Root Down

4.8
6387 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

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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 6387 People Are Saying
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AH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. The staff are attentive but not intrusive, and they know their stuff about all of the items on the menu. They make excellent substitution suggestions. Definitely worth the price.

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

Unbeatable. My go-to spot for out-of-town guests who love great healthy food & beverage.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was excellent (I am sorry I don’t remember her name). She explained the dishes well and was so attentive!
The food was fantastic as always!

F
Denver
46 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first dinner at Root Down was amazing. We shared small plates and an impressive dessert.

JM
Denver
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Delicious pastry of the day( scones with brown butter miso). Pancakes were DRY and disappointing. Scrambled eggs were perfectly seasoned and perfectly cooked. Will definitely go back but no pancakes:)

A
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food with the best ingredients. Went for brunch and will come back for dinner!

JC
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down, one of the best restaurant meals I've ever had. I travel for work and have eaten at several Michelin Star restaurants and this was an exceptional meal and experience in every way. Thank you so much.

DH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Unusual menu, but everything is always delicious. Never had a bad meal there. A true restaurant winner in Denver!!

b
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent as always. Inventive menu, great service, good people-watching.

OT
Denver
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated in a small room with food can kids decorating the back wall. It was a more intimate setting and very easy to hear everyone talk. The food was incredible. The devil's on horseback are some of the best I've ever had.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nothing can go wrong with a patio dinner at root down.

CR
Denver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Modern, and sensitive to any special dietary needs. Great ambiance, young crowd, fantastic service.

s
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Our evening at Root Down started out very rough, but once we were finally seated, we had a wonderful dinner. We had a 7:00 reservation for regular seating for 5 in the dining room. As I waited to check in with the hostesses at 6:55, I overheard a gentleman checking on his 7:15 reservation. I checked in and was told it would be a couple minutes. More than 10 minutes later, I went back to the hostess stand and noticed that the 7:15 reservation party of 4 was gone. I was told by the same hostess that they were "trying to find a place for us," to which I asked if that was because they seated the 7:15 reservation ahead of us and received a very rude no and dirty face response to from the hostess. I stood up front for another 10 minutes while several employees (the two hostesses and two front of house managers) shuffled around without acknowledging me until I heard a manager asking where the party of 5 was, so I announced myself to her. We walked out front while she now explained that they were trying to find space for us as the only open table was in the bar, and when I asked about the 7:15 reservation, she acknowledged that indeed they had seated a later reservation ahead of us and that was why our dining room table was unavailable. To her credit, when I explained my unpleasant interaction with the hostess, she apologized profusely and said she was working to get a table on the patio ready for us. It was after 7:30 when we were finally seated, but from that point forward, the service was very good and the management went to great lengths to make up for the earlier issues. The food was amazing, from small plates to entrees, and wonderful desserts. We had two vegetarians and three meat eaters in our group and everyone went home happy. The patio provides a wonderful view of Downtown Denver with a cozy atmosphere.

RL
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent, nice venue, unique menu, chef recommendations for wine spot on

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JF
New England
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great first time experience. Both of our dishes and cauliflower appetizer were outstanding. Wine menu was not extensive but the features white Rhône I had was also excellent.

RO
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences in Denver--Chef is a treasure!

TA
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was wonderful. The food was outstanding. We loved everything about Root Down!

CD
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rockfish Tom Ca was best fish dish I have had in Denver. Rest of meal was great as well. Inventive and delicious cocktails.

M
Central Coast
44 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traveling through. Great Denver experience

Z
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The back patio is beautiful! Great cocktails and great small plates.

MR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful and the staff were super helpful and allergy accommodating

PA
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh food, excellent preparation. Staff attentive and helpful. Would definitely return.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good place indeed. A few veggie options, food was tasty, if not a tad bit expensive, but great service and atmosphere.

JT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for another amazing experience! The menu is always inventive and executed perfectly!

B
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch with bottomless mimosas served in a pint glass. Needless to say we had a good time.

ET
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service and great food. Went for happy hour and appreciated the offerings!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Off the beaten path but worth the walk. Great food

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were fabulous. Un-rushed comfortable atmosphere. Great personalities everywhere.

b
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Root Down is one of our favorite places to eat. We always stop at Root down at DIA when we travel. The Oatmeal is the best ever. The Jicama /seafood tacos are also favorites. Our server was way above average and took care of every detail.

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always great here. Only complaint is drink service was a bit slow. Took a while to get our cocktails and we had to wait while eating our entree to get the wine we ordered.

JP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. Never disappoints. Thank you!!

o
Denver
71 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Root Down is my favorite restaurant in Denver. It can ba a bit loud, but the service and food are consistently excellent.

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Service was terrible. Food was par. No great. Usually it’s better. Portions have gotten smaller.

JK
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming to Root Down for brunch, it's our favorite spot in Denver.

JC
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Root Down. The food was incredible.

k
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely Friday brunch (what a great concept!) at Root Down. Our meals were delicious, and the rose sangria was spectacular.

H
New England
15 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was among our most amazing and memorable meals ever. The food was fabulous (Thai soup, cauliflower, veggie sliders, carrot gnocchi) as was the Beet Down cocktail (try it - you will be surprised!). The service was warm, kind, considerate, and helpful - flawless. We loved the neighborhood. We parked nearby but were happy to know about the complimentary valet parking. We were visiting from New England, and would return in a heartbeat and send friends, for sure. Enjoy!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent!!!! Service outstanding!!!

CS
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Tables we’re a little close together, but overall a wonderful dining experience.

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