El Jefe

4.8
443 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.
What 443 people are saying
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4.7
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JenO
Denver
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very attentive, happy hour was great and the food was delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love El Jefe! It’s our go to spot for brunch and happy hour is such a deal. Love the food and drinks!! Always recommend to friends when they’re looking for something new in Sunnyside/highlands area.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience4

I now know where to get warm beer and lousy service. Food was good probably will not go back again

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vipElizabethS
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mexli, sorry I am sure I spelled her name incorrectly, but she was amazing! Great service, always checking to make sure we were ok and happy! We toasted my husband for his birthday and she brought him a surprise for his birthday! They were absolutely delicious churros! Great service and great food! The perfect combination!

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vipMeaghmo
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pretty table by the window, friendly waitress, and yummy food made for an enjoyable night out!

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Lori
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for a different kind off Mexican food. Not your every day Mexican style. El Jefe’ s was it! We enjoyed the food and the service was the best. The manager, ( Johnny) made sure we were taken care of. The four of us will all be going back for sure. We would all recommend this restaurant .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Guac is the bomb. Margs are on point! Food, service, and churros are great too!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Hostess was sub par from previous experiences, but love el jefe

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Birthday and Fathers Day

JS
vipJayneS
San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I always bring out of town guests here, this time it was my brother! We love the food, and the hosts always do their best to give us our ideal seating.

JG
vipJeovaniG
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The mole enchiladas are delicious. This is our favorite Mexican restaurant in Sunnyside!

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BrendanB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Service was reallyc really good - and the food came out super quick. Owner came out and the end of the meal and gave us free desserts because it was our first time eating there!

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KellyK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Jefe never disappoints. Awesome margs. I always get the spicy, Mami Casa marg. Their guac and chips alone are worth the trip alone, but the rest of the menu is always great. My favorites are the pulpo (octopus), farm quesadilla, fish tacos and carnitas bowl. Servers are always great and cooks crush it. If you haven't been here....what are you even doing?!

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MeganK
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Tequila drinks are on point! It's a bit basic of a brunch menu, but delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks were delicious!

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Chris
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food was great. Service was good - no complaints. Didn’t like sitting in the area behind the host stand - didn’t feel as good as the patio or near the bar so it felt like we were losing out on something. We will be back.

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NicolasH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time and great dinner.The staff and management are always on point and take care of business.Chef takes pride in his menu and delivers extraordinary cuisine.

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KatieS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was great! Food was awesome and Kayla and Marta were our servers and they were friendly and fun. Will definitely be back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best Mexican restaurant in Denver, period. The service is exceptional and the food is equally outstanding. There is not a better host than James the owner of el jefe. We will be back again and again.

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becca
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Id give more than 5 stars if i could❤️

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gud2go
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love Taco Tuesdays! Always good.

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Sara
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome visit to El Jefe! My parents came into town from California and we took them here. Everyone loved the salsa, queso, & chips...and everyone REALLY loved the fish tacos. Would highly recommend El Jefe!

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VickieB
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend at work highly recommended El Jefe and we were glad to hear of a new to us place. He told us what to look for on the menu and should try. We had fish tacos, barbacoa tacos and the simply awesome crab nachos to start. We had no room left for dessert so we will be back and not do appetizer so we can save room for key lime pie or churros...or both. Excellent service, excellent food.

JJ
vipJenJ
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great brunch experience. Food and drinks were fantastic and service was great!

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SonyaW
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Everything we had was amazing. Kayla our server was friendly and fun. Only disappointment was that they were out of the octopus appetizer.

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Parker
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Several visits, El Jefe continues to be a great spot. Will be back.

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apco81
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

El Jefe was very flexible and adapting to our reservation change. It is in a great location and the food and drinks were very good. You get your food quickly, which is great when you are hungry! I did feel a little rushed.

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PasqualeM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice place, good neighborhood atmosphere. Food was good but not outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love El Jefe for a casual date night! Great service, great prices, creative delicious food, really love this place!

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vipGrizzwaldHawaiianExp
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was top notch and service impeccable

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AC64
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Particularly loved the brussel sprouts and the mole enchiladas.

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deebear
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best blackberry margaritas ever !! i go here often and it’s always amazing! great food great drinks and great service!

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Nope
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

It took a while for a server to get to us. Then there was a piece of unidentified plastic in our carnitas taco. They said they'd discount the bill but when we got the bill it was extremely high. For $2 taco Tuesday..... the day after everyone who ate the carnitas is now having intestinal issues... the blackberry margarita was good but overpriced since i got it without alcohol. And the glass was tiny! We probably won't go back any time soon.

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Elle
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the front greeter to Kayla to all servers everything was fabulous. We loved the food and the ambience. Plantains, queso and taco of the day are delicious. Really appreciated the attention from all the servers. We will be back and will recommend!

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vipJillN
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lively atmosphere. Food was good. Service - we felt rushed and we were in and out in under an hour so i don’t think we overstayed our welcome

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TonyB
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have a fever that can only be cured by more El Jeffe. Love the guacamole and salsa trio. Taco Tuesday is fire.

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Mike
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place! Great brunch. Good Margs!

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shane
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Service was just very slow for it not being that crowded.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have excellent service and food here.

MM
MikaylaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! The food was so delicious especially the guacamole. I love the churros with the butterscotch caramel tasting sauce and vanilla bean ice cream. I will definitely make this place a regular spot I got to

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 443 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.