Bistro Barbes

4.8
495 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary French / American
Cancellations after 12pm day of reservation, will be charged $50 per guest. Please be aware that Bistro Barbes is only offering a 4 course Chef's tasting menu for $75 per person. Please contact us if there are any dietary restrictions or allergies because last minutes substitutions may not be available.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 495 people are saying
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Brad
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Barbes is a tiny gem hidden in an old, ugly, worn out building, but DO NOT LET THAT STOP YOU. Like a neighborhood bistro in Paris, the beauty is inside and on the plate. A set menu of French inspired cuisine with subtle infusions of North African spices and ingredients made each dish a unique adventure. We are self proclaimed foodies and so don’t often experience truly unique and wonderful flavors like we did at Bistro Barbes. Our group of four are still raving about our Bistro Barbes experience days later.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food was unique and delicious!

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DavidO
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, the best I can remember.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A lovely, understated location with delicious and creative menu, impeccable service, and calming ambiance.

JD
JeremyD
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I stumbled upon this intimate little bistro, and I'm glad that I did. The dinner with wine pairing was excellent. The food was well thought out, creative, and full of wonderful flavor.
I highly recommend this restaurant.

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IleneG
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had the most wonderful dinner at Bistro Barbes last night. The 4 course tasting menu was an incredible experience. Each course was unique, beautifully plated, composed with incredible thoughtfulness and skill, and each bite and even each garnish was a unique explosion of flavor and texture. It was like eating art, without being at all fussy. It was like being in your fantasy French bistro except with exciting, modern global inflected-French food (rather than stuffy, heavy old school cuisine). The restaurant is simple, very small and intimate, and--in contrast to most restaurants these days-it was quiet and we could have a real conversation. The person who served us was also delightful--friendly, knowledgeable and with just the right mix of being attentive without being a member of our dining gathering. We have already decided to return next week with a friend.

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JordanR
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place so much!! Small and quiet with a relaxing atmosphere and the BEST food!

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RRshadow
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have Always loved bistro barbes - this was our first try of the 4 course tasting menu- we did with wine pairings. Everyone thought all 4 courses creative and delicious. Pairings were first rate/ champagne/Chablis/riserva rioja and an interesting Spanish muscadet as a desert wine pairings add $35 to the base price fixe $75pp). Having a tasting menu only is perhaps pushing Denver’s envelope though the rule at top sites elsewhere. John did it all chef/maitre d and wait staff- we were the only ones there (4) so it made it really intimate on an early (6p) midweek nite. I love the North African influence and again everything was great- we’ll be back for sure!

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ThisDumbField
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

In about 10 years of going to different restaurants in Denver, this is one of the few that is worthy of its nearly 5-star rating. Looks really unassuming walking up to it, but the food and service make up for it very quickly.

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PatS
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and fantastic food. Overall we had a great dining experience.

JM
JasmineM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful dining experience! The setting was very intimate, with only a few tables available. You could see straight into the back where chef Jon was preparing all of the dishes. The courses far exceeded our expectations. The flavors worked so well together, and the presentation was perfect. We elected to do the wine pairing and really enjoyed the variety. This restaurant deserves a lot more attention. I will absolutely be returning, as well as recommending to all of my friends! Thank you bistro barbes for a lovely evening!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was a little disappointing from what we had experienced in the past.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Robbins is killing it. My wife and I went for a date night and thoroughly enjoyed everything on the 4-course prix-fixe menu. We were shocked to learn that Chef Robbins was the entire staff. He was the chef, pastry chef, waiter, busser, and bartender. He‘s picked a smart menu he can pull off in his solo capacity. Amazingly, he never seemed frantic or in the weeds, so the atmosphere was relaxed. The man is working his tail off, and the results are fantastic. Please, please, please support him and this restaurant!

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vipnpuck
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best experience in Denver. The food is outstanding! The tasting menu is the perfect amount of food and together with the wine pairings makes for an incredible dining experience.

JB
vipJoanB
Denver
81 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so excited to be able to dine at Bistro Barbes. The food is creative and oh so good. The wines are excellent. Service is outstanding. No one will be disappointed.

