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narrative.

4.7
718 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Winner of Cherry Creek Food and Wine’s 2018 People’s Choice award and 2019's Best in Show! Delivering a new topic of conversation and a place to hold that exchange. Narrative offers storied food and drink under the direction of award-winning Executive Chef Paul Nagan. An approachable, modern American menu features global flavors, shareable plates, and a daily robust happy hour! An upscale cocktail menu and wine library with over 700 bottles and 90 labels await your entrée selection. A welcome ambiance is highlighted by floor to ceiling windows which offer wonderful natural light and an open-air feeling. Complimentary valet is included with your meal.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 718 people are saying
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vipBGain
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Alex, was amazing!! Food and drinks were great!

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vipKellyD
Denver
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vibe was great. Our server, she was wonderful. It was our first time here and the food selection for breakfast/lunch was very good. We started with the Fresh filled donut holes (5) they were delicious. I had a coffee, my daughter had a latte and my other daughter had hibiscus pomegranate lemonade and I had OJ. I ordered the omelet, it was served w country potatoes and one slice of bread with a tomato slice and arugula on top. I split this with my one daughter. My other daughter ordered the spinach and feta egg dish, same sides as well. The total for this bill without tip was 85.00. Steep for breakfast. Although we loved everything about it,we won’t be returning for breakfast maybe just cocktails at the bar in the early evening.

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Lindsay
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food and excellent service. Great spot for lunch!

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vipFoodie
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was our anniversary, which I noted when I made the reservation on open table. The minute I gave our name when we checked in, the waitstaff wished us a very happy anniversary. It was a wonderful start to a terrific dinner. The service was exceptional. For me, that is a large part of my enjoyment of a meal and the staff far exceeded my expectations. The food was delicious although my entrée of the Tuscan chicken was pretty dry. I’m sure if I had said something, amends would’ve been made, but it wasn’t a big enough deal to do that. Overall, a wonderful experience and we would definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great food

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Above and beyond! Absolutely incredible!!! We cannot say enough great things about it!

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vipFoodie
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent, had some lovely wine. The cookies were amazing. My mushroom Bolognese was a bit too heavily salted for my taste and made it hard to finish, admittedly I don’t cook with much salt, but everything was excellent.

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KimE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was very good. Service was slow. Ambiance feels like a hotel lobby.

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COnative
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went to narrative for brunch and although the hotel/morning guest vibe made it feel a bit quiet, I don't think it should discourage anyone from giving this restaurant their attention.

The star was certainly the fried green tomatoes as an appetizer, but our main dishes in the smoked salmon toast and breakfast tacos were great as well.

I think the restaurant could benefit from breaking the "hotel" feel by offering some more creative brunch additions (which is standard at most of the good brunch venues in Denver) like bottomless mimosas, an actual brunch cocktail menu, and jazzing up the energy a bit with even little bit of music/sound.

It felt a little too much like a library and not a fun modern concept which is the perception I got before booking on OpenTable.

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vipBRENDAS
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service at Narrative were excellent. We had an attentive but not overbearing waiter. We took his advice on a starter and main dish and both were excellent. The kitchen did a very nice job of splitting the entree for my husband and I to share.

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MinneapolisMatt
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great people! Excellent service. Fantastic food. Menu is a little bit limited but other than that it was wonderful.

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NancyA
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our avocado chicken salad was delicious, green goddess dressing and a very sweet creamy goat cheese made it divine. The tuna poke and watermelon salad were likewise enjoyed. Great restaurant, a little pricey for us.

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PamP
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place. Staff is great, food was outstanding.

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vipJennyinDenver
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was great, friendly. I was really impressed with the food (good vegetarian options) and the cocktails were good.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience5

Menu is very limited and breakfast oriented. No true lunch options

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vipKITL
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitstaff was impeccable! Food delicious

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Chris
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inventive and delicious food. Attentive service - special shout out to Mary who ensured a fabulous experience. Interesting wine list. Run, don’t walk!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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Sudel
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance, great service, very accommodating to changes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

narrative was a great spot for a get together with a friend. We started with the lobster corn dogs, shared the scallops and short rib and finally wrapped up dinner with a cheesecake.

