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About Old Blinking Light

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!

9344 Dorchester St
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Southwest

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Highlands Ranch Parkway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 346-9797

Website:
http://www.taosrestaurantgroup.com/old_blinking_light/_about.html

Catering:
Please call and talk to our event manager!

Parking Details:
Open parking available throughout the town center with a multi level public garage directly behind the restaurant.

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.

Executive Chef:
Christopher Hansen

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.

Private Party Contact:
Earl Gonzales: (303) 346-9797

Additional:
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

Old Blinking Light Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Fun (12)
Good for a Date (11)
Cozy (10)
Happy Hour (10)
Healthy (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Authentic (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Business Meals (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Great Beer (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Romantic (5)
Seasonal (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Live Sports (2)
Spicy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

Impeccable! We also love the food but lately service has been an issue but not tonight. Everything was perfect!

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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

We had to wait about 30 minutes for our reserved table, but once seated, food and service was very good.

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·Dined 4 days ago

We go to OBL 1 night a week and really enjoy our dinner and our friends there as well.
We love the OBL and it is our place to go every time we want a great meal.
Earl and his staff are great!

Tags: Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

Friendly staff, good menu, lots of beer choices, moderate prices, limited parking.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Great Beer
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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

Great restaurant. Good food, good service. I would definitely go again.

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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

We went on Valentine’s Day and were seated right away. My friend ordered a blended margarita and I ordered a jalapeño margarita with salt. They brought back a pink looking drink over ice and my drink without salt. Apparently they don’t have a way to make blended drinks but the waiter did offer to change it. I ordered the scallops and then was told they no longer had them. I switched to the green Chile fettuccine with blackened shrimp and my friend ordered the bacon wrapped buffalo meatloaf. She loved her meal, mine was fine. All in all I think the waitstaff needs to have better communication with the kitchen and bar and update diners on what isn’t available right away. It was a pretty expensive meal for just ok food. I probably won’t be going back.

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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

...dont bother requesting a booth...the children that seat pay no attention to the Open table comments

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined 7 days ago

Took a friend to lunch who needed a boost.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Our server was the BEST we had ever had! I WISH I remembered her name. But incredibly attentive in EVERY regard and everything was very speedy, getting our table, drinks, food, and tab paid out.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, People Watching, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Cozy, Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Very loud, food was blah, waiter was annoyingly bothersome. He tried to take our plates and give us our bill 3 minutes after we got our food. Then came back twice in three minutes to get our card. He was obviously off and wanted to leave but it was only 730pm so come on. Food was average at best and expensive for what you get. Won't go back.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We were not waited on for over 15 minutes once we arrived. But past that point the food and drinks were very good.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

we LOVE obl!!!! Especially love Sergio, he is so kind and friendly. Makes it feel so comfortable to have such friendly servers and staff. LOVE a waitress that we always get, but don't know her name!

Bummer is that we've come twice in a row only to be disappointed that Breckenridge beer was out, otherwise love this place!!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Great Beer
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 31, 2018

ALWAYS the BEST! The service, alone, is over-the-top. The staff is knowledgeable about their product. And, they are very welcoming and friendly. The cuisine is creative. Interesting nd innovative without being overpriced. All in all a special place to enjoy.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Fun, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Really glad we made a reservation, as the place was packed! All of the food was absolutely amazing, great drink selection too. My boyfriend had the blackened shrimp tacos and I had the mac 'n cheese, both outstanding. Wait staff was very friendly. The ONLY "downfall" is that it did get pretty loud inside, but that's definitely NOT deal breaker...we WILL be going back to this establishment...highly recommend!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was delicious, there are so many delicious options. The special, pork chops, were especially good. The service was also very good. We've been in several times before and will be back again!

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 (神奈川)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Thank you Earl and OBL team for the hospitality and positive energy. The food was fresh, tasty and the service was welcoming and smooth for a 10 top of ladies.
We will keep bringing PhunFitFoodies to see you!

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I love the beets and the king ranch casserole with egg and chicken. So delicious. My wife had the shrimp tacos and loved them too. We enjoy eating here.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We eat at OBL frequently and always have a great experience.

