Denver >Food & Dining > Mizuna
225 E Seventh Ave, Denver, CO | Directions 8020339.727385 -104.984162
Neighborhoods: Southeast Denver, Capitol Hill
One of my favorites in denver. Spendy but worth every penny.
Severely overrated – In theory, I should love Mizuna. Anyone who continues to serve foie gras and other culinary delights regardless of backlash from militant vegan groups almost always gets a gold star in my book. My husband, bless his heart, took me out to Mizuna for my birthday back in May, as Bonanno's flagship restaurant had been on my "Must Try" list due to the numerous glowing reviews. The actual experience, however, was so incredibly disappointing that I doubt we'll give the place a second try.
First off, our waiter was more than annoyed that we chose to split a half-bottle of wine for our meal and didn't bother to hide it. Bear in mind, I fully understand that restaurants make most of their money off of alcohol orders and I understand that the profit margin on food is virtually nil. I am also well aware that, due to our preferred choices of remembering our meal AND keeping it down rather than throwing it all back up again from over-enjoying the wine selection, we are most likely not the most favored of patrons in Denver metro restaurants. This does not, however, excuse this sort of behavior from the staff. Treat all your patrons with respect or eventually, you'll have no business at all. We have not had the same experience with any other restaurant in town.
That being said, any establishment that is willing to treat their patrons that poorly over a less profitable tab than other tables (the table next to ours was treated as if they were kings--and you guessed it, cocktails and two bottles of wine were downed before the appetizer arrived) had better have some spectacular food for us to return, and Mizuna didn't deliver. At best, our meals were average and uncreative. There was absolutely nothing on the menu that we hadn't seen before. I ordered the crab & artichoke appetizer, the baby romaine salad, and the scallops in miso broth and my husband ordered the baby romaine salad, and the salmon. Neither of us remember what he ordered as an appetizer. Everything was oversalted, INCLUDING THE BREAD! We bake our own bread at home, and let me tell you, it's pretty darned difficult to screw that up...but somehow, the cooking crew at Mizuna managed even that.
For added fun, the cooks apparently misplaced our orders for the main course. We waited over 45 minutes for it after we finished our salads. Because of it, they offered to comp our dessert selections, which we were pleased with...until the chef brought them out. Did we receive the desserts we ordered? Nope. We didn't. We received the two desserts on the menu we weren't interested in eating, neither of which I remember much about.
Last, but certainly not least, I should mention that when we got home, I was violently ill for two days...and as previously mentioned, it was not from overindulgence from wine or from food.
Frank Bonanno may be the little darling of Denver, but I have absolutely no idea why. Had we had good experiences at his other restaurants, I'd be willing to give his staff at Mizuna a pass, but he's batting 0-2 for our family. He has no excuses, in my opinion, and we'll be passing him over in favor of Fruition, Table 6, and Frasca.
Disappointed – This has been my favorite restaurant in Denver for years. My recent visit was a bit disappointing. I ordered the duo of Meyer beef for my entree. It included a NY that was cut extra thick like a filet. The meat was not cooked properly - pretty clear that they tried to cook it too fast and did not let it rest. When paying 40+ for an entree, I expect it to be cooked perfectly. The atmosphere and service was great as usual.
Supremely Over-rated – We were excited to dine at Mizuna after reading and hearing so very much about it., but sadly disappointed at the flavor and preparation of the food. The abalone appetizer was just a sad waste of a lovely ingredient---the abalone was so finely minced it lost all its characteristic texture and flavor. My dish of scallops was lovely, I'll admit. My partner had duck which neither of us can remember much about except that the waiter asked if it's flavor was too bold as it was a new dish the chef was putting out. Desert of pain perdu was a shockingly bad---the fried bread tasted of old skillet. The service was ho-hum at best---the sommelier visited every table in the room expect ours except when he had to reach across our table several times to pull wine off a rack on the wall. Overall, over-hyped.
