Root Down

4.7
6102 reviews
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$30 and under
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Root Down aims to connect the neighborhood to a dining experience in the same way ingredients are connected to food. There should be a seamless bond between the elements and experience, which stimulates the senses and draws people in.

Root Down serves “globally influenced seasonal cuisine,” which basically means we go where inspiration leads us. We’re not tied to one style or genre—we’re hoping to create one of our own.

At Root Down we pride ourselves on striving to solve the ‘Omnivore’s Dilemma.’ We have created a dining spot where all dietary needs will be accommodated, including vegetarian, vegan, raw and gluten free; also allergies or intolerances are always handled professionally by the kitchen team. Our menu has icons reflecting this philosophy, though we always request you notify your server of specific needs. We look forward to seeing you soon!

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
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Even with all the new Highlands competition, Root Down is still a Denver staple.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 6102 People Are Saying
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Denver
3 reviews
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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Denver
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my 1 year anniversary with my girlfriend. We were given excellent service and little samplers such as caramels made in house. The food portions are small but are outstandingly tasty.

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SG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Root Down to celebrate our wedding (we eloped), and wow... we absolutely made the right choice. The food was incredible, and the service was delightful. Root Down was hands down one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. Two thumbs up, five starts, loved it, highly recommend it.

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GS
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Root down was excellent! Great vibe! Creative and tasty menu. Our server Matt was friendly and had awesome recommendations.

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Denver
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was spectacular and extremely original! Especially the "devils on horseback." Great service, fun ambiance. Even though it was a busy Saturday night, they never rushed us out the door. Would highly recommend.

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NT
Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been bringing my fiancee to this restaurant every year for her birthday and this visit was a shining example of why we do.

The drinks were amazing, the food shattered our expectations as it always does & Tiffany was the Best!

Thank you for helping making our night wonderful!

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LR
Denver
36 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb dining experience. Like always.

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

Food cold and forgot bacon

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KK
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been trying to visit for literally years and now I'm very upset I waited so long. Everything was absolutely amazing! Matt treated us perfectly and Brendan came out and genuinely asked how everything was. My boyfriend had a gluten allergy and 95 percent of their menu is able to be made to accommodate that, which is so awesome. I'm a pretty non adventurous eater but everything we ordered, I tried and loved! Safe to say, it was one of the best meals of my life. I will definitely be returning for every menu change and bringing friends! Thank you!

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MM
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carrot soup was amazing and I’m not usually a big soup eater. Hanger steak cooked perfectly. Great staff, never felt rushed though it took us a while to order. Sweet potato fries great though actually a bit too over salted. Their mock tails are fabulous.

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MY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coming from a city like Washington DC with lots of forgettable food at high prices, Root Down is a memorable gem. Creative flavors are blended expertly and served at an excellent value. We also enjoyed a delicious Syrah/Merlot blend from Colorado at a very reasonable price.

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ST
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has been a staple on the neighborhood for a number of years, now; for good reason. The place is unique, cool, and has a consistent high quality. The food is great, the wine, beer, and cocktails are awesome, and it's mostly all locally grown high quality creative food! Well done as usual Root Down! Glad your my neighbor!!

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J
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was tasty and inventive. The menu is unique and has small plates just right to pass and share. Loved the cauliflower appetizer and the three chili chicken. Root down is a happening place, filled with vibrant energy, but still quiet enough that you can have a conversation at your table without having to shout. Service was excellent with out being pretentious. All in all a fabulous evening.

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TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to root down to celebrate our wedding anniversary and had a lovely time. The food was great, they were very accommodating of my dietary restrictions, and brought us a special off-the-menu dessert to round off the meal. We will be back!

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F
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was outstanding ! Unique flavors perfectly balanced . We will certainly look forward to going back on our next visit to Denver.

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HD
New England
39 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and attentive service makes this always a favorite. And now they are at the airport, too!

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T
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch and it was so good! I got the mushroom omelette. Their Bloody Mary and Mimosa was delicious. Definitely got my money’s worth.

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F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My best friend and I went here for a nice birthday dinner and we absolutely loved it! Our waitress was awesome and helped us narrow down to make sure we had a great sampling but also room for dessert!

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

We love Root Down. Great place to take out of town company too.

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KK
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great experience!

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AR
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service- as always.

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XO
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent vibe: hip and cool, yet relaxed and welcoming. Friendly staff. Tasty, balanced, well presented, yet unpretentious food. Everything about Root Down look, feels, and tastes honest. Poblano soup was delicious - perfectly spicy, creamy, smooth, and disarmingly light green. Beet salad was equally tasty, with plenty of roasted beet chunks mixed with a generous serving of baby arugula. Flat iron stake was the tastiest, softest, (perfect temperature) serving of meet I've had in a long time. Bar seating - very comfortable. On the one hand, with this kind of attitude towards food quality, I wish the menu had more choices; on the other hand, I realize that limiting the choice of offerings may be conducive to achieving higher quality. Anyway, BRAVO!

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MH
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat and drink. Delicious every time.

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TC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent - we had several small plates. Prices were rather high for the small plates however. Very good, personable service.

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EH
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a bit crowded and loud but the food was great! Service was a little slow but we were not in a hurry.

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OO
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our neighborhood restaurant. It's our favorite. Amazing food. Great staff. Wonderful and vibey atmosphere. I took my family who was in town visiting. They LOVED it!

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

All food and cocktails were fantastic! Friendly staff and great environment. Highly recommend for a low key, nice dinner.

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M
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing. My partner and I used to go to root down regularly but have not been back for three years due to distance. I absolutely love it here and can always count on everything being delicious!

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RL
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The food was horrible and too expensive. The drinks were 12 & each. The waiter never came by to check on us. The food was expensive and tasted bad.

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

Awesome food, as always. We sat in the main dining area for lunch and it was SOOOO noisy. We were a party of 5 and had to rearrange twice so we could all hear the conversations going on. Given this, I would not bring older folks here as we would never hear each other.

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

Great place for Friday night

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

I had too high of expectations and the food just did not deliver for the price.

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L
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love this restaurant! Always creative, interesting and welcoming.

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

Root Down never disappoints! The beet salad is one of my favorite salads in Denver.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with my daughters

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

This isn’t just a good restaurant, it’s a great one. Adrianna, our server, is an expert at wine pairings, and the tacos, rock fish, and pork loin were perfectly prepared. A great experience!

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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best place to eat in Denver

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server, Adrianna, was great. She let us dine at our own pace and made great suggestions on the food. The wine pairings for the restaurant week menu were spot on as well. Definitely will be back:

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

Brunch at Root Down is always awesome.

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

I LOVE Root Down! Always have a spectacular time with friends. This time was a small baby sprinkle for a friend, and it was a big hit. The food was tasty and awesome as always, the blood orange mimosas were flowing, our server was attentive, and a great time was had by all who attended. Can’t wait to go back.

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