Tamayo Restaurant
Tamayo Restaurant

Tamayo Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.richardsandoval.com/
  • Phone: 7209461433x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday- Sunday 10:30-2:30pm
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm
    Happy Hour: Daily 2pm-7pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern
  • Executive Chef: Richard Sandoval
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Tamayo is happy to tailor catered menus for your off-premise event.
  • Special Events: Savor Chef Richard Sandoval’s acclaimed modern Mexican cuisine at Tamayo. Handcrafted margaritas and a selection of over 100 tequilas pair beautifully with the flavorful dishes.
    From the outdoor terrace with sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains, to the main and private dining rooms, handmade Mexican artwork and authentic furnishings complete Tamayo’s dining experience.
    For your next party, business meeting or special event, choose from one of our signature dining experiences or let us help you customize your own! Visit our website to view our event packages.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 14th Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Metered parking available and Valet available a few doors down on Larimer at the Capital Grille & Writer's.
A word from Tamayo Restaurant
The menus at Tamayo offer a modern interpretation of authentic Mexican food with recipes created by critically acclaimed Chef/Owner Richard Sandoval at his Maya Restaurant in New York City. Our warm décor is spectacular with amber & coral colored walls featuring exquisite artwork that includes silver encrusted toucans, silver and volcanic rock guacamole bowls & Mayan masks to keep a watchful eye over the restaurant. Tamayo is truly a unique dining experience for intimate business luncheons, dinners, social events and large celebrations as well.
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Tamayo Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
221 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (123)great for outdoor dining (74)special occasion (70)hot spot (64)good for groups (63)neighborhood gem (58)vibrant bar scene (46)scenic view (37)romantic (32)great for brunch (30)great for lunch (29)late-night find (19)kid-friendly (11)notable wine list (10)Show More
  • nothing special...
    ilovemargs
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The downstairs is bustling, and the rooftop patio looks great but we were seated in this random extra room upstairs that was pretty deserted and not very good ambiance. The margs were pretty good. The guac was boring - we said "medium" spice level and it had no spice and no flavor. The food was decent, but nothing memorable. Overall just felt meh.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In need of a serious refresh
    ReedelVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food and service on this, our first visit, was very good. The menu offered new twists on mexican favorites and everything was well prepared. Thebeef skewers and chicken mole as well as the sides (poblano au gratin potatoes and sauteed spinach) were great. The Ambiance brought the whole experience down. We were seated inside under an orange leaded glass chandelier which had wadded up napkins or kleenex someone has apparetnly tossed into it along with dead moths and other stuff - felt like it was not clean. The decor looked very 80s but not in a retro way - just outdated and tired. The noise level made conversation very difficult. There are many other options on or near Larimer Square that offer a more pleasant dining experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    PPJ11
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Excellent food. Awesome menu. Beautiful presentation. Great service. A bit pricey but worth it for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service
    smurrow
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Start with one of their homemade guacs - my friend gobbled up most of it before I realized it! I ordered one of their taco dishes this time and was not disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First experience satisfying
    mrbxt
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had a quick pre-symphony dinner the other night. A guacamole sampler made a very nice start with a couple house margaritas, pairing 4 guacamole varieties with sides and salsas, with a good range of spice and flavor. Some fish tacos and the pork cazuela entrees also went down well; I thought the broth with the braise could have had a little finishing, but the dish had nice flavor with melting pork bites. Service seems well organized as well, and I can see returning on a future trip downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey but extremely tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We especially enjoyed the sangria; get a pitcher if there's more than one person drinking it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BlazorVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The food and service were great. We were very luck to get an outside table (in fine weather) for the noise level inside was intollerable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Our waiter was very nice ,however, the greating was very slow , no suggestive selling not on drinks,appetizers, dinner features, my bill was 70 dollars but it could have been 120 with suggestive selling , maybe less tables per waiter , understaffed maybe . I am a restaurant General Manager and i would invest on a couple more servers or help in the dinning room. Those are just my thoughts. Hopefully this is helpful. Great food ,, just needs alittle help on speed of service !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very very salty
    dali560VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food was luke warm, the short ribs were extremely salty and burnt on the edges. Server was informed of the short ribs and offered more of it?? I will not be going there again, the mahi mahi tacos were bleh. Margs in cherry creek has way better fish tacos.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Deeelish!!!!
