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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Overall Rating

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4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (26)
Special Occasion (20)
Great for Lunch (18)
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Casual (18)
Good for a Date (16)
Business Meals (12)
Cozy (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Good for Anniversaries (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)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on June 24, 2017

The server was attentive and the pricing for drinks and food is fair for good, quality food! Although the decor could be updated a bit, I think guests should look past that and enjoy the dining experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 18, 2017

I find this restaurant to have consistent high quality. The filet is mouthwatering and every other meal I have ever had here has been terrific. It has become one of my favorite places to go, and I do so regularly

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Date June 17 2017. We were not happy with the meal severed to our older friend who just wanted ham and eggs and toast. It wasn't a decent entre and we were also disappointed in the service . Sorry..

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 17, 2017

I had the shrimp Cobb salad which was very good. My three friends had a variety of breakfast items and they were very pleased but somewhat puzzled by the inclusion of potatoes with either pancakes or French toast. Perhaps substitutes were available but that was not made clear. Our waitperson, Shannon was perhaps the best part of our late morning brunch. Excellent service, Shannon. A very good place with years on 17th ave that we feel fortunate to have just discovered. We'll be back!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 16, 2017

The food and service was good, but there was a very loud, drunk lady at the table next to us. We could not carry on a conversation between the two of us because she laughed and talked SO loudly. I think our server knew her and we saw him try to quiet her down. We weren't the only people who were disrupted, either. We did not stay for dessert and ran into a customer outside the restaurant who told us he offered to pay their bill because they were so loud.

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 11, 2017

This was a relaxed good dinner for a Sunday get together with a friend. Low key and quiet, easy to hear conversation. Food was ok but not as good as usual, maybe just an off night. Great convenience to park in lot across the street.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Comfort Food
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 9, 2017

I have always counted on the Avenue Grill to be my go to, however I was disappointed on this visit. The food was average, the desert was ok. The martini was in an on the rocks glass. I talked up the restaurant and felt very disappointed.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Avenue Grill is a favorite of ours, but on this occasion it was less than spectacular. Calamari was very rubbery, service was below its usual standards -- entrees and desserts were delayed, and as is common the noise was intrusive. One bad experience does not outweigh all the positive times but I hope it does not become a pattern.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Always a good and reliable spot for lunch, brunch or dinner.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Good happy hour. Great lemon drop martinis. Great menu. Great service. Loved the ambiance

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Cozy, People Watching
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 28, 2017

We were here celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary and a reunion of high school friends who had not seen each other in that long -- as we clearly stated in our reservation. Unfortunately, Sunday night of Memorial Day Weekend was not the best time for this, as the restaurant seemed (for the first time in nearly 20 years, in our experience) to be woefully understaffed -- two women were handling all the tables, including a large party of about 12-14, as well as the bar. There was no bus-person to keep our water glasses full, there were long delays between courses and for the check at the end. We know this was an anomaly, but it was a bit disappointing to have selected our favorite restaurant for this celebration and have such a poor experience. There was no acknowledgement of the special occasion, and we felt that every interaction with the server was keeping her from taking care of someone else. We'll be coming back in the future, but our friends from out of state will never get the chance to experience Avenue Grill at its (normal) best.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 27, 2017

A consistent neighborhood favorite. Good food, nice staff and reasonable prices.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 27, 2017

This used to be our favorite restaurant...been going there for 20 years. We went for a special occasion on Memorial Day weekend this week and found it to be quite sad, for lack of a better word. The white table cloths are gone (now just formica table tops), the dinner salad that "wowed" us before is just a bowl of greens, etc. It used to be this incredible ambience that exuded sophistication yet warmth. Now it's just an overpriced diner. We left feeling like an old friend had died. That said...our wait person was wonderful, service was flawless, and the entrees were still good. It wouldn't take much to bring this place back to its former glory.

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 26, 2017

The food is excellent! Quiet enough for good conversation. Very pleasant surroundings. Bonus, they have ample parking across the street from the restaurant in an area where parking can be a challenge.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Service was excellent. Menu has good range of choices for diverse tastes. Drinks were a healthy portion.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 19, 2017

we got there extra early but they were able to accommodate us. Great service, good food, fair prices. close to other entertainment so we could park once and walk to several things.

Tags: Late-night Find, Bar Seating, People Watching, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Nice menu specials and very pleasant atmosphere: decor, music choice, not too loud. Service is good. Worth a revisit.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I am a long time fan of Avenue Grill, which is why my dining experience there on 5/14 was so incredibly disappointing. My cousin and I made a reservation with our Moms for brunch and their enjoyment of the day was not because of our meal at Avenue Grill as intended, but fully in spite of it. First of all, it took 10 minutes for our complete drink orders to be delivered to the table, and when we said that we needed a little bit more time to decide before ordering, the waiter did not return to our table for a full thirty minutes. Guests who were seated 10 minutes after us literally received their food before our server returned because of how our server ignored us. He even blatantly looked at and avoided our table when my uncle and I tried to wave him down. We ordered a starter of beignets and despite informing the waiter was informed that my Mom had an allergy to certain berries, both orders were served with a compote which he did not know whether or not they had the berries pertinent to my Mom's allergies - they were kind enough to bring us a complimentary non-compote plate of beignets afterwards, but still... Furthermore, there were 3 Eggs benedicts ordered at the table, one was room temperature, one was straight up cold, and the third's eggs were so over cooked that the yolks were solid and spongey. I know that it was Mother's day and they were very busy, but the service and food quality for what was meant to be a special family brunch was absolutely abysmal and VERY disappointing considering the standards that I would expect from Avenue Grill. Heck, the service and food left something to be desired when compared to a Denny's. It's too bad that we had such a bad experience from what I've grown up knowing as a staple of the Denver food scene.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The food was outstanding as usual but the service from beginning to end was unreasonably slow. It took almost 10 minutes for the waiter to introduce himself and give us water and got slower as the dinner progressed. I am hoping that was a one-time fluke. I have eaten there before and had good service.

