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About Machete Tequila + Tacos - Lodo

For five years, Machete Tequila and Tacos has been serving the Denver, Colorado community celebratory meals and comforting fare in a bar setting with good food and cold drinks to last all night long. The menu at Machete Tequila and Tacos is extensive and includes fare such as hanger steak and fries, jumbo shrimp, onion quesadillas, grilled tilapia tacos, beef tripe tacos and roasted pig. Features include chile relleno and grilled shrimp with black beans.

At the bar, enjoy a menu of margaritas and Mexican inspired cocktails at Machete Tequila and Tacos. Along with mixed drinks, guests can also enjoy draft and bottled beer as well as glasses of red, white and bubbling wine paired with any meal.

1730 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Latin / Spanish

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 12:00am.
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 12:00am.

Cross Street:
17th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(720) 612-7698

Website:
http://www.machetedenver.com/

Catering:
Let Machete host your next event. To contact Machete about catering for 20-200 please email: dan@machetedenver.com.

Parking Details:
Metered street parking and parking garage available at 18th and Wynkoop St.

Public Transit:
Directly across the street from Union Train Station

Executive Chef:
Chef Jose Avila

Private Party Facilities:
Let Machete host your next party. To contact Machete about renting out space for your event please email: dan@machetedenver.com.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Machete Tequila + Tacos - Lodo Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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4.2

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3.9

value

5.0

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (71)
Vibrant Bar Scene (57)
Great for Lunch (45)
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Special Occasion (4)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Scenic View (2)
Notable Wine List (1)
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 27, 2015

Amazing guac, shrimp tacos and margs!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 14, 2015

We came in on a Saturday night with a group of 8 ppl. My first impression on walking in was - wow, there's a lot going on here. It was very loud and dark. The décor was quirky and eclectic. We ordered chips, salsa, and guacamole to start with- nothing annoys me more than a Mexican restaurant that charges for chips and salsa. We ordered the platter of 12 tacos--- trying everything from the lobster to the beef tongue. Nothing I'd write home about or go back for. My friends did rave about the chicken quesadilla- so if you go, try that.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 4, 2015

Margaritas are spot on. All of the tacos and salsas I've tried are delicious!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2015

Really funky setting. Fun!

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 1, 2015

Great service! We had one waitress for 20 people she rocked it! I would definitely recommend

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 31, 2015

The food was great! Unfortunately, the service was not, we sat for 20 minutes before anyone took our drink order, the restarting was pretty quiet and our waitress was quite busy standing with a group of other servers chatting...

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 24, 2015

The food was okay and the drinks were good, but if you want to split the check they can't do so. They say they have an old system that cannot allow them to split the check but they can take different sorts of payments. Service was mediocre.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on July 2, 2015

Loved rustic atmosphere of dining area. Service was well timed. Drinks are a generous size even during happy hour. Tacos were excellent - sampled talipia, pork and cheese, which was our favorite. Guacamole was really tasty and loved the chip size & shape.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on June 22, 2015

Loved the decor. It was rather warm inside with the sun coming through the big windows. The tacos were good, however from the description I thought they may have a more unique flavor. The shells didn't hold up, especially the squid ink ones. It was great that they had a kids menu.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on June 7, 2015

Margaritas were excellent! Great selection of tacos. Business dinner for a conference. Had a lot of fun. Wait staff was very good as well.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on May 11, 2015

My husband and I went for Saturday lunch, it was beyond what we expected. Loved the taco selections, fabulous margaritas, chips and salsa yummy. If you like good Mexican food this is the place, good prices too!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 19, 2015

Their shark taco was the only one we had worth eating.

They had a live band as well.

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 (Denver)·Dined on April 4, 2015

Right across from Union Station, Machete was a great find. Yummy apps and great selection of specialty tacos. Started with fundido and sampling of tasty salsas. I had the vege taco with spaghetti squash and crispy kale and the chicken mole - yum! The arrichada taco was a favorite. We would prefer to have chairs that had a back. We were at a high table. It is lively and noise level is high. The Service was wonderful and we will definitely be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 2, 2015

Food was delicious, I will definitely be going again, maybe even today now that I think about it.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 3, 2015

I've been to this location once and the Cherry Creek location twice. They have reheat margaritas - and they are STRONG. You might want to pick DD. I also really like the vegetarian tacos. Right now the chef's seasonal one had sweet potatoes and kale...very good!

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 30, 2015

While the food was very tasty it was cold when it got to the table. They are set up with an alacart style menu, so they basically spoon & serve the tacos... our food must have sat for a while before getting picked up.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 30, 2015

I was visiting from out of town for work and needed to reserve a table for 6 for lunch. I used the online booking tool to reserve the table. The tool allowed me to reserve a time and provide some details for the reservation. I let them know it was for a working lunch and asked for a table with some additional space and off to the side for the least amount of noise and distractions. The staff was able to accomodate. The staff was great and the food was great. Thanks!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 16, 2015

Went for my birthday celebration with some girlfriends. Very accommodating and friendly staff and good food. Loved the decorations. The drawbacks? Although I wanted a fun and lively ambience, it was too loud. The large size of the tables make it hard to carry on a conversation across the table. Also, the margarita's were not consistent. Every time we ordered another marg, it didn't taste like the first one . At our table 3 ordered the same margarita all different tastes. We had to have them remixed several times and still didn't taste right. We left with half of our drinks not finished.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 21, 2014

