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Chili Verde, Denver, CO

Chili Verde

4.6
4.6
47 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Our dream is to bring a traditional Southern Mexican restaurant to Denver....One in which we welcome guests as much as we do in our own home. We have brought our parents' recipes to Denver. Our wish is that the way you eat here is exactly how we eat at our house in Puebla, Mexico. Just as in Mexico, we want you to feel as though our house is your house.
Our cuisine is distincly Southern Mexican, which offers our guests many unique choices that have scarcely been offered in Colorado. We encourage our guests to try something new! It is our guarantee that whatever you do not like, we will take back and make something else, no questions asked. Our food is not fusion, it is not modern, it is not tex-mex. It is simply traditional, flavorful Pueblan cuisine that has been passed down through many generations of our family. Although we do not have burritos nor green chili in Puebla, we have added those items to the menu for those guests desiring something a little more Mexican-American.

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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:30 am–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon 11:30 am–9:00 pm Tue–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (720) 287-2296
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Highlands
  • Cross street
    23rd Ave.
  • Parking details
    We have a parking lot behind the building.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 47 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Denver / Colorado

    Neighborhood gem

  • Denver / Colorado

    Mexican

  • Denver

    Best Service

  • Denver

    Innovative

  • Denver

    Neighborhood gem

47 Reviews
  1. Boiler74

    Denver

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hadn't been in quite awhile and happy to see it's still a VERY good restaurant. Beautiful contemporary room and dishes that feature Mexican cuisine that is miles from typical Tex-Mex. My favorite is the chile en nogada and it was delicious. My wife had the seafood rellenos and that dish too was great. I tried the drink special, a tepache margarita (and had to Google "tepache"). Now I know and the drink was refreshing and much enjoyed. A cold Wednesday evening and it was pretty quiet. But a good reminder for us to make it back on a more regular basis.

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  2. Paige

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Chile Verde was the perfect restaurant for our New Year's Eve dinner with friends. The Mole, Chile en Nogada, and Crepas were the standouts, as was our delightful and attentive server Michelle. The kitchen is very skillful. Would certainly recommend for any gathering!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful experience! We have been there several times and brought out of town family. Everyone loved it! The food was great and so were the drinks! The service was great and the food delicious. Highly recommend.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great place for brunch! Food is delicious and service is consistent

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  5. Mike

    Wilmington

    19 reviews

    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    When we arrived there was a Terrible smell in the restaurant. It’s smelled like a sewer drainage back up . We mentioned it to the waitress but she waived it off . We should have left but it was late . The food was ok , but the smell overpowered the enjoyment. They need to fix their issue before opening for business .

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There was construction going on in the street in front of the restaurant and it was difficult to reach. When we got in, we were happily surprised at the beautiful murals and tables and chairs. The food was presented in unique bowls and plates that were quite attractive and the food was absolutely delicious. We highly recommend it!

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  7. kcm270

    Denver

    70 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Magnificent high end Mexican food you won't see elsewhere? Check, the Mole would be a hit in Oaxaca. Beautiful presentation, and flavors that pop. All seven of us loved our dinners. Service? One lady was handling the whole restaurant, and she made it work. Fairly quiet, but they were not busy. The only problem, parking. They have spots behind the restaurant, but not many . Go for the food, it's worth every bit of finding a spot for your car.

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  8. hikerbuck

    Denver

    48 reviews

    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outside of the restaurant is older, whitewashed building and inside was clean, but sparse.The restaurant was very quiet at lunch, unfortunately not many other diners. Very friendly host/staff who translated the menu which was only in Spanish. The chicken mole enchiladas were delish as were the chicken quesadillas. They served whole grain taco chips with refried beans and two salsas, not your average taco salsa either. Win/Win. Will definately try it again, they told us the dinner hour was busier.

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  9. wilk

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2012

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Our waitress/chef got 3 out of 5 orders wrong! Not very many choices for gluten free dining!

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  10. KinColorado

    Denver

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    This is now our favorite Denver Mexican restaurant. Friends turned us on to Chili Verde when we met them there for dinner before theatre. A homey neighborhood restaurant with an interesting menu. The way it was decorated reminded us of being at a restaurant in Mexico. The salsas were impressive. I'm a sucker for mole, and they have several, but the Relleno de Mariscos looked way too good to pass up, and indeed, it was outstanding. There's some Anglo fusion items on the menu for the meat-and-potatoes crowd who happen to visit with friends, but we were more interested in some items that one finds only south of the border. We will be back really soon.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I brought my husband here for his birthday because I'd read several glowing reviews about the unusual flavor combinations. My meal with ground beef and cinnamon was interesting and tasty, but my husband did not like his. Since we drove from a western 'burb, we probably won't return, but if we lived in the neighborhood or nearby, we'd give it another try.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We drive from the tech center area all the way up to 37th and Tejon just for this restaurant. Great flavors, very nicely presented. Guac is great but the ceviche is a special treat. Order something other than the fajitas - which are great - because you need to experience what the chefs do to bring you unique flavors and dishes.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2012

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Love this place! A real gem in Denver. Love the authentic food and the great service.

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  14. KevinB

    Denver

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I liked the food portions - we were able to have dessert (tres leches cake which was very good)!

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  15. Graced

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    What a nice surprise to find Chili Verde! It's what we have been looking for, some authentic, not Tex Mex feed. Try something new, and you will be wanting to come back for more. We plan to do just that!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2012

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a very enjoyable Birthday experience. It is a hidden jem. I agree the seafood relleno is outstanding!!!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food, great service. Wonderful!

