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The Hornet, Denver, CO

The Hornet

4.6
4.6
158 Reviews
$30 and under
American
The Hornet has been serving the community of Denver for more than 25 years now, and it has become a favorite for locals and visitors alike. Located just a few doors away from Denver's finest independent movie house, The Mayan Theatre, it makes a great stop combo for dinner & a movie. Our happy hour kicks off each day at 4pm and goes until 7pm and features $4 draft beer & wine and also $3 off all appetizers.

Some of the top items on the menu at The Hornet include artichoke heart fritters, cheese and potato pierogis, prime rib french dip, honey stung fried chicken, cubano sandwiches and the lobster mac & cheese. The Hornet has a number of burger options as well. You could even have a private event at the restaurant. It is also nice for a date night.

Brunch get's hopping on weekends from 10am-3pm where award winning bloody marys and mimosas are always affordable. One of Denver's best hidden patios is just off the back of the restaurant and live music is ready to make it's comeback.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Gastro Pub, Comfort Food
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (303) 777-7676
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Private party facilities
    We host private events for 30-75 people with low food & beverage minimums. Please inquire with a manager.
  • Neighborhood
    Baker
  • Cross street
    1st & Broadway
  • Parking details
    Free parking is available directly behind the restaurant on the west side of the alley. There is a pay lot on the east side of the alley and metered street parking for many blocks.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 158 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Denver

    Neighborhood gem

  • Denver

    American

158 Reviews
  1. RobW

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been to The Hornet many times and this visit was excellent as always. We had a large party for brunch this day and our waitress was amazing. Food and drinks all came out promptly and food was fantastic. I forgot the name of the waitress that helped us, but she checked on us regularly and was extremely friendly and helpful. Always recommend going to The Hornet.

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  2. MitchB

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The hostess & our server Nicole were top notch! Love the food, the vibe... it's a great place for a great time with friends. Look forward to coming back!

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  3. susanatthecastle

    Denver

    216 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    216 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the Hornet. It’s a reliable comfort food with a little pizzazz. The fish and chips are really good and I don’t usually like chips. The grilled Caesar is crunchy and flavorful. The pierogis are fun. The short ribs are terrific and much cheaper than upscale places. And we love the bread pudding.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love it at the hornet! Always recommend a reservation for brunch!

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  5. Gigi

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Chicken on salad was hard as a rock bread on sandwich was stale Gluten free fish and chips was all batter no fish

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  6. greenbird

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As a celiac, i incredibly appreciate that i can have fried chicken and biscuits for brunch and not have to fear cross contamination. Coffee was fantastic, food was great, service was perfect, quick and yet not rushed. Impeccable.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The hornet is great!!!!! The $5 mimosa is a deal that can’t be beat!!!! Our server Morgan was great and the bread pudding French toast was the best!!!

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  8. DBear

    Denver

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We try to get to The Hornet once a month. They are not close to home, but they are worth the trip. Great food, drinks and service is what keeps bringing us back.

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  9. TrinidadC

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jamie was amazing! I have always loved visiting the hornet!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service; many menu choices. Highly recommend.

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  11. maxluvsfood

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely loved the food. The servers were quite pleasant and we made it to our movie at the Mayan right on time! :-)

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  12. DBear

    Denver

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It had been three months since our last visit to The Hornet and we had missed it. We sat at the bar this time and enjoyed the friendly service provided by Nuri, who always makes us feel welcome. The appetizers and drinks are what we go for, including the Ahi Tostadas, Yucatan Pork Tacos and a good variety of beer and wine on tap. Hopefully we will be able to make it out again next month.

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  13. DavidD

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great server. Didn't get is name but he took care of us for a good while and did a fantastic job.

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  14. Rachel7

    Denver

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Brunch menu has gone downhill. There used to be much better selections and more choices. The coffee was awful. Ordered French press, and the flavor was sour. Luckily, the prices are still reasonable and staff very friendly.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love The Hornet!!! Great food, cool vibe, and good selection of drinks!!! Lobster Mac & Cheese is amazing!!

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  16. Customer

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything we ordered was fantastic. We will keep coming back.

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  17. Mike

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our movie club usually goes to The Hornet after movies at the Mayan. The service is always stellar, and happy hour is a great deal.

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  18. JordonL

    Denver

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Brunch has really gone downhill. Bloody bar was kinda a joke. No real toppings, not even Bacon. I mean impress me if you are going to have a Bloody bar. this just a vodka shot from a jigger and 15 min of waiting. I would have had 3 drinks, but things were so slow we only were able to get in 1 drink order from our server. limited menu now. just a few mexican items. Food was good, but service was poor, drinks were slow, and i have no idea why, 5 people standing around not doing much. maybe 6 other tables seated. you got to try harder.

