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3.8
57 reviews
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$50 and over
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Latin American
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La Biblioteca, located in Denver, Colorado, serves a variety of Mexican and Latin American food. The restaurant has a full bar that features custom brewed beer for its menu items. La Biblioteca makes each meal made to order and uses bold flavors and fresh ingredients to ensure an enjoyable dish each time.

Try the nachos or the guacamole and chips to start out your meal at La Biblioteca. Try one of the menu�s many taco offerings or try one of the enchiladas or burritos. Most of the menu items can be prepared gluten-free and vegetarian, so that everyone in the group can find something to enjoy. Top off your meal and indulge in an order of sopapillas.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Latin American, Asian
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Hours of operation

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am.
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Phone number
(720) 904-0965
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Andrew Robitaille
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Private party facilities
Private Events
Steps from the Millennium Bridge in the heart of Denver’s RiverFront Park neighborhood, La Biblioteca comes to Denver by way of internationally-recognized Chef Richard Sandoval. Modeled after Chef's esteemed New York City concept, "the Library of Tequila," serves up a collection of his personal favorite tequila selections and a menu of Latin-Asian chef inspired cuisine ranging from sushi, wok dishes to carefully-curated small plates, tacos, and salads.
Your Event
For your next gathering, choose one of our signature dining experiences or let us help you customize your own!
CLASSIC BAR
Unlimited selection of house wines, selected beers, standard spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages
SIGNATURE BAR
Wines, signature cocktails, selected beers, premium spirits and non-alcoholic beverages.
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Private party contact
Jennie Dendorfer: (720) 946-1443
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Catering
Private and semi-private areas available for groups of all sizes. Both reception or seated dinner options are available with customized menus and full bar capabilities.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
16th St
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Parking details
There is valet and street parking available.
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Entertainment
FRIDAYS
Ladies drink FREE from 10 - 11PM
*Select cocktails*
SATURDAYS
DJ spins Top 40 Hits from 9PM on
LATE NIGHT EATS
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
UNTIL MIDNIGHT
$3 - $9 bites
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room
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3.8based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.8
service
4.0
ambience
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on March 7, 2015

Had brunch last Saturday with girlfriends. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding!
Our waiter was Armando and he was fabulous! The recommendations and the timing of our food was perfect. Could not have asked for anything better. Will definitely be back and recommend to others!

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3.0Dined on March 1, 2015

Went with a group of 7 at 5pm on Sunday for restaurant week. We are big fans of Tamayo and Zengo and were really excited to try another RS group. Plus the menu looked like a nice fusion of the 2. Great atmosphere, really like the way the restaurant is decorated and laid out. Bonus - it was happy hour so we sampled a variety of drinks and apps. Infused margaritas were lacking in flavor but the sangria was delish. Guac and salsa were very good and flavorful. We all ordered from the restaurant week menu and at least 1 of everything was ordered. Starters and desserts were very tasty but the main dishes were completely lack luster. I tried all 3: salmon, chicken, and tofu and I seriously can't remember anything about them other than they were edible and lacking in flavor. This was not what I expected at all. One member of our party has an allergy and the chef made a wonderful accommodation, which was much appreciated. Our server didn't seem to have a strong knowledge of the menu/offerings and she was TERRIBLE when it came time to pay. She asked us to mark the bill with what each person had, which we gladly did (several members of party have service experience) and she couldn't get it straight after multiple attempts. Plus it took an abnormal amount of time for how not busy the place was. Glad we tried it, enjoyed some of the food, but not enough to return, unless it's happy hour. From what I experienced, I'll stick with Tamayo or Zengo next time.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2015

Every restaurant my Richard Sandoval I have tried has been phenomenal. Biblioteca is no exception. From appetizer through dessert, an including drinks, everything was awesome.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2015

Initially, we were seated at a high-top, small table in the bar for dinner! The table was very small - big enough to put two drinks on. (We did have reservations and the restaurant was not crowded.) We asked to be moved and they seated us next to another couple - too close. Their seating options are poor. We were seated at a table that was toooooooooooooooo close to the people next to us - one of us sat on the bench type booth seat and the other, across the small table in a chair. I didn't enjoy listening to the other couple - needs some more private dining options!

