El Five

2930 Umatilla St.
Denver, CO 80211
303-524-9193
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Danielle Lirette

Details

  • Vegetarian Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Rooftop, Takeout
  • Dinner, Snack Food
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Online Reservations Available
El Five isn’t just a restaurant, it’s an experience. Perched atop a five-story building in LoHi, the restaurant commands breathtaking views of downtown and the mountains. But the views inside the walls are just as mesmerizing. People are everywhere — down corridors that lead to dining rooms surrounded by mirrors and glass; standing, sitting, ordering drinks, saving seats, sharing steel pans of paella, laughing and leaning in across velvety booths to be heard over the primal thump of a dance beat. A shiny black ceiling and ebony walls envelop you in the inner sanctum that is home to the open kitchen. Everything else glows in stark contrast, backlit with light pouring in through the open-air bar and wraparound windows. The bold reds and yellows of vintage Arabic movie posters capture the Mediterranean themes and audacious platings of the menu, which skews toward tapas, so everything is meant to share — from lamb sausage with hummus to patatas bravas to matzoh-ball soup dumplings.

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