Root Down

1600 W. 33rd Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
303-993-4200
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  • Monday through Thursday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • $$$
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Catering, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout
  • Dinner, Brunch
  • Full bar
  • Metered Parking, Parking Lot Available, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Online Reservations Available
When Root Down opened in an old garage in 2009, it immediately took off, establishing chef/owner Justin Cucci as one of the top restaurant design talents in the city. The conversion drew on automotive and blue-collar concepts without being cheesy: rolled-up garage doors, a bar top made from a bowling alley lane, mid-century modern flourishes, artwork that channels a car-focused past. In fact, Root Down looks so good that it would still attract people even if the food were an afterthought — but Cucci’s vision for his menu was just as assertive: The kitchen puts out such big-flavored mashups as carbonara risotto, ratatouille salad and a vegetarian charcuterie board. Drinks are similarly sexed up, and brunch here is one of the most popular in town, with dishes like Vietnamese almond pancakes and fried chicken with goat-cheese biscuits. The menu is particularly vegetarian-friendly; nearly half of Root Down’s dishes are either vegetarian already or can easily be modified.

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