Benny's Restaurante y Tequila Bar

★★★☆☆
This festive Capitol Hill spot is a sure bet for casual dates or Mexican fare for the family.
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720-449-2578

301 E Seventh Ave

Denver, CO

80203

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I love Benny's and will always go there. We continue to take out of town company there and they always want to go back. It is fun, fast and consistant food. A great place to go with a group of friends. The food is good, the marguarita's better. If you have not been go tonight. Sometimes there is a wait but you can hang at the bar and I have never had to wait for more than one marguarita. Love it!!

4
★★★★☆

I love Benny's and will always go there. We continue to take out of town company there and they always want to go back. It is fun, fast and consistant food. A great place to go with a group of friends. The food is good, the marguarita's better. If you have not been go tonight. Sometimes there is a wait but you can hang at the bar and I have never had to wait for more than one marguarita. Love it!!

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Best Mexican Food in Denver! Skip the menu, order the sloppy chicken burrito and you won't be disappointed!

5
★★★★★

Best Mexican Food in Denver! Skip the menu, order the sloppy chicken burrito and you won't be disappointed!

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This was a place that our conference group came to for Mexican food. It was all really tasty and I especially liked the margaritas here. The staff were super nice and helpful.

4
★★★★☆

This was a place that our conference group came to for Mexican food. It was all really tasty and I especially liked the margaritas here. The staff were super nice and helpful.

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Benny's is a good place to take the family for Mexican food. Though the atmosphere is a little dark and crowded, they do have good food. The chicken taco has cubes of chicken, though I would prefer a pulled type and more moist. The crispy relleno is flour tortilla wrapped around a canned green chile. The green carne asada pork over the top is tasty and I think based on the sauce it could make a good burrito. The salsa was good and the chips were fresh and warm. They have Margarita's for $5 may be hard to beat.

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★★★☆☆

Benny's is a good place to take the family for Mexican food. Though the atmosphere is a little dark and crowded, they do have good food. The chicken taco has cubes of chicken, though I would prefer a pulled type and more moist. The crispy relleno is flour tortilla wrapped around a canned green chile. The green carne asada pork over the top is tasty and I think based on the sauce it could make a good burrito. The salsa was good and the chips were fresh and warm. They have Margarita's for $5 may be hard to beat.

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We have gone here for years. It is also a favorite for my teacher friends and I to hang out. Benny's has above average margaritas, solid green Chile, good chile rellenos, good fish tacos. Great place for kids, nice patio. Service is good too. Bartenders are really nice.

4
★★★★☆

We have gone here for years. It is also a favorite for my teacher friends and I to hang out. Benny's has above average margaritas, solid green Chile, good chile rellenos, good fish tacos. Great place for kids, nice patio. Service is good too. Bartenders are really nice.

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The place was pretty crowded - I always take this for a good sign. Chips came pretty quickly as did the ice water - so far so good. Unfortunately, the chips and ice water were the only positives. The margaritas were watery, the fajitas flavorless, and the salsa as bland as a can of Campbell's tomato soup. I asked to waitress for some spicier sauce and brought back something just as bland. This is the sort of Mexican food I would expect to eat in Albania not in the heart of Denver. I can't for the life of me understand what all those people were doing there. I certainly would not repeat.

1
★☆☆☆☆

The place was pretty crowded - I always take this for a good sign. Chips came pretty quickly as did the ice water - so far so good. Unfortunately, the chips and ice water were the only positives. The margaritas were watery, the fajitas flavorless, and the salsa as bland as a can of Campbell's tomato soup. I asked to waitress for some spicier sauce and brought back something just as bland. This is the sort of Mexican food I would expect to eat in Albania not in the heart of Denver. I can't for the life of me understand what all those people were doing there. I certainly would not repeat.

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Benny's is one of our favorite mexican restaurants. They are located at 7th and Grant in downtown Denver. They have a parking lot on the west-side of Grant, just north of 7th. They offer a varied menu with several vegetarian dishes. They provide a non-smoking environment plus there is patio dining. The service is good and the wait staff is friendly. They offer combination meals and some pretty tasty sopapillas. Their margaritas are good too and can be ordered by the carafe!

4
★★★★☆

Benny's is one of our favorite mexican restaurants. They are located at 7th and Grant in downtown Denver. They have a parking lot on the west-side of Grant, just north of 7th. They offer a varied menu with several vegetarian dishes. They provide a non-smoking environment plus there is patio dining. The service is good and the wait staff is friendly. They offer combination meals and some pretty tasty sopapillas. Their margaritas are good too and can be ordered by the carafe!

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The food never was (and still isn't) good. \r\n\r\nWe used to hang there because it was local or if we were hung on a Sunday morning. \r\n\r\nI really have no idea why it still always crowded

2
★★☆☆☆

The food never was (and still isn't) good. \r\n\r\nWe used to hang there because it was local or if we were hung on a Sunday morning. \r\n\r\nI really have no idea why it still always crowded

