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Illegal Pete's

#178 of 2,433 Restaurants in Denver
Certificate of Excellence
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1530 16th St, Denver, CO 80202-1464
+1 303-623-2169
09:00 - 02:30
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Thu - Fri 07:00 - 02:30
Sat 09:00 - 02:30
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is really good it is kinda like quadoba or chipotle but this place has fried potatoes you can add to your bowl or burrito and also has fish you can get. Also they let you smoother the burritos with green chili sauce.

Thank Nathan S
Kristin S, Front Office Manager at Illegal Pete's, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, we are happy you appreciate the options we offer. We hope to see you next time you are in town! Cheers, Kristin More 

Naperville, Illinois
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92 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Casual, self service and reasonable prices! Great tacos and burritos.. The restaurant has a very nice sign at the entrance welcoming everyone regardless of religion, gender, background, color etc. Salute!

Thank Kaitirawi
Kristin S, Front Office Manager at Illegal Pete's, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the review. We are glad you stopped in. And thanks for the comment about the sign! More 

Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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109 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

They have locations all over in Colorado period but don't be fooled this isn't your normal franchise restaurant. I can't tell you how many times I visited this place throughout high school and college and even on my visits back home. The prices are right where you expect them the food is very good. Many of these also double as... More 

Thank Theullrich
Denver, Colorado
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73 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

So I have been eating at Illegal Pete's for 15 years now and was lucky enough to attend the 20th anniversary last year but have never written any kind of review. Pete's has consistently offered quality, affordable fast casual mexican food and drinks over the years. It has been a staple in my life for almost half of my life... More 

Thank Juniper4MP
Castle Rock, United States
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Tried an Illegal Pete's after a game in December. I've been a big fan of Qdoba and a moderate fan of Chipotle so I thought I'd give it a shot. Well, I was not disappointed at all. This "chain" is quite a bit different than the other two. Much more casual and quite a different crowd. They are louder and... More 

Thank Walter F
Kristin S, Front Office Manager at Illegal Pete's, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. We are so glad you came in. It's great to hear that everyone was having a ball. That is what we go for so it's great to hear your feedback. We have so many options so we hope to see you again so you can try something new! Cheers!!! More 

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25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

This is a great place to get cheap dinner or fast lunch on the Mall in Denver. Nothing fancy, with consistently good food done well. Expect tatoo'd cooks and some loud music, enjoy tacos, ordered the way you want them in a noisy, casual atmosphere. Warm evenings or days, sit outside and people watch. Very good place,

Thank Jim T
Kristin S, Front Office Manager at Illegal Pete's, responded to this review

Thanks for the review! I love sitting on the patio and people watching too. We hope to see you again soon! Cheers!!! More 

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143 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

We saw Illegal Pete's on the map and went for it because of the name. The place has a great atmosphere, nice staff and a good bar, which also makes staying around for drinks worthwhile. We had great and very spicy burritos. Eclectic mix of music with everything from pop to black metal:) Can only recommend.

Thank biddingpoints
Kristin S, Front Office Manager at Illegal Pete's, responded to this review

Thanks for coming to hang out. We are so happy you enjoyed your experience. We hope you stop by again soon! Cheers! More 

Denver, Colorado
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

I dined here with a business associate for lunch. I had a burrito and it was very good. It is a very popular place as the lines get long, starting at 11:45am, so get there early to beat the crowds.

Thank Ken N
Kristin S, Front Office Manager at Illegal Pete's, responded to this review

Thanks for writing your review. You are right the lines do get long, we are glad you stuck with it. Hopefully we will see you again soon and you can try a new item! Cheers! More 

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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Tripit rarely steers me wrong. This however is the exception. Hash browns under cooked, weak coffee and unimpressive food all around. If that was not enough it was dirty. The bathroom obviously had not been scrubbed down in years!!! If this is an example of a good dinner in Denver a bad one would be really SCARY!!!

Thank darhma
Kristin S, Front Office Manager at Illegal Pete's, responded to this review

Good Evening, I am sorry to hear about your experience. I will make sure we address it at the store level. Thank you for your feedback, it is helpful to hear from our customers. Best, Office Manager More 

Hollywood, Florida
Level Contributor
4 reviews
Reviewed 11 December 2016

I went to Pete's more often then most in the two years I lived in Denver. They had everything, and for less or same price as others. There Breakfast taco's were amazing and the service was superb. The value on what you got was amazing. It was clean and fresh everytime. Why stop at those other places, Pete's is just... More 

Thank Heineken7

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Fast food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
09:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 02:30
07:00 - 02:30
09:00 - 02:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1530 16th St, Denver, CO 80202-1464
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Denver>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 303-623-2169
We celebrate humanity. We celebrate individuality. We celebrate relationships and connections. And most importantly we celebrate every human's need for tasty food, stiff drinks and good times. Well, maybe it's not a need, but it's certainly a want. Either way, it's our desire to make each illegal pete's location the kind of place where you can go to celebrate more with other humans.

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?