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El Jefe

4.9
4.9
577 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Our menu is inspired by the Mexican regions of Yucatán, Oaxaca, and Veracruz. We strive to respect the influences and traditions of these diverse cultures to bring you food that is uniquely El Jefe.

We believe in doing things the right way. Not because it’s trendy or cool, but because it’s right. We change our menu with the grow season, supporting our neighbors and the terroir of Colorado. We are not your average Mexican joint, rather a reflection of our environment and beliefs.

We hand make our tortillas every day. All of our pork comes from one whole hog. Our chefs breakdown the whole animal, for chorizo, appetizers, stocks, soups, and entrees. Nothing is wasted. We do this out of respect for the animal and for the people who raised them for us. Anything we can produce in our kitchen is done by us, with love. No frills, just good food.

We do an amazing brunch on the weekends, and by default or menu is nearly 100% gluten free.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Farm-to-table, Contemporary Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue, Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (720) 389-7615

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Eusebio Silvario

  • Private party facilities

    The Crown Room at El Jefe is great for holiday parties, cocktail parties, corporate team building events, movie nights, game-day parties, rehearsal dinners, family reunions bridal/baby showers and more.

  • Neighborhood

    Highlands

  • Cross street

    Alcott

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 577 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Denver / Colorado

    Mexican

  • Denver

    Best Overall

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    Best Food

  • Denver

    Best Service

  • Denver

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  • Denver

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  1. C

    Charles

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great neighborhood joint!
  2. S

    Silverfish22

    Denver

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is our favorite neighborhood place to go. We are always warmly greeted and taken care of. The food is delicious and as pescatarians there are many options. We have crab nachos, grilled octopus and fish tacos. Margaritas are scratch made and perfectly prepared.
  3. AB

    AndyB

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We couldn't have been happier with our NYE dinner! The crab nachos and quesaburria were fantastic. Great margaritas too. We'll defintely return whem we visit Denver again.
  4. HK

    HollyK

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the farm fresh options, great happy service. Lovely experience for Sunday brunch.
  5. MS

    MaureenS

    Denver

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place has amazing food!! Try the birria, it is fabulous!!
  6. L

    Lilhom

    Denver

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Johnny the manager along with Maggie were awesome! They always remember when we come in no matter how long it’s been. Service was great as was the food. Glad we have this in the neighborhood!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite brunches. The breakfast burrito is amazing, and they’re really great about not letting bottomless mimosas actually hit the bottom.
  8. LM

    LouisaM

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love el Jefe!
  9. S

    Silverfish22

    Denver

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place. Always delicious and the staff is so welcoming. Highly recommend any/all of the seafood. And the homemade sauces-so good. Don’t miss the best key lime pie in the city.
  10. AJ

    AlyssaJ

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was absolutely amazing. Service was prompt, friendly, and knowledgeable. He recommended the house made chocolate pumpkin pie and it did not disappoint. Will be back soon!
  11. PM

    PM11

    Denver

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was great! Service goodl! It got noisy with the bartender throwing bottles away.
  12. PS

    PamelaS

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were incredible. Everything was delicious. We ordered the ceviche, pulpo, corn, Al pastor, and quesabirria. Amazing white sangria as well. Sat outside in cute outdoor area.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was really great. The host and servers were lovely. Drinks were a little slow. But that’s been consistent both times I’ve been here. Overall love the spot, staff and food. ❤️❤️🥳
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic Mexican food, not Tex Mex covered in cheese and green chili sauce. Great service and a knowledgeable staff
  15. 1

    1960ally

    Denver

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Went for taco tuesday & it was delicious. Can't beat $2 tacos that are unusual & tasty. Margaritas are some of the best in the city.
  16. JG

    JenG

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely delicious. So happy we found this place. Definitely a hidden gem in Denver.
  17. RD

    RobertD

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good service, fun time. We’ll be back soon.
  18. s

    siltmesa

    Denver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to El Jefe yesterday w a friend who goes there often. The food (breakfast burrito) was exceptional and the bottomless drinks did not run out. The service was incredible and we were treated to a truly memorable visit.
  19. MK

