Bang Up To The Elephant!

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BRINGIN' THE BEACH TO DENVER! Uniquely named from Victorian-era slang meaning “properly-done,” Bang Up to the Elephant! serves *authentically inauthentic* “Calypso” cuisine with clean, fresh ingredients and no-joke spices and heat. Just like the vibrant menus, the restaurant’s sultry interior passionately reunites the outdoors indoor, like long-lost love-frisky dolphins.

Land-locked Denver islanders can find escape with freshly cracked coconut cocktails and festive beach-shack-inspired foods ...all within a tropical postcard moment. The unusual setting reflects the different approaches found in the restaurant’s scratch-made offerings; vegetarians, omnivores, vegans, and fruitarians will feel equally delighted by the unexpected and island-inspired options. It’s as if the entire restaurant just landed from an unknown alternate-dimension, bringing technicolor palm-trees swinging to crooning bird-song.

Bang Up to the Elephant! is a not-to-miss.
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Free Vegan Donut! -Made Daily :)

Free Vegan Donut w/ Purchase of an In-House Coffee -while available ;)

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 19, 2019

Ends: February 20, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 8:00AM-8:00PM

Bottomless Mango Mimosas Every Day!

$10 Bottomless Mango Mimosas*! Every. Single. Day! -It's Brunch... but with FLAVA!

*W/ Purchase of Entree-

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 19, 2019

Ends: February 20, 2118

Availability: Daily 9:00AM-3:00PM

Cap-Hill's Late-Nite Happy Hour!

$3 Doubles (fry-bread w/ curried channa, trini-sauce, and tamarind sauce);
$7 Doubles & Doubles (one bottle of Red Stripe + one well shot);
$5 Stripes & Shots (bottle O' Red Stripe + one well shot)!
**LATE-NITE HAPPY HOUR -UNTIL THE CROWD THINS... (sometimes 11p, sometimes 2a!)

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 19, 2019

Ends: February 20, 2118

Availability: Daily 10:00PM-11:30PM

The Proper Cap-Hill Happy Hour!

$6 Tropical Cocktail Favorites!
Staff-Discounted Staff-Picked Dishes!
$15 for 5-Bottle Buckets of Red Stripe!
$5 Glasses of House Wine!
**LATE-NITE:
$3 Doubles (fry-bread w/ curried channa, trini-sauce, and tamarind sauce);
$7 Doubles & Doubles (one bottle of Red Stripe + one well shot);
$5 Stripes & Shots (bottle O' Red Stripe + one well shot)!
**LATE-NITE HAPPY HOUR -UNTIL THE CROWD THINS...

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 19, 2019

Ends: February 20, 2118

Availability: Daily 3:00PM-6:00PM 10:00PM-11:30PM

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What 151 People Are Saying
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Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere and service was great - a really fun vibe overall. But the food was disappointing. I ordered the coconut French toast and was expecting a coconut crusted bread of some kind. Instead it was a dry, dense, oat/coconut cake with some bananas and plantains on top. I will say the drinks were delicious. We went for brunch but I think the value of this place would be for a fun happy hour.

Bang Up To The Elephant!
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Erin! Thanks for joining us and contributing great feedback. Our apologies that the French Toast didn't present how you had imagined. You did get it right with what's inside, basically made from our delicious Coconut Bake bread crumbled up and mixed with yummy custard and cast-iron cooked. It is a little dense/crispy -as we want it to be filling & crunchy. But it shouldn't be dry! Sounds we over-cooked! We truly apologize! :( -It's a staff go-to so hopefully you'll give it another go!

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

The worst vegan food I have ever had. Everything was fried and horrible tasting. Do not eat here.

Bang Up To The Elephant!
Responded 2 days ago

Hi there, sorry you didn't love our vegan options. You're correct that a few of our items are fried (deep fried so it's healthier frying), but by no means is everything fried. We really wish you had tried any one of our huge selections of vegan entrees, none of which see the fryer. We're thrilled with the great reception our vegan selections have earned -wish you'd had a similar experience. But, thank you for giving us a go and chiming in on the dishes you did try! Thanks for eating vegan!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! The staff was super friendly! The vibe was perfect.

