Lena

4.5
604 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Latin American
Leña is a Latin American inspired upscale, casual restaurant with a fun, vibrant atmosphere, focused on sharing and communal dining. The name translates to "firewood", and a white oak, wood fired grill serves as a culinary focal point, offering a vast asado selection of grilled meats, seafood, and vegetables. Other offerings include tacos, featuring homemade corn tortillas, fresh baked empanadas, and other traditional dishes, spanning from South and Central America, Spain, and Mexico. The beverage program is well rounded, with wines from multiple well known and some lesser known producers, craft beers, innovative cocktails, and a wide array of tequila and mezcal.
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BS
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

the octopus ceviche is great! Would go back for that.

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AC
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun. Latin inspired. Enjoyed the small bites menu options on the brunch menu. Our group enjoyed the different flavors of mimosas too! Great service with a earthy environment.

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B
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, a little noisy (all hard surfaces) good happy hour prices. Empanadas especially good.

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SH
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and really great happy hour prices! Their margaritas are delicious, made with lime juice and agave, not the gross marg. mix.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Didn’t actually get to eat. The bottom is really cute with nice lighting and music but even with open tables down there, they sat us in some top part that fees like you’re the ugly patrons stuck in the attic. We asked to move down and they accommodated that Witt an attitude. Then we didn’t get service for 10+ minutes even though several servers walked by and chatted with the tables on either side of us. We ended up walking out. If I’m going out for a nice dinner, I expect better than average service and this was no service at all. Do not recommend and I hope Lena sees this so their servers realize how rude and disgusting their behavior was.

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TD
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, ceviche not to be missed and the tres leches is to die for.

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JE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming restaurant with a vibrant and interesting menu. Lovely wine list. They were able to accommodate some dietary issues/restrictions with no problem at all - and a friendly attitude about it. Everyone in our party was thrilled with the food and ambiance. Thanks!!

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ED
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing every time - great food, service and ambiance!

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MO
Denver
73 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

as always, delicious atmosphere, delightful staff, fabulous cocktails.

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DW
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A tremendous find. You can count on us to be back again

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JG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem for sure! Great deal on bottomless mimosas on Sundays and the brunch was delicious! Will become a regular at this spot.

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RB
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The service and atmosphere was wonderful and would definitely recommend it !

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MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal and they easily accommodated our large party. Great service and a great time.

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FE
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely, perfect neighborhood spot. Authentic, delicious Latin food, great friendly service.

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S
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delicious dinner of small plates with a great bottle of wine and terrific service. The ceviche is wonderful, but then again, so were the tacos, fish, small biscuits, and empenadas.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Experience Leña during Denver Restaurant week and the food was soooo good! Great options, great portions, great service. The churros were a great finish to a great meal!

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DS
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The drinks are great but food quality has declined

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LC
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food, service and atmosphere were great, but they crammed a lot of tables close together up top where we were seated and this made it quite noisy and hard to hear between the four of us at our table

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AC
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

My order came out wrong, the food was under-seasoned (all of it). Service was subpar...

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C
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for Restaurant Week and it was highly enjoyable. I was able to modify my order from the usual menu so I appreciated their flexibility. The portions were large and the food was delicious. I got the octopus which was the best part of the meal. The service was a bit slow but the food made up for it. I would definitely go back to try their regular menu.

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere and the food is phenomenal. Reasonably priced wine too. We went for Denver restaurant week and I was ecstatic. They were very good about accommodating my gluten and dairy allergies as well.

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JS
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it. Great night. Have recommended to others.

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NR
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A small group of us went in for Restaurant Week. Great pricing for the number of courses. Food and drinks were amazing! Our server Sophia was very knowledgeable and attentive. We will definitely be back for another visit.

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JD
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The food was good, but not what I would call outstanding....where in you think that you to have this again meal again.
Hana was outstanding and charming.

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g
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Would not recommend during restaurant week. Service was horrible: spent a total of 2.5 hours from start to finish. After our 2nd course appetizers (of a 4 course meal) the waiter asked if we were ready for dessert...…..We informed him that we hadn't been served dinner yet. He looked totally confused. They totally forgot to acknowledge the special request I had made...It was our 1st year wedding anniversary. The upstairs 2nd floor seating area noise level was extreme and not enjoyable. This place was ill-prepared to handle this large of a crowd and the entire experience was pretty bad.

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JH
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The empanadas are the must have on the menu. You can admire the decor while waiting for your food but you will be too distracted by your amazing drink. The service could be better but no matter servers come and go. The chickens empanadas, order...all of them.

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RG
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lena and a movie at the Mayan!
We found this gem of a restaurant during Denver Restaurant Week 2018 and have been back MANY times. It is the perfect location for us to have a bite to eat before a movie at the Mayan. The 2019 DRW menu didn't seem to offer different choices than the usual menu, but rather a hearty mix of 4 options. We loved it!

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SL
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Leña's cocktail and food menu was was an elevated blend of Hispanic and South American cultural dishes and it was all delicious.

Our server was attentive and nice and the courses for restaurant week were especially awesome to experience a lot of what this restaurant has to offer.

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MP
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

All of our food seemed in between warm and cold like they couldn't decide if the dish was supposed to be hot; or maybe the food was pre-prepped and then warmed over to serve. Flavors weren't that impressive. Felt over priced and lackluster.

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AM
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere with delicious, authentic South American food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food and drinks! Excellent service!

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E
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

WHAT???? It’s loud in hear, they should really do something about that. I went there with my date the other night. We ended up sitting side by side it was very noisy. We order 4 plates, $70 and they were tiny portions! I have higher than 1 Star because of the quality of the food.

I won’t be returning

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Tasty, fun vibe, sorta pricy.

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D
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pan de yuca is so good, we get it every time! There’s not one bad plate here!

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CG
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent. The food was brilliant and delicious. And the cocktails, by Ash, we’re fabulous.

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NJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and the food was fantastic. Noise level was good so conversations weren’t difficult. The wait staff was outstanding. Highly recommend!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was perfe

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New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfortable restaurant, wonderful service, great food.

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CV
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The food was ok. I like the place more for drinks/ lounging.

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TH
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, best I've seen anywhere in a while. Very tasty food, we all tried the appetizers and everyone loved them, as well as the entrees we ordered. Also, all I had to do was mention what type of wine I wanted, and the wine the server brought was very good. We'll all be back.

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