Linger

4.7
4574 reviews
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$30 and under
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International
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
International, Tapas / Small Plates, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 4:00 - 6:30pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 10:00-2:30pm
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Phone number
(303) 993-3120
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Justin Cucci
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Umatilla St.
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet on site.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.
What 4574 People Are Saying
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JD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When trying to decide where we wanted to celebrate our anniversary, we had already been to linger once this year... but when the food was SO tasty and the price didn’t necessarily kill us for what we got - we went to Linger again! We were not disappointed at all. We will most likely go again haha

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RG
Denver
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Global cuisine seems to mean many menu choices, but the flavors aren't quite as good as expected.
Thai soup and Indian dosa just weren't as good as if we'd gone to a Thai or Indian restaurant.

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p
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

had an excellent pre-bronco's game meal, service was quick and got us off to the game with plenty of time. Drinks were great, Ramen bowl really good on cold day!

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

We were in town for our son's Parents Weekend - and on his recommendation took him and a few of his friends for dinner. It was amazing, the food was extraordinary, the ambience so fun. Thank you so much!

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

We have visited Linger several times. This was our first group outing but had a wonderful experience. Reservations are a must. We haven't found a time we didn't need them. The menu is fun and different with great pricing and portion sizes to share or have for yourself. Love that if you are in a bigger party they will adjust serving size so you can all have a bite! Great service and ambiance!

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s
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

When I made my reservation online for my wife's birthday celebration. I specifically requested a small cake or ice cream with a candle, and it seems the restaurant did not care. It was not after my wife excused herself to go to the bathroom that I spoke with our server, who said nobody notified him of the occasion and took it upon himself to surprise my wife with ice cream and a candle. Your server saved the day. His service was outstanding. Why bother asking for requests if you don't follow them? Disappointed on your restaurant, very happy with our server and the food.

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MC
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Business dinner, but turned into a great time. The staff was amazing and the food was top-notch.

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TM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thought Linger was amazing. I was there with a colleague from out of town and both of us thought that the food was great and the service even better. One of the managers came to us and introduced himself and gave us a little history lesson on the restaurant and the area. Our server provided us with some great food recommendations and they were all fantastic. I would definitely recommend Linger and will be back.

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SC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time! Good ambiance, incredible food, fabulous location.

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BS
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Never fails to be great. First time for lunch and good selection of options.

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MB
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Made a reservation for a Sunday night. Sure glad we did. It was still pretty busy. I love how they have some pretty creative dishes on the menu. It’s broken down by world regions. The dishes are served more family style. The Devils on Horseback are a great app to start the meal. We had a dish in every region. Felt very full after the meal was over. I can’t wait to go back.

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MM
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I thought the brunch menu had a limited selection. There are so many other wonderful brunch menus in the surrounding area. I won't be going back for brunch until I hear of a menu change provide a greater selection.

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MK
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food, really cool spot! Will definitely be back.

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KP
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Such a great spot to take our out-of-town friend for brunch. I ordered the chorizo tacos. So good with a ton of flavor. My husband ordered the pork benedict, which was a large portion at a good price. It was quite loud for brunch, but the atmosphere was energetic and fun. You could tell all patrons were enjoying themselves.

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JW
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I set up this reservation for a group of friends, two who flew in from other states. Had 5:00 pm reservation and asked for a window table. Arrived on time, and was seated by a brick wall next to an empty table by a window... several tables by windows were available actually. Our waitress was boring and spoke softly. Annoying! The menu doesn't state how many items are included on small plates that waitress advised us to share. Might work well for couples who order together and share food often, but not for 4 single people dining together. Seems a waste of time to continually be asking the waitstaff "how many does this plate include?" Waitress was somewhat inattentive. A second waitress seemed to start helping out about halfway during our dinner, one with personality and quick on the show.

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FC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 3

Needed more waitstaff.

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JM
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance and environment with outstanding food. Definitely will recommend and go back !

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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M
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! First time coming, and I cannot wait to come back!

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NC
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, the service was outstanding.....would definitely eat here again!

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SC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch spot! Got the pad thai chicken dish with a fried chicken bao bun. Phenomenal dessert too.

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OT
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food, view, and service around. We love the rooftop, and what's not to like about the happy hour!

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D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Anniversary.

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KC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed Linger. A lot of the menu items are smaller, more like appetizer or sharing size, though they said you can order 4 instead of 3, for example, if all 4 people want to try that item. Lots of healthy foods, many things we'd never even heard of before. The Wagyu sliders were remarkably delicious.

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LO
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was so delicious & flavorful! There was a wide range of interesting options. Service was exceptional, super friendly & efficient. The restaurant interior has a fabulous layout & pleasant lighting. Highly recommend

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AJ
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really nice ambiance and service.
Dishes were amazing, they have a vairety of cuisine options and tapas style.

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LW
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good Food! Great Time! I would recommend the Duck Buns.

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DD
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Linger has definitely declined in its food quality on this evening at least compared to our previous visits. And even worse was our server who was very poor, inattentive and disinterested in providing the quality service you would expect at a restaurant with Linger’s reputation. I used to tell everyone that Linger was a “must go” place but now I won’t be able to say that. Maybe their success has gone to their head as they seem to have lost their way a bit.

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JK
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was a great place - we were visiting our daughter and were in from LA. Great time!

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JB
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch experience. Highly recommended and an RSVP is important.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great server

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m
Montana
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Linger in lohi in Denver was excellent! The service was terrific, professional and friendly; the food was excellent, they have a world food theme, and do a great job with diverse dishes from.each continent; the cocktails were yummy and innovative twists on classics; and the theme of the whole building is fun, it used to be the Olinger mortuary. I was very impressed and glad I did my research on restaurants to hit in Denver! And the price point was super reasonable. My friends who live there said it will be their New favorite!

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JS
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We recently visited Denver and Linger kept coming up from locals as a great place to eat. Indeed it is! Food was terrific, service excellent and friendly and on a warm evening- just a great place to have a lively dinner. Would highly recommend it.

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DA
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food service was slow, delay in one guest getting their meal, est 5 minutes after everyone else was served. Our waitress was great!

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BR
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Disappointed it wasn’t geared more toward the mortuary theme....

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LS
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great wait staff. Devoured pad thai, beet salad and something with a large, yellow, puffy tortilla-like thing that we filled with healthy morsels. Yummy!

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BN
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved everything about the place the food was so good I mean really delicious and beautiful we had a very good time I want to go back again and again

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A
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Was a great experience the 3 for $33 deal was really good with elevated plates and presentation of food! a little loud so not a romantic setting but we had a great time

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OT
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m a big fan and always have been, it’s hard to say anything about bad about Linger ...
You are consistent and great !

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M
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My third time coming here and I live in California, and it has always been amazing. This time I was able to go up on the rooftop for a drink prior to dinner. What a great view and fun spot for happy hour. I love getting a drink from the trailer. Great service and amazing food no matter what you order!

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