Linger

4.6
5012 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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Houston
2 reviews
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance and delicious food. It was busy, so our server was stretched thin. Nevertheless, he observed our patience and sent us some edamame on the House — a small gesture but one that both myself and my fiancée enjoyed. Will come back!

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LM
Denver
6 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Linger is for location and atmosphere. Food is average. Service is always painfully slow and not that great.

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

Linger never disappoints...great menu tonight and BBQ Duck Buns are amazing!!

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

Wonderful service from the staff!

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

Service was ok kind of slow but it was also very busy for a Tuesday food was different but tasted good. Wagyu sliders were great.

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C
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Linger never disappoints! Fantastic place for a business lunch- we had a group of 9 and everyone left happy and full. Highly recommend this place!

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SW
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Absolutely - it was amazing. The food was exceptional and the service was great!

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KS
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Korean bbq tacos were incredible!! Service was wonderful.

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OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 5

The service on Sunday was poor and less than desirable. It was busy and tried to give our server the benefit of the doubt (he was friendly when he was there!) but I watched him make multiple stops at other tables, look in our direction and then turn back to the server station. He made no apology for delays and it took us 15 minutes just to get a cup of coffee, another 30 to place our order and after plates were cleared and we asked for the tab another 15 minutes went by.

Overall, I like the food at Linger and the atmosphere is awesome but poor service really puts a damper and makes the overall experience go downhill quick.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

25th wedding anniversary

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K
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bottomless mimosas were excellent. Will definitely go back.

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LM
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy! I will return :)

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

AMAZING - we loved the rooftop bar, we got the Dosa and the sliders. SO SO GOOD

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CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food. The mix of flavors was eclectic but really worked well together. Lamb kebabs, Thai shrimp, and masala dosa were excellent.

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BW
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the restaurant and the rooftop bar. Lots to choose from!

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great view near one of the open windows. The food was delicious and server made recommendations.

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JT
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have your waiters and waitresses know the history of the place.

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ID
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Very unique. We tried all food from different countries. Taste is good. Server was very good and helpful. I wish they would know the story behind the name of the restaurant . I requested by the window and we get only half window with no view on a city. When we refused to sit there they start to look for another one. Finally we we saw one and ask for that table. Three of us got sited with no menu.

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WA
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We have visited Linger in the past and my reaction is the same, busy, average service, very small portions for the price, and we had to wait 15 minutes for our reserved table. We will pick other places to dine in the future.

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f
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Linger offers a great opportunity to taste different cuisine at one sitting and all of them were delicious!

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K
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

They sat me and my baby in a very secluded and ugly location...assuming it’s specific for people with kids. I felt I was at some cheap ghetto place because of that.

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d
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We had a 2:30 reservation. We arrived at 2:29 to valet, they were closed (free valet for customers of Linger). My wife was lecture by the wait person that the kitchen was close and we needed to put our entire order in quickly. No offer of what was on the menu, no offer of sparkling water, just hurry up. When he came back we has chosen, but we had chosen from the wrong side of the menu. During this process2-3 tables were seated after our party. We complete the meal and the manger came over and apologized. I requested my bill 3 times, I do not eat for free. He refused to give it to me which actually angered me more as we left. FYI, we ordered at 2:45 and left prior to 3:30 - we just wanted to get out. WE have been to Linger before and had a positive experience. I guess if your are going to accept reservations keep all services open. Hire better wait staff. Don't ruin a Mother's day meal! Sorry you cannot change that. Disappointed.

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B
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Service and food has gone down hill. It’s not a hot spot anymore, employees should reflect it with better service.

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FH
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was great and innovative. Ambiance was fun and modern. Service was slow, and we ordered 2 wines- they were out of both, and the server did not know what their wine stock situation was, which was disappointing bc the wine list is so small.

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BD
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Service could be better, food was ok. Setting is very cool, rooftop bar was great, heaters could be warmer.

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A
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. Great for groups and people with food allergies.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must eat place while in Denver!

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JH
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still one of my favorite restaurants in Denver. I try to go several times a year and I am never disappointed.

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BW
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great time and the food is spot on! If you love sharing and trying a variety of items, this is a great choice.

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MS
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I and family took my husband to Linger for his birthday; the food and birthday dessert made his day special.
We enjoyed the small plates immensely, especially since they reflect an eclectic worldwide approach.
Appreciated a 4th taco for our 4th person, and cutting buns and sliders into 2 portions to be shared.
BTW, loved the popcorn and asked for the spice recipe.

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G
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great server and solid food! I loved the devils on horseback too. Will come again

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J
Denver
216 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time here. Came for lunch, interesting menu. Our waitperson was a big help. The beet salad was amazing and the impossible burger was excellent. We also had the potato masala dosa, which we did not love.

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LF
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and fantastic tapas. Fun environment, but a bit loud for an substantial conversation.

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D
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

This “hip” eatery (or “eatuary,” as its location is that of a former mortuary) is overrated. The noise is deafening. This restaurant is NOT for special occasions. We had to remind the waitress and then the maitre d’ to bring a candle for the dessert which we bought because the house b-day dessert sounded uninteresting. No one said happy birthday even perfunctorily. We had to sit next to each other to be able to hear each other. Then the food! It was all super greasy and fatty because everything was either fried or high fat, including the dessert donuts, served in a greasy brown bag (!) with a heavy chocolate mousse. The salad was oily and heavy. The Persian sliders were high in fat, too. We didn’t eat all that much but felt stuffed and unwell into the next day. This was our first and last visit. Maybe you have to be a millennial or Gen Z member to enjoy restaurants like Linger. This eatery is anything but inviting to linger in....

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

Great! Delicious vegetarian options!

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JD
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant ever! Food was spectacular, wait staff wonderful! Great vibe.

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E
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, as was the great service. This includes Jerry the manager, who is also attentive and engaged. The service staff was friendly and very timely. As a group of five, we had an array of dishes. Everything from the soup to barramundi, and the pork belly sliders, to three different salads, and pad thai was excellent. The only drawback is the limited wine menu, a bit of a misalignment to the detail afforded all the other aspects of our experience (including the name, taken from the old mortuary that inhabited the building for decades). Overall, Linger gets the credit it deserves... excellent!

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JR
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was quick and friendly! Even though the restaurant was packed, it didn't effect the food quality or service, and the food was delicious! The restaurant comes with a beautiful view!

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CC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made reservations for brunch as a group of 4. When we arrived there was a 30-45 minute wait, so I'm glad we reserved ahead! The food was delicious - especially the breakfast dosa and banh mi! The chorizo tacos were good, but paled a little in comparison to the rest of the dishes we ordered. Our server, Anthony, was attentive and very kind and made our visit so enjoyable. We're planning to go back again to try dinner within the week (that's how much we loved it)!

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AV
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fun spot with a hip feel and unique food options that are sure to please!

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