Denver >Food & Dining > Vesta Dipping Grill
1822 Blake St, Denver, CO | Directions 8020239.752502 -104.996419
Sunday To Thursday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 05:00 PM To 11:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Union Station, Northwest Denver, LoDo
Good food Terrible Service. The sauces actually detract. – First let me preface this by saying, we go out a lot and to very good restaurants. This was absolutely not one of them. The meats were pretty good, the venison has some very excellent qualities. The beef tenderloin was cooked well, but not the best cut. The Shrimp and bay scallop ceviche was very good and has some nice flavors with the medium spice. The vietnames egg rolls were ok, with the crust be excellent and the filling being worthless. The food overall was very good. The service was terrible. We were sat at 7:00. We had our first contact with our waiter at 7:25. Since we had 25 minutes to look over the menu, we were pretty sure what we were going to get, but we just ordered drinks and appetizers. The first bottle of wine was not available, and instead of just asking if we want another bottle, the waiter goes into a long story of why it is out. Who cares? Apologize, and just get me the second bottle. We next see our waiter about 30 minutes later with the appetizers and bottle of wine. At this point we order, because who knows when we will see him next. We order and he is just very rude from then on, tossing dessert menus at us, not explaining anything. This waiter took what could have been a nice experience into a restaurant we will not return to.
Mixed feelings about this restaurant – My husband and I had heard such great things about this place...great food, great ambiance, good service, romantic, etc. so we decided to try it out.
Our reservations were at 6:45, so we showed up at 6:40 and checked in with the hostess. She said it would be a few minutes, so we went and sat at the bar. 6:45 came and went, then 7:00, 7;05, at about 7:10 we started to notice that people who came in after us were getting seated. At 7:15, my husband decided to check in with the hostess. They acted very confused, and said they could go ahead and seat us.
We were finally seated at 7:20 (40 minutes after we got there...35 minutes after our reservation.) They only excuse we were given was that there was a mix-up with the hostesses when they switched shifts.
Our waiter was decent, but acted distracted most of the time...he actually brought us our appetizer twice, not realizing we'd already eaten our appetizer...it was a bit strange.
The place was REALLY loud too! The music was so loud that everyone was trying to talk above it and my husband and I couldn't even hear each other. Not romantic at all!!
The food was good...really no complaints there. Just keep in mind if you go to this restaurant that the food is decent, but the service is really bad!! And, don't go here if you are looking for a romantic evening.
Great food, but had long wait to get it – First time there, and probably the last. Great food, and wait staff was very attentive. However, service out of the kitchen was very slow, and the wait staff kept coming by to apologize. We were a party of two and chose to share a salad and two entrees, as three courses (the restaurants suggestion). The salad came fast, but then there was over an hour wait for the 1st entree. Restaurant was about 75% full at the time. This will prevent us from returning.
eclectic – Somewhat consistant food, slightly overated ,see and be seen. The food is usually excellent , the service is very sketchy and sometimes rude. I have been there in small parties as well as special arrangements for large celebratory parties. The kitchen once flipped out an ember and burned my daughters arm. The restitution for that mishap was a flippant "oops".
very good – Everytime we eat here,it is always very tasty...Always a special evening..And the food is delicious..!!
The food is overpriced and the staff is rude – My husband and I went there for a fun night out but were very disappointed. First and foremost we had a reservation but we had to wait for 20 minutes. After we were sat we waited 10 minutes before anyone came to take our drink order. This continued throughout the night. When we received our food the steak was overcooked and the chicken was undercooked. I would not recommended this to anyone!
Very disappointing for a vegetarian.. – First, the good things.
Vesta has a wonderful ambiance and location. Everything from the lighting, menus and the table settings to the power washed brick walls and old wooden floors patched up with metal is esthetically pleasing. The reason I gave this restaurant two tries was because of how much I like its facade but last Saturday night will be my last time at Vesta.
On to the bad.
There are only two vegetarian items on the entree menu. The first is a tofu steak that was very bland and altogether unfortunate tasting. This food was not something close to being worthy of its price tag and most of it went to the trash can. The second entree is a "vegetarian mixto" composed of a small portion of grilled vegetables and grits. While this dish was less disappointing than the last, it was completely without creativity and again, I left hungry.
Now, I know that this is a very popular restaurant and that many people enjoy it. Everyone that I've eaten at Vesta with has enjoyed it but none of them were vegetarians. It's very important for any restaurant but especially for well liked restaurants to have at least one very good vegetarian meal. Vesta has two not good meals that really need to be taken off of the menu and created anew.
I want to like Vesta, I really do. The servers are polite and accommodating and the samosas on the appetizer menu are delicious, but the entrees just ruin the entire experience. My advice to Vesta is to put more thought into the desires of foodies who happen to go without meat and my advice to vegetarians is to try another restaurant like Potager, who knows vegetarians very well.
I hope this is helpful. Thank you!
Fun place to be – The food is original. Would be a great place to take a date. Something is just missing from making this a 5-star rating.
Wonderful Food, Knowledgeable staff!! – We went to Vesta's for a well deserved Friday evening away from the kids. We got street parking right outfront (bring quarters) We had early reservations (5:45) and were a few minutes late. There was no problem being seated, and our table was great. The server was awesome, and knowledgeable about the entire menu.
We had ceviche to start, because of all the great reviews. It was pretty good, but we went with the chile verde level, and I think that was a mistake. The best part about ceviche is the freshness, and mixing it with a sauce was interesting. I think next time we would go with the mango poblano, just to make it a little more authenic, or plain with a sauce on the side.
While waiting for our entree, they brought us some samples of menu items, which was great. I ordered the pork tenderloin which was delish, there was alot of meat, and tons of rice and onions. (I didnt even eat it all there was so much) Presentatoin was great. It comes with mojito onions, and they did taste like a mojito! I went ahead and got the suggested paired sauces. My husband had the scallops. They were cooked to perfection and a large serving (4-5 large scallops). The sweet potatoes were do good that he ate them even though he doesnt like sweet potatoes. They accidentally brought us hot fudge instead of one of his sauces, but they quickly fixed it, and brought us a complimentary desert sampler to make up for the mistake!!
All in all, great dining, I don't have any complaints, and that is odd for me!!
Favorite place in Denver – I've been frequenting Vesta for 11 years and had never been disappointed - until recently. Usually a cool atmosphere but found bartender to be a bit rude the last time I was there.
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