Denver >Bars & Clubs > Mercury Cafe
2199 California St, Denver, CO | Directions 8020539.750743 -104.985120
Tu-F 5:30p-2a Sa-Su 9a-3p & 5:30p-2a Tuesday To Friday From 05:30 PM To 02:00 AM Saturday To Sunday From 09:00 AM To 03:00 PM Saturday To Sunday From 05:30 PM To 02:00 AM
Neighborhoods: Northeast Denver, Five Points
Terrible experience – I had an absolute horrible time at your establishment on new years eve. Not only was the entertainment boring and distasteful minus Lynx, but I got completely ignored by your staff, it took me an hour just to get a bloody drink which once I got I was never asked if I wanted a refill. I got pushed,shoved and bumped into by your servers without even a simple sorry. Being super busy is no excuse for rudeness and neglect. I will never return and I will never recommend your establishment to anyone.
STEP BACK IN TIME '60s plus ORGANIC SERVICED HERE – Every one should check out this restaurant once. Takes one back in time. From the food, which most is ORGANIC and many items grown locally, as down the block a ways to a community garden.
Desserts are all prepared on site. We ordered an Elk Burger and a Garlic Linguini w/fresh spinach, tomatoes, pine nuts and creamy feta cheese. Both we tasty. Wine is a little high though.
If you are on a tight budget this may not be the place. If you want the "experience" THIS IS IT. If you are lucky enough to meet the owner, (Marilyn) she'll talk all about current events, which is nice to know she is up on, liberal thinking person.
The food is expensive, horrible, and it’s run by one of the most unfriendly owners in the biz . Well, at least it’s in a bad part of town… So I guess that’s worth something J. Although the rest of the staff is great, that doesn’t score enough points to make it worth while. There are so many great places to go to in Denver and this isn’t one of them. If you are into the hippie scene, bring your love beads and go elsewhere. Yuck, Yuck Yuck!!! I give it one star but only because the system won’t let me give it a Zero.
unique, cool, entertaining, and good. – I've always enjoyed this one-of-a-kind place for many reasons: They've got a seriously cool old beatnic looking set up going on, with an upstairs dance floor you really can't hear, an extra large room for poetry readings and free mic nights--not to mention civil rights films, and yet still a separate dining area and also a bar. I've taken meat eaters here that said they serve one of the best steaks ever, and yet I was still able to get my healthy vegetarian dish. So there is variety. Sure, some of the waitresses look like they're into peace/love/and all that good stuff, but it's not only part of the ambiance, but the beliefs of what this place was created from. Very few places exist that I feel comfortable trusting how my food was acquired, and the ingredients in it. Perhaps if I didn't educate myself, I'd be happy to eat McDonalds while complaining about this place. But that's not the case. I know their milk's cost is higher than most, but I think $5 is stretching it--yet I admit I don't like to drink milk. And even if it does actually cost that much it's not indicative to the rest of the menu, and there really is a reason for it: Not only is it organic and from a local source, it's much more humanely derived. I'm not trying to get into lecturing that though, but if you really don't think it's fair, or are curious, watch PEACABLE KINGDOM and maybe you'll then understand. Also, their desserts and things are good, but they are healthier than what you'll find at the local donut shop. This place is so commendable, they've even put in water saving faucets in
their bathrooms. I just have a hard time understanding why people wouldn't want to support a place that educates itself and acts responsible to its findings, especially those of us with children whose futures we should be looking out for.
Gypsies... – This place is run by gypsies who will rob you clean. $5 for a glass of milk?? Why? You didn't even milk the damn cow yourself!!!! You bought the milk from a store!
Don't waste your time or money – Terrible food, terrible service, and terrible prices. This is the kind of place that makes you leave slightly annoyed. Don't bother.
I can't believe I even gave them a chance – First of all, this is my third time coming here, and yes, ALL of them were terrible! I tried giving them a chance but jesus, what a despicable establishment. We were never greeted, even after 30 minutes of sitting at the table WE picked out. When the waitress came she was very short and rude with us, as though she had better things to do. This was how my first two experiences there were also, and all three times I never got ? of the way through my meal it was so bad. I don?t know whether to feel sorry for these people or laugh at them. The food, my god, the food was indigestible. The service was patronizing and SLLLOOOOOWW. I?m wondering if these people even get paid for what they do (or don?t do rather), or maybe they aren?t actually on the payroll at all because it?s just enough for them to be able to say ?I work at the Merc? hahaha, what a complete waste of time and money. I?m sorry to the friends who recommended it to me, but I will NEVER step foot in this place again.
come for the pretentiousness, leave for the terrible food and service – first, the "euro-style" service wasn't amusing, even in the 'we refuse to conform because we are better than you' kind of way. I've eaten at many "euro" style establishments, but I have never been outright ignored, even by the hippest and 'weirdest' staff in Denver. I came to watch my friend play. We were one of two other tables sitting in on a totally dead Tuesday night, and they still managed to ignore us entirely. After seating ourselves, we finally got some pretentious, albeit 'DIY' style menus, which we had 45 minutes to look over before being asked "have you found something you like?" by another staff member who then managed over the coarse of another 15 minutes to find our waiter to send him over to ask the same question again. The salad did eventually arrive, complete with limp lettuce with brown edges, on a plate that was way too small. We then had time to watch several other songs, smoke cigarettes, and walk to the bar to order some mediocre yet way over-flavored 4$ glasses of beer, that is undoubtedly 'better' than everyone else's beer. The food did eventually arrive cold, and bland. We are both vegetarians and do know what good vegan cooking is, and this was anything but. I would say it was a poor-man's Watercoarse but the dishes were in fact about twice as expensive. Unable to finish my gross beer, I tried to order a sprite (or 7up). "no. we don't have 'common' soda, um.. what we DO have is organic, agave sweetened (?) lemon-lime flavored vegan soda, thats way better than those 'common' sodas". So 30min later, I'm finishing my SPRITE, and we realize that they do not take credit cards. They did, however have an ATM, which, lucky for the waiter only gives out 20's, because by this time I was so tired that i couldn't bear to wait for change, so I dropped the 20's, and RAN for the exit. I realize that this isn't Perkins, and conforming isn't hip, but if you're going to serve bland food extremely slowly and pretentiously, you shouldn't charge arm and leg.
Yucky!! – Blah!!! Horrible food and even worse service. If you want to be ignored by your server until they bring you awful food, then this is the place. The menu was boring and could have been put together by a 10 year old. My enchiladas were so overcooked that some of the food on the plate was unrecognizable. No one ever checked back with us to see if we enjoyed everything and the fastest service we got was when we asked for the check.
One of my most favorite places in Denver – I have been coming here for years. Not one time have I ever had an experience that wasn't absolutely wonderful. My favorite dish is the California omlet. Order a side of hollandaise and you will have an experience to die for. Where else can you get a glass of cherry juice with your breakfast? Or some of the most amazing coffee you ever had in your life & you can drink it with a little organic honey as well. There's dancing, art, poetry slams, you can expand your mind, talk politics, look at funky people, be a funky person, listen to live classical music on a Sunday morning... what could be better?
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