Lena

4.6
637 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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RR
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

ST
St. Louis
34 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

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
9 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

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
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Delightful

CC
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

x
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Deliciously different menu will definitely come back!

HC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! There was something on the menu for everybody's taste! The service was timely and the atmosphere was calm and quiet. We went because it was one of the places on the Denver Passport and it did not disappoint!

f
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have visited several times and the food has never disappointed. First time for my husband and he was just as impressed and reports that the margarita was amazing.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Second time back and as good as we remember from the first time.

MV
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was good but not worth the price. I would recommend the empanadas de pollo though

K
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Unfortunately the restaurant was very understaffed the night two of us went to eat with a reservation. They had seated someone else at our table but gave us the last available table. Our server appeared to be the only waiter (or maybe one other) so he was overworked but very polite. The food came out randomly: first the side dish, then the main meat for one, finally the entree for me. White sangria was too sweet. Hanger steak was not cooked at all as requested. Overall the food was still tasty. The restaurant is extremely loud.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

My husband and I LOVE this restaurant. We’ve come several times for dinner and were so excited to share this place with his family for Father’s Day. While the food was as delicious as always, there was a big disappointment on the service end. All of our food came out at different times, as in my brother in law received his meal 45 minutes before his wife got hers, and the rest of us were scattered in between so we all ate at different times. We made the most of it, and when the food did come it was excellent. Our waitress eventually stopped checking on us or making eye contact but the bartender was very professional, noticed our frustration and tried his best to help make it an enjoyable meal. I’ve seen him there every time I’ve visited before, and just want to acknowledge that he is passionate about what he does and the success of where he works. We will definitely go back as we are hoping this was just a fluke experience. I think the big takeaway for patrons is that things happen like being short staffed or unexpected party sizes which slow things down, but also for Lena to acknowledge the service could have been improved with better communication and customer service from the wait staff.

L
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

MW
Denver
4 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!

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.

j
Denver
72 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.

R
Denver
50 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.

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.

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!!

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.

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. ;)

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!

BS
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

JM
Denver
5 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!!

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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