Acova

4.5
81 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
Acova is writing the next chapter of one of Denver’s great neighborhoods. An iconic locale in a historic district, Acova builds on the rich story of “The Northside” (now known as LoHi) by breathing new life into an address with soul. Even its name pays homage to its South Broadway sibling restaurant The Hornet, while tipping a cap to its storied Italian predecessor Patsy’s. The place you bring friends and family from out of town to show them what Denver’s all about. The place you go for that after work cocktail, or your go to date spot, whether it’s your first or 50th date. The place you get the group together on a Saturday night, and where you recover together on a Sunday morning. Acova is the next Highlands institution, bearing vintage flair and contemporary charm that threads the past into the future. Acova brings you back time and again because you are part of this story now, and Acova is part of yours.
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K
Denver
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and the food is always top of the line! Great place!

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EH
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great atmosphere, great food, and they handle large groups well

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R
Denver
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was really good, everything came out incredibly fast. Super cute inside, we want to go back when it is warm enough to enjoy the wine slushee on the patio :)

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food! Loved the spaghetti

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday experience! We had a huge group and everything was perfect

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L
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Acova!! It's one of our neighborhood favorites! Has great food, is super kid friendly with an awesome outdoor play area. Happy hour every day of the week.

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Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

French toast not hot in the middle. Service very slow overall. Food was tasty though.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really cute place- great food

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CB
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

My husband and I tried Acova last Friday for dinner - the reviews looked great and we hadn't tried it despite living in the neighborhood. I really liked the ambience - unlike many other west Denver restaurants, Acova was spacious and the noise volume was reasonable. I'm leaving only 3 stars because the food left QUITE a bit to be desired. We ordered the ahi tuna polenta appetizers and it was obvious the fish was several days old. Similarly, I ordered the lobster mac and cheese and the lobster was chewy and extremely fishy, so also far from fresh (i.e. it did not arrive in Denver recently). My husband ordered the fried chicken, and it really was not fried chicken. It was a somewhat breaded chicken breast we could have made at home, with a bland sauce. If you're a fried chicken fan you would be grossly disappointed. Despite all this, we would return in case we just ordered terribly. I'd be willing to try something else - every other table ordered the nachos which looked good...

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K
Denver
46 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food offerings and quality were superb! A definite neighborhood gem.

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CK
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Our first time and we went for the Denver Restaurant Week to check it out. The service was not great, but menu was appealing. Their options for Restaurant Week included one appetizer, one entrée, and one dessert off the regular menu with the exception of a couple items. Ultimately, it wound up as the same amount of money, if not more, by choosing items off the menu that way. In the end, ordered one appetizer as it was filling all by itself. Loved the vibe, but wish we had gone when it wasn't in the middle of a snow storm.

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MC
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed the ahí tuna and chicken wings appetizers. The lobster Mac and cheese was tasty, but a little heavy. The honey stung chicken was delicious. The berry cobbler and bread pudding were soooooooo good!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Portion sizes got much smaller. Other than that, everything was great

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Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for restaurant week, food was great and reservation went smoothly! First time there, and it went very well.

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M
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, cool atmosphere, and great service! Went for Denver Restaurant Week & will be back.

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RO
New England
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very very pleasantly surprised. The drinks were very reasonable priced, along with the food, and everything tasted great. I’ve been dying to try this place, and I’m so glad I did! I think it might be my new go to dinner spot.

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

Restaurant week 😊

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NZ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We checked Acova out for Denver restaurant week, excellent food, generous servings and great service. We will go back

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere,service,food.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was my first time at Acova. I met with a friend for restaurant week, and we were not disappointed! The food was amazing and service was great. Looking forward to my 2nd visit.

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LS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for restaurant week. Tons of options. The food was great and was timed perfectly between courses. Friendly staff. Not too noisy. Only complaint was that the food was very hot (temperature-wise, not spice-wise) so we had to wait a bit before eating. Better than being cold! We will definitely go back again.

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B
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & drinks. Great service. Brunch & Happy Hour are awesome! Very hip ambiance!

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B
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acova is a great place to take people with different eating restrictions. They had gluten free, vegan, and/or vegetarian options for most of the entrees. The food was incredible, service amazing, atmosphere excellent, and I could keep going on. I had the affogato for dessert and it was the BEST dessert I've had maybe ever. We will definitely be back soon.

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JB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service!!! Excellent Food 😊

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MD
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this restaurant. I cannot rave enough about the gluten free options and how freaking delicious every single thing is!!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious! Great gf selection. There was a small service issue at the start of our experience but the server and manager quickly stepped in and made it right. We will be going back for sure.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was marginal. Cod was super salty. The french fries were like potato sticks. Short ribs were good as well. Drinks were good.

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MM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place, had a great meal. Excellent service

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L
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Overall great ambiance, lively & great lighting, opt for a table in the bar...however do not get the Ahi appetizer, maybe the worst Ahi I've had, bland, overcooked Ahi, boring dish!

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DK
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around! I’ll be back soon and highly recommend it. The cod was excellent and the wine that was recommended was superb.

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PB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was marvelous and the food delicious. We had the Lobster Mac and Cheese, the Cod and also the Mussel app. Our server who also may have been a manager, was a delight.

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EM
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We adore this place! Eclectic menu items with an abundance of gluten free options. All of the staff that opened this place almost a year ago are still there. Always a friendly and attentive experience.

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EB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a lovely dinner before going to the Bug Theatre, great happy hour!

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R
Denver
64 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This is a great spot. Food is really good. Have neen multiple times for lunch and HH. The wine slushies are good too 🥂

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DL
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Not the best asked for some bread to munch on as we waited and server brought over 3 cold slices of untested sourdough on a plate. No butter or oil an vinegar or any other condiment. Then charged ac6 bucks for it!

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Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great place, awesome staff, even better food. Only drawback was there was a strong ‘fishy smell’ when we walked in the doors that almost turned us to leave. If they get better ventilation - this place would be a new fav of ours.

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DL
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three of us had the fish and chips. Plenty of Cod and the sweet potato fries were excellent. We will return.

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HT
Denver
53 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A fun night of drinks and sharing snacks! Started with cocktails, wine slushies, beer cheese dip and wings-all were delicious. Then we shared salads, excellent gnocchi, deviled eggs, and fried chicken. Desserts were tasty, not amazing, but we did enjoy bread pudding and apple “donuts”. Staff was very attentive and sweet. We will definitely return!

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TP
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Usually the food is good but today we had 3 of us order the chicken and it was over cooked and I even ordered extra gravy but I still couldn’t make it better. Very disappointing. This was my favorite celiac restaurant.

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