Denver >Food & Dining > Tamayo
1400 Larimer, Denver, CO | Directions 8020239.747307 -104.999374
Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Union Station, LoDo, Northwest Denver
Under $20? Seriously? unless you eat at Taco Bell every day – Who says that you have to spend under $20 for good Mexican Food? You have to be kidding, when you go out to a RESTAURANT of this caliber, don't expect Tex-Mex, it's REAL mexican cuisine.
The service is always great here, been here more than 30 times and I have never had a bad experience.
Awesome location as well, when you go to the theatre or to a concert at the Pepsi Center.
$9.50 Guacamole? – Don't be fooled by these pretentious, overpriced restaurants. Mexican dished should NEVER exceed $20, I don't care how amazing your head chef is, it's outrageous. El Taco De Mexico has this place beat.
It's probably overrated, BUT... – There is something very alluring about this place. I, too, have travelled to Mexico and realize that authentic Mexican does not consist of gargantuan portions. Also, comparing Tamayo to Taco Bell is not apt. This IS an upscale Mexican restaurant, albeit one with service issues. But try the rooftop bar when it's warm out and have some appetizers. There is no question that a full meal is expensive but the food is definitely authentic, fresh and imaginative. The service is another story and can be eratic. Also, it is very often the case that the rooftop bar is closed for a private party and that has soured my boyfriend and me from returning in the last year. Still, I would give it another chance.
don't eat here – i agree with dave. i passed by this restaurant many times and had wanted to try it out for some time. the place is way over priced for the amount of food you actually get. i think the food is tasty but not worth the price. also, the management should work on the service. for upscale dining, it should be immaculate, but its not and you won't be satisfied.
the soup consisted of pureed corn chowder and pureed black beans. when did baby food become gourmet? and to top if off, you will only get 3 tbsp for $9.00 ( i'm not exaggerating, unfortunately). The appetizers are really tapas. the tacos are bite-sized and the flauntas are even smaller. i walked out STARVING. come on, at least feed me for the money i'm choosing to spend at your place!
i went from being excited and curious to try out high end mexican cuisine, to completely disappointed and in total disbelief. i really wish my experience was different.
barbara, good for you for liking the place. that's your opinion and your money. but in this case, i agree with dave below. i will never come back and i will never recommend this place to my family or friends. taco bell does actually sound better after my experience!
Dave you are an idiot! This is a great restaurant! My husband and I have frequented Tamayo for years, and have never had a bad experience. The service is fantastic and the food is delicious, unique Mexican cuisine . I hate when people go out and do not know how to dine. If you are upset about something speak up, and have the situation fixed, not that you will need to here. If you are looking for sloppy, cheap family fare, go to Taco Bell.
Such a joke, please do not eat at this establishment!!! – I have been frequently attending restaurants downtown for most of my adult life. I am very easy going when it comes to dining and during a night out with the family, I thought I would try Tamayo. Unfortunately the only good part of my experience is the laughter I had when I saw how ridiculously small the portions were compared to the price. To top off the meal, was a nice $67.00 dollar bottle of wine added to our bill which we never ordered. I would rather not waste the rest of my time explaining what a joke this restaurant is. :(
Great service and great food!! – I went there for lunch to celebrate a collegue's retirement and we had the best experience. The drinks were fantastic, the food was amazing, and the service was great!! Our waiter was great at answering all our questions and accomodating my vegetarian co-worker's requests. He also brought out an amazing empanada dessert for our table after noticing that we were giving our collegue a gift - we didn't even need to ask! Tamayo really exceeded our expectations!
Mike the manager was incredibly rude. – We were just ordering our food when we overheard an employee tell another employee a completely innapropriate joke at the host stand. Come to find out, the employee's name was Mike and he was a MANAGER?!? We asked for the check for our drinks and the server looked confused. We explained why and the server made it seem like it was no big deal. Never again will we go to Tamayo, Zengo, or any of the other foo-foo 'Modern Mexican' franchise crap-holes.
A Real Class Act! – It has been a long time since I've had dinner with such ambience and sophistication. This is one restaurant you've got to try. Our party of four had appetizers and entrees that were so special. But to top that was our waitress. She was freindly and professional all the way (not just as she presented the check as I find in many restaurants). We were all pleased with the portions, presentations and prices. Every bit as good as the original Tamayo's in San Francisco.
If you are expecting gobs of food such as burritos, enchiladas and a plate smothered in cheese and sauce this is not the place for you. This is delicate cusine prepared by a master chef who cares about quality, taste and presentation. If you are the person who loves good food, this is the place for you.
Great place for a special night out - patio is awesome - however there's a lot of competition for Mexican food for less $$$. – Just got back from Tamayo where we had a party of 8 for my wife's birthday. The location could not be better. The interior's neatly decoed, but tight & noisy when busy. Great views from the patio lounge and bar. The service was gracious and friendly if not a bit informal for a 5 star restaurant.
Now, as to the food, I've traveled throughout many parts of central and coastal Mexico including Puebla - the home of Mole Poblano, so for a guerro/havacho/gringo - I've eaten my share of authentic Mexican food. The food at Tamayo shows that a lot of thought has gone into the unique creations like the corn and huitlacoche dumpling soup to twists on old favorites like a shrimp and scallop stuffed relleno. That being said, this restaurant's food shows it's East-Coast roots with it's lack of salt and spicy punchiness. The guacamole has no garlic while the spicy version isn't very spicy. The mole sauce could use more salt and please, NO cream. The mole's flavor was actually close to what I remember eating with the Reyes family I stayed with in Puebla Mexico in 1984, but was lost in the heavy cream they plashed over it. My wife's chicken Yucateco was actually very tasty, but nothing I couldn't re-create on my backyard grill with some orange/ancho chilli marinade. The two types of ceviches were OK, but a little salsa-esque ... they didn't come close to the snapper ceviche we shared on South Padre Island for a fraction of the price.
If you have a special occasion, hot date, or just want to hang in the patio with some friends while slamming $40 Tequila shots - Tamayo is a must. However if all you're looking for is some salty, spicy, greasy, authentic Mexican food - try a road-side Mexican catering truck instead - what with a $4 plate of al pastor, $2 taquitos al carbon or bistec ranchero with a habanerro salsa, trucks are hard to beat INDEED - especially when considering the prices you will pay at Tamayo for albeit unique and artful dishes but with no exclamation point....
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