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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.
Denver, CO 80206
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
Between 2nd and 3rd Avenue
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Departure and Departure Elevated in Cherry Creek North are the perfect destinations for your next private event!
Departure Restaurant + Lounge, Denver Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
We had such a special evening Dinner on Christmas Day when we’re not sure what would be open. Frank the manager had us dine in the “scan” room for perfect intimacy and looked in on us frequently. Vanessa took care of us , perfectly guiding our menu choices- each one was distinctive, well balanced, and plated beautifully!
Can’t wait for our next visit!
This was our second time back to Departure and we will now be regulars for sure! We had an amazing experience all around. First time we sat at a cozy table and this time we chose to sit at the Kushiyaki bar for a more personalized experience. Our Chef Tony was fantastic and he prepared the most delicious skewers for me and my wife who is gluten and dairy free! She loves it and can’t wait to go back because it’s been so hard to find good tasting food that’s tailored to her needs. The Sous Chef Taylor Stark made us the most incredible Kampchi dish that we hope remains on the menu as he was experimenting with it to see how people would respond. Louis our server was actually the most knowledgeable Server we have had in Colorado yet. I am personally a strict judge on service and food as I managed Fine Dining restaurants in Chicago and Los Angeles for 20 years. For a date night with you and your wife to have something fun and tasty to enjoy and have it be consistently reliable we highly recommend Departure.
Impeccably slow service, even though the restaurant only had 4 tables filled, the rest of the restaurant was open. The bar was full, but that isn’t an excuse that the waiter took forever to greet the table and bring us drinks. We ended up leaving after having the sake delivered to our table & meeting our friends next door at Quality Italian for dinner, which was the BEST decision we could’ve made. Our waiter at Departure was really nice about it. But to pay the prices on the menu for that type of service was better spent at QI.
Ok, the report... this was a top notch meal and I don’t say that lightly.
The style is pan Asian with a variety of styles and flavors. All is served to share in smaller portions.
We started with a crispy pork belly that we ordered again later in the meal it was so good.
We had grilled skirt steak skewers with two sauces: a black sesame and a garlic caramel unlike anything I’ve ever tasted.
Then a tuna poke which was wonderful. Then a smoked pork rib with sour cabbage. Taste was unique-smoky and rich.
We then had a hamachi (yellowtail) sushi roll with jalapeño. Solid.
We split two main courses between the four of us. A Wagyu beef sirloin with tiny mushrooms and the most amazing crispy whole striped bass that was one of the best seafood dishes I’ve ever had. It was deconstructed as pieces of filet but served with the whole fish skeleton. Off the charts!
The dessert we shared was a chocolate molten cake with espresso ice cream and coconut ice shavings which I believe they made by dipping coconut shavings in half & half and freezing.
Overall, one of the best total meals I’ve had in a very long time.
Alan was our server and he was fantastic! My family came in to try the December-only special and we could not have been happier. The Peking duck was awesome! Service was great as well. Our waters never reached half way before getting filled. (Good attention to detail.)
The vegetarian items are especially good. We tried both the mushroom bao and the root vegetable sushi roll and both were actually highlights over the still amazing steak, shrimp and fish. When this much thought is put into a vegan menu you know the place is worth visiting. Great service. Beautiful hotel.
definitely not a team environment
three bartenders and our was busy and other two standing around. bar was not full. took a long time to get both drinks. fist drink came under 10 minutes and watched the bartender make two other people’s drink he same after us and and ordered after us. he was in front of them mailing ours. made mine and my. date had to wait till he made theirs. the other bartenders could have made our drinks
First time eating here on their regular menu. Nothing disappointed except the entree cod, which we were told would be small and was not worth the price. Otherwise very tasty and well prepared items that are good for sharing as the menu suggests. Cocktail menu also interesting.
I️ had asked for a table by the window as it was my wife’s birthday. This was never mentioned when we were seated three feet from a noisy office party of about thirty people. They eventually put a cordon up to keep the party from encroaching on our table but still we could hardly hear ourselves speak. Otherwise service and food were not bad at all...just a pity they ignored our request.
Great food, but unfortunately the service did not keep up. After being seated for over 10 minutes a member of our party had to go ask someone to send our server over so we could place an order. He didn’t show up for another couple of minutes. After that point he would frequently disappear for long periods of time. When he did come by our table there were times he would clear empty plates and or drinks and not say a word to us. For the price of the drinks and food I expect better service.
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