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Benny's is popular with suburbanites. For some reason word has gotten out that heading to the city requires a stop at Benny's. The locals, however, won't touch the place. We typically head south and east for Mexican food which is where the good stuff is.\n\nThe food at Benny's has to be straight out of a can or bottle. There is little that tastes fresh. Meats are typically cooked to the consistency of rubber (with the possible exception of the carnitas, which are sometimes a high point on the menu). Most dishes are covered in a generic sauce and a bed of lettuce with a few bits of tasteless tomatoes. There is no imagination in the presentation of the food.\n\nSeveral reviewers have mentioned the margaritas. Yes, they are tasty, but way overpriced. Order a liter of margaritas and you'll get a liter carafe packed full of ice with little room for margarita. \n\nThe atmosphere at Benny's has nothing to offer. It is absolutely jam-packed with tables. A server will take your order, someone else will deliver the food in minutes and then you'll be hustled out to make room for the next party. There are televisions playing in every corner. The place is pitch dark in certain spots (which is usually a sign that you don't want to see the place in full light). \n\nThe popularity of this place is absolutely puzzling.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Benny's is popular with suburbanites. For some reason word has gotten out that heading to the city requires a stop at Benny's. The locals, however, won't touch the place. We typically head south and east for Mexican food which is where the good stuff is.\n\nThe food at Benny's has to be straight out of a can or bottle. There is little that tastes fresh. Meats are typically cooked to the consistency of rubber (with the possible exception of the carnitas, which are sometimes a high point on the menu). Most dishes are covered in a generic sauce and a bed of lettuce with a few bits of tasteless tomatoes. There is no imagination in the presentation of the food.\n\nSeveral reviewers have mentioned the margaritas. Yes, they are tasty, but way overpriced. Order a liter of margaritas and you'll get a liter carafe packed full of ice with little room for margarita. \n\nThe atmosphere at Benny's has nothing to offer. It is absolutely jam-packed with tables. A server will take your order, someone else will deliver the food in minutes and then you'll be hustled out to make room for the next party. There are televisions playing in every corner. The place is pitch dark in certain spots (which is usually a sign that you don't want to see the place in full light). \n\nThe popularity of this place is absolutely puzzling.

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I had my car towed at that parking lot on May 5, 2011 going to celebrate cinco de mayo @ Benny's, I got these really mean people that i had to deal with by the name mile hi towing and recovery i took them to court and it turned out that they where innocent because they showed ""proof"" i dont know how but whatever im over it.\r\n\r\n I contacted Benny and Sloan Associates by investigation and he was very nice about the whole situation he explained to me that mile hi towing and recovery is in charge of the lot they manage who goes in and out of the lot, that he only rents this to soon hopefully own it and make it an additonal benny's parking lot, he was nice about it felt really bad, i came on here before and i saw all of the bad comments and i totally agreed until now i used to come to bennys every thursday with family and friends i havent been here for a month and i was soooo glad to come back last thursday i did park in the benny's parking lot on grant i felt so much safer I had a reservation with friends i asked bennys manager if i could leave my car there over night, because last time i got towed in the lot behind and she said yes here is a token whenever you come back your car will be there..\r\n\r\n I totally regret parking on that logan lot they stole $400 from me that i didnt even have and im still paying it off.\r\n\r\n I was so glad to be back at benny's i was like never going to go in again, i know its not their fault if i were you next time you go to benny's there is a free parking lot on grant where its safe if you do get scamed take it out on mile hi towing and recovery not bennys\r\n\r\nTO NEW BENNY'S COMERS YOU WILL LOVE THE MARGS AND THE FOOD..JUST DONT PARK IN A PARKING LOT BEHIND THEM THEY HAVE FREE PARKING ON 7TH AND GRANT!

5
★★★★★

I had my car towed at that parking lot on May 5, 2011 going to celebrate cinco de mayo @ Benny's, I got these really mean people that i had to deal with by the name mile hi towing and recovery i took them to court and it turned out that they where innocent because they showed ""proof"" i dont know how but whatever im over it.\r\n\r\n I contacted Benny and Sloan Associates by investigation and he was very nice about the whole situation he explained to me that mile hi towing and recovery is in charge of the lot they manage who goes in and out of the lot, that he only rents this to soon hopefully own it and make it an additonal benny's parking lot, he was nice about it felt really bad, i came on here before and i saw all of the bad comments and i totally agreed until now i used to come to bennys every thursday with family and friends i havent been here for a month and i was soooo glad to come back last thursday i did park in the benny's parking lot on grant i felt so much safer I had a reservation with friends i asked bennys manager if i could leave my car there over night, because last time i got towed in the lot behind and she said yes here is a token whenever you come back your car will be there..\r\n\r\n I totally regret parking on that logan lot they stole $400 from me that i didnt even have and im still paying it off.\r\n\r\n I was so glad to be back at benny's i was like never going to go in again, i know its not their fault if i were you next time you go to benny's there is a free parking lot on grant where its safe if you do get scamed take it out on mile hi towing and recovery not bennys\r\n\r\nTO NEW BENNY'S COMERS YOU WILL LOVE THE MARGS AND THE FOOD..JUST DONT PARK IN A PARKING LOT BEHIND THEM THEY HAVE FREE PARKING ON 7TH AND GRANT!

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sounds like the biggest problem with folks is failing to be honest when parking downtown. If you make yourself familiar with your surroundings and keep yourself honest ( including paying for parking) then you won't find yourself in costly situations. I have been a patron at Bennys restaurant fr several years and have always parked in the correct lots for the establishment that I'm going to.\n\nIt doesn't take a high school graduate to read a sign. If there's ever any doubt you should not park there. \n\nWelcome to the world of adult responsibility.

5
★★★★★

sounds like the biggest problem with folks is failing to be honest when parking downtown. If you make yourself familiar with your surroundings and keep yourself honest ( including paying for parking) then you won't find yourself in costly situations. I have been a patron at Bennys restaurant fr several years and have always parked in the correct lots for the establishment that I'm going to.\n\nIt doesn't take a high school graduate to read a sign. If there's ever any doubt you should not park there. \n\nWelcome to the world of adult responsibility.

