Chef Zorba's Cuisine
2626 E 12th Ave, Denver, CO 80206
6:00 am - 9:30 pm
- Mon - Sun
6:00 am - 9:30 pm
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Greek, Mexican, American, Latin American, European, Continental
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Specialties: American Restaurant, American, American Food
Price Range : Average
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Terrible service, bad food.
Traditional Greek food. Killer gyro omelette. Awesome lamb. 'Nuff said.
This is a no frills, local neighborhood, ""hole in the wall"", diner. It's my casual every weekend breakfast (and sometimes dinner) joint. This is a kick back, take your time and relax kind of place - parents in town? - don't bring them here (lol) - this isn't Dozens or Denny's, and it's not for everyone. But they have their regulars and I'm proud to be one of them. They get the job done.
Try the marinated pork chops sometime.
I'd been hearing great things about Zorba's and I love Greek food, so we decided to try it last night. First, there were three old men smoking just outside of the door, which was open. Someone at another table complained that this was annoying and illegal, which the waitress acknowledged but just closed the door. At our table, my silverware was filthy, which the waitress noticed and replaced without my saying anything. I ordered a buffalo burger, which was fine, and then asked if I could get something other than fries on the side. One of the choices given me was ""veggies."" What came was disgusting canned corn! I mean, how hard would it be to serve some actual fresh vegetables or perhaps a salad? My boyfriend got falafel which he said tasted as though it had been frozen. It definitely looked it! Anyway, I'm all for supporting local businesses but I cannot in good conscience or appetite return to Zorba's. It was just gross and completely inauthentic.
Zorba's is the perfect neighborhood diner. Perfect for a morning business meeting, a date lunch with the wife, or dinner with the kids. The menu is varied, with something for everyone. The dinner entrees are surprisingly good, especially the greek specialties. My personal favorite is the lamb chops. Service varies from good to a bit of attitude, but is never a distraction. They have a small wine list, and an acceptable liquor cabinet - dinner with the kids always goes better with a margarita. Great value for money.
Chef Zorba's is a great local restaurant with good food and a lot of character. The staff and local regulars add a bit of eclectic ambience and watching the world go by from the patio is great fun. It seems to have something for everyone with its 6 page menu including Greek, American, and Mexican food with a full bar including Greek wine, beer, and ouzo. The place seems to be family friendly and the way it is set up works well for groups. Their Greek food is terrific and the service is friendly. You feel like you are part of the family while you are dining.
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