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About Machete Tequila + Tacos

Machete Tequila + Tacos, located in Denver�s Cherry Creek neighborhood, serves a variety of Mexican fare in a casual atmosphere. The restaurant is known for its tacos and has a full bar which mostly features tequila and tequila cocktails. Machete Tequila + Tacos offers takeout service as well as a private area available to rent for special events such as corporate gatherings or private parties.

Try the guacamole or the queso fundidos to start out your meal at Machete Tequila + Tacos. If you�re not in the mood for one of the restaurant�s variety of tacos like the al pastor or the arrachera, try one of the quesadillas or an entr�e salad.

2817 E 3rd Ave
Denver, CO 80206
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Latin American

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday:: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
Fillmore Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 333-1567

Website:
http://machetedenver.com/

Parking Details:
Parking Lot

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine

Machete Tequila + Tacos Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

3.9

ambience

3.6

Noise

Energetic

89% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (62)
Neighborhood Gem (57)
Fit for Foodies (49)
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Hot Spot (49)
Good for Groups (47)
Vibrant Bar Scene (45)
Great for Lunch (31)
Late-night Find (17)
Kid-friendly (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Romantic (5)
Great for Brunch (2)
Notable Wine List (1)
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 16, 2015

If you make a reservation with open table, expect the time NOT to be honored. We made a reservation and were told it was half hour wait as they had no tables reserved if you scheduled with open table. Huh?

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 27, 2015

Food is decent. Great fun some what hidden place.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 26, 2015

We had a great time here; fast service, great tacos, and strong drinks. What's not to like? We'll be back for sure!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 9, 2015

For a restaurant focused on tacos, the tacos were very poor quality and almost un-edible. In dining group of four each person left portions of most tacos uneaten. Chips and salsa, guacamole, and drinks were fine.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 18, 2015

Several of my coworkers have raved about Machete, so I'm disappointed to say that I found it lacking. I tried two of the tacos, which were decent, but one had cheese that had congealed to the point of being rubbery and inedible. I also ordered a margarita which tasted like straight tequila. Who knows, maybe that's a good thing for some people, but I only managed a few sips before I gave up on it. Service was also very poor—we had to wait around 30 minutes after the meal before we were able to flag down our waiter for the check, and the place wasn't even that busy. I'm sad to say I will not be returning. :(

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 9, 2015

we had a terrific time....celebrated a friend's 70th birthday and iwas a fun energetic evening...sometimes Machete's is just too loud, but we were there for a celebration and it was just perfect

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on April 22, 2015

Always LOVE machete!!! Best margs!!!

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 (Denver)·Dined on April 19, 2015

The food and atmosphere contribute to our coming back. The service this time was a bit lacking from what we had been accustomed. The young lady was simply not engaging, it appeared that our presence was a hindrance to her. She took our order and was only seen only one other time for a second drink order....which was never delivered.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 29, 2015

Great spot with a lively vibe, creative menu, good margs, and plenty of choices for everyone.

Its hard to share much as the tacos are really for 1 person, but so much to choose from that nobody will walkaway disappointed or hungry!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 20, 2015

We tried the plate of 12 tacos. We each picked 3 and feasted. The tacos are unique, delicious, and extremely fresh. The tortillas were so fresh and tasty...just made and awesome.
We had a few margaritas. They were all really good and filled with plenty of tequila.
This place rocks!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 31, 2015

We loved the food - always fresh and delicious - service excellent... but don't go there if you want to actually have a conversation with your dinner partners.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2014

Margaritas and pescado tacos!! Yum, we will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 6, 2014

Only drawback is that it is very loud so it's difficult to hear each other.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 10, 2014

Great food and service, not ideal for a quiet meal as the bar was rocking. But nonetheless, if you want good food and a bar atmosphere, this is the spot in Cherry Creek.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (South Dakota)·Dined on September 26, 2014

There is nowhere on this planet that has better margaritas than Machete. Combine that with the most savory tacos this place has *never* let me down.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 20, 2014

This is a fantastic food experience and so different from traditional Mexican restaurants. Great flavor combinations. Unique tortillas and for those who don't like corn, there is a jicama tortilla option.
The service unfortunately was average to poor. Although the waitress was polite, she would often walk away while we were still asking questions. She also did not check on us very often and there were less than a handful of tables being served.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 30, 2014

Josh provided some excellent service. His menu recommendations were spot on. Took a chance sitting outside and turned out to be a fantastic night. Will definitely return with friends.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 27, 2014

Great happy hour, street tacos, & cocktails! Try the Kona!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 19, 2014

Our server Sarah was great.

Bar service incredibly slow

Needs Air Conditioning to work, dead hot air inside.

Tequila she recommended was great

Food was ok, chorizo way to overpowering in the different tacos we tried.

Priced ok, but food not enough to bring us back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on July 14, 2014

And hmmmmmmmmmmm


It's ok

Just ok

Don Julio Anajo coin for $20


Ridiculous.

