El Camino Community Tavern

★★★★☆
  • 3628 W 32nd Ave

    Denver, CO 80211

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  • 720-889-7946

About El Camino Community Tavern

Hours
Mon-Thu: 11am-12am, Fri: 11am-1am, Sat: 10am-1am, Sun: 10am-12am

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solid happy hour, great service, the kitchen does a good take on mexican grub, but DO NOT GO if you are not ready for a loud, packed house! (and when that huge apt building is completed a block away, i hate to think how crowded and loud

3
★★★★★

solid happy hour, great service, the kitchen does a good take on mexican grub, but DO NOT GO if you are not ready for a loud, packed house! (and when that huge apt building is completed a block away, i hate to think how crowded and loud

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Best Cantina this side of the Border Ya'l! I absolutely adore E Camino! This place has evolved so much over time after transforming from Swim Club (wine bar) to what is now a super chill and inviting Mexican Restaurant and cantina with

3
★★★★★

Best Cantina this side of the Border Ya'l! I absolutely adore E Camino! This place has evolved so much over time after transforming from Swim Club (wine bar) to what is now a super chill and inviting Mexican Restaurant and cantina with

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Good service and pretty good food, but slightly overpriced. I had 'street tacos' that were over $10 when I added a side of rice and beans. Not sure what is up with the tacky exterior because the inside is cool.

3
★★★★★

Good service and pretty good food, but slightly overpriced. I had 'street tacos' that were over $10 when I added a side of rice and beans. Not sure what is up with the tacky exterior because the inside is cool.

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Uh, this place is actually now called El Camino, and is a Mexican restaurant/bar, with naturally raised meats. I wish Citysearch would update their listings!

1
★★★☆☆

Uh, this place is actually now called El Camino, and is a Mexican restaurant/bar, with naturally raised meats. I wish Citysearch would update their listings!

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Met some friends here to grab a bite before heading into town for a show. I sat at at the bar for several minutes before I could even make eye contact with one of the employees; to which I was greeted with a scowl, and the gentleman went back to doing whatever it was they pay him for. I was finally able to get someone to take my order, but when my wine was brought out by another gentleman; he proceeded to pour it into the glass of another patron at the bar. Seems the person who took my order either failed to properly communicate who placed the order, or this 2nd gentleman simply wasn't paying attention.
The place has a nice ambiance, and the crowd is slightly more mature than some of the other Highland spots. At least on that particular night. However, it was a Saturday night and the place was never more than a third of capacity. I remember reading about how they had to turn people away this place was so popular. I also had recently read that they changed their concept from tapas and small plates, to pizza. I attempted to open some conversation with the bartender by inquiring about the recent change. He snapped back at me, "I wouldn't know anything about that; I've only been here a few weeks," and then hastily went back to what he was doing.
At this point the pizza was going to have to be amazing to warrant another visit. It's not like there aren't other places where you can forgive gruff and uneven service for fantastic food. Sadly, Swimclub won't be joining that group. The pizza was an oily mess. They put far too much of their "house made" mozzarella, and it seperated badly. The crust was flavorless and had no body.
I've been to plenty of places in Denver where I felt they couldn't care less about my patronage, but this is one of a select few where I actually felt like they would have prefered not to serve me in the first place. To be honest I wish they would have just turned me away at the door.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Met some friends here to grab a bite before heading into town for a show. I sat at at the bar for several minutes before I could even make eye contact with one of the employees; to which I was greeted with a scowl, and the gentleman went back to doing whatever it was they pay him for. I was finally able to get someone to take my order, but when my wine was brought out by another gentleman; he proceeded to pour it into the glass of another patron at the bar. Seems the person who took my order either failed to properly communicate who placed the order, or this 2nd gentleman simply wasn't paying attention.
The place has a nice ambiance, and the crowd is slightly more mature than some of the other Highland spots. At least on that particular night. However, it was a Saturday night and the place was never more than a third of capacity. I remember reading about how they had to turn people away this place was so popular. I also had recently read that they changed their concept from tapas and small plates, to pizza. I attempted to open some conversation with the bartender by inquiring about the recent change. He snapped back at me, "I wouldn't know anything about that; I've only been here a few weeks," and then hastily went back to what he was doing.
At this point the pizza was going to have to be amazing to warrant another visit. It's not like there aren't other places where you can forgive gruff and uneven service for fantastic food. Sadly, Swimclub won't be joining that group. The pizza was an oily mess. They put far too much of their "house made" mozzarella, and it seperated badly. The crust was flavorless and had no body.
I've been to plenty of places in Denver where I felt they couldn't care less about my patronage, but this is one of a select few where I actually felt like they would have prefered not to serve me in the first place. To be honest I wish they would have just turned me away at the door.

