Zocalito Latin Bistro

4.5
158 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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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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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 158 people are saying
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The chef rocks! Best mole dishes I have had outside or Oaxaca Mexico! Gourmet cuisine at affordable prices and whimsical ambience!

JA
vipJimAndTamiBarbour
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fabulous place to dine!! The staff make the place perfect for anyone :-)

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and cocktails.

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Penny
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is fabulous. The flavors are nuanced and complex and utterly delightful.

The outdoor patio is large and pleasant with wonderful music piped outside. Don't miss

the raspberry mojitos, they are delicious.

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vipLoren
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks, delicious food (calamari appetizer and octopus and shrimp salad was amazing), nice ambiance (with great decor), great service. Loved it.

SB
SethB
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Appetizers and drinks excellent. One entree excellent one entree below par meat tough. Service slower in these post pandemic times with thin staff. We have frequented this restaurant many times over the years and the restaurant has always been excellent. The staff that was there worked extremely hard on the crowded evening. We will return hopefully on a less crowded night

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food. Had a skirt steak with a nice rioja - incredible! Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place is a hidden gem in Denver. The staff is professional and courteous. The food is unique and outstanding. I’ve had the beef tenderloin and duck breast and loved them both. The mussels are very tender and delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really great food! Can’t believe more people weren’t in there.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and came to Denver for our anniversary and came here for dinner. We loved every moment of being here. Our waitress was amazing ! Energetic and attentive .. the owner came out and talk to us! He was awesome . I definitely recommend this place

RD
vipRusD
Denver
28 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food not your typical Denver Mexican. Great black bean soup.

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Karen
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden downtown gem. We often walk by it and decided to give it a go. Service and food were excellent. Great patio as well. Nice quiet location for those wanting to skip the chaos and touristy crowds on the 16th St Mall and Lodo.

HL
HowardL
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Zocalito strikes me as place that once served really good food. Now it seems they just don't care. The place is nice, great indoor and outdoor seating. I hope Zocalito wakes up and starts to get back its groove, because the ship is sinking.

GB
GaryBCandiP
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I took our first opportunity to eat out in 8 months. Zocalito was the only place where we could find a table, but it turned out to be a great opportunity. we weren't quite sure what to expect of Oaxacon cuisine, but were pleasantly surprised. the spices were different than other upscale Mexican food we've tried and were very good. We thought the Chicken Tortilla soup was the hit of the menu. We both had the Carne Asada and it was good - perhaps a little spicier than we expected.
Overall, it was a good meal. We would go back.

TK
TristanK
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a business dinner, date, catch up with friends or family outing. Mike and team have done it right. Authentic flavors with variety to suit all palates. The bar list is creative and delicious too. Probably the best mezcal selection in Denver.

ED
vipEatDenver
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We really enjoyed Moose, our waiter. He was a lot of fun. The food was not great--literally everything, including the drinks, had a smoky profile.

CR
vipCarlR
New England
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service!

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Rkymtnsmith
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome find! Fantastic and creative food!

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Rich
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is excellent. Great cocktails as well - I look forward to going again soon.

AY
AlyssaY
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Really enjoyed the dinner we had at Zocalito. The food was really good (especially the apps). Only con was that the drinks took a really long time to get after ordering.

JK
JenK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Inside a corporate building so I was paying $35 a plate to stare a a starbucks from my table. The servers were ready to go home by the time my table was seated so our service was sub-par. Food flavors were not amazing - overpriced IMO

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Elisabeth
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding. We all ordered different dish so we could tried everything and all were absolutely delicious. I'm surprised I haven't heard of this restaurant before. Almost everything can be made GF if you have a gluten allergy which some people at our table did. Definitely going back soon!!!

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vipCathy
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb authentic and unique!!!
Wonderful date night!!!!

KP
KenP
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, would certainly go here again

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Opentable was wrong and confirmed an outside table and they are closed for in person. Had to try 4 other restaurants before getting a spot for a first date which certainly added undue stress. I will say however that despite it not being the restaurant’s fault in the slightest the staff was extremely apologetic and kind. Will definitely go back when restaurants loosen up again solely based on that.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We went to celebrate my birthday and they were not open even though I was able to make a reservation on Open Table. I called the restaurant and left a message but no one ever called me back.

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vipshaunas
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Very accommodating with food allergies but felt entrees were very over priced.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, good attentive service

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. The staff provided excellent service and was very attentive to our needs. I ordered a drink that was too sweet for me and they noticed I was not drinking It and changed it. The food was delicious and would recommend to anyone.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Poor value for money

BD
BethD
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside seating was very comfortable. The food was delicious and our server was great! We will definitely be returning on our next trip to Denver.

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vipWinegirl
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so delicious, from the cocktails to the appetizers and main course. Service was on point, perfect outdoor dining spot. Definitely recommend giving this place a try, not one thing I'd send back. They followed Covid protocol and made you feel welcome and safe.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service! House made margaritas with fresh squeezed lime juice for the win! I loved the look and feel of this restaurant. I will be back soon!

BD
vipBobinatorDC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

I try not to give negative reviews during COVID but this was one of the worst experiences I have had dining. We had a table for 4 reserved for outdoor dining this past Saturday. The server told us that they were understaffed, with only one bartender and one person in the kitchen, so orders would be served slower than usual. We said we understood. She took our order for starters and drinks—and we waited, and waited, and waited. It took at least 30 minutes for drinks to arrive and she brought an incorrect cocktail and a different wine than we ordered. We accepted them anyway. And then . . . It was nearly 2 hours from when we were seated before our starters were served. 2 hours. The same was true for other tables. And they kept seating people even though they could not keep up with demand from those already seated. We paid for the starters and beverages and left without ordering entrees. By then most other restaurants were closed. While the server could have done more to keep us informed, this was mostly a failure of management and staffing, seating too many customers when they clearly were unable to keep up with demand.

Times are tough for restaurants for sure. Even so, it is unacceptable to leave patrons in the lurch like this. I hope they can do better.

RS
vipRoxyStarr
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I went to dinner here because of the reviews online & look of the ambience. We were hoping for a chill low key amazing Date night. We were absolutely impressed & more than happy we chose to come here. From the freshly made corn tortillas to the authentic cheeses and spices throughout our 3 course dine. Highly recommend & will be Back.

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vipBrooke
Central Texas
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best mezcal old fashioned I've had! The bean dip special was muy rico as well. The patio was super spacious with nice views of the city. Great for a beautiful dinner in downtown Denver!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were given a reservation through Open table but the restaurant was closed when we got there at least 15 minutes before our reservation time.

EL
vipEricL
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Oaxaca cuisine with a beautiful downtown setting.

KK
KenK
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. We’ll go back.

PB
vipPBKWINEGUY
Denver
120 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, really unique. Enjoyed ourselves very much.

FAQs

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

Zocalito Latin Bistro is rated 4.5 stars by 158 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.