About Appaloosa Grill

GREAT FOR GROUPS & PRIVATE DINING!!
Appaloosa Bar & Grill is located on the 16th St. Mall in Downtown Denver. As a result we are geared towards heavy walk in business, please visit our website if you plan to visit today or are looking to make arrangements for parties of less than 15. www.AppaloosaGrill.com

GROUPS OF 20 OR MORE:
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 events@appaloosagrill.com / or visit www.WrightRoom.co for more details.

ABOUT US:
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.

HAPPY HOURS:
WEEKDAYS: MON-FRI > 3-6pm
WEEKENDS: SAT-SUN > 11am - 6pm
LATE NIGHTS: SUN-THUR > 10pm - Midnight

535 16th St.
Denver, CO 80202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
Daily 11:00 am–2:00 am

Cross Street:
16th St. Mall @ Welton

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(720) 936-8361

Website:
http://www.appaloosagrill.com/

Entertainment:
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!

Catering:
For custom catering options please contact Mindy Lorens at events@appaloosagrill.com

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
John J Daly III

Additional:
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

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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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

Appaloosa Grill Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.0

service

4.0

ambience

3.5

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (385)
Vibrant Bar Scene (361)
Great for Lunch (327)
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Fit for Foodies (326)
Neighborhood Gem (319)
Hot Spot (260)
Late-night Find (240)
Special Occasion (127)
Great for Outdoor Dining (77)
Kid-friendly (63)
Great for Brunch (56)
Romantic (49)
Notable Wine List (37)
Scenic View (31)
Casual (24)
Live Music (21)
Fun (19)
Good for a Date (19)
Comfort Food (18)
Happy Hour (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Cozy (15)
Local Ingredients (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Great Beer (12)
People Watching (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Business Meals (9)
Quick Bite (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Outstanding Value (6)
Authentic (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Live Sports (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 23, 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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Casual, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Fun
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 (Denver)·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!

Tags: Great Beer, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on April 27, 2017

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

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 (Denver)·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.

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 (Denver)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Live Music
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 13, 2017

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

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 (Querétaro)·Dined on April 13, 2017

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

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 (Tulsa)·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:)

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·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!

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Cozy, Business Meals, Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 24, 2017

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

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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Fun, Healthy, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Denver)·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.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 11, 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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Fun, Good for Groups, Live Sports, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Cozy, Quick Bite
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 (Denver)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·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+

Tags: Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The food was absolutely wonderful and the service was great.

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 (Denver)·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.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Outstanding Value, Live Music, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·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.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Comfort Food
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 27, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Nashville)·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.

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 (Denver)·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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Music, Great Beer
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Great food, friendly service. Will definitely be coming back

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·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.

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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 25, 2016

This is the 3rd year we have had Christmas Dinner at this restaurant. We had reservations at 6:00pm and was seated on time. At about 8:00pm we had the hostess come to our table to tell us we were going to have to hurry up as they had another reservation for our table. We told her as our food came out we were eating and had not been just sitting at the table. At this time we were waiting for our desert. Her reply was that we had to hurry and eat and leave so they could set another group at our table. She was very rude and did not acknowledge that it was their kitchen getting the food out very slow. We have always had between 8 and 10 people and everyone has the same opinion, we will NOT be back to this rude restaurant!!

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Went there for Christmas with my parents.
They were late opening in freezing weather.
Filled the restaurant and then took orders.
My salad was literally made of the tops of romaine heads, browned and extremely bitter. The duck was ok, and my potatoes were the same. The problem is that I have had two days dedicated to the bathroom that started at 2 am after dining there!
I will not go back.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 25, 2016

We went there for dinner on Christmas. They rushed us through our meal, the food was cold and not cooked thoroughly. Terrible experience, would not go back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Overall the food was good but the elk carpaccio was drowned in some kind of jelly was

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 17, 2016

It was a very cold night. On these nights they need to turn up the heat. Very cold in restaurant

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 17, 2016

This is a perfect place to dine before attending a show at the Paramount Theatre. Service was fast and friendly. Food was great. Ambience was warm and welcoming on a FRIGID night.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 17, 2016

furnace was broke, so very cold on our visit, but great food.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2016

This was my first time eating at this restaurant and I chose it to celebrate by college graduation with friends and family. It was a great experience. The food was fantastic, with a diverse menu. The appetizers that our waiter recommended were wonderful! They also have a great selection of beer, wine, and specialty drinks. I highly recommend Appaloosa Grill for a date night, special occasion, or just for happy hour after work.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fun, Casual, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Outstanding Value, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 6, 2016

Four of us stopped by before a concert at the Paramount Theater. First time visiting. We loved everything from the time we walked in the door. Appetizers included the sausage board and the bison meatballs - so good. We had the duck breast which was perfectly cooked with amazing mashed potatoes; the lobster and scallop risotto could possibly be the best risotto I’ve ever tasted; bison ribeye with brussel sprouts was also perfectly cooked as was the bison steak and ravioli. For dessert, we share the banana walnut cake, lemon curd tartlet and the vanilla gelato. Try the cake - you won’t be disappointed.

This is a local restaurant that highlights locally sourced food and drink. Will definitely be back and have already recommended it to others.

Service was friendly and attentive - also helpful on menu choices.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Live Music, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Always a great meal prepared and served by people who understand and appreciate what a great dining experience should be.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 26, 2016

I regularly stop in for the beer list. Brought fam & friends this time for a meal. Food is always great, inventive and rustic. The price is high given the ambience, but the quality is always spot on.

Tags: Great Beer, Bar Seating, Live Music
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