Mizuna

4.6
2375 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French
Mizuna resonates with quiet conversation. The linen-draped tables and soft yellow dining room perfectly highlight the cuisine, also simple, elegant, and understated. Chef/owner Frank Bonanno has created a special spot for food lovers here. At Mizuna, cooks are given free creative reign over a menu that changes monthly to emphasize pure, seasonal ingredients with clean flavors that make even the most exotic fare seem familiar. Ultimately, this is an American-style restaurant heavy on French technique, influence, and philosophy with flawless service and an eclectic assortment of international wines.
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Denver
142 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fabulous evening at Mizuna! We delayed our Valentines' Day celebration to Friday night, but we ordered the tasting menu. Every course was fresh, flavorful and unique including: to die for seafood bisque, amazing mushroom pasta, incredible salmon, perfectly grilled pheasant! and the desserts were sublime. Then the truffles to finish, that were like French chocolates from the Gods! This place never fails to deliver high quality (food, service, wine) every time.

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Denver
44 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly amazing meal! I felt like we were in a romantic, little restaurant in France!

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M
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best restaurant in Denver, Co

Highly recommend it!

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SZ
Denver
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

For the Valentine’s dinner, we only enjoyed a few of the courses.

Course #1: The lobster bisque was too salty for us, and the pieces of lobster were cold, which cooled down the whole soup. I would have preferred an unsweet vinaigrette on the salad. The two little crackers (?) were very dry. The goat cheese souffle was very nice.

Course #2: The pasta with truffle was our favorite - delicious. The risotto and muscles were overpowered by the sausage. It didn’t really work as a dish.

Course #3: The scallop was classic and good. The salmon was not terribly good or refined. Maybe it was farmed.

Course #4: The beef was cold and flavorless, the vegetables were good. The pheasant and root vegetables were very good.

Course #5. The chocolate cake with hazelnut was good. The pistachio ice cream sandwich was a disaster. While the thin layer of ice cream was very good, the lemon shortbread crust was hard, thick and lacking in flavor. I had a really hard time penetrating it with a fork and knife.

Of the wine pairings, we really enjoyed two of them, the Meursault was wonderful, as was the Pineau des Charantes. We drank very little of the other wines that were part of the pairings. My Crozes Hermitage was very nice.

We were disappointed. Maybe we would have done better dining on a regular night, with the regular menu.

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Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Mizuna had been highly recommended to us by many friends & family however, the experience and food did not match the pricing. We went on Valentine’s Day so the customer volume may have detracted from their usual quality.

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S
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Got there At 5. Staff was all over us and the service was great BUT once the tables fill up
The service really slips
To minimal

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Denver
46 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Maybe: Mizuna use to be my wife’s and my favorite restaurant but our latest experience disappointed us. Took forever to get our beverages and then when we didn’t like the more expensive house Chardonnay the wine steward said several time he didn’t know if certain wines were available. Scallops taste fishy and my fish was too well done and dry. The evening didn’t measure up to our expectations.

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R
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I put the special occasion is my birthday but the restaurant did not even honor it.

My guest got allergic with the food which is never happened before. However, the waiter provided benadryl afterward.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first experience at fine dining and I have to say, I was not disappointed! I happened to be the only customer due to a snow storm which made it all the better. It felt like I had the whole place to myself. Their service was outstanding and I never once had to want for anything. My server was extremely helpful on any questions I had as well as his attitude was very friendly yet professional. The cocktails were very tasty and the food was absolutely exquisite. Everything was prepared and plated perfectly and the taste was outstanding. I would definitely recommend to anyone for a quiet or romantic evening out, also if you want to go solo as well! I had a wonderful experience and will definitely be back next time I’m in the Denver area.

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DR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service and wait staff were amazing. The cocktails were also amazing. The food was very good.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We left underwhelmed. Service was great but food left much to be desired.

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RS
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mizuna is the perfect place to celebrate in an intimate space...whether it's an important birthday with your partner, a promotion, or a date night without the kids, you won't leave disappointed or hungry!

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service. We’ve been here before and will come again.

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P
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was a little underwhelmed with the chefs tasting menu.

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WG
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Tiny portions. Scallops were cold inside and not fully cooked. What a joke.

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LF
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

We went to Mizuna for an anniversary. The venue itself is very nice, cozy and romantic. The staff was kind and welcoming and gave us champagne to start the night. Our waiter didn't bother to introduce himself or talk at all about the tasting menu. He did help us select a wine which was excellent.
We got the oxtail ravioli to start, the barramundi and the beef wellington for dinner. The meal was good but not great. The food was beautifully plated but all the dishes were pretty bland. We got the cheesecake for dessert which was again a little bland and covered in a rubbery mirror glaze that didn’t add anything to the dish.
At this price point and at a fine dining restaurant I expected better. There’re several places in Denver and Boulder where you can get a better meal at a lower cost.

