The Hornet Restaurant

★★★★☆
An old favorite makes a nondescript attempt at urban hip-ness.
  • 76 N Broadway

    Denver, CO 80203

    Cross street: West First Avenue

    Map & Directions
  • 303-777-7676

About The Hornet Restaurant

Hours
Sun 10am-12am, Mon-Thu 11am-2am, Fri-Sat 10am-2am

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Kid Friendly, waitress was very into my 4yr old son. I had the California turkey burger (see my picture), and sure did have blue cheese lumps on it but even for a 4yr old it's great. Great sweet potato fries. Will want to try this place

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★★★★★

Kid Friendly, waitress was very into my 4yr old son. I had the California turkey burger (see my picture), and sure did have blue cheese lumps on it but even for a 4yr old it's great. Great sweet potato fries. Will want to try this place

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The Gangster Wrap was listed as one of the top 100 must eat dishes in Denver, so I got it and reviewed it:

A cold sandwich or wrap can only go so far with me. And including bacon is a great start. In the end, it was tasty, but when I look at that list of promising ingredients (bacon, cheese, green chili, avocado, turkey), it was a case where the whole was less than the sum of its parts. It??s a good dish, however, and one of the better cold wraps I??ve had in a long time.

Jko
www.musteatdenver(dot)com

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★★★☆☆

The Gangster Wrap was listed as one of the top 100 must eat dishes in Denver, so I got it and reviewed it:

A cold sandwich or wrap can only go so far with me. And including bacon is a great start. In the end, it was tasty, but when I look at that list of promising ingredients (bacon, cheese, green chili, avocado, turkey), it was a case where the whole was less than the sum of its parts. It??s a good dish, however, and one of the better cold wraps I??ve had in a long time.

Jko
www.musteatdenver(dot)com

Pros: list of ingredients

Cons: cold wrap

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The Hornet has every type of food! It varies from hamburgers, salads, mexican, sandwiches, mashed potatoes, carribean, etc. There is also a hip exterior and fantabulous drinks!

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★★★★★

The Hornet has every type of food! It varies from hamburgers, salads, mexican, sandwiches, mashed potatoes, carribean, etc. There is also a hip exterior and fantabulous drinks!

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My friends and I the Hornet for the ultimate Sunday Brunch. There is never a wait for a great high-top bar table and the staff is so cool. Often, we spend 3 hours drinking and hanging out with people who come and go. Our server or bartender is always cool with us. The Sunday bartender serves up the best mimosas in the city and the Bloody Bar rocks...both drinks are only $2. The inexpensive and satisfying menu satisfies both breakfast and lunch cravings- eggs+bacon or a great sandwich.

Check out the Hornet for a relaxed and fun brunch. Bring a new magazine and call your girlfriends for the perfect beginning to a Sunday Funday!

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★★★★★

My friends and I the Hornet for the ultimate Sunday Brunch. There is never a wait for a great high-top bar table and the staff is so cool. Often, we spend 3 hours drinking and hanging out with people who come and go. Our server or bartender is always cool with us. The Sunday bartender serves up the best mimosas in the city and the Bloody Bar rocks...both drinks are only $2. The inexpensive and satisfying menu satisfies both breakfast and lunch cravings- eggs+bacon or a great sandwich.

Check out the Hornet for a relaxed and fun brunch. Bring a new magazine and call your girlfriends for the perfect beginning to a Sunday Funday!

Pros: Chill atmosphere, Awesome Drink Specials

Cons: None

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I have lived in Denver for over ten years and the Hornet is the best place in town for a Friday night or Sunday morning. The late night beer specials are amazing, the food is great (especially the Cubano sandwich) and the weekend build your own bloody mary is fantastic. Sometimes its crowded and the service might be a little slow, but the place is top-notch overall. The crowd is a very nice mix of styles, incomes, and ages too.

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★★★★★

I have lived in Denver for over ten years and the Hornet is the best place in town for a Friday night or Sunday morning. The late night beer specials are amazing, the food is great (especially the Cubano sandwich) and the weekend build your own bloody mary is fantastic. Sometimes its crowded and the service might be a little slow, but the place is top-notch overall. The crowd is a very nice mix of styles, incomes, and ages too.

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It is clean and food is of average quality but the hostess does like to pack people together for some reason.

