Bones

4.6
1125 reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian
Tight and energetic, Bones is a chef-inspired noodle bar in the heart of Governor's Park. Our windowed corner spot features an eclectic collection of beers, premium sakes, and wines to compliment a menu that changes frequently to offer food as comforting as house-crafted steamed buns and braised pork udon to the more exotic roasted bone marrow. With counter dining for those who love the action of a completely open kitchen, or more intimate tables nestled along the wall, Bones has the amenities of a fine-dining establishment--excellent service, beautiful food--but priced and toned for a more lively experience.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.4

Bones in Capitol Hill has a small but reliable Asian fusion menu, and patio and the open kitchen make it a surprisingly great place for a date

Ratings 7.0-7.5:These are your neighborhood standbys - the places that you’ll happily hit for some pasta or a quick salad, but not a restaurant you are bringing your parents or (god forbid) a date to. The true embodiment of good but not great.
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Denver
22 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the buns!

Stirfry sauce a little too much.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bones was great! It’s super small, so if you’re going on a weekend I would absolutely recommend a reservation. It was the perfect night for soup—I got the lobster ramen and my boyfriend got the pork udon; both were amazing and we had leftovers! With buns, another app, ramen and two drinks, our bill was much lower than we expected. We will be back!

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a
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful dinner with friends and the staff took super care of us! Thanks for a memorable night.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place!! I’m a regular!!! So good so great!!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 4

Terrible ramen. Do not order ramen there. Stick to the pork belly buns and sake. That’s all they can do well.

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HD
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I love the cozy atmosphere and energy of the small restaurant for Bones, it's a great space for the delicious menu! I do prefer fresh hand made noodles for Ramen due to the texture and quality, we were happy they do provide rice-noodle substitutions for Gluten-free. The Crispy Brussels Sprouts were great as well as the Spicy Red Miso Crispy Chicken Ramen & Lobster Ramen. Looking forward to trying the Green Papaya Salad!

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GC
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super star service and had fun sitting at the bar watching our masterful chefs prepare dinner. We ate too much even though we shared an entree (we tried the 2 for $40 dinner). Can’t wait to go again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing noodles and pork buns!! Would be back for sure.

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LS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

had the crispy chicken ramen bowl, SO had the lobster ramen. both were incredible with really dynamic flavor profiles! My favorite was the appetizer we had- Escargot Potstickers. Such a fun twist on a common starter! Will be returning for sure.

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E
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always lovely, very tastey, huge portions. Great treat!

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CH
Denver
43 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

A single review for this place is hard. I'd give a full 5 stars, without a doubt, to their Bao Buns. They are absolutely the best in the Denver, no doubt. But their ramen is not that good. We keep trying over the years but it's never been that good and once again when we recently visited it was not great. There is such better ramen in Denver. But come for the Bao Buns! Seriously, worth a visit just for these. We will be back for the buns for sure.

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CD
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great - it was my birthday so our waitress brought over champagne sake! She also ended our night with a birthday dessert. Great space.

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K
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small restaurant but all the food was amazing! We tried three types of ramen and they were all outstanding. Great place for a small group for dinner.

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GJ
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Bones is always a reliable place to find a satisfying lunch that is not "the usual".

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BS
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I ordered the wagyu beef ramen and added an egg, while my friend chose the pork belly udon. When the food came out my egg was missing but the waitress was actually the one to notice and promptly corrected that. The beef ramen was quite tasty but the broth was REALLY beefy (almost too much), they were very generous on the actual wagyu amount which was tender and delicious though. The real star was the pork belly though, everything about it was perfect. Overall we had a really good experience, the service is very friendly and attentive. Will definitely be back when I need a ramen fix.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It's a great space, very small and connecting. The food was good overall, however there were some mistakes made with the ordering that were handled poorly.

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RS
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for restaurant week. Very good food. Good service. I would come back for a nicer dinner.

