Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver

4.5
928 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Our mission is to evolve the gastropub business by combining the traditional values of European and American pubs, to create a place where friends and family can celebrate life and enjoy handcrafted food, beers and cocktails.

Support Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 928 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TeriK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service excellent. Our server Priscilla was great, answered all of our questions, was attentive without overwhelming. Gave good menu recommendations. Really like the darker, quiet atmosphere and the festive decorations for the holidays already up. All around a great experience, will definitely be back.

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Bjtiger25
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was good and hot and the service was excellent. Even the manager came over and thanked us for visiting his restaurant. Will definitely come back again I’ve never had a bad meal at this restaurant. I’ll also tell my friends what great service that you have.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver
Responded on November 16, 2020

We are so glad to hear that you had a great time at Thirsty Lion during your visit! We hope to see you again soon.

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ValerieAnn
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor patio and delicious brunch options!

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver
Responded on November 16, 2020

Thank you for the review, Valerie! So glad we could be part of your weekend. We can’t wait to serve you again soon.

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ReillyP
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was better than we anticipated. The food was amazing and for the new mandates in Denver they made us feel so safe. We will absolutely be going again!

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver
Responded on November 16, 2020

Reilly, , we are so pleased that you value the efforts we have put towards creating a safe environment for our guests and staff. Thank you for sharing your kind words with us. It means a lot to us and our entire team! We hope to see you again soon.

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vipMeganB
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent!

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vipCathyZ
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall1food4service5ambience3

The service and food were great. Shortly after finishing our dinner, sewage poured into the restaurant behind our table. It was so smelly and gross. We were moved to a different table to finish our drinks. It was an awful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a great night! The drinks were awesome and the staff was friendly and kept service coming quickly.

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sarahb
Montana
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good place for a game! Lots of activity, not boring.

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vipDenverFoodie
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent but the bartender and server were the best part. Great attitudes in a challenging time. Thank you.

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ScottJ
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great burgers. Always good service here from friendly outgoing staff.

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ChrisK
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

We got appetizers and cocktails. Food was great and we sat outside which was delightful. However our server seemed put out that we were even there. We are all very low key people and we were all disappointed with his delivery. He may just have a flat personality or he was having a bad day, but we were grateful that least the food & beers were good.

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Kristen
Mobile
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We went for Sunday brunch. Once seated, it took awhile for the waiter to come over and take our drink order. The restaurant seemed understaffed. They eventually brought our coffees, but nothing to stir the coffee with. Food was just okay. There are better restaurants in the area.

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vipYuvalW
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good option for a business lunch with social distancing. Good food good service.

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AshleighK
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food is impeccable. Can’t visit here without getting the beer cheese soup, and it never disappoints!

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Michael
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Relaxed atmosphere! Trendy ambiance!!!

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vipYuvalW
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and friendly service

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vipBobW
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food was great as always

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TImE
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was excellent, but our server was slow to bring drinks, didn't follow up after we got our meals. Had to flag the server down to order second round of drinks and it took 10 minutes to get our second round.

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vipMeganF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

The waitress was so rude. We even asked to speak with her manager and she never brought him/her over. The food was totally fine but I would not go back and I would not recommend.

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MyralaW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Sunday brunch during my bday getaway in Denver. Made online reservations and was accommodated accordingly. The patio offers beautiful views of the area... Denver atmosphere is so friendly and diverse. Food was absolutely delicious! My best friend and I ordered multiple entrees so that we could sample quite a bit. No complaints on anything. I'd definitely visit again when in Denver.

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LauraH
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was pretty mediocre. Cesar salad was overdressed with limp lettuce and meager croutons. “roasted” chicken just tasted like salt. Queso and chips was okay.

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LouisB
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a great time. They have an excellent socially distanced set-up on their patio and it's nice that it over looks the Union Station plaza. The food was tasty and we had a great time. If you've never had their cauliflower appetizer, try it. It's my favorite there... don't let the word "cauliflower" let you think it will be bland... it's got the best flavor!

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vipBobH
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service (Chelsea or Kelsey) was not quite able to catch her name through the mask. Quick with the Guiness, very attentive....much appreciated.

Great place to watch a game.

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bradl
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Wanted outside seating but it wasn’t available and were not given any options

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PamK
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience5

I got sick after eating the Caprese chicken sandwich. The tomatoes looked like that been a refrigerator for a week. Didn't eat them but..........should of never been served. They used to have great food but it has gone down hill for sure. Too bad because it's a great location.

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jenhg
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pub...super clean...friendly helpful staff and very careful with covid. Would def go back.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver
Responded on September 16, 2020

Jenhg, thank you very much for such a great review. We work hard to offer great food in a safe environment for our guests and staff, so are pleased to see that reflected in your visit. Look forward to seeing you soon!