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3.0Dined on January 31, 2015

If you want to be mesmerized by the many varieties and nuances of Tequila and don't care about food then this is your spot. There are literally 8 or 9 items on the menu, none of which would satisfy even the smallest appetite, and literally hundreds of choices for Tequila to satisfy the most discriminating palate. The atmosphere is great, with soft lighting and a warm ambiance and our service was outstanding. With lockers to rent for your regular Tequila visits the focus of this restaurant is obvious. Eat dinner somewhere else and come here for your drinks.

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1.0Dined on January 31, 2015

I have had brunch and Zengo many times but decided to try out La Biblioteca. Knowing it is the same menu we figured it would be the same experience. I was wrong. The food was overcooked and burnt. The service was horrible and the drinks were watered down and not served correctly. I am not sure what has happened to the Zengo/La Biblioteca brunch experience but what was once my favorite brunch spot is now a place I will think twice about going to.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2015

I was wery of a place that served both sushi and Mexican favorites but I was so wrong. They make fusion easy, delightful and for brunch they bring out the whole menu so pave yourselves. The Bloody Mary bar has everything you need to make the perfect bloody and ther servers are great. Especially Tyler who orchestrated our meal. Go ASAP. Early because they fill up quickly.

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4.0Dined on January 15, 2015

The place is great! The food, I'd say wasn't all that, but great Margaritas! Although, I wish the waitress would relax on pushing too much. We were basically the only group there and I felt rushed! She kept coming around, and our meal was not only rushed, but it totally killed the entire purpose of "catching up on missed time with an old friend"! Perhaps not the best place for hours of conversations.

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3.0Dined on January 11, 2015

This was my second time eating at La Biblioteca, and the food quality was far inferior to my first experience there. The bottomless brunch drink menu was smaller, and any small plate with eggs was very runny. I will be trying a different brunch place next time.

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3.0Dined on December 27, 2014

The restaurant is good for drinks (specifically Tequila centric) and small plates. Food is from Zengo next door which is a creative fusion of Asian and Mexican/South American. In winter, the windows made it a bit cold in an otherwise warm, rustic decor. Staff was very attentive and enthusiastic.

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4.0Dined on November 28, 2014

I had the tacos. There were 3. I could have eaten 15 easy. My wife's dish was also really good, but way too small of a portion for the cost (I think).
She had a really good cocktail.

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1.0Dined on November 26, 2014

Keep in mind while reading, that this place was almost empty. The service was a handbook on how not to treat customers. We had great anticipation as I talked up the massive tequila collection and even the sangrita. We arrived for our reservation at 8pm and ordered a round with sangrita for 4 of us. At 8:29 I showed or servermy phone clock and asked what was up. There seemed to be a rift between the bartender and the waitress because she made a comment that she couldn't say anything to the bartender because it "would just make it worse".

Mind you, these are not mixed drinks we ordered, rather straight Tequila in a glass. Not hard to make. After about 35-40 minutes our first drinks arrived, and the waitress said the sangrita would be right out. She came back about 10 minutes later to tell us that "the sangrita was all out", at which point we pointed out that she had also completely forgot about one of our drinks. she finally brought the drink she forget and said it was on her for forgetting.

We had planned on staying for a few hours and enjoying the selection of tequila, but we decided enough was enough and we asked for the bill. When it came, the waitress had included the drink she said was on her on the bill.

We had a short chat with the manager to explain why there would be no tip. He gave us his email to contact him and said he would "make it right". His Mea Culpa felt hollow because the farce he was "managing" was completely out of control. We were not the only people dealing with a problem.


Poor attitude and complete disfunction. Avoid!

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3.0Dined on November 23, 2014

With the name, their focus is obviously their massive selection of tequila - the margarita we ordered was good as a result. The happy hour deals every day of the week are great - not sure if the food merits a visit on it's own at another time. We had chicken wings (not that crispy), albondigas (excellent), chicken buns (great) and salt and pepper roll (not that good) for about $20 during happy hour which was plenty. The real downside is the location on the far end of the 16th street mall - not enough over there to make that area busy so it feels a little remote. Overall good happy hour/bar.

