Linger

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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.
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AB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Denver everything was delicious a party for the senses.

N
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Linger is never a disappointment. The food was amazing.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from Sean. Food was delicious. Everything came out of the kitchen in a reasonable amount of time .

AC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Linger was fantastic and definitely the best place we ate at in Denver. My boyfriend and I went for dinner with his vegan cousins and were amazed at the amount of options available for all of us. I think the duck bao (real and faux) and the Korean Bulgogi Bibimbap were our favorite dishes.

Our server was a great help and very prompt. We also sat upstairs near the bar, and the ambiance couldn't be beat.

We loved it and will be making another reservation there next time we're in Denver!

O
Denver
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Only reason Food was not ranked higher was that the gluten free/vegan display on the menu was confusing. It appears that every V or GF notation was just that when that specific treatment needed to be requested. It’s wonderful that you have those options available. But as someone with an intolerance, I was definitely “glutened” that evening. It was delicious though.

JC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had agent time and it was just what we were looking for. Great and unique food.
Cheers!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A big group of us went to Linger for our annual gift exchange, the restaurant is very cool. It is a tapas, sharing kind of menu, and the different options were really great to choose from.

We had the devils on horseback, the BBQ Korean tacos X 3, the lettuce wraps, the impossible sliders, one of the bao buns, and the corpse revival.

All excellent, tacos being our favorite, very different. So come feeling adventurous. The bar space next to our table up top was hard to squeeze by.

B
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very noisy. We were having a business dinner and the noise level was difficult to manage. Even though we indicated it was a business meal on our reservation, we were seated upstairs. Perhaps a table away from the bar would have been quieter. Otherwise, food was great, service exceptional including special attention to an allergy of one of our party.

K
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great for and service. Love the "around the world" menu. I was going vegan for 30 days, and this was the perfect place. Many of the dishes can be made vegan.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I am not a fan of spicy food and had a hard time finding anything on the menu that I would like. The waiter struggled as well. 99% of the menu is spicy and removing it changes the dish too much or it could not be removed.

T
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We went to Linger with our son and his boss who was in town from California. The boss wants to try something unique and local to Denver so we thought Linger would be great. The service was not food as it took over 45 minutes to get our food and when it did arrive I thought the food was just OK. Linger is also pretty pricey and it was kind of laid and hard to talk. I am not sure I will return.

OT
Denver
38 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bob and I ended up going to Linger two weekends in a row, with different groups of folks.

Learn more about the detailed origin story of this mortuary turned from their website. Also, look for subtle hints throughout the restaurants including the embalming vessels used as water carafes and a mural of Harold in his customized hearse.

For a starter, we ordered three different bao buns to share. The most traditional offering was the 5-spice pork belly; we also tried the Mongolian bbq duck, and the bison pastrami reuben. They were all quite decadent! At $5 to $6 a bun, it was a little pricey but fun to share with guests.

On our first visit, several of us tried the ramen option served at brunch. It contained duck confit and a soft-boiled shoyu egg. The broth was dark, rich and

I ordered a cocktail that wasn't on the brunch menu, a coffee colada. This bright and tropical cocktail reminded me of a mulata, but contained cold pressed coffee, as opposed to creme de caoco. Loved it!

On this 2nd visit, I tried the adobo pork benedict. The poached eggs were cooked to perfection, atop a very sophisticated version of benedict. The South American inspired chipotle lentil and bean sauce that substituted for hollandaise was both sweet and savory. In lieu of an English muffin, a plantain sopa was used as the bottom layer. Many of the dishes at Linger are pretty small, but these two stacks of benedicts left me completely satiated.
Two of our friends are gluten intolerant, and this place has so many options for them! Almost every entree on the brunch menu could be made gluten free, and several of them can be made vegan.

Linger is also a great place to take out-of-town friends, because even in the middle of winter they allow guests to take the elevator up to the rooftop to peak at the amazing views of downtown and the Highlands.

BR
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super awesome. Great service. Wonderful menu and food. Thank you!

MH
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Linger. Delicious food at an affordable price for portion size. Staff is friendly and prompt. The venue itself is fun to be in - never feeling rushed to head out. Can't wait to go back!

H
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience3

the service was great I loved the people serving us but the food was awful I never had such a bad food in my lif, plus there was no view to downtown nothing was like the photos on google over all I would say not bad for one night.

