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4.4
4.4
343 Reviews
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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.

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Menu

Appetizers

  • Kalua Pork Spring Rolls

    mango sweet and sour sauce, house made rooster sauce

    • Sunlight Salad

      bibb lettuce, red onion, orange, strawberry, almond crusted goat cheese, lilikoi vinaigrette

      • Duck Potstickers

        spicy orange sweet and sour sauce, asian pickles

        • Pipikaula Tacos

          hawaiian style flank steak, ginger slaw, lomi-lomi tomato relish

          Entrees

          • Assignments "Loco Moco"

            banana leaf wrapped meatloaf, shiitake mushroom sweet rice, stir-fried vegetables, island brown gravy

            • Hawaiian Chicken Sampler

              teriyaki glazed leg lollipops, chicken long rice, fried karaage chicken, stir-fried vegetable

              • Crispy Tempura Salmon

                miso red curry sauce, stir-fried asparagus and shiitake mushrooms, substitute tofu (vegetarian)

                Desserts

                • Macadamia Coconut Brownie Bar

                  • Pineapple Upside down Cake

                    rum caramel sauce

                    • Tiny Bubbles

                      house made ginger ale float, tahitian vanilla ice cream, macadamia white chocolate cookie

                      Drinks

                      free refills coffee and ice tea, others $1.50

                      • Sparkling Monin Italian Tonics$3.00

                        assorted flavors available

                        • Special Tonic of the Day$3.00

                          • Tazo Chai, Hot or Iced$3.00

                            regular milk or almond milk

                            • Harney & Sons Fine Iced Tea$3.00

                              unsweetened black currant tea

                              • Harney & Sons Fine Hot Tea$3.00

                                assorted flavors available

                                Soft Drinks

                                $2

                                • Coke

                                  • Diet Coke

                                    • Sprite

                                      • Ginger Ale

                                        • Iced Tea

                                          • Lemonade

                                            Bottled Water

                                            $3

                                            • Aqua Panna

                                              • San Pellegrino

                                                Coffee

                                                $2

                                                • Kona Blend

                                                  • Decaffeinated

                                                    Specialty Coffees

                                                    $3

                                                    • Monin Syrups

                                                      assorted flavors available

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                                                      What 343 people are saying

                                                      Overall ratings and reviews

                                                      4.4
                                                      4.4 based on all time ratings
                                                      • 4.4Food
                                                      • 4.4Service
                                                      • 4.1Ambience
                                                      • 4.9Value

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                                                      95% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                        Qmama

                                                        Denver

                                                        26 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        26 reviews

                                                        Dined on August 29, 2018

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        I've been a fan of Assignments for years and often brought out of town or business guests. I'm so sad that it is going away and therefore I cannot recommend it. In a few weeks it will be gone. Best of luck to the staff and students.

                                                      2. L

                                                        Lottie

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on August 9, 2018

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Chef Kennedy and staff are amazing. A very magical event always.

                                                      3. O

                                                        Ogee1

                                                        Denver

                                                        4 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        4 reviews

                                                        Dined on August 8, 2018

                                                        overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                        This wonderful find is a lab foe the culinary students of the Art Institute of America and only serves lunch on Wed-Fri. The maitre’d who is polite, warm, and gracious diplomatically oversees the culinary students who serve the food. We’ve been there twice and each time, the food was delicious, creative and gourmet quality. There are four options for each of the three courses. The white tablecloths and fresh flowers on each table added to the ambience. The experience was wonderful and price is an amazing bargain.

                                                      4. C

                                                        maryC

                                                        Denver

                                                        23 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        23 reviews

                                                        Dined on August 1, 2018

                                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                        Fun speaking with students and the chef. Great value for a 3 course lunch. Sorry to hear this school will be closing.

                                                      5. RP

                                                        RosyPosy

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on August 1, 2018

                                                        overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                        I have been here twice and each time its a new experience due to the menu changes, which I like. The staff have been very nice each time and they don't hover. The food presentation is exceptional for a culinary school. I think its a good value for the money.

