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Adega Restaurant & Wine Bar - 45 Reviews - 1700 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (303) 534-2222

Adega Restaurant & Wine Bar

1700 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 534-2222
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The unique combinations of flavor, texture and temperature you'll experience here makes Adega one of the most unique restaurants in Denver. Here is last night's five course tastin...


On a recent return to Adega, I sensed that they were finally getting their service act together. There was good communication between management and service staff and food was co...

Eat before you go! Don't expect much service. 8/9/2005

You will never in your life have an opportunity to pay so much for so little as you will in this way over-rated establishment. Read the common themes in the reviews....poor service (arrogant is an understatement), portions so small you think they are playing a joke on you, and you pay a small fortune for the pleasure. I was invited guest and dined at the private table in the kitchen. If you think the waiters look unhappy in the dining rooms, you can see why in the kitchen. Nobody questions the chef. It is not a kitchen, it's an art class. So, go if you want to see for yourself, but stop by Burger King on the way. Pros: Wine Cons: Service, Portions, Price more

Mega Prices and Micro Portions..... 6/1/2005

Let's get one thing out of the way...we expect to be treated with a reasonable degree of warmth by the matredee and the waitpersons. Upon entering, the uptight snotty matredee sets the mood. The waiter was cold and bordering on insulting. It's over the top to serve such small portions and think people are going to oooh and ahhh! The $16.00 Squab Chop Salad barely covered the center of a saucer. The $11.00 Lobster Sausage was rubbery, bland and a small appetizer portion. I wasnt sure if it was supposed to be cold, hot, warm? And I didnt dare ask the waiter..Id already been put in my place by my wine selection. I read a review saying Adega is Challenging diners with compelling creative food? I say, the emperor is wearing NO cloths! And I want to be fed when I dine out! Pros: Wine List, Location is chic Cons: Skimpy portions, Mean staff, Expensive more

Where's the food? 5/1/2005

I dined at Adega shortly after it opened and had a fabulous experience, so I returned with two friends last weekend. This time, I was surprised to see that the chef had changed the menu to a "tasting" menu. Everything was served in small tasting portions, to enable you to sample 2 or 3 "entrees". We each ordered several and we laughed when they arrived. The portions were microscopic (but the prices were not). Everything tasted good, but there are lots of upscale restaurants in Denver that are equally good (try Rioja!). The wine cellar is fabulous,though, and we had a good time simply because we were trashed due to the wine/food ratio. I guess it wasn't all bad. We did have to stop at Village Inn on the way home and eat again, though. Total cost for the evening: $300 at Adega and $23 at Village Inn... Pros: wine selection, atmosphere Cons: portions, service more

Never AGAIN! 4/30/2005

Over priced trendy spot and you can leave hungry, unless you have enough time to order 5+ courses, but as it was, our 3 courses plus coffee and dessert took nearly 3 hours. For these prices I expect excellent service it certainly was there! When the food came cold and we tried to send it back the waiter was in shock and had to go ask someone what he should do. Out of the 12 different small plates ordered by the 4 diners only about 3 were acceptable. Pros: Nice Decor, Nice restroom, Great bread Cons: Poor service, $$$$ for amt of food, Very sm. portions more

Great food but that's it 4/3/2005

We had the tasting menu with wine pairings. The food was terrific, and the wine pairings were imaginative and well-chosed (also reasonably good value at $45). But my oh my, the service. Slapdash and careless mixed with a healthy dose of preciousness and pretentiousness. And then there's the frat-house ambience. The very noisy bar intrudes on the dining room, and most of the clientele seemed to be refugees from Hooter's. I won't be back, which is a shame, because the food was really really outstanding. Pros: food, wine Cons: service, atmosphere, bar noise more

For Serious Adventure-Diners Only! 2/15/2005

The unique combinations of flavor, texture and temperature you'll experience here makes Adega one of the most unique restaurants in Denver. Here is last night's five course tasting menu: Asparagus Confit with Grilled Tangerine, Pine Nut & Bread Salad Butter Poached Lobster with Sweet Onion Puree and Tomato-Chive Pudding Roast Breast of Poussin with Carmelized Apple Polenta Cube of Prime Ribeye with Roquefort & Bacon Twice Baked Fingerlings Passionate Chocolate (chocolate cake with passion fruit ice cream) All of these were excellent, as were the fennel & raisin rolls served with dinner. Yes the portions can be small and the prices high and the flavors very different from what you're accustomed to, but your tastebuds will get a workout and by the end of the evening you'll be full. Given the pricey wine list, the pairing option is actually a good way to go. The service was professional. Great place! Pros: Creative Dishes, Decor Cons: Pricey Wines more

Salty food, mediocre service and a $160 bill 2/11/2005

Went to Adega to celebrate Valentines day. The restaurant was designed very well and speaks to an attention to detail that holds great promise for the food. Complaints: too bright (ala Denny's) and too noisy. We ordered our first course a salad and soup. The carmelized chestnut soup was good on first taste but the sweetness and flavor was tedious by the middle of the bowl. The salad, grilled hearts of romaine was too salty. The entrees: salmon and tile fish. The salmon on first taste was enjoyable but the saltiness of it became so unpalatable by the middle of the meal it remained unfinished. The tile fish was even more salty and looked worse than it tasted. It remained uneaten as well. After poor starts and entrees we skipped dessert, mentioned the experience to the hostess and do not plan on returning. Total bill:$160 with tip. Pros: Wine list, Interior Design Cons: Food, Service, Price more

soooo bad 12/18/2004

Myself and my husbsand enjoy going out, and we don't have a problem spending a lot of money, but adega was the worst dining experience I've had in a looong time. The service was horrible, the food was cold/luke warm, the staff was personality challenged, everything was overpriced for what you got, everything I ate was oversalted, the decor is lame...yuck yuck yuck. We will never go back. more

