Morin

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Contemporary French
Morin is a free-spirited French restaurant with contemporary cuisine and traditional French technique. Executive chef Max Mackissock draws on his family’s French heritage to create a lively room rife with childhood memories spent summering on the coast of Normandy. Morin offers refined, modern French food in a fun, convivial setting.
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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I will not return to Morin next trip to Denver and my sons who live there would not either
We would not recommend you waste your time and money.
The dinner was not a complete fail, it's just not worth a 2nd visit. At best it was adequate.
The seating is comfortable , the ambiance very pleasant and table was in a great location for conversation. We ordered drinks in spite of the extensive wine list. The vodka neat I ordered was a disgrace. They pour like a 2nd rate chain, insulting. Not a way to start a dinner.
I ordered a 2nd vodka, only for the waiter to inform me they ran out of that vodka. Seriously, on a Friday evening at 8:30? Not a good start, the others had mixed drinks nobody thought they were anything special. My guess is Morin wants you to order a bottle of wine.

We ordered oysters to start they were excellent, the best part of the dinner
Next round we ordered caviar appetizer for each. Served on a soggy seasoned cracker in which the flavor of the cracker over powered the caviar. The caviar was lacking.
Two of us ordered duck, the other 2 ordered trout and gnocchis. The duck was tough and chewy the trout and gnocchi were just ok. All the plates were lacking that special something; they were not bad just missing secret sauce and elevated flavor to bring you back again.

OT
San Antonio
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

This was our second time. The first time we ordered off of the regular menu; this time we did the chef's tasting menu. The regular menu is better. The caviar, four gras, beets au poivre are huge standouts. The tasing menu left a lot to be desired.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The space is cool and the service was great. We just did not enjoy the food at all. We are foodies to say the least and enjoy all kinds of different foods. We just didn’t hit the mark with anything except my daughters filet mignon which was perfectly cooked and delicious. This was a disappointment as we had heard good things about it. Maybe it was their winter menu...not sure but we won’t be going back.

DM
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here twice. Everything is amazing. It has immediately become one of my favorite restaurants in Denver.

SD
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Reserved a table for our anniversary, but had to wait 30 minutes for our table anyway. Bartender ignored us for about 15 minutes. When they finally sat us it was in the most cramped corner of the upstairs area next to a party of 16. Our waitress was lacking in most areas, from bad recommendations to serious lack of attention. The atmosphere was quirky and noisy. The only redemption was the food...best meal I have had in a long time. Don’t mis the Ris de Veau and the Fricassee of mushrooms. Will probably go back again, but pick a weekend night. Hope they can sort out the mediocre service before then.

T
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dropped in before the opera. Had some incredible oysters (best in Denver - freshest), and the chef's tasting menu with the wine pairing. Inventive, classically-based cuisine very well executed. Cannot wait to go back. Both our sommelier and our waiter were efficient, friendly without being intrusive and knowledgeable. Will be back for sure. Right to the top of my list of favorite Denver restaurants.

OT
Denver
37 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Knowledgeable staff, great cocktails, and super menu selections. Definitely ok the repeat list!

S
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, yummy fixed price chefs menu

DT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent. I had the Chateaubriand, which was perfect, and my wife had the beef short rib, which was also very good. Wines are pricey. Noise level is high. We were seated at a two person table on the front of the restaurant which created a problem i.e., the waiters serving the adjacent tables came between the tables to take the orders and it was uncomfortable to have their derrieres up against us. A manager became aware of our discomfort and comped our shared appetizer. Overall, still a good experience and we would try again.

DA
Denver
46 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service in a very nice space!

PE
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Very good french food, quality wine list, well trained service. Experience from front door/seating was very disappointing. Waited 40 minutes for reserved table, while 4-5 other came after us and were seated. They screwed up, and tried to compensate with price offset - which is appreciated, but the experience kind of killed the evening. There are 4-5 better choices in this neighborhood with as good/better food that I'd pick/recommend over Morin based on my experience.

