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Appaloosa Grill

559 reviews
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$30 and under
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Appaloosa Grill accepts reservations either by phone or by visiting our website

Appaloosa Bar & Grill is located on the 16th St. Mall in Downtown Denver. Feel free to reach out to Johnny the events specialist (and owner) about our Wright Room. He can be reached directly at 720-936-8361 (text only please) or email / or visit for more details.

Established in 2001, the locally owned & operated Appaloosa Bar & Grill is a refreshingly unique choice among eateries that line the 16th Street Mall. Our diverse menus shift throughout the day satisfy the needs of visitors and locals alike & the kitchen is open from 11am - 1:30am everyday.

WEEKENDS: SAT-SUN > 11am - 6pm
LATE NIGHTS: SUN-THUR > 10pm - Midnight
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Daily 11:00 am–2:00 am
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Phone number
(720) 932-1700
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John J Daly III
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For custom catering options please contact Mindy Lorens at
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Cross street
16th St. Mall @ Welton
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Parking details
The closest and most economical parking is at a meter along Welton St. between 15th and 17th. There are also a variety of parking lots and garages in the area. We recommend the underground parking at the Denver Pavilions. The restaurant entrance is located on the right side of Welton St. as you head north between 15th St. and the 16th St. Mall.
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Public transit
Appaloosa Grill is located one block from Northbound Light Rail Station and two blocks from Southbound Light Rail Station. The Grill's front door is located at a "free mall ride shuttle stop" as well. The "Mall Ride" shuttle runs the length of downtown Denver from Union Station to the Capitol.
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Appaloosa Grill is owned by musicians and it shows on the stage every night. There is never a cover and Happy Hour kicks in nightly at 10pm, right as the music starts, and goes until we close at 2am. The Grill offers the best local and national talent available and our friendly door man will always accept donations from patrons. If you had a good time, kick down!
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Special events & promotions
Appaloosa Grill can customize a party for groups of 20 to 75, or buyouts for larger events. Everything from happy hours to plated dinners.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

WRIGHT ROOM - PRIVATE DINING ROOM: Appaloosa has a 100% private dining room known as the Wright Room located directly above the restaurant overlooking the 16th Street Mall. Capacity: 50 person seated meal 75 person reception MAIN RESTAUANT BUYOUT / SEMI PRIVATE DINING: Our restaurant can be rented out for private or semi-private events. All events are created custom with our events specialist and do require minimum total spends: FULL RESTAURANT BUYOUT CAPACITY: 140 person seated dinner 200 person reception MAIN DINING ROOM BUYOUT CAPACITY: 140 person seated dinner 200 person reception

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What 559 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.9  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
1.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

This was by far one of the worst experiences ever. My friend and I had a reservation for 4:30pm but our guests arrived earlier than we, the hostesses. On our way to the restaurant, we were disturbed by so many calls from our guests who we had invited about how the waiters and servers and just basically everyone at that damn restaurant was complaining about taking our tables and chairs away. That was truly embarrassing. We arrived there around 5 which makes no sense because did you guys expect us to stay for only 30mins???? I do not see myself coming back ever again. On top of that, I tipped my waiter only to see him talking bad about my guests and I almost as if they wanted us to leave. I had such high hopes for the restaurant, but everything failed me. I was already stressed about planning my birthday and you guys only added to my stress. Thank you.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on July 22, 2017

I reserved their private room for a large birthday party, and it was amazing! Service was above and beyond, pricing was reasonable, and food was excellent!

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on May 5, 2017

We had tickets for a show at the Paramount so stopped here for Happy Hour and then dinner before. Appetizer was the sausage plate with jalapeño cheese bread - delicious! I had the lobster roll and my husband had the lobster and scallops. Both were excellent. A friend joined us for a few drinks as well and the waitstaff didn't rush us at all. Overall it was a great experience. Next time we're downtown, we'll definitely be back!

vipmayorwoodall (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on April 27, 2017

The tomato bisque & lobster roll were fantastic. Our server, Kyle, was superb!

JoanneM (Denver)
4.0  Dined on April 22, 2017

Goat cheeese dip was 5 stars good. Same for green chili soup w/ meat. Salads fresh and crisp. Beef filet and mashed potatoes was excellent too. We split it because we wanted to try other starter items. Beef was on bone and very tasty and tender. Hedges red cab/merlot/syrah wine was smooth and quite excellent. Waiter noted birthday card and treated us to salted carmel gelato - yummy. We missed music because it starts at 10pm. Wished it started earlier. This restaurant beat our expectations. Ambiance needs a little freshening, but food and service are tops.

WB17 (Denver)
4.0  Dined on April 18, 2017

First visit to a nice downtown (on the 16th Street mall) restaurant with good food and pleasant wait staff. Will go again when the opportunity presents itself.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on April 13, 2017

Good food. Inattentive staff. Live music but way too loud. Had to move 3 times to hear each other.

vipAnaR (Querétaro)
1.0  Dined on April 13, 2017

Couldn't get in... too noisy and the hostess was completely drunk!!!

OpenTable Diner (Tulsa)
5.0  Dined on April 8, 2017

I love that they are not a chain restaurant and that they locally source their their ingredients! Our favorite wine is their house red which is supplied by a local winery!
Their sausage board is a favorite appetizer and we have tasted several items as a main course and lived that they are prepared perfectly and not mainstream restaurant fare! Michael has been our server several times but everyone there has been great! This is one of our top 5 restaurants! We love introducing our friends to Appaloosa Grill:)

vipFoodieforlife (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on March 28, 2017

In town for a couple of days and went there based on a review. The bison chili was delicious! Loved the roasted brussel sprouts and the cauliflower sides. My husband's sirloin was a little rare to his liking, but had a good flavor. We were there during part of Happy Hour and enjoyed some nice drink specials. Service was excellent! One of the owners stopped by our table. Recommend highly!

