Bistro Barbes

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$50 and over
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Contemporary French / American
Bistro Barbès (pronounced bar-BESS) is an intimate french style bistro located in North Park Hill. With culinary roots from the Parisian neighborhood of Barbès, Chef/Owner Jon Robbins and his chefs Jacob Leonard serve seasonal creations with traditional french techniques while introducing flavors from North Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. At Bistro Barbès you'll enjoy a casual dining experience of meticulously crafted dishes paired with the perfect spirits and service to enhance your meal.
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OT
Montreal
24 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute and cozy restaurant, impeccable service, tasty food and and great wine selection to be paired with the food. We had a great time and are sure we will be back! Thank you for having us!

DG
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant!

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K
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Barbes is one of the best restaurants in Denver. I would recommend the food, service and wine selection to anyone who enjoys beautiful, creative and delicious food.

BK
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best dining experiences in Denver. The place is low key and kind of hard to find. The service is terrific and the food even better. It's French-inspired food that you won't find other places in Denver. It's worth every second you spend in Bistro Barbes.

AS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic neighborhood restaurant with innovative food and great service

OT
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delightful. The food outstanding, service excellent, worth a visit.

OT
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful for any occasion!

LS
Denver
40 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Do not miss an opportunity to dine at this restaurant! Rarely do you ever have a meal where every course, every dish is superbly delicious...the wait staff were excellent. The restaurant is cozy and small, like you are in a French restaurant in Paris. The drinks, so good. The experience, memorable. We look forward to the next time.

DJ
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very quaint bistro. Excellent cocktails. Great fresh salad with very unique flavors. Limited entree options. Seafood not quite as fresh as expected.

G
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was mediocre and bland and limited and boring options for vegetarian dining companion. It was a disappointment for the price.

p
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Haven’t been here for a couple of years, it used to be great, this time was good but not even very good. Would probably try one more time to see if this was just that night but I was a bit disappointed

LS
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was perfect.

DF
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite for my wife and I, would 10/10 recommend to anyone looking for a unique and delightful experience.

CW
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic experience with amazing service.

B
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A cozy out of the way place that is definitely worth finding. The menu is small, but unique. Classically French with a twist by adding Mediterranean and North African spices. All the deserts are made in house by Chef Jonathan Robbins and worth every calorie !

F
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The service is excellent and the food is interesting. Vegetarian options are very good.

KS
Denver
42 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Bistro Barbes is an underappreciated neighborhood jewel in Park Hill. It is owned and managed by some friendly Denver natives with an appreciation for fine food and drink. They have a limited menu each night but what they do serve is prepared exquisitely. It's not inexpensive but it shouldn't be. The food and service are truly outstanding. Don't overlook Bistro Barbes when you are looking for an outstanding meal in Denver. You will surely find one there.

LR
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, outstanding service - all that one could want to celebrate the evening! I like supporting small businesses that work hard to make the experience a memorable one- well done! And, I’ve recommended it twice since eating there. Did I mention that the food was beautifully seasoned, a superb mix of flavors and textures- and had a wow factor!

C
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals in Denver. Original, innovative high quality cuisine. Hidden Denver gem.

C
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wow! What an unexpected pleasure for a Wednesday night! Treat yourself to squash salad...yum, gnocchi....perfectly toasted , the cod dish was exquisite, hanger steak...to perfection. And the presentation!
A small business chef/owner that exceeds so many! Oh ya, the fruit tart-what an ending to excellent service and the best meal I’ve had in ages. An we eat!!!

J
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this is a neighborhood gem! Fantastic food and service! Small menu but the options are awesome and the menu changes every few weeks.

EO
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so proud to have this gem of a little bistro in our neighborhood and we eat here often! Love that the menu changes often. The Icelandic cod was cooked perfectly and the poundcake with chocolate ganache, blueberry ice cream and shaved foie gras knocked our socks off!

h
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This spot is divine! Never disappoints!

k
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

had this place on my radar for a long time...kicking myself in the butt for not doing it sooner.

AF
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Neighborhood restaurant. Very comfortable and relaxing. Small restaurant with interesting menu. Friendly service. Small but decent wine list.

M
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was delicious and served with an artistic presentation. The waiter was knowledgeable about wines and found our guests a wine they liked .that was not on the menu. This is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant with continental cuisine.

MP
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the appetizer to dessert, every single bite was perfection.

C
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is as good as the 18th arrondissement in Paris without the price tag.

LA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the greatest meals I've ever had.

M
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was our anniversary and we were greeted with two glasses of prosecco. My husband, who rarely finds eating out worth the cost, said this was the best meal he had had at a restaurant in a long time. I agreed with him. The portions were just right, the food delicious, and the service excellent.

AS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. No problems with reservations. I would highly recommend.

A
Denver
54 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Somewhat limited menu but all dishes our friends and we ordered were genuinely outstanding. Cozy Park Hill spot. Highly recommended.

HT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal, wonderful staff. And now I'm typing to get over 50 characters.

L
Denver
45 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This was our second time having dinner at Bistro Barbes. Our dinner (Hanger Steak) and the fish were prepared perfectly and were very tasty. The tabouleh was not what I have been used to. For sure, it was not the middle east traditional tabouleh, but none the less, it was good. My two issues were the poor selection of wine by the glass. I tried the California Pinot Noir, which was very unimpressive. They did not have a Cabernet by the glass. Their Cote du Rhone was good, but they ran out of that wine.

SA
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, creative and delicious food! Very friendly/knowledgeable waitstaff. Neighborhood GEM.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food and romantic atmosphere. great spot for special occasions

BK
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We live in Skyland and have been meaning to dine at Bistro Barbes. We finally made reservations when we had foodie visitors in from Chicago. We all loved it -- the food & service were fantastic. Our only minor critique was that the appetizer salads were a bit small. We will for sure be back soon and will spread the word around our neighborhood over here on the other side of Colorado.

TW
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Food and service!

KO
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our second visit. Once again, superb food and service. Menu items are different from the fare in traditional restaurants, and much more flavorful. We had the cod and the lamb entreés, and the octopus and the escargot appetizers; all were very tasty, with great flavor. We look forward to returning when we travel to Denver again.