Bar Red

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63 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Bar Red is located just east of Colfax and Glenarm, two blocks from the Colorado Convention Center and directly across Colfax from the Golden Triangle. Bar Red offers Authentic Italian cuisine. Happy hour from 4pm-7pm and dinner from 5pm to close. The menu was prepared by Chef Luke McCoy. Chef Luke is classically trained in French and Italian Cuisine. Chef Luke's signature Seared Salmon Risotto is famous amongst regulars. All of Chef Luke's dishes are meticulously prepared with fresh scratch ingredients ...and his house-made Desserts are to die for. The menu changes weekly with many mainstay dishes to please all foodies. Bar Red also features occasional live music and there is never a cover charge. A semi-private lounge room is also available for large parties. The room has customizable seating and includes a working fireplace to complete the romantic, comfortable setting.
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MaryC
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, really delicious food, thoughtful, prompt service. We really enjoyed it.

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Ryan
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Bar Red would be great for a drink or dinner after work. The food was delicious, but the service and ambiance was more bar than restaurant.

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Dave
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Arrived at 5:30 b4 7:00 show at Bellco. Despite being ASKED a/b time constraints, it took 10 mins for wine, 30 mins for app, & at 6:40, still no entrees, so we paid & left

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vipMichaelM
Little Rock
24 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Very poor wine selection for a place that says it is an Italian restaurant - only one Chianti. Perhaps better thought of as a bar that serves Italian concentrated food and also limited menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar Red was an awesome dining experience! Everything was fresh and delicious! The best dining experience we’ve had in years!

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SandyNEric
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The bar is a great little get away from the typical bar and cocktail fare. The menu is small but the food was delicious and the cocktails were well crafted. There were 7 of us and everyone had a little something different from the kitchen; nothing but good compliments all around. The atmosphere was welcoming and I would highly recommend this spot.

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NickG
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Italian dinner was delicious. The music was great and the service was the best. The owner made time to visit with us at our table. We had a wonderful evening!

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JULIN
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice small quant atmosphere. Lovely staff; very friendly

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vipJasonH
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this hidden gem. Great owner who makes terrific drinks. Chef does a great job with the food. We absolutely love the artichoke dip. Best on Denver by far. Definitely recommend for a cozy spot with friendly people.

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vipCrystalG
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The location, setting and service were amazing! The food wasn’t bad but I probably would stick to the appetizers here. The drinks were delicious! Overall I’d visit again and recommend the place.

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GenesisW
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Why better experience than I expected. The shrimp tacos was immaculate

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not good. The server was informed of my nut allergy however my food had nuts in it and I had an allergic reaction. He didn’t seem to care

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Bree
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The place seemed cute at first with a small cozy charm but then we realized that they were severely understaffed. There were 2 waiters and after being seated it took them 20 minutes to even acknowledge us. After ordering a glass of wine we were ignored for another 40 minutes since the waiters did not know who had what tables. Then after waiting for an hour with only one glass of wine and no food we were only allowed to order one item at a time. After being there for 2 hours we barely got food and 2 drinks. We hurried to finish our very small and underwhelming meal so we could leave and were still charge for the full 3 course dinner they were advertising even though we did not order or receive that at all. It was a pretty big let down for a valentines day dinner.

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vipHDOG
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took friends out to a nice dinner as they are moving to Europe. We all really liked this place and were surprise there was almost no one else there. The happy hour wines and drinks were an amazing value and the food was simple, direct, and delicious. We plan to go back and then hit the Diamond next door.

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GreerH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for a New Year’s Eve dinner and it was perfect! We will most definitely be going back whenever we’re in downtown Denver!

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KevinK
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for us to stop in for dinner before a show at Denver performing arts center. Owner was very personable as well as providing a historical backdrop on the building. Meanie is small as the kitchen, but food was outstanding! Best Manhattan around. Great place.

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RaeannaL
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar Red is awesome!!!! The owner is super friendly, the chef is amazing and the bartender/waitress was great! Was a great experience.

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DeeV
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very quiet night and enjoyed the food and company.

