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El Five

4.7
2462 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Hello!

We are open!

El Five and the Edible Beats Family (Root Down, Linger, Ophelias, Vital Root and El Five) are very grateful to welcome you back into our restaurant.

Our menu continues to feature our take on traditional Spanish and Mediterranean tapas with influences from North Africa and the Middle East.

Enjoy this underrepresented cuisine while overlooking spectacular unobstructed city views of the downtown Denver skyline and Rockies foothills.

We are open for inside dining and to-go. We are also offering limited enclosed and heated outdoor seating, on a first come, first serve basis. We sincerely apologize, enclosed outdoor seating is not available to be reserved ahead of time.

Please be aware that we continue to follow all state and city guidance regarding capacity and health practices, including temperature checks and the wearing of masks while moving around our space or engaging with staff.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2462 people are saying
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JoePerot86
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food/drinks and staff were outstanding. Some of the clientele were obviously snooty but hey money is money. Can’t beat the views!

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MIGO
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Wines were good too. Beautiful environment and location. The view was great!! Thank

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AudreyE
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! And some amazing views. Service was great, will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience1

We asked for an outside table and was seated indoor. Several people in our group have difficulty hearing. The extreme noise level at our table prevented them from participating in the conversation. Sad.

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vipMelOnWheels
Denver
98 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delicious food and drink, quality service, lovely vibe

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KenB
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view was spectacular. Service was superb. Food was excellent but portions were on the small side even for small plates.

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vipScottP
Denver
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! The food and cocktails are exceptional here!

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NickJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

El Five was a fantastic experience, and easily the best meal we had during our four-day visit to Denver.

Once we were sat, our server was informative and helpful, and the Tempranillo they have is spot on.

After thinking food couldn't get any better than the Smoked Burrata and Goat Cheese Croquettes, we were served our Carne Paella, and that sent us through the roof. It was amazing - the meats were great, the peppers were great... but that rice, folks: HOLY COW. So crunchy on the bottom, so creamy in the middle; it was ethereal.

The place itself offers amazing views of Denver and has a fun, energetic vibe. The only knock on the experience was not anything the restaurant could control - it was an insanely loud patron whose bloviations carried throughout the entire space.

So five stars, and that's only because they don't offer six. Loved it, and will go back in the future.

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Cecilie
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Five is one of the best restaurants I have been to. The ambiance was incredible and the food was both healthy and filling. I would absolutely return!

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CarolineO
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing, view was incredible. We sat outside and the night was so beautiful. Our favorites were the lamb sausage and the pork loin.

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Kzimm43
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing gluten free accommodations

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ChelbyK
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Get the pork loin. Just too dam good

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vipGarrod
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Extremely disappointed with our experience. Wait staff was good, but food was very underwhelming.

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vipMichele
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful views, excellent service, delicious paella!

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Haley
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly such a great place to eat and see the city! I would highly recommend this place to anyone who loves great food and a great ambiance.

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vipKatharineN
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding! We tried several starters and 2 paellas. The veggie paella was amazing. The ambience was beautiful. Server was very kind and helpful. Great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! The food was amazing

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vipMadelineC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food, amazing views. Try to go before sunset to see the changing skyline of the city and don't miss the opposite side of the restaurant with gorgeous Mountain views as well. Carne paella is not to be missed as well as the pork loin tapa

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LauraP
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved everything. PLEASE keep up the high standard of food. - in my humble opinion the quality of food itself, flavoring and sauces are seriously lacking in most dining experiences we've had in Denver.
(It's often really salty, or only nice for the first few bites in some places)

We loved every mouthful
the noise level was surprisingly low and the right energy/ambiance was created

Just one note - the tables are a little close to the other ones - on the booths - a simple low, glass divide would fix this.

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Dakota
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, the view is to die for, definitely worth it! The paella is heavenly and perfect for breakfast the next day. 10/10!

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Masternate
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

I would recommend El Five for the location, vibe, and quality service. However, the food was not that great - especially for the price you pay. I didn't get any cocktails, but they looked excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday!!! Everything was perfect
Thank you to Tim.

