Linger

4.7
4893 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 4893 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

It’s basically Applebee’s with a view. I can’t believe how bad the food is for Denver and how busy it is.

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

The chorizo tacos where very good

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SM
Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service; amazing food!

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C
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Linger has yet to disappoint. Always a great spot for a large group - I love the inclusive the menu options! Everything we tasted was absolutely incredible! Don't miss out on the Italian Coffee and Doughnuts for dessert, they are to die for!!

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

Fun place and yummy food! We ordered several things and loved most, with a couple a bit underwhelming but still good. You go for the experience and ambiance and fun shared plates!

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

Absolutely lovely atmosphere! Friendly and hip vibe. Food was delicious! Very eclectic menu and diverse flavors that were paired well.

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

Our waiter was excellent. The food was mostly wonderful; just a bit too spicy. But, we had a delightful time.

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SP
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved everything about it. Very busy and noisy but that just made it a more upbeat experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! Thanks to the staff we had an amazing birthday dinner!

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N
Denver
403 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Linger is always one of our favorites so when we had out-of-town guests (one from England, the other Colombia with their 10-year old child) it was our first choice! As always, it was great to be able to share so many different plates, all expertly prepared and with tremendous taste. Their son was very happy (polite and well-raised) as well. But even for a 2-top, it's a great place and on a nice day, the rooftop is fabulous. In a city of great restaurants (including their own sister places), Linger stands at the top of the mile-high mountain.

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SG
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, You need food well prepared. Especially enjoyed the small bites and the pineapple wonton dessert.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good, service was good but a little bit on the slower side.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing in every way. You will not be disappointed.

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TB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything here is perfect and the food is exciting and delicious! It's a pricey joint, but the food is exceptional.

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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I heard this was a must visit spot in Denver, and that couldn’t be more true! The food was to die for! The service was top notch! Shout out to Chris for the wonderful suggestions and being a fabulous server!! I can’t wait to go back!! Could you please make a restaurant in DC so that I can go all the time!

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KB
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Eclectic menu, prepared with finesse, fun, upscale atmosphere, excellent service.

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M
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eclectic menu, everything tasted amazing! Good attentive service and fun atmosphere. Very loud. would not be good for families with kids.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I asked for a table with a view due to out of town guests and they worked hard to accommodate my request. They found us the perfect table and showed my friend a great example of what’s best about Denver...it’s people!! My friend had dietary restrictions and our server meticulously and happily delivered on her requested needs, and my friend raved about her meal for days! I love showing off this city to my out of town guests, and Linger will be my “go to” place from now on!! Thank you!

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GD
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great drinks. Had several items from the menu and everything was awesome. Service was wonderful and it was a very busy day, so the staff has their stuff together. I will go back. I would also put this down as a restaurant to visit here in Denver.

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

I booked in advance, so a table by the door felt like an afterthought. Food and service were good.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

Weird food. Expensive n not tasty. Nice atmosphere. Tried 4 dishes. Not impressed

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AN
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Linger was amazing! I ate there twice within one week. The ambiance is really cool - inside a converted mortuary - and the menu has some amazing dishes from all over the world so can have a totally different meal and experience every time you go! The drinks are also great. I will definitely be going back when I visit Denver again.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food and ambiance was great. Service was bad.

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CB
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Terrible service and equally terrible food.... so greasy and gross. We'll never return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

It was so noisy we could barely hear each other talk

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome views, not too noisy, had no problem hearing each other. A couple flavor combos were a bit unimpressive but overall the food was great, and served in surprisingly large portions. Our favorites were the devils on horseback and the Korean bbq tacos.

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CN
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! We drove from Texas and have a reservation for a birthday dinner at night. However, due to bad weather, they have to cancelled our reservation and move us to the morning before we headed back home. Everyone in the restaurant is so friendly and my friend did enjoy his birthday at Linger.

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ZD
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. We came from Atlanta just to eat here again.

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C
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazingly interesting choices that taste fabulous. Great atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Soooooo good

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AA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

Service was horrible! Our server was scarce throughout our entire dining experience. My friend ordered the pad thai with chicken and there was no chicken. He was no where to be found to correct the order for 20 minutes after us receiving our food.

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ER
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food. Prices were reasonable. Would have lived to gone in the warmer weather to enjoy the upper deck.

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BA
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I feel like the food has gone downhill from before. While still good, it just doesn’t impress me as much. The Vietnamese crepe use to be my favorite and now it is just bland and greasy.

I do enjoy that they easily accommodate vegan and gluten-free diners. This and the ambiance brings me back over and over. Oh, and don’t forget the yummy cocktails.

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M
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were amazed at how big the restaurant was and what a great job the kitchen and waitstaff did to make our dining experience fantastic!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

I would recommend but with caveat... I would not consider linger a place to go if you’re interested in hearing what your dining partner wants to say. I absolutely love the food but really don’t like going there very often because it’s so darn loud. The last time I suggested to a friend that we meet there for brunch I had forgotten how noisy it is and we yelled loudly across the table at one another the entire time and I still have no idea what she was saying to me! For some people that might be just great because they really don’t care what anybody else is saying lol! However I have to say I love the dosa and almost every single thing I’ve eaten there is really yummy. So I’ll go again when I don’t feel like talking or listening but just eating.

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RR
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The special of the day was fish tacos and they were truly delicious, I ate every last bite! I hope that becomes a permanent menu item!

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b
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st time here and have to say that I was very impressed with everything. Waitstaff was prompt and courteous, very knowledgeable about the menu and bar and offered superb suggestions. The food you must simply come and try; we had several small plates that were excellent. Our child's pad thai noodles were awesome too (we helped ourselves much to her chagrin). Ambiance is toned down with well-placed ambient lighting and has a great vibe. We will be visiting here again.

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LD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was great as usual and they were very accommodating

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HB
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

The initial service was good, as was the bartender upstairs. Drinks were good, but a bit pricey for what we got. The restaurant is very noisy. No particular ambiance. The food was "meh". The bao were not what I expected. Not particularly outstanding in flavor. We felt similarly about the tacos and sliders. I had looked at the menu online and it looked interesting, but unfortunately nothing was unusual or outstanding.

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AH
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!! Now I know why they have so many amazing reviews- highly recommend!

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