The Blue Bonnet Restaurant

4.4
269 reviews
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Mexican
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.
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Denver
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our favorite Mexican food restaurant. Great food. Great drinks. Fast service. And very reasonable prices!

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Denver
21 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All was great! We were served in a timely manner which was a relief since we had a 2 o'clock show to get to.

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent service and food. We have been coming here for 15+ years and we are always impressed. They take great care of us, are attentive and considerate of our needs. We love visiting with Lance even if he’s not our server and how much they all seem to value our business. They went out of their way to get our daughter a balloon and ensure our order was perfect (we are picky!) Thanks blue bonnet we love you so much we drive from Highlands Ranch regularly to enjoy your food!

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MD
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Mexican Food option in Denver, with excellent Gluten Free options! Margaritas were excellent as well.

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GH
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Classic place . Really good food and the menu has a nice variety of options . Great Margs!!

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OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and nice waiter. A bit noisy.

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TP
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and good service, it wasn’t to busy with a good atmosphere.

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DS
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was horrible. It took over 15 minutes before wait staff came to our table. The food was bland and swimming in green chilie. I coulnd't see my food underneath. Very disappointed.

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W
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great authentic Mexican food.. server was super nice and accommodating. Loved their margaritas.

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CC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Blue Bonnet is an amazing place for dinner. We meet there for Birthdays, and just once a month family get togethers for 10-12 of us. The service is also amazing. LOVE IT!

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g
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Always good service and margaritas. I appreciate the gluten free kitchen with the special plates. My only complaint is that the gluten free vegetarian food option is so narrow. I do love the poblanos but that is the only option besides queso or guac. Please add vegetarian tamales and tacos - let the chef come up with some great vegetarian gluten free options please.

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m
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good. We've been eating here for over 20 years. YUM. consistently good. easy.

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MB
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I am a regular at this restaurant for 40 plus years, this visit was not pleasant, my food came out ice cold, the food had to be remade, my screwdriver was a large glass of orange juice charged 12,00 with no vodka in it, i had to complain, the restsurant was packed and very loud, the gluten free menu cut in 1/2 to choose from, had a reservation , had to wait and had requested a booth with
reservation got a table in the middle if the room , my fun restaurant has turned into not so good food, no alcohol in drinks , and a seat in the middle if a loud bar sadly a 30 year customer wont be returning . The restaurant has changed and not for the better .and the juke box is gone which made this spot a fun one . I wont waste my drive to return . Local mexican food now superceeds this joint sadly .

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JF
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SO GOOD! We hadn't been here in a few years and so glad we came back. Cheesy, delicious Mexican food, just what you'd expect. Service was fantastic, we had a reservation and were sat pretty quickly, food came out promptly.

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BT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This is a favorite my son (who now lives in Seattle) likes to frequent whenever he is in town. Although the salsas were not that tasty, the rest of the food was truly spectacular. We had the veggie quesadilla, which was loaded with cheese and veggies, and a mahi mahi fish tacos with a side salad. All fresh and yummy. Highly recommended the spicy ranch dressing, which is blended with the spicy habanero salsa, which was also on the side for the quesadilla. Nice touch. Everyone loved the special blue margaritas in honor of the Bronco game. They gave a nice pour for the tequila on the rocks we enjoy, as well. Quite affordable, dandy food. Certainly worth going out of your way for a visit, but if you want quiet ambiance, you won't find that here. It's a sports bar. Be prepared for that kind of atmosphere!

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KD
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious, authentic Mexican food at a great price! Margarita special was outstanding, too. Loved that the manager came around to ask us how we were enjoying our meal.

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M
Tampa
30 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nothing totally special. Good bar menu, not the greatest food menu. Not bad though.

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j
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Lost some of its especial. Parking was too tight. Food,service, et al was good. Live nearby & want Mexican great place but its no longer drive across town outstanding.

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SH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been around for 50 years because it's so good and the personnel take good care of you!

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J
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food as usual

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

Denver institution/- like that you can get a Rez for a large party and they are fine letting you linger

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood restaurant. Been that way for the 30 years we’ve been going here. Food is good and service is great.

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w
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was just OK. Hard to believe that this place has been around for so many years.

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BH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

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n
Naples
21 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All four in my party thought our meals were delicious.

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L
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I recommend the steak chimichanga to my friend since the is the only item I've ordered in the lat 25 years going to the Bonnet. My friend loved it and wants to return on his next visit. I would tell you that the mild red salsa is different-I've been used to more of the chip dipping salsa served at the table but the red sauce served with the chimi was more tomato-like and not so appealing to me....my friend liked it though....

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HC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I found the food to be average. Nothing special. My pork tamale was very good. My cheese enchilada was not, the texture of the tortilla was wrong, like paper somehow. The cheese enchilada had ad a red sauce on it that was very plain.
Our waitress was outstanding. Save yourself and do not order the shrimp cocktail you can do much better for the price someplace else. The ceviche was different but good.

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J
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Really really hot. Not sure that the air conditioner was on.

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JM
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Food used to be more authentic, rice dried out, cheese not fully melted, chicken in burrito had no seasoning, sauces kinda bland. Only chille relleno and guac tostada like i remember, but if the sauces you smother with it affects everything. Green chile not good at all. Oh well the memories are good! 😢

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AB
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took friends to the Blue Bonnet who had never eaten there before and they were as pleased with the food and service as we have been. Love the food and atmosphere!

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TC
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Bluebonnet never disappoints. We stopped in for a quick bite, thinking that we'd split an entree because neither of us was really hungry. But how do you peruse the menu without finding more than one temptation? We both opted to order full entrees -- veggie tacos and an amazing mango chicken salad that I'm still thinking about.

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T
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

There Queso is delicious! I love the decor and the customer service was superior!

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JM
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Solid Mexican fare. Food was very good, not extraordinary, but I would go here again if I was in the area. Perfect Margarita was really good. I liked that they served refried beans with the chips and salsa, though the chips seemed to be taco shells that they broke in half and didn't have a lot of flavor. Had the combo plate with a smothered carnitas burrito, chicken enchilada and crispy relleno. All were good, carnitas was the best part of it, nice big chunks of pork. Green chili was so-so, no heat. Sat in the bar area, was clean and fun atmosphere. Service was very good and friendly. One small thing: the silverware is flimsy. Could hardly cut through the crispy relleno with the fork. Maybe invest in some sturdier silverware?

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AL
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tammy our server was wonderful. We showed up for our reservation with three extra people but everyone was awesome about it. Good food, good price!

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IH
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was tasty and had plenty left over for a tasty supper. Service was very quick, polite, friendly. Hadn't been there in decades, so was pleasantly surprised overall.

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DL
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My girlfriend took my kids and I out for my birthday. The service was exceptional. The food was solid as ever. A great casual spot.

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TL
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

First time diner that needs a gluten free meal. I’m
Celiac. The Blue Bonnet was very careful with my meal. I brought a lovely lady and her children to eat there. Our table was set up in
Advance with kids menus, drinks and gluten free chips & salsa already in place when we arrived. Excellent service. I highly recommend the Blue Bonnet Cafe!

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MK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Con: The margaritas were weak...

Pro: Love the gluten free options and how knowledgeable the staff is concerning GF options.

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OT
Des Moines
12 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Always fun and good food👍

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for Mother’s Day. It’s hard to find authentic Mexican food in Denver. While better than others, still was lacking in authenticity. Don’t get me wrong, the food was very good. And my mom was pleased. Margaritas were best thing that night.

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