Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver

4.6
957 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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 957 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Denver
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing as always. Chantel took care of us and she provided perfect service and was very friendly and attentive.

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vipJoeH
Denver
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love this place. Great beer selection and good food. The large outdoor dining area is awesome too.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service great as always. People working there are always in a good mood :)

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WillH
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is one of our Denver favorites. The food is great. On this trip, the drinks were incredibly slow. Food would even arrive before the drinks had made it.

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RichardB
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for date night or just before the Rockies game - convenient location!

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MarleneS
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great Relaxed Atmosphere. Generous portions, great for groups and sharing.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to have dinner with my best friend and the food and service was great! I had the Braised Pork Belly Ramen which was a little spicy but that’s what I wanted, and my bestie loved her Kung Pao Chicken!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We waited 30 minutes for our drinks. The appetizers came out first somehow and without silverware. So then we waited 15 minutes for silverware (asked 3 times). That and the drinks finally came but no one ever came back to ask how everything was so far or take our entree orders. After an hour we flagged someone down, got the check, and just left without ordering more. Horrible service. We won’t be returning.

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BeckyV
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We really enjoyed the outdoor dining and the food. Some classic brunch items, and some unique choices - our table appreciated that the regular lunch menu was available as well. The alcoholic brunch drinks were awesome!
The server left us feeling like we were not actually there and we had to chase her down for the check. But otherwise we would do brunch here again.

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vipElleElle
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

great location. Decent food. Not sure if our server was new or had other things going on as she was extremely slow..took forever to get glasses and check at the end.

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KimberlyM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Server was not great. Took 20 minutes to get refills on drinks and she wasn’t very friendly. Never cleared plates, basically she was an order taker.

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vipMartinO
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food

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TravisB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always good we come every time we are in town, drinks are good and happy hour deals are good

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JosephF
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Clean, tables spaced out which made me feel confident.
Staff was nice, waitress was ok.

The food was just alright.

The price was good.

I’d go again.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver
Responded on February 5, 2021

Joseph we are pleased you felt safe and comfortable dining with us. The safety of our guests and employees is of upmost importance to us. We are sorry you found the food just mediocre. We you will visit again and provide us another opportunity to earn that 5th star.

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TraciW
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! Our waitress was funny and attentive!

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver
Responded on February 5, 2021

Traci thanks for the rave review. So appreciate your business.

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SethB
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good service, and great food and bev as always.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver
Responded on January 28, 2021

Thanks Seth we appreciate the kind words and your patronage.

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ByronE
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great time watching football on Sunday. The food was solid and there was a great beer selection - amazing actually!

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver
Responded on January 28, 2021

Thanks Byron. We appreciate the great review. Please come again!

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viplibtech95
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Been here several times over the years, never again. We came here to watch a full playoff game. This place mentioned it had a 90-minute time limit. We previously booked another reso and the place accepted it. We even called in advance and were told it should not be a problem. We had just sat down, ordered drinks and food, told the waitress we had a follow up reso and politely asked if we could keep the table a bit longer, to give her a heads up. A few minutes later a guy comes over, manager I guess, and gave us a real hard time about it. He said "... we don't do that here and we're not about to have people stay here all day..." along with a few other things that didn't amke much sense. Well, we don't want to stay "all day" bro, we just want to watch a 2 hour game in its entirety. Look, we were going to continue spending money in your restaurant and there were also plenty of vacant tables. We were told they "had reservations and would be packed all day" but eh, we didn't see it that way. Opentable also showed plenty of openings still at that time. So, while we were looking forward to the occasion, we got up and left. Unfortunate, but why would any customer want to stay after being treated that way? I could maybe understand, only if there were people lined up out the door waiting to get in. Look, I get the times that we are in, but I've received this treatment in a few establishments now. There was absolutely no reason to not allow us to stay another 30-60 min as long as we continued to give your place business, especially after asking politely more than once. If you're so against it, why don't you broadcast it on your booking page, that way we know not to consider you as an option in the first place? Shoutout to Avanti, Henry's and other places who are accommodating, after the first time you politely ask them, and also have much better customer service all around. Plenty of other gastropubs in Denver.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver
Responded on January 28, 2021

libtech95, we're disheartened to read your review. This is a very challenging time for restaurants during COVID19 and being allowed only 50 guests. While it may seem odd to you we are trying very hard to work within the contraints we've been given. Please know we're doing our best to take care of all of our guest given the circumstances. We value your patronage and will consider your suggestion. We hope to have another occasion to meet your expectations and to welcome you back in the future.

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Kellcork
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Food and service was fantastic, but it was super hard to get past the many fruit flies flying around our heads the entire dinner, was very much a turn off for me on wanting to eat food. Loved the atmosphere and I'll give it one more try, but I could not enjoy the food knowing the fruit flies were everywhere.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver
Responded on January 28, 2021

Kellcork thank you for your comments. We will be sure and look into the matter. We hope you will give us another try.

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SydneyR
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed my experience but my only complaint would be the time limit (hour & a half) at our table. I understand the thought process behind it but if I’m a paying customer, it’s frustrating being told I have a limit to adhere to.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver
Responded on January 28, 2021

Sydney we completely understand your frustration. Opening after the COVID19 has had many challenges and being allowed only 50 guests is at the top of the list. Please know our team is doing their best to take care of all of our guest given the circumstance and to work within the contraints we've been given. We value your patronage and hope to have another occasion to meet your expectations and to welcome you back in the future.

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SteveS
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service.servers remembered us from previous visits. Clean inside and out

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver
Responded on January 28, 2021

Thanks Steve for the rave review. We do appreciate you patronage especially during these times.

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KimberlyHB
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place great beer and food!

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Crystal
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Making a reservation was very easy. Checking in process was also easy, we were seated right away. Our server took awhile to get to us but was overall very attentive as needed. The drinks were good though I wasn’t really impressed with their menu. Unfortunately, due to Covid, they were not offering their seasonal menu which was a bummer. I opted for the BBQ chicken pizza— it was alright. It was too cheesy for my taste to the point where the cheese was so heavy it was sliding off the pizza when I picked up a slice. I liked the quiet ambiance for a weeknight dinner. They are practicing social distancing for the tables which made me feel safe. They also had sanitizer at the front door. Overall, would recommend but maybe try a different entree option.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver
Responded on January 28, 2021

Thank you Crystal for taking the time to share you experience. We value your pastronage and hope you will give us another try.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great!

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver
Responded on January 28, 2021

Thanks you !!

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vipMarqetaJIm
Denver
44 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sunday brunch outing with family. Recommend the Bloody Mary pitcher. The bartender knows what she'd doing! Easy place to hang and enjoy Union Station views.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good experience

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver
Responded on January 28, 2021

Thank you. Appreciate the review and nice words.

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TeriK
Chicago
6 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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ValerieB
St. Louis
2 reviews
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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MeganB
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent!

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vipCathyZ
Denver
7 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
18 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
Denver
2 reviews
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
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

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Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver is rated 4.6 stars by 957 OpenTable diners.

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

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