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5960 S. Holly St. (Orchard St.) Send to Phone
Robust flavors, friendly service and a range of tequilas make this one of the city's best places for Southwest-inspired cuisine.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Ocotillo Restaurant Review

: Like its namesake, a beautiful but little-known desert plant with gangly, green and surprisingly spiky arms, Ocotillo isn't the trendiest place to eat in tony Greenwood Village. But the lively flavors, genuine service and myriad tequilas found inside create a lasting impression. Tech Center businessmen, stroller-toting parents, and couples flock to the dimly lit dining room, while hip singles snag a seat around the outdoor fire pit or bustling bar. It is absolutely necessary to start with an order of guacamole, prepared tableside. We prefer Ocotillo style to the original recipe; its satisfying chunks of black beans and corn, and chipotle crema, are irresistible. For lunch, try the Southwestern B.L.T.---chile-dusted brown sugar bacon on focaccia with a salad of cucumber and jicama---but every dish is elevated by the addition of thick-cut sweet-potato fries, served with a bourbon-and-red-chile ketchup. Standout dinner entrées include the maple-glazed salmon, served on a cedar plank and topped with a dollop of cinnamon butter; and the Hatch chile chicken, crusted in manchego cheese and slathered in a thick, deep-red chile sauce. Our favorite dessert is an order of buñuelos, light little fritters dusted with cinnamon sugar and served with gelato.


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