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The Ponti | Photography by Marc Piscotty - The Ponti at the Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

The Ponti at the Denver Art Museum

4.6
4.6
542 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
The Ponti presents a locally sourced and inspired menu, emphasizing vegetables, ancient grains, and heirloom legumes, complemented by handmade pastas, fish, and meat. Open for lunch, drinks, and small bites every day and dinner on Tuesdays.

Opening on October 24th!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (720) 913-2761

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Central

  • Cross street

    Located on 13th St. at the Denver Art Museum Martin Building.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining

What 542 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Denver

    Healthy

  • Denver

    Contemporary American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants in Denver! Prices are decent (compared to other Denver restaurants) and the food/service is always superb. I’m a member at the museum and always try to stop by the Ponti when I can. I don’t normally leave reviews, but needed to for this place. Keep up the good work!
  2. JL

    JLH1

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic lunch spot. Food was healthy and delicious, albeit a little pricey, but on par with dining costs these days
  3. JT

    JohnTK

    Denver

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attentive service and varied menu. Excellent tasting entrees.
  4. SA

    SAru

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ponti is a wonderful respite after touring the recent exhibits at the museum.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The food was just mediocre at best Cocktails are excellent Server was amazing Wine selection is poor Do nuts are outstanding
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and service
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our food. Our waitress was attentive but not intrusive. Very fun vibe!
  8. MW

    MoniqueWashPark

    New York Area

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    A friend and I shared a lovely lunch at Ponti after seeing some exhibits at the Denver Art Museum. The restaurant is quiet and low-key, with attentive servers and really nice food. Since it was lunch, we only ordered relatively small items (a grilled cheese sandwich w/salad, and a trout appetizer). Both were very good. Our server was friendly and helpful. We were pleasantly surprised to see how much of the menu was vegetarian/vegan. I would definitely return to Ponti for another lunch (or dinner).
  9. RH

    RHGNAresident

    London

    15 reviews

    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Beautiful setting within the Denver Art Museum. Unfortunately, that is about all that it has going. We went for lunch before we went to an exhibit. The menu had limited choices. I tried the hamburger mixed with porcini mushrooms. My spouse had the Ancient Grains with added chicken. After what seemed like ages, our food finally arrived. I must say the fries with my burger were excellent. The burger had an odd texture due to the mushrooms and it was super salty. The Ancient Grains was a cold mix mosh of flavors. My spouse ended up getting sick from it. Needless to say we will not be returning. Too bad because it is such a lovely space. PS lunch with two entrees and a soda was over $50.
  10. D

    Diane

    Philadelphia

    55 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Usually stop here for lunch when we visit the museum. Servers are well trained and can answer your menu questions or make suggestions as to wine choice, if you are having. We did not have wine on this visit, but have enjoyed the wines we have tried on previous visits. My husband had the burger and fries again because he enjoys it. I tried the farrow and quinoa salad which was more filling than expected. I hope that the menu will offer more variety in the future, changing seasonally perhaps.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We come to the Ponti frequently because the kitchen is inventive and consistently good. This visit they had a special (Pork Chop in a white gazpacho, which was non-dairy) that was terrific. The standby is the grilled cheese sandwich, always a treat. Wonderful cocktail bar. Very much in my mind like a local restaurant on the upper east side of NYC.
  12. KD

    KimballD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was a lovely day at the DAM and a nice lunch at The Ponti restaurant. I enjoyed staying in the museum space and not driving around town, especially on Inauguration Day in Denver.
  13. BS

    BobS

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent selection of entrées and wine at reasonable prices. Wonderful service.
  14. DD

    DennisD

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful ambience, five star service and quality of food. Menu choices are very delectable and intriguing. A wonderful experience all around
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Birthday lunch
  16. JB

    JamesB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely lunch at the Denver Art Museum- very good food and outstanding service.
  17. G

    Goomps

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    They have delicious, unique choices on the menu, but if you're a burger or chicken sort of person, theirs are superb.
  18. JK

    JenniferK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Savory, upscale comfort food enjoyed in a calm, relaxed atmosphere. Superb grilled cheese and ancient grains bowl, preceded by a fabulous mezzo plate.
  19. JR

    JudyR

    Denver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Everything was good but the prices were too high for soup and salad. The soup was spicey and we were not informed of that in advance. I think it is a nice restaurant but I feel Denver has so many other great restaurants that I would recommend before Ponti.
  20. J

    Judy

    Denver

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everyone is very friendly and the food is very good and creative. It' s a fun addition to the experience of visiting the Denver Art Museum.
  21. B

    Baleia

    New Mexico

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Small menu. Some items are better than others
  22. M

    Marie

    Denver

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    This time was disappointing. Table was nice, service was prompt but food was below par because my Reuben was tasty but very greasy.
  23. SC

    SueC

    Denver

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Much quieter in the back room. Service slow, though we were in no hurry so wasn't a problem. Food good but not great.
  24. AL

    ArtsLover

    Denver

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our second visit to Ponti. We brought two teenagers this time for lunch and everybody loved it. Lots of great menu selections. We shared the Mezze Plate for openers. Super burgers, grilled cheese, squash soup. Interesting non-alcoholic drinks for the teens.
  25. JH

    JaneH

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A truly outstanding restaurant whether you are in the neighborhood or attending the Denver Art Museum.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Lovely staff got me something to eat to stave off being "hangry," because I had to wait a bit because they were super busy. The food was delicious and the staff friendly.
  27. JS

    JoanS

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quiet atmosphere with bold graphics art on one wall. Deilicious varied menu and beverages and excellent service. Reasonable prices. Conveniently located on the ground floor of the newer addition.
  28. J

    Juju

    Denver

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Dec. 27- service was very good though we may have been the first group there. I felt the lunch choices were adequate but could have had a couple more choices. My friends Ancient Grain salad had some hard pieces in it which were not possible to chew and she had to pick through the salad. Two of us had the pasta dish and it was very good and the “burger plate” another friend had must have been good also. I am not sure I would go out of my way to dine again. I’ve dined at many museums and usually look forward to returning.
  29. FD

    FrenchinDenver

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    We had a 1pm reservation and didn’t get any food on the table until 1.45p, just water. Split one salad appetizer, had to ask for bread, were charged extra for it, one burger and one pasta dish, 2 coffees, had to ask for sugar, no drinks, total with tip: $82…. We decided to be cool about it, but…. So you decide….
  30. SV

    SVoros

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant is ideal for business meetings, tea with your mother-in-law or finishing a tour of the Denver Art Museum. Good choice of ladies-who-lunch salads and light entrees. The dining room is minimalist without being Spartan and subdues noise level allows conversation in normal tone of voice. The service was friendly, efficient and non-rushed. I will be seeing you again soon!
  31. JN

    JimN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Hamburger and Pple Friter were excellent. For dessert, donuts and Quick were great!
  32. JD

    JenD

    Denver

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    2nd annual visit to the Art Museum followed by lunch at the Ponti. Delicious food, excellent service and a lovely, quiet atmosphere. See ya next year!
  33. m

    mlsk

    Denver

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You cannot go wrong at The Ponti! The menu is simple but very interesting. All choices are excellent. Wine list is small however. Since the space is not large, it feels cozy and quiet.
  34. A

    Alyoops

    Denver

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful, lovely environment. We all loved our food and we’re grateful for all the vegetarian options.
  35. AM

    AuntMary

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The menu was too specific to a certain cullinary taste and needs broader appeal
  36. MR

    MaryR

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On 12/13/2022, our party of 3 had a 6:30 reservation and arrived 10 minutes early. We were promptly seated in a beautifuly placed corner table. Our waiter was very well versed in the food, drinks, and the wine. The appetizers (brussel sprout dish and smoked trout dish) arrived very timely and were very tasty. The dinner entrees were also very good, though I had hoped for the Green Circle Chicken, they were out of it so I opted for the Ancient Grains bowl with chicken. The chicken was perfectly done and was a great addition to the grain bowl. My daughter had the Ancient Grains with the sea bass, whic was also good. My son-in-law had the lamb dish and loved it. Unfortunately, we were too ful for dessert.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience and lovely to see the museum afterwards
  38. B

    Bobbie

    Denver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were so impressed by the unusual menu and the delicious food!
  39. KE

    KayeE

    Denver

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The roasted chicken was overcooked and the almond cake was dry
  40. AE

    AlieEats

    Denver

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a wonderful quiet lunch. Ben, our server, was very attentive but not too much. The food was delish as usual. My only minor annoyance was being seated right next to one of the few occupied tables in the restaurant. I don’t know why restaurants do that but when it’s not crowded it would be nice to have the privacy. Otherwise, very well done.

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The Ponti at the Denver Art Museum is rated 4.6 stars by 542 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 17 times today
Google Map for The Ponti at the Denver Art Museum

100 W 14th Avenue Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204-2713

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Located on 13th St. at the Denver Art Museum Martin Building.

  • Neighborhood

    Central

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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