Julep | Denver

3.8
129 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Southern
Located in the up and coming RiNo Arts District, Julep is a Southern inspired restaurant pulling from the Southern roots of its husband & wife team. Katy & Kyle Foster aim to bring “family to table” style dining back to the forefront with a menu and atmosphere best enjoyed with company. Julep is a seasonally focused restaurant working closely with local producers like Rebel Farms and McDonald Family Farm. With an emphasis on snout-to-tail butchering and capturing produce at the peak of its season, guests are welcomed with something new each visit.

Julep boasts a 40-seat patio overlooking bustling Larimer St., a mezzanine dining experience with views looking into the kitchen, and a full bar replete with classic southern cocktails and a carefully curated whiskey selection. Located at 3258 Larimer St., on the corner of Larimer and 33rd St., Julep serves dinner Wednesday through Sunday, brunch Friday through Sunday, and Happy Hour until 7 PM Wednesday through Friday.
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was excellent. The service was poor and they were only about 3/4 full.

M
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

It started out promising , sat outside , weather was perfect . Place was cute , not very crowded.
Appetizer of scrapple fries was yummy . I ordered the lamb , hubby ordered the bbq chicken .
Waited a bit for food . Hubbys chicken was very good , my lamb was edged in about an inch of fat ,
All the way around ! I know lamb is fatty , but by time I’d cut it off there was a piece of meat about 2 inches around. And it was pretty raw not medium rare . The mgr came around and asked how everything was , my hubs kinda went off , this should of never left the kitchen . The mgr said it’s lamb it’s fatty . The mgr switched it out for the bass which was good but really tiny and thin . It’s too bad but I wouldn’t go back .

LS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere, really enjoyed ourselves.

E
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The biscuits were just as promised - perfect and delicious. Some of the other food left a bit to be desired. The serving size of the tomato tart was tiny and not very appetizing and the description of the skillet dish didn't quite match the delivery of dry potatoes in a small pot. I think this restaurant has a lot of potential but it's not quite there. The service was very good and responsive.

JB
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I want to love this place but every time I go I'm underwhelmed. Cocktails are fantastic!!

H
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The large shared plate was delicious and just right for four.

P
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent biscuits. Good food. Beautiful decor. Service was a bit slow. Long list of cocktails

f
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

cool part of town. Nice open interior design.
Service was SLOOOOOOW.
Food was okay, but not great (and certainly not worth the wait).
Mixed drinks were delicious though (the only saving grace)

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place! Friendly service, great drinks and food!

AD
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, atmosphere and amazing food. Loved the entire dining experience!!!

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent. Service was a little slow even though we were the only table for the first 30 minutes we were there

T
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I’ll start with the good - Julep had fantastic biscuits, and their raisin bread pudding was incredibly tasty. The rest of our experience was awful.

My fiancé was served raw chicken for her dish; I definitely understand mistakes happen in the kitchen so I wanted to handle it politely and low-key. Unfortunately, it took me waving down a server for anyone to notice we had stopped eating and needed to talk to someone (I gave it about 10 minutes before being obnoxious). Until the server I managed to flag down saw the dish, she seemed put off that I’d flagged her down.

To their credit, the manager on duty did come to apologize and offer to replace the dish - but I still had to walk out after paying for the rest of the meal that we stopped eating when we saw the chicken was raw.

I hesitate to post negative reviews because of how many entitled dirtbags there are these days (I’m not nor will ever be a “social media influencer”), but we both felt insulted at the service and that management didn’t trip over themselves to make things right when they saw the raw chicken that was served to us. I appreciate the apologies and gift card, but I’m still out $50 and left with the rest of our meal on the table and have a fiancé with a stomach upset (on her birthday, no less). We were given a $25 gift card, but I would’ve much preferred just comping the meal as we weren’t going to eat the rest anyways & likely won’t return.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience with great food!

s
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

At two years old, there remain wait staff assignment practices the detract from the dining experience. We had three separate 'servers' who would be helping us. There was some confusion about what was needed and promised. Julep felt like it was still trying to get into a good rhythm.

C
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the cherry-stuffed pork which was extremely flavorful and delicious. The biscuits were a must order as well!

L
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Let me start off by saying that I rarely write a review. My wife said I need to let people know how bad this place is...We are foodies, so we looked forward to Julep. However, this place seems to be a wannabe foodie restaurant. If you like this restaurant, you are NOT from the South and definitely not a foodie. I'm both. This was insultingly bad in a few levels.
The homemade chips that go with the fish dip almost broke our teeth. We sent them back and got more rock hard, stale chips. The biscuits tasted EXACTLY like bisquick biscuits. They are good, but nothing interesting nor flavorful about them. We cut our losses and left after that. VERY disappointing experience. Cost me around $90 bucks, for 2 incorrectly made old fashions, a few Bisquick biscuits that had zero unique quality, and a fish dip that could not be eaten, because the chips were hard as small planks of wood, Uber, and gratuity. Our waitress was sweet though. She boxed the biscuits and we tossed them when we left. NEVER again

c
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very nice and accommodating (we had a vegan in our party) so that’s a plus the food was very good and the ambiance was very nice overall it was a good experience I’ll recommend it!

