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About Candela Latin Kitchen

Candela Latin Kitchen is an affordable Latin restaurant located in the Lower Highlands neighborhood in North Denver.

1691 Central Street
Denver, CO 80211
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Latin American, Peruvian, Puerto Rican

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday 11am-11pm
Friday 11am-Midnight
Saturday 10am-Midnight
Sunday: 10:00 am - 10pm

Cross Street:
17th and Central Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 477-4582

Website:
http://candeladenver.com/

Executive Chef:
Jesse Vega

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Candela Latin Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (8)
Tapas (8)
Casual (6)
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Authentic (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Scenic View (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Fun (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Sports (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Business Meals (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great service. Staff was very attentive and helpful.

Tags: Authentic, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Amazing food & service! Also great price for the food!

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great brunch...!we liked everything!

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

First time dining at Candela. The food was absolutely fabulous. I had the Lomo Saltado which was a very interesting combination of beef sirloin, red onion, tomato, fries on a bed of rice - best way to describe it is a stir fry with a latin flair. Flavors were amazing - the only negative is some of the pieces of sirloin were a little bit tough. I also had a freestyle taco - which was a chicken with chipotle sauce - again, very flavorful. Our server was Diana and she was excellent. Very knowledgeable on the menu and very attentive. We will definitely return.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent Caipirinhas! Food was delicious and server provided the right amount of attention! We will return!

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

The best restaurant I have been in Denver

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Delicious! Aaron was amazing and he knew his food! Great recommendations, attentive and very friendly. Will go back soon and have already recommended to friends.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Amazing restaurant! We have never had a bad experience. Every item is very well prepared, presented and scrumptious! It is definitely our go to spot! Everyone is great from the owner, GM, to waitstaff! Great to have a welcoming place like Candela's; even more of a bonus that it is not far from our neighborhood! :-D

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Scenic View, People Watching
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Good food, interesting menu, poor service (server spent over 10 minutes talking with another table while we tried to get attention of server)

Tags: Late-night Find
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was great, the waitress was a bit too nice. She was faking it.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food and drinks were fantastic. Music was a big too loud. Mid-meal, the music switched from Latin (at a reasonable volume) to more contemporary music that was loud enough that we could barely hold a conversation. Otherwise a great place for dinner.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Dinner at Candelas was decent. We ordered some tacos, and some were good, some so-so. I really enjoyed the plantain taco. Fun sweet flavor. Adobo taco was good but pretty salty.
Guacamole was good and almost too big. The chips are the thick fried true tortilla type which I'm not such a fan of because they're so heavy.
I did enjoy my margarita...good flavor, enough tequila to taste it but not overwhelm. Nice.
Would we go back? Maybe not because my wife didn't find so much she liked. I'd be on for trying again.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The "Lomo Saltado" (picture) was unbelievably good! This Peruvian street food containing (waitress words) steak (med-rare w/amazing marinade), (grape) tomato, red onions, and fries on a bed of soy glazed rice was addicting. The guac had a nice calm heat with house made chips. Excellent dinner (we'll be back)...

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Healthy, Bar Seating, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We were excited to try out this place for the first time, we got there and got seated right away, for a Friday night it was fairly slow. They definitely had a lot of reservations available, I guess that should have been the red flag, that no one wants to go for a reason. Got or waters and that last thing we ever got served. I'm guessing the wait staff didn't want to make themselves or the restaurant money, as they kept walking by and none bother to stop and ask if wet wanted to order. After 20 min of being ignored, by people that weren't even busy. We got up and left, never got to try anything but their water.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great service, step up to disabled access.
Great tres leches reviews by my 1st generation father thumbs up. Mexican lasagne sooo goood!!!

Tags: Tapas, Authentic
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We really enjoyed the Central Bistro and were excited to try their new concept.

Things started off pretty slow. Our waiter was very friendly, however, he was terribly unattentive. I opted for the bottomless mimosa and sadly I spent most of my meal at the bottom. A more appropriate name would have been: Mimosa-less mimosa. I was only refilled twice by the time I finished my meal. At $14 for the drink I asked for 1 more with the check since I was not going to pay $7/mimosa. for the 2 I had.

We began the meal with some guac. Great flavor and housemade chips turned out to be the highlight of the meal. The rest of the food was just okay.

We ordered the Lomo Saltado and the Pastelon. The Lomo was pretty boring. It was a mound of sticky rice, 4 french fries broken in half, some fresh cherry tomatoes, thin onions and some marinated chunks of beef. Certainly nothing special. I would complain about the size of the dish, but the Lomo was huge compared to the Pastelon. While the Pastelon had good flavor, it was a laughably small portion. I dodged a bullet not ordering that one.

Not sure if we will bother to give it a second chance. It's really a shame since we had so many good brunches at Central.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Loved the plantain and poblano chili tacos but the service was mediocre, friendly and pleasant but very slow therefore our enthusiasm for food was lost as time passed. Great location, great layout but the music was very loud.

Tags: Late-night Find, Live Sports, Good for Groups, Scenic View
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Friends from out of town--so fun to take them here!

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Family from out of town

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Candela was delicious. I had artfully and uniquely prepared tacos and excellent wine. Our server was friendly and hospitable

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Candela's brunch is one of the best in Denver and that's pretty stiff competition. I highly recommend the Pegao, but anything on the menu is delicious.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fun, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Sangria was very bland, cocktail list uninteresting, food was OK but unimpressive and overpriced for what you got. Too bad because the old "Central Bistro and Bar" was a great spot.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 3, 2017

My daughter just moved into the neighborhood and every time we walked by it looked inviting and smelled Great! My niece also lives in Denver so we decided to give it a try! We had outdoor seating which was great. Good people watching . Our waiter was terrific. Drinks were very good. The food was Great!!!! We loved everything we ordered! Really good variety of small plates to share. The tacos are small street tacos so make sure when you order to order at least one per person. Would absolutely come here again. My daughter is looking forward to trying the brunch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Late-night Find, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Sangria was overly sweet. Caipirinha was terrible. Empanada was good.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Really enjoyed our first time here. Ate outside which was great - the patio was the place to be! Food was fantastic. Guacamole was excellent - just needed more chips to eat it all. Happy hour menu was a great surprise!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Fun, Tapas, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Amazing food! Great ambiance!

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We had our monthly book club at Candela. They were so welcoming and friendly from beginning to end. Amazing drinks, amazing food and the staff was super helpful with recommendations.

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Great attention to detail in the food prep process, purely authentic and fantastically yummy!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Food and drinks were very good and they had a great happy hour.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Disappointing. We were excited to go here as the revival of Central. The service was slow, the food mediocre, the menu limited. most of us went to get more food after dinner as we were still hungry. for a latin/Mex spot they have very few tequillas. Hoping they can improve their service and add to the menu.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 13, 2017

I was sad to see Central close, but Candela does not disappoint. The breakfast burrito this morning was amazing. The staff was on top of things as well. I'll be back.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Good selection of Mexican small plates (tacos etc.) Unfortunately our order was mixed up with another table, but they had only been open for a few days, so hopefully the service will be better next time.

Tags: Casual
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We decided to try this place out last Friday and were delighted by the food, tastes were bright and varied between dishes, the smelts were dee-licious as were the plantain chips! We'll definitely be back! Only minus was the noise level, but to be expected at this kind of place.

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 12, 2017

The restaurant had only been open a week and service was non-existent. Very loud and the menu is limited. I would recommend going there for a Happy Hour.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Fantastic food, service and ambiance. Every dish we tried was great. The cuisine is very unique among Denver restaurants. The menu is setup well to sample a lot of dishes or share.

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