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

So good!! The beet salad was incredible! We really enjoyed everything we ordered!

m
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a delicious dinner and the waitress explained things come out as ordered, which is fine, but the Pad Thai which we ordered immediately at around 7:15 when ordering our drinks did not come through 3 rounds of additional ordering, despite repeated inquiries. We had to leave for a party at 9 and asked for the check when we were told that the pad Thai was almost ready. We said to cancel it because we had to go. She asked if we could take it to go but we are all from out of town, staying in hotels, with a party to go to, so we declined because it was not practical. Then someone else comes to the table with the pad Thai in a to go box kind of insisting that we should take it. Annoying because we had already explained the situation to the waitress. The waitress had said that the pad Thai “station” was slammed and that’s why it took so long. Anyhow it’s a cool place with yummy food and a great vibe. Just don’t count on getting any pad Thai when you go!

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

Great food, wonderful ambiance. Will definitely go back.

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

Every bite was fantastic, the ambiance is great, just a great place for a special meal. The service can be a little slow at times, but really didn't mind since everything else is so great. It's a little expensive but great for a special occasion.

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

Came to brunch at Linger with a group of six women. The food was amazing, we liked the bottomless mimosas, but the waitress left a lot to be desired. She poured refills but the pitcher ran out after three refills, and she just didn't come back to refill the rest of the group. I had a small to-go container for my leftovers and we waited so long for our check that I got hungry again and ate my leftovers. We really wanted to go up to the rooftop after we'd finished eating, but we didn't have any time. Also disappointing because there were a ton of tables in the main dining area with doors opened and a beautiful view. We were in a back room that only had one small window.
I would go again if I could ensure that our reservation would be in the front dining room, and I would ask for a different server.

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

Amazing food and cocktails! Loved the ambiance

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

Terrific dinner in a vibrant atmosphere. Great flavor and variety.

AM
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were visiting Denver and snagged a table by their big open windows. Service was excellent. I had the Impossible Persian sliders and the bacon wrapped dates and both were phenomenal (and I’m not a vegetarian!). The cocktails were on point too.

AH
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, took my wife for our anniversary and it has always exceeded our expectations! We will be back!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing!!!

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BR
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We met friends here. I'm 65 and went here on the recommendation of my 37-year-old daughter. Part of the charm of this place is that it feels comfortable to young and old alike. We were there on Tuesday and had a $33 three-course fixed-price meal. Good selections to choose from and plenty of food. We had a wonderful bottle of wine on special which was not cheap at $40, but was worth it. Our server (Sean) and his support team were attentive but not intrusive. We'll definitely go back.

SW
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

I finally got to Linger having heard about how great it was forever. The place is huge dark & noisy. The food was interesting but not as good as a traditional asian or indian restaurant. The presentation was nice but way too much emphasis on that. It was pricey for the quality & portions.

BL
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the Harold and Maude references!!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and staff very friendly and accommodating. We loved this place!

RH
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

One of our Denver go-to's. Exceptional food, drink, and ambiance. The service was disappointing last time, but we're hoping it was a fluke.

FM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely restaurant, interesting food that everyone at our table loved, and service was fantastic. Couldn’t ask for more.

T
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love bringing out-of-town friends and family to Linger. Good food, good drinks and excellent conversations. The menu is eclectic and the small plates are plentiful enough to allow you to share. Everyone always enjoys the sophisticated and fun atmosphere. It's aways a great night!

DB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a crazy night with people flying into the airport and others driving up for Colorado Springs and heavy rain, hail, etc. We ended up arriving in stages and our party of seven grew by two. The staff did a great job of accommodating us and were flexible with our dribbling in arrivals. The food and drink was fantastic as always. This time we added two desserts. I can't remember what they were called, but they were WONDERFUL and great for sharing.

OT
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Small portion plates with plenty of items to choose from and the desserts were out of this world! Most of our dishes had a kick to it so must like spice. The restaurant used to be an old mortuary although there’s no mention of it on their website or menu. I wouldn’t have known that but a co-worker told me before we visited Denver. Parking in a challenge in that neighborhood, we drove around for 20 minutes and had to park 5 blocks away which isn’t that big of a deal except for the fact that I was in heels 😐. It was a good first experience.