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EmilyC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was outstanding. Our favorites included the goat cheese croquettas, the Iberico pork loin, and the eggplant fries. All of the cocktails were also excellent.

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MathewG
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my Mother there for her 80th birthday. Everything we ordered was outstanding except the Turkish Tiramisu, which we felt had a bit too much seasoning and was overpowering. Really great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food!! Will return

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STANRAINWATER
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

This used to be one of my favorite restaurants in Denver. I would always bring my friends here and tell people that it is a must try when you are in Denver. That is until last night. We had exceptionally bad service. I have been in the industry for over a decade, and NEVER complain about having to wait, or quality of food, or even the fact that I am not offered another drink (water, alcohol, etc.). But I simply had to say something last night.
We waited for 45 minutes for are paella, when I finally asked the server about it he clearly realized he forgot to put it in and quickly ran away. We then waited for ANOTHER HOUR for our paella, still no sight of it. Meanwhile we had not been checked in on, offered another drink, or even given water. So I asked for the check (not really hungry after being in the restaurant for over 2 hours and eating only appetizers). The manager came over and apologized for the "miscommunication", an easy way to avoid that a mistake was made considering nothing was actually miscommunicated. Then offered to pay for "some tapas". Great, even though I said don't worry about it, we just want to leave. After finally getting our paella, we received the bill. THEY TOOK $10 OFF A $220 BILL! WHY BOTHER? THAT IS A 4.5% DISCOUNT!

Morale of the story: they must be really hurting if this the most they can do to try and help fix a mistake on their end.

* PS- I was very understanding and even suggested that maybe they were short staffed like most restaurants nowadays. The manager told me that they were fully staffed, so that is no excuse.*

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nursetraveler
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was incredible from the cocktails to the small plates to the dessert.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was decent but not worth the price. Asked for a view of the city. For a table of 8 and a 1,000+ dollar tab they should of accommodated me for my birthday. Made the rsvp with that request months in advance

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KT44
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

This place was just not for us. The service was not good. The music was really loud and then quiet. Food was ok.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Better paella than I had in Spain—do not miss out! The tapas were generally excellent, but we did not love the dessert as much as the dinner. The tiramisu is very unusual (more like a coffee cake than traditional tiramisu). So maybe skip the dessert and get an extra plate for dinner. But El Five did not disappoint!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very crowded. Wait staff wore masks but very few customers did. Five of us seated at a table that should’ve been for four people. Meat dishes tasty but vegetarian dishes were meh. $450.00 bill for five of us - 5 cocktails, 3 glasses of wine and 1 beer. Cool view and excellent service from our waiter, Paul, but not good enough for us to go back again.

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vipFooddude
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Took 20 minutes to get someone to ask if we had been greeted(order placed) Burrata was very good but charging for bread? Most 'fine' restaurants provide free... seafood paella was gritty from not cleaning shellfish and shrimp was too salty. The dish listed crab but we could not find any and we ordered scallops to be added but then were told they were out...Then drink was 'missing' an ingredient- mint. Server went back to get the smallest piece she could find... Hardy a good experience

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MaryGT
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner on Sunday evening and it was excellent. We shared the vegetarian version of the goat cheese croquettes, spreads of the med, and the harissa eggplant fries. All were delicious. My friend had the Iberico pork loin and enjoyed it. I had the Monkey 47 gin & tonic, which was not only tasty, but like every thing else put on our table had a beautiful presentation. Dessert was also wonderful. We shared the Turkish tiramisu and the dessert special (an exquisitely flavored flan. In addition to the culinary excellence, service was outstanding.

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vipLeviG
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing meal. Hands down one of the best meals and views in Denver!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was incredible, very good pacing of courses. The lighting was way too dark - we couldn’t tell what we were eating in some cases and it’s pretty loud inside.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wait staff was very good with my food allergy and confirmed that things were nut free every time they brought a new dish.

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Robyn
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

McKenna was amazing! Great energy, great menu recommendations, and awesome server!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. I got stood up by my wife and the staff was wonderful

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TRaufmann
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Denver. Better than most restaurants in Los Angeles

FAQs

El Five does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. El Five also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 524-9193.

El Five is rated 4.7 stars by 2462 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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