The Blue Bonnet Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Mexican

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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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JM
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been coming for 15 years and are always so pleased with the food and the service! Love this place!

RP
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get together for far-flung cousins. Exceptional time, food and service

c
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience2

Food was bland. Table of 5 for a birthday celebration. Orders were wrong. Really loud in side. Chips were stale. First and last time eating here

OT
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was great, recommend fish tacos and tamales

DB
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As first time visitors to Blue Bonnet we really did not know what to expect. The only valid stick against which to measure was our experience at other Mexican restaurants. We generally avoid this kind of restaurant as they are usually way over-priced for what you get. We made reservations for a party of 2 at 8 pm on a Friday. In any case, they had plenty of staff on duty, we were seated quickly and our waiter was attentive. I ordered the Tacos al Carbon and my wife ordered the Seafood Enchiladas. I should have known better than to order anything containing steak as I have visited Mexican restaurants around the world and none of them know how to cook a steak and keep it tender (I spent a lot of time chewing). The enchiladas, on the other hand, were heavenly. The portions were plentiful, so we actually had some leftovers. The dishes were slightly more affordable than many of the chain restaurants, so that was a pleasant surprise. It was a good experience over all. We want to go back and try their Happy Hour which has a number of inexpensive eats and drinks. Overall, we enjoyed Blue Bonnet.

CC
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

We have been going there for years. The food has always been great. I went there for my birthday with my husband, son, and his girlfriend. He got my sons order wrong but it wasn’t that big of a deal. I ordered Carnitas which is my favorite thing. My Carnitas came out so overcooked they were fried hard. No tender meat no big chunks. Just little pieces that look like they got left in a deep fryer and never had gotten removed. It was completely a mess. Honestly I was up all night with a huge stomachache. I should’ve sent back to the kitchen. When I saw it wasn’t cut properly I should’ve just been smart and sent it back. I didn’t wanna cause a problem with everyone we were at dinner with so I didn’t. This is normally a great restaurant. I honestly have no idea what happened the other night but it was not what it used to be. I hope it was just an off night.

BB
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Always a delight to dine at the Blue Bonnet. A neighborhood gem!

JV
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall it was a very good experience. My only complaint was that the gazpacho was much more spicy than anticipated. I'm not sure if it included hot chiles or some kind of minced spice but it was not like any gazpacho I've had before.

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love love love Blue Bonnett

PU
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Just go there you wont regret it.............................................................................................!

s
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just love the food; waitress was great. Go there often.

c
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all around...from ease of reservations for party of 6 on the patio,to Joshua our very attentive server, to quality of food/drink, to us closing down the restaurant that particular evening 45 minutes after said closing time without a word said to rush us out. Thank you Blue Bonnet for such a nice evening! Can’t wait to come back!!

LW
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food. Great price. Awesome location. Thank you Lydell. It was a pleasure

D
Naples
21 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience1

The chile rellenos were the worst I have ever had and believe me I've had many. The noise level inside was deafening. The waitress was very good however. I won't be going back.

C
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We have been long-time patrons of Blue Bonnet, so maybe they were having and “off night”, but our experience has lead us to not want to go back.
We should have taken stock of the fact that there were only about ten other people there.
Our food was terrible. I mean Velveeta cheese terrible. The service was slow and the drinks were expensive and seemed to be mostly mixer; very little tequila.
A really bad experience and left us feeling disappointed.

JP
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place! Good food, good service (with a smile), good drinks!

RD
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food/great service/good beer/outside patio and inside seating

OT
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Pretty standard fare: nothing special. Priced for a family outing

J
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went to Blue Bonnet for Father's Day, a family tradition. The food was excellent as always but the service was a bit off, possibly a new waiter. Didn't matter that much, good food and family.

C
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Took out of town family to the Blue Bonnet. Service and food were excellent. Highly recommend the Watermelon Margaritas!!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Great prices. Quick service. Strong margaritas. All goes checked. Recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The service was over par. We went for a birthday and our single server seemed too overwhelmed to take care of a party of 7. People skills were lacking, but the food was great and was accommodating for a vegan diet.

OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was not as good as it usually is.

ET
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I made a reservation for 10 and ended up having several more and the staff were totally wonderful and accommodating. My apologies but thank you!

PL
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience3

The service was not great. He was in hurry to help other tables. Food not like I remember. I was disappointed in overall experience.

JK
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Blue Bonnet never disappoints - great, friendly service and yummy food~

TK
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful meal at the Blue Bonnet. Our food and the service was excellent. We will be back again.

KG
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We made reservations but they were quite busy. We asked if we could sit in the room off to the side and they accomplished that for our group. Had a wonderful time

HN
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I've been eating at Blue Bonnet for many years, always loved it, still do. We came to celebrate my birthday, thoroughly enjoyed. Yum!

JM
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was very good and our server was exceptional. A very good value for a family get together.

a
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

D
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

MD
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

GH
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and nice waiter. A bit noisy.

TP
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DS
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

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.

W
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

CC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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