Pros: Reasonable wine list, nice ambiance

Cons: Average food, terrible service (even by Denver standards)

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Everything from the decor, to the food, to the service is wonderful! Great wine selection, and knowledgable staff. A highlands gem!

2
★★★★★

Everything from the decor, to the food, to the service is wonderful! Great wine selection, and knowledgable staff. A highlands gem!

Pros: All of it!

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My fiancee and I went to eat there a few months ago. We arrived there at 7:30 and were greeted with a very friendly host. She actually took my cell phone number and called when our table was ready, which was pretty nice. We ordered a few tapas and drinks, both were very good. Unfortunately we actually ordered real meals in addition. First of all my fiancee's meal showed up around 9:30 pm (yes, about 2 hours AFTER we were seated), and mine didnt show up until 15 minutes later!!! He was practically finished! I was so irritated that I immediately asked her to box it up, because I had completely lost my appetite. Fortuantely, she did remove the cost of my meal from the check, but nonetheless, we will NOT return.

1
★★☆☆☆

My fiancee and I went to eat there a few months ago. We arrived there at 7:30 and were greeted with a very friendly host. She actually took my cell phone number and called when our table was ready, which was pretty nice. We ordered a few tapas and drinks, both were very good. Unfortunately we actually ordered real meals in addition. First of all my fiancee's meal showed up around 9:30 pm (yes, about 2 hours AFTER we were seated), and mine didnt show up until 15 minutes later!!! He was practically finished! I was so irritated that I immediately asked her to box it up, because I had completely lost my appetite. Fortuantely, she did remove the cost of my meal from the check, but nonetheless, we will NOT return.

Pros: Decent tapas and atmosphere

Cons: If you have all the time in the world, this place is for you! Plus its rather pricey.

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Having travelled quite a bit, I've dined and drank in numerous cities nationwide. I consider myself a bit jaded when it comes to restaurants. I had come to believe there really was no new, different, interesting or authentic restaurant concept left, or any degree of service that could impress me. Then I went to Swimclub32.

I love this place. Swimclub is cozy, comfortable -- and style-y with a dose of unpretentious cool. I appreciate this place's committment to fresh, organic food -- and drinks done fresh and with class. I, myself, have never left swimclub "hungry." I like reasonably-sized portions that leave my hunger satisfied and my palate lit-up. If you're happy being served Herculean-sized poritons of average-tasting food (a good deal of which will end-up in a garbage can) you have plenty of other options.

I go to Swimclub for a relaxing, genuinely pleasurable experience. I've been there on dates, with my family, at a business dinner. No matter the occasion or mood of my group, the servers made me feel at home, and even taught me a few things about artesian wine or local organic produce. They know their stuff. They are consummate serving professionals who treat guests with a warm kind of pride -- like you're in their own home.

2
★★★★★

Having travelled quite a bit, I've dined and drank in numerous cities nationwide. I consider myself a bit jaded when it comes to restaurants. I had come to believe there really was no new, different, interesting or authentic restaurant concept left, or any degree of service that could impress me. Then I went to Swimclub32.

I love this place. Swimclub is cozy, comfortable -- and style-y with a dose of unpretentious cool. I appreciate this place's committment to fresh, organic food -- and drinks done fresh and with class. I, myself, have never left swimclub "hungry." I like reasonably-sized portions that leave my hunger satisfied and my palate lit-up. If you're happy being served Herculean-sized poritons of average-tasting food (a good deal of which will end-up in a garbage can) you have plenty of other options.

I go to Swimclub for a relaxing, genuinely pleasurable experience. I've been there on dates, with my family, at a business dinner. No matter the occasion or mood of my group, the servers made me feel at home, and even taught me a few things about artesian wine or local organic produce. They know their stuff. They are consummate serving professionals who treat guests with a warm kind of pride -- like you're in their own home.

Pros: Service, freshness of food, atmosphere

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I am not one to write reviews, but I have to say that swimclub 32 got my attention. I was taken back at first by the layout. It is not what I would say people of Denver are used to. The layout has a zen quality. Low seating, and an incredible attention to detail when it comes to lighting and vibe. We were instantly greeted and felt right at home. The hostess made sure that we got the complete 411 on what swimclub 32 was all about. "We are a green restaurant that believes in supporting the local farmer. From the Tomatoes to the wine, we believe in quality not quantity". And from there, it was history. The food was amazing. I had the Black Cod, and our server recomended an artisan sake that they said is served cold. Since I was only familiar with hot sake I thought why not. I am here to tell you that I will not be going back to hot sake again. Wow!! My date and I ended up spending 2 1/2 hours eating and drinking our way through the menu, and it has been one of the more memorable evenings I have had since moving to Denver. Swimclub 32 is what I consider a gem of a restaurant. It is a must if you haven't already been!

