City O' City

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206 E 13th Ave, Denver, Colorado, USA, 80203

A down-tempo coffee house and bar. Full menu and thin crust vegetarian and vegan pizzas. Serves breakfast til 5pm and the full lunch and dinner menu from 11am-2am. Offers options made without gluten including pizza and various bakery items. Car parking requires a fee. Open Mon 12:00am-2:00am, Mon-Sun 7:00am-2:00am.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Pizza, Take-out, Bakery

91 Reviews

First Review by rainfall2008

Super tasty and trendy - Edit

This is a great part of Denver. The menu features dishes from the tastiest countries around the world, such as South Korea, Mexico, and Italy. The waffles are fantastic, and they always have a new Waffle of the Week (WOW) to look forward to. I love this place. The only downside is they go super heavy on the salt, onions, garlic. Always a great place to go with friends, sure to be fun and satisfy all.

Pros: Downtown – easy to access location , Great people, Staff always fun and friendly

Cons: Too much salt and oil in ingredients., Busy, we need more vegan restaurants in Denver!, They can be busy, but it means they're good!

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Try it - Edit

There were tons of choices and if it wasn't vegan, almost everything on the menu could be made vegan. Must be a local favorite because we went in there on a Sunday at 2 p.m. and there was a 30-40 minute wait. I had the bbq bowl with seitan and it was so good. Best vegan mac and cheese I've had in a restaurant.

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incredible - Edit

I love that this place is open late night. Buff wrap is where it's at!!!

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Ho Hos! - Edit

Good food. And home baked Ho Hos!

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Casual and Good - Edit

Very popular--went on a Sunday night around 6, if we would have waited for a table it would have been an hour. We sat at the coffee bar (they also have a cocktail bar) and had the best server (Sam Olken). After much deliberation, decided on Miso Cauliflower & Shishito Peppers and a Chipotle Quinoa Bowl. Both were flavorful, but the Quinoa bowl lacked color and the vegetables were sparse. I don't even remember seeing any except for the greens. The dessert was s'mores in a small ball jar-over-the-top sweet and hard to keep myself to "just a taste". I will be back to try the Pumpkin Curry Pasta and the Udon Noodle Bowl.

Pros: Great service from Sam, Lively young crowd , Perfect portion sizes

Cons: Noisy, Cluttered, You might have to pay to park

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Yummy vegan options - Edit

I ate here for breakfast one day and lunch another day. I give the food 4-1/2 stars.. We shared a waffle and a skillet for breakfast. For lunch we had fried ravioli (turns out they aren't my kind of thing), curried carrot soup, roasted beet and cauliflower salad and some kind of rice bowl. All of that was very tasty. Breakfast was fast and easy. Lunch took a long time. I think we waited almost an hour for the food and then had to scarf it down since we had to be somewhere. It's definitely a super casual place. BTW, we didn't get dessert here but it turns out that the vegan bakery literally around the corner supplies some of their desserts. I had stopped in there while waiting for our lunch and everything I bought there is super delicious (Make. Believe Bakery. I will review them under their listing.

Pros: Wide variety of vegan options, Open long hours

Cons: Long wait times during peak hours

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Fantastic! - Edit

I love this place! Almost everything can be made vegan. I believe all their desserts are vegan. Lots of healthy options and sooooooo delicious! Strong coffee!

Update: Still amazing! Try the waffle with chicken-fried cauliflower. And the pastries. Yum yum yum!

Pros: Delicious, Lots Of Choices, Affordable

Cons: None

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Great food, great service! - Edit

Recommended by a friend, this place was amazing! It was really busy, so had to wait a little for space and ended up eating at the bar, but still totally worth it! All the dishes we had were fantastic, especially the Wings from the appetizers list. They were really flavorful! I would highly recommend this place when visiting Denver.

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perfection - Edit

everything was absolutely amazing!! i love the fried ravioli, fries, & chicken and waffles

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Favourite Denver spot for Vegan food - Edit

I love City o' City. It's the noisier, hipster sister restaurant to the famous Watercourse.

Salads, pizza, and breakfast options are all amazing. The best items I've had there are: biscuits and gravy (the biscuits have shreds of carrot and zucchini in them and a totally amazing "sausage" vegan gravy), crispy breakfast potatoes, tempeh bacon hash (loaded with yummy veggies), and the vegan version of the Sardou sandwich. They have various desserts available and their bakery items are all excellent (and mostly all vegan) -- the infamously delicious ding-dong cupcake is the same as at Watercourse.

Note: while the Watercourse is all vegan, City o' City does serve eggs and cheese on some items (all clearly marked on the menu) so it's a nice breakfast option for omnis. We've taken egg-eating relatives here and they've loved the food just as much as the vegans in the family. It's also extremely crowded especially on weekends and noisy. Be prepared to bring a good book with you because you'll be waiting. It's so worth it though.

I'm glad I don't live next door to this place or I'd weigh 900 pounds.

Updated from previous review on 2017-07-24

Pros: fantastic vegan options, biscuits and gravy

Cons: noisy, super long wait time

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Dog Friendly! - Edit

It's so rare that I go to a restaurant and feel overwhelmed with options, delicious options at that. The food was yummy, and a huge added bonus was the outdoor dog friendly seating!

