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About Departure Restaurant + Lounge, Denver

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.

249 Columbine St
Denver, CO 80206
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Asian

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

Cross Street:
Between 2nd and 3rd Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(720) 772-5020

Website:
http://www.departuredenver.com/

Executive Chef:
Khamla Vongsakoun

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

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

Departure Restaurant + Lounge, Denver Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (25)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Special Occasion (20)
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Creative Cuisine (20)
Bar Seating (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Hot Spot (14)
Fun (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
People Watching (11)
Authentic (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Romantic (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Spicy (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Casual (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Tapas (7)
Business Meals (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Seasonal (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Vegan (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Healthy (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Cozy (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food. Amazing service. Wonderful ambiance. Will definitely be back soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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·Dined 5 days ago

Food and Drinks were Amazing! Service was good too.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 7 days ago

The food was some of the best I’ve had in Denver in long time. Finally a restaurant that delivers! Yum. We had the Brussels sprouts, bibimbap, and Korean roast chicken; all were excellent!

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 (Denver)·Dined 7 days ago

we sat at the hibachi bar in the back and watched our fabulous food being prepared. always fun at departure

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

The food was great but the service is what made this dinning experience kinda terrible. Our waitress was more concerned with the couple next to us as they bought a bottle of champagne and catered to them all night. After our starter the waitress cleared our table and took the silverware and said she would be back with new clean silverware. The cook brought us our main dishes and we sat at the table just looking at our food for 20 minutes. I had to ask the hostess for our silverware as our waitress never checked in on us, only to give us our bill.

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 (Denver)·Dined 7 days ago

Wow!!. . .🤤 I’m from Hawaii and this exceeded my expectations in regards to sushi. Never had octopus that was so tender 😍. .

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Great restaurant for a special occasion. Unique tasteful dishes.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Party of 5 and tasted 9 dishes. All excellent. Favorites: octopus, bibimbab and ramen.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great dinner with friends. Andrew was so friendly and helpful. The wings are always awesome.
The Thai fried ice with fried egg on top was delicious. Frank the manager was very friendly . Great evening thank you

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Live Sports, Hot Spot, Authentic, Tapas, Casual, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Generally a fun and different experience. They have some issues in kitchen management as the first two entrees we ordered (skirt steak and eggs and Korean fried chicken) were not available and this was
noon on a Sunday. Disappointed but the server was very apologetic. He didn’t even know so I think there is lack of communication between servers and kitchen, at least on that day. The food was really delicious but 5.00 for a coffe is unreasonably priced. Very cool looking bar and atmosphere. Fun for a date or small group. We may try it again but not in a hurry to do so. Pretty trendy!!!!

Tags: Cozy, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food is always beyond amazing!! The service and experience are exceptional as well. We love that the menu evolves, so it makes it exciting to try new dishes.

Tags: Spicy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Romantic
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent food and excellent service! Our waitress was extremely attentive, helpful with choices and even made sure my wife got a dessert to go on the house for her bday when we said we were too full for dessert.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Fantastic brunch!

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 5, 2018

The grilled skirt steak skewers were chewy and the garlic sauce a little strong. Tuna poke with avocado and taro chips was balanced and interesting, though I would have preferred thinner chips and more of them. The kampachi sashimi was the best dish of the night, with a nice mix of textures and a refreshing brightness. The coconut chicken soup was spicy, but not too spicy, and the were complimented by the sweet and flavorful Departure wings. Then the dinner fell apart: The fried bass was soggy, over cooked, and almost inedible. The beef chow fun was too salty and tasted like what you can find anywhere. The little citrus sorbet was good but the macaron (just one) was the worst I’ve ever had. The macaron was a dry, empty shell with very little filling. For $80 a person without drinks, the food wasn’t worth it: I’ve had much better meals this year for less than $50/person. The staff was more pretentious than attentive, and didn’t make us feel special even on a very slow night. I hoped my birthday and my parents 40th anniversary would have felt special, but instead we felt like a burden and they were just going through the motions. We won’t be back.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The foods was good, but there were onions in both our omelets. It didn't mention onions in the description, so we spent a lot of time picking them out.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 3, 2018

This is a fun place for brunch however the food was fine. The KFC (korean fried chicken) was amazing along with the kimchi as was the thai fried rice and sausage. The coconut pancakes were kind of a disappointment - they were a little dry and lacking a little sweetness. Service was good, not great and the mimosas were a little different with bitters along with OJ. Overall, it was a fun experience and a good place for brunch with girlfriends.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Fun, People Watching
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on February 2, 2018

I found the menu creative and intriguing with a nice mix of small and large plate choices. The service was exceptional in both quality and friendliness. A completely enjoyable experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We loved the food and the service.

Would definitely recommend it to our friends.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We found our experience to be very pleasant and rewarding. We would love to come back soon. Only gripe is the length of time between courses and drink rounds. Otherwise everything was flawless!

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Our first visit for dinner was mostly positive. Solid service, an interesting-enough pan-Asian menu, and very good entrees.

