Denver >Food & Dining > Paris Coffee Roasting
Wi-Fi And Wine, Could It Get Any better?. Don't be shy, it just seems pretentious from the name. It is a wine bar, but you could walk in wearing anything from a little black dress to a t-shirt and jeans and feel comfortable. With something like over 40 wines by the glass and a saucy little reserve list, this place is great for winos, from connoisseurs to those on a budget. The staff is not only knowledgeable on their own wine list, but can answer your questions on just about anything wine related. Paris Wine Bar has the same ownership of it's infamous sister store Paris On The Platte and conveniently located right next door, so your designated driver can get a milkshake or latte while sober-supervising. They share the same kitchen, but offer a few cheese boards and more sophistication than the cafe can provide. Free wi-fi both inside and on their front patio makes the perfect setting for a lunch meeting or study spot. Food is above average and relatively speedy considering their kitchen is providing for 2 restaurants at once. Their specialty martinis are something that has yet to be rivaled, my favorite being the Godiva Espresso-tini. My bartender even made it with soy milk instead of cream for me! Though there are few options for vegans, vegetarians and gluten-free eaters, they were more than accommodating with their suggestions on how to rearrange a dish to my dietary needs. I hear their pizzas are to die for, challenging their neighbor Proto's flimsy crust pizza with their hearty foccacia bread crust. There's no tv which delightfully removes it from the swarm of sports bars downtown. Right down the street from Sushi Sasa, it makes a great place to get drinks while waiting for your reservation. Great lunch spot. All in all, one of my favorite places in town!
Great coffee shop, in theory.
Unlike so many coffee shops, Paris on the Platte has servers that come to you, is smoking-friendly, and is open into the wee hours of the morning (as a coffee shop should be). They have a solid menu, great food, roast their own beans, and make very good coffees. So why, then, am I giving them just two stars?
The service is absolutely TERRIBLE.
What good is it that their coffee is tasty when it takes them 10 minutes just to notice your existence? Count on another 10-15 (actually, I've waited longer) for your coffee to arrive - even if coffee is all you've ordered. On my last visit I sat at a table that had not been cleaned for over 5 minutes (no place to put my laptop as the table was also wet) and the server PUSHED MY HAND AWAY when I went to get an unused napkin from her tray (after asking her politely if she had any napkins). She indeed came and wiped the table down - only to leave it SO WET I STILL COULDN'T PUT MY LAPTOP ON IT. This is to say nothing of the consistently long time it takes them to get you your bill or pick it up when you're ready. Oh, and did I mention the servers generally unfriendly/annoyed attitude? Good times. Maybe it's not all the servers' fault - they do seem to be stretched quite thin. Regardless, something is not right and it, sadly, ruins what is.
After reading many of the review on this site about ?Paris? I?m going to make an assumption that most of the folks writing said reviews are yuppies wanting to shine and be number one in a cafe of over 100. Firstly I?ve worked in many kitchens, and while I wouldn?t say all the food here at Paris is top notch, it is pretty good and a few of their specialty foods are excellent. As for the coffee, most people are used to either Folgers or Starbucks; I?ve managed a coffee shop and have enjoyed coffees from all regions of the world. I will say REAL coffee is an acquired taste, Paris? coffee while not the best I?ve had is far better then either the fore mentioned Folgers and Starbucks.
The service in the day is pretty prompt and the staff are always polite. In the evening when the place never has less then 75 people, I does get cramped sometimes and the speed service does decline, its to be expected. As far as staff being rude, I have come to know a few and I will say they are as polite as the respect they are getting. Give a little get a little.
I use to go here with friends all the time back in high school, now I know why it was a high school hang out. This place is pretty chill and great to go sit and chat over cups of chai tea and clove cigarettes for hours, but not good for anything else. If you're looking for food, go try My Brother's Bar located just down the street at the intersection of 15th and Platte. That place has really good burgers that are served fast.
This place is really just for conversation, don't expect much more out of it and you won't be disappointed.
