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
I didn't realize they closed at 9 pm on Sunday, our reservation was for 7:30 pm. It was very quiet inside, we were seated and our drink order was taken. We ordered 4 menu items to start, with the intent to order 1 or 2 more. The lettuce salad was delicious. It is all small plates and it comes out one at a time. My boyfriend finished his drink and got a second, I wasn't finished with mine yet. The next two menu items came out, and we enjoyed them. They started closing stuff down, I never got another chance to order a second drink and we didn't get much attention after that last plate. We didn't feel comfortable ordering more food even though we were still hungry. We ordered dessert and left. Total we were only there 1.5 hours, we were there celebrating my birthday. We would of spent $200 or more and spent more time there, but we felt unwanted. I've had better service from lower scale restaurants. I had high hopes since it is only 2 blocks away from my house.
I would not recommend this restaurant. The service and food was average at best. We got our appetizers before we got our cocktails. Thai soup was bland and boring. The tomato tart with fried capers was on soggy tasteless bread. The menu looks great at first blush but the food is average. They are trying too hard and not meeting the mark. Food was not that warm either. On the upside, scallop special was good.
We have had dinner here a couple of times and loved it, so when friends wanted to go there with us but were only available during the day on a Sunday we decided to have brunch. It is as wonderful as the dinners are. The bread pudding French toast was particularly outstanding. We enjoyed it so much that we're taking another couple there for brunch next Sunday!
Everything we had was amazing, the flavors all blended perfectly. The prices are hard to believe. You would think you would pay twice as much for that kind of cuisine and taste.
It’s a tiny restaurant, so I hesitate to say such good things. I am afraid everyone is going to figure it out and I won’t be able to get a table anymore. But when a place does this good of a job, it shouldn’t be kept a secret.
three of us tried the congee noted by 5280, not one of us liked it. It has an off putting taste and was the only dish not completely eaten. the food was ok, but not really tasty. If I pay that much for food, I at least want it to taste good. Not a comfort food place.
The service was good and the waitperson knowledgeable. The plate was attractively decorated, but of course not filling as it is a small plate place. The salad was good also. kinda pricey for what you get.
This place had really amazing food and beverages for brunch. I loved the clean, simple decor and the wait staff was very friendly. I can't believe there wasn't a line out the door! The portions were just right for brunch and I imagine every item on the menu is fantastic.
Delicious food and solid, approachable wine list. Friendly, casual vibe. The presentation shows how much effort goes into the food. It's all smallish share plates, and the menu can seem like a too-fast trip around the world. But the smoked trout and grilled romaine dishes were excellent. The duck confit ravioli sounded fantastic, but was really salty - must have been a mistake. The gateaux dessert with preserved cherries was outstanding.
Our group of four stuck with the shareable plates and enjoyed an amazing dinner! Each plate was beautifully presented, and the creativity of flavors was remarkable. Our favorites were quinoa "congee" with carrot curry sauce, cauliflower, and currants; and duck confit agnolotti with pickled plums, baby beets, and fried almonds. Some dishes were delicate and others heartier, so the meal felt balanced. Plates were changed often to avoid mixing flavors, and the service was both friendly and efficient. The space has clean and contemporary design and feels intimate. Totally satisfying, nothing like it in Denver!
I went with two vegetarian friends, one of which is also gluten free even though she does not have a gluten allergy and does not eat seafood. There were a lot of options for them. The style is shared plates. I eat meat but partook in all of the vegetarian options and ordered not meat dishes. I cannot speak to any meat dishes. I liked all of the seafood and vegetarian dishes we tried. I think we had 6 or 7. One friend is really into wine and she loved their wine list. She did pick an $80 bottle to start with. It was very good. It was a great meal with good service. It was just more than I wanted to spend for a girl's dinner. Now we did have wine, two bottles (the second one less expensive and two deserts), but split 3 ways, my portion was $92 including the tip.
This is the second time we have eaten here and cannot wait to return. The food is so good; things you don't find on any other menu in town. Each bite is better than the last. This time we ordered the plat du jour, which happened to be one of our favorites: crispy duck confit served with panzanella salad. Cannot say enough good things about how good it was. Keep up the good work, Jeff Osaka!
We had a last minute dinner there with our kids. We luckily hit the happy hour menu in time for the kids. Everything was delicious! The romaine continues to be one of my favorites. The desserts were amazing given the peaches being in season. It's just a great little neighborhood gem of a restaurant!
I really want to love this restaurant. Visited with a friend in March and wasn't impressed by the everything shared plates menu but decided to try it again for our anniversary this past week. Nothing we had was all that special. Not bad just not great. No mention was made to wish us a happy anniversary either by the hostess or wait staff. Disappointing. We live in the neighborhood and Congress Park needs a nicer upscale restaurant choice. This isn't it.
It had been several months since we had been in, and we had missed 12@Madison. I joined a friend to split a bottle of wine and a few small plates. We had the wonderful bahn mi (with sweetbreads) and the angolotti, both delicious and beautifully presented. Dessert, panna cotta of blackberries and chocolate ganache, was a treat. At 4pm, we were the lone customers, but by the time we left a bit after six, the place was bustling. Our server was prompt and attentive, but she presented the check before we were finished and before she asked if we wanted anything else. It wasn't as if there wasn't available seating all around us. Otherwise, the evening was delightful.