Blackbird - Denver

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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.
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YB
Denver
54 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent grilled oysters, wine selection, chicken sandwich and service by MaryKay!

S
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Service was slow (10 min to get a cappuccino) although for awhile we were the ONLY people there, we came when they opened on a Sunday. Then, they were out of 2 of the 3 things we wanted to order (shrimp, brownie). The server explained they had been hit hard after this week’s snow storm, but at the very least someone in the kitchen should have informed her before they opened, so she could tell us upfront what was not available. She tried to make it right by taking off 25%, which felt appropriate , but it was still a disappointing breakfast and I will think twice before trying Blackbird again.

EA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very nice neighborhood restaurant. The food we had -- the calamari, the brussells sprouts, and a pizza -- were outstanding, much better than typical bar food. The atmosphere is warm and comfortable, and the service was pleasantly friendly. We will definitely go back.

k
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Our waiter was the highlight of the meal but the bartending missed the mark when he made Old Fashioneds with Fireball Whiskey - yuk. I had a gin and tonic and a martini and both glasses were sticky. The food was good, not great, but the restaurant was a good central location for meeting with friends.

IW
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best gluten free pizza around!

VS
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place for any occasion with fantastic food! We were very pleased

CO
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We waited a VERY long time for our food as they had multiple problems but the manager worked very hard to make it up to us. We got a free dinner (for 4) and a gift card! The food was great and so we will go back.

SK
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Although the food was good. The service was terrible. We received our food pin an untimely manner and out of order. When tried to discuss with the waitress she totally ignored us. Had to call on the manger to take care of things. We were actually forced to go up to the bar counter to serve ourselves on refills of drinks and get salad dressing.
Don’t think I will be going back.

L
Houston
37 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We have eaten at Blackbird several times. Our food was delicious, service was great, but we were seated next to a table with a man who talked the ENTIRE time, and was very loud. I believe that he had been vaccinated with a phonograph needle!

EE
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The setting was super cute. The service was good, and our drinks/food were delicious.

WM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Blackbird is a wonderful "local pub" for the neighborhood

OT
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Salmon was delicious

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Food was good and well prepared. No “ wow” factor on taste. Service was excellent!

KS
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service at Blackbird are consistently great, making it one of our go-to restaurants. I'm a big fan of the charred caesar salad with salmon while my hubby loves the french dip. Their pizzas are also very good. It should be noted that their gluten free pizza crust is one of the best I've ever tasted! It is springy in texture and has great flavor. Even gluten eaters agree! Plus, it is generous in size--easily enough for two.

MV
Denver
58 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a great go to place love the wings

CD
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great Neighborhood place. Nice menu and many beers on tap.

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff was very friendly! The food was great. We got the quinoa bowl, beet salad, and blt. Pretty good beer selection. We even shared some of our cookies with the staff. They made a little sign welcoming us to the table with our name on it from the reservation. Was a nice touch. Personable experience and good food.

OT
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Like that they have parking-we went for breakfast on a Sunday-nice relaxing atmosphere. Would go again

l
St. Louis
46 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place especially off hours when not full. Brunch excellent. Vegetarian eggs Benedict and omelet pizza. Perfect.

JU
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always enjoy Blackbird. I particularly appreciate the raw oysters and they offer grilled oysters. The blistered brussel sprouts are awesome as are the variety of pizzas. The drinks are good, good variety of wine and beer also. Family friendly but great for work also.

Blackbird - Denver
Responded on August 12, 2019

Than you Jen. What a great review.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They had a sign for my boyfriend’s birthday on the table when we got there that was really adorable. The service was great!

Blackbird - Denver
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thank you for the great review. See you soon

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C
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

All you can eat wind night was a bust. They give you 6...then its another 30 minutes for 4 more...then another 30...um no thanks. Won't be back.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very tasty & the drinks were a fanatic price. They’ve got a few TVs so if there’s an important game on you’re able to catch it there with a good cocktail!

SM
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

it is a casual place good hamburger, different beers. a good place for a lunch, not too far from other activities.

H
Denver
45 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

This was our first time eating here. The staff was friendly. I had ordered the French Dip and requested no cheese and rare. Unfortunately the sandwich arrived with cheese melted all over it. While the staff was very apologetic when the new sandwich was delivered the meat was over cooked. I did eat it because I did not want to wait for another one. My husband asked for some bread to soak up the sauce from his dish. We had to ask a second time. To top it off, our credit card was not returned to us and we had to go back the next day to get it. It seemed like a really great place but we did not have a great experience.

BE
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience5

Overall it was a fun dinner with yummy food. I was catching up with my brother so I wasn’t upset we had slow service because it gave us time to talk. However, there were two people taking care of us and they didn’t seem to be communicating to each other and things felt confusing at times. And everything was soooooo slow. Our meal took over two hours for oysters, pasta, and pizza. Eek.