    MarkK

    Denver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    A little too noisy, food was overall Very good. My mushroom tacos were very okay but not amazing. Excellent wait staff.
  20. L

    Lins

    St. Louis

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent! Everything we had was delicious. Highly recommend eating here!
  21. KD

    KimD

    Denver

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely service staff. Loved the menu options. The food was delicious and served within a reasonable amount of time. Sat outside which was nice (not buggy).
  22. JR

    JanR

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great experience. Especially server Quinn - absolutely awesome! Food was great!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food is always fresh. & delicious! El Jefe never disappoints. Highly recommend this restaurant. It’s a hidden gem in Sunnyside neighborhood!
  24. CL

    CatLo

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place ! It’s our favorite for date night!
  25. F

    Frosty

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience at El Jefe! From the greeting upon our arrival through paying the check, service was impeccable, the food was amazing, and the ambiance was casual and comfortable with great music. My husband’s birthday was acknowledged by all with a special round of drinks. Can’t wait for our next visit!
  26. SV

    SashaV

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    great food and fun vibe! Would definitely go back.
  27. r

    rsmilko

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were incredible here. This is a place we would go back to Denver for.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day
  29. H

    Harryl

    Denver

    77 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    This farm-to-table restaurant serves excellent meals. Delicious. Creative.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We kind of got stuck in a busy spot. Too bad on open table you cannot say -family stick us in a quiet corner. But we love the energy so we all just got loud too!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite margaritas in town! We are obsessed with the plantains!
  32. SK

    StevenK

    Atlanta

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The crab nachos and Enchiladas de Mole were incredible The servers were fantastic
  33. MP

    MaryP

    Denver

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very enjoyable. Fresh farm to table Mexican. Limited spirits. I'm a scotch drinker. Dodnt even have enough Scotch for one drink- disappointing. Food was very good
  34. J

    Janie

    Denver

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    The brunch was great - very fresh food and delicious. The only downside was that it was very cold where we sat. Would recommend!
  35. m

    marks

    Denver

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Returning to one of our fav restaurants after several months. The house Margarita just didn't taste like before. I returned mine and the bartender brought out a new one. It still tasted "common" and flat. My group liked their Hibiscus Margaritas. Was planning to order the Tlayuda which I had never had. The waiter commented, "Oh you want the Mexican pizza." For some reason that comment changed my mind (I had visions of a discount delivery pizza with jalapeños and hamburger). Instead I ordered the fish tacos which I've had before and they tasted great. The plantains on mine and my wife's plate were overcooked and too sweet. We'll come back again.
  36. h

    happyyogi

    Vancouver

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Best nachos ever and the El Jefe Margs are perfect. Our favourite place for Mexican.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We showed up at 6:50 for our 7pm reservation. We left at 7:30 because we were never greeted by hostess the entire time. There was nobody at the front and groups kept arriving. It started to get packed at the front and people were getting very upset. There were 2 other groups in front of us that had been waiting an hour past their reservation to get a table. It was very bizarre! Not sure I’ll be coming back here. This was my first time going to this restaurant and I couldn’t even get seated with a reservation.
  38. B

    Brit

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Checking in for our reservation was a bit chaotic. It seemed like there were several parties with a 6:45 reservation and not quite enough staff to track. Didn’t get sat until about 7:05 which was fine- it was busy on a taco Tuesday! Otherwise the food was good, service was lackluster due to staffing.
  39. EG

    EmilieG

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a an amazing brunch. Great service and great food. We will be back for taco Tuesday!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    First time visitor. Was a great experience. Good food great service. Went for Sunday brunch. Noise level was high. Would probably choose to do an early dinner during the week to see if noise level is lower.

Safety precautions

  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

El Jefe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (720) 389-7615.

El Jefe is rated 4.9 stars by 577 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 10 times today
Google Map for El Jefe

2450 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO 80211-1508

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Alcott

  • Neighborhood

    Highlands

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue, Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Farm-to-table, Contemporary Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Eusebio Silvario

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (720) 389-7615

  • Private party facilities

    The Crown Room at El Jefe is great for holiday parties, cocktail parties, corporate team building events, movie nights, game-day parties, rehearsal dinners, family reunions bridal/baby showers and more.

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