please call for reservations of 6 or more
  • 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 20 guests. Please call or email for further information.
    rootparty@gmail.com
  • Private Party Contact: Hilari Workman 3039934200x

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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Root Down reviews from OpenTable diners
497 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (426)neighborhood gem (361)great for outdoor dining (271)hot spot (262)special occasion (244)scenic view (130)romantic (126)great for brunch (122)vibrant bar scene (93)good for groups (90)notable wine list (45)late-night find (40)great for lunch (38)kid-friendly (19)Show More
  • Great brunch
    hungryTink
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Delicious blood orange mimosas. Heavy pours. Fantastic food quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, really loud
    Emalemmaly
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I have always loved RootDown, from the first time I went there several years ago. I've taken my parents, gone on dates, and done brunch. I have never had bad service, food or drinks. This place is awesome, but the one thing I have a problem with is the noise level. I have a really hard time hearing when there is a lot of background noise and this place is one of those open, vibrate (which I like!) places that just makes it really hard for me to hear. I know they have noise cancelling stuff up but this past trip was worse than normal I felt like. Once again- I will always recommend this place and still think it's my favorite Denver Restaurant, but I was really bummed with the noise level this time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Brunch!
    Monique
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had one of the best brunch experiences we have ever had at Root Down! We always go there for dinner, but this was our first time for brunch. Bottomless Blood Orange Mimosas, fresh baked scones and cinnamon walnut crumb cake, huevos rancheros that my chef husband said were the best he ever had, Banana Bread French Toast to die for and OMG - Dessert after Brunch with Croissant Bread Pudding. We didn't eat the rest of the day and even ran a 5k that night. My husband said we are definitely coming back here for brunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious and Unique
    pflipper
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The service was impeccable! Our wait staff was prompt, attentive, and knowledgeable. The food was delicious, mostly organic and locally sourced. We enjoyed Roman Gnocchi, PEI mussels, and Butternut Squash Risotto. The drinks were fun, unique, and tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite spot in Denver.
    TheOrganicPanic
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I know I may trust the food and where it came from. I know I may trust staff knowledge on where my good came from and what it itself ate. I know I may trust to have a wonderful meal no matter what my guests preference is on the type of meal they themselves prefer. I trust ROOTDOWN. Thank you for that piece of mind as it is very important to me as person who never eats out due to the comfort of knowing where the food that I purchased and prepared comes from. Clean, knowledgeable eating. Food for knowledge. Kudos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lackluster
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Root Down has been a staple favorite since moving to Denver just over a year ago. However, we have noticed in our last two or three visits for brunch that the food is a little lackluster, it doesn't shine like it once did. Time to punch up the menu a bit, revive the pop in the flavor palette somewhat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All Time Favorite
    LoHifoodie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Root Down continues to be my favorite neighborhood restaurant no matter how many others spring up in LoHi. They manage to stay friendly, welcoming and try their best to accommodate even when the place is packed. The food is consistently good and interesting. Suggestions to return old favorites to the menu ( 3 chili chicken)are graciously accepted by the chef even though it hasn't reappeared, I'm still watching hopefully. Like only one or two others in the area, they know what they do well and keep on doing it. Don't change a thing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Root Down
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Always enjoy brunch at Root Down. They were super helpful when I arrived early with some balloons to surprise a friend. Food was excellent as usual and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Loud for Conversation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Too loud for conversation, unless you sit in the small area that is a glassed in box with 6 tables. Incredible food. Recommend sharing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unforgettable Date Night
    None
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My wife and I had a rare date night while the kids were with a sitter. It was amazing how our server, Drina, helped us enjoy Root Down to the full extent even though theywere quite busy. She had great recommendations, helped select the food we wanted without busting our belly, and had such a great attitude. We would come back anytime for a date night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    John
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This "hidden" gem is nearly tucked away from other notable areas but delievers on all accounts. Free valet parking, excellent food and a variety of GF/V food available. We had the lamb sliders, the beet salad and the devils on horseback and the Colombian Arepas. Everything was very good. Don't forget to make a reservation!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous place
    taxmom16
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This is such an amazing restaurant. The food is superb. The service is always impeccable and love the always changing menu. We just love this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local, seasonal food
    Olydiner
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Amazing seasonal menus, great service, indoor/outdoor seating. Menu has recently changed to fall offerings. The Kale and Brussels Sprouts salad was delicious. Two of us shared an Icelandic cod entree, the kale salad and delicious sweet corn risotto, followed by a chocolate semifreddo. Great drinks offerings, also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Affordably great food
    MountainsandMutts
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    It is difficult to get a reservation, but when you want to go, definitely try, even if it is a week in advance! It is a small place, the food is delicious and it's very reasonably priced so of course everyone loves it. I really like that they have lots of small plates (not tapas small but small enough to get a few between 2 people) you can share, which is great because you can try a bit of everything and not struggle deciding between dishes. I also like that it is a rotating menu and farm-to-table so even if you go a lot, it will still be new!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MaryVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Frankly, I was a little disappointed. My husband asked for his steak "Medium Well." It came Medium and was cold. That's annoying. And we were never asked if we wanted coffee with our dessert. We love Pressed Coffee and had it, but our dessert was long gone. And it was our anniversary. We won't rush back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Brunch
    MamasleroyVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I love Root Down for dinner, but is an equally great brunch spot! I highly recommend making a reservation in advance, though, as waits are lengthy without one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My fav restaurant in Denver
    Stork
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Took my parents here who were visiting from out of town and they loved it. The food is eclectic but not too weird. Everything is tasteful and is like a flavor explosion in your mouth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great choices for vegetarians