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from reading the reviews here, the food sucks, the management sucks, the parking sucks, but getting hammered in magaritaville makes it all wort while. sad statement!!!!!!

1
★☆☆☆☆

from reading the reviews here, the food sucks, the management sucks, the parking sucks, but getting hammered in magaritaville makes it all wort while. sad statement!!!!!!

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After patronizing Bennys Cantina nearly every Friday night over the past 15 YEARS (and Sunday breakfast every other weekend) a large group of my friends and I have decided never to set foot into the establishment again. Thru having my car towed from an honor pay system parking lot @ 734 Logan, I discovered that Benny and the establishment which bears his name are clearly involved in a racket with this parking lot. \r\nWe personally witnessed alongside two Denver city police, direct interaction between the restaurants manager and two individuals (one with a child) who monitor the honor system parking lot. \r\nI politely informed the manager at Bennys of the situation and asked to arrange to have Mile Hi Towing return my car to the parking lot. She refused to cooperate and claimed that no deposit was left in slot 45\r\n I have paid five dollars to park in this particular lot at least one quarter of the times that I have eaten at Bennys. The dinner & drink check generated by our Friday night group of 8-12 averages over $100. \r\nYou have now lost a regular $100 Friday night ticket, but more damaging word of mouth will not be favorable.\r\nI refuse to patronize an establishment that is clearly scamming their customers.\r\n

1
★☆☆☆☆

After patronizing Bennys Cantina nearly every Friday night over the past 15 YEARS (and Sunday breakfast every other weekend) a large group of my friends and I have decided never to set foot into the establishment again. Thru having my car towed from an honor pay system parking lot @ 734 Logan, I discovered that Benny and the establishment which bears his name are clearly involved in a racket with this parking lot. \r\nWe personally witnessed alongside two Denver city police, direct interaction between the restaurants manager and two individuals (one with a child) who monitor the honor system parking lot. \r\nI politely informed the manager at Bennys of the situation and asked to arrange to have Mile Hi Towing return my car to the parking lot. She refused to cooperate and claimed that no deposit was left in slot 45\r\n I have paid five dollars to park in this particular lot at least one quarter of the times that I have eaten at Bennys. The dinner & drink check generated by our Friday night group of 8-12 averages over $100. \r\nYou have now lost a regular $100 Friday night ticket, but more damaging word of mouth will not be favorable.\r\nI refuse to patronize an establishment that is clearly scamming their customers.\r\n

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I love this place. Great margs and that's all that matters!

5
★★★★★

I love this place. Great margs and that's all that matters!

Pros: You just go in for margs!

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Well, I will definitely never be back. I didn't drink the night I went, but I wish I'd at least have that excuse after even attempting to eat the slop laid before me.\r\nThe appetizer, ""chilli con queso"" is literally like Velveta and Hormel chili melted into a thin liquid. Plus it smells like body odor. Needless to say, I didn't eat any of that.\r\nI returned my entree after trying to take a bite of a ""chille relleno"" smothered in salty muck called ""green chile"", realizing it had been burned to a meteorite consistency. Not to mention, the waitress was nowhere to be found most of the night, and my friend got up to track her down twice during our meal: once for silverwear, and second for returning both of our meals (his was also overcooked and covered is salty muck). \r\nWe left only full of mediocre chips and salsa and water. \r\n I will say that I browsed the margarita and tequila list, and they do have a decent selection at a reasonable price, so perhaps it could be a fun place to go drinking with friends after a long week, but only for alcohol!\r\n\r\nI called my girlfriend the next day. When I mentioned we had gone to Benny's, she replied, ""Ew girl, I don't eat there either. I've been once and never again"". As a native, I'm ashamed that this place has lasted so long in Denver! \r\nIf you want great, authentic Mexican food, try El Taco De Mexico on Santa Fe. Or if you want a quick and decent mexican fix and good margs, The Rio works. Skip this place for sure though.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Well, I will definitely never be back. I didn't drink the night I went, but I wish I'd at least have that excuse after even attempting to eat the slop laid before me.\r\nThe appetizer, ""chilli con queso"" is literally like Velveta and Hormel chili melted into a thin liquid. Plus it smells like body odor. Needless to say, I didn't eat any of that.\r\nI returned my entree after trying to take a bite of a ""chille relleno"" smothered in salty muck called ""green chile"", realizing it had been burned to a meteorite consistency. Not to mention, the waitress was nowhere to be found most of the night, and my friend got up to track her down twice during our meal: once for silverwear, and second for returning both of our meals (his was also overcooked and covered is salty muck). \r\nWe left only full of mediocre chips and salsa and water. \r\n I will say that I browsed the margarita and tequila list, and they do have a decent selection at a reasonable price, so perhaps it could be a fun place to go drinking with friends after a long week, but only for alcohol!\r\n\r\nI called my girlfriend the next day. When I mentioned we had gone to Benny's, she replied, ""Ew girl, I don't eat there either. I've been once and never again"". As a native, I'm ashamed that this place has lasted so long in Denver! \r\nIf you want great, authentic Mexican food, try El Taco De Mexico on Santa Fe. Or if you want a quick and decent mexican fix and good margs, The Rio works. Skip this place for sure though.

Pros: Tequila selection

Cons: Food, Service, Decor

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Most people I know go to Benny's for the margaritas, not-so-much for the food.\nDon't get me wrong, the food isn't terrible but it's just ok. I've been there many times and have tried several items from on the menu and nothing has been very good as far as food.\nThe margaritas on the other hand are very good. They are strong and they have many different flavors. You can order by the glass or a small pitcher.\nOverall the service has always been pretty good.\nGood place to go after work for happy hour.

