Acova

4.4
29 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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everyone in our group of 4 had the chicken. It was fabulous! We also tried two of their desserts - the bread pudding and apple donuts are both delicious! The service is outstanding! The staff is all very friendly and helpful. The only complaint from our group is the cost of wine. It is expensive for moderate wine.

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

This place is amazing!!! I love the food, the service, the drinks, the décor, and basically everything about this place. My sister is very celiac and she is able to eat almost everything without worrying about cross-contamination. The servers are super friendly and knowledgeable. We came in for Happy Hour and ended up staying for dinner. I can't wait to come back for brunch. The coffee and the Bloody Mary Bar sound like a very unique and fun idea. You get to make your own coffee with different syrups and your own bloody with all types of ingredients! I highly recommend this place for any occasion, a lunch meeting, a date, dinner or brunch with friends, or late night drinks. This is my new neighborhood go-to for sure. Also can't wait for patio season because their patio looks incredible!

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ME
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place. The food was great and staff very attentive. We went for brunch and there was a large selection of yummy items. The bread pudding French toast was a hit along with the pop tart. I will definitely go again.

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Went to dinner here on Saturday night, and didn't have the best experience. Our waitress forgot to put in our entree orders, so we ended up waiting over an hour and half to get our dinner. Then, when the waitress realized her mistake, she apologized and said the manager would come over and talk to us. The manager didn't come over until 20ish minutes later when our food was ready, and when he delivered the food, he said almost nothing to us except "sorry." I had to ask if he was going to do anything to compensate us, and he said he would "take care of us" - whatever that means. Finally at the end of the meal, he did end up comping the entire meal, which we did really appreciate (and the only reason I'm giving 3 stars). Had he approached us RIGHT after he found out what happened and told us he was comping the whole meal, or even that he was talking half off the meal, it would have been a totally different experience. Since he waited until the very end, we spent most of the meal sort of angry at the way we were being treated. Besides that, food was fine, nothing spectacular. Probably won't be coming back.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

It took 20 mins to get a cup for coffee since the coffee is self serve. The kids meals are $10.00 for a peanut butter and jelly. The food took a long time to come out but was good.

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

Get the fried chicken! ❤

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

We had to send back a meal twice because the food was not cooked all the way through. Two other meals were not edible. The drinks were good and the service was good, but the food gave a couple of us stomach aches.

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RB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here several times, and each one has been exceptional. Offers most everything on the menu gluten free and the staff has been very friendly each visit.

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AE
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The food was only so so. The coffee bar was minimal and unnecessary, in my opinion. Best part about it was the design of the place.

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VW
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Our server was incredible! Also the hostess and manager were so helpful. Our drinks were pretty good. Loved the kombucha mint mimosa! The food was decent. The chilaquiles could have been better but honestly I will go back just because the server was amazing and loved the vibe. Thanks!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing bday brunch!

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CC
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Restaurant has attractive industrial oriented décor. There are many vegetarian & gluten free items/options on the menu, so this restaurant is a good option for those looking for those menu items. Restaurant has a good range of unique cocktails but wish that they had more wine by the glass options.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is fun with a lot of interesting decor! It has a nice hang out feel; my friend and I had a really good time catching up in such a comfortable space we are making plans to go again and bring more friends with us!

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P
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love it! Great food, beer and atmosphere. Go and have some fun!

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EG
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were wonderful! Loved the anbiance - lovely and cozy!!

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EN
Philadelphia
89 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Average food and slow service. Wouldn’t go back.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful find. Tried for lunch as I was coming from south Denver and friend coming from Boulder. Ideal spot. Loved the atmosphere. From the minute we walked in the door we were greeted as if long-lost friends. Owner took time to explain how they converted the space. And the food was excellent. We will be back.

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HD
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is my second time at Acova. The first time was for lunch, and this time for dinner. Each time I've thoroughly enjoyed the food, just as everyone in the group did. (LOVE the pork posole green chili and the honey stunk fried chicken was a taste of heaven that took me back to my childhood.) My one complaint is that when we were there the last time, the service was slow, but we think that was because our waiter was also bartending. (It was a slow evening since it was a Sunday.) That won't stop us from returning however.

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LH
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Four of us went for our annual girls gift exchange. It was perfect! Food and ambience was fabulous. Server and owner were charming. Great night!

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Denver
11 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a group of 8 gals and our server was patient and friendly, the drinks were outstanding and the food was yummy (along the lines of elevated, cozy comfort food) without breaking the bank. It wasn't overly loud or busy, so it was nice that our table of 8 could easily converse without shouting at each other. I'd definitely come again! It's a nice neighborhood spot in place of the old, classic Patsy's.

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JS
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My meal was excellent, but my wife's meal was mediocre. The deviled eggs were overcooked, and the octopus was also overcooked. Both our soups were yummy. We've been here several times, and sometimes the food is hit or miss, but mostly hit.

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VL
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun menu and atmosphere, and the staff was very accommodating. Perfect before a night at The Bug Theater.

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R
Denver
58 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Patio is nice and they have a small outdoor area for kids.

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PK
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

All in all we were disappointed with our meal at Acova. The service was very slow even though it was not very busy. Rather than serving hot coffee with your server, they have a self service coffee bar that is very poorly placed for 3/4 of the seating area. While we were having brunch they had taken away the regular coffee thermos to the kitchen to refill. They did not have an immediate second thermos rather it took them over 10 minutes to bring back the refilled thermos. So very inefficient for a restaurant of this size during Sunday brunch. The staff seemed very disorganized. Food was tasty but certainly not worth retruning for.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the look and the atmosphere! Food was excellent! Server smiles and attentive!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to check out a new restaurant and were pleasantly surprised with the amount of gluten free options offered. Food was delicious, service was great, and our overall experience was excellent!

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b
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience here. The service was excellent and prompt. We especially enjoyed the fried chicken which was outstanding. The Manager visited our table several times.

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LB
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We've been here for brunch a few times but this was our first dinner here. The service was super friendly and attentive. Maggie was very nice. I had the Osso Buco and it was delicious. I've had Osso Buco in Italy before. It's one of my most favorite dishes, and this place does it right. I was really impressed.

We also like this place for brunch. It has a great bloody mary bar and excellent mimosa's. Their patio is huge! We've only been one day where they were super busy and the service was a little slow. But the manager stopped by to check up on us and bought us a round of drinks to make up for the wait.

Overall this is a great spot with friendly service and fantastic food.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Terrible service. Kitchen was slow. Server was slow. Spent 1030 to 12 there for a meal and two drinks. Not because we were taking our time but because of the service. Not enough help for a Sunday morning. Ordered at 1040 got our food at 1120 and our hot meal was cold. Saw it sitting at the window for 10 minutes before someone grabbed it. Love the food here. This is the second time our service has been slow and inattentive

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