Denver >Food & Dining > Strings Restaurant
1700 Humboldt St, Denver, CO | Directions 8021839.743378 -104.969505
Mon. - Fri. 11am - 10pm;Sat. 5pm - 10pm;Sun. 5pm - 9pm
Neighborhoods: Northeast Denver, City Park West
Quality & Price not good! – October 2 2010
My wife and I celebrated our wedding day.
We looked so forward to eat at Strings after recommendations and after looking online at the menu it looked very nice.
We arrive and I was reading the menu,but it is not the same as the one online:(
I wanted to eat the Wild King Salmon Mushroom & Haricots Verts Succotash, Potatoes, Chervil, Corn Puree But it was not on the menu:(
The waiter told me that I could get the salmon and choose vegetables since they just changed the menu.
I asked what the word on the new salmon dish meant.And he told me it is a slow cooked long process with water and spinach.
For starter I had the Ahi Tuna Tartare.
Very Good but too much finger marks on the glass stone:(
The King Salmon come and under it was suddenly a mashed potato square!
Big surprise,since it did not tell me anything about mashed potatoes in the menu?
And it was burned:(
The haricots verts did not have the ends cutted off: ( This is basic cooking skills and for a kinda upscale restaurant should have cut the ends off!
I even had to pay 10 dollars for the haricots verts!
My daughters seafood dish did not came with chorizo as described in the meny.
The dishes could be more nice with better representation.
This evening was a disaster!
WORST SERVICE EVER – Saturday March 6th was my wife’s 33rd birthday party .I called String’ s and asked if they could accommodate a reservation for 20? I was told that it would be an hour or so wait. I agreed and called my party .We had people drive form all over Denver, Highlands Ranch, and Castle Pines. My wife and I personally drove in from Castle Pines a 40min drive. When I arrived I was told by the same person that I had spoken to on the telephone an hour before that String’s would not be able to host our party. I even included my telephone number. The staff was so incompetent and non apologetic that my phone number was written down wrong. Immediately she was to blame me for giving my own number wrong. I asked to speak with the manager and was told that “this situation had been discussed with one of the owners and that he did not have time for it” So while sitting at the bar trying to make sense of this awkward and embarrassing situation. What was I to do? 20 people at a venue that I set up for my wife’s Birthday. I was at the bar having a drink telling the group what was going on .While the bartender was ease dropping. She overheard that we were executives and attorneys at a fortune 500 company in Denver. The same owner that was to busy to discuss the situation came over and amazingly there was a table ready for us. Needless to say we did not give them our business. I feel that String’s has the worst customer service that I have ever experienced. How has this restaurant made it this far? These older generations need to realize that our blue jeans cost more that their suits there days. So don’t judge us! We went to Elway’s downtown and we had a great time. Strings surely can use some lessons from the wonderful staff at Elway’s. I would only recommend this “Denver Mile Stone” only if you want to be embarrassed and to have your night ruined.
A tradition in Denver – If you were around in the '80's, that is what the atmosphere is kind of like. It's just not all that modern but it does have a lush feel to it. The staff is attentive, the owner is usually present and the food and drinks are well-prepared. I enjoy the desserts and breadsticks in particular and the happy hour menu provides a lot of inexpensive options if you just need a snack. However, it is true that it is too pricey to go there with any regularity for a full dinner. It tends to draw an older crowd, which is perfect if you are looking for a quiet, unrushed evening out.
great place for private parties – We had my daughter's b-day party there in the back private room. At dessert time, they brought a platter full of miniature desserts for the entire table to enjoy. They allowed me to decorate ahead of time, provided a table for gifts, and were very attentive. My husband is a dessert chef and was VERY impressed. We are not easy to impress: he is originally from NY; I am originally from (downtown) Atlanta, GA: 2 meccas for fine food. However, we were very pleasantly impressed! We will return, Noah!
Great Food – I can only afford to go to Strings every now and again and it always exceeds my expectations and the wait staff is very attentive. But the last time I was in there I had a hard day at work and sat in the back for some privacy and relaxation. But the strange thing was that the owner ?or manager? was on the upper level staring down at me and that made me very uncomfortable and I just glared back at him but he never appologised or anything ,it was very strange??I felt like I was being spied on.