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  18. joynoelle

    Austin

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I went with a friend for dinner late on a Friday night. In fact, I think our reservation was for 8:45pm. The host and servers were very friendly and gave recommendations for drinks and dinner. I ended up having the Chili Verde which was great and my friend had the Puerco en Chile Morita. I would have either dish again. The Puerco en Chile Morita had a great flavor; while not spicy hot, it was flavorful.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food! The most authentic Mexican food I have ever had outside of Mexico.

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  20. Moosette

    Denver

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2012

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    the quality of the food was not that good and the prices were too high for the quality. glad we had a coupon from Travelzoo.

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  21. Alli

    Denver

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Very interesting food choices. Not your average Mexican restaurant. Specializes in regional food, but also has some familiar dishes.

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  22. PBKWINEGUY

    Denver

    121 reviews

    4.0

    121 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Love this place, a real delight.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2012

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Looks like nothing from the outside but the inside is inviting and warm. The wait staff was all very helpful and friendly, they answered our questions and helped explain anything we needed them too. The food was amazing the nachos were some of the best we've ever had and the fish tacos were filling and spicy but so delicious. My boyfriend had the fajitas and the meat was tender and delicious. Overall a great experience I'll definitely be returning.

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  24. Lisa

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2012

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was my third time there. The food was great! I highly recommend the Chile en Nogada. It's a nice change from traditional Mexican food. Service was awesome and the staff so friendly! The owner's son had remembered me from the last time I was there, which was months ago! I have continued to recommend this restaurant to friends and family and will for sure be returning myself.

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  25. LindaW

    Denver

    14 reviews

    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2012

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Limited food and wine selection. The dish, chili verde, was heavy and had just a very tiny bit of pork. None of our dinners were special or tasty. The chef left during the evening we had a extensive wait for our dinner. They were out of the special for the evening. Then they asked if they could get us (party of 4 ) a drink while we were waiting - as if they were apologizing and compensating us for our long wait. When we got the check they charged us for the drinks. After a lengthy discussion they finally did take it off the bill.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2012

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The reviews I read were pretty spot on for Chili Verde. It doesn't look like much from outside, inside it is quite charming. Staff and service was very good. The $12 marg was wonderful. There were two in my party, we both ordered beef dishes. The flavor was great, however the cut was a bit fatty, that would be my only complaint. The guac was amazing! The food is on the spicy side, so beware. It was a fun atmosphere and look forward to returning.

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  27. Lynne

    Denver

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2012

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We loved the chili relleno stuffed with fish, peaches and walnuts. It was a unique blend of sweetness, crunchy and spicey.The flavors were popping inside our tasting buds...really delicious! we will definately go back. The home made guacamole at the table side....fresh and delicious as well. We loved the atmosphere and location.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2012

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience. I love neighborhood restaurants and this one was one of the best finds!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our waitress was excellent! Food was unique and delicious. There are not many places in Denver to find good, Southern Mexico food. Even the margaritas were unique and excellent.

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  30. LisaB

    Denver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We are going back a week later to have what our friends ordered because it was so good. So was ours. Need I say more?

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  31. Foodfitforfoodies

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2012

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The food at Chili Verde was truly delicious. Our server recommended several dishes that were good - the chicken crepes, relleno, and others. Unfortunately, the service was incredibly slow and the atmosphere was nothing short of lackluster. We were with a group of people and thought we would try out the restaurant based on some great reviews seen on Open Table and Yelp. Alas, I wouldn't recommend this restaurant and likely won't try it again.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    37 reviews

    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Authentic (Southern) Mexican prepared with care. The food was excellent, the fluatas were perfect with subtle spices, complemented by a bit of heat and finished with lime. Prices were very reasonable and portions ample. A great experience a bit off the beaten track.

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  33. Teri22

    Denver

    76 reviews

    3.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2012

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Cute Highlands neighborhood authentic Mexican restaurant...wonderful, unique margarita menu. Terrific guacamole made table side. The rellenos are amazing and the chorizo burrito equally delicious.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A wonderful escape from TexMex, this lovely, friendly restaurant serves excellent food at very good price. We have returned multiple times and have brought friends and family. Everyone has delighted in the experience.

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  35. DHMonks

    Denver

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2012

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I took my family here, and the loved the gratis dips you get in the beginning, but weren't the biggest fans of the novel flavors. If you're used to New Mexican Mexican, this place is different. I find it absolutely delicious, original and will go back many many times. Also the owners are so friendly and accommodating. More people need to try Chile Verde.

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  36. FitFoodie

    Denver

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2012

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The co-owners (brothers) are extremely friendly and gracious! They take time to answer any questions and/or give recommendations. The food is delicious and very authentic! I would recommend this family-owned restaurant to everyone. It's very quaint and cozy. Great for a first date or just meeting with friends!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2012

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food Tasted good Portions for price we're way too small

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  38. Bernie

    Denver

    144 reviews

    4.0

    144 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Very good real Mexican food...not Tex-Mex

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed our lunch at Chili Verde. Would like to try other choices next time. Very friendly staff

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2012

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was amazing food and the owner/cook was awesome. We got a spicy dish that my friend's mother couldn't eat and he brought a different one. Our expectations were all exceeded.

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FAQs

Chili Verde offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (720) 287-2296.

Chili Verde is rated 4.6 stars by 47 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Chili Verde

2311 Federal Blvd Denver, Denver, CO 80211

Additional information

  • Cross street
    23rd Ave.
  • Neighborhood
    Highlands
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:30 am–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon 11:30 am–9:00 pm Tue–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    We have a parking lot behind the building.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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