Bistro Barbes

4.8
344 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary French / American, Vegan, Vegetarian
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(720) 398-8085
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jon Robbins
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
28th Ave. and Elm
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.9

Bistro Barbes is a Park Hill gem, Perfect For a fancy date night or special occasion.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 344 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was exceptional and service attentive but not overbearing.

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r
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Dissapointing food. Condescending waiter. Medium rare steak was very rare. Medium rare salmon was so rare it could not be enjoyed. Some of the vegetables were tasty and the wine was good, but overall, nothing i would go back for or recommend to anyone. Shame. I was there 2 years ago and really enjoyed my meal.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal and fantastic service. We will definitely be back again soon

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and delicious food in a great little park hill hidden gem! Can't wait to go back!

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JW
Denver
37 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service!

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n
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the meal was fabulous. The food was delicious and the service was top notch, just a great evening. We will definitely be back.

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ET
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious French meal prepared in a visible kitchen. If you see the upside down apple cake on the desert menu, do yourself a favor and get it.

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D
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I forget about this little gem in our neighborhood and realized I don't come here enough.
I have always loved their food and menu options. It's a great place for a special occasion, romantic evening or catching up with a friend. It's a win win regardless and I highly recommend!

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DS
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

What a great find! Everything was tasty and quite affordable compared to some of the other French options in Denver. Definitely have the mussels!

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l
Denver
110 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Barbes is a jewel! Every dish was prepared and served beautifully, from the pear salad to the duck to the salmon to the bread.
The desserts were exquisite. Our server was attentive and lovely.
We are glad to discover Bistro Barbes, and we’ll be back for sure.

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KR
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There are 3-5 of us that have Birthdays within the same week, and this place was great for all three of us to eat the cousine we like. Excellent restaurant, you cannot miss!

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PS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So impressed with Bistro Barbes. We weren’t sure what to expect... the outside of the building is very non-descript and not particularly inviting. But our first impression was a deceptive one. Once inside, we were charmed by the quiet simplicity of the place. Considering how small the restaurant is, the tables are spaced at a thoughtful distance from one another — it is cozy, not cramped. Service is spot on. Our server was informative and attentive, never obtrusive. Everything we ate was as beautiful as it was tasty. Our favorite bites were the warmly herbed and spiced farro salad, the steak accompanied by rich & creamy aligot (think elegant cheesy mashed potatoes), and duck leg confit with crazy good saffron rice. Bistro Barbes is a lovely place.

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JC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and fantastic service! The cocktails were creative and delicious!

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p
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love BB! The owner is spectacular and the food is delish!!!

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Denver
20 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Unassuming little venue in what looks like an old converted garage, parked right in the middle of an old neighborhood. Staff is super-friendly when they greet you, service is ok. My duck was a little dry but flavorful. Their bread is really good and decent wine selection. The place got really warm the night we were dining in late October which made it slightly uncomfortable.

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DG
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant off the beaten path. The food and service were excellent.

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SN
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Sometimes I never get beyond the appetizers because there are so many wonderful flavors to try. The menu is seasonal, varied and never fails to offer new combinations and favorite French/North African spices. The service is friendly, relaxed and personal. This is a wonderful spot for a relaxed meal at the end of a weekday or a long week.

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C
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time here. wonderful food and service. will definitly go back.

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LL
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Bistro Barbes is a rare find. The menu is original and everything we ate was delicious with one exception: the palisades peaches in the dessert option were not at their prime, but I should have known that before ordering it in October. One of us has MS and is in a wheelchair and was easily accommodated at the table by the front door. This person also uses a speaker to amplify his voice. My husband is hard-of-hearing but the ambiance of the restaurant is quiet, so the two individuals were able to communicate quite well as a result. We loved the signature cocktails! And the wines by the glass, chenin blanc for me, were wonderful. Everyone on the staff was kind and considerate. We had to remind our server to bring our cocktails, but that was no big deal.

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TB
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstandingly fine dining in a surprisingly quiet out-of-the-way location. Small, intimate dining area, excellent food & service. We WILL be back!

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L
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at Bistro Barbes was among the most creative I've experienced in recent years. Every dish was delicious with so many tastes involved. I would recommend this spot to anyone who loves well-crafted, and creative dishes. You won't be sorry for indulging in this special treat.

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F
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Fantastic food! Great vibe!! Will look forward to returning. When busy, service is a bit leisurely.

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CG
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find! A quiet, intimate setting, a creative and tasty menu, and the best service ever Knowledgeable, respectful wait-staff treat you like royalty! Seasonal menu, soothing ambiance, We'll be back!

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KR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Bistro Barbes' twice now. The menu changed and this one was as fabulous as the last one! Loved it and will definitely go back. Karen R

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A
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A real neighborhood gem. Creative cooking and wonderful service.

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N
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Barbes is truly a wonderful restaurant. It is a hidden gem in the heart of Park Hill serving up delicious and diverse flavours with friendly service and a romantic ambiance. We have been delighted with the food and service every time we have visited. I highly recommend this wonderful Park Hill treasure.

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CT
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, and atmosphere were all outstanding. The menu at first seemed a bit limited, but everything we had was absolutely delicious and unique. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simple yet elegant food prepared with passion. Absolutely Delicious food, attentive, knowledgeable and efficient staff. Perfect experience from beginning to end.

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RM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love BB. Gotta say, though, the Palisade peaches dessert was not up to their standards, at least not that night (mushy/flavorless). The meal and service were otherwise excellent, as usual. This is easily one of the best restaurants in Denver, and we're thrilled to have them here in Park Hill.

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MB
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service were great. Dessert was out of this world, I resisted the urge to lick the plate!

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HK
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem in an old neighborhood! Super cute spot, excellent food and service!!! LOVE this place and will definitely be back!

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SM
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inspired menu, beautiful presentation, great service, small but nice wine list. This is named one of Collorado’s Best restaurants and I see why.

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OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, cocktails were pefect and the service was outstanding!

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LA
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I went here on a date to celebrate an anniversary, and we had a great time! The staff was friendly and helpful while not being overbearing. The food was delicious and each course complemented and built off the previous courses. Well-cooked and excellent taste.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are top notch! They were so accommodating with our party of 16. Every single person said they loved their food! Definitely visit this neighborhood gem!!

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LI
Denver
71 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We had an excellent dinner. We’ll be back. Keep up the good work.

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CH
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a sophisticated, unpretentious place with a clear-eyed menu. Service was personal and attentive. Preparations were perfect and not fussy. The cocktail menu is short and simple, so if you like a lengthy list of various kinds of 'tini this is not that kind of place. It is not cheap but you get value for your money. Heartily recommended.

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L
Denver
37 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I had heard about Bistro Barbes, but had not had a chance to visit. We went for our anniversary and were very pleased with our experience. We each had a salad and an entree. The chef's preparations were quite pleasing - lots of texture, flavor, color, presentation for our choices. While the menu is limited - 4 entree choices, that was enough for us to choose from. This is quite a find.

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B
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, delicious food, interesting and well-designed menu.

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OT
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Denver by far! I always dine here when I come to Denver!!

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