Departure Restaurant + Lounge, Denver

4.6
500 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Asian
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
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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 Elevated in Cherry Creek North are the perfect destinations for your next private event!

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Specials

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

What 500 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

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SB
Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

It was okay. The drinks were okay, the service was okay, the food okay too. It’s just okay.

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A
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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d
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

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M
Denver
72 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 1

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.

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AG
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and nice they have a chef's tasting menu option so you can try a little of everything.

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AL
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Spectacular, authentic Asian food! The service was great - wait staff well informed, pleasant and attentive.

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AM
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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L
Denver
44 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful meal everything we ordered was delicious ... our server was fun and friendly ... drinks were awesome

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OT
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

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Boise
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food. Wine list is a bit short on reasonably priced options and food is quite expensive.

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TG
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and service was awesome as well.

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EF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JR
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, excellent service. Do yourself a favor and go try several small plates.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fantastic experience! I love coming here. Everyone is so friendly and the atmosphere is great. Totally recommend for any foodie!

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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L
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Outstanding in every way!! Unique creative food with great service and ambiance!

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ST
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner with grandson

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G
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Departure has the best food and fun atmosphere. Highly recommend!

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DW
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Super meal. Lamb chops were special

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Mobile
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was very nice! Food was delish! A bit loud at times would be my only complaint.

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R
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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BD
Denver
53 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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RS
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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.

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MG
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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LE
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is always well done and interesting. The Togarashi Scallops had a great texture and flavor. We also really loved the Bibimbap.

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RS
Denver
28 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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c
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food and service excellent but the drinks were small pours and disappointing for the price

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JH
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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!

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J
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

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.

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WP
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

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.

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FL
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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!

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SG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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g
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

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AB
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
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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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 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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