SO
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They were able to accommodate my wife and I with a table upstairs. The only downside was that our server was not very engaged and on the verge of rude.

C
Denver
40 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a great experience. Amazing food, great service, in a fun lively setting. It’s definitely not “quiet”, so if you’re looking for a romantic setting this might not be the place, but it also wasn’t overwhelming loud like so many places these days. Even my old ears could manage. We sat at the bar, which I recommend, and received great service from a well-choreographed, friendly team. But the food is the star. We started with the Amuse Flight which was four or five small bites: foie gras, chick pea fritter, panipuri… All were amazing, complex explosions of flavor. For mains we split the Chateaubriand, which was cooked perfectly, and the Gnocchi, also great. Even the simple green salad was a revelation.

b
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We did the chefs tasting menu. They were good to accommodate our food preference and allergies, especially my gluten allergy. The portions were small especially the main course. Two of the courses were so salty. I love salt so if I think it’s salty it is way too salty. We told our waiter but was more dumbfounded than willing to offer us another dish or quick to let the kitchen know. We did the wine pairing which was a huge disappointment. The wines were good but they did not go well with the dishes that we ordered. The dish either over powered the wine or the wine over powered the dish. Two of the parings were Cocktails instead of actual wine pairings (i.e. they gave us a daiquiri for dessert) which was a huge disappointment. Overall I’m glad we checked it out. It’s over priced for the service and quality of food they offer. I won’t go back again and I wouldn’t recommend it.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Phenomenal cuisine! Small note, we ordered the cucumber salad but when it was served it had pickles in it. I personally dislike pickles quite a bit so sadly I sent it back to the kitchen. It really ought to be mentioned as an ingredient on the menu. The beef tartare, Colorado trout, and roast chicken were all divine and the ambience was terrific. Will be recommending to others and coming back!

CG
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the option for small bites (1-2 bites), apps and large entrees. We absolutely loved the small bites and the roasted chicken. The dessert we got (some sort of chestnut cake with sauce and ice cream) was to die for! It seemed like we encountered every person working in the restaurant and they were all very nice and attentive

JH
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Denver right now. It's French-ish, with some nice twists from the chef on classics. Bomber wine list. Good cocktails. A treat.

d
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

excellent excellent excellent. The food was perfectly prepared.

BR
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best meal I’ve had in a long time. I will definitely be back.

OT
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Frustrating, mixed first visit to the most recent effort by one of our favorite local chefs. A sampling of not-often-seen oysters and a chickpea “taste”, a good start. Then a fabulous steak tartare along side a woody, stringy leeks appetizer. An original take on gnocchi for one diner, a pedestrian duck breast for the other. A shared dessert, wonderful. Our primary server seemed lost in space while the supporting staff made every effort to take up the slack. Speaking of lost in space, the upper loft may seem romantic and cozy but the delivery of dishes and drinks did seem to lag and appear out of sync.

M
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience5

The ambiance of Morin is wonderful and the staff was amazingly accommodating and friendly. However, I felt the value for the food I was getting was definitely over priced. I think they need to step it up a notch on what they are serving or add more to their current items.

DJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Sat at the bar and service was annoyingly slow. I expected way better service for the price.

R
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, pricey, special dinner. Definitely will return for oysters, absinthe, and exceptional service

L
New England
31 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great tasting menu. Creative. Every dish was perfect. Superb wine choices. Great value for the money and a fun place

b
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I love French food and was really excited to visit Morin. I’m not sure where it went wrong but things just felt “off”. Everything we tasted was good but not great and the prices were what you’d expect from high-end French cuisine, but the atmosphere was more casual (multiple plates had chips in them) and it just seemed confusing. I liked the loud music (tunes from my college days in the early 2000’s!), but other people in our group thought it was far too loud and again, conflicting with the overall vibe of the restaurant.

f
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was innovative and delicious. Menu is small. Nice bar vibe. Will definitely go again.

