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About The 9th Door - Downtown

The 9th Door is the premier Spanish tapas bar and restaurant located in LoDo, the heart of Denver, Colorado.

1808 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Wednesday: 4pm- 10pm
Thursday: 4pm - 11pm
Friday: 4pm - 12am
Saturday: 5pm - 12am
Sunday: 5pm - 10pm

Cross Street:
18th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 292-2229

Website:
http://www.the9thdoordowntown.com/

Parking Details:
18th and Blake Street. We are located a few blocks from the Union Train Station.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Available for buy-outs - just email us with time, date, number of attendees, and budget.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

We will be offering a Special Set Menu for Valentine's Day! See our website for Special Menu! No regular menu will be served this day. Thank you and we greatly look forward to serving you on this loving holiday! $65 per person. $60 per person cancellation fee within 48 hours of reservation date.

Private Dining

The 9th Door would be delighted to host your Holiday Party. We have many options for most group sizes. Call today to reserve your party while prime dates are still available.

The 9th Door - Downtown Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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Special Occasion (8)
Fun (8)
Casual (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Authentic (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
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Healthy (2)
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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

I was very disappointed. Had been here quite a few times before but menu has changed, they’ve stopped using authentic Spanish names for the food and portions are much smaller. I don’t know if I will go back. So sad

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·Dined 7 days ago

This tapas bar has excellent food. All the dishes taste different and they are very well made. It's a surprise gem in Denver

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Way over priced. Bare bones service. Portions for all 4 courses were jokingly small. Dinner was too fast; a $200 dinner should not be over in less than 30 minutes. The butternut squash soup was delicious but literally only about 3 ounces. The three sea scallops served were sadly only 2-3x the size of bay scallops, but tasty. The servers and ambiance were nice, but you could tell the servers were almost tripping over each other near the tables and I over heard one poor server having to inform two guests that they were improperly sat in someone else’s reserved table and needed to be moved (that should fall to the host, not the server!). Also as a guest trying to enjoy service, I shouldn’t be privy to that. For the price of $75 pp I (we) expected better but we were good sports about it all. Improvements could include: complimentary house bread w/ OO & BV or the equivalent, price includes one drink per person and suggested pairings, price includes gratuity and don’t take so may reservations all at 7:15.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We went to this restaurant for mine and my sister's birthday. I was really interested to try a tapas place after some previous visits to Spain. The food here was great and there were some creative options. They also had a great wine list. However, the service was very mediocre and their cocktails were WAY overpriced for what they poured. I would give this place another try and hope for a better waitress, but I would do so for a light lunch instead of a full meal, since the plates are pretty pricey for the small portions.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We had a great dinner here. The service was excellent and all of the small plates we shared were delicious. We loved the cozy private booth.

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I love this place! Food is always amazing. Great to go with a group so you can sample many different tapas. Servers are great! Really enjoy their spanish gin & tonic.

I have had their entrees a few times and find them a little underwhelming, however tapas and drinks are perfection and fun!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Good selection of tapas. Loved the chicken and garbanzos.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 24, 2017

9th Door used to be one of my favorite Denver restaurants. It has really gone down hill. The food is just OK. The recipes have changed for everyone of my favorite dishes, if they weren't removed from the menu completely. It seems I'm not the only one who's disappointed in the decline because the restaurant was empty. I won't be returning.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great spot for tapas!

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We all ordered paella - seafood, the chicken, and the vegie. We all thought our different types were delicious. The suggested wine worked out very nice. We sat in a booth which made our dinner seem very private and quiet.
We would recommend and go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Tapas, Vegan
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Another great experience at the 9th Door. Loved nearly all of the dishes we tried. Our favorite was the stuffed piquillo peppers. Our least favorite was the shrimp with chorizo and grits; the chorizo used on this dish was far too tough and thick to be paired with the delicate shrimp and grits. Overall, a delicious meal with great service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

My wife and I have gone twice, and while it’s not our all time favorite, you could never regret spending an evening here.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Good experience but one item we had I was not very impressed. Expensive item and it was not very good. I have had much better lamb shank
At other restaurants and it was not nearly as expensive . Server was very attentive. Nice table
And ambiance. We spent a boatload I was hoping they would take off the lamb shank after I mentioned it was not very good but alas they did not

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 13, 2017

It seems that the menu is not as extensive as it used to be, and not quite as interesting. Still it's very enjoyable, nice ambiance, and a good date spot. I would like to see a few more reasonably priced wine glass selections as well.

Tags: Authentic, Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Awesome service, great food. I wish the tapas had a portion for four people. Perfect if you’re going with three !

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

It's always a delight to come to the 9th Door! I always enjoy the food and the experience. It's been a while since I've been there, but it's still top notch. My only complaint is that the waiter new nothing about the wine list, so it would have been helpful to have a little more explanation for the blends.

Tags: Casual, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We were very excited to try to the tapas and heard good things from other reviews & friends of ours. We went for dinner with some friends and ordered a few tapas and a paella. We weren't completely impressed with the food for the price. We decided the ninth door is much better suited for happy hour rather than a full dinner. Definitely would recommend for happy hour!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I love this place. Not very crowded. Great value. Best place in Denver for a first drink or first date.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Fabulous tapas and a good wine list. Ambiance was relaxing

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The tapas came out incredibly fast (almost too fast - at least pretend it's made to order). All the food tasted good, though two items weren't temperature appropriate (the goat cheese balls were cold in the center, despite being fried, and the beef medallions, mashed potatoes and asparagus spears were ALL lukewarm and had clearly been forgotten for awhile before they came out). I tried three different glasses of wine (don't judge) none notable, all mediocre for the price. The service was efficient, if not overly friendly. The ambiance was fun, lots of red throughout. We had a nice time, I'd go back, but only to sit at the bar at happy hour vs at a table for a dinner date.

