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Illegal Pete's

#187 of 2,379 Restaurants in Denver
Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Fast food, Southwestern
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1530 16th St, Denver, CO 80202-1464
+1 303-623-2169
07:00 - 02:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun 09:00 - 00:00
Mon - Wed 07:00 - 00:00
Thu 07:00 - 01:30
Fri 07:00 - 02:30
Sat 09:00 - 02:30
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36 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place offered similar Mexican cuisine to Chipotle, but there were also potatoes and a Bar in the corner with beers on Tap. It was definitely a livelier scene which made a more comfortable vibe for me. Less of an "eat and leave" atmosphere.

Thank Ekrause65
O'Fallon, Illinois
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The service was so terrible and rude here that we didn't wait to order food. We waited for several minutes to be helped and were ignored by the bar tender. Eventually we just left. We talked to several people at another restaurant and they said it's known for the bad service. They did say the food is good if you... More 

Thank Mary716907
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Similar to Chipotle's operations, but much more unique options available and tastier food. Vegetarian green chile was really good!

Thank Krista B
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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94 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Came in here past midnight and the place still had a ton of people and the employees are all very nice. I got the veggie quesadilla with all the veggies and black beans. Not only did it taste really good, the prices for everything on the menu is extremely reasonable.

Thank YumMT2013
Loveland, Colorado
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We love going to Illegal Pete's for lunch. The food tastes amazing and the service is super quick even during lunch rush.

Thank Aleksander G
South Carolina
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139 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Fish Tacos or Fish Burritos are excellent choices to be found among a wide variety of reasonably priced fast prepared Mexican selections. Picnic table outdoor seating available as well as indoor seating with a good bar.

Thank Dotsultant
Denver, Colorado
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121 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Much better local alternative to Chipotle. Great ambiance with a cool and friendly staff. The chicken quesadilla I ordered was delicious. Definitely not soft and droopy like Chipotle makes it. Also get the sopapillas...delicious fried dough perfect for dessert.

Thank Allie S
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Ordered a burrito and the happy hour's choice of margarita over beer. Burrito with excelent flavor and great variety of what you can put in it. Margarita was great chips included. Nice ambiance.

Thank Jorge R
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

We were excited to go here because of the great ratings, however we were disappointed when we walked in and noticed the lack of cleanliness. The people making the food looked like they just left a rock concert, the kitchen area and floor were noticibly dirty and the employee's didn't seem to be the cleanest either. The food was ok,... More 

Thank Memeeee13579
Arlington, Massachusetts
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90 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

If I remember correctly, there is a Chipotle right around the corner from this place, and I don't know how that place is still in business when Illegal Pete's is there. Awesome burritos and great atmosphere. If your in the Denver area and having a craving for Mexican, this is the place hands down.

Thank Andrew A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Fast food, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
09:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 01:30
07:00 - 02:30
09:00 - 02:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1530 16th St, Denver, CO 80202-1464
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Denver>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 303-623-2169

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?