3
★★★☆☆

Most people I know go to Benny's for the margaritas, not-so-much for the food.\nDon't get me wrong, the food isn't terrible but it's just ok. I've been there many times and have tried several items from on the menu and nothing has been very good as far as food.\nThe margaritas on the other hand are very good. They are strong and they have many different flavors. You can order by the glass or a small pitcher.\nOverall the service has always been pretty good.\nGood place to go after work for happy hour.

Pros: Really good margaritas

Cons: Food is just ok

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Benny's is one of those restaurants that remains popular despite serving really crappy food. The reasons are the location, the prices and the margaritas. You don't go to Benny's for good food. You go to get drunk, or to ameliorate the affects of alcohol drank and don't care what you shove down your gullet, as long as it's filling. \r\n\r\nI ate there on July 9, 2009 only out of deference to a friend and was reminded why I stopped going to Benny's a long time ago. \r\n\r\nLook around at everyone's plate and you will notice that almost every dish looks the same. That's because every center of the plate item is drowned in green chile, which I suppose is intended to compensate for the other bland and overcooked ingredients. Examples: the barbacoa burrito. The meat had the texture of toilet paper that had been soaked overnight. The beef fajita meat resembled canned dog food with the gravy drained out of the can, and the little chunks of meat were dried out and chewy. And everything had the appearance of having sat under the heat lamps interminably. \r\n\r\nIt was just plain nasty food. \r\n\r\nSadly, this is the norm not the exception at Benny's. And don't look too closely at the floors unless you have a strong stomach. \r\n\r\n

2
★★☆☆☆

Benny's is one of those restaurants that remains popular despite serving really crappy food. The reasons are the location, the prices and the margaritas. You don't go to Benny's for good food. You go to get drunk, or to ameliorate the affects of alcohol drank and don't care what you shove down your gullet, as long as it's filling. \r\n\r\nI ate there on July 9, 2009 only out of deference to a friend and was reminded why I stopped going to Benny's a long time ago. \r\n\r\nLook around at everyone's plate and you will notice that almost every dish looks the same. That's because every center of the plate item is drowned in green chile, which I suppose is intended to compensate for the other bland and overcooked ingredients. Examples: the barbacoa burrito. The meat had the texture of toilet paper that had been soaked overnight. The beef fajita meat resembled canned dog food with the gravy drained out of the can, and the little chunks of meat were dried out and chewy. And everything had the appearance of having sat under the heat lamps interminably. \r\n\r\nIt was just plain nasty food. \r\n\r\nSadly, this is the norm not the exception at Benny's. And don't look too closely at the floors unless you have a strong stomach. \r\n\r\n

Pros: Good margaritas, cheap, fast service

Cons: Very nasty food. Not very clean.

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Fun, local Denver Mexican restaurant. Great margaritas and people watching. The food is good or bad depending on what your order, but if you go to Benny's it is more for the experience. Expect to wait for a seat, but order a margarita and enjoy yourself.

3
★★★☆☆

Fun, local Denver Mexican restaurant. Great margaritas and people watching. The food is good or bad depending on what your order, but if you go to Benny's it is more for the experience. Expect to wait for a seat, but order a margarita and enjoy yourself.

Pros: local Denver hotspot

Cons: food isn't so hot

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I love this place. I started coming here in the 80's when there were only a few tables. It was down the street from where it is located now. The food has only gotten better over the years. I guess when you go to a place you get the kind of service you deserve. I have had nothing but great service here. I can't wait to fly home in July and the first place I eat will be Benny's. As soon as I get off the plane.\r\nAll my friends from Denver will join me I'm sure.

5
★★★★★

I love this place. I started coming here in the 80's when there were only a few tables. It was down the street from where it is located now. The food has only gotten better over the years. I guess when you go to a place you get the kind of service you deserve. I have had nothing but great service here. I can't wait to fly home in July and the first place I eat will be Benny's. As soon as I get off the plane.\r\nAll my friends from Denver will join me I'm sure.

Pros: Best Mexican Food in Denver

Cons: Non

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I've been to Benny's tons of times, and in most cases the food is good and speedy, but if you're looking to go out with a big group, it's a total different story. We made reservations, and weren't seated for almost an hour, then the server refused to separate checks, which took about an hour to get out in the end. Sorry Benny's, but you're not in my recommended restaurant list any longer!

2
★★☆☆☆

I've been to Benny's tons of times, and in most cases the food is good and speedy, but if you're looking to go out with a big group, it's a total different story. We made reservations, and weren't seated for almost an hour, then the server refused to separate checks, which took about an hour to get out in the end. Sorry Benny's, but you're not in my recommended restaurant list any longer!

Pros: Good Prices

Cons: Never bring a large group- ever

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Where do I begin? After I waited what seemed like any eternity to be seated by the host (who was chit chatting and playing grab a** with a co worker) I found myself sitting at my table for at least 30 before my waitress came to take my order. I never got the drinks I ordered and the only service I recieved was the waitress pushing me to finish about a gallon of queso dip ( that ultimately lead me to repainting every square inch of my toilet) I was told this place was the best in Denver, I was decieved. The only good thing about this place is that I'll never go there again!!!\r\n\r\nPros: Great gay bartenders absolutley fabulous guys\r\n\r\nCons: Everything else

1
★☆☆☆☆

Where do I begin? After I waited what seemed like any eternity to be seated by the host (who was chit chatting and playing grab a** with a co worker) I found myself sitting at my table for at least 30 before my waitress came to take my order. I never got the drinks I ordered and the only service I recieved was the waitress pushing me to finish about a gallon of queso dip ( that ultimately lead me to repainting every square inch of my toilet) I was told this place was the best in Denver, I was decieved. The only good thing about this place is that I'll never go there again!!!\r\n\r\nPros: Great gay bartenders absolutley fabulous guys\r\n\r\nCons: Everything else

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How this joint remains in business is beyond me. I like their chips and salsa and the frozen margaritas are good, but the food is disgusting. One of my friends refuses to even have drinks there. I will only go for drinks and chips.

