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El Five, Denver, CO

El Five

4.7
4.7
3871 Reviews
$50 and over
Mediterranean
Hello!

Located on the fifth floor at 2930 Umatilla, El Five boasts spectacular, unobstructed city views of the Denver skyline, with an unrivaled sunset mountain vista overlooking the Highlands. The large open-air patio sits high above its big sister, Edible Beat’s concept Linger, and the vibrant Lower Highlands neighborhood below.

Drawing inspiration from the rich, diverse, export culture of the Mediterranean Sea, and its gateway, the Strait of Gibraltar, El Five is a melting pot of all the Mediterranean regions, creating dishes without a home country that taste like favorites from each one: Tapas De Gibraltar.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 106 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean, Spanish, Middle Eastern
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (303) 524-9193
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Native/Indigenous, Women
  • Executive chef
    Justin Cucci
  • Neighborhood
    Highlands
  • Cross street
    On Umatilla St. between 29th and 30th.
  • Parking details
    Please note that our normal Valet offerings are not available at this time. Street parking is available for free on a first come, first served basis.
  • Public transit
    W 32nd ave and Tejon street - Bus station
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • El Five 777 Anniversary Dinner

    $225.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Apr 25, 2024 only
    In celebration of our 7 Year Anniversary at El Five, we are excited to announce our 777 Prix Fixe Dinner on Thu April 25th at 6 pm. Executive Chef Corey Ferguson presents a seasonal menu inspired by 7 regions of Spain, with guided wine pairings by Wine Manager Rodrigo Cordero Weber. During the all-inclusive experience, guests will enjoy a 7 course Chef’s Tasting Menu in El Five’s city-view dining room, while Corey & Rodrigo guide guests through the origin of each course and wine pairing. Pricing INCLUDES Tax & Gratuity. Prepayment through OpenTable is required. For questions, please contact the restaurant directly at (303) 524-9193. We look forward to celebrating with you, thank you!

What 3,871 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Denver / Colorado

    Mediterranean

  • Denver / Colorado

    Most Booked

  • Denver

    Hot spot

  • Denver

    Great for scenic views

  • Denver

    Most Booked

3,871 Reviews
  1. TerryB

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I highly recommend this restaurant. The food was excellent and our waitress and other staff were all very helpful and friendly.

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  2. KaraH

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food amazing and delicious. Staff was great except Waiter was a snobby snooze.

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  3. DanF

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent all the way around. Best restaurant in Denver.

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  4. Mom2Sam

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I cannot minimize how great it is to have valet parking on site! Our check in was easy and we were seated right away. While I appreciate that we had a window view, the sun was almost unbearable. We arrived about 90 min before sunset. The shade was down but the sun was strong. I’ll ask for a seat on the East side of the dining room next time. Solid drink menu with great gin and tonic options. Favorite appetizer was the eggplant fries. Our table of 4 shared a vegetarian paella with cauliflower rice and a standard carne paella. The vegetarian option was just okay, but the Carne was outstanding. There were wonderfully tasty meats and the juices from those richly flavored the rice. The portions were fair and the service was great. I’d definitely go back.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Cory was top notch! Knew the menu well, checked on us a perfect amount and made solid recommendations. The sangria was delicious and so was the house made pita, burrata dish and lamb shank. Where it fell off the tracks for me a bit was the seafood. The shrimp dish was overcooked to the point of mushy shrimp and then it was like someone put it under a broiler to crisp it and forgot it was there. So it was burnt yet mushy. And we had high hopes for the paella but it was pretty underwhelming. We expected a lot more flavor and again, the seafood was overcooked. For a tab of almost $400, we really expected TOP NOTCH food and it was about a 7/10. The views are great, the decor is awesome and it’s a neat experience. Just not one I’d repeat often.

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  6. DevR

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, attentive service, great views of downtown. Valet parking is an added plus.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    2nd year in a row I’ve gone to celebrate my birthday with delicious tapas, drinks and desserts!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommended. Wonderful service, terrific food. I tried wine from Israel, Lebanon Dip (AMAZING)

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  9. Brandon

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    My girlfriend and I try and pick one nice restaurant a month to try out and after our wonderful experience at Linger a couple of months ago, we were excited to try El Five. Unfortunately from the moment we went up the elevator we had just little to no customer service. Granted everything and everyone seemed all over the place. There was no host for the first couple of minutes when we got up there and after being seated we were left alone with no one coming up to us until 5 minutes after we sat and someone brought over water without saying anything to us. After another 10-15 minutes a different server stopped and asked if we had been helped. Instead of getting a normal "hey how are you all?" We got "okay, I'll take your order then, what can I get you" we didn't get any recommendations on any dishes just had to order. From there we didn't have a true server until the end of the meal when our paella came out we got assigned a server finally who had no involvement in our dinning experience outside of bringing the check. Hearing everyone else's experiences around us and seeing reviews prior we were hopeful of having a nice experience at an upscale restaurant, but we both walked away feeling out of place because of the lack of attentiveness from anyone for us when all the other tables near us seemed to be having wonderful treatment. The food was great outside of the undercooked potatoes but I don't foresee us ever wanting to come back which is a shame because we went into the date night ready to fall in love with a new spot and instead both left wondering if our casual attire and young appearance made up seem like we didn't belong. I've never left a meal feeling this way and was truly a shame and a waste of monthly date.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place! It has some of the more inspired dishes I’ve seen in Denver in a long time. We are all small plates and every single one of them was fantastic. We had bison, rabbit, ham and beef dishes and all were nothing short of superb. This was also a celebration of a job promotion and we were seated w two glasses of Prosecco which was a very nice touch. Beautiful views of the city, good vibes and amazing food and staff. Get yourself over there. 👉🏻

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  11. Melissa

    Denver

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Not my best experience at El Five. Our server was unfriendly and unhelpful. Definitely gave off a vibe like he was "too cool" for us. We had items brought to the table that we didn't order and stated as much - they took them away (as they should), but we were charged anyway. Some dishes were outstanding, some were mediocre. But overall the service made us feel that we were a waste of space/time. I won't be back.

