Linger

4.7
4619 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 4619 People Are Saying
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Denver
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Always love it here! Great food and service. A few of our dishes had hot peppers. Too hot for me. Would be great if you had a “heat” register. Thanks for a great meal.

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

Birthday celebrations.

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GC
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First rate in every way. Attentive service. Interesting dishes. Great interiors.

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S
Denver
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good vibe. Nice eclectic menu

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

We've been here a few times and love the space. The food and service were okay, nothing great.
They also overcharged my card and I had to call to dispute that. A little shady & annoying.

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OT
Denver
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was very knowledgeable about menu and gave us some great suggestions of must eats that were not too spicy for my mom to enjoy.
The host greeting could be warmer would be my only opportunity for improvement.

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

My wife and I come here every 4 months. The restaurant is always clean, the food is always amazing, and the service is always friendly. I highly recommend reservations. I will come here again, and I recommend Linger as a Thing to See in Denver.

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MD
Denver
227 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in Denver. International menu with truly different tastes from different parts of the world. I had the chicken lettuce wrap. Others had the steak tacos and bento boxes. We also had the sweet potato fries. Everything was good.

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OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Birthday celebration... wonderful, unique meal, great service!

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, huge selection. Easy to order if you have dietary restrictions.

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Denver
17 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere and the dishes were interesting and tasty. Our waiter, Joe, was attentive and friendly. Enjoyed the evening.

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ST
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Linger is a great place to hang out with a friend, take your first date, or go with your whole family. Their small plates are creative, varied and - most of all - delicious. It's my new favorite in the Denver area! Not to be missed!

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TS
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So many great flavors. We sampled and shared several dishes at Linger. Each one was better than the last. The cocktail specials were lovely too!

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JB
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Wide ranging menu with flavors from all over Asia and the Middle East. Tapas style is great for sharing and trying many different menu items. Very creative. Nice interior design - lots of cozy seating areas. It was refreshing that Linger was not as loud as many restaurants these days - I was able to have a conversation with my dining companions without shouting. Service was a bit choppy but our server was also handling a large table right next to ours that was seated at the same time. I can wait to go back and try some other items on the menu!

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K
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We met my son and family for lunch. We were seated immediately. The food was original and delicious. My only disappointment was that I wanted lunch--not brunch--at 1:30 p.m. on a Saturday.

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AD
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Linger is absolutely amazing. The food is delicious, the ambiance is wonderful, the location is great, and the fact that it’s a mortuary turned restaurant is super cool. We were immediately seated ahead of our reservation and our waiter was incredibly personable and polite, our food arrived at various times but all of it was quick (we ordered four different tapa-style items), and it was so delicious. We recommend the crickets with ant rice, seriously. Our only recommendation would have been to see our waiter more but please don’t let that detract from the level of service he provided when he was around and that Linger provided overall.

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V
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time, would definitely recommend! Zeppole were phenomenal

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GS
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thought everything that we tried was very good, but the Pad Thai was the best we have ever had. If we could have gotten it home we would have gotten to go orders. If we ever make it back to Denver we will definitely come back here!

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

Thanks for taking good care of me with my restrictions. Best tastes I've had in quite a while!

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S
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time for brunch, it was perfect.

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CF
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was recommended here from a friend who recently visited Denver. I’m glad they didn’t dissapoint. To the complimentary valet parking to the great drink and dinner menu. It was all a homerun.

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CS
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited Denver for work from Bay area and went to linger on a recommendation from a form native. Excellent recommendation. The food was unique and outstanding. Ordered a dish from each region on the menu and loved everyone of them. Started with beet salad which was cruchy, sweet, spicy, and savory all at the same time. The dates (forgetting the menu name) we're amazing. Pad Thai was not like any other pad Thai I had tasted before, it was better. Chevice tostada and idian crepe thing (again forgetting the menu names) were perfectly spiced. Everything we was delicious. The waiter was friendly and helpful with suggestions and the place has a great ambiance. Highly recommend and I would definitely go back if I'm ever in Denver again!

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CF
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Linger never disappoints. It's eclectic and fun and delicious. The menu is different every time I go back. Service is attentive and knowledgeable. Will go back many times.

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VF
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Luckily the food is still excellent! Service was horrible. Seems Linger has become a place to grab a quick bite and no longer a special restaurant to celebrate something like an anniversary. Waitress was not able to answer questions, rushed our service even after we asked her to slow it down and gave the ubiquitous "sorry" every time something went wrong, e.g., our second course was delivered while the first was still on the table, then when re-served it was cold, etc., etc. Nice, personal, truly-concerned waitstaff would be appreciated.

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LL
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was great, the ambiance was great. But our waitress was an unfriendly snob – or maybe she was afraid of us. We went on Halloween and were wearing costumes and she pretended we weren't. Actually she seemed offended. Really? It was supposed to be a fun night.

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R
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food , good atmosphere . Angels on horseback were my favorite!

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ST
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a nice atmosphere; wonderful service too.

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L
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Linger was the perfect spot for date night! The food was creative and each dish was just as (or more!) exciting than the last.

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NN
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excited when there's a new Linger reservation on the books. Great food, special attention to allergies.

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RC
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food is always the best! Service exceptional! Disappointed we were seated in the lower level (with a reservation) with diners who had children.

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F
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Bao Buns were quite good (we had the duck and pork belly ones), and the lamb kabobs had just enough of a pop of spicy heat to them.

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KL
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great for a small business meeting with quick service and delicious options. No matter what we ordered, it was divine.

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OT
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great place!

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OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. We are so bummed you took the tacos off the menu. Please bring them back!

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JY
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4 of us, 2 from out of state, went to Linger for the first time and loved it. Great atmosphere and wonderful food and attentive service. Appreciated the valet service too.

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Denver
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was good but very pricey. Thought the view of downtown would be better but it was blocked by several buildings. Wish they had decorated the place to honor its past life as a mortuary. I think that would have added a fun spin on the dining experience. Overall, I enjoyed the food but not the price.

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CK
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Linger is a great place with delicious food! They were very accomodating to my dietary restrictions. I am dairy free and gluten free and I still was able to eat most things. Our server Tiffany was amazing! Can't wait until the next time we go!

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KS
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their small plates world-cuisine theme can run up the bill, but the food doesn't disappoint! Standouts were the Devils on Horseback, the Lamb Kabobs, the Asian Shrimp. But save room for dessert... The Mexican Chocolate caramels (purchased by the piece) were small, but unforgettable, and the Donut Holes with Chocolate Mousse -- wow! (We had a gluten free eater in our group, and were please to see many options for her.)

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JS
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Fun place, waiter was good but a little spacy. Food was great and different from your average trendy place.

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MB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

It was super fast and felt more like gourmet fast food experience than a dining experience. Arrived at 12:45 and received check at 1:17. Would have been great if I wanted a 60.00 fast food experience.

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