                                                      6. E

                                                        Evan

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on July 27, 2018

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        LOVED this place and am absolutely heartbroken they are closing. Go while you can!!!

                                                      7. LT

                                                        LocalTreat

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on April 26, 2018

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Nice local secret. Themed menus with food prepared by the students from the Cooking Institute. Always high quality for a good price. Biggest drawback is that it's only open for a few hours each week.

                                                      8. MN

                                                        MargiN

                                                        Denver

                                                        4 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        4 reviews

                                                        Dined on April 25, 2018

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        This is a culinary training program only open durring lunch time on wednesday thrusday friday durring the school semester. We go often and are really bummed when we miss one of the semester meals. The food is different every time so no ordering your favorite but we have never had a bad meal. If you have a little adventure and like 3 course meals, then u should try this place out.

                                                      9. RB

                                                        RichardB

                                                        Denver

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on April 25, 2018

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Very gracious dining with excellent food served and prepared by students. Very good value of 3 course meal for $16.00.

                                                      10. AG

                                                        AndreaG

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on April 12, 2018

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        I went here for my Daughters birthday lunch, they made her feel special , making a specialty drink and the food...so good. I had a hearty appetizer then perfectly cooked chicken followed by french donuts with the best dipping sauce - hot donuts and cold chocolaty dip was amazing.

                                                      11. C

                                                        Charles

                                                        Denver

                                                        4 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        4 reviews

                                                        Dined on January 18, 2018

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        The staff, the food, the entire meal was a happening. If you are looking for reasons to feel positive about young people this place will give it to you.

                                                      12. c

                                                        clare

                                                        Denver

                                                        21 reviews

                                                        3.0

                                                        21 reviews

                                                        Dined on November 3, 2017

                                                        overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                        I was very disappointed with this visit - I've come to Assignments frequently almost since it opened. The service was friendly but not of good quality/professional. My friend was insulted by an off-hand remark from the (Maitre D?) person. The rolls/bread have been of poor quality for a year or so, and really not very good on this occasion. Bread, a cheap meal accompaniment, can really add to a meal - and used to at Assignments. The price is higher, but portions seem to have slightly decreased in size, when this place has always been a real treat for price, quality and fair quantity - never too much, but a nice meal. Dessert was paltry, tasty but so small! I have brought at least 15 new people (some from France and Japan) to Assignments over the years, all of whom have "never knew this place existed," and who were VERY impressed.

                                                      13. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Denver

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on September 13, 2017

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        (I wrote a review on the card provided in the restaurant so please refer to it.) Everything was exceptional! Delicious food, friendly professional service, ambiance wonderful. The music was just right, not loud like in so many places. We could actually have a conversation. The food was so nicely presented on the plate. Only thing I could think of is I should have asked for a knife for the chocolate cup tiramasu. It would have not been so messy, still delicious!

                                                      14. LL

                                                        LucyLila2

                                                        Denver

                                                        36 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        36 reviews

                                                        Dined on August 18, 2017

                                                        overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                        What a great little lunch spot. A great value, really good food and such nice people, from the waitstaff, to the director of the restaurant for the culinary program at the Art Institute, everyone was very kind and concerned that we have a great experience!

                                                      15. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Denver

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on August 3, 2017

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        This is one of the most unique and delicious places to enjoy a meal! My Mom and I frequent this place when we are in Denver. It's so great to watch students learn how to be successful in the restaurant business. We also love that the menu changes when new semesters begin. If you haven't been here yet...it's a "MUST"! Check their hours though, since they are connected with a school, they have limited operating hours.