KH
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

If you have a lot of money and no appetite this is the place for you! Very pricey and extremely little portions...not my kind of brunch place.

ND
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Biscuits were really good. Service was incredibly slow and it was not busy. My first cup of coffee was only warm (not hot). Sat with empty cup of coffee for long stretches. With so many brunch options, there is no way I’d go back to Julep....too bad, I was excited to try it!

DE
Denver
79 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

When you spend more than 100 bucks at brunch you really want to love it. The cocktails were good and deviled ham app was fine. Was told they were out of the pickled shrimp app, that if the chef didn't like the product it wouldn't be served. Eggs Sardou came from the kitchen in a kettle like hollandaise soup with medium poached eggs(was told they would be runny, no), canned artichokes, a few leaves of spinach, & dry, plain bread on the side. The sausage skillet had unseasoned cubed potatoes, limp arugula (no mustard greens), & dry overcooked sausage. Maybe go for the bar?

JF
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Holy crap this place was amazing. The food, bourbon, service, all of it was excellent.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is always great here! Bar service is a little slow but staff is attentive for the most part. One of my favorite lil rino spots.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Went to celebrate my husbands birthday with a group of friends. The staff was lovely but the food was less than remarkable with one shockingly bad problem. We started with the biscuits which were amazing! Then came the Mac n cheese which was cold and watery. Then the blanquette came out and the vegetables in it were barely cooked. Then we had a salad where we discovered

T
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Julep is not typical southern cooking, which is delicious, but offers a wonderful new spin on it. Have you ever had Gumbo without shrimp or andouille? Sounds absurd but it was phenomenal. From starters to mains, we loved everything. Oh, and the buttermilk biscuits were unbelievable.

MO
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

It was pretty expensive for the lack of food that you got. Also, the service was poor. Our waiter disappeared for chunks at a time and was pretty unenthused to be serving us. It was Mother's Day brunch, so we expected something of the experience to be even remotely special, and the restaurant seemed flustered and unprepared for the amount of people that day.

JS
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The epitome of average. Went here based on the reviews. Everything was fine but nothing special. I think they missed the mark on the concept of the elevated southern food in general.

T
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The food was inconsistent. The bar program was very good. STaff was freindly and proficient.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and perfect portion sizes!

FS
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Overpriced, small portions, aloof service and loud.

JT
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I love exploring brunch places in town. We decided to give Julep a try, and we love it! The atmosphere was super chill, the food was outstanding, and the drinks were on point. And dear God, the biscuits are impossibly good.

MS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great atmosphere!!!

JM
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and delicious interpretations on uncomplicated dishes, which are magical once chef is done with them. Wonderful wait staff as well.

T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The food was very bland. :( I came here because Julep was featured in the Eater 38. Unfortunately, my experience did not live up to the hype. The “fresh” biscuits came out cold. My salad with the added chicken had very little flavor; the chicken didn’t taste like anything and had no texture. I couldn’t finish it even though I was hungry. We also got a sausage, potato, and egg dish (it was brunch). The sausage and potatoes were actually over salted and difficult to eat. Dishes were pricey given what appeared to be fresh ingredients. The ambience was nice, although the acoustics made it very loud. I was really bummed about this place.

CA
Dallas
31 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Beautiful except for the upstairs private area we were placed. Missed the ambiance and energy of the restaurant with no music playing. The food was good. Don’t miss the Mac and cheese and deviled eggs. our waiter wasn’t familiar with the wine list so we stuck with mixed drinks which were amazing.

D
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good, but too salty. Green vodka drink (dont remember name) was excellent. Sazerac - just okay.

M
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Love the location and buildout. disappointed in the service - our gal was sweet, but hard to find when in need of beverage refills or to order anything new. waited almost 20 minutes for coffee refills and mimosa refills. food is mediocre at best, and overpriced. i had the kentucky hot brown - an open face sandwich. no side accompanies it, and for $15 for this dish, at the very least, a potato, fruit or greens should be on the plate. adding greens to it was another $6 for them to throw some lettuce and quinoa on the plate. unless some things change, it is not likely that i, or my group will return.

LL
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it!

SP
Mexico City
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Julep for sunday brunch and it was a very surprising place. The ambiance is very laid back but cool and they have really good music. The servers are attentive, their Bourbon list is amazing and the food was delicious. I will definitely be back for dinner soon.

OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall this place is ok. There’s a lot of hype about eating here, and the decor is very cute, but the food wasn’t that impressive. We tried to order the pimento cheese but they were already out at 11:30am. The biscuits were pretty good and I got the egg sardou which was very soupy.

AD
Denver
53 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Went for brunch. Ordered biscuits and jam/honey while looking at menu. Biscuits were very good. My wife ordered quiche and I ordered something else. Server came back a few minutes later and told us they were out of both dishes. The place opened at 11AM and we were seated at 11:05AM. My wife then ordered skillet dish and I ordered chicken dish. Skillet dish was just OK and chicken came out burnt and very over done. And this is suppose to be a highly rated restaurant? Server was very good and kept my coffee cup filled. Summary: serving staff excellent. Kitchen staff....???

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