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About The 9th Door - Downtown
The 9th Door is the premier Spanish tapas bar and restaurant located in LoDo, the heart of Denver, Colorado.
Denver, CO 80202
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Wednesday: 4pm- 10pm
Thursday: 4pm - 11pm
Friday: 4pm - 12am
Saturday: 5pm - 12am
Sunday: 5pm - 10pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
18th and Blake Street. We are located a few blocks from the Union Train Station.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Available for buy-outs - just email us with time, date, number of attendees, and budget.
The 9th Door would be delighted to host your Holiday Party. We have many options for most group sizes. Call today to reserve your party while prime dates are still available.
The 9th Door - Downtown Ratings and Reviews
We were a party of 4 that dined on a Sunday evening. We made reservations but they certainly weren’t needed. We were asked to seat ourselves which was completely fine and we chose a cozy booth in the back by the kitchen.
There weren’t any specials that night due to the cook having a night off so our options were all the menu. Everything we ordered was terrific and sized perfectly for 2 people, not 4.
Creme brûlée is my favorite desert and it was the only dish I was disappointed in. The sugar wasn’t warm on top and the custard’s consistency was a bit off.
There were only 2 guys working the dining room and bar and they did have a bit of a dinner rush so it took a bit to get our sangria and water refilled. They were of course polite and courteous but just busy.
The food was good all around and we had plenty of different options to try. I was disappointed in the service, as I stated in my reservation that we were celebrating our Anniversary - but no mention of this was made by staff during our visit. One of the waiters seemed very distracted and we had a few instances where we had to ask for plates as courses were served. The place was empty so I'm not sure what was distracting him so much from being attentive. I would go back, but would probably not do so to celebrate a special occasion.
A few girlfriends and went for a fancy night out. We ordered a bunch of different tapas to share. Absolutely LOVED the fried goat cheese and ended up ordering more. We also ordered the pork ribs and although we had our other tapas in the meantime, it took about an hour or more to get the ribs from the time we ordered. Overall the ambiance was exactly what I was looking for and there was a lively crowd. I'd go back even if it was just for the fried goat cheese.
Love this place. Tapas are awesome and fairly priced. Drinks are stiff. They only offer 3 dinner options, but usually you don't even need dinner if you've shared tapas. Paella is good. I'd urge you to dine on tapa's throughout the night as it's a great way to "graze" as my wife would say
This was a great little find very close to Coors Field. The menu features Tapas and small plates to share. The vibe inside was very nice.. lots of exposed brick, rich large fabriced booths and a very warm hued back bar.... somewhat chic yet relaxed. The braised octopus small plate was delicious as was the lamb meatballs. A nice selection of wines by the glass allows for trying some good Spanish varieties.
Food was delicious, but from the moment we walked into the restaurant the service was awful. As four adults on a double date, we deserved way better service. I felt like we were treated as if we were high schoolers spending very little cash but taking up a table. The waiter was very inattentive, our water glasses were empty more often than full. He would say he'd be right back to take drink orders and or refill, then would forget. For the prices of the tapas and drinks, the service needs to be WAY better. Don't waste your time or money here.
Our 2nd visit to The 9th Door separated by about 18 months and though not as phenomenally awesome as we the 1st visit, this was still a solidly enjoyable meal experience. My Paloma drink was just too sweet and turned me off from re-ordering a different selection but my husband really liked his Spanish G&T. We had 6 tapas dishes plus churros for dessert and 4 of the tapas were fantastic tasting and the other 2 were mediocre. The churros were so rich and tasty that 1 serving was enough and all we needed to satiate our sweet tooth. Our server was attentive and virtually everything we ordered was one of her "favorite" dishes on the menu, which was kind of entertaining but also signaled she had done her homework and sampled what the chefs were producing. The restaurant was far less crowded this time (7:30-8:30) so much easier to hold a conversation but also somewhat surprising and had us thinking "was this not THE hotspot in LoDo anymore"? Regardless, we walked out full and satisfied for our date night!
The food was very tasty but they were out of a lot of the meat options which is why we went. We went to Spain over the summer and had been craving the selection of meat from over seas and were disappointed when 2/4 of the meat options were not available. The plates were much smaller than tapas in Spain but that's American Cuisine for you. I would still recommend to someone who wants to try something very close to Authentic Spanish cuisine in America.
This used to be a favorite place, but it was soooo not good this time. I brought a friend from out of town and I was embarrassed. The food is definitely not the same anymore. Pear rollos had no pear, filet was completely underseasoned, dates were dry, out of tortilla. Wine bottle prices were too high. Used to have a nice, affordable Doña Paula Malbec, but no more.
had a reservation but was put in a booth in the back by the kitchen.....thats about the only thing I had an issue with.....so the noise was high, the table was extremely dark. Great food, prices good. The street outside the restaurant was under construction, which was a drawback, but not the restaurants fault. Will go back again, it was that good.
