Aurora >Food & Dining > La Cueva Restaurant
9742 E Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO | Directions 8001039.740108 -104.874376
Monday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Delmar Parkway
Best in Colorado – I'm a hardcore mexican food lover who moved here from Austin. There were so many awesome restaurants there and Denver was a bit of a disappointment until I found La Cueva. This place has exceptional food and some of the nicest folks working there. They have by far the best tasting green chili and really good combinations. I am a vegetarian and they have so much I can eat. The salsa and chips are incredible.
I am so glad I discovered this place!
Superb Mexican food and great attention to detail – I frequent a number of favorite restaurants around the city with sushi being my favorite cuisine. In the last 20 years I've found several acceptable Mexican restaurants in the Denver area but none that showed the detail that you might see in a good restaurant in San Antonio or Albuquerque. Today (7/7/08) I stumbled by accident into La Cueva and was hugely surprised by virtually everything that we ordered. I feel that Chili Relenos are always a good measure of a Mexican restaurant and these were exemplary. The staff was charming and the house salsa which is heavy on onions as I like, was good enough to take home. In the 6 hours since we left there we've referred it to 3 other people already. Job well done!! Steve
Never going back – I had been a patron since I was a kid (1977). I had noticed slow and sometimes cold service from the wait staff in recent years. I was willing to overlook the bad service because of the excellent food. Until two visits ago! I brought my credit card up to Molly (one of the owners) to pay (they neglected to pick up my credit card long after I finished eating). Molly had problems getting the machine to print. I tried to make the usual small talk with her. I asked her how she liked her new home in the newly built neighborhood. In her frustration with the credit card machine she basically told me to shut up! Even in front of a couple of her wait staff! To say the least tension was extremely high. When I finally settled up with her she made some lame excuse about her day being hard. She never apologized. I returned two more times and she never apologized. I would have returned if only she would have apologized. Why is it so hard for some people to simply apologize when they are wrong? I couple of visits before Molly went off on me I witnessed her go off on another patron.
Restaurant in Trouble – I own a business and hosted a meeting at La Cueva - I have done this many times. On 5/15/08, as I was waiting for some of our guests to arrive, both owners of La Cueva literally verbally abused both me and my employees. The owners alleged we were hosting our meeting here and were not going to order any food. We were called treated with incredible disrespect and were charged initially for waters and chips/salsa. Both owners were terrribly mean and angry without any real reason. After we ordered food (and yes, we always order food when at restaurants), one of our appetizers had a dead critter on it.
I will never go back to this place either. I suspect the restaurant is struggling financially because the owners behavior was truly sad. I have hosted over 25 meals at this restaurant for the last 3 years and I will never go back again. The food was bad and I cannot believe the level of disrepect we received for no reason.
Nothing better in Denver – I have been going to La Cueva for years. Although it's a bit of a drive, I find it more than worth it. There is no better green chili period. And they also offer it vegeterian style, how many mexican restaurants do this???
Everything on the menu is delicious, authentic and spicy. I am completely addicted and go there as often as we can. The kids even love it and they are so kind to us.
Whenever I read a review about them that isn't 5 stars I have to realize these are not people who appreciate authentic and fantastic mexican food made from the heart. Too bad for them. For everyone else who absolutely love La Cueva, I'm with you. It truly is the best.
We used to love this place but not any more. It has seriously gone down hill. Food and service are totally lame. The green chile is like water. So sad because it used to be so good.
Overrated, but fun – We were very excited and curious to try this place after seeing some of the outstanding reviews. While the atmosphere was fun and festive and definitely added to the experience, the food was little better than average. I'm a huge Mexican/Southwest/New Mexican food fan and was hoping this would be the best I'd ever had, but it was not. The nachos were, actually, no better than Taco Bell and the quantity was miniscule. The entrees were fairly tasty, but certainly more average than many reviews led us to believe. The best parts were definitely the atmosphere and the margaritas.
Good Food, Green Chili is untouchable! – This little place is a good place to go, however they have somewhat of a smaller menu. Their food is authentic and the service is pretty good, but their green chile is untouchably (spicy) HOT!!! I got their 1/2 & 1/2 last time and came out breathen' like a dragon. I can handle my hot food, but this was just too spicy to even taste the flavor. We thought the restaruant was a little pricey, especially considering the neighborhood.
Great mole and margaritas make for a fantastic meal at this Mexican favorite. – In Short
Customers can stop by the colorful, fun bar for a drink or head into one of the pretty dining rooms, where owners Norma and Alfonso Nunez are usually on the scene. Chunky and fresh guacamole starts many meals. Entrees include taquitos, burritos, tacos and chicken mole: grilled chicken breast served with a thick sauce made of chilies, vanilla wafers, cinnamon graham crackers, garlic, marjoram and Mexican chocolate. Rice, beans, guacamole and tortillas complete the dish.
a long time family favorite – Sure, the parking is a little scarce (better since the new library went in next door), and the service is a bit slow, but we keep going back over and over again for the FOOD. The mole is my favorite; my family loves the enchiladas swimming in spicy chili. We all live by the chunky guac and yummy salsa, which we scoop up with warm fresh chips. And that service -- fresh faced young people from the old country keep our chips coming and our drinks refreshed while we wait for the food, and the owners stop by to chat like the old friends they have become. It is a comfortable place for families and couples, and it is a real boon to the neighborhood (which is much on the rise, thanks to the owners). Go early or on a week night to avoid the crowds.
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