Illegal Pete's

★★★★★
  • 1530 16th St Ste 101

    Denver, CO 80202

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  • 303-623-2169

About Illegal Pete's

Hours
Sat: 9am-2:30am, Sun: 9am-12am, Thu: 7am-1:30am, Mon-Wed: 7am-12am, Fri: 7am-2:30am

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From now until Dec. 3, purchase a New Belgium Brewing draft beer and you will get a FREE 16-oz. globe glass! For each glass given, New Belgium will donate a dollar to the The Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge that recently helped one of our

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From now until Dec. 3, purchase a New Belgium Brewing draft beer and you will get a FREE 16-oz. globe glass! For each glass given, New Belgium will donate a dollar to the The Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge that recently helped one of our

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Had a scrumptious burrito yesterday at the Evans location - chicken, black beans, cilantro, salsa, sour cream and cheese. So yummy. AND, I LOVE Pete's new iPhone app. I placed my order and by the time I arrived at the store, it was ready for me to pick up and take with me.
No waiting for Pete's custom goodness - how cool is that?

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Had a scrumptious burrito yesterday at the Evans location - chicken, black beans, cilantro, salsa, sour cream and cheese. So yummy. AND, I LOVE Pete's new iPhone app. I placed my order and by the time I arrived at the store, it was ready for me to pick up and take with me.
No waiting for Pete's custom goodness - how cool is that?

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I love stopping in here for a quick breakfast once I get off the Express bus. It's right across from the Market Street RTD station.

Love the tacos and breakfast burritos.

One of these days, I'm going to stay later and visit for Happy Hour, and try a burrito.

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I love stopping in here for a quick breakfast once I get off the Express bus. It's right across from the Market Street RTD station.

Love the tacos and breakfast burritos.

One of these days, I'm going to stay later and visit for Happy Hour, and try a burrito.

Pros: Fast, cheap, good

Cons: Not the cleanest

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I love Illegal Pete's - you can't go wrong with a steak bowl and try the corn tortillas. The service is great as is the atmosphere.

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I love Illegal Pete's - you can't go wrong with a steak bowl and try the corn tortillas. The service is great as is the atmosphere.

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Are you in need of a quick Mexican fix, or a completely and totally filling meal on a budget? It's completely worth a trip to Pete's then. Their fast service will get you out the door (or to the table, at least) quickly and leave you sated.

Illegal Pete's offers pretty much the best fast-casual burritos, if not the best all around, in town. Certainly the best fish burritos -- get the Big Fish. Great queso dip too. On top of that, they serve Hazed and Infused, run a decent happy hour, and know how to make a margarita fresh.

Don't be intimidated by lines, as the longest wait is typically about five-six minutes, and that's if they're out the door. The only downside is the musical choices can be a bit... poor and loud enough to discourage conversation at times.

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Are you in need of a quick Mexican fix, or a completely and totally filling meal on a budget? It's completely worth a trip to Pete's then. Their fast service will get you out the door (or to the table, at least) quickly and leave you sated.

Illegal Pete's offers pretty much the best fast-casual burritos, if not the best all around, in town. Certainly the best fish burritos -- get the Big Fish. Great queso dip too. On top of that, they serve Hazed and Infused, run a decent happy hour, and know how to make a margarita fresh.

Don't be intimidated by lines, as the longest wait is typically about five-six minutes, and that's if they're out the door. The only downside is the musical choices can be a bit... poor and loud enough to discourage conversation at times.

Pros: Best burritos, great margaritas, fast

Cons: Often loud, crowded

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There's something at Illegal Pete's to please every pallate, including vegetarians. Similar to the other Mexican fast food joints in town, but the menu is much broader and in my humble vegetarian opinion, tastes better.

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There's something at Illegal Pete's to please every pallate, including vegetarians. Similar to the other Mexican fast food joints in town, but the menu is much broader and in my humble vegetarian opinion, tastes better.

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This place has a great happy hour, so you really need to go check it out. I have always thought the service was great too. Not bad for getting a bite to eat...but all I have tried are the tacos...they are great.

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This place has a great happy hour, so you really need to go check it out. I have always thought the service was great too. Not bad for getting a bite to eat...but all I have tried are the tacos...they are great.

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Try a potato burrito, you will not be let down. I love Illegal Pete's entirely too much, but don't take my word for it, try it yourself.

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Try a potato burrito, you will not be let down. I love Illegal Pete's entirely too much, but don't take my word for it, try it yourself.