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★★★☆☆

It is clean and food is of average quality but the hostess does like to pack people together for some reason.

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I met an old friend at this restaurant on Braoadway. The atmosphere was nice if a little crowded. The service was prompt and the food was good. We were there for lunch so I would like to go back again at dinner to sample that menu. A great casual atmosphere.

3
★★★☆☆

I met an old friend at this restaurant on Braoadway. The atmosphere was nice if a little crowded. The service was prompt and the food was good. We were there for lunch so I would like to go back again at dinner to sample that menu. A great casual atmosphere.

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THIS PLACE IS WONDERFUL. RELAXED, FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE AND THE FOOD IS TOP NOTCH-EVERY TIME. YOU MUST TRY IT OUT!

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★★★★★

THIS PLACE IS WONDERFUL. RELAXED, FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE AND THE FOOD IS TOP NOTCH-EVERY TIME. YOU MUST TRY IT OUT!

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The Hornet nachos are the best I've ever had and I get nachos at a lot of places... Easily a meal for 2, the nachos are loaded with beans, cheese and meat layered throughout the oven-baked chips. To top it off, you get generous dallops of guac and sour cream. They are great to get when you're in the back area playing pool while you watch a game on the big screen. The Hornet is also a great place for people watching (outside as they walk by). The sidewalks of this area of Denver are typically chock-full of an eclectic and unique crowd heading to a theatre, bar or even Kitties perhaps? Possibly the only area in Denver other than parts on Colfax where you might catch a girl walking and holding a leash connected to a leather mask of a guy clad in tight leather pants and vest. True story. But for all the interesting people wandering by, for whatever reason none of them ever seem to actually make it in to the Hornet. Anyway, I suggest it to friends visiting from out of town as well as those who live here and are looking for a new place to check out. Also noteworthy are the Green Chile and Buffalo Chicken sandwiches.

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★★★★★

The Hornet nachos are the best I've ever had and I get nachos at a lot of places... Easily a meal for 2, the nachos are loaded with beans, cheese and meat layered throughout the oven-baked chips. To top it off, you get generous dallops of guac and sour cream. They are great to get when you're in the back area playing pool while you watch a game on the big screen. The Hornet is also a great place for people watching (outside as they walk by). The sidewalks of this area of Denver are typically chock-full of an eclectic and unique crowd heading to a theatre, bar or even Kitties perhaps? Possibly the only area in Denver other than parts on Colfax where you might catch a girl walking and holding a leash connected to a leather mask of a guy clad in tight leather pants and vest. True story. But for all the interesting people wandering by, for whatever reason none of them ever seem to actually make it in to the Hornet. Anyway, I suggest it to friends visiting from out of town as well as those who live here and are looking for a new place to check out. Also noteworthy are the Green Chile and Buffalo Chicken sandwiches.

Pros: Parking, Nachos, Green Chile, People, Service, Pool Tables, TV's

Cons: Location, Area at night can be sketchy

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I live in the neighborhood and go to the Hornet a couple of times a month. I feel that it has more of a restaurant feel, as opposed to bar feel, although they do draw quite the happy hour crowd with their drink specials and chic, yet relaxed atmosphere. This is a place that you can roll into at 10am on a weekend morning wearing your sweats for a yummy brunch & awesome make it yourself bloody mary bar (which despite the last reviewers comments, it's not free, but is cheap) or you could go there for a delicious, inexepensive weekend dinner in your best going out clothes. I love the chicken lettuce wraps, chicken quessadillas, nachos, & the flautas are SO good! But I've heard good things about the cajun pasta dish and the honey stung fried chicken. The clientele are a mix of young urbanites, and yes, it is DENVER, so you will see the occasional homeless person walk by the big, glass front windows. Overall, I highly recommend the Hornet.

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★★★★★

I live in the neighborhood and go to the Hornet a couple of times a month. I feel that it has more of a restaurant feel, as opposed to bar feel, although they do draw quite the happy hour crowd with their drink specials and chic, yet relaxed atmosphere. This is a place that you can roll into at 10am on a weekend morning wearing your sweats for a yummy brunch & awesome make it yourself bloody mary bar (which despite the last reviewers comments, it's not free, but is cheap) or you could go there for a delicious, inexepensive weekend dinner in your best going out clothes. I love the chicken lettuce wraps, chicken quessadillas, nachos, & the flautas are SO good! But I've heard good things about the cajun pasta dish and the honey stung fried chicken. The clientele are a mix of young urbanites, and yes, it is DENVER, so you will see the occasional homeless person walk by the big, glass front windows. Overall, I highly recommend the Hornet.

