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Departure Restaurant + Lounge, Denver

4.5
419 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Asian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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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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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Join us at Departure Restaurant + Lounge this Mother’s Day when we celebrate the important women in our lives! Allow us to take you on an unforgettable culinary journey unlike any other in Cherry Creek.

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What 419 People Are Saying
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Great food and service! We shared a number of dishes, sushi rolls, ribs, tiger prawns, whole bass, korean chicken. All delicious.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Absolute banger of of a date spot, and can’t wait to come back!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Nice that able to sit in lounge for drinks/appetizers when arrived early for our reservation. Excellent friendly helpful service—helpful with details of menu. Good variety for non-red meat eaters. Delicious food. Extremely attentive water refillers—a bit too much actually— no need to refill someone’s water after they’ve taken only one sip.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I love Departure. I have been several times and it never fails to impress. The menu changes somewhat frequently and has really great variety. My absolute favorite is the bibimbap. It's ridiculously good with tiny pieces of kobe beef, a freshly stirred egg into this sizzling dish brought table side, with just the right amount of heat. So glad to see it back on the menu.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

This used to be one of favorite Asian restaurants in Denver BUT the menu has been contracted significantly. Thankfully the skewers have been removed from the menu, I never really cared for those but the amazing Thai duck curry is also gone which is sad. The menu is just too limited now without the pops of flavor that I used to enjoy.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We tried multiple things from the menu and found each one outstanding. Especially loved the root vegetable sushi, warm carrot salad, Brussels sprout side and black soy bean edemame sprinkled with a yummy salt from Oregon. Can’t wait to share the experience with other friends.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Fantastic brunch experience.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great! Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Lovely restaurant in the heart of Cherry Creek shopping district. Food was Asian with a bit American flair. Delicious. Service was very good. Very cute decor in restaurant and lobby of boutique hotel there. Will go back.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Food was superb, everything we had from the sushi rolls, short rib buns, ramen, tuna poke, pork belly and Bibimbap. Our kids thought the sushi rolls were the best they have ever had. Ramen had lots of pork and 2 shrimp cakes for a fair price. Bibimbap was enough for 2 people. We were really surprised by how great the food was. Server was friendly and attentive.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The pancakes were very burnt but serve them to us anyway. Portions were small it best I left a bit hungry. I’ve been here many times for dinner I will stick to that brunch was not as good at all

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

For the money we spent probably not a place I would return to. With that said everything was tasty, the service was awesome. It’s just one of those one time experience kind of restaurants, not something I’m craving .. Actually came home hungry!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We were ignored at first but Our new waiter Alex when they realized our waitress was MIA gave us phenomenal service.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Probably one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Do the Chefs Tasting Menu if you get the chance. Great way to try a little of everything and some not on he menu. Do wish the servers would speak up when presenting the food.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Having "discovered" Departure during restaurant week, we returned with out of town visitors and explored many other options. The food preparation and presentative is creative and super. The staff knows the menu quite well and can answer any question. This is truly one of Denver's bright spots in the emerging dining scene.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Went for brunch and the food was great!! They have fun dishes and everything was reasonably priced...except for the coffee! They charge $6 per cup which is a little ridiculous. We barely drank the coffee (because it's also not very good- very bitter) and we had to pay $18 for that part. That was more expensive than each one of our entrees!! Crazy-- dont get the coffeee!!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

This was our first time at Departure. Went for an anniversary dinner. Absolutely loved the Tuna starter! Best we've ever had! Enjoyed the rest of the meal too but the lime brussel spouts were too tangy for our taste. Will be adding Departure to our "go-to" list of top stops.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Service was terrific and food was yummy. Only wish it wasn’t so loud or that we sat at a round table. We were yelling at each other all night. Would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

It was over what we expected!
Wow!

Ambiance, music, service, food, everything was really Nice!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Na it was great

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The whole fish was amazing. The server did bus the plate before we were done tearing it apart. Ordered a second round of brussels sprouts because they were magical. Would love the recipe. Bathroom access was confusing after a bottle of wine. Great job

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

One of the best restaurants I’ve eaten at in years (and I’m picky).

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great food! The atmosphere is fun and energetic but not overall crowded.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

First time we had come to Departure foe brunch and had a wonderful experience. Food menu was extensive and the food was fantastic. Our wait staff was very attentive and extremely friendly. We make the hour and a half trip every few weeks for dinner and now will be adding brunch to our experiences. We will always recommend Departure- both Denver and Portland

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We went in for brunch. The place was empty. I saw one table of people in the fun booth in the bar area and asked for a booth. We were given one in the back away from the more active part of the restaurant. I'm sure it was because we had our kids with us. We waited at least 10 minutes before we were even greeted by our server who had walked by twice. She took our drink order. Then after she left another server asked for our drink order. It took probably another 15 minutes for drinks (all which were easy) and our server then took our entire food order. Before out drinks even got there an appetizer showed up! It was off. Everything was off!!!!

It was not busy. I counted and there were only 4 tables total seated while there. Most of the time only 3.

