Located in Capitol Hill, this lively cantina is one of Denver's most popular Mexican restaurants. Prepare to wait for a table any night of the week, ... More
Benny's Restaurant and Cantina
Located in Capitol Hill, this lively cantina is one of Denver's most popular Mexican restaurants. Prepare to wait for a table any night of the week, but the bar is comfortable and a great place to pass the time. The Grilled Chicken Burrito is a menu classic, or if you prefer the meat to be shredded, try the Smothered Burritos, which come doused in a mound of chile verde. The margaritas are recommended, and the starter chips and salsa are some of the best in town.
Benny's used to be a great place, back when the food was tasty and cheap. Back then you hardly minded the terrible service, but now the food is as bad as the service and the prices are what you should expect to pay for excellent Mexican food. Once apon a time Benny's deserved all the awards displayed on its walls, not any longer.
Get back to your roots guys before you lose all your customers.
This is one of the worst restaurants. The food tastes like it came out of the microwave. The only good thing here is the Margaritas to wash down the horrible food. There are so many better Mexican restaurants. I don't know how it survives.
On my second trip to Denver in the past 2 years I discovered Benny's as it was recommended to me by the staff at the Burnsley Hotel down the street. Now, to give you some perspective - I LOVE MEXICAN FOOD! I would eat it everyday, all day if my stomach could handle it. Anyway, Benny's type of Mexican food is right on - greasy, tons of cheese, and spicy. Granted, not the most authentic Mexican restaurant I have been to, but overall, probably one of the best.
The atmosphere was wonderful. It felt like everyone in the entire place knew each other. Also, not the place for a romantic dinner, because it is LOUD. Good loud though.
The service was decent and the margaritas were made well, I didn't feel like I was drinking a Mountain Dew with lemonade and salt.
Overall, I wish that Benny's was a chain restaurant and I had one down the street. Good stuff. Keep it up, see you in September 2008.
Benny's is what it is... its not some super uppity santa fe style Mexican place. Its cheap, food is good with a wide variety, and in a good location... i recommend but don't go for great atmosphere, because yes its packed and loud. Go when your planning to drink margs and get your weekend started. I recommend the marg liter with no ice ;)
I LOVE Benny's!!! My fave Mexican restaurante ever!! Love the spicy salsa, the fish tacos, & the steak burritos!! The guacamole is amazing & the margaritas are VERY potent, though quite expensive. Been going there for 10 years & it is a staple in my life...
If you like bad service, OK food and loud atmosphere - this place will rock your world. I waited 1 hour for a table. Once we sat down, the server had attitude issues and I could not wait to get out of there. I hear great things about this place, so maybe I went at the wrong time. But I was not crazy about the food either.
Back in the early 90's when I lived Downtown, Benny's was THE place for excellent Mexican food in Denver. The chips were served warm and the salsa was spicy. You'd burn your mouth on the food because waiting for it to cool was out of the question, it was that good. Oh and the margaritas Mmmmm. Somewhere over the last 5 years Benny's lost sight of what they used to be - darn good Mexican food, cheap. Prices started creeping up and the quality went away. Service was never great, but it didn't matter. Today I took my son to Benny's and couldn't even finish my plate. I sat looking around at all the awards on the walls as I choked down the tasteless dry rice and beans in front of me and I was more sad then angry, because today I knew for sure that I've been avoiding Benny's for a reason and won't be going back again.
Goodbye old friend, you'll be missed.
I've eaten at Benny's more than a hundred times. I have never been disappointed. It's not the most authentic Mexican food you'll find. However, it's always delicious, consistent, hot, and fast. It's well worth the wait. And it's usually served with a smile, with endless free chips and great salsa. I suggest you try it with a friend and a liter of frozen margs (they're stronger that way) with two glasses; no salt.
A few of my personal favorites are:
* Combon Fajitas
* Chicken Mole Enchiladas
* Combination H - Smothered bean burrito, beef taco, chile relleno
* Bowl of green chile
* Frozen margs - oh wait, I mentioned those...
Those are my preferences. I'm sure you'll find yours.
I live in Las Vegas and visit Denver every year at Labor Day and NEVER miss a chance to go to Benny's for their Breakfast Burritos they are awesome! Someone said their salsa tasted bottled...I'm not sure if it is or isn't but when I think bottled I think Pace and this is NOT Pace! We go thru 3 or 4 small bowls for 3 of us each time - we like it! They have an outdoor enclosed eating area which is kind of neat on a nice day otherwise the inside is standard booths and tables and they have a bar area and if soccer matches are on you will see the help keeping a close eye on the action - but they still make sure to keep all the patrons happy too! :o) Love this place and plan to keep going back as long as they serve the good food at great prices! PS: they also have good prices on draft beers and red beers (tomato juice & beer) on weekends!
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