JA
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great for what it offers - more of a social place than a dinner place

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing. Really guided us through the menu. The experience was fantastic because of her!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

Meh. Food was really complicated but server was amazing.

KJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Had a terrible experience at Linger. I had made reservations and we arrived 5 minutes early. The reservations were for 4 but we had 4 adults and 2 babies. I asked if there were any longer tables and the host said yes it will just be a few minutes extra. No problem.. OVER a hour later we finally got seated at 2:30-something only to be told the kitchen is closing. WTF! As we were walking to the table there were DOZENS of open tables that would have accommodated our party. We would have happily taken our 1:30 table and held the two adorable babies on our laps had we know this would be the outcome. Food was sub par, experience was terrible - and embarrassing as we had friends from out of town visiting. We were rushed to finish. Never once was there an apology or did they try turn our experience around.

RJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall, I would recommend Linger to a friend. The service wasn't exceptional but it was alright.

K
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Linger was great with lots of varying small plate options and a great cocktail list

s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and ambience!

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Joe was a great server.

AP
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Linger never disappoints! The Devils on Horseback and the Korean Fried Chicken Bao Bun are beyond delicious, especially!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Très bonne surprise très bons produits bien travaillés
Bonne créativité avec une carte autour du Monde

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MF
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was definitely a delicious and fun venue especially learning about the history of the building. So glad valet parking was available. We had a drink after dinner in the bar which also had a super cool vibe. We will definitely go back again.

N
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a drink on the rooftop before our dinner seating. The gentleman who seated us seemed to truly enjoy his job and bringing a smile to the customers. The table service was a bit slow during Happy Hour and I never ended up receiving my second drink but since we were meeting a friend downstairs for dinner it was ok. The dinner menu was fun to read and with so many options that looked interesting, it was difficult to make choices. Three of us shared: pork potstickers, pad thai, tempura ginger chili shrimp and wagyu sliders - it was all delicious and there are still many other items we want to try. Our waiter was patient with us, we had not seen our friend in a long time and spent time catching up before looking at the menu. He offered helpful suggestions about the menu and kept the right balance between engaging and allowing us time to enjoy our company and meal. We will definitely eat here again the next time we are in Denver!

B
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Linger is great for their small plates and being able to try interesting new dishes such as the crickets and green tea soba. I was hesitant at first, but took the leap and had a bite. I was pleasantly surprised how tasty it was. All of the flavors of the cucumber, mushroom, ginger and yes the crickets came together perfectly! The potato masala dosa is a must! The brunch version is also amazing. Drinks are amazing as well as beautiful, such as the Corpse Reviver, almost too pretty to drink! Try the 5-spice old fashioned, it's decadent.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding

r
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant, located in a former mortuary, with an industrial look and feel, presents an unusual menu and for our two dishes, delivers wonderful and unusual flavors and textures. We had lunch. I had a Bison Reuben on a bun and a Korean Fried chicken with KImchi on a bun. Two buns were sufficient for a light lunch. I cannot describe the flavors except to say they were unusual and wonderful. The waitress was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. My wife had a beet salad, which she said was excellent. We would definitely recommend Linger and will return.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, friendly staff everywhere. Great drinks, great ambiance. Absolutely loved it and will return!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food was cold, order was wrong and service took 2 hours.

VC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

came in at 9:30 the place was still packed, it was a dreamy, soft, open air night. perfectly dimly lit, creating a warm glow and intimate experience. Our server was super sweet and knowledgeable

JL
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, ambience, and food! Really a must try. I would recommend going during happy hour, though. That way you can try more dishes without breaking the bank.

CC
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My family was visiting, it was delicious and they loved it. I have to say that with every visit it’s such a treat to dine at linger, always amazing food and great staff.

n
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gish was awesome! Food great! New manager Tom greeted our table

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