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!
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TM
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary and we arrived at our table to a card signed by the staff! The service was knowledgeable and attentive. The only thing I might change was that we waited a while to order and could have used bread or crackers to start. The food was outstanding and unique. Great flavors!

OT
New Orleans
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy a meal at Root Down! Haven’t been to the Highlands location in awhile, go to airport location as much as possible when flying. Had family in town unexpectedly & we were able to get a last minute table. Wait staff, food, drinks all were excellent!

b
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

GREAT service - food was pretty good - a little on the salty side but beautifully presented, unique dishes

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

Great.
We love Root Down

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had really great time. The food was excellent & atmosphere was really nice. Will definitely return! !

CB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was good to great. I loved the ambiance of the place. However a grumpy waiter serving us was disappointing and spoilt the mood somewhat..

b
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything tastes so fresh and has amazing flavor. The servers are very knowledgeable in letting you know how much food to order and describing the dishes. We love that the menu is always changing, but you can always count on it being delicious. We can't wait to go back!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out of towners

KK
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the lamb sliders and white chocolate cake for dessert. Both were very good. The sangria was the best sangria I have had at a restaurant. Everything was presented beautifully with an eye towards the details - in taste and visually.

OT
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

as we had a larger party, we sat in the west end of the restaurant. there is a vibrant bar area and large screen tv. walls are decorated with old rotary telephones of various colors--restaurant carries them of remodeled old gas station.If dining intimately, would request to sit at the east side of the restaurant which boasts a beautiful downtown view. food organic and is grown as much as possibly locally. food is exceptionally prepared with excellent presentation. quality not quantity.

DM
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always great to get to Root Down. We really enjoyed it, as usual. The food, service and atmosphere are always excellent.

BF
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was awesome! Our waitress was awesome! We will be back!

m
Hawaii
22 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service. Everything was delicious from the specialty cocktails, to the appetizers and entrees. We were unfortunately too full for dessert. A must go place.

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

Great food and service. Will be back

JD
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was good but you felt like they were rushing you out of there. I had just gotten my soup and they were bringing our main entree. I noticed this at a few tables around us too. My husband and I both worked in restaurants for awhile (16 yrs) and our protocol was to always make sure the appetizers were done and cleared before serving the main entree. If you don't want to feel rushed, I'd advised ordering your appetizers and wait for them to arrive before ordering your entrees.

SB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic and Brianna, our server, couldn't have been more competent and friendly. There when you needed her but not intrusive. Perfect all around!

SA
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great interesting brunch menu, good ambience and bottomless mimosas!!

PZ
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, as always.

NL
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Katie S. is the best! So sweet and personable! We love her!

n
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I went for brunch and ordered the Huevos and asked for scrambled eggs. It came with poached eggs and no Pork belly. I set it aside and when the waitress returned I mentioned it was not made correctly. She said "Oh just take the eggs off I'll get you some scrambled" but that was not successful and they broke soaking the bread. I received a smaller plate and tried to move the bread to the new plate to keep the egg yolks off. And well you get the picture. Love the airport location wish I flew out more often. I won't be back to Highlands.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, menu has something for everyone from vegan to meat-centric. Two of us sat at corner table in bar - on a Friday evening we had to nearly yell at each other to converse. Annoying, but not unexpected. Probably much quieter in other sections if the restaurant. Their Complimentary valet is very helpful in that area.

PG
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service
Beautiful night
Delicious food

OT
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made a mistake on the timing of my reservation and showed up an hour late...doh! The hostess had no issue with it, got me a table quickly, and my husband and I enjoyed a delicious brunch with impeccable service. Will definitely return next time I’m in Denver!!

M
Jacksonville
27 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting Denver for a few days and I must say that Root Down was my favorite restaurant of the entire trip! Our server, Matt, was phenomenal. He helped guide us through the menu and went above and beyond to make our first experience a superb one. The carrot gnocchi is a must as well as the cauliflower. Great big flavors for the entirety of the meal.

w
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our top 5 in Denver for the past several years!

KK
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Valet was great and quick. Server was very nice and brought a dessert for a birthday at our table. My veggie sliders were dry and burned. A vegetarian place should have a better veggie slider. Table next to us as we were seated in the bar, was very loud and were smokers that kept going outside to smoke and coming back smelling like cigarettes. I had made a reservation and would have liked to be seated in the dining room and not the bar.

UA
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening - We shared two apps, the Callicrate steak and cocktails. It was all quite good. Server was on point and fun to boot. A little rain was accommodated easily.

MM
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food for sharing with friends. Our server was helpful and gave us two wonderful desserts to help celebrate a special birthday!

h
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Parents were in town and their anniversary was this month as well as ours so we celebrated both that night! Everything was great even for pickier pallets :)

J
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fresh, flavors were vibrant and tantalizing. A place I would highly recommend and return for more! Compliments to the chrf and staff!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great breakfast and bloody Mary’s

l
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

really delicious food - the cauliflower and sliders were noteworthy

KM
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!! I really appreciated the waitress' knowledge and the presentation of the food as well.

SF
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing variety of food and drinks, great service!

T
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only thing I didn’t like was how expensive it was. Otherwise - everything was wonderful!

S
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I first went to Root Down the week it opened. (2008?), At that time, the LoHi name was just taking hold, but “LoHood” might have been a bit more real. So seeing a new place being built out just around the corner was a nice surprise. But that was the least of it - we were blown away by how great the food, service and atmosphere were; more like a hotspot inNY or SF (a pity those delicious chickpea fries were just too labor intensive). Fast forward 11 years and the ‘hood has changed dramatically. Snappy restaurants and modern duplexes abound. But Root Down, while constantly evolving their menu, hasn’t changed a bit: the food and service remain at the highest level. Despite opening a spate pf other eateries, owner Justin has managed to keep his first Denver venture fresh and delicious - no small feat. Some menu items (devils on horseback, veggie sliders, arepas, red curry carrot soup) remain because , I imagine, they’re just too good to take off. But new dishes cycle through as well. The Rockfish Tom Kha is spectacular - a riff on the Thai soup that has the best flavors of the traditional but takes it to another level. And Amy LOVES that banana creme brulee pie! And don’t overlook the bar, the cocktails are equally great - some RD classics (Don Draper) remain, with new additions kickin’ it (Ace in the Hole). “No one can stop this flow from flowin’ on!”

BH
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We enjoyed brunch at Root Down. The bottomless mimosa and the bloody mary's are delicious. Both my niece and I had the Sunny Egg and Avacado Toast. I loved it. It was healthy and delicious. My niece actually felt it was too healthy so she ordered a side of bacon! Ha! My husband had the Mushroom and Herb Omelette and he enjoyed it very much. Our only complaint was that we waited a long time for a server to come to our table. It was to the point where I had to ask. I would definitely come back as the food is delicious and they offer so many healthy options. It's also in the neighborhood and easy to walk to.

CG
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dinner

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

I was super excited to try root down for the first time for a girls night. While the food was tasty, the portion sizes were really small and the service was very slow. It took about 15 minutes to get the bottle of wine we ordered. I probably won’t be back.

D
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It’s always a pleasure to return to Root Down. On this visit we brought my brother, a newly diagnosed celiac. We expected a safe and delicious meal and that’s what we got. We were impressed and delighted by the care taken to insure that he got a GF meal prepared in dedicated GF equipment. Thank you for restoring a semblance of normalcy to his life.

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