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The MainLine

37 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Good for Groups
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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Enjoy an evening out with friends or a date at The MainLine. This tavern serves flavorful fare made from scratch, as well as handcrafted ale. Fried brussel sprouts, honey-sriracha wings or Ahi tuna tartare make for tasty starters at The MainLine. Patrons can feast on an entrée of beer-braised pork belly tacos, shrimp and grits or bacon-wrapped meatloaf with mushroom gravy. This gastropub also offers desserts, salads and sandwiches.

The MainLine features two floors for guests to dine and converse. Its bar area offers spirits, wine and beer from local breweries. It offers in-house catering for private celebrations like reunions, birthday parties and more. This tavern also has a happy hour and patio seating.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Southern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Nightly: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Treehouse: 4:00 pm - 1:30 am
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Eric Chiappetta
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Private party facilities
Plan your next special event with MainLine! A perfect location for rehearsal dinners, cocktail parties, business meetings and more, our private Wi-Fi capable dining area seats up to 32 people comfortably. Sections of the restaurant are available for buyouts as well, accommodating up to 150 guests. Contact Danielle so we can start creating your perfect event!
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Private party contact
Danielle Hastings: (970) 449-5601
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Cross street
Mountain Avenue
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Parking details
Street parking downtown is free to the public, but limited to 2 hours during the day. There is also a parking garage on Mason & Laporte as well as at Mountain & Remington.
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Public transit
If you are using public transportation, the Transfort bus line routes 1, 5, 8, 9, 14, 15, 18, and 81 stop at the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) year round Mon-Sat. When the Poudre School District is in session, routes 91 & 92 use the DTC Mon-Fri. From 10:30p.m - 2:30a.m. both the Green & Gold routes travel via the DTC.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJonC (Austin)
5.0  Dined on November 7, 2016

My wife and I went to the Mailine for the first time and it was a very pleasant experience. The food ( I had the shrimp and grits) was awesome. Our waiter was very attentive, the beer selection was awesome, and the atmosphere was quiet. Would definitely recommend.

yummy (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on August 11, 2016

Holy cow. I had checked out the menu online and was pretty excited. My mom said some people think the menu is too daring. I wanted everything! Only issue I had was wishing I had a bigger stomach. My 50/50 burger was amazing and so were my heirloom tomatoes!

JodiR (Denver)
5.0  Dined on July 31, 2016

First time dining at the mainline, it was fabulous!! Food was great as was the service. Will be back 😊

Grif (Orlando)
2.0  Dined on July 3, 2016

Unfortunately we hit the restaurant on a bad night. The veteran kitchen crew had changed completely one month ago, so the food was not prepared well, and they had to switch our orders so each of the four of us ate at different times! Service was exceptionally slow and the restaurant was not at all crowded. Even after the mishaps, it was as if no one was communicating with each other about our table's needs. Unbelievably, the whole two hours spent "dining"continued to go in a downward spiral. When we were visiting Colorado from Florida 7 months ago, the restaurant was fantastic so we wanted to go again on this trip. Sadly, it was not a good experience. Hopefully, the management will implement changes to improve service and quality of food in the future.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on March 6, 2016

We have enjoyed MainLine many times, usually with a moderate to large group, and we always enjoy sitting in the Tree House.This time when we requested a booth in the Tree House, we got a little attitude from the hostess that seated us. There was a booth just emptied, and she had to bus it for us. Normally a very friendly group got a little smudged by a little pouting. After that, the food, drinks and service were just what we always expect.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
3.0  Dined on February 29, 2016

The menu choices seem enticing, but limited for dinner. I had eaten lunch there a year ago and had been very impressed with the lunch offerings and the salad ordered. But, this birthday celebration was a bust. The entrees were just ok. No offering (or even suggestion of ordering) of chips or bread (or appetizer). The waiter could not be bothered to have a personality other than irritated at having to cover a tabletop. There were only about 4 tops at the time; surely not a "crowd". The dessert was not was had been ordered. The air temperature was cooler than comfortable.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

We came here for New Year's Eve and we were blown away. We were in a room with 2 parties both 10+ people. As such, we thought the service would be a little slower, but that never happened. We got our drinks, appetizers, and main courses faster than most places on a slow day! We will definitely be back!