1
★☆☆☆☆

How this joint remains in business is beyond me. I like their chips and salsa and the frozen margaritas are good, but the food is disgusting. One of my friends refuses to even have drinks there. I will only go for drinks and chips.

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jeez - I've been going to Benny's since the old days when he was at the Candlelight. Used to love his food but sadly I don't think even Benny has tasted it lately. This is about at good as Casa Bonita - blah, blah, blah. Why they continue to pack 'em in is beyond me. I'll never darken their door again. Denver is full of fantastic Mexican cuisine - this is the bottom of the lot.

1
★☆☆☆☆

jeez - I've been going to Benny's since the old days when he was at the Candlelight. Used to love his food but sadly I don't think even Benny has tasted it lately. This is about at good as Casa Bonita - blah, blah, blah. Why they continue to pack 'em in is beyond me. I'll never darken their door again. Denver is full of fantastic Mexican cuisine - this is the bottom of the lot.

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Some friends just raved about this place, so we went one night. The food was unremarkable, the service was slow, and the place was loud. really, really loud. As in you can't hear the person sitting across from you loud. Good margarita, though.

2
★★☆☆☆

Some friends just raved about this place, so we went one night. The food was unremarkable, the service was slow, and the place was loud. really, really loud. As in you can't hear the person sitting across from you loud. Good margarita, though.

Pros: good margarita

Cons: parking is tough

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After raving to my family what great food they had we got take out and my burrito had a gigantic, whole, DEAD FLY floating in the green chili!!! Will never eat there again which is sad because used to be very loyal fan!! Have since heard others say there are always flies everywhere in that place...granted it was summer but STILL!!!! No excuse!! NASTY. Just the name Benny makes my stomach turn now.

1
★☆☆☆☆

After raving to my family what great food they had we got take out and my burrito had a gigantic, whole, DEAD FLY floating in the green chili!!! Will never eat there again which is sad because used to be very loyal fan!! Have since heard others say there are always flies everywhere in that place...granted it was summer but STILL!!!! No excuse!! NASTY. Just the name Benny makes my stomach turn now.

Pros: good ""top shelf"" margs

Cons: Dirty

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I was expecting a lot more when I came to this place, and was very disappointed. We had to wait 30 mins for a table, with nowhere to sit... And the salsa is HORRIBLE, runny and the service was terrible. The food was OKAY.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I was expecting a lot more when I came to this place, and was very disappointed. We had to wait 30 mins for a table, with nowhere to sit... And the salsa is HORRIBLE, runny and the service was terrible. The food was OKAY.

Cons: service, salsa, seating

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I have been to Bennys several times throughout the past 7 years and I have to say, the restaurant keeps getting worse every time I go. The food is so bland and greasy I imagine eating saltines with crisco is more pleasing. I just don't get why this restaurant is busy time and time again. When cutting into my chilli relleno, a pool of grease poured out onto the cheese covered plate. If the salsa had flavor I would have dumped a few bowls on my food but to no avail, it tasted like canned tomato sauce. I will never go here again, not even for a free meal as I hate the way I feel after consuming such disgusting food. If you would like texmex, go to the Blue Bonnet. At least the salsa and chips are good.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I have been to Bennys several times throughout the past 7 years and I have to say, the restaurant keeps getting worse every time I go. The food is so bland and greasy I imagine eating saltines with crisco is more pleasing. I just don't get why this restaurant is busy time and time again. When cutting into my chilli relleno, a pool of grease poured out onto the cheese covered plate. If the salsa had flavor I would have dumped a few bowls on my food but to no avail, it tasted like canned tomato sauce. I will never go here again, not even for a free meal as I hate the way I feel after consuming such disgusting food. If you would like texmex, go to the Blue Bonnet. At least the salsa and chips are good.

Pros: service was okay

Cons: everything else

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You always hear such great things about this place, and really, all the times I've been there it just wasn't that great. First, it's not really Mexican food. There are other, better, less expensive places to go for real Mexican food. I've never had GREAT service there and at my last visit, the server was ridiculous and borderline rude. And while the sangria and the grilled chicken tacos are good, the food is generally over-priced and the atmosphere is not all that. Cantina? Really? Tell me why it takes so long to get a drink order...

3
★★★☆☆

You always hear such great things about this place, and really, all the times I've been there it just wasn't that great. First, it's not really Mexican food. There are other, better, less expensive places to go for real Mexican food. I've never had GREAT service there and at my last visit, the server was ridiculous and borderline rude. And while the sangria and the grilled chicken tacos are good, the food is generally over-priced and the atmosphere is not all that. Cantina? Really? Tell me why it takes so long to get a drink order...

Cons: Everything but the free chips and salsa.