My food was salty. My husbands burger was not cooked through. Due to how they marinade the meat, you couldn't tell until you bit into the raw burger center. Never was offered another drink.

In Denver there are a million restaurants to choose from. Departure probably is still great for night time. For brunch. NO. And I have told everyone I know about our experience and most of them agreed. So I was glad to know it wasn't only us.

We go out every weekend. We had such high hopes given this is in our neighborhood.

Save your money for brunch. HOpefully management figures out they need to get staff that is friendly, organized, and wants to work.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food was great. Server couldn’t have cared less

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Went here for Denver restaurant week, while we did not order off the special menu, we loved everything. The chicken and shrimp spring rolls were to die for. I don't usually love sushi but the crunchy tuna roll was absolutely delicious. Finished it off with the miso ramen, which I would also recommend. Overall, we LOVED all of it and will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Fantastic service and food! Our waiter, Tyler, was knowledgeable and fun. The general manager was engaging and everyone from the hostess to the bussers and food servers were delightful. HIGHLY recommend the carrot salad and the hamachi rolls. We will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Dining at Departure was a lot of fun for our small group. We found the menu adventurous and delicious. The portion size of the appetizers (2 tiger shrimp to an order - a bit skimpy for the price) led us to believe that the entrees/larger plate items would lean towards scanty and artistic, but we were fooled. The main dishes were generous and perfect for sharing around the table. We tried 4 different appetizers/ small plates, one soup, and 4 entrees. The hands down favorites for our table were the Departure wings, the Kampachi Sashimi (note: the Hamachi description sounds closer to what we had, ) and the Beef Chow Fun. Other clear winners in taste were the grilled tiger prawns, tuna poke, Korean roast chicken, Bibimbap, and the Fried whole striped bass. The octopus, while loved by some had a stronger 'fishy' flavor and there was debate that it could have been charred a bit more. The Coconut milk soup, though a generous portion, only won one heart, most at our table found it a bit heavy on the salt and lime. Overall the food was award winning delightful!

Our server was cordial, and knowledgeable, (though not particularly warm). The back-up service, cursory. I enjoyed learning about the meal and the way it was prepared, however, given the choice I prefer amiability over education during dinner.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Depart from Departure for many reasons--spine tingling bass driven extremely loud music (think of a "Summertime" remix with thumping backbeat), too quick to come food that seemed like a ploy to quickly turn tables, and a supposed "allergy protocol" that ended up limiting the menu --i.e. fish in both chicken and beef dishes galore.

If you want a club mix dining experience that is trying too hard to be trendy, help yourself.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We came for restaurant week and it didn’t disappoint! We ended up ordering a couple extra sides and had plenty of leftovers. The $24 bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon was a bonus!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The pork belly is unbelievable, if you go you have to have it! Our server was very helpful, informative and genuine. The atmosphere is basic and enjoyable. Really an all around wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The food was phenomenal! Tried this place out during restaurant week with some friends! Loved every dish that came out! Highly recommend this place!

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2.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Went for Denver Restaurant Week. All I can say is it was very mediocre. There was one good dish, I believe it was the Roast Chicken. Really most of the others were a poor interpretation of Asian flavors, with a general overuse of chili. I LOVE basically all Asian cuisine, and I would not recommend this to someone who is looking for something great. There's many places in Denver that are a fraction of the cost and far superior and authentic.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Food is delicious, staff is accommodating, friendly and attentive.

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2.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Restaurant week. Service very slow. One person in our party got served her first course while the other two sat there and waited forever!!! The stripped bass was dry.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

I've been here several time and love it! This outing was not so great. Perhaps it was b/c of restauratnt week - not sure. I personally skipped the rest week menu b/c I love the pork belly appetizer. It rocked as always (all 4 friends dining with me agreed). But the black cod entree was really marginal (all 4 friends agreed). They all went for the rest week menu - many ordered the sushi app and while they agreed it was good - no soy sauce was served with it. Those that had the striped bass entree said it was just ok, the meat in the mongolian beef was a bit overcooked (though tasty). We ordered the brussel sprouts (I've had them a few times before) and they were out of this world as always! So the sum up... the food was hit or miss. The service was generally good but when my friend who doesn't do desserts asked if she could do two appetizers rather than a dessert, they denied her. When she asked then to take home the dessert to her family - they said one was pre-made in their glass so couldn't be taken home - the other would have melted. So she asked if they could just choose one of their other desserts not on the restaurant week menu to put in a to go box. They pushed back on that too until a manager came over. We are all pretty confused on why that had to be so difficult. Anyway - I'll be back for the pork belly app - but it is too bad they didn't make a better impression on my friends.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Our anniversary celebration dinner was a fantastic experience. Our server Alan was great. The food was super fun and delicious. The tastes were subtle and amazing. Even the dinner salad took our breathe away. We felt like we had a 2 1/2 hour 'food spa.' thank you!

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

We headed to Denver for restaurant Week and wished to try something new. Departure is new to Denver (parent and only other location in Portland, OR). F.ood and service were outstanding with innovative, Asian-fusion cuisine. Altogether a fun evening and we'll surely return.

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