Tags: Tapas, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was decent, but the flavor was lacking. Would recommend the pear rolls, the sealed scallops and the chocolate mousse.
The shrimp and grits were okay, but the grits were too runny with an excessive amount of oil. The steak medallions were burnt on the outside, but delicious once you cut off the charred pieces. The mashed potatoes had quarter sized peices of onions which was disappointing.
All in all the service was great and the drinks were strong. Would try again.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 2, 2017

9th Door was good, as always, but am really missing their old menu items and the variety they used to have! (especially the Spanish meatballs and fried avocado!)

Tags: Romantic
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Tasty food and good service. Enjoy a changing menu with lot of fun options to choose from. It was quite for a Thursday night but very enjoyable.

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Boise)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Very tasty food ..portions for the price are to small . Service was good . I thought it was to pricey and probably won't return .

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Fantastic! We were celebrating a Birthday, but I could eat here weekly. Great fun! Great service! Great food!

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Tapas
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

First time coming to the 9th door... very nice atmosphere.. It was dinner date with old friends.. playing catch up.. And they also loved the place .. and the wait staff was very professional.. And kudos for the bartender to the strawberry mojito ❤️❤️

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Very strange. We were told entirely under new ownership and everything would be changing a couple of days later. But everything on the menu now was sub par.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Disappointed in our meal. The staff was friendly and the location was nice but that doesn’t make up for poor quality food and mediocre sangria. The chili with goat cheese was bland, the dates were dry, the pork ribs were also dry and seemed smothered in sauce to cover it up. Worst of all was the paella. The rice was burned at the bottom and undercooked on top, while the clams and mussels were fresh - the chicken, sausage, and shrimp seemed reheated and dried out. Would never visit again.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food really tasted great! There’s just not much of it. Petite bites. If they would add 30% more it would make it a decent value.
The restaurant is a very nice place and the service was excellent. They also make good drinks - but expensive.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Engagement/birthday

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great selection of tapas. The stuffed peppers and the dates were amazing. Everything was delicious and unique.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I put a more thorough review on Yelp, but the short version is that the new ownership kept the name and premise of tapas, but dropped the spirit and quality of the food and wine. It is basically not what it once was. Now they serve chain restaurant quality food at unique restaurant prices.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The first thing that comes to mind was our server Danny..he just gets it. Me as a former waiter can say that he simply just gets it! Awesome job! Food was fantastic! Coming back soon.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We really enjoy tapas and the tapas at The 9th Door were delicious. We sat at the bar. The bartender was attentive and helpful but not intrusive.
My only concern was that the portion sizes were very small, even for tapas. We had 7 plates for 2 of us and my husband was still a bit hungry . If you are looking for a tapas meal ( and are hungry), I’d recommend ordering a main course and 2-3 tapas and share everything.

Tags: Tapas, Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 16, 2017

SERVICE Was timely but the server didn’t think so, and seemed rushed and stressed. Food was very good. Drinks were very good too. Reserved on open table but then the restaurant is seat your self so reservation kinda pointless.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

One of 5 tables sat in the entire restaurant right by the door. Every time the door opened, a big breeze came through. Have a large curtain that can close to prevent this table from feeling this. Said they would not close it. Ordered a round of drinks. Asked for any other table to which they replied “we are fully booked”. I love the food here and have been many times. They did not even offer to comp our drinks when we let them know we would be leaving. There were many, many open tables. I have worked in the restaurant industry for 6 years and this should not have been an issue. It was obvious to our group that we were placed in someone’s section and they did not one to move us out of that section. I even checked open table when we were walking out the door to see reservations available for the 4 following 15minute increments. Very disappointed that we will not be coming back.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

9th Door has well done tapas to share and good wine pairings. The service was limited and despite having a reservation, we were seated at the bar and told that is all they have left. It appeared that others were frustrated by this as well.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

We were a party of 4 that dined on a Sunday evening. We made reservations but they certainly weren’t needed. We were asked to seat ourselves which was completely fine and we chose a cozy booth in the back by the kitchen.

There weren’t any specials that night due to the cook having a night off so our options were all the menu. Everything we ordered was terrific and sized perfectly for 2 people, not 4.

Creme brûlée is my favorite desert and it was the only dish I was disappointed in. The sugar wasn’t warm on top and the custard’s consistency was a bit off.

There were only 2 guys working the dining room and bar and they did have a bit of a dinner rush so it took a bit to get our sangria and water refilled. They were of course polite and courteous but just busy.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Tapas
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Fabulous as always!

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

The food was good all around and we had plenty of different options to try. I was disappointed in the service, as I stated in my reservation that we were celebrating our Anniversary - but no mention of this was made by staff during our visit. One of the waiters seemed very distracted and we had a few instances where we had to ask for plates as courses were served. The place was empty so I'm not sure what was distracting him so much from being attentive. I would go back, but would probably not do so to celebrate a special occasion.

Tags: Comfort Food
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