Barbed Wire Reef

4.6
64 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 64 people are saying
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HeatherH
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
11 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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SKBS
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Service was great and the restaurant was nice, but everything I ordered was terrible.

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JoanneB
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible service. Weak drinks. Food not cooked to order. We ordered medium rare burgers and they came well done. We didn't get our appetizers or drinks until after our entrees. The waiter kept making excuses and never apologizing for the bad service. I will never go back.

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AlanN
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Showed up for a 630 reservation. We were given a seat immediatly. We set at our table while 2 tables next to us paid out their tabs, neither server greeted us. We picked out a 3 course meal, researched the wine list, went to the restroom, totalling easily 15 minutes. We we're never brought water or given any attention by a server. When leaving the hostest didnt even ask us why we were leaving so soon. The air was nice though. Won't ever be finding out how the food is

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NicoleC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was good. Service was good as well. The host was a little full of it though. The restaurant was mostly empty when we went but she said that reservations were recommended since it was restaurant week. They had 2 tables in there! It's like they were trying to be exclusive. It was a little off putting. But definitely go there for the food. It was really good. Just be aware of some pretentiousness.

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Vi93
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun menu with great drinks to boot! Never would’ve stopped in if it wasn’t for Denver Restaurant week, but boy am I glad I did!

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Interesting menu items on the Denver Restaurant week menu. I think most customers were sampling the special menu.

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Vp124
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It was just okay. We were excited to try the food here but the experience was a bust. We arrived around 8:45 and felt very rushed by staff. They even took out the mop around 9:30 while we were still eating. The food and drinks themselves were alright, but nothing special. Sad this place didn't have more of a lasting impression.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for Denver Restaurant Week and it was amazing! The food was incredible and the service was great. We will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Poor service. Didn’t get a waitress for a while. Gave us the wrong appetizer. Not to mention we got our drinks, appetizer, and entree all at once instead of one by one. And then the food was very subpar. Would not recommend to people.

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BobD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Valentine Special (4 course meal) was SPECIAL!! for a sports bar. Food was great.

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nene
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience4

There's plenty of room for improvement here so I'll give them one more try

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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 4.6 stars by 64 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.