Wi-fi. There are few places to smoke in Denver any more - if you don't like smoke, don't go there. You can enjoy your coffee with your computer for hours at a time - nobody hassles if you are just sitting around. Food is rather good. I crave the nutty cheesy salad. It's a very relaxed atmosphere. If you are in a hurry, go elsewhere.
Dirty, and Terrible Service. This place has terrible service, you can't even breathe in there with all the smoke, and it's extremely dirty! It used to be enjoyable at one time and more clean but it has definitely gone downhill. The quality of the food and drinks has drastically gotten worse. They used to make the best Chai I've ever tasted and now it's either too spicy, too sweet, or has no flavor at all. Their food tastes like cheap frozen dinners. The place is really dirty. The bathrooms are filthy and something just does not seem right when you see baby flies all over the bathroom...can we say Maggots?...makes me wonder what the kitchen looks like. Lastly...terrible service, these people expect tips? Yea right! They are rude rude rude! They will even yell at you if you don't tip them what they think they should get tipped! Forget this place.
horrid service. A good friend of mine convinced me to go a few weeks ago, and I won't ever go back. The wine bar was ok, I do miss the musty, dusty book store though they should never have renovated it. But the service of the coffee shop?! My gawd! It was horrible! I ordered an Iced coffee from the gal behind the counter ( i think her name was Rachel or something, avoid her at all cost) whoi was extremely brisk and rude to not only me but every one else I saw her interact with. Other then the scared looking chef that is. I waited 20 minutes with out seeing anything that looked remotley like an iced coffee, and when I asked the same girl, she nearly bit my head off. I left with out the coffee and won't be going back. If the managment hired a few staff members that cared about good customer service, this place would be ok. Its crowded and smokey but thats ok, its a nice looking little place. But the service is absolutley horrid and I couldn't tell you what the coffee was like since I never saw mine. And if you do go, try the Godiva Chocholate Espresso Martini. It's the only thing that would even make me consider going back there.
Abyssmal Service!!!!. Service was terrible! Took an hour to get sandwiches. Dinner salads took 1 hr 20 minutes!!! Restaurant was only 1/2 full or less. It's only a short walk to the corner to My Brother's Bar or Mona's. Food and beverages were very good.
Moody server, Incompetent Chef. My friend and I went in to Paris yesterday around 3pm. There was no line at all when we ordered our two cold sandwiches to go. The waitress barked at my friend, who ordered her sandwich verbatim from the menu. Apparently, the menu was printed incorrectly. After 30 minutes, I approached the register again to see if our order was coming. The waitress waved me off, assuring me the sandwiches were on their way out. The chef in the back looked stoned and seemed not to care about the number of order tickets accumulating on his spin-around. After 45 minutes of waiting, our sandwiches were brought to us. They tasted alright, but not worth the 45 minute wait. We walked past several angry customers on the way out as we vowed never to return. The staff at Paris wouldn't understand the meaning of customer service (or any multi-syllable phrase for that matter) if it was tattooed in black across their foreheads.
Excellent food, decent coffee, awful service (at night)...Great place!!!. Ok, so Paris has been here for years and years. I have older friends who tell stories of when they went there in the early 90's with good memories. Personally, I like to call it home. Yes, the clientelle is very yuppie(ish)...Yes, the service really stinks sometimes...Yes, the coffee can be good (depending on how well it was roasted that week)...Yes, the music is blared so loud sometimes that you can't think...Yes, the chairs are incredibly uncomfortable and the tables are so close together that you feel everyone's in your bubble...And yes, they did close down the bookstore, but I feel that one thing makes up for it all - You can smoke legally here! The art is also typically decent and from local artists (although I'm sure that the colors are a lot brighter before they are hung up there...tar stains). To top this all off, the Internet (wireless AND wired) is fairly decent, as long as no one is downloading music illegally. Basically, if you want what God intended to be soulmates (coffee and cigarettes), and have some decent food, Paris on the Platte is an excellent choice for lunch to early morning fun.
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