About Avenue Grill - Denver

The Avenue Grill is renowned for its award-winning martinis, wine list, friendly bartenders and a welcoming, inimitable style.
The Avenue is a favored lunch and dinner destination among the uptown Denver business crowd, as well as a popular neighborhood bar and grill. What attracts them is the unpretentious, superior service, comfortable ambiance and delicious food. The menu is reminiscent of a San Francisco-style bar and grill with Asian and Italian influences. The Avenue Grill offers our diners free parking in the heart of downtown Denver!

630 E. 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday Brunch - Sunday
Brunch: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Washington Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 861-2820

Website:
http://www.avenuegrill.com/

Parking Details:
The Avenue Grill offers free parking. Our private lot is located directly across the street from The Avenue Grill on the northwest corner of 17th and Washington. Within a two block radius the Uptown area offers free two hour parking until 6pm. After 6pm the parking is unlimited.

Executive Chef:
Dan Tillson

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Events: Join us on Monday nights for a Colorado traditional favorite: succulent prime rib. The Avenue Grill offers a 10oz hearty cut for $20.00. It's the perfect early evening meal to enjoy right after work or while you're watching your favorite game.

Private Dining

The El Dorado Room is the private dinning room located at the Avenue Grill. It combines the elegance of fine dining with the comfortable atmosphere of a neighborhood-gathering place.

Avenue Grill - Denver Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (27)
Special Occasion (21)
Great for Lunch (18)
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Casual (18)
Good for a Date (16)
Business Meals (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Cozy (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Great for Brunch (10)
Romantic (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Worth the Drive (6)
Authentic (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
People Watching (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Fun (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Healthy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Food and service consistently amazing! It is a gem and worth the splurge. The only drawback is the place was quite cold.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 13, 2018

They always make us feel special and are so sweet. The lamb chops were perfect and the bison ribeye was as well.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Have always enjoyed outings at Avenue Grill. Waitperson was pleasant and attentive without being intrusive. Especially enjoy sitting by the windows. Wine was house and very acceptable. The vegetables were excellent. Cooked just enough. Pleased that the mashed potatoes came with skins. Steak had very good taste but I would prefer just a bit more tender. I don't like rare so I always order medium, but sometimes that just isn't tender enough for me. However, I know I am not a steak afficionado and can be really picky. Most would have probably found it very good. Prices are always reasonable. Overall, no major complaints. I would recommend and return myself with guests.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

While I couldn't stay for dinner because my date wasn't feeling well, this is a nice, quiet and cozy spot to grab dinner or drinks with your significant other, or if you just wanted a quiet evening a few blocks away from the downtown atmosphere.

I will say that I was disappointed in the deals that they offered with regards to the "Denver Dining Passbook". I would like to see more price-friendly deals with this restaurant than the only 4 options that will work with the Passbook.

Tags: Cozy, People Watching, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 2, 2018

The Avenue Grill is the "go to" place for a nice lunch to a fancy dinner...I also appreciate that it is open all afternoon, if you just need a place to relax over a drink and a simple snack. Great ambiance, as well as super wait staff.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Energetic atmosphere in an historic building. Good brunch options and friendly service. They were understaffed but it was New Years Day. My bottomless mimosa never saw a refill in 60 minutes but hoping slow service was due to the holiday as I enjoyed the food and setting.

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Went to the Grill for New Year's Day brunch-lunch. As always the wait staff is attentive and makes us feel welcome. I was a little disappointed in the quiche of the day, the filling was dry and the crust was so thick it was very difficult to cut. Although this wasn't the best meal we've ever eaten at the Grill, we do appreciate the easy parking in their lot, the pleasant neighborhood vibe of the restaurant, and the prompt service. We sat by the window, which we prefer because the nose level can really be a problem for us in some areas of the restaurant.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Avenue Grill is one of my wife's and my favorite restaurants. The food is consistently great and the service is always very good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, People Watching, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Had a lovely New Years brunch. Hadn’t been to Avenue Grill in years & it’s as good as I remember. Nice brunch menu & since we went early (10 am), it wasn’t crowded or noisy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

I have always loved this restaurant. Great food, great atmosphere, great service! They do it all well.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The meal and service was great. We were seated at a two top by the window, and it was freezing. I mean it was so cold it was uncomfortable and we didn't opt for another drink nor dessert.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I don’t know if it was just this restaurant but we finally got a table 40 minutes after our reservation. Food was overpriced and definitely not worth it probably won’t be back here.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I went to Avenue Grill with friends on New Year's Eve. The food was priced right and delicious! The service was great too!

