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About The Briarwood Event Center

The Briarwood Event Center is Colorado's most loved private event venue. Nestled in the foothills of Golden, CO, The Briarwood is a special venue to host a wedding, ceremony and reception, corporate functions and social celebrations.
With 3 unique interior spaces and a beautiful outdoor garden terrace Briarwood can accommodate up to 250 people.
Also check our website at briarwoodcatering.com for special event happenings such as Afternoon Tea, Holiday Dinners and more!

1630 8th street
Golden, CO 80401
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Continental, European

Hours of Operation:
Open for booking events year round

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 279-3121

Website:
http://thebriarwoodinn.com/

Entertainment:
Located just 20 minutes west of Denver, within minutes from the Coors Brewery, Colorado School of Mines and The Foothills Art Center. A short drive to the historical gambling towns of Central City and Black Hawk and the renowned Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Parking Details:
Self Parking

Executive Chef:
Tom Morris

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Holiday Season at The Briarwood,

"What the Dickens Carolers" Enjoy classic holiday caroling with the beautiful
voices of the Dickens Carolers. The perform at The Briarwood on Sunday December 14th
starting at 4:30. Reservations recommended!


Open Christmas Eve for Lunch an Dinner
Open Christmas Day serving Dinner all day starting at 11:00 am


Happy Hour - Monday thru Thursday 4pm - 6pm
All wines by the glass, Cocktails and Bottled Beers $2.00 off

"App Happy" Mondays 4pm to 6pm
Signature Briarwood Appetizer Tray for only $15


Private Dining

Thank you for considering The Briarwood Event Center for your special event. We will provide you with superb food, excellent service, and our charming ambiance that will create an unforgettable experience.

The Briarwood Event Center Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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service

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3.7

value

2.8

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43% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (12)
Quiet Conversation (10)
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Good for Anniversaries (9)
Seasonal (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Romantic (7)
Scenic View (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Authentic (3)
Business Meals (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Fun (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Casual (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Live Music (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

Worst dining experience ever. Even with a reservation we had to insist on being seated 40 minutes later. The hostess was clueless and though the restaurant was fairly empty (no wonder) he wasn’t seating anyone. The chef offered a limited Valentine’s Day menu that did not even have a vegetarian or pescetarian 2nd course. I had to ask them to omit bacon and bacon dressing on a salad because French onion soup made with beef broth was the only other option. Basically I had spinach with a vinaigrette, nothing special there. My entree arrived with beet straws burnt beyond being edible. Unfortunately they were crumbled into the spinach and polenta, rendering them also inedible, so my entree was 3 scallops. They do not provide salt and pepper and everything we ate was under seasoned and bland. The dessert was awful. Honestly I was shocked when the bill arrived at $85 each before drinks. Don’t waste your money here. Briarwood used to be a special place but they will not be around much longer if they keep serving awful food and treat customers poorly. The only good thing to be said is that our server was excellent. I think he should find a better place to work, he’s too good for Briarwood.

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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

Came here on Valentine’s Day. Didn’t get a table for an hour even with a reservation. After getting sat the silverware on our table was disgusting and not clean. Didn’t see a waiter for an hour not even to greet us or take drinks. After waiting 2 hours for service my date and I left. Terrible service here would not recomend to anyone.

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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

Waited an hour past reservation to be seated. Long waits in between courses. Disappointing. Usually do not go out for Valentines, now I know why.

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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

Had a reservation for 7 pm, arrived at 6:50 pm for Valentine’s Day. Ordered wine from the bar and waited. Other customers loudly complained about their wait time, which became justified as it took them until 7:45 pm to seat us, even with a reservation. Low staff, no attempt to explain the issue. Ended up Ubering to a Texas Roadhouse to get food. Glad I made those reservations weeks in advance for a memorable date. Overall, a waste of my time and money.

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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

45+ min wait with a reservation. Terribly unorganized. This used to be a premier restaurant. Now it is a disappointment. It pains me to say it, but it should maybe skip all restaurant events at this point and stick with private events only, assuming it can do this well. Farewell Briarwood Inn.

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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

We have eaten here several times, but this will be our last. The service was SLOW, food was good, but the whole experience was a costly exercise in patience.

