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El Chapultepec

1962 Market St. Denver, CO 80202 | Downtown Denver | 303-295-9126

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A downtown landmark since 1933, El Chapultepec is the swinging home to Denver's finest jazz and R&B artists, who command the stage in the tiny club seven nights a week. Though the 'Pec is most celebrated for its music, the food is well worth a visit. With American grub and traditional Mexican dishes that beg to be smothered in cheese and green chile, El Chapultepec is a classic choice for a weekday lunch or a burrito fix during a night on the town. Spicy, cheesy and inexpensive, the 'Pec's food does the trick on a rough morning after, too. The music leans to the traditional, and so do the tastes of purists who show up to listen in this dim, vintage gem.

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  • Cuisine(s): American, Mexican
  • Hours: Daily 11am-2am
  • Price: $
  • Serving: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Parking: Street
  • Payment Types: cash, ATM/Debit
  • Attire: Casual
  • Features: Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible

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