Denver >Food & Dining > Tamayo
1400 Larimer, Denver, CO | Directions 8020239.747307 -104.999374
Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: LoDo, Union Station, Northwest Denver
Recently, I was part of a large party that dined at Tamayo. I think that whatever the bill was for a party of over 25, was not worth whatever we paid. Service was exceptional and very attentive but the food was not that good. In fact, I cannot remember what I ordered except that it had green sauce. For a place such as this to be located on Larimer, one can expect much more from down the block.
We enjoy our time there whenever we feel like eating some Mexican food!
Customer service can be friendlier, and food is okay, but nothing to die for. overall, it is an OKay place.
Terrible – We arrived on time for our 8:15 reservation. Our table was not ready, so we headed to the bar area, where we easily found 4 seats at the bar. There were at least two bartenders, and I ordered our round. However, the first bartender basically forgot that he took the order. Ten minutes later, I ordered from a second bartender. Again, he was either distracted or perhaps not trained well enough, becasue he came back nearly 10 minutes later to take the order yet again. Considering we were ordering 2 beers and 2 vodka sodas, this should not have been an overly complicated process. We finally got our drinks around 8:45. We were finally seated for our 8:15 reservation around 9pm. The menu did look fabulous, so I was excited for our entrees to arrive. I ordered the pork tenderloin. When it arrived, the pork tenderloin was in slices, with the centers clearly RAW! I cook pork tenderloin often, and I don't mind the center to be pink in order to preserve the tenderness and juices of the meat. However, these pieces were literally as rare as a beef tenderloin ordered medium rare to rare. Luckily, there were two end pieces that were cooked well enough, because by the time we received our entrees, it was 9:45, and sending this back to the kitchen seemed pointless since I didn't want to sit there for another hour. In addition, to the pork not being cooked to an appropriate temperature, it was also very tough and not tender. My dinner mates also had very so-so reviews of their own entrees.
This was a disappointment. Service from the bar to the table was absolutely horrible, and the food was awful. I would rather make something at home. I would not recommend this to anyone, and while I realize that we were there on an "off" night, the experience was so unpleasant that I would not be willing to give it a second chance.
Great Food, Great Service – Food was delicious. The service is good and quick.
Excellent Food, Excellent atmoshphere!! – Great service, great food!! Our drinks never even were half empty. A little expensive, but worth every penny!!
Expensive and poor service – I'm not sure why we put ourselves through the experience with all the other options on Larimer. Would have done better at Teds for a fraction of the price. The staff is poorly trained and rude. As we entered there was a small mob of staff at the front of the restaurant, ignoring us...the CUSTOMERS. I don't know why I have this wild expection that we should be noticed when we walk in the door. I felt invisable...and there were so few other customers in the restaurant, I just don't understand why a restaurant would not train staff to fall all over customers in this type of economy. I always expect good service, but especially these days! You can tell when a restaurant puts service first. The wait person is attentive and is focused on you not gossiping with his fellow worker. If I wanted that treatment I would go to Safeway and let the checker ignor me. I wanted another glass of wine, but by the time we could get someones attention, I was too frusterated to bother and wanted to go. We went 20 yards away to Teds and finished the evening.
Food? Give me a break. The king has no cloths. There is nothing special other than the fact that you are paying too much Mexicanish food. I dine out 3x per week and will not return.
My prediction....they close in the next 6-8 months.
Excellent Mexican Food for a not to shabby price – Eating here was a real treat. My wife chose to bring me here and we had a delightful experience. People say cheap mexican food is horrible mexican food, but this place will turn that thinking around. Will be back soon!
Bad customer service, bland food, and $$$ – I've walked by Tamayo so many times on my way to UCD campus for school and saw their cool little salsa dip that so many people ordered. I decided to try it for my birthday on a Saturday. Big mistake. Reservations for the big party was unsure because Cirque de Soleil was in town so they couldn't guarantee us the reservation. My friend even had to give a credit card number to them to secure our spot.
The service started out good. The guac, salsa, and chips they brought out were delicious. I got there later than some of my friends and was informed that the server just asked my friends if they wanted chips and salsa. We didn't know the guac costs $9.50 for a small bit of guac!! If we had known that we would have just asked for chips and salsa with NO guac! We had a big party so they ended up giving up 5 of these.
The seating was nice, we got the rooftop patio. One of my friends is preggo and will not eat any undercooked food so she had to send her beef tacos back to the kitchen to get cooked. The meat still came back pink. I was there when she informed the waitress that she had lost her appetite and did not want the tacos anymore. The waitress seemed indifferent and did ask if she wanted anything else and when my friend said "no" the server just asked "are you done?" and whisked away her plate. She had even explained to the waitress that she is preggo and cannot eat undercookd food. Another friend had a custom meal which consisted of a steak and mashed potatoes which cost $32 dollars!
I ordered the lobster crepes because everything else seemed overpriced and didn't sound appetizing. The presentation was great but the taste was absolutely bland! I ate it all because I didn't want to waste it. It cost $15 for 2 small crepes and I didn't even taste the lobster. I also ordered the calamari which was not bad, it had flavor but it was probably fried and sauteed with the sauce it came it so it is "wet".
My friend wanted to make it special for me so she bought a cake for use. It costs $5.00 to cut one piece of cake!! It would have cost us almost $90 for that! But the guy who cut said he would waive the fee for us which was very nice. I was even supposed to get a "free" dessert but we were never asked if we still wanted it.
The bill came out to be $500 dollars including tip because we had about 17 people. The waitress forgot to take off the entree my friend could not eat and had to re-fix the bill, luckily we checked the entire bill to make sure they didn't cheat us. Just because we are a big party doesn't mean we should get bad service. We felt like the waitress could care less because she was getting her 20% anyway. I barely ate anything and I'm pretty sure that everyone else left hungry as well which is bad news for a restaurant. How did we spend $500 and leave hungry?!?!! I don't know if I would give this place a second chance. Tamayo would really need some work in customer service and food for their prices.
Fantastic meal and Service – My wife and I dined here for Valentines Day and it was by far one of the best meals we have ever had. They had a special menu for the holiday, and everything was delicious. The service was impeccable and the food was wonderful. I did find the dessert to be a little small, but when I mentioned it to our server, he brought out another piece for us to share. This was our first time at Tamayo, but it will surely not be our last.
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