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Zengo
Zengo
  • Address:
    1610 Little Raven
    Riverfront Park
    Denver, CO 80202
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown / LoDo
  • Cuisine:
    Fusion / Eclectic
    Price: $31 to $50

Zengo Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.richardsandoval.com/zengodenver
  • Phone: (720) 904-0965
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Friday-Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm
    *full menu and bar open


    Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 10:30am-2:30pm
    *$35 bottomless small plates & free flowing brunch cocktails
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Latin American, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Richard Sandoval
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Zengo would be happy to tailor a catered menu for your off premise event.
  • Entertainment: Live DJ at Sunday Brunch
  • Special Events & Promotions: Bottomless Brunch
    Saturday-Sunday 10:30am-2:30pm

    HAPPY HOUR
    Monday-Saturday from 5:00-7:00pm at the Bar & Lounge.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 15th & 20th
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Monday - Saturday, Sunday Brunch offer Complimentary Valet.

    Street parking is also available.
A word from Zengo
Zengo is a sophisticated blend of Latin-Asian styles and flavors. Chef Richard Sandoval, whose accolades include Bon Appétit Restaurateur of the Year and Mexico’s Toque d’Oro, artfully spins Latin-Asian ingredients into colorful, beautifully balanced dishes designed for sharing. The beverage menu features innovative, hand-muddled cocktails as well as an extensive selection of wines, sakes and tequilas. The vibrant décor fuses traditional and contemporary tastes, the perfect setting to sample Zengo’s acclaimed cuisine. For a relaxed yet upbeat afternoon, sip our signature cocktails on our outdoor patio.



“Zengo is by far the best restaurant in Denver, maybe even the country.”

The Denver Post



“…the coolest looking eatery in the west, it’s certainly unlike any other restaurant in Denver”
America’s Top Restaurants, Zagat