Went to checkout the Union Station and then headed up to the Art Museum. On the way back we decided to give Machete a try since we have seen them at other food and wine events. The food was awesome especially the tacos that had an unique flare to them. The tilapia with aioli was fabulous as was their ceviche taco on jicama shell! Lots to choose from but nice that everything was sharable small plates. This place was an awesome find and the atmosphere was unique - or a little strange to us - but the food was awesome!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 12, 2014

The food here is fantastic, the drinks are delicious, and it worked out fantastically to book the private room for my fiancee's 30th birthday party - we had about 15 people in the room comfortably. The private room was was a great area to sit and eat, and quieter from the rest of the restaurant. Did I mention that the tacos are delicious? Also, the staff was very friendly! Kevin was our waiter, and he was very good managing a large sporadic group. Thanks to the folks there for the great food, great margs and great atmosphere! Highly recommend for a fun evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 28, 2014

Great place and vibrant, but dinner conversation was difficult due to the noise level

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 7, 2014

Don't go here if you want to have a conversation with your companion(s), as it is extremely loud and the music blares. That said, if you are looking for a "happening" place, with a lively, energetic scene, to drink and eat specialty tacos, the place is great. The service was very good, and the drinks were excellent. The menu is unique, and 4 of us tried a platter of 8 tacos, as recommended by our server, who was great. The tacos were very tasty. I recommend this place if this is the atmosphere you are looking for.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 4, 2014

Taco's good. Service Great! Received attention not only from our server but also from the staff. Went with staff members for lunch. We are going to try and come back again for their 2-7 Happy Hour sometime soon.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2014

Ambiance is a So-Cal-Mex cholo vibe, which is new and appreciated. Food is spiffy, fresh, quality and traditional with a hint of the unexpected.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 20, 2014

Good variety of tacos and mexican dishes. Restaurant uses sauces that you don't typically find at a mexican restaurant. It was a pleasant surprise!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 11, 2014

We went here for a date night because with our busy lives it's hard to have one, and we had a blast. The service was incredible. We had Jessika? She was awesome. So helpful, gave us complimentary cookies and took care of us all night. Also loved the host who sat us. He was so nice :) we will definitely be going back again, not only for the delicious food and incredible drinks we had but because the service and atmosphere made it an incredible place to have a fun date night.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 3, 2014

The service was incredible. We were seated immediately upon our arrival, and our server was friendly and had terrific suggestions for us to try. The manager also joined us for a bit. Our group had a wonderful time. Love this place and will recommend it to all of my friends who are looking for an energetic evening out.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 30, 2014

Very enjoyable atmosphere to meet a friend and catch up. Good service, great happy hour, very good food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 28, 2014

The tacos were delicious and the service was great. The drinks were on spot. I ordered their habenaro infused tequila margarita and let me just tell you, they are not messing around when they say it's hot!!! I love hot and that was right on spot! They have tons of different tacos to choose from, and dont forget Sunday funday, its happy hour all day! We will definitely be stopping in again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 27, 2014

The tacos are amazing!!! We tried 5 different tacos and loved the Ceviche Tacos. Low carb dieters dream!!!

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 26, 2014

Service is awesome! Great staff and great food. Love their margs too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 19, 2014

Tacos are great! Drinks are a bit overdone. I love this place!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on September 12, 2014

Good drinks and guacamole, great for a big group. Loud hence why I'd only go with a big group.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 11, 2014

We got to Machete at 11:30am, and it was pretty quiet. The service was friendly, albeit a little slow for me, since I only get an hour for lunch. We ordered the guacamole and 4 salsa selection, both of which I would highly recommend. I got three tacos, while my dad got two - I probably would have been better off with two, since you get so much guac with your order. The tacos were good - definitely for foodies but kind of difficult to eat and my tortillas were hard, so I couldn't eat them and just ate the filling. I'll probably try something else next time, because I'd like to go back for the guac and salsa.

I did not have any of the tequilas, so I cannot comment on that selection.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 16, 2014

The tacos were delicious and the service was fun and excellent.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 15, 2014

The tacos were good, but nothing to run back for, the black squid ink tortilla was cool. The margs were ok, nice and strong and large! But lacking in flavor.

Tags: Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 15, 2014

Was looking for a replacement to T/aco that closed and the definitely have unique offerings including shark on the menu. Very loud spot but fun day of the dead decor all over. I'd go back for late night fun.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on August 14, 2014

Great food and seating for a large team building event - staff is always happy to help ensure everyone enjoys the restaurant!!!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 9, 2014

2 of our party of 4 arrived 15 minutes early at 8p and we were seated right away, which was great but when the other 2 arrived they were told I did not have a reservation so they went to the bar as they were unaware we had arrived early. Maybe the reservation was marked closed/completed after 2 of us were seated early? The service was attentive & the food was excellent. A few different servers brought our items & our waitress was super sweet. Since I had asked about corn tortillas, she realized I have a gluten sensitivity & was quick to point out there is flour in 2 of their 4 salsas which I very much appreciated! A male server who was very familiar with their tequilas helped us with those selections--loved, loved the Crema recommendation!

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 1, 2014

This is one of the best places to find traditional Mexican tacos. The style is reminiscent of the tacos you find in Mexico City. Definitely will be coming back for more

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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