Monday, May 12, 2014

Restaurant review - WaterCourse Foods

For those of you new to my restaurant reviews, my reviews are based on delicious vegan food and on great service. Both are equally important to me.

Two weeks ago WaterCourse Foods announced that they had become an all-vegan restaurant. After 16 years of being a vegetarian restaurant, they introduced this idea to their staff on a Monday morning and introduced an incredible, new menu to the public shortly afterwards.

Prior to that Monday, I can count on one hand the amount of times I had been to WaterCourse in the past six years. Since that Monday, I have been four times. I have been twice with Mike and twice on my own. Between the two dinners and the two lunches, I have tried many of the new items. All of this is to say that my review is based on good, solid research.

Note: Before I stopped frequenting WaterCourse, I was quite the regular and WaterCourse was a huge part of my life. They even catered our wedding in 2005. 

Also for new readers, I do not review a restaurant until I have dined there at least three times. This makes sure I can make a fair review.

I love WaterCourse milk shakes. Love them. Great flavors, and now you can order one with just the glass filled (with no extra) which makes me feel better. Definitely try a milkshake.

Mike and I both LOVE the new cauliflower wings. They are delicious, flavorful, and not as filling as seitan wings.

New items include the jack fruit tacos. I highly recommend these. More flavor and great taste. The new deviled eggs are delicious as well. They are purple, which seems to be a turn off for some people but if you can get past that you'll be pleasantly surprised with the flavor.
Breakfast is served all day. I have loved the Amsterdam Hash since it was first on a menu and I still do. Now it comes in its own cast iron pan!

There are many new dinner entrees, including chicken and waffles! The Monti pasta is still on the menu and I had that last night. Loved it.
 I don't drink but noticed they have a good selection of beer and wine as well as pitchers of Sangria and Mimosas.

They all have fresh juices available.

I have many times not returned to a restaurant because of poor service. There came a point in my life when I was done with having to apologize to a server for getting in their way by showing up for a meal. Service is crucial.

All four times I was at WaterCourse in the past two weeks the service was incredible. Friendly, quick, attentive and the server even recommended favorite items. Several folks have told me recently that they stopped going to WaterCourse because of the poor service. To all of them I say it's OK to go back. If you get treated anywhere close to how I have been treated, you will be delighted. Of the four servers I have had, all rocked it. If I were to pick one that you could ask for, I'd go with Nathan.

Finally, I noticed that their price points had lowered. I think everything is priced fairly and I think WaterCourse is pretty affordable.

I so enjoy WaterCourse Foods now that I added them to my list of favorite places to eat in Denver on our blog.

Check them out. Even if you had sworn them off, check them out. You won't regret it, I promise.

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Thank you for reading! 


  1. Thanks so much for this review, Dan! I have been hesitant to go back to WaterCourse as I did not like anything on their previous menu. Can't wait to try it again!

  2. Yes, thank you. I *did* go back a few days after they evolved to an all vegan menu and thoroughly enjoyed the green chili red bean burger with sweet potato waffle fries. My main reason for not visiting Watercourse more often was because of the noise. Even during off hours, it was close to unbearable. It wasn't necessarily the customers either; it was the "background" music.

    This time I sat outside as it was a nice sunny and warm day (remember those?) I will go back as the jackfruit BBQ sounds amazing.

  3. Tried it for the first time last night, and the food was great! Loved the cauliflower wings as well, but we got half and half BBQ/Buffalo with the sauces on the side so we could just dip, and it was great! All the food was tasty, but I'm bummed to say that our service was still pretty lousy. We were sitting for about 5-10 minutes before we even got water and menus :( hopefully that was just a fluke...

  4. Thanks, Dan and Mike! Great post - and great news!!

  5. The street tacos are delicious!!! My husband and I are addicted. I am hoping to try the banana bread french toast very soon!

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  7. You should try it opinion, it's gone downhill in the last 8 months since they've changed ownership.

  8. You should try it opinion, it's gone downhill in the last 8 months since they've changed ownership.