Cons: as others have noted, it's extremely loud, and a real Cherry Creek "scene" with lots of bling and botox. And the seating is extremely uncomfortable.

Worth checking out, just be aware what you're getting into!

Tags: People Watching, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Great food, but extremely salty! Fabulous service. Creative cocktails.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We went on a double date and lucked out with an amazing private room. Our server had another large table so at the end of our meal he was distracted. However, overall the food was spectacular and the restaurant as a whole was perfect. We all loved it. Great for sharing plates too. The hamachi and the Bibimbap were amazing!! We will definitely go back!!
I didn’t care for their desserts as the hostess raves about them. I thought 1 of the 3 we had was good.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Departures is one of my Cherry Creek favorites. Usually 5 stars all the way. This visit they let me down for the first time.

The waitress pushed their Asian chicken really hard, so we ordered it. The flavor was ok (nothing great), but i found chicken bone shards in mine (they were supposed to be boneless). My daughter found a hair wrapped into the batter. Neither of those should have occurred.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 19, 2018

This is officially now my favorite Italian restaurant in Cherry Creek. Don't expect standard fare, each entree is unique and different...try the lasagna and enjoy!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, People Watching, Casual, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 19, 2018

This was our first time at Departure and was recommended by our son & daughter-in-law. We ended up ordering smaller plates and sharing rather than off the entree menu. The server was knowledgeable of the menu and did an excellent job. The Roasted Carrot Salad was outstanding; we were licking the plate... Also the wings were great and obviously very popular; as lots of plates of wings floated by. The sushi (tuna & avocado) and tuna with argula (salad) were ok. The bartender made great drinks and we left happily content.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Amazing dinner and service. Started with happy hour with lots of options and great prices. Stayed for dinner. The curry was the best we ever had anywhere! Impeccable service and great recommendations from the staff. We can’t wait to come back. Beautiful and alluring atmosphere. Definitely a top stop in Denver.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Departure will not disappoint. This was our first time dining in the Cherry Creek area, and we were beyond impressed with the menu, service, and atmosphere. The food was AMAZING... each dish was better than the last. Our server was very attentive and made excellent recommendations for food and drink selections while also giving us the background on ingredients. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Vegan, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Fun, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Organic, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Service was terrible. Tonic in the drink was flat. Brought us the wrong bottle of wine. Didn’t bus our table with empty plates and glasses. Food was very average and service was even worse. Will not recommend or return.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 14, 2018

My friend and I met here for dinner. We loved it! A friend recommended the wagyu sashimi, and it, along with everything else, was fantastic. Great service and food presentation as well.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The food was alright. We weren't amazed by it. Their coffee is awful. The seating is incredibly uncomfortable. The Dim Sum isn't as good as regular Dim Sum you would get on federal - expect much more and the elevation of the dishes to be better or better defined.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 11, 2018

The wings are amazing. The service was great Ty was so friendly and helpful. The sticky rice was the best desert I ever had. Thank you Chef!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, People Watching, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Fun, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Really creative and delicious food. Everything we ordered was fantastic (sashimi, salads, kale, Korean chicken, octopus). This is now my favorite restaurant in Denver.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Korean fried chicken was amazing. Staff was kind and attentive.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Very difficult to have a conversation.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The food was delicious and the cocktail were great ...

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Restaurant had a fun menu for all courses, good sharing dishes... if you drink, it can get expensive quickly. Seated 30 mins after our reservation, but service was pretty good thereafter.

Tags: Casual, Spicy, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, People Watching
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were very impressed by Departure’s food and service. We enjoyed the bass, the shrimp tempura sushi, and the kimchee fried rice in particular, but all dishes we were served as a group of four were excellent. All of the food was fresh and light, with unique, complex flavors. Small plates come out as prepared and are meant to be shared.

We had a vegetarian in our party, and asked the server if a dish could be made without meat; she surprised us with an entire vegan menu, which I think could be promoted more openly. Overall, service was attentive and friendly.

We were seated in a large booth away from the bar area, which was noisier and livelier. However, the restaurant offers a few nooks and crannies in dining seating away from this scene, if it’s not yours - and if so, request a table beyond the bar.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Had dinner last evening at Departures. We had been there before and thought it was a work in progress. Well, the progress has been achieved and then some. We had the Peking Duck dinner and can truly comment that it was excellent by any measure. The presentation was perfect and the assorted tastes from the broth to the Peking duck accompanied by the spices and side of fried rice were as good or better than we have had anywhere (and that includes Beijing, New York and San Francisco). Don't be mislead upon entering thinking this is another Cherry Creek bar that serves food. It is not! These folks are serious about changing that misconception.
The new manager and staff understands fully what it takes to create an excellent dining experience and they are well on the way of achieving their goal. Yes, the noise level is "energetic", but it drowns out to the food experience. Certainly worth a try.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food and service was amazing. Helped us celebrate or anniversary in style.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Peking Duck is a must-have every December!

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