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About Degree Metropolitan Food + Drink
A gathering place that blends new school with old school offering handcrafted, familiar food and drinks done right. Our globally-inspired menu is thoughtfully sourced. Enjoy 16 wines by the glass, over 20 Colorado craft beers, or handcrafted cocktails made from local spirits. Degree Metropolitan Food + Drink gives the Hospitality students of MSU Denver first-hand learning experience training alongside seasoned, professional restaurateurs from Sage Hospitality.
By dining at Degree Metropolitan Food + Drink, you play a part in these students’ bright futures. You not only enjoy a fantastic meal, get to soak in the students’ hospitality, but also become part of their education. The dollars you spend at Degree Metropolitan Food + Drink on lunch, dinner or even at the bar, all ultimately go towards the Metropolitan State University of Denver Foundation, benefiting student scholarships. Make your reservation today and graduate your dining experience!
Denver, CO 90204
American, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Kitchen Hours Monday - Thursday 11:00am - 10:00pm
Kitchen Hours Friday and Saturday 11:00am - 11:00pm
Kitchen Hours Sunday 11:00am - 10:00pm
Bar Hours Monday - Saturday 11:00am - 12:00am
Bar Hours Sunday 11:00am - 10:00pm
Auraria and Speer
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Degree features $4 Valet parking at the SpringHill Suites for lunch and dinner service. Valet is also available for $10 for dining at Degree and attending an event at the Pepsi Center.
Metered spots are located around the perimeter of the restaurant, and the Tivoli parking garage is a short walk to the restaurant.
Degree is located at the southern corner of Auraria and Speer.
Bus stops include:
Blake & 14th
Market & 14th
Larimer & 12th
Auraria & 9th
Lightrail stops include:
Pepsi Center/Elitch Gardens Station
Colfax at Auraria Station
Chef Dan Hyman
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Our downtown Denver restaurant and bar is available for parties and private dining events. Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Degree Metropolitan Food + Drink can accommodate all your special event needs.
Degree Metropolitan Food + Drink Ratings and Reviews
The food was mostly great and the staff was polite. However, It took them almost 50 minutes to deliver our food. Our party was 7 people and we were the only ones in the restaurant. Also not once did the waiter/host come over and check if we needed more drinks.
Our first reason for choosing Degree was its proximity to the hotel.
The food is why we went back two days later.
The fried Brussels sprouts with brown butter and black salt were epic. The right balance of crispy exterior and soft inside with a silky butter flavor and sharp salt.
On Friday, I opted for the ancient grains salad and was surprised how light it was. Grain salads, so often heavy and oily, sometimes favor volume over flavor, but this one was a great mix of crisp romaine, quinoa, peppers and spices. It was filling without being heavy and a delight to eat.
Sunday, I was hungry.
The Not The Colonel's Chicken came in two & four-piece plates, with a smoky/spicy whiskey syrup, pickled green tomatoes, Texas toast point, and a cheddar-green chile spread. To put any of the accompaniments on the chicken would have been criminal. It was crisp on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside. The spices were a delight. The sides came together as a delightful addition to a filling and fulfilling meal.
My spouse ordered the Gaucho, a sandwich containing roasted pulled chicken, chorizo, pimento romesco, cotija, chimichurri aioli, on a crispy hoagie roll (yes, I copied that off the website). She expected more chicken than chorizo, so the sight of slabs of sliced sausage was a little unnerving. But the sandwich was amazing. I stole a piece of her chorizo and found it pleasantly, but not overly spicy. What surprised me was how much more I liked as part of the sandwich. The cheeses and the chicken added a boost of flavor that made the chorizo come alive.
As an out-of-towner, I would go back in a heartbeat. If I lived in Denver, I would frequent Degree as often as I could.
We wanted to have dinner before a show at the Pepsi Center. This was the perfect spot! It's kind of tucked away in the corner of Metro State building, which helped make it a bit more quiet (a plus when you're trying to have a conversation). Our drinks were great, dinners were served very promptly, the wait staff was attentive. I'll definitely go back.
We went with 12 people to Degree and had a great, fun, surprising meal. It is close to Pepsi Center and downtown. Good food, fun place, good service. We like the concept of training new restaurant people but the place stands alone as a good restaurant. A little hidden away… worth the search.
We booked this because it was close to Pepsi Center where we were going to a concert. It is located in an Auraria Campus building with OK ambiance, nothing special. The service was cordial and efficient. The menu is limited but had good choices. We started with a cheese quesadilla that was delicious. We had a cornbread salad that was good and a Cubano sandwich that was very good. This place is an excellent choice for a pre-Pepsi Center event dinner.
