Departure Restaurant + Lounge, Denver

4.6
461 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Asian
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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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Private dining
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

Private Dining

Departure and Departure Elevated in Cherry Creek North are the perfect destinations for your next private event!

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What 461 People Are Saying
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AB
1 review
5.0Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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Denver
1 review
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Austin
4 reviews
4.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fresh take on Asian; festive dishes and high quality overall

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c
Denver
18 reviews
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Disappointing trendy Asian food. Cool decor and trendy vibe in Cherry Creek, but overpriced and lacking in flavor. The food and drinks are Instagram-able, colorful, and attractive, but ends there. May come back for drinks, but skip the food.

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Denver
18 reviews
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good, service was great, but the restaurant was so loud it was difficult to have a conversation and enjoy our meal. Definitely more geared for the bar crowd then the sit down and have nice dinner crowd.

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RC
Denver
1 review
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed ourselves at this new restaurant (for us). Service was excellent, as well as food. Portions were smallish, price for food was a little high.

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Denver
7 reviews
4.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very well done. Pricey for what it is, but that’s Cherry Creek for you!

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m
Denver
5 reviews
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to try Departure because of the Exec Chef's Top Chef honors. It did not disappoint. We had the tasting menu, but Chef went out of his way to make it a memorable experience. Black Cod is not normally on that menu and he included it for our dining pleasure. So glad!! Fresh, new, exciting food for Denver. We will be back. Special shout out to Alan, our waiter, for pairing wines for us, offering suggestions and describing our courses in a way that added to the excellent experience! Thanks for picking Denver, Greg!

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Amarillo
17 reviews
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wow! Amazing meal, great service, and a wonderful way to celebrate an anniversary. Sake was delicate complex and exciting!! Thanks John for excellent service.

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RF
Des Moines
1 review
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic! Staff was on point and the food was perfect.

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Denver
1 review
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Departure Denver is the best brunch spot in the whole city. From their Korean fried chicken to the Thai bisquits and gravy and of course the coconut pancakes which are my favorite sweet breakfast item I've ever eaten

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S
1 review
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary and the staff treated us like royalty the duration of our dining experience. Great food and drink pairings to the chefs tasting menu. Very unique ingredients and style of food, very impressed, will be back in.

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CT
1 review
3.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

slow service, small portion and seemed to cost allot

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Denver
2 reviews
3.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was excellent and once they figured out who our server was he was great. The biggest complaint was that they didn’t seem very well organized. More than once servers asked us if we needed anything and then disappeared only to be asked again. Additionally other people’s meals were brought to our table or vice versa. And that happened more than once too.

My friend and I both had the coconut pancakes which were divine, hopefully they can work on their organization.

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Denver
1 review
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I received a message I didn’t go and I did. I hope I get my points for going! Thanks

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HJ
Denver
1 review
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Departure has attentive and knowledgeable servers that can help you through the very creative menu. We ate about 8-9 starters between 4 people and that was a really nice way to navigate the menu and enjoy small amounts of extremely flavorful food. The starters are far and away better than the entrees. Do yourself a favor and please have the wings, pork belly, octopus and lamb. What a wonderful experience.

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KR
1 review
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I dined here for a birthday and had a great experience. The food was delicious and the service was equally as satisfying. I will be returning to Departure in the near future!

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RC
1 review
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food with a very friendly staff. Interesting menu options and it was all very tasty. Good atmosphere and great people watching from the window table.

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Boise
29 reviews
2.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

I was very disappointed given the rave reviews. At 8 on Friday evening the place was almost empty. Makes me suspect it isn’t what it used to me. The noise level was almost painful. I had to ask to be moved next to a window. Service was excellent but the food was mediocre at best. We had tuna poke, a hamachi roll, Brussels sprouts with lime and the beef fun something. I lived in Asia for a number of years so I have some experience in what it should taste like. Asian Fusion or no, I can’t recommend Departure.

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Buckinghamshire
14 reviews
5.0Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Everything was great but when it’s 90+ degrees outside close the window!
We need air conditioning
It was a shame as the food and service were excellent

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P
Denver
19 reviews
5.0Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved Departure. Have been wanting to come here for some time. Great Asian-inspired menu. Everythign we oredered was excellent. Staff/service was also great.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service

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Denver
5 reviews
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food.

