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About Assignments

A WELL KEPT SECRET NESTLED IN THE HEART OF THE DENVER DESIGN DISTRICT, ASSIGNMENTS RESTAURANT IS LOCATED INSIDE THE CULINARY SCHOOL AT THE ART INSTITUTE OF COLORADO. WE ARE A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL, DRIVEN BY A PASSIONATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENT STAFF. THE AMBIANCE OF THE DINING ROOM INVITES OUR GUESTS TO PARTAKE IN AN INTIMATE AND EXCITING EXPERIENCE THROUGH THE CLEAN, CRISP DECOR AND THE ENTERTAINMENT OF THE VISIBLE KITCHEN. OUR GUESTS ARE IN CONSTANT VIEW OF OUR EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE, OBSERVING THE DEDICATION AND ORGANIZATION IT TAKES TO RUN AN EXCEPTIONAL RESTAURANT.

OUR MENU IS INFLUENCED BY CLASSIC INTERNATIONAL AND NEW AMERICAN CUISINE AND CONSISTS OF AUTHENTIC INGREDIENTS ARTISTICALLY PREPARED BY FUTURE CHEFS. WE PROVIDE FRESH, LOCAL AND SEASONAL COURSES, CREATING A UNIQUE COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE. View Menu at http://www.artinstitutes.edu/denver/about/assignments-restaurant.aspx

675 South Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, International

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:15 - 12:15pm.
Open each quarter, based on college calendar.

Cross Street:
Center Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 778-6625

Website:
http://www.aic.aii.edu/

Catering:
On site catering is available for 7 to 40 people in our existing restaurant.
Restaurant menu changes quarterly.

Parking Details:
Free Parking

Public Transit:
Light Rail and RTD Bus Services

Executive Chef:
Chef instructors of college

Private Party Facilities:
Assignments is available for private gatherings during regular restaurant hours.

Private Party Contact:
Dining Room Manager: (303) 778-6625

Additional:
Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Assignments Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.8

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (341)
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Neighborhood Gem (207)
Good for Groups (161)
Romantic (118)
Notable Wine List (23)
Kid-friendly (20)
Great for Brunch (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Good for a Date (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Outstanding Value (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Casual (6)
Cozy (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Seasonal (5)
Authentic (5)
Fun (4)
Business Meals (3)
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Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
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Healthy (1)
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 30, 2015

This was our first time at assignments and I would recommend it. It's a quaint little place with a quiet atmosphere. Students were attentive to our needs. The food was delicious, soup was good, salad had a great flavor, chicken was moist, dessert was yummy. Great place for a romantic evening or take the whole family. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone. GREAT FOOD FOR GREAT PRICE.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 29, 2015

This place is a real find for a great lunch.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 17, 2014

The students prepared and presented a very good dining experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 11, 2014

Happy Holidays and congratulations to the new grads. Can't wait to hit the first reservations in 2015.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 19, 2014

Of course, I can't say enough good things about Assignment's food, service, & Special Quality as a teaching facility. Please rely of Open Table for find a time slot for your reservation. It's so easy to use. Sometimes, the restaurant doesn't keep their schedule of Open Times available on the website.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 14, 2014

It was the first night for the current term. Food was very good and for the price amazing.
Serving staff needs to learn how to be quiet.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 7, 2014

This is a teaching facility for culinary students, but you might never guess by the outstanding food, service, table linens, plating, etc. Be warned: call their phone number to see what days they are open. It's "pot luck" for folks who want to enjoy Assignments but you have to conform to the school's schedule, and they are not open more days than they are open, but that's the part of eating adventure that I like. They seem to be less than efficient in maintaining their hours of operation on their website, so CALL and don't be surprised; just be delighted when trying this place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 5, 2014

This was my first time going to a culinary school for lunch. The experience was overall pleasant. The students did a great job serving. There was a choice of appetizers, entrees and desserts. I will go to Assignments again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 23, 2014

