With a focus on local, regional, and farm-fresh ingredients, Coohills Restaurant and Bar is reminiscent of what you might find in casual bars and restaurants in Europe. The open kitchen and uniquely modern interior, designed by award-winning architects Semple Brown, underscores Coohills' style! Located in the hip Lower Downtown (LoDo) neighborhood, we invite you to pull up to the community table, tuck in at your own intimate table for two or more, or enjoy our outdoor terrace for a spirited drink.
Coohills includes a main dining room, private dining room, community space, bar and beautiful outdoor terrace, providing a breathtaking view of the infamous Colorado sunsets.
Coohills comfortably seats up to 200 people and can host up to 400 people for a stand up reception.
We offer Happy Hour, Dinner Service and are happy to host your upcoming Private Events
Contemporary French / American, Contemporary American, Modern European
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Open for Private Events
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: Open for Private Events
Bar: Mon - Fri, 3:00pm - close; Sat, 4:00pm - close. Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 3:00pm-6:00pm, Saturday, 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Bar will open early on Saturday's to coincide with Pepsi Center events. Please call restaurant for exact bar hours during these days.
14th & Wewatta - across from the Pepsi Center at Speer Blvd.
$30 and under
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We offer off-site catering to businesses located in the 1400 Wewatta and Wazee building.
Coohills features a temperature-controlled, secured parking garage just east of the restaurant. $5 parking after 5 pm. Metered street parking on Wynkoop St. one block south of the restaurant.
Coohills has 2 light rail stations nearby: Union Station and Pepsi Center Station.
The nearest bus stops are 22574 / 22572 which serve Routes 6, 10, 28, 32 and 44.
Tom Coohill, Jr.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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Private Dining Spaces Include: Sellout: Seated-200, Reception-400 Entire Main Dining Room: Seated-100, Reception-130 Cherry Creek Room: Seated-60, Reception-75 Wewatta Room: Seated-28, Reception-35 Wine Room: Seated-36, Reception-45
Coohills Ratings and Reviews
We had the worst dining experience of ou ...
We had the worst dining experience of our On-line booking lives at Coohills on June 28. After excellent dining experiences our first two nights in Denver, we had high hopes for a third. We found this place in WineSpectator's Denver area award winning wine lists. The wine list was in fact worthy of accolades. However, the food was almost inedible. Smoked trout was dry and too salty to eat. Lamb meatballs seemed to come straight from a Chef Boyardee can. Crab cakes were packy and too salty, though the sauce was okay. Charcuterie board had good food gras sausage amid an otherwise tasteless group of selections. The place is very loud and very disorganized. The vibe is that of a crowded Applebee's in an open air mall, but with poorer service.
Chef's table never disappoints. It's op ...
Chef's table never disappoints. It's open with a great view of the open kitchen and bar. Tom and Diane are always walking by and are very approachable. Their menu changes due to the availability of the best ingredients currently available. But the ever popular crab cakes and their Foie Gras are always available. Every dish is amazing and the bar puts out great cocktails and wine as well.
Check out their 'Beats on the Creek' where they have live music on the bridge which crosses the Cherry Creek.
The service at Coohills was subpar for a ...
The service at Coohills was subpar for a restaurant in its price range. The dining area was empty for a Saturday night and our waiter didn't come to our table for about 15 minutes after we sat ourselves on the patio per the hostess' instructions, my wine didn't come out until our entrees were served, and we had to flag our waiter down to get his attention for anything that we needed. As for the food, Coohills had me at pate. Charcuterie selection is decent. Expect the brats to be cold and pink in the middle. Our waiter assured us they were cooked thoroughly. Beef tartar was not as expected. It was gamey tasting quarter inch meat cubes in a dish. We sent that back and was still charged for it. Pork tenderloins seemed promising as they came out deliciously seared looking on top. As I cut through the loins, they were overcooked and tough on the top half, yet soggy and still pink on the bottom. Again our waiter assured us that it's part of the unique cooking style. He made no attempt to make good on all the cold pink pork served or for his terrible service. For a $160 dinner for two, it was not a positive experience. I do not recommend Coohills.
If you like salt and poor service then dine here.
Unfortunately, the waiter was having a very off night. Service was extremely slow. I ordered the special Salmon and got served Halibut. I like halibut but I ordered Salmon. Couldn't even eat my meal as it was extremely salty. My husband had the pork loin and couldn't even cut into it with a steak knife..way too tough and also doused in salt. The restaurant did the right thing and comped the meal which I'm grateful for, but I will never dine here again...not unless my doctor recommends a very high salt diet.
