El Jefe

4.6
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$30 and under
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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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KatH
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love ElJefe. Johnny and James are always there and take such good care of everyone. The tacos are SOOO good and they make some really creative (and tasty) drinks!

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vipJeff
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The only reason I rated the ambiance a 4 is because of the mask requirement and the fact that the restaurant was set for social distancing. Not at all El Jefe's fault, just the reality of life right now. Go out and support your local restaurants, or we may wake up one day and they will all be gone!

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vipPamelaW
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is attentive and friendly, they checked on us frequently and were always pleasant. The food has consistently been very good as are the drinks!

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Robin
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So amazing, as usual. Service was spectacular. Seatings were well spaced- 50% capacity currently. Food and drinks were expertly prepared. Locally sourced and awesome! Great experience and so fresh! Thank you!!

JK
JennaK
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, outstanding food, outstanding drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Jefe never disappoints but this time was even more spectacular. The food and drinks were incredible as always but they went above and beyond with their hospitality during covid. We felt super comfortable and they bought us a birthday dessert of fried plantains and ice cream on the house... and make sure to try the new frozen cocktail popsicles. The strawberry horchata was delicious!! Thank you!!!

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vicky
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch. Sat at an outside table. Waitstaff was great, Felt comfortable ,will go again soon

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Sophie
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious. Only complaint is the servings are a bit on the small side.

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Sandi
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at El Jefe. They did a great job with making us feel comfortable and the food, service, drinks......everything!!......were terrific. We will be going back very soon!

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Kurt
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Drinks were great, but a easy way to run up a good tab to. Queso and chips was honestly just okay. A but runny for as thick of a chip as served. Barbacoa tacos were very good, but more high end food truck than traditional barbacoa. Carnitas bowl was very food and well season. Service was friendly and great. Would go again for happy hour or drinks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service & food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love El Jefe!! The staff is so kind and the food is always delicious.

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MaryM
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Jefe is one of our favorite spots. We were able to sit outside at a small cafe table due to social distancing guidelines. Food is always delicious, cocktails spot-on, and friendly staff.

MW
vipMichaelW
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First dine-out experience since covid-19 shutdowns. It was a great experience, I felt very safe and there was plenty of space between other tables being used. The food came very quickly after ordering. The Enchiladas de Mole was delicious, I highly recommend it. Glad we choose here as the first place we went out to after reopening.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the margaritas were fresh and flavorful. The restaurant is open and inviting but with a casual feel. We will definitely go back!

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RichardC
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Jefe is a great neighborhood restaurant with indoor / outdoor seating where the staff treats you like a local.

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

Food is always fresh...good value...convenient location. Wish the ambient noise was smaller. Part of a busy bustling restaurant

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MikeP
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh food, creative menu, great service! Love it and will be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A birthday dinner with the girls. We loved it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good food and nice staff, our bill was a little off from prices advertised on menu

OT
OpenTable Diner
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Service was so bad. Bottomless drinks consisted of 2 small glasses due to bad service. Bathroom had no toilet paper or soap. Tables were dirty all around us for a long time. Wrote an email to them the next day which never received any acknowledgment.

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GregK
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic find ! Wonderful atmosphere wonderful drinks, all around great restaurant.... highly recommend!

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rascalsreveiw
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was loader than expected for a romantic date
Food was good.
Value was great.

DH
DanielH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was okay. Portions were small for price. We won’t return.

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vipdenverdiner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food & the service was excellent. Wish they hadn’t run out of bitters because we really wanted to try the old fashioned. We’ll definitely be back!

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Cornelia
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, awesome service!! I suggest you make a reservation because they are always busy

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vipSarahC
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious fresh food, wonderful flavors thoughtfully prepared. We're so glad to have discovered this place - we'll definitely be back!

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vipWilly
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything, salsas, crab nachos I’m craving right now, the smoky jalapeño margarita was excellent. This restaurant is a hidden gem, go!!

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AnneM
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was very good however the portions were a little small for the money. Happy Hour offered some good deals and the margaritas were tasty. We will definitely go back.

PB
PaskelB
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite hidden gems. Authentic food with interesting twists. Amazing spicy marg. Rarely a wait to get in. Love the ambiance.

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vipSarahC
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious fresh food, delightfully surprised by tacos and the Mexican pizza with barbacoa- all super yummy. We'll be back for sure!

JS
vipJohnS
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was pretty good. Our server was not very caring, such as spilling water (and she knew she did) but not bothering to wipe it up. I also found the restaurant quite dark inside, at least where we sat; I actually had trouble reading the menu. Tables were a bit cramped, too, so we could hear conversations from our neighbors on all sides.

KB
KevinB
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful neighborhood gem!
My sister & I like to try new places for Sunday brunch, and El Jefe came up in a Google search. Definitely not disappointed and I will return for brunch, but I also want to try Happy Hour & dinner.
The fresh made guacamole is SO tasty (a starter option)!
I ate all of my huevos rancheros & tasted the chilaquilles & carnitas & huevos (also very good).
They offer bottomless brunch drinks & the option to switch (which I did after one (1) Bloody Mary). I stuck with the scrumptious sangria as did my sister.
Can't wait to return!

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CamilleS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes, we have recommended and brought friends several times! Thanks for being a great neighborhood restaurant!

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ElliottB
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious with a friendly staff! The Al Pastor was amazing!

JA
vipJanaA
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner! Our server was attentive. The food was excellent.

BN
BlairN
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This is a nice neighborhood restaurant. Our party of 4 had a great dinner at El Jefe on a friday night. The place was lively but not too loud. We enjoyed the octopus and shrimp ceviche appetizers. We all had tacos and split Mexican lime pie, sweet, and mexican chocolate pumpkin pie-yummy! Great margs too. One of us had the spicy marg and she said it was perfect. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others!

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Garyw
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of our go to places in the highlands. Food quality and service were top notch as always