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About The Blue Bonnet Restaurant

When a family owned restaurant has been in business for almost 50 years, they must be doing something right. Recently expanded with a beautiful patio, the Blue Bonnet has become an institution in Denver. Handmade chips and salsa, specialty street tacos, fire roasted stuffed poblanos, chimi changas, award-winning margaritas, chile rellenos, pollo adovado, fish tacos, and carnitas are just a few items made from scratch along with many traditional favorites. Locals, tourists, and celebrities line up for some of the freshest and best tasting Mexican food in Denver. Casual atmosphere with friendly service. If you can't go South of the border... at least head South of Alameda. East availability for large parties even on the weekends.

457 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:59pm
Dinner: Monday - Wednesday 4pm to 9pm, Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
W. Alaska Place

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 778-0147

Website:
http://www.bluebonnetrestaurant.com/

Public Transit:
Alameda Light Rail Station

Executive Chef:
Luis Galvez

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Private Dining

Private banquet room that can hold up to 75 seated. Perfect for retirements, rehearsal dinners and showers. No charge for the room but restrictions apply.

The Blue Bonnet Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Fun (4)
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Great for Lunch (4)
Authentic (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Quick Bite (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Business Meals (1)
Seasonal (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

awesome gluten free options and great service! love the liters of margs and the stuffed veggie poblanos are amazing!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Happy Hour, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Authentic, Spicy, Fun
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

Went there before an event with friends. Everyone had a good meal. Nothing was exceptional and only one comment was made that he chili relleno was not completely cooked through. Great pomegranate margarita!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 2, 2017

I took my adult daughter for dinner and we both loved the food. It's highly ranked every year on Open Table so we tried it. The chips tasted like they made at the restaurant and the salsa had a nice amount of heat, but not too hot.

I ordered the smothered burrito, which is one of its specialties. I would happily order it again. My daughter ordered enchiladas that she said were delicious. They have outdoor seating if that's your thing. The ambiance was not special, but our waiter was friendly and likable.

The bottom line: I look forward to returning.

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·Dined on August 31, 2017

It's been around for a very long time, so that tells you something! Delicious food, and my coconut margarita was sooo good, and creative!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Great, friendly service in a delightful setting. The food was just a tad too spicy for my Kansas City visitors, but just right gor a Colorado (almost) native.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 16, 2017

The food was pretty good, our waiter was very nice and everything came out of the kitchen timely. My biggest complaint is the table wasn't wiped down well, and 4 out of the 5 chairs were covered in chips. This is a training issue...chairs should be cleaned as well as tables. Under the table was not too clean either. Don't know if I'd go back.

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Everything was amazing!!! I recommend if you want an adult beverage to try the mimosa flight or one of their many Bloody Mary's.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Used to live in Denver and went to The Blue Bonnet now and then. ALWAYS had their crispy chile rellenos, just fantastic. We moved away from Denver about five years ago, but had to go back last week for a short visit. Went back to Blue Bonnet, had the crispy chile rellenos, and they were just as good as we remembered. And the Perfect Margarita was fantastic, too.

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Wait staff and food were awesome. Waiter let us sit and visit, did not try to rush us out on a Saturday night. Food was DELISH!!!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Casual, Spicy
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Always excellent food. Great taste at reasonable prices.

Tags: Live Sports, Bar Seating, Fun, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The carne asada burrito doesn't have a lot of meat in it.
Staff is very attentive.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Beat food around , love your skirt steak!! The crispy chili relenos are my favorite

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Excellent food, have not been there in a few years. Perfect meeting place for friends and family. We had a great time and a nice roomy table set up for 5. Plenty of chips and salsa and wonderful guacamole and queso

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Always excellent. The guac might be the best anywhere. And those home made chips ... delish!

Tags: Live Sports, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (London)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Always loved the Blue Bonnet, one of my favorite places in Denver to get some good Mexican food. I can never pass up their smothered burrito.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 29, 2017

They did not seem to care about the reservation I made and we waited 30 minutes past the reservation time. They seemed annoyed I booked on OpenTable. They blamed the app despite seating parties the same size that did not have reservations.

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 14, 2017

This place is great! It is a Denver original. The chorizo burrito is EPIC!

Tags: Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Blue Bonnet never disappoints. Good food, great drinks. Best fun Mexican food in Denver

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 5, 2017

The food and service were SPOT ON! We were seated and served with minutes and the quality of the food was great!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 27, 2017

This restaurant did an excellent job of taking care of large groups on "Dining Out for Life" during the dinner hour. Everyone had drinks, chips (even gluten-free), and salsa immediately after being seated and then diner orders were taken in a timely manner AND there were no mix-ups in serving a party of 11. The food was generous and gluten-free items were served with everyone else with no waiting by anyone. Individual tickets were given, with no mix-up on orders, and change or charges were promptly given to everyone.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 22, 2017

We had a nice time and the food is always great and they are always willing to make adjustments for dietary needs. Waitress was a bit forgetful however very nice and apologetic when she was. Lighting was very dim and difficult to read the side of the menu that was black with colored lettering. Great prices!!

Tags: Casual, Gluten Free Options, Authentic
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Food was okay. Nothing spectacular.

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 (Denver)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Great birthday celebration! With special birthday dessert!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 15, 2017

The margaritas were not good, we were seated at a fold out 6 foot table, the salsa was sweet and the fish tacos looked too much like chicken. The food was in no way worth the price we paid, the service wasn't good and we will not be going back.

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 (Denver)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Blue Bonnet has been a staple of the Denver restaurant scene for decades. Their formula is consistent, and it works: decent Tex-Mex at a reasonable price, good service, and a just-plain-folks atmosphere with a hopping bar scene. Service is generally good, as it was on my most recent visit.

I've been a fan for a long time, even though I don't make it in as much as I used to. It's still a destination for me if I know I'll be in south Denver.

Tags: People Watching, Spicy, Fun, Live Sports, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Casual, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 7, 2017

The food was not up to par with the price. Quality and amount offered.

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 (Denver)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Been going to Blue Bonnet for over 30 years and its my place in Denver for dinner and Margs. Is it a 5 star restaurant...no....just loosen your tie, relax and have a good time.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on March 7, 2017

I have been going to Blue Bonnet since moving to Denver in 1984. It's our 'go to' for meeting with friends. Love the Chimicanga, great beer and atmosphere.

Tags: Great Beer, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Outstanding Value, People Watching, Fun, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Food was ok but not great. All 4 of us agreed the food was just ok. Waitstaff was good. Margarita were not the best that I have tasted especially for 6.00. Will not go there again.

Tags: Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Love "the Bonnet". They have been a family favorite for many years!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Always reliable, basic Mexican, tasty go-to reasonably priced restaurant.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 21, 2017

The food was excellent and the service was very good. We sat in what probably used to be an outdoor area. The ambience was not the greatest and the chairs were very hard fiberglass type so it was not very comfortable seating.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Great Mexican food - one of the very few places with gluten free alternatives that are really good! Everyone thought their meal was great and the service was excellent. Would definitely take the family there again.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 11, 2017

I do philosophy discussion here every second Wednesday of the month. From 7 till close.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 30, 2016

The mole was very good. A perfect blend of flavors. The chimis were good and the green Chile sauce had a very good flavor. I found the guacamole good but overpowered by the onions and jalapeños. The margaritas were ok but seemed watery. Not much citrus to them.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 27, 2016

Excellent Mexican food! Excellent service! We will return!

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 19, 2016

The service and the food were great. Both of my guest enjoyed themselves.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Fun, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Authentic
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 14, 2016

Service was extremely slow.... Waited 10 minutes for drinks, ordered dinner and took over 30 minutes, and lady hardly spoke English.... Nothing special about this place

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 14, 2016

Food is reasonably good, not great. Location is main reason I go there.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Good food, good value: busy, so reservations helped

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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