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Zocalito Latin Bistro, Denver, CO
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Zocalito Latin Bistro

4.7
4.7
248 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Latin American, Regional Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (720) 923-5965

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Michael Beary

  • Catering

    For Catering details please contact us at 720-923-5965

  • Private party facilities

    For Private Events please contact us at 720-923-5965. Variety of spaces and parties are available feel free to ask.

  • Private party contact

    Mackenzie Riley: (855) 913-2151

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Cross street

    Between 18th and 19th on Curtis St.

  • Parking details

    Parking is validated for up to 4 hours. Access the Denver Place parking from Curtis Street.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 248 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Denver / Colorado

    Innovative

  • Denver / Colorado

    Mexican

  • Denver

    Innovative

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  1. SL

    SkyLJ

    Denver

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Food was wonderful. Service not so much.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    La comida muy rica. Diferente a lo que estamos acostumbrados y muy mexicana
  3. C

    Culinaryhiker

    Portland

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We dined on a night when very few people were there so the atmosphere felt a little sparse. The menu is very creative and includes dishes from Mexico, Central America, and South America. The food was very good.
  4. HG

    HarleyGuy

    Denver

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing time at Zocalito! Matt was absolutely fantastic and took our experience to a different level. Then there was the food, from presentation to taste took us to another place. When Mike the owner came out and introduced himself and took time to talk to us, I knew we had found a special place! I think we might go back 😉
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Every dish was delicious!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was beautifully seasoned and super tasty. The Pork tenderloin was cooked just right - tender and full of flavor. All the spice levels were right on. Loved it.
  7. AF

    AliceF

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I appreciate that they accommodated a party of 8 at the last minute. It seemed like they were short staffed and our server was running around like crazy to take good care of us. The food was good - we ordered a bunch of things and shared. The atmosphere was average - nothings fancy, but ok.
  8. GE

    GeeksEat

    Denver

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Looking for more upscale Latin food then this is the place to go. Everything about our experience was first rate from the excellent margaritas to the entrees. The food was perfectly spiced and very flavorful.
  9. DM

    DavidMnM

    Denver

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Neat "more than your typical burrito" Mexican restaurant. As in loved their roasted duck breast the last time I was there. Excellent value and lightly used during the early evening hours so convenient for a pre-DCPA dinner on show nights.
  10. c

    ctdj

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A terrific dinner before heading to DCPA. I will definitely return.
  11. KK

    KristinK

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic... even the tortilla chips were cooked to perfection. Light airy and perfectly salted. We were there on a Saturday night with live music which was at the right sound level, very entertaining and a great sound overall. We sat outside, which was beautiful, allowed an ESA outside as well. We received great service. A definite must dine location while in downtown Denver.
  12. KD

    KDub

    Denver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Has potential, but food quality was lacking. Food was over-seasoned to cover up the lower quality. Pozole was very good. Shrimp ceviche was so-so. Shrimp was tiny and not super fresh. Calamari was not good - over salted and tasted like they were trying to cover up that they were using a lower quality product. The lettuce in the Cesar salad was brown, old and wilted. The restaurant is beautiful and service was good, but food was underwhelming and mediocre. It wasn’t just one menu item that was off. Multiple things were lacking quality and freshness. We were excited to try it because the menu looked interesting as it featured some unique options, but it did not quite hit the mark.
  13. OK

    OK2bpicky

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal. Our waiter was especially helpful. Lovely meal all around!
  14. RL

    RichardL

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reliably great dinner experience. Some of the best food in Denver, flavors unlike anywhere else.
  15. JD

    JeffD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a Tuesday and not very busy. The flavors here are pure Oaxacan! Mole was on point, the salsas were fantastic, and the Ceviche was done very well. I recommend highly!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious with interesting flavor combinations. Everything cooked to perfection and lovely plating. Enjoyed the sangria too. Will definitely be back.
  17. JC

    JulieC

    Atlanta

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We enjoyed our dinner here, seafood stew and Oaxaca chicken. We started with the bean dip which was superb and both enjoyed our mains, both had a bit of spice. The servers were very attentive and offered good suggestions when asked.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Some of our food was fantastic, but other items just so so. I’m particular, the shrimp and octopus salad was, one, not a salad, two, the shrimp was really low quality, three, there was virtually no octopus, and four, it was extremely over priced.
  19. D

    ronDnyc

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Made a reservation for 5 via the application — Reservation Number: 1024357-12984. When we arrived we were told that the kitchen was already closed. And that they could not serve us. I explained that the app took the reservation. What a disappointment.
  20. CS

