Watercourse Foods

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837 E 17th Ave, Denver, Colorado, USA, 80218

Established since 1998 as a vegetarian restaurant and switched to being all vegan in 2014. Offers a wide variety of plant-based comfort food options, including tofu dishes and international plates. Sunny open space. Brunch 7am-3pm on weekends. Open Mon-Wed 7:00am-10:00pm, Thu-Sat 7:00am-11:00pm, Sun 7:00am-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, International, Beer/Wine

157 Reviews

First Review by A.Z.P.

great food. - Edit

The Greek salad with blackened tofu is awesome.

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when in Denver - Edit

Had the nachos and Greek salad. Both were great.

Pros: nice setting , good eats

Cons: pepperoncini were sliced in salad and 4 tops left

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Wow!!! - Edit

Wow what a pleasant surprise! Walked 20 min from my hostel to check that place out, thought I'm going to be there on my own, oh no. The place was packed, the service was wonderful and the food was !!! I was in heaven. Try the seitan wings, you won't be disappointed!

Pros: All vegan! All looks amazing!

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love it - Edit

Spinach dip and mac and cheese! Two things that I don't get to have a lot. They also had some nice beers as well. If I'm ever in Denver again I would stop in.

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Awesome - Edit

Great service, great food.

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love it! - Edit

Came for Saturday brunch. There was a very long line to get a table so I just sat at the bar. Food and service were both great!

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Denver Heaven - Edit

Living proof vegans love food!!! Next time someone ask "what do vegans eat?" Crab them and go to Watercourse!!!

Pros: everything done right!!

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Great food, casual atmosphere/now 100% vegan - Edit

I found the selection of vegan choices here really great. The food was served quickly and was really good. I had dinner here one night and came back for breakfast the next day. The servers were all nice and were willing to answer questions. Obviously I would come here again since I already did!
Watercourse has gone 100% vegan since my last visit to Denver. We are here 3 times this trip sampling a wide variety of the menu. Everything was delicious. How I'd love to have a Watercourse near me. I'd never cook again.... casual restaurant - highly recommended!

Updated from previous review on 2013-05-29

Pros: Great food and 100% vegan, Quick service., Friendly staff.

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Mushy seitan, soggy fries - Edit

Not a pleasant dining experience. The waitress forgot my daughter's drink. My order came without a side of fries, which I was told would come soon. Ten minutes later, I asked our waitress, who said she forgot about them. When the fries arrived, they weren't crisp, but were greasy and soggy. Whoever was manning the fryer was having a bad day, because the cauliflower wings also weren't crisp, like I have had before in other restaurants. My wife and I both got upset stomachs from the food. City o' City is a far superior vegan dining option in Denver.

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Amazing cauliflower wings! - Edit

This place lives up to its reputation! I highly recommend getting the cauliflower wings with both sauces, so delicious! If I lived in Denver I would come here everyday :)

Pros: Cauliflower Wings

Cons: small wait for a table, but it's worth it!

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Delicious - Edit

We had two sandwiches, a side of Mac 'n cheese and a side of sweet potato fries. The Mac 'n cheese I didn't care for much, just didn't like the taste, but the rest was just delicious. We will go back. Price was fair.

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Must visit in Denver - Edit

This is a fantastic restaurant in Denver - now all vegan! - The breakfasts are really good. The tofu bacon, scrambles, "Big Rig" breakfast and breakfast burritos are phenomenal and the sandwiches and salads are yummy. The vegan ding-dong (chocolate stuffed cupcake) is delicious but bring 3 or 4 friends to help you eat it or you'll go into a sugar coma.

The only downside to Watercourse on our last visit were the biscuits and gravy. At their sister restaurant (City o' City) the vegan biscuits and gravy are to-die-for but here the biscuits were tiny, hard, tasteless and the "gravy" was sweet and oily instead of fantastic. They were overpriced and gross.

Everything else here is awesome!

Pros: All vegan, delicious breakfast and brunch

Cons: awful biscuits and gravy

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Absolutely Amazing - Edit

Every single thing here is phenomenal. A completely vegan restaurant that makes it's own cheeses, converts their fry oil into bio-diesel fuel and has a fantastic menu. This place is heaven and is a MUST. Can't say enough good things about it.

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great meal - Edit

We arrived at happy hour and had '$10 sandwiches and $5 appetizers. Cauliflower and nachos were flavorful and sandwiches were yummy

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Great vegan food and good portions - Edit

We came here for lunch and had a great meal. We had the creole crabcake which was very good - deciding if it might be my favorite ever. I had the tomato curry soup which was delicious and The Atlas sandwich which was very good. We also had a fried seitan that came with a biscuit that we really liked.

Pros: nice atmosphere, good sized portions

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Fun & Fresh - Edit

Great tacos and good radish seaweed salad. Cute spot.