Food, cocktails and service was just great. Knew that we were going to an event and was very timely in making sure we had plenty of time to get to our event without being rushed. Very accommodating and friendly. Plan on going again during happy hour very soon. Thank you for helping to start our evening off right.
Made a reservation. Got a call back to confirm Friday evening reservation. they said they were really busy. When we got there, I would say 1/4 - 1/3 of the restaurant was filled. Ok, no big deal. First impression upon entering the restaurant, it appeared clean and the atmosphere seemed good - contemporary in nature. The wait staff was friendly, but slow to address the needs of each table. Which was surprising given the lack of customers at the time. Overall, the food tasted good, but I ordered a simple hamburger to be cooked medium, and it came to me well done. I believe the prices were fair in what we ordered. I also understood going in, that this restaurant is attached to the MSU Hospitality, Tourism and Events program. So expect students to be doing what they can to learn their craft. I've seen this restaurant given 4 -5 stars on some websites. More like 3 stars in my opinion.
Stopped in for dinner after an event at the Pepsi Center.
Immediately seated and drink orders taken within a few minutes. Our server was friendly and quick.
As a training ground for the Metro State culinary school, we were a little hesitant , but were very surprised by the quality and creativity of the food.
We had the gaucho, and the pueblo slopper. Both were excellent. Note: The pueblo slopper, while a burger, needs to eaten with a knife and fork.
It was a very enjoyable dinner - the only thing I would recommend, is for staff to acknowledge guests even if busy - a simple 'Hi, I'll be right with you' would have been appreciated. We also had to go up to request our check after waiting for a while.
The food was delicious and very reasonably priced.
Went here before a concert at the Pepsi Center since it is 0.1 miles from the venue. The valet parking is $11.00, not $4 as I believe a previous reviewer suggested. Unfortunately the udon soup was truly awful as a previous reviewer noted. I figured he was just overly picky - I was wrong. No flavor at all, really - was like warm water, and tough undercooked noodles. The appetizers - crab cakes and roaster jalapeños - were very good. Service was good, but my soup/meal was inedible, and the pasta ordered by others was mediocre. . sorry - I really wanted to like this place due to its proximity to the Pepsi Center. Hoping this review helps the managers to improve their product - love the idea of supporting the students and love the location - but needs work.
This was the WORST dining experience I've ever had. I cannot rate the food, because we never received our food, which was the crux of the problem. We made 6pm reservations for an 8pm concert at the Pepsi Center, so we ordered our food, appetizers and another round of drinks by 6:20pm. By 7:15pm, we had nothing - not entrees, nor appetizers, nor drinks. We had to chase down the waiter to find out what was going on and it was clear that he had forgotten to place our order for EVERYTHING, and then lied to us about it saying "oh, I see your order in the window, it will be right up" and then disappearing. He finally brought drinks and then dropped off our appetizer at 7:25, which we had to gulp down in order to make the concert. We never saw our dinner and then, having no choice, we had to up and leave. This restaurant is a training ground for the Metro State culinary school, and it shows, as it appears to be run by a bunch of rookies.
I stopped here before a Nuggets Game for dinner. The restaurant was not very business and was mostly people from the nearby hotel. The menu was unique by limited. The food tasted good but not outstanding. The surface was ok but not great. We waited a while for our food and were beginning to wonder what was taking so long.
I would recommend this to others for a bite before or after an event at the Pepsi Center area, but probably would not drive from Littleton to just eat here. It is better than Brooklyns or the Tivoli or the Blue Sky Grill.
I would give 10 if I could. If you are going to a show at Pepsi Center, this is totally the go-to place. Food is great; service is outstanding. We went for dinner before a show at Pepsi Center, and due to a scheduling mixup for an event at the adjacent springhill suites hotel, people who were going to the event at the hotel ended up having to go to Degree to obtain drinks which led to a lot of people waiting at the bar for drinks which was totally unrelated to dinner at Degree. The staff was totally gracious and clearly were doing their best to make everyone happy, to the extent that we were given our first round of drinks for dinner. Keep in mind that this is also a training experience for students enrolled at the Metro State hospitality degree program, as the restaurant is affiliated with the school and proceeds go to the degree program (which is why i choose to go to this restaurant). This night's experience was clearly a test under fire, and as far as I am concerned, they all came through with flying colors. Plus they have reasonably priced valet parking through the hotel if you are attending a concert at pepsi center. Service in Denver is at times questionable, but at Degree you will receive the best as they are training others to manage restaurants so excellence is their goal.
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