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vipMeganB
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent location for a business lunch.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver
Responded on September 16, 2020

Megan, thank you for the awesome 5-star review! hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Rating this restaurant a 3 because although the food was amazing, our service was terrible. Our waitress came to our table to take our orders, and then we didn’t see her again until after we were done with our entrees - at which time she did not say one word to us, she tried to take our plates away without asking how everything was, asking if we needed anything, etc. It’s a shame, because our group wanted to order another appetizer and more rounds of drinks, but since she never came to our table we were unable to do so. Part of the problem is that they have servers who take orders and runners who bring the food to the tables, so the interaction between server and customer is minimal. Even so, the server should still come to the table at various points throughout the dining experience to ask the patrons if they need anything - that’s customer service 101. It completely ruined our experience.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver
Responded on September 16, 2020

We appreciate you sharing your experience. Thank you for bringing the slow service to our attention so we can work with our team to learn from this. We are glad you enjoyed your meal, and hope to have the opportunity to serve you better in the future.

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MitziM
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Ignored by Waite staff, was there for 2.5 hours only offered 2 drinks no dessert. Very disappointed.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver
Responded on September 16, 2020

Mitzi, thank you for dining with us recently. We are very sorry to hear your experience was anything but amazing. We take your comments with sincere concern and will address them with the team. If you have time please contact me directly to try to correct our error. droderigues@ceghospitality.co

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HBMB
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Took the husband out for a "real date" after months of not going out - it was great! The service was friendly and well timed throughout our meal, the food was delicious (the Gastropub burger was one of the best I've had, and Scotch eggs were top notch), and it was priced as expected for eating downtown. Despite the weirdness of masked waiters and a half empty dining room, it was a very enjoyable evening.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver
Responded on September 16, 2020

We are so glad you selected Thirsty Lion Union Station for your date night! The Gastropub Burger and Scotch Eggs really are Thirsty Lion classics, so happy you enjoyed them. We are trying to make are guests as comfortable as possible and we thank you for wearing your face covering/mask in order to join us for diner. We hope to see you and your husband soon.

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DewyM
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This is our "go to" place before almost all Colorado Avalanche games. When the Avs aren't playing we go out of our way to dine at Thirsty Lion. If you are anywhere near Union Station...stop and eat here.

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vipmusicandwine
Dallas
137 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Good selectuon of local beer!

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MikeD
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Had reservation for brunch on Aug 22nd, we were seated on time. The waitress seemed bothered to be there from the get go. We ordered our meals, my wife had corned beef hash, which was served with raw potatoes. One of our family members ordered avocado toast with no red pepper flakes, the waitress confirmed the no pepper flakes upon taking the order, and it still arrived covered in them. Another order was a benedict with poached eggs, the eggs were practically hard boiled, and when asked to replace them, the waitress continued with her "please don't bother me" attitude. We finally asked to just not replace the eggs, nor the hash, and my mother in law powered through the avocado toast with her mouth burning up, just to not have to deal with the waitress. The waitress did not refill our water once, no manager came to talk to us...most disappointing trip to the Lion we have ever had. Usually one of our favorite spots in downtown Denver and we have been there several times, this may be our last visit ...I hope they find some servers that actually want to be there and put a little more care into the food.

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SJT14
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service, awesome food great environment. Love the Turkey Club..

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allisons
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

This experience was incredibly disappointing.

After being seated, we waited a full 25 minutes before any member of staff came to our table. We kept looking around waiting for someone to come by but no one ever did.

For context we arrived around 8:45 pm and were limited on time to be served as the curfew in Denver is 10pm for last call for COVID restrictions.

After our waitress came by she took both or drink and dinner orders and that was honestly the only time we saw her. We waited another 15-20 minutes and both our drinks and food arrived at the same time.

By now it is around 9:30pm and we are finishing up our first drinks and dinner. We waited around again for our waitress to order another drink and again she was nowhere to be found.

Finally around 9:45 our waitress came by our table and we were all ready to order. She mentions we were past last call and we’re not able to order any more drinks...even though the last call curfew is 10pm...

After a disappointing conversation with her we just asked for our checks. She then brought back the checks and every single check was incorrect. There were five of us at the table. We had such a hard time tracking her down we ended up just paying each others bills and figuring it out ourselves. This was much easier than trying to track someone down and wait another 30 minutes to have this fixed.

I will not be dining here again. It’s sad because the food is pretty good, the drink aren’t bad and the ambiance is great. But if I’m honest, I get better service at a drive thru.

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vipJanS
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Missed having green beans available for a vegetable. Also, they no longer have the s'mores dessert. They say it is due to reducing menu after reopening after COVID, so hope they can bring it back. Otherwise, we think the food always tastes good.

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HeidiS
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has always been a good place to have a quick bit and see friends.

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StephanieB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service! Fun to visit whether it's for happy hour, special occasion, or just because :)

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HaroldC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Hostess set the tone as unfriendly for this trip. We’ll be back though. Still an awesome location.

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You can order delivery directly from Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver using the Order Online button. Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 623-0316.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver is rated 4.5 stars by 928 OpenTable diners.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.thirstyliongastropub.com/GIFTCARDS.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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