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Bao Brewhouse, Denver, CO

Bao Brewhouse

4.4
4.4
354 Reviews
$30 and under
Chinese
Tea Room (Upstairs) Hours:
Wednesday - Sunday: 5:00PM - Midnight
Tap Room (Downstairs) Hours:
Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00PM - Midnight (Walk in only)

(ONE AND A HALF HOUR TIME LIMIT)

Bao Brewhouse is a multi-concept restaurant, the first floor is known as the tap room, in which you will find service via QRL codes, WALK-IN'S ONLY, Chinese street food inspired fare and a local rotating draft list. The second floor is known as our Tea Room, there you will find a more traditional dining experience with a twist. The Tea Room menu and ambiance lend to more curated and intimate affair, with a vast tea selection ranging from herbal to puer, a thoughtfully selected wine list with a tea-centric cocktail program to satisfy even the most adventurous of palates. The Tea room has a DJ every open night giving the room a not-so-stuffy feeling.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Chinese, Asian, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Tap Room Tue, Wed 12:00 pm–10:30 pm Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–12:00 am Dinner Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Tea Room Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (720) 324-8675

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    David Buchkowski

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Cross street

    Larimer Square and 14th

  • Parking details

    Larimer Square offers free valet parking at the corner of 15th and Larimer

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wine

What 354 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Denver

    Late Night Find

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  1. R

    Reviewer

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    Super expensive. Good, but man.....90 bucks for four small appetizers?
  2. TS

    TracyS

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Asian cuisine I have ever had! Cool vibe in a great place with historic value.
  3. r

    ruthie

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food, drinks and service. Knowledgeable staff regarding the menu.
  4. DS

    DSGA

    Tallahassee

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In town for a work event and this was the perfect way to end our trip as a team. Very quick service-- a great, full bar and quality cocktail menu. Xiao long bao soup dumplings and shumai were the perfect starter. Between the Peking duck, duck noodles and fried rice, we all thoroughly stuffed ourselves. We're very glad we found this place and would happily come back!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fayetteville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New favorite place downtown! The food was delicious. We wanted to try more but were so full. We made reservations for the tea room upstairs. Check out the menus between the two (walk in vs tea room) to see what you want as they seem to be a little different. It is served family style so going with a bigger group could be fun to try even more dishes. Every dish had so much flavor and were all different. We got the: big on the pig, beef xiao long bao, Kobe beef short rib dumplings, char siu bao and the green beans. The only one we wouldn’t get again would be the soup dumplings simply because they are a little bigger than traditional ones so harder to eat, but the sauces are so good. Highly recommend checking it out for fun food and good vibe.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience4
    The wait for the food was extremely long. One dish would come out and we had to wait 20 mins for something else to come out. Our group didn’t get their food at once so some had to wait a while after others ate. Our server also kept forgetting things, almost like she didn’t put in the order for some things. It was not a great experience.
  7. a

    alschnells

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely loved our experience! Great atmosphere!
  8. JK

    JamiK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing atmosphere, mind blowing food, can't wait to go back to try the tea room!
  9. AS

    AnnS

    Boise

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food1service1ambience3
    Our chicken skewers were raw, the rice tasted like it was the day before and the AC was so cold it was miserable.
  10. TR

    TRavisM

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Dumplings are fire. Great service, fun party scene
  11. ED

    EmilyD

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service! Just stopped for dim sum before an event
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    Total flop! When we arrived for a 7:45 reservation we were told the group before us was overstaying their welcome. They sat us in the tap room to have some drinks while we waited. Fast forward 45 minutes, we were still waiting on our table and had asked the host team if we should order food downstairs or continue to wait for our table. They never gave us a straight answer and sent us some complimentary stale shrimp chips which someone in our party was not able to have due to a shellfish allergy (which they failed to ask about). We were eventually sat at our table in the tea room well over an hour after our reservation. Our server was very short in his interactions and clearly in the weeds the entire time. The only redeeming quality was the food. But allot yourself at least 3 hours if you plan on having dinner here 👎
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing date night spot, best dumplings in denver and great cocktails too
  14. NH

