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Illegal Pete's

Illegal Pete's

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
LoDo, Denver
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  • J Crowley
    J CrowleyMay 23, 2013
    This place is awesome! Really cool local vibe. Great tacos. And feel good knowing that you're eating fresh beard-free food.
    Upvoted Oct 1
  • Zach B.
    Zach BensonApril 25, 2015
    Looking for a queso burrito? They can make a mad dish. Although, if you like your Spanish rice on the side, I'd get more queso, because there isn't any flavor on the rice itself
    Upvoted Oct 16
  • Yi C.
    Yi ChiangDecember 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Did you know that you can get chips with a bowl vs a burrito? Not much healthier but still delicious! Also open til 3am for those late night munchies.
  • Monika M.
    Monika McMahonMay 18, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the reverse nachos! Big bowl of fixings of your choice (rice, beans, veggies, salsas etc.) which is smothered in queso. Chips are served on the side.
  • Zach H.
    Zach HedrickAugust 4
    Such an awesome place! Outstanding food, all extremely fresh and a wide variety of options. Lively bar and pleasant atmosphere. Check this place out!
  • Zach Z.
    Zach ZieglerMay 27, 2014
    On the real tho, chipotle is around the corner and this place is cheaper, has more options, has breakfast, and alcohol involved if you wish. Why would you go anywhere else?
  • Karly P.
    Karly PorterMarch 13, 2012
    If your on Auraria Campus and tired of the usual campus dining choices (i.e. Tivoli Food Court), then Illegal Pete's is in walking distance and well worth every penny! Yum!
  • Denver Westword
    Denver WestwordAugust 13, 2014
    The casual atmosphere might lure you into sticking around for one more beer; it's no surprise that each and every Illegal Pete's outpost is a favorite hangout for somebody. Read more
  • Holden U.
    Holden UCDMarch 22, 2013
    Best chicken nachos in Denver! Tables are filled weekdays when its pretty busy from 11:30am-12:50pm, so be ready to get your food to go.
  • Jenna S.
    Jenna SchofieldAugust 24, 2014
    Really good. Like a healthier, less heavy version of chipotle. And, the necessary breakfast until 1 on weekends!
  • Illegal Pete's
    Illegal Pete'sNovember 27, 2012
    Come in to buy a New Belgium Brewing draft beer and you'll get a FREE 16-oz. globe glass--while supplies last! For each glass given, New Belgium will donate $1 to the The Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge.
  • Josh G.
    Josh GrahamNovember 11, 2016
    Had a chicken burrito w potatoes. The potatoes were a little dry, but the rest of the ingredients were great. The food and setup is similar to Chipotle restaurant, but the ambiance is cooler @Pete's.
  • Jeremy S.
    Jeremy SlickJanuary 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Smother everything! Your choice of pork or vegetarian green chile. Also, love that they actually mix the burritos.before rolling 'em up.
  • Zach B.
    Zach BensonApril 25, 2015
    The queso, bean burritos, and soapapias are awesome. Especially with honey
    Upvoted Oct 16
  • Casey M.
    Casey MoffattAugust 27, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    If you don't like loud music like whinny old bitch Ryan stay clear of this place. This place rocks, and the food is awesome!! Come eat here until late! They serve past last call!!!
  • zoe g.
    zoe gagnonAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Out of the three fast casual, SF burrito place on this block, this one is the only one that takes nachos seriously. Come here if that's what you want.
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillNovember 24, 2016
    These guys have some of the best food I have had in a long time. The meat I spiced perfectly and full of flavor.
  • *Dominic*
    *Dominic*April 10, 2012
    Great shredded beef tacos & burritos. Good music and lively environment. A fun hangout after a Colorado Rockies game!
  • Steve K.
    Steve KinneyOctober 16, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    If your a vegetarian and/or vegan and its breakfast, you can get the vegetable medley on your breakfast burrito. It's amazing.
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LitvakMarch 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing burritos. Ask for extra meat and you probably won't need to eat again until the next day.
  • Will P.
    Will PriceMarch 16, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Friendly staff. Free chips and salsa at happy hour with drink. Cute female staff. Can't go wrong. Oh and great tunes almost all the time.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew StollApril 12, 2015
    The chicken burrito was great! It was my first time eating here, and I hope to go back again sometime.
