Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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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.
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AO
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch, good selection, kid friendly. Service was excellent and bloody mary was perfect.

GR
Oxford
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was Valentines Day so expected it to be busy but the food was average and service was ok but not great

RJ
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a very busy Valentine's Day dinner rush, and from our perspective the staff all did an amazing job. The cocktails, food and service were top notch. We had a great time.

JH
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We frequently go here before sporting events, and it is consistently excellent. The Sechzuan orange chicken was great, and Tori provided great table service.

TL
Denver
141 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite places to go before an AVS game. The beers on tap offer something for everyone and the margaritas just hig the spot. Follow the drinks with nachos or burgers, even the salmon was cooked to perfection. We will be back soon.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The food tasted like a line cook prepared it than a chef. The drinks seemed really watered down. Our waitress was great. We were disappointed overall with the food taste and had high expectations from previous visits. It is no longer on our favorite restaurants in Denver list. Too bad.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really love this restaurant. Michelle was our server and she did a great job. Was attentive, friendly and pleasant.

LA
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was good but really just an average restaurant. I have no complaints, but nothing about it stands out above other places.

k
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

There were some mishaps with our dessert order and the final check, but the problem was resolved politely and quickly.

DF
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was very close to our hotel, which was nice. The service was friendly. We had the queso dip to start. It was good and came out quickly, but it wasn't even close to some of the queso we've had other places. We each had a salad. The Carnitas Bowl was delicious and very filling with the rice and warm pork. The smoked chicken southwest salad was fantastic. The chicken was nice and smoky, and the salad had lots of great things in it including roasted corn, tortilla chips, avocado, etc.

RD
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food ok. Noise almost unbearable.
Service was good.

JH
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's our go to place before hockey games. Menu is diverse. Staff is fantastic. Food is delicious and big portions.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with my girls, our food was delicious and prompt, out waitress attentive and nice. That was my second time in and I’ll be back for more :)

ML
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating here. For a busy night, we never felt like we were waiting around for our server. Drinks and food came fast. We had one guest running really late and the server didn't mind, she still checked in on us and made sure we were getting what we needed. Lively energy, throwback songs playing, and just a fun spot to get some grub.

HG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

We arrived 15 min early and they seated us, which was wonderful. We ordered from the NY's Eve menu and the shrimp was rubbery and all that came with it was bread. It was super busy and service was slow, especially for drinks.. The employees were very friendly and courteous.

MB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My wife and I had a great time at the Thirsty Lion. Perfect experience for New Year's Eve. Food was great. I highly recommend the Fish and Chips. Great beer selection served cold in frosted pint glasses. Nice! The background music was a tad loud but acceptable given it was December 31! We'll be back.

L
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

New Years
Music a little loud

C
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service has always been very good and the food has as well.

C
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Party of 4 and every meal was delicious. Even the cocktails were all made well...this is often a challenge with a martini.

Only complaint is the music, too loud which made it difficult to carry on a conversation without shouting.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Drinks we good and food was above average. It’s a nice place to go before an Avalanche game.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

While we live less than five minutes from this location, this was our first visit here. We visited for lunch on Christmas Eve. The server was very friendly and the food was tasty. We will definitely be back

MA
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Great service but the food was average. Small drinks fir the price.

a
Denver
71 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

1. Snooty host
2. Dry/tasteless burger (their "special')
3. Beer selection mediocre (all the standards but few "interesting" brews)
4. Way TOO loud at dinner
Bye!

OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Korean Baby Back Ribs were delicious! Bread Pudding was the dessert on the specials menu. So so good! Never had a bad experience here

S
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Great space, but is only and pretty expensive for what you get.

CT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was great. Service was good. Lots of energy and a positive vibe.

I
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was very good. I had shrimp and risotto from seasonal menu. It was good but not 19.00 good. The club sandwiches were awesome and huge, could be shared. Other friend had beer steamed shrimp, portion was small. He helped finish one of the sandwiches. Waitress was great. Drinks were very good. The graham cracker porter was really good.

TC
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun place to go for a night out. Very much a bar atmosphere and nice variety of menu items.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were able to accommodate our group of 8 with children. We made a reservation and it was ready when we got there. Food and service was great as well.

OT
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always happy with my dining experience.

JB
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience1

Food was not good. Had to send margaritas back. Very loud terrible music. Overall bad experience and won’t be going back.

MJ
Denver
92 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went here because the Thirsty Lion closed in Cherry Creek. Even though it is the same restaurant.... we thought the food was better at the Cherry Creek location.

OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Like the variety of food options offered. Everyone in our party of 7 enjoyed their order and it was served quickly. Only suggestion is toast those hamburger buns!
Great service from our server and really liked the efficiency of table side bill paying with the device and technology they had. Quick and easy especially on a busy Friday night when we had to get to a show on time after dinner.
Will definitely be back!

T
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

The food and service were good-They need a separate section for cocktails because they were poor. Mine and another person at our table had cocktails that were not good.

HL
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall, the menu options are varied and fun, and the food quality is also great. I wouldn’t say it’s the best food I’ve ever had, but it is a solid dinner option.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and service were excellent. Unfortunately the music and conversation volume often times make it difficult to talk/hear.

SB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to the Thirsty Lion many times and have always been well satisfied. Like the variety of food offered and quality has always been excellent. Look forward to our next visit.

DM
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

It was a Sat. night but there were several very large groups that were extremely loud, I could barely hear the person right across the table from me. Overall, though the food was good and the service was good so I still enjoy going here.

SS
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thirsty Lion did not disappoint for a celebratory dinner . We had a great table reserved and waiting for us, which was great since we were on a strict timeline. The vibe was fun and casual, just what we were looking for. The menu had so many options that fit all our group's dietary needs. We were all raving about how delicious or meals were. We were celebrating 2 birthdays and they so kindly had 2 handwritten cards for each person with 2 desserts, it was so special!

OT
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a great experience with drinks, food and service. One of my favorite places to attend.

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