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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

It took 2.5 hours for Dinner. The waiter was really busy and appeared to have very little assistance. We did not get very much food for the price and finally had to ask for our desserts to go since we were tired of being there.

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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

We have been going to the Briarwood for special occasions and sending gift cards for approx. 10 years. Until this experience it has always been a 5 star restaurant. Under the new direction of event center it isn't hardly a 1 star. They were very disorganized , food prep. was very slow. We had 4:30 pm reservation and never got seated until 4:45 and we were the 2nd couple to arrive. The first couple and us were skipped and others coming in were seated until I mentioned we had been waiting. The price listed for the meal was $80 and they charged $85. The waiter was very friendly, professional and working hard to get the food out but it was not ready. We did not
get finished until 7:15 pm and when we left no one was waiting. Usually the place is full and others waiting for the good service and excellant food. Very Very disappointed and has been taken of our list of places for any meal out alone special occasions.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We miss the Briarwood the way it used to be. We always came for special events and evenings out. Now, there are really no lovely restaurants on the west side of town. The appetizer tray was such fun and of course the food was wonderful. The room we dined in on Sunday felt rather cold, both in temperature and ambiance. We are sad.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Returned once again for Sunday brunch, thanks to a gift from a friend. The drive was lovely and the setting beautiful and cozy. The food was as good as we remembered it,with several new additions, and the service outstanding, thanks to our server, Kim. The Executive Chef, Kelly, came by our table and was warm and genuinely interested in our views on the menu. There have been some changes here, with more attention to special events, but the Sunday brunch is an excellent value and we are sure the same holds true for their special events on Valentine's Day and other holidays.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Valentine Sweetheart Tea: Not as good as expected. They were VERY slow in service, and not prepared to have guests try more than one tea flavor. They also did not anticipate dealing with food allergy issues. The menu said they would include sandwiches but NONE were on the tea service tray. Very odd flavors and choices of food items for most guests to enjoy, especially the little girls brought by parents or grandparents. The back room used for the tea service was very cold and devoid of décor for the occasion. We might have enjoyed the other part of the building with a fireplace better given that it was snowing outside. This was supposed to be a special treat for my 82 year old mother and it was disappointing. Had the food and décor been better, I would not have minded the price, but as it was we ate very little and so the price seemed too high. The best menu item was the fresh made cinnamon and blueberry scones which were AWESOME.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The food and service was excellent as expected and experienced in the past. It is worth the expense for special occasions. Was surprised with all the empty tables for a Sunday brunch. Will definitely return.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Late-night Find
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This was the only time we have had poor service and food at this restaurant. All our other visits were wonderful. This time, the service was slow and poor. We did not make it past the scones on the tea, but these were of very poor quality. The clotted cream looked like melting ice cream, the strawberry jam was a chunk with no strawberries in sight. And, the basket that should have had items for 4 persons only had food for 3. One of our party got tepid water for the tea. The wait staff seemed very anxious and hard pressed. There were excuses for everything that happened, not a good thing. We left at this point and will not return. I can't remember when we have ever done this at a restaurant.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We have been going to this restaurant for years for the same occassion. They only serve high tea on Sat. now and we received a lecture by the staff about seating request...we left.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 24, 2017

our dish was salmon with spinach, etc The salmon was hands down the best I have eaten thus far Crisp on the outside but so creamy and moist on the inside, delicious. The greens were also very good with a mild sauce?? can't remember the name, breads and pastries were tasty, could have eaten more, didn't ask nor were they offered. Wait person was very amiable. We enjoyed our time there and look forward to another visit. this was my first visit, husband had been there several years earlier with his first wife (died in2013) we have been married 2 yrs.
Sheron

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Briarwood Inn is always excellent. We were there to have Christmas Eve dinner. We were a bit surprised that at 2:45 in the afternoon, it was brunch we were served. It was good. Next time as I make a reservation on a special occasion like Christmas I'll pay closer attention to which menu they are serving.

