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Lou's Food Bar

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1851 W 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80211-2224 (Shoshone St.)
+1 303-458-0336
10:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Tried to stick with what they are most known for - spicy fried chicken. Excellent - crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. We had both the "naked" and medium spice levels. The four of us shared a full chicken and a half chicken order - plenty. We even took several pieces home. Go for the medium spice!... More 

Thank Edward R
Wheat Ridge, Colorado
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202 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

This imitation of a neighborhood bar and grill is owned by an esteemed Colorado chef Frank Bonanno, who also runs upscale Mizuna with lines out the door. Lou's serves "down-home" food like mac & cheese, fried chicken and pigs in a blanket. French onion soup $6, was heavy with Gruyere cheese and authentic seeming onions. A Hogshead black porter beer... More 

Thank Arcee_CO
Glen Allen, Virginia
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Great beignets. Excellent fried chicken. Wide variety of selections on the menu. Great for Sunday brunch.

Thank C W
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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

So good! We stopped in today for lunch and were disappointed that they were serving brunch....man, were we wrong! I got the Luca omelet which had bacon, cheddar and tomatoes. It was awesome! My daughter had the little farmhouse and loved it; my other daughter had the little cake which was a mickey shaped pancake and it was great too.... More 

Thank huggawissa
Broomfield, Colorado
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199 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

It would be easy to drive by Lou and not consider going in. It is very unassuming from the outside. However, this was one of the best comfort food meals I have ever had. The restaurant had many families and neighborhood folks when we arrived. The décor inside is as unpretentious as the outside, but very comfortable. Our waiter, Matt,... More 

Thank GeorgeW1111
San Diego, California
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115 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

Would highly recommend the fish sandwich. Very well cooked and seasoned on a very tasty bun. The local beer selection was good but kind of snobby at the same time. Price was higher than it should have been which is why I ranked 4 instead of 5. I would definitely eat here again though.

Thank Jake B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

Went for Sunday Brunch, with a reasonable wait. Wait staff seemed to be unaffected by the full crowd, to their credit. They were very friendly, timely, and professional, and the food was well prepared and of high quality, as well. Not surprising, since Lou's Food Bar is one of Frank Bonanno's restaurants.

Thank cartwin
Denver, Colorado
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

If you're looking for a place for brunch, Lou's is it! Good central location with great food and drinks!!

Thank 1proudmom66
Boulder, Colorado
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016

If there was a ZERO stars option I would have selected it. We had a group of 7 and were waiting for the last two to arrive. They told is they couldn't seat us until all seven of us had arrived. Our drinks took almost 30 minutes to arrive and our food...AN HOUR AND A HALF. We were all so... More 

Thank Jonathan D. J
Denver, Colorado
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135 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

I recently took my parents here for brunch as they were passing through Denver. They loved it. The food was very, very flavorful with a great amount of spice. My sandwich was loaded with hot peppers, just the way I like it. The make-your-own Bloody Mary bar was awesome with enough items to give you a good selection without being... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$23
American, Bar, French, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1851 W 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80211-2224
    (Shoshone St.)
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Denver
  • Phone Number: +1 303-458-0336
Lou"s Food Bar is a neighborhood spot that serves American country food with a French twist. Lou's is intended to be the little sister to Mizuna—Frank Bonanno's flagship restaurant. While Mizuna is high-end American food with strong French influences, Lou's Food Bar is a more playful offspring—still maintaining that French influences, but a little livelier, more casual—a cost-friendly neighborhood venue that strives to offer excellence in both fare and service. Lou's Food Bar focus on fresh ingredients, at the peak of their flavor profile, simply prepared and beautifully rendered.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?