                                                      16. k

                                                        kbary

                                                        Denver

                                                        6 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        6 reviews

                                                        Dined on August 3, 2017

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                        I read recently that some cities have culinary schools that run restaurants, so a little investigating turned up Assignments. This is a hidden gem. It's staffed by students who are closely monitored by faculty, so standards are very high. The wall to the kitchen is glass, so we can see what's going on in the kitchen, and more important, they can see and learn from our reactions. The food was well-prepared and the menu diverse and interesting. Presentation was impressive and wait staff are helpful and friendly. I was happy to be part of their learning experience while enjoying a delicious 3 course lunch at a bargain price. We definitely plan to go back.

                                                      17. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Denver

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on July 27, 2017

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                        My daughter and I dined there on Thursday. The staff was attentive and the food was delicious and presented very artistic. I wish they were open in the evenings and my recommendation is that they advertise more because I stumbled upon it. This is a great place for a business lunch or date.

                                                      18. C

                                                        maryC

                                                        Denver

                                                        23 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        23 reviews

                                                        Dined on June 7, 2017

                                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                        For a wonderful formal meal on a college student budget, or for any foodie, this place is a bargain!! Served and prepared by chefs in training- who really care what you think about your experience. I can't believe it took me so long to go back. So much fun quizzing the students on food and prep and local restaurants and local chefs. Denver has it all.

                                                      19. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Exclusive

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on May 25, 2017

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        always very nice experience having lunch here. you get to witness how difficult it is for new people entering the culinary field and waiting tables and being a good server and chef

                                                      20. MN

                                                        MargiN

                                                        Denver

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        Dined on May 24, 2017

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        We alway enjoy going here looking forward to one day having dinner here

                                                      21. TL

                                                        TonL

                                                        Denver

                                                        1 review

                                                        4.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on May 24, 2017

                                                        overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                        Really nice service. Great presentation of food. Three courses takes a while so plan to spend 2 hrs. We enjoyed it and definitely will plan to go back.

                                                      22. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Denver

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        2.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined on May 4, 2017

                                                        overall2food2service3ambience3

                                                        I had lunch at Assignments 3 weeks ago and the food was fabulous. My sister and I took a friend to lunch there on Thursday, the 4th. Our main courses were all very dry and overcooked. My friend had lamb sliders that were so hard that she had trouble cutting them. My sister and I had chicken and it was very dry - overcooked, but not crispy, as it was the last time I was there. Two of the desserts were totally overcooked. The chocolate tart was very good. Our soup was tepid and not seasoned. It was very disappointing and embarrassing!

                                                      23. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Denver

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on May 3, 2017

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Great experience! I highly recommend everyone to go see and be sure to get a tour of the school!

                                                      24. PF

                                                        PamF

                                                        Denver

                                                        5 reviews

                                                        4.0

                                                        5 reviews

                                                        Dined on February 17, 2017

                                                        overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                        We always enjoy eating at Assignments. Really nice experience - good food and service in a lovely atmosphere. Three courses for only $14.

                                                      25. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Denver

                                                        1 review

                                                        4.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on February 10, 2017

                                                        overall4food3service4ambience4

                                                        The roasted root vegetable salad was very good. The meat ball appetizers were raw inside but had an excellent taste. The entre with pasta had a nice filling, but, the home made pasta was pasty. The breaded fish was done perfectly and the bread for the Po' boy was excellent, but the tomatoes and the dressing on the bread made the bread and the breading on the fish soggy. If they served the tarter sauce/ dressing in a portion cup that would fix the majority of the issue.

                                                      26. T

                                                        Teresa

                                                        Denver

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on February 10, 2017

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Assignments is a very special experience enjoying gourmet food at a very reasonable cost. A special bonus to visit with the Culinary Art students and hear about their career plans.

                                                      27. TC

                                                        TomC

                                                        Denver

                                                        10 reviews

                                                        4.0

                                                        10 reviews

                                                        Dined on February 9, 2017

                                                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                        We keep going back and back to Assignments. Always surprise dishes.

                                                      28. S

                                                        Sally

                                                        Denver

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        4.0

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        Dined on December 9, 2016

                                                        overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                        Most of the food was good. The schnitzel was overdone for one person and the chef replaced it. We got two small appetizers we did not expect. One of the students showed us the kitchen,etc. We really enjoyed it.

