Denver >Food & Dining > 8 Rivers Cafe
4:30 - 6:30 Happy Hour (M-F)
4:30 - 10:00PM Dinner (M-F)
3:00 - 11:00 PM Saturday
3:00 - 9:00 Sunday
Neighborhoods: West Highland, Northwest Denver
horrible service – Went 8 rivers last night after wanting to for the last 6 months. Wish I would have waited. Took a friend for her birthday. We waited almost 15 min. before someone asked if we wanted something to drink. The meal was good but took forever to get. The staff never asked if we wanted another drink. some people around us were very angry about the service and asked for thier check before thier long awaited meal arrived. I was shocked to see they were charged for thier drinks which they almost had to begg for. Not sure I will ever go back after last night
My name is John, and I am an 8 Rivers regular! (the twleve step program to fun food!) – I am regular at 8 Rivers. The food is over the top. The tofu is not my favorite, but you can not go wrong with the J e r k Chicken or the Tropical Chicken. Service can be a little less than professional ? however, that seems to be an issue in the Highlands overall. They have hired some new wait people recently who seem to know their stuff.
Great place for a first date and if you get a chance to meet the Chef, you too will be a regular!
Just ok – I'd heard good things about this place and loved that it was right in the heart of the highlands, so I thought I'd check it out. I suppose nothing was terrible about it, it's just that absolutely nothing impressed. The plantain wonton wraps were pretty good, although the waitress did say "no matter what they taste like, they are plantains" -I have no idea what to take from that. She also didn't seem to know what "jerkk(apparently citysearch won't allow the actual spelling as it is deemed inappropriate) spice" was and had to look at the menu to explain it to us. The tofu was pretty bland (perhaps I'm just not used to jamaican food, but isn't it supposed to be spicy?) and the waitress was very nice, but not very attentive or knowledgeable. It's not a place I plan on visiting again.
Should not be called a – Several times when a restaurant is classified "Jamaican" I and my family are eager to try it out. Most of the time we are disappointed as we were last Friday night. We were seated immediately, our waiter brought out the completely wrong dish then commented that he had a "brain f__t." The plaintains were fried BANANAS not plaintains, the rice and peas were unrecognizable and my meal (which originally came out as tofu and callaloo) was not anywhere near spicy. Friends passed by when we were eating and asked what we thought, our comment was that if you didn't want authentic Jamaican food then it was an okay restaurant. By the way, my family and I were born in Jamaica and eat authentic Jamaican food at home all the time. We like to eat out though just like everyone else.
OK, when they first opened.... – There were some rough spots. But the food has always been great. My Grandmother is from the Caribbean and this is Denver's ONLY truly authentic Island restaurant. If it was too hot for you, you should have ordered one of the many entrees that have no spice just flavor, the curry chicken comes to mind.
This place is far from bland and the atmoshpere is like being back in the Caribbean. Please know this is not your Bahama Breeze White Bread take on an all inclusive. it is TRUE Caribbean flavor, TRUE Caribbean Vibe. This place is were the locals would go! And as it says on their wall - Positive Vibrations, Man. That's what makes this work! Bob Marley 1977. I think Bahama Breeze is still open if you want a pineapple J e r k Turkey Burger!
Decent Food, but zero ambience, very casual service – Locals will remember this place as Poggio's, prior to B ang!. The food is good, flavors are nice and authentic. The specialty drinks are a little pricey, but good. They are strong and sneak up on you.
The pork was good, but a little dry. Plantains were very good. A couple of nice desserts on the menu. It's a little higher than fairly priced, but it comes with the neighborhood.
The service was fair, very casual, almost too casual.
It's not a very comfortable place. It's a shell of space, like B ang! was and less than Poggio offered. If there was room, a bar would be great. It's a bit noisy, but that's easy to fix. The patio would be the best place to sit, if the service wasn't so lax.
I'm not sure I ate at the same place – I ate at 8 Rivers with a large group just after opening. The food was so hot you could not taste any flavor- it made me sweat buckets and we were rudely ushered out of the restuarant at 8pm because they wanted to close the place.
A Romantic Carribean Moment – A warm, Caribbean moment awaits you when crossing the threshold. You?re swept away by friendly, courteous wait staff to your intimate hideaway, while Regge, blues and jazz fill the air as wafts of hot peppers, basil, curry and hints of cloves and fresh mint fill your nostrils. Enjoy a dirty mojito, a picturesque drink of rum and mint, and sink your teeth into fried wantons, filled with plantains, served hot and crisp with a fresh fruit salsa. If you?re feeling a bit adventurous, ask Scott to suggest your dinner selection. We enjoyed the Caribbean chicken, succulent with just the right amount of spice, and the curried shrimp, sauteed to perfection, a subtle blend of curry and cream. Dessert was exquisite, bread pudding alamode with French-pressed coffee.
What?s unique about dining at 8 Rivers is the relaxed atmosphere where you can linger, un-pressured, and savor the unique flavors and ambience of this romantic Caribbean restaurant. A true dining experience.
The food is beautiful! – A wonderful experience for myself and my wife. We 8 Rivers Cafe because we heard of it from a friend that knows how we enjoy fine dining and were astonished. The food is remarkable, great tasting, beatifully presented and perfectly timed. Great service and beatiful decor has made this one of our favorite restaurants in Denver.
Great service in a comfortable atmosphere with incredible food – I have enjoyed several meals at 8 Rivers and each has been a pleasure whether at lunch or dinner. Sevice is prompt and friendly. There is a complete explanation of dishes and incredients as well as recommendations for first time customers. The presentation of the food is excellent and leads to a great dining experience. I will continue to dine at 8 Rivers.
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