2
★★★★★

I am not one to write reviews, but I have to say that swimclub 32 got my attention. I was taken back at first by the layout. It is not what I would say people of Denver are used to. The layout has a zen quality. Low seating, and an incredible attention to detail when it comes to lighting and vibe. We were instantly greeted and felt right at home. The hostess made sure that we got the complete 411 on what swimclub 32 was all about. "We are a green restaurant that believes in supporting the local farmer. From the Tomatoes to the wine, we believe in quality not quantity". And from there, it was history. The food was amazing. I had the Black Cod, and our server recomended an artisan sake that they said is served cold. Since I was only familiar with hot sake I thought why not. I am here to tell you that I will not be going back to hot sake again. Wow!! My date and I ended up spending 2 1/2 hours eating and drinking our way through the menu, and it has been one of the more memorable evenings I have had since moving to Denver. Swimclub 32 is what I consider a gem of a restaurant. It is a must if you haven't already been!

Pros: Service, food, wine and atmosphere

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We love tapas food and when our friend recommended Swimclub 32 we were really excited to check it out. We invited 2 of our friends and left with a $300 bill and an empty stomach. I have never paid so much for food and wine and left hungry. The tapas is designed to be more for a light snack, not dinner. Lesson learned! Very trendy atmosphere.

1
★★★☆☆

We love tapas food and when our friend recommended Swimclub 32 we were really excited to check it out. We invited 2 of our friends and left with a $300 bill and an empty stomach. I have never paid so much for food and wine and left hungry. The tapas is designed to be more for a light snack, not dinner. Lesson learned! Very trendy atmosphere.

Pros: Cool little place, very romantic`

Cons: Food not enough to go for dinner.

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This is not the place to go if you want to eat a meal. This is the type of place where you order a bunch of stuff...eat it, and leave hungry. The prices don't look so bad until you see what you get...and what your bill is at the end when you don't feel satisfied. OUr friend had us come there for her birthday, she got drunk and had a blast because everyone paid for her. The others really felt the pinch...

1
★★☆☆☆

This is not the place to go if you want to eat a meal. This is the type of place where you order a bunch of stuff...eat it, and leave hungry. The prices don't look so bad until you see what you get...and what your bill is at the end when you don't feel satisfied. OUr friend had us come there for her birthday, she got drunk and had a blast because everyone paid for her. The others really felt the pinch...

Pros: it's trendy....but trendy is lame

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I can't say enough good things about Swimclub 32 but the menu isn't what is used to be. The menu used to a have a wonderful mix of japanese minimalist dishes and feel good comfort foods. But now, the menu just doesn't pull together well. Most single dishes are so random and it's hard to create a meal of small plates that flow. Pierogies, chips/guac, tuna tartare, pizza, cod, baked onion...the choices are awkward.

2
★★★★☆

I can't say enough good things about Swimclub 32 but the menu isn't what is used to be. The menu used to a have a wonderful mix of japanese minimalist dishes and feel good comfort foods. But now, the menu just doesn't pull together well. Most single dishes are so random and it's hard to create a meal of small plates that flow. Pierogies, chips/guac, tuna tartare, pizza, cod, baked onion...the choices are awkward.

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Wow! I had the best time ever at Swimclub 32! The waitstaff was incredible. The food is all organic and so amazing, very worth its cost. One of the most romantic restaurant bars Ive ever been to. At the end of our dinner there was a live band playing and the music was so intriguing that we stayed for four more drinks. Best night ever!

2
★★★★★

Wow! I had the best time ever at Swimclub 32! The waitstaff was incredible. The food is all organic and so amazing, very worth its cost. One of the most romantic restaurant bars Ive ever been to. At the end of our dinner there was a live band playing and the music was so intriguing that we stayed for four more drinks. Best night ever!

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We just made our first visit earlier this week. The scene is very trendy, which made me nervous, because that usually means a place is way over-rated and snooty, but this couldn't be further from the truth at Swimclub. We were greeted by a friendly host, and had a knowledgable and extremely attentive staff (which is a rare thing on a busy friday night). You do share a table with another party depending on how busy they are, but the tables are set up so that you hardly notice. The scene was much better than other small plate restaurants and still a good value. They have a great alcohol selection. The Ahi Tuna is to die for! It's one of my new favorites.