“Hot List Restaurants” Conde Nast Traveler
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Diner Reviews
  • "Zengo has been one of my favorite places in Denver for a few years now. We have a few favorites on the menu, and they always have rotating "test kitchen" items that you can try as well. We usually just do about 4 small plates for my wife and I. And my wife loves the mojitos here. They also have a good happy hour menu for drinks and food."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We can't get enough of Zengo. The food is so unique and has the most creative combinations of flavors and ingredients. It's an Asian/Latin fusion, but there's so much more than that on the menu. The XO Edamame and Miso soup (forget what you think miso soup should be) are still our favorites. We love skipping the entrees and ordering lots of "appetizers" so we can try a little of everything. Greg is easily the best waiter in Denver. Great attitude and fun sense of humor, plus a perfect track record of recommendations. The rest of the staff are also top notch."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had a terrific early dinner before the symphony. Our waiter, Greg was friendly, funny & efficient. He timed our meal perfectly and the food was delicious. We'll be back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We brought another couple along who were thoroughly impressed with their food and dining experience. The black cod is always my favorite so it didn't disappoint. Our friend has food allergies so they brought her a different menu and asked the chef to help us with any dish she ordered that might be a problem. I thought that was a great touch!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Alyssa, the bartender, not only is efficient, personable, and makes a good drink, she remembered us, what we ordered during our last visit to Zengo and what we liked. In fact, she had a better recall than we did, which was rather embarassing. Even if the food wasn't as great as it is, I would return to this restaurant because of her and the service she provided."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "This was our second time dining at Zengo while we've been in Denver. Reservations were easily attainable through Open Table website. Our server was friendly & attentive. Drinks were plentiful & food was delicious. We enjoyed the Ceviche duo appetizer. Was fun trying 2 different kinds. The only negative was that we felt the tables were too close together."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Ask for their secret dessert for your special occasion."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Enjoyed our meal. Shared plates of empanadas, potstickers (not my favorite but my date liked them), zengo fried rice and the brussel sprouts! Unfortunately, we waited much too long for our dessert (the cheesecake), which was supposed to have star anise ice cream on the top but instead it was vanilla bean (confirmed "somewhat" by our server). It obviously sat in the window too long because the plate was a soupy mess of half-melted ice cream. The restaurant DESPERATELY needs to invest in some more spoons. Our server brought us forks and admitted to not finding spoons. Didn't bother ever to find any and bring to us."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Zengo has a a unique and festive atmosphere, always fun for out of town guests and a group of friends out to celebrate an event together."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Zengo isn't the hotspot it used t be, but the food was still good and our server was great. The price adds up quickly when ordering multiple small bites. The sushi rolls were very good. We had the Angry Zengo and Volcano rolls. Great spicy edamame, but the wonton tacos were disappointing. The black cod was very good, but unfortunately not that hot when we received it. We sat by the window which was nice as it overlooked the park entrance. Overall good experience."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Zengo is one of my two favorite restaurants in Denver."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We eat out a lot like New Yorkers, so here's out take. It's a chain but we keep coming back. Food - interesting, unique, one of those places you go here to try new cultural idea dishes in unusual ways. best is salmon and XO edamame. They recently changed part of the menu and new steak menu item is much better than the old hanger steak option. TK test kitchen options always fun to try. Can get lots of small things rather than entrees as an option. Service - CJ was best staff service we've had. Very attentive and seemed passionate about work there. Definite change from the less than passionate wait staff in the past. Atmosphere - lively, energetic, good for groups or just dates which is why we go. Overall - would go again for sure"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I enjoy the fun food to share with others. Portions are small, but it is fun to order a bunch of appetizers to share. Cucumber mojito was great!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I have been to zengos a few times and I love the interesting food but it is so expensive for what you get. The dinners didn't even come with sides and the portions were small."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The range of small sharing dishes are varied, all tasty and keep coming with a pace the belies the popularity of their brunch special. You can happily munch, chat and drink and a couple of hours have past and all for $25 a head or $35 with unlimited cocktails. The fun experience starts with the enthusiastic greeters, and continues with the skilful waiting staff. Highly recommended if you want a couple of hours quality time with your older children so that you can catch up on their news. This is such a great Downtown asset."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I went for bottomless brunch and was kind of disappointed. I got the passion fruit mimosa and there was barely any juice, it was mostly sparkling wine. Same goes for zengo mimosa. For food, my favorite brunch plates were the steamed buns and the fried tofu. Those were really good. I also tried the rolls, hash, waffles, ceviche, chilaquiles, and some others. They were okay, but not something I would order again."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "This is easily our favorite restaurants in Denver. We had one bad experience many visits ago, and that waiter is no longer there. Everyone else here is very friendly and the service is outstanding. The food is THE BEST. Gotta get the XOXO Edamame and the Miso Soup every time. Love the tuna tacos, empanadas, and really everything else on the menu. We love to just order a lot of appetizers and a salad, or share an entree, and get to try a little of everything. We've had at least 6 different waiters serve us now there, which we still see every time, and they're all so great, with excellent suggestions of new things to try."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Love this place for ease of access!!! Food is delicious and beautiful. Wait staff always great!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "To start, the AC was out, which wasn't their fault, but the hostess should have said before seating us. The food, which was in their control, was not much better than the atmosphere. The ceviche had peanuts bigger than the scallops; a little unbalanced to say the least. They were 'out' of two dishes we wanted to order...only to see them being served a while later to other tables. Not impressed with this visit."