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JE
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were celebrating my new job and wanted to try something a little fancier than we usually eat so we chose Mizuna. We were not disappointed. I had the beef Wellington and my wife has the pheasant and both were outstanding. The oxtail ravioli and the escargot were surprisingly the best thing we ate! Very great spot for upscale modern French cuisine.

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JL
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing night for my gf's 21st bday, did the wine pairing 6 course meal. Highly recommend Mizuna to all my friends and family

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PA
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful cozy evening. Not crowded on a Wednesday which contributed to the quiet and intimacy. Creative cuisine, unusual pairings

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great wine, great service! We had the lobster Mac and cheese, Mizuna salad, scallops, and beef Wellington. The cocktails were tasty and the sommelier made a delicious wine suggestion for dinner! It was all fantastic!

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MM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a Saturday evening dinner for a lovely birthday celebration! The staff was wonderful and greeted us with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine to begin an evening of wonderful ambience and amazing delicious food!

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E
Denver
48 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I have been several time an Mizuna has always been great but this time I was not impressed with any of the dishes, even the lobster Mac was off. The food was lacking, not sure what the idea of the chef was to put so much fishy caviar on top of scallops, you lost the sweetness of the scallops, overwhelming, and they were over cooked. Veg Dish under cooked and lacking depth. Salmon with the charred almonds I didn’t like at all even the salmon was over cooked, I’m not sure if Chef Frank is around any more to watch his Resturant but I hope it gets back to its core that made me fall in love with it in the first place.

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IF
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

To celebrate NYE, my husband and I chose Mizuna for our dining pleasure. Pleasure it was!

With icy roads and traffic, it was apparent we were going to be 5-10 minutes late for our 9 pm reservation. I called Mizuna to let them know. When no one answered right away I hung up and was surprised someone called me back inquiring of my call. I was told not to worry, be safe and they looked forward to serving us when we arrived! Unbelievable courtesy!

We were 10 minutes late so had to wait a bit for our table. Not surprising as everyone appeared to be enjoying themselves and reluctant to leave. Once escorted to our table, our server Zak introduced himself and explained our menu choices. We opted to each order differently so we could try everything.

Each dish was to die for! I've never had veal sweetbreads. I found out just how tasty those crunchy bits are! The Mizuna Salade was very fresh and light. The pasta dishes-Mushroom & Brie Agnolotti and the House Made Capellini with braised kangaroo were nicely favored, cooked perfectly.

I'm a big scallop fan. The Seared Sea Scallop with the foie gras demi glace did not disappoint. Especially outstanding was the Skuna Bay Salmon with chestnut puree.

For our meat course, we chose the Dry-Aged Beef Tenderloin and the Trio of Pheasant. The Beef Tenderloin was meltingly delicious! As a hunter's daughter, I know pheasant can easily be ruined. Not at Mizuna! It was moist, tender, creatively seasoned and presented.

By dessert I was full but the Sticky Toffee Pudding and the New York Goat Cheesecake were well worth feeling stuffed.

The sommelier, Tim, was very knowledgeable, explaining the wine pairings for each of our dishes. Each of the wines complemented the accompanying dish. I now have a list of new favorites.

The staff was courteous and attentive from the gal who called me back to the valet attendant who pointed out the sidewalk heater for me.

Perfect NYE dinner! I won't wait until New Year's Eve to return!

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GA
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

The New Year's Eve, five-course, pris fixe dinner was a disaster. We were seated forty minutes after our scheduled reservation, showing poor house management. The maitre d'hotel was as inept as he was arrogant. The bar area, small as it is, was full of New Year's Eve revelers waiting to be seated, constantly being jostled by bustling waitstaff trying to thread their way through. There were long delays between courses. Every course arrived cold. As a result, the cold, fried sweetbreads were insipid. The pasta course of kangaroo and capelleni was both cold and overcooked. The glazed salmon for the fish course was perfectly cooked, but cold. The pheasant was fine, but cold. The date cake under a scoop of ice cream was old-year-passing stale. On a night when the temperature outside was below 10 degrees, the kitchen was not well-served by being next to the front door with no thermal barrier. Truly a disappointing dining experience.

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Denver
143 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for NYE. The downside was that we waited a long time to be seated, and to complete our meal. The upsides are: the food was AMAZING! TRANSCENDENT! FANTASTIC! PERIOD. And the chef made accommodations for my gluten-free friend. All told, it was a wonderful experience. We would do it again!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Super expensive and the food was less than mediocre. It was upsetting to go to this supposedly fine dining restaurant on New Year’s Eve and to have such an unsatisfying food experience at the highest prices in town. If you’re going to charge $$$ you should be serving outstanding food. Did the foie gras come from a old can of pate? Was that gravy on spaghetti noodles? Were the $15 white shaved truffles from the land of tastelessness? Could the sticky toffee be any more dried out? Such a disappointment.

