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Located within the Source, a reclaimed 1880’s refinery turned new epicurean marketplace in Denver’s River North District, Acorn boasts Chef/Owner Steven Redzikowski’s eclectic, contemporary American cooking in an approachable, family-friendly format, alongside Beverage Director/Owner Bryan Dayton’s ingredient-driven cocktails, and handpicked selection of artisan wines and beers.
Similar to its critically acclaimed sister restaurant in Boulder, OAK at fourteenth, Acorn’s culinary and inspirational foundation is its oak-fired oven and grill, which produce a seasonal, ever-changing menu of craveable, family-style small plates and entrées. Guests will also find a selection of favorite dishes from the menus at OAK.
Steven, Bryan and their team at Acorn are proud to be serving Denver, and look forward to welcoming you.
Denver, CO 80216
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
Acorn Ratings and Reviews
I had been meaning to try Acorn for awhile and finally was able to go there for lunch with friends. The service was inconsistent (talked my husband into adding the fried egg, but then didn't bring the fried egg, asked again if he still wanted it and then still didn't bring it). The food was exceptionally tasty. We would go back.
Our food was less than impressive. After reading wonderful reviews and our waiter hyping up every dish we were ready to be wowed when we only were disappointed. Also, said waiter pretty much disappeared and never came back, leaving the manager to swoop in and try to amend things. Disappointing even more so because we only had three nights visiting Denver and we wasted one here. For the price per Lack of dish, and the hype behind this place, we were very cranky afterwards and it definitely made us rethink going to other nice restaurants in the area of this was considered one of the best.
Amazing food! Kind of noisy open warehouse location. Our only real complaint that we tourists who took taxi there and is not meant for non-drivers. Even though asked our server the host could call a taxi, that didn't happen and host seemed little put out, like was very request, and there really nowhere for to wait outside comfortably, despite the fact that have valet parking.
Interesting idea to have a restaurant inside the source. Food was innovative but can't say it tasted great though. Had the rabbit, shrimp and grit, pork belly and would say it was ok. Considering the many options in Denver was not too impressed by this restaurant.
Even though the space is extraordinarily industrial in nature...the feel was still warm and charming. The booth back was very stiff, however, really just like leaning against a two by four. That aside, the meatballs were divine, (a staple since they opened) and Matt was very accommodating by allowing me to order a small side salad prior to the entree arriving. The food came very quickly, which is great for someone in a hurry, but perhaps not if you want to have a leisurely lunch. My martini olives had pits in them, and were some of the best I have ever had. Certainly, the best I have had in a martini. Overall, this place is great, and I highly recommend it.
Every aspect of the evening was available. Dining at Acorn had to have been the utmost highlight of our trip.
The drinks were OUT OF THIS WORLD and the food was equivalent, if not better. Definitely will go down as one of the best dinners I've had... and that's coming from a skeptic from San Francisco. SO MUCH LOVE for this place.
The food is simply outstanding. The Kale-apple salad was so good we couldn't stop eating it. The Hamachi was tart and fresh and yum-tastic. We also had the cod and tenderloin, we didn't know that each small plate was enough for two people or we didn't believe it and ended up taking a bunch home. We also had the grits and shrimp, outstanding. Can't wait to go back, cool location, the parking lot could use some improvement but we will be back with more friends and will tell everyone about ACORN. Thank you
A friend claimed Acorn is the best restaurant in Denver, so I was interested in trying it....and I was very pleased with the experience. I may not be able to say Acorn is the best restaurant in Denver, but it's one of the top.
I'd recommend to any foodie friends....it's that good!
We were a group of 4 and were seated in the upstairs loft area. The building and layout is pretty cool but maybe a touch too " unfinished". We started with the Brussels sprouts salad which was absolutely delicious, the beets were quite good and we shared the pork shoulder which was wonderful. The highlight of the dish was definately the poblano cheddar corn bread. If we didn't get dessert it would definately have been a 5 star review, but since we did, the dessert did not stand up to the same level of the food so I sadly had to knock it to a 4. Definately worth it but go elsewhere for dessert!
The service was good - they tolerated us being newbies to the Acorn. We went on a Sunday evening -so the rest of the market was pretty quite. The serving sizes were small - I guess to be expected at a foodie restaurant. But the quality of the food was very good - except the roast chicken was dry. The ribeye was very good, really enjoyed the fried pickles ( again small serving), asparagus (the fried egg was tasty ), and the meatballs were yummy. We'll go back, but maybe for lunch because I hear the hamburger is outstanding.
We unfortunately did not have much time to spend at Acorn as we were going to the theater that evening and arrived a bit late. However, the food was outstanding and the service was even better. We only had about one hour to have dinner, but the server and kitchen made sure that we got all of our food in time with time to savor and enjoy. We will definitely return, but hopefully on an evening that we have less of a time crunch!
A friend introduced us to Acorn and it's become one of our favorites. We had an out of town visitor (from Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA) and took her to lunch at Acorn. I think the construction and transitioning neighborhood was a little disconcerting at first, but once inside, she loved it. As we left, she was taking photos to share with her husband.
Acorn is truly a gem.
We went to Acorn for my husband's birthday. We were pleased and surprised by the high quality food with delicious flavors. The chef worked to bring out interesting flavors instead of just dumping salt everywhere. The unique wine enhanced the tastes in the food. We definitely plan to return!
About 4 times per year, we splurge and grab a high end dinner. Acorn was great, but I would not say it is the best in Denver. Any time you drop $100 per person on a meal, you expect greatness. It was very good, but I hesitate to call it great. Small portions drive me crazy...
Acorn does the small plates concept extremely well. Appropriate sized portions that allowed two people to enjoy but not overindulge on a tasteful selection of dishes. Great service, helped ensure we had the right amount of food, the right wine and perfect pace of delivery.
Came for lunch. It was mostly really good but not as amazing as when I've been here for dinner. Fried chicken sandwich and pork belly BLT were great. Fried pickles for app were just ok - a little flavorless and the green goddess dipping sauce didn't have much flavor either - salt probably would have been enough! Love that they have a delish mocktails menu as well!
My meal at Acorn was spectacular. The food, the service and the cool industrial vibe of the space combined to make for a fantastic night. I truly enjoyed every bit of my evening, from the spectacular cocktails to the first class cuisine. I will be coming back!
Great ambience. The location is great and the soundtrack is awesome. Food was lacking in flavor. Maybe I set my sights too high as I recently moved from the east coast and restaurants are just better back east. Service good if a little slow at times, food good but underwhelming especially for the price. Could have had an amazing meal in Manhattan for what I paid here. Good but a lot of room for improvement.
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