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DL
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Went to Bones for restaurant week. I had dined here previously a few years prior and loved it. I ordered the blushing geisha cocktail which was very tasty to start and ordered the crab bun, the pork udon, and the sticky rice with mango. The appetizer was ok nothing extraordinary, the entree was giant and very delicious, and the dessert was a total let down. It wasn’t sweet at all and the mango was hard and not ripe at all. I would recommend either taking it off the menu or working on the recipe. Service was prompt during all of our dishes but took a long time to get us the bill and a long time to pick it back up. The dining space is very small and the day that we were there it was freezing outside and they had fans running inside. After this experience I don’t think I’ll be going back unless I’m just getting an entree. The ramen is amazing though so there is that.

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s
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Bones was great. I am surprised this was my first time here living in cap hill for over 2 years. I had the lobster ramen. It was very very good. The portions were a bit on the small side for how much you pay but it was delicious. Bao buns were to die for. Probably the best I had had. The service was great. The restaurant is very small so I suggest making reservations. Parking can be tricky- only street parking. Overall, I would go again.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good price for Denver’s restaurant week menu

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s
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the Cucumber Salad, Steamed Pork Belly Bun, Green Curry with Tofu and Pork Udon. Everything was yummy. The Udon was mild. The curry was medium spiced. With free Valet parking, it couldn't be easier to enjoy a great meal. We'll be back!

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MA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ramen was amazing. Service was great. Amazing experience

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MS
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was delicious and was perfect for a date night.

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had never been here before and wanted to try something new for our anniversary dinner. Both of us agreed that we could not have picked a better spot for us. We tried all different kinds of new foods with new flavors. My wife is not a fan of anything spicy. However, that night she ate anything they made. The Spicy Crispy Chicken Ramen is amazing, but it is spicy. These folks know how to cook spicy well. It is enjoyable and doesn't just make you sweat all over your meal.

We thought this place was so good, our son wants to go on his 9th birthday to see what all the fuss is about!

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bones is one of our favorite spots. One of the best ramen dishes in town!

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HR
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Everything on the menu is AWESOME! Our friends enjoyed it too--it was their 1st time.

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NG
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Had buns, ramen and the crispy brussel sprouts and cauliflower. The buns were pretty good. So was the ramen -- not amazing but good. The brussel sprouts and cauliflower were awesome. I love the open kitchen and how small it is.

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and excellent food. We both enjoyed the experience. Seemed to be a very authentic Ramen experience. Small space and intimate atmosphere due to close quarters.

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t
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sobs and pork buns. Fantastic as always. My fav buns in the city.

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c
Denver
94 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A long standing Ramen(plus) in the South Cap Hill area. Lovely little spot in the “Bonanno Block.” Can’t go wrong with the Buns followed by Lobster or Green Chili Pork Ramens.

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KB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food, great service! Fun place, Sake tasting menu, Interesting food menu, lots of flavor and spice! Not the place for vegetarians, but good options if you like seafood.

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BM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Don't get me wrong the food was great. The service was fantastic. We called that morning changing our reservations from 4 to 6 and they were very accommodating on a Saturday night. Just not sure if the food was worth what we paid and the space was just so small. Hard to celebrate in a space like that.

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MP
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Super yummy food in a cozy corner spot. We really enjoyed the steamed buns and the ramen. Loved the vibe and would definitely go back.

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h
Denver
33 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious ramen

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C
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was very good- chicken ramen was great. Lobster was too simple. It smells like the fryer in the restaurant and out clothes did not smell good after we left.

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LM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lobster ramen is amazing! It isn’t traditional ramen more like a fusion but is still really really good!!!!!

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KJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local spot with delicious, filling noodles and amazing buns. Prompt service, quiet location makes for easy going lunch/dinner spot.

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L
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this place! I dine here every time I come back to Denver from New York City. Lobster Ramen is to die for. So happy to bring my boyfriend here for the first time this visit. I hate that I will have to wait a year until I am back. Fantastic, innovative menu and great cocktails too!

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D
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The service was good, the sake flight was bomb. I really appreciate the attempts at making unique ramen, but I think it fell flat for both the dishes my husband and I had. Perhaps if we tried something else it would have been fine.

The steamed buns were a bit greasy, the wagyu beef ramen was alright but the broth was oddly tart/sour - must have been the fennel - but the beef itself was amazing. The pork green chile ramen was spiced well but the flavor profile didn't work for my husband.

Ultimately I suppose it was our fault for not realizing this was nouveau cuisine.

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