I understand they are a special occasion restaurant or an events place. Sorry about that.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Super disappointing. The service is amazing as always,however the food was very disappointing. The Briarwood has lost its touch for amazing food on this visit. I was served cold coffee the pastries were very ordinary and the prime rib was not so prime. It seems as if the idea of them just catering for special occasions has left them with that unremarkable catered food realm. So , so disappointing.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Expensive but worth it for a special occasion. Beautiful presentation of the food which was scrumptious. Beautifully decorated for the holidays. Quiet enough to easily have a conversation with your company.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

So sorry to post a bad review. This is a pretty spot and so close for us but the food is marginal and way way way overpriced.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

For 27 years the Briarwood had been the measure by which other fine dining was weighed. Unfortunately that is no longer the case. Christmas was a magnificent event but is now done with as a sloppy afterthought. The Dickens event seemed more like an excuse to lure the unsuspecting for what was a sub standard buffet. Actually the only difference between the Sunday evening buffet at the Briarwood and Golden Corral was the lack of a chocolate fountain. Gone is the personal touch and the elegance of a generation past. It is obvious to us that the younger generation of ownership has decided to focus on cost/benefit rather than tradition. Granted the evening was advertised as a buffet, but still there is an expectation of excellence that was missing.
Needless to say we were greatly disappointed and would gladly have spent twice as much to have the Briarwood experience that we have come to expect. Gone is the tradition and flavor. Denver has lost a true gem of the culinary arts. The only bright spot was the service of one of the wait staff who took the time to attempt the attention and respect of old. It is truly a sad day. It goes without saying that we would not recommend dining at the Briarwood as there are far better experiences to enjoy in Denver.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Special occasion which was ruined by the fact that nowhere was it said that this was a buffet. We first dined at Briarwood 40 years ago and new the owner (Reed Pascoe) personally--many special occasions over the years. So disappointing to see it deteriorated.

We left before being served.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Terrible. Was not made aware dinner was a buffet. Had 5:00 reservation and buffet was already out of cheeses, never replinished. Only 3 dinner choices and way over priced... never going back. Super dissatisfied.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

So disappointing! I have been going to the Briarwood for over 25 years. We plan a special family dinner for the Christmas holidays and love to hear the Dickens Carolers. The buffet was new to us, we have always ordered from the menu in years past. This was the worst selection for a buffet I have ever seen and certainly not worth $45.00. Everything was over cooked and cold. The prime rib was good but no horseradish or au jus. We had dirty plates sitting on our table through most of our meal. I can assure you we will not be back and we will certainly not recommend the Briarwood. How sad to see such a wonderful restaurant fall a part.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I was a long time fan of the Briarwood Inn and was very surprised when I heard they were changing to an event center. After my recent visit however I was very disappointed in the food and the service and would never consider them for any events. My reservations were for 4:00 PM, for the first seating of the Christmas buffet. At 3:45 PM the doors were still locked and we were told they were still setting up. We were not allowed to enter the building or wait inside or in the bar. After standing outside in the cold for quite some time and well after 4:00 PM we were finally let in and seated. The buffet was located in a side room that was very dark. The appetizer selections were very limited and because it was so dark you could not tell what most of it was. They had an adequate selection for the main courses, however the vegetables were cold and under cooked, the chicken and salmon were over cooked and very dry. However I did enjoy the prime rib and shrimp. The service was very slow and they obviously did not have enough servers to wait on the tables. Our group had to continually flag down passing servers to request needed items; drinks, butter, condiments, and even salt and pepper. The dinner plates were never cleared until we requested they be taken away and we than had to stack and pass the dishes to the server. The dessert trays were delivered prior to the dishes being cleared and the server never offered to refill our drinks or bring coffee, tea or after dinner beverages. Overall for the cost, the dinner and service was very disappointing. We did enjoy the Christmas carolers but the Christmas decorations appeared to be very old and in need of dusting/cleaning. Sadly this was my last visit to the Briarwood Inn.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I thought the ambiance and food were up to the Briarwood’s longstanding exceptional standards.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Cozy
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food was very innovative and the presentation was outstanding. It was served on warm plates to keep the food warm while we dinned. It's a place to go for special occasions. There is a good amount of room between tables and dinners are not packed together like cattle in a cattle car. Very elegant dinning rooms. We will be returning again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 16, 2017

