El Five

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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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OpenTable Diner
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Setting is beautiful and the menu is creative. Everything we ordered was artfully presented and tasted amazing. Can’t wait to return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent although we felt we were rushed a little in order to make way for the next sitting.

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Flamenco
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible restaurant with a wide variety of options on food. Out of this world drinks. Highly recommend the Barcelona Gin and Tonics. Staff were very attentive to our large party, and everyone enjoyed the experience.

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CHARLEST
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was fantastic, the flavors, sauces all great compliments. Caught a less than stellar wait person on my first visit.

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KimK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Ambience and views were incredible. The menu (both food and cocktail) were outstanding in terms of variety and options. Every dish was very good - the presentation, flavor profiles, and preparation. We didn’t have a single bad or “off” dish out of around 8 tapas and 1 paella. The service left something to be desired. Our server was not proactive and failed to check in as much as would be expected. The pacing of our dishes felt a bit off as well, but overall we had a very good experience.

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SharonT
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time with some good friends. Our waiter Paul was great. We have awesome tapas and wine. The view is the best!

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sharon
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was friendly and welcoming! Our server happily took the time to answer our questions, make recommendations, and helped us order the perfect quantity of food. Every dish was delicious and unique. The views of the mountains and the city are spectacular.

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gretchenc
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What made our experience so nice was that I asked for a quiet table (2 of the people I was with wear hearing aids) -- we were seated in the room which faces west - it was wonderful

brunch menu was great and our waiter was great

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was stellar this time around although it’s been very good when we’ve gone before. Do yourself a favor and order the Harissa Fries. The “mountain view” side of the restaurant is quieter. It was Very loud on the “city” side.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!! We come here often. Food is always consistent and very good. The Carne Paella is the BEST! This place is good for small groups, date night and any other night! You will not be disappointed!

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Will
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Great place to eat and socialize. Waiter might as well not been around. Received better service from other staff. Nevertheless, will definitely come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Pretty much perfect.

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WoodsA
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, incredible view, attentive wait staff.

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vipJulieI
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LIVE for this restaurant. Best service ever! Thanks Drew, Thanks Jack. WOW! The food is the best I have ever had & I travel the world as a foodie. Nothing beats El Five. You are not crowded in (Which is a deal breaker for me). Yes the views are the best in town but the food…Oh my God…the food will make you cry. Great different drinks. We took all of Jack’s suggestions & WOW did he ever hit the mark. See you soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really god food and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and very nicely seasoned food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!!!! I love this place 😍

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vipBtdenver
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends were visiting from the Midwest, so we thought this would be a great place to give them a true Denver experience. They were not disappointed, and neither were we!

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JerryI
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

El 5 is an exquisite place, unique to the Denver scene. The mixture of classic Mediterranean cuisine, Moroccan and Nouvelle concepts makes El 5 a spot to head for. The Chef’s delightful use of spices and unusual meats is an experience that can only be matched by the accompanying stunning scenery of the Denver skyline, which seems to be a prop against the artsy, hipster decor of the restaurant. The staff is knowledgeable and readily available to help your evening become a show stopper...a night you won’t readily forget. Take your best girl, your best friend or your best client to El 5. You won’t regret it.

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Johnny
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Birthday dinner. Fabulous food. Great view

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Perfect date night restaurant

Ambience was really great. Food was good too.

Worth every penny

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

CHEF BENNETT CHEF MARK CHEF SHAEBAEBAE

ABSOLUTE MASTERS OF CUISINE

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AlisonP
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The atmosphere and service were great! The food was not quite up to par with the price. It was all ok but had extra spices added in that didn't quite jive. Wished for a bit more but very good views and ambiance.

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Staceyw
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect experience! Beautiful food and a view with great service.

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JudiL
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! We shall return!

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vipDuaneC
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We tried El Five for the first time during restaurant week. What a great experience. The views are amazing from the dining room. The food is wonderful, exciting, and unique. Service was solid. We will be back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible atmosphere and service! The food was creative and full of flavors I’ve never tasted before. I can’t wait to try this place again in the summer on the patio!

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vipMaryLou
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Absolutely remarkable food preparations. Eager to return!

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KrystleB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is so yummy. Drinks are great. Great views of the city. Worth it!

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SarahG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food. Party atmosphere with a DJ. Always incredible views from any side.

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KCBoulder
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chose El Five to celebrate my husband's 50th Birthday. So glad I did! We were warmly welcomed and he received a Happy Birthday before we even stepped into the dining room. We had the most romantic table in the restaurant... a deuce in the corner overlooking the city! It was spectacular! The food was beautiful and delicious! I can't wait to return when it's warm enough to sit outside!

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vipAbigail
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I’ve been to el five about 7-8 times as it has been our go to for entertaining out of towners. The food for brunch and dinner is usually on point and the service has been as good. This time the stand out dishes were the jamón ibérico, lamb ribs and Turkish pizza. The carne paella was disappointing as it didn’t even have much carne in it. The patatas bravas were mostly good but the powder on top seemed out of place and did nothing for the dish. The shrimp and calamari was almost there but the calamari kind of killed the dish for me as it was bland and maybe just didn’t work texture wise.

I had to knock it down one star after this recent experience since it seemed like the server we had was not in the mood as he wasn’t very friendly, attentive or knew the menu. If you work at a Spanish / Mediterranean restaurant you should know how to pronounce the items so guests wouldn’t need to repeat them selves 4+ times.

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DWiss
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit to El Five on Restaurant Week & look forward to going back. Everything was amazing from service to food to setting! The view is wonderful from almost every seat in the place too.

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vipFoodieLuv
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience for the entire family. We’ve brought our toddler with us a couple of times now and they always have great options that he enjoys as well. Service and atmosphere are always on point!

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vipSpeakingTruth
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was awesome! The elevator went out and they informed us that if we still wanted to dine we could take the stairs and have Champaign waiting for us at the top. They did an AMAZING Job! Love it and loved the view. The eggplant fries and steak were DELICIOUS! Can't wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Appetizer was very salty compared to past dining experience. They clearly forgot our last 3 orders, as the timing gap in between our first 5 plates and the last 3 was almost 25 minutes. Extra charge for more pita...? It’s not the customers fault that you don’t provide enough pita to start with to consume the hummus.

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vipKatsym
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent cocktail and delicious tapas . The eggplant harissa fried were one of the best things I’ve ever eaten

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vipLeeAnn
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome all the way around!

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appreciategoodfood
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food,wine, and ambiance. Few missteps of serving staff during busy restaurant week on a Friday evening but nothing major, and nothing that marred our enjoyment of the evening. Great experience overall. I'll return!

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TRRe
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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