Assignments is a student-run restaurant associated with the Culinary Institute. Lunch is an incredibly good deal--$12 for a three-course meal from a menu that changes seasonally. It can be hit or miss but, for such a small investment, why not? The fried dumplings filled with corn, zucchini and peppers had subtle flavors but the dumpling skins were a little tough. The seared scallop was perfect but was oddly paired with a butternut squash puree. The bass entree had a delicious, delicate miso broth. The bison burgers were made from nice lean, flavorful meat that was not over cooked. The apple sorbet was refreshing but the orange-cranberry cartfoulis (??) was like a flavorless muffin top. I and a neighboring diner returned them uneaten.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 24, 2014

This is a great value for dinner. Food is excellent. Waitstaff is well orchestrated and willing to engage in conversation if you ask them any questions. Note: there is no alcohol served and no BYOB

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 24, 2014

Always a special dining experience -food, service which is attentive without being intrusive.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 24, 2014

lunch was timely, fresh food, great coffee and desserts

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 19, 2014

This is the best food for the best price going in town! 3 course gourmet lunch for $12!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2014

When your meal is prepared and served by culinary students at a great culinary school. You can expect the best. I was not disappointed. Excellent all the way.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 12, 2014

This place was amazing. I would have never known about it until my friend showed me. I loved the fact that everyone was learning and becoming better. I also loved that they were learning what the restaurant world really is like.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 10, 2014

Lovely place for a leisurely lunch. Food and service both excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 3, 2014

The restaurant had difficulties providing consistency in many areas. The syrup/soda ratio was never accomplished even after several attempts at seating. The heat ratio of my dish was inconsistent from pasta to shellfish, and lacking flavor. The Focaccia bead was nice, but the basket and accompanying dish had no butter, even though we had both bread dish and Butter knife. The deserts visually appealing, but were lacking flavor and richness.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 1, 2014

Assignments was wonderful! This was our first time visiting the restaurant and we were amazed that these were students running the restaurant. We went in for lunch on August 1, 2014 and found the service top notch, the food incredibly good and overall a great experience. This is a wonderful experience for the students and to show what they have learned and I have to say they outshine many of the restaurants in the Denver area. I would definitely recommend this to anyone for lunch or dinner! The amount of food is perfect and the price is great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 30, 2014

Love dining @ Assignments for special occasions! It is such a special treat with a delicious 4 course meal, cooked and served by AI Students.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 24, 2014

I've taken many people who have not heard of Assignments - always impressive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 19, 2014

With the fixed menu, you might think that you will miss out on your possibilities, but Assignments is always trying something new and they almost always get it right. The menu offers traditional fare but always something that you might have never seen before. I like ordering that item to take an adventure. The student chefs haven't failed yet in making me glad I did.

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 12, 2014

The taste of all items were exceptional. it just wasnt enough to satisfy our hunger... At the end of dinner were looking around for more to eat...

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on May 28, 2014

I had not been to Assignments in some time. The food was just as I remembered...fanatastic. The server was unaware that they had Coke products available. But, we were sitting close enough to the beverage station for her to be corrected. I was disappointed that they no longer have a liquor license. It would be nice for them to at least have the license for people to bring in their own wine, if wanted. There was a large group from a nearby retirement community that took up most of the restaurant. Since they did not sit at one table, there were people just walking around to socialize during our meal. But, for the price you can't beat the quality! We will be back when the menu gets changed out; which is every 11 weeks.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 21, 2014

Attention to food preparation and service was excellent. Pleasant dining area, though outside of restaurant could use some work, at a minimum, have your art students paint a mural on the wall leading to restaurant, provided such treatment is allowed. Otherwise, some decorations and plantings would probably help. Overall a great dining experience!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 21, 2014

Food has been excellent the two times I have visited for lunch. Dessert was the weakest of the courses both times. That said, the service is wobbly. The staff, though in training, seem downright timid and awkward, maybe they need a more rigorous primer course on the basics or simply to practice with each other more before going "live" on the public. I even had a drink dumped on me, thank goodness it was only iced tea, not hot or something staining. Twice I was also served the wrong hot tea- surely a culinary student should recognize a cinnamon tea as NOT Darjeeling, even if the bar service labeled it incorrectly.
We will probably return, though I may stick with water for a drink, just to be safe!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 9, 2014

Wonderful experience - thoughtful menu, very well prepared and presented, eager wait staff, appropriate portions - all students in the Culinary School at the Art Institute of CO. We had 4 courses, enjoyed each one, and did not leave uncomfortably full. Fresh ingredients - creative combinations. No wine list, so have a glass before you go. Support the students, school, community and enjoy a wonderful experience at the same time. As a Cordon Bleu graduate - I recommend Assignments for foodies.