    New2Denver
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food here is fantastic and very unique! Definitely going back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downtown Gem
    CSCouple
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We enjoyed walking to this restaurant after a performance at the Denver Center. Service was outstanding. The menu has a lot of variety, and the quality was excellent. A great find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good and Fast too
    KJOSIMPSON
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had theater tickets (think most people did!) and the food came out FAST!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • up-scale mexican
    Mark
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great place to eat in downtown Denver. Fresh well prepared food with a flair. Loved the tuna guacamole and margaritas.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had 15 people in our group and the most fantastic server. Would highly recommend for a birthday location!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tamayo
    antetheater
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Attentive and friendly service, excellent food, seated promptly. A relaxing dinner. Recommend Tamayo highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food; high$ , small portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    the food, what little was served, was yummy nut 13$ for no joke 4 spoons (the Asian soup spoons) of guacamole,,, lightooooooooooooooooo
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed at Tamayo
    Wendy
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    When Tamayo first opened they were just the best; food, atmosphere, service. Not now. This reservation will be the third time I have made reservations in advance for an out door table upstairs. When I arrived the snotty hostess said that upstairs was closed for a private party. THIRD TIME this has happened. She said she tried to call to let me know. Not true. AND, telling me same day would have given me very little time on a Saturday night to make new plans. Asked about outside street side patio: "That's first come, first serve". Spent $240 on dinner that looked more like appetizers. Sure do miss the good old days when Tamayo had outstanding sangria, guacamole made fresh at your table, wonderful food and service. We won't be back...ever.
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  • Presentation pretty, taste meh
    Dnvrtrvlr
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Come here for guac, salsa, good margs, dessert, to see/be seen-not for mediocre dinner. Second visit, again underwhelmed by the entrees, service and noise. Seated by bar, it's shouting loud. Servers knowledgeable, not friendly. Chips and salsa on request. Salsa delicious; chips fresher and whole. Last visit were chip shards. Presentation beautiful on each dish. Greasy beef skewers tasted off, chorizo was burned. Weird because bacon on same skewer was ice cold raw. Once again, garnish (avocado,chopped tomato) best part of dish. Soggy cactus leaf underneath icky. Shrimp chipolte-very good-5 large shrimp, tasty sauce, small salad of micro-greens. Tres Chocolate dessert was awesome! Server did not know if house-made (bet not-too good).
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing, Amazing Amazing
    Patty
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    amazing in all ways. Our server Alexsis was attentive, knowledgeble and takes great pride in her work,along with the team work of her coworkers. Food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • We loved it!
    Lovetoeat
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    There were 4 of us and everyone raved about the food. All the different layers of flavors resulted in a wonderful feast!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Lvgelato
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Steak tacos were amazing. Friendly and efficient staff. Margaritas are always on spot. Nice place to bring a date
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    Jessie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    After seeing Tamayo's Restaurant Week menu, I was so excited to try it. Everything sounded so good, and I was sure it was going to be my new favorite restaurant in Denver. However, I was highly disappointed with the food. My skirt steak entree tasted like someone just dumped a bunch of garlic on it, and my "Mexican donut" dessert was just like Taco Bell's Cinnabon treats...only Taco Bell's are better. Needless to say, I will not be returning to Tamayo. The prices are way too high for the mediocre food they serve. (And our waitress wasn't attentive even though the restaurant wasn't busy.)
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  • Food is ok but is not Mexican food
    julfuentVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food is good a little expensive considering the portions and that the place is not very luxury. If this restaurant is pretending to serve Mexican food at least they should some Mexican Art at the restaurant or more quality and organic ingredients in the food.
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  • Amazing!
