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El Five

4.7
2383 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 2383 people are saying
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4.5
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4.8
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Was really nice view, some of the things were a little pricey for what you got in comparison, but none the less tasty. Mark at the bar seating for the quick food was super awesome and made our entire experience worth it. Will come back definitely because of him 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

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AACO
Denver
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to El Five for our anniversary and it was awesome! We sat on the patio and the view was great! The wait staff was top notch and the food was awesome! We had the Med. spread, goat cheese croquettes and carne paella! Along with chocolate baklava for dessert! Also had great adult beverages!

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BanningS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner! Creative & delicious dishes with a fun and modern ambiance. A must-see in Denver (even if it’s just for a cocktail to take in the rooftop panoramic views), and easily walkable from downtown. Highly recommend sitting on the patio.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked a table on a whim/reading eater Denver lists while on a cross country road trip with my partner. Could not have been better! Delicious drinks and food, beautifully presented in an awesome, gorgeous space. The pacing was perfect (an area a lot of tapas places fall down in my experience). Our server Sexton was friendly and fun to talk to. 10/10 - next time we’re in Denver we’ll absolutely be back.

JK
JessicaK
Portland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Great experience, will be back. Thanks!

SM
SamanthaM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time! We will be bringing friends back with us soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Otter was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience from friendly valet drivers, to the hostess, to the bar staff and the waiter. They were helpful with the menu and answered all of our questions. The view is awesome. The food came so quickly (we had apps and tapas) and the options for keto/low carb was great. We would like to try the paella next time. Would love to come back!

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DFlo
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The food is always good and the staff is always excellent but this time, the seating arrangement for our party of five was far less than ideal. We were squished into an L-shaped booth which was a tight fit, made sharing the plates tricky, and which made conversation difficult because, aside from that it was too loud inside, we were facing another group of similarly squished people instead of each other. For the price of a meal there, I would have expected better accommodations. To be fair, they did offer to find us another table but we declined because the place was already crowded 30 minutes after opening, and moving seemed like a huge hassle for everyone involved. On a minor note, the website needs to be updated to reflect that valet parking is an option once again. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall2food4service5ambience2

It’s really not worth it unless you secure the outdoor seating with view. The food is good, but it can be found elsewhere for less. You’re paying for the view, but majority of the seating is not accompanied by the view.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went out to celebrate my mom’s birthday at El Five and had an amazing experience! The service was truly outstanding and our waiter was so knowledgeable about the menu. The staff also went above and beyond to accommodate allergies amongst our group. If you do go, the paella is a must!! We will be back!

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Yahtzee
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food, but pricy for what it is. The paella is delicious, as is the garlic dip. But the garlic dip is small and limited for what it is, making you want more but not wanting to pay for it.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

We enjoyed the elevator up to the top and the wonderful view. Unfortunately the service messed up a couple times and didn’t do anything to fix it. Yes it was a busy Saturday night so we were extra patient. We ordered the pork loin that never came out. Then we also ordered a round of shots that came out wrong, we sent back and they came out wrong again so we just gave up. We spent over three hours here, not because we wanted to, just because the service took so long. We planned to spend a lot more money on food and get dessert but did not feel like waiting longer than we already had. The food and drinks that we did get were good but I am not in any rush to return to this restaurant.

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vipMarque
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for Mediterranean tapas, great views of the city, a little tough to get a reservation but well worth it if you can get in.

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mella4
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Food is incredible, especially the paella. Make sure to request outdoor seating if the weather is corporative.

AJ
AnnieJ
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Boring and food was all over the place regarding cuisine type. The best part of the meal was the interesting wines and Mezzi section. Guys don’t call it Gibraltar tapas when it truly isn’t from that area. We had cuisines from the Middle East, Spain, Turkey, etc. Concept was difficult to follow for eating.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had invited guests in town and wanted to show them something special, they were impressed with food and service.

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vipPzzzzzz
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Help diners decide where to eat. Remember to keep it short, simple and specific.


Help diners decide where to eat. Remember to keep it short, simple and specific.


Help diners decide where to eat. Remember to keep it short, simple and specific.

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vipLauren
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love coming here!! The lamb appetizer can not be missed.

BP
BobP
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great views and the menu had a lot of great choices.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience!! Love the ambiance and the food was delicious as usual.

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macb
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service from Patio Bar to Dinner in the Main Dining Area. Our waiter outside Jack and our inside dining I think Tim were great. I believe Tim was our waiter. He was the most knowledgeable waiter regarding details of taste and all menu items...It was our Anniversary and you guys made it wonderfully memorable..

