Tamayo Restaurant

4.5
3004 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Mexican
Located in Historic Larimer Square, Tamayo is a chic spot with a vast rooftop deck with sweeping views of the mountains. The innovative Latin menu is carefully crafted by world-renowned Chef Richard Sandoval who is often hailed as the “Father of Modern Mexican Cuisine.” Savory & authentic, the upscale Mexican cuisine at Tamayo will make any meal an unforgettable experience. With a collection of over 100 tequilas and agave-based spirits, Tamayo is also a hotspot for margaritas & hand-crafted cocktails.
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DD
Denver
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The menu was fixed for Valentine's Day and quite expensive at $60 per person. But everything about the meal was top notch. The food had a beautiful presentation and was delicious. Their margaritas are very good.

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MA
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If we could give this 10 stars, we would! Amazing food, excellent drinks (tamarind margarita and sangria), loved dessert! We are from Chicago and would rate this easily equal to Frontera Grill. Go!

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

It seems the food choices are changing at Tamayo. It used to be that the dishes were more like Caribbean fusion. They now tend more Mexican. I found the food to be 3.5 quality (taste, presentation) but not of the same standard I came to expect 5-3 years ago. I would still rate the overall experience 4-star, but less enthusiastically than before.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The all “bottomless brunch” is 100% worth the money, would highly recommend.

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

It is a bit pricey, especially if you order drinks but my salmon was fabulous. Yummy mole and the fish was perfectly cooked. Staff very welcoming and helpful. Restaurant is noisy so can be hard to hear sometimes, especially when the servers spoke very quietly over my head. Overall, a lovely time was had by all.

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TJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance along with good services from the wait staff

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L
Denver
38 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Our food was so poor, we most likely won't be going back any time soon. It's Mole festival and I love mole. Our server recommended the white mole with chicken. when it arrived to our table, it was barely warm. the chicken was dry, and there was hardly any Mole sauce--what small amount I tasted was incredibly bland--not spicy at all. My husband had the mole enchiladas which he felt were also very bleh. They have a promotion online that if you sign up for their emails, you get a free house margarita. Don't bother! Because they know it's the free margarita, there was literally NO tequila! I had 2 and never tasted or felt a drop of alcohol. One thing we've always loved at Tamayo is their margaritas-- which normally are risky to drink 2. HUGE disappointment; don't think we'll waste another night of our lives at Tamayo. So sad, we've been customers for over 12 years.

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EV
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Mediocre,. The location keeps this place busy not the food, ambiance, or service. The environment is get you in get you out.

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

Delicious “healthy express lunch”. I love the options on the menu and the atmosphere is great. Service was very good too.

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dinner. Great appetizers and solid margaritas with fun options to customize. Highly recommend if looking for higher end Mexican meal with a more traditional and authentic flair.

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JR
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Not a great value for what you get.

27 dollar carnitas

9 dollar margarine In a small glass

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

Once a year I am in Denver and every time I stop at Tamayo for a good meal. But the best place to be is downstairs not upstairs.
The best margaritas!!

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Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Like many Denver restaurants the prices have gone up and quantity of food has decreased. It’s really unfortunate. My dinner was tasty but the price was excessive. It’s just not worth it to eat downtown anymore. I guess the burbs are where it is at now. Or at least avoid Larimer . Sad statement .

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Extremely slow service. Likely due to a convention in town but it was really frustrating to watch 3 tables next to us get much more prompt attention, service, drinks, appetizers, & food. 2 of the 3 were seated after us which topped it off.

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GR
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service was great! We will definitely be back.

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S
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My husband and I had dinner at Tamayo for our anniversary. For appetizers, I had the sweet squash soup, which I would highly recommend, and my husband had the queso fundido, which he loved. For the main dish, I had the pork carnitas and my husband had the carne asada. These are our normal stand bys and we weren’t disappointed. We both loved our food. For dessert, I had the chocolate mousse pie with peanut butter crust and he had the bread pudding with cinnamon ice cream.
The food here has many levels of flavor. Some combinations are unexpected but are always delicious.
The wait staff is very conscientious and quite good. The only negative is that the decor is rather tired and needs refreshing.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was incredible! The food was great! Drinks were delicious.

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AL
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, tasty tamals and tacos. We encountered an issue during our time there, but they handled it well.

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AP
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good! The mole was amazing and the enchiladas were fantastic. The coin mezcal drink was top notch, would come back any time.