NR
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, attentive staff. Great drinks. Great food options. Will be back for sure!

MP
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was good - happy hour had good prices. Beer menu is a little eclectic -- no "normal" beers like Stella or Bud Lights. Know you may appeal to a different crowd than we are.
Main reason for coming with friends was to introduce them to the restaurant and celebrate my birthday. The blackboard with my name on it was clever. However, we all wanted mussels and heard that you've had trouble getting good ones. So we ordered different things and overall were pleased. I asked for the Buffalo sauce on the chicken wrap on the side; don't know if waitress forgot to mention that, but I just knew I wouldn't be able to eat it after the first bite. She kindly replaced it with no sauce, but I really wanted others to go ahead and eat and not wait for me.
We'll still be back.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

First time visiting Blackbird. All of the food we had - three pizzas, the salmon entree, and Brussels sprouts app - were very good. The place was fairly quiet. Service was pretty slow, the wait staff mentioned a large party which clearly had them occupied. Otherwise a good experience.

CW
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

We were excited to try Blackbird on a Monday night with the kids with a 6:15 reservation. We walked into the restaurant, and it definitely felt chaotic from the start. Lots of delivery and takeout bags kept going out in a hurry while we and other groups waited to be seated. When we were seated, the server informed us that the kitchen was overwhelmed and they were understaffed,. It took almost an hour for our food to arrive, and it all arrived together—appetizers, entrees, and we were still missing items. At this point, the kids and we were hungry, so we started eating.

Then the chicken wings happened. My husband took a bite, and told us all to stop eating. The chicken wing was raw inside. We let our server know, and she offered to bring a new order. We declined. At this point, we just wanted to finish and leave.

Meanwhile, the delivery orders and takeout were still flying out of the kitchen while we and other tables waited for service. I also checked OpenTable, and Blackbird was still offering reservations, too. There is an open kitchen, and we could see the kitchen staff was openly and obviously disgruntled as well.

This was just a terrible experience, and while the server removed the wings from our total. When you have that feeling of “I hope we don’t get sick...”, that just doesn’t seem like enough.

I’m not sure we’ve ever had such a disappointing dining experience.

JA
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great nightly specials, great service, and the Blackbird Lager is AMAZING!!

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall experience was great. Only downside is some our our cocktails weren’t mixed very well. Our Manhattans were a let down but the Dark n Stormy and Whiskey Smash were delicious! The food was outstanding!

Blackbird - Denver
Responded on June 21, 2019

Thank you very much for your review and for the feedback. We hope to see you again soon and make those cocktails even better.

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LB
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We like to try different places with good food. This place is really great and the service was great.

Blackbird - Denver
Responded on June 21, 2019

Thank you Lori. Please come back soon

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DM
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place with a unique setting and a wonderful staff. The food was great just 4 as my burger was cooked just a little past the medium rare. Everything else was delicious and cooked and served to perfection.

Blackbird - Denver
Responded on June 21, 2019

Thanks David. Love a 5 star review.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Food didn’t arrive at the same time so people were done eating when others were just getting their order. Oysters didn’t come out before the meal and they had forgot about them. Slow service and waitress wasn’t great.

Blackbird - Denver
Responded on June 21, 2019

Really sorry to hear about this but thank you for leaving the review. We always use this to get better.

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P
London
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It is great that they take brunch reservations. Their menu is not too exciting. They could upgrade the waffles and add some nice french toast. They could change the vegetarian option from time to time. All in all a nice place.

Blackbird - Denver
Responded on June 21, 2019

Thank you Pamela for the feedback. We hope you come back next month. All new menus for all services including brunch are on their way. Hope to see you again.

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D
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good! Service is phenomenal and the ambience is fun. Fantastic neighborhood nook!

Blackbird - Denver
Responded on June 21, 2019

Thank you Historynut. Hope to see you again soon

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R
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Terrible service. Super slow, then when we FINALLY got our food, one of our group's chicken was so burnt it was inedible. She asked for a different dish instead, and a manager came over to tell us that if she wanted a new dish it would be a while since they were so backed up in the kitchen. She ended up having to eat off of the rest of our plates instead, and then they didn't even take her sent-back meal off the bill!!

Blackbird - Denver
Responded on June 21, 2019

Sorry to hear that your experience was a poor one Rebecca. We do hope you give us a second chance.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Blackbird is a great choice for food and gathering with friends. I would recommend it as a great casual place for brunch.

MP
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Hostesses were just OK. Seemed disconnected even though we had a reservation.
Waiter was great and gave us time to drink a bit before order was brought out.
Food delicious and happy hour price was wonderful.

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