El Five

4.7
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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.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

El Five will be offering a delicious 4-course menu for you to ring in the new year. $125/person w optional wine pairing for $50 additional. Menu - TBD

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1682 People Are Saying
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c
Denver
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place for drinks and dinner! Spectacular views of downtown, great ambiance. Lively but not too noisy. We asked our waiter for recommendations for food and went with his suggestions, which were perfect. We started with the Lebanese garlic dip, then had the burrata and eggplant fries. Each food selection is its own unique taste sensation. How did the chef come up with these combinations? No idea, but each dish was unique and amazing.

DR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very inventive tapas. We really enjoyed! The seafood platter was particularly good.

JS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the staff was impeccable. Highly recommend!

OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a double date! Food was delicious and service was excellent. Highly recommend.

DW
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views, great drinks, amazing service.. can’t wait to go back and try other tapas.

MO
Denver
82 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i don't want to put in a good review b/c it's already too hard to get a table, but the food and drink and service are always excellent

JC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and setting
Would recommend anyone to go there

SA
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Go there for the drinks and the vibe. The food was poor for the price - only 1 out of 5 dishes was tasty - rest just lacked flavor and truly didn’t capture the restaurants vibe.
Seriously cauliflower rice based paella with 4 pieces of chicken breast isn’t really reflecting Spanish/ Mediterranean cuisine

MM
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We loved El Five! The food and vibe was amazing! Plus you cannot beat the view. 100% would recommend.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best view of the city! Delicious!

OT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Five has a beautiful view of downtown and the mountains, we were pleasantly surprised by the items we shared. The appetizer shared plate and the baked goods plate was delicious.

We didn’t expect the tomatoes + Tuna to be as amazing as they were, the lettuce wrap was very refreshing and the lamb was well prepared and delicious.

Overall we had an excellent experience at El Five!

l
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Less attentive, personalized service than when we had been prior, delay in seating and service.
Food was as expected.

MS
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was excellent--we had 5 diners and ordered 5 tapas and one full paella and it was plenty of food. We also tried several desserts. My favorite of the tapas: eggplant fries and the goat cheese croquettes. The cauliflower paella was outstanding. My favorite of the desserts was the baklava. The views and service were stellar. The only thing I was a little disappointed about was that I had mentioned in the notes that we were celebrating a major birthday milestone and it wasn't commented on at all during the service. Typically when you add notes on OpenTable, the restaurant does or says something to acknowledge the occasion. But overall, wonderful experience!

M
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for a nice dinner with a view! Paella was great!

CC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The views of Denver are amazing. The eggplant potatoes and dip were delicious!!!!

SD
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The place is gorgeous, the view is spectacular and the service was superbe. They did every possible to make our 20th anniversary celebration special.
I had been to El Five three times prior to our visit and I found the food also fantastic.
I have to say that this time I was a bit disappointed.
The mezas were nice, but not as fabulous as previous times. We tried (my first time there) the seafood paella and I have to say it was mediocre. The rice tasted like overcooked boiled rice with seafood, which was also a bit too salty.
I assume it was a not particularly great night for food.
I will definitely be back hoping to repeat the same excellent food experiences of my previous times.

B
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about it and the staff is superb! Can’t wait to go back!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection. Excellent views and service

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Unique, eclectic, and extremely tasty! Felt like I was at a nice restaurant in London, UK!

SS
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely food. The paella was great. And the fried eggplant was amazing. Good service. Beautiful view.

F
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best tapas around! Next time we come to Denver, CO we will make sure to make reservations here again!!! Got paella, it’s was so delicious!

P
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I have dinned at El Five before that’s why I came back. This time the service was not good. Our drinks finished no one asked if we would like another drink just at the end when we were ready for desert we were asked if we wanted another drink. That was a cold night and the restaurant was soo cold and on top of that we were sitting under a fan. I asked twice if they could turn the fan off and we were told that they were going to ask the Manager but they never came to say that the fan can’t be turned off. They should have said we can’t turn off the fan but we could switch tables.
Anyway, service sucked and the music ....hip hop really for a fine restaurant

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love El Five’s ambiance, view and the food, but the experience cannot be shared with ‘everyone’ - even young professionals’ with the price point and size of tapas/shared. I love it, but can afford it; however, I don’t go as often as I would bc it is a big check at the end of the evening.

K
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great view, excellent cocktails! Really enjoyed the experience.

AW
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing! The views are fantastic. Croquettes were my favorite. This is also the best rendition of Paella I have tasted. Very seasoned and flavorful.

M
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Will definitely be going back. The waitress and staff were all amazing.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall amazing experience with our server Nicole! Would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Denver!

R
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Five gets a high five from our group. We loved the food, service and view. Thanks!

KS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing, would suggest when someone is having a birthday there and puts it in the reservation notes to do something special

NO
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I could give 10 stars I would. The atmosphere was amazing, the food was perfect, and the service second to none. Special thanks to Brandon for choosing our courses. We live out of state and I would come back to Denver just to eat here again.

JH
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting and delicious menu. Small plate dining creates a relaxing dining experience. No rush, yet attentive service. And then there is the wonderful ambiance and view. Perfect!

MH
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the downtown skyline view was spectacular. The staff was superior. We can’t wait to go back!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Love El Five however service was terrible. We were seated and never got a waiter for 39 minutes. It was only after the third tune we asked, which we got up from the table to do, that we got a waiter. When we did instead of trying to make amends the waitress was very stand-offish. I love El Five but for the prices you pay service should be spot on. Will think about it before I rush back. There are so many other good restaurants in Denver.

LH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The eggplant fries were simply over the top. Not to be missed.

c
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

“Meat” Paella was amazing - great ambience and beautiful views. Good value for money!

M
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. We sat at the chefs bar and it was great to see all the food. The staff was amazing and so friendly.

GK
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food portions are a little odd for parties larger than three - just a little small to split 4 ways. Seafood paella was good, but overly salty. Our server, Justin, was great. Good recommendations for dinner and an excellent wine.

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Edible Beats never disappoints. Food, drink, service, atmosphere, music, & views. 10/10.

JK
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to this restaurant, we were not sure what to expect, and were very pleasantly surprised. The drinks were excellent, and the tapas were all very unique and well prepared. The service was good, and the different dishes arrived with good cadence. The staff indulged us on our questions, both about the menu and the restaurant itself. We will definitely be back!

HP
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Wow - what a fabulous restaurant. The staff were exceptional explaining food & wine choices - allowing us to taste 2 wines before choosing. Great atmosphere- of course the view helps! Loved the murals. Food imaginative, fun & most importantly delicious. Will certainly recommend.

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