    NicoleH

    Unspecified

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The bao, which is why my boyfriend & I went here, was soooo good! The philly cheesesteak dumplings were also fun. Cocktails were on point - would recommend & will plan to go again!
  15. C

    Char

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience2
    The food was amazing. The waiter did a great job at explaining the menu with it being our first time up in the tea room. Service was a little slow but they were very busy and the food definitely worth the wait. The music is way too long for tea room. It was impossible to hear across the table. I can see it being loud for the downstairs brew house but for the tea room it was a little much.
  16. JG

    JuanG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quality food at an amazing speed. Would be going again
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, fun dining experience, great place for a large group.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most amazing hidden gem!!
  19. J

    Janet179

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is amazing and the ambiance is unique, cozy and cool (upstairs). It can get loud and if the DJ is there you can’t talk to the person next to you. Without DJ it a a perfect spot for a fun or cozy dinner.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a reservation but ended up eating in the bar area because it was so cool. Great spot. To grab a beer before a game at Ball arena. Love the. Cell phone tabs/close out. Makes leaving quickly a breeze. Loved the Rangoons and Philly cheese steak dumplings best but all were awesome.
  21. HA

    HollyA

    Denver

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I prefer the downstairs area here but sat upstairs for the first time and it was delightful too. They were out of a couple items I still haven't tried but we will be back.
  22. MP

    MonicaP

    Denver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was absolutely outstanding. Even though ordering is self-service, she gave us personalized service even offering a hard copy menu to make ordering easier. She offered us rice as an alternative to the shrimp crisps. BTW those shrimp crisps are awful. The interior atmosphere absolutely transported us to Asia. Wonderful lunch experience. We’ll be back to try the tea room for dinner!
  23. D

    Dana

    Denver

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    Nice host/servers, fun but extremely loud environment, but pricey and food was very greasy - all 5 of us were extremely sick after.
  24. L

    Lisa

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Had a lunch reservation with a quaint table set up. Great vegan choices.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had octopus, duck and Mongolian beef - all delicious!
  26. A

    Adrienne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience5
    I really wanted to love this place. It looked really cool online from the pictures. The vibes were cool, they had a DJ upstairs, cool decor. But the portions are what really threw me off. Everything is family style, and the things you order come out whenever they’re done. So our first dumplings came out, they were delicious. But I only got one because it’s family style and the rest of the food hadn’t come out yet. So we each had one bite of food then had to wait another 10 minutes to have one more bite of food. And we were starving, so it was very frustrating having to wait for each individual dish to come out just to have a couple bites of food. The food itself was good. I could’ve eaten the dumplings all night. But for the price, it wasn’t worth it.
  27. AB

    AndreaB

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Overall a pretty good experience but considering the price point, could be a little better. Main complaints were service was (very nice) but a little slow and our $20 kobe beef dumplings and crab wontons came out really quick (ie were already sitting there ready) and weren't that warm. Grilled octopus was awesome as was the Mongolian fried rice. Overall 7/10 and would probably go again, especially if I'm not footing the bill ;)
  28. CV

    ConferenceVisitor

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall2food5service5ambience2
    I do not recommend this for any meal where you’re hoping to have a conversation. The (very good) DJ was extremely loud. The food was awesome and the service outstanding. Would go back for a fun night with friends!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment we walked into Bao Brewhouse we felt welcomed. Our server, Justin, was exceptional. The food was delicious and the presentation was excellent. I loved the summer tranquility tea! This was my first time having Dim Sum and now I know what all the fuss is about. This was a perfect dining location right before we attended an event at the Denver Center for Performing Arts.
  30. L

