Linger

4.7
4718 reviews
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Linger, the second concept behind Root Down's Chef/Owner Justin Cucci is located in Denver's Lower Highlands neighborhood. Linger’s vibrant menu reflects a broad farm-to-street sensibility with a spin on traditional ethnic eats. Design elements can be described as a purposeful contradiction featuring reclaimed boxcar floors, a brick ellipse, a Lite Brite bar top and infinity windows with incredible views into downtown Denver. The food, the service, the story combine to extract a feeling. Linger is like a mixtape, and we hope it connects. We’re not trying to reinvent food -- it’s simpler than that. We hope to elicit a feeling – like you get when you hear your favorite song.
Linger now offers lunch!!!! Tuesday - Friday 11:30 am till 2:30 pm.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.8

Do you need us to tell you about Linger? Not unless you moved here yesterday. Oh, right, you probably did move here yesterday.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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CO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for accommodating for a large group of 20 for a birthday yesterday!! Food was fabulous and the service was fantastic.

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TM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food from all over the world,experienced staff, you won't feel out of place regardless of the lack of experience you have in high quality dining

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A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great evening!! Our waiter Joe? Josh? Was really great

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Linger was amazing for the start of my friends bachelorette party! There was some dietary restrictions and they handled it amazing! No complaints at all. Super yummy sangria!

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AF
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience at Linger - interesting menu items at brunch, good service, nice vibe. The only thing lacking is a bit of variety in sweet vs savory brunch options.

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K
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Not bad, but not worth the money or hype. Wouldn't recommend & don't plan to return.

We tried 2 drinks & 4 dishes (2 dishes per person is what was recommended by our server based upon portion sizes, & this seemed to be about right) between 2 people, which (with tip) was over $100. For me, that kind of bill comes with an expectation of getting a decent amount of "wow, this is really great." Linger simply did not meet this expectation. The only item that got more of a nod than a shoulder shrug was the sliders.

I gave Linger 3 stars because the place was clean, we were seated quickly, our server was friendly & attentive, my boyfriend & I could hear each other, & the lighting was good. The ingredients themselves & the presentations were good, but if what is served isn't all that exceptional tasting, what's all of that worth? For us, a pricey & disappointing celebration.

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a
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious...Shawn, our server was great! Loved the atmosphere. First time there and certainly not the last.

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PG
Denver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This is the second time that I have taken clients here for lunch. This time the Pad Thai was still delectable, so yummy! The wait staff was disappointing as they did not come by for what seemed like forever. I was just meeting new clients and we all said that it was crazy that no one had greeted us. Then I ordered shrimp and one of the clients ordered Chicken. We both got shrimp. Now it was taken off the tab but still wasn't the 5 star experience I had had before. The Pad Thai will definitely bring me back

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SB
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ate was delicious! The cocktails were nice too! We will definitely be going back.

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LW
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to bring out of town guests! I know I will always get a good meal here, great service, and a unique environment.

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LS
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food and service were great. Everything except sitting at a metal table top with a light reflecting off it, right in my eyes! One more thing, the service was great, except nothing was cleared off the table the whole meal, so it got a little crowded.

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e
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Highly recommended by local people we came in on a quiet Sunday evening knowing nothing about the place. Big open area, lots of windows, great views. Lots of small plates from different regions of the world. Very creative and everything tasted delicious. Check out the bar also. A dark, moody place with the most colorful bar I have ever seen. Highly recommend. Very happy with my evening here.

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SB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully descriptive wait staff and creative dishes. Everyone is friendly and passionate about the food they create here. Worth the hype.

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AG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

really enjoyed my first visit to Linger. Great shared plates and lots of variety. I'll be back.

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RO
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch and service. I loved the ambiance and architecture.

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R
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went there for Sunday brunch. Right from the host to our table server, everyone was very courteous and friendly. Food was delicious. Portions are small so I'd recommend ordering a side bao buns for a heavy brunch.

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OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best spot in Denver. We have been several times and enjoy it more and more with every visit. It’s a great place to take people that are open minded to flavors and experiences.

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BC
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Interesting menu. Great place to go and try a variety of small plates with friends. Service was excellent and the price was very reasonable.

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CS
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great and varied menu options. Fabulous service and customer care Intriguing setting, good for conversation.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Linger never disappoints. It was a great evening.

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WH
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It reminded me of Wagamama, only smaller menu and more expensive.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Weekday late lunch was great, not crowded or noisy. Friendly service. We both ordered the Masala Dosa, which was outstanding, probably the best I have ever had, and that includes South Indian restaurants from NYC to SF. I'm going back for more of the same.

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l
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Did not expect a DJ for NY’s Day, which is about a new start and health. Host attempted to sit 3 of us on a 6-top in the back room, directly under a very loud pounding speaker (read: dance music that has to be shouted over). We sat at the 4-top right next to it, instead.

Wait staff took 10min+ to approach the table, and then informed us that only the Brunch menu was being served. Have been going here for five years...the menu is now TOO eclectic. Food for all entrees was served lukewarm. Staff could care less. Won’t be returning soon...tired of Millennial restaurant hell...does not cater to the broader neighborhood crowd anymore.

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

It was good.

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

Mark was our server and he was incredible.

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DK
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Small portions big prices. Great for a date night and brunch.

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KF
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Love this restaurant - dine here frequently. However, made a reservation on NYE, arrived more than 10 minutes early. Ended up waiting more than 25 minutes to be seated - and was seated in the happy hour upstairs section that was open seating. Rare occasion, due to the holiday but it appeared that the restaurant overbooked itself and could not accommodate their reservation list.

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MS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service and atmosphere was incredible. We tried several plates both small and large and each was good, but nothing was truly outstanding. Many of the plates were very bizarre combinations of tastes that some times worked and some times didn't.

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V
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great NYE experience!

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M
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent on all respects, except that I ordered a dosa for brunch, not realizing that meant strong curry flavors. A bit early in the day for that, for me. The best part of the meal was the Reuben buns that we shared as appetizers. My espresso was also excellent.

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JH
Kent
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Linger was one of my favourite Denver restaurants. I was disappointed this time.
1) Despite booking was a 20 min wait for a table
2) Server confusion with 2 servers trying to serve us but neither well
3) Long wait for our drinks and then to be told one wasn’t available
4) Masala dosa was cold. When you charge $18 for cheap street food it needs to be good
5) prices have all been jacked up beyond what the food is worth
6) general dirtiness has crept into this place - above the kitchen grease and dirt, balls of hair and dirt in amongst the pool ball decorations.
7) Generally sloppily run now and not worth the premium prices

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c
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall a good experience and we were happy with our choice of tapas and cocktails. Atmosphere was lively and festive.

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BC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it here, go as often as I can. All the food is amazing

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AJ
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Linger is always a great option for brunch or dinner. Lots to choose from and satisfies even the toughest food critic! Excellent food and service. I recommend making a reservation and using a ridesharing service to get there because parking is tight in LoHi.

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New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant with excellent food quality, presentations and authenticity. The manager, Jerry, was a perfect host and runs a fantastic restaurant.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place ; food outstanding- very good service and ambiance.

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Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ate was delicious! We ordered a bunch of appetizers and entrees and shared them among 7 of us, including a 5 year old and a 1 year old. The service was great and they took good care of me and my severe allergies. Highly recommend!

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BH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab as always
A little birthday celebration for a friend!

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J
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Christmas Eve dinner with family who just flew into Denver. Just outstanding with dietary constraints and delicious food. Barramundi was excellent as was the lamb kabobs, Bau bums and desserts!

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