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4.0Dined on November 15, 2014

I've eaten at Zengo, Tamayo, and now La Biblioteca. I'm not quite clear on the purpose of having three restaurants that do some things great and others not so much versus having one powerhouse.
The empanadas, xo edamame, and chorizo tacos were huge wins. The modern mexican bar, which I've had at Zengo, and the flourless chocolate cake were both delicious.
Service was spotty at best which was odd as the restaurant is small and wasn't busy.
The menu was tiny, so I guess it was good that the items we got, which was most of the menu, were good.
The "large" plates aren't btw. One person could easily finish the lomo saltado and still have room for more.
This would be my preference of the three restaurants though as the other two have become forgettable less the items that are across all three restaurants.

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2.0Dined on November 13, 2014

Unfortunately this restaurant seemed like an afterthought to it's parent restaurant, Zengo next door. I love tequila and was excited to try something different. Unfortunately the waiter clearly had a "party line" response when I tried to discuss the tequila menu with him.

The food was good, because it's Zengo's. But perhaps it was still the service that was mediocre. We ordered chips and guac and when we asked for salsa with it, they acted surprised. He finally said "so you want an order of chips and salsa". He ended up just bringing salsa and charging us for a whole order of chips and salsa.

In the end, it was an expensive check with poor service and a disappointing experience.

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4.0Dined on November 8, 2014

Thank you for making this dining experience memorable. It was a friend's birthday and we really loved the unexpected birthday dessert. Great food. Great staff.

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5.0Dined on October 17, 2014

well if you want to taste tequila this is the place to go with 350 to choose from - it was difficult to decide ! Tried my first flight of flight of infused and aged- great experience and great food and happy service

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4.0Dined on October 16, 2014

A friend and I stopped by during our conference week. The restaurant was cozy and bustling but not full. We were seated immediately. It's a nice spot to grab small plates with a drink. The alcohol menu is overwhelming, and I do recommend knowing your mezcal before arriving. But, the service person(s) were helpful and patient with our questions. A nice experience overall.

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5.0Dined on October 9, 2014

This is the best tequila bar in town, with surprisingly good small plates offerings. The food is exceptional, and is very reasonably priced at happy hour and on taco Tuesdays. Also a great bottomless eat and drink brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2014

We definitely enjoyed our time here. The food was excellent and the waitress had perfect timing. I mean that in the sense that she wasn't constantly in our face, nor was she ever late or missing. She was there exactly when we needed her and was gone when there was no need. I have no idea about drinks so when I gave her a vague generalization about what we liked, she made a recommendation for us and it was spot on. We mentioned that it was our wedding anniversary and she brought out a dessert that was on the house. She also double-checked with us regarding our gift certificate (we had used a portion of it earlier) when it looked like it had been partially used. an absolutely perfect evening. We will go there again.

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4.0Dined on September 21, 2014

Great brunch and bloody marys. Service was terrific!

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1.0Dined on September 20, 2014

So good the first time we went back 2 days later on our trip to Denver. The second time was horrible, the food was not as good and the service was appauling. Won't be back.

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5.0Dined on September 15, 2014

as well as delish food and drink specials!
Yay! going back SOON!

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3.0Dined on September 13, 2014

The menu is very enticing and makes everything sound delicious. However, i was disappointed by the execution.

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3.0Dined on September 10, 2014

While the food we ordered was good, especially the beef skewers and ceviche, the service was lacking. My fiancé and I ordered a few small plates. Everything we ordered came and the same time, which made it difficult to eat with the small tables. The only exception was one plate which arrived almost and hour after we ordered. After about 30 min of waiting, I had to ask our server if it was still coming. He never came over on his own to see how we were doing. Once we got the check, nothing was done to compensate for the very long wait in a mostly empty restaurant. Just a poor excuse that our server was new. They have a very extensive tequila selection and the mixed drinks were good (although we were served the wrong drink as well).

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3.0Dined on August 29, 2014

Ambiance: similar to Zengo but a little darker and much smaller space.

Food: great like Zengo to get a bunch of small plates to have fun. Tequila list is long, much of it not that great. If you don't know anything about tequila you'll need help. Tequila is my drink and it's takes me a while to find the actually good ones in that long list.

Service: good, they don't know they're tequila though. Our waitress had never even heard of the one I ordered and I thought "you work here, and the tequila is on the menu. how have you never heard of it?' How on earth would she help someone pick a tequila?

Overall: would go again but if you like tacos and Mexican. Pinche Taqueria is by far the best in Denver and Machete would be second.

