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Acova, Denver, CO

Acova

4.6
4.6
1292 Reviews
$30 and under
Comfort Food
Acova is writing the next chapter of one of Denver’s great neighborhoods. An iconic locale in a historic district, Acova builds on the rich story of “The Northside” (now known as LoHi) by breathing new life into an address with soul. Even its name pays homage to its South Broadway sibling restaurant The Hornet, while tipping a cap to its storied Italian predecessor Patsy’s. The place you bring friends and family from out of town to show them what Denver’s all about. The place you go for that after work cocktail, or your go to date spot, whether it’s your first or 50th date. The place you get the group together on a Saturday night, and where you recover together on a Sunday morning. Acova is the next Highlands institution, bearing vintage flair and contemporary charm that threads the past into the future. Acova brings you back time and again because you are part of this story now, and Acova is part of yours.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Comfort Food, Continental

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Sat 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 6:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (303) 736-2718

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Highlands

  • Cross Street

    37th & Navajo

  • Parking Details

    Public Pay for Parking Lot at NW corner of 37th & Navajo and street parking available

  • Public Transit

    Bus stop at 37th & Navajo for RTD 19 & 52 routes

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,292 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. s

    sgbowers333

    Denver

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely time! They have a slew of GF options, which is what brought us here. My out-of-town guests thought it was some of the best they ever had. I bought two entrees myself, because I couldn't decide. My scallops were overdone, but the taste made up for it! The Short Ribs were perfectly prepared. They wine selection was great (except they were out of several options on the menu.) Dessert was top-notch. Wonderful place to have a lively and festive dinner. Our server Ethan was eager and friendly and made the evening go smoothly! Of note: The host was a bit unfriendly and uninviting. We were 9 minutes late for our reservation, parking is HORRIFIC in that area. She actually "warned" us that if we were late for our reservation "next time" that she won't be able to help us with a table.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We’ve been here three times and sitting on the patio is definitely the way to go. The cocktails are great, as are the regular and veggie burgers. French fries are always crispy! The kale and brussel sprout salad is very refreshing. Otherwise, the entrees are on the smaller side for the price. Would recommend going to Acova for a casual date night or drinks & light dinner with friends.
  3. SH

    StephanieH

    Denver

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Always great service- Meagan is the BEST! It’s so amazing to have such an expansive GF menu. They really have the GF nailed down w their breads, desserts, and options - I think at times the food is underseasoned so it walks the line between being good when it could be great.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    The 2-hour time limit is unusual and the waitress came by so often I felt pressured to eat fast and get out. I'm not a dilly dally person but it's not unheard of to have a couple drinks and appetizers and then the meal. Too bad, very cute place you just can't stay and enjoy it.
  5. D

    Denvereater

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Given the buzz, price, and difficulty around getting a reservation, I expected the food to be out of this world. It was just ok. And be ready to pay steep price for something as simple as a poblano pepper and rice.
  6. E

    Elaine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I wonderful evening in celebration of my birthday!
  7. AK

    AlannaK

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal in a comfortable environment. Plan on going again.
  8. DD

    DenverDiner

    Denver

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Acova is an excellent choice with high-quality food, exemplary service, and an outstanding atmosphere. I ate there in June 2022 and was delighted with the Fried Chicken and Fish and Chips. We also enjoyed the wings and broccolini appetizers. We will be back.
  9. J

    Jondenver

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always love Acova!
  10. GG

    GoldenGirl

    Denver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Salmon and peiroges are very good and flavorful. Service was good.
  11. LW

    LabertaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food2service4ambience5
    I ordered the turkey and brie panini and it was dry and had virtually no turkey on it just the smallest little bit. I was very disappointed previously I had nothing but great experiences at Acova. I'm not sure I can continue to recommend it to friends.
  12. CH

    ChristinaH

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Great atmosphere and outstanding service. More attention could be paid to details of food. Watery cheese sauce, long stringy onions on burger that were difficult to navigate, over cooked tuna on the ahi tuna tostada and bland flavor. The shortribs over risotto was very good, so next time we go, we will stick with more complex entrees! Looking forward to trying more main courses there!
  13. ST

    SeanT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, drinks and atmosphere. Our Server, Lucinda, was amazing!!!
  14. C

    Carol

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    My husband and I went here over the weekend after reading quite a few rave reviews. We had a reservation and they seated us early which was nice. Our server was great but the food was so so. For apps we got the diablo eggs which were good and the calamari. They gave us the tiniest pieces of calamari it felt like we were eating spaghettios, not worth it. For the main course I ordered the fried chicken. The taste was good but the breading was falling off. The best part of my meal were the mashed potatoes with sausage gravy. My husband ordered the fish and chips. It came with two big pieces of fish but the fry was mushy on the inside. I went ahead and ordered the apple donuts because there were a lot of good reviews on them and they were delicious! The best thing I had there. Overall not what I was expecting but it wasn't too expensive.
  15. CM

    ChrisMarie

    Denver

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second time visiting a Acova. We ordered some favorites from the first time but also branched out on the menu. Everything was delicious and our service was excellent!
  16. HR

