Departure Restaurant + Lounge, Denver
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
Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers
Join us in the celebration of Thanksgiving, Departure Style! This year we are offering a three course menu with shared appetizers, choice of entree, shared sides and family style desserts! $65 per person, Reservations highly recommended.
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers
Peking Duck is back for the month of December! 1 Duck server 2-4 guests and comes with all the traditional sides. $100 per duck. Visit our website for more details. Reservations highly recommended.
Monday, December 24, 2018
It was okay. The drinks were okay, the service was okay, the food okay too. It’s just okay.
Wonderful all the way around. It was a last minute choice after arriving late this afternoon from the east coast. Everything was spot on. The wine the food an especially our waiter, Ari. He made us feel very welcome and knew everything about the food. Thanks for a great evening.
Fresh, innovative Asian menu. Service has a few bumps in terms of quality/sophistication, but they realize it quickly and are warm, conscientious and personable. Ordered omekase and loved it with one exception: almost every single course had significant spice, which overshadowed our wine. Simply could not taste the wine due to the spice (and wine is a large part of the ticket/experience). Suggest either an omekase with wine/sake pairing or rethinking the pace/level of spice in omekase. Nonetheless, very nice experience and would go back.
This review is difficult to write since we have dined at Departure several times and entertained guests there. The food is delicious and the wait staff superb. Further, shortly after we departed and soon after seating, we received an apology via telephone from the restaurant manager. So what went wrong, and what is responsible for this overly generous one-star review?
That evening, Departure was doing a special dinner; nowhere on Opentable nor their website was a notation that the Sunday night Asian-American menu nor regular menu would not be served. Further, and despite an empty restaurant at 4 PM, we were seated next to a table of four patrons, soon to be joined by three others. They were celebratory and loud. Despite twice requesting to be moved, we were told we could not owing to the special event (beginning 90 minutes later). Of the two younger hostesses, one was clueless while the other obsequious and patronizing, and this can only be attributed to poor training by management. This was a special evening for the two of us.
We departed and proceeded to another noted restaurant where we had no reservations. We were recognized, welcomed, and had a fabulous experience.
Restaurants are an important part of the service industry; that Departure chooses to be disrespectful of once loyal patrons is incomprehensible. We have been offered appetizers and a "round of drinks" for our next visit. We won't be back and have shared this unfortunate experience with other previous guests who, like us, once praised Departure.
Great experience and nice they have a chef's tasting menu option so you can try a little of everything.
Spectacular, authentic Asian food! The service was great - wait staff well informed, pleasant and attentive.
The food is absolutely fantastic, as well as the service. All dishes contain complex flavors, creative combinations and impeccable plating. Wonderful cocktail list and an extensive wine and sake list. My husband and I had a lovely time.
wonderful meal everything we ordered was delicious ... our server was fun and friendly ... drinks were awesome
A really nice place to take your significant other. Great atmosphere, super bar area, and nice open kitchen. The hostess was really kind and accommodated us by setting us in a large booth so we could observe the entire restaurant. We started with their egg rolls which were nothing special, especially with the sticker price. We then had the lamp which was phenomenal along with shrimp fried rice. The portions were very small for the price. Look I get it, you often pay for the ambiance, which was excellent. However when you serve only small plates at entree prices the portions should be substantially more.
Great food. Wine list is a bit short on reasonably priced options and food is quite expensive.
Food was very good and service was awesome as well.
Service was great. We did the tasting menu and got basically all the stuff we would have wanted off the regular menu = GREAT. Menu is inventive and fresh, all while being accessible.
Excellent food, excellent service. Do yourself a favor and go try several small plates.
Another fantastic experience! I love coming here. Everyone is so friendly and the atmosphere is great. Totally recommend for any foodie!
The bar tender Andrew is a true professional! This mixologist made our delicious drinks with precision our dinner service was exceptional! This is our favorite location in Cherry Creek for a reason!
Outstanding in every way!! Unique creative food with great service and ambiance!
Birthday dinner with grandson
Departure has the best food and fun atmosphere. Highly recommend!
Super meal. Lamb chops were special
It was very nice! Food was delish! A bit loud at times would be my only complaint.
I was very excited to experience Gregory Gourdet's Denver restaurant Departure. I was visiting Denver for a few days and my number one request was to dine here. I was not disappointed. The menu is very eclectic showcasing Gregory's (Gigi!) cultural background from New Orleans and Haiti. The menu is very seafood/fish forward and draws from that culture background and Japanese cuisine. My top 2 dishes were the octopus and the black cod. Both were filled with umami sensations and I could have easily ordered more. I paired that with some wonderful unfiltered sake. The service as well was spectacular. I plan to visit Gregory's other restaurant in Portland later this year.
We had a great time. The food is absolutely amazing. The service was wonderful. Most dishes are served family style but are elegant and beautiful. Three of us had the chef tasting menu. All the courses were excellent. My favorite is the lamb chop. The new dessert is fun and delicious.