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  19. Ryan

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. good people. Stop in for a burger or steak or wraps.

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  20. RolfA

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Anderson out waiter was outstanding. Food is great and a very nice setting.

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  21. Alex

    Denver

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great for lunch and dinner. Staff is always friendly. Would recommend visiting and trying everything on the menue. Good salads. Good happy hour. Good lunch options

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  22. DBear

    Denver

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Hornet has two new appetizers on offer, Pupusa Revuelta and Elotes and we tried them both. Flavorful and interesting, but we are hoping for a quick return of the Chicken Lettuce Wraps that they replaced. The wraps were one of the healthier items on their appetizer menu and a significant part of the reason we visit The Hornet once a month. The wait staff and service was wonderful as always, but bring back the wraps!

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  23. TheDenverFoodGuy

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Hornet has been my fave brunch spot in this city for years. On the weekends you can be assured that there will be football on TV and fans eating and drinking while watching... The food is AMAZING and consistent. The service is always friendly and attentive. Overall this is a must visit if you are in town and are looking for a high energy atmosphere with amazing food and service!

    1 person found this helpful

  24. DBear

    Denver

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This neighborhood gem is just what we needed to end the week. We will definitely be back.

    1 person found this helpful

  25. JenniferM

    Denver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hornet is a great brunch spot - can't beat the $5 double mimosas or bloody mary's.

    1 person found this helpful

  26. susanatthecastle

    Denver

    216 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    216 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food. Fish and chips are some of the best in town. Crispy outside and moist fish inside. Great fries. Best bread pudding in town. Love the grilled Caesar. Great apps. One of our favorite moderately priced restaurants. Good variety of food. Short ribs are really good and much less expensive than the upscale places but equal in flavor and tenderness.

    1 person found this helpful

  27. FineDiner

    Denver

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love The Hornet as do several of my friends, and I go there often. It is very exciting to go to a restaurant that has so many options that are gluten free, and such a variety of items to choose from. I have loved the food, but lately there must have been a change of chefs, as the food has gotten greasier and the lettuce wrap that was supposed to have chicken had very little chicken and it was watery -- not at all what I had had before. It is fun and I am still a fan who will keep going there -- but very disappointed that the quality is not what it once was. Otherwise, I would have given it five stars. I would recommend The Hornet, but caution them about what to order.

    1 person found this helpful

  28. Rick

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was very friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Food, as always was excellent, good quality, and very flavorful. I've been going to The Hornet for many years and I've never had a bad or disappointing experience. Highly recommended for casual dining.

    1 person found this helpful

  29. DBear

    Denver

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We don't live in the area but try to stop in at The Hornet once a month anyway. We don't always make a reservation, but were glad we did this time as they were quite busy. A great Happy Hour with good eats and drinks and a website they keep pretty current are among their best qualities. If you are anywhere near 1st and Broadway, you should make a point of dropping in.

    1 person found this helpful

  30. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great time, a bit loud for me but I have impaired hearing.

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  31. Lucy

    Austin

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    One quality I love about the Hornet is their consistency. It's so wonderful to know you can go out for a meal and know you're going to enjoy it...that's the kind of experience you can expect when you dine here. From being welcomed, to the table service to the food, it is all the best kind of consistency.

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  32. JeninDen

    Denver

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We got in right as they opened on Sunday for brunch. The place filled up quickly! The service was exceptional. They have a very friendly staff. The food was also wonderful and you received quite a healthy portion for the price. It is a neighborhood gem!

    1 person found this helpful

  33. BrittanyR

    Coastal Georgia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent apps and entrees!

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  34. DmitryR

    Denver

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank so much for hosting us. We had an amazing time!

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  35. TomS

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good service spicy margs were good food was also good

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  36. anonymous

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Had french dip and salad and was very good. Had noted in reservation that we were celebrating 2 birthdays and was not acknowledged during our visit.

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  37. Sips

    Denver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service, good vibes! Certainly does South Broadway proud!

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  38. CodyT

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    this place is delicious, the waitstaff super friendly and helpful. took my mom to meet the new girlfried and had a great time. would recommend to everyone!!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Jackson Hole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went on Mother’s Day and we were seated immediately and had the most fantastic bloody Mary’s our service was great and our food was fantastic! Definitely would recommend

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Mother’s Day

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

The Hornet offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 777-7676.

The Hornet is rated 4.6 stars by 158 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Hornet

76 N Broadway, Denver, CO 80203

Additional information

  • Cross street
    1st & Broadway
  • Neighborhood
    Baker
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Gastro Pub, Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Free parking is available directly behind the restaurant on the west side of the alley. There is a pay lot on the east side of the alley and metered street parking for many blocks.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (303) 777-7676
  • Private party facilities
    We host private events for 30-75 people with low food & beverage minimums. Please inquire with a manager.
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