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much!!! Only share with your best-est-ever friends ;)

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KA
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The ambiance of the space wwas fantastic! Such a cool space!

The food was bland... we felt like everything needed a bit of salt or seasoning. With no salt or pepper shakers in sight, there was nothing to do about it. We loved that they're trying to do something different with the menu, it just wasn't great food. It took a while to get a drink, but once we did, the drinks were great!

Bang Up To The Elephant!
Responded 2 days ago

Bland!?!?! What a bummer you felt this way. Not the typical reaction we receive. Usually we hear it's too spicy! We love your palette of steel though, so thanks a bunch for your great feedback! Glad you see we're trying to go out on a limb food-wise! We're always wanting to improve though, so thanks again! FYI, we always have a few salt / pepper shakers available if you ever need them -we'll bring them right over! 🐳

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WI
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time. Enjoyed the food. Will be going back again.
Nice to see some food that is different in Denver.

Bang Up To The Elephant!
Responded 2 days ago

Heck ya! Thanks for coming out and supporting what's different in Denver; we're having a blast! Look forward to your return for sure! ;)

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1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Unfortunately we were the only table dining on there this Monday night... which we think would translate to more attentive service. Our server was very friendly and nice but also not a frequent presence at our table. The food, while really tasty, was inconsistent. Our wings came out ice cold (and we had to track the server down to even notify her,) and the dessert—doughnut balls(?)— had a strange rubbery texture. Drinks were great, the atmosphere is fun (I imagine it would be more fun if there was a lively crowd) but it was just an empty restaurant for us with good enough food and spotty service.

Bang Up To The Elephant!
Responded 2 days ago

Ya, sometimes an occasional Monday is a bummer, sigh... Regardless, it sound's like we dropped the ball with you and for that, we're truly sorry. Often times servers give extra space on slow nights as the vibe can't help but feel more low-key and casual. Apologies we got it wrong however. We do appreciate the feedback on food and service -and intend to be better for you next time you're in. Be good! :)

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing!

Bang Up To The Elephant!
Responded 2 days ago

You're amazing! And thanks for sharing your good experiences here, we know how easy it is to skip adding in the good feedback, but it really is appreciated!!! 🦑 Woot!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good environment, fast food service, great food quality. Would go again!

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Responded 2 days ago

🐳 yay!!!

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Despite being excited about dining here, our experience was one that won’t bring me back.

Unfortunately, when we got there, we were told that brunch had been sold out and that they were only serving the happy hour menu. The host quickly disappeared and continued to ignore us until we called him out. Once seated, we continued to be ignored by the entire staff for 15 minutes, in which time they sat and greeted two other parties, pouring water and engaging with them about the menu. When he finally did return to us, he slammed the water jug down and walked away, no words no nothing. He never came back, so we took our business elsewhere.

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Denver
8 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were slightly disappointed that they were out of shrimp and the chips platter, but everything we ordered was absolutely fantastic. The drinks were excellent. We can’t wait to go back and try different items on the menu.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant added an element of fun to our evening. All senses are engaged here! There are tons of visuals to take in, the aromas and taste of the food are unique and delicious, the furniture is not the standard restaurant tables and chairs, and the background music is full of energy. Very enjoyable!

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AG
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food and ambiance here is AMAZING, but unfortunately the service has not been the best the last few times I have been here. I went with a large party (15 guests), and at the beginning of service I made it clear to the server that we will be splitting the check and she agreed and had no issues with that request. Unfortunately, the food came out sporadically - with our appetizers arriving after main courses, as well as our drink orders taking up to 20min to come.

