Permanently Closed - Departure Restaurant + Lounge, Denver

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$31 to $50
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Asian

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Asian, Sushi, Pan-Asian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 6:30 am–10:00 am
Sat, Sun 8:00 am–10:00 am
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Sat, Sun 2:00 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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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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Private party facilities
Departure and Elevated in Cherry Creek North are the perfect destinations for your next private event!
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Private party contact
Taylor Thorn: (844) 244-5439
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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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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.5
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AB
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the trout tartar is definitely award winning. The only thing is I feel like they don’t really specify that this is tapas which it is. We had to ask multiple times for advice on how to order because it wasn’t really clear if items were made to share or not. I’m not sure if it was just the way our server was explaining things or if they are told to not say tapas but the word was never mentioned and would’ve been very helpful and less time consuming when trying to order.

YR
Denver
63 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The vibe and food were absolutely amazing... great menu with tasty choices. The service was definitely not up to par.... delays, blames on other staff and when my 15 dollar drink is served in a super gross dirty glass, please replace the drink, not simply pour it into a clean glass.
My favorite on this visit was the Brussel Sprouts, original and delicious. This is not going to be the your cheapest meals of the week.... but it will be the best tasting. Will definitely be back.... but with so many great choices in the city, who knows when.

MZ
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

c
Denver
113 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We will miss Departure until it is reborn. It is a “keeper” on the regular rotation. Bless the Chicken Pops.....a best in town

DI
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Departure Restaurant dishes surprised and delighted us! We recommend to share dishes, and as much as you can. Even common dishes like Brussels sprouts were prepared like nothing we experienced before. Make sure to leave room for dessert, it's worth it. Our server was knowledgeable about the wine list and recommended a delightful white wine. Departure is now on my go to list, when I am in the Cherry Creek area. by the way, parking garage right across the street was perfect.

KI
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was outstanding but the environment is unfortunately what you would expect of Cherry Creek, pretentiousness and judgmental behavior from even the hostess (the only reason any grading received less than 5 stars).

s
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply delicious! Based on traditional Asian dishes but with creative modern twists. The jasmine daiquiri is my new favorite cocktail.

CO
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food really is good. All dishes were prepared well and dessert was good.

BUT, they charged $45 a person for restaurant week and it was WAY overpriced for what you got. We went to multiple restaurants at the varying price points and got more food and better service for $25 and $35 a person.

The food runners were efficient and fast but our waitress was pretty terrible. We had to ask to get her and flag her down multiple times to get any service. That really stood out. Don't charge $45 a person when you are competing with other locations in Denver that will provide the service AND food to back it up.

The sushi rolls were not rolled well and fell apart but I guess they tasted fine. There are much better places for sushi in Denver if that's what you are looking for.

The bartenders were good and knew their stuff, but overall, just overpriced and really lacked something to make it stand out.

AV
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Departure! The ambience is hip and the place has a really cool vibe, but the food is the star. It is spectacular! Deconstructed chicken wings served on a stick...who would want the others on a bone after this? Wow! We also had chicken and shrimp egg rolls which were delicious, along with barbecued short rib and striped bass. Every plate was amazing and a delight to eat. I look forward to Departure's re-opening in it new location (when available). So glad we got to participate in this wonderful experience during Denver's restaurant week.

N
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal start to finish. The strawberry ice cream was the best ice cream I think I've ever had. All the wait staff was highly attentive especially the nice older man refilling waters. So sad they are closing soon. Hoping for a new location to reopen once they find one! I'll definitely be back.

AK
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed every aspect of our visit to Departure. The most concerning part was the complete lack of people in the restaurant. I think the entire time we were there (which totaled less than an hour) we saw maybe 4-5 other guests? The food was fantastic and I think the portions were perfect given the quality.

RS
Denver
182 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot in Cherry Creek for great hospitality and creative Asian cuisine

N
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

This place is a solid average all around. Average food & very average service. The restaurant week menu was pretty underwhelming and the staff knowledge was very minimal. They also brought food out at random for a group of 5. So often people’s meals were cold by the time we started eating. The ambiance is very nice! But likely will not be back.

M
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was delicious. However, the service was rushed - we received our entree when we had not finished the appetizer yet. We also arrived early, to an empty restaurant, and were given the worst table. Upon nicely asking if we could have different table, we were told that we couldn't. (The table we had suggested was empty the entire time that we dined.) It tainted the evening, and in hindsight, we should have left.

SJ
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was very tasty. You don’t really get a typical “dinner plate” of food, the food is small plate style meant for sharing.

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! We were so happy with the experience. Had the chef tasting menu, which I highly recommend so you can try a little of everything. The food is unique but very approachable. And obviously delicious! I will definitely be back!

N
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere, food and service! What more could we ask for?!

JC
Denver
138 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

really good menu, great service and great location. They do a good job of handling a lot of guests, we had great service and the food comes out pretty fast for a Saturday night. It was tasty and they have vegan choices too.

AB
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional. Drinks were a little overpriced and quite a small poor. Would definitely come back for the food but will limit my drink purchases.

