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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
Creative menu - tasty flavors in both food and drinks. All the dishes were good but nothing really outstanding. Hip scene at The Source. Kind of loud, though. We were there on a busy Friday night and the service was slow and a little out of sync. Had heard Acorn was amazing. While it was definitely good, it didn't live up to the reputation.
Too much spacing between the small dishes that we ordered and my husband and I sat across the table from each other and it was quite a far distance. Due to the noise level of the restaurant it was hard to have a conversation. I thought the meal was good but not as impressive as the rave reviews my friends had given. I probably won't come back - there are too many superb restaurants to visit in Denver to go back to a sub-par experience.
We were there to celebrate my birthday and my friend managed to say it in passing and the server brought out two adorable and yummy s'mores on sticks with a candle. The service was impeccable. The food was fresh, beautiful and tasted fabulous. They went above and beyond.
This is a favorite go to when entertaining business guests. It's great if you like a creative menu with a modern industrial type business atmosphere. It would also be a great place to take a date with an impressive drink list both alcoholic and non. The menu is my favorite though.
I'd been wanting to try Acorn's award winning menu for a few months now, and I finally was able to schedule a reservation.
The restaurant is located in The Source, a reclaimed historic brick foundry in the RiNo district. There are exposed brick exterior walls and open steel interior support beams with no true interior walls to speak of. Colorful graffiti remains on some of the exposed brick. The ambience is very hipster, and understandably somewhat noisier than most.
The menu is extensive and profoundly creative, with eclectic combinations of flavors I'll not soon forget.
The emphasis here is on shared plates, a modern American twist on tapas. My date and I ordered 5 plates to share.
The wagyu beef tartare toast was rich, earthy, and flavorful and melted in my mouth.
The wood oven roasted Manila clams were subtly flavored and delicious, make sure to sop up the broth!
The wood oven roasted bone marrow with bacon and coffee jam was decadently rich.
The oak smoked pork bellies were my personal favorite. They were served over a celery purée. Umami umami umami.
The hen of the woods mushrooms were served tempura style with a dashi panna cotta. Truly memorable.
Their executive chef and mixologist are well matched. I had one of the best mixed drinks I've ever had to compliment the meal: Edgar Allan's Potion.
For dessert, my expat Australian girlfriend had the deconstructed coconut pineapple Pavlova. It was exquisite.
I had the chocolate custard cake with pecan pralines, and salted caramel ice cream. Very good, but slightly less impressive than the rest of our meal.
All in all, this was one of the best meals I've ever had in Colorado.
I can't recommend their food highly enough.
We went on a Thursday night. Be aware there is a major construction in front of the restaurant, so be prepared to detour and do valet parking. Don't bother with self parking. The surrounding area is dark and industrial , so don't feel safe walking on foot in the dark.
We got seated on the second floor and felt like we were not eating in the restaurant but more like they added additional seats outside the restaurant.
Anyways, the foods were overrated. The preztzel and fried pickles were no brainer, standard appetizers. The chicken liver pate would have better favor if they would have added a dash of white wine. The hamachi crudo was very sour. I guess they wanted to cover the fishy taste of the hamachi. The red shrimp& grits was a disaster. The grits had no taste and the shrimps were not fresh and tasted fishy. The presentation was horrible! It looked like "puke" The pork belly were so overcooked and burned. And I think they knew since they put a lot of garnish on top to hide the pork belly. The lobster arancini tasted very fishy too so needed to smother with lot of the sauce to cover the fishy taste. The best dishes we liked were the wagyu beef tartare, the manila clams, and the meatballs. We're disappointed with the bone marrow, very bland! The service was excellent. They changed plates very often and kept filling our water. Would not recommend any of their seafood items! Quite disappointed!
Great unique food at Acorn. The staff was both friendly and attentive and we had a great experience! Concensious was that a restaurant with similar cuisine in San Fran or Chicago (where we are from) would be a lot more perentious. We definitely enjoyed the casual atmosphere here (and the pate 😋).
Bad:Made reservation for Anniversary. This was not acknowledged at all by staff. Came for 9:30pm reservation . Fried pickles over fried. I felt the other staff / bussers were working much harder than our actual server
Good: Roasted chicken was awesome as always. Very nice host / staff ( except our sever want very friendly). Overall we really enjoyed our dinner.
We absolutely loved this place, the food is so creative and full of flavor. I loved that they had so many delicious vege options, and dessert was amazing (coconut pavlova). Literally the best dessert we have had in quite some time. Ee will definitely be back just as soon as we are back in Denver. This place is a must-eat! Service was also great and the location within 'The Source" building is super cool.
I've been to Acorn half a dozen times now and it's always delicious. This was the first time I had ever been there for lunch and it was great. The menu is quite a bit from the dinner one and I liked the fact that they have so many sandwich options, but still have a full cocktail menu!
I took a friend from California, who travels the world and is quite the foodie. He loved Acorn and loved all the dishes we ordered. It was a great experience to show someone from outside of Colorado one of both hoping places (atmosphere) as well as very imaginative cuisine.
Acorn was phenomenal! We got lucky with a cancellation by another party and we were able to make a reservation. The cocktail list was creative and the wait staff was happy to help pair cocktails to small plate selections. The food was complex and fresh. The staff was attentive, helpful, and friendly!
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