El Jefe

4.7
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306 Reviews
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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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PaleoDiner
Denver
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was yummy and nourishing. The server was attentive and helpful.

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Disappointed
Houston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Just go for the drinks and apps! NOT THE FOOD. The menu is short and far from Mexican food. Overhyped and overrated. Couldn’t get a chicken taco and they don’t even do normal enchiladas. They only do mole sauce enchiladas which is ridiculous when you think about good sauces and they chose everyone’s LEAST favorite. I asked if I could get a chicken taco and was told no but my friend could get chicken quesadillas. Made absolutely no sense. No ground or fajita beef only Barbacoa which means this place should either fire the chef or just be a bar. Your entrees are a joke!

Margaritas were great but small. Don't go hungry you’ll regret it and over pay. The queso & guac are good but very small portions and weren’t something I’d get twice.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 the Mole was incredible.

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MelissaM
Denver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Jefe never disappoints. Great food and great drinks

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Kelli
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our anniversary - I am 9 months pregnant and it was our first time away from our 2 year old all year. The staff didn't rush us, were perfectly attentive, and thanked us for coming in. Even though it was a modified menu it had plenty to offer and I truly wouldn't have known if they didn't tell us. It was a great experience and we felt completely safe with the measures the restaurant took during the COVID pandemic.

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

Really cute outdoor area and street parking is easy

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vipVegLove
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff is great! Manager went around asking how everyone was - I always enjoy that. Food is fresh super tasty!

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Marisa
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch!! The mix and match bottomless drinks is a great deal. Food was fresh and perfectly cooked. Our waitress Kayla was amazing.

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vipVegLove
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time here! Love the atmosphere and the food was incredible. I am a guac-a-holic and the guacamole was SO good. We are going to make this our new weekly meet up spot. Excellent service too.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I went here for brunch with my mom. Food was delicious. Our waiter was attentive. Music was a little too loud on the patio for my liking but we enjoyed ourselves.

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vipOutonTennyson
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to stop. Food is consistently good, the variety of drinks is amazing and quite delicious. The expanded outdoor dining is so relaxing!

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NickP
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, fresh tasting food. They were as busy as a restaurant can be during the limited capacity, and it was such an amazing experience. Our service was incredible, even though the servers are quite spread out. We didn't feel it at all. The food was prompt, our margaritas were always refilled, and the churros were the perfect finish. If you haven't been here - you are now required to go!

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Diane
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I really enjoyed eating at El Jefe. The waiter was attentive without being a bother. The booth was comfortable; the food, delicious.

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MattM
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, really nice place

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vipSarahC
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food every time!! Flavorful and unique, love the combination of ingredients. Service is excellent, neighborhood gem!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food best appetizers in the neighborhood

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LibbyD
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had an omelette, which was incredible, but my boyfriend had the carnitas and eggs, which was served with home fries, but the restaurant didn't have ketchup. That meant the potatoes couldn't really be eaten, and there were more potatoes on the plate than anything else! No salt or pepper and no ketchup...why would you serve a bunch of dry potatoes? Overall not bad, as like I said my omelette was great, his carnitas were really good, mimosas were great, and plentiful, with a good server, though he was all business. Cool spot, with outdoor seating and a private room for parties, too.

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vipBrittneyC
Dallas
25 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was GREAT! $12 all you can drink bloodys, mimosas and sangrias. Great service and pretty good people watching if you sit be the windows.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second go to restaurant for great food and drinks. The staff there always so kind .

10/10 recommend

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Haass
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food & drinks were awesome for brunch. Fish tacos, guac, mkt Ques, all wonderful!

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CurtC
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a nice brunch on the patio. The food was fantastic and beautifully presented. We were able to visit without feeling rushed. All around great time.

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Diane
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated quickly at the table of our choice. The server was friendly and courteous. Our food and drinks were served promptly. Awesome presentation and taste!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is really good. And we appreciated the effort to seat us outdoors on the lawn so we could be socially distant. Make sure to try the mole and the strawberry basil margarita. The sugar-salt rim was a nice touch.

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Marisa
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best taco Tuesday in town! Service is always pleasant and quick. Very clean and very responsible social distancing.

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vipJLCR10
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Jefe continues to be one of my favorite places. My friend and I both ordered the fish tacos. We had them saute the fish instead of battered and fried, (which is delicious, but hey, it's summer and we're watching our calories). Every bite was delicious and the fish was perfectly cooked. Everything on their menu is outstanding and they have an incredible and unusual selection of tequilas. I love their brunch, too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, margs and service. Also, their Taco Tuesday is hard to beat - great quality and quantity!

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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
vipJennaK
Denver
4 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

OT
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.

FAQs

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

El Jefe is rated 4.7 stars by 306 OpenTable diners.

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