Pros: Chic yet casual atmosphere, delicious inexpensive food

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I love The Hornet and used to go there weekly. The food is not nearly as good as it was 2-3 years ago. While it isn't subpar, it isn't what it used to be at all. The service is usually pretty good. It can get really busy on the weekends, but whatever. As much as I like this place, it disappoints me that it has digressed a bit into something not so unique as it used to be. Drink specials are not too bad. I always love the bloody mary bar on the weekends!

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★★★☆☆

I love The Hornet and used to go there weekly. The food is not nearly as good as it was 2-3 years ago. While it isn't subpar, it isn't what it used to be at all. The service is usually pretty good. It can get really busy on the weekends, but whatever. As much as I like this place, it disappoints me that it has digressed a bit into something not so unique as it used to be. Drink specials are not too bad. I always love the bloody mary bar on the weekends!

Pros: Good food, happy hour specials

Cons: Menu doesn't change much anymore!

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We wanted to try this place out as it had been well liked by a couple we hang out with. Perhaps our mistake was going on a friday night. We had to park a couple of blocks from the restaurant, I think just from a lot of local traffic, not just the Hornet. They had an excellent selection of micro-beers, and the food was pretty good. The downside of our experience was we felt rushed here. Looking to relax a little after eating, we actually were asked by a couple of different patrons when we were going to be done with our table. Not something that reflects on the management, I don't even think they were aware of the situation, however I would like to try again on a different night, when perhaps we could enjoy our coffee after our meal.... all in all a pretty nice place

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★★★☆☆

We wanted to try this place out as it had been well liked by a couple we hang out with. Perhaps our mistake was going on a friday night. We had to park a couple of blocks from the restaurant, I think just from a lot of local traffic, not just the Hornet. They had an excellent selection of micro-beers, and the food was pretty good. The downside of our experience was we felt rushed here. Looking to relax a little after eating, we actually were asked by a couple of different patrons when we were going to be done with our table. Not something that reflects on the management, I don't even think they were aware of the situation, however I would like to try again on a different night, when perhaps we could enjoy our coffee after our meal.... all in all a pretty nice place

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The Hornet is a complete dive. We went there a few weeks ago and were so disgusted that we actually took time to write a review. WARNING- The Hornet has been misspelled. It?s true name is ?Wh0re Net.? When we arrived for lunch one Saturday afternoon, we were greeted by a group of pre-pubescent girls who were nursing their hangovers with a free ? all you can drink ? Bloody Mary bar. They were so obnoxious? I thought of leaving? but I didn?t want to appear rude. After being seated near these women of loose morals, we started looking at the menu. A few minutes later, a couple who rode their bicycles to the illustrious Hornet (replete in their bicycling accouterments) were seated right next to us. The entire ?joint? was empty but the hostess thought it best to seat them right next to us. Ok? no worries? we can get past this? NEXT? in comes the homeless man who has saved up enough cash to buy himself a burger ? God bless him. Where do they seat him? Right next to us. Stinky bikers to the left.... Homeless man to the right? here I am stuck in the middle with the ?Free Bloody Mary Wh0res!? After ordering just a cola, I decided to throw five dollars down and go?

The Hornet looks to be a great club? but is certainly not a restaurant. The Hornet serving food is akin to Shot Gun Willies serving a fried food platter? Let?s admit it! You really don?t go there for the food.

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★☆☆☆☆

The Hornet is a complete dive. We went there a few weeks ago and were so disgusted that we actually took time to write a review. WARNING- The Hornet has been misspelled. It?s true name is ?Wh0re Net.? When we arrived for lunch one Saturday afternoon, we were greeted by a group of pre-pubescent girls who were nursing their hangovers with a free ? all you can drink ? Bloody Mary bar. They were so obnoxious? I thought of leaving? but I didn?t want to appear rude. After being seated near these women of loose morals, we started looking at the menu. A few minutes later, a couple who rode their bicycles to the illustrious Hornet (replete in their bicycling accouterments) were seated right next to us. The entire ?joint? was empty but the hostess thought it best to seat them right next to us. Ok? no worries? we can get past this? NEXT? in comes the homeless man who has saved up enough cash to buy himself a burger ? God bless him. Where do they seat him? Right next to us. Stinky bikers to the left.... Homeless man to the right? here I am stuck in the middle with the ?Free Bloody Mary Wh0res!? After ordering just a cola, I decided to throw five dollars down and go?

