12@MADISON offers Modern American food in a relaxed, and inviting setting.
Denver, CO 80206
American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday thru Saturday 4:00-10:00 Sunday 4:00-9:00
Brunch: Sunday 10:00-2:00
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
On street parking in the quiet Congress Park neighborhood.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
12@MADISON Ratings and Reviews
So delicious! This is a small, narrow restaurant where it’s easy to see the action in the kitchen. There’s a neighborhood feel, but this is a destination restaurant. Dinner was course after course of unexpected and extremely well executed plates to share. My husband and I enjoyed 4 plates plus Parker house rolls. It was happily plenty of food, yet still fairly healthy. I didn’t have a cocktail, but the drinks looked very interesting and fun to try. The service was perfect - both warm and professional. Thank you!
What an odd evening we had. I went here with a friend. I always wanted to try this place. The food was fine -- not exceptional but not exceptionally bad. They recommended that we order 5 dishes for 2, so we did. But they arrived at such a slow pace, we were full by the third dish (we didn't feel compelled to scrape any of the plates, but they seemed to be waiting until we finished one before bringing another). The weird thing was that toward the end of the meal, my friend ordered another drink, and the waitress asked if she was driving. She said no. (She really wasn't!) We were not acting uncivil or unusual in any way. She disappeared for a while, then came back and said she couldn't serve her another drink, it was unclear why. We were just ordering wine to go with our food -- we were not drunk. The waitress said something about the cocktails being strong (but we hadn't been drinking any cocktails??). She said we were welcome to talk to a manager. So we said, sure, let's talk to him. We had already paid in full, left tip. He came by and we asked him if they had some some kind of weird alcohol policy (because never in my life have I seen a waitress, during a normal meal, cut people off from wine). He said no, but he had to stand behind his server if she felt we'd had too much. He offered us vouchers for a future visit, and we passed; we just didn't understand the policy. But the second we said "No thanks," he accused us of being "hostile." Utterly bizarre. I've never had an experience like this in my long life of going to restaurants....I'm sure you won't run into particular problems if you don't drink, but for me the food wasn't worth going back for anyway. Shrug.
It's always a treat to have a meal at 12@Madison. We sit at the chef's counter so we can watch the preparations of all the beautiful dishes that have been ordered. We really like sharing plates, and it's easier to do sitting side by side rather than across from each other. We started with kabocha squash, roasted to a caramelized glaze and accompanied by a spicy granola and a delicious toasted black sesame paste. Following that calamari in a tomato dice served on a plank of bread -- rather like a lobster roll without the top. We finished with a brandade cake and then roasted quail. How delicious! Thanks to the staff for interesting food and excellent service. Our server Heidi was impressively knowledgeable and gracious. We really enjoyed this lovely evening.
So sad to give a mediocre/poor review of my beloved 12@Madison. First, let me say that my wife and I had been HUGE fans of the original Twelve, and initially of the reboot, 12@Madison as well. However, with each visit to the new 12 our experience in all facets (food, service, and value) has steadily decreased. This last trip to 12 will probably be just that, our last. From walking in the door to leaving, service was never anything more than just "Meh". A far cry from a year ago when they opened the doors. The portion sizes are now not even up to Tapas standards; small is too big of a word for these plates. The food quality is good, but just not up to par for Chef Osaka. We left feeling a bit heartbroken, underwhelmed, and hungry. After spending over $140 for two people, your conversation while walking to the car shouldn't be trying to decide where to go get a quick bite to eat. Goodbye for now 12. If I hear things are better we'll be back, otherwise, I think our love affair is over. There are just way too many exceptional restaurants on the Denver scene now to waste time and money on something that just is no longer up to the current culinary climate.
Our server had a great balance of time at the table and time to ourselves. Lauren was fantastic at giving suggestions, and was just really enjoyable to talk with. Each dish continued to impress us more and more throughout the evening. We have already told many about our wonderful experience and you can expect us to come back!
Food was fantastic. The plates are small but allowed us to share and try many of the plates. We ended up ordering two of the Gnocci because it was delicious. The beet risotto and potato fingerlings were amazing. Restaurant is somewhat hard to find because of signage and right next door to a Pilates studio, but once inside it is very warm and inviting.
I cannot get over how amazing the food on the menu is however, what is not to be missed is the whatever Chef Ashley has prepared for the evening as her Plat du Jour. We had osso bucco that I would kill for the recipe. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys delicious food and a good time.
Holy cow, they’re on the way to a James Beard award and a Michelin star if they ever come to Denver. The onion soup is outstanding, the correct temperature, the flavor, the crab, the warm potato salad. My one complaint was the drinks were a bit strong and they only had 5 cocktails featured but the Pino noir was really good. It’s outstanding and intimate. We’ll be back very soon.
Went here for my birthday and had a great time. The restaurant is small and quite loud when you enter, but we had requested a quiet table and we sat near the kitchen and it was wonderful. Our server was great - friendly, attentive but not overbearing, and very knowledgeable. The food was varied and absolutely delicious - so many things sounded great it was hard to choose.
The beet risotto was a real standout, as was the cabbage and the pork in pasty - all were really, really good. Parker House rolls are small and extremely cute, and also quite tasty. The mushroom gnocchi and panna cotta dessert were not as good in comparison.
We were not only well fed, but also well taken care of. We will definitely be returning to 12@Madison soon!
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