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Acova, Denver, CO

Acova

4.6
4.6
1347 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

9:00 pm


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 1,347 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
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. PH

    PamH

    Denver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My GF panini was just OK. A bit dry, so waitress got me a side of aioli and it was missing the apple slices. I be back though, cuz my evening meals have been incredible.
  2. CR

    CynthiaR

    Oklahoma City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful brunch! Great GF options, fast service, tasty drinks!
  3. S

    Shyla

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our date night and the food was great! Phenomenal service.
  4. TS

    TimS

    Denver

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nothing but a great experience all around. Highly recommend this spot!
  5. D

    David

    Denver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 9 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there. Pleasant surprise! The calamari appetizer is excellent.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place and it has tons of gf options.
  7. l

    lifelonglearner

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the evening. Great food and service and atmosphere , but as always these days, not inexpensive.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Seated quickly.. Went for brunch. Food was good but not great. Pros Bacon crispy Eggs cooked to perfection Cons No regular syrup for French Toast
  9. SM

    SilasM

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have eaten here twice in the last week. Outstanding both times. Will definitely come again.
  10. RK

    RebeccaK

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really nice restaurant. Very busy at lunchtime. The veg out wrap is what I ordered and it was delicious. Highly recommend as a lunch place.
  11. KF

    KristiF

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent - a menu filled with GF options that you'd never suspect were GF. Delicious, fresh, always a delight.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baton Rouge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are visiting from out of town and made sure that Acova was our first stop! Our whole family is either Celiac or gluten intolerant and Acova hits GF eats out of the park. We all loved our entrees and the desserts were divine. We will be back for sure!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious! We enjoyed the variety of the menu. And our waiter was awesome!! Would definitely recommend!
  14. m

    mmac

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu, amazing cocktails. Wait staff very attentive and helpful with selections. Nice open air dining. Interesting, tasty vegetarian options.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely last meal while visiting Denver with friends.
  16. HP

    HannahP

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Love the outside patio with misters and fresh food!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So tasty. Very happy.
  18. CG

    CharlotteG

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My first time at Acova was to celebrate a birthday. I made reservations as this place is always busy. Definitely going to return. Mike the bartender/waiter for our table (we were in the bar area), was fantastic! He was attentive and was very knowledgeable about the wines etc... The ahi tuna tostada was a treat, and the Asian noodle salad was absolutely delish!
  19. MC

    MCDiner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went on recommendation of a friend as we have sciliac and need gluten free. Overall great experience. Was surprised by needing to put down a credit card for reservation but assumed it was due to very high demand. We were running 10 minutes late so at 5 minutes after our top of the hour rez we got a call from the restaurant asking if we were still planning on coming. This was nice to know they were still expecting us. Arrived and it was only half full although a line had formed for the small patio. Sat down and a menu like card spelled out the rules. I get it, but on Friday night at 5pm……We had to be done by 7pm. I initially commented that we’d be done way before that. But with apps, drinks, main course, and dessert, it was 7pm and started to feel under the gun time wise. Now, nobody told us time was running out, but I felt it hanging over our heads. Drink selection was great, appetizers were plentiful for gluten free and we had calamari—no breading, so make sure you don’t mind staring at the head and legs, but delicious and fresh. I had fish and chips as I’d heard it was amazing. Honestly, it was so good. I spent June in Ireland and had fish and chips at least 6 different places. This was as good as any of those on the Emerald Isle, and if I hadn’t known it was gluten free I could not have detected a difference. My partner had a chicken dish with gluten free breading—again fantastic. They have the gluten free thing down. For desert I had affogato—ice cream with two shots of espresso. Our server was Victoria, who said she was new but we never would have known due to her knowledge, easy warmth, and professionalism. I’d go back and venture beyond the fish and chips.
  20. M

    Molls

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Our waitress acted like she didn’t want us there, the food took a long time to come out, and the quality/flavor of the food was disappointing and not worth the cost. I wouldn’t go back.
  21. AS

    AimeeS

    Denver

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We found this new restaurant after reading reviews for gluten and dairy free options. We made a reservation at 6:30 and hoped to eat outside but no chance. The wait was going to be an hour long and 2 people left right when we got there with no one else waiting. We were seated and our poor waitress was serving all the tables along with one other server and bus person. She had to ask several times about gluten free food and egg free food from the back. I was glad she asked but she really had no idea what is in the food they serve. They give you a sheet telling you have 2 hours to eat before the next diners. Good thing they did because the service is very slow. It took all tables a long time to get food out which is fine when you have nowhere to be but if you are in a hurry this is not the place for you. The food was really good, but they do use egg in lots of their products if you have an allergy. Lots of good gluten free options available for sure. It has a fun vibe and a great space. The service was slow, but many restaurants are fighting hard to find employees, so patience is needed. It was a great find all in all.
  22. M