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I've eaten at Benny's numerous times. I've noticed during ""peak"" hours that the service and quality of food become below acceptable. Don't even think about going during dinner rush on ANY given night. Last time I was there during the rush I had dirty silverware & found hair in my food. The wait for a table is outrageous (I waited an hour once, against my will because my friends wouldn't leave), the service is extremely slow, the entire place is so loud because it's so packed and there are loud screaming children everywhere. Other people's conversations are so loud that you can't keep up with the conversation at your own table. I absolutely refuse to go to Benny's during ""peak"" hours.\r\n\r\nNow, if you go at say 2 in the afternoon for a late lunch or after 9pm on a lazy Tuesday night for dinner, it's AWESOME! Not excellent service, but good service. You tend to get ignored when you want more chips & salsa or a refill on your water but it's not that bad. Make sure you ask for a big water if that's what you want, otherwise they'll bring you this tiny sorry excuse for a glass of water. I was just there two weeks ago and our food was soooo delicious! We went late in the evening. After all the screaming children and parents that can't control them had gone home, it's a nice relaxing and enjoyable environment.\r\n\r\nI highly recommend the fish tacos, the tacos el carbon & the carnitas / relleno platter. All favorites of mine. The blue ocean martini is WONDERFUL as well.\r\n\r\nAgain, this place is GREAT when it's not busy and absolutely HORRIBLE when it's busy. If there is any kind of wait for a table that is longer than 10 minutes or you see screaming brats running around uncontrollably, RUN AWAY!

3
★★★☆☆

I've eaten at Benny's numerous times. I've noticed during ""peak"" hours that the service and quality of food become below acceptable. Don't even think about going during dinner rush on ANY given night. Last time I was there during the rush I had dirty silverware & found hair in my food. The wait for a table is outrageous (I waited an hour once, against my will because my friends wouldn't leave), the service is extremely slow, the entire place is so loud because it's so packed and there are loud screaming children everywhere. Other people's conversations are so loud that you can't keep up with the conversation at your own table. I absolutely refuse to go to Benny's during ""peak"" hours.\r\n\r\nNow, if you go at say 2 in the afternoon for a late lunch or after 9pm on a lazy Tuesday night for dinner, it's AWESOME! Not excellent service, but good service. You tend to get ignored when you want more chips & salsa or a refill on your water but it's not that bad. Make sure you ask for a big water if that's what you want, otherwise they'll bring you this tiny sorry excuse for a glass of water. I was just there two weeks ago and our food was soooo delicious! We went late in the evening. After all the screaming children and parents that can't control them had gone home, it's a nice relaxing and enjoyable environment.\r\n\r\nI highly recommend the fish tacos, the tacos el carbon & the carnitas / relleno platter. All favorites of mine. The blue ocean martini is WONDERFUL as well.\r\n\r\nAgain, this place is GREAT when it's not busy and absolutely HORRIBLE when it's busy. If there is any kind of wait for a table that is longer than 10 minutes or you see screaming brats running around uncontrollably, RUN AWAY!

Pros: Nice, quiet & relaxing when it's not busy. Food is very good when it's not busy.

Cons: If there is more than a 10 minute wait, RUN AWAY! This place is awful when it's busy.

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Wow, I never thought that I could eat at a gay Mexican Resteraunt! I can't even find a good gay resteraunt in where I live in California!!! But here, everything is Gay even the illigal imigrants working in the kitchen!! It was great and the food was horrible! I will never eat here again. I will only look for nice young boys who will drink cheap margaritas with me in the afternoon. Don't order the tacos del carbon. it was cold and hard like my ex-husband.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Wow, I never thought that I could eat at a gay Mexican Resteraunt! I can't even find a good gay resteraunt in where I live in California!!! But here, everything is Gay even the illigal imigrants working in the kitchen!! It was great and the food was horrible! I will never eat here again. I will only look for nice young boys who will drink cheap margaritas with me in the afternoon. Don't order the tacos del carbon. it was cold and hard like my ex-husband.

Pros: Gay Denver!!

Cons: Everything about this place except for the drinks

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I wish I understood WHY this place was so popular for food!! Sure it's great for a little smoozing and a cheap margarita but the food is AWFUL!! I have been to Benny's three times now and never really had anything special. The rellenos were overly greasy and stuffed with blobby cheese, the flavors overall were single dimensional and completely lacked nuance. I LOVE Mexican food!! I love Tex-Mex but I expect it have garlic, onions and chilies, cilantro, cumin, cinnamon, cloves and citrus. Benny's food tastes like TV dinners with a little iceberg lettuce and Kraft shredded cheese thrown on for good measure. For a similar price and MUCH better food in the TexMex genre visit Jack-N-Grill over on Federal.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I wish I understood WHY this place was so popular for food!! Sure it's great for a little smoozing and a cheap margarita but the food is AWFUL!! I have been to Benny's three times now and never really had anything special. The rellenos were overly greasy and stuffed with blobby cheese, the flavors overall were single dimensional and completely lacked nuance. I LOVE Mexican food!! I love Tex-Mex but I expect it have garlic, onions and chilies, cilantro, cumin, cinnamon, cloves and citrus. Benny's food tastes like TV dinners with a little iceberg lettuce and Kraft shredded cheese thrown on for good measure. For a similar price and MUCH better food in the TexMex genre visit Jack-N-Grill over on Federal.