Pros: Sevice, Burrittos,

Cons: Nada

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I've only been to the one off of County lIne and Yosemite. The staff is amazing. Love how they mix up the ingredients in the burritos. The fish tacos are great and so are the steak burrito bowls. Bartenders work hard and they play good music. Sometimes gets a little crowded during happy hour, but thats just cuz there are decent happy hour specials on drinks. You can get complimentary chips and salsa too!

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I've only been to the one off of County lIne and Yosemite. The staff is amazing. Love how they mix up the ingredients in the burritos. The fish tacos are great and so are the steak burrito bowls. Bartenders work hard and they play good music. Sometimes gets a little crowded during happy hour, but thats just cuz there are decent happy hour specials on drinks. You can get complimentary chips and salsa too!

Pros: Food and drinks.

Cons: Can't think of any.

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I am in this place 3 - 4 times a week! They also have the best Happy Hour in Denver! The new bartender Erin is not bad on the eyes either! :) I eat their burritos, tacos, queso.. YUM.. I love the queso! oh back to what I was sayin the food rocks and so does the service!

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I am in this place 3 - 4 times a week! They also have the best Happy Hour in Denver! The new bartender Erin is not bad on the eyes either! :) I eat their burritos, tacos, queso.. YUM.. I love the queso! oh back to what I was sayin the food rocks and so does the service!

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Yes, the burrito "purists" probably aren't comfortable with some of the creative options here, but really, when it's this darn tasty I don't see how anyone can complain. The Big Fish with fajita veggies rocks my world; I don't know how they make the fish so ridiculously moist and crispy at the same time (I'm sure it involves a lot of frying, so maybe I'm better not knowing details). MmmmmmmmmPete's.

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Yes, the burrito "purists" probably aren't comfortable with some of the creative options here, but really, when it's this darn tasty I don't see how anyone can complain. The Big Fish with fajita veggies rocks my world; I don't know how they make the fish so ridiculously moist and crispy at the same time (I'm sure it involves a lot of frying, so maybe I'm better not knowing details). MmmmmmmmmPete's.

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I have been a devoted Chipolte fan for a while, but Illegal Pete's have a few things that are better. The 4 things that make this place stand out are 1) They mix up the ingredients in the burrito before they roll it up and serve it. 2) If you order a burrito bowl, you get a bag of chips or tortilla and it does not cost extra 3) The chips are a superior quality and lighter 4) There is a trivia question for a free drink. The prices are the same and the food quality is pretty much the same, but I have been choosing Illegal Pete's more frequently than Chipolte.

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I have been a devoted Chipolte fan for a while, but Illegal Pete's have a few things that are better. The 4 things that make this place stand out are 1) They mix up the ingredients in the burrito before they roll it up and serve it. 2) If you order a burrito bowl, you get a bag of chips or tortilla and it does not cost extra 3) The chips are a superior quality and lighter 4) There is a trivia question for a free drink. The prices are the same and the food quality is pretty much the same, but I have been choosing Illegal Pete's more frequently than Chipolte.

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Someone recommended this place as a superior alternative to Chipotle. After reading several
reviews repeating that sentiment, I decided to check these guys out. Supposedly the
ingredients are fresher, the portions larger, and the salsa spicier. I ordered a shredded beef
burrito with rice, sour cream, cheese, their hottest salsa and no beans. While the burrito was
somewhat palatable, they in no way compare to those offered at Chipotle. The shredded beef
was cold and largely devoid of seasoning and their "hottest" salsa definitely lacked spice. The
cilantro-lime rice was too light on the cilantro, too heavy on the lime and served only to make
my burrito overly sour and citrusy. The portions were weak to say the least. I've never finished
a Chipotle burrito with anything less than a full stomach, but this burrito left me wanting more,
and not in a good way. I don't know if things have changed or if I just showed up on a bad day,
but I think I'll stick with Chipotle in the future.

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Someone recommended this place as a superior alternative to Chipotle. After reading several
reviews repeating that sentiment, I decided to check these guys out. Supposedly the
ingredients are fresher, the portions larger, and the salsa spicier. I ordered a shredded beef
burrito with rice, sour cream, cheese, their hottest salsa and no beans. While the burrito was
somewhat palatable, they in no way compare to those offered at Chipotle. The shredded beef
was cold and largely devoid of seasoning and their "hottest" salsa definitely lacked spice. The
cilantro-lime rice was too light on the cilantro, too heavy on the lime and served only to make
my burrito overly sour and citrusy. The portions were weak to say the least. I've never finished
a Chipotle burrito with anything less than a full stomach, but this burrito left me wanting more,
and not in a good way. I don't know if things have changed or if I just showed up on a bad day,
but I think I'll stick with Chipotle in the future.

