Justin’s Cucci’s Fifth “Opus”: El Five

I’m a fan of whatever Justin Cucci does. He always pushes the envelope with his concepts, design, and food and El Five is no exception.

In what he’s calling his “opus” and fifth restaurant in his impressive restaurant group, Edible Beats, El Five opened to the public on May 3rd in their LoHi location (above Sushi Ronin). Just north of their sister restaurant, Linger, El Five resides on the fifth floor overlooking the Denver city skyline to the East and around back, also boasting mountain views to the West.

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The restaurant is inspired by Mediterranean inspired tapas from Spain to Greece, and even focusing more on Israel, Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon curating “tapas de Gibraltar”.

El Five Denver Interior

Only available by elevator, you enter the space to an open kitchen in the middle filled with retro Egyptian cinema posters from the 40’s lining the wall, antique Moroccan lamps hang from the ceiling, kaleidoscope mosaic mirrors line the wall, and vibrant bright Turkish carpets fill the floor from fuchsia to mustard yellow.

El Five Retro Egyptian Posteres

The space has a complete 360 degree view with the city skyline deck to the East and on the back side, a lounge area with couches, small wooden tables, and mountain views. It’s likely the best views in the city based on having both sides of our beautiful Colorado landscape.

West Side El Five

When you do go, because if you haven’t, you must here’s what you should try: matzah ball soup dumpling, the crispy cauliflower yufka, charred baba ghanoush with eggplant, lemon goat yogurt, pomegranate molasses, and smoked almonds, and their amazingly unique ash roasted carrots.

It’s fabulous. Grab a seat out on the patio facing the city, enjoy a fresh cocktail, and dig into the unique food and scene. You won’t be disappointed.

Find them: 2930 Umatilla Street, Suite 500 | elfivedenver.com