Tamayo Restaurant

4.6
3081 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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Denver
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Poor service. When asked what the taco special was I was just told “steak” and he walked away. Waiter was rude and basically ruined the meal for us... I honestly hate I’m writing this, but very poor representation for this restaurant which I’m sure has some quality staff.

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KN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tamayo was excellent in every way! We sat on the patio upstairs where we got a lovely view of the sunset. The food was delicious and so very authentic. We took advantage of the taquiza special - essentially a taco party at your table. The meats were so delicious and perfectly cooked. The other ingredients and toppings complimented the meats. It was all just impeccable and the chef even came out to check in on us and make sure we were enjoying the taquiza (we were!). The overall service was attentive and efficient.

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j
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Ok, it was Easter, so it was busy. Service was attentive. It was the food that was lacking. Yes, it was All You Can Eat, and it wasn't made to order, but it was just meh. Lukewarm. Won't return.

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SL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely good service we had CJ as our waiter. Also, extremely tasty food and drink!

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

The Bottomless Brunch was a phenomenal experience and one we plan to repeat. Use Open Table to snag an early to semi-early reservation as the kitchen gets slammed and the amazing food takes a little longer to arrive. We asked our server to keep our table of four fed with his suggestion of small plates and he did an an incredible job. Our favorite dish was the carnitas tacos! We also loved the bread pudding. Another example of the server’s skill was separating dairy from items and serving it on the side over and over for our friend. The margaritas were fresh and not too sweet while the mimosas were a great mix of more sparkling wine than juice!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I was soooo excited to try Tamayo! I had heard that it was the “hot new place to be”. I booked it 2 months in advance for my boyfriend and I’s anniversary (before the Rockies game) and I am disappointed to say that it was a very bad experience all around. We had a couple margaritas before we got seated. The margaritas are good, but very weak. You can’t beat the $5 happy hour price though! We also ordered the mahi mahi ceviche. I love ceviche and have eaten it at places all over the world. Was very confused when our order came out and it looked like cold tomato soup (and tasted like it) with about 4 small chunks of fish and a small slice of avocado on top. That was it. We then were seated down stairs where we were the only people, granted it was only 5pm so that’s understandable. However the seats were pretty beat up and the downstairs kind of had the ambiance of a chili’s (if you’re into that then this is the place for you, but if you’re looking for a high end experience to match the menu then this is not the place). We ordered another round of margaritas. I had the spicy mango which was recommended. It tasted very good but very very weak, did not even taste a hint of tequila. We then ordered the queso fundido for an appetizer. The queso was good! Came out bubbling hot and the tortillas it came with were yummy. The queso, sadly, was the highlight of our meal. Then we were feeling a little full and decided to share an entree with a few side dishes so we got the shrimp and steak skewers, beans and rice and the fried plantains. The skewers were decent, but definitely nothing special, I could have made them myself on the grill. I love love love plantains but these ones came out cold and kind of hard. The rice and beans also came out totally cold! It was like they were made yesterday and they forgot to reheat them. Safe to say we were only able to eat about half our meal because it just did not taste good at all. So all in all I was very disappointed. $100 too😂

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Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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JT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was very loud. Service was good and the food was amazing.

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MM
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Wouldn’t seat us Sunday for dinner until 5:00 so we sat in the bar and had a drink and appetizers.

Than at 5:00 when we were seated they said happy hour prices were only effective in the bar - not ten feet away for a refil at 5:00

Bad vibes

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s
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Even though we had reservations we waited 30 minutes for a table. Tacos were amazing!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was an amazing experience. Celebrated my birthday with amazing service, food, and drinks!

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RO
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was very good, unique and tasty. The margaritas were awful for a mexican restaurant.

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RR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, the food and margs were fabulous. They were featuring mole this month and my dish was unique and flavorful. Our server was crazy busy but he was on top of things and got everything to us promptly as we were heading to see a show. The only complaint is the noise level. They seated us upstairs in the enclosed patio and during the Saturday night rush, you can’t even have a conversation at your table without yelling. Next time I will be sure to ask for a table downstairs where there is some soundproofing.

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L
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had the mushroom enchiladas, veggie plate, and guac. The food was good, the margaritas excellent.
Service was somewhat erratic, as food arrived quickly but margs slow. Lively place and fun.

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AM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great brunch!