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on September 29, 2015

Ordered the Chicken Prosciutto sandwich that was good. The sweet potatoe fries really stood out since they were crisp on the outside and soft on the inside without being greasy at all. I had a Moscow mule called The Dixie which was bourbon, lime juice, bitters and ginger beer. I really enjoyed this. My girlfriend had the Crawfish Cake Tacos and they had a really nice flavor with a spicy bite at the end. Her portion was much smaller as it was only three tacos. She had a glass of Moscato which she enjoyed.

FCFoodieGirl (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on March 14, 2015

Went the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day to enjoy Great Plates. Arrived late afternoon before the dinner rush and scored a good table upstairs. Irish music was a bit loud but tolerable. Food was delicious but not enough waitstaff to cover a full house when Old Town was busy with folks enjoying the holiday festivities. We ended up not receiving 2 appetizers that we had ordered, although were not charged for. That being said every one was very pleasant. Excellent beer and cocktails menu and we enjoyed the meal very much.

Kevin (Denver)
3.0  Dined on March 5, 2015

Excellent meat and cheese plate off the "small plate" menu. Pimento cheese burger was done properly (ordered medium well) but the bacon was overdone. Temperature of the burger and fries indicated they'd been sitting for a bit, which explained the time it took to get our food. Overall, it is a good restaurant with a unique menu and fairly priced. I'd go back, but I'd hope to see some improvements.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2015

Fun relaxing atmosphere for both a large group or just two. There is a large variety of beer on tap and a great southern menu which includes chicken and waffles which I had and my husband had the crawfish taco's. Both were very good and the service was excellent.

vipAaron (Oklahoma City)
4.0  Dined on December 23, 2014

The beer list is excellent and our server was outstanding in his knowledge and service. Somehow the hostess sensed or desire for a group photo and offered without us needing to ask. The 50/50 burger was delicious and served perfectly. Well done!

slaw (Denver)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2014

great evening with friends... very attentive wait staff (Brian).... good value

JeanneB (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined on October 17, 2014

Four of us visited Mainline on a Saturday night about 6 PM. We had been wanting to try this restaurant simply because it's beautiful and looks inviting. In addition to the beautiful decor we found excellent service and yummy food! Two of us ordered the bacon wrapped meatloaf, and two of us ordered the chicken and waffles. Everyone enjoyed their meal and was pleased with the care and creativity taken to prepare it. The service was friendly and attentive. Tip: during happy hour appetizers are half price! We were thinking it would be fun to come back, went out shopping, for appetizers and dessert. We will definitely be going back and possibly taking some out-of-town friends.

TheaterGoer (Denver)
5.0  Dined on October 9, 2014

My finace and I were out for dinner before heading to the theater and were recommended the Mainline. I would doubly recommend the Mainline. The staff is attentive and laid back, the atmosphere is rustic, modern, and comfortable, and the food is marvelous. The baby-back ribs had a pleasant spicy kick, which was clamed by the fresh potato salad and green beans. She had the Fried Chicken a Waffles which were amazing! The best part was the pumpkin cheese cake, with homemade pumpkin brittle. The portions were adequate but not small, great beer and wine selection. Highly recommended for a night out.

AC1609 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on October 5, 2014

Our server was excellent. We really enjoyed all of the food I am puzzled as to why they are not super busy!

Anne (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on October 4, 2014

Our waitress was great so personable and willing to share lots of information about the Fort Collins area. Great people watching place and our "old fashions" were the best ever. We asked for the bar's recipe on the way out and they kindly obliged. Food was good and not overpriced.

vipFOCOBound (Denver)
4.0  Dined on September 13, 2014

Enjoyed our dinner here - menu is different. Chicken pot pie was good - loved that it didn't have alot of pastry with it. Others had bacon wrapped meatloaf - they said it was good. Sat on roof - outside - lovely night - street a little noisy. Nice place.

vipLTran (Denver)
3.0  Dined on August 8, 2014

Mainline has a lot of options but the food is decent - nothing spectacular and quite pricey. There are a ton of drink options.

Ckotten (Denver)
5.0  Dined on July 24, 2014

Ahi Tuna was perfect. They substituted potatoes for the coconut jasmine rice no problem (was afraid of coconut taste), but as it turns out it was not very coconutty and really good, as my daughter had the same thing. I am a gin & tonic fan, and they brought me a list of 10 or so, and I got to try several new types. Fort Collins is really becoming the food and spirit's capital of the US. It's amazing!