    Melissa

    South Dakota

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our server, Zo was the star of our experience. As someone with years of restaurant experience under my belt, the little things don't go unnoticed. When it came to ordering an appetizer, my Dad wanted the nachos - but the girls convinced him to order the pretzel bites. Zo brought us a side of fresh tortilla chips for him to try with the cheese. When we ordered our entrees, burgers with sweet potato fries, he suggest a side of chipotle aioli - as one of his preferred pairings. He brought us each a side, and it was quite good. We ordered a split entree between two people, and he brought us split plates without us having to make the request. Overall the food was good - great flavors, but a few things could have been a bit better. The ambiance was lovely, and the service was excellent.
  23. MY

    MitchY

    Denver

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is always very good but the staff is what makes Acrobat special. They are warm and friendly and do a great job and they genuinely care.
  24. MT

    MTap

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    This was my 2nd time eating at Acova. Unfortunately, it was not as good as the first time. My mother ordered the fish and chips and the fish was so overcooked it was inedible and it took over 20 minutes to have our dessert. The manager and waitress apologized for the issues, which I did appreciate, but overall it was a disappointing experience, especially for a celebratory meal for my birthday.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was awesome. I literally haven’t had quality Mac n cheese in years because of my gluten intolerance and their lobster Mac n cheese was the best thing I’ve ever tasted. AMAZING
  26. K

    Kacy

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Really wanted to like this place but it was overall a miss. Service was strange- intermittently attentive and inattentive. Wanted more drinks, couldn't find our server anywhere. He knew a lot about a few things on the menu but knew nothing about others things. Food was cold, overcooked, and tasted a bit stale. Drinks were pretty good overall. Ambiance is nice.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The restaurant was very nice and had good vines. The server was kind and helpful. The food did take too long to come out.
  28. MG

    MarG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Everything was good. The food was great. The bottle of wine was a little slow arriving to go with the food, but it worked. The big draw back is the noise. It wasn’t that easy to have a comfortable conversation with out raising your voice.
  29. s

    skieatplay

    Denver

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you eat GF, this is the place for you!! Nearly everything on the menu is gluten free or can be made gluten free. And it was so good!! Beef short rib, lobster mac & cheese, and gnocchi app were excellent! And the service is awesome.
  30. EC

    EmilyC

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Meghan provided excellent service and recommendations when we were between a few menu items. The ahi tuna tostada was so delicious, and the fish and chips come with a good serving size. Can’t wait to be back in town again to try more of the menu!
  31. E

    Eileen

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service was excellent. We were seated inside by the bar. It was really loud.
  32. EI

    EmIly

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat on the patio and it was great. Good food and good service!
  33. MO

    MelodyO

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yummy food, easy to eat tapas style or individual meals. The wine slushies are Amazing.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Good sounds good on the menu but was less than impressive once received. The chicken I had tasted like it had never been seasoned.
  35. SC

    SCD4

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    We usually love ACOVA but their food and service has gone way down!
  36. LK

    LauraK

    Phoenix

    97 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Had the kale salad with blackened salmon, the fish and chips and a turkey and Brie sandwich. All three dishes were delicious. Service was slow but we weren’t in a hurry. This was our first visit and we will definitely be back.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My girlfriend has a gluten allergy and this was the first time we’ve ever been able to enjoy a whole 3 course meal without limitations. We had the Gnocchi appetizer, I had fish and chips, she had the lobster Mac n cheese, and then a free birthday dessert (if it’s the day of your birthday) we chose the berry cobbler. Everything we had was honestly better than any meal I’ve had of these with gluten. We love the options and variety, and on top of that, our server was so nice enough to show us this exposed brick wall outside so she could snap a few pics of us on our date.
  38. CF

    ColoradoFoodie

    Denver

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    My first time visiting Acova and was there to meet a friend for happy hour, but will definitely go back! We both had the Pretty Little Thing cocktail and it was yummy along with a shared order of nachos with the braised pork.
  39. G

    Golden

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This is a wonderful place. We loved the ambience and service--and the NACHOS most of all!
  40. c

    cscscs

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Happy hour appetizers and drinks were fantastic! We got 5 different things and none of them disappointed. Will definitely be back

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 1347 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 pm


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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