We've enjoyed previous visits more. It may be that we visited on an off day. Not all dishes were as great as expected. The halibut we shared was delicious and our guests liked the asparagus tart. I thought the notion of the deconstructed chocolate mousse was a clever idea but the actual serving presented items where one could not fully taste the different flavors. We may visit again in hopes that the whole experience will be much better.
We really enjoyed our early evening meal last Friday at Coohills. My husband and I had not been before and we were both very pleased with the food, the service and the feel of the place. I am quite sure we will go there again and bring other friends to share it with!
Sat in the bar area, every round of drinks took over 10 minutes. Server couldn't even fill water glasses. He eventually blamed the long wait for drinks on the bartenders being "slammed". They were not incredibly busy , either. Food was good, but the service was what I will remember.
Definitely an upscale place. Food was c ...
Definitely an upscale place. Food was clearly above average. Seems a little on the pricey side, but given the quality and ambiance, understandable. Our waiter, Ryan--studying to be a sommelier, was top notch (couldn't find better!). The atmosphere and location were both excellent. The bread was absolutely superb. Was a little disappointed with the Asparagus keesh-like dish. If I could, I'd give this place a 4 1/2 star.
Not so great
My husband and I went out with friends to celebrate our anniversaries. We had heard positive things about Coohills and none of us had ever been before. The atmosphere was nice and we had great service, however the food was not good. Two of us ordered the pork osso bucco and it was extremely dry, hard, bland and had some sort of gluey cheese on the polenta. The other two of us ordered the rack of lamb, which was not bad, but wasn't impressive at all either. When you're spending $35-40 a plate, you're really hoping to be wowed, and we were not.
Second visit for dinner and had a great ...
Second visit for dinner and had a great experience both times. The food was outstanding with the sole exception of the mushroom tarte, which was bland an gummy on the latest visit. Their salads are always are a highpoint - very fresh, innovative and delicious . Wished they had the one with the fried cooked egg and bacon on top I had on our first visit. Also thought the urban views out the windows, some with mountains in the distance, were interesting and better than most restaurants. I had remnants of issues with a bad oral surgery experience and the server offered to check with the kitchen for a variation on the dish I preferred, which worked out very well and was very much appreciated.
We enjoyed the food and wine, which offered a menu that was more creative than most. We started with a charcuterie selection of pate and sausage, which was delicious. Our entrees of rabbit and quail were smaller than expected but well presented. We had a delicious St. Emellion wine and our waiter, Travis, was knowledgable and helpful in making selections since it was our first time there. We will definitely go again.
I was in the neighborhood for an event at the art museum. Coohills was a convenient walk to the event and had plenty of nearby options for parking. When I arrived I observed some great specials on their menu board. Unfortunately since I was seated in the dining room I was unable to purchase items that were displayed on their menu board because these items were offered only in the bar seating area. Knowing this detail would have altered where I would have seated. The food is great in the dining room for someone that is looking at a higher quality food selection (yes, you will be paying a bit more), desires a more eloquent dining experience, and is not rushed to arrive at a performance or game at one of the nearby venues.
Strike a Balance
Atmosphere can be a big part of any restaurant's success, and Coohills capitalizes on that importance. The place can provide just what you're looking for in your dining experience, be it a cozy romantic night out, a large gathering or celebration, or simply getting a group together for a good time, a la carte.
This, combined with chef Tom Coohill's invigorating menu and the notably astute service, strikes a balance that makes for a genuine gem.
Tip: Do yourself a favor and order the crab cake. Just be prepared to make it the yardstick by which you measure every subsequent crab cake.
Cool spot and great location. I guess the menu changes frequently, so the waiter didnt know much about the actual menu items that were new or tweaked. Dessert was the best part. Rest of meal was not great, very average in terms of taste. Menu didnt have many great options (for me). I would recommend you check out the menu before visiting.
One of my Denver Favorites!
I was introduced to Coohills a couple years ago when my company decided to do their Industry event there, and their staff just impressed me from the get-go. During the event I got to sample the food and man did I go back just as soon as I had a good special occasion. Went back for Mother's Day Brunch Buffet, and most recently for my birthday dinner with my husband, and I just keep loving Coohills more and more! Their staff is friendly, their food is AH-MAZING, and their joie de vivre is on point. Just such an amazing place to go and enjoy. And perfect for private parties too!
Not worth it.
