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The Blue Bonnet Restaurant
The Blue Bonnet Restaurant

The Blue Bonnet Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bluebonnetrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (303) 778-0147
  • Hours of Operation: Monday thru Thursday - 11AM to 10PM
    Friday & Saturday - 11AM to 11PM
    Sunday - 11AM to 9PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

Getting there

  • Cross Street: S. Broadway and W. Alaska Place
  • Public Transit: Alameda Light Rail Station
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of FREE parking in the public lot.
A word from The Blue Bonnet Restaurant
When a family owned restaurant has been in business for almost 40 years, they must be doing something right. Recently expanded with a beautiful patio, the Blue Bonnet has become an institution in Denver. Handmade chips and salsa, chimi changas, award-winning margaritas, flautas, chile rellenos, pollo adovado, fish tacos, and carnitas are just a few items made from scratch along with many traditional favorites. Locals, tourists, and celebrities line up for some of the freshest and best tasting Mexican food in Denver. Casual atmosphere with friendly service. If you can't go South of the border... at least head South of Alameda.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "Owner is always so gracious, and genuine. Food is always EXCELLENT! I'd eat here every day, if I could!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We have been going here for years (probably 2-3 times per year) and have always enjoyed the food. This last time however, we found the food to be less than satisfactory. Will probably not go back."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Bluebonnet is a landmark/iconic Mexican spot in Denver. Food is good - not great; service is good - not great. One thing consistent there is the food comes out in < 5 minutes, which is always nice. The patio in the summer makes the whole program work really well as you can have a casual nice dinner outside."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food remains outstanding, and the staff seem to really enjoy being there!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Used to love the Bluebonnet----it is a shell of what it used to be."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Was in Denver for the week and wanted some good Mexican food. Not the bland stuff. There meats are flavorful with a pretty decent kick. Very fresh ingredients and good portions. The manager was probably the most friendly, interactive manager I have ever seen at a restaurant. Great outdoor seating area as well. Would highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Normally, this is one of my favorite restaurants to get vegetarian tamales. This time though, the tamales were dried out. They really weren't very good at all. Our server was very busy and not as attentive because of that. It just wasn't up to par this time. We'll go back though because I think this was just a very busy night and an isolated incident. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Glad to see the digging & construction around the restaurant is finally coming to an end. The food is always great! Been to a number of Mexican food places closer to home but keep coming back to Blue Bonnet for the flavor we love. Looked like the patio was almost ready to open."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Yum! First time here with in-laws for dinner on Mother's Day. Service was good. Enjoyed the chips and salsa. Entrees were great. Our toddler enjoyed the table and the food. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We live in Greeley and have season tickets to DCPA. Two other couples went with us to The Blue Bonnet after the play last Saturday afternoon and were met by friendly staff, seated quickly and had time for ordering drinks while waiting for one late arriving couple. The chips and salsa were great and refilled while waiting for our entries to arrive. Drinks were excellent reflecting a wide variety including Mexican offerings, and the entries were excellent. Service was prompt and not too often once entries arrived as sometimes happens as some wait staff hover over customers. Recommend for others, especially following a pleasant theater performance. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "First time there, and didn't know to ask for a particular room. Guess I would have put a reserved table in the other room where it appears it's much quieter. Couldn't hear ourselves think! However food and service was great! May try again, but will be specific next time about seating location."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Excellent Mexican food with a friendly service minded staff! Enjoy!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "The food was very good. I had the Chicken and Sweet Corn Tamales. However, we kind of felt ignored by the waiter. The service really needs a little work."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "It is awesome that the chips and salsa are bottomless and the salsa tastes amazing. I think I ate about 5 bowls of salsa. The food was good portions."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "We had a great lunch after the St. Patrick's day parade. Food was great and the Margaritas were spot on."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We were so glad to find Blue Bonnet! It was EXCELLENT food and great service. I definitely recommend a reservation because it was packed!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Grew up in Denver,spent many years there, and go back all the time, but never had been here. It was fantastic! So much fun.Those stuffed poblanos are amazing, and I am an aficionado of the dish. I order it pretty much everywhere it is served, including ARIZONA, where I live and where the dish is king.These were among the best I have ever had anywhere. I thought the Margaritas were quite good as well. Everyone in our party of six seemed to enjoy the food and the atmosphere. I would not recommend this for a "romantic night out" or an outing when you want to have deep conversation. Too noisy. But for a fun celebration of just being out with friends, it was awesome! The service was pleasant and prompt, never missed a beat."