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4.0Dined on August 27, 2014

Although it was clear that La Biblioteca still has a few things to iron out on very busy nights [and during Restaurant Week], the food was creative, delicious and beautifully presented, albeit a bit slow in arriving. I can't help but see a bright future for this still nascent "tapas" restaurant (only eight months old) and will definitely be back. All the best on Sandoval's new venture! A great start!

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2.0Dined on August 27, 2014

6 PM, half full, Wed. night. Initial drink order - 2 house wines came out white, not red, mixed drinks came out 10 min. later. Salads OK. Second course served to one guest, since it was warm, she started and finished long before the rest of us got ours. Long wait for the entrees. Second round of drinks the wine was out way before the mixed drink. Summonded the mgr. to find out why things were not going well. He said they were only open for 8 months and were still working out the bugs. Desert was good, but tardy. The bill overcharged for 2 drinks. The waitress said that was the way the 'system' was, that she couldn't change it. Manager summoned again, comped the 2 drinks. We all left with a bad taste in our mouth.

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3.0Dined on August 26, 2014

We had a good time at this place for restaurant week, but the theme seems kind of all over the place... latin american/asian/mexican. The dessert was AMAZING, but the rest of the courses were so/so. Our server seemed quite confused whenever we were ordering a course- I couldn't tell if he was new or just not with it.

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4.0Dined on August 25, 2014

A fan of Sandoval restaurants so I was anxious to try Biblioteca for the first time. The food and drinks were very good, but the service left something to be desired. Two of us dined on a Monday night for a birthday celebration during restaurant week. The restaurant week deal was a good one, and allowed us to try some great, unique dishes. Drinks specials were very attractive as well. But just like Zengo, things adds up quickly and it's impossible to leave without dropping well over $100 on dinner, drinks, and dessert for two, even with special offers.

Server was friendly and pleasant, but not attentive enough for the cost of it all. She offered a birthday "shot" but never came through with it. Almost indifferent to our patronage.

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3.0Dined on August 24, 2014

Great concept, food was what I expected for a restaurant week menu, had the potential to be really amazing, but just slightly missed the mark. Happy hour specials were pretty good though. Want to go back on a normal night

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3.0Dined on August 24, 2014

Went here for Denver Restaurant Week and they gave us more than our fair share of food! Love the decor and feel of this restaurant, feels modern, hip and romantic. Interesting mix of food on the menu. We had good sushi rolls and edamame. Then on the Mexican food spectrum - easy to drink Margs, delicious coconut/pineapple ceviche with delicious tortilla chips. And topped it off with a decadent flourless chocolate cake that is not to be missed. Service was a little slow I think just because it was Restaurant week. We didn't mind because we were having a relaxed date night.

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4.0Dined on August 22, 2014

food and service were excellent; our first visit was Friday evening as happy hour was coming to a close and the noise level was quite high; even as those who were only drinking began to depart the noise level didn't subside much because of the design of the restaurant. will definitely return but will go much later (or for lunch) in hopes of a quieter experience.

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1.0Dined on August 8, 2014

Our drinks took forever and couldn't order a 2nd round because nobody was around to help, I had to stand up and chase the waiter when she got our order wrong.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2014

Food at La Biblioteca was excellent. Service was great as well. We would definitely recommend it!

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2014

The food is wonderful, though of course the portions aren't huge. Creative cocktails are interesting even for those who don't normally love tequila. Find a Groupon or Travelzoo deal and it's a good value.

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2014

Great food, amazing margaritas and tequila selection, fun and friendly bartenders - Thank you to Ben and Rita! We will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2013

Great tappas and wines...pretty darn authentic. Service was excellent...going back again and it's a 50 mile drive to get there.

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3.0Dined on September 18, 2013

I went with 2 others and we got a few tapas that could barely fit on our table, although they were all very tasty. unfortunately they were also out of the first two beers I ordered off of their menu :( would definitely give it another try

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1.0Dined on September 17, 2013

Thought we would try another Sandoval restaurant, since I love Zengo, a big mistake! Service horrible, Had to get the manager to serve us after 20 minutes of no service. Loud space, odds having a television in the bar, distracting diners. Tapas cheese plate and lamb stew were top notch, but atmosphere & poor service, will prevent us from returning.

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