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Red Square Euro Bistro

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(46 Reviews)

1512 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202

(303) 595-8600

Today: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tomorrow: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Contemporary European Cuisine & Vodka Bar

General Info
Located in the heart of downtown Denver, steps away from the Performing Arts Complex and many other attractions, Red Square Euro Bistro is an oasis in the city. A place where locals and savvy travelers alike can meet and enjoy one of our 100 frozen vodkas, or simply be awed by chef Maxim Ionikh's European cuisine. Our courtyard patio, warm, contemporary dining room, and the vodka bar are a perfect place for any occasion. Whether it is a casual cocktail, or a special celebration, small group or a party of one hundred, Red Square is a place to fall in love with. Features: Bar Reservations: Takes Reservations

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In the heart of Writer Square
LoDo, Central Denver, Downtown Denver
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Russian Restaurants, Fast Food Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Garage, Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: No

Cuisines: Russian, Eastern European, Fast Food, European, Continental

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Specialties: American Restaurant, American, American Food

Price Range : Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Great atomosphere

RS did an awersome remodel job and the bar is beautiful. The crowd was upscale, educated, and friendly. Great music fit the atmosphere with downtempo beats.

This was really a great experience and my crowd will return for sure.

This has been the last savior to a downtown that seems to have turned to ghetto rap and a trashy crowds.



Provided by Citysearch - 
BAD experience

Four of us dined here based on reviews. I can't beleive it's the same restaraunt. We were seated 1 hour after our reservation time. Three out of four sent their steaks back. (the Red Sqaure Bistro version of Strohganoff).
They were so tough they could not be cut with a knife. Some of the worst I have ever had. They took the steaks off the bill only after the manager came over and queeried us on what our problem was. He offered one excuse after another. Will never return and I give this place my highest...... THUMBS DOWN!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not Impressed

There was a general lack of flavor.The portions were small.Food a little undercooked and cold.My friends short ribs were tough. We got there at opening, and the food took forever.



Provided by Citysearch - 

The maitre d ' was exceptionally gracious and hospitable. For appetizers: Pelmeni and garlic vodka. Delicious. Then more vodka - red pepper (spicy!), dill, and horseradish (oof!). Our entrees (beef and fish) were perfectly cooked, with the only negative being very stringy leeks with the fish. The sauces were full of flavor but not overly salty, as some other reviewers have found. For dessert, the banana crepe was very tasty. Not the best cup of coffee I've ever had, but not awful. The service was attentive, friendly, and helpful. Definitely place I'll come back to.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great service, atmosphere and cocktails!

went for my brother's bday and had a fab time. the waiter was russian, very knowledgeable about both food and drink, and offered great suggestions. I would suggest this for any special occasion.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Welcome to the Square!

I've been to red square numerous times and I thought it finally time to write a view. The food here is phenomenal and its almost a diamond in the rough with every place there is to go in Denver. They have daily dinner specials and that absolutely rock in price, presentation, and taste. Try their charcuterie plate. Now this is one of the few places that infuses their own vodkas in house weekly, not to mention they have some of the best ones i've had. Try their grapefruit and horseradish, its incredible. Max is one amazing bartender and really knows his vodka and service. The weekends are pretty insane there but how can it now be, apparently everyone is catching on. If you want great food, excellent vodka, and a very upbeat crowd then look no further. Welcome to the Square.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Fantastic European Food and Great Service with Atmosphere‎

Unlike the pretentious tone of some downtown restaurants - The Red Square is refreshing and warm with great atmosphere and attentive staff. Complement this with its delightfully delicious menu served with crusty traditional European bread and you have a fabulous Denver resto tucked into a cozy corner of Writers Square. Our friendly waiter and host made us feel like we were family with excellent service. Once you're there, try some infused vodka before your meal. I like mine served straight up as a martini. Fig infused vodka, although it sounds a bit strange, is flavorful and delicious. You'll feel you've taken a trip back to your favorite European city...Actually, my boyfriend and I will be taking another trip to Russia very soon and it's only a couple blocks away...



Provided by Citysearch - 
Are these people trying?

I have wondered if these people are trying to run a business and for whom does it work. There was a bartender with salt and pepper hair who seemed to have some pride in what he did who made the place enjoyable. The food was also better then, maybe he cooked as well. Since then the staff seems to be concerned with cigarette breaks, frowning, little effort, and watching the time go by. I like the decor except the 6 month bathroom remodel, and the vodka, but at this point in the economy go where someone wants you, and has good food as well. These folks should disband - the frowns and lethargy may be contagious.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Just Bad

I hate this place. The owner is totally rude. (he has been rude to me multiple times when I have come in there) The food is mediocre at best. The vodka, which is supposed to be the main focus of the restraunt, is something you could buy on the corner liquor store. I have tried it over and over and I am giving up. Just go somewhere else, Denver has to many great restraunts to waste your time on this place.



Provided by Citysearch - 

We started frequenting the Little Russian Cafe and migrated over to Red Square when it opened. We absolutely love the staff, the ambiance, the food & the vodka. We have never experienced the kind of personal attention and wonderful service as we get every time we go in here. We keep introducing new people and everyone we take in loves the place. We have NEVER had a bad meal and have tried just about everything on the menu. Anyone who has given this place a bad review needs to go elsewhere and make room for those who love this place as much as we do!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Seriously good food

My boyfriend and I love this place. We have been there three years in a row for Valentine's Day. The menu is a bit small, but we haven't had a bad dish yet. The steak stroganoff sounds like a weird idea, but trust me- it is fantastic. In addition, the service is always good.

