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Barbed Wire Reef, Denver, CO

Barbed Wire Reef

4.3
4.3
107 Reviews
$30 and under
Wild Game
We are a local, award winning food truck that has been a staple in Denver since 2011. After growing our brand from just a pick-up truck and a trailer to 3 food trucks, we opened a restaurant to serve our ever-growing fans and followers.

Our concept specializes in serving wild game and seafood in a fun, casual and comfortable setting. We are a full-service restaurant with a scratch kitchen and pride ourselves in providing great tasting food without a fuss!

We offer a full bar with focus on local breweries and craft cocktails.
Come see us ~ It's guaranteed to be a wild time!

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Wild Game, Seafood, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (720) 242-7042

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    We are happy to offer catering through our food trucks or our restaurant. We offer customized menus catering to your specific needs. Please contact management@barbedwirereef.com for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Due to new stipulations we are only offering first come first serve outdoor dining! Please enjoy our food for curbside pickup or delivery through uber eats, door dash or Grubhub! Whether you're organizing a corporate luncheon, special wedding, or hoedown throw-down. A customized, gourmet, Barbed Wire Reef menu may be the right grub to make your event, that much more memorable! Please contact management@barbedwirereef.com for more information.

  • Neighborhood

    Highlands

  • Cross street

    38th and Utica

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 107 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. L

    Laura

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First impressions, this little restaurant is understated. We ordered the margarita flight, which was fantastic. Once consumed, we each ordered a margarita that we enjoyed from the flight. The food was good, just limited variety. We will return!
  2. D

    Diane

    Denver

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    We were disappointed in our evening at Barbed Wire. Though the food was wonderful, the service was slow, and the alcohol was overpriced. I don't think $13 for a glass of inexpensive chardonnay is a bit much. Also, the beer was pricey. We won't be back.
  3. JH

    JohnH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gator taco was great, also enjoyed the margarita flight
  4. NF

    NativeFoodie

    Denver

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had a last minute reservation for a family dinner so made a switch to Barbed Wire Reef. They were very accommodating for a party of 12. The food was great I had an assorted array of tacos and the chicharrons (highly recommend these!!!) Don't let the menu scare you, there are still beef and chicken options, but if you are feeling ready to get out of your comfort zone the selections are great. My only complain with the tacos is that they were not that filling (3 tacos: Shrimp, Alligator & Tuna) so I'm glad I ordered the chicharrons as well! The margaritas were good, go for the flight to try a good variety, tamarind and the jalapina were my favorites.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was good. Drinks were tasty. The food service was slow but server was great.
  6. l

    lovedenver79

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious tacos, awesome patio, great service! There was a jalapeño drink w/ coconut rum that was wonderful. Definitely will be back!
  7. CH

    CarlieH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came for the Bingo, but the food, drinks and service were amazing!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Good ambiance, food was okay - they just slopped meat without anything else on one of my friends tacos. Service was sub par, wait staff barely came to check on the table and it wasn’t busy.
  9. JT

    JoeT

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fantastic find. UNBELIEVABLE! This is why I love Restaurant Week as you get to explore and find new places
  10. B

    Britney

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    Went for the restaurant week menu and the food was great but the bar tender that waited on us appeared to be intoxicated or high. She forgot we had already ordered a margarita flight and came back to take our drink order for a second time then screwed up every drink we had for the night. It was clearly noticeable to the point where the manager pulled her aside to talk to her but then was still allowed to finish serving us. The rest of the staff seemed great, it was just a disappointing experience.
  11. E

    Erin

    Denver

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    Limited menu that is too eclectic. If you want tacos, maybe it’s fine. Cocktails were not good, very small and mostly ice.
  12. JA

