El Five

4.7
924 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Nestled high above LoHi on the fifth floor of 2930 Umatilla, El Five boasts spectacular unobstructed city views of the downtown Denver skyline. The large open-air patio sits adjacent to its popular big sister Linger; a sought-after seat come warmer nights. With its beautiful vistas, El Five will offer a relatively underrepresented cuisine here in Denver—a menu focused on traditional Spanish and Mediterranean tapas with influences from North Africa and the Middle East. El Five—the sensual, understated addition to Edible Beats.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Spanish, Middle Eastern
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Sunday beginning at 5:00 PM.
Sunday Brunch 10:00am-2:00pm
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Phone number
(303) 524-9193
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Justin Cucci
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Umatilla and 30th
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Parking details
Valet parking available to guests on Umatilla Street for $5.
Street parking is also available for free on a first come, first serve basis.
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Public transit
W 32nd ave and Tejon street - Bus station
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine
What 924 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat! The staff greeted and gave exceptional service. The food was Amazing as always. Beautiful view of Downtown Denver.

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WM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a perfect combination of cocktails, ambiance, view (omg!) and hospitality. Bartenders are superb.

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NW
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Five is one of the first restaurants in Denver that made me feel like I was back in city like Chicago or New York. The energy and ambiance were brilliant and the wait staff were knowledgeable and helpful in getting our group a fun few plates to try. The cocktails were also out of this world. A great dining experience!

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b
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Five had been talked up a lot, but it lived up to the good reviews. We will definitely return, especially in the summer when we can sit outside on the balcony to enjoy the view. We loved it!

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AP
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food as always was incredible! Hostesses and bartenders could use a little work.

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JF
Denver
81 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

This was my 3rd visit. The food and ambiance were both amazing! Service was inferior to my previous visits, but maybe because it was very busy on Saturday night! Don’t miss the goat cheese croquettes, sea bream, or Kibbeh!

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HL
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was so good, we couldn't choose a favorite. Best meal I've had in a long time!

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AG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Great experience! I would recommend to anyone looking for a great meal!

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M
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Asked for a window side seating on open table. Had reservations. I understand not all can be accommodated but allllll window side tables were available when we arrived. After we were seated 2 groups of same number (3) were seated after us & the hostess asked both groups if they wanted window side. One group said no & the other said yes. NOBODY asked us & it was on my request. Not happy. Second time here bringing guests from out of town & my husband was so unhappy he refused to stay & eat.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time in Denver, dined at this sexy restaurant! Will stop by to eat every time we come to visit!

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OT
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with innovative interpretations

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TS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best view of Denver! Gorgeous restaurant with delicious tapas, perfect for a date night, special occasion or get together with friends, great to take out of town guests

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MM
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to El Five to celebrate my fiancé's birthday and had an amazing time. Not only did the staff remember all of our pre-dinner notes (vegan, city view, birthday), but made sure to go above and beyond to make our experience perfect. Heather, our server, was wonderful. She recommended a fantastic Greek wine, and made perfect recommendations to portion size. The food was fantastic, and we loved the atmosphere. Well done Edible Beats! We will definitely be back again and again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great from start to finish. Had a corner seat looking out over Denver. Our waiter, Joey knew everything about the menu and was very helpful especially having never been there before. Would absolutely go back for any special occasion.

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U
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Five is a standout among the great dining options in Denver. If people in your party are GF and vegetarian, they will rave about the options, which is rare in any restaurant. The food is unique, memorable and delicious. Summer months offer spectacular sunset views and perfect cocktails.

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Poor service!! Food was so -so.

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H
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and amazing food! We loved everything we tried.

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KM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite spot in Denver. The food is always spectacular and the service is even better. We recommend the baba ganoush and the lamb! Best meal in Denver by a mile. We tell all our friends to head here and this is our number one spot to celebrate anything fun in our lives!

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TM
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Cool space and very tasty, unique food. Great for special occasions.

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SF
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our sangria, tapas, and paella at El Five. We came for the view primarily, and ended up leaving talking more about the food than the view. We ended up giving up our table to sit at the bar, which is not a negative - the view was excellent from all over. I have already texted friends recommending El Five for Valentine's Day and other celebrations ahead. Would definitely go back!

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OT
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on a date night with friends on Saturday night. El Five was fantastic. The food was over the top, the margaritas were great and we had a wonderful evening. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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C
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would not recommend for first date because it’s too loud and dark. Great for future dates/out with friends.

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U
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Our seafood paella was very bad. They over limed it to hide the fact they used old seafood on Thursday, Nov. 1st. We could tell still because the fish smelled terrible. We were not impressed with our meal.

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PB
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant with super view over downtown Denver. Very tasty dishes

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S
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the variety of food available. Lots of new tastes and textures to try out. Great cocktails. Service was very good, got good advise on dishes by our server. Only complaint-- we made this reservation over a month early and requested a window seat with a view. We were sat at a small table in back of restaurant instead with a view of the street and houses instead of the city view . We had a show to get to so did not complain but was still disappointed by our request not being honored so far in advance.

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F
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took a friend to El Five for her birthday. I wanted her to see the view but that night it was cloudy/snowy. That didn't dampen our experience which exceeded my expectations. I had been there once before and had a great time. This time was fabulous. The food was extraordinary. The little cauliflower/chickpea tapas were amazing. The pizza tastes were fabulous. The hit of the evening was the Seafood Paella. It was great beyond any expectation. Now I want to make my own paella but I know it would never be able to compare. I can't wait to go for Sunday brunch!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing meal. Who would have thought a carrot dish could be so amazing!

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JG
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casual, fun & delicious! Good service that does not push you through & awesome city views!

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, wonderful service, great atmosphere. I love this place!

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O
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 2

Yummy- but did not like the pistachio ice cre with the baclava. Otherwise it was great food, creative flavors

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d
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for our anniversary after multiple recommendations from friends. The service was great, as they welcomed us by name and brought complimentary Cuvée to celebrate.

The Turkish pizza and the babaganoush were excellent.

And of course the view of downtown Denver was stunning Would highly recommend for a special occasion.

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B
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived while still light outside, and then stayed through the sunset; fabulous view of Denver and out to the south. World cuisine food is creative. Great fun.

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SK
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great brunch experience! Mouth is still watering over those tapas!

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K
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the food were excellent! Exceptional!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great vibe. Great service

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LM
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New favorite. Great dishes and fairly reasonable for downtown. Love the food, the cocktails, the attentive wait staff. We'll be back, soon.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stop making me do this.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My boyfriend and I loved the cocktail list and breathtaking city views 👌🏼

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, view, wine, and company! Would absolutely recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The view was amazing, the food was good, but our waiter was so rude it completely ruined the experience for us!

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