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on May 13, 2017

There was only one waitress for the dinning room. Service was very slow.
Food adequate, nothing really outstanding.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 12, 2017

We have been going to 17th Avenue Grill for years and are never disappointed. Food is always good...menu changes so it is never boring. Service is great...it is one of our favorite spots AND there is parking across the street.

Tags: Healthy
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 10, 2017

I'm not sure why it's so difficult for a server to remember who ordered what entree for a table of four. The food was OK. No one raved about their meal. Had to send the quiche back for a reheat. So many restaurants these days have difficulty getting hot food hot. The last time we visited The Avenue Grill our lunch was very good. This time it was so so. The owners/ management need to step up their game.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 7, 2017

As has been our experience previously a most spot for an
Always good meal. We look Forward to the next time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 7, 2017

The bison stroganoff is excellent and the portions were very generous.

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 5, 2017

We had a very fun waiter. I had the fish special which was wonderful. It was a delightful evening and we will go back again soon

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 3, 2017

I had not been to the restaurant for probably 20 years. We loved being back and experiencing the fine food and the great service along with the quaint ambiance. It was also very quiet which we appreciated.

Tags: Happy Hour, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Great food, great service. The acoustics are bad for someone with hearing impairment even though she has hearing aids. Otherwise a very nice time.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 27, 2017

The food and atmosphere were very good, but the service was slow and our dessert was forgotten (but showed up on the bill). Maybe this oversight rarely happens.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 27, 2017

This is one of my favorite places for lunch (may be great for dinner, but too far away from me in Franktown). Yesterday seemed noisier than I've noticed before, but wouldn't keep me from coming back. Usually the service was great, but our waiter yesterday wasn't very attentive. He was pleasant, but just didn't notice when we needed service -- literally had to waive with both arms at one point. It was great that he let us relax with wine and bread, but it took several minutes for him to notice that we were trying to get his attention to order the entree, the same with getting our bill, and again with paying it. Also my friend had asked for a refill on water, which never came.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 22, 2017

We went for my husband's 50th birthday, and dinner was outstanding. I had the special - crab-encrusted halibut with charred asparagus and mashed potatoes. It was so delicious. The prices are so that this will remain a special occasion place, but we've been a few times and we really like it. Our waiter was really cool, and the hostess went out of her way to be wonderful.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Bring back the white table cloths and replace the carpet. Wonderful restaurant going down hill - sad. We are a long time customer.

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 (Denver)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Ahi tuna good. Salmon not great.
Food came out in 5 minutes which I didn't like.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Family outing for brunch after church. Kids menu available. Nice and lively atmosphere - but not so loud that it hurts conversation.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Our server was outstanding! She dealt with several dietary requests, two little ones under the age of 4, and multiple trips to the bar for refills. ALl with excellent humor and great speed. Awesome!

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 7, 2017

We live near the Avenue Grill and love to pop in somewhat regularly to grab dinner and enjoy the view by the window as fellow uptowners pass by. Great service with a smile as usual this visit. However, this was the second time in a row that we ordered steak and did not receive it with the appropriate doneness we asked for. The last visit we sent it back and it came back overdone again. This visit we didn't bother. Mentioning for other patrons to be aware of.
We are still pumped for their brunch but will most likely be removing steaks from our requests on their dinner menu.

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Casual, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 4, 2017

Some time ago I stopped going to Avenue Grill for business lunches because the noise level made conversation impossible. I only returned when the person I was meeting specifically requested that we go there. I was surprised at the updated menu, and mainly that the noise level had dropped considerably since my last experience. I'd go back willingly, and probably will soon.

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 25, 2017

I was let down. In all the years i have been dinning here something has changed. Edge is gone. Lots of empty tables Saturday at 7:15 PM What happened to such a happening place.

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Great food, great service, great music. Overall we had a very enjoyable experience for our fist time dinning here

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Great food and service. I had the salmon and spinach. A different dish but very good. I would highly recommend this restaurant. Great parking across the street, good service. The only negative is that the noise level is loud for a business meeting.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 21, 2017

A limited menu done very well. Food cooked as requested and tasted great. Service was prompt and not intrusive, which was what we wanted for a business lunch. Had requested a quieter table when made reservation, and that was done...though restaurant is not quiet by any means. Still fine. First time there, and will go back. Liked it a lot.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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