  • Ciera D.
    Ciera DePauwSeptember 17, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    New happy hour!! 3-8 weve got 3 dollar wells 4 dollar house margs $2.50/$7 coors lights and $3.00/$12.00 on all other drafts (exc. Upslope) and FREE chips n salsa!!
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagNovember 17, 2011
    Okay, look. Pete’s doesn’t serve hooch. So why go? Simple. It’s the best place to hit the morning after bender. One of their burrito bowls smothered in green chili will put you back among the living.
  • Summer S.
    Summer SterlingJune 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If the regular burrito is more than you need, get the kid sized one. It's still big enough to fill you up and is less expensive.
  • Martin
    MartinAugust 9, 2016
    Pesto chicken burrito is the way to go! Also $4 margaritas during happy hour!
  • Sandeep
    SandeepOctober 9, 2016
    The seafood options are quite good. Reasonable pricing and food is fresh. Good service too.
  • carl Michael
    carl MichaelNovember 7, 2011
    GREAT place. But come hungry. Big burritos! Also food is separate from bar. Grab a seat then get in line.
  • Brandon W.
    Brandon WestOctober 27, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Even if the line is past the second door and looks huge, it will only take about 10 minutes.
  • Emily
    EmilyJanuary 7, 2015
    I had some fish tacos. Everything was yum, but kitchen items will take a little longer
  • Joseph R.
    $4.50 triple margaritas, amazing tacos, fun staff... what's not to love?!
  • Tom R.
    Tom RuBaneApril 1, 2016
    Love their quesadillas! Chicken, steak, & shredded beef are all good.
  • Nikki
    NikkiMay 7, 2013
    Love the food but they really need to procure a new to go bowl system. I'm sensing a disaster riding my bike.
  • Jason B.
    Jason BaxterSeptember 14, 2016
    Good burritos and queso, get there early at lunch, line gets long.
  • lino b.
    lino brescia™January 13
    Fun bar. Great staff. Free chips and salsa at happy hour. Boom kid.
  • Daniel R.
    Daniel RüdénOctober 28
    Relaxed place. Nothing fancy but great food to cheap prices.. good bar with good beer.
  • Nick T.
    Nick ThulinJune 3, 2016
    Divey, cheaper version of Chipotle, and includes a bar! And clean food.
  • Jillian W.
    Jillian WardMarch 21, 2013
    Best food ever. You have to try their chicken burritos. Will blow your mind.
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GrovesJanuary 7, 2013
    The servers here are generally disinterested... But they are cooler than you are so they probably get a pass on being courteous.
  • Trevor M.
    Trevor M.October 17, 2013
    The chicken pesto burrito tastes just as good as it sounds. Do it!
  • BestOf
    BestOfSeptember 8, 2011
    Winner of Best Place to Eat and Hang Out With Rock Stars 2011. See more of the best at http://bestof.voiceplaces.com/denver
  • Rus "Docta" C.
    Rus "Docta" CordovaAugust 17, 2011
    Before Chipotle, there was Illegal Pete's!!! By far the best "Big Fat Burrito" joint in town! Don't sleep on Illegal Pete's!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 29, 2014
    Check out Illegal Pete's as it was featured on Food Paradise for Three cap carnitas and burritos that are mixed before rolling. Read more
  • Chai O.
    Chai OdomOctober 8, 2016
    This place is excellent for late night eats, and it has a full bar.
  • Elliott P.
    Elliott PlackAugust 20, 2016
    Best queso I've ever had in my life!
  • Benjamin B.
    Benjamin BlackmerSeptember 7, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Line moves quickly. Delicious burritos. Good beer selection.
  • Bryan C.
    Bryan CostanzaAugust 10, 2014
    Impressed with everything I have had here even an hour after my lunch :-))
  • M. C.
    M. ChiabottiAugust 31, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the "Black and Green." Shredded beef burrito with black beans, green salsa, lettuce, jalapeño, cilantro, and black olives. Yum!
  • Ben W.
    Ben WilliamsJune 23, 2014
    This place is so heads and shoulders above Chipotle and Qdoba that it's hard just thinking about
  • Hauke M.