2
★★★★★

We just made our first visit earlier this week. The scene is very trendy, which made me nervous, because that usually means a place is way over-rated and snooty, but this couldn't be further from the truth at Swimclub. We were greeted by a friendly host, and had a knowledgable and extremely attentive staff (which is a rare thing on a busy friday night). You do share a table with another party depending on how busy they are, but the tables are set up so that you hardly notice. The scene was much better than other small plate restaurants and still a good value. They have a great alcohol selection. The Ahi Tuna is to die for! It's one of my new favorites.

Pros: quality food, service

Cons: highlands parking

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I choose this place to take my boyfriend for his birthday and I'm so glad I did. I heard of the "hot rock" dishes and thought it would be fun to try it. Although the steak slices were very small, every bite was melt in your mouth good. I knew it was mainly tapas style dishes so we ordered several to try. Everything was so delicious! I would have to say the best part was the staff. Everyone there was exceptional from the hostess to waiter to the owner. Inside there are only a few larger tables to be seated to have dinner but they can also take care of you at the bar. The hostess does ask if another pair can share the table with you but the choice is yours. We've already told our friends and family what a great time we had. We'd definitely go back.

2
★★★★★

I choose this place to take my boyfriend for his birthday and I'm so glad I did. I heard of the "hot rock" dishes and thought it would be fun to try it. Although the steak slices were very small, every bite was melt in your mouth good. I knew it was mainly tapas style dishes so we ordered several to try. Everything was so delicious! I would have to say the best part was the staff. Everyone there was exceptional from the hostess to waiter to the owner. Inside there are only a few larger tables to be seated to have dinner but they can also take care of you at the bar. The hostess does ask if another pair can share the table with you but the choice is yours. We've already told our friends and family what a great time we had. We'd definitely go back.

Pros: Great food, Friendly staff

Cons: small space

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Swimclub 32 is the most unexpected restaurant to join the highland scene. It's something you might expect in San Francisco but it's nestled into the laid back highland neiborhood right here in Denver. Excellent drink menu and the wines are mostly unknown micro farm products that were delightful. The staff is spunky, the lights are dim and the seating is intimate. This all makes for great people watching and a place to be seen. It's got an attitude not only in the service but the food too. Great samplers with creative presentations. I highly recommend the river rock ahi tuna.

2
★★★★★

Swimclub 32 is the most unexpected restaurant to join the highland scene. It's something you might expect in San Francisco but it's nestled into the laid back highland neiborhood right here in Denver. Excellent drink menu and the wines are mostly unknown micro farm products that were delightful. The staff is spunky, the lights are dim and the seating is intimate. This all makes for great people watching and a place to be seen. It's got an attitude not only in the service but the food too. Great samplers with creative presentations. I highly recommend the river rock ahi tuna.

Pros: Romantic, People Watching, Couches

Cons: Price

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After reading the reviews in 5280 I decided to checkout Swim Club with a friend. When we arrived, we were treated with utter disrespect from the wait staff when they denied us service due to an unknown reason. After writing a letter to the owner, I received a handwritten note, on the back of a postcard that said, "Thank you for your feedback" without any sort of apology. A friend also had an entirely different negative experience with the staff. All in all the restaurant is unprofessional and I would recommend avoiding it at all costs!

0
★☆☆☆☆

After reading the reviews in 5280 I decided to checkout Swim Club with a friend. When we arrived, we were treated with utter disrespect from the wait staff when they denied us service due to an unknown reason. After writing a letter to the owner, I received a handwritten note, on the back of a postcard that said, "Thank you for your feedback" without any sort of apology. A friend also had an entirely different negative experience with the staff. All in all the restaurant is unprofessional and I would recommend avoiding it at all costs!

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A great place for drinks and a little bit to eat. The chef's creations are amazing. You must try dessert and the wine list is refreshingly different. But most of all the location and design is first class. You have see it!

2
★★★★★

A great place for drinks and a little bit to eat. The chef's creations are amazing. You must try dessert and the wine list is refreshingly different. But most of all the location and design is first class. You have see it!

Pros: Great Ambience

Cons: Very little parking

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Good luck getting a table (as the last reviewer said), but our friends had a great time here. I don't need to know that the wine I bought my girlfriend is a "sexy choice", but it was good. We had a big group, which only worked well since we somehow got the back corner to ourselves.

