Great Northern

3.9
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$30 and under
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Inspired by the Great Northern Railway, the menu encompasses the arduous journey through the northern expanses of the United States as well as the influences of all of those that built it. As the Great Northern Railway winds itself through the landscape, it crosses many diverse areas. From the coast of Washington to the Twin Cities, our menu embraces this heritage, and serves it in the comfort of the old railways. From fresh seafood and salads to fine steaks, we have something to offer everyone. View our menus online at www.gntavern.com to view both lunch and dinner selections.
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3.9
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3.9
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H
Denver
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good business lunch, quiet enough for discussion and the food is good. Ordered Peruvian chicken - tasty but slightly dry

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Normally a favorite of mine, but tonight the food quality was less than expected for the price point. Peruvian chicken was very dry. My wife actually sent her salmon back to the kitchen. I expect, and usually receive, more from this restaurant. Better in the past, but tonight was not a good night.

LS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience3

My boyfriend and I came here for the first time on Valentine’s Day. Our reservation was at 8:00pm and we were sat by 8:30. The hostess seemed very stressed out and flustered with the business of the restaurant. When we walked in, there were several tables open in the lounge area that the hostess never offered to the 8 or so of us waiting (4 couples). After about 20 minutes of waiting, she finally sat us at these open tables that had been available since we arrived. Our waiter was even more stressed out and panicked (somehow). Although he was very kind and apologetic of the wait, he actually ran into our table at one point because he was cutting the corner so fast, drinks ended up spilling. I ordered an appetizer of soup when we first sat down and never received it; it ended up getting taken off the bill. While the service was honestly horrible, I WILL be back again to give it another try on a less busy occasion. The food was phenomenal and totally worth the wait, at a reasonable price too! The server was super caring and knowledgeable that he was making mistakes, and used every effort to apologize, even covering our first round of drinks. If the wait staff just slowed down and took a breath, I think it would’ve been a better experience, but the food was so good that I will be returning to let them redeem themselves.

T
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

So we went there for our Valentine's dinner. Worst experience of our life. First of all we got there at 7:30 didn't get our first drink until 8:15. Had to ask for water three times. They were out of mashed potatoes (how do you run out of mashed potatoes) and the quinoa salad which the waiter neglected to tell our 3rd person when she ordered. When the food finally came at 8:45.. It was cold and shriveled no bearnaise sauce on the steak. We were not charged for our meal (because we didn't eat it) and they comped our drinks, so that was a bright spot on what was otherwise a dismal experience.

TG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Absolute garbage made reservations for Valentine's day show up 10 minutes before I reservation to let them know we are there about 30 minutes goes by before they ask who we are again after about 45 minutes we finally get seated, a waiter comes by not very fast with water asks us if there's anything else we want, didn't have two different beers on the drink menu, we place an order for an appetizer (nachos) come out fairly quick and are decent, then we place an order for a chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and another order for a buffalo burger with pepper jack cheese bacon, avocado and chips on the side, it takes forever for food to come out when it does come out the chicken fried steak has Rice not mashed potatoes with it, the burger was ordered medium rare and comes out burnt with no pepper jack cheese and No bacon, I catch the server who then proceeds to go back to the kitchen and come back and says oh sorry it'll be awhile on the mashed potatoes takes the burger back and says it won't be very long finally with still no burger or mashed potatoes we say why don't you just put the burger in a box since you've already ruined the night, they still can't get the order right and put the burger in a to-go box with fries not chips like we originally ordered, the manager finally comes over and barely apologizes and takes the food items off of our check, thanks for ruining my Valentines dinner will never be going to this place again and I would NOT recommend it......

RW
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

They were unprepared for Valentines Day. They ran out of basics early in the evening - potatoes, quinoa, chocolate cake. Kitchen and service was slow. Too many other restaurants with better value. Go elsewhere.

T
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Valentine’s Day

A
Denver
40 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Valentine's Day so super busy. They still managed to have great service, food and drinks. Good wine selection and the happy hour was great. We had dinner afterwards.

OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience1

I guess Valentines is not a good broad picture. But they blew it! Ran out of many items by 7. Substituted Mexican rice for Quinoa rice?

J
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food was cold. Service was very slow. Kitchen was a mess. Tough valentine's meal.

P
Denver
39 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We have eaten at Great Northern many, many times and have always enjoyed it and felt the food was good - especially the rigs!! We felt that the Valentine Menu lacked good food and was a rush job. Sorry we didn’t’ opt for the rigs.