At the end of our meal our server told us "she could not keep up with splitting checks", which was frustrating, but being a server myself at one time I understood. All the guests told her what we ordered to help speed up the payment process. After everyone paid, the server came back and told us we still owed $125 - but items that people had told her they paid for were still on the ticket... It was more frustrating that the server did not seem to care because gratuity was already included. I added up all the receipts and the total equaled what we owed, so we were quite confused. I asked for the manager, who gathered up all the receipts to add up. He was gone for at least 30-min, with no communication to us during that time. The manager did comp one of the checks and send free shots, but afterwards he complained to one of the guests that "we got $250 worth of free food", when that was not the case at all. It was a frustrating experience to say the least, because it was a birthday party and we had plans after dinner that we missed due to the time it took to work everything out.

If the server had told us at the beginning we couldn't split the check the guests would have been prepared and this issue would not have arisen, but since she told us it was not a problem we were not expecting to have to work out what we owed and all the confusion to happen.

I highly recommend the food and ambiance here, but they need to work on their service, food/drink times and communication to customers.

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TN
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun atmosphere, unique menu and the food was good!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a large party (16) and they were able to accommodate us all. Great experience would go back!

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JN
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was fantastic!!!! We had the Curry dish and The BBQ bowl. We also ordered a few specialty drinks and were pleased. It was a little loud (music) but the selection was fun (80s!). We will go again!

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was, in my experience, amazing. We had such great service, everything we ordered was amazing, well balanced flavors, and impeccable drinks. Will return, and will definitely recommend!

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KS
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We picked this restaurant for the name and we’re glad we did! The food was unique and well prepared. Joey our waiter was phenomenal!! We’ll return especially if Joey’s working!

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

I was very disappointed with our visit. They were out of most of the things we wanted to order and the service was very slow, despite being the first people in the restaurant and it not being very busy.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Went for Restaurant Week. Super cool place/ good service . Lackluster food. The seitan was horrible. Just get the drinks!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Jill looked so pretty I think the food was good but really I just focused on her the whole time.

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CM
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a great time. The appetizers, main course and drinks were delicious. We did not enjoy the Vegan icebox cheesecake though. It was too frozen and the flavor wasn't our favorite. Overall we enjoyed this restaurant.

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Denver
32 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love all of the vegan options, the seitan wings are wonderful. I went for restaurant week and the vegan cheesecake was SO good. Highly recommend coming for brunch and getting a vegan doughnut 👍

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LC
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Went for Denver Restaurant Week and the three courses choices had a wide range of variety. A fairly new additional to the Cap Hill area and overall was an enjoyable experience. I love the warehouse feel and different styled bathrooms. The down side was uncomfortable seating all chairs and benches were hard wood along with the staffing. It seemed to me our server had a lot of his hands but managed the stress well, my concern was that I saw lots of staff members cleaning tables or standing around while my server(maybe the only one?) was working hard. May need some work. Worth going once most likely wont return.

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F
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinning experience.

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WS
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vegetarian options. Great flavors and good prices. House wine is decent and cheap. I will go back and try brunch.

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I came here for restaurant week and we had a really positive experience! The restaurant itself is so funky and unique and we loved it. The set menu had some tasty options to choose from and we really enjoyed our dishes. We got the curry fries and the scotch bonnet wings. The curry fries were really good. If you don’t love curry you won’t like them but we loved them! The wings were very spicy and had lots of flavor. For our main courses we got the shark bake and the chow mein. We both liked the chow mein more but I’m really glad we tried the shark! The dessert was the only thing I wouldn’t recommend. It was supposed to be a cheesecake but I’m not really sure what happened with it. It was melted and they said it was a deconstructed cheesecake which I give them points for creativity but it wasn’t the best. Lastly, I can say hands down one of the best cocktails I’ve ever had was the “heavy wet flummit” from here! Overall it was a really fun date night and we will 100% be back!

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BW
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was hit or miss, but the hits (curried waffle fries, shark bake) were real winners. Service was terrible though.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We went for restaurant week. Curried waffle fries were good. Seitan wings were spicy and a little dry and chewy. The fry bread on the Chana bake was overly oily but the chickpeas were tasty and spicy and the slaw was tangy and good. Frozen vegan cheesecake was icy rather than creamy, but good. Great decor.