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Dream Food Worthy - Edit

We went three times in one week, if that tells you anything. I seriously can't wait for my meat eater family to visit so that I can blow their minds with the food here. I'm almost tempted to go in after writing this, its seriously that good. The Southern Plate, BBQ Pulled Jackfruit, Orange Teriyaki Bowl, Caeser Salad, and the Breakfast sandwich are just some of our favorites. The adult drink selections are pretty great as well, my literal only negative aspect is the one time we did bring a friend, he ordered a beer and a different waiter brought it to the table next to us and of course that table had not ordered it and they were confused, so we informed the waiter it was our friends, but the man at the table said "well i'll take it anyway" and the waiter gave it to him and walked away, thus making my friend wait even longer for his actual beer, our waiter did apologize for the mix up though. OTHERWISE I LOVE LOVE LOVE this place

Pros: Tasty, Staff is helpful with ingredients, Awesome space

Cons: Service

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Must Eat Here! - Edit

By far one of my most favorite restaurants in the world. I travel often and when I'm in town I eat here almost every day. There's not much I haven't had here. Everything I've tried is delicious.

My favorites would be the gluten free waffles, the BBQ cauliflower bites, and their coffee drinks.

Again, you can't go wrong with any choice.

Not only is the food top notch but the ambiance is very inviting and I have often spent hours here with friends.

Pros: lots of gluten free options , high quality foods , not much soy or wheat

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food coma - Edit

Food is on point. I had the caprese salad, biscuits and gravy, buffalo wings, and bacon lol.

Pros: good is sooooo good, many options, breakfast all day, great drinks, service was perfect

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The Tasiest Tofu Scramble - Edit

My omni boyfriend & I visited & had the tofu scramble skillet and the pancakes and it was seriously some of the tastiest food we've had.
Whether you're vegan or not, you will love the food here.

Pros: All vegan menu

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Must Visit in Denver - Edit

I have been going to Watercourse for years now whenever I am in or passing through Denver. I love it. They have a large, 100% vegan menu, with great options that change semi-regularly. The space is large, and the service has always been good.
They have a great selection of sandwiches, wraps, bowls, and entrees. They even have shakes. They didn't have it this last time, but my husband had a vegan steak dinner here once a few years ago that he still talks about. I typically get a sandwich of some sort with a side of their yummy mashed potatoes and gravy.
They also offer a great brunch on Friday, Saturday, and Sundays.

Pros: Large, all vegan menu, Great selection of sandwiches, Vegan shakes!

Cons: There is often a wait, particularly at brunch

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You Have to Eat Here! - Edit

We ate here twice while in Denver! Best meal I had while we were there. Highly recommend Watercourse, I can't wait to go back our next time in town!

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"Wowed" my non-vegetarian friend - Edit

In Denver visiting my college friend (not vegetarian), and she suggested going. Britany, our gracious server, answered all of her questions about what was what. I am not one for foods that imitate meat, so it was between the "Macro Plate" and the "Street Taco Platter". We settled on both and shared. I preferred the "Macro". Tofu was superb! The sauces with the taco plate were tasty, but glad I got them on the side (seemed high fat). My non-vegetarian friend was pleasantly surprised and stated she will be back.

Pros: Britany gets 6 stars for friendly service, Extensive menu, with plenty of options, Large portions

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Loved everything I ate but really slow service - Edit

I rarely get to eat at restaurants where I can eat everything on the menu so when I a place like Watercourse, I'm giddy! I'm sure you could find lower calorie items on the menu but everything I got was on the high end and also seemed high in sodium. Since I don't get to eat like that often, I splurged.

The down side was the slow service. We arrived not long after opening so the restaurant was only half full but it still took them 15 min to seat us. The time between the waiter's visits to our table was lengthy so it took forever to get anything we asked for. They looked under staffed and as the restaurant proceeded to reach capacity it only got worse. I hope they hire more staff!

Pros: All vegan, Tasty

Cons: Slow service

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seitan - Edit

The seitan wings were really good.

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Our Must-Have Every Time - Edit

DIA is a long ways away from Colorado Springs, but we don't mind bc it's the perfect excuse to swing by Watercourse Foods on the drive down. I purposely land hungry and usually spend my time waiting for my flight planning what I'm going to order when I finally get there. Lately, I had been craving Fried Chicken and Mashed Potatoes, so their Chicken Fried Seitan hit the spot! (Vegan 4 years, still get hankerings!) And what should be a humble Caesar salad is downright decadent there.... and the Wizards on Horseback. This place is a must stop for any vegan or future vegan, they are the epitome of vegan as a cuisine!

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A must!! - Edit

We showed up for Easter brunch without a reservation. The place was packed, but they put us outside, which was so nice. The food was excellent. We had the mushroom risotto (amazing) and the french toast (great), as well as scrambled tofu (dry) and mashed potatoes with gravy (good). The staff are very nice.

Pros: excellent vegan food, nice location/ambiance

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