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Illegal Pete's

#151 of 2,380 Restaurants in Denver
Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Fast Food, Southwestern
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1530 16th St, Denver, CO 80202-1464
(303) 623-2169
9:00 am - 2:30 am
Open now
All 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
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Loveland, Colorado
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We love going to Illegal Pete's for lunch. The food tastes amazing and the service is super quick even during lunch rush.

Thank Aleksander G
South Carolina
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126 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fish Tacos or Fish Burritos are excellent choices to be found among a wide variety of reasonably priced fast prepared Mexican selections. Picnic table outdoor seating available as well as indoor seating with a good bar.

Thank Dotsultant
Denver, Colorado
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95 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Much better local alternative to Chipotle. Great ambiance with a cool and friendly staff. The chicken quesadilla I ordered was delicious. Definitely not soft and droopy like Chipotle makes it. Also get the sopapillas...delicious fried dough perfect for dessert.

Thank Allie S
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

Ordered a burrito and the happy hour's choice of margarita over beer. Burrito with excelent flavor and great variety of what you can put in it. Margarita was great chips included. Nice ambiance.

Thank Jorge R
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

We were excited to go here because of the great ratings, however we were disappointed when we walked in and noticed the lack of cleanliness. The people making the food looked like they just left a rock concert, the kitchen area and floor were noticibly dirty and the employee's didn't seem to be the cleanest either. The food was ok,... More 

Thank Memeeee13579
Arlington, Massachusetts
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84 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

If I remember correctly, there is a Chipotle right around the corner from this place, and I don't know how that place is still in business when Illegal Pete's is there. Awesome burritos and great atmosphere. If your in the Denver area and having a craving for Mexican, this is the place hands down.

Thank Andrew A
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44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

Fabulous vegetarian green chili! I would quickly become a regular if I lived in the area. I arrived during the evening rush. My first positive impression was the friendly staff. The ambiance is created by an eclectic mix of colorful sensory inputs. Myriad stickers, posters, and graffiti set a unique experience for your eyes - only to be matched by... More 

Thank Stef B
Denver, Colorado
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

My friend and I visit here all of the time! It's speedy, delicious and in a great location. I walk here from work at least once a week!

Thank kellyr1020
Denver, Colorado
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

A Denver staple. Illegal pete's is Hipster Chipolte (or Chipolte is conventional illegal petes). More locally sourced ingredients, better beer and better music (how many other burrito chains operate their own record label?) You really can't go wrong here, the meat is always good, the condiments fresh, the tortillas fluffy. Guac is extra (and worth every penny). The Menu is... More 

Thank thomas c
Denver, Colorado
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380 reviews
247 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

Not a bad spot for a late night burrito to go -- food is fresh and tasty -- line moves quickly and you can catch a game if you want to eat inside

Thank HonestMcHonest

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Fast Food, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
9:00 am - 12:00 am
7:00 am - 12:00 am
7:00 am - 12:00 am
7:00 am - 12:00 am
7:00 am - 1:30 am
7:00 am - 2:30 am
9:00 am - 2:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1530 16th St, Denver, CO 80202-1464
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Denver>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: (303) 623-2169

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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?