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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.
Denver, CO 80202
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Wednesday: 4pm- 10pm
Thursday: 4pm - 11pm
Friday: 4pm - 12am
Saturday: 5pm - 12am
Sunday: 5pm - 10pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
18th and Blake Street. We are located a few blocks from the Union Train Station.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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