    Lydia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is quickly becoming one of my favorite restaurants in Denver. The Bao is to die for!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    We had a reservation for the tea room, walked in and were promptly escorted to our table. Our table however, was the worst in the place seemingly, as it was right next to the stairs on the second level. Also, there were plenty of open tables for two so not sure why we automatically got relegated there. The chief complaint with the seating is that we found it hard to concentrate on our conversation as there constantly were people walking right by our table which was a bit disruptive. Despite the mild annoyance, this didn’t factor into my review. Also, the other issue if you plan on talking to the people you’re with, is that the music was very loud so you’ll have to borderline shout…at least we did for 5:30pm on a Sunday, which seemed weird. The big takeaway in this review is that the food just didn’t live up to the hype, unfortunately. - DIY Veggie egg rolls frankly seemed like the same ones you’d get in the frozen food section at the grocery store. They were mushy underneath the crispy looking exterior and the flavor wasn’t there at all. Which is why they added a few decent dipping sauces and some other pickeled and raw veggies. - The beef xiao long bao had virtually no broth in them that we could see or taste. They just seemed like the beef filling (which was ok, not great, not bad) sans broth, were in way too much dough that created an unpleasant mismatch which the black vinegar and chili oil sauces couldn’t save. - The Ev-erything mushroom dumplings were really good and the best thing to me, even though I don’t particularly seek out mushroom forward foods. They seemed like just the right amount of dough to filling, and the dashi sauce they came in was great as well. - Soft-shell crab fried rice was alright as well. Too much aioli slapped right on top but the crab was good and all the flavors worked decent together, however, nothing special. We were hoping to like Bao Brewery and maybe it was an off night for them but food wasn’t good, unfortunately.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience5
    Our server was TERRIBLE. He gave us the longest spiel about the menu after we already said we were hungry and were ready to order then immediately left for a while without taking our orders. The whole experience proceeded to be extremely slow without many check ins from our waiter. We were there celebrating a birthday and our waiter sent out cheesecake (without asking) and proceeded to CHARGE US for them. Of course, we got the manager involved and they took the cheesecake off and discounted $20 I believe, but it definitely wasn’t the experience the birthday girls had hoped for. This was not our first time here, but it will most likely be our last. Super disappointing because we love the food and ambiance. To top it off, he made it super difficult to split the check which left everyone venmoing each other the right amounts based off of what was ordered.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Great drinks. Service was terrific. Ambiance was great but it would all be better with the music about half as loud.
  34. k

    kathylu

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    NOt only is this restaurant a wonderful value but the specialty dishes are excellent. try the short ribs with noodles and the octopus. Great cocktails and service and fun surroundings. Definitely go there!
  35. VE

    VernaEats

    Sacramento

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience1
    Enjoyed the food, but unfortunately our table for 4 was really small and made moving plates and drinks around difficult and hard to enjoy the meal. When making reservations for a group of 4+, be sure to ask for a large enough table. The 4-top really should only be used for 2 people.
  36. TE

    TylerE

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Delicious food and drink options. Everything was good! Amazing ambiance & vibe. Solid service. Not a very good value due to small portions. 6 of us spent nearly $500 on drinks, apps and shared entrees (family style) but we were all still hungry.
  37. AH

    AdrianHH

    Denver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Not a bad place. Food was served very quickly which made me feel a little uneasy, thinking they had everything in a pot ready to serve. Overall good experience and pretty good food
  38. PA

    PAZ1

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great service, great tasting food, small portions for the price, especially the appetizers.
  39. AS

    AmandaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My new favorite restaurant! Incredible drinks, incredible food, incredible service. Crab rangoons are out of this world! Not a bad thing on the menu.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this place! The food and drinks were delicious. The staff was very nice and incredibly accommodating as well. Would love to go back 😊

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • 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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bao Brewhouse using the Order Online button. Bao Brewhouse also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (720) 324-8675.

Bao Brewhouse is rated 4.4 stars by 354 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 35 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Bao Brewhouse

1317 14th St, Denver, CO 80202-1703

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Larimer Square and 14th

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Hours of operation

    Tap Room Tue, Wed 12:00 pm–10:30 pm Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–12:00 am Dinner Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Tea Room Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Chinese, Asian, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Larimer Square offers free valet parking at the corner of 15th and Larimer

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    David Buchkowski

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wine

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