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 9, 2014

Our first visit was amazing! Personable students serving and cooking. Ambience was appreciated in music and nice table settings with fresh flowers. We were surprised that the place was not packed, and enjoyed a table that one could watch the students cooking in the kitchen! Where can you get four courses for $21, and everything was cooked perfectly! We are going to try the other menu items in two weeks. What a find! The restaurant is ideally located about a block from the Broadway light rail, so one can avoid driving traffic, and continue to downtown for a night of fun.

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 7, 2014

Service was great, waiters very attentive. Food was very good, attractively served. Wonderful experience with a student-run restaurant.

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 2, 2014

Outstanding food and service. Will definitely be back.

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 1, 2014

I was a student at this school so I thought it would be nice to revisit with a fellow classmate for my Birthday. The food was as good as we remember but the usual instructor was not there. I believe that Mr. Charles Anderson was the backbone of the experience and without his presence it just wasn't the same. A warm greeting at the door was absent. There was no attempt to highlight that it was a Birthday celebration and our promised discounts missed the check. Understanding that it is a learning experience, I have no complaints towards the students; they showed enthusiasm for the industry. I would still recommend this as a secret foodie spot to try, but I fear that the experience I once knew might not exist any longer.

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 (Denver)·Dined on April 25, 2014

We've been coming to Assignments for many years. It is always a superb dining experience.

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 26, 2014

Assignments is a gem and a serious find. In fact, we love it so much, that I am ALMOST reluctant to give my secret away!!! The food is amazing and at $21 a person for 4 COURSES - you can't beat it. The restaurant is run by students, with instructors at the helm, but you would never know it. Professional, clean, courteous. These students REALLY love what they do and it shows.

We've been here twice, the most recent time for my BFs birthday. I mentioned the occasion on my reservations and they brought a flight of desserts with a candle to celebrate. Wow. We plan on coming once every semester, when the menu changes. Bravo Assignments. I can't wait to come again soon.

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 26, 2014

this place has it all. Great food, good service and a price that is right. Going back in June for another Birthday celebration. this was a great find.

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 20, 2014

Assignments is a great place to try new foods with great prices. I have brought several freiends, none of whom had ever been there, and all of them were impressed.

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 12, 2014

the mushroom minestrone was good and the butterscotch pudding was excellent. The pork saltimbocca, however was not very good at all. It was cold and tough.

The service was okay. I had to ask for more iced tea. I was charged for the second glass, which would have been okay except each glass was mostly ice.

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 12, 2014

Assignments adjusted to my friends food allergies preparing fresh fruit for dessert. It was a special touch that was very much appreciated. As usual, the meal was terrific.

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 7, 2014

This is the second time I have been there for lunch. The food is fabulous and the sercvice was wonderful. I will definitely go bac.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 27, 2014

With a reservation the service was extremely slow. Even getting refills on water and tea. The food was good, not great and could have been warmer. My soup was only lukewarm at best.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 14, 2014

I know this is a learning school but I wasn't impressed with the service which should be excellent considering there are plenty of very young inexperienced servers in this industry who are fantastic. I never got my iced tea but it was on the bill. The appetizers were fantastic but it went downhill from there. I'm not a foodie so I'm not super picky but the lukewarm under-seasoned food was not to my liking. This restaurant is great if you're on a budget though. The price is right.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 31, 2014

Wonderful real-world environment for culinary students. We learned the proper way to spoon soup from a bowl and what the "right" side of the table you should put your finished plate. It's unfortunate that they do not have a liquor license - but we will return again without hesitation to try the remainder of the menu.

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