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Corrida’s new gin and tonic cart in Boulder
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Where to Find Tableside Service Around Denver

Bar carts, jamón carts, cannoli carts, and more

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Corrida’s new gin and tonic cart in Boulder
| Jennifer Olson [official]

For better or worse, most of the trappings of traditional fine dining got scrapped some years back as restaurateurs began to take a more casual tack to service. (When was the last time you were presented with a plate beneath a silver cloche by someone wearing white gloves?) But one vestige of old-school showmanship remains: the tableside preparation. In fact, carts are enjoying a bit of a comeback. Here’s where to catch them in action around Denver — and note that, as of May 8, Super Mega Bien will join the list.

Note: Restaurants are ordered geographically rather than ranked. Have another favorite spot for tableside service? Leave a note in the comments or send us a tip.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Corrida

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1023 Walnut St
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 444-1333
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Just in time for patio season, Bryan Dayton and Amos Watts’s new Spanish sensation in Boulder is rolling out a cart with all the makings of a perfect gin and tonic (or gin-tonic, to use the preferred term overseas). Make that six gin and tonics: Named for their flavor profiles, the options range from the Earth with bell pepper, carrot top, and artichoke leaf to the Floral Spice with serrano chile, espresso bean, and grapefruit.

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2. Frasca Food and Wine

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1738 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 442-6966
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Like everything else at Boulder’s No. 1 dining destination, the digestif cart is a head-turner. “Its appearance is very eye-catching,” says bar manager Brent Oberholzer, stocked as it is with everything from “hand-blown grappa bottles to beautiful vintage glassware,” as well as aged Chartreuse, varied amari, and other liquid luxuries. Of course the staff is about as well-versed in the offerings as the distillers themselves could ever be.

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3. Lola Coastal Mexican

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1575 Boulder St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 570-8686
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This LoHi longtimer has been wheeling out the guacamole wagon for as long as we can remember. As well it should: What more festive way to kick off an evening of margaritas and mariscos than by cheering on a server who’s mashing, seasoning, and garnishing our all-time favorite chip dip to order?

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4. Tavernetta

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1889 16th St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 605-1889
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Frasca’s Union Station sibling has a free-wheeler of its own: a bubbly cart. Holding the four sparklers that are regularly available by the glass as well as a fifth bottle du jour, “it’s an engaging and interactive way to build a sparkling-wine culture here in Denver,” general manager Justin Williams explains. Guests have the chance to try something new daily — be it a luxury cuvée, a grower Champagne, or the house Prosecco.

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5. Cooper Lounge

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1701 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 460-3738
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During aperitif hour in Union Station’s luxe mezzanine lounge, hors d’oeuvres from the trolley are yours for the gazing at and grazing on: Think miniature short-rib pot pies, mac-and-cheese croquettes with honeycomb, and yogurt-drizzled, curried chicken satay, as well as oysters some weekends (the selection changes regularly). Cap off the app-fest with a Spanish coffee from the separate drink cart, built and flamed tableside for a little olé flourish.

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6. Hearth & Dram

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1801 Wewatta St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-0979
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Order anything off the reserve list at this Union Station glamour haven — be it an ultra-premium whiskey or an upgrade on a classic cocktail — and you’ll have front-row seats to the greatest show on wheels, as the bartender works mixological magic from behind the beverage cart. (Hotel guests who spring for the amenity of a $150 tasting can view it in the privacy of their own room.)

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7. Urban Farmer Denver

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1659 Wazee St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 262-6070
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Just steps away from Kachina, another Sage Hospitality property rolls out the red carpet — or at least the silver cart — for guests with a taste for drama. Chef Chris Starkus and the team at this contemporary LoDo steakhouse not only whip up steak tartare but also sauté mushrooms in garlic butter and Marsala and, depending on market availability, fillet and serve salt-crusted whole fish to boot — all before your very eyes.

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8. Kachina Cantina

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1890 Wazee St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 460-2728
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Tacos rock, but tamales on trolleys rule — which is why this Southwestern kitchen celebrates Tamale Tuesdays each week from 5 p.m. onward. From a cart loaded up with corn husk–wrapped and steamed masa pockets, proteins, cheeses, salsas, and garnishes, diners can mix and match ingredients to their heart’s, gut’s, and wallet’s content at $5 a pop.

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9. French 75

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717 17th St Ste B
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 405-7575
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Garlic, anchovies, and roughage aren’t exactly the stuff of romance. Unless, that is, they’re being incorporated into a Caesar salad tableside for two, as at Frank Bonanno’s bistro. Then they work like a charm — a salty, tangy, crisp and crunchy charm.

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10. Barcelona Wine Bar

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2900 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 816-3300
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Here’s another Spanish newcomer with floor flair: This RiNo hot spot carves the prized ham known as jamón Mangalica for up-close and personal viewing pleasure. And they do it right — the Connecticut-based chain employs a cortador, or trained cutter, to teach servers how to handle the leg with TLC.

Troy Lilly [official]

11. Quality Italian

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241 Columbine St
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 532-8888
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Last but not least, this Cherry Creek chophouse offers not one, not two, but three different tableside experiences. At dinner, the lobster that tops the rigatoni gets flambéed in vodka sauce on the mobile burner. (The baked clams are sauced when served too.) For dessert, eaters can watch as the cream’s piped into a birthday-cake or chocolate-coffee cannoli. And come brunch, the roving Bellini cart’s in business to ply diners with the namesake libation in flavors like white peach and cucumber-lime.