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MG
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

It was incredibly hot inside of the restaurant to the point where it was uncomfortable. The cheesecake we were served at the end was frozen solid.

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CC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it so much! Different, delicious food and awesome atmosphere! Can’t wait to go back!

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RJ
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

It was alright. Had an appetizer that wasn't very good, one meal that was alright, and another meal that was pretty tasty. Hit or miss I guess. Service was fine. Ambiance was surprisingly cool for how hard they tried. Solid music throughout the meal.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted and seated by the Owner, Kevin. He discussed the menu with us and introduced our server. We ordered Spicy Bloody Marys and the Edamame and Shishito peppers starters. Delicious and did not disappoint! We also the the Shark Bake and Goat Curry. Both were delicious and the best Caribbean Curry we’ve tasted! We will definitely come back! So many dishes to try!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Came for Restaurant Week.

Good: cocktail selection, flavorful food in appropriate portions, value, friendly service

Meh: why are the bathroom doors from porta potties? Is that salt they use as hand soap in the bathrooms? At least they were clean

Sad: out of their vegan cheesecake so my friend with food allergies couldn’t enjoy dessert

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

They ran out of: champagne (so no all you can drink mimosas even though I paid for it); mofongo; chicks; plaintains, butternut squash soup, and other stuff. Great food, but out of a lot of stuff my 12pm.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This was hands down the worst dining experience I’ve had. Large party for a friends birthday. We were sitting for an hour before we received our drinks and were even asked if we had questions about the menu (which definitely needs a bit of explaining). After speaking to the manager to ask if we could have an additional server to help out, they were unapologetic and said they send someone else over. They never did. We ended up leaving early and barely ordering food after sitting for two + hours. Would never go back.

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Denver
58 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Menu very enticing but food was a little bland.

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CD
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My visit to Bang Up To The Elephant was extremely surprising. I've wanted to dine here for quite some time so I'm mostly surprised I waited so long. The jerk chicken was amazing, portion sizes were satisfying. The vegan dessert options were amazing. The drinks were amazing. It's a great place to spend some time with friends in the evening, I highly recommend it.

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1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks. My only complaint is the pricing of the drinks in particular (nothing under $8 for their cocktails) but they are delicious so that makes up for it.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The waitress was very sweet and kind and i love the eclectic styling of the place! However, as some who loves crazy interesting foods I wasn’t impressed. The ideas where amazing and interesting they just weren’t executed well. My food tasted like the top of the spice jar fell of and dropped in the food and it was too late. Just too much powdered seasonings, could have just been an off day. I liked the ambiance and staff to try again, but this place has so much cool potential, Caribbean food is amazing, and this didn’t do it justice at all.

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LL
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stupid good food and atmosphere! Glad my neighborhood finally got a place with gumption that doesn't come off as too cool for school. Servers are casual but on point and very friendly/helpful. The food is (as they'll confidently tell you upfront) not "true" Caribbean -but more of their "take" on Caribbean food, music, and feeling all rolled into one weird place. Oddly, I had a veggie version of Chow Mein here (which was fantastic btw), but I was surprised at seeing Chinese options on the menu. Turns out that the Chinese were one of many many groups of people who've settled the islands through out time -so their food shows up! Had some seitan wings, spicy, crunchy, great! Needless to say, there's always an option to suite the mood!

This is my go to for both "anytime" meals and taking my out of state friends out on the town (as it shows off the city's "clever" side really well -and doesn't come close to breaking the bank). I've had both brunch and dinner now, and both are excellent! Brunch is VERY different than the typical brunch offerings in town these days. Not the standards for once (thank you for that). The whole place is a fresh take for restaurants, scenes, and menus. Cool spot!

Bang Up To The Elephant!
Responded 2 days ago

We love that you joined us all these times --and shared us with your friends! Thanks for your support, you're the best! You help make this place the blast that it is and we really appreciate you sharing what you've been digging here! Hope to see you again soon 🌴🌴🌴

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