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, loved the moles specials currently on offer and the spicy margaritas!

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BC
Denver
54 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tamayp always is a great experience; everyone down to bus staff helpful & gracious.

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AD
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best waitress on Sunday for brunch, that paired with the fabulous brunch special they run made for a really great day. The restaurant is clean and spacious, not too loud but looking around you could see everyone was laughing and having a great time. Would recommend to anyone.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service! Delicious food! A little loud, but great overall. Definitely going back!

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NH
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food very overpriced. $10.00 for an enchilada that was about three inches long and open faced. Won't be going back.

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C
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Second time I've been there and the food is great. Got the fire roasted vegetables for dinner and the portion was huge, the vegetables were perfectly cooked and the sauce was great. Added salmon for protein and it was cooked perfectly. Would recommend it for a high-end latin/Mexican food night.

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M
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The presentation is always beautiful and the food always excellent.
Our server, Michelle was attentive and helpful.
We will definitely be back.

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L
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Perfect for a dinner before a concert!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

I had a gift card that was 6 months over the expiration and they didn’t honor it. They have been in business for years and hopefully will continue to be. It was poor customer service to not honor the gift card that I bought at a Children’s Hospital auction. We have been going to Tamayo for years and had been a number of times since purchasing the gift card but forgot to bring the gift card with us each time. Was shocked they wouldn’t honor it. I have never given anyone a bad review on OT but felt this was deserving. Our server was excellent. They may have lost us as a customer. What a shame.

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L
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saturday brunch - excellent! Bottomless drinks and food for $39. Can’t beat it. Drinks and food very good.

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LF
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere and menu, the drinks were wonderful - spicy mango margaritas! Chicken mole enchiladas, street corn on the cob all good - only reason I dropped a star was because the chicken in the enchiladas was a little tough and dry - but flavor was great.

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MF
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

If you are looking for an upgrade from Tex-Mex, Tamayo is a great choice. Besides authenticity of dishes and preparations, the quality of ingredients and care taken with salsas makes this place special. Be sure to begin your meal with a bowl of fresh guac; it rivals the best in town. The primary draw to Tamayo has to be their margaritas and tequila-based drinks. Always fresh and an extensive selection of agave.

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Y
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good good, service a little spotty

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and staff, absolutely amazing!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

I understand that there is a premium to dine along Larimer Square. A little too pricey for me, especially for three small enchiladas. And the additional charge for a side of rice and beans just struck me the wrong way. Service and ambiance was great, but maybe throw in some free chips and salsa.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This brunch was amazing! We did the bottomless margarita experience. We got to kick back and let the kitchen take over. Endless dishes just kept on coming and we were beyond satisfied with the delicious food and beverages. We are from Chicago but we will definitely visit anytime we are in Denver!

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was wonderful, so attentive. Food is always amazing here too.

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J
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, ambiance & service from Alex. Loved this area of the city.

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NR
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I was really disappointed during this last visit. I have been to Tamayo before and it was really good! I came in this last time with a girlfriend to have my birthday dinner and it was not the best experience. The waitress took so long to come over and take our food order and they were not even that busy. It took us a total of 1.5 hours to get our meal. The queso was AMAZING - no complaints there! The food came out and it just wasn't very good and it took us forever to get our waitress to bring our ticket, then run our cards, then bring us to-go boxes.

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BV
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jonathon was great! He was very attentive. The food was also very great!

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B
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Actually amazing food. Service was a bit slow. But place I’ve eaten in a long time.

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k
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Hadn't been to Tamayo in a while but met a friend who had come in from out of town. We recommended it as a Denver mainstay that we enjoy every time. This time was different though. Although our waiter was fantastic, the wine pours were miniscule (And at $10/glass, it should be a full pour), the fish tasted fishy, and the margaritas were overpriced and sugary (even the Agavero, their version of a skinny marg). Overall, we left feeling we dined in a vibrant restaurant and paid for the name/atmosphere while the food quality left us very disappointed (and feeling sick the next day for those who ate any fish).

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I just recently went there for my birthday and had an absolutely amazing experience. They were very attentive, the food was delicious, and they even gave me a special complementary birthday dessert at the end. We will most definitely be coming back here soon!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very delicious. The waitress was super polite and friendly. Overall experience was great for date night and would go back.

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MW
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend the pork carnitas

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