Ototo Food and Wine Bar opening today

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

After a few days of preview parties and events, Ototo Food and Wine Bar will be opening for dinner at 4:30 p.m. today, with lunch joining the lineup on December 13.

The former Den Deli space at 1501 South Pearl Street has a sleek new look and a menu to match, broken into Untouched, Lightly Touched and Touched categories.

What's Untouched? Wagyu Beef Carpaccio with Roasted Hen of the Wood Mushrooms ($13), for example, as well as three types of jamon, an array of cheeses and oysters, and "house-brined pickles" ($4) -- a selection that includes green tomatoes from the farm that Yasu and Toshi Kizaki, the brothers who also own Sushi Den and Izakaya Den, recently bought in Brighton.

On the Touched lineup, there's an amazing Pork and Bean Cassoulet ($12) and Crispy Sweetbreads and Cauliflower Puree ($14).

But the menu item most likely to be touched, and touched again, is from the Lightly Touched roster: the Egg in a Jar, a "soft blend of truffle mashed potatoes, diced Serrano ham, American sturgeon caviar and poached egg steamed together in a Mason jar, topped with fresh shallot, sea salt and chives, and served with grilled Ciabatta for dipping." At just $9, it could be the ultimate comfort food.

For updates on Ototo's opening, call 303-733-2503.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.