The Blue Bonnet Restaurant
The Blue Bonnet Restaurant

The Blue Bonnet Restaurant

  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
The Blue Bonnet Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (17)neighborhood gem (16)great for outdoor dining (13)great for lunch (12)kid-friendly (12)special occasion (7)fit for foodies (5)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (2)hot spot (2)Show More
  • Very Accommodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I had a party of 25 and ten more showed up, the team took great care of us, pulled up two more tables no problem. The server did the best he could taking our order and refilling sodas. 35 people can really need a lot. Food came out timely and I can not say any one was upset about anything. Everyone left happy, full, and satisfied. Thank you Blue Bonnet!!! Will continue to recommend. Thank you for being the restaurant I continue to rely upon to make special events perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to its own standard
    Kingpin
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Hadn't been in years. Decided to meet friends for drinks and dinner. Service was great. However, my food was liked warm and lakes flavor. The shredded chicken in my chili relleno was bland and the tortilla tasted like one off the shelf at the local supermarket. This explains how they were able to bring it out so quick. Slapped together and smothered hoping the green chili could bring it all together. Come on guys you use to be the bomb!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Awful Sangria.
    Yogi
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I absolutely loved the food. It was hot, tasty and quick. The service was spot on and my water glass never got half empty. The only problem I had was the Sangria. It was awful. No fruit, not sweet and tasted like a wine glass full of brandy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Muy delicioso!
    CAROLE
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Love the stuffed chiles! All was great except the green chile...no kick. Their salsa and chips are great too and a must is the Orange habanero margarita...yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OnTheRoadAgainVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Excellent handmade margharitas. Sufficient quantity of tequila, not watered down! Chips are made fresh in house. Guacamole very good. Best carnitas ever, moist instead of dry. I would highly recommend visiting Blue Bonnet next time you want an excellent Mexican dinner in Denver.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Fantastic! Drinks/ Service SAD
    GFLifer
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Loud place! The food was great! I'm gluten free (medical not lifestyle choice) and the menu was abundant making it hard to choose. The fish tacos stellar. The drinks... Terrible. We ordered Mojitos and well let's just say that's when the dinner went down hill. The waiter asked how they were and he then made an excuse for the bars inability to make them well. Hello, if you know the bar is incapable of making a good drink... Recommend something else!!! Our waiter did not offer to replace our drinks. There was a large table before us so our food was slow, not a big deal but our waiter used that excuse on every table, even 30 min after we ate. Lazy, maybe? We only saw him a few time our entire time there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A casual Restaurant
    OutToEat
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This restaurant is a great place to go for good food and plenty of it. Family atmosphere is wonderful. The service is great and so is the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    You can't go wrong meeting friends at the Blue Bonnet.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place!
    1sttime
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Owner is always so gracious, and genuine. Food is always EXCELLENT! I'd eat here every day, if I could!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carol
    ceceVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 85 reviews are from the The Blue Bonnet Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Good not great spot
    FoodCriticVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    WileyGuy
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The food remains outstanding, and the staff seem to really enjoy being there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jpkirke
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Used to love the Bluebonnet----it is a shell of what it used to be.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    lawyercaldwell
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not quite up to the usual
    Barb
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
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  • Geat Mexican Food
    FrankVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day dinner
    La11la11
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great after theater dinner
    GoodFoodGoodFriends
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food too loud
    Carol
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Blue Bonnet Restaurant
    DFmaaster
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Excellent Mexican food with a friendly service minded staff! Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent Restaurant
    SpecOccDiner
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing salsa
    love2eat
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • St. Patty's Day
    Zcarclub
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We had a great lunch after the St. Patrick's day parade. Food was great and the Margaritas were spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful!
    Jools
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We were so glad to find Blue Bonnet! It was EXCELLENT food and great service. I definitely recommend a reservation because it was packed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best stuffed poblano peppers EVER!
    desertgspgal
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun, Fast and Fabulous
    Jayski
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Denver Classic
    FrankVIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent with one exception
    Barb
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • larger party
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood hang-out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Service was prompt, friendly and professional. Happy hour menu is varied, offering something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    Seth
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our family's first time.
    1Happycustomer
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVELY PLACE TO MEET FRIENDS
    OLDNOONE
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Right on time
    ChristyJo
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    We had a large group for a quick lunch before the movies. They got us in and out with ease, Hector was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My Fav place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Spot
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    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.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food
    Denverfood
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Star in Denver
    JimboVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Returning patrons
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • something for everyone
    mbake
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    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-
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.