The Ponti at Denver Art Museum

100 W 14th Ave, Denver, CO 80204, USA

About The Ponti at Denver Art Museum

4.1 / 5

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    Marshall Can
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    December 20, 2023

    We popped in for a VERY QUICK bite, so we didn't linger or take in the menu. We split the Brussels Sprouts salad and it DID NOT DISAPPOINT! Chefs kiss! Was hankering for a temperanillo sangria but wasn't available. Full bar but the cocktail menu itself was mostly gin based. Service was sublime and food arrived fast. Would love to.come back and have this salad again and try more from the menu. We had obligations elsewhere so we had to get in and get out.

    Russ Dale
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    October 17, 2023

    The menu showed promise. An eccletic mix of choices. Companion ordered the cheesy grilled cheese and it was cheesy. And salty. The greens, arugula, were salty as well. The whole meal was over salted. Forced to eat it out of the hunger. The pumpkin soup was delicious. The corned tempeh Ruben was crispy and different. The slice of bread on top was basically split in half and in two pieces. The tempeh was very different, almost uneddible. Companion agreed and described it as 'nasty.' Maybe it is an acquired taste. The service was great and beverage refills flowed. Fresh brewed iced tea was yum and strong. I do not think I will go again except maybe to try the desserts. Unfortunately, the experience was a miss, but the outdoor patio was nice. Maybe try it if you need food while at the Denver Art Museum. You might be glad you did. Possibly.

    Huong Dang
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    June 14, 2023

    The vegetarian options were quite bad. The ricotta gnudi had the texture of baby food and an unpleasant flavor. The chilled pea soup was distinctly unsavory. The blueberry lemonade and lavender green tea hit the spot though. I should’ve followed what the other girls beside me did and just stayed for drinks.

    Lon Welsh
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    March 02, 2022

    We had apps, Mains and deserts. Lots of creative ideas and spicing. Pretty reasonable prices for downtown denver and given the high quality of the food. Service was attentive. I like the atmosphere . Only three desert choices, but the two deserts we tried were great. Could use a few more wine by the glass options. Overall a great value.

    Robert Fox
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    December 23, 2021

    I was excited to hear that Jennifer Jasinski, one of my favorites and one of Denver's top chefs, would be consulting for the Art Museum's new restaurant. The menu certainly shows her current interests with its focus on vegetables, ancient grains, and simple, but elegant presentations. I thought the menu was very interesting and well-designed for an art museum lunch crowd. There are a number of starters and small bites, including salad, soup, mezze, vegetables, and seafood. Four sandwiches and a grain bowl make up the middle of the menu. More substantial are a pasta, roast chicken, a vegetarian dish, and a seafood plate, followed by three creative desserts. The menu does have a field day with somewhat obscure and unusual terms for certain ingredients and styles of preparation. Fortunately we all have smartphones these days and can look these things up. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and can explain all of the dishes in detail. I ordered the Cavatelli (a tiny pasta shell that looks like a miniature hot dog bun) which was covered with a lamb sugo (an Italian term for red sauce), pecorino (a hard sheep's milk cheese), tomato confit (tomatoes cooked in oil), and crispy rosemary. OK, OK, a glossary on the back side of the menu might have been helpful. The server explained the dish quite elegantly, however. The presentation of the dish was gorgeous. The mini pasta shells contrasted with the rich color of the lamb, accented by cheese shavings, strips of red tomato, and the bits of green rosemary leaves. Then I tasted it. Most of the lamb was way overcooked and tough. A few pieces were properly cooked and showed how delicious it could have been. The pasta was tough and gummy. The server promised that the sugo would be more like a broth. There was a bit of broth at the bottom of the bowl. I wished there was a lot more as, overall, the dish was very dry. What a disappointment! My friend had the Seared King Salmon. The fish was somewhat awkwardly perched on a bed of Thai black rice and came with Savoy cabbage and a coconut green curry. She said the curry flavor was wonderful. I tried a bite of the salmon. I felt it was improperly cooked and mushy, although the flavor was good. The main part of the space features a long bar and is very elegant. We were seated in the rather drab room to the right of the entrance. This definitely lacks the pizzazz of the rest of the restaurant. Service was very knowledgeable and excellent. Too bad the food was such a disappointment. Please, Chef Jen, could you spend some time in the kitchen to ensure the staff is properly trained on the fine details of execution?

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