El Jefe

4.8
494 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.

Safety precautions

Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 494 people are saying
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vipNicoleL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love El Jefe. Always good food and friendly service.

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CarolineM
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always my go to spot for excellent guac and mezcalitas. Love this place!

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vipVBFCYum
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great evening. Good food. Only disappointment was the lack of beer selections and that every cocktail had tequila.
Lively scene and attentive server. Every server who walked past our table got us another bow or chips.

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RandyD
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome, especially on Taco Tuesday! I had a reservation for 4, but had an additional person join us last minute. The staff was super accommodating and took care of us. The changing Taco Tuesday specials make it worth coming almost every week. Food and margs are on point!

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AliciaT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious and the restaurant had an energetic vibe.

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vipJenniferS
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never disappoints. The service and food is great and the atmosphere is so quaint yet energetic! Definitely a neighborhood gem!

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vipEatDenver
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great, as were the drinks. Our server was very attentive as well. My elderly mom dropped her entire margarita and the server helped us clean it up and delivered a new one within minutes.

JD
vipJeffD
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the place to go if you want fresh Mexican food that is bursting with unique and wonderful flavors. The mushroom tacos are the best I have ever tasted.

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vipSD2017
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Chorizo breakfast tacos barely had any meat in them

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good friends getting together for birthdays. Excellent food and service! Love this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, drinks, staff, location—this place is excellent Mexican fare. I’d recommend to groups and dates!

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EmilyC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Farm to Table Mexican! Who knew? If you are looking for monstrous plates of tex mex food, this is not the place for you. But if you are looking for lovely, thoughtful mexican plates, full of color and flavor, this is your place. From the Carnitas Bowl with lovely soft beef, crispy and well seasoned papas bravas, and a lovely balanced salad to the fish tacos with lively citrus slaw and perfectly fried fish, every dish was a win for our table. Surprisingly inexpensive and thoroughly lovely experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Service was very friendly and pleasant; it was also a bit slow. Noise level high. Food exceptional!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place

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LittletonDiner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent, drinks were amazing, our server was wonderful. What can I say? Great neighborhood spot.

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Sara
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great date night here!

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vipRomanB
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Amazing service. Amazing value. Some of the best Mexican food in town

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AllisonK
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service and such a cute little neighborhood gem. Took some visiting relatives there for dinner and enjoyed the patio. Highly recommend!

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vipNicolasH
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taco Tuesday at El Jefe is unbeatable.3 different tacos every week.The margaritas are always a go to.

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GerardR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food and drinks. Welcome addition to highlands area

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

They were very accommodating for my reservation, they actually went out of their way to give us our own private section. They called me early in the morning and were very communicative and nice. The guys name was Eric and we really appreciated it. Food was good especially for having such a large party they did a good job getting everything out in a timely manner. The waitress did a good job figuring out separate checks for everyone ahead of time so at the end it was so simple cashing out with her, the only thing we would have liked was it was Sunday and they only had football games on and it was very dead in the other room- so quiet- def could use some music or something. Needs to be more of a vibe. Also we were really confused with the hour of operation, because on open table it doesn’t tell you they stop serving alcohol at 2:30pm… they let us make a reservation at 1:30 so it made no sense to us. They didn’t tell us until it was already passed 2:30pm.

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vipJAVIERHL
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service

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Chrisc7
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Loved the margs and cuisine!

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vipkgbdenver
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food felt very bland and unimaginative, especially for Mexican. The room was super dark, to the point where we had to use our phone flashlight to see what we were eating. I had high expectations that were not met.

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vipNicolasH
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Eusebio comes up with some extraordinary tacos on Tuesday.Unbeatable Margaritas and the service with GM Johnny at the helm has me coming back over and over.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, great atmosphere. Service was only a bit off due to being sat in a section where the server hadn’t arrived yet. But Molly was fantastic!

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vipSarahC
Denver
33 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love our meals here, delicious, fresh and wonderful staff!!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food at El Jefe does not disappoint and the happy hour specials are great as well. Very good, fresh Mexican food at an excellent price point.

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ClaireL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came during the last 15 minutes of happy hour and were thrilled with how attentive and helpful the staff were, not to mention how delicious the food was and in such large portions. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

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LoverofFineFood
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to take new friends. The margs are creative and delish!

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vipPaulZ
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and very nice people! We'll be back often.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food drinks and service

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BrittH
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I went to brunch here on a Sunday, we had a reservation but without one it would've been fine! Everyone we spoke to on staff was so nice, the food was absolutely delicious, and the $13 bottomless mimosas were beyond worth it! Our waitress kept our cups full and we had a great experience. Will def be back!

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SamanthaB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, fun atmosphere. Will definitely visit here again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for Sunday brunch… The crab nachos were awesome… fish tacos we’re nice and crispy and delicious… great margarita and cold beer… :-)

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vipKFSErie
Corpus Christi
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing!

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JoannP
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful spot tucked in my old "hood" where I grew up! I love the ambiance and the food is fresh, original and delicious! Our Server was amazing! She added so much to the experience. Oh, and the Margaritas! Oh la la! So many amazing choices. It is a MUST experience!

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vipTeri22
Denver
65 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went early on a Tuesday night. The patio is small and all tables were taken so we ate inside. Indoors the tables are spread apart nicely and the noise level wasn't distracting. The margaritas were amazing (try the strawberry basil!), as was the guacamole with flour chips and the perfectly spiced chicken mole enchiladas. Portions weren't too large, prices were fair, service was quick and friendly. A delightful experience overall!

FAQs

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

El Jefe is rated 4.8 stars by 494 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.