    Hauke MariusOctober 13, 2013
    Place to catch some rly good food. I love the burritos.
  • Giang P.
    Giang PhamDecember 20, 2016
    This place is kinda like Chitpole but comes with a bar. Go for Happy Hour.
  • The Weekend Nomad
    The Weekend NomadNovember 21, 2014
    The potato green chili is AMAZING. I've missed this place so much.
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RiegelOctober 21, 2012
    Part taco joint, part dive bar, great live music. Totally awesome!!!
  • Jessica F.
    Jessica FakesSeptember 24, 2015
    The burritos are alright, but the taquitos are where it's at!
  • Travis A.
    Travis AmengualNovember 3
    Breakfast burrito with chorizo was all I ever wanted for breakfast
  • Brian H.
    Can't beat $4 margaritas in a perfect by glass!
  • Alex M.
    Alex MillerAugust 11, 2014
    Get their pork green chili on, in, or next to whatever you ordered.
  • Brent G.
    Brent GatewoodSeptember 7, 2014
    Love the Mex, bevs & beer. Great place to hang.
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HoeffelNovember 29, 2015
    The super tacos are absolutely incredible
  • Franco C.
    Franco CalizMarch 8, 2016
    The service here was atrocious. It was like they were doing me a favor for paying. And it's happened twice now. Not worth putting up with their attitude for good but not stellar fast food.
  • Kara K.
    Kara KaatzSeptember 11, 2013
    I always get the chicken burrito bowl with chips on the side. It's the best!
  • Brian H.
    Love the sopapillas and cheap!!!
  • OhYa D.
    OhYa DenverJune 22, 2011
    Their Breakfast Burrito is so good...Ohya...We'll be back!
  • Alex D.
    Alex DobyanFebruary 10, 2015
    Delicious burritos with friendly staff.
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica CaldwellApril 9, 2010
    Their chips and queso are to die for. I would inject it straight into my veins if I could.
  • Jackal
    JackalNovember 24, 2014
    Always busy, but that will give you time to find my sticker!!!
  • Emilio C.
    Emilio CJuly 18
    Great alternative to Chipotle or Qdoba.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicFebruary 27, 2016
    Carnitas burrito and chips and queso. Yes, please.
  • Denver Westword
    Denver WestwordApril 11, 2011
    Voted Best Place to Eat and Hang Out With Rock Stars in Westword's Best of Denver 2011
  • Dvvoods ..
    Dvvoods .March 29, 2016
    Fish tacos , steak fajita burrito, negro modelo
  • Aubrey G.
    Aubrey GarfiasSeptember 9, 2011
    Kevin put his huge and meaty burrito in my face and got the insides all over my chest...
  • Samir N.
    Samir NazirOctober 12, 2016
    grab a margarita for if you need to wait in line
  • Elizabeth A.
    Elizabeth AbelJune 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for the kids bowl... Not as much food!
  • DenverHappyHour
    DenverHappyHourJuly 17, 2010
    Happy Hour!Drink: $2.50 pints of Coors Light, Bud Light; $7 pitchers of Coors Light, Bud Light; $4 margaritas; $3 wellsEvery Day 4pm-10pm
  • Casey M.
    Casey MoffattOctober 1, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    They never have enough Chululuh!! For PETE's sake! Order more!!!
  • Carolyn G.
    Carolyn GowinsOctober 3, 2013
    Definitely go for the tacos!
  • Joel B.
    Joel BrownFebruary 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken burrito with green chili
  • myBeegle
    myBeegleNovember 15, 2010
    Get 2 Beegle Bucks per Dollar (up to $20) when you shop with your myBeegle.com registered debit or credit card! Read more
  • Tone M.
    Tone MMarch 7, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The best breakfast burittos in all of lodo for sure
  • Catie B.
    Catie BurlOctober 11, 2014
    Excellent fast good for you food
  • Kendra
    KendraAugust 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The "3 cap carnitas" made with Coca Cola is the bomb.
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew McManusJune 4, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Like chipotle, but with queso, so its better
  • Loriah P.
    So many options and a great fish burrito!
  • Jennifer A.
    Jennifer AkinaJanuary 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The fish burrito is a must!
  • Nick D.
