Root Down

4.7
5833 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm -11:00pm
Brunch:
Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm
Happy Hour:
Monday - Friday 4:00-6:30pm
Happy Hour is offered in the bar only

Please call for reservations of 6 or more
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Phone number
(303) 993-4200
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Justin Cucci
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Private party facilities
Root Down has a private dining room which seats a maximum of 18 guests. Please call or email for further information.
events@ediblebeats.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
33rd and Osage
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Parking details
Complimentary valet service now available.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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 5833 People Are Saying
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Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Root Down is such a special place and it is just as amazing now as it was when we celebrated our anniversary there years ago. The only problem? Getting a reservation! The service (Tiffany) was truly amazing, the food inventive, unusual and delicious, and the wine list is excellent and not overly expensive. I LOVE this restaurant. Root Down makes me happy.

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j
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The overall experience was fine. Just no value here.....severely overpriced, undersized portions that were tasty but left a bad taste in your mouth after paying the bill.

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

Root Down is amazing. Go for all meals. Great service and very well-informed staff. Make a reservation.

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M
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sibling reunion

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MH
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

We reserved a seat. I understand you have to share the tables between all servers but we were put in this room behind the hostess station that felt like they were trying to hide us. There was a whole bar/restaurant open with a great view(it was snowing). Don’t get it.
Food was good. Service good.

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DA
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food as usual. Loved the chicken biscuits.

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WD
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent as usual. The plates were presented well. No one ordered an entreeand all plates were shared. Originality in creating the dishes is high. Some flavors could have popped more.
Overall Root Down is one of my favorites along with Linger.

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D
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great gf menu! Food was fresh and delicious! Can’t wait to return to Denver to eat here again! A must eat at restaurant!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blackberry mule wasn't anything to write home about, but the food was wonderful and the service was top notch.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So great! 100% reccomend!

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JW
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found Rootdown by chance. Loved the decor. Loved the old mechanic shop feel, took me back to my childhood. We celebrated a wedding ceremony and left pleasantly surprised!!! We will be back!

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d
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, a little stuffy inside and seating was pretty close together, but overall a great dining experience.

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BM
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We loved the food, and enjoyed our meal, but it is very loud. Also, I currently have a broken leg, and need a knee-scooter - they are set up for access for people with disabilities, and the staff was very helpful to ensure we had a table that I would be comfortable in.

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Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our fam & friends had a great dinner. Sonny & friends took great care of us. Off the beaten path food options for everyone meaty, veggie, and allergy! Fun wine and beer options too.

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t
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was superb as always!!!

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PT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Root down is restaurant perfection!
Creative menu, great use of flavors and excellent quality.
Nice atmosphere and great service too!

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T
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This is probably yhe worse spot ive eaten at since ive been to Denver. Food was sparing and my steak was the size of a small mouse. After eating that i feel like id have a better shot at chasing down a bear and asking for a few bites to eat. The fries are about as salty as my last relationship and people would eat cardboard as long as it looked good

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MB
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Root Down was a hit with our party of six each of whom had different dining needs and preferences. My vegetarian and vegan daughter-in-law found plenty to choose from, the servers were careful to ask about any allergies and each of the dishes was creatively prepared and delicious! I liked it so much that when I flew out of DIA a couple of days later I made it my business to have an early lunch at the Root Down in terminal C!

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TF
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Sara, was exceptional...such a lovely personality and honest with us.

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KW
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great spot! I loved the food, service and atmosphere. We sat on the patio and it was perfect. Definitely recommend!

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LY
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Root Down is a great place to go. Our only negative is we waited over an hour for our order to come.
Toward the end of the wait, they gave us a fourth of a pastry. I have eaten here many times, this is the first time this has happened.
Our waitress was very helpful and good to us!

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P
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Alexa, our waitstaff lady, outstanding. Patient, did not hesitate to make 5 separate checks for 5 senior, white haired retired pediatric professors! Love the ambiance, an old auto repair shop.

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A
San Diego
47 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here to celebrate my wife's birthday and had a very pleasant evening. The service and food were great and they helped us celebrate.

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! We’ll be back.

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HK
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was good, like always. Portions were small; so order up if your hungry. Service was sporadic at best. We went on a Tuesday night; but the server was having a hard time keeping up with the smaller than usual crowd. We got our second round of drinks after we finished our meal. The server even apologied for the “odd service” - which I thought was funny.

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TJ
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Always a great experience. The team of employees always offer outstanding service.

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RE
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

I’ve been to your restaurant previously, but my last experience was not so good. Extremely slow service. Waitress should have served all small bite entrees at the same time, but did not. Was my fiends birthday, I asked for a candle in the dessert so we could sing happy birthday , but it come out with out one.

On top of that, the Food was mediocre

Sincerely,
Disappointed

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D
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

One of our favorites, but on this night, our anniversary, I found the service indifferent and the food just above average. I was hoping for something special, and for the first time, was disappointed. Probably just an off night for the staff.

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OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All time favorite.

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G
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good, we were there two nights in a row! Wonderful vegan options!

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JS
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and ambiance! We enjoyed the patio on a beautiful night. It’s very original and just a great place for date night!

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A
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a nice dinner. Portions were small and expensive. Enjoyed the atmosphere and the service was good.

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Munich
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Server was so rude

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m
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Been going for years. Consistently good. Hard not to get the devils on horseback every time, but I force myself to try the new items. We recommend lots of the smaller plates. Entrees are good but the variety is the reason we keep coming back.

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HE
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the vegan options, although they were a bit pricey for tofu/vegetarian entreees. The flavors were fabulous and creative, and the atmosphere was great! We’ll certainly be back!

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WM
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

This was the second time visiting root down. The first time service and food was excellent. I was expecting the same this time and was disappointed.

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LN
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere to the food to the service was all impecable! My son met me for dinner so we sampled
about 5 menu items and it was superb. I was a mail carrier in this neighborhood about 27 years ago and cannot believe how upscale this neighborhood has become! This place is a treasure! Your wait staff could not be any better. Top of the line servers with that personal attention that customers want. I listened as he described the wine list and the menu items to other guests. Having been in the business years ago I was quite impressed. He was very knowledgable, professional and personable. Kudos to you for hiring the best
from the kitchen staff to the wait staff, to the restaurant design. Call me IMPRESSED!

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J
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and cool space. The chef and staff were extremely accommodating to one of our party’s long list of food allergies.

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LN
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to dinner with my mom who has a brace on her knee and has to use a walker. They were very accommodating and sat us outside at a larger table where she would be more comfortable. Highly recommend for both the food and the service!

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LN
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing from the time we stepped in the door until we left!!! Server did a phenomenal job!

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