Unfortunately this restaurant turned out to be a real disappointment. Their house made bread was cold (almost frozen) inside. They brought us 3 different loaves and they all had the same issue. Finally, we just got some sad pieces of toast. The quality and quantity don't justify the very high prices at all. I got the pork belly which was overpowered by the orange sauce. My husband got the duck which was not very flavorful and the "crispy" skin was actually pretty flabby. We also ordered the artichoke salad, for $13 I got 3 (numbered) leaves and 2 small halves of baby artichoke. Over all, it was a very costly and disappointing experience. We will definitely not be back.
You can do better!
What a disappointment! Indifferent to invisible service. Great looking food but unfortunately not great tasting... atmosphere makes the place along with proximity to the stadium if you are going to a game or concert. Otherwise, dont bother much better at same or better value in Denver
Underwhelming food for a high price.
Unfortunately this was "Americanized" French food, not real French food. Everything needed more flavor and more to accompany the main on the plate. We went for Denver Restaurant Week and had the pork belly main, the pork belly was really well cooked but it was the only thing on the plate...literally the only thing. GREAT service though. But because of the "meh" food, would not try again.
Getting the food right for the second time
While I ultimately enjoyed the food this restaurant offered, it took two instances to get it right. The bread served before the meal was surprisingly burnt at the bottom and was sent back, but the serving was delicious. The second instance (and the most disappointing) was the undercooked chicken that was served to my significant other. It was light pink in the center with some sections appearing soft and undercooked. It was sent back immediately, and a second dish that resembled a rice salad with almonds, dried cranberries, and veggies was delicious. The service was great and made up for the overall dissatisfaction of the burnt bread and the undercooked chicken.
This is a top pick in my book. From Tom ...
This is a top pick in my book. From Tom and Diane Coohill owners, to Lucas Chandler and Jeffrey Webb, the best chef team in Denver, and Natalia on pastry, I love this place! Great, inventive food,an attentive, friendly wait staff, this is a top 10 dining experience in Denver. Don't miss it!
We enjoyed our evening at Coohills - the ...
We enjoyed our evening at Coohills - they did "Restaurant Week" well. We will dine there again soon. Too often the restaurants that participate in Restaurant Week take their menu down a notch (and service too). The menu had a variety of options and since there were 4 of us, we tried nearly everything on the menu.
OK, but I guess that's restaurant week standards..
Went for restaurant week - sub-par. Our first and third courses were pretty good/OK. Our second courses - the gnocchi and escargot (especially) was very disappointing. I informed the staff escargot (which I normally love) was just a sad texture and absolutely no taste whatsoever. Our waiter, Travis, was absolutely wonderful. Wine was fabulous.
Drink - great, food - alright
We had a reservation for Valentines day. Overall - 3 stars. They served special menu, no regular menu was available. For the price, food could have been much better. It felt like it was all over the place: starting with palm and seafood, ending with cocoa short ribs. Dessert and drinks, however, were very good. It was a cool experience but I don't think we will be back.
We enjoyed our experience at Coohills, a ...
We enjoyed our experience at Coohills, and everything that came to our table was delicious. The only setback I might say, was that multiple items we ordered had run out, however it turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the alternate options that we received were DELICIOUS! First, the bottle of wine we selected was bad, so we had to request the SOMM to come out and he immediately agreed the wine was off and got us a nicer bottle that was a perfect fit. One of the appetizers we ordered was no longer available, but the crab cake we had also ordered was one of the best I have ever had. Then the pork rib ordered as an entree had run out, so we opted instead for the short rib that was on the set Valentine's Day menu (we were ordering off of the main menu) and it was absolutely ahhhh-mazing! So, as mentioned, we had a few bumps in the road but everything was resolved as needed and we had a lovely time. Our table was by the window, and it was fairly cold (which I've read on other reviews for Coohills)...our server did a fine job of helping with all of our accommodations, be it food or atmosphere, so I would say it was well done!
Discovered a gem...
We have been aware of the lack of a good French restaurant in Denver and were very pleased when we learned (from our host at the restaurant) that Coohill is a French chef and the food reflects his French bias. The food really was excellent. It was a wonderful, but a little expensive, evening! The medium rare Colorado Rack of Lamb was more rare than mediam rare - but went down easily. We will certainly be back.
Superb business dinner setting
I rolled into Coohills with a party of six business associates - 3 of mine and 3 potential customers. It was important to me to make a positive impression, and Tom stopped by the table, found out about some of our food interests and was a wonderful host. Service was responsive, and very accommodating. We ordered a variety of appetizers to share, which were thoughtfully combined. Each of our main dishes were original, carefully prepared and visually appealing. The wine list has lots of options by the glass or by the bottle. Overall a great success - only reason for the ambiance issue was ongoing Christmas parties with noisy kids - certainly not their fault!
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