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Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Denver

4.3
529 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Fun
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Gastro Pub, International
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 11pm
Friday: 11am - 12am
Saturday: 11am - 12am
Sunday: 11am - 11pm
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Phone number
(303) 623-0316
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Keith Castro
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
16th St
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Parking details
Public parking and on street parking.
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Public transit
16th Street Mall Shuttle has a stop across the street.
Union Station Transit Center from all parts of the city.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access
What 529 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
4.1
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

The burgers, salads, and grilled veggie sandwich were incredible! Great location near Union Station

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1.0Dined 2 days ago

We made a reservation and when we showed up on time for our reservation, they told us it would be another 25-45 minutes past our reservation time, completely unacceptable. Don't take reservations if you are not going to stick to the time committed in the reservation.

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

Music was way too loud - impossible to conduct a conversation without yelling. I won't be back.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Good food in a great location at a very reasonable price. It was a great spot to meet up with a friend over lunch.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Our service was quick - we were in and out in a timely manner.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Considering it was a Sunday and a Holiday our visit was perfect. They were running short and without a bartender. But all in all a positive experience. The thirsty lion is my husband and I's favorite place to eat when in Denver. The food was consistent, and the atmosphere was great. Will definetely keep coming back.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Have a great meal

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We have eaten at the Thirsty Lion pretty much every weekend since we moved to Denver 2 years ago. It is our go to date night spot. But that certainly has changed after our last visit. Our waitress Blaire was ABSOLUTELY awful. She ignore us, mad snide comments and faced at what we ordered. And didn’t even ask us if we were done, wanted more drinks, or desserts, just brought us our check like she couldn’t wait for us to leave.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

My first time going to the Thirsty Lion. The noise level was too loud to really hold a conversation. The other 3 members of my party were very happy with their meals. However, I ordered the Fish and Chips, a meal I thought this restaurant would excel at. I was wrong. The fries were cold, and the fish was very soggy/greasy. Fortunately, my hotel was not far away.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Sunday Avs game followed by great food. It’s hard to top a win against the Red Wings but Thirsty Lion managed to do it. Hubs had fish and chips and the scotch eggs, I had the french dip and all were absolutely delicious. If you haven’t been here yet - add it to your to-do list!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Good food and service, nice clean restaurant, and conveniently located. A bit noisy and a little on the pricey side.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

I have eaten here several times, and have enjoyed the food most of the time, but have had a few issues in the past. Last week, I had reservations, and still got seated at a long shared table. When I asked for a different table, I was told there weren’t any. So I asked for the manager, and I wish I would have gotten his name, but he was very nice, and found us a better table. By the way, the spinach artichoke dip is wonderful

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

The ahi salad with Wasabi dressing is AMAZING!!

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

The menu has a lot of variety. I had the sushi and the slider burgers and it was delicious. The food came out quickly too.The staff was very friendly.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Wait staff and food was great. Hostess was incredibly rude to everyone she came into contact with.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Decent food served in a respectable amount of time considering how busy it was. Crazy loud and we were practically yelling across the table.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

I love this place. Its always a busy, happening place. The people working there have always been very nice and outgoing with everyone. Fun place to spend some time.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Fun business lunch! Everyone really enjoyed their meal. From salads to sandwiches no one left hungry. I’d go back again as the decision of what to get was difficult

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Eh, nothing special. Service was fairly slow. Did provide silverware rolls in a timely manner. One of us in the group had to hunt down 3 rolls but that will left 2 other ppl without silverware while our food Sat in front of us.
The food wasn't impressive, my was actually terrible the green chili chicken.
The beer cheese soup was good and the seared ahi app. Was a 6 out of 10. The cocktail was an 8 of a 10 Had the raspberry drop. Also had the Lemonaud cocktail that I think I barely drank 1/4 of.
Over all this was our first visit and missed the mark. 1st time yo union square since the revitalization.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great food, amazing cocktails!!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We like to try a new place on Valentines day every year. This year we chose the Thirsty Lion. This was a great choice. Food was excellent and the service was terrific. The steaks were perfect and the sides were terrific as well. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Enjoyed our meals and service was very good. Interior lay-out is excellent with large windows that give it an open feel.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Made Saturday night reservations for a group dinner. We were seated immediately upon arrival. I ordered the fish and chips - the fish was delicious, the fries were just okay, and the slaw was good. Server was nice enough, but never stopped by to refill drinks. The restaurant is by Union Station and very easy to find - clearly visible from the free 16th Street bus, so a good spot for large groups coming from the Convention Center. Also, no problem splitting the check 6 ways - a huge bonus for conference attendees who need separate receipts!

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Another great night at the Thirsty Lion! Staff was incredibly accommodating, and very attentive to our large party. Food was delicious and came out perfectly. Love that there are tons of menu options to make everyone happy. Always a good choice to eat here!

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4.0Dined on February 7, 2018

This restaurant is never a disappointment. Food was unusual, good and the service was outstanding. We would ask for Kristian as she goes above and beyond. This restaurant should be very proud to have her.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

The food was very good and service prompt. The menu has a nice variety.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

We had a wonderful time Service ,food and extra care

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Over all ok. I wouldn’t make it a destination. Loud and the food was just ok

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Brought some out of town friends and it was a little too loud to talk without raising our voices. Good food and good service.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Amazing food and lively atmosphere!

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Great location near Union Station. Good sized outdoor seating for warm weather; ample seating inside. Very good service on a busy Friday evening and nice menu. Will return.

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1.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Considering I made reservations prior, mentioned it was for a colleagues birthday and received poor service. We were not impressed. The service was slow and the server was not very good with customer service. Clearly the entire party was frustrated with the amount of time it was taking, the server made no effort to ease the situation. In fact, her responses actually made it worse. I was no pleased with this visit at all.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

We have been to the Thirsty Lion by Union Station several times. It is a nice venue with tasty food, our service has always been prompt and energetic. We really enjoy it before or after a game, or for a quick casual meal.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Always very good and consistent! Enjoy eating here.

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

We had a wonderful time with a family get together before a hockey game. Everyone was happy and full when we left. The only comment I would have was my margarita was more ice than liquid. 2 drinks and it was gone. Won't order that again, more than likely it was the happy hour version, which I find distasteful... serve the same drink or don't put it on the happy hour list.
We go here a lot and really like it, so don't get me wrong on the order.
~Helen

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Pre game meal

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

While this place is not exactly comfortable, think stools and not booths, it is clean and fun. The food is really good, although my steak was overcooked. Our waitress was wonderful and the crowd was happy.

I think the restaurant should consider playing more older favorite music instead of newer, since much of the crowd coming to the place is 30-40 and up. The best part of the evening was when the entire restaurant starting singing along to Neil Diamond, but there was no opportunity for such fun after that, since the music played from then on was just stuff my kids recognized.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

New Years Eve

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Fun atmosphere. Great beer options. Looking forward to returning.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Disappointing food. I had the enchilada stack. Bland and overly smoked. My husband had the bacon Mac and cheese and it was gluey with no taste. Based on reviews here were we're excited to try this pub. It was not worth it.

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