I really wanted the Briarwood's December Afternoon Tea to be wonderful. I've been to this restaurant many times before it was changed to an events venue this fall. It was always one of my favorite places in the Denver Metro area.
This past Saturday I went with a friend for the tea. The venue was decorated for the holidays and lovely as usual and our server was very nice. However, the food was not good at all.
The scones were overcooked and cold. The fruit and soup were only fair, the chocolate dessert was edible, but all the other items served on the 3-tiered tray were poorly displayed and tasted awful. It was a disappointment and not at all worth the $42 cost!! Such a shame!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Worst Tea I have ever experienced at the Briarwood and I have been there many times. I asked for a table easy for handicap. They gave a soft chair that my dining partner could not sit in. The tea was bitter after the 1st cup and this was true for two separate pots of tea. Soup was cold. Sandwiches and desserts were underwhelming. Wait staff did not speak about anything being served. Save your $90 for 2 for holiday tea and go somewhere else. Sent same info to new owners with no response. I will never go back for tea (or any special event) at the Briarwood.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 13, 2017

We went to a wine tasting/super club event. Their first one. The Food was amazing and the wines were incredible. I would highly recommend it. The chef came out and talked about the pairings. Her food was amazing and her personality a treat. I would highly recommend going to the next event.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

christmas season caroling event. it was a nice family get together

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We come to Briarwood for various occasions and Saturday afternoon tea. This was a great addition to holiday festivities that are not the norm. The food was really good. The Dickens Carolers were fun to hear and watch. Great night for relaxing and being together. Definitely will do it again next year!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We have gone to the Briarwood for the past 7 years but the place is now under new ownership. There is no longer a menu, just a buffet option. The food was Luke warm and tasteless. There were very few items and it was $45. We will not be going back again. The only positive..the Christmas singers were nice as always.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I’ve been here three times in the last two months and every time the food has been fabulous but the service was not very good. We sat at the table for ten minutes before anyone came over, waited twenty minutes for salt and had ask multiple times for water. The food and the atmosphere are worth a visit but for how expensive it is the service should be better.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We eat here with some regularity for special occasions and special night out. It always is worth our effort and dollar value.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Live Music, Healthy, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I have been going to the Briarwood restaurant for over 20 years and have always thought it the most beautiful venue for dinning that I’ve ever been to. I have had many meals there over the years and have never missed a holiday season brunch. Part of the charm has always been that when you left you felt you had been pampered and very well fed.
Outstanding service from the waitress and the busboy. The hostess was not friendly or accommodating.

I was very disappointed during this visit. Since there is not room here for all I have to say, I am sending the Briarwood my complete review by snail mail.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Cozy
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food was excellent and service very good. Beautiful decorations for Christmas, warm and inviting atmosphere.
was confused by phone message that this is now an event center.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Been coming for years and we were here in October and December and the service and food left something to be desired both times. Before that it was amazing.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We went for the Dickens Christmas Carolers and dinner buffet. Only good part was the excellent singing. Food was cold and disgusting, tiny selection, terrible presentation, dip without crackers, over-priced, $45 buffet and only water included, server put the tea strainer stand which is supposed to sit on the table inside my teacup and then poured tea on it as it sat in the bottom of the cup which I then had to fish out. We also had a bad experience at the Witches Tea in October this year which included bad service and cold tea. Also, they never answered the phone or returned voice messages. Very disappointing and these are traditions we're sadly going to discontinue.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We were sad that the Briarwood closed its regular restaurant, but glad they opened for Christmas-time with the Dickens Carolers. The buffet was good, including appetizers (shrimp cocktail, an artichoke dip, and some of their regular spreads although I missed their liver pate), salad, prime rib roast, plus salmon, bison short ribs, chicken-something, vegetables, and garlic mashed potatoes, and deserts. All but a very few items were gluten free.

The very talented carolers completed the evening as a perfect beginning for this Advent season and a welcome reminder of past Christmas celebrations at the Briarwood.

Tags: Scenic View, Live Music, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Two hours after arriving for dinner, we still did not have our entree. We left without it.

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