    HayRae

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place so much! It’s the best place to go as someone with Celiac, as they make almost everything gluten free! The food is delicious.
  17. JS

    JamieS

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food is marginal
  18. B

    Betsygite

    Denver

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We reserved a table for 8 PM and we’re seated immediately upon arriving. The server was quick to greet us and come to our table. The menu offers a good selection of dinner plates as well as sandwiches and burgers. All the food was excellent and portions were jus right. Definitely will return for lunch or dinner or maybe brunch?
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    Food was average, but it was the overall treatment that put me off. When seated, the hostess provided us with a written warning of how long we were allowed to stay. Also provided was a written expectation of diners in the event of inclement weather. The whole thing was over the top pretentious for a very average spot. Disappointed

    AcovaResponded on 11 June 2022Many restaurants have had to adjust practices and policies over the last few years so our written policy is here to simply provide clarity. Denver weather can be quite unpredictable and we are a busy little restaurant, so want to make sure our patio patron know that if weather turns that we may not be able to move tables inside. The written policy is in no way meant to offend or disappoint, but here we are. Life is short Anonymous. John Holmes - GM of Acova

  20. AG

    AGold

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I went there for my birthday. I thought the food was good but not exceptional. I ordered the fried chicken which is not your typical fried chicken. It was a flattened piece of breast meat that was breaded served with a scoop of mashed potatoes, sausage gravy and some broccolini. I honestly thought $22 was a bit high for what I received. I would have loved to try to dessert since it was my birthday, but I ran out of time.
  21. EL

    ErikaL

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made our reservation on OpenTable and the rest was a breeze. The staff were all extremely hospitable and friendly. So very accommodating to my year old nephew also which always brings me joy. We had a delicious brunch and will be back again! Thank you Acova Staff!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience3
    The customer service and management there is beyond amazing. Sadly our downfall was the food. I had the crab cakes and they were not good in any way but the service again was outstanding and the management rectified the situation. Would visit again and get something else because they made sure the experience wasn’t completely ruined
  23. GB

    GosiaB

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food and nice restaurant
  24. S

    Stephy

    Denver

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Fun atmosphere, service was exceptional. Food was quite good, cocktails were great! Will definitely head back.
  25. L

    Larry

    Denver

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A favorite goto spot with always great service, drinks and food!
  26. AD

    AlliD

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food is lovely and service was good. The restaurant is beautiful as well. Only downside was the room was very loud and the air conditioning was on high on a rainy night so it was very cold. I didn’t bring it up at the time because we were focusing on getting several tasks accomplished and we just put on our coats. Came for a business meeting. Definitely would come back, but I would just be aware it’s pretty busy so for a work meeting I might need a quieter space.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Small portion size for the price
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Fried chicken piece was small and pounded too thin, making is over cooked and dry
  29. CP

    CathyP

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food & the drinks were wonderful. But what made it even more incredible was Megan, our server. She helped us select food & drinks & was simply a delight the entire time. She was perfect, at our table at exactly the right time with exactly the right suggestions with the most incredible personality.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Gluten free options got us there but the outstanding service & relaxed atmosphere kept us there. Highly recommend for anyone looking for an easy and elevated breakfast with stellar friendly service.
  31. KK

    KatieK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, drink, and service. My husband's one complaint was that the fried chicken had too much honey sauce, too sweet.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the outside!
  33. k

    koala

    Denver

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu and cocktail list; outstanding friendly service. Lively and comfortable atmosphere.
  34. W

    Will

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    The food was really bland and badly presented. The price did not come close to reflecting the quality. Really disappointing.
  35. j

    jbirdritter

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    My new fave place! Outstanding food and loved the ambience of this restaurant. Can't wait to bring family here when they visit.
  36. KL

    KathrynL

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Menu options are so unique and great cocktail list. We had prosciutto wrapped broccolini for starters and I had salmon for dinner. Salmon was perfectly cooked and came out hot from the kitchen. The food was indulgent but healthy all at once.
  37. RR

    RR1075

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 23 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was friendly and helpful and the food very tasty!
  38. m

    maryg

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The food was excellent. However, our entrees came out too quickly. We had hardly gotten halfway through the appetizers. And our server made us feel very rushed. Our reservation was at 8 pm so I doubt our table had a 10pm reservation waiting.
  39. j

    jill

    Denver

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting from Michigan for the weekend. My niece took me to Acova. It is a fabulous restaurant. I highly recommend it and hopefully they’ll open a location in Michigan. Enjoy the restaurant. From 1 to 100, it’s 100+! Thank you!! Fred Weiser
  40. C

    Cindi

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always get we’ll taken care of and the food/drinks are amazing.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Acova does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Acova also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 736-2718.

Acova is rated 4.6 stars by 1292 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 11 times today
Google Map for Acova

3651 Navajo St Denver, CO 80211

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    37th & Navajo

  • Area

    Highlands

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Sat 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 6:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Comfort Food, Continental

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Public Pay for Parking Lot at NW corner of 37th & Navajo and street parking available

  • Public Transit

    Bus stop at 37th & Navajo for RTD 19 & 52 routes

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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