                                                      29. R

                                                        Roadtripper

                                                        Denver

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on October 27, 2016

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                        Great menu with creative, unusual choices. Delicious and bigger portions than in the past. You enjoy three courses of fine food for the same price as you might spend on a salad or burger some where else. Everything was plated beautifully and served by attentive wait staff. It was wonderful start to finish.

                                                      30. B

                                                        Bookclubfoodie

                                                        Denver

                                                        18 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        18 reviews

                                                        Dined on October 14, 2016

                                                        overall5food5service4ambience3

                                                        I like the concept of the restaurant. Great to go to with friends. They don't hurry you along and they explain things. Met the chef and he talked to us for 10 minutes and was really interesting. It is not fast service but that is not a negative. Nice to have a limited menu with great food. Food was excellent. B

                                                      31. PF

                                                        PamF

                                                        Denver

                                                        5 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        5 reviews

                                                        Dined on July 29, 2016

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Love this place. The restaurant is operated by the culinary students at the Art Institute of Colorado; the menu changes every quarter. Delicious food and good service every time we go. Three-course gourmet lunch for $14. No better deal or experience in town. Definitely worth a try.

                                                      32. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Detroit

                                                        1 review

                                                        4.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on May 6, 2016

                                                        overall4food5service5ambience3

                                                        Great experience! Will come back again for sure

                                                      33. E

                                                        Excellence

                                                        Denver

                                                        16 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        16 reviews

                                                        Dined on May 4, 2016

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Excellent service, amazing food presentation and delicious food. Pleasantly quiet and comfortable setting for family and friends.

                                                      34. K

                                                        Kwashee

                                                        Denver

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        Dined on April 22, 2016

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        We love coming here. The Art Institute students run the place. It has a great atmosphere and the food is amazing. A must try.

                                                      35. BV

                                                        BenjaminV

                                                        Denver

                                                        14 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        14 reviews

                                                        Dined on March 16, 2016

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Awesome food. The students are doing a Russia menu and it is outstanding.

                                                      36. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Denver

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on February 12, 2016

                                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                        I thoroughly enjoyed the three course lunch. However, I found the first two courses a bit too salty for my palate. Kind and attentive student staff.

                                                      37. PF

                                                        PamF

                                                        Denver

                                                        5 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        5 reviews

                                                        Dined on January 20, 2016

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        I love Assignments Restaurants at the Art Institute of Denver. The food is always delicious, the atmosphere is lovely and the students are talented, friendly and professional. $12 for a three-course gourmet meal - Wow! You just can't get a better meal or deal than this for lunch. Always a wonderful experience.

                                                      38. D

                                                        Disappointed

                                                        Denver

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        2.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined on November 25, 2015

                                                        overall2food2service4ambience3

                                                        Brought a friend who had never been there before and was so disappointed at the food! My friend's Bavette beef was chewy even though when asked, prior to ordering, whether it was a tender cut and was assured that it was. Her potatoes were not cooked enough. I bit into something that was in my Brussels sprouts that I though might have cracked my teeth. Twice! My chicken was tasteless and dry. Will not return there again, or recommend it to anyone.

                                                      39. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Denver

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined on November 20, 2015

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        To eat here is a dining experience as the food is always presented in the most attractive manner and a person can always expect exceptional dishes.

                                                      40. r

                                                        roonie

                                                        Denver

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on November 4, 2015

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        love this local find. the food is over the top and prices are great for what you get. one picks an appetizer, main and dessert for $12. everything is cooked to perfection and looks decorative. watch out for the competent servers. they may keep refilling your glass(and charging extra too). all of us were given the wrong tab and overcharged. every trip is different with students graduating thru. i preferred the last menu and last students. they used to do dinner. now they only do lunch from 1115-1215 and accept reservations(no walk ins). i will continue to go back as long as they dont raise the prices. the students dont get the tips and tips are optional.

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