Lena

4.7
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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
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
56 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
19 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
15 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
12 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
23 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.

A
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food!

P
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved the food, the short ribs and chicken were amazing. Would definitely go back and try more things! Drink selection was fun and the drinks themselves were good

OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Late birthday dinner for a larger party (7). The service was great, offered many recommendations. Built nice report and were very accommodating. Food and drink came out quickly. Overall it was a lovely time.

j
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was fantastic as always! This is our go-to spot for a special occasion or just after work HH.

RR
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Delicious small plates, great for sharing. My girls and I have dietary restrictions between us (no dairy, vegetarian, etc.) and we're always able to find plenty of options. We went on Wednesday and it was half off bottles of wine! Doesn't get much better than that! Definitely a get place to chat and let time slip away.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food, ambiance and wine was AMAZING! Service was alright but not exceptional, but that didn’t affect our overall experience.

AA
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent... and the wait staff superb!

ST
St. Louis
34 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I have eaten a lot of Latin American food especially Peruvian so I was excited to find Leña. The noise level is high but we sat upstairs which was fine. Our server was very friendly and attentive. The Pisco sour was average needs more pisco & lime. We had the empanadas, chicken mole, flank steak, and plantains and it was filling for 3 people, all perfectly cooked & delicious. My only caution is that the chicken mole is described as 1/2 a chicken and it’s no where near that amount more like 1/4 chicken. I would definitely return.

AK
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Lena officially peaked a few years back, and they are phoning it in now. Very lackluster food and presentation. Nothing is evolving- time for an overhaul.

x
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and our server Sofia was awesome! This was our second time eating here and we were lucky enough to have her waiting on us again. We will definitely be back.

MS
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We arrived a few minutes early to our dinner reservation time, but still had to wait 45 minutes to be seated. Then after all the wait the food was very humdrum. Been there, done it, don’t need to go back.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Their new seafood specials are amazing! Drinks and apps are always delicious. Try the yuca bread, ceviche, papas, and empanadas.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Delightful

CC
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great dinner stop en route to Mayan theater. Excellent white sangria, also prickly pear mocktail was perfect for warm summer night. Enjoyed the empanadas and tacos. We'll b back.

CD
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for our anniversary. The food was great and our server was very friendly, knowledgable, and accommodating. The chicken empanada was outstanding!