El Five

4.7
1356 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.
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KM
Denver
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best spot in Denver! Creative and delicious food! Every dish on the menu is to die for. Great flavor and everything is cooked to perfection!

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LM
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, view and staff are all amazing. Sat at the counter and had a great time chatting with Dillon, Mark and Shea. My waitress Yariana was also very nice. Great place!

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TN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food is good, the restaurant is very loud, kind of hard to have a conversation at times. Good value for amount and quality of food. Will be back for Tapas and drinks

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j
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great dinner for us! I'd totally recommend.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great space!

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t
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Five is a keeper! I entertained clients and we had
a fabulous time! One diner has celiac, another is a vegetarian, another had allergies and this kitchen took care of us all with grace. The food is outstanding and Gabriel was magnificent! Oh, and the views!
Next time I am in Denver I will return.

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FL
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was wonderful, food amazing, views unparalleled

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Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They said Happy Birthday to my son as soon as we walked in! Great experience and wonderful food.

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L
Denver
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We cannot wait to go back. It's so refreshing to go to a more "upscale" restaurant and not have buyers remorse. Everything about it was worth repeating!

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SK
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was such a great combination of flavors. Loved it!! Swanky and hip!

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DH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. Food and service were top notch.

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JB
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall amazing. I’ll be back. My one bit of feedback, On the French toast, The serving seemed very small.

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LD
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing experience. It did get very busy but several people came by to ask how the meal was, bring drinks, and so forth. Brandon(sp?) was our server and was great. Stunning views and incredible food. I don't go to Denver very often, but when I do, I'll be back!

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KM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

The server was not very attentive.
The t shirt options are very limited in sizing and cut.
The food takes too long, the paella came before all of the other dishes

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EM
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

The first time I dined at El Five, I absolutely loved my experience. My waiter was attentive, very friendly, and offered food and drink suggestions. But when I came back for a second meal, I was NOT IMPRESSED with the service.

My server was incredibly disinterested in my table. 4 of the 6 in my party joined ~20 mins late, and upon sitting down she didn't ask if any of us wanted to place a drink order. We ordered many dishes, but at no point did she didn't check-in to see if they were to our liking. She also didn't update us on how long they'd take for them to get to the table. The one thing she could manage was refilling water.

I wouldn't recommend a friend to this restaurant, because I don't think they'd enjoy their experience if they were seated in this server's section.

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k
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time visiting Denver and this place came highly recommended by bartenders and locals that we ran into along the way. Definitely worth the hype and I’m glad we were able to visit. They were baby friendly and accommodating to our needs. Also, their lobster and Iberico Paella is AMAZING!

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OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The view was incredible, the bartender really nice. The rest of the staff super polite but not super friendly. Food was really good.
Definitely, a must to enjoy a view of the city of Denver.

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Denver
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heather was amazing!!! So friendly and helpful.

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CM
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, views, and service were outstanding. The drinks were good as well, although priced a little steep at $12-15 a pop

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SE
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Sunday brunch and it was fantastic! The Apricot Frose and the Pineapple Mint Collins were delicious if you are into Sunday Funday Brunch. The Iberico Benedict was delicious and eggs were poached perfectly! I get a little picky on poached eggs and they were perfect! Definitely will be back!

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Denver
23 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for brunch and it was very tasteful, great food and very friendly staff

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AH
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Was really, really looking forward to this but so disappointing. Service was so disjointed - water glasses went empty often, server no where to be seen. Nice server - but not attentive. The meals came out so sporadic so everyone was unable to enjoy eating together which was awkward. And finally, the paella arrived after a two hour wait. Food was nice, view was nice. Such a shame about everything else.

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s
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the vegan options but would love more vegan desserts.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service with great recommendations from server. Delightful atmosphere and views of the city. Overall a great value and will visit again.

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c
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three friends from different cities had delicious dinner while we caught up in each other’s lives

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Savannah
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my husband’s birthday and our 1st wedding anniversary. The food was incredible, the atmosphere and staff were amazing, the view was outstanding. I can’t say enough great things about this place. It was expensive, but we knew it would be.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was awesome! The views are amazing and the service is the best Denver has to offer. The paella is to die for!

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C
Denver
62 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful presentations, delicious dishes, great service, good wine selection

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DW
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely can’t think about anything to complain about with this restaurant. Amazingly done, and I know they have to charge for that. And they will get what they’re asking. The portions are actually quite large, especially big paella .
We will be back!

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Denver
77 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner. The med spreads were tasty. All the food was good but rich and heavy. The portions were a bit big for tapas. The drinks were tasty and creative.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Sunday brunch menu. Enjoyable time for out-of-towners. We enjoyed everything we ordered (and shared), but we especially loved the Morrocan pancakes. Of course the bonus is the vibe, decor, and the great view.

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s
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We went here for brunch and for the view during the day, and it is a very nice vista (may be better at night as the sunny day made it a bit too intense to sit outside). The food is good, but everything seemed a bit slower than it should be. Overall, this is a place worth checking out, though if I were to return I'd probably want to go at night and when warm enough to sit outside but dark enough to not be blinded by the
sunlight .

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JC
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Fantastic food, every dish a new taste experience. Complex spices made every dish an adventure, just fantastic. A melding of European, middle eastern and North African cuisine that just works. Will come back at every opportunity.

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JN
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow I never rave about restaurants , as I work in the industry and am particular. Everything was outstanding from beginning to end. The paella was so wonderful and exotic ! Great service ! Can not wait to try brunch ASAP .

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TS
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrive at 5 and sit on the veranda for a unique view of Denver to the south. Great middle-eastern food, terrific service, reasonable prices.

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NM
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best service, food, views, and ambiance. I'll always bring friends, family, or recommend to strangers for a special event!

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CK
Greensboro
23 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome spot for dinner. Unique, delicious food and creative cocktails. Jack (server) was exceptional!

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WD
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW! This was my second time and won’t be my last. (Returning reservation soon). The location is fabulous: views of the city and the mountains. The interior is done in a street art type theme of Latin America (my interpretation). The adult beverages were unique and potent. Great service. Great vibe.
We started with Spreads of the Med. This was a generous appetizer that only whetted the appetite for the next tapa. The big surprise was the eggplant fries. Creative and tasty. The lamb sausage tapa, the shrimp and calamari ala plancha, and the lettuce wraps were each unquietly delicious!
Linger has always been a standout for this restaurant group and now I think El Five may surpassed that IMHO.

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JL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seafood paella was AMAZING! Perfect crispy bits at bottom with delicious flavor. Ambiance was perfect and server was there when needed but not overly present. Cocktails and dessert were excellent ribbon on top.

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