Thanks,
Mac and Deena

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I came out with my wife to celebrate our anniversary of 20 years. I included it was our anniversary in the reservation, and mentioned it immediately as we sat down, since our waiter had already taken nearly 35 minutes to greet us. He wished us happy anniversary, then disappeared and chatted with the tables directly around us not taking any orders yet. I got his attention and asked for suggestions for food and drinks. He finally took our orders and submitted them. We continued to wait for our amazing food (I’m a local chef and have always been told to come try El Five) We waited another another hour for our food to come out which wasn’t a big deal- good food takes time of course but the issue was we never received our drinks.. until after we were eating our food. (Our first drinks came out messed up and we had to reorder them after being given the wrong drinks for another table apparently originally) The timing was very off and made the special occasion awkward at best. Our waiter forgot about our anniversary and table again, so I waved him down (felt super strange to wave at someone I apologize) and then asked if we could do something special for our anniversary. He seemed nice just very distracted which wasn’t optimal for our big day. I was in hopes of showing off the ambiance of your restaurant but overall was a total let down. We waited three weeks to be able to get a reservation at the time we needed to make it after work. It was just a bummer to have missed out on such a special occasion and day for my wife and I. You don’t get to celebrate 20 years with someone everyday in this life.

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Beth
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place to eat with an awesome view of downtown. Great atmosphere

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vipfish
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mark is great!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance was amazing. Service was great, and food was even better. Can’t wait to go back.

TC
vipTC46
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an anniversary dinner outing to one of our favorite restaurants. We were pleased as usual. Fun small plates

TC
TonyC
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

the food was terrific and Mark behind the bar at the counter was very friendly and helpful with our choices.the view if you choose to eat outside is fabulous.

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rjw41x
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Eclectic fare in a great environment. Young and energetic. Prices not outrageous but not cheap either. Excellent service and great flavors. Decent wine list

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We love this place. Food is reliably very good (although not 5 star). The ambiance and view is top notch. The service this last time left something to be desired. Server was nice, but somewhat slow. We expect a higher level of service here. Would still highly recommend.

MN
MaryamN
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst service , food I have ever had in my entire life . Not worth it at all
Don’t go here

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh my gosh. So amazing! We basically ordered 1 of everything on the menu since it all looked so good. And I strongly recommend the Spanish red wine (Garnacha/Syrah/Cab blend) to enjoy with your meal. One of the most drinkable wines I’ve ever had with a meal.

AM
AngelaM
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was great except the hostess, she was rude and unapproachable

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Matt
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks to go along with good ambiance and views

NP
vipNicoleP
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Between the food, the view and the amazing service, you cannot go wrong. A true Denver gem.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, it is Tapas so the portions are small but we had gone to drinks before and snacked so it ended up being the perfect amount of food for us. The view of downtown is incredible.

JP
JudyP
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Shabby room in a crappy old building. Not a cool old building. A wreck from the early 1970s. Bonano has gotten just plain arrogant.

The style was tapas/appetizers that were the rage a decade ago. Obscenely small.

We had our hearts set on Paella. A single portion was $37. The larger $68. We ordered the smaller. Good thing. It was bland, rice coated in grease. The meat and vegetables were on top, not inside like the classic dish.

Four people in our party. Me and the other lady check in at about 105. Both of us are such cheep drunks! But after two of the frozen vodka drinks each before dinner….not even a decent buzz!

We ordered many plates, all tried the paella (yuck), bottle of wine, drinks. Spent lots of money and will never return to what Bonano has the balls to call his “Crown jewel”

1. Drinks need alcohol. 2. Place is damn ugly and noisy. 3. Food’s confusing, bad, sparse, not worth the price or any price. 4. 20 somethings go to happy hour then run!!!!! 5. Biggest waste of a night out post COVID-19.

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viptimbo
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Seating is tight, and depending on where they put you you can find someone 2 feet away screaming in your ear. But they moved us.
Lamb sausage appetizer was fantastic. Then we ordered seafood paella and were told it would take at 45 minutes. OK, we said, made to order and it should be good.
It wasn't. We are well travelled foodies. We have eaten paella through Spain and the local version in other countries. We can and have made better paella than this for friends. At El Five you get no saffron, overcooked, inedible gummy rice, small clams and muscles, and paella drizzled with aioli sauce. Aioli sauce? We were embarrassed for them. Really, the paella was just embarrassing. We picked the shell fish off the top and went home.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday!!

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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 2383 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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