Blackbird - Denver

4.2
318 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Blackbird - Denver is a 3,500 square foot restaurant and bar located at South Downing Street and Alameda Avenue in the Washington Park neighborhood of Denver. The sophisticated new space is warm and inviting offering both private dining areas and community style seating, a spacious bar, and a semi-open kitchen. The rustic American food utilizes Colorado sourced items when possible to compliment the artisanal pizza and oyster selection. The beverage offerings include a curated cocktail, wine and beer list. The bar area viewing options include International soccer leagues (Premier League, Champions League) as well as college and pro-football. Walk-ins are always welcome. Please call or stop in if reservations are unavailable.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Monday - Wednesday 11:00am - 11:00pm
Thursday - Friday 11:00am - midnight
Saturday 9:00am - midnight
Sunday 9:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(303) 733-3923
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
We can host private parties for 2 up to 100. Please contact us for more information angiem@tabletotavern.com
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Private party contact
Dave Canino: (303) 733-3923
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Catering
We will consider catering opportunities on a case by case basis.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Alameda
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Parking details
We offer a parking lot in front of our building as well as street parking in the neighborhood. Please be courteous to our good neighbors.
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Public transit
RTD stops right in front! The closest bike share station is at Bayaud and Emerson.
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Entertainment
Blackbird Public House values friendship and companions, our entertainment is our guests. Blackbird shows all major soccer matches and football games in both bar and dining areas including a big screen projector. Blackbird has periodic Family Movie Nights and Late Night showings. We also continually offer exciting whiskey and wine educational dinners and tastings as well as social events such as brunch runs, sip and paints, and singles mingles. Check our Facebook page for upcoming events.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 318 People Are Saying
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, reasonable price. The welcome note at the table when i made the reservation was a very nice touch.

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B
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Visited on a Sunday afternoon not crowded at all. Upon arriving nobody at greeter stand we waited around for a few minutes someone finally moseyed up and we got our seats. I ordered a Bloody Mary, my wife ordered a coffee.
Bloody Mary showed up in 5 minutes but coffee never arrived. We waved the server down 15 minutes later and told him to cancel the coffee. Ordered the oysters which were fine, my sandwich was good but my wife’s tuna appetizer was tasteless. Overpriced for what you get.
We’ve been coming here about monthly over the past few years but probably won’t rush to come back anytime soon.
Poor service all around and overpriced food.

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OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met some friends at 5:30 for happy hour. They had a cute chalkboard sign on the table they held for me that said "Blackbird welcomes Colleen". I enjoyed a delicious hot toddy while I waited for friends, and was overjoyed to see Victory Golden Monkey in their rotating taps while I perused the menu. We all ordered a 12 inch pizza together and it was awesome! Great ambiance on a Thursday night, lively but definitely not too loud to enjoy conversation. When we ready to leave, the waitress happily split the pizza across our tabs, making payment easy. Overall great experience.

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s
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 3rd visit for brunch. Being able to make a reservation for brunch on the weekend is awesome.
Cozy atmosphere. Great food. We had a party of 7 that were accommodated very well. Our server Chloe was great! I can highly recommend this place for brunch. Plan to come some evening and try the pizza.

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HC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

They had the cutest welcome sign with my name on it when we arrived which made us feel so special. Unfortunately, we could not hear each other talk due to some very loud other customers on the other side of the restaurant. The oysters were either frozen or something was off because they were almost impossible to remove from the shells. The Margherita Pizza was delicious! Thick and doughy crust. Our waitress was attentive but busy from the rush. Drinks were fine but very mild for cocktails. They had such great deals advertised which is what drew us in, unfortunately I don't think we would try it again.

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GI
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

There were only two tables with patrons when we arrived - from the time we were seated until someone brought us water it was nine minutes. My son’s pancakes were still batter on the inside. The bacon was cold and chewy and limp. We weren’t offered refills on our water. The bill came and I had a Dining out passbook - After they took off one of the kids meals they brought back my passbook sopping wet – it is ruined now. No explanation or apology was provided. We will not be back.

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JW
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was very friendly, professional - but the kitchen/bar was sloooow. Plenty of time to chat...

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JM
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Host didn’t even acknowledge us for 3 minutes (standing 3 feet in front of us, mind you), restaurant completely ran out of milk (for coffee) by noon, and the food was subpar due to lack of seasoning, poor construction and questionably cooked salmon. Cute atmosphere with a plethora of televisions for Sunday football, but not worth the trip otherwise. There are way too many gems in Denver for this place to stand...

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A
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

Nothing about the food at Blackbird was truly bad, but absolutely nothing about it was impressive. We went in for brunch on Sunday morning, didn't seem incredibly busy. That being said, they brought out all 4 of our dishes at the same time and mine was completely cold. I sent it back to have it warmed up because I wasn't about to eat cold over easy eggs. When I got it back, it was warm, but I received minimal bacon and not their candied bacon like I had asked for and I got fried eggs instead of over easy. The dish was fine, but I was so turned off by the whole experience. The only good thing that Blackbird did that day was the service. The server was very nice about the whole thing and was very generous about my meal situation.

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GS
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here!! It was an amazing experience the team working was awesome and very friendly!! The food was delicious! Best part of all they had my name written on a chalkboard on a table telling everyone I reserved a spot!! That was hands down pretty darn awesome in my eyes. I will be back!!!