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The Blue Bonnet is one of our regular favorites. The food is consistently delicious and arrives quickly and always hot, service is always attentive and friendly, and they have a gluten free menu which includes vegetarian options. The margaritas go down very easily."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Great locally owned multi-generational Mexican restaurant. Nothing fancy, but a fun place to eat, and the food is consistantly delicious. The pork tamales and chili rellenos are hard to beat!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "I gave a lower rating for ambience because our table was in a cold spot with a draft. The server tried to find us somewhere to move, but the restaurant was full. She was aware of the draft problem. I think it might be best to warn diners of it before seating them or try to fix the problem somehow."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We ended up waiting almost 30 minutes past our reservation to even be seated. The food was at best mediocre. My brother's chili relleno was completely burned. Our waiter was efficient and prompt and was perhaps the best part of our experience. Stale chips and one dimensional salsa were a clue about dining quality."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Service was prompt, friendly and professional. Happy hour menu is varied, offering something for everyone."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "It has been a while since I have eaten at The Blue Bonnet, but as usual, they did not dissapoint. I was very happy with some changes to their menu and was also very happy with the excellent service we received. As always they had us sat quickly and once we ordered, our food was out in minutes. I am always suprised at how fast they can prepare such excellent entrees. Thanks for another great meal!"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "We came in with 10 family members, celebrated a birthday. It was our first time! We loved the food! The service was fast and amazing! The price was great!! Everything was amazing and perfect! We loved everything about this restaurant!! We will be recommending and returning! Thanks to all who took care of us that day!!!"
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "WE ALL ENJOYED OUR MEALS A LOT. MEXICAN FOOD BUT BROUGHT UP A NUMBER OF NOTCHES. ESPECIALLY MY WIFE WAS DELIGHTED TO FIND ROASTED VEGETABLES WITH GRILLED SPICED CHICKEN. HEALTHY FOOD WITH A BITE! OUR SERVER WAS ATTENTIVE,BUT NOT "HOVERING". THE BARTENDER COULDN'T BE FRIENDLIER."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "We had a large group for a quick lunch before the movies. They got us in and out with ease, Hector was great."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "i have been going to the blue bonnet for years and have never once been disappointed...i absolutely love this place...always great food great service excellent atmosphere and my fav place"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "I was told this was "the best mexican food EVER" and I was disappointed. It was average at best, the drink was weak, the chip bland. I won't go back and won't go anywhere my "friend" recommends either."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "the food is always awesome here at the bonnet. You cant go wrong with anything on the menu. The only reason i can not a full 5 stars is the drinks. Mixed drinks were not that good. I have been there before and the drinks were good, but the last time the margs tasted like a over the counter marg mix."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "This is one of our long time favorites. We are never disappointed. Their beef chimichanga which is really a steak burrito is awesome. The best margaritas around."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "After living away from Denver for 10 years, it really felt like coming home to once again enjoy the authentic Mexican food at Blue Bonnet. We spent 5 years in Chicago and another 5 in New York. When it comes to great Mexican food, those foodie destinations have got nothing on Denver."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "we came w/ a group of 10 mixed vegetarian and meat eaters, big appetites and small, and everyone got something that they thought was a winner! the service was relaxed and very accommodating. in short: a great time and a reasonable price-"
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "Truly an icon restaurant, with good food and quality margaritas"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Food was good Drinks, kids are still talking about the best Arnold Plamer ever."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Any food marked "Spicy" -- is super hot!! Was too hot for us, so we'll order the non-spicy items from now. Tamales are outstanding. Other than that, just good food. Our server was excellent."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "I don't recommend this restaurant. It has been a staple in Denver for year's; however, the food has changed. I found it to be very bland and tasteless. The server was slow and they neglected to tell us that we would be charged for chips and salsa. The server actually argued with the customer (me)! She said there was a sign on the wall as you enter the room, regarding the charge for chips. There was no way I would have seen it unless someone pointed it out to me, and besides, my back was to it the whole time. I also think the ambience is boring like the food. I won't be returning again."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Servers were not very friendly. Food was typical. Chips were cold. Drinks were weak."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "I am glad you have a gluten free menu with vegetarian options. You have the rare chicken and vegetarian tamales. The food is better than the average Mexican place. It's nice to support a locally owned business."
    Dined on 8/15/2013
  • "Service the night I was there was terrible - I was sitting on the patio and our waitress was seldom in view - and it was clear that our meal had been sitting under the heat lamp for 5+ minutes before she served it. Still, that's a rarity at Bluebonnet - usually your food is out within 3 minutes of ordering - so I would chalk it up to 1 bad night."
    Dined on 8/9/2013
  • "Love Blue Bonnet! Hit it every time I am in town!!"
    Dined on 8/2/2013