Departure Restaurant + Lounge, Denver

4.5
473 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Asian
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Asian culture is synonymous with soothing balance and intricate details, as well as fiery flavors and high-energy. Departure embraces this culture wholeheartedly with a space as daring yet harmonious as its cuisine. Emerge into the sexy and unexpected interiors that take you into flight on a memorable and ever-changing destination. Departure once again reinvents its culinary brilliance with a menu that elevates the masterful remixes of land and sea, alongside authentic dishes of Asia in their perfection. With sushi and sashimi, dim sum favorites, kushiyaki skewers and wok fired specialties, Departure offers the opportunity to share meals of inspired, indulgent global flavors. The journey continues beyond the kitchen with an homage to Asian bar traditions showcasing an intricately curated sake, whiskey and ice program, as well as balanced cocktail creations highlighting specialty fruits and spirits.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Asian, Sushi, Pan-Asian
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Hours of operation
Monday- Friday Breakfast: 6:30-10am
Monday- Friday Happy Hour: 4-6pm
Saturday and Sunday Breakfast: 8-10am
Saturday and Sunday Brunch: 10-2pm
Saturday and Sunday Happy Hour: 2-6pm
Sunday-Thursday Dinner: 5-10pm
Friday and Saturday Dinner: 5-11pm
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Phone number
(720) 772-5020
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Khamla Vongsakoun
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 2nd and 3rd Avenue
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Departure and Departure Elevated in Cherry Creek North are the perfect destinations for your next private event!

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What 473 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We Came for a second time and still really enjoyed the bibimbop - also had edamame and tuna salad. The salad has great flavors but it’s small and probably not filling for an entrée. Nevertheless good service and we will be back!

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

The majority of the food was good. The soup was wonderful. The fried rice and buns were very good. We were very disappointed in the tiger prawns. They were beautiful but were served to us overly cooked, so they were very tough/dry and chewy. The server did the right thing, but in a strange way. We liked the restaurant, but not as much as we had hoped to like it.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Overall our experience was wonderful. The staff responded compassionately to certain requests. Newly sober I wanted to limit alcohol decisions and they handled that beautifully. Our waiter was wonderful and the food was excellent.

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2018

The food is always well done and interesting. The Togarashi Scallops had a great texture and flavor. We also really loved the Bibimbap.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

We sat on the patio and enjoyed the Cherry Creek North people watching. As for food, the Bibimbap wsa the highlight - it was very spicy for me, perfect for my husband. The flavors were very unique and it got better the longer it cooked in the pot. I thought it was unique for CC dining and we also really enjoyed the coconut soup prior to this. Both portions were large and shareable. Service was pretty good as well.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

food and service excellent but the drinks were small pours and disappointing for the price

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

We were in town from Minneapolis and came to Departure to support our dear friend Chef Greg. We enjoyed a number of items from the menu - Crunchy Spicy Tuna Roll, Mushroom Gyozas, Tiger Prawns, Short Rib Buns, Mixed Greens Salad and Bibimbap. Everything was tasty. The tuna roll was fresh but could have had a bit more flavor. I think my favorite thing was the salad with the shaved veggies and amazing lemon-miso dressing. Close second was the Tiger Prawns but I wished there had been 2 more on the plate! Overall, we really enjoyed our experience and our waitress Tina was so nice and helpful. We missed Chef Greg but if we are back in town or in Portland, we will definitely be sure to visit again!

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2.0Dined on July 21, 2018

We were unpleasantly surprised by the service and how crammed the place was. My chair was pressed against another person's chair who was sitting at the table nearby. We waited for 25 minutes at our table to have a waiter come by and bring drinks menu. He came by and apologized sincerely and offered to cover our drinks. The food was decent, entrees were delicious. When the waiter brought the check, the amount excluded the drinks however when he ran my credit card the drinks were included, so he ended up charging us $30 more than was in the original check. We didn't want to ruin our night any further so we just paid and left. Poor service completely overshadowed good food. I won't recommend this place to anyone.

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Things were great until we pulled out the Denver Dining Book. That is crazy because as always I will tip on the original amount. Staff is pretty pretentious. He essentially looked at us differently even though we spent over $135 for two. Stupid, and will cause me not to go back.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

The presentation of the food was great, as was the service. Flavors were good too. I would bathe in that coconut soup if I could!

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Outstanding service and a wonderful variety of dishes with unique and delicious tastes. Something a little different that is very tasty in a fun lively atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on July 17, 2018

We live in the neighborhood, but hadn't been to Departure since it opened. We were looking forward to it, but it didn't really live up to the hype, honestly. We first realized not all the menus were the same, so didn't know which we should be focused on. Not unique to Departure, but we were given one drink menu for a party of four. I simply don't understand why a restaurant doesn't give each patron a drink menu! The next thing was they were out of the beer I ordered, so I ordered a backup only to be told after she returned that they didn't have that on either. At that point I might expect to be comp'ed a beer, but no offer. We then ordered some food, which we were told was done for sharing. The food came, but was in small portions difficult to share, with no knives for cutting. Further, there were two (2!) tiger shrimp for $14. Just not a good value from our perspective. Maybe the small quantities for lots of money could be overlooked if it was excellent, but it really only rated a 6 or 7 out of 10. For example, the overpriced shrimp was also overcooked. Something I just wouldn't expect at a place like this.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

We recently took a client to Departure for a business dinner and it is now one of my favorite restaurants in Denver. The variety and preparation of each dish was outstanding and the atmosphere is perfect.

I would put Departure on top of the list for a casual business dinner or date night!

