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Old Blinking Light

669 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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Whether you are looking for a relaxing lunch, family-friendly dinner or night out to enjoy excellent margaritas, the Old Blinking Light welcomes you! Named one of America’s 10 Best New Chefs by Food & Wine Magazine, Chef Joseph Wrede joins forces with owners Michael Yaccino and Nat Troy to introduce a fresh new taste to the Highlands Ranch community. Influenced by a Taos, NM background, the superb menu offers a wide range of fresh flavors and tastes. American food with a Southwest soul!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Southwest
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(303) 346-9797
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Christopher Hansen
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Private party facilities
The Old Blinking Light’s "Kiva Room" offers a warm, intimate atmosphere for family gatherings, corporate events, social receptions & business luncheons. This truly unique space accommodates up to 36 people seated and up to 45 for a cocktail style reception. With private access to an outdoor patio of Colorado's beautiful front range, the Old Blinking Light is the ultimate private dining experience in Highlands Ranch. We offer our full dinner menu for parties up to 25, and special limited menus to your specifications. The Kiva Room's large screen TV is laptop compatible and is perfect for Powerpoint presentations and slideshows. There are also chalk boards and cork boards available for your needs.
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Private party contact
Earl Gonzales: (303) 346-9797
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Please call and talk to our event manager!
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Cross street
Highlands Ranch Parkway
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Parking details
Open parking available throughout the town center with a multi level public garage directly behind the restaurant.
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Public transit
RTD bus route has multiple transits that will get you 200 yards from the restaurant. The stop will be the town center in Highlands Ranch.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 669 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vip1Veglover (Denver)
5.0  Dined on June 20, 2015

We are thrilled to have finally found an authentic New Mexican restaurant.
The dishes are lovingly prepared with spicey Hatch chilis and true New Mexican recipes.
We savored every spicey bite. We will be there often from now on !

Coloradoterri (Denver)
5.0  Dined on June 11, 2015

The food is varied and so flavorful! So much fun to find a new great place. We celebrated a 79th birthday here and I was a little worried that the noise level might be too much but she absolutely loved it.

vipparkerfoodie (Denver)
4.0  Dined on June 9, 2015

We love this place and continue to come back! Our server was friendly and prompt with getting our drinks, and made sure to check on us multiple times throughout our dinner.

Our table had the mahi-mahi ceviche for an app, chicken tacos, taquitos, baked mac & cheese, and a salad. Everyone really enjoyed their food, and commented on how they don't skimp on serving sizes here. The baked mac & cheese with bacon was excellent. Served at just the right temp and flavor was great.

vipmsfunnybones (Denver)
4.0  Dined on June 7, 2015

Always like the OBL. Hadn't been there in awhile and some new menu items were there. We tried two of them and they were delicious. We will definitely be back sooner this time!

RVdK (Denver)
4.0  Dined on June 6, 2015

Our entrees, selected from a not extensive set of offerings, were skillfully prepared, artfully presented, and quite tasty, representing the best of Santa. Fe style southwestern preparations. Service was quite adequate. Noise level was uncomfortable even though the restaurant had many empty tables. Certain worth a repeat visit to try additional menu offerings.

Jinx (Denver)
3.0  Dined on May 23, 2015

My GF and I went there trying a new place. It looked nice, was comfortable was hopeful. I order 1/2 chicken herb with mashed taters my gf had BBQ pizza. The pizza tasted great but a drizzle of ranch..hardly the entire pizza was covered from crust to middle, otherwise good flavor. My chicken had no flavor, was dry as well. The taters were the worst I'd ever had, had no seasoning, no butter, no salt no pepper. I had to ask for butter to get the dryness out of them, still not enough. Won't go back.

bhamboy (Denver)
4.0  Dined on May 23, 2015

I took my wife here for a special occasion dinner (celebrated completing school) and it was perfect. My wife had been to OBL previously for lunch, and had a wonderful time, but it was a first for me. We were seated promptly, choosing an outside table to take in some of late afternoon sunshine and enjoy a quieter location. Not sure, but the evening menu may be identical to that for lunch - not a problem for us, as we enjoyed great food, good wine and ale, and a wonderful evening, all for a reasonable price.

