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. Open Mon-Sun 9:00am-11:00pm.

Category: Vegan, American, International, Beer/Wine

Reviews (141)

First Review by A.Z.P.

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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Crab Cake - Edit

The crab cake had amazing taste and texture served on a bed of arugula with house made sauce. The flavors go together very well.

The Cuban sandwich was very good with a crispy crunch and good flavor, but the mac and cheese was just ok.

I'll try to return soon!

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This place is insane - Edit

Not only is this place super cute, but their food is the bomb. I wish I had been able to try everything on the menu because it was so hard to choose! I got a po-boy and I never wanted it to end. The breakfasts look out of this world!

Pros: Really cute space, Awesome food, Super duper breakfasts

Cons: None!

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Great fish n chips - Edit

Enjoyed the seitan buffalo wings here but the real star was the tofu fish n chips. My girlfriend said she thought the fries were the best she'd had in at least two years - and she eats a lot of fries!

Pros: Excellent service, Excellent food

Cons: Buffalo sauce was pretty vinegary, Forgot our appetiser and so it came after the main

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Not what I expected - Edit

I always check out vegan restaurants when traveling, and the reviews for Watercourse Foods made it sound enchanting.

I placed a to-go order on Thursday, early evening, after some hassle (no one answered, left a message, no return call after 15 minutes, and then I called back to connect with a human ... whew).

Order:
Seaweed Salad
Cauliflower Wings
Nachos
Cuban Sandwich
Atlas Sandwich

It was okay. Not amazing, not great, but okay.

My favorite items were the seaweed salad and Cuban Sandwich.

The high salt content blew out my taste buds for the nachos.

And the fried cauliflower was greasy, but had no taste. It must depend mostly on the sauce.

On the whole, I just wasn't taken by the flavors. No dish was enticing enough to finish (though, my pups enjoyed every bite!)

The staff was great, accommodating and helpful. And they seemed quite cheerful.

So, perhaps my expectations were artificially high following my review perusal. Or, I missed the importance of ambiance since I ate in my hotel room.

To give them their due, Watercourse Foods faces some stiff competition since I've tasted great vegan food all over the United States and Canada.

And, admittedly, I have always found the food of Colorado to be ... bland (my grandmother lives in the state).

Would I visit again? Yes. But, I would not psyche myself up for the experience.

Pros: Happy Staff, Good Portion Sizes, Excellent To-Go packing

Cons: Not Flavorful, Too Greasy

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Always a pleasure eating here - Edit

My husband is an omni so we usually don't eat at strictly vegan restaurants. this is one vegan restaurant he actually looks forward to! everything is delicious! Try the sweet potato cinnamon roll and the "hoho". And the chorizo hash. Soooo goood! And the milkshake. Anything. That's what I'm trying to say. It's all good! Also the service rocks!

Pros: all vegan, delicious

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Good times at water course - Edit

Had enjoyable time. Food was good and fast. Call in advance for reservations, we went on a sat. night and they were packed. Kid/family friendly.
patrons and staff were great. They were out of Kombucha :(. How could that be? Now I crave Gluten Free/Raw choices.

Pros: Great food, Fast service

Cons: Parking ain't easy

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incredibly good - Edit

It's amazing.
However, I've had tons on the menu and omg
Seitan wings, cauliflower wings, etc. I have a very picky palate too. and if you have a refined palate you will die for the watermelon radish seaweed salad. Literally die. Forest, the chef is a gd genius. Exquisite.
I'll try to be balanced, the only negative is maybe (unless you like cashew cheese) the mac and cheese is a bit dry for me. And I miss the dessert case.

Pros: food esp watermelon radish seaweed, friendly staff , appropriate pricing

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LOVE - Edit

This place is amazing. We ate here twice in our stay in Denver. The buffalo cauliflower wings were out of the world as was the tofish sandwich. We also enjoyed breakfast- my husband and I couldn't stop going on and on about how good it all was to each other. Our waitress, Mary Jane, was super awesome and nice and friendly and it was all just a perfect experience! Will definitely return here.