Not as expensive as it sounds – I eat at Strings pretty regularly (and then head over to Dbar for desert). While the description says its expensive, its not really. There is a good choice of things on the menu that are really well priced and the starters are usually big enough to eat on their own. I highly recomend the beef carpaccio or during the summer they had a camembert with honey that was amazing. If your trying to reduce your soct try the 5280 ($26.40) 4 course menu every Sunday or a half order of the pasta.
The wait staff is always friendly and the bussers are fast.
Clearing up mistake in other review – I'm not a big fan of Strings, but I am a fan of Jason Sheehan's. I've been reading his reviews since he started and I'm pretty sure he has never reviewed Strings. So... blame the kitchen, not the critic.
Disappointed – My first experience at Strings was disappointing. I went with two friends on a Monday night. The service was excellent, the bread was great, but the meal wasn't at all what I expected from the reputation or the price. I ordered the New York Strip steak, and asked that it be cooked rare. The steak was somewhat overcooked, but that wasn't so bad -- I expect that, honestly. The potatoes on the side were overly salty, and the side-dish of sauteed spinach was so salty as to be inedible. The dessert wasn't that great either -- the mousse cake had a flavorless, cakelike crust that didn't go at all well with the mousse. The coffee, however, was wonderful.
Again, the service was great, but I won't be back, nor will I recommend the restaurant to friends.
Last Restaurant Critic Review I Heed – Based on the review by local review critic Jason Sheehan of the Westword I looked forward to going to Strings. The restaurant does have its followers which I won't be a part of nor will I refer anyone to this restaurant based on my experience. I did have high hopes on this restaurant ; it has been a staple of the 17th Street scene and it's locally owned. The menu was heavy on the seafood although Colorado is landlocked, as we all know, oddly all but one of the appetizers on the Winter 2008 menu were seafood based. I didn't think it was price effective to get seafood out of season, but they seem to think differently. The service was non-existent besides when she took our order, dropped our food, and dropped our check and this was a slow night. I did have to hold her at the table so I could get my credit card out, I didn't know if she was ever going to come back. I ordered the Filet mignon, medium, can't go wrong their and the damn thing was burnt on the outside and the better part of well done on the inside. It was dry as a piece of leather and for $32 bucks. The white wine risotto it came with lacked cream, butter, cheese, seasoning and talent. It tasted more like mushy watered down rice pilaf . Redbird Chicken was ordered too, but it also was lacking salt and the accompaniments were many and over the top: dry corn bread, swiss chard and a sunny side up egg, nothing went together on that plate, tastes included. At the conclusion, I told the server that when guests leave half of their entrees on the plate it should tell you something was wrong. She was indifferent and insulted me by calling me cheap when she immediately offered to have them taken off. She didn't even want to listen to why it was a bad experience. Money wasn't the issue and she could have offered a multitude of things: attention to detail being one of them or a choice of different entrees. Instead she offered us no reason to return unless I wanted to be insulted.
Great bar menu – Even though the Meal Price is listed as $$$$, you can eat at Strings on a regular basis by enjoying the bar menu. You can even order off this menu sitting outside on the patio while people watching, but we do enjoy sitting in the bar when Chris (or it could be Kris) is bartending. She is friendly, personable, and mixes great drinks. A personal favorite is the Beef Carpaccio, which is served on a chilled glass block. I don't know if it's the presentation or just a better cut of beef, but it's my favorite Carpaccio in Denver. There's also a tempura-battered chicken nugget that comes with a dipping sauce. It's a McDonald's McNugget that went to finishing school. It comes with a dipping sauce that seems to change seasonally. The only drawback to this is if you really liked the dipping sauce at one point and it changes, you can't ask for it. But that's not much of a flaw. I think I've only ever ordered off of the main menu one time, and I'm sure whatever it was was delicious, but that bar menu lets us order a lot of items to mix and match and is generally inexpensive. There is valet parking at the corner of Humboldt and 17th, but you can usually find parking within a block or two. All-in-all, I really enjoy Strings and have no real "con" to list.
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