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Paramount Cafe

519 16th St, Denver, CO 80202-4208 (Central Business District)
+1 303-893-2000
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Ranked #378 of 2,533 Restaurants in Denver
Price range: $1 - $16
Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers, Café, Chicken Wings
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Description: Paramount Cafe is Denver's original Rock 'n' Roll Cafe. Centrally located on 16th Street Mall in Denver, Paramount's award winning patio serves up some of the best people watching in town. With 47 beers on tap, almost all Colorado crafts, and a diverse Colorado cocktail list, our drinks are sure to please any palate. Our food is locally sourced whenever possible and we feature wild game burgers as well as all of the pub favorites. Whether you're a visitor or a local, Paramount Cafe is sure to show you a good time.
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Essex, England
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93 reviews 93 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Great atmosphere in this friendly eatery but we preferred to sit outside & watch the interesting & colourful people promenade up & down the 16th St Mall! Excellent food and great portions. Very friendly staff. Excellent choice of beers with flights (samples) possible. So much better in every way than the Cheesecake Factory, where we also ate this trip!

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Memphis, Tennessee
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67 reviews 67 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Been twice. I was pleasantly surprised. Would give 3.5 stars if could. Not a bar food person and was not enthused by the menu but the food was very good. We tried several cocktail -some were better than others, Service was slow both visits. Nice to sit outside on 16th St & people watch.

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Lugoff, South Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Stopped here for lunch on my last day in town. Loved the outdoor seating area...great place to people watch!! I had a salad, husband had the elk burger- good meals- reasonably priced, friendly wait staff. The interior of the restaurant was a bit dark and gloomy-but I enjoyed the outdoor area.

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Management response:

Hi "CRD", I wanted to personally thank you for your awesome review of Paramount Cafe! We are so happy that you had a great experience with our food, our staff, and our awesome people watching patio. We hope to see you again on your next visit. Cheers! Lynette F. More

Appleton, Wisconsin
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50 reviews 50 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I was traveling to Denver and staying downtown for business. At the advice of a native of CO who was in our group we went to the Paramount with a group of 8. When you walk in the smell of dirty mop bucket water just hits you and lingers. The atmosphere could be fun if it wasn't so run down... More

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Lynette F, Manager at Paramount Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Melody, I want to apologize sincerely that you had a negative experience at Paramount Café. We always strive for great food and a clean restaurant and your experience was not up to our standards. We appreciate you taking the time to write a review, as we use these as learning opportunities and teaching tools. I assure you that every... More

Colorado
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The Paramount has a great location right on the mall, perfect for people watching and enjoying the summer weather. Service was friendly, prices are reasonable, and food is mediocre. You could do much worse.

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Lynette F, Manager at Paramount Cafe, responded to this review

Hi "JXP", Thank you for taking the time to write a review for the Paramount Cafe. We appreciate the positive feedback about our location, patio, and friendly service. We also appreciate the constructive criticism about your food experience and would love to talk more about it so we can use your situation to better ourselves. Please email me directly so... More

Hutchinson, Minnesota
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32 reviews 32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

This place has amazing food for a reasonable price. Our group had a variety of food from burgers and elk to salad and pork chop and we all raved about the delicious food. The service was a little lacking so I did not rate a 5 but otherwise a great experience.

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Lynette F, Manager at Paramount Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Scott, Thank you so much for the 4 star review. We appreciate you taking the time to write about Paramount Cafe and we are thrilled that you enjoyed our food. We also appreciate feedback about the service as we are always striving to improve ourselves and our team. We hope to see you again soon! Lynette F. Marketing and... More

Bristol, United Kingdom
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92 reviews 92 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Went here on a reccomendation. I ordered the pulled pork burrito which looked a mess and was big enough to feed 4. There wasnt much pork or taste, and mostly full of beans. My wife had pulled pork sandwich which was stone cold. The service was good however, and the happy hour has good offers.

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Lynette F, Manager at Paramount Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Rich, Thank you for writing a review for Paramount Café this weekend. We are very sorry that you didn't have a great experience with our food. I have passed this information along to all of our kitchen staff and chef crew so we can better each of the items you mentioned, as well as maintain high standards for all... More

New York City, New York
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98 reviews 98 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I asked the front desk of the Sheraton for a LOCAL restaurant recommendation for lunch. At first she said Corner Bakery and I replied that I was looking for a locally-own establishment, not a chain, so she sent me to Paramount, which after arriving, I got the sense that it was a chain as well. So, for what it was,... More

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Lynette F, Manager at Paramount Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Advourner, I'd like to start by thanking you for taking the time to write a review. We take every comment very seriously and use each statement as a learning experience for our entire staff. We are very proud to be locally owned and operated since 1985 as this is fairly uncommon in our area and new restaurants join us... More

Overland Park, Kansas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Go during happy hour for some really good drink specials. The food was good - we got honey BBQ wings and the chips and dip trio. Also we sat on the patio area which was a good area. Inside looked really cool too though, like an old fashioned rock n' roll diner.

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Lynette F, Manager at Paramount Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Crystal, Thank you for taking time to write a review for Paramount. We love our patio too and hope you'll join us again for Happy Hour. Have a great day! Lynette F. More

Merchantville, New Jersey
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145 reviews 145 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Upon arrival in Denver we needed quick food, quickly! The Paramount Café is a great tourist type place along the 16th ave. strip! We enjoyed a Café Burger for $9.25 and an Elk Burger for about the same. The fries were good--they are topped with a light seasoning our total was $28.30. Good food at a reasonable price in a... More

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Lynette F, Manager at Paramount Cafe, responded to this review

Hi "irishhadc", Thanks for writing us a great review about our burgers and fries. We are proud of our wild game selection and, in fact, are nominated for best burger on Denver's A List 2014! We hope to see you here again on your next visit to Denver and safe travels to you! Lynette F. More

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