    Nick DavisMarch 25, 2015
    Still think it's the best burrito in Colorado.
  • Hilary M.
    Hilary McNeishMay 20, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the pesto burrito!
  • Greg W.
    Greg WashingtonJune 2, 2015
    Everything
  • Rob H.
    Rob HooftSeptember 19, 2016
    I really liked the fish burrito.
  • John W.
    John WAugust 13, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    The Steak, Black bean burrito is awesome! Get the super hot salsa (the orange one)
  • Michael O.
    Michael O' CallaghanAugust 6, 2014
    Great burritos :)
  • Eric L.
    Eric LuckyAugust 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Big Fish is big on awesomeness
  • Miguel V.
    Miguel VargasJanuary 24, 2016
    Cheap, fast, and delicious .
  • Andrew
    AndrewJuly 21
    Food is good. Could do without the screamo
  • stang
    stangJune 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    the queso is great
  • Kendra
    KendraDecember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Far superior to another nearby, unnamed burrito joint.
  • Alexa W.
    Alexa WarnckeNovember 14, 2016
    Amazing Bloody Mary!
  • Neil R.
    Neil RobertsonDecember 27, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Don't be scared... get it smothered!
  • Mark W.
    Mark WardMarch 19, 2016
    Good quick burrito
  • Nik N.
    Nik NadolskiJune 29, 2015
    Big Fish Burrito — no question.
  • Hyatt Regency Denver
    Hyatt Regency DenverNovember 27, 2009
    Coming originally from Boulder, great place for late night food! Read more
  • Travis S.
    Travis SturmMarch 15, 2013
    Big Fish...... That is all
  • Alyson M.
    Alyson McCoyAugust 22, 2014
    Big Fish burrito
  • Carter M.
    Carter MorrisonFebruary 2, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The carnitas tacos with poblano pesto are foodgasmic.
  • Joseph N.
    Joseph NagleJune 4, 2010
    Best happy hour in town! 2.50 coots light pints 4-10
  • Jake P.
    Jake ParsellOctober 15, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Beware of the big fish shortage. Get yours while supplies last.
  • James S.
    James SondagDecember 9, 2014
    Fish tacos
  • Jenny L.
    Jenny LuiApril 13, 2015
    Yes to any burrito.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HatcherNovember 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best burritos in Denver!
  • Jenny K.
    Jenny KornAugust 15, 2010
    Representing Alabama & Chicago  Roll tide!  Denver is beautiful Coors tour fun  2nd time, VIP at Mile High Music Fest, 2008 & 2010 
  • Dusty R.
    Dusty RaelMarch 25, 2009
    Open til 2:30am thurs-sat. Get the fish tacos or a giant burrito after the bars close.
  • stang
    stangJanuary 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    they got rid of the free beer special :(
  • Chello S.
    Chello ShotsSeptember 24, 2011
    Best nachos ever!
  • rhiasnoise
    rhiasnoiseSeptember 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're here follow @rhiasnoise on twitter...or don't..
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DoranSeptember 22, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Kellie gets Bacardi grape here. Fyi
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HammelApril 12, 2012
    Great fish burrito!
  • Jorge S.
    Jorge SilvaAugust 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Elizabeth's tip it's dumb (mark says so)
  • Jen M.
    Jen MNovember 12, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the breakfast quesadilla!
  • Daniel R.
    Daniel RobbinsMarch 13, 2012
    Ill pick illegal pete's over chipolte any day of the week. better quality of food.
  • Christie H.
    Christie HargraveJune 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Follow me on twitter: MissCrysty
  • Rick S.
    Rick StrandlofOctober 8, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Justin rocks.
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DoranMay 15, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    For a strip club it stays open pretty late
  • Alexis G.
    Alexis GentryAugust 2, 2011
    Staff are a little rude, but the food is good.
  • Jeff
    JeffJuly 31, 2011
    Best burrito.
  • Jason M.
    Jason M.October 4, 2011
    It's what Chipotle can never be. Read more
  • Molly M.
    Molly MerrillMay 14, 2011
    Mmmmmmmm....
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AngillyApril 3, 2011
    Don't ever come here late on a wknd. The music is stupid loud.
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MichiharaNovember 13, 2016
    This place is chipotle
    Downvoted Oct 1
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