Pros: Cheap, nice setting, quick service

Cons: Cold, bland ingredients; salsa lacked spice

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Tired of getting a mouth full of rice at the other guys burrito shops? Give Illegal Pete's a try, where they mix the ingredients so you get all the tastes in one mouth full. I recommend the fish burrito.

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Tired of getting a mouth full of rice at the other guys burrito shops? Give Illegal Pete's a try, where they mix the ingredients so you get all the tastes in one mouth full. I recommend the fish burrito.

Pros: mix ingredients

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Illegal Petes has great burritos for a decent price. Try their corn salsa!!! I also love their outdoor patio area. It's a nice place to relax with friends and have a few beers.

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Illegal Petes has great burritos for a decent price. Try their corn salsa!!! I also love their outdoor patio area. It's a nice place to relax with friends and have a few beers.

Pros: great burritos, friendly service, outdoor patio

Cons: bright lights inside

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I used to go to the original Illegal Pete's in Boulder in the 90's-- long before Chipotle or Qdoba came on the scene.
There is 10x the variety on the menu (great fish tacos, more vegetarian options, excellent green chile) than any other burrito place. The food is so fresh and tastes real-- not like fast food. Plus, they mix your food together in the burrito before wrapping it. Great atmosphere, excellent food, plus a full bar. So much better than any of the chains on the scene!!!

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I used to go to the original Illegal Pete's in Boulder in the 90's-- long before Chipotle or Qdoba came on the scene.
There is 10x the variety on the menu (great fish tacos, more vegetarian options, excellent green chile) than any other burrito place. The food is so fresh and tastes real-- not like fast food. Plus, they mix your food together in the burrito before wrapping it. Great atmosphere, excellent food, plus a full bar. So much better than any of the chains on the scene!!!

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The food is okay, and is really not the flavorful. On multiple times I've ordered the BIg Potato and have ended up with fish in my burrito! Salsas are boring, and the food is overall bland. They should stop hiring post college hipsters who feel like they are better than everyone.

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The food is okay, and is really not the flavorful. On multiple times I've ordered the BIg Potato and have ended up with fish in my burrito! Salsas are boring, and the food is overall bland. They should stop hiring post college hipsters who feel like they are better than everyone.

Cons: Parking, Ambience, Bar

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The food tastes better than Chipotle. I do like the food, but the real attraction is the staff and customers. Delicious. The interior and ID offer the feeling of being in trendy Mexican-themed industrial loft. Great taco joint.

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The food tastes better than Chipotle. I do like the food, but the real attraction is the staff and customers. Delicious. The interior and ID offer the feeling of being in trendy Mexican-themed industrial loft. Great taco joint.

Pros: Hotties, Food, Trendy interior

Cons: Service, Attitude, Reminded I'm over 23

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They certainly weren't the first on the scene, but they outshine the "big burrito" chains without a doubt!

Their beef and chicken are outstanding and the the rest of their ingredients are a lot more varied!

As a tip, check out their toppings at the end... there's definitely more than sour cream and cheese that you can add for a whole new taste!

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They certainly weren't the first on the scene, but they outshine the "big burrito" chains without a doubt!

Their beef and chicken are outstanding and the the rest of their ingredients are a lot more varied!

As a tip, check out their toppings at the end... there's definitely more than sour cream and cheese that you can add for a whole new taste!

Pros: Sidewalk patio, great happy hour, Really nice staff

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Cool place,good food and coke in the bottle. What more can you ask for in a burrito place?

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Cool place,good food and coke in the bottle. What more can you ask for in a burrito place?

Message from Illegal Pete's

--Fresh, Fast and Healthy

--Fast Casual Mission Style Restaurant. Full bar with Denver's cheapest happy hour. Great Margaritas and ICE COLD BEER, chips and salsa. Breakfast burritos, Breakfast Tacos.

--Happy Hour, $2 domestic drafts, $2.50 wells, $4 Margaritas, endless chips and salsa. Live Music Sunday‚??s, Tacos, Burritos, Queso, Fish Tacos, BEER, Yager Bombs, Patio seating, Non-smoking, Smoking



More about Illegal Pete's

Fast Casual Mission Style Restaurant. Full bar with Denver‚??s cheapest happy hour. Great Margaritas and chips and salsa. Amazing Burritos, Quesadillas, Fish Tacos, Catering, $8 a person catering menu.

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Casual, upbeat eatery serves huge Mission-style burritos, Baja-style fish tacos, quesadillas and more. Free delivery, happy hour.

 

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