    JessicaA

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent! Server was very good, always available, quick, personable and kind. Margarita flight was fun and I definitely will order it again. Highly recommend!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Went for restaurant week. 35 for three courses. Got a little ceviche thing that was quite nice, then a Caesar salad which just tasted regular, partner got a soup that was good. The entrees we had the boar-bbq sandwich and elk burger. The flavors were good in the bbq sandwich, but the bun was soaked through and the amount of meat was low, cut it in half and the second half had none. Burger seemed okay. The main issue however was it took 20 minutes for a server to come take our order despite not being very busy, and after ordering had gotten through two of three courses before our drinks arrived (after we asked about them) Didn’t feel like the value matched with what we paid, and service was maybe the worst I’ve ever had. Saw it on a don’t miss list from last year but not sure why.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    A little disappointed with the overall experience. They didn’t have their Ahi Tuna which our entire table anticipated on ordering at least one item that consisted of Ahi Tuna. The service was minimal and somewhat confusing as we couldn’t tell who exactly our main point of contact was. Was never checked on and the food was mediocre given the hype
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was delicious, but our dinner & appetizer came out at almost the same time… Other than that, it was a great dinner.
  16. JP

    JamesP

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff friendly, nice date night with wife. Good was great
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was filling and awesome, drinks were delicious and potent, friendly service. All aces!
  18. GO

    GoingOut

    Denver

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food with a good variety of choices, awesome friendly service, and well crafted cocktails.
  19. BC

    BearChops

    Denver

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    We didn't try the tacos but the fish & chips and the burgers were very good. French fries were epic - excellent!
  20. MO

    MrsOGee

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Overall, it was a good experience. The staff was very nice. The decor was different and nice. The food wasn’t bad but it wasn’t mind blowing either (except for the elk burger, my husband loved it). The variety of different meat options was what drew me in. So that was a nice touch. If I make it back to Denver, I’d give it another try
  21. f

    fsurenae

    Denver

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Fun burger and taco choices. Upscale food truck fare in a casual atmosphere. Great patio, too! Service was good and the wine/beer list is solid. A little something for everyone.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Server was excellent-prompt and super friendly. Food was awesome except the tacos were tiny. Maybe I missed that detail in the menu. Lots of Tequila and great game menu.
  23. JS

    JenniferS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks, delicious food and wonderful service. We love BWR and can't wait to go back. The prickly pear margarita and chicken tacos were particularly on point for our visit.
  24. EG

    ErikaG

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great drinks and our food was delicious! We will definitely be back.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Server was amazing. Food was pretty good.
  26. SD

    SusanD

    Denver

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    First time here but not the last! The food was amazing and for only having one server/bartender she was terrific!
  27. W

    William

    Denver

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Got a table on patio waited then Walked inside to get a beer and see inside, waitress said I’ll come out and get your order. Waited outside then went back inside to see if you could order a beer was stopped by male, Can I Help YOU like I was not to be inside or something, was told waitress would come outside an take order , can’t I just get a beer at bar and go back outside to patio? Others came in and got waited on inside. Rude, could of explained and not as organized as they think they are. Fifteen minutes later We got to order, and she got the wrong beer! One order of tacos were cold. Waitress was just to busy to listen and check back.
  28. MA

    MoisesAlu

    Denver

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Bland food. Maybe it's difficult to succeed with wild game but I was disappointed to pay $26 for wild boar that is more than plentiful as far as wild game goes and then the sausage and pulled pork was just bland. Presentation was like a fast food place. Elk burger bland and tough. Kangaroo burger was pretty good. Sweet potato fries very good. Cold day, cold restaurant. No BBQ atmosphere - would have expected some heat, some smoke, some smells. Just a bland experience all around.
  29. P

    Phillip

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We booked a reservation a week prior to Mother's Day and they were not open for business.
  30. B

    Brandon

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2021

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Came for Denver Restaurant Week. Everything we ordered was outstanding!
  31. AP

    AshP

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2021

    overall3food2service1ambience3
    Went for restaurant week. I was glad we were seated outside because it was so loud inside. Food was inconsistent for example- three of us ordered the tostada appetizer however only one of us got the mango salsa on it and two of us ordered the tacos however we got different salsas on the side. Our waitress was very short with us. Kale salad was limp.
  32. M

