Barbed Wire Reef

4.5
76 Reviews
$30 and under
Wild Game
We are a local, award winning food truck that has been a staple in Denver since 2011. After growing our brand from just a pick-up truck and a trailer to 3 food trucks, we opened a restaurant to serve our ever-growing fans and followers.

Our concept specializes in serving wild game and seafood in a fun, casual and comfortable setting. We are a full-service restaurant with a scratch kitchen and pride ourselves in providing great tasting food without a fuss!

We offer a full bar with focus on local breweries and craft cocktails.
Come see us ~ It's guaranteed to be a wild time!
What 76 people are saying
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Marie
Denver
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and tasty entrees! Awesome margarita flights!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We usually love coming to this place. Great food and service. Not usually too busy. It’s been a great go to spot in 2021. We reserved a table and when we got there, there was a line out the door. The hostess was pretty stressed and did not handle to situation well. They gave our table away to someone else. What’s the point of making a reservation? We were not the only people waiting for a reservation. Will probably be a while before we try this place again.

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BrynnG
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience1

10/10 don't recommend. Literally have gotten better food at long John silvers

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ScottA
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The night we were there they were quite busy but the crew worked hard to get us seated appropriately. Overall service was good and food was great. Wait staff and Management were friendly and went out of their way to help. Restaurant week special of octopus was amazing and should be on the menu all the time. Salsa for the cicerones was outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We went for restaurant week and enjoyed ourselves. Two of us did the restaurant week menu and the other two did their own choices. In the end the food was prepared quickly but didn’t wow us as much as we were hoping. We definitely enjoyed the Ahi Tuna Burger and the Deervastator. The fish and chips were “ok” and the carnitas nachos were decent but nothing special. We will definitely go back and give it another try. Fun atmosphere and great service!

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JasonB
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

We came for restaurant week and the service was good but the value for food was not. We ordered a flight of margaritas and could only drink 1.5 Or 4 between two people. The food was average which would be fine if we paid for average food but $70 for food was not worth it.

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CeceliaE
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This restaurant had been on my list for a long time. Restaurant week provided a great opportunity to go there and everything was delicious. Loved the laid back atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Come on flavors!! I grew up eating a lot of flavorful seafood so my expectations were a little high when I read their reviews. I ordered ceviche tostada, grilled octopus, ahi sandwich, key lime pie and margaritas. I can honestly say, it had been awhile since I had an awesome meal. Everything was so tasty with great flavors and I still think about that tender grilled octopus with the spicy dressing on the greens every so often. I could’ve had just a huge plate of that if they offered it. My partner got the Brussel sprouts and wild boar tacos and was equally impressed by it all. This place is a must try if you’re looking to try something exotic as they serve up other wild game as well. Theres no dressing up either unless if you really wanted. It’s a chill relaxing vibe all around like you just pulled up to a food truck. I’m definitely coming back here to try out more.

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DanielJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good. Interesting menu. On the loud side

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Leslie
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

While the food is decent, it is overpriced and service has been poor the last couple of times we've been here. We live across the street so we only return out of convenience.

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vipELVIRAK
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I liked the elk sausage and my husband enjoyed the kangaroo burger. The drinks were interesting, service was friendly, relaxed atmosphere. I think the food is very simple and the elk sausage could use some cheese or other additions, but it was overall a nice, simple meal in a pub atmosphere.

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HeatherH
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet night in the restaurant.... our bartender/server took such great care of us. The food was so tasty and the drinks were even better ! I will be back

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service. Margarita flight was great. Tacos are delicious. Will totally be back, already recommended to our friends

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Dick
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I suppose we're not their demographic. We're seniors. We do like to eat and try new restaurants. A lot of seniors eat early and it would be nice if the music could be a little lower in volume, or if there was a quiet corner or niche, so we can talk too.

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JohnH
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome! I lived right down the street for over a year while it was open and never went there for anything more than a drink at the bar. Of course once I moved, I made the effort to stop in for a meal with a friend when I was in the Highlands again.

Definitely try the Boar Fries, the Alligator Tacos and one of the Chicken Tacos. The food is unique, delicious and the vibe of the whole place is great. Sit near the bar if you like sports, great vantage point for the TVs.

Highly recommend this place to anyone looking for an interesting spot in the Highlands off Tennyson.

