Root Down

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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 6256 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food that’s carefully and mindfully crafted! Coming here was a wonderful experience overall.

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

It was exactly what you’d expect in the highlands with a beautiful view and a fun atmosphere, however the host was not friendly and our service was very slow. We came here to celebrate our wedding anniversary and the slow service didn’t make this event feel special... took too long just for one drink. We left kind of bummed and probably won’t be back unfortunately. This place would be perfect for grabbing a quick cocktail on the patio but not for a nice dinner for an event.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing flavors! A true foodies heaven.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

almond pancakes were ridiculously good!

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KM
Denver
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The roasted baby beet salad is amazing! Add chicken to this dish - all the meat at Root Down is cooked to perfection and the sunflower beet pesto is ridiculous...I asked to take some to go!

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DW
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was sublime.

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p
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

TripAdvisor had you as #1 for lunch in Denver.... We first were seated near cooking area and two things immediately caused us to want to move: smoke from stoves there, and nasty (painful to me) bass beat of music. How about something less hip and more innocuous musically? All your staff may be 20-somethings but not the patrons. After all, food should be #1 emphasis. We got moved and were treated very nicely. I think because we were doing a brunch, the array of interesting offerings may have been limited. (Some day French fries, whether sweet potato or not, ought to be offered without grease and salt, but maybe I'm conflating another meal elsewhere in this particular remark.) Portions were slightly small. I would go to several other eateries not visited yet before returning to Root Down. Stella's in Highland is better. Hope this is constructively helpful, no doubt you have some yummy dishes. My overall rating is 3+/4- out of 5.

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MB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely meal. My omelette with mushroom and herbs was delicious, loved the fresh arugula on the side and I had the most amazing cappucino of my life with mixed almond and coconut milk. The wait staff was so pleasant and helpful. Honestly considered coming back for dinner! Will return to try cocktails. Thank you for having so many gluten and dairy free options.

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KH
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful spot in Denver. There’s a reason it’s been around for a minute! Jason was a personable but professional server who helped make it a great evening. Highly recommend you sit outside as the inside is a little dark (and that’s coming from 23 year olds!). Love the concept and the space.

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SL
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We try to come here whenever we are in town. The menu has an outstanding variety of choices. The food is always great and the restaurant has a good vibe
Overall a great place

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JS
Denver
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Root down usually has good food, but it it seems their menu is getting a little stale. It had many months since we were last there, and were disappointed in the lack of new dishes.

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TM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, expensive but worth it. A bit loud. Drinks generally leave something to be desired. Service is more European style, relaxed and not in a hurry. Great spot to enjoy some excellent food and enjoy the evening.

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L
New England
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious sweet potato fries. Awesome commitment to helping reduce our carbon footprint.

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JD
Denver
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still my favorite restaurant. Still crazy about the Pepper Blossom (SO YUM). Love everything I've ever ordered. Love that they always ask about dietary restrictions. Love that Tiffany (sp?) remembers us whenever we're seated in her section.

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CZ
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Excellent food, drinks and service.

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S
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely Fabulous!! We had vegetarian small plates and every single plate was an amazing experience of freshness, flavor, and fabulousness. I bring my team from other countries here every time they visit because the food and service is always excellent. Thank you!

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Al was incredibly helpful with foods/ingredients I was trying to avoid and even went so far to get the allergen ingredient print out for everything on their menu. Worked closely with me to make the perfect dish, which was delicious. Very helpful with wine selections. Accommodating for kids, activity for them and brought out their food as soon as it was ready. We go here for their allergen help and well sourced/high quality/organic ingredients.

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p
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to root down and introduced our daughter and husband to it. It was a wonderful experience from friendly and attentive staff, to excellent creative organic, local fare, to an interesting repurposed decor, it was terrific.

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OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We normally go to Root Down at the airport but wanted to go to the original for our Anniversary. We were not disappointed. Coming in the hostess saw the note it was for our Anniversary and congratulated us which was sweet. We got a card from the whole staff that was signed also welcoming us and congratulating us. It made our night feel special and personal which was a great touch. Our meal was incredible and again awesome service!

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JF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I come to Denver I try to eat at Root Down. This time we all enjoyed brunch.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always this place was great. The food is always delicious but the service is what really keeps me coming back. Everyone is so nice and welcoming.

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K
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great time

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ER
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and seating outside was great. The food is very tasty but a bit overpriced for small plates. Other than that, if you don’t mind the price, I recommend!

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L
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service as always was great. We can't eat eggs, wheat and soy and it's one of the few places we can eat where the food is great and don't feel sick afterwards. Highly recommend this place and their other related restaurants

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to celebrate my Cousin’s birthday/family visit. Overall I really liked this place. We had reservations at 8pm and unfortunately we were not sat until about 8:37, but the manager made it up by bringing some complimentary appetizers and the staff was super friendly. Food was delicious and I love the plating presentation. The ambiance was hip and trendy. I would definitely dine here again when I visit Colorado next time!

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DM
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

soup was cold...food was not quite up to usual standards for Root Down...

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WL
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Food was awesome. The crab and avacado tacos are really good. Wait staff was very attentive and very friendly. Definitely going to be back.

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MT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My only issue is that I got double charged and I’m still waiting for a manager to call me back to resolve the issue. The food is outstanding & service was great!

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e
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and attentive waitstaff. This is a regular neighborhood spot for us!

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SM
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great option for people that have a mix of dietary restrictions. Whether you're vegan, gluten free, a carnivore or noncommittal, you'll find a dish to like.

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

Wonderful brunch menu Very friendly service and lots of fun!

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KL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal ive had in a very long time! Cant wait to go back. Wish i could order everything on the menu to sample.

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n
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ambiance is super cute but was really dark in there. The cauliflower ceviche was fantastic. Service was great except I think they forgot my food and all food in general took a very long time to come out except the ceviche. Overall a cool place. I would go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lots of good vegetarian options!

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JR
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

We literally had one of our best meals ever. Their menu is so vast we tried several different small plates to share. Our waiter Grant was excellent and extremely patient as I was having a non decisive day! Would definitely recommend and the cool restored “garage” setting was top notch!

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S
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was delicious. Great vibe. Great server. Delicious food. Loved it.

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J
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food & drinks!!!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 3

Lighting was very dim and not the best. It made both me and my husband feel tired.

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OT
Denver
156 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service every time!!!

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s
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

This is a great restaurant food and atmosphere-wise. Situated in a former car shop, they've made that a visual theme with some original fixtures from the shop and staff uniforms based on old gas station attendant outfits. The food is excellent with many vegetable-based options. There's a variety of seating options -- tables, booths and bar seating -- and the restaurant is divided into two halves, both of which are attractive and well designed.

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