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El Jefe

4.7
4.7
646 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Our menu is inspired by the Mexican regions of Yucatán, Oaxaca, and Veracruz. We strive to respect the influences and traditions of these diverse cultures to bring you food that is uniquely El Jefe.

We believe in doing things the right way. Not because it’s trendy or cool, but because it’s right. We change our menu with the grow season, supporting our neighbors and the terroir of Colorado. We are not your average Mexican joint, rather a reflection of our environment and beliefs.

We hand make our tortillas every day. All of our pork comes from one whole hog. Our chefs breakdown the whole animal, for chorizo, appetizers, stocks, soups, and entrees. Nothing is wasted. We do this out of respect for the animal and for the people who raised them for us. Anything we can produce in our kitchen is done by us, with love. No frills, just good food.

We do an amazing brunch on the weekends, and by default or menu is nearly 100% gluten free.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Farm-to-table, Contemporary Mexican
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat 10:00 am–3:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue, Thu, Fri 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (720) 389-7615
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+
  • Executive chef
    Eusebio Silvario
  • Private party facilities
    The Crown Room at El Jefe is great for holiday parties, cocktail parties, corporate team building events, movie nights, game-day parties, rehearsal dinners, family reunions bridal/baby showers and more.
  • Neighborhood
    Highlands
  • Cross street
    Alcott
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 646 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Denver / Colorado

    Mexican

  • Denver

    Neighborhood gem

646 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Couldn’t handle the Friday night crowd. Hostess and waitress disappeared. Drinks were late and mediocre. Appetizer was cold. I guess these guys are too cool to provide good food and service. There are plenty of other Mexican food options in the Denver area.

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  2. Jamie

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love el jefe! The team is amazing from servers to bar to kitchen!!! Thank you!

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  3. Tsvia

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A delightful and unique dining experience! We only wish we had been coming for years instead of being the first time. We’ll be back.

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  4. paul

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always outstanding experience. Staff is very friendly and attentive. Very knowledgeable about the menu items available. Manager on the floor was friendly and made sure to greet us and to make sure we were taken care of. Fantastic experience.

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  5. Jamie

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love el hefe!!! You will love it- flavorful and fresh! High quality! Wonderful staff!

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  6. Elizabeth

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The best birria in Denver! Delicious cocktails and fun atmosphere.

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  7. holly

    Denver

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always so fresh and tasty!! Love seeing the beautiful and colorful fruits/ veggies in the glass coolers.

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  8. cking

    Denver

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    El Jefe is just a great place to go! The food is delicious, the service is always good and charming, the ambience is comfortable but interesting at the same time. I had the winter salad, a combination of arugula, dates, radish, roasted squash and a balsamic glaze. Delicious! (It would be great with the addition of pepitas.)

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  9. AlisonB

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our Friday family favorites! A chance to catch up after a busy week going different directions and come together for a delicious family meal and actually get an opportunity to chat with our teenage children!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious but service could’ve been better/more attentive. The restaurant wasn’t crowded at all so that was disappointing. Get the crab nachos!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing! Service was excellent. Would eat here again

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  12. DeneeC

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were visiting from Las Vegas and stumbled across this AMAZING restaurant. The food was outstanding as well as the service provided by Marco. We had the brussel sprouts, salsa trio, queso with mushrooms, quesa birria tacos (which were the BEST I’ve ever had), chorizo tacos, the Mexican pumpkin pie, and the churros. All amazing dishes that you could tell were prepared with love and creativity. Highly recommend and will definitely be back!

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  13. JennG

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome place. Super knowledgeable server, food is really legit. Get the mole enchiladas or Al pastor. Loved the cocktail menu. Reasonable prices.

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  14. Geee

    Denver

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, great service. Interesting flavor combinations

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  15. Lorie

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and wonderful service, one of my favorite places!

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  16. DianeB

    Denver

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    One of my favorite places! Service is welcoming and friendly. Great food and great vibe!! Never disappoints!

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  17. Michael

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place and hospitality, love the service and drink!

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  18. Marc

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and great service. Overall, a very enjoyable evening.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First timers…Food taste fresh, light yet flavorful! Margaritas were on point too! And Jessie our waiter was very friendly and provided great recommendations! Overall great experience.

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  20. LeahW

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Amazing, food, drinks and service. Food was quality, plus friendly and helpful service and staff and reasonable prices made for a great overall experience. Will definitely come here again.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service, definitely will be going back

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  22. AliceM

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Marco was our server and he was incredibly helpful, attentive and professional. Beyond excellent. Music was great. Drinks and food amazing. I had Al Pastor and was very pleased. Families, singles, friends…everyone loves it. Great little bar for happy hour. Would be great for date night too.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great in general but amazing for brunch and bottomless 🧡

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow!!! The food was exceptional! Very reasonably priced too. Definitely will be back!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Basic and good. Too tomatillo ..oey for us. But if you like tomatillo go get it. The queso was good. The chicharrones appetizer were fire.

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  26. Anna

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I cannot believe this place isn't packed from sun up to sun down. Great Brunch! Great Food! Great Service!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best mole I have ever tasted! This is not a one-note sauce which I find to be more common in places I have eaten mole dishes, outside of Mexico. The flavor starts out earthy/sweet then the smoky, warm, rich spices come through. I highly recommend the mole enchiladas!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and great service! Great time for my birthday. They also have yummy margaritas

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  29. Nick

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite spot for dinner.Can’t say enough about the quality of food and above excellent staff.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome and authentic Mexican food! Drinks are especially amazing!

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  31. BrittT

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, delicious food. Everything was perfect from apps (guac and salsa trio- highly recommend) and drinks through dessert. Loved the atmosphere open kitchen.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    If you’re looking for authentic Mexican food do not go here.

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  33. MichaelZ

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service all around. From the host who worked find my wife and I outdoor seating due it being our anniversary, to the waiter, to bartender. Everyone was great. Food is excellent and authentic as well. Not my first time here, but definitely reminded me that I should go more often.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner at el jefe. They did everything well. My fish tacos had goo flavor. My husband could not stop raving about the quesabirria and the drinks were very well mixed and not too expensive.

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  35. jenlovesfood

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always love dining here - the food is flavorful, fresh, and the service is always attentive yet relaxed. Highly recommend!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service, food, and ambiance were all wonderful!

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  37. Lucy

    Austin

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was my first time here and it won't be my last.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, El Jefe delivered. Quesabirria tacos are not to be missed, the cocktails are great and cheap compared to the price you usually see for cocktails at most Denver restaurants.

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  39. RandiV

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, the drinks and the service were all amazing. We are already planning our next visit.

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  40. Nads

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Marco was awesome, best service hands down in a restaurant in a LONG time! Thank you El Jefe, fabulous food, drinks and music!!

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Safety precautions

  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

El Jefe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (720) 389-7615.

El Jefe is rated 4.7 stars by 646 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for El Jefe

2450 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO 80211-1508

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Alcott
  • Neighborhood
    Highlands
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat 10:00 am–3:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue, Thu, Fri 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Farm-to-table, Contemporary Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+
  • Executive chef
    Eusebio Silvario
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (720) 389-7615
  • Private party facilities
    The Crown Room at El Jefe is great for holiday parties, cocktail parties, corporate team building events, movie nights, game-day parties, rehearsal dinners, family reunions bridal/baby showers and more.
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