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r
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

very friendly and attentive service - from the hostess stand to the bar to the table. all dishes were terrific and enjoyed by all. only complaint: guac appetizer portion too small for the price

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LF
London
36 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was great, the Moles & Tortillas was particularly delicious. Only downsize was the slightly overpriced compared to other Mexican in Denver area.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delish! So fresh and flavorful, the margs were perfection, not too sweet with just the right amount of tartness. Lots of great veg options too. Staff was very friendly and accommodating, we enjoyed having laughs and chatting with the bartender. He was a doll!

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KG
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at Tamayo several times - and it is the only restaurant in Denver where the food has been outstanding every time. We have dined at many of the 'top-rated' Denver restaurants along Larimer and have been disappointed every time - but not Tamayo. Usually it feels like there are probably 'cooks' in the kitchen - but not a chef. At Tamayo, to me, it feels like a chef-inspired AND prepared meal! So refreshing! We ordered chips and guac - the guac tasted like homemade - fresh made - it was served with a smoky, lightly-spicy blended salsa. I ordered carnitas and my husband ordred the crab and shrimp enchiladas. Both dishes had layered flavors, were served hot (this is such a pet peeve of mine - virtually all the time when we dine out - the food arrives lukewarm for at least one of us!), and were prepared (cooked) to perfection. The only complaint my husband had was that he wished there were more enchiladas! Wait staff were polite and efficient. I do not drink alcohol because it is a migraine trigger - but my husband had a mojito and said it was perfect. Wait staff kept my water glass filled - which I appreciated immensely. My last comment is that most Mexican restaurants make their dishes overly spicy - with hot/hot peppers that bomb out your taste buds to the subtlety of flavors in Mexican cuisine. The dishes we had at Tamayo were flavorful without relying on over-hot/spiciness - allowing the layering of flavors in the meat, the sauces, the blending of spices and the garnishes to shine. There was a mild kick - but not the bludgeoning usually found at most Mexican restaurants. Kudos to Chef Sandoval for staffing this restaurant with competent chefs/cooks and for dishes well conceived, well prepared, and well served.

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IJ
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect!!

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BE
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great from start to finish...and our server was one of the sweetest and most knowledgeable to date.

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JE
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Aldo was fantastic. The service overall was awesome! Food is always great.

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C
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Should broaden the menu a bit. I eat there often but starting to find some of the entrees boring. More choices.

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RB
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious mole! Waitress was a bit timid but did her best to see that we had a wonderful dinner.

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SL
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Happy Hour. Prices and food are very reasonable

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PC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for a pre-theater dinner and wasn't dissapointed. The staff were friendly and inquisitive to make sure we were happy.

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SB
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING Carnitas!! The best ever!! Chef special tacos were incredible! Drinks were great, but expensive for the size.

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j
Denver
68 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Last week was our first time at Tamayo (and the last!). I would prefer to rate the food at 2.5 if I could . It's definitely overpriced for very ordinary Mexican cuisine. I ordered the carne asada $26 which was smothered in a thick, paste like red sauce. The sauce flavor was uninteresting and the meat was very chewy, tough (although skirt steak is never tender). Supposedly the carne asada is the best dish on the menu. My husband had the beef tenderloin plate $30, which was adequate but nothing special. I'm sure the roof top patio is lovely in summer to meet friends for a drink, but for dinner before the theater it didn't make the grade for us. There are much better choices than Tamayo in the area. The server was terrific and very knowledgeable but the food quality just didn't live up to his enthusiastic description. A disappointing dinner ended up at $80 (with tip)!

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C
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently excellent.

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OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner was wonderful; they gave special care and attention

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JB
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and good atmosphere. I would go back -- actually this was a return visit for me.

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ED
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Love it here! Food and drinks are fantastic and service is always great.

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SL
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have loved Tamayo's for many years. We live an hour outside of Denver and about once a year spend a night in Denver. We have come back to Tamayo's over and over because it just has a special feeling. The food is always excellent and a little different for other restaurants, the service is great and the ambiance always feels just right.

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e
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice dinner

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KP
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, but not a fancy restaurant. Loved the guacamole - we tried traditional and one with beets and goat cheese which was excellent. The margaritas had too much ice and my daughter’s was so sore she couldn’t drink it. Table felt sticky like in a dive bar. The service was good and very friendly. We would definitely go again, but just for everyday dining.

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LP
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Not as good as it has been in the past

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