Denver >Food & Dining > Potager
1109 Ogden St, Denver, CO | Directions 8021839.733821 -104.975278
Tuesday To Thursday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 05:00 PM To 11:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Capitol Hill, Southeast Denver
One of Colorado's Best and Supports Local Farmers: Rarely if ever will this wonderful place dissapoint. This is the type of business locals take visitors to for a dinner night out. Yes - it's louder with old brick walls exposed and an open kitchen, but that ambience is not your typical LoDo shabby rehab with so -so food. Terri and her crew have been a success in creating a comfortable menu and completely unintimidating list of choices. The service only struggles if super busy - but relax - take time at this place and be gracious. They appreciate the customer without fail. Support our best dining venus in these harder times!
ANDY and JAMIE
Amazing Menu..... But not the best service.... – Last night my boyfriend and I decided to celebrate my birthday at Potager ... both he and I were more then impressed with the fresh exciting menu... however the service left both of us with a bad taste in our mouths. When we were there it was before the dinner rush, this would lead one to assume that the service would be amazing throughout our meal, however this was not the case at Potager. There was next to no one anywhere else seated within the restaurant. However there were several servers standing around.... we waited 15 minutes before even seeing our server.... both my boyfriend and I have done food service, so we both understand when it is busy if it takes a server a lil extra time, but this was not the case last night. throughout the whole dining experience it all came down to service as being the one thing that was lacking for both of us... before even deciding to go to Potager we both read the reviews on Citysearch and saw that the service was less then appealling, however it was the food that we were there for. My boyfriend had the grass-fed sirloin while i had the Mahi Mahi...... both dishes were amazing and I would definately enjoy either again, however the lack of service has led both my boyfriend and I to decide that eating at Potager was a one time thing......
Good unique menu, great atmoshpere – Ive read a lot of the bad reviews but ive been there twice and had a very positive experience. The dishes offered are unique and fresh. Atmosphere was great and the service was very good. The price is also reasonable for a restaurant of this quality. Good wine selection. Great patio. Good food for a reasonable price!
Wonderful Food and Wonderful Service!!!! If you have never been you should really try it – Plain and simple:
This place is the best restaurant in Denver. I have never had anything that was not to die for. All of the staff is fantastic and the backyard patio is beautiful.
Poor planning and rude service – I went there for one of my kid's birthday. More than half of the menu was not available. The kids being settled in their chairs, sipping their iced tea was the only reason that kept from leaving when the waiter disclosed that, baiscally, they had run out of food. He offered pizza! So if you like pizza and an ultra-super rude hostess, be Potager's guest!
Overrated, overpriced, bad service – Potager is one of those unfortunate restaurants where the atmosphere exceeds the product. The setting is a little shabby, a little chic and reminiscent of a French country restaurant. The outside patio is one of the best in the city. The food and the service, however fall well below par. I had been to Potager once before. Some girlfriends took me there for my own little "anti-shower" baby shower. It was an idyllic setting for a group of girls drinking, laughing and having a good time on a special day. But even then I was disappointed. I ordered the cassoulet. It was unappealing, lacking in flavor and showed no sign of being a labor of love (which it should be). My friends all pretty much felt the same. I was hesitant to return, but did so after receiving a gift certificate from a good friend that has raved about the place for years. The tilapia, highly recommended by the server was - in a word - boring. It fell short on seasoning, depth and portion - nothing worse than feeling hungry after a meal. The rib-eye, although cooked perfectly, was not like a rib-eye at all (typically all the fat makes this a very tender steak). It was chewy. Too chewy. And as for desserts, we had the cherry crisp. A crisp, whether it cherry or any other fruit, is so simple and soul satisfying that we all love them. If a restaurant is going to put it on a menu, it better be perfect. It was clear, however, the cherry crisp had been cooked well in advance; its temperature was barely warm but the overall flavor just wasn't there. Our empty plates lingered too long, we waited too long for each drink and started each course before the drinks arrived. Overall, we paid just shy of $200 for this meal (two apps, two mains, two desserts), accompanied by two glasses of wine and two beers. Usually, I have no problem forking out this type of cash if the end result justifies it. Potager, however, just didn't.
Fresh and Sophisticated – For years, Potager has been a breath of fresh air on Denver's dining scene. The place is casual and simple; the food is sophisticated--and always fresh. The service, attentive and efficent. The waitstaff know their food--and their wine. The changing seasonal menu brings anticipation with every visit. We just visited for the introduction of the "second spring menu" which was full of great offerings, including the nettle soup (earthy, savory and delicious), lamb meatballs with spaghetti and pesto, and lobster in a spring pea puree. Everything we had was exciting and well-prepared. Don't miss the chocolate pudding dessert. It's dark- chocolate heaven. I love this place and consider it to be one of Denver's best. And to the gentleman who wrote that he would rather eat his dog's genitals than eat at Potager. I wish he would.
Corrupt wait staff – I would certainly rate this spot above average for its exciting uber-local ingredients and seasonal menus. The food, unfortunately, will be beside the point now. Then, after one lovely meal last month my date noticed our 20% tip (left on food and wine) magically had inflated by nearly twenty dollars when he recieved his bank statement. It left such a foul taste in my mouth, that their food will never taste good again.
Experience at Potage forced me to finally join CitySearch as a reviewer – I have always been a CitySearch voyeur. Reading the review of others was all the involvement I needed. Who needs another username/pw to remember? Potager changed that from me.
Before I dish, let me say that Potager has an outstanding ambience and great service. My problem is the food.
We went to Potager on a weekday and, like we often do, we ordered several small plates and started with the squash soup, which was bland but edible. Our disappointment was tempered by our excitement about what was to come. Surely, it would all triumph over the soup. Little did we know that when we left we would look back on the soup as the best course.
Plate after plate arrived. We could not choke down the mussels, try as we might. The corn dish (cannot recall what it was called) was only luke warm and tasted like it was a leftover from the day before. The lamb (also cold) could have been from a bad kebab stand.
When our well-meaning waitress asked if we would like deert, it was a resounding no. One can only take so much disappointment (especially for a $100+ meal).
In total, we had four awful dishes, so it can't be blamed on one bad dish. I suspect the chef was not working the day we were in, but in a good restaurant that maintained control of its kitchen, we would have never known.
I am afraid Potager has gained its fame on the backs of those who are swayed by a great atmosphere and too many glasses of wine. Food lovers beware!
Avoid at all Costs – My first experience at Potager will also be my last. It started out on a bad note when the hostess would not take a reservation. Often restaurants will not take a reservations and that is fine, but when you are a party of ten they always make exceptions--not at Potager. So after a two hour wait and not a single comp'ed glass of wine or appetizer they sat our party. So with our expectations high (it must be good-look at all the people) we eagerly ordered from the average menu. I had the pork and she had the lobstar salad both sounded good and both were not. The price to portion size was a bad joke at best , and most importantly it simply was not good. My pork was over cooked and bland in flavor and lacked excitement. Many at our table ordered the steak and they too gave their dinners poor reviews. The service was average; already told you about the lovely hostess, and the waiter was unable to take our orders out of order (ladies first) as expected as such a high dollar restaurant. We waited forever for the waitor to end the experience and he repeatedly ignored our glances. The atmosphere of the restaurant was unfinished, the walls in the men's room looked like a construction site, as did the walls of the reataurant. With all the money they are taking from people one would think that they could finish off the cosmetics of the place. My favorite part of the experience was leaving. I think that you would be better off ordering fast food and speaking in french than eating at this 'french' establishment, even the French would not approve.
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