Lena

4.6
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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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

really horrible service during restaurant week but food was great.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We went to Lena on both Valentines and during Restaurant Week. The experience was similar both nights- incredible flavor profiles, so-so service. On the positive, the meats were prepared to perfections, very savory. The yucca bread rolls are amazing for anyone GF who wants an amazing treat. The spicy margarita was also a hit for the whole table. On the negative, the hostess was not friendly both nights, and our server did not check up nearly enough. There were plenty of opportunities for additional drinks that went unnoticed at both visits. After a long wait, the main course also came out 10 minutes apart between individuals, and we had the same entree. The waitress did not acknowledge the frustration, but seemed apathetic all together.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was the first night of restaurant week and it was just not the typical service I am use to at Lena. We waited for well over 5 minutes for a host to even come up and speak with us at the door. Once seated our amazing server wasn’t notified that we were actually seated so we waited another 5 minutes to be asked about our drink selection. She did comp our first drinks for the delay. The next rounds, even though the restaurant was slowing down and clearing out took a long time to come. The experience with the server was great and the food was just ok compared to other visits I have had here. I am definitely going back outside of restaurant week to make sure that is all that was throwing the experience off.

CB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always great food. I wasn’t thrilled with the fact that the regular menu wasn’t available because of Restaurant Week but the staff made sure to accommodate, leaving me completely satisfied. Drew is one of the best bartenders in Denver. Thanks Leña, great job!

OT
Denver
136 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We dined on a Saturday night. We were sat timely, had good food and service! We had the chicken empanada, shrimp/chorizo dish and hanger steak. We also liked the margaritas.

T
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Read the reviews online and decided to have dinner on a Saturday -- and weren't disappointed. The food was excellent and the server had good recommendations. Despite being a very busy Saturday, service was very good, quick and not too intrusive (appreciated). Highly recommend Lena if you are into Latin/South American food...we'll be back and looking forward to it.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food... cozy environment... great service. The entire menu is fantastic! This trip had my girlfriend and I sharing a bottle of wine (Pyros Malbec 2015) - highly recommended, duck confit, shaved Brussels sprouts, half chicken (absolutely the best), flank steak. Everything was excellent, highly recommend this place!

i
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

went for Valentine's Day and we really enjoyed our time. the Ceviche de Pulpo and the fried calamari were both our favorite and we're so delicious. service was great, they were definitely busy but on 2/14 i still really appreciated our experience and would recommend anyone to check it out.

JC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Good service. Just good. Been here 10 times and will keep coming back.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Service was so-so to start, but food and vibe were awesome!

AH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant. Absolutely incredible each time

JW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love this place! They were very sweet to our baby too!

R
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Worst service I’ve had in denver. Ignored for 20 minutes after we were seated, food came out at awkward times, server took my drink before I was finished. The food was delicious, but there are other good places with far better service.

A
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love coming here. So many food choices to share.

s
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great for DINNER and happy hour definitely will go back on my next trip to Denver

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and our server Drew was outstanding!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great dishes like octopus ceviche, blood sausage and wood fired grilled chicken
The Sangrada drink I ordered was ok - tasted too much like cough medicine

Banana les tres was delish but the churros were too hard for our taste

F
Denver
59 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Lena and we were pleasantly surprised. We tried several different dishes including the mussels, flank steak and Queijo Coalho (grilled cheese) and would recommend everything we tried. The mussels were especially interesting and good with the combination of pomegranate and Serrano peppers in the relish sitting on top of the perfectly prepared mussels. The grilled cheese was like nothing I have ever had but would certainly order again. Service was top notch. Lena also offers flights of
Tequila and Mezcal. I tried the Del Maguey Mezcal flight - three different representations of Mezcal, each distinctly different. It was well worth the price. We will go back!

S
Denver
41 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lena has been on it's game lately, and the hangar steak we had Friday night was fantastic - some of the best red meat we've had in a while (and for just 18 bucks). Great happy hour or date night spot.

