Denver >Food & Dining > Sparrow
410 E 7th Ave, Denver, CO | Directions 8020339.727286 -104.981865
Neighborhoods: Southeast Denver, Speer
Like New York – Having just moved to Colorado from Chicago, I've hard a hard time finding a cool place to hang my hat...that is until I stumbled across Sparrow last week. Sophisticated, sleek, relaxed, chic, warm and welcoming. It feels like a restaurant in New York. Food was great, not fancy. Drinks were strong and interesting. Service, everything it should be. I'll be back again and again.
hopes dashed – Was in town for a wedding and after looking at the website and reading the reviews we thought this was the ideal eatery for us to enjoy on a Friday night. The best word to describe this restaurant is "mediocre" everything about this place is so-so. The cocktails, appetizers, and the entrees were all very subpar. To give you a example, I ordered the bouillabaise for dinner and in my experience this was the worst bouillabaise I had. Thay should actually call this dish cioppino instead. Also, like some of the other reviews stated the service was slow and unattentive to our needs. In the end, I'll just put this down as a learning experience.
BEST HAPPY HOUR IN TOWN – DRIVING DOWN 7TH AVE I NOTICED THE HAPPY HOUR SIGN AT SPARROW AND HAD TO CHECK IT OUT. JEEZ, 2 FOR 1 DRINKS AND 2 FOR ONE ENTREES. SO I GOT A COUPLE OF COCKTAILS AND A FEW OF THESE LITTLE TAPAS THINGS THEY DO AT THE BAR, AND I WAS ALL SET. FUN, FRIENDLY, GREAT ATMOSPHERE. I'LL BE BACK WITH A BUNCH OF FRIENDS.
So much for good service... – I had high hopes going here for dinner for my birthday - my husband chose it for me and surprised me. I had wanted to dine at Sparrow for ages. We went at 7:30 on a Tuesday night. Upon entering, the hostess was on the phone for a few minutes, but sat us when she hung up. Turns out she was our waitress too. Said she'd be right back with water...I wouldn't call it right back, but not a travesty. Next, we ordered two glasses of prosecco. There was ONE prosecco by the glass on the menu, plus a 375ml split. She came back with two splits (equivalent to an entire bottle of prosecco, not two glasses). After an 'oops' but no real explaination, we settled on splitting the split rather than starting over. We ordered appetizers at this point. They came within a reasonable time and were absolutely delicious. The faro and arugula salad was wonderful, and the tuna and watermelon ceviche was out of this world. We then ordered a bottle of wine. And waited. And waited. And waited. And it never came, nor did she return. It was obvious that they were short staffed, but our waitress didn't even mention it (setting expectations on that kind of thing would be key to keeping your diners happy or at least not incredibly annoyed). We finally went to her and asked for the check, paid and left. I'd like to give it another shot sometime as the food was good, but it's not that high on my list to bother with.
ROMANTIC! OUTSTANDING MENU! – Menu changes so that it stays fresh and interesting. They have something for everyone. They serve up not only ?foodie? food but the best dang burgers in this town. Not a bad table in this lovely romantic restaurant. Service is impeccable. Creative cocktails. Service is so nice. This owner actually gets it! Thanks> you are the best!!!!
Great Place for Dinner – I went here last week and had the salad and calamari. I have never had thick slices of calamari before....AMAZING!
Best in the city! – First impressions are everything and when you walk into Sparrow the ambiance says it all. It is an amazingly beautiful space yet still comfortable & extremely cozy. The service (extremely friendly & knowledgable but not pushy) and food (we had apps, entrees and dessert and I think every course outdid the one before) completely backed it up. I had no idea Sparrow had been open for 2 years. Since I have sent my business partners, friends and family and all have been equally impressed. This is now on my list of weekly stops!
An unforgetable experience! – Perhaps the worst dining experience we have ever had! The wait staff here is nearly non existent, and the food terrible. We waited for our dinners for over an hour only to be disappointed when it arrived.
How anyone would rate this restaurant as anything other than "a place to avoid" is a mystery unless the owners are writing their own reviews which would not be a surprise. Wish I had taken the time to see the many unfavorable reviews by others before we chose this one. Unfortunately I read only the first review, and that was probably written by the staff! lol
After what we experienced, I would strongly recommend reading through all of the reviews on this place before deciding on where to dine. I can say with certainty that we will never go back.
So disapointed – A group of friends and I went to Dinner at Sparrow, to celebrate a Birthday party. Two of us were vegetarian, to which they had one salad to offer. The Waiter said the chef could create something special, not on the menu for us so we thought ... great! We waited 45 minutes for our food to arrive, and it was veggies on a plate, with a salad ... and I believe they charged us $15 for this little plate of greens. Another person in the group has food allergies, and requested that his dish have NO peas, carrots or lettuce on it. Well, you know it did have all 3. Another person ordered the fish (mahi mahi I think), and after 45 minutes, got a plate of mussels delivered instead. He decided to not make a big deal of it since we waited so long. Sadly to say, he was sick all night from the mussels.
Our waiter came back to check on us ONE time, approximately 30 minutes after we received our food. Our water glasses were empty, our wine bottles were empty ... certainly not the best service.
The restaurant itself is gorgeous ... couldn't ask for better atmosphere ... but the food was NOT good, and was certainly not worth the time and money. The lack of attention from our waiter made it even worse. We all decided to never return.
What a wonderful meal! – My husband and I went to Sparrow last night to celebrate my new job. The waitress and other staff could not have been friendlier - they were just wonderful. My husband and I shared a large haystack goatcheese salad (it was melt in your mouth delicious), the artichoke with crab fondue (good, but probably our least favorite of the items we ordered), the tapas trio (very large portions for tapas; the tapas trio could serve as a meal for one person), and the cod entree (this was exceptional - perfectly flavored and cooked). We shared the chocolate bombe for dessert. It was served with a turkish coffee mousse, which was unexpected and extremely tasty. We'll be back.
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