The Way Back

4.6
298 Reviews
$30 and under
American
The Way Back is a restaurant in the Denver Highlands Neighborhood. We work toward achieving a sustainable and hyper-local cuisine that will champion a post-industrial food supply with no compromise to ethics, aesthetics, nor taste. The scope of our vision, however, is not only limited to Colorado. Instead, we aim to affect the manner in which Americans appreciate food and, more importantly, where our food originates. We eagerly look forward to serving you.

We encourage family-style dining for most groups. Please inform your server of any allergies or dietary restrictions.
Due to limited space, please account for any children in your party and let us know if you need a highchair or booster seat.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 298 people are sayingWrite a review
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4.6based on all time ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MaxH
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really fantastic and creative meal. Especially enjoyed the Carrot "Sushi" and all of the skewers. Tasty cocktails. Perfect!

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vipAndreaC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this restaurant. Worth the trip.

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vipScottA
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've always been treated like family at the Wayback! The food, service, and ambiance are all outstanding. This is the best restaurant on Tennyson, hands down.

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Delaney
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambience and the flower arrangements here! The food was delicious and the panna cotta dessert was one of the best I’ve had. Drinks were creative and tasty. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience at the way back this week! Started with the house pickled veggies and a latke plate, unbelievable! The entrees we chose were fried chicken which was best I’ve had in Denver yet ! And the papprdelle was an awesome hand rolled pasta dish we tried, cooked al dente and tasted so fresh ! Overall , I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for something unique in Denver .

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vipTaylorL
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Can’t believe we wasted nearly $200 for my husband and I to have dinner here. Will never return.

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RachelleG
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Both the food and the service were just ok. Nothing I would ever crave or go back for more for. Definitely not bad but left me feeling indifferent.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The overall experience was fine. We waited a long time for our food and our server wasn’t great about handling that. The food was decent but overpriced for what we got.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The food in my honest opinion was mediocre, not entirely sure what the hype is about. The ambiance is cool but $10 extra for a meatball? I’ll go elsewhere next time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is not only one of the best in Denver, but the level of service is above and beyond! I have celiac and cannot eat gluten. I’m used to just picking and choosing from the menu and avoiding pris fixe menus. The staff and chef met ahead of my reservation and made a gluten free pris fixe menu so I could enjoy the Valentine’s Day menu. It was so nice to feel included and taken care of. My boyfriend and I could not get over how delicious the dinner was. Highly recommend!

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DaneP
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was good, not great. However everything else was outstanding. I will definitely be back. What a cool vibe.

Very vegi friendly. Great date spot

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vipTalulah
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We went the night before Valentine's Day and it was very busy. It took a while to get service, and we never ever met our waitress. The manager came to check on us and got us an appetizer and our drinks. He also took our entree order! The bartender came from behind the bar to ask if we needed more drinks. So, all in all, everyone banded together to take care of the tables. Food was definitely tasty, but nothing really stood out to me.

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vipBrunch
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience at The Wayback. The food was great, with some new additions to the menu. Michelle took great care of us and Dylan and his team continue to kill it. Thank you for another wonderful experience.

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vipAdamW
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great night out at The Way Back! The food was excellent and perfect for sharing. The staff was great and the vibe in the restaurant was really nice. They could have pumped the brakes on the food as it came out a little faster than we would have liked. Overall we would come back in a heart beat!

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vipAstor
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Portions aren't so overwhelming but generous. Food is fresh and the combinations of spices and sauces are perfect.
We'll return!

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ArianaS
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was wonderful! Food selection differs than website menu since it’s seasonal. Expensive for serving sizes.

The Way Back
Responded on February 7, 2020

Hi Ariana Thank you so much for coming in and your kind review. We're glad you enjoyed dining with us and look forward to seeing you again soon! Cheers Eli Kerlin GM Wayback Denver

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vipBumpskier
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were honestly surprised at every single aspect of our dining experience. From the moment we walked in and noticed the attention to detail in the decor to the time that we left, we were completely impressed! The food was outstanding. We enjoyed every single thing that we ate! We did manage to get in during happy hour so the prices were a bit lower on some of the food that we ordered. That definitely made a difference. Our waiter, Cal, was attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. We loved that every staff member jumped in to help each other to make sure all the tables were being taken care of! Very impressive!! We will add the Wayback I to our regular restaurant rotation!!

The Way Back
Responded on February 7, 2020

Hello Thank you so much for dining with us and leaving such a nice review! We're so glad you enjoyed having Cal as your server, he's a great part of our team for sure. We look forward to seeing you again and are honored to be part of your restaurant rotation. I would love to say thank you in person next time you're in so please don't hesitate to ask for me. Cheers Eli Kerlin GM Wayback Denver

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vipSantaFe7
Denver
88 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

It was just OK. Place rather empty, ambiance...marginal, servers very good, food just OK. Neither loved or disliked Wayback, but wouldn't 'Go-back'.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food took almost an hour from kitchen.

Staff was apologetic and offered small discount for the inconvenience.

All in all a positive experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and cocktails. Everything is unique and you can tell they put a lot of thought and time into creating their dishes.

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Cait
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time dining at The Way Back and the food and service was just as amazing as the first time! We ordered the beets, Okonomiyaki, shush into peppers and a pasta dish to share between two people and each dish was flavorful and beautifully presented. The panna cotta with citrus and vanilla bean was out of this world. The booth seating is so comfortable and cozy. Would be a great spot for an intimate gathering, a birthday dinner, a date, etc. I can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal with creative presentation. Super cute interior and very trendy!

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MarkB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was a little skimpy for the price. The food was very tasty. Service was excellent!

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Eric
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Way Back is consistently one of my favorite restaurants in Denver. The always-changing menu holds a fun mix of hearty comfort foods, savory small plates, and strange and delicious bites. It's definitely the kind of place where you want to order everything and share it all around. The cocktails are eclectic, the wine list is impressive, and the desserts are always delicious.

Overall, the restaurant is cozy and warmly lit. I love settling in at the bar and drinking and eating my way through an evening, but the big table in the dining room is perfect for a night of revelry with your favorite people. The Way Back is the perfect place for a date, a boisterous night out with friends, a quiet family dinner, or a solo treat.

Count on stellar service, high value, and a lovingly curated dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

We were so excited to finally make it here and ended up being really disappointed. Food was great-service not so much. Waited over 10 mins to be greeted and another 10-15 mins for our drinks. It was not that busy either. Finished a whole bottle of water before the glasses of wine arrived. They told us how they were going to course us out and how the pasta dish was going to be a separate course but that didn’t happen. Felt rushed at the end even though our reservation was at 7:30. Ordered the dessert and he said they were out and we thought he was kidding since he didn’t mention it when he dropped the menu. He was not. They only had 2 desserts to begin with. Just seemed like he wanted us to pay and go so we did. It was supposed to be our special Christmas meal and didn’t feel special at all.

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vipKellyG
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a birthday and it was perfect!

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vipGabyD
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a GREAT experience; just absolutely amazing food, ambiance overall just great!

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vipRobynR
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service first and foremost was amazing! Our server was knowledgeable, bubbly and beyond pleasant! We decided to order several things and share. I will tell you that the potato latkes were sooooo good. How does someone make a potato pancake taste so decadent? And then of course the pappardelle-I will dream about this dish!!! Lastly, the chicken breast was truly the best chicken I’ve ever had. It melted in your mouth but some had a crispness to it too? Magic maybe? The only thing that fell flat was dessert but by that point I was so happy from the rest of the meal, it didn’t really matter!! Will for sure being go back. Thanks for the wonderful experience 💕

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Grabbed some dinner with my husband before my holiday party. The food was great and service was wonderful!!

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Chs722
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Friend Christmas party

The Way Back
Responded on December 14, 2019

Hello, thank you for visiting and your review. We hope to see you again and please let me know if I can ever be of service. Cheers! Eli Kerlin GM The Wayback Denver 970.682.6888

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Mousse
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Denver trips always include The Way Back, and it never disappoints. Nice to enjoy some new menu items, especially the strozzapreti. As ever the space feels so right. Warm people and good value.

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vipAbbeyS
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I’m not really getting the Italian Asian fusion. The individual components are good but together it’s a little weird. Great wine and cocktail selection! I think the ambiance is good but it’s a little cold in the front. I’d add one of those winter doorway things to prevent drafts and warm up the interior with some more fabric on the booths and chairs. Overall good but could be better. Also, bring back the tasting menu!

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CatherineC
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Way Back. It's a great neighborhood gem. One appetizer missed the mark but overall the food was amazing. We also really love the awesome cocktail selection. We had a great meal and evening on a cold, snowy night.

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JulieB
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints - it is my go-to favorite for all occasions!

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vipDocP
Montana
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is absolutely exceptional! I had the steak served with a potato puree and kimchi. It combined both familiar and new flavors for a really exciting take on a basic dish. The cocktails were exceptional, and the service was grand. The restaurant is a bit loud, so so just be conscious of that if you're going for a quiet date, but the food is worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food was tasty but the pasta entree was tiny, would have been a great appetizer.

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vipAppa
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love! We enjoy everything from the caliber of the staff to caliber of the cocktails and food! Don’t miss the pickles and dirty rice!

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vipDaneP
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere. However, potions we’re jokingly small. I went to Taco Bell after our dinner, because I was still hungry.

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vipgabbySF
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love The Way Back. It is consistently great and we go there often. If you have never been, order the fried chicken.

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vipAnneW
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks. Good portion sizes for the price.

FAQs

The Way Back offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (970) 682-6888 ext. 1.

The Way Back is rated 4.6 stars by 298 OpenTable diners.