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Outstanding as always! The Ave has been my go to place for 15 years. I love consistency.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Wonderful. Loved the lobster Mac and cheese. Actually noodles but great. Excellent mussels.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

the restaurant was highly recommended by a friend. the steak was ok. we certainly expected more.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Awesome dinner after Christmas Eve church service downtown. Got to hang out with my beautiful wife and enjoy a truly great dinner. Service, food and atmosphere were all a 10!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The host was awesome. The food and service did not disappoint. It was a lovely evening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We were there Christmas Eve and the place was so warm and festive. Wonderful generous martinis. Delicious tender calamari. Excellent comfort food and good portions - neither too large nor too small. Next time we'll try the desserts as well - especially the bread pudding. A very good constant crowd which is so refreshing since the restaurant is much more of a "neighborhood gem" and not a "trendy hot spot." The staff was all so welcoming and kind. We will be back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Cozy
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great spot for an evening of getting together for any occasion. Consistently good food. Usually semi-quiet dining. Martinis are awesome. Food is top tier.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

I had the salmon. Fish was tasty but portion was small for the price

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Been at the Avenue Grill several times, and have always enjoyed it. Service at the bar was great and very attentive at our table. Parking available across the street is a real plus.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 9, 2017

About our fourth time eating here. Quality of food is good, prices reasonable, nice and open feeling. Good service. Would recommend.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Unfortunately the menu, as listed right here on Open Table, shows nightly specials. The Sunday one looked especially good and we made late reservations following an event. I've been here in the past (they've been around for almost 30 years) but it had been a while having moved away, ironically to the city on which it is based where I often went to the specific restaurant it is patterned after (Tadich Grill, San Francisco). We walked in, late for Denver, and found out that the specials don't exist anymore. Far too late to go anywhere else and glad that we did not: the regular menu is varied, portions are good and both the food and the service were great. Will definitely go back, as I used to, but really wish the information online was up-to-date.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

I've dined at the Avenue Grill many times and their service and food quality is always good. They did remove oysters Rockefeller from the menu, but this did not keep us from having a great meal. The service is always topnotch and is equal to or greater than similar restaurants in Denver.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Took an old friend from Seattle here on Saturday night and had a fabulous meal with a wonderful server who could not have been more attentive (but not overly so!). We love the Avenue Grill and have been coming for over a decade.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I’ve been an enthusiastic patron of the Avenue Grill for 20 years or more. There were, however, a few glitches on my last visit. The hostess seemed to be unable to manage seating people standing in line, with reservations. We arrived on time, but had to wait more than ten minutes to be seated despite the fact that tables were empty and available. The food was generally good, but the Buffalo Stroganoff was stunningly bland. It seemed to be untouched by any kind of spice or sauce; just meat, mushrooms and noodles. It was better the next day, after I reheated it and seasoned it.
The service was excellent despite their being short on staff (as the server explained).
I’ll be back, but I hope they can polish things up a bit.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Had half of our drinks dumped on the table, brought an appetizer we didn’t order, another was offered that made its way into our bill, and our order was forgotten three times.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Classic Denver establishment that has been around forever and for good reason. Solid food at a reasonable price in an upscale-casual environment. Ave Grill is a great business or date lunch spot. Plenty of designated restaurant-only parking is directly across 17th, which makes parking a breeze! Pretty traditional, comfort-foody fare. The pot stickers are awesome, BTW.. Warm, comfortable interior space.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Haven't eaten here in a while. They brought back their GOOD bread and lots of great menu items. Food and atmosphere were great! THANKS

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We waited over 90 minutes for our meals. Supposedly there was a computer glitch. About an hour after we ordered the waiter came back to verify our orders. The manager (if he really was) didn't seem concerned at all. They did take some money off of the bill but it wasn't worth it. We were late to our show and it just generally made a special occasion a bummer, a waste of time and a waste of money. The food is usually quite good and perhaps this evening was a "glitch" but the way it was handled was unacceptable.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Always a "class act" at this long standing resturtant and 17th Ave Gem with easy parking!

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Service was impeccable, our waitress was experienced and friendly. The ambiance is of a well known classic restaurant. Perfect lighting and mood for a delicious classic Colorado themed dinner.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 15, 2017

We have eaten there for years and was surprised at the changes. We miss the white linen tablecloths. It has gone a little to casual now for the prices we pay. The food is good as usual. Staff is friendly and didn't rush us as we were there for the evening. It maybe a bit noisey if they has been crowded but they weren't so it was ok.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was above average, but it was too dark at the table to read the menu. Also, it was very noisy. The waiter was great, but the food took a long time. Cool historic building! I have eaten here several times and had consistently good food.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

it was for a birthday and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

It was our first time visiting this staple of the Uptown neighborhood and it didn’t disappoint. Great cocktail list and some retro throwback special menu items from their menu dating all the way back to 1988. Very professional staff and all around good service. Brunch menu and specials look great, I think thats our next visit.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 9, 2017

An old friend was in town and it was her birthday. The Grill was quieter than we usually experience, so we got the seat we wanted in a quiet corner so we could talk. The specials were interesting but we were all happy to have some old favorites. Enjoyed the evening, didn't feel rushed, and the service was great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 3, 2017

I normally always have the salmon with polenta and it never disappoints. The last time we dined here, three people at the table had the bison stroganoff which was tasty but contained very little bison, and tons of mushrooms. Their cocktails are very good as well as their wine and port selection. We really liked the vegetable egg rolls as appetizers and their creme brulee was extra delicious. Service has always been very good. This restaurant is one of our "go to" places both for ambience and comfort food.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 30, 2017

We have been dining at the Avenue Grill for years and have consistently had good meals there. Our latest dining experience was no exception. All six people in our party enjoyed the meal.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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