Permanently Closed - Solera Restaurant & Wine Bar

4.3
1685 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Solera offers a warm & friendly approach to dining while masterfully blending an excellent selection of wines & cuisine.
Solera is a place of extraordinary smells, tastes & culinary experiences. Whether you stop in the softly lit bar for a drink or appetizers paired with wine from a list reflecting flavors from all over the world, or head straight into the dining room or outdoor patio, you’ll experience the differences that set Solera restaurant apart. Bring your passion for foods & wines & you will not be disappointed.
Chef Christian "Goose" Sorensen, formerly of Mel's Bar & Grill, Starfish & Michael's of Cherry Creek, brings decades of culinary expertise & experience to the table. Solera’s goal is to let you enjoy your meal, your company, & most importantly, yourself!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Dinner: Friday & Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Monday: Closed
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Phone number
(303) 388-8429
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Goose Sorensen
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Grape
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Parking details
Small lot in front, and plenty of parking on the neighborhood streets
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Public transit
15 and 15L stops at Glencoe
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Special events & promotions
Wednesday Night - Wine Tasting - 5:00pm - 7:30pm - $17.00/person, 5 wines
Tuesday Night - All You Can Eat Mussels - $17.00
Sunday Brunch - 10am-2pm
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Really subpar food, strange location, way overpriced, too much noise, took too long to get waited on.

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GW
Denver
28 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tonight was Solera’s last night. We will miss this neighborhood gem. The food, ambience, experience has been wonderful. And that bartender...love him!!!! Good luck, Goose!

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M
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my most favorite places to get a cocktail and a bite in Denver. So sad that it is closing as of 3/31/18. I will miss you dearly Solera. Colfax won't be the same without you.

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New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are so bummed this was the last mussels night as Goose is closing Solera . It has been a favorite for years! Cheers Goose and happy fishing

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J
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wish we had found this restaurant much earlier. Sad to see it is closing tomorrow.

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KS
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This long established restaurant is closing in a few days. It will be sorely missed.

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L
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I had the all you could eat mussels on Tuesday night for $25. They bring out a new plate after you finish each plate. My first plate was brothy and tasty. I wish I had some bread to sop up the goodness. The second plate could have been from a completely different restaurant. The mussels had a stronger fishy odor, were dried, and had no broth. There was more grit and some of the mussels seemed a little suspect (squishy and funny texture). I thought about ordering a 3rd plate to see about the consistency of the mussels but was worried I'd get another plate of the second kind. No kids menu in case anyone was wondering.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful wait staff! Lovely meal.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to dine one last time and say goodbye to one of our favorite restaurants in Denver.

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We’ll miss you!

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AC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So sad Solera is closing! It has been one of our favorites for years. Go there while you still can!

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They’re closing! We had to one last time.

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L
Hawaii
33 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite Denver restaurant! I’m so sad it’s closing. Wayne is a great waiter

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L
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After 16 years, this restaurant will be closing at the end of March 2018. When it does, a little piece of my heart will go with it. I adore this restaurant and dine here 5-7 times per year, so now I'm embarking on my farewell tour and getting in as many times as I can afford before this true gem and its wonderful chef end a terrific run and embark on some much-needed time off.

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MJ
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite simply the quintessential fine-dining restaurant experience in Denver. For the past 16 years, Solera has consistently delivered some of the best food in the city, in a cozy, casual, and fun environment. We’ve eaten at almost every top of the line restaurant in the city, and always find ourselves back at Solera for more. The food is creative, perfectly executed, abundant, and delicious. And the service is impeccable. We are so sad that Goose has sold Solera and will close at the end of March. But we will be back many times over before then. Everyone should. Proprietor owned restaurants of this caliber are a dying breed in Denver.

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WC
Denver
70 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious and delightful! We had a wonderful date night and will be sad to see this neighborhood gem go. Hope the new place can live up to high expectation!

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GK
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Disappointing. The charcuterie plate was great. Calamari underwhelming. Caesar Salad was awful. Not dressed at all. For a Valentines Date Night we had scores of other places to choose from. Will not be back, will try somewhere else. However, would recommend others give it a try.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I came to solera with a friend on a Sunday night. We had the Sunday night dinner special where you get a cheese plate, paella, a bottle of wine and dessert for $60. It was such a good deal, but the paella was extremely bland and the rice was over cooked. Everything else was fine, and the service was great, but that paella was very disappointing.

