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Barbed Wire Reef, Denver, CO
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Barbed Wire Reef

3.9
3.9
117 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican
Modern Mexican with an American twist. Barbed Wire Reef incorporates the best of classic Mexican dishes, that the brother and sister owners, Rico and Flor Aragon, grew up loving in Mexico, adapted with American taste in mind, making the menu both crave-worthy and one-of-a-kind at the same time. The design was inspired by the two’s childhood and continued extensive travels back to Mexico. Ceramic oversized tiles behind the back bar emphasize the architecture found throughout Mexico City. The lush vegetation growing inside the restaurant and throughout the patio, remind guests of a modern resort stay in Tulum. Hospitality is at the core of the brand, the mission is to create an experience you would have in Mexico, dining at someone’s home with a gracious host.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican, Mexican, American

  • Hours of operation

    Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (720) 242-7042

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Women

  • Catering

    We are happy to offer catering through our food trucks or our restaurant. We offer customized menus catering to your specific needs.<br /><br />Please contact management@barbedwirereef.com for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Every party we host, large or small, includes a chef-prepared menu and a wide selection of handcrafted cocktails by our expert bartenders. From business happy hours to special occasions, the event team at Barbed Wire Reef can make your event as wild or tame as you wish.

  • Neighborhood

    Highlands

  • Cross street

    38th and Utica

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Best Happy Hour in the Berkeley neighborhood!

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM,Mon - Sat - 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Please join us on our beautiful, secluded, patio with fire pit tables or in our Tulum inspired bar and dining room for the best happy hour in Denver!

What 117 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. D

    Debramos6

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband loved his burger. Tacos were excellent and the best part: churros for dessert. The vibe, the decor and the service were great. We will come back for sure!!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were great at checking in with our needs, food was amazing plus all of us are alcohol free and the bartender made fabulous mock-tails, which we loved.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    We had reservations on a Friday evening to celebrate my partner’s new job. Our server was nice, but our whole experience was terrible. We had tickets to a show at 9:00pm. Thinking an hour and 45 minutes would be plenty of time to eat and have some drinks before the show, we had reservations at 7:00pm. We were mistaken. It took FIFTY minutes to get our drinks. Over an hour to get our food. We had to scarf down our food and rush out for the show. In the over an hour we were waiting our server apologized once, and then largely avoided us. We saw multiple staff members wandering around without any urgency. When he gave us our check, he sheepishly said sorry, the manager gave you a 15% discount, but we never saw a manager once. We also had to ask for our check multiple times from multiple people. The food was good, but overpriced for the portions. My partner got tacos and was hungry within 30 minutes of leaving. It wouldn’t have been so upsetting if we had just shown up, but this was completely unacceptable for having reservations. We will absolutely not be back.
  4. CT

    ChrisT

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Limited menu. Tiny portions. Tiny tables with metal chairs. Pork tenderloin was very overcooked, black and hard.
  5. D

    Dtho

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Slower night but didn’t feel neglected. Drinks and happy hour apps were delicious. It’s so cute inside for a girls night out. 10/10
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    I found the place to be really overrated. Most disappointing was the server, who checked in on us for a dinner order so frequently it got to the point where it was intrusive. I had put in the notes on OpenTable that we would be there for a first date, ie talking more deeply. He also didn’t tell us about the happy hour and an item rang in for more on the system than what was indicated on the menu. Food was good but overpriced.
  7. a

    aliyah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Drinks were really good! The barria tacos were okay and the esquito appetizer was great!
  8. J

    Jared

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious. Hands down best Mexican food I’ve had in Denver
  9. JK

    JKub

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The tacos I had were tasty and The Kiss my Hass drink was perfection!
  10. C

    Claire

    Denver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Quesadilla sandwich was spectacular. Def will return for that.
  11. L

    Laura

    Denver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First impressions, this little restaurant is understated. We ordered the margarita flight, which was fantastic. Once consumed, we each ordered a margarita that we enjoyed from the flight. The food was good, just limited variety. We will return!
  12. D

    Diane

    Denver

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    We were disappointed in our evening at Barbed Wire. Though the food was wonderful, the service was slow, and the alcohol was overpriced. I don't think $13 for a glass of inexpensive chardonnay is a bit much. Also, the beer was pricey. We won't be back.
  13. JH

    JohnH

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gator taco was great, also enjoyed the margarita flight
  14. NF

    NativeFoodie

    Denver

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had a last minute reservation for a family dinner so made a switch to Barbed Wire Reef. They were very accommodating for a party of 12. The food was great I had an assorted array of tacos and the chicharrons (highly recommend these!!!) Don't let the menu scare you, there are still beef and chicken options, but if you are feeling ready to get out of your comfort zone the selections are great. My only complain with the tacos is that they were not that filling (3 tacos: Shrimp, Alligator & Tuna) so I'm glad I ordered the chicharrons as well! The margaritas were good, go for the flight to try a good variety, tamarind and the jalapina were my favorites.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was good. Drinks were tasty. The food service was slow but server was great.
  16. l

    lovedenver79

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious tacos, awesome patio, great service! There was a jalapeño drink w/ coconut rum that was wonderful. Definitely will be back!
  17. CH

    CarlieH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came for the Bingo, but the food, drinks and service were amazing!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Good ambiance, food was okay - they just slopped meat without anything else on one of my friends tacos. Service was sub par, wait staff barely came to check on the table and it wasn’t busy.
  19. JT

