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About Acorn

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.

3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm

Sunday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Cross Street:
33rd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(720) 542-3721

Website:
http://www.denveracorn.com/

Executive Chef:
Steven Redzikowski

Additional:
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

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Lunch (612)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (494)
Romantic (357)
Notable Wine List (317)
Creative Cuisine (177)
Good for a Date (156)
Late-night Find (155)
Great for Brunch (145)
Handcrafted Cocktails (111)
Fun (94)
Local Ingredients (94)
Scenic View (89)
Tapas (81)
Good for Anniversaries (80)
Good for Birthdays (76)
Worth the Drive (74)
Casual (73)
Kid-friendly (64)
Seasonal (64)
Authentic (46)
Bar Seating (46)
People Watching (46)
Healthy (39)
Tasting Menu (37)
Business Meals (34)
Comfort Food (32)
Good Vegetarian Options (32)
Organic (23)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
Great Beer (20)
Happy Hour (18)
Cozy (17)
Gluten Free Options (17)
Paleo Friendly (16)
Sunday Lunch (14)
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Every item we ordered was fabulous. Do not skip the kale salad or chicken entree though.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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food5
ambience3
service5
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
1 person found this review helpful.
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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food3
ambience2
service2
value2

 
 (Denver)·Dined on April 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 9, 2017

I liked the atmosphere, great service, and shareable menu. The menu was interesting and with lots of variety and interesting combinations. But, overall nothing tasted that great. The food was not worth the price. Would not return.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Excellent industrial modern architecture and design. Great fusion between several cuisines.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Late-night Find
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food5
ambience5
service5
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Was expecting a top 5 restaurant experience in Denver and was disappointed. Small plates were ok. The bar specialty beverages were written greek.

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food2
ambience3
service4
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Excellent service, good food, a bit pricey for serving size but that's the norm in Denver. We ordered fun drinks on cocktail menu and they did not disappoint! Would definitely go here again!

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food5
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on April 6, 2017

A little too loud.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 5, 2017

Excellent food - flavor profiles were ON FIRE - we each got a different dish and each one was MAGNIFICENT!!! Hats off to the chef!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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food5
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service5
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 4, 2017

So tasty! Ribeye, Kale salad, marrow bone all delicious.

Tags: Organic, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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food5
ambience5
service4
value5

 
 (Charlotte)·Dined on April 3, 2017

Never fails !

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food4
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service5
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Vegan, Healthy, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch
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food5
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service5
value4

 
 (Denver)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Great food, okay service. Get a reservation to guarantee a table.

Tags: Good for Groups
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food5
ambience3
service2
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on March 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene
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food5
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service5
value4

 
 (Detroit)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Wonderful lunch and great service. Thanks!

Tags: Special Occasion
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food5
ambience5
service5
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Groups
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food3
ambience3
service5
value3

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 30, 2017

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 😋).

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Groups
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food5
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service5
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Really great lunch. Will come again. Construction makes entry a little difficult but not impossible.

Tags: Casual
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food4
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service4
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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food4
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service3
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Great meal and service.

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food5
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on March 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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food5
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 21, 2017

We had great fun for our first time to acorn.
Wait staff guided us skillfully and tastefully (as in full of flavors) through the menus.
My new favorite restaurant in Denver.
Thanks

Tags: People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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food5
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 21, 2017

Excellent, as always. The fresh bread and doughnuts are very yummy. And the cocktails are always a hit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on March 21, 2017

Always solid, terrific folks. When the surrounding construction is done it will be even better. The real anchor of The Source

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 20, 2017

Great food in a fun atmosphere. Just wish there were a bit fewer fried items on the menu.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 19, 2017

A night I will remember for a long time. Staff was amazing and food was unbelievable.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Very neat setting, great service as when the food was ready, a server brought it to you. Great party atmosphere.

Tags: Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 18, 2017

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!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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food5
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Second time eating there, the food was very, very good. The potion sized was great, not too big. For the quality of food it was an excellent value for the money. Service was good without being intrusive. Worth trudging through the construction!

Tags: Seasonal, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Healthy, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Awesome! The lunch is out of this world, the ambience perfect, and the staff excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (Houston)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Amazing. They filled up my water cup constantly. Cleared plates multiple times. Great food from a James Beard finalist

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Organic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 16, 2017

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 15, 2017

Thanks, Acorn, for another fabulous meal! It was my husband's birthday and you came through on every level. We got the table we requested; had fantastic, creative cocktails; and enjoyed delicious and innovative dishes. Wow!!! Best food in Denver.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 13, 2017

Wonderful food, great atmosphere - would definitely visit again.

Tags: Vegan, Bar Seating, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Great food and a real creative menu.

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service3
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Loved all but the noise level.

Tags: Tapas, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 11, 2017

The food is very expensive for the amount given, I think they could actually give a little more for the price. It was delicious but we will only go on special occasions.

Tags: Special Occasion
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food4
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service4
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Went for the French dip. Hadn't had one in years and quickly remembered why I like them so much. Especially appreciated the smoky au jus.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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