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I would highly recommend their brunch. It is a wonderful opportunity to try a great variety of dishes."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We have been to Zengo several times, and it does not disappoint! The short ribs are the go to dish, as well as the Angry Zengo Roll for an appetizer. The other apps/small plates and the signature drinks are great as well. The only issue this time was the fact that the short ribs were slightly overdone. However, the sauce and mashed potatoes made up for it this time. Our server, Greg, was hilarious and we had a great time with him."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Loved the food. It was our anniversary. Ordered asparagus tacos waiter asked if we wanted more tortillas. Said yes and we're charged additional for them. Really?"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Bought a TravelZoo coupon, which was a great deal. Food has very interesting flavors, tried both ceviches, which were good. Having just come back from Peru, we prefer the traditional ones, but always up for trying something new. Empanadas were great, as was the ahi salad. Table next to us had the guac with lump crab and the cook it yourself beef and they were very happy with their choices. Fun restaurant, great waitress, valet parking, it was all good"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "we just ordered all apps and it was absolutely amazing!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "This was our third time at Zengo, and our experience was not as great as it has been before. After about 15 minutes our ceviche had still not been delivered. Our server apologized and the manager gave the ceviche to us on the house, it sounded like some sort of miscommunication in the kitchen (totally understandable - it happens). After that it went downhill. Our waters sat empty for 10-15 minutes at a time. Our server was no where to be found for long periods of time. The restaurant was not busy but we waited nearly 15 minutes to order dessert after receiving a menu. After that it took about 20 minutes to settle the bill. Overall, the food is great and I love the restaurant, but the service we received on this visit was not good."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We had an incredible meal at Zengo!! The food was fabulous (we had four appetizers/small plates that were more than enough for two people). Highly creative, great atmosphere!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Excellent service and food- if you love the shared plate idea, this place is for you. All of the shared plates (from empanadas to asparagus tacos) are delicious and filling! Great margaritas as well! I'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "It's been a while since we've eaten at Zengo, and the menu looks very different, somehow breathing new life into the term fusion. The arepas, empanas, and tiraditos were fantastic. On the patio, our server was less than engaged, and we had to rely on his colleagues to chase down basics like silverware and napkins, long after the food came. We asked our server to add pieces to the tiraditos (his idea) only to find out when they came that the additional pieces weren't added. The crowning mistake came when my spouse ordered a second shot of top-shelf tequila, only to have our server bring out something that was decidedly lower grade. Did someone think we wouldn't notice? It wasn't busy enough on the patio to account for the mistakes."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I have been eating at Zengo almost since it started. The food and service is always excellent. Attentive serving people and consistent quality in the dishes. If it ain't broke, why fix it?"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "My husband and I like to try new restaurants as they open around the city and sometimes they are great and sometimes they dissappoint. When we want to make sure we have a great meal we go to our standby ZENGO! We love the menu, the drinks, the service and the location. You never can go wrong with this restaurant! XO edamame, wonton tacos, and the angry ZENGO roll all a must try!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Even though Zengo is running at 10 plus years, it still rates as one of my favorite restaurants. The quality of food and service is always top notch and the atmosphere is comfortable and inviting. They change up an already first class menu enough to make it worth coming back to over and over again. For our latest visit, I tried the new Curry Pork Chops selection. It was absolutely the best pork chop dinner I have ever had at a restaurant. Simply unbelievable!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Zengo's has a wonderful brunch menu. There really is something for everyone. The wait staff asked is we had any allergies which was so helpful because I have been diagnosed Celiac and she offered items that are gluten free as well as menu items they can make gluten free. The brunch cocktails are outstanding and the patio refreshing."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "We loved everything about the bottomless brunch! Multiple bottomless mimosas flavors to try (guava was my favorite) and great breakfast creations. I loved that the food takes the Zengo spin on breakfast. Not your typical pancakes and waffles, Zengo's are something out of this world!! So good I can't wait to go again."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "So glad to find a new restaurant in Denver that can offer surprising and delicious menu items while still hosting a fun atmosphere! This is our new favorite restaurant over Cubacuba, the old Samba Room & all of the restaurants in the Highlands! "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "They had a DJ for brunch and too loud to even talk at table. Trying to make the place a disco. Took 40 minutes to get my food even when friend at the same table got his two plates in five minutes. Service was friendly but they seemed lost. No going back"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "While I haven't glanced at other reviews on Open Table, I'm sure that the majority opinion shares my enthusiasm for Zengo. What a fantastic restaurant! Chic and energetic, my party for three received excellent service, great cocktails, and some of the best food I've eaten in some time (the Wagyu Beef is worth every penny of its steep $11/oz. price tag). You won't regret the experience! Tip for newbies: if you go for happy hour, don't ask for a regular table. Some sections are ineligible for happy hour deals, which is the one mild inconvenience we encountered along the way. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Had a great time, great service with great food. I will come back again and try more of what they got. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "From drinks to dessert, everything was amazing! They're small plates so order to share. The empenadas were my fav if I had to choose and the Mexican chocolate bar (a snickers basically) was to die for! We'll definitely be back. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Apathetic server ruined what was otherwise a great dinner. Drinks took forever, the 2nd round came after dinner. His knowledge of the special testing plates was confusing and irritating. We passed as a result. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food and drinks are wonderful. They are creative and delicious. The service was excellent and personal."
    Dined on 5/19/2014