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Foodie1
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

My family of 3 went in search of pizza/pasta on a Friday night when I was actually feeling poorly and just needed a quick bite. Sadly there was one person behind the bar who was also on the floor and only one person in the kitchen. Although our server was nice, apparently the owner had stepped out, and she was stretched too thin. Everything took forever. Getting drinks, placing the order, having to come back to confirm the order because she forgot one thing, getting the food, getting the check. Although my boys liked their pasta alfredo, mine was not what I would call 'pizza'. It was a weird premade crust type thing with sauce and cheese on top and some fresh basil, nothing special. I would never tell anyone to go there for pizza. Menu is limited and not really meant for kids, more a bar atmosphere.

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JimM
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

I would recommend this place to anyone interested in a loud wine bar. The food is great, but the ambience isn't great for dining.

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JackieR
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a friend in town from Oklahoma and we wanted Italian food so I took her to this restaurant. I had been craving chicken parmesan and this certainly satisfied my craving. My friend had the salmon nicoise and loved it. We ordered specialty martinis from their mixology menu that were absolutely delicious. Sadly we were too full for dessert, but I will definitely be back!

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vipLove2eat
Denver
61 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Spaghetti was lukewarm temperature, portion small, no smell of food when walking in, so that was not a good sign. Cocktail tasted stale with no fizz and not enough ice. Appetizer Ravioli was so over warmed or microwaved that the cheese in the middle had disappeared, so just chewy crust was the only part left to eat. Meatballs were good, but also small.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food with great prices

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RustyD
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar red was top-notch, I would absolutely recommend anyone looking for either great food or great service to stop in. Their chef knows what he's doing and he does it well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time. The food and drinks are awesome! We’ll be coming back.

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vipJeff935
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

More of a bar/lounge atmosphere but the food was very good. I had the beet salad and salmon and both were prepared perfectly, good thin crust on the salmon with the center done just right. Limited wine menu but the Chardonnay I had was OK. I will go back again.

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nikerunner1121
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner for a very affordable price. The happy hour flatbread was delicious and drinks were a great deal. Our entrees were very good and filling as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an amazing little restaurant. The food was so fresh and delicious! The small space plus the wonderful ambiance made it seem like you were over at a close friend's house for dinner. Probably the best place to eat in Denver!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We picked Bar Red because it's super close to the Bellco Theater. My wife had the seared salmon risotto and I had the chicken parmigiana. Both were exceptional...clearly attention-to-detail was a priority in creating these dishes. We also had the beet salad and fried ravioli as a first course--again very good. The menu is small but everything we had was awesome..compliments to Chef Luke. We had the house pinot and Stella Artois--can't go wrong here either.

The waitstaff was superb throughout our visit. They were really down to earth and seemed interested in us having a memorable evening from the moment we walked in. We were made to feel welcome without overpowering our experience. Well done!

Bar Red is a small and cozy restaurant that we found to be perfect for a pre-concert dinner.

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vipCoreyW
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Place was empty.

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rddtf3
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and friendly staff! The cocktails are very unique and tasty, plus the ravioli was amazing. You can definitely tell the pasta is house made.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Inspired cocktails. Attentive staff. Elegant, casual Italian food and so much more.

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DCinEvergreen
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Great location and atmosphere. Limited menu; could be expanded to encourage more repeat business.

DC
DCinEvergreen
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great spot for girls' night out dinner before catching a show at the Buell. Delicious and very affordable Happy Hour food and wine. I've driven by this restaurant 100's of times but never gave it much of a look. We were all pleasantly surprised at how warm and light the ambiance was inside. Glad we tried it!

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Disappointed
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We did a selection of appetizers and craft cocktails...all were wonderful. Service was a bit "relaxed" but they had a large private party downstairs so I think they were a little slammed. Everything was so good, though...fresh and hot, too...so worth a little extra wait time!

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OnishiFactor
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice place. Great drinks, great food. Went for New Years Eve dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service, nice atmosphere, awesome food and drinks!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall2food3service1ambience1

This got a fairly good review on Yelp. I was in for a conference and wanted to meet some friends for a drink. On a Friday night, it was nearly empty. The 2 servers (guess they weren't expecting a busy night) seemed fairly indifferent about getting our orders. Extra points for the bartender who made me a good mocktail on request. Seems like it was on its last legs.

FAQs

Bar Red offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 573-0223.

Bar Red is rated 4 stars by 63 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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