El Five

4.7
871 reviews
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Spanish, Middle Eastern
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Sunday beginning at 5:00 PM.
Sunday Brunch 10:00am-2:00pm
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Phone number
(303) 524-9193
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Justin Cucci
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Umatilla and 30th
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Parking details
Valet parking available to guests on Umatilla Street for $5.
Street parking is also available for free on a first come, first serve basis.
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Public transit
W 32nd ave and Tejon street - Bus station
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine
What 871 People Are Saying
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AJ
Denver
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Great service from Becca.!!! A do again!

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MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

El Five has lovely ambience and nicely composed dishes--my trouble is that I made a reservation for 9:15pm and was hounded the entire dinner about the kitchen taking last call. Why take reservations if the kitchen is unwilling to serve people who are looking for a finer dining experience. The restaurant boasts stellar views of the city--we weren't able to even consider that piece since we're essentially being told to hurry the hell up from the time we sat down.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Good food, good drinks, amazing views. Can't wait to go back!!

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Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

In-laws were visiting from out of town

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Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing brunch experience!

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MH
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and the servers know what they’re talking about
Good view of the city at a distance
(When you get there, you go thru the parking garage entrance to the elevator

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MH
Denver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love loved it!! Enjoyed the outside although it was cold the waiter was amazing and the food. OMG the best

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GL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes, the view from the 5th floor of Downtown, is spectacular; but it's the ambiance, and creative presentation of the food and drinks that all but completely distracted us from the vista. There's an obvious reduction in conversational chatter when a dish comes out to observe the art passing by; and a little feeling of jealousy that you didn't get what they got. Next time! It's charming. It's modern. It's lovely to know that you don't need to go to New York or L.A. to have an epic experience of smaller portions.

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S
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday celebration

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AS
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our servers were very attentive and personable. Our first time to El Five. What a fun environment and view. The food was wonderful and beautifully presented! They packed our leftovers in sustainable containers and a compostable bag to tote. Thank you El Five for your attention to detail, and nutritious, tasty, high-quality food, all with the environment in mind! ❤️

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish that we tried was amazing. Great recommendations from our server.

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C
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and views of the city from the fifth floor.
Creative dishes, tasty but the naming of restaurant menu could be misleading. For example, it had Turkish pizza. I can assure you there is no original pizza in Turkey, because I lived there.
Highly recommend!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Greate food and service.............................!!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great location and views, the food is excellent and the staff is friendly.

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CM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jack took fantastic care of us!! We enjoyed the service, food, atmosphere, heck, even the custom ice cubes! The attention to detail was awesome. Can’t wait to come back for brunch!!

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HA
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

Great service by the server. Management horrible. Found a long blonde hair in my paella!

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K
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Oh Em Gee. El Five is wonderful. The food is delicious, service is great, and the ambiance and view is fabulous. We were there on one of Denver's few cloudy days so the view was unusual but scenic none the less.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Can I get a copy of my receipt? Itemized?

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IT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was fantastic. Be sure to get the Mediterranean hummus dish. Out of this world! As was the sangria! My daughter was visiting for the weekend and we both thought it was outstanding. It’s on the 5th floor with a gorgeous view. Don’t miss it!

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LL
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This meal was incredible. The kitchen even brought us out a tapa on the house. Cannot recommend this place enough.

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KN
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! The food was fantastic! Our server was stellar! Can’t wait to come back!

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JC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is as good as it gets. The general manager took care of us and we had a great dinner. Staff was very friendly and we felt comfortable the whole time. Dinner was excellent and the whole experience was top notch

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M
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and service was great. The drinks and paella were very well priced for the quality. The tapas were also delicious but just a little pricey in my opinion. I will be coming back for sure and recommend it to anybody looking for a romantic date, group dinner, or good drinks.

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J
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

El Five has great views and tiny portions. Don’t go hungry.

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L
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The paella was excellent and the service was great. Nice that they ask about food allergies.

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BL
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The only negative is that when I booked I said it was a birthday and when we sat I said and there was no acknowledgment . First person who talked to us after we sat was very nice but Main waiter was not very friendly.

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R
Columbus
16 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great hidden spot just outside of downtown! Definitely worth trying!!! Loved the atmosphere, the outdoor dining and the fabulous indoor decoration. Menu has variety of delicious option, had a hard time choosing but ended up with seafood paella that was huge and pretty good! A little bit burned and overlooked but I love seafood so i didn’t mind

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d
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Nice setting, beautiful view, great service! Unfortunately food and cocktails were sub par.... Too much overthinking their dishes. My wife and I went there primarily because of the food (We both love tapas! They are supposed to have dishes from the Gibraltar strait, which is Spanish and Moroccan areas. We've been to both areas and their cuisine is so simple yet so delicious) and were kind of disappointed by it...

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Denver
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and worth every penny.

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AK
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice Sunday night dinner. Vibrant place, pricey but worth it.

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AS
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Five was as advertised. The food was delicious, the view was amazing and the staff were very helpful and professional. The service was very good and all of the food was prepared very quickly and beautifully.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect!

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AW
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Took my husband to brunch for his birthday. Beautiful views of the city skyline, fabulous cocktails, unique entrees, and extraordinary little bites. All for a reasonable price. Very busy and hip spot, service was pretty good - had to ask for coffee refills several times and flag her down when we were ready to order. Other than that, I’d recommend this place for out of town groups or a quick bite before or after a Denver show.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Paella took over an hour which was kinda annoying

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MD
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very delicious and unique. Service excellent. One of the better restaurants I've been to in a while. Enjoyed the cocktails. We didn't try the paella but the tapas were amazing. Great location and view. Our reservations were at 8:30pm on a Saturday and it was extremely busy and loud - something to consider if you are sensitive to that.

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Denver
19 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a great evening at El Five! We give it a rest of a few months and going back is always a special occasion. Love the Med Sea and all the Paellas!!!

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g
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Family reunion cocktails with a view. Perfect.

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MI
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved the ambiance and the food selection. Our waitress, Heather, was the best! Everything she recommended from the wine to the food was excellent. The skyline was amazing even from the inside of the restaurant. Overall enjoyable experience and would highly recommend!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing all around!!!

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a
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

the restaurant had incredible views. service at the bar while waiting for our table was terrible. I ordered from one bartender and he never came back. Tried to get another bartenders attention, and no one out of the 3 helped us for 15 min. We just ended up going to our tables without our drinks. Food was good until we got the paella. The rice was way under done. it needed another 10 min. I've made and ate a lot of paellas, very underwhelming here. our server was nice, but spilled our sangria on us multiple times pouring it in our glasses from a porron (also on the next table to us). I would like to come here again, but only for the views unfortunately.

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