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KyleB
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfectly executed, top shelf meal worth every dollar!! Wine pairing was absolute perfection! A truly talented chef worthy of much more recognition than he is getting! Would recommend to anyone who is truly serious about food!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for my anniversary, very intimate and the server was very attentive without being overwhelming. Exquisite experience, will be back for other occasions or when friends are in town that appreciate a high level restaurant experience in Denver.

MP
MarshallP
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The tasting menu was wonderful. The Osso Bucco was tender and the sauce was very flavorful. Liked the zucchini dish with hummus as well. Every dish was excellent. We had a wonderful, relaxing dinner.

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LukeM
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, good service, nice atmosphere, and good wine pairing.

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DrewV
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner. My wife and I go here every year for our anniversary.

JJ
JJG123
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful! Delicious! I hope it gets back to full staff / full capacity soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Loved the experience!

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vipRLee
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible place. A true hidden gem! Thank you for a memorable anniversary.

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Boydal
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food. The mushrooms and sauces in particular were outstanding. The wine, however, was not a good value. We chose a bottle of Barolo. It was pretty good. Pleasant but only mediocre and priced far too high for what it was. Would not do that again. We would recommend Bistro Barbes for the food but warn a friend about the wine.

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JohnS
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been customers of Bistro Barbes since it opened. Its quiet, the service is superb and the food is delicious. I would recommend Bistro Barbes to anyone searching for a different dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is fantastic. Owner is a wonderful host and very attentive.

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DaveS
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly delicious dinner.
All the way around a perfect experience.
Food, service, wine pairings were outstanding.

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Gabriel
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is a special restaurant. John is a brilliant chef and part of the whole experience is watching him cook and do all of the front-of-the-house work on his own. I ate as slowly as I could so I could enjoy the food for as long as possible. Fantastic texture, flavors, and presentation all around. The Moroccan tea cake stole the show for me.

BH
vipBarbaraH
Denver
269 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We completely loved our entire experience tonight. The food was top notch. We added the wine pairings and were not disappointed. Not only were the wines thoughtfully matched to each course, they were from around the world and ones unfamiliar to us. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipThomasS
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're looking for a one of a kind meal prepared on a small very personal scale (only 8 or 9 people at a time) DON'T miss this place. The food is exquisite! Best meal we have had since dining out again.

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WMAL
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

My wife had a good meal. I did not enjoy the salad and the osco busco was over cooked. The owner was great as he is waiter, cook and busboy. I do not agree with a prix fixe meal only. There shouldd be other choices. For the price and the charge for the wine pairing I would not return. I would not have ordered what we were served.

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jaye
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one the most incredible meals of our life. It was the first time in 15 months that my partner and I have eaten indoors at a restaurant. Bistro Barbes has always been a favorite of ours so we thought it would be the perfect place to go for the occasion. It was. Chef/Owner Jon Robbins, was the only person working and did everything; greeting, cocktails, service and food and it was absolutely perfect, The 4-course set menu was unique and beyond delicious and his execution was flawless. There were 14 people having dinner and you would have thought there was a full compliment of staff. It was without a doubt one of, if not the most, memorable dining experiences of our lives. Beyond brilliant.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent meal at Bistro Barbes. The tasting menu was delicious and everything was prepared perfectly with a wonderful collection of interesting flavors. Great service and ambiance too.

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DaneT
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and service. Great cocktails and wine. We’ll be back often and will be bringing friends!

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vipljljrich
Denver
52 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. Each course was as beautiful to look at as it was delicious to eat. Run, do not walk, to make your reservation at Bistro Barbès.

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Joan21
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was simply delicious and the wine pairings were perfect! We will be back

KS
vipKatyS
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible artistic and delicious, wine pairings were perfect. This small gem never disappoints.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my birthday at Bistro Barbes. There were two other tables dining at the same time as us. The head chef was the only one cooking and serving. He did everything and impressed us mightily! We had the most amazing 4 courses and the service was warm and timely. It was so nice to be back after a long time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The meal was well worth it. Wine pairings on point.

EC
vipElizabethC
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Nice little French bistro!!

FAQs

Bistro Barbes is rated 4.8 stars by 495 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.