Pros: Can Veganize almost everything on the menu

Cons: Slow service

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Best food of your life - Edit

I have been vegan for 9 years and this is hands down the best vegan food I've ever eaten. City O' City has perfected vegan food. We ate here 3 times on a 4 day trip. If you can only eat at one place you must pick here!

For breakfast I got the sardou made vegan - dynamite
The PB &J waffles were not as good as they sound.
I also had a pina colada scone that was flakey and soft.

-Curried carrot soup was good
-Kimchi pancakes are good, but very strong!
-Korean bbq tacos were out of this world! (I don't recommend the cauliflower tacos)
-The savory waffle is absolutely amazing and a must have!
--The bbq bowl was also quite delicious.
-The chicken and waffles was decent, but there is an odd tasting sauce that coats the cauliflower before it is fried. I'm not sure I would get it again.

The smores dessert is insanely rich and delicious.


Updated from previous review on 2017-07-18

Pros: amazing food , open early till late , nice atmosphere

Cons: it's not closer to where I live

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Great great food - Edit

I love this restaurant. We've eaten here a number of times and will continue to.

Get the El Jeffe

Updated from previous review on Saturday December 20, 2014


Updated from previous review on 2015-02-24

Pros: inexpensive , fun, tasty

Cons: crowded, loud, not fast

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Absolutely wonderful! - Edit

We went to City O' City based on Happy Cow reviews. Totally fabulous! I love going to a restaurant where I can order *anything* on the menu, instead of being limited to the few vegan options that some restaurants have. We took my 82 year-old parents. Not the best idea, because they had the impression it was a "hippie" place. But my mom's waffle with acai berry compote made her totally happy. I ordered the Korean tacos, and was in heaven. I will be making my own version of them tomorrow for my husband, who wasn't traveling with us. So far so excellent! My sister loved her huevos (yes, they serve eggs, but you can opt out). My dad was less than thrilled with his biscuits and gravy, though. He orders that for breakfast everywhere, and this version was gluten-free with vegan gravy. My sister and I tried it and loved it, though. I think my parents missed their sausage and bacon, but, hey. Welcome to my world, mom & dad. My sis and I even ordered kimchi pancakes to go, which we had the next morning. They were almost as fabulous re-heated. I will definitely be returning to the scene of this great meal next time I'm in Denver. And I wholeheartedly recommend this restaurant!! I can't wait to go back. (That will take 12 hours traveling, and I'm still psyched.)

Pros: All veg, and everything has a vegan option, Fantastic food, well prepared, attention to detail, Just yummy. Worth getting there.

Cons: Getting there. Traffic in Denver is insane., Umm, probably don't take your elderly parents.

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smasheasy 04 Jul 2017 - Others have posted about long waits, but we didn't have to wait even 2 minutes for a table. Depends when you go, I guess!
 


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Great variety - Edit

I had the BBQ 'ribs' bowl & although the sauce was a bit overpowering, it was still really yummy.
Would have liked to sample much more of the menu.

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Must Visit in Denver - Edit

I love City O'City, and every time I am in Denver I hit it up once if not multiple times. The menu is large, all vegetarian, mostly vegan, and everything I've had has been good.
There is really something for whatever you are in the mood for. If you feel like splurging and ordering less than healthy fare, you can get seitan wings, fried vegan ravioli, vegan poutine, their breakfast sandwhich loaded with tofu and french fries...the list goes on. But they do have some healthier options, such as the kimchi stew or the udon bowl.
They offer brunch, are open and serving food until 2 AM (fantastic), and have all vegan desserts. I can't imagine going to Denver and not making it to City O'City. It's a person favorite.

Pros: All vegan, Huge Menu, Delicious food

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Favorite Brunch Spot - Edit

We visit City O' City on a regular basis for a late weekend brunch. The new items on the menu are awesome!! Current obsessions: Chicken and Waffles (original and chipolte are both fantastic), Fried Ravioli are amazing!!!, and all the new tacos are delicious!... not new, but the classic Breakfast Burrito has never disappointed in years of ordering. We always get a side of breakfast potatoes. They are perfection. Great for lunch and dinner too, but we usually only make it for brunch since it is not in our neighborhood.

Pros: really, really tasty, vegan comfort food, hip spot

Cons: parking is difficult, long wait time

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Wonderful! - Edit

I was in Denver for a few weeks this past summer, and I somehow didn't discover City O' City until I was about to leave!

The atmosphere is trendy, but I didn't love it. I'm not a dark restaurant kind of girl, and we had to sit at the bar because it was crowded. (I prefer a table.) We also had to wait somewhere between 30-45 minutes to get in, so be prepared for that possibility. When we did it was quite loud, so talking was difficult. While I didn't love the atmosphere, you really can't fault a restaurant for being popular.

That said, the food and the service more than made up for any atmospheric gripes I had. Even though they were packed to the gills, the wait staff was very attentive and helpful. The food took a while to come out (again, because they were very busy, I assume), but when it did, it was TO DIE FOR. I can't remember what we had, but I can remember it was the best food we ate in Denver. There are a good number of clearly-labeled vegan options, too.