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Fun, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The service and the food is always excellent. Our server, Carter, was very attentive and timely. The hostess, Gabby, quickly got us another place setting when we asked. It's not a quiet restaurant. But the mood is fun and enjoyable. We love coming here.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Fun, Business Meals, Romantic, Happy Hour, Spicy, Live Sports
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food, great service, as always! We will be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Perfect Friday dinner.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Two for late afternoon lunch. My salad was great and flash fried brussel sprouts awesome . Granddaughter had the ribs. Excellent choice

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food & service were excellent. Great way to welcome the new year

Tags: Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Third visit there. Food was yummy, margaritas were not as good as they were previous visits, but good anyway. Would love to see chips and salsa on the menu!

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great food as always! Very busy restaurant, but service was still good.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Took my granddaughter to lunch since her school was out for Christmas. She loved OBL, she had the ribs, said they were awesome. We shared roasted beets and Brussels sprouts!

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Quality of food, excellent as always. One of my favorite places, and something for everyone: steak lover, or vegan.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great service, great food and priced correctly. Eating at OBL is worth the money.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This was a favorite date night for me and my late husband. We also would bring our son for lunch. They have a nice variety. I love the blackened shrimp tacos! The salads and brick oven pizzas are also a hit. You really can’t go wrong with anything you order. My son and I still enjoy dining there.

Tags: Cozy, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Food and service was very good, but it's extremely noisy and hard to converse.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Awesome neighborhood find, kid friendly. Food is excellent and something for everyone. I do not eat meat, but I find plenty of options. My husband is a meat eater and loves it.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Nice neighborhood place, always busy, always fun - coming here couple of times a month. The only complain is a corking fee - a whooping $30!

Otherwise, love it.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Old Blinking Light is a neighborhood treasure. It’s a busy place, but service was good. I had a side of roasted Brussels sprout leaves, incredible! Awesome baked beats with goats cheese, sunflower seeds and balsamic. Sometimes it’s hard to find good meals that are vegetarian!

Tags: Business Meals, Seasonal, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Made a reservation via the Open Table. We were seated as soon as we walked in. When my wife asked for a booth we were told it was reserved for four. We were given a nice table by the inside fireplace. However, about 15 minutes later we glanced at the booth we requested and only two gentlemen were seated and dining! Hmmm!

We are frequent customers at the Blinking Light and very glad that this establishment has regained its liquor license. "Welcome Back".

We ordered a bottle of wine, an appetizer, and two main courses. As customary, from the service to the food all were excellent. We will continue to recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was underwhelming. The waitress couldn't get my cocktail right.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 25, 2017

New to the area. Went with family in town. OBL was highly recommended by friends who’ve been there several times. The apps (queso and chips, roasted beets) were good, but not really outstanding. No drinks as liquor license not current!?! My entree was Duck Tacos, which were mediocre and not really a great value at $14. Not much flavor. Wife had the enchiladas and they too were average at best. She left most on her plate. Another at our table had the Chicken with Green Chili pasta. It was a pile of mushy over cooked fettuccine in a flavorless goo. It was disgusting. When we sent it back, we could overhear the cooks in the kitchen daring each other to taste it. One did and he said “That’s Gross, who cooked this!” Loud enough for us to hear. Our poor waitperson was very good but was almost embarrassed to ask us how our food tasted. She did not seem surprised by our response. They did deduct the pasta from our bill, but it is not really a great end to an evening stopping at a fast food place to feed the person who went hungry.
Probably not giving it a second chance, which is a bummer as we live walking distance away.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 24, 2017

I love The Old Blinking Light and take guests there often. The cuisine is creative, with veggie and gluten-free options. The booths are big--nice and roomy! Good service, reasonable prices, great atmosphere! They do have outdoor dining, but I have not experienced that.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Always a favorite spot for me and my friends. I love the salads, fish and steak. Super scrumptious.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Cozy
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We celebrated my 60th birthday with my family last Sunday afternoon. We arrived about 30 minutes early and the hostess was nice enough to go ahead and seat us. The waitress was very accommodating and met all our expectations.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

OBL asked what the occasion was before we showed up and I told them the only thing we preferred was a small spot for two people as private as possible. They put us at the largest table in the restaurant that seated about 12 or so. Other than that is was a good place to dine.

Tags: Casual
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