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Casa Bonita

6715 W. Colfax Lakewood, CO 80214 | West Denver Suburbs | 303-232-5115

Location Description:

You can't call yourself a Coloradan until you've visited Casa Bonita, an institution that was alternately amusing and horrifying visitors long before the concept of "eatertainment" became hot. For close to forty years, this has been a must-see stop for tourists and toddler birthday parties alike, a fake fiesta of cliff divers, pirate caves, live music, old-timey photos and all-you-want-to-eat servings of not-really Mexican food (the taco salad and sopapillas are your best bet). Ole!


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  • Cuisine(s): Mexican
  • Hours: Sun-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm
  • Price: $, $$
  • Serving: Dinner, Lunch
  • Alcohol: Beer/Wine
  • Reservations: Accepted, Not Accepted
  • Parking: Free, Lot Available
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards, cash, ATM/Debit
  • Attire: Casual
  • Features: Kid Friendly, Private Party, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible

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    Westword writer Bree Davies has made no secret of her love for the weirdly fun Denver institution, Casa Bonita, which celebrated forty years of business this year. But what seems to be a...
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    No fooling: Casa Bonita is the restaurant that Coloradans love to hate. The manufactured Mexican village on East Colfax just celebrated its fortieth birthday, and fans and foes alike marked...
  • Cafe Society: Comment of the Day
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Business Description

With seating for almost 1,000 guests, Casa Bonita is the perfect place to hold a group event, birthday party, field trip or fundraiser. Treat guests to an authentic Mexican fiesta and enjoy our live shows, cliff divers, arcade games and giftshop.

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