Pros: The margaritas are OK

Cons: The food is boring and greasy

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Years ago this used to be a favorite place of ours, every week you could find us there. As the years went by, the food and service began to deteriorate. I am sad to say that the service is awful and the food is appalling (I know, harsh, but true). It amazes me how busy they get because nothing is satisfying, not even the weak-watered down margaritas. I guess you get what you pay for, bust still the service needs to be improved. They seat you, but hurry to get you out to get the next customers in. I always say quantity is by far never a substitute for quality.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Years ago this used to be a favorite place of ours, every week you could find us there. As the years went by, the food and service began to deteriorate. I am sad to say that the service is awful and the food is appalling (I know, harsh, but true). It amazes me how busy they get because nothing is satisfying, not even the weak-watered down margaritas. I guess you get what you pay for, bust still the service needs to be improved. They seat you, but hurry to get you out to get the next customers in. I always say quantity is by far never a substitute for quality.

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Dirty, bad service, terrible food, weak margaritas...

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I can?t keep track of how many times I have been to Benny?s. This is the best hangover food around. Excellent chips and salsa, stiff margaritas, and the crispy chili rellenos are the best I have had. Usually a wait to get a table, and the staff is always busy, but the food is worth it.

5
★★★★★

I can?t keep track of how many times I have been to Benny?s. This is the best hangover food around. Excellent chips and salsa, stiff margaritas, and the crispy chili rellenos are the best I have had. Usually a wait to get a table, and the staff is always busy, but the food is worth it.

Pros: food, drinks are great

Cons: long wait for a table, service can be slow

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Some people kept telling me to go to Benny's because its ""so great"" and because its right down the street from my house. Benny's is beyond horrible. The food literally looks like someone went to the bathroom on it. I have been there twice. The first time on a recomendation and the second, to give it another chance. The service is spotty, the salsa (even though its free, as it is in all Mexican restaurants) tastes like it came straight off the shelf at King Poopers. The margaritas are mediocre-hardly worth going for. I am not sure why this place is always busy, except maybe people have no taste in food? Anyone who actually enjoys the food here needs to grow some new taste buds. A chimpanzee could make better Mexican food than Bennys. SAVE YOUR $$$ \r\n

1
★☆☆☆☆

Some people kept telling me to go to Benny's because its ""so great"" and because its right down the street from my house. Benny's is beyond horrible. The food literally looks like someone went to the bathroom on it. I have been there twice. The first time on a recomendation and the second, to give it another chance. The service is spotty, the salsa (even though its free, as it is in all Mexican restaurants) tastes like it came straight off the shelf at King Poopers. The margaritas are mediocre-hardly worth going for. I am not sure why this place is always busy, except maybe people have no taste in food? Anyone who actually enjoys the food here needs to grow some new taste buds. A chimpanzee could make better Mexican food than Bennys. SAVE YOUR $$$ \r\n

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Everything

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THis is a good Mexican restaurant. I like most items on the menu, but not totally outstanding. I like sitting outside in the summer though. Can have a really long wait and it's hard to find parking.

3
★★★☆☆

THis is a good Mexican restaurant. I like most items on the menu, but not totally outstanding. I like sitting outside in the summer though. Can have a really long wait and it's hard to find parking.

Pros: Outside eating area

Cons: no parking

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I'v been to Benny's several times out of convenience (close to home). They have good service, but their food is mediocre. The green chile is lacks flavor and spice and has an strange consistency. Enchiladas are a flavorless flop and the meat and chicken used in many dishes has almost no seasoning. About the only descent food on the menu are their tacos al carbon and carnitas tacos with rice and beans.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I'v been to Benny's several times out of convenience (close to home). They have good service, but their food is mediocre. The green chile is lacks flavor and spice and has an strange consistency. Enchiladas are a flavorless flop and the meat and chicken used in many dishes has almost no seasoning. About the only descent food on the menu are their tacos al carbon and carnitas tacos with rice and beans.

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This is by far my favorite Mexican restaurant. Only bad comment is that they could make their salsa a bit more interesting, but otherwise it's great.

5
★★★★★

This is by far my favorite Mexican restaurant. Only bad comment is that they could make their salsa a bit more interesting, but otherwise it's great.

Pros: Food, Service, Price

Cons: So-so salsa

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They have awesome food and awesome margaritas!! Definately recommend giving it a try!

5
★★★★★

They have awesome food and awesome margaritas!! Definately recommend giving it a try!

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We were seated and that was it. After a half hour of waiting we got up to leave and told the manager that the waiter never showed up. He didn't respond and wealked away.

1
★☆☆☆☆

We were seated and that was it. After a half hour of waiting we got up to leave and told the manager that the waiter never showed up. He didn't respond and wealked away.

Cons: bad parking, crowded, no service

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Again here we have a nieghbor bar, that tries to pass their food off to the locals that have had one too many! C'mon, how can anyone think and vote that this place is any good except for getting sloshed. The food is not recommended, I had a beef burrito smothered in ""I just don't know"" sauce, the beef was dry and so was the service.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Again here we have a nieghbor bar, that tries to pass their food off to the locals that have had one too many! C'mon, how can anyone think and vote that this place is any good except for getting sloshed. The food is not recommended, I had a beef burrito smothered in ""I just don't know"" sauce, the beef was dry and so was the service.

Pros: You can walk home

Cons: The Food, The Food, THE FOOD !

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The food is amazing, the service is fast and price is very affordable for the quantity!

5
★★★★★

The food is amazing, the service is fast and price is very affordable for the quantity!

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food was bland and service was poor....I don't understand why it is so popular.

2
★★☆☆☆

food was bland and service was poor....I don't understand why it is so popular.

Pros: location

Cons: service, food, noise

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They treat gay, lesbian and bisexual community very good! I love the gay bartenders Justin and Rick.

4
★★★★☆

They treat gay, lesbian and bisexual community very good! I love the gay bartenders Justin and Rick.