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KourtneyC
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Love the ambiance the only thing I don’t like very much was how loud your Dj was, the longer we were there the louder the music got. But the food was delicious and it was so fun to try exotic meats like crocodile

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was great, food was quick, drinks & food were a bit pricy for what they were.

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SS251
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great burgers!
Ambiance leaves a little to be desired, but the food truck inside the wall is pretty cool. Considering That it started as a food truck, I think it’s worth the visit.

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Dede
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere and the food was excellent as always.

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CarolynG
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great all around! With Covid I was a little nervous, but it was totally safe. Thank you!

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Bmoseph
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and great atmosphere. We went in for taco Tuesday and can't wait to go back for the boar tacos. I would take friends in from out of town just for those!

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ChrisK
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was pretty good! We had a great steak that was cooked to perfection, and great desserts. The only knock we had on this place was the baked potato I received was ice cold. My wife received a warm one, so not sure if they forgot to cook mine?

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vipMarisa
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week at Barbed Wire Reef was great. Lovely service, awesome menu, great value. Food was delicious. Saw some of their take out dishes going out which looked equally delicious. Will definitely be back!

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AnnetteV
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We visited during restaurant week. I have to say we were a bit disappointed. The soups were delicious, the ahi tuna taco was amazing, however, the main meals, the buffalo steak and salmon were average. It's a cute local meeting place but not really a date night place or romantic dining experience. The service was exceptional.

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Gent
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Went for restraunt week. Soup was great. Entree was mediocre. Dessert was fantastic. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Definitely not following covid guidelines with distancing and when we asked to sit outside with our servers pulling masks away and down to talk. Cold and mediocre food for my friends, mine was fine but the churros were fire

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KellyV
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and incredible service. Tacos are soooo delicious. Every time we go, the service is warm and welcoming. It's not to be missed!!

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Diane
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Our wait staff was great. My husband received the wrong order and was willing to eat it. However, she packaged up the right order for us to take home for no charge.

What shocked us was the price of wine. I ordered chardonnay and wasn't given a choice. It was delicious but cost $14 a glass! I expect that in a fancy restaurant but Barbed Wire is a bar. Our total bill was over $80 (including tip) for two beers, two glasses of wine, a sandwich with fries, an appetizer, and an order of fancy fries. We won't be returning when we can go to a bar for dinner with wine costing less than $9 ... in some places a lot less.

Also, the week before we had a reservation, which was cancelled the afternoon of that night. It would have been nice to have some notice. Apparently, a wedding party booked the restaurant, which we would have understood with more notice and maybe an offer of a free drink or something for our inconvenience.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Poor service

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my boyfriends birthday so we came here for a couple drinks and some tacos it was a blast! The food and cocktails are always on point!

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MitchY
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff
, very good food and atmosphere was excellent.

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LarryS
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Had the meal that offered all sausages, it was amazing. Liked the rattlesnake the best. I don't get to that area often, but I would definitely go back.

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Luke
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The patties were either extremely underseasoned or not seasoned at all. Their flavor combinations were not particularly good either, in my opinion. Furthermore, the appetizer we ordered, poppers, were verging on undercooked. On top of that, I would say it was on the expensive side for the type of food. I wouldn't have had an issue with the price had their fundamentals been solid.

The kale salad and truffle fries were tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great nachos! Highly recommend with the Boars meat. The octopus taco has amazing flavor and ingredients.

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viptrualways
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Got the sausage trio: elk, venison and boar I believe. I think my favorite was boar. Also got the crab cake which were delicious

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Brian
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Had a reservation for a regular table. They sat us at a hightop. I told them we had a reservation but they didn't seem to care to check for it.

Food was good!

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BuzzV
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first night out since Cov19 and a new restaurant and bar. Reservations very easy to make with reminders of day and time. Wide open space plenty of S.D. so no mask but all service people masks, gloves. Fun menu with a little bit of everything. Waiter’s were very nice and made us feel right at home. Thanks for a nice night we will be back

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vipLivvie
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great food! Interesting menu with fun options. Pricey drinks and small wine list. We did not get a beer list so I am not sure on those options.

Would come again for a causal burger dinner.

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You can order delivery directly from Barbed Wire Reef using the Order Online button. Barbed Wire Reef also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (720) 242-7042.

Barbed Wire Reef is rated 4.5 stars by 76 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.