The Hornet looks to be a great club? but is certainly not a restaurant. The Hornet serving food is akin to Shot Gun Willies serving a fried food platter? Let?s admit it! You really don?t go there for the food.

Pros: Great place to hang out on a Friday night.

Cons: Not a restaurant.

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Best Atmosphere in Denver
The Hornet has great service and the food was excellent. The hostess was great, and the waitstaff was excellent. The SHELLS AND CHEESE was very tasty, and the HONEYSTUNG CHICKEN was to die for. The atmosphere was terrific and the beer selection was heavy with a realistic price. I would definitely go back to the HORNET the next time I am in DENVER. Oh yeah, do not forget to try the SWEET POTATO FRIES!!!

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★★★★★

Best Atmosphere in Denver
The Hornet has great service and the food was excellent. The hostess was great, and the waitstaff was excellent. The SHELLS AND CHEESE was very tasty, and the HONEYSTUNG CHICKEN was to die for. The atmosphere was terrific and the beer selection was heavy with a realistic price. I would definitely go back to the HORNET the next time I am in DENVER. Oh yeah, do not forget to try the SWEET POTATO FRIES!!!

Pros: Relaxing Atmosphere

Cons: NONE

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The Hornet fast became one of my favorite restaurants. Generous portions, good food, and great waitrons definitely make it a place worth frequenting.

The menu is diverse and colorful: try the Guinness battered fish and chips, the cuban sandwich, or if you really want a treat, order off the special board. Varied offerings, such as a seafood pizza or crab meat ravioli never fail to please. And that doesn't even touch on their drink specials, which will usually save you a few bucks per beer or mixed drink.

Anywhere else in the country, The Hornet would be on the annoying side of hipster bar, but being Denver, it's just a cool, comfortable neighborhood bar. On any given visit, you might run into someone doing a quick business lunch, a family enjoying a night out with the kids, a smattering of hipsters, and generally just normal folks. It's an easy place to relax and enjoy a tasty meal.

Note: If you're not into live music, avoid Saturday nights.

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★★★★★

The Hornet fast became one of my favorite restaurants. Generous portions, good food, and great waitrons definitely make it a place worth frequenting.

The menu is diverse and colorful: try the Guinness battered fish and chips, the cuban sandwich, or if you really want a treat, order off the special board. Varied offerings, such as a seafood pizza or crab meat ravioli never fail to please. And that doesn't even touch on their drink specials, which will usually save you a few bucks per beer or mixed drink.

Anywhere else in the country, The Hornet would be on the annoying side of hipster bar, but being Denver, it's just a cool, comfortable neighborhood bar. On any given visit, you might run into someone doing a quick business lunch, a family enjoying a night out with the kids, a smattering of hipsters, and generally just normal folks. It's an easy place to relax and enjoy a tasty meal.

Note: If you're not into live music, avoid Saturday nights.

Pros: Great food, good service, great specials, comfortable environment

Cons: Parking can be rough, busy on the weekends, live music in a relatively small space

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I've been to The Hornet a few times, always at lunch time or early afternoon. The service was always fast, friendly, and lots of non annoying people seem to be there. Try the au grautin potatos and lobster pizza. Those are some tasty spuds.

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★★★★★

I've been to The Hornet a few times, always at lunch time or early afternoon. The service was always fast, friendly, and lots of non annoying people seem to be there. Try the au grautin potatos and lobster pizza. Those are some tasty spuds.

