Departure Restaurant + Lounge, Denver

4.5
516 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Asian
Asian culture is synonymous with soothing balance and intricate details, as well as fiery flavors and high-energy. Departure embraces this culture wholeheartedly with a space as daring yet harmonious as its cuisine. Emerge into the sexy and unexpected interiors that take you into flight on a memorable and ever-changing destination. Departure once again reinvents its culinary brilliance with a menu that elevates the masterful remixes of land and sea, alongside authentic dishes of Asia in their perfection. With sushi and sashimi, dim sum favorites, kushiyaki skewers and wok fired specialties, Departure offers the opportunity to share meals of inspired, indulgent global flavors. The journey continues beyond the kitchen with an homage to Asian bar traditions showcasing an intricately curated sake, whiskey and ice program, as well as balanced cocktail creations highlighting specialty fruits and spirits.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Asian, Sushi, Pan-Asian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 6:30 am–10:00 am
Sat, Sun 8:00 am–10:00 am
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Sat, Sun 2:00 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(720) 772-5020
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Khamla Vongsakoun
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 2nd and 3rd Avenue
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

Departure and Elevated in Cherry Creek North are the perfect destinations for your next private event!

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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us in the celebration of Thanksgiving, Departure Style! This year we are offering a three course menu with shared appetizers, choice of entree, shared sides and family style desserts! $65 per person. Our Special Thanksgiving Dinner Menu will be served from 5pm-9pm. Reservations recommended.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Peking Duck is back for the month of December! 1 Duck server 2-4 guests and comes with all the traditional sides. $100 per duck. Visit our website for more details. Reservations highly recommended.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Peking Duck is back for the month of December! 1 Duck server 2-4 guests and comes with all the traditional sides. $100 per duck. Visit our website for more details. Reservations highly recommended.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Peking Duck is back for the month of December! 1 Duck server 2-4 guests and comes with all the traditional sides. $100 per duck. Visit our website for more details. Reservations highly recommended.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 516 People Are Saying
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KH
London
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We visited Denver from Houston for a weeekend. The food was so tasty we wish this restaurant will open in Houston! We ordered from brunch menu; The Korean chicken, Departure wings, Beef ribs buns and more. But these 3 dishes definitely is something we will be craving for!

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C
Denver
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A unique and cool spot. The food was delicious, definitely a cool twist on some awesome Asian dishes. The ambiance was interesting, very nicely decorated and modern but also felt like a night club with glow lights and loud music. Plates are designed to be shared which was cool because our group got to taste a lot of different dishes.

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JM
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice brunch menu with choices you don’t see in other restaurants. Great chance to try something new.

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B
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Service was amazing. Would highly recommend this place.

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CL
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food Experience... Amazing, every layer of the entire evening was on point.

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B
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful, creative interior. Relatively quiet tables. Interesting food, and attentive service. Loved being able to share small plates. I will keep returning to this place.

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LE
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic as always. This was the best service we've had at the restaurant to date. Ari was a class act and I'd love to sit with him again.

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M
Denver
46 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service!! Great Food. We will be back soon.

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C
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

food all too spicy and all seasoned with the same distasteful spice

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the food was outstanding and unique.

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b
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was pretty tasty.
We found the very popular chicken wings to be way too similar flavored (over flavored) of orange sweet and sour chicken. Ramen was also wanting to be warmer.
The sushi and the bao buns were great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

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P
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic Asian dining. Food quality is tops. Great Black Cod, Octopus, Korean beef. Also very good at moderating spies.

Wine list is first class. reasonable and interesting.

Perfect place for a Saturday "date night."

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D
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing
Impressed that they offered a vegan-only menu option
Wonderful selection
Great quality of food
attentive service
nice ambiance
good music
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T
Las Vegas
28 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I know 5280 rated this restaurant top 25, the food was good, but not outstanding. The curry potatoes were a disappointment. The Korean chicken was very good, but think it should sit on a bed of rice or something. We like to go to places for brunch and based on this visit, we probably will not return.

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RS
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was creatively and elegantly prepared and amazingly delicious. And the service was wonderful as well. And in a vibrant and creative ambiance.

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SB
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

It was okay. The drinks were okay, the service was okay, the food okay too. It’s just okay.

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C
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was good, not great, especially for the price. Service was quite good and our server was very helpful with recommendations and pacing of the meal. This restaurant most likely benefits from its Cherry Creek location and out of town visitors from the hotel; however, if you want delicious Asian small plates, you are better off going to other restaurants that excel in this type of food. Better yet - go to Federal Blvd and get the real stuff!