Food average.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 14, 2014

The food is fab. I tried three of the tacos. And the sauces are authentic mexican. I will go back, but it's like a sports bar. And it doesn't really have any decorating flare. Not sure what they where going for here. Had a Mai Tai, it was awful. I'll stick to a margarita next time. But like I said I will go back.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 2, 2014

Everything is made in the restaurant which is a bonus. They have chips and 4 different salsas for and app. For tacos, we got flank steak, mole chicken, and vegetarian and each one was incredible. The only downs were that if you sit inside, it's a loud bar scene which may not be what you're looking for on a "romantic" date. This is especially the case when you have to walk passed a quiet, comfortable outdoor patio. After listening to vSecond, our waitress was fine and knowledgable about the restaurant and menu... To the point where I was searching for a human inside of a voice recording. Lastly, no wonder "machete tequila" comes first

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 24, 2014

Machete was super accommodating for helping make my mother in law's 70th birthday a hit. The wait staff was so sweet in making sure the birthday cake we brought in was stored properly and came out with candles blazing to give the birthday girl a surprise. The food is always delicious at Machete and we were also really pleased to have some kid friendly options for the little humans in our party.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 17, 2014

Between the wonderful food and the always great service by Josh, we always look forward to our visits to Machete.
Definitely need reservations. Don't be afraid to park a few blocks away.....the walk back is an excuse to,order more:)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 16, 2014

Very personable service, terrific food and welcoming - we will return!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 8, 2014

I visit Machete for its unique and tasty tacos. The tongue taco was delicious, as usual. The rest was just fine!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on May 5, 2014

Loved it -- tapas style & gourmet tacos -- and spectacular handmade margs!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 23, 2014

I've eaten and Machete multiple times and it never disappoints. The food is great in a casual environment that is comfortable for everyone.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 26, 2014

I used to really like this place but lately I've become more and more disappointed when I go. This time it was SO busy that the waitress didn't get to me to take a drink order for at least 10 minutes after I had been seated. The hostess ended up delivering water and drinks which was good that she stepped up but it was clear that they were struggling. The margaritas tasted like the ones that come out of a plastic bottle at the grocery store and some of the tacos were just down right bad. The ones that were good pretty much tasted the same. Overall, I was disappointed and sadly, that may have been the last time I go.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 26, 2014

Excellent selection of tacos and the margs are amazing!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 26, 2014

If you like tacos you'll LOVE these! Any kind of taco you can think of or, perhaps NOT think of! Great experience. Great food! Going back with my boyfriend for lunch today!
Bon appetite!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 16, 2014

Good food and service. Not sure if our waitress was extremely busy or her sections were divided poorly but getting to us initially, getting drinks refilled took a while. Once the food was ordered it came out pretty fast.

Love the different tacos, lots of different combinations. Also the margarita list was great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 15, 2014

My husband and I have frequented Machete since we first moved to Denver 2 years ago. This past weekend, we had two friends in town and were excited to show off one of our favorite spots. However, we were incredibly disappointed. We were seated outside for 25 minutes without any service before we were moved to a table inside…where we waited for another 20 minutes. The queso we ordered came out before we got our chips and salsa, and it was cold by the time we were able to eat it. Our drinks never showed up. After our plates were cleared, we waited another 15 minutes with no server. Then, I asked to speak with a manager, who stood there with his arms crossed, completely unreceptive to anything I said. Needless to say, we won't be returning.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on March 15, 2014

We ended up here by mistake but swore we'd be back.
The drinks and food were increadible.
We put our trust in our server Josh and he brought out drinks and plate after plate of fantastic food.
I am definitely going back there.
Thanks for an awesome experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 15, 2014

This place has an incredible selection of tapas and margaritas..but their house rocks! Highly recommend you ask your server to have the kitchen surprise your table with various selections from their menu. Great experience! Josh was amazing to us and made the night very fun.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 15, 2014

Small and quaint, Machete was filled with singles, families and groups enjoying great food and drink. Our first visit wasn't our last.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 28, 2014

Our group shared a combo of 12 tacos, ordering everything from halibut, shrimp & scallops to beef. Everything tasted great. Margaritas were great and they had a huge variety. I got the cucumber one.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on February 22, 2014

This place is a blast! great food and outstanding margaritas! So much fun! My husband and I opted to share the 12 tacos for $33 and what a deal! We were able to try all of the tacos that we were interested in! It's a funky vibe and a lot of fun!

We will be back and bring our friends next time!

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on February 11, 2014

This place has decent tacos, with an amazing selection of fillings. Some are great (e.g., Cochinita Pibil, Pork Shoulder in frijol sauce), while others are mediocre (Costillas, Tripa). Places on Federal Blvd or E Colfax do the real thing, but friends may be more willing to join you in Cherry Creek North than in those neighborhoods.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 8, 2014

Machete is a cool "see & be seen" spot in Cherry Creek. If you're here, order the 1810 on the food menu. It's delicious. Get it "Habenero Style" for just $1 more.

The bad news is the service is super-slow. We were there for dinner at 8 pm and were there till 10 because the service was so slow. Also, the margaritas are poor quality and not made properly at all (the taste is way too strong and bitter, not mixed well by the bar staff). Could have been a fluke night, but would not go back for the margaritas alone.

Lastly, it's always annoying when your table is literally pressed up against another table of patrons, and that's how it is here. it got to the point we were having table conversation with the people next to us. Kind of weird.

Tags: Hot Spot
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