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  12. KishanS

    Baja California Sur

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was phenomenal, our waitress was excellent, champagne list was a little thin but the ambience was great

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  13. cozyneighborhood

    Denver

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant never disappoints. From the entrance to the view, the vibe, and most importantly the food.. it’s one of the best!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything from beginning to end was exceptional. All staff encountered were first class and took the time to enhance the experience. You can tell everyone cares and that’s hard to find in the industry as of late. Sincerely, One Impressed Industry Vet

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it here! Perfect light dinner for a girls night out, the cocktails were fun too!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, great cocktails. Loved the sea bass, spicy yet sweet with the onion jam.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great view, great service. Highly recommend and we will be back

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, dining at Rioja was delicious, and the service was impeccable! The ambiance is elegant yet comfortable.

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  19. MelissaH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place, beautiful view and delicious food.

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  20. mikew

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All of our dishes where Taste Treat Sensations!!!! Love the Tapas!!!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was fantastic, as were the cocktails. The service was lacking a bit. Not sure if they were overbooked, but they didn’t check in for a good 45 minutes while we waited for a dish that wasn’t actually put in. They did comp that item though, which was very kind.

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  22. Haadho

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this spot! Every time we have visitors we bring them here for the view and the dining experience.

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  23. SallyB

    Omaha

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We sat at Chef’s table (because we were late for our reservation due to GPS issues and traffic) but it turned out to be a wonderful experience! Incredible views and some nice chatting with the prep chef and some free samples! Would highly recommend!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was very helpful and the food was delicious. Glad we gave this place a second try, it was much better this time.

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  25. Kclark

    New York City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was a little bit underwhelmed. Been wanting to go here for years and was expecting to just love it. I liked it but didn’t love it. Maybe the cost put a little of a damper on it.

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  26. batiste

    Houston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Check in was super smooth. Right up to level 5. View of the city was nice. Service was top notch. Seafood Paella was incredible.

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  27. CesarS

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    food test was excellent; service was also outstanding from everyone!

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  28. JSkullz

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dan the bartender was fantastic! So attentive, funny and we all enjoyed his company. The new menu items were good. We had a great time at the bar and will be back soon!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mark (@ the chef’s table) is amazing! He always makes us feel like family

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great cocktails and tapas style food. Great for date nights

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food here is amazing, the CREMA CATALANA is my favorite dessert that I’ve had. Everyone is always so friendly and welcoming my favorite is the bartender Joe! The views are also amazing they have a balcony that views the whole city, you get to see snow falls in winter and beautiful sunsets in summer. Prime spot

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Had an absolute horrible experience. From the service, to the food being not up to expectations. Dumplings were rubbery. Be careful with food allergies. I specifically told the waitress no pork as well as the server and they served me the sea bass fish with pork on top of it. As I started eating it, I noticed there was another type of meat in it. Luckily I did not die from it. Not to say someone else won’t, god forbid. Had to wait over 10 minutes to get a beverage refill that comes in a bottle. After, having to ask for one even though my glass was empty prior to that for 5 minutes. BIRTHDAY AND ENGAGEMENT DINNER TURNED TO DISASTER. HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED!

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  33. BarryB

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. And a nice change of pace on the menu.

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  34. Anonymous

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my birthday dinner. Food was fantastic! Service as well! Will be going back & bringing friends ❤️

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  35. MicheleS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was one of the best meals we’ve had in Denver! Plus the ambience inside and the city skyline views outside put it over the top!

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  36. Foodandfun

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Shared a local favorite with my fellow employees in town for business. Another delightful evening at El Five

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  37. StephMan

    Denver

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great evening of Paella and Tapas. Staff was attentive.

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  38. butchie69

    Denver

    45 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Paella is the primary reason for our visit and the reason we may not return. Skimped on the seafood but not the rice. Should be the other way around. On the other hand, the tapas portions were abundant and the two we had (seabass & humus platter) tasty. May be the reason we'll return, i.e. to try more of them. Energetic room but not your romantic hideaway.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Top notch. The staff is impressive with their kindness and knowledge this stands out when customer service is hard to find. The food is always creative and amazing!!!

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  40. jasong

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unique style and wonderful use of a wide array diverse flavors.

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FAQs

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 3871 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 106 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for El Five

2930 Umatilla St, Suite 500, Denver, CO 80211-3833

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    On Umatilla St. between 29th and 30th.
  • Neighborhood
    Highlands
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean, Spanish, Middle Eastern
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Please note that our normal Valet offerings are not available at this time. Street parking is available for free on a first come, first served basis.
  • Public transit
    W 32nd ave and Tejon street - Bus station
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Native/Indigenous, Women
  • Executive chef
    Justin Cucci
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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