5807 W 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO | Directions 8021239.769526 -105.060519
If I remember correctly... – I live just down the street from Red Tango. Four of us went there one evening a few years ago to celebrate an event. When we were served a very thick salsa-like condiment, I asked how it was eaten, and the waiter responded that anything could be done with it, including throwing it at the window. To this day, I can't believe someone would say something like that.
As for the food, I had some fried potatoe cakes that were truly unmemorable.
Really good food, disctinctive service, GREAT locale – Red Tango is conveniently located in the quiet city of Wheat Ridge, just east of 38th Avenue and Harlan street. Last night was our third trip. It just keeps getting better. As usual, the food and service were wonderful. The wine was perfect with our meal, and the dessert-flan-delectable. The owner treated us to a fantastic dessert wine which was much more appropriate than the coffee we had planned to suck down with the flan.
It is interesting to read other posts that complain about the simplicity of some dishes (salsa) and the eclectic nature of others (black bean raviloli). Those are the very elements that keep us coming back.
Avoid the crowds, support local business, EAT HERE!
Decent food but unmemorable – Reading reviews we had high hopes for this restaurant. Found the menu schizophrenic---sort of Italian (ravioli stuffed with cheese and beans), sort of Mexican (potato cakes and shrimp with the the mundane topping of shredded lettuce, tomato, green chiles, and salsa on the side--yawn!), sort of ....what? Maybe "South American" is a run-of-the-mill combo of different cultures' food. I really don't know. But nothing stood out---besides a very dense, rich, delicious flan---as a memorable dish. Certainly, not for the prices charged. A ho-hum, salty lamb stew special tasting a bit "bourginon" for $23 dollars. If you like safe food, by all means check it out. You won't be surprised and the service is really good. If you are looking for a fresh palette of flavors..... keep looking.
Quirky, tasty, great! – This place is definitely worth the trip to an off the beaten path area of Wheat Ridge. It's a quirky spot, but the owners have done a great job of splitting up an old strip mall into a labyrinth of dining rooms.
Our server was great. He really treated us warmly and like family, and gave great recommendations. I forget the name of my wifes dish, but is was basically an awesome hash of potatoes with well seasoned steak on top. It was a latino comfort food wonder. Our starter of ceviche was one of the better we'd ever had, and was almost a meal unto itself.
This is a new favorite, will be back often.
Absolutely Fabulous! – From chips and salsa to entree - everything was A+. The food is devine and the service is excellent. Can't wait to share this rare find with family and friends.
Copier of Sabor Latino – Jose was an ex employee of Sabor Latino which is a few blocks away. Jose worked for Sabor Latino for many years as a trusted waiter but he quit from Sabor. Then he opened up a restaraunt with the same Latin food with many of copied recipies. Please do not eat there come to Sabor for the real South American food. Don't support Jose.
Tasty vegetarian option – I believe this is the first review I've ever written, but I think it would be a good idea for me to chime in. Like the last reviewer, I'm a vegetarian. Given his review, I called ahead to ask whether Red Tango has any vegetarian options, and the man who spoke with me assured me that they did. So ... we went for dinner, and I had very tasty Anaheim chilis stuffed with butternut squash, with a side salad, asparagus, and rice. There was one other vegetarian entree option, and my husband and I shared three-cheese empanadas as an appetizer. The man I spoke with also told me that they do at times change their menu, which may be why the last reviewer and I had different experiences. If you're a vegetarian, your best option might be to call and see what vegetarian options are available on the day you're thinking of eating at Red Tango.
Red Tango is not for Vegetarians – I am pleased that so many people have so many nice things to say about this place, but they do not reflect my experience even after giving them two chances. For one thing, vegetarians need not walk through the doors. There is nothing vegetarian on the menu. Of course, they offer to "make" it vegetarian for you, but my experience is they just pick the meat off of a meat oriented dish, charge the same price and expect vegetarians to be happy. That, in and of itself, is not the reason for my poor rating. I can overlook that and know to stay away. I can even overlook the dirty parking lot and the sloppy dining room. There are some things, however, I cannot overlook. For example, on my final visit, there was a bottle of wine on the menu offered as "On Special". Yet, when I ordered that, it was not available. OK, I can see running out, but that was not the case. There were several wines listed that were not available. Diners need to know this when looking over the list and before selecting. Also, despite the claims of excellent service, I got crappy service both times. I suppose the good service is reserved for regular customers, mayors and celebrities. Our server was a slow as genetic change and forced us to find the manager for our check or go to the car for our sleeping bags. I have nothing against this restaurant, and I am pleased with their success, but it is not for everyone and especially not for vegetarians.
Terrific Neighborhood Spot – No kidding around, this is the place on the West Side. A simple but well assembled wine list focused on the excellent wines of Chile and Argentina will set off your dining experience. South American influences dominate this eclectic menu and will not dissapoint. The staff are attentive and prompt without losing a sense of fun and whimsy. We love this joint!
Consistently good food and service – Our family and friends have dined at Red Tango numerous times over the years and we've never been
disappointed. We are greeted warmly by the host/owner and his wife and have never waited more than 5 mins. for a table. Within minutes we are given homemade bread and/or homemade chips w/delicious salsa, depending on whether it's dinner or lunch respectively. I have to say that I've not been disappointed by any of my meals except one my son had, but that was an exception during all the times we've been here. The wine list has a nice selection which are unique and affordable and the servers are well-versed in which wines pair w/certain foods. In the summer, the cook will make his homemade soups with vegetables and herbs from his garden, and the salads are now larger and have a wonderful balsamic vinaigrette. Soup or salad come w/your meal, and there are daily/nightly specials. My husband had a rib-eye steak w/gorgonzola mushroom sauce w/veggies and a nice rice pilaf. Incredible!! My dish was potato cakes filled w/peppers, cheese, & onions w/a filet of salmon on top w/a homemade picante sauce. Very filling and enough to take home for a light lunch tomorrow. The desserts are top-notch, and almost always include homemade flan, something chocolate and a tres leches (3 milk) cake which is to die for. The owner's wife makes the latter dessert and it one of the best I've ever had. Cordials and liquors are available for after dinner and sometimes, the owner will surprise you w/a compimentary small glass of a liquor. Ours was a delightful orange flavored one. We've taken friends and relatives here and I celebrated my 50th birthday w/35 friends in the back room which was like our own private party. Red Tango is among our top 3 restaurants. Enjoy!
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