H
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The menu had some highlights, and some lowlights. Service was decent. Prices are in range with other fine dining spots. Parking can be an issue.

RW
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, amazing food, outstanding wine pairing, and cocktails to die for. Yes, it’s pricey, but worth every penny. Treat yourself!

MC
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience, from the food to the service. We have decided Morin will be our new neighborhood restaurant. Highly recommend.

BB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We did the pairings menu. So good!! We even talked through every course the next day to figure out our favorites. Our waiter (sorry I can't recall his name) was so much fun, taking time to explain the pairings, answer questions, go through the various wine notes, etc. The food was, of course, exceptional. The bar was a nice little spot for a pre-dinner cocktail. As always, a relaxing, fun and delicious night at Morin.

Our only tiny quibble would be the lighting. We sat in one of the booths and the lights were a little too bright. We wondered if they remain bright all night because there are stairs at Morin and brighter lighting is needed for safety. But dimmer lights in the main, lower dining area would be a welcome tweak for the otherwise fantastic ambiance. Just love this restaurant.

f
Denver
92 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a hidden neighborhood gem! Morin was recommended by a colleague and they knocked it out if the park. We've already made reservations to return.

M
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Warm wonderful atmosphere Best trot.fabulous mushtooms ..Duck was tough but great sauce.
Mounblanc dessert TDF

C
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

James was very accommodating to two "senior ladies".

e
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I gave the place a 3 star rating over all because for the price, it should have wowed me. Instead I left feeling very meh. The food was okay, but nothing to write home about. It was all very just so-so. The best thing was the chickpea fritter. The caviar appetizer was mostly just butter and quite bad actually. The foie gras was interesting. The beef was bland. The salad hadn't been washed properly so there was a lot of greens that had gone bad. I pushed all the bad greens to the side of my plate and the waiter didn't even mention them - which for the type of restaurant, waiters should definitely be trained to notice if someone does that. The duck was the second best thing we had. The wine list is extensive, but extremely overpriced. The noise gets bad once the place fills up. Overall, I feel like the food and wine were overpriced by about three times based on other dining experiences. There are a ton of places that are both half the price and twice as good - 12@Madison, Fruition, Acorn, etc. Next time, I'll take one of these instead.

RN
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Morin was outstanding. Our server, Evan, was personable, knowledgeable and very helpful. We started with several hors d'oeuvres. The highlights were the caviar panipuri and the crab tart. The cucumber salad was wonderful. We had the gnocchi and the duck for entrees. Perfectly prepared. Also, must recommend the 3-day multi-step preparation for the fried potatoes served with an aioli that reminded me of a wonderfully reimagined potato salad of my childhood. This place is perfect, with a very cool ambiance. Our wine and cocktails were excellent as well. My favorite spot in Denver.

M
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Morin twice since discovering it last week and have plans there for happy hour on Monday. Morin is a very unique, hidden gem (there is no sign outside, just the address) and I am so glad I found it. With so many unique restaurants in Denver, it's hard to stand out and Morin does just that. The food is exceptional and it's one of a kind menu will leave you wanting more. We had the trout and gnocchi at our first visit and both were to die for. The trout is served whole and the gnocchi is a true, homemade potato gnocchi. At our second visit we enjoyed oysters served with fresh horseradish and infused vinegar, (I am usually not a fan of vinegar on my oysters but the mango habanero vinegar with hot sauce and horse radish was amazing) the tomato tartar served with cheese and fresh baked gluten free bread upon request and some of the best wine I have ever had. If you're a foodie Morin is a must. Can't wait to go back.

MB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasting menu with wine pairing was excellent! The portions were perfect sized...not too big and overwhelming. The chef offered creative dishes that were delicious.

CJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I've had in Denver. Quality addition to the scene. Will definitely return. Dominic is an amazing server.

JS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I both have celiacs, they were super accommodating to our dietary issues and make delicious gf bread to boot! We will def be back!