On a side note, I have found coupons for this place (pay $50 for a $100 coupon) so search the internet to find them as they are worth it!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Just okay

I chose this place because it looked interesting, but the service was so bad I didn't stick around One thing that really bugged me about it was I had to ask for more vodka and the bartender acted like he was doing me a favor by serving me. When I got up to use the restroom I came back to my seat at the bar and the bartender had piled up dirty glasses and dishes in front of my stool and made no effort to move these as I sat back down, so I drank my vodka quickly and left. I headed over to 1515 on Market and was treated like a king there. Too bad I really like the horseradish infused vodka but I doubt I'll go back, the service was so bad I didn't bother to try the food. After reading all the bad reviews here it doesn't sound like I missed anything.



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Best bar in Denver

The Red Square is a classy little ""Euro bistro"" tucked away in the corner of Writer's Square. All of their vodka infusions, especially the pineapple, are delicious!! They look and taste innocent but pack a p unch- they don't kick in right away, so watch out or you'll be stumbling home. These shots are best sipped, not shot! The setting is intimate and the crowd is relaxed and friendly. The Red Square is a gem!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Fun atmosphere, ok service, food was lacking

Dined here for restaurant week. The selections look fabulous on the menu.
I agree with a previous reviewing, the front Desk fella was indeed less than friendly. Our waitress was adequate. We went with wine instead of vodka and the glasses were small. I chose the seared scallops and the centers were cold. My co-diner went with the mushroom and onion soup and you could actually see the grease. We decided to each get a different entree and split them. She did the NY strip, I did the salmon. The steak was overcooked and chewy, the salmon was ok, but whatever sauce was on it smelled BAD. The berry desert was tasty. All in the food left every much to be desired. I might go back for the flavor infused vodka, but probably would just go to Purple Martini if I was over in that direction of town. I?d save your money and find some place else to eat.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Over salted and fell below expectations

We were disappointed. The menu had some interesting plusses - the borscht was very good and the lemon tart for dessert was okay (almost too tart). The main entrees were both over salted and over sauced, not to mention that I ordered duck and received chicken, and it was left on the bill. It's a cute atmosphere though, & the waiter was very nice in spite of the screw up, but overall it just fell short of expectations.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not quite there

My boyfriend and I where out on a date night and decided to try something new. We had read good things about The Red Square. The atmosphere was cozy and the service was friendly. The servers where celebrating Russian Halloween as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
I love the idea of individual carafes of vodka from around the world, and our server was fairley knowledgeable and helpful when it came to makeing a selection. The vodka was very good.
We ordered the cheese selection, which did not come with enough bread for the cheese portion. I found that the entrees where equally as disapointing. The Strogonough was gloppy and overwelming when paired with the steak, and the sea bass was salty. The swiss chard felt tough and overwhelmed the flavor of the dish.
Fotunatly enough the prices where reasonable., so I only left with a bad tast in my mouth and not a hole in my pocket.



Provided by Citysearch - 
A Wonderful Restaurant tucked away in Downtown Denver

I was introduced to it last fall by my boyfriend. Depending on which side of the restaurant you choose to sit, you get a completely different experience. The left barside is a lively vodka bar and on the right side dining area you experience a small Russian bistro. I love the salmon stroganoff, the mustard based salad dressing, and the wonderful bread. Oh, the vodka selection is amazing when you are in the mood for a good vodka shot or an entire carafe of vodka to share. I really love the Red Square, is is delicious, romantic, and lively.



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Great food at very reasonable prices, and fun too!

My husband and I just moved to LoDo, and were anxious to try Red Square, as we walk by it all the time. So we made a reservation, and as soon as we walked in the door, we knew we had discovered a special place. The staff was courteous and professional without being stuffy, and they were all smiling and happy--a sign of a good restaurant in my book. We had heard about the house-made flavored vodkas, so we started our meal with shots of raspberry vodka: delicious! As for the food, for appetizers I had the goat cheese and tomato salad, the perfect combination of fresh tomato and warm, comforting goat cheese drizzled with balsamic dressing. My husband had the scallops, which were seared to perfection and came with artichoke hearts and crispy garlic. We had a tough time deciding on our entrees, as everything on the menu looked good. I finally chose the salmon, and my husband went for the duck. Our waiter helped us pick out a great bottle of wine to go with our meal. My salmon was fabulous, and my husband enjoyed his duck, although it was bit rich and heavy for the hot summer weather. We were too full to order dessert, but the table next to us had a lemon tart that looked amazing--we can't wait to go back and try it! The only negative thing we experienced was that toward the end of our meal, the bar started to get quite full and noisy--it was a Friday night, after all, but if we had made our reservation for earlier, that wouldn't have been a problem. Overall, we had a great meal with great wine, and didn't cringe when the bill came; everything was very reasonably priced. We will definitely go again!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Hard bread, bitter wine and awful food

My wife and I are new to the city. Many people recommended the food of the place and everytime we walked by it had a crowd. They seated us in the patio and brought old, hard bread. We ordered wine by the glass. It was very vinegary, couldn't finish it. And finally, the steak stroganoff (supposedly a specialty of the house). The cut was not good. Full of fat and very hard. Bad experience. We are not going back ever again

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