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

Went to Mizuna for NYE 2018 and was seriously disappointed. First, our waiter seemed slightly annoyed when we had to ask him to go over the menu for us. Almost as if we were supposed to know all of the dishes without his help. The drinks were great but I thought the food was so-so, especially for the price! Everything that came out was cold to warm and none of it really blew my socks off. I expected more as I love Bonanno restaurants and have been to many others. Considering what you get for what you pay, or at least the night I went, I will not return to Mizuna.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I had been coming to Mizuna for a few years. Always innovative delicious food. Good value. I have recommended mizuna to dozens of others who have gone. I was therefore excited to bring my whole family to mizuna for New Year’s Eve dinner, all from out of town. Upon arrival on New Year’s Eve I was initially surprised that they’d instituted a prix fix menu, at $125pp. No one had told me, when I booked, that this was the case. They’d called to confirm the reservation, and still didn’t mention. $125pp would have been fine though, had the food been up to their standards. Sadly, the food was at best mediocre. Uninspired. Poorly thought out. They had the option to add shavings of truffle on any dish, for an additional $25, which most of us did on one of the dishes, but it was barely noticeable. Not sure if they just barely put any so we couldn’t taste it, or if it was a poor quality truffle.

Again, mizuna was a place where I went to have creative delicious food, and this had none. Taste was off. Cooking was off. And it cost me nearly $1000 for everyone, with tip. I then wrote directly to mizuna about this a week after NYE and never heard back. Nothing. Not even an acknowledgment that they received the email. Big miss, Mizuna.

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EM
Denver
42 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and wine. Lovely meal in a classic Denver restaurant.

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E
London
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dessert The date trio was a bit dry and the tables could have been a bit wider. Otherwise enjoyed our special occasion dinner. The service was great.

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CM
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative and delicious cuisines combined with extremely friendly and attentive staff made for a one of a kind evening!

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WG
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the chef's tasting menu with the sommelier wine pairing. Outstanding and creative food with outstanding wine pairing.

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Denver
390 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

This is tough to write. Mizuna has been one of our favorites, top-5 easily, for years. Tonight, however, was a miss. Concerned that Bonanno Concepts is stretched too thin with Dairy Block and even French 75 in the past year. For this particular meal, the menu itself began as a disappointment. With several great game-oriented restaurants in town (Buckhorn Exchange and The Fort), I don't come to a top French restaurant to see everything from Ostrich to Venison on the menu. Add-in other not-so-PC its like Veal or Foie Gras and the choices were limited. Those others, incidentally, serve significantly larger portions and at lower price-points. My entree was cold and had to be sent back and owing to small portions, my partner was done before mine returned. Several empty tables, during the busiest month of the year tells me that my criticism might have been noticed by others too. Service was great, professional and friendly but for this price-point, it had far too many problems (I'd detail more but this is already too long). To be sure, we'll give it another chance and hopefully this will have been just an "off" night and not the new normal. Start with the menu.

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AR
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

we have enjoyed mizuna for years....the food is very gourmet...great wine list...a real variance on the prices....by that i mean one can spend a lot or one can get a resonable priced wine that is unique ..the staff is very courteous...very knowledgable....and very HIP....the space is classic old denver...'cap' hill...cozy...if you will...the food is truly hand crafted because the kitchen is basically next to the dining room...you can watch your food being prepared!!!! ...the menu is not huge...which is good...because every dish that leaves the kitchen is perfect...a real denver gem...jim and adrienne......

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KD
Denver
42 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delightful experience! Food is delicious and wait staff knowledgeable and friendly. A lovely atmosphere to celebrate any occasion.

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WR
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it was my birthday and i had a wonderful night. the food was great and the service was excellent. thank you very much

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Denver
143 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some may define a "Special Occasion" restaurant as a place you go to for special occasions. Mizuna is a "Special Occasion" restaurant because every meal there is a special occasion, whether you are celebrating a milestone, or just celebrating the amazing food at this restaurant. We had the chef's tasting menu, and it was utterly extraordinary: fois gras in pastry, escargot in pesto and cheese and marscapone, rigatoni with lamb and amazing sauce, seared scallop from the gods, and transcendent venison, with homemade toffee cake/gelato to die for. Every single bite was a gastronomic discovery. This place rivals the multiple Michelin starred restaurants we have dined in, all over France and elsewhere, for cuisine, service and ambiance. Truly the finest dining establishment in Denver, for so many years.

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Denver
45 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service, amazing food, and a warm, cozy atmosphere make Mizuna truly a special restaurant! Lobster Mac and cheese and Beef Wellington are fabulous!

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DD
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant! Superb service and the food was outstanding. I highly recommend Mizuna’s to everyone.

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RD
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wonderful dinner -- the Beef Wellington was superb

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