Pros: amazing food, helpful and attentive wait staff, many clearly-labeled vegan options

Cons: dark and crowded, long wait, portions could be bigger for the price

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smasheasy 04 Jul 2017 - Dark, crowded, loud. I'd love to see an upscale re-make of the atmosphere, because the food is way elevated compared to the scene.
 


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Good breakfast and happy hour - Edit

I had the special with green chile tofu, biscuit and potatoes, good meal, with unlimited coffee, reasonably priced. A good atmosphere and good service as well. I have since come back regularly for the happy hour; the bbq seitan, carrot soup and greens are excellent.

Note: I've encountered inconsistent interpretations of what the open seating is during happy hour. I know they get quite busy then, but having a uniform interpretation of where single patrons can sit and not have to wait for a table is not too much to ask.





Updated from previous review on 2016-12-30

Pros: Food, Atmosphere

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my favorite restaurant ever - Edit

This is the best place I've ever eaten, ever. The fried chicken (cauliflower) and waffles.....out of this world. My husband and I ate here three times in one week aaaand got a fourth meal to go. Every thing we had between us was perfect. The buffalo tofu wrap....WOW. Perfect desserts. You often have to wait but 1,000% worth it. They're open until 2 a.m. which was fantastic- we went after a concert at Red Rocks. Servers were very friendly. Cant wait to return!

Pros: vegetarian , amazing atmosphere , has brunch and also open late-night

Cons: there's not one in my town, they can't deliver to TN , parking can be a challenge

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Love it eventho... - Edit

I love this place. Every time I'm in Denver I want to eat here. My faves are the Udon Noodle Bowl and the El Jefe: Stupendous! However, the service is inconsistent: Sometimes absolutely lovely; other times they treat me like a pest. Which I find really ironic, because there is literally an entire city of mice living there, running around, dodging people's feet and gathering crumbs. I dont entirely fault them. They open up the entire corner to create an open-air atmosphere when weather permits. What can I say, I'm a risk taker. It's worth it for the El Jefe burger. Have a glass of wine and watch the mice play. They're adorable.

Pros: Diverse menu, stupendous veg burger

Cons: Occasionally crabby staff and adorable mice

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ew - Edit

food was bad, just bad. 'mac & cheese' was just overcooked pasta with a wet, flavorless sauce. bbq tofu was dry and burnt and luke warm like it was sitting on the flat-top all afternoon.
our server was inattentive and seemed more interested in chatting with the bartender than the customers.
the restrooms were DISGUSTING. no paper towels and hand soap with a very strong perfume which was all i could smell on my hands while eating. maybe graffiti is cool in a rock venue or dive bar or something but not where im eating. gross.

Pros: location, big menu

Cons: gross food, gross restrooms, poor value

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Not Great Service / Average Food At Best - Edit

I saw great reviews for this restaurant, so decided to try it. I sat at the counter, as the restaurant seemed quite crowded. It took over 5 minutes before anyone behind the bar noticed I was sitting there, and they were not so busy as not to even hand me a menuI ordered, based on a recommendation from one of the people behind the bar the udon. I found it to be very salty, and just not that good.The restaurant was far too loud for my taste.

Cons: too loud, not so great food, not good service

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HIP af - Edit

Not only was this place poppin' on the Friday evening we showed up, but vibe was really something. My partner and I put our names in for a 25 minute wait (that ended up being a 45 minute wait, worth it). We're from New England, where our veg options are much more limited so the ability to have anything on the menu was delightful. We had the miso cauliflower and the smoky tempeh salad to start. DIVINE. For the main course, we had both the pasta gremolata and the udon noodle bowl- which had the best damn broth I've ever had. Spicy and complex, words do it no justice. You will regret not going here. I only wish we had come once more before leaving Denver.

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Flavor Overload - Edit

I love trying different vegan friendly restaurants when I travel. I found City O' City in Denver and ordered a cup of carrot-ginger soup and the Buff Wrap. The soup was quite good, though the ginger flavor over-powered the carrot flavor, I did like the roasted nuts added to the soup. The Buff Wrap was VERY hot & spicy; it was roasted seitan in a very hot BBQ sauce, with nice crisp lettuce in a flour tortilla wrap. I'd give the meal a B+, tasty but not over-the-top delicious. The atmosphere was uber-hipster and super fast service. I sat at the coffee bar and was tempted to try a latte and cookie for dessert but was too full. Maybe next time!

Pros: creative vegan dishes, friendly staff & quick service

Cons: very funky environment-not bad but just a heads up

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awesome - Edit

Awesome food and super friendly staff. the tempeh hash with both gravies was amazing mouth-orgasm territory. Love the bakery case is all vegan. Got some great day old cookies for cheap. would definitely recommend!

Pros: vegan bakery case, tons of vegan options , friendly staff

Cons: street parking

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excellent vegan gf food - Edit

What more can you ask for? Staff is awesome.
Food is YUMMY! (The street tacos were the best) great options for drinks and quirky music.

Must visit in Denver!

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