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Watercourse Foods

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(53 Reviews)

837 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218

(303) 832-7313

Today: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tomorrow: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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WaterCourse has been a Denver staple since 1998, and has been fully vegan since April 2014. WaterCourse specializes in delicious and filling comfort food with many gluten-free and nut-free options. Our featured dishes include Banana Bread French Toast, Street Tacos, and Southern Fried Cauliflower "Chicken" served with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy or Mac & Cheese. Along with our seasonal menu, we offer amazing vegan and gluten-free desserts and milkshakes to top off your meal!

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Primary Phone: (303) 831-7383

Primary Phone: (303) 832-7810

Fax: (303) 831-7383

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check, amex, discover, master card, visa, all major credit cards
Price Range
North Capitol Hill, Central Denver, Downtown Denver
Health Food Restaurants, Vegetarian Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Vegan Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Cuisines: Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Healthy, Vegetarian, Vegan

Price Range : Average


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Dj B.


Excellent Food but SLOW

We ordered French Fries, a Caesar Salad, "Chicken" & Waffles, the NYC Scramble, Kids Pasta, Key Lime Pie, and an Iced Tea. The waffles were different in that they had Chives in it but the syrup and waffles were off the chain good (it was a vegan version of Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles). The NYC Scramble came with sundried tomatoes and a choice of French Fries or Sweet Potato Fries. Everything was delicious but the wait of 20 minutes and slow service was a turn off. If the place was packed, that would have been understandable but it wasn't. All in all, we would still highly recommend it.

Vinay S.


Really good food.

I have been to this place over the memorial day weekend and the service was good and the Buffalo Wings were the best. I also tried the temphe sandwich which is pretty good. But the bolognese pasta i had was pretty mediocre.




Awesome selection of vegetarian, gluten free, and vegan choices. Good tea. They
have beer. Highly recommend. Not the only vegetarian place in Denver. The other place is horrible I found a hair and a staple in my lunch.



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Good Food, Bad Service

If this review was simply on the food, I would give it 5 plus stars. I LOVE everything on the menu, I am vegan so options for me are scarce (if you don't want to live on salad).
Bad part is the service, I get the feeling since it's veg and vegan that the staff are laidback - really laidback. You may see them once throughout your dinner. I don't want uptight or uniformed employees, but sometimes you have to act like you like your job even if you don't.

Samantha Waymire


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Best Vegan Breakfast in Denver

I'm obsessed with their VEGAN CHEESE plate (man oh man), breakfast menu, and dessert (Boston Cream Cake)!!!! yummmmmmmmmm



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Not bad

Food is pretty good, atmosphere could be better. Fun to watch tatted-up hippie staff but they should mix in a bath..they look a little dirty. Fresh ingredients.

Dana Hult


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Good for take-out if you get there early for lunch

I have heard negative things about the staff at Watercourse, but since I always get my food to go, it's never been an issue. I am not a vegetarian and usually at vegetarian places I have a hard time ordering, but this place has a lot to choose from. Especially if you're not into 'healthy' eating. LOL I always get the Jimmy Wrap, it's my fav (with greek salad and hummus in a HUGE wrap that's always fresh and delicious). I call in my order at 10:45 and get there by 11 to get a parking space, otherwise it's pretty hard to find a spot.



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I'm finicky & LOVE these guys

I have ZERO idea as to what these guys are talking about in their negativity towards this place. I've been there at least 10 times and always got good food and service. I also know tons of people who like this place as well. Perhaps some items are more on the healthy side, but if you're not used to eating vegetables and stuff that's not deep fried, I guess you might have a problem with those things. They do have tons of stuff to eat, though, and I've a hard time believing you couldn't find something you'd enjoy if you'd give it the chance.
The ONLY negative I can come up with for this place is that they're not the quickest. So if you need to run in and out, perhaps this isn't the best choice. But everything else has always been great, even the water is better than most restaurants, and I've always had seriously good service.



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Food and Service-UGH!!

I am on a constant breakfast quest to find the best deal, best food and best service. The Water Course ran a ""Blue Plate"" breakfast special and I decided to give it a try. As one of the first customers one morning, I was surprised to find that they were not ready to receive customers. The coffee was not brewed and when it came it had grounds floating in it. I ordered sweet potato home fries only to find out that they cost more than the ad stated( please see the microscopic asterisk in the ad). When I agreed to pay the surcharge I was informed that the deep fryer was not on and I could not get the home fries-brown rice instead. The biscuit/scone I opted for was not fresh nor warmed to disguise that fact. The service was halfhearted and inattentive-I hate having to catch a waiter to get a coffee refill! Overall, a poor experience and one I don't wish to repeat. It's on my list!!