    Marie

    Denver

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu and tasty entrees! Awesome margarita flights!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We usually love coming to this place. Great food and service. Not usually too busy. It’s been a great go to spot in 2021. We reserved a table and when we got there, there was a line out the door. The hostess was pretty stressed and did not handle to situation well. They gave our table away to someone else. What’s the point of making a reservation? We were not the only people waiting for a reservation. Will probably be a while before we try this place again.
  34. BG

    BrynnG

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2021

    overall1food1service5ambience1
    10/10 don't recommend. Literally have gotten better food at long John silvers
  35. SA

    ScottA

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The night we were there they were quite busy but the crew worked hard to get us seated appropriately. Overall service was good and food was great. Wait staff and Management were friendly and went out of their way to help. Restaurant week special of octopus was amazing and should be on the menu all the time. Salsa for the cicerones was outstanding
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    We went for restaurant week and enjoyed ourselves. Two of us did the restaurant week menu and the other two did their own choices. In the end the food was prepared quickly but didn’t wow us as much as we were hoping. We definitely enjoyed the Ahi Tuna Burger and the Deervastator. The fish and chips were “ok” and the carnitas nachos were decent but nothing special. We will definitely go back and give it another try. Fun atmosphere and great service!

    Barbed Wire ReefResponded on May 7, 2021Thank you so much for this review! Can't wait to have you back-

  37. JB

    JasonB

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2021

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    We came for restaurant week and the service was good but the value for food was not. We ordered a flight of margaritas and could only drink 1.5 Or 4 between two people. The food was average which would be fine if we paid for average food but $70 for food was not worth it.

    Barbed Wire ReefResponded on May 7, 2021JasonB- thank you for the review and do hope that you try us again.

  38. CE

    CeceliaE

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This restaurant had been on my list for a long time. Restaurant week provided a great opportunity to go there and everything was delicious. Loved the laid back atmosphere.

    Barbed Wire ReefResponded on May 7, 2021So wonderful you had a great time! Can't wait to have you back!!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Come on flavors!! I grew up eating a lot of flavorful seafood so my expectations were a little high when I read their reviews. I ordered ceviche tostada, grilled octopus, ahi sandwich, key lime pie and margaritas. I can honestly say, it had been awhile since I had an awesome meal. Everything was so tasty with great flavors and I still think about that tender grilled octopus with the spicy dressing on the greens every so often. I could’ve had just a huge plate of that if they offered it. My partner got the Brussel sprouts and wild boar tacos and was equally impressed by it all. This place is a must try if you’re looking to try something exotic as they serve up other wild game as well. Theres no dressing up either unless if you really wanted. It’s a chill relaxing vibe all around like you just pulled up to a food truck. I’m definitely coming back here to try out more.

    Barbed Wire ReefResponded on May 7, 2021Wow! Thank you, so happy you had such a great time!!! Come back and see us.

  40. DJ

    DanielJ

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good. Interesting menu. On the loud side

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Barbed Wire Reef using the Order Online button. Barbed Wire Reef also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (720) 242-7042.

Barbed Wire Reef is rated 4.3 stars by 107 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Barbed Wire Reef

4499 W 38th Ave, Unit 102, Denver, CO 80212-2199

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    38th and Utica

  • Neighborhood

    Highlands

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Wild Game, Seafood, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (720) 242-7042

  • Catering

    We are happy to offer catering through our food trucks or our restaurant. We offer customized menus catering to your specific needs. Please contact management@barbedwirereef.com for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Due to new stipulations we are only offering first come first serve outdoor dining! Please enjoy our food for curbside pickup or delivery through uber eats, door dash or Grubhub! Whether you're organizing a corporate luncheon, special wedding, or hoedown throw-down. A customized, gourmet, Barbed Wire Reef menu may be the right grub to make your event, that much more memorable! Please contact management@barbedwirereef.com for more information.

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