Lena

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4.5
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620 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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Denver
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service was poor, we were seated upstairs even though there was plenty of room downstairs so the ambience was nil. The food was not as good as we had remembered.

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JV
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great quality tequilas. Atmosphere was amazing.
Great happy hour specials as well.

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JH
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, excellent location, and wonderful service. Would else could you ask for?

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SB
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Pretty disappointing. It had been awhile since we had been to Lena, and we thought we liked it a lot. My problem is that the menu is just too limited. When I look at, there's only a couple of things I even want to eat. The shrimp chorizo dish had been one of our favorites, but it seemed very dry and overcooked. Octopus civeche is very good, but I don't think we'll be going back anytime soon.

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RG
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Hood for sharing. Good eclectic food for all people who are somewhat adventurous. Can see how menu would accommodate dietary restrictions. Good drink menu, good service if a bit slow. Definitely a good new/fledgling foodie spot. Try it, you’ll like it.

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LH
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, beautifully seasoned dishes, but very loud - we had a hard time hearing each other over the noise.

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MW
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went with a group of 8, 2 of which were teenage boys. Food was very good, plates are small tapas style so we ended up with 12 dishes and 3 or 4 sides plus 6 desserts. Food came out steadily and allowed for easy sharing. Service was friendly and responsive. Overall a very pleasant evening!

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m
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have been to Lena several time over the last few years - it keeps improving, and last night May 4 spectacular. The ceviche - so good - just perfect. Also loved the shrimp and chorizo, the tacos de costilla and chicken empanadas. This place is fantastic. We will keep coming back. Love it.

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j
Denver
70 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had no expectations and were really delighted with our experience. Friendly and fast service.
We each an an empanada order of two (the dough on the chicken is very tender whereas the verde is totally different and hard). The flank steak was so delicious. We split the meat order and left very full. Very reasonable . Parking is challenging on Broadway. Next time we'll have the steak again but try the asparagus.

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R
Denver
48 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, food, and ambiance. Our server was one of the best I've had in a long time. Food portions could be a bit bigger for the price, but Lena is still in line with most good Denver eateries.

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MW
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. My current favorite. Great place to bring the family.

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JG
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food! Was one of the first to show up on a Sunday morning! So we had the place to ourselves!!

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AE
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

This place was wonderful. I don’t know the last time I had food that good out at a restaurant. Our only complaint was the slow service. I don’t know where our server kept going but sometimes it would be 20+ mins before she’d reappear.

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KC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Leña for my birthday and it was perfect! I loved the grilled haloumi and the octopus ceviche as well as the chicken empanada. Their house margarita is delicious and the rest of the cocktail menu is so creative. Our server was very gracious and attentive despite my obnoxious birthday attitude. ;)

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a
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service, we're impressed by the food. Very good!

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BS
Denver
5 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
16 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
19 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
43 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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go here often and love it - good ambiance and good drinks and food. definitely get the mixto entree for the table.

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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
2 reviews
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
36 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
3 reviews
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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