We had a great time at Departure for dinner with another couple. The food was absolutely delicious. We tried the chef's sampling menu...perfect amount of food. Our server, Katie, was fantastic! We had a really good time and are looking forward to the next visit.
Had not been for a while. It was a very pleasant dining experience. Food was excellent and waiter was very attentive, without being intrusive, and quite helpful with menu suggestions. Husband had the whole fish and was very pleased. We won't let so much time pass to go back
The food was so full of flavors and the menu so diverse. Our server had great recommendations on both food and drink. The pink sake was a perfect pairing!
We Came for a second time and still really enjoyed the bibimbop - also had edamame and tuna salad. The salad has great flavors but it’s small and probably not filling for an entrée. Nevertheless good service and we will be back!
The majority of the food was good. The soup was wonderful. The fried rice and buns were very good. We were very disappointed in the tiger prawns. They were beautiful but were served to us overly cooked, so they were very tough/dry and chewy. The server did the right thing, but in a strange way. We liked the restaurant, but not as much as we had hoped to like it.
Overall our experience was wonderful. The staff responded compassionately to certain requests. Newly sober I wanted to limit alcohol decisions and they handled that beautifully. Our waiter was wonderful and the food was excellent.
The food is always well done and interesting. The Togarashi Scallops had a great texture and flavor. We also really loved the Bibimbap.
We sat on the patio and enjoyed the Cherry Creek North people watching. As for food, the Bibimbap wsa the highlight - it was very spicy for me, perfect for my husband. The flavors were very unique and it got better the longer it cooked in the pot. I thought it was unique for CC dining and we also really enjoyed the coconut soup prior to this. Both portions were large and shareable. Service was pretty good as well.
food and service excellent but the drinks were small pours and disappointing for the price
We were in town from Minneapolis and came to Departure to support our dear friend Chef Greg. We enjoyed a number of items from the menu - Crunchy Spicy Tuna Roll, Mushroom Gyozas, Tiger Prawns, Short Rib Buns, Mixed Greens Salad and Bibimbap. Everything was tasty. The tuna roll was fresh but could have had a bit more flavor. I think my favorite thing was the salad with the shaved veggies and amazing lemon-miso dressing. Close second was the Tiger Prawns but I wished there had been 2 more on the plate! Overall, we really enjoyed our experience and our waitress Tina was so nice and helpful. We missed Chef Greg but if we are back in town or in Portland, we will definitely be sure to visit again!
We were unpleasantly surprised by the service and how crammed the place was. My chair was pressed against another person's chair who was sitting at the table nearby. We waited for 25 minutes at our table to have a waiter come by and bring drinks menu. He came by and apologized sincerely and offered to cover our drinks. The food was decent, entrees were delicious. When the waiter brought the check, the amount excluded the drinks however when he ran my credit card the drinks were included, so he ended up charging us $30 more than was in the original check. We didn't want to ruin our night any further so we just paid and left. Poor service completely overshadowed good food. I won't recommend this place to anyone.
Things were great until we pulled out the Denver Dining Book. That is crazy because as always I will tip on the original amount. Staff is pretty pretentious. He essentially looked at us differently even though we spent over $135 for two. Stupid, and will cause me not to go back.
The presentation of the food was great, as was the service. Flavors were good too. I would bathe in that coconut soup if I could!
Outstanding service and a wonderful variety of dishes with unique and delicious tastes. Something a little different that is very tasty in a fun lively atmosphere.
We live in the neighborhood, but hadn't been to Departure since it opened. We were looking forward to it, but it didn't really live up to the hype, honestly. We first realized not all the menus were the same, so didn't know which we should be focused on. Not unique to Departure, but we were given one drink menu for a party of four. I simply don't understand why a restaurant doesn't give each patron a drink menu! The next thing was they were out of the beer I ordered, so I ordered a backup only to be told after she returned that they didn't have that on either. At that point I might expect to be comp'ed a beer, but no offer. We then ordered some food, which we were told was done for sharing. The food came, but was in small portions difficult to share, with no knives for cutting. Further, there were two (2!) tiger shrimp for $14. Just not a good value from our perspective. Maybe the small quantities for lots of money could be overlooked if it was excellent, but it really only rated a 6 or 7 out of 10. For example, the overpriced shrimp was also overcooked. Something I just wouldn't expect at a place like this.
We recently took a client to Departure for a business dinner and it is now one of my favorite restaurants in Denver. The variety and preparation of each dish was outstanding and the atmosphere is perfect.
I would put Departure on top of the list for a casual business dinner or date night!
Had a great time. Our server (blanking on her name now so sorry! Blonde gal we sat in the front by the windows) was awesome super attentive and sweet. We did the chefs tasting menu which was absolutely delicious. I felt like the portion sizes could have been a little bit bigger. I was still hungry after :/ overall it was great and god damn that rooftop is probably the sexiest one in Denver.