Mammy (Denver)
2.0  Dined on May 9, 2015

Noise level was too loud to be able to have a conversation easily. It was our first visit and we had some questions for the waitress re: if food was local. Didn't know answers but was willing to ask the kitchen staff, who also did not know. Presentation of food was very disappointing; looked like it was just plopped on the plate with no attention.

ballroombiker (Denver)
3.0  Dined on April 6, 2015

Our evening at OBL was good, but not great. The staff was friendly. The service was very good. The food was average. I got the bacon wrapped buffalo meatloaf. The meat didn't have much flavor and I would have preferred it seared. It was a little mushy. The mashed potatoes didn't have much flavor, either. I found myself eating the broccoli rather than the potatoes, which is weird for me. For $20, I expected a lot more flavor. My husband got the beets with goat cheese. He said the beet were hard and the goat cheese was the best part. He also got the pork taquitos and said those were very good.

JBANDY (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 31, 2015

Chose OBL for a business lunch option. Good selections on the menu. Patio dining was an option but we ate inside. Service was good. I would return.

rjcc (Denver)
1.0  Dined on March 28, 2015

Upon arrival the property is nice and clean, we are seated promptly and the waitress comes to the table in a timely manner. However she is very abrupt and almost shouting at us, and the noise level does not require her to talk as loud as she does.
We order waters and tell her we are going to look at the menu, she almost seems upset we are not ready to order and does not return to the table for approximately 10 minutes. When she returns we order an appetizer and drinks, my girlfriend is trying to decide between two different drinks, she is not helpful and becomes noticeably impatient with her.
The appetizer arrives sweet and spicy shrimp I believe, it is good but swimming in sauce to the point where you have to remove some of the sauce to enjoy it. We both ordered the blackened shrimp tacos, those arrive also swimming in mango sauce. Both my girlfriend and I pick through the tacos and eat the shrimp because the sauce is overpowering and ruins the taco. I also find a french fry in my taco.
I set it to the side so the waitress can see it. We have both obviously picked through our plates and at this point I want to see if she will notice and ask if the meal was okay. She simply returns removes the plates and never asks if we enjoyed the meal or if there was a problem.
In short the property has a nice atmosphere but the food was poor and our waitress had absolutely no guest service skills. I,m not sure how management could have someone like that serving. I'm in the service industry so this was a very disappointing experience. I don't like to complain but felt to be honest in this review.

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on March 13, 2015

Can't go wrong with this pic. Food is fantastic and always comes out hot! They never miss a meal when it comes to perfection. Roasted beets on the salad fantastic greatest salads ever in a restaurant

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on March 2, 2015

I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant. My entire family loves it here! Everyone is so nice, and the food is awesome, with rare and delicious drinks!

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 27, 2015

Fantastic restaurant the food is fabulous and it always comes out hot which is one of the most important aspects of a restaurant. Salads are amazing and the roasted beets are to die for yummy!

susysunset (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 20, 2015

We love OBL and have been regulars for awhile now. We took some friends with us Friday and had a great time, as usual. We tried the fish tacos for the first time and they were fair. The rest of the food was amazing though. The restaurant was packed and we still had great service. We will definitely continue to be regulars.

VJMM (Denver)
3.0  Dined on February 20, 2015

This was my first visit to OBL. My cousin had the fish tacos, she said they were good. I had Nat's salad with chicken, the chicken was very tasty, however the rest of it was 90% lettuce. There were maybe 3 cherries, a tablespoon of blue cheese and a small amount of shredded apple. The blue cheese dressing was runny. Not impressed with that one at all. $13 for a piece of chicken and a bag of lettuce. We also had the banana bread dessert - that was very tasty.
It was Friday evening and yes it was very noisy - even at 5:30 - pretty crowded too.

