really horrible service during restaurant week but food was great.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Good food. Good service. Just good. Been here 10 times and will keep coming back.
Service was so-so to start, but food and vibe were awesome!
This is my favorite restaurant. Absolutely incredible each time
Love love love this place! They were very sweet to our baby too!
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.
I always love coming here. So many food choices to share.
Great for DINNER and happy hour definitely will go back on my next trip to Denver
The food was delicious and our server Drew was outstanding!
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
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!
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.
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.
The food was absolutely amazing!! The fresh Ingredients was very pleasant!!
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.
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.
Enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Wine suggestion was good. Server was super nice but could have been a tad more attentive.
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.
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 !!!!
Outstanding, innovative, South America inspired food with incredible wait staff.
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!
The waitress, the atmosphere and the food was all superb! My family and I had the best time!
Warm & friendly server and bartender, fresh innovative food—- a neighborhood gem! Cannot wait to return!
Lots of different plates. Everything was incredibly delicious
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.
Food was delicious. Had the empanada de Pollo, some roasted cauliflower as well as a cheese dish that was amazing. Definitely, thoughtful food!
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!
The atmosphere, waitress and food were all superb. I can’t wait to go back.
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.
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.
Delicious!!! Normally, I could recommend something, but in this case I recommend all of it!!
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!
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.