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service with anger and grief

I foolishly went here to pick up some vegan breakfast burritos. Boy, what a shock when the fragile, yet angry bearded boy working the counter verbally attacked me for asking his opinion on which of the dishes would be best served the next day. After being put in my place, and too shocked to flee the Water Course like any sensible person would have, I actually opted to spend money on the food (I repeat, definitly some serious shock going on)It is a sad thing when one person's bad attitude can ruin an otherwise fun experience, which is most definitly the case here. Maybe someone needs to give this little man a hug---or, gasp gasp---some bacon.
I wont be back---and I will be sure to advise any human, whether just curious or vegan, to avoid this joint at all costs.



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Worst Service, Apathetic Staff

I hesitate giving Watercourse even one star because that would mean I was remotely satisfied - which I wasn't. I don't have the energy to describe everything that went wrong, but Janis S. summed it up. They are the only Vegetarian shop in town and that gives them the right to not care about customer service. The food wasn't even that good - it was cold, salty and burned (I know, how can you have burned food and still come out cold?).
Unless you have a couple hours to spare, just to be treated like an imposition - I would try something else. Its on my Never List and they ruined my girlfriend's birthday.



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Good food, quirky service

The food is satisfying, even for meat eaters. It's great as vegetarian to go out to eat and have a selection, as opposed to the pity option offered at other places. The service is slower, but you could always enjoy your company and avoid the obvious rush times for eating out. No, it's not exactly health food but I'm not a vegetarian only for the health benefits. Big favorites of mine are the buffalo wings (can be spicy for some), and gravy dishes. If you like coffee, go for a cup with your meal because it's the best.



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Food is delish, but service is pretty bad

Food is the best!! Definitely not the healthiest, but vegetarian and really good. Service is very slow though so don't plan on dinner here if you just want a quick bite. I love this place!!



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A Denver favorite..

As a meat eater, I was hesitant to try this all vegetarian restaurant. That was years ago, because now, I eat there at least once a week. The biscuits and gravy and the seitan buffalo wings make my life a better place.



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Owner throws employees onto street to save a buck!

The owner of Watercourse Foods is planning on abruptly firing 15 staff members after realizing his buisness is 90,000 dollars in debt. Please call Dan Landes or another manager and tell them this is bad buisness. Also please do not patronize such establishments that treat their staff so unfairly!!!!



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Shady business

I dined with friends on Sept. 4th. We split the bill I put $20 on my credit card, they charged me $35. No big deal, I am sure just a mistake in closing out the check, right??? I call, leave message, no one calls me back, I call leave more angry message, Dan the GM calls me back, says he will re-credit me the $15. I check my account on the 26th, still no credit, call leave 3rd message, no one calls me back and still no credit, contacted my bank and they are investigating for me. I find it truly absurd that no one calls me back and that it has been a month and now they have lost a customer over their poor business practices.



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Holy seitan, the food is good!

I'm a pretty easygoing eater and can usually find a bit of lettuce to nibble on wherever I go, so when I go to Watercourse it's akin to a culinary corset being undone. What a treat to be able to order anything on the menu without worrying if it's got any meat in it. It's freeing and spectacular and I can't even express how much I love this place. The vegan buffalo wings and the Portabello reuben are two of my faves. The tomato curry soup is to die for. I've taken my carnivorous friends and they've loved it. My new favorite place is Watercourse.



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Best best veggie food in town, NOT a health restaurant

This place is wonderful! Many confuse it with a health restaurant, but unless you get a salad it is really just greasy vegan comfort food. YUM! The service and atmosphere is glorious. I have read a lot of nasty reviews about Watercourse since they moved to their new location, and I would say that is because they are being written by nasty people. Quality food should take a long time! It is all of you Uptown money mongers that give this place a bad name! Watercourse is the center of the veggie community in Denver, and should be treated as such! This is the place where you can relax, meet some like-minded folks and enjoy a wonderful, slow meal! Long Live the Denver veggie food monopoly known as Watercourse foods!
Vegan coconut cream pie is to die for!



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My favorite

Watercourse being one of the best overall restaurants in Denver, and the best vegetarian friendly restaurant that I know, you have to expect it to be very busy, which it usually is. So it's good that they moved to a larger building that can accommodate more customers at once, although I did prefer the ambiance at the old place. My party of three arrived early last Sunday evening for dinner, and we didn't have to wait for a table at all. Our server was attentive and we ordered drinks, appetizers, dinner and dessert. They got everything right, everything delicious, and everything was served promptly. I think now that the new location has been open a while they've worked out a lot of the kinks. I've been a vegetarian for 12 years and have eaten veggie food in California, Seattle, New York City, and London, and I feel lucky to live near Watercourse, the best veggie restaurant overall that I've been to. Their menu is exhaustive, with every vegetarian protein source you can think of (tofu, tempeh, seitan, legumes, etc), so many ethnic foods represented (including American, Thai, Mexican, Mediterranean,...), and creatively combined and seasoned foods. I always try something different and I'm always delighted. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. And all that at affordable prices. Go there and enjoy!

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