We’ll be back.

j
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is spacious, nicely decorated with large hanging lamps and very relaxing....
The menu offers a wide nice selection of interesting dishes....
Staff are always accommodating and service oriented.
Five thumbs up!

TT
Birmingham
11 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice lunch. The service was prompt and the food was very good.

NE
Denver
28 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Excellent food

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

DP
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was exceptional. Very friendly. The food was good. Always consistent.

BT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Had a great time, thanks!

GD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food! The service is always spot on as well!

o
Denver
88 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Dinner was very good and the service was excellent. The atmosphere is very nice.

KB
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have always enjoyed my visits to Great Northern. They have consistently good customer service and offer delicious food options at a fair price. Local high school sports teams sell cards that include coupons here (buy one get one) and that makes this an even better value! great ambiance and always leave satisfied!

MS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waiter was great. Very good and competent. We enjoyed our day

JL
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The service was very slow. They brought my salad after the main course.

Y
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staple of a restaurant. It didn't disappoint! The food was great as was the service. I definitely would recommend it as a good spot to grab a drink and food with an ambiance that allows you to actually still talk to the person at the table. Very nice.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Birthday/New Years Eve

f
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Ordered an app to be delivered before main meal came out and the main meal followed the app by 2 minutes.

You couldn’t enjoy the app since your meal was there.

Green Beens where over cooked and mashed potatoes where cold.

Not enjoyable.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a large group of people coming in at different times and Andrew was so on top of it! He did such a great job and the food was fantastic!

r
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great Northern good for my party of 7. Dinner was at 4:30 so not a true evening dining experience. Had the place to ourselves. But everything was good.

RS
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food quality was fresh, but not the best of flavors.

JF
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Probably one of the worst meals I’ve ever had. We waited for over an hour for our food and when it came it was cold, bland and not worth sending back. The server seemed way too busy, and when we expressed our displeasure all she said was “would you like me to take it back?”. That was my first and last experience at Great Northern. There are just too many other, better options around.

DP
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Restaurant was very cold but it was the end of the night so there wasn't a lot of body heat.

MH
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I am not picky but it was the worst meal and service I have ever had. All 6 of us ordered burgers. Five came and remaining meal 20 minutes later. Took 90 minutes. All of the burgers were charred. The service was terrible. Server got all the orders wrong. WILL NEVER GO THERE AGAIN. I made the reservations and I was embarrassed that I took friends there.

JH
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food. Good place to catch up with old friends. I have been there a few times and they have always been great.

BM
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a great restaurant. Service is first class; Food is great; Price is reasonable; Plenty of Parking.
Great for business nights, date nights or just for a family dining out evening.

J
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Three of us went on a Sunday night.
Only one other table of 8 and 4 at bar. 2 waiters
I requested a Cosmo on the sweet side
A bitter lime flavored drink came out in a tiny glass. Explained to the waiter. He had them add syrup. Tasted like lime cool aid
Requested flank steak medium to medium well . Pink ok but NO red. It came out raw
Sent back. Half was still raw. Left those pieces and showed waiter who said nothing
And did not adjust the bill.
Our other guest had COLD meat loaf.
Had to send back to be re heated
We were excited to try this place after many years away. Sooo disappointed.
Seemed to be no one there on quality control. Could have been a lovely evening with friends

OT
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was drafty and cold. Excellent server and good and lots of food.

SW
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and food in a large group of 15. Everything was excellent!

OT
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was mediocre and the roast chicken had a rubbery skin. Not appetizing. The same chicken was in the pot pie and Cobb salad and just wasn’t very good.

VF
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A nice choice for a cozy, delicious dinner. Really enjoyed the chicken pot pie!

MW
Denver
87 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

One of the seven in our party had a bad meal. The others were happy with their food. The unfortunate meal—an Eggs Benedict with crab cakes—was served with scrambled eggs, not poached. The waiter took the dish so it could be remade. By the time the new dish arrived, everyone else had finished eating. The eggs were undercooked—runny whites—and the Hollandaise was barely visible. The waiter told me I should have ordered something else that I would have liked better. It was insulting. A manager came to the table to ask why the dish was sent back. She was apologetic and kind; she also took that meal off the check. It’s not the first time I’ve had a less-than-desirable experience at Great Northern. Unlikely I’ll take friends there again.

JS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Great Northern used to be a great place to go enjoy a decent meal in a not so noisy environment.
Unfortunately, the food isn't that good anymore. It lacked flavor and appeal.