Pros: Service, food, price, not crowded for lunch

Cons: Live music/loud on Saturday night

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On a recent night, I decided to head over to the Hornet. I decided to walk, since it's relatively close, about 8 blocks. I had been planning to go and order some food from the late-night menu. When I got there, the doors were locked. A bartender was passing by, and opened the doors to tell me that the restaurant was closing at 11:30 both that night and the next night to work on the floors. I was turned away. I told the bartender that it would have been really helpful if there had been a sign posted during the week so that customers could be informed of the closing. He didn't seem to care, and locked the door. I was at the Hornet two nights before, and there had been no sign, nor had the waitstaff mentioned anything about the closing. The next night, I gave it another try. I went down at 11, since the bartender said the closing was at 11:30. Well, there was a sign on the door now, but the time had been changed--the closing was now 11 pm, not 11:30. I went in anyway, and went to the bar. I waited for about 10 minutes until someone cared to acknowledge me. This was the same as my visit earlier in the week, where I stood waiting for a friend who was late--I waited at least 15 minutes before one of the staff asked me if I needed anything.

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★☆☆☆☆

On a recent night, I decided to head over to the Hornet. I decided to walk, since it's relatively close, about 8 blocks. I had been planning to go and order some food from the late-night menu. When I got there, the doors were locked. A bartender was passing by, and opened the doors to tell me that the restaurant was closing at 11:30 both that night and the next night to work on the floors. I was turned away. I told the bartender that it would have been really helpful if there had been a sign posted during the week so that customers could be informed of the closing. He didn't seem to care, and locked the door. I was at the Hornet two nights before, and there had been no sign, nor had the waitstaff mentioned anything about the closing. The next night, I gave it another try. I went down at 11, since the bartender said the closing was at 11:30. Well, there was a sign on the door now, but the time had been changed--the closing was now 11 pm, not 11:30. I went in anyway, and went to the bar. I waited for about 10 minutes until someone cared to acknowledge me. This was the same as my visit earlier in the week, where I stood waiting for a friend who was late--I waited at least 15 minutes before one of the staff asked me if I needed anything.

Pros: location

Cons: unpolished service, random and unadvertised closings.

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If you have someone you want to meet dowtown and don't need a fancy lunch the Hornet is the perfect place. Located on Broadway just south of 6th Ave. it is easy to find and park nearby, sometimes just outside the restaurant.
You can order either beef or buffalo burgers, both very good, with sides and 2 condiments. The bread is fresh and large. The service is cordial and the burgers are fixed just as you order them. Sit next the street and get a free show of the local gentry.
A quick lunch and you are on your way!

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★★★★☆

If you have someone you want to meet dowtown and don't need a fancy lunch the Hornet is the perfect place. Located on Broadway just south of 6th Ave. it is easy to find and park nearby, sometimes just outside the restaurant.
You can order either beef or buffalo burgers, both very good, with sides and 2 condiments. The bread is fresh and large. The service is cordial and the burgers are fixed just as you order them. Sit next the street and get a free show of the local gentry.
A quick lunch and you are on your way!

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Perfect spot to meet for a snack and a cocktail before or after a show a the Mayan. Just 2 doors down, friendly and fast...and understanding of folks trying to make showtimes.

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★★★★☆

Perfect spot to meet for a snack and a cocktail before or after a show a the Mayan. Just 2 doors down, friendly and fast...and understanding of folks trying to make showtimes.

Pros: easy meeting place

Cons: parking

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With gas prices going up good entertainment can be found on two major bus lines. Comfortable, great staff and prices around the lower line. Not so gig, so if going to happy hours get there early, then stay late, because the drink prices only go up marginal. Hang your hat folks!

2
★★★★★

With gas prices going up good entertainment can be found on two major bus lines. Comfortable, great staff and prices around the lower line. Not so gig, so if going to happy hours get there early, then stay late, because the drink prices only go up marginal. Hang your hat folks!

Pros: Major bus lines., Good prices., Warm feeling.

Cons: Better seats, Needs a brail minue

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I know it looks like a bar, but if you get there early in the evening (before 6) this place is a great place for kids. The servers are incredibly tolerant, and it gives mom and dad the sense that they are actually going out to a grown up place. Food is very good too and prices give good value.

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★★★★☆

I know it looks like a bar, but if you get there early in the evening (before 6) this place is a great place for kids. The servers are incredibly tolerant, and it gives mom and dad the sense that they are actually going out to a grown up place. Food is very good too and prices give good value.

Pros: Good for kids, Value is good, Service is excellent

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Though this place used to feature open jam sessions for jazz musicians, today the bar eschews live music for a jukebox, and the crowd is decidedly more trendy and clothing conscious. The menu serves up standard American…

 

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