    CraigS

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and chef
  21. k

    kimberlym

    Denver

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious! The queso appetizer is just delectable. All the food was prepared in an artful and thoughtful way- we had a great night.
  22. C

    Cd172

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We arrived at the restaurant for our Monday night reservation and the restaurant was closed. We did not receive any cancellation notification and Zocalito's posted hours did not reflect the change. There was no note on the door, it was just closed. Extremely unprofessional behavior, still haven't heard from them.
  23. c

    chitown

    Greensboro

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great flavors. The black cod was wonderful.
  24. MD

    MarissaD

    Denver

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was great, but drinks were VERY expensive and we had expected a livelier environment. That said, I had the grilled prawns and they were AMAZING!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good was excellent and the Chef Owner was fantastic. They were obviously short staffed but service was not bad. Will definitely be back
  26. SS

    SteveS

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal for six. cocktails, apps, entrees, and desserts were all delicious...interesting flavors, beautifully presented and well thought out. Pleasant outdoor patio seating. Matt took great care of us.
  27. k

    kimberlym

    Denver

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Utterly scrumptious- we could have had a great night just eating the queso but the entrees were divine with an artful presentation. The desserts were delicious and if you love bananas- go for the crepes! It was overall excellent!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The restaurant is perfectly nice but unremarkable. The food was decent if a bit overpriced. Nothing wrong but not in a rush to go back.
  29. T

    Trains007

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Don’t judge a book by its cover. The ambiance was not that impressive, but the food was phenomenal. The different flavors were unique and delicious. The drinks were as unique with their specialty being mezcals. Definitely recommend this place
  30. AD

    AllisonD

    Atlanta

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. Very fresh and delicious. They were short-staffed the night we were there and the waiters were hustling and working hard to keep all of the tables happy. We were patient and understanding. Hopefully everyone else was as well because they were trying their hardest to take orders, bring drinks, deliver food, and seat new tables. Even though they were short-staffed, we never felt neglected and the food was worth it. We were here for a conference and had a table of six. Everyone was very happy with their food.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    The crew appeared short staffed but they really hustled and gave us an outstanding experience. Matt took care of our group. Drinks were great and the food was delicious
  32. EH

    EHart

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    They did a great job serving our party of 14. Staff was very nice and food was good.
  33. P

    Packersgirl

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great and the food was incredible. I’m definitely coming back when I come back to Denver.
  34. AW

    AmyW

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a hidden gem. The owners were amazing, the food and cocktails were also amazing. Unique dishes prepared very well. We will definitely go back.
  35. N

    Neil

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal, and service was great! Portion sizes were small, but filling.
  36. DL

    DratsLasers

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous authentic Oaxacan and Mexican food....no rice and beans here. Down to the actual alebrijes on the walls and counters (carved and hand painted wood sculptures) this place is showcasing food made with love and care and respect. Come in for a great experience!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food with intense flavors. Highly recommend!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The banana crepes were incredible!
  39. RS

    RichardS

    Denver

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, beautifully prepared. It was our first time dining there and we will return.
  40. JS

    JenniferS

    Denver

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Our first time dining here. Food was excellent. We tried the bean dip appetizer special and 2 entrees: the Skirt Steak and Pork Tenderloin. Both are very tasty with great mole sauce. Our server warned us that it's a little spicy so we asked for the sauce on the side. The service could be better. There are only 2 server, and 10 tables to wait on so they are always in a rush, but they still did a great job of checking if we need another drink, refill water, asked us how the food is. I have been in other restaurants that has enough servers and couldn't get their attention to get a water refill. So kudos to Zocalito to being attention even though they are busy. We will definitely come back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

FAQs

Zocalito Latin Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (720) 923-5965.

Zocalito Latin Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 248 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 5 times today
Google Map for Zocalito Latin Bistro

999 18th Street, Denver, CO 80202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 18th and 19th on Curtis St.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Latin American, Regional Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking is validated for up to 4 hours. Access the Denver Place parking from Curtis Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Beary

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (720) 923-5965

  • Catering

    For Catering details please contact us at 720-923-5965

  • Private party facilities

    For Private Events please contact us at 720-923-5965. Variety of spaces and parties are available feel free to ask.

  • Private party contact

    Mackenzie Riley: (855) 913-2151

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