    LittletonRK
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Everything about our dining experience was fantastic. Nothing to complain about with the food, drinks, or service. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot
    fakeguy
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Mexican food restaurants that truly know mexican food, as opposed to the american version of mexican food, are hard to find. If you find Tamayo, you have found one. The flavors, the plating, the portions, all are spot on. The desserts are similarly well done. It's a busy place, even on a weeknight, but it is definitely worth planning ahead to make sure you can get in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Downtown Denver Delicious
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I was looking for a classy restaurant that serves authentic Mexican dishes instead of Tex-Mex. Tamayo is that restaurant. We dined outside on the second floor which was perfect on an August evening. Downstairs seemed a bit noisy, but I wouldn't let that keep me away. Daniel provided superb service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time
    Brecap
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We have a really REALLY great time! I had been before and when I suggested we go here for Restaurant Week all I could hope was that it was as good as it was 10years ago when I first came. And it was! We all had a wonderful time, dinner amazing and so was the service!!! Keep up the good work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, definitely will be back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Everything is to enjoy about Yamayo. I had their tamale that is killer. Also, they have competitive beer pricing, not expensive. I will be coming back for sure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a great time there. The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. My wife is celiac and they went to extreme measures to assure her food was safe for her to eat. Definitely on our list of favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but very noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was great, the service was excellent, but it was almost impossible to hear people across the table, because it was so noisy.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Continues to be a stand out
    FoodieWannaBe
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We took out of town guests here recently. East coast, picky, high falutin' foodies. They nearly licked their plates clean. They were thrilled with our waitresses' knowledge - of the wine, specialty drinks, and the food (of course). I defy you to find anything wrong with your experience here. Everything is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Minnesotanative
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My faculty find that Tamayo Restaurant has good neuvo Mexican food and serves as a convenient meeting place for conversation as well as dining. Its location on Larimer Street is another draw since my faculty are usually traveling on foot from UC Denver campus and on a tight schedule.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tamayo my oh my!
    WineNdineMe
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The eye catching presentation was surpassed only by how delicious the food was. We never did decide whose dish was the best and continued to share bites of each others choices even after the obligatory, 'Here, have a taste of mine' offer was accepted. And portions worthy of a 'to go' box for each of us hungry men at the end of the meal. Just terrific!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW!
    cjsm
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Tamayo delivers contemporary Mexican cuisine in an atmosphere that is fun and lively. The food is superb. The seafood-laden chile rilleno appetizer is spectacular. The menu will please any palate. The updated Mexican cuisine presents Mexican food in a sophisticated creative way. Service is excellent. Tamayo is a thoroughly memorable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, authentic food, Great Sunset
    Eat2Live07
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My wife and I sat upstairs on the balcony--highly recommended. Margaritas were outstanding! Wife had the traditional margarita, I had the tamayo (first one on the menu)--they were both awesome. Also ordered the guacamole...there were seven kinds, but I went with the traditional. It was fresh (great ingredients), but seemed to be missing a something (we added salt). Service was amazing all night. The wife ordered their polo adobado, I had a chile relleno and mahi mahi tacos. We both enjoyed our food, it was well prepared, well presented, and fresh. The polo adobado had a lot of flavor, but I would probably order something different when we go there again. Overall, great experience. We recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Denver Dynamite
    coloradofoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had never eaten at Tamayo before and received a recommendation from friends to dine there. We chose to meet and dine here with friends that we had not seen in over 10 years, and knowing they did not eat meat and we did, we thought it offered a great selection to please us all! It did not disappoint, and we truly enjoyed the experience. We would definitely dine there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Very good food with unusual yummy flavors. Many gluten free options.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lynn
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    nice decor, great service, great food but pricey. Glad I went.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Snob
    FoodsnobVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The Guacamole is wonderful there but the service was rather slow. Our entrees were not good at all but I would recommend their guacamole.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unforgettably Delicious!!!
    HoustonEatsVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This was one of the best meals we've ever had anywhere. The food was unbelievably creative without wandering off into the unknown and strange. The tortilla soup was our top one or two all-time favorites -- and we eat a lot of tortilla soup! The beet salad with two types of dressing, one of which was balsamic with some sort of pepper blended into it, was subtlety amazing. We ordered about five different things between the two of us and all of it was incredible. Sitting upstairs on the covered outdoor deck in the sunset was very pleasant but the highlight was just the amazing food itself. Wine list is a little limited but the margarita list isn't. And limited or not, I did manage to find something good to drink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate