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About Tamayo Restaurant

The menus at Tamayo offer a modern interpretation of authentic Mexican food with recipes created by critically acclaimed Chef/Owner Richard Sandoval at his Maya Restaurant in New York City. Our warm décor is spectacular with amber & coral colored walls featuring exquisite artwork that includes silver encrusted toucans, silver and volcanic rock guacamole bowls & Mayan masks to keep a watchful eye over the restaurant. Tamayo is truly a unique dining experience for intimate business luncheons, dinners, social events and large celebrations as well.

1400 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80202
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican / Southwestern

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday- Sunday 10:30-2:30pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm
Happy Hour: Daily 2pm-7pm

Cross Street:
14th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(720) 946-1433

Website:
http://www.richardsandoval.com/

Catering:
Tamayo is happy to tailor catered menus for your off-premise event.

Parking Details:
Metered parking available and Valet available a few doors down on Larimer at the Capital Grille & Writer's.

Executive Chef:
Richard Sandoval

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Savor Chef Richard Sandoval’s acclaimed modern Mexican cuisine at Tamayo. Handcrafted margaritas and a selection of over 100 tequilas pair beautifully with the flavorful dishes.
From the outdoor terrace with sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains, to the main and private dining rooms, handmade Mexican artwork and authentic furnishings complete Tamayo’s dining experience.
For your next party, business meeting or special event, choose from one of our signature dining experiences or let us help you customize your own! Visit our website to view our event packages.

Private Dining

Whether you are looking to enjoy an outdoor cocktail reception on the terrace or prefer a sit-down dinner in a private room, events at Richard Sandoval’s Tamayo Restaurant are the perfect place for you and your guests.

Tamayo Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.4

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4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

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Fun (15)
Hot Spot (15)
Happy Hour (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Business Meals (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Spicy (12)
Tapas (12)
Quick Bite (11)
People Watching (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Cozy (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Scenic View (6)
Seasonal (6)
Healthy (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Romantic (4)
Kid-friendly (2)
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

Tamayo continues to be one of our favorites. It's consistently very good, with excellent service. We love going there !

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

Prickly Pear margarita was awesome, guacamole was good. Entrees were also delicious, and the croquette app special was amazing!

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

Have eaten there many times over the years. Overtime the menu has been changed radically and it is not as attractive as it once was for a special occasion.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined 5 days ago

We absolutely loved getting to eat here before the symphony--it definitely added a kick to an otherwise sedate evening. If you'd like some very creative cuisine, delve into Tamayo!

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Very good service, very good menu and very good food. Was a bit pricey for a Mexican restaurant ($100 for the two of us). Must have something to do with the location.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Overall Good place to have Mexican diner. Limited options for beer & wine.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Good food, don’t think it was a good value.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 25, 2017

My fish tacos were tasty. My friend had steak/shrimp skewers which were primarily sausage, a meat she didn’t know was included and she disliked. It’s a very loud restaurant if you dine at prime time. Our waiter, Aldo was excellent and very kind taking a special interest in providing preservative free foods to accommodate my husband’s dietary needs which he enjoyed. This was my 4th dining experience at Tamayo with my past 3 visits consistent with this one.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We've been here several times in the past but after this visit, less likely to return. Just like his other restaurant (Zengo), the owner changed the menu, which eliminated many of the dishes we preferred. We ordered a Tampiquena dish (steak) and the first time the whole plate of food was cold. Second time it was hot but the steak lacked any flavor. The potato side was the best part of the meal. I did enjoy the mushroom flatbread and Sangria. Service was very good; the manager took care of the problem. I understand mixing up the menus at restaurants but when they take off favorites its a disappointment. We drove in from Fort Collins area with out of town guests, they were not wowed like we were in the past.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 25, 2017

outstanding service with a great waiter and the food was out of this world this go around.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Authentic, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Staff was attentive, drinks and food surpassed our expectations. Food was beautifully presented, the queso fundido with chorizo was really delicious! The tacos and sauce flavors worked brilliantly together. Atmosphere was uplifting as well.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We've been Tamayo fans since they opened in the early 2000s. But gradually, over the years what had been a special experience has felt more and more like assembly line food. The menu seems smaller (one of our favorite items anywhere, huitlacoche soup was dropped several years ago). Saturday night we were put up on the second floor porch which is closed for the winter. That doesn't mean there still isn't a good breeze coming through the plastic 'windows'. And we were seated right next to these plastic shields. The space heaters up there barely reached us.

Not only was the area around us cold, my wife's food came out cold. The meat was warm and the mole on the mole enchilada was cold. I was served the wrong entree and when the right entree came out, it came out without the beans and rice I'd ordered.

The waiter was fine. Obviously the servers (I think there were two) were confused. My wife took the majority of her food with her so she could enjoy it at home at a proper temperature.

Desserts were fine.

As I said at the outset, I feel like Tamayo has gotten kind of routine. They can do better. I hope they will, but it'll be a while before we try them again.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Every time we come to Tamayo we are never disappointed in the food! It is amazing!

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Bar Seating
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Loved our waiter. And the food. Would have liked a downstairs table though.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Always love it here! Use to go to La Loma and after being poorly treated by the host staff and manager we now will only go to Tamayo. They have class and quality customer service and the best assortment of tequila!

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This was just a normal girls night out dinner but the food and service made it an experience to remember. I would highly recommend this place for date nights or special occasions.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Loved the food and service was great but it was too noisy for conversation.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Our server was a bit abrupt /short with us - just not super friendly...and obviously this isn't a huge deal but we both ordered margaritas and she only carded one of us. Kind of made me feel like a grandmother even though I'm only in my late 30s. :)

Tags: Spicy, Healthy, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 14, 2017

I used to visit Tamayo a lot and always enjoyed myself. I still enjoy going during the summer when the rooftop patio is open, but only for that patio.

This time, we discovered the menu was cut in half and selection is very limited. My pork was extremely dry. Even though our service was good, no one asked if our food was to our liking.

Based upon the prices they charge, the value is very poor and I won't go back unless it's to drink on the rooftop patio.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Excellent guacamole as always. Salmon was good but the mahi mahi tacos were sub par. Drinks were great!

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Tamayo is ALWAYS amazing. We celebrate my dad's birthday and fathers day there every year for about 6-7 years now. Thanks for always delivering a great experience.

Tags: Fun, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Bone in pork chop was tuff and very salty. The entire dish was very rich with too much butter!
Will not go back.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food and drinks were excellent. Our server was nice, but not the most attentive.

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Really good guacamole and pork carnitas, the service was very good also.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

MY brother was in town for a convention, and we were looking for a place with a vegan option (crispy tofu tacos), regular (chicken enchilladas), healthy (Mahi Mahi tacos) and interesting (Mole). Tamayo provided a wonderful meal for all of us. The taquila selection looks amazing.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Our waitress was outstanding--very attentive and pleasant. Although it was a little noisy, especially near the door, the energy was positive. The food was well-proportioned and quite good. This was a birthday dinner, so the sparkler in the dessert was a special treat.

Tags: Vegan, Good for Groups, Healthy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 3, 2017

A rare spot for what I would call gourmet Mexican. Will be back.

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Good food, good presentation, good atmosphere, good service but not great, love the bar, will definitely return!

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The menu rarely is updated with new items and this particular experience was disappointing. The restaurant was not that busy but service was poor. Took forever to get our wine and the waiter was inattentive. All the food was lukewarm and being the kitchen wasn't busy it should have been fresh.

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·Dined on October 30, 2017

The service detracted from the dinner. Bus boy snatched a plate from the table while the other person was still eating and the entrees were not served hot--had been sitting before serving. Usually this restaurant is very good--not the might we dined.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This was our second visit to Tomayo. We were there for brunch on Sunday. All small plates. Our waiter was excellent explaining the menu and taking our order but the food came out room temperature to cold. Unfortunately it ruined what had the potential to be a very tasty food experience. If we return to Tomayo we'll definitely be more vocal about this matter.

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Just found this place and it was hopping for the Sunday brunch.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Tamayo is a great choice for dining before DCPA events. It’s 2 blocks from the theatre complex. The weekend brunch is the most delicious way to evaluate the food, service and ambiance.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We went to Tamayo before the theatre. It was busy, so I was glad I made a reservation. We had nice service, good drinks and excellent food. I will definitely go there again, especially before the theater. I like the roof top bar but it was closed for a private event this time.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Incredibly expensive for what you get. Food and tacos were subpar. Will not be returning.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Went here for anniversary before a symphony performance at DPAC. Great location and easy to walk. Food was delicious and very worth the cost. Slightly different takes on traditional food, such as the chili relleno. Very filling. Service was great: water glasses never empty, server aware of our time to make the symphony performance, good balance between friendly and chatty. Best mango mojitos I've had in Colorado, so I assume great regular mojitos as well.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Romantic
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Something was wrong with the beef. All 3 of us got sick the next day and we all had beef. Very disappointed

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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Fantastic!
Excellent food!
Outstanding Service!
Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Tamayo is my favorite restaurant in Denver, which is saying something! Their menu is fantastic and the food is always incredible. Their happy hour is perfect for small bites/tapas and drinks on a budget.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Tapas, Special Occasion, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Wow, excellent service from Dustin and a fantastic meal. We were visiting from Seattle to see our son at DU and celebrate my bday. The reviews were so outstanding I suggested we try the place. Awesome, we will definitely return for future meals. I highly recommend the slow roasted pork carnitas. My son enjoyed the Al Pastor (adobe pork/Caramelized pineapple) tacos.

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