    veggiehead
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great service and helpful staff recommendations. They will customize meals. Tables in the corners are quieter.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday October 11
    Daveycrockett
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Having eaten at Root Down a few times, we were disappointed with our experience this past SAturday. Service has always been a strong point at RD but this time it was inconsistent and just not very good. We had to ask 3 times for our drink order and then a different server from Gwen finally delivered it, one of the entrees arrived later than the others which prompted the rest of our table to wait and allow their food to cool --Root Down compensated with "comping" the late entree and the drinks. We were just surprised --considering how "on top of things" Root Down has been in the past. Sitting o the patio was a plus and the wait staff was very kind to the 4-year old was part of our party.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A total hit
    cvb1denverVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I finally made it to the main Root Down after loving the DIA branch (so much so that I make a point of going to the airport early). With my birthday as an excuse, I brought my family. We shared small plates and couldn't decide our favorite since thy were all equally innovative and delicious. Same for the cocktails! I was worried about the noise level but we could easily carry on a conversation without shouting. Service was attentive with a fun attitude. Can't wait to go again and I won't wait for my next birthday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disapoints
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Root Down is our favorite restaurant. Terrific food, exciting wine selection and the most attentive and friendly staff. My wife and I especially enjoy the 'Raw Food' menu that is available on the first Tuesday of every month. Creative and special. Thank you Root Down!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pregnant wife's birthday dinner
    Cheftrubs
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We were sat in a corner seat with each of us facing other tables. The seating was uncomfortable and when the tables next to us were sat we had an uncomfortable experience. The prixe fix menu had great appetizers, but the entrees were small and left us wanting more. We have eaten at Root Down at DIA and would say that the food at the airport is truly better.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We dig it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Root Down is consistently great. This was our first brunch experience and the offerings were tasty and inventive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Great seamless and enjoyable dining experience. I love the decor, its very unique and energetic. I had the pulled pork omelette and a mimosa. It was a great morning pick me up. I had my 10 month old baby with me and the server and busser was very accommodating to my request for highchair and cup and when my monster would throw his toy they would fetch it with a smile. I always appreciate great service esp with a baby.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    Beerbrewer
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Had another great meal with friends. Service and food were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JoanP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Root Down is great. The only issue I had was that the service was a bit slow, but it was also a very busy Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Experience
    Finn0714
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Wonderful food that is fresh and delicious. The outdoor patio is a great spot to enjoy weekend brunch. Terrific service and ambiance. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Amazing
    Upsell
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I was in town for the weekend and found this amazing find through Yelp. I had made reservations and arrived early. They accommodate us and sat us pretty quickly. From the moment we were seated to the minute we left, the staff was incredible. The food was amazing, from the arepas to the spinach gnocchi. The drinks were amazing and they had a wide variety of wines as well. I will definitely return next time I'm in Denver. Thanks staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food for sharing
    ProeatsVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Loved all of our choices glad they were served 2 at a time it gave us enough time to enjoy each item,loved the arepas corn cakes and the risotto, we would definitely return
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Anniversary Celebration
    EnjoyingPDXlocal
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My husband and I booked Root Down for a special dinner and it was wonderful. The service was impeccable and the food was excellent. It was just exactly what we were looking for and in a neat neighborhood that is worth exploring. Our only reluctance in recommending this restaurant is that it will get busier!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Accommodating!
    SmilingPaul
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    These guys were fantastic! We had a couple of dietary restriction and they went above and beyond to help out! Can't wait to go again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food and service ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The food at rd a amazing. Gf friendly without sacrificing taste. I told the staff about my girlfriends birthday and they made it extra special. GO Here if you live in Denver. Go here if you are visiting. It's possibly the best food I've ever had!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hip hip hooray
    PattiVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Root down is fantastic! Every single bite was yummy, the service was excellent and the atmosphere was fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food is fresh and innovative
    BobbyeVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We always enjoy Root Down, the changing menu, the different combinations of food, the unexpected. That is why we keep coming back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    JeffVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I always bring friends and out of towners to Root Down. Whether they are Chili's regulars, strict meat and potatoes types, or all-out foodies, everyone raves about the creative, delicious foods. Items that sound like they make no sense are always a taste delight. I don't know how they do it, just that I'm glad they do! You can't go wrong!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Curried carrot soup and spinach gnocchi were outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Root Down Rocks!
    Summysunshine
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Every time we have something special to celebrate, we make a night of it at Root Down. The service and food are always the best around, and the seasonal menu always brings us a new adventure in flavors. The corn risotto is not to be missed this summer! (Also, don't miss the gnocchi, the mussels, the salmon, the arepas, the devils on horseback, and the sweet corn ice cream!) In short, order a bit of everything, share plates and be amazed at the diverse flavors swirling in your mouth to make something perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    eatup
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Food was great! Drinks were great! A great way to have our anniversary dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Root Down never ceases to amaze me! I've been there for both dinner and brunch and both meals were absolutely excellent! Can't wait to go back... always looking to try something new!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Urban
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Health Oriented Food, Nice Large Patio, Not the usual Fare, Hip Scene, Great Neighborhood Restaurant. Very nice and accomodating staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic