Zocalito Latin Bistro

4.5
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74 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Zocalito Latin Bistro now in Denver, Colorado, is home to chef Michael Beary, the man who is doing more than anyone to bring the authentic ingredients and true flavors of Oaxaca to America. Over the years, Beary has traveled widely in the Oaxaca region and now works directly with farmers and food artisans who supply him with rare chile peppers and other ingredients.

Join us for a wine dinner on Thursday, September 12 at 6pm, hosted by Mark Price and Liz King of Pacific Highway Wine & Spirits.

Specials

$3 Margaritas with an appetizer! 8pm to 10pm

$3 Fresh Lime Margaritas with an appetizer in the bar or on our beautiful patio 8pm to 10pm. Come and enjoy the best margaritas in town and free parking!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 14, 2019

Ends: September 15, 2118

Availability: Mon-Sat 8:00PM-10:00PM

40% off all wine with dinner from 8pm to 10pm!

Enjoy 40% all bottled wine from 8pm until 10pm every night. Our extensive selection of Spanish and Latin American wines pair beautifully with unique Latin food.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 14, 2019

Ends: September 15, 2118

Availability: Mon-Sat 8:00PM-10:00PM

Oaxacan Happy Hour - $5 Margaritas

$4 Beers, $5 Margaritas, $7 Oaxacan Chicken Wings, $10 Quesadillas, tacos and more. Relax with us, right downtown.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 29, 2019

Ends: August 30, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 4:00PM-6:00PM

Early Lunch 10% Off Special 11am to Noon

Make a reservation thru OpenTable for Lunch between 11am and Noon and receive 10% off on your early lunch!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 12, 2019

Ends: August 13, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 11:00AM-12:00PM

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Mon - Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 12:00PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 8:00PM - 10:00PM

What 74 People Are Saying
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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal. A touch pricey, but the value is totally there. Some of the best mole I’ve ever had.

g
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant was great! We will definitely be back!

B
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Gourmet, Foodie, somewhat atypical Latin Cuisine that was very good.
Some dishes can be spicy hot, but most are not.
Decor and ambiance very nice. Service was a bit slow.
Parking and access were very easy especially for dinner/evening.

b
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was truly original and delicious. The service was impeccable. It's a unique opportunity to sample a cuisine you may not have tasted. I loved everything. We will be returning.

OT
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great flavors in the skirt steak mole. Salsas were interesting but not a slam dunk for me. Margarita was slightly above average, but not exceptional.

N
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love coming to Zocalito because it is a different type of Latin Bistro with wonderful people who really want to make your experience great. We had made reservations and when we arrived, we were seated away from the Happy Hour group so we could have a quiet meal. Our server was over the top and made sure we were taken care of since we would be heading to DCPA for a show. He made suggestions and kept us informed. Love this place!

A
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Food is good and outdoor seating is nice, but the service is hit or miss.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Some of the best flavors I've had in Denver. Two appetizers, two entrees, and one dessert, all delicious.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing tastes from Mexico

LG
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Oh yum. We had a wonderful dinner on the patio. Service good, food exceptional with many interesting combinations of flavors and chiles I had never heard of. I could have licked the bowl the queso came in.

DG
Denver
41 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best shrimp quesadilla I've ever had. Looking forward to the shrimp tacos they are working on perfecting!

K
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food, drinks and service

WA
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Food was very good. Service was not. The male waiter on duty would have preferred to be somewhere else. The female (manager) was far too casual. Brought a shot for herself over to our table and drank it.

F
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, ambiance and the staff there was equally amazing! Britt was our waitress and she is so cool and so fun to talk to and a great waitress as well. Fantastic drinks as well and a cool outdoor patio with Denver skyline views!

Definitely check this place out!!

t
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Zocalito used to be one of my favorite restaurants. The quality of the food has declined ( my plate seems to have spent too much time under a heat lamp). The service was not at all friendly.

DN
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. This is not your typical Mexican Cuisine. The soup and tamale were fantastic.

A
Denver
66 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We loved it! The cocktails were delicious, and the shrimp-octopus salad with peppers was perfection!
We will return!

EM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pleasant surprise just a few blocks from 16th

C
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service. Really outstanding food. Wonderful spices and flavors. Creative recipes!

SC
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

The food was ok and the service was friendly. That said, there were some clear value issues. The food was definitely overpriced and we ordered a bottle of wine and the year of the wine served was 5 years younger than on the wine list. The waitress did not have a good answer and charged the same amount as a 5 year older wine. That was unacceptable. The bartender made a Cadillac margarita but did not include Grand Marnier which is a required ingredient. When I asked I was assured it was made correctly. I asked if they would add Grand Marnier and the bartender added so little it barely changed color. Would not go back or recommend.

d
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Nothing else like it in Denver.

H
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, hope more people discover it because it deserves to last!

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Portions were small for the price. Twice I was served what looked like a half glass of wine.

l
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I was impressed by most everything except the prices here. $18 for three street tacos is excessive by any measure. If the prices were better this place would be a normal spot for me

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing! We shared the shrimp ceviche, black bean soup, and beef tenderloin and couldn't find a single fault with anything. It was not busy at all on a Saturday night after a baseball game, so I hope it sticks around long enough to go back.

DG
Denver
41 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved our lunch here!! The price point is a bit high for every day dining, but it's good for special occasions! The food is delicious!

J
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I rarely give 5 stars across the board, but Zocalito deserves top ratings. The food is unique, the chilis sprinkled on the edge of each dish are divine ... I have returned three times in less than a month .... once on a double date, the second time with girl friends to celebrate birthdays, and finally just the two of us. Each time we have had excellent food and great service. Can't wait to go back now that the weather is nice and try the patio.

AC
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at zocalito is outstanding. The flavors and quality are unlike any other Mexican food restaurant in Denver. Hope this restaurant makes it in its chosen location.

AJ
Denver
28 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time there with a larger group. Great food and ambiance!

RR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have been going to this restaurant when it was in Aspen, and always enjoyed it. The mole is always flavorful and the food is well prepared. One star down on service only because they didn't habe enough staff for the number of guests (it was a Wednesday evening), but the two staff members that we did interact with were very helpful.

TJ
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Our experience was great up until our entrees were served. After that, our server was stuck in service bar mode for the entire restaurant. Where was the manager touching tables ? Where was the pass-off to any other server ? We got dessert menus 10 minutes after plates were cleared, and forgotten for the next 20 minutes. Completely unacceptable for an establishment this experienced. Boo hiss ...

A
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service, general vibe, decor and menu! Our server was friendly, attentive and helpful about menu choices. The food is creative, and delicious. My only disappointment was an vegetable entree priced at around $27 or 26 that was rather meager with underdone rice. I highly recommend the mussels, scallops tamales (a rare treat!) and our friend really enjoyed the pork dish. The music was a bit loud, but that's only because we're old!

The bar and its offerings are amazing! Do not go anyplace else to experience a tequila treat!

SJ
Denver
50 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic all around. Delicious food and great service!!!

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks and wonderful flavors and spice.

AJ
Denver
28 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first experience. Wait staff was excellent!

N
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Different and very good food!

AS
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious and it was a beautiful day to sit at the outdoor patio. Will definitely go back.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, superb cocktails, and attentive staff. We’d definitely dine at Zocalito again.

SB
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, friendly knowledgeable service, good drinks, excellent value, unusually good spices, very interesting artwork from Mexico.

p
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Super tasty ceviche, pozole, and chile relleno. Would order all three again. Large portions, not busy at noon on a Monday. Great lunch spot!