Mizuna Saturday Night – If I could give 4.5 I would the tasting menu we had this past weekend was just fantastic. From the heirloom tomato soup served chilled to the duck confit and pasta dish that just blew us away. This was the best dining experience we have had in Colorado so far. If you would like to see pictures and a much more detailed review please see my blog at www.milehigheater.blogspot.c o m
Hands down, the best in Denver – We absolutely love Mizuna. My wife and I are huge foodies and every time we go to Mizuna we are blown away. Call us creatures of habit, but everytime we go we get the same thing - Lobster Mac & Cheese followed by the seasonal Ostrich and she'll get either salmon, tuna, or vegetarian. My brother-in-law is the manager of one of Denver's finest restaurants and he will even admit that the lamb chops at Mizuna are the best he's ever had. Mizuna's seasonal menu changes all the time, which keeps us on our toes and kees us coming back for more!
The Best of Denver – We have tried the Tasting Menu paired with wine on several occasions. I must say that each time is better than the last. This past Saturday, we were treated to some of the best ostrich we've ever had. We heard so much about the lobster macaroni and cheese (which had never been presented as part of the tasting menu), we asked to have it added to the pasta course. Not only was it exceptional, it came with a wine pairing which was unexpected. If you are looking for the finest dining Denver has to offer, visit Mizuna and order the tasting menu paired with wine. If you are looking for a quick bite to eat before the theater? you won?t get to experience everything Mizuna has to offer.
chef driven; fabulous food and service – My name is Frank Bonanno and I own Mizuna. I've never responded to a Citysearch review before, but to "cassidyguin:" we do not have a tuna appetizer on the March menu (we haven't had a tuna app in over a year); we do not have halibut on this month's menu (it's been out of season for about six months); our lamb bourguignonne is a far cry from Mediterannean; and although I spoke with every table Thursday evening, you were not among them. I'm very suspicious of this review.
Not what its cracked up to be – My wife and I dined at Mizuna on a thursday evening, when we arived the room was nearly empty yet we were told that our table was not ready, we had reservations. After fifteen minutes looking at a nearly empty room we were seat at a table set for six, there were just the two of us. Our server made us feel as though it was a burden to deal with us and did explain dishes even when asked to. We each ordered three courses and intended on later ordering dessert. The first courses that arived were plate very nicely and seasoned well, I thought maybe it was worth the earlier unpleasentries. The next course arived quickly, I had a halibut dish that was very overcooked and cold and had no seasoning at all just down right tastless. My next course was a lamb dish (the only dish thaty the server explained "a wonderful dish ful of mediterranean flavors") Again the dish was overcooked and cold and not just not the plate had condensation like it had just come out of the fridge. we opted not to stay for dessert. After diner we met the Chef and told him that diner had not lived up to the expectations, and we were told "you don't know what youre talking about". My wife and I have dined at some of the worlds greatest restaurants from Boucse in Lyon to The French Laundry and all I can say is Mizuna is by far the worst " Fine Dinning" restaurant I have visited.
$-BAGS – Let me start by saying this the first review I've ever posted, but I felt compelled to write something after the extraordinary meal that I just had. My girlfriend and I have had a hand full of great meals in Denver and I've come to realize that it's the little things that take a good meal over the top an make it a great meal. I was definitely taken over the top tonight by incredibly fresh food coupled with impeccable service and a warm friendly atmosphere. Our waiter was very knowledgeable, but not that know-it-all pushy type that has ruined a meal in the past. When I wanted more info about a dish, he was quick with some first-hand insight that left my mouth watering, but he wasn't trying to sell me on the catch of the day that was on it's last leg back in the kitchen. I had done a little reading about the lobster mac&cheese before dinner and it didn't disappoint. My girlfriend started out with the lobster bisque and it had great flavor with chunks of fresh lobster in every bite. For dinner, I had the lamb and it was straight up butter.... Cooked perfectly and melted in my mouth. You aren't going to find too many cheap bottles of wine, but a really nice selection of mid-priced bottles on the menu. We finished up the night with the creme brule and it was the best I've ever had. I'm not a big dessert guy, but it was excellent. A+ experience that I would recommend to all. Satisfied...
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