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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
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (24)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Special Occasion (21)
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Fit for Foodies (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Fun (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Hot Spot (13)
Tasting Menu (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Spicy (11)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Tapas (10)
Business Meals (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Authentic (8)
People Watching (8)
Vegan (8)
Romantic (7)
Casual (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Healthy (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Seasonal (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Cozy (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Denver)·Dined on January 12, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 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 6, 2018

Very difficult to have a conversation.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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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 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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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 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 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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·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Tags: Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Peking Duck is a must-have every December!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We,really liked the vegan coconut ash dessert.
We also liked the departure greens and the shitaki bao. Good restairamt for vegans. Request a quiet table. Great that it was open on Xmas. Tyvon was very helpful.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Casual, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Vegan
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 26, 2017

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Cozy, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 22, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We had the duck, and our server was absolutely amazing! Great wine selection

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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Fantastic restaurant with great food, atmosphere, staff and menu choices.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 13, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Always an incredible experience. Food and decor is next level, Staff is knowledgeable and friendly, including management.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 13, 2017

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.)

Tags: Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

just ok
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

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The best meal I’ve had in a long time from beginning to and great service will be back soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Pretty cool twist on traditional Thanksgiving dining.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Fantastic special menu with an Asian twist on Thanksgiving. Every dish from appetizer to dessert surpassed our expectations

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

I went for thanksgiving and the food was delicious and exceptional! They served the traditional thanksgiving food but with a twist full of originality and flavor. The service was great and the decoration of the restaurant was incredibly beautiful

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Delicious and I usually don't do wings but their wings are something special

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Disabled Access, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Tapas, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Healthy
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

A m a z i n g

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Poor service. Food was good but not great - especially for the price

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 12, 2017

40th bday celebration. Took great care of us.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Good - not as good as the past few times. Out first two dinners were great. Not quite the same level as before

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Departure is your typical trendy restaurant, offering shared plates (family style) in a relaxed environment. Overall, the food was standard, but over priced.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Nee restaurant. New ideas! Lots of options. Service could be more attentive. But seems to be dominated by the bar crowd.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We tried many items on the menu and they were all truly delicious. Our server was terrific and when she discovered we'd be interested in vegetarian items had several suggestions and a vegan menu. Definitely recommend Departure and will certainly return...

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, People Watching
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had dine here before and enjoyed it very well. Unfortunately, the second time was very disappointing. Our server was not at all attentive and we had to flag anyone that was passing to get some attention.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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