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Lou's Food Bar - CLOSED

1851 W 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80211-2224
+1 303-458-0336
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (8 reviews)
“fried chicken” (13 reviews)
“mac cheese” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours Closed
American, Bar, French, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1851 W 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80211-2224
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

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...More

Thank Edward R
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...More

Thank Arcee_CO
Reviewed 8 November 2016

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

Thank C W
Reviewed 11 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...More

Thank huggawissa
Reviewed 21 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....More

Thank GeorgeW1111
Reviewed 5 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...More

Thank Jake B
Reviewed 2 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...More

Thank cartwin
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
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...More

Thank Jonathan D. J
Reviewed 30 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...More

Thank EZ2JMS
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$14 - US$23
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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
  • E-mail
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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