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Zocalito Latin Bistro, Denver, CO

Zocalito Latin Bistro

4.4
4.4
275 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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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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. Zocalito is one of the only downtown restaurants than can handle large groups.
  • Private party contact
    Mackenzie Riley: (720) 923-5965
  • 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 275 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

275 Reviews
  1. Todd

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were superb. Good downtown location to allow access to many downtown activities

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service was outstanding. Small, independent restaurants are what’s up. The Pork was fantastic.

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  3. emmy

    Tucson

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    my partner and I really enjoyed our meal. we sat near an open window, so it wasn’t particularly loud. he liked his meal a lot, I enjoyed mine (4.5/5 for him on the skirt steak, and 4/5 for me on the half chicken special). one person for serving, bartending and hosting, which was not ideal, but since it wasn’t busy, didn’t bother us. drinks were good, same with food. $125 for two people and we each had drinks, wine with dinner, two entrees and a dessert.

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  4. Rkymtnsmith

    Las Vegas

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wholly unique and delicious food! Not for those that can’t handle a little heat, but it’s the best kind of burn. It was my 2nd time here and who would’ve known it would be even better. The staff love what they do and the food is amazing!

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  5. TS11

    Omaha

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food with great presentation. Even better service.

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  6. LauraD

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food here is delicious! We ate tapas style — no mains but plenty of small plates. Excellent!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Good food, but TERRIBLE service. We went to celebrate a special day with our group of friends (6 total) and the service went from poor to rude. I think they’re not used to bigger parties; our waiter couldn’t remember our order and got mad when asked for things. One of our friends asked if he could move a table and sit on the other side and the waiter literally responded “I don’t care where you sit”. All to find out at the end that there’s an imposed 22% service charge to 6+ parties. The service was probably worth a fair 5% if not less

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  8. sboulder

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I have been here multiple times. Relaxed and upbeat atmosphere. The food is delicious and different. And, if you like Tequila and Margaritas, you have a lot of options.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Go there for the artwork alone! Food was complex sophisticated and wonderful! We were a little surprised when we received the bill, but our dinner was worth every penny. We hope to return again soon?

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  10. RusD

    Denver

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We have enjoyed a great meal and exceptional service.

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  11. BrinB

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a comfortable temperature outside so we opted to sit outside. Thursday pm live music 4:30-8:30, unfortunately we missed it but talked to the band. Beautiful flower boxes comfortable seating spacious. We ordered the guacamole and fresh salsa appetizer . It was so good! The Kale salad was outstanding and the seafood was great! The staff so friendly and easy going. I recommend eating here!

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  12. Charlie

    Columbus

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Duck was over cooked but good flavor cod was good presentation fantastic Drinks fine Waiter good Out door dinning nice Would go back

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  13. WilliamS

    Louisville

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner was delicious! I especially appreciate how hard the server and chef worked to keep things moving—they were the only ones working last night!

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  14. CASBAR

    New York City

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went with a large group and they couldn’t be more accommodating and helpful. Excellent service and good food and drinks. Recommend!

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  15. ShaunaZ

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food! I cannot wait to return. I picked this restaurant for a birthday dinner for my husband and it was a huge hit. Ian was very helpful, quick, and attentive. Wonderful hidden gem in Denver.

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  16. RobertC

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was all excellent! Fresh and tasty! The service was top-notch!

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  17. sboulder

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good high end Latin food with as much or as little spice as you want paired with great tequila or specialty tequila drinks. Or wine if you prefer. Really like this place for a great meal before a show or anytime.

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  18. ChristiD

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic!! The filet was what I ordered and it was a creative and amazing dish...

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  19. EMBO

    Denver

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food w layered, subtle flavoring at reasonable prices, and attentive service. Telling my friends about this gem!

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  20. LaurieR

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here. It was a casual night out for us. Shared the skirt steak which was delicious. Mole on the side as my husband doesn’t like spicy food. Wonderful blend of flavors. Looking forward to our next time!

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  21. EftonP

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food - a refreshing change from the Tex-Mex that seems to be everywhere.

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  22. BirthdayGirl1234

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Unfortunately, the dishes (especially the calamari salad) served for restaurant week were not tasty.

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  23. Mollsmcdvm

    Portland

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow! Fantastic food, great service and the music was phenomenal. I chose this based on the Oaxacan flair to the menu, which can be hard to find well-executed in the US. Zocalito did not disappoint. A table of 8 and they let us know they were understaffed for the night. We didn't feel a thing except great service, delectable drinks and amazing food. I will be back, even though I'll have to fly in from the west coast!

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  24. adventurous79

    Denver

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This was probably the most disappointing dining experience I've had in Denver at this level of price. My husband and I have traveled to Oaxaca and absolutely love the food. So I made reservations a month in advance to make sure that we could have a nice meal. When we arrived for our 5:15pm reservation, there was only one other party in the entire place. This it was surprising because not only had I been called but separately texted beforehand to confirm my reservation as they said that they were overbooked. We were seated in a booth immediately. Not five minutes later we were asked to move to an out-of-the-way corner of the restaurant, with the reason being given that they had a packed night and needed that booth for another party. The two tops that had been combined into a four top were grossly uneven in height, which I pointed out to the server. He shrugged it off and said that's what it was. We were also seated immediately next to a table of 8 people in town for a conference, so our nice intimate romantic dinner was anything but. We ordered the fried calamari as an appetizer, which was chewy, the crust completely falling off as soon as you tried to pick it up with your fork. I ordered the kurobuta pork tenderloin and my husband ordered the grilled prawns. The rice and beans portions were tiny (probably one tablespoon worth - seriously), the rice tasting like it was from the day before. My husband said his shrimp was rubbery, as if it had been defrosted improperly or was not fresh. The most egregious thing, though, is that *both* of us thought our food was under-salted, which shouldn't happen when you're laying $30+ for your plates. We had to ask the waiter for salt, which he brought to finally make the food palatable. The only things that tasted good were our drinks, and at $16-$19 each, they'd better taste good. The kicker - the restaurant remained mostly empty by the time we left, including one of the four booths that we were moved from.

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  25. AliciaM

    Denver

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Go! It’s so good. Get the cheese dip. So so so yummy.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food!

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  27. SkyLJ

    Denver

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was wonderful. Service not so much.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    La comida muy rica. Diferente a lo que estamos acostumbrados y muy mexicana

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  29. Culinaryhiker

    Portland

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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  30. HarleyGuy

    Denver

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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 😉

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Every dish was delicious!

    1 person found this helpful

  32. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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  33. AliceF

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    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.

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  34. GeeksEat

    Denver

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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  35. DavidMnM

    Denver

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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  36. ctdj

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A terrific dinner before heading to DCPA. I will definitely return.

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  37. KristinK

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  38. KDub

    Denver

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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  39. OK2bpicky

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal. Our waiter was especially helpful. Lovely meal all around!

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  40. RichardL

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Reliably great dinner experience. Some of the best food in Denver, flavors unlike anywhere else.

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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 4.4 stars by 275 OpenTable diners.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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. Zocalito is one of the only downtown restaurants than can handle large groups.
  • Private party contact
    Mackenzie Riley: (720) 923-5965
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