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p
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We experienced poor service and sub par food. Our silverware was dirty and coffee was cold, even after sending it back for a warm up.

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YB
Denver
42 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorites are: the grilled oysters, & pasta carbonara.

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SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and perfect service. The signature drinks were fun and thoughtful, and the happy hour drinks are very well priced for the quality. The noise level is mitigated by dampeners making it perfect to catch up with family in a thriving scene without having to talk over the ambient sounds.

I miss the Handlebar, but Blackbird for the win!

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SP
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

My French fries were undercooked. My brother-in-law had to send his undercooked mussels back. My sister-in-law's Mac and cheese was bland. Our waitress was unconcerned. We probably won't go back.

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DD
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really good food and super fun servers. Love it!

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch and excellent service.

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AH
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

We enjoyed the food. The service was very good. But it was so noisy - we could barely hear one another. Several screaming babies.
But it was cute how the servers wrote my name on a chalkboard stand on the table.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was fantastic! They treated us wonderfully, we’ll definitely be back...thanks so much! We have nothing but great things to say, I could go on & on.

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PF
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!! Great food and awesome service!!

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AB
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Besides having 4 noisy children at surrounding tables, great experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious! We all had a hard time choosing because everything sounded so great. The service was very good. We all plan to return!

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s
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time at the Blackbird and the brunch menu is very good, the food was good and the service was great. Also their coffee is really good and strong. I would definitely dine here again.

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JB
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved every thing we ate! Food was amazing. Service was top notch! We will come again

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OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Mediocre in every way. The server had an odd habit of walking away from our table while she was still talking, which made everything feel rushed. The food was absolutely unremarkable. There are much better restaurants within a block or two.

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GA
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Friendly service. Made me feel they wanted to help me

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oysters were awesome, drinks were perfect!
Great place

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WR
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Oysters were inedible and took an hour to arrive. The manager informed us after 30 minutes that it would be 10 minutes before they were delivered, but it actually took them another 30 minutes before they were set on the table. They tasted like they had been sitting outside in the heat all afternoon, we each (party of 8) ate one and promptly sent them back. If we had continued I am very confident we would have all gotten sick. The manager informed us that he didn't eat oysters, which I think is a major issue if you are serving raw shellfish and cannot tell if what you are serving is a health risk to your customers.

He comped the oysters, but we had to wait yet another 30 minutes before our entrees were served. Do not recommend.

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TK
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Super slow service on a not very busy Sunday. 45 minutes from seated to food delivered to table. Green chili on burrito was terrific but everything else was average. Too many other fantastic breakfast spots to spend money here again.

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MS
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

2 simple breakfasts took 45 min to prepare, sub-par food & unattentive service. I was very disappointed

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d
Denver
41 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

A really disappointing experience, the second in a row. Blackbird struggled during its early existence but had improved hugely in recent month. It now seems to be backsliding. It's a neighborhood place and we want it to succeed, but my l two visits over the last week were both not good. Kitchen service is terribly and inexplicably slow, and when food finally arrived, its quality was a shadow of what we'd come to expect. Soup arrived tasty but cold, pizza (which had been very good on prior visits) was prosaic and tepid. The Asian Steak Salad tasted more of sriracha than anything else, and the hot dessert arrived cold and undercooked doughy. Even bar service took seemingly forever late on a Wednesday night, even though the place was not terribly busy.

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CO
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My favorite neighborhood gem. The pizza and salads are so good and creative. Great variety of menu items. Family friendly and consistently excellent customer service.

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RM
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reserved booth was waiting! Great service- good food and nice place! Easy parking!

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NC
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a make-up mothers day brunch for two moms and it was awesome! Our waiter comped us some waffles and strawberries for our 'mother's day' and it was so unexpected and nice. We'll be back for father's day!

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I
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The grilled oysters, brussels and BlackBerry fennel goat cheese pizza were all amazing not too loud at the booth at the bar. Great ambiance and try the bartender's choice drink. I had a great tequila drink with St Germain and jalapeno simple syrup. 10/10 would recommend.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and Corey, the manager, was fantastic! Our server was awkward and didn’t come by our table until after we had been seated for at least 20 minutes. She hardly stopped by the table after that even though it wasn’t busy that night. Luckily Corey was phenomenal and basically waited on us for the evening. The food and drinks were delicious and I will definitely be back!

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MK
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, wine, and beer all good. They offer a lot of great options for vegetarians and vegans as well as meat-eaters. Especially enjoyed their Brussel Sprouts.

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MF
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service and food were excellent.

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TH
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour and new speciality pizzas

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YB
Denver
42 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Due to a maintenance issue, we were referred to their Sister Restaurant, Rosedale. Our experience at "Rosedale" was excellent. The Smoked Chicken was delicious!!! Our server Joey was very pleasant, professional and attentive. We will definitely be back.

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JH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

I made my reservation because both my girlfriend and I had been here before and it was perfectly adequate. We were seated quickly and our waitress quickly came by for our drink orders. We were without water, even after asking, for 30 minutes, and our appetizer was delivered without napkins, plates, or silverware. The lamb burger was overcooked and missing it's tzatziki, the French dip was overcooked and had a tiny cup of au jus, and the fries were greasy and undercooked. It's too bad because the location is great and I like the way the restaurant looks.

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