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PL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent food, wine, and service. We ordered three different wines by the glass, starters, and we shared paella and two vegetable tapas.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THE best calimari EVER! Fun, friendly servers...quiet, cozy atmosphere...makes you want to linger. The entree’s are so absolutely beautiful and delicious you just want to savor every bite! Like a party in your mouth! The wine was delightful! Solera is not just a restaurant it’s a culinary experience! :DK

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S
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solera was one of my favorite place to eat in Denver. In the late Summer of 2017, my friends and I had two terrible meals at Solera and I expressed my disappointment in a review on Open Table. Fast forward to Jan 2018. My wife and I decided to try Solera again and we are glad we did. The arrival of a new Chef and wait staff has brought Solera back to it's past glory. The new menu is creative, well presented, and very tasty. A shout out to our server Ivan. Ivan made great suggestions and anticipated our needs. Solera is back on my list of great Denver restaurants

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LD
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect from the moment we walked in. The food was amazing as was the wine. Our server, Ivan, was not only friendly and professional, he helped us with all our food and drink choices and they were impeccable. Thanks, Solera, for a great date night and for a wonderful, warm and romantic table 🥂

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MP
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A neighborhood gem. Cozy and quiet dining room perfect for date night or couples dinner. Limited menu but everything we tried was superb. Tapas especially. Server sensed when to bring plates and not rush us through our meal. Overall an excellent dining experience and highly recommended. Prices were a good value.

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant

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AM
Denver
28 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I was disappointed Solera's menu did not reflect their menu online. I chose Solera because their online menu said they had octopus but it wasn't on the Tapas menu, nor were the Berkshire short ribs. I ended up having two appetizers for my main meal; the meatballs which were tasty and a Pappardelle pasta with pork belly. When received I saw no pork belly. The waiter said the pork belly was more of a broth? I was not pleased. My husband however liked his Paella and his brother enjoyed the fish of the day which was Trout. I found the menu limited. There were only a few fish entrees, an Atlantic salmon, the Paella and the Trout special that night. I think I had my heart set on having the Octopus . My husband and I also shared the Spicy Cucumber cocktail and found it to be lackluster with lots of ice. Desserts were just OK. Solera's online menu is worthy. Now they need to have available what they claim to have on the menu! They do have a nice Farmer's Board of cheeses and salami's/hams. One could nicely make a dinner from their Farmer's Board along with a couple Tapas and have a satisfactory meal.

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WC
Denver
70 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Another successful dining experience. We met some business colleagues turned friends for a wonderful shared small plate evening. We started with martinis and mules and then transitioned to a Spanish Malbec. The calamari was on-point per usual. The fondue was excellent though a little light on sun choke chips. The gambas were not as flavorful as I would have liked, but other really enjoyed the dish. The highlight was the rib with couscous. It was outstanding and fall apart tender. We will return!

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G
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoy Solera on a few occasions during the year. We were there on a Tuesday so I took advantage of all you can eat mussels. They prepare them in 3 different sauces and I tried two of them. The curry one was spicy and very good.
My hubby likes their calamari for a main meal. I ordered fries with mine and the waiter said it was $3 extra but when we got the bill it was showing $6. He did correct it. This is a comfortable place and we will be back.

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Will go again to try their cheese boards and more small plates.

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TB
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was not as good as my last visit. Still a good place to eat to get away from the craziness of downtown.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and wine was fantastic . Great atmosphere for dinner. Very professional staff. I will be back.

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MB
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Solera has thoughtful, well-executed menu with excellent service.

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E
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on a Friday night and had a great meal, with great service. We ordered the Thai calamari ( the best I have ever had!!) and the Paella- which was fantastic.

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MM
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and fantastic service. Server selected my wine based on my likes and was spot on.

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SF
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The paella was superb, and so was the duck. The ambiance outside was elegant, but casual. Overall a great dining experience.

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OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Usually love this restraurant, but this time was extremely disappointing. Portion sizes were much smaller. Duck was under cooked. Scallops were salty. Paella was bland. 1 of our 5 entrees was actually good. Dinner took forever and service was ok at best. Very disappointed as this has been one of our staples for years. Won't go back anytime soon!!!

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S
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

An East Colfax gem. We had a great dinner of happy hour/low price appetizers and small plates which my wife and I shared. Each was better than the previous. The gelato selection at the end of the meal was terrific. We'll definitely go again.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant! Fabulous food! If you don't get there- you are really missing out on a great meal!

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MC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and staff!! Loved it! Went for a birthday and had an amazing dining experience.

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NB
Denver
68 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a lovely evening when we go to Solera! The patio can't be beat and the sangria is delicious! Lots of yummy tapas as well!

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N
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure Their outdoor patio is so elegant and comfortable. Really adds to the evening

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