EB
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Lena has been a favorite, despite it's getting pretty noisy when full. Our last visit was a bit of a disappointment. Still quite good, but we missed the mole, which has been a favorite in the past, but had "rotated" off the menu. Drinks were slow to arrive, so that our small plate order arrived before them. One of our 3 dishes was exceptionally good, but the other two, though quite tasty were over-salted. We were told that their long term chef had left 6 months ago. We felt that the new chef may not have his/her game quite up to the level we've enjoyed in the past.

D
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing!! The fresh Ingredients was very pleasant!!

OT
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We loved everything about this place except the food. The service was excellent, ambience was romantic and cool, drinks were awesome. The food was all so unbearably salty that we really couldn’t finish any of it. Except the Brussel sprouts.

CF
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is incredibly fresh and has consistently been good. The staff is fun and very responsive. This place is a gem. Don't leave without trying everything on the menu, but especially the chicken.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Wine suggestion was good. Server was super nice but could have been a tad more attentive.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I had the best time / service at Lena! They treated us so well and the food was amazing! Sophia was the best waitress!! So sweet and very knowledgeable.

g
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit and the first for our friends. From Start to finish, you couldn't have asked for better experience. The server suggested sharing plates and recommended portions to order. The tacos and Cubanos were my favorite. The place was so happy and festive with laughter and music all about.
what a great time !!!!

JI
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, innovative, South America inspired food with incredible wait staff.

D
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service, we’re so kind to get us in late and to put up with some of the ladies who were light weights. Had several dishes and all were excellent. Our server was accommodating and had the nicest personality, I wanted her to join our crew!

LP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress, the atmosphere and the food was all superb! My family and I had the best time!

LL
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm & friendly server and bartender, fresh innovative food—- a neighborhood gem! Cannot wait to return!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of different plates. Everything was incredibly delicious

TB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time to eat here. We had a reservation thru Open Table and was delayed by 45 minutes. There was a massive parade and parking was a nightmare. They were gracious when we arrived. They were attentive to our drinks and food order. Cannot wait to return for another experience.

VM
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Had the empanada de Pollo, some roasted cauliflower as well as a cheese dish that was amazing. Definitely, thoughtful food!

w
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We've always had good food at Leña. The ceviche is delicious, as are the mussels. Their drinks are very well done. Our server was attentive and not overbearing, even though we staying a bit longer just to chat. We will keep going back!

LP
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere, waitress and food were all superb. I can’t wait to go back.

M
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Lena! One of the most underrated restaurants in Denver! The food is amazing every time; we never leave a bite. Service is always great. We love our date nights at Lena.

IS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful evening with friends. We had a corner booth in the back which was perfect for us with two kiddos along. The food is excellent and just afforded a lot of variety and interesting spices for our taste buds. Service was prompt and very friendly We will definitely go back! Only downside maybe would be that there is no kids menu but they were able to put something together for our 6 year old (original take on chicken quesadillas) that he really liked.

VS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!!! Normally, I could recommend something, but in this case I recommend all of it!!

S
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Our go-to place when we want some interesting and tasty Latin-influenced food and great cocktails. It's loud at the tables, so if there are only two of you, take a seat at the bar (much quieter for some reason). The ceviche is the best in town!

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

I hate giving a bad review to one of our (previously) favorite restaurants, but our dining experience this past Friday was horrendous. The food (some dishes we'd had and loved before!) was mediocre for the most part, nothing was great, and my pollo entree was brought an hour and five minutes after ordering and a good 45-50 minutes after the other food we'd ordered. When it finally did come, it was overcooked, dry, burned, not well seasoned, and the rest of our food was cold. The wait staff barely checked on us in this time and them gave some very pathetic excuses. They did take the entree off the bill, which I appreciate. It was very disappointing. We'll give Leña another chance, because we've loved it for years but don't have high expectations. Even the pan de Yuca wasn't good! The only thing that still met our previous expectations was the Maduros.