What You'll Get
Hills and mountains are formed by vast underground food deposits, which, over time, stretch the landscape into soft mounds of untapped edibility. Dig into the bounty of the West Indies with today’s deal: for $15, you get $30 worth of classic Caribbean cuisine at [8 Rivers LoDo], located about two blocks from Union Station on Blake Street. While today's Groupon can be used at the rum bar, it is not valid for happy-hour specials.
Schooled in a Jamaican jerk joint, award-winning chef Scott Durrah opened 8 Rivers LoDo after his Highland Square location successfully unleashed a relentless Caribbean cuisine craving on Denver's unsuspecting masses. Serving up a delicious array of pastas, seafood, and jerk-spiced grill fare, 8 Rivers LoDo tempts dinner diners starting at 4:30 p.m. seven days a week.
The seasonal menu has included such delectable edibles as two of the chef's favorite dishes—conch fritters with mango sauce ($9) and smoked, jerked Alaskan king crab legs (market price). Evening eaters can settle into island classics, such as the signature smoked jerk chicken with rice and peas, fried plantains, and vegetables ($17) or smoked pineapple pork ribs, served with mac 'n' cheese and collard greens ($18). Patrons whose empty bellies resonate with the tonal clang of a steelpan can fill their skin-drums with the surf-and-turf harmony of a Kingston feast—a 10 oz. steak and crab-leg duet, accompanied by collard greens and roasted potatoes ($30).
In addition to sating solid-inclined palates, 8 Rivers wets whistles with its rum vault—featuring more than 80 premium rums from around the world—and a mojito bar. Champion quaffers can condition their own landlocked sea legs with specialty rum drinks, such as the 8 Rivers dirty mojito (Coruba dark Jamaican rum, mint, key lime, and brown sugar, $8), or try a flight of sippin' rums ($18+). Let a treasure trove of the brown stuff warmly wash over you as you gaze beatifically at the cozy fireplace or toss a hangdog glance at the massive Marley mural.
Eight Rivers LoDo's jerk chicken is rave-worthy, according to the Denver Post. The eatery won Best Caribbean Restaurant from Westword in 2008 and a Readers' Choice award in 2007 from 5280. It has a 4.1-star average from OpenTable reviewers, a 3.5-star average from Yelpers, and a thumbs-up from 76% of Urbanspooners:
- Also rating high: jerk chicken. There are those who'd like it hotter, spicier, more aggressive, but for me, I found the relatively mild seasoning (spicy, not searing, with a playful tinge of citrus-acidity) enticing and rewarding. Pair this with a beer, like Red Stripe. – Tucker Shaw, Denver Post
- I enjoyed the patrons'energy [sic] in 8 Rivers. Also, the food is unique in Denver and quite tasty. – OpenTable user who dined on 8/13/2010
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jan 1, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Limit 1 per table, 2 per table of 5 or more. Not valid during happy hour. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.