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Denver
8 reviews
4.0Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious with artful presentation. The host was gracious and very attentive- the service started a bit slow (took about 15 minutes at least for drink orders) but then, after that, the service was excellent- perhaps just some confusion about who was attending the table- but it was a great evening - I will definitely return.

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LE
Chicago
26 reviews
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and adventurous. We really enjoyed the variety and the take on Pan Asian cuisine.

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Denver
22 reviews
4.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

This was our sixth or seventh time dining at Departure since it first opened. The food had remained consistently fun, flavorful and original. Loved the black cod preparation and the whole fried fish which is fun to look at and to pick at. The sound level has greatly improved. In the past we had to shout to hear each other. Noticeably better sound level made for an energetic feel without the risk of hearing loss. I feel like we drew short straw on waitstaff. In past the waiters have been attentive, helpful and friendly. This time several of my guests remarked that there was something not right about our server J. Among the oddities...When a few people got up to use the restroom he snatched up their napkins. I thought ‘ok, he’s going to record or replace.’ When dessert came we had to ask for new ones, getting a reaction that made it seem like I was being a nuisance. Even then not everyone received a replacement. (Just a bit off). Coffee was barely luke warm and took 15 minutes to replace, well after we were done and ready to go. I wouldn’t call the service bad, just awkward and not up to par. I’d still return to Departure, because we enjoy the vibe and the food, despite the off night on service.

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SB
Central Coast
6 reviews
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unforgettable experience for foodies!

Highlights:
Coconut chicken soup
Short rib bao bun

Great service, ambiance, and variety of flavors. Will 100% being going back when visiting Denver!

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Denver
6 reviews
1.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was extremely poor and overpriced for quality and quantity of food. Our sides did not arrive until after we had finished the main dishes. Drink orders took over 20 min. Very disappointed and will not be returning.

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Denver
2 reviews
4.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, but service was slow especially in the beginning. I think that was due to our server being on a smoke break because when she arrived (after waiting for a long time) she smelled like smoke. That definitely took away from the experience, but overall we enjoyed our food and had a nice “date night.”

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K
Denver
3 reviews
4.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

Excellent food as always. Unfortunately our waiter was not attentive, didn't explain the menu, etc. This is the first time I've had poor service at Departure.

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TH
Denver
1 review
3.0Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Wait staff very personable and friendly. Some dishes were great and others average or little better than average.

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Denver
1 review
5.0Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Top notch drinks as well

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Denver
4 reviews
3.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Have had excellent dining experiences at the PDX location but this location's food wasn't up to par with PDX's. Chicken wings were OK, Beef Chow Fun was good, scallops were great but portion was very small, brussel sprouts, Thai Fried Rice , Grilled Tiger Prawns & Short Rib Buns were pretty good. Bibimbap was so spicy it was inedible, even for two members of our party of 4 who love hot & spicy items. It'll be a while before we return as there are many great Asian restaurants in Denver.

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D
Denver
16 reviews
5.0Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was amazing ! From the valet to the servers top notch service

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SG
Denver
1 review
5.0Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative dishes that are unique and delicious! We enjoyed trying new cuisine. Easy valet parking too!

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RL
1 review
3.0Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Only tried this place because it was on the Denver Passbook. Would not go for a full-priced meal. Octopus appetizer was good but VERY small portion for $15. Bibimbap was delicious. Ramen was not good - broth had a weird taste/smell and it contained extremely vinegary mushrooms. Trying too hard to be fancy for a simple dish. My girlfriend couldn't eat any of it because of the smell of the broth.

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OT
1 review
3.0Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

$400 meal with fruit flys flying around our meal. Won’t be going back.

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Portland
1 review
5.0Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a bride to be! Departure was a perfect spot! Our waitress was fabulous. The food was amazing. The ambiance was fun. Perfect spot for our group!

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DD
Denver
15 reviews
5.0Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though I feel like we got shorted on our martinis, the meal was nuclear. Great food, can't say enough about the crispy pork belly and the Colorado Bass. Right in the heart of happening Cherry Creek, great people watching - the wanna-be's and the for-reals.

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JC
1 review
4.0Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

great food and service will definitely be coming back

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