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Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Café
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Taps: 26 / Bottles: 37
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
14694 Orchard Pkwy Ste 700
phone: (303) 450-0789
Reviews by GilGarp:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I've been here twice now (and once to their Denver location) and, overall, it's a great place.
Atmosphere is that of a typical upscale modern restaurant. It's nothing exceptional but it's comfortable. The outdoor area looks like a very pleasant place to sit if it isn't too cold. There are some Belgian beer-related decorations but almost all of it is Chimay, apparently because they supply it for free.
Quality is very good whether refering to beers, food, service, or surroundings.
Service is good - the servers know what's available on tap without looking at the chalkboard and can make an educated recommendation. Other than that, friendly and prompt.
Selection is great if you're into Belgian beer. I would estimate about 20 beers on tap, everything from Carlsberg to ABT 12, and lots of great bottles too. All are served in their respecive branded glassware. Not a Bud in sight (but I bet they have some hidden away in the coolers!)
Food is probably the one great big surprise with this place. Everything I've had at Cheeky Monk has been outstanding! I haven't gotten too adventureous because their entrees can get expensive but their burgers and other sandwiches are fantastic. The frites are excellent as well - thin, crispy, and perfectly seasoned.
Check out their lunch time happy hour from 11-2 where tap beers are half off and there is a short list of $5.99 lunch specials. I've never been disappointed and I'm usually hard to please.
Value: you can't go wrong with 1/2 price but normal prices are a little high. Then again, considering what some places charge for below-average beer, it doesn't seem so bad.
All, in all, a great place to check out for the Belgian beer lover plus great food and good service. I can't wait to go back!
11-04-2010 17:29:40 |
More by GilGarp
More User Reviews:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
It was like heaven on earth. The food was great, the samples were great and the service was top notch. Was also my first time to a belgian beer cafe and since my favorite beers are belgians I am very bias, but it was a great time and can't wait to go back next time I am in Denver.
04-08-2013 19:36:20 |
More by mg3
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Although I rated this a bit pricey (because it is most of the time).. The best deal in town is lunch at the Monk. (11am to 2pm)
$6.99 for food, and almost every beer is 1/2 off.. When many beers are $8-$9 this is a smoking deal. Even stuff from Russian River ends up costing $3-4 during lunch. I typically hit the rotating beer list (which is separate from the regular menu loaded with beers you don't see anywhere else in the state from Belgium).
Can't say that I've ever been there for dinner but if your value minded and want great beer/food (and great service because not many people know about this deal) I'll see you there at lunch..
It's always a good time for a beer,
09-26-2012 15:31:56 |
More by dirtybertie
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Pt. 2 of beerandraiderfan's foray into enemy territory. While my lady and her hot aunt were still out shopping, I jettisoned myself from the Rock Bottom next door, over into the second Cheeky Monk I'd been to in 48 hours (the other one on the hipster side of Denver).
I went to the back bar for some reason. Actually, I don't know if the front one was open. The place was virtually empty. My favorite time to be in a bar. Bartender was a really cool black dude, from Atlanta originally I think, we watched lots of handball, talked beer. Place is big, like the other (butt) Cheeky Monk, it has plenty of Belgian paraphrenalia all over the place. Samples were doled out for the 1 or 2 beers I was interested in.
Selection was real close to getting a five from me. Lots of Russian Rivers (I had a Consecration on tap to finish me off). Lots of Avery stuff (I splurged on a $25 bottle of Uncle Jacobs, they also had Muscat D'Mour or whatever its called, but since Avery's sours have yet to really impress me, I went with the closest thing I've ever had to Black Tuesday). Of course, it wouldn't be Cheeky Monk without a ton of Belgians either.
Ordered like a french dip I think. Fries were great. The girls had come back and ate a late lunch with me, they liked their stuff. What a great few hours. Girls shop, I drink. Check it out, another winner in Westminster, this place gets my vote as one of the best suburb type drinking spots around. Its not quite the OC or Bay Area, but its damn fine nonetheless.
09-25-2012 20:30:00 |
More by Beerandraiderfan
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
The Cheeky Monk will always hold a special place in my heart as my first true experience with real craft beer. I have had the luck of being exposed to very many great different beers while visiting the Monk. Everything from Avery's Beast to Pliny the Elder has been on tap, not to mention all of the regular Belgians that are served year round.
The food is tasty, and definitely serves a niche in my community. I've had everything from beans and mash to fish and chips, soups and salads, or simply a BLT and fries.
The atmosphere is outstanding. It is a very comfortable environment to spend the better part of an evening. The staff is very knowledgeable and willing to share with you and make you feel welcome.
Overall, I would highly recommend anybody to stop in and give Cheeky Monk a shot. I don't think you'd walk away unhappy.
03-14-2012 05:27:20 |
More by DanInTheCan
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I'm glad we found this place! A great place to try many Belgian beers. They have one of the greatest selections of Belgian beers I've seen. They always have a few other great choices on tap as well....i.e. Russian River, Dogfish Head! A huge variety in bottles also. The staff is very knowledgeable about all of their products. This is where I found the Duchesse De Bourgogne!
The food and service is great. Great mussels and frites. Their sandwiches are delicious and very filling.The beer isn't cheap, but Belgian never is.
01-02-2012 20:55:54 |
More by T1969C
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Well, it took me a while to find this place. It's in one of those new 'city center' type developments where all the shops are on a residential-like grid. Hard to find something in the dark with all the foot and car traffic...especially if you've never been there before. A fake small town downtown feel...but anyway...
A medium sized front patio area overlooks...nothing, really. But at least it's outside. Inside is has the money. It all looks very nice and formal, kind of like the wine bar across the street. Fireplace in the middle, which is kind of cool. I don't get "Belgium" feel here, but I'm all about the beer.
Sat at the bar. Pretty good selection of Belgian beers on tap and in bottles. Pricey, but as I work in the industry I think I give more attention than most. They were out of a few things on the menu, which included some American craft beers from Stone, Great Divide, DFH. Glassware matched the beers.
I didn't mark food b/c I only had some appetizers (which were spicy hot...and I was not informed of this). Service was ok, nothing special.
I wouldn't go here again for the simple fact that I live in Denver. If I live closer, yes I'd go again (if I had the money, too).
02-13-2011 08:50:59 |
More by Mebuzzard
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by here based on the other review, and I'm glad I did. Lots of the usual Belgians on draught - which is great if you haven't been exposed to many of the non-Chimay varieties.
I was happy to see sours and geuze featured on the boards as well.
I had a local selection to start in Avery's Kaiser. Followed that up with tasters of Bacchus Sour and DFH Palo Santo.
Service was exemplary with the bartender having a great deal of knowledge on not just commercial belgian beers but more obscure stuff and trappist ales.
Food was great as well. Don't skip on the beignets!
09-22-2010 17:55:07 |
More by troywhittaker
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This replaced a very forgettable restaurant in the Orchard pedestrian mall area - definitely was excited to see it. Several patio areas, including one that gets full shade all day long in the summer, which is very welcome. Food menu seems to be identical to the other location, which is not to say its bad at all.. nice food, a bit different than you usually get. Beer menu has the normal Belgian selections that are available on Colfax, but they also have a New World bar which has Belgian themed offerings from US breweries, including Great Divide, Port, and Russian River. A welcome addition to the suburbs.
06-29-2010 03:17:57 |
More by rowew
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