El Five

4.8
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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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.8
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Denver
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great way to enjoy many flavors of the Mediterranean. Jamon is a must have.

MH
Denver
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites. The Med Spread for a starter is our favorite!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One word.... phenomenal!

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Denver
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Really enjoyed the balanced flavors on the plate, nothing overpowered and the variety of flavors was impressive.

MD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, wonderful meal. Drinks and food were outstanding.

SM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent spot for Date Night or enjoying an evening with friends. Friendly and very knowledgeable servers. Really well done menu, both food and drinks.

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was friendly and the food and the drinks were great and the city view was amazing. Everything was perfect.

CL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant overlooking the city, and you won’t be disappointed with anything you order there

DB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service2ambience5

The food was amazing. Fortunately, the waiter took it upon him to order four of everything we ordered, and brought way too much food to the table that we didn’t order. Our bill was astronomical, and there was tons of food left over. We got grifted. But the food is good and the view is 💯

JP
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the atmosphere. Such a great place to bring friends who are visiting Denver due to the WOW factor of the view of the city! Great food and service as well.

C
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to El Five to celebrate my husbands birthday. This was the 1st time there, the food is spectacular, everything was delicious! The view was overlooking the cityscape of Denver and it was beautiful. We had a wonderful evening, it was a bit hard to talk to each other as the ambiance is noisy and loud. If you don't mind a loud and energetic ambiance, you will not be disappointed with the food and the great, welcoming service.

Y
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The ambiance and view was amazing! The food was okay, but seemed over priced for the portions and taste. The drinks were great!

DH
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing. The only annoying thing is I wish the seafood paella had more seafood on it. It was mostly rice. Those tiny shrimp are super cheap, add many more. Not worth 39 dollars for the small. Or add lobster tail.

HV
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I have been to El Five a few times in the past - loved it so much that I wanted to bring my boyfriend here for a late Valentine's Day dinner. Jack was our server and was absolutely amazing. Very knowledgeable about the menu , specials, and drink pairings. One thing that I pay attention to a lot when I am eating out is the pacing.My boyfriend and I wanted to take our time and enjoy the drinks, food, and conversation. Everything was paced great, Jack did a great job timing our dishes, no rushed feeling. The food was fantastic, but we both didn't like the seafood paella as much as the other dishes. The seafood itself was great, but the rice felt over buttered, heavy, and bland. However, the tapas we ordered were so fresh and savory, we were happy regardless. This place is definitely a go to for date night or special occasions,

PD
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jack did a great job along with the rest of the El Five team. They were attentive, knew what vegan means, and they’re super friendly. The food was amazing as always! Thanks everyone for an awesome valentines dinner with my wife!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Unfortunately I was extremely disappointed in our visit to El Five. I had received recommendations to go from a couple of friends as they said the Mediterranean food and tapas were excellent along with the views. I am Spanish, love Spain, and love tapas so was very excited to go and have some great tapas! I planned to take my son and daughter there for their birthdays and after a few weeks of trying to get a reservation on almost any evening at 6 pm or later, I settled for 2 pm on Sunday. What I did not know, and I was not informed until we got there, is that the food at 2 pm on a Sunday is only Brunch food. We did not want to stay, but we had been waiting to celebrate the birthdays for a few weeks so we stayed. I was extremely disappointed that we were not informed that our reservation at 2 pm meant "brunch" which we did NOT want and that we would not have access to the regular menu. So we ended up spending over $200 for a meal we did not want (brunch food was pricey and not overly special). Unfortunately I will not be able to rave about the tapas as we did not get to try them!

MB
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Absolutely delicious!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great staff, decent food. Found hair in one of the desserts

K
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great experience. Beautiful scenery inside and out. Literally some of the best food I have ever eaten. 10 stars from me!

DD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary at El Five, and the entire team went out of their way to make this a special night for us. We could not be more impressed with the level of service we received. Thank you!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

First visit, fantastic.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks are always amazing, and those city views....😍

CM
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Love the space, especially the views. Food very good, service not quite as good as other times. Booths for 4 are a little small but overall it’s a great experience

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again goes without saying EXCELLENT meal.
Heather our server was friendly, knowledgeable.
A pre fixed menu was offered for Valentine’s, worth every cent. The wine paring slaps. Still dreaming about that coffee desert with the Madeira.

R
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had an amazing dinner at El Five for valentines day. The food, drinks and service were all amazing, and with a great view. We got there early for drinks, and even got seated at our table a bit early which was great. Our only disappointment is we felt our wine pairings kept being forgotten, or brought to our table late. Otherwise a wonderful dinner and we will definitely be back.

AK
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was great. Food and atmosphere were great. Service a little slow but I guess considering that it was Valentine's it is expected.

OT
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed our Valentines Night with El Five. The experience was excellent, and everyone from the valet, the host station, and our encounters in the restaurant was a very special and memorable event. Always great seeing/visiting with Issac, he always makes us feel special welcome. We experienced the premix, four course dinner, which was interesting, and the choices, with the exception of the sirloin paella, were all solid. i would have preferred the paella, but not with sirloin. Irrespective of that choice, everything as exceptional, lively and we had an enjoyable, relaxing evening. Great job, again! We will be back again, and again!!!

OE
Denver
39 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were there in Valentine’s Day. Service was awesome. Menu choices for a fixed menu were very nice. Had a wonderful Tempranillo that went nicely with our meals. Only disappointment was the dessert, nothing to write home about.

A
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Five is a great spot to spend special occasions with loved ones. The view is great!

MB
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an excellent dinner at El Five! The service was top notch and the food terrific. We particularly enjoyed the mix of flavors and creativity displayed by the chef. I would have no reservation about returning.

E
New Mexico
42 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Views of downtown Denver are spectacular, especially from the outdoor balcony.
Very warm ambiance with excellent and personable service.
Food in the form of Tapas was well prepared and very tasty.
The three of us thoroughly enjoyed the culinary experience.

AL
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Our favorites are the goat cheese croquettes and the lamb sausage.

C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at El Five and I was impressed! All of the food and drinks were delicious. I'm vegetarian and was completely blown away by the spanakopita. Can't wait to go back

P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and wonderful staff. The wine list is amazing. Will definitely be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and experience!! One of our favorites in Denver. So good.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food but service was pretty slow.

OT
Orange County
71 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience2

Food was excellent. Every time I've been here the food is excellent.

They put us in the area of the restaurant that doesn't have a view of downtown. Do not sit on this side unless you don't care about the views...

F
Denver
50 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, fantastic service, we’ll definitely be back.

p
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The atmosphere is very cool and fun. The menu was great. The drink menu was really great. As the Designated driver, they offered a great selection of non alcoholic cocktails for me. Loved it! The only disappointment was the dessert menu. The desserts were our least favorite, but all in all the experience was great.

SA
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Waited 45 minutes for our table reservation to be ready. Had a large party of 7 and they crammed us in the by the bar to wait where we blocked every bartender trying to do their job. After we finally got seated and had a drink at the table (over an hour after our reservation time) we had a change in the evening's pace. Great, attentive service and excellent food. They did end up comping 10% of the meal but we had to ask. Really love their food but was a major bummer to wait so long after specifically making a reservation for us and our out of town guests weeks in advance to avoid a long wait.

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