    JoeT

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fantastic find. UNBELIEVABLE! This is why I love Restaurant Week as you get to explore and find new places
  20. B

    Britney

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    Went for the restaurant week menu and the food was great but the bar tender that waited on us appeared to be intoxicated or high. She forgot we had already ordered a margarita flight and came back to take our drink order for a second time then screwed up every drink we had for the night. It was clearly noticeable to the point where the manager pulled her aside to talk to her but then was still allowed to finish serving us. The rest of the staff seemed great, it was just a disappointing experience.
  21. E

    Erin

    Denver

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    Limited menu that is too eclectic. If you want tacos, maybe it’s fine. Cocktails were not good, very small and mostly ice.
  22. JA

    JessicaA

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent! Server was very good, always available, quick, personable and kind. Margarita flight was fun and I definitely will order it again. Highly recommend!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Went for restaurant week. 35 for three courses. Got a little ceviche thing that was quite nice, then a Caesar salad which just tasted regular, partner got a soup that was good. The entrees we had the boar-bbq sandwich and elk burger. The flavors were good in the bbq sandwich, but the bun was soaked through and the amount of meat was low, cut it in half and the second half had none. Burger seemed okay. The main issue however was it took 20 minutes for a server to come take our order despite not being very busy, and after ordering had gotten through two of three courses before our drinks arrived (after we asked about them) Didn’t feel like the value matched with what we paid, and service was maybe the worst I’ve ever had. Saw it on a don’t miss list from last year but not sure why.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    A little disappointed with the overall experience. They didn’t have their Ahi Tuna which our entire table anticipated on ordering at least one item that consisted of Ahi Tuna. The service was minimal and somewhat confusing as we couldn’t tell who exactly our main point of contact was. Was never checked on and the food was mediocre given the hype
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was delicious, but our dinner & appetizer came out at almost the same time… Other than that, it was a great dinner.
  26. JP

    JamesP

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff friendly, nice date night with wife. Good was great
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was filling and awesome, drinks were delicious and potent, friendly service. All aces!
  28. GO

    GoingOut

    Denver

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food with a good variety of choices, awesome friendly service, and well crafted cocktails.
  29. BC

    BearChops

    Denver

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    We didn't try the tacos but the fish & chips and the burgers were very good. French fries were epic - excellent!
  30. MO

    MrsOGee

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Overall, it was a good experience. The staff was very nice. The decor was different and nice. The food wasn’t bad but it wasn’t mind blowing either (except for the elk burger, my husband loved it). The variety of different meat options was what drew me in. So that was a nice touch. If I make it back to Denver, I’d give it another try
  31. f

    fsurenae

    Denver

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Fun burger and taco choices. Upscale food truck fare in a casual atmosphere. Great patio, too! Service was good and the wine/beer list is solid. A little something for everyone.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Server was excellent-prompt and super friendly. Food was awesome except the tacos were tiny. Maybe I missed that detail in the menu. Lots of Tequila and great game menu.
  33. JS

    JenniferS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks, delicious food and wonderful service. We love BWR and can't wait to go back. The prickly pear margarita and chicken tacos were particularly on point for our visit.
  34. EG

    ErikaG

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great drinks and our food was delicious! We will definitely be back.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Server was amazing. Food was pretty good.
  36. SD

    SusanD

    Denver

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    First time here but not the last! The food was amazing and for only having one server/bartender she was terrific!
  37. W

    William

    Denver

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Got a table on patio waited then Walked inside to get a beer and see inside, waitress said I’ll come out and get your order. Waited outside then went back inside to see if you could order a beer was stopped by male, Can I Help YOU like I was not to be inside or something, was told waitress would come outside an take order , can’t I just get a beer at bar and go back outside to patio? Others came in and got waited on inside. Rude, could of explained and not as organized as they think they are. Fifteen minutes later We got to order, and she got the wrong beer! One order of tacos were cold. Waitress was just to busy to listen and check back.
  38. MA

    MoisesAlu

    Denver

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Bland food. Maybe it's difficult to succeed with wild game but I was disappointed to pay $26 for wild boar that is more than plentiful as far as wild game goes and then the sausage and pulled pork was just bland. Presentation was like a fast food place. Elk burger bland and tough. Kangaroo burger was pretty good. Sweet potato fries very good. Cold day, cold restaurant. No BBQ atmosphere - would have expected some heat, some smoke, some smells. Just a bland experience all around.
  39. P

    Phillip

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We booked a reservation a week prior to Mother's Day and they were not open for business.
  40. B

    Brandon

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2021

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Came for Denver Restaurant Week. Everything we ordered was outstanding!

FAQs

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 3.9 stars by 117 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Barbed Wire Reef

4499 W 38th Ave, Unit 102, Denver, CO 80212-2199

Additional information

  • Cross street

    38th and Utica

  • Neighborhood

    Highlands

  • Hours of operation

    Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican, Mexican, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Women

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (720) 242-7042

  • Catering

    We are happy to offer catering through our food trucks or our restaurant. We offer customized menus catering to your specific needs.<br /><br />Please contact management@barbedwirereef.com for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Every party we host, large or small, includes a chef-prepared menu and a wide selection of handcrafted cocktails by our expert bartenders. From business happy hours to special occasions, the event team at Barbed Wire Reef can make your event as wild or tame as you wish.

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