The corn dogs were different, but had entirely too much dough which really hid the flavor of the lobster. The scallops were good, but the short rib was disappointing. For $38, I would have expected the meat to be incredibly tender and melt off the fork. Instead, it was tough. Dessert was okay, although rather than a cheesecake, it was a flavored cream cheese mousse block.

It was disappointing, as the entire meal was just okay. For this price range, I would have expected something better.

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Fun2dine
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This was the second time I have been to Narrative. The first was a couple of weeks ago and deserved a raving review. This time I am disappointed to say that it fell short of expectations set from the last experience. The service was good, however the food was slightly sloppy and a bit overcooked from appetizers through the entire meal. The server we had was very polite, but didn't really touch base very often for a somewhat delayed time from order to table times. I would say that if they are on it consistently as they were the first time; this is a must go. However, it wasn't this time. So if you like playing heads or tails. Try it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was yummy! Great service.

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Ambrose
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, imaginative, tasty dishes with attentive service and an extensive wine list. We'll be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great in every way

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vipGreatfood
Denver
28 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We loved the restaurant. The service was a bit slow on our drinks. Food was amazing. Everyone ordered something different and we all loved our food. The donuts are worth ordering for the table. We ordered the Smoked Salmon Toast, Omelet, and Pancakes for our group.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Friends birthday

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

It took more than 10 minutes for anyone to serve us.

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vipLoveColorado
Denver
102 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Narrative for my birthday two years ago and have been wanting to go back. Last night we did, and invited another couple. We had such a nice evening. The space is airy and bright, service is great (Nicolas is wonderful), food is delightful. Two of us had the shrimp and grits which was homey and flavorable. My watermelon salad was refreshing. Salmon was great as were the short ribs. Sorbet for dessert was perfect for summer. Our cocktails and wine were reasonable priced and the selection was great.
I highly recommend Narrative for a date or with friends.

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vipJennifer
Denver
51 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Tim and Adam took GREAT care of us and made it really a really fun night. Great wine recommendation - thanks Tim. My husband had the hanger steak and it was delicious - great flavors and really well prepared. Please bring back the artichoke toast and 48 hour Asian short rib. Those were my absolute favorites .... SO good. I missed seeing those on the menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
19 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

The food was decent-ish, the service was not great (except the bartender. She was great), and a large fight broke out at the bar at the end of our dinner. The waiter was apologetic but didn’t do anything beyond that to make up for our bad experience. It was my friends birthday so it was rather a disappointment.

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vipOurgoto
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely start to finish!

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KristaB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server gave us the best advice about what to order, was thorough but also not intrusive! The food was fabulous: donuts, fried green tomatoes, and we shared a few of the main entrees.

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vipElizabethW
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Our server was so kind and helpful and made my friend's birthday lunch a joy. Food was fresh and delicious. Can't wait to go back!

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vipRunninglady14
Atlanta
41 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time trying Narrative. Was great! Enjoyed the thematic menu and decor. Gorgeous artwork. Food was delicious and service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, prompt service. I know there’s a labor shortage in the restaurant industry but these folks did a good job of mitigating the lack of workers and helping each other take care of the customers. I’d come back. Would like to try their dinner menu next time.

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FiverV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our anniversary. We were met by the host who wish us a happy anniversary and a card was waiting on our table. Ate four courses and all were superb but be aware the portions are large thru all courses. Standouts - watermelon salad A+++, chocolate chip cookies A++++++. All staff were also superb. Will be back again.

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vipBoarderman
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I have had some very nice dinners at Narrative, but brunch was a very big disappointment. Poor service and tremendously oversalted food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was average. We waited 25 mins for our server to greet us. Seemed like an aberration as service improved once our server realized he was responsible for our table. Ordered a very nice bottle of champagne, and was served to us in huge red wine glasses, just silly. Restrooms are outside the restaurant quite a jaunt upstairs.

So many better places to go in Cherry Creek North.

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vipFlorence
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food and service are not as good as they used to be, pre-pandemic.

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Jenn
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our anniversary dinner and everything was wonderful. The service was exceptional, with the staff being extremely attentive. The food was fabulous. The watermelon salad was delicious and refreshing for a hot summer night. The mushroom bolognese was also very good.

FAQs

narrative. offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (720) 571-8080.

narrative. is rated 4.7 stars by 718 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.