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
246 reviews since June 26, 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 (142)hot spot (85)great for outdoor dining (79)special occasion (74)good for groups (74)neighborhood gem (62)vibrant bar scene (43)scenic view (38)romantic (33)great for brunch (30)great for lunch (24)late-night find (19)kid-friendly (9)notable wine list (9)Show More
  • Excellent dinner spot!
    Kathy73
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Great menu and excellent service! Tamayo has great happy hour drink and food specials. The dinner menu offers a wide range of choices. It is within easy walking distance of 16th street mall. A good place to start before a night on the town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great margaritas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I love this restaurant. I have never had a bad meal here. The service is always excellent, the food is imaginative and different. I bring out of towners here consistently.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We had the Sunday Brunch option. The food was superb, and the drinks were amazing. Staff was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Upscale Mexican Food
    CueMaker
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I took my girlfriend to Tamayo the other evening for dinner. Her parents ran 3 Mexican restaurants when she was growing up, so I was interested in hearing her impressions - though it was the first visit for both of us. We had the mini-Relleno appetizer, the Mahi Mahi El-Dorado, and the Chile Seafood Relleno entrees. Everything was tasty, the sauces were spiced extremely well (I wish I could identify those spices so I could re-create at home). Presentations were beautiful - not always easy to do with Mexican food. The Tamayo margaritas were excellent too. We both enjoyed it very much. Definitely will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    Michelle
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    When I travel, I like to eat at a restaurant that I can only find in the city I am visiting. Tamayo's was a gem of a find. The service was great and the food was as well. I would definitely recommend it!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Server
    poppamarkVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We eat out at least twice a week and enjoy relaxing and interacting with our server. Occasionally one really stands out. Dorian is one of those- attentive, personable, efficient, and knowledgable. Tamayo`s is always a good choice too with a well priced wine list and noteble food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A fantastic flavor filled dinner
    Mango61
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Found Tamayo from great reviews online and we weren't disappointed. From the guacamole to the relleno sampler to the carnitas entree everything had a wonderful blend of spices and flavor. One of the best meals I've had in a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A++
    TRYsomethingNEW
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The ambiance was wonderful. We sat in the rooftop dining area and enjoyed amazing food and service. Try the spicy mango margarita!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • try the patio upstairs
    Shaun
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Delicious as always and the margaritas are great. First time on the patio upstairs and we'll worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday nite
    Jlc241955
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Very good and unusual upscale Mexican food. Great fella is. Excellent location on Larimer
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Suboptimal service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I was bothered by the service on this visit. I had ordered and entree with for myself and my guest in addition for an appetizer for us to share (the chicken flautas - they were okay, not amazing). The waitress took our order and asked if we'd like her to bring out the chips, salsa and guac, and we replied in the affirmative. Free chips and salsa is pretty standard in Mexican restaurants, and she paired the guac in the suggestion implying this was also included. Long story short, it wasn't and she charged us for the extra appetizer. I felt this was dishonest, so I deducted the cost of the guac from her tip. I have no reservations about doing so. The food overall was pretty good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best keeps getting better
    tejoVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had a fine pre-symphony at dinner this past Saturday and were, as always, very pleased. Service (Lisa Ann) was top notch. The food was well prepared and presented in a timely and appealing manner. We visit Tamayo 2-3 times per year and recommend it highly to those looking for a reliable Spanish/Mexican oriented restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our New Favorite
    smth700VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We have been to Tamayo several times now, and it is becoming our new favorite! The food is always spot-on and really delicious, the drinks are good, and the wait staff is attentive. They have a new menu (seemed seasonal?), and it is just as good as the old menu. Yum! Highly recommended!
    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.
  • Tasty food tho pricey
    my3sons
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food has a fresh feel and the sauces are not to heavy. It's a more contemporary take on Mexican cuisine. It is, however, quite pricey even for vegetarian entrees. And apparently chips and salsa are not complementary.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • vamcd
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Food was just ok, we have had better back home in CT. Very noisy atmosphere. Guacamole very ordinary.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • loved it
    emilymil
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Tamayo has a great menu with interesting, unique and wonderful selections. The cocktails are awesome too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Baker
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food and service were very good to excellent. We ate early in the evening and then walked to the Symphony. The restaurant experience nicely enhanced our evening and we hope to do it again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale Spanish Cuisine
    steveoVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    If you're interested in Spanish (vs Mexican) style food, I'd highly recommend Tamayo. Selection is varied - beef, seafood, poultry - with excellent sauces. For tequila lovers, the list is extensive. Wine list has some nice compliments to food. Upstairs has a nice outdoor bar and separate meal seating. Nice change of pace from other downtown restauants.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • guacamole fiesta & great food
    Denvernewcomer
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My husband and I have been to Tamayo's a few times now and we like it more each time. We had a great waiter and hit their guacamole fiesta - we had the sampler which we enjoyed. I can now say I have also eaten dried grasshoppers as they were sprinkled on top of one of the guacamoles. Our main dishes were also good and from their house specials on the menu. It is always a fun and lively atmosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but so noisy
    SnowellenVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The service and food were great. It was so noisy I actually looked forward to being done. There isn't anything to absorb noise in the restaurant and we sat under a speaker. The music was loud but mixed with the people noise, you couldn't really recognize the music other than loud sounds above our head.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good drinks, tastey drinks
    Hottrix89
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Been to this restaurant a few times and I have to say its a good place. Definitely recommend happy hour as the menu is pretty much half off including drinks. Tried a few of the signature dishes but I have to say the tacos/enchiladas are the day to go. That and the energetic atmosphere around you make this place pretty trendy. -side note (need bigger/better TVs)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tomato or Tamayo
    EllieVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    What a great experience! The food was amazing... here are few favorites: guacamole, roasted corn soup (wow), and the beef short ribs cazuelas. Our server (Lea) was so much fun. The margaritas are great. Everything was just top notch. I highly recommend this place!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch
    food4thought
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Brunch at Tamayo is a great deal. Food and drinks are unlimited. Lots of options to choose from. Great for sharing and trying a variety of dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Gourmet Mexican
    aps123VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I love restaurants that serve traditional central Mexican cuisine. It's not often that you can get squash blossoms, chiles en nogada, huitalacoche and guacamole made so many different ways. The only think that I didn't like was my tequila flight- the tequilas were fine, I just wish they were served a little chilled (my personal preference).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.