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on March 26, 2017

In Denver for a conference and needed a good place for dinner with colleagues. Staff was very understanding and accommodating about my ever-changing number of guests. Service was fast and servers attentive. Location is convenient to the convention center hotels but the restaurant does not have a tourist feel. Dark in a good way, very cozy, nice ambiance. Food was excellent. Mac and cheese with lobster - be prepared to share.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
3.0  Dined on March 24, 2017

I still haven't got my hearing back. Food and service were OK.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 23, 2017

Took my college aged daughter and her friend; the food was delicious. The lobster roll was as good as any I have had in the lobster shacks in Maine and the bison steak with ravioli was rich and cooked perfectly. We sat in the dining room instead of the bar which gave us a quieter option to talk. Service was prompt and attentive; definitely would go back the next time I am in Denver.

NoMoss (Denver)
4.0  Dined on March 17, 2017

What a cool place! Finally found a *neighborhood* restaurant that qualifies as such because it doesn't seem to only cater to the transient population as most restaurants in the area do (even if it does that also).

Surprisingly diverse menu, absolutely wonderful that they can tell you where the land meat comes from (it's all local and free range), they serve lobster rolls(!) which are as good as some I had in Boston, and some nice vegetarian offerings.

Great ambience and service. They don't seem keen on reinforcing the smoking ban parameters of being 50 feet away from the entrance so that smell wafts in quite powerfully; it adds just enough to create a dive vibe.

KatyG2 (Denver)
1.0  Dined on March 16, 2017

The menu and price does not fit the ambiance. The restaurant was dirty and the hostess was unprofessional and classless. We will not return unless we're looking for a trashy little happy hour with very low expectations.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
3.0  Dined on March 10, 2017

Appaloosa is such a classic bar & grill. I have been coming here for over 10 years. They always have consistently great food and fantastic beer to pair. I have never ever been disappointed by their live music as they always bring diversity and jamminess to the restaurant. Can get a bit loud once the music starts so if you want to converse be sure to come earlier and then jam out after. Only issue I have ever had was due to service when it starts to get a bit crazy or when they are slammed. Usually just forgetfulness or wrong order - but have always been very nice and usually comp a beer if that was the case.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
3.0  Dined on March 3, 2017

The correct dinner menu should be posted online. My dinner companions and I were shocked over the prices over arrival, and the fare is not really teen or child friendly.

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2017

My girlfriend ordered the lobster and scallops. The food was cold. I mentioned it to the waiter who was very apologetic. He took the food back. Matthew, who was the manager, brought her food back heated properly. He was also extremely apologetic and took her dinner along with our appetizer off the bill. He certainly didn't have to do that. Very customer oriented!! A+

DavidS (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

The food was absolutely wonderful and the service was great.

robertsm (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2017

Always amazing. This is truly a Gem!! the food is always outstanding and just delicious. The speciality drinks are pretty yummy and differeny as well. Service has always been great.

JenniferM (Denver)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2017

Wonderful food and really great staff. Our big group devoured the calamari, warm goat cheese and 2 plates of fried pickles (OMG!) before getting dinner. It was all so good.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

This was my first time dining at Appaloosa Grill and definitely not my last. The food was amazing. My friend has dietary concerns and there was plenty of items on the menu to choose from. The portions were plenty. I was definitely full, but I did need a "to go" box. The wine list was average, the beer selection all local and fan favorites. I made a reservation through open table and Appaloosa called the day of our reservation to confirm our time. How many restaurants do that? Service was good. We were well taken care of. We even had a visit by the manager. We were there for an evening show at the Paramount. Reservation was at 6pm, and we were out to the show at 745pm, no rushing, no issues. I highly recommend this place.

vipKatesreviews (Denver)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2017

Wanted to check this place out and it didn't disappoint!!!! Great food, amazing service. A bit pricey but I will go back!!!! Good late night happy hour.

PriscillaC (Denver)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2017

The scallops were to die for! The BEST I have ever had!!

vipOpenTable Diner (Nashville)
3.0  Dined on January 21, 2017

Food was overpriced for how it tasted. I saw that they had seafood on the menu and being from New England wanted to try it. It was not worth it.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2017

Took a group of 12 there during a team meeting. Seating was comfortable and they didn't cram us into a small space. The staff was fantastic and attentive. Drinks were always filled, food was timely and it was an all around great experience. The food was fantastic. I'd call the menu Denver-fare. Good mix of eclectic meats (rabbit & rattlesnake sausage, Elk steak, Bison, etc), fantastic veggies and comfort food (the mac & cheese will knock your socks off). I always love my experience at Appaloosa Grill, I'll be back.

Shelly (Denver)
3.0  Dined on January 1, 2017

My food was awful. My burger was burnt and my boyfriend got something totally different than specified on the menu. Other than the food the place is great, I was disappointed because it used to be one of my favorite places but it has gone downhill a lot.

ErickaD (Denver)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

Great food, friendly service. Will definitely be coming back

vipNazdravi (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2016

The service was quick! But we didn't feel rushed. In addition, all of the waitstaff was friendly and helpful.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 25, 2016

We had Xmas dinner here. Our table was right next to the kitchen, and the noise level was high. Our salads came out only 1-2 minutes before our meal, so a leisurely meal was out of the question. It was a disappointment for a holiday. I think this restaurant would be better for a casual meal when in a hurry.