My wife and I had our anniversary dinner here and had a very nice time. Unfortunately, they were out of the scallops, which were the one thing I really wanted to try and they don't serve the omelet which, In my opinion, is somewhat unacceptable at a Spanish tapas restaurant. Other than that, the food was very satisfying. Some brilliant flavors and ideas. The mushroom croquette was particularly good. The wine selection wasn't huge but was decent. The waiter was outstanding and the ambiance was about as nice as we could ask for. I will go back.
We stopped in for an early dinner after searching for a tapas restaurant near our hotel. The food and service were both good, but the drinks were nothing special. The sangria was probably the best of what we tried, and it wasn't too sweet, which was nice. Food-wise, the fried goat cheese, dates, ribs, and lamb lollipops were all delicious.
I brought a family from Hong Kong this evening. Usually small plates and wine works for Chinese folks wanting a western dining experience.
Horrible from start to finish. The service was so disappointing.
Server actually CHASED a member of my party out the door with a dessert she had expressly cancelled a few minutes before--because it took forever to arrive. She served it anyway to those of us still t the table, and when asked to take it off the bill, she replied, "well, I set it down so now you must pay for it."
Add to this two other dishes that never arrived, and an unwillingness to admit a mistake when one guest ordered lamb but was served the beef: " well, you said 'medallions' and that's beef" when everyone else at he table heard LAMB. (Isn't the customer always right?)
Server had a hard time opening the wine. A woman ordered the wine and server asked a man to taste. (And server was a woman who fell into the gender worm hole).
Had to ask for the bill twice.
Just a hugely disappointing evening at this price point. My clients will forgive me, but I will never, ever forgive 9th Door. Embarrassing.
To be fair, the server was likely poorly trained. So blame the management for poor guidance. And blame the owner for poor management.
With so many options in Denver, 9th Door deserves a pass. Last week we had an awesome experience next door at Vesta, and I regretted not returning there tonight. Heck, My wife confided that a chain like Carrabba's would have been a better experience for less than half the price.
Avoid. Not worth it. Never again.
At this premium price point (more like $$$ than $$), I expect much more.
This restaurant used to be one of our favorites, but it has remained almost completely unchanged in 10 years and it shows. The food quality has dropped, the drinks are good but overpriced, and the menu is drab and has almost no vegetable options. I love meat, but something needs to break it up.
I wanted this place to continue to be great just like it had been over the years. Unfortunately, it just disappointed.
Food was phenomenal, tried four separate Tapas plates as well as sharing one of the entrees between us. Server was phenomenal, very polite, and all of her recommendations were on point. Food was a great value -- food total was ~$50, cocktails like everywhere in tshis area were a bit on the high side. Only complaint was that they didn't comp ANYTHING for my fiance's birthday (as we both had cocktails and a beer/cider respectively, I would have expected one of the $5 beers to be comp'd at the very least).
Everyone and everything was fantastic! The only negative was we were seated at a table for two against a wall. There was a solid metal shelf mounted to the wall that came to the temple of the person I was with. They didn't offer to reseat us, and we didn't ask. Also, they were out of Jamon Iberico--very disappointed.
We arrived pre-ballgame. Sangria was Ok. The scallops were great. The lamb was excellent. Paella de Mariscos was very good. My only issue was probably the bill. The restaurant is rated $$. It should be changed to at least $$$. Dinner averaged almost $40 a person and we didn't really eat that much. But when you get 4 pieces of shrimp for $15, double-ups are mandatory. Definately more expensive than my favorite Chicago Tapas spot.
I have been coming to the 9th door for over ten years. This was by far my worst experience and I will never go back. The hostess was aloof and unprofessional. I was looking forward to two of my favorite dishes, the Gambas al Ajillo and filet with blue cheese. Both of these dishes were changed by the new owners, and unfortunately for the worse. Two of us dined and the bill was over $100 and neither of us were full. We ended up walking down the street afterwards and getting two slices of pizza. Initially I wondered why, at 6 pm on a Friday at peak dining time, the restaurant was nearly empty. After this terrible experience it became clear. Very, very disappointing.
We can in at 8:30 and it looked like they were closing. We had a reservation, but opted for the bar due to the lack of people. It was very bright, which ruined what could be an okay atmosphere.
Stuffed Dates were okay
Stuffed Peppers were great
The lollipop lamp chops were awesome, as were the scallops and artichokes! Portion sizes were maybe a bit smaller than tapas I typically have, but not the end of the world.
Paella could have been a lot better had the peas been cooked in, rather than just sitting on top of the rice. Presentation was cool I guess, but the taste suffered because of it - it my opinion.
Probably wouldn't go back
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