MK
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

LOVED the food, our waitress Lauren, and the atmosphere! I have to say when we got there we put our name in and the hostess took our coat. We went to get a drink at the bar and were ignored until we found an open seat at the bar. Not sure if that is the policy but the bar service could be improved. Three bartenders saw us standing there.

EB
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I followed the Top Chef season with Gregory Gourdet and have wanted to try his restaurant ever since. This did not disappoint! We dined with our four kids and they were so pleased that there were fun, non-alcoholic drinks available for them. I love the small plate concept of dining because I want to try everything on the menu! Every single thing we ate was outstanding both in presentation and flavor-I particularly enjoyed the pork belly and poke. The desserts were artistic masterpieces-a chocolate forest with strawberry ice cream was the special. I don't think there has been a day since we got home from our trip that somebody hasn't commented wistfully about going back, just for the food. Service was good, we never felt rushed, and the whole restaurant is a gorgeous space.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in denver. Their miso bass is soooo good! The service is outstanding as well. I can't wait for it to reopen (in a different location)!

EK
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our Valentines Day date night. Food was delicious, service prompt. We loved that it was mostly shared place. To quote my wife, “We will be back”

TC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, quality and taste are amazing. Portions are small, but fun to sample lots of different food types.

DS
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Swank Asian in Cherry Creek great for a date night or special occasion. The pine nut shaved veggie salad was amazing as was the service at the bar. Highly recommend!

P
Denver
47 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again a fantastic dining experience. The special items added to the menu for Valentine’s Day were delicious. You can never have a bad experience at Departure. We will gladly recommend Departure to everyone. You need to have this wonderful dining experience.

KB
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was incredible! Ordered from the vegan menu. The curry dish is not to be missed! Sweet potato roll and Brussels Sprouts excellent as well! A mix up with Open Table reservation, but we fortunately snagged seats at the bar. Add this place to your list!

a
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Departure has become one of our favorite date-night spots. The food is excellent, the servers are attentive and quick, and we love the ambiance. Great choice for dinner our in Cherry Creek North!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great, hip spot. Wait staff was super. Food was tasty. Specialty cocktails had a few too many ingredients.

J
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Departure happens to be one of my favorite restaurants in Denver, and they never seem to fail. Service was perfect from the get-go, and the food was absolutely outrageously special despite me being here 3 time previously. The Bass...... get the bass. Don't worry about the $40 price tag, it's way worth it!

TV
Orlando
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A late brunch / early lunch before heading to a matinee. The food was simply incredible. The three of us found it almost impossible to just select three items from the menu. Superb service and ambiance as well. Absolutely epic.

PP
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was great!

KW
Denver
66 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

GREAT INNOVATIVE AND TASTY DINNER WITH EXCELLENT SERVICE AND UNIQUE DISHES. WAITER WAS HELPFUL, BILL WAS NOT CHEAP BUT WORTH THE COST, AND IT WAS A COMPLETELY MEMORABLE DINNER,

D
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently Great Food. Fantastic Originality. Good drinks. Service excellent! Can’t recommend it enough. In Denver or Portland Oregon, don’t miss it . It might be named DEPARTURE but it should be your DESTINATION!

KR
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good for a business lunch. Not too crowded or noisy. The food was delicious (Hawaiian Tuna Poke Bowl), but portions are smaller, FYI. I will definitely be back!

DF
Denver
52 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazingly flavorful and creative food. Every dish we had was amazing - packed full of great flavors and unique combinations. We were seated in a booth in the back. The service was very attentive but left good time to chat and enjoy the food. Our favorites were the fried chicken bun, the wontons, and the gyoza. Really, it was all our favorite! This place was just put on the 5280 Top 25 list and I think it has earned its place well.

G
Denver
80 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

After dining once at the Departure Restaurant, I had mixed feelings overall. The impressive positive aspects were the great ambiance, the fine service, and some great dishes, like the octopus. The downside, unfortunately, was that despite the artistic presentation, some of the dishes were not particularly tasty. The shrimp tempura roll was meh. Much better is found at Sushi Den, Izayaka Den. I think the Szechuan dumplings didn't stand up to those found at some of the better and more authentic Chinese restaurants. Departure is relatively expensive, dinner for the four of us, with 2 glasses of wine, came to about $350 with tip and tax. So this is the upshot: if fine ambiance and great service are primary in a pan Asian meal, then Departure fits the bill. If instead you are looking for a great tasting Asian meal, there are other choices at far lower cost.

ML
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Establishment was not full nor that busy for a snowy Friday night. Server took a long time to get to our table. Once we ordered she only took away one menu but left the other and the specials menu as well. We placed them on the visible open seat next to us and they were never removed our whole stay. Server took another long time bringing us our drinks. Food was good and brought out timely. Not sure if we will go back or recommend to friends.

OT
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and great service! I wish there were more vegetarian options on the brunch menu

BS
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We moved from Chicago 20 years ago and this was definitely one of the best overall meal we've eaten in Denver!

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