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Benny's is a such a fun place! Located in a great area, they serve great marg's, affordable food and provide a fun atmoshpere! I love that it is non smoking now too!

5
★★★★★

Benny's is a such a fun place! Located in a great area, they serve great marg's, affordable food and provide a fun atmoshpere! I love that it is non smoking now too!

Pros: Cost, Margaritas, Free parking

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I have been to many of the well known and not so well known mexican restaurrants in Denver. From Benny's to Chubby's to Santiago's. But my one of my favorites have always been Benny's in fact. Some of my family dinners have been there. Which is about 75 plus people. It's not like my grandparents or little cousin's homecooking, but its great food.

4
★★★★☆

I have been to many of the well known and not so well known mexican restaurrants in Denver. From Benny's to Chubby's to Santiago's. But my one of my favorites have always been Benny's in fact. Some of my family dinners have been there. Which is about 75 plus people. It's not like my grandparents or little cousin's homecooking, but its great food.

Pros: Inexpensive, Near best food mex

Cons: Crowed at times, on and off service

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Definitely not Juans, Jose, or Juanita's Cantina. It definitely is Chris's, Mark's, Lance, and Benny's Cantina. I'd rate this place a 9.0, only if you your rating it based upon that its a good place for people living in downtown Denver looking for a Mexican themed place to drink. It also ranks a 9.0 if your looking for an Americanized bar/pub style place that places food second to last.

2
★★☆☆☆

Definitely not Juans, Jose, or Juanita's Cantina. It definitely is Chris's, Mark's, Lance, and Benny's Cantina. I'd rate this place a 9.0, only if you your rating it based upon that its a good place for people living in downtown Denver looking for a Mexican themed place to drink. It also ranks a 9.0 if your looking for an Americanized bar/pub style place that places food second to last.

Pros: drinking, more drinking, a lot of drinking

Cons: the food

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I don't consider this food to be very authentic Mexican. It is good and usually large portions.\nIt's what most Americans think of as Mexican food and for its genre I think it's got to be about the best Americanized Mexican food in town. You could do alot worse\ne.g. Blue Bonnet.

5
★★★★★

I don't consider this food to be very authentic Mexican. It is good and usually large portions.\nIt's what most Americans think of as Mexican food and for its genre I think it's got to be about the best Americanized Mexican food in town. You could do alot worse\ne.g. Blue Bonnet.

Pros: Service usually quick, ample parking, food

Cons: Not real authentic, long lines at peak hr

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You people dont know what real mexican foood is, even if it was to save your life. Do you know what an Enchilada really is? Not a bunch of sauce slathered onto a rolled up burrito. My goodness, get a CLUE! Bennys is perhaps the worst one of all, over rated and deceiving. This food is just plain ol' comida gringo. There never was ketchup in ANY real Mexican rice ok? OK.

1
★☆☆☆☆

You people dont know what real mexican foood is, even if it was to save your life. Do you know what an Enchilada really is? Not a bunch of sauce slathered onto a rolled up burrito. My goodness, get a CLUE! Bennys is perhaps the worst one of all, over rated and deceiving. This food is just plain ol' comida gringo. There never was ketchup in ANY real Mexican rice ok? OK.

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Terrific Place after a game at Invesco or for a Hangover Brunch! Also a great find for Happy Hour. The food is the real deal!

5
★★★★★

Terrific Place after a game at Invesco or for a Hangover Brunch! Also a great find for Happy Hour. The food is the real deal!

Pros: location, food, drink specials

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Bennys!\n\nWhen I go to a Mexican restaurant, for the first time, I always order a simple bean burrito smother in green chili. If the place cannot deliver on that then they never see me again. Bennys did this so good that I had a thought time graduating to other good fare. \n\nI look at consistency over time. Many restaurants are good at first only to fall off the table in subsequent visits. Bennys stays true. Over the past years I have never, repeat, NEVER received a bad meal. Yes, I realize what Im saying. Never. Also to be considered is the extensive range of the menu.\n\nI have stuck my neck out and recommended Bennys many time to guest form out of town. Bennys always delivered. \n\nMy current favorite: The Carnitas Ahhh!

4
★★★★☆

Bennys!\n\nWhen I go to a Mexican restaurant, for the first time, I always order a simple bean burrito smother in green chili. If the place cannot deliver on that then they never see me again. Bennys did this so good that I had a thought time graduating to other good fare. \n\nI look at consistency over time. Many restaurants are good at first only to fall off the table in subsequent visits. Bennys stays true. Over the past years I have never, repeat, NEVER received a bad meal. Yes, I realize what Im saying. Never. Also to be considered is the extensive range of the menu.\n\nI have stuck my neck out and recommended Bennys many time to guest form out of town. Bennys always delivered. \n\nMy current favorite: The Carnitas Ahhh!

Pros: Tasty, Reasonable, Pretty Quick

Cons: Tough parking!, nada, nada

Message from Benny's Restaurante y Tequila Bar

A fixture in Denver's Midtown/Capitol Hill Neighborhood since 1987, Benny's has come to be known for serving delicious, affordable and authentic Mexican food in a fun atmosphere. Locally owned and operated, Benny's food is cooked fresh on site and offered at reasonable prices.

Provided by Citysearch

Editorial from

Smack dab in the corazon of one of Denver's hippest parts of town, Benny's draws heavy crowds hungry for a dose of Mexican fare. But it's hard to figure out just why, as the food here is some of the most pedestrian in Denver. Theā€¦

Key Points

  • Breakfast & Brunch
  • Locally Owned
  • Full take out menu
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