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Had a great time. Our server (blanking on her name now so sorry! Blonde gal we sat in the front by the windows) was awesome super attentive and sweet. We did the chefs tasting menu which was absolutely delicious. I felt like the portion sizes could have been a little bit bigger. I was still hungry after :/ overall it was great and god damn that rooftop is probably the sexiest one in Denver.

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4.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Fresh take on Asian; festive dishes and high quality overall

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Disappointing trendy Asian food. Cool decor and trendy vibe in Cherry Creek, but overpriced and lacking in flavor. The food and drinks are Instagram-able, colorful, and attractive, but ends there. May come back for drinks, but skip the food.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Food was good, service was great, but the restaurant was so loud it was difficult to have a conversation and enjoy our meal. Definitely more geared for the bar crowd then the sit down and have nice dinner crowd.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We enjoyed ourselves at this new restaurant (for us). Service was excellent, as well as food. Portions were smallish, price for food was a little high.

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Very well done. Pricey for what it is, but that’s Cherry Creek for you!

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

We wanted to try Departure because of the Exec Chef's Top Chef honors. It did not disappoint. We had the tasting menu, but Chef went out of his way to make it a memorable experience. Black Cod is not normally on that menu and he included it for our dining pleasure. So glad!! Fresh, new, exciting food for Denver. We will be back. Special shout out to Alan, our waiter, for pairing wines for us, offering suggestions and describing our courses in a way that added to the excellent experience! Thanks for picking Denver, Greg!

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Wow! Amazing meal, great service, and a wonderful way to celebrate an anniversary. Sake was delicate complex and exciting!! Thanks John for excellent service.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Absolutely fantastic! Staff was on point and the food was perfect.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Departure Denver is the best brunch spot in the whole city. From their Korean fried chicken to the Thai bisquits and gravy and of course the coconut pancakes which are my favorite sweet breakfast item I've ever eaten

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

It was our anniversary and the staff treated us like royalty the duration of our dining experience. Great food and drink pairings to the chefs tasting menu. Very unique ingredients and style of food, very impressed, will be back in.

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3.0Dined on June 27, 2018

slow service, small portion and seemed to cost allot

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3.0Dined on June 24, 2018

The food was excellent and once they figured out who our server was he was great. The biggest complaint was that they didn’t seem very well organized. More than once servers asked us if we needed anything and then disappeared only to be asked again. Additionally other people’s meals were brought to our table or vice versa. And that happened more than once too.

My friend and I both had the coconut pancakes which were divine, hopefully they can work on their organization.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

I received a message I didn’t go and I did. I hope I get my points for going! Thanks

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Departure has attentive and knowledgeable servers that can help you through the very creative menu. We ate about 8-9 starters between 4 people and that was a really nice way to navigate the menu and enjoy small amounts of extremely flavorful food. The starters are far and away better than the entrees. Do yourself a favor and please have the wings, pork belly, octopus and lamb. What a wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

My friends and I dined here for a birthday and had a great experience. The food was delicious and the service was equally as satisfying. I will be returning to Departure in the near future!

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Excellent food with a very friendly staff. Interesting menu options and it was all very tasty. Good atmosphere and great people watching from the window table.

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2.0Dined on June 16, 2018

I was very disappointed given the rave reviews. At 8 on Friday evening the place was almost empty. Makes me suspect it isn’t what it used to me. The noise level was almost painful. I had to ask to be moved next to a window. Service was excellent but the food was mediocre at best. We had tuna poke, a hamachi roll, Brussels sprouts with lime and the beef fun something. I lived in Asia for a number of years so I have some experience in what it should taste like. Asian Fusion or no, I can’t recommend Departure.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Everything was great but when it’s 90+ degrees outside close the window!
We need air conditioning
It was a shame as the food and service were excellent

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Loved Departure. Have been wanting to come here for some time. Great Asian-inspired menu. Everythign we oredered was excellent. Staff/service was also great.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Amazing food and service

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Outstanding service and food.

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Food was delicious with artful presentation. The host was gracious and very attentive- the service started a bit slow (took about 15 minutes at least for drink orders) but then, after that, the service was excellent- perhaps just some confusion about who was attending the table- but it was a great evening - I will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The food was delicious and adventurous. We really enjoyed the variety and the take on Pan Asian cuisine.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

This was our sixth or seventh time dining at Departure since it first opened. The food had remained consistently fun, flavorful and original. Loved the black cod preparation and the whole fried fish which is fun to look at and to pick at. The sound level has greatly improved. In the past we had to shout to hear each other. Noticeably better sound level made for an energetic feel without the risk of hearing loss. I feel like we drew short straw on waitstaff. In past the waiters have been attentive, helpful and friendly. This time several of my guests remarked that there was something not right about our server J. Among the oddities...When a few people got up to use the restroom he snatched up their napkins. I thought ‘ok, he’s going to record or replace.’ When dessert came we had to ask for new ones, getting a reaction that made it seem like I was being a nuisance. Even then not everyone received a replacement. (Just a bit off). Coffee was barely luke warm and took 15 minutes to replace, well after we were done and ready to go. I wouldn’t call the service bad, just awkward and not up to par. I’d still return to Departure, because we enjoy the vibe and the food, despite the off night on service.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Unforgettable experience for foodies!

Highlights:
Coconut chicken soup
Short rib bao bun

Great service, ambiance, and variety of flavors. Will 100% being going back when visiting Denver!

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1.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Service was extremely poor and overpriced for quality and quantity of food. Our sides did not arrive until after we had finished the main dishes. Drink orders took over 20 min. Very disappointed and will not be returning.

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