Pros: all vegan , mind-blowingingly delicious , friendly staff, great atmosphere

Cons: there's not one in my town, I can't order online and get it delivered to T

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An all-time favorite! - Edit

Farm to table concept, but all vegan! I over-ate. I couldn't resist getting a latte and dessert, after already having a delicious entree, and sharing an appetizer. I was totally over the moon; everything was so exciting and delicious. It is such a comfort, too, to be able to order anything: mac-n-cheese, ice cream, a latte... and not have to worry about ingredients.

Pros: Classy, thoughtful, delicious

Cons: Kind of loud

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mmmm mmmm! - Edit

I was in heaven eating a gravy and salsa smothered breakfast burrito, using a biscuit to slop up some of that gravy. it seems like the menu might have changed (I haven't been in town in quite a while) but it all looks like it would be amazing.

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Really good food - Edit

I am visiting Denver so I used my app to find me a vegan place to eat. I could not be happier about the fact that I was able to eat here! The Cuban sandwich was amazing! I also got onion rings and a chocolate and peanut butter shake to go. All were very good. The staff was super friendly as well. I'm in town for another day and I will probably go back here again tomorrow.

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food and dessert aplenty - Edit

We stopped in while visiting Denver based on their brunch menu, specifically the Big Rig selection, and the kid friendly options as well. We were not disappointed. In fact, it exceeded our expectations! I would not hesitate to recommend this place to family, friend or foe alike.

Pros: Variety for all moods, Those desserts!, Nice atmosphere

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great place - Edit

good atmosphere, though maybe a little loud. the cauliflower wing app is delicious. taco entree is also fantastic. the jack fruit app is not so good. if you get a fried app, don't get one of the southern platters since they also have fried cauliflower-altogether too heavy. overall, well worth it!

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New owners = Poor food and service - Edit

We used to LOVE going here because the service was friendly and quick, the food was made with pride and love, and the prices were reasonable. As the place was slowly being handed down to new owners, the prices raised up about $3-$5 per dish, the food started tasting saltier and cheaper, and the service became EXTREMELY slow. We recently went there hoping we would have a different experience but, yet again were totally disappointed. We arrived at 6:10 a bit after the dinner rush thinking it would be more calm and didn't get our food (easy stuff: breakfast burrito, and Mac n cheez) until about 7:15. We were offered NO accommodations while we were told several times by the server "yeah sorry it's taking so long" as we sat and stared at empty water cups.

We both threw in the towel and agreed once and for all that this was the LAST chance we were giving watercourse. We're excited to hear that the old owner is considering opening up a new restaurant sometime in the future. We refuse to give any more of our money to watercourse again. With all of the QUALITY vegan restaurants to choose from in the area, we won't be missing out on anything.

Pros: The restaurant is 100% vegan

Cons: Long wait, Poor food quality, Lousy service

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Outstanding vegan restaurant -a must stop - Edit

Wow! We live in Toronto which has many terrific vegan restaurants and have travelled to NYC, Boston, Chicago and many other parts of the US. It is quite possible that Watercourse is our favourite vegan restaurant ever. The food was outstanding, especially the pretzel, the corn dog and the pancakes. The freshly squeezed juice was excellent as well. Perhaps the best feature was the attached bakery complete with a wide range of delicious vegan baked goods and milkshakes. Watercourse was the first restaurant to receive perfect scores from every family member and was the winner of our 2014 road trip “Restaurant Wars”. If you go to Denver go to Watercourse!!

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Great vegan restaurant - Edit

Our lunch at Watercourse rated very highly among all restaurants we've tried. We jerk crab cakes as appetizer, ruk kora salad (lovely), Watercourse burger (great), Thai curry, and southern plate (breaded cauliflower chicken). The key lime pie was wonderful. This was a really great place to dine in.

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One of my favorites... - Edit

Everyone else has already said what needs to be said. This place is delicious. They serve breakfast options all day long which is a huge plus in my book. They have an awesome selection of food, drinks and dessert. This is definitely one of the best vegan restaurants I've been to.

Pros: seitan wings , spiked shakes and alcohol menu, service

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