The Blue Bonnet Restaurant

4.3
250 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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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 250 People Are Saying
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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 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food as usual

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K
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on September 15, 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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Denver
1 review
Dined on September 10, 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
30 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 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

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n
Naples
19 reviews
Dined on July 22, 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 22, 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
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 11, 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 6, 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 25, 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
27 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 3, 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 3, 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 26, 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
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 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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Des Moines
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Always fun and good food👍

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 14, 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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Denver
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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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TK
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

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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JC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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TU
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

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

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C
Salt Lake City
33 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

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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B
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

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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JV
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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JD
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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I
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and friendly staff.







Why do I have to make this so long

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

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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BN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Great Service. Food was not good.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Christmas eve

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B
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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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Denver
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

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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g
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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T
Denver
127 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

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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