Poor choice of restaurant 11/20/2004

The portions were extremely small. It is very expensive for the quality and quantity of food they you get. The wine list is huge, but in general very expensive $150 plus. It is very noisy, and hard to hear your partner. They call it fine dining, but the setting is very plane. I was very disappointed in it. It appears to be a corner bar trying to be upscale. Difinatly not a place for a romantic or even charming meal. Cons: , noisy, price more

Wonderful! 9/16/2004

I've been to Adega several times, including once for my birthday and I have never been disappointed. Food is creative and tasty. Dessert was wonderfully presented. Can't ask for more! more

Not Hungry & Won the Lottery? Eat Here. 8/26/2004

Perhaps if I had a microscope I'd be able to see the portions on my plate. One bite and the meal was gone, so commenting on the taste is pretty impossible. Service was mediocre, and ambiance was plain. No candles on the tables, brighter lighting, and bland decor. 2 appetizers, 2 meals, and one of the cheaper bottles of wine on the menu came to over $160 for 2 people. I'd recommend dining there only if you plan on going to McDonald's on the way home. Pros: The Valet Guy more

Absolutely Wonderful Eating! 7/26/2004

My Date and I were exhausted by the end of the night from the stimulation our tastebuds received. We had panseared fois gras w/ sweetbreads (magnificent!). I had Sable w/ orchietta pasta. For Desert I tried a 3 way Blue cheese plate w/ a tawny port. I couldn't finish the port and this meal will definitly last me a 6 months in terms of experience. Service was perfect. Pros: Food, Wine, Service more

Manhattan style/Manhattan prices 6/26/2004

I have absolutely no complaints; food, service, decor, and selection were excellent, but people should know that you will indeed pay for what you get, and that is fine as long as you are aware of this beforehand. Pros: service, food, quality more

One of Denver's very best 4/28/2004

I have eaten at Adega twice, and both times the food was outstanding. As a NYC transplant and restaurant lover, I can say that Adega isn't just a great restaurant for Denver. This restaurant would be great in any city in this country. The veal cheeks are absolutely terrific and the seasonal menu is always creative, delicious, and beautifully presented. My one quible is with the service. The first time I had no complatints, it was knowledgeable and attentive. The second time, our server was incredibly pretentious. So much so that it was off-putting to the members of our party who had not been to Adega before. I am hoping this is just an isolated case because I would hate to see Adega's service going in that direction. The food is too delicious and the room is too stylish to have distracting, uppity servers. Pros: Food, Wine List, Scene Cons: , expensive more

One of the Best, so far 3/7/2004

I have lived in this area less than a year and have tried many restaurants, but still have many more to go. So far this ranks tied with one other, Barolo Grill. We have been here several times and I have not one complaint with food, service, atmosphere, wines, price, etc. The only thing negative I can think of is that on occasion we have been unable to get a reservation when we wanted. I am holding my breath upon hearing that they are opening Mirepoix in a big hotel, that they will continue to be comitted to standards they have here. Pros: Too many to list more

Snotty 8/15/2003

Adega is a wonderful addition to Lodo . . . too bad its maitre d' was so uppity. I was there on a Thursday night at about 7:45 (no reservations) with two friends. The maitre d' refused to seat us notwithstanding the fact that several tables were open. He claimed that he had one reservation to fill for which he had to allow "another 15-20 minutes at least" and, if they didn't show, could seat us in 30 minutes. Either Adega will hold a reservation an unprecedented amount of time (upwards of 30 minutes!) or he was scoffing at my husband's apparel (jeans). Adega, however, was happy to let us eat an expensive dinner out of sight in its wine bar, however. One might expect better from a restaurant located where restaurants have come and gone like the wind over the years. more

Nice pick 4/9/2003

We're visiting from Chicago and had a recommendation for Adega. It did not disappoint. We sat in the wine bar, but had access to the full menu. Nice relaxed atmoshpere. GREAT servers. Good food. Worth the price. Nice work Adega. more

Great bar seen, okay food. 3/31/2003

I have been to Adega five times and do not know why. The service is fair and food okay. Nothing to brag about. more

Worst Service I have ever Experienced 3/1/2003

Service was terrible. The place had 3 couples and we waited 45 minutes to get our order taken. She never asked to refill our wine or ask if our food was o.k. She also forgot our silverware. After 15 minutes, we went to the bar to get silverware. The food was great, but the $100 bill was excessive for 2 people receiving bad service. I was excited about visiting this new wine bar/restaurant in Denver. However, I was truly disappointed upon leaving. Pros: Good Food, Great Wine Selection Cons: Terrible Service more

none 2/20/2003

Have eaten here twice. Best food in Denver, or has ever been in Denver for that matter. Comparable to fine food in New York city, SF etc. Pros: Food more
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