Linger

4.6
4935 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.
What 4935 People Are Saying
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RG
Denver
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Linger is unmatched when it comes to the variety of dishes on the menu. All delicious.

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DC
Denver
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The location has some parking issues but the whole area is somewhat challenged in the same way. The layout of the restaurant does cause some serving issues -- the bar can be a significant distance from many tables and leads to delays in service. The restaurant should consider instituting bar runners to alleviate this issue but I doubt they will implement any changes. The food is very good -- small to medium sized plates. The cuisine is international and leans toward foodies - this isn't a meat and potatoes restaurant. The rooftop lounge is a good size and has an excellent view of the city and the surrounding areas. Reservations are recommended for most days, a must on weekends. It's a fun spot located near many other fun spots.

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f
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Severe peanut allergy, written on open table and addressed with the server at the beginning of dinner. We ordered plates that did not list peanuts on the menu. We received a few plates and shared them, including the guest with the peanut allergy. The server came back and told the guest with the peanut allergy that everything that HE ordered was specifically peanut free. We asked about the dishes that everyone else had ordered, and the server could not guarantee that the other dishes did not have peanuts in them even though we ordered dishes without peanuts listed on the menu. We received an allergy menu, but this also could not guarantee that our dishes did not have peanuts based on how the allergy menu is written. This caused the guest with the peanut allergy extreme distress as he is deathly allergic to peanuts and ingesting peanuts could have him hospitalized. After talking with two other servers who could not guarantee the guest did not Ingest any peanuts, the manager came to clarify that NONE of the plates had any peanuts in them and that this could have all been avoided with better education of the staff.

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A
Denver
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is always exceptional. So is the service. This last visit, Sarah was our server, and she was particularly great!
I love the mix of international foods.

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MT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good enough. Solid Sunday brunch.

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D
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place to hang out on the weekend for brunch, after work or for a fun dinner with friends.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Normally we have a great experience at Linger but this time was sub par. We have taken a lot of our friends and family here over the past few months when they visit and usually receive top notch service and always delicious food. The last time we had a party of 11 and they sent out complimentary appetizers because we had to wait a few extra minutes to be seated. This time that was not the case. The service was not as good as it usually is and all of our food was cold. I was super disappointed because we brought my boyfriend's parents here and that was their first impression. We'll be back but hoping for a better experience next go around as this was probably a one-off.

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

Cool atmosphere but the brunch menu is somewhat limited and I wasn't overly impressed with the food itself. Wasn't terrible but not sure I would come back for brunch again.

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S
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food options, smaller portions so fun to get 2-3 dishes and share with someone.

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A
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on prom night and had an amazing time! Everything we ordered was gone in minutes since it was so good. Will be coming again in the future.

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

The food was great as always. The bloody orange mimosas are horrible-the juice has a chemical aftertaste. Service was fantastic!

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Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food and ambiance. Need to remember that if you want to do happy hour you need to get there close to 4pm though!

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NA
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent services. Loved the Patagonia “gin” and tonic.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food is amazing and so interesting. Some portions can be challenging to split for two (i.e. three tacos) so it would be nice if they posed the option to pay up for even numbers of items. We were initially shown the half off wine list and were then told that we were given the wrong menu and wine wasn’t half off that day. I was a little surprised we weren’t offered something in concession since the expectation was set. I will definitely go back, but hopefully with a bit warmer service!

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DL
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Linger was recommended by several people and did not disappoint! It was an excellent choice for a first date! We will definitely be back.

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HD
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Our waiter was not very friendly or attentive. Great food and ambience, though.

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BT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Linger has a fun menu and it is a great setting. Unfortunately service was lacking ultimately due to a problem with the credit card machine. Linger's problem became a customer problem as they were far more concerned with money than they were the customer experience.

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LM
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, great service. The food is unique and very good. We had 5 in our party and were quite comfortable and not rushed at all. Great experience.

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Mississippi
58 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food with a really cool vibe in the room. Love the interior design!

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CJ
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Bao Buns!!! The view is amazing! Cool atmosphere 10/10

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

Did the "Feed me" menu from our boy Ethan. Every dish was awesome and the kitchen had food rolling out at an awesome pace. We were full and satisfied. 10/10 would get blasted and bash food again.

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CD
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A fun restaurant with very interesting small plates. Good vibe in a happening Denver neighborhood.

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L
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently good, Linger offers a nice variety of shareable plates. Tasty cocktails and wine options. Parking is an issue in this busy, residential Lower Highlands neighborhood. Valet parking is available, however on a recent night there was only one valet working which made for a long, chaotic wait to retrieve or drop off a car. Reservations for dinner recommended.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always incredible and one of my favorite restaurants in Denver.

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DB
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun, nitchy vibe. If you are looking for someplace completely DIFFERENT than the rest Linger fits that description. The service is stellar, food was amazing. Could not ask for anything more!

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B
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Linger has a nice ambience and the service we had was great - helpful and friendly. The food was a little disappointing. The power salad had too much cabbage and the seasonings didn't seem to work together that well. The tostadas were delicious but the pot stickers were a little disappointing as well. I would go here again but it wasn't as good as I expected.

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C
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I have silly yak and this was a very accommodating restaurant with a delicious preparation of an Outstanding experience

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K
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve had dinner here few months ago and brunch last Sunday. The food was delicious, our waiter Ethan was very nice and helpful. Definitely would recommend this place to my friends!

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JS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

If you’re at all a fan of eastern flavors this place is an absolute must. It’s creative, delicious and unlike any other place in town. The kitchen must have the biggest walk in ever to store flavors from India, Africa, Thailand, China and the Mediterranean all in one place.

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AA
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Our service was awful. There must have been an issue with the kitchen because I don't believe it was our actual server as she was very apologetic and tentative. We went here with a group of ten to celebrate an engagement. Our food took over an hour to arrive after placing it, and three of us (myself, groom to be, and bride to be) had to wait an additional 45 minutes for our food. Not to mention when it finally arrived it was cold and disgusting. How does it take almost two hours for 2 bao buns, then they come out cold and unappetizing? It was our second bad experience there and we would definitely not recommend. Especially not if you are celebrating and want everyone to enjoy their time and EAT TOGETHER and be able to drink TOGETHER.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent experience from start to finish. I had previously looked into Linger's reviews and saw how well they were rated by many patrons. I can say that I was more than impressed by the food, service and overall atmosphere at Linger's; I had such a great experience that I might just have to consider returning for my next birthday.

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MW
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. Disappointed in the portion size on the appetizer

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Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Atmosphere is fantastic. Food was good - but spring rolls are not deep fried!! Vegan and veggie friendly. Creative non alcoholic cocktails

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N
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Linger and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The food was delicious and the service outstanding.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Linger to celebrate a friend’s birthday. The service was wonderful- we were presented with 2 appetizers compliments of the chef and we “lingered” over our lunch for 3+ hours and were never hurried. Everything was delicious!!

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SW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot! Our server was excellent and complimented an incredible menu! We will be back!

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Portland
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Being mortuary-themed, I thought this place might be a little “gimmicky”, but it was absolutely fantastic. Some of the most creative vegan options I’ve had, and my husband was extremely happy with his meat-based dishes. Save room for some Taiwanese snow ice for dessert!

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G
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Cool spot with great service and equally good food.

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AE
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the place I bring friends and family when they visit. It's the restaurant my friend brought me to when we were deciding if we we're making the move to Denver. I love the flavor the design and the staffs care to make it a wonderful experience Everytime. Thank you Linger...you make me want to hang around a little longer when I dine with you.

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