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2015

Though not generally a fan of Southwestern-style cuisine, I have LOVED everything I've eaten and tasted at OBL. We get the same feedback from friends we continue to take there for meals. My favorite is the tortilla soup. The seemingly small amount turns out to be a very filling meal due to the deceptive depth of the bowl it's served in. Ingredients are fresh and high quality. The bar tender does not skimp on the tequila in the margaritas and the service is always attentive and professional. Be sure to make a reservation well in advance because the place is usually packed - for obvious reasons.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
3.0  Dined on January 30, 2015

Old Blinking Light has a solid menu, the food was good, service was prompt. My wife and I are out exploring places to eat, and this doesn't make the fine food and wine or date night list, but if we lived in the area, it would easily be a regular spot for family and/or friends to get together and have a good meal out. It's quite busy on a Friday night, but with reservations we were seated promptly. There's a huge outdoor patio area (not so useful in February, but they had heat lamps for folks who wanted to sit out there, and a fire pit. It wasn't an intimate, farm-to-table kind of experience but light years above a chills or Olive Garden.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2015

The south metro is so,so hurting for decent not-a-chain restaurants. The OBL is pretty unique and darned good. Menu and quality have improved, they are "almost" making real New Mexican red Chile now (almost). I have always liked the decor but they could use a few more booths (why not the other side of the room too?) and the wine list is over-priced and lean, but hey, it's in the middle of Highlands Ranch! To find a more interesting place to dine i have to drive 20 minutes toward downtown.

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2015

Fantastic salads, great happy hour menu, fun ambiance

TinaB (Denver)
4.0  Dined on January 17, 2015

We have been to the OBL before and took friends with us this time. Service, food and atmosphere were great. We had one problem. The trees branches outside the restaurant are hanging too low and my friend cut her eye on a low hanging branch on our way into the restaurant.

TraciP (Denver)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2015

Great food, friendly staff, we will be back. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu, made great recommendations, and the service was excellent. They have a diverse menu, including great options for kids.

Tony (Denver)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 2015

Atmosphere was good as well as the food. I always enjoy taking my girlfriend to Old Blinking Light!

Larissa (Denver)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2014

My husband and I had dinner at OBL for New Year's Eve. We made a reservation and got there a little early to take advantage of happy hour. The happy hour options were some of the best I've seen. Despite being busy, our waitress seemed to always show up right when we were ready to order our next course. We got the fried avocado for an appetizer, which was great and pretty easy to share. For dinner, I got the mac n cheese with grilled chicken and my husband had the green Chile pasta. We both enjoyed our dinners and then ordered the fried apple dessert, which was a great way to finish the meal.

vipericslane (Denver)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2014

Our server was quite good, but the host was obviously not wanting to be there that day. She seemed to be going through the motions and did not come across as all that genuine. We ordered some new and previously ordered items and it seemed if some of the presentations had changed. Some worked, some might need some more tweaking. I'm sure we'll be back as we usual eat here once a month.

vipDBear (Denver)
4.0  Dined on December 29, 2014

Seems the Old Blinking Light is always busy, even on a snowy, freezing Monday night. That is probably because of the food, which is very good, but a bit pricey if you do not have a discount of some kind. A little to loud for my taste, and I probably would not recommend to a friend just because I rarely recommend anything to anyone.

vipDenverDiner (Denver)
2.0  Dined on December 27, 2014

My wife and I arrived on time for a 7pm reservation. We sat patiently for 20 minutes and were finally seated at a table. Our Fried Avocado appetizer was delicious and unique. My Fish Tacos were also very tasty. My wife's BBQ Pork Sandwich arrived at our table, and as she attempted to pick it up, the bottom of the bun disintegrated--the pork had very little sauce on it, but the bottom half of the bun was soaked with liquid. The sweet potato fries were also soaked with liquid and soggy. The waiter was nice enough to not charge us for the sandwich. It is hard to understand how a restaurant with a good reputation would serve such a poorly executed menu item.

foodcritic (Denver)
4.0  Dined on December 27, 2014

Hit it for Happy Hour & then dined on delicious seafood and fish. It was bitter cold evening and we were initially seated by the door - brrrrrrrrrr! After asking to be relocated we were immediately seated at a cozy booth. Another patron whom saw us change tables, told us we were the third group that had been seated there that requested a different table. It seems that table is the only one that catches the drift when the door opens.

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on December 27, 2014

We dine at OBL at least once a month, because their food and service are great. Matt was our waiter this time and he was on point! We had chicken, mahi mahi ceviche, pizza, and mud pie, and all were perfectly prepared. Thanks to the management for always accommodating special requests, what a neighborhood gem!

OpenTable Diner (Naples)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2014

Very nicely appointed restaurant with very reasonable prices. Food is always fantastic and the atmosphere is very hip.