Nice atmosphere, much more friendly than a certain other "trendy" bar in the area. I'm tempted to try the food next time. Will definitely keep coming.

1
★★★☆☆

Good luck getting a table (as the last reviewer said), but our friends had a great time here. I don't need to know that the wine I bought my girlfriend is a "sexy choice", but it was good. We had a big group, which only worked well since we somehow got the back corner to ourselves.

Nice atmosphere, much more friendly than a certain other "trendy" bar in the area. I'm tempted to try the food next time. Will definitely keep coming.

Pros: Nearby, Good wine, Good atmosphere

Cons: Overpriced, Nowhere to sit, Crowded

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We live in the neighborhood, and paid our 2nd and last visit to Swimclub this week. There were three of us, we had a little business to discuss, and wanted a table instead of the bar. Sorry, can't have a table unless you're SURE you're going to eat. We then endured the slow attitudinal bartender who would fill part of our order, take care of sombody else, and then finish our order. Martini filled to the absolute rim, making it impossible to pick up w/out spilling, then took an act of Congress to get the spill wiped up, as Swimclub is too hip for cocktail napkins. After we paid the absurdly high bill, we walked past "our" table that had now been occupied for the past hour by two patrons who were not ordering food. Great location, pretty bar, tragically hip attitude in a decidedly non-hip place. Forget it.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We live in the neighborhood, and paid our 2nd and last visit to Swimclub this week. There were three of us, we had a little business to discuss, and wanted a table instead of the bar. Sorry, can't have a table unless you're SURE you're going to eat. We then endured the slow attitudinal bartender who would fill part of our order, take care of sombody else, and then finish our order. Martini filled to the absolute rim, making it impossible to pick up w/out spilling, then took an act of Congress to get the spill wiped up, as Swimclub is too hip for cocktail napkins. After we paid the absurdly high bill, we walked past "our" table that had now been occupied for the past hour by two patrons who were not ordering food. Great location, pretty bar, tragically hip attitude in a decidedly non-hip place. Forget it.

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Unique tapas menu, with a great wine list to pair food with. Friendly staff knows the menu quite well and is able to offer excellent choices for the group. A limited seating area makes it feel like the whole restaurant is part of the same party. A romantic place this is not, but it is worth it if you like the tapas-style of shared dining and great atmosphere!

2
★★★★☆

Unique tapas menu, with a great wine list to pair food with. Friendly staff knows the menu quite well and is able to offer excellent choices for the group. A limited seating area makes it feel like the whole restaurant is part of the same party. A romantic place this is not, but it is worth it if you like the tapas-style of shared dining and great atmosphere!

Pros: Unique tapas-style, Great wine/tequila, Trendy decor

Cons: Small seating area, Uncomfy chairs, No sign out front...

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Swimclub is a terrific place to meet friends in the Highlands neighborhood, have several drinks and taste creative tapas. There are no traditional tables here but rather long bench seats with coffee tables to munch off of, or the bar is always an option. Food is taken very seriously here. We tried the Ropa Viejo (an excellent dish of shredded seasoned beef & tomato over rice), the charcuterie plate (a great sample of fois gras, pate, rabbit terrine), Lobster and Chanterelle Mac & Cheese (decadent), Peking Duck with jicama slaw, Cheese plate (featuring an ashed goat cheese), and the Himachi (raw fish with ponzu sauce, seaweed and grated wasabi root). All were well prepared. For dessert, the trio of ice creams (bittersweet chocolate, cookiedough, and kahlua was great, as was the fruit tart with lemon sorbet. The wine list is interesting and offers many by the glass. Service was excellent.

2
★★★★☆

Swimclub is a terrific place to meet friends in the Highlands neighborhood, have several drinks and taste creative tapas. There are no traditional tables here but rather long bench seats with coffee tables to munch off of, or the bar is always an option. Food is taken very seriously here. We tried the Ropa Viejo (an excellent dish of shredded seasoned beef & tomato over rice), the charcuterie plate (a great sample of fois gras, pate, rabbit terrine), Lobster and Chanterelle Mac & Cheese (decadent), Peking Duck with jicama slaw, Cheese plate (featuring an ashed goat cheese), and the Himachi (raw fish with ponzu sauce, seaweed and grated wasabi root). All were well prepared. For dessert, the trio of ice creams (bittersweet chocolate, cookiedough, and kahlua was great, as was the fruit tart with lemon sorbet. The wine list is interesting and offers many by the glass. Service was excellent.

Pros: Hip Urban Environment, Creative Dishes

Cons: , Can be Crowded

 

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