Illegal Pete's

Illegal Pete's

1530 16th St (at Wazee St.), Denver, CO 80202, United States
Open until 2:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Wed
    • 7:00 AM–Midnight
  • Thu
    • 7:00 AM–1:30 AM
  • Fri
    • 7:00 AM–2:30 AM
  • Sat
    • 9:00 AM–2:30 AM
  • Sun
    • 9:00 AM–Midnight
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

This CO restaurant serves customized burritos, tacos, and much more. All six locations have a full bar, a patio and sometimes live music. Come check us out!


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  • burritos
  • big fish
  • tacos
  • carnitas
  • breakfast food
  • eat and hang
  • happy hour
  • good for a quick meal
  • nachos
  • good for groups
  • good for a late night
  • margaritas
  • lively
  • great value
  • spicy food
  • live music
  • casual
  • fish
  • beer
  • vegetarian food
  • Denver Westword

    Voted Best Place to Eat and Hang Out With Rock Stars in Westword's Best of Denver 2011

    Denver Westword · April 11, 2011
  • DenverHappyHour

    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

    DenverHappyHour · July 17, 2010
  • J C.

    This place is awesome! Really cool local vibe. Great tacos. And feel good knowing that you're eating fresh beard-free food.

    J Crowley · May 23, 2013
  • Hyatt Regency Denver

    Coming originally from Boulder, great place for late night food! Read more

    Hyatt Regency Denver · November 27, 2009
  • Jason M.

    It's what Chipotle can never be. Read more

    Jason M. · October 4, 2011
  • Tone

    The best breakfast burittos in all of lodo for sure

    Tone · March 7, 2011
  • Neil R.

    Don't be scared... get it smothered!

    Neil Robertson · December 27, 2011
  • Kendra

    Far superior to another nearby, unnamed burrito joint.

    Kendra · December 2, 2011
  • Jessica C.

    Their chips and queso are to die for. I would inject it straight into my veins if I could.

    Jessica Caldwell · April 9, 2010
  • Luke C.

    carnitas burrito!

    Luke Crespin · November 11, 2009
  • Men's Health Mag

    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.

    Men's Health Mag · November 17, 2011
  • Kevin D.

    For a strip club it stays open pretty late

    Kevin Doran · May 15, 2011
  • Ryan A.

    Don't ever come here late on a wknd. The music is stupid loud.

    Ryan Angilly · April 3, 2011
  • Will P.

    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.

    Will Price · March 16, 2011
  • Greg H.

    Best quick burritos in town. Try the Big Fish for dinner; go "Balls to the Wall" and get all three meats for breakfast. Four with pork green chili!

    Greg Huber · January 12, 2010
  • John W.

    The Steak, Black bean burrito is awesome! Get the super hot salsa (the orange one)

    John W · August 13, 2009
  • Dusty R.

    Open til 2:30am thurs-sat. Get the fish tacos or a giant burrito after the bars close.

    Dusty Rael · March 25, 2009
  • Jorge S.

    Elizabeth's tip it's dumb (mark says so)

    Jorge Silva · August 9, 2013
  • Casey M.

    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!!!

    Casey Moffatt · August 27, 2012
  • rhiasnoise

    If you're here follow @rhiasnoise on twitter...or don't..

    rhiasnoise · September 10, 2011
  • James S.

    Fish tacos

    James Sondag · December 9, 2014
  • Jeremy S.

    Smother everything! Your choice of pork or vegetarian green chile. Also, love that they actually mix the burritos.before rolling 'em up.

    Jeremy Slick · January 27, 2013
  • Aubrey G.

    Kevin put his huge and meaty burrito in my face and got the insides all over my chest...

    Aubrey Garfias · September 9, 2011
  • BestOf

    Winner of Best Place to Eat and Hang Out With Rock Stars 2011. See more of the best at

    BestOf · September 8, 2011
  • Jake P.

    Beware of the big fish shortage. Get yours while supplies last.

    Jake Parsell · October 15, 2010
  • Holden U.

    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.

    Holden UCD · March 22, 2013
  • Rick S.

    Justin rocks.

    Rick Strandlof · October 8, 2012

    the queso is great

    STANG · June 6, 2012
  • *Dominic*

    Great shredded beef tacos & burritos. Good music and lively environment. A fun hangout after a Colorado Rockies game!

    *Dominic* · April 10, 2012
  • Jennifer A.

    The fish burrito is a must!

    Jennifer Akina · January 30, 2012
  • Kevin D.

    Kellie gets Bacardi grape here. Fyi

    Kevin Doran · September 22, 2011
  • Ciera D.

    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!!

    Ciera DePauw · September 17, 2011
  • Jeff P.

    Best burrito.

    Jeff Picone · July 31, 2011
  • Joseph N.

    Best happy hour in town! 2.50 coots light pints 4-10

    Joseph Nagle · June 4, 2010
  • Joel B.

    Chicken burrito with green chili

    Joel Brown · 2 weeks ago
  • Alex D.

    Delicious burritos with friendly staff.

    Alex Dobyan · 2 weeks ago
  • Emily T.

    I had some fish tacos. Everything was yum, but kitchen items will take a little longer

    Emily Thomas · January 7
  • Jackal

    Always busy, but that will give you time to find my sticker!!!

    Jackal · November 24, 2014
  • Wild & Free N.

    The potato green chili is AMAZING. I've missed this place so much.

    Wild & Free NYC · November 21, 2014
  • Brandon W.

    Even if the line is past the second door and looks huge, it will only take about 10 minutes.

    Brandon West · October 27, 2014
  • Catie B.

    Excellent fast good for you food

    Catie Burl · October 11, 2014
  • Brent G.

    Love the Mex, bevs & beer. Great place to hang.

    Brent Gatewood · September 7, 2014
  • TV Food Maps

    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

    TV Food Maps · August 29, 2014
  • Jenna S.

    Really good. Like a healthier, less heavy version of chipotle. And, the necessary breakfast until 1 on weekends!

    Jenna Schofield · August 24, 2014
  • Alyson M.

    Big Fish burrito

    Alyson McCoy · August 22, 2014
  • Denver Westword

    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

    Denver Westword · August 13, 2014
  • Alex M.

    Get their pork green chili on, in, or next to whatever you ordered.

    Alex Miller · August 11, 2014
  • Bryan C.

    Impressed with everything I have had here even an hour after my lunch :-))

    Bryan Costanza · August 10, 2014
  • zoe g.

    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.

    zoe gagnon · August 7, 2014
  • Michael O.

    Great burritos :)

    Michael O' Callaghan · August 6, 2014

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  • Brent Cowles (of You Me and Apollo) and Kristin Rand

    9:00 PM on March 3, 2015

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