KK
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

The meal was fine in the end after some fixes, but the service was really poor. We were handed a plate of bao by someone in error that we thought the waiter had given us as a nicety. They had been on our table at least 3 minutes and then our waiter stopped by and plucked them away from us! We ordered shrimp pad thai and it was delivered with no shrimp. We asked for it to be corrected. We were then brought a plate of shrimp. We just looked at the waiter and he asked, “That is what you wanted, right?” and I informed him that the noodles were now cold and it needed to be tossed together. It came back right finally. Dirty plates were not removed, table was not wiped...very spotty service. For a $200 meal with drinks for 4, we were not very happy with the service at all and the food was okay, but not stellar.

l
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Booths upstairs very small for four people. Took awhile to place order.

JA
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, the layout of the restaurant was a good mix of modern and classy. We always challenge each other to rank the food at small plate restaurants, and the items we put last were still very good, just not quite as exceptional as the other items. Wait staff was some of the friendliest I have encountered outside of a Michelin.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Felt very understaffed. In a meal that could have had 5 rounds of drinks we only got 2.5. Food was impeccable and drinks were delish, but 6 people and $410 later I'm disappointed.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing like always.

EG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at Linger several times. It is a fun place with good food and great service...

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Our server was great! And the atmosphere was just fabulous!

c
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to date night spot 😉

MC
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gish was a good server!

m
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

This is a tough review to write. We've been to Linger many times and have always had an outstanding experience. I have multiple food allergies and they have always been great about accommodating those with still great tasting food. They advertise as being good with food allergies and the wait staff always ask about food allergies. This time, we had to return three dishes due to inclusion of items I'm allergic to. One dish we had to return twice because it still contained allergens the second time they made it. I had a fairly major reaction to the allergens because I confidently took the first few bites based on my previous experience with them. The manager comped about half our bill but, I have to say, this will make me think twice about our next visit.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I was excited to try Linger but the food was disappointing. I ordered the rueben and sweet potato fries (they recommended getting two plates). The Reuben isn’t a rueben in the tradition sense. It looks like a little dough ball. I was highly disappointed by its size and it just wasn’t that good. It was laughable how small it was. The sweet potato fries were great and a good portion. My friend that I was with got the wagu and she said it wasn’t great either. There are so many wonderful restaurants in Denver, Linger won’t be on my list to return to.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great variety of amazing food!

M
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really an interesting selection of international cuisine.

L
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Visited fir my son’s birthday! We all loved it!! Our server was the best!

CC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food2service4ambience1

We went to Linger in New Year’s Day looking forward to the famed mortuary theme. Instead there’s nothing left of its gothic past, the decor looked entirely ordinary like any trendy spot. The music was loud to a distressful degree. I ordered pork belly grapow which turned out to be overly salty, they didn’t portion enough bland rice to balance the strong flavoring. Very disappointing, will not go back.

FT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Would recommend for the food, flavors and service. They were a little skimpy on their sauces. Too noisy for conversation.

k
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was excellent in particular given how busy the restaurant was on New Year's Eve but the restaurant is often quite busy. The food was O.K. all things considering but given the price and reputation, would have expected a higher standard.

It will be a while before I consider Linger or its sister venues for drinks and/or dinner again. It just felt like you made too many short cuts to try to accommodate too many people on a holiday.

Good luck

m
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were packed NYE but handled it so gracefully! We thoroughly enjoyed our time, server, and overall experience.

HH
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Very nice! Had a great time.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We’re slightly disappointed in our experience. We’ve been to linger a couple of times and haven’t had a bad experience until New Year’s Eve. Service was absolutely terrible. I get that it’s a busier and stressful evening in the dining industry but we all left regretting our restaurant choice for the night. Our waiter was just straight up awkward with our table, he kept asking us questions about our plans for the evening or food choices and then would make super weird negative comments about our answers. They also completely forgot about one of our friends main dish so we waited and waited, had to eventually flag someone down about it. They tried to offer us another dish on the house but we declined since we were full and our waiter acted offended we turned it down. He also messed up all our checks at the end and never apologized for any of the mix up. Won’t be going back anytime soon.

SK
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner. Very special and intimate. Good food and memory for the event

OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot

A
Denver
49 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Linger is always a great place to take out of town friends! It has great ambiance and you can get a variety of cuisine choices. Their bao buns are AMAZING! I recommend the duck and Korean friend chicken buns!

SK
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, great food, great follow up. Linger has their act totally together. Management should be very proud.

K
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our visit to Linger! We have been there many times now, and it is one of our favorite staples when we eat out. We love everything about it - the food, the atmosphere, the decor, the vibe, the service - it's all amazing! We tried the special duck empanada, which was delicious. We also loved the dosa, which was a huge portion. We look forward to going back next time!

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