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Illegal Pete's

#293 of 2,580 Restaurants in Denver
Certificate of Excellence
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Downtown
Mexican
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1530 16th St, Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-2169
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Today
7:00 am - 1:30 am
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon - Wed 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu 7:00 am - 1:30 am
Fri 7:00 am - 2:30 am
Sat 9:00 am - 2:30 am
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night
Good for:
Lunch
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 54
    Excellent
  • 45
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Not even close to Mexican food

Why is this place still in business in a town full of decent Mexican joints? Even Taco Bell and Chipotle both serve better food. I didn't rate this place terrible because the food did not taste bad, it had essentially no taste at all. Tacos should be served on 2 thin lightly grilled corn... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed November 10, 2014
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Alexandria, VA
Good for:
  • Lunch
  • Late Night
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Alexandria, VA
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111 reviews 111 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Why is this place still in business in a town full of decent Mexican joints? Even Taco Bell and Chipotle both serve better food. I didn't rate this place terrible because the food did not taste bad, it had essentially no taste at all. Tacos should be served on 2 thin lightly grilled corn tortillas, not a single corn tortilla... More 

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Houston, Texas
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404 reviews 404 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

A hole-in-the-wall on 16th Street that serves big, filling burritos (along with beer). Cheap, filling food. Convenient at the lower end of the 16th Street Mall. Seems to be popular with locals.

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Riverside, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Stopped here after flying in to see Manning break the NFL TD Passing Record. Good food, happy hour prices on the drinks. Party of 6 and we all enjoyed it.

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Gillette, Wyoming
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Hubby and I were visiting Denver to take in a Rockies game. We visited downtown 16th Street Mall and found time on our hands before a Sunday Rockies game. Illegal Pete's was the only place we found open that late morning. We stopped in to have a beer or two and loved the atmosphere. Several people ordered food and the... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Went to get something to eat after the tom petty concert at red rocks, it was late and not a lot of options. It's a mix of chipotle meets dive bar. Waited about 30 minutes to order as the line to the counter was long. It was a Friday night and plenty of loud drunks. However the food was pretty... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 via mobile

My boyfriend and i went to downtown Denver to try the infamous illegal pete's burritos. We were very excited and had high expectations since these burritos received such great reviews. Unfortunately, we were completely disappointed. The burritos were totally bland and flavorless. The guacamole was also very bland and tasteless, it was just a very boring burrito that had us... More 

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Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Illegal Pete's is in a very nice location. Choose indoor eating or enjoy eating at one of the few tables outdoors. We were family of four visiting Denver and we all enjoyed our lunches. The guac was fantastic, a bit on the lime-y side and we all enjoyed it, though it is a very small cup and we probably would... More 

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Illinois or Panama
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51 reviews 51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We stopped for a quick bite to hold us over until dinner. We split a "burrito bowl" which was delicious and perfect. It would be fun to come here when I was really hungry!

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We recently stayed with friends who live near Broadway...walking distance to so many fun places! Illegal Pete's was our first stop and perhaps my favorite, for the prices and casual vibe, as well as the staff, who were uber friendly. I'd have liked to eaten there, and will on my next visit for sure. As it was we had places... More 

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Great place thats open till late. Decently priced burritos and a great craft beer selection. Staff is very friendly. Great alternative take away place!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1530 16th St, Denver, CO 80202
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Denver>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: (303) 623-2169

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
7:00 am - 1:30 am
Friday
7:00 am - 2:30 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 2:30 am

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?