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A
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful all the way around. It was a last minute choice after arriving late this afternoon from the east coast. Everything was spot on. The wine the food an especially our waiter, Ari. He made us feel very welcome and knew everything about the food. Thanks for a great evening.

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d
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Fresh, innovative Asian menu. Service has a few bumps in terms of quality/sophistication, but they realize it quickly and are warm, conscientious and personable. Ordered omekase and loved it with one exception: almost every single course had significant spice, which overshadowed our wine. Simply could not taste the wine due to the spice (and wine is a large part of the ticket/experience). Suggest either an omekase with wine/sake pairing or rethinking the pace/level of spice in omekase. Nonetheless, very nice experience and would go back.

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M
Denver
74 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 1

This review is difficult to write since we have dined at Departure several times and entertained guests there. The food is delicious and the wait staff superb. Further, shortly after we departed and soon after seating, we received an apology via telephone from the restaurant manager. So what went wrong, and what is responsible for this overly generous one-star review?

That evening, Departure was doing a special dinner; nowhere on Opentable nor their website was a notation that the Sunday night Asian-American menu nor regular menu would not be served. Further, and despite an empty restaurant at 4 PM, we were seated next to a table of four patrons, soon to be joined by three others. They were celebratory and loud. Despite twice requesting to be moved, we were told we could not owing to the special event (beginning 90 minutes later). Of the two younger hostesses, one was clueless while the other obsequious and patronizing, and this can only be attributed to poor training by management. This was a special evening for the two of us.

We departed and proceeded to another noted restaurant where we had no reservations. We were recognized, welcomed, and had a fabulous experience.

Restaurants are an important part of the service industry; that Departure chooses to be disrespectful of once loyal patrons is incomprehensible. We have been offered appetizers and a "round of drinks" for our next visit. We won't be back and have shared this unfortunate experience with other previous guests who, like us, once praised Departure.

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AG
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and nice they have a chef's tasting menu option so you can try a little of everything.

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AL
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Spectacular, authentic Asian food! The service was great - wait staff well informed, pleasant and attentive.

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AM
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is absolutely fantastic, as well as the service. All dishes contain complex flavors, creative combinations and impeccable plating. Wonderful cocktail list and an extensive wine and sake list. My husband and I had a lovely time.

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L
Denver
44 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful meal everything we ordered was delicious ... our server was fun and friendly ... drinks were awesome

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MG
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A really nice place to take your significant other. Great atmosphere, super bar area, and nice open kitchen. The hostess was really kind and accommodated us by setting us in a large booth so we could observe the entire restaurant. We started with their egg rolls which were nothing special, especially with the sticker price. We then had the lamp which was phenomenal along with shrimp fried rice. The portions were very small for the price. Look I get it, you often pay for the ambiance, which was excellent. However when you serve only small plates at entree prices the portions should be substantially more.

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Boise
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food. Wine list is a bit short on reasonably priced options and food is quite expensive.

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TG
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and service was awesome as well.

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EF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. We did the tasting menu and got basically all the stuff we would have wanted off the regular menu = GREAT. Menu is inventive and fresh, all while being accessible.

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JR
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, excellent service. Do yourself a favor and go try several small plates.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fantastic experience! I love coming here. Everyone is so friendly and the atmosphere is great. Totally recommend for any foodie!

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bar tender Andrew is a true professional! This mixologist made our delicious drinks with precision our dinner service was exceptional! This is our favorite location in Cherry Creek for a reason!

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L
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Outstanding in every way!! Unique creative food with great service and ambiance!

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ST
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner with grandson

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G
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Departure has the best food and fun atmosphere. Highly recommend!

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DW
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Super meal. Lamb chops were special

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Mobile
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was very nice! Food was delish! A bit loud at times would be my only complaint.

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R
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very excited to experience Gregory Gourdet's Denver restaurant Departure. I was visiting Denver for a few days and my number one request was to dine here. I was not disappointed. The menu is very eclectic showcasing Gregory's (Gigi!) cultural background from New Orleans and Haiti. The menu is very seafood/fish forward and draws from that culture background and Japanese cuisine. My top 2 dishes were the octopus and the black cod. Both were filled with umami sensations and I could have easily ordered more. I paired that with some wonderful unfiltered sake. The service as well was spectacular. I plan to visit Gregory's other restaurant in Portland later this year.

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. The food is absolutely amazing. The service was wonderful. Most dishes are served family style but are elegant and beautiful. Three of us had the chef tasting menu. All the courses were excellent. My favorite is the lamb chop. The new dessert is fun and delicious.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Departure for dinner with another couple. The food was absolutely delicious. We tried the chef's sampling menu...perfect amount of food. Our server, Katie, was fantastic! We had a really good time and are looking forward to the next visit.

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