Tamayo Restaurant
Tamayo Restaurant

Tamayo Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.richardsandoval.com/
  • Phone: (720) 946-1433
  • 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
257 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (159)hot spot (79)good for groups (72)special occasion (71)great for outdoor dining (65)neighborhood gem (61)vibrant bar scene (45)scenic view (32)romantic (27)great for lunch (25)great for brunch (24)late-night find (17)notable wine list (9)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • 4 star dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Overall, we had a very positive experience for dinner. We had the guac and shrimp ceviche for apps. The guac was a bit bland but the ceviche was excellent. My husband had the carne asada and liked it. We both loved my beef tacos - every bite had such depth of flavors. Our margs to start the night were very good. Wine list is a bit pricey. We didn't have any complaints about portion sizes. Our server was attentive and atmosphere had a nice vibe. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday brunch gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We had a delightful brunch. The food was so good. The only problem was that we were too full to continue trying all the menu items on the bottomless brunch menu. I am a big fan of the Posole and guacamole.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Brunch
    Coop
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great concept, this brunch is different from most in the food items they offer. Not your average Mexican food offering, they put a lot of thought and creativity into each item. Service was outstanding, and if you leave hungry or thirsty it is your fault. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Seriously, never had a better meal and service! I will say it was PERFECT and I have eaten there 3 times and it was the same...perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always love this place. Food & Service amazing!
    FanahmenalFood
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Always love this place. Food & Service amazing! The only problem is parking ... Must walk in the snow as they don't have valet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Extremely noisy next to the bar. Our appetizer congelaed when the flame went out under the heting unit. Main dishes tasteless in spite of all the condiments, etc. rthat were listed with the meals. When we complained at the end of the meal, the waitress took an appetizer off the bill, not the either of the main dishes that we complained about.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    Jena
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great service and food, table was prepared on time for reservation. From appetizer to dessert, the food was great. Drinks and the bar was also a scene in itself
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will always be on our list
    WoodyVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We are huge Sandoval fans, so this is one of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They know tequila
    Sandstorm
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We weren't disappointed with Tamayo. We chose the spicy crab guac which had a good amount of crabmeat set on top of spicy guacamole. The handmade chips and red/green salsa were the perfect compliment. Bacon is on the list for next time. The nopales and beet salad was well balanced and crunchier than we expected but worth a test drive. My steak was artfully seasoned and done just the way I prefer. I really liked the potato poblano gratin that came along - creamy with the right amount of tang. The short rib enchiladas were excellent with the sauce only an expert can make. I don't like sweet drinks so my margarita was good tequila with fresh lime juice and just a hint of grand marnier. Perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • halwyatt
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Unique food with great choices great service with personable server. Best guac
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic brunch
    ckspireVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Went or brunch having no idea what our experience was going to be like. We were greater and shown to our table where Nick made some fantastic selections for us off their brunch menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bdog
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Enjoyed to food and location. Drinks were a little small and over priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Rellenos and Salad
    FrequentParisvisitor
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The Special Rellenos sampler plate and the nopales and beet salad were excellent. The mango mojitos were also amazing! I was not overly impressed with the soup, but the salad more than made up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Way loud!
    Mikey
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We sat at the bar. They have a very good and tasty happy hour/bar menu. Unfortunately, it is a very loud restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dakota269
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Menu was different than what you would find in most Mexican restaurants, which is why my friend and I liked. Good and service was great. We definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still a nice place.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Richard S. has several concept restaurants around the city but to date Tamayo is still like dining with family. I miss the 'made at table Guac'. Portions are smaller, but that is actually a good thing. The sauces are flavorful but a bit skimpy. Meat tad overcooked but good. A few minutes rest in the warm Mole Poblano right as the meat comes off the grill would be wonderful. Don't read this wrong, I have brought people one a month this summer fall. Still one of my 'faves' to take people coming into town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet Mexican
    jksully
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Tasty & interesting food. Great service & fun ambiance. Tampiquena steak is not to be missed and can be shared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    ESH8
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    One of the best Mexican restaurants in Denver. The seasoning is delicate and superb. I had a veal Chile Relleno that was wonderful. Their Margaritas are just how I like them, not sweet like most places. Wait staff are very friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our pre play choice
    Tamayo
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We often park in the garage nearby, have a wonderful dinner here and walk to plays and ballets. The food is great and the waiters are always happy to get us out the door on time! Next time on the way back to parking we shall stop for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We felt the food was marginal at best, small portions for the price and flavorless. The service was the best part of the evening!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous Food!
    Cindi
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We revisited this restaurant after several years and were really impressed with the quality of the food. The salmon and pork carnitas entrees were amazing! Dishes are creative and servers are very attentive, friendly, and helpful. We will be returning soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The food was good but under seasoned. The service was very good and our server knowledgeable. The only other thing is pricing 10$ guac? an 11$ marg that's in a highball glass & 9$ for a small glass of sangria? It's just to expensive for what you get.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pure deliciousness!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Everything was delicious! The service was amazing, so ask for Alan when you go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food wasn't as good as usual
    Patty
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The tortilla soup was watery and flat in flavor. Pulled pork amazing. Guacamole ok, salsa excellent. Salad excellent. They've stopped making corn soup which was disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Husbands 30th!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great service, served free tequila out of the blue, which really made my husbands birthday start off well! The apps we had were amazing, but the entrees were just okay. My mani mahi was well cooked but the whole plate was pretty bland. I would go back here for another special occasion because the apps and service were wonderful. This place is pricey as all get out so stopping for apps is probably a better option than full on dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tamayo saves the day
    dagunk1787
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We were headed to a fundraiser that night that was serving dinner and we found out what was on the menu and decided to detour to Tamayo! Service was fast friendly and had great advice for choices for gluten free options. We had great sangria and coastal options like ceviche and scallops. Just outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PeggysueVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was good, but came out cold. I thought the margaritas were very expensive for size.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This was first time we dined at Tamayo. We were happy with the food and the experience. Our waitress was fantastic. Her name was Leah. We will come back and tell friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No service after food delivered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I've been twice lately, but only for the food, which is superb. Meanwhile, it is extremely loud in the restaurant, and service was not to be found after we were served our entrees. Both times had to work hard to get a check and then pay. And don't look to get your water filled.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great patio and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We started off with the scrumptious tamayo margarita! We went with our waiters suggestion with the best carne asada I have ever had.....the flavor was off the charts. It tasted of smoky seared beef that was so tender for a skirt steak. We had a great spot on the patio with the view of the colorado mountains at sunset giving this dining experience a full 5 stars.....especially when you can snag a spot on the patio in good weather.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a winner!
    Foodie44VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food at Tamayo is very creative and always made with fresh ingredients. Service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a sure bet
    Cemam
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The food is always outstanding, the service is excellent and you can actually have a conversation with your table mates without shouting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great margaritas
    Brooksbabe
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GailWB
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Excellent cuisine and ambience! Extensive tequila selection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate