The Blue Bonnet Restaurant

4.2
243 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(303) 778-0147
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Luis Galvez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
W. Alaska Place
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Public transit
Alameda Light Rail Station
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.

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What 243 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

All four in my party thought our meals were delicious.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 11, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on July 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 23, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Con: The margaritas were weak...

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

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Always fun and good food👍

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Had Mother’s Day dinner with my family. The restaurant has been a family favorite for a very long time. We always enjoy our experiences and the food!!

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Why not have a Sunday brunch ? My meal was very good but the Saturday brunch burrito was excellent, but not available.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Staff is friendly, efficient and fast! Food is always great.

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Food has gone down in quality. Service is good though.

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2.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Food was oddly bland - all the components of tasty food were there but there was no flavor. Chips were served cold which was disappointing.

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Been coming here for 30 years, one of my faves. Food is always good and their table salsa is the best. Great for after a movie, ballgame, zoo or museum. Informal and kid friendly.

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1.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We had a 7:00 reservation and arrived at 6:55pm. We checked in at the hosted desk only to be scolded by the host that our reservation was a “half hour ago!” I was shocked to be greeted this way, especially since I had an email to prove that our reservation was at 7:00pm not 6:30pm - and I offered to show the email as evidence. The host was not interested in seeing the email - just kept saying that it was in the computer for 6:30pm. We won’t return to dine at Blue Bonnet, even though we have gone there for years. There are too many choices in Denver to be treated so rudely and not even be offered an apology!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We arrived 15 minutes prior to our reservation and our table was ready and waiting. Great service, great food and drinks.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Margarita flights are awesome. Love their guac and queso. Really great food and reasonable prices.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great and friendly staff.







Why do I have to make this so long

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Used to be our favorite Mexican restaurant sinceI was a kid, but has steadily gone down hill last 5 or 6 years in terms of food quality.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

How perfect to lunch at Blue Bonnet before enjoying American Mariachi at the DCPA. Two of my favorites - great Mexican food and theater! The food was delicious, especially the Brunch Pork Posole Stew and Crispy Relleno. Unfortunately, the Crispy Taco's shell stopped being crispy ... it became soggy. Over all though, a beautiful afternoon! It was also nice being able to make a reservation on line - very easy!

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2.0Dined on January 7, 2018

Great Service. Food was not good.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Christmas eve

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We usually love the Blue Bonnet, but this time our food was bland and the service was just okay. They also no longer have vegetarian tamales which were one of our favorites. The menu has changed and the prices have increased.

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2.0Dined on November 22, 2017

The restaurant was dirty. Floors looked absolutely filthy. The food came out quickly but was lukewarm and mediocre at best. Our server was nice. Just expect more from a Denver landmark.
Cant recommend this over any other Mexican restaurant in debcer.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on November 18, 2017

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!

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4.0Dined on September 1, 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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5.0Dined 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!!

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5.0Dined on August 27, 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.

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3.0Dined on July 15, 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on July 13, 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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