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301 E Seventh Ave, Denver, CO | Directions 8020339.727398 -104.983449
Neighborhoods: Southeast Denver, Capitol Hill
A fixture in Denver's Midtown/Capitol Hill Neighborhood since 1987, Benny's has come to be known for serving delicious, affordable and authentic Mexican food in a fun atmosphere. Locally owned and operated, Benny's food is cooked fresh on site and offered at reasonable prices.
I don't get it – The food never was (and still isn't) good.
We used to hang there because it was local or if we were hung on a Sunday morning.
I really have no idea why it still always crowded
Notorious – Benny's is popular with suburbanites. For some reason word has gotten out that heading to the city requires a stop at Benny's. The locals, however, won't touch the place. We typically head south and east for Mexican food which is where the good stuff is.
The food at Benny's has to be straight out of a can or bottle. There is little that tastes fresh. Meats are typically cooked to the consistency of rubber (with the possible exception of the carnitas, which are sometimes a high point on the menu). Most dishes are covered in a generic sauce and a bed of lettuce with a few bits of tasteless tomatoes. There is no imagination in the presentation of the food.
Several reviewers have mentioned the margaritas. Yes, they are tasty, but way overpriced. Order a liter of margaritas and you'll get a liter carafe packed full of ice with little room for margarita.
The atmosphere at Benny's has nothing to offer. It is absolutely jam-packed with tables. A server will take your order, someone else will deliver the food in minutes and then you'll be hustled out to make room for the next party. There are televisions playing in every corner. The place is pitch dark in certain spots (which is usually a sign that you don't want to see the place in full light).
The popularity of this place is absolutely puzzling.
Benny's Regular Back in ACTION... – I had my car towed at that parking lot on May 5, 2011 going to celebrate cinco de mayo @ Benny's, I got these really mean people that i had to deal with by the name mile hi towing and recovery i took them to court and it turned out that they where innocent because they showed "proof" i dont know how but whatever im over it.
I contacted Benny and Sloan Associates by investigation and he was very nice about the whole situation he explained to me that mile hi towing and recovery is in charge of the lot they manage who goes in and out of the lot, that he only rents this to soon hopefully own it and make it an additonal benny's parking lot, he was nice about it felt really bad, i came on here before and i saw all of the bad comments and i totally agreed until now i used to come to bennys every thursday with family and friends i havent been here for a month and i was soooo glad to come back last thursday i did park in the benny's parking lot on grant i felt so much safer I had a reservation with friends i asked bennys manager if i could leave my car there over night, because last time i got towed in the lot behind and she said yes here is a token whenever you come back your car will be there..
I totally regret parking on that logan lot they stole $400 from me that i didnt even have and im still paying it off.
I was so glad to be back at benny's i was like never going to go in again, i know its not their fault if i were you next time you go to benny's there is a free parking lot on grant where its safe if you do get scamed take it out on mile hi towing and recovery not bennys
TO NEW BENNY'S COMERS YOU WILL LOVE THE MARGS AND THE FOOD..JUST DONT PARK IN A PARKING LOT BEHIND THEM THEY HAVE FREE PARKING ON 7TH AND GRANT!
Don't be a dummy – sounds like the biggest problem with folks is failing to be honest when parking downtown. If you make yourself familiar with your surroundings and keep yourself honest ( including paying for parking) then you won't find yourself in costly situations. I have been a patron at Bennys restaurant fr several years and have always parked in the correct lots for the establishment that I'm going to.
It doesn't take a high school graduate to read a sign. If there's ever any doubt you should not park there.
Welcome to the world of adult responsibility.
well, i get it – from reading the reviews here, the food sucks, the management sucks, the parking sucks, but getting hammered in magaritaville makes it all wort while. sad statement!!!!!!
Parking Scam @ Benny's – After patronizing Benny’s Cantina nearly every Friday night over the past 15 YEARS (and Sunday breakfast every other weekend) a large group of my friends and I have decided never to set foot into the establishment again. Thru having my car towed from an honor pay system parking lot @ 734 Logan, I discovered that Benny and the establishment which bears his name are clearly involved in a racket with this parking lot.
We personally witnessed alongside two Denver city police, direct interaction between the restaurants manager and two individuals (one with a child) who monitor the honor system parking lot.
I politely informed the manager at Benny’s of the situation and asked to arrange to have Mile Hi Towing return my car to the parking lot. She refused to cooperate and claimed that no deposit was left in slot 45
I have paid five dollars to park in this particular lot at least one quarter of the times that I have eaten at Benny’s. The dinner & drink check generated by our Friday night group of 8-12 averages over $100.
You have now lost a regular $100 Friday night ticket, but more damaging… word of mouth will not be favorable.
I refuse to patronize an establishment that is clearly scamming their customers.
Great Margs – I love this place. Great margs and that's all that matters!
Disgusting food. – Well, I will definitely never be back. I didn't drink the night I went, but I wish I'd at least have that excuse after even attempting to eat the slop laid before me.
The appetizer, "chilli con queso" is literally like Velveta and Hormel chili melted into a thin liquid. Plus it smells like body odor. Needless to say, I didn't eat any of that.
I returned my entree after trying to take a bite of a "chille relleno" smothered in salty muck called "green chile", realizing it had been burned to a meteorite consistency. Not to mention, the waitress was nowhere to be found most of the night, and my friend got up to track her down twice during our meal: once for silverwear, and second for returning both of our meals (his was also overcooked and covered is salty muck).
We left only full of mediocre chips and salsa and water.
I will say that I browsed the margarita and tequila list, and they do have a decent selection at a reasonable price, so perhaps it could be a fun place to go drinking with friends after a long week, but only for alcohol!
I called my girlfriend the next day. When I mentioned we had gone to Benny's, she replied, "Ew girl, I don't eat there either. I've been once and never again". As a native, I'm ashamed that this place has lasted so long in Denver!
If you want great, authentic Mexican food, try El Taco De Mexico on Santa Fe. Or if you want a quick and decent mexican fix and good margs, The Rio works. Skip this place for sure though.
Good Margarita – Most people I know go to Benny's for the margaritas, not-so-much for the food.
Don't get me wrong, the food isn't terrible but it's just ok. I've been there many times and have tried several items from on the menu and nothing has been very good as far as food.
The margaritas on the other hand are very good. They are strong and they have many different flavors. You can order by the glass or a small pitcher.
Overall the service has always been pretty good.
Good place to go after work for happy hour.
A Notch Above Canned Dog Food - Good Margaritas – Benny's is one of those restaurants that remains popular despite serving really crappy food. The reasons are the location, the prices and the margaritas. You don't go to Benny's for good food. You go to get drunk, or to ameliorate the affects of alcohol drank and don't care what you shove down your gullet, as long as it's filling.
I ate there on July 9, 2009 only out of deference to a friend and was reminded why I stopped going to Benny's a long time ago.
Look around at everyone's plate and you will notice that almost every dish looks the same. That's because every center of the plate item is drowned in green chile, which I suppose is intended to compensate for the other bland and overcooked ingredients. Examples: the barbacoa burrito. The meat had the texture of toilet paper that had been soaked overnight. The beef fajita meat resembled canned dog food with the gravy drained out of the can, and the little chunks of meat were dried out and chewy. And everything had the appearance of having sat under the heat lamps interminably.
It was just plain nasty food.
Sadly, this is the norm not the exception at Benny's. And don't look too closely at the floors unless you have a strong stomach.
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