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1. Corrida

1023 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302
Jennifer Olson [official]

Just in time for patio season, Bryan Dayton and Amos Watts’s new Spanish sensation in Boulder is rolling out a cart with all the makings of a perfect gin and tonic (or gin-tonic, to use the preferred term overseas). Make that six gin and tonics: Named for their flavor profiles, the options range from the Earth with bell pepper, carrot top, and artichoke leaf to the Floral Spice with serrano chile, espresso bean, and grapefruit.

1023 Walnut St
Boulder, CO 80302

2. Frasca Food and Wine

1738 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
Frasca Food and Wine [official]

Like everything else at Boulder’s No. 1 dining destination, the digestif cart is a head-turner. “Its appearance is very eye-catching,” says bar manager Brent Oberholzer, stocked as it is with everything from “hand-blown grappa bottles to beautiful vintage glassware,” as well as aged Chartreuse, varied amari, and other liquid luxuries. Of course the staff is about as well-versed in the offerings as the distillers themselves could ever be.

1738 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302

3. Lola Coastal Mexican

1575 Boulder St, Denver, CO 80211
Big Red F [official]

This LoHi longtimer has been wheeling out the guacamole wagon for as long as we can remember. As well it should: What more festive way to kick off an evening of margaritas and mariscos than by cheering on a server who’s mashing, seasoning, and garnishing our all-time favorite chip dip to order?

1575 Boulder St
Denver, CO 80211

4. Tavernetta

1889 16th St, Denver, CO 80202
Zoe Perlmutter/Tavernetta

Frasca’s Union Station sibling has a free-wheeler of its own: a bubbly cart. Holding the four sparklers that are regularly available by the glass as well as a fifth bottle du jour, “it’s an engaging and interactive way to build a sparkling-wine culture here in Denver,” general manager Justin Williams explains. Guests have the chance to try something new daily — be it a luxury cuvée, a grower Champagne, or the house Prosecco.

1889 16th St
Denver, CO 80202

5. Cooper Lounge

1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202
Denver Union Station [official]

During aperitif hour in Union Station’s luxe mezzanine lounge, hors d’oeuvres from the trolley are yours for the gazing at and grazing on: Think miniature short-rib pot pies, mac-and-cheese croquettes with honeycomb, and yogurt-drizzled, curried chicken satay, as well as oysters some weekends (the selection changes regularly). Cap off the app-fest with a Spanish coffee from the separate drink cart, built and flamed tableside for a little olé flourish.

1701 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202

6. Hearth & Dram

1801 Wewatta St, Denver, CO 80202
Halle Jones/Hearth & Dram

Order anything off the reserve list at this Union Station glamour haven — be it an ultra-premium whiskey or an upgrade on a classic cocktail — and you’ll have front-row seats to the greatest show on wheels, as the bartender works mixological magic from behind the beverage cart. (Hotel guests who spring for the amenity of a $150 tasting can view it in the privacy of their own room.)

1801 Wewatta St
Denver, CO 80202

7. Urban Farmer Denver

1659 Wazee St, Denver, CO 80202
Urban Farmer/Facebook

Just steps away from Kachina, another Sage Hospitality property rolls out the red carpet — or at least the silver cart — for guests with a taste for drama. Chef Chris Starkus and the team at this contemporary LoDo steakhouse not only whip up steak tartare but also sauté mushrooms in garlic butter and Marsala and, depending on market availability, fillet and serve salt-crusted whole fish to boot — all before your very eyes.

1659 Wazee St
Denver, CO 80202

8. Kachina Cantina

1890 Wazee St, Denver, CO 80202
Camila Navarrette/Eater

Tacos rock, but tamales on trolleys rule — which is why this Southwestern kitchen celebrates Tamale Tuesdays each week from 5 p.m. onward. From a cart loaded up with corn husk–wrapped and steamed masa pockets, proteins, cheeses, salsas, and garnishes, diners can mix and match ingredients to their heart’s, gut’s, and wallet’s content at $5 a pop.

1890 Wazee St
Denver, CO 80202

9. French 75

717 17th St Ste B, Denver, CO 80202
Bonanno Concepts [official]

Garlic, anchovies, and roughage aren’t exactly the stuff of romance. Unless, that is, they’re being incorporated into a Caesar salad tableside for two, as at Frank Bonanno’s bistro. Then they work like a charm — a salty, tangy, crisp and crunchy charm.

717 17th St Ste B
Denver, CO 80202

10. Barcelona Wine Bar

2900 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Troy Lilly [official]

Here’s another Spanish newcomer with floor flair: This RiNo hot spot carves the prized ham known as jamón Mangalica for up-close and personal viewing pleasure. And they do it right — the Connecticut-based chain employs a cortador, or trained cutter, to teach servers how to handle the leg with TLC.

2900 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

11. Quality Italian

241 Columbine St, Denver, CO 80206
Brittany Resnick/Quality Italian

Last but not least, this Cherry Creek chophouse offers not one, not two, but three different tableside experiences. At dinner, the lobster that tops the rigatoni gets flambéed in vodka sauce on the mobile burner. (The baked clams are sauced when served too.) For dessert, eaters can watch as the cream’s piped into a birthday-cake or chocolate-coffee cannoli. And come brunch, the roving Bellini cart’s in business to ply diners with the namesake libation in flavors like white peach and cucumber-lime.

241 Columbine St
Denver, CO 80206

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