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The Pioneer

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Mexican, Bar, Pub, American, Southwestern
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2401 S University Blvd, Denver, CO 80210-5407
+1 720-536-4802
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Dunellen, New Jersey
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whenever I visit Denver I try to stop by The Pioneer. It's a fun, funky low-key bar and grill meant for causal dining and affordable fare. The food is basic but very good and the atmosphere is best shared with a group of friends. When the weather is good, make sure you take advantage of up the upstairs outer deck... More 

Thank cinemaretro
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Great chicken burritos special on Tuesdays. Happy hour goes most of the day. Friendly wait staff concerned you enjoy your meal. Perfect for a neighborhood hang out. Stop in anytime for tacos or something else you won't be disappointed. Plus wonderful beer selection.

Thank cac123Denver
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

Had the best fajitas tacos! Food is incredible! And the drinks, hello delicious! Great place to hang with friends and TVs galore!

Thank Mandy M
Littleton, Colorado
1 review
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

The smoked pulled pork carnitas burrito is to DIE for! Great place to watch a game and chow down! Always stop here on our way to Pioneer Hockey games!

Thank Jeff D
Omaha, Nebraska
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Stopped by for lunch. A surprisingly great find for tacos and margaritas. Extremely affordable and fast service!

Thank tbaker1210
1 review
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Went to the pioneer to watch a packer game, walked from campus, had an AWESOME time. Ordered a salad, and the service was great. I highly recommend the rooftop area, was a great place to enjoy some sun and some football. 👍🏻

Thank Madeleine B
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81 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016

It has nice open air first floor and rooftop seating for a nice evening of appetizers and drinks! Not directly downtown but worth the drive! Great Beer also.

Thank BaldSerb
Highlands Ranch
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221 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

Visited here before a show at DU -- thank goodness the show was great. We were with a large group, so service was spotty. Drink specials were good, though my house margarita was watered down. The food was terrible. My companion and I both had the house specialty tacos -- her fish, my shrimp. I added the beans and rice... More 

Thank Marian R
Denver, Colorado
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96 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2016

As others have said, this great family eatery has changed from a college hangout to a nice place for "grown-ups" to eat, drink and be merry. Don't get me wrong, there's still plenty of college kids here and rowdy fun to be had late at night, but that just makes it all the better. Great Mexican food, a few arcade... More 

Thank jelly6578
Aurora, Colorado
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319 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

The classic college hang out of the pioneer has improved much since their remodel and addition of the rooftop bar. The drinks are pretty good I love their pomegranate margarita! Not a huge selection of beer but sometimes it's good to keep it simple. Their chips and salsa are awesome and I love their chicken nachos!

Thank Wyldecamp

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Mexican, Bar, Pub, American, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2401 S University Blvd, Denver, CO 80210-5407
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Denver
  • Phone Number: +1 720-536-4802
Ahh, new bar smell. Kind of like new car smell - except new car smell is the smell of PVC, Phthalates, and other things that we will someday learn were likely unhealthy to inhale. But enough of my buzzkill eco-babble...The Pioneer is brand spanking new, but is also exactly like every just-off-campus lounge that you’ve ever loved. Great vibe, cool booths, nice bar, requisite memorabilia from the local college (University of Denver aka DU), and a staff that lives to treat you right. Oh, and there is none of that stale barf smell like you had at that place you were just reminiscing about (for me, it was College Hill Tavern). Ursula and the rest of the team run this place like the well-oiled machines that rolled out of there back when it was a filling station. On a Saturday at 5:00, I stroll in for a sloppy Chicken Burrito (really tasty - they were roasting a whole bushel of fresh Poblano peppers on the grill as I walked in). Seating Darwinism gives me full control over where I grab a table - e.g. the best one to watch USC crush some lesser team. The big garage door is up, like the maw of a Whale Shark letting in the great afternoon Colorado breeze and showing off the patio. (I am winning a bet that I couldn’t use "maw" in an analogy - so just deal with it). And then the babes start showing up. Quality babes. I mean, "my-folks-pay-$40K-per-year for DU, I wear William Rast jeans (don’t ask how I know this stuff), and I don’t patronize vomit-smelling pubs" hot. So let’s recap: Unique place with an old soul. Great staff. Cold Drinks well poured. Cool hockey and other memorabilia, including a ski autographed by DU's 2008 NCAA National Champion Ski Team. Quality affordable food that is predominantly Mexican in nature. I’m forgetting something... oh yeah, chicks. If that sounds like your kind of place, then give the Pioneer a whirl. From tenured Profs to just-legal Sophs, this place is the ticket. Go right now. Neighborhoods served: DU, Observatory Park, Washington Park, Bonnie Brae, Cherry Hills.

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