Backyard On Blake

3040 Blake St, Denver
(303) 949-8797

Recent Reviews

Tara S.

This is the third time we have hosted a get together here, the service is awesome, everyone loved their food and their cocktails. They don't let you bring your own cake in but the one they baked was very go

Chelsea S.

I came here to show some support and love to my friend DJing during brunch. My partner and I ended up ordering food and drinks. He got the breakfast burrito and I got the Italian sausage with egg scramble. We also ordered bottomless mimosas. I'm giving this experience an overall 3 stars just because my partner found hair on his breakfast burrito and that made us lose our appetite. I felt bad so I ended up telling him I'll eat that portion where the hair was but just took the piece where the hair touched and ripped it off. I told him he could have half of my meal as well. The music was great of course since my friend played all the jams! The crowd was enjoying the vibes as well.

Shelley D.

Came here on our first night and had the best meal of our trip. The buffalo wings were spicy and smoky, and came with a fantastic dipping sauce. My husband gobbled down his tempura fried shrimp with crispy fries and I absolutely adored the roasted veggie salad with steak. I had mine with a crisp cider and it paired perfectly. A great spot for a date or a fantastic meal in Denver.

Tasha J.

The best part of the Preservary is all of the things you notice after being there a while. When you walk in, you recognize it's an awesome space with cool lighting. Once you're seated you start to hear the soundtrack and every song... IS YOUR JAM! This place takes you back to 2004, a time when you were hipper, skinnier and able to defy hangovers. You look at the art work and shame your friends for not knowing the Goody Mobb by picture. I love this place. I love everything about it! To make it better, the food is amazing and they have killer specials. I had the wings and my friends had the fried chicken and the burger with no bun. No joke, we all had trouble finishing all our food. Everything was perfectly cooked and the staff super helpful! Next time you're in Rino, go to the Preservery, listen to jams, have a great time!

Morgan G.

Cognitively dissonant visions of after-school Cartoon Network marathons and Prom '09 bump-and-grind soundtracks danced through my head walking into this place. If the cartoons weren't already holding our attention (which they often were...subtitles for my deaf husband are a luxury many outings don't provide!), the spray painted street signs of celebrity portraits surrounding the TV were. Our food was indeed tasty and the portion size of the Brussels definitely reflected the price (pleasantly!), and sitting at the patio bar top made for a sunset lit happy hour unlike any other! If it weren't a weeknight when we'd gone before a concert, surely it would have been better staffed -- our poor bar tender was running that place single-handedly, but he wasn't the kind to take credit or complain. Leaving the benefit of the doubt there, the number on the bill surprised us a bit with only 2 meals, one app, and no drinks. We'd love to go back and have another go at the place, ideally before a Rockies game!

John F.

I went to The Preservery for brunch with high hopes only to be disappointed with the service, menu options, and cleanliness. It's currently a good bar but not so much a good restaurant. Here are the improvements needed at this restaurant: 1) anything used to serve food shouldn't have dust, lipstick, and food particles from previous use 2) beverages such as coffee and tea should be hot and not room temperature 3) menu options are extremely limited and need to be expanded 4) service is slow and staff should never approach a table asking the customer to make it available when customers haven't been provided the check. Given the nice atmosphere and decent set-up, this restaurant has potential. We love it's inclusive values and artsy vibes! Hopefully a few of the basics will be improved for an amazing dining experience.

Jamie B.

Average at best. I won't be back. TLDR: -overseasoned, inedible chicken on the mediocre-hardly any grilled veggies on the "grilled vegetable salad" $14 salad -unimpressive, overpriced cocktails -short, curt, waitstaff -no canning jars in sight -what they do "preserve" however, is their money in lieu of employment costs because they can't man up and pay their kitchen staff "livable wages" and instead pass a 4% charge onto the consumer to do for them. Meanwhile, they have a $30 cheeseburger on their menu. Uhm ok. Unimpressed. Not returning. Not my job to pay your staff. It's the cost of doing business; If you can't afford to pay them appropriately then you shouldn't be in business.

Natalie T.

I would actually give this 4.5 stars if i could! Sunday brunch apparently fills up very quickly so reservations are needed. Patio seating is open seating as an alternative if you dont have a reservation. Service was a bit lackluster. Our server wasn't very friendly and when brining out food didnt even ask if we needed anything else. Food itself was amazing! Perfectly prepared and seasoned. I ordered the Don't Mind a Thang breakfast which was VERY filling. My sister had the brunch fries- the cheddar bechamel was damn delicious! My sister and I agreed that we could drink that sauce all by itself! Lovely restaurant. I can easily see this becoming a frequent favorite

Isa8ella L.

Brunch is absolutely amazing! If you have a sweet tooth I HIGHLY recommend the French Toast! It has this amazing caramel drizzle on top, which by the way is a perfect add on to the French toast! It is absolutely delicious paired with the Whipped Cream and Preserves added with the meal! The bread used for the french toast is AMAZING, so dense and perfect! I love French toast and if you do. YOU NEED TO TRY IT!

Jordan P.

Oh. Man. What a night we had and I can't believe I haven't reviewed Preservery before! We have been patrons for a minute and every time we go, we're impressed and last night was no exception. One of my favorite things about The Preservery is their ever-changing menu and more importantly, they impress us every single time. There is always a variety of options for every type of eater but they definitely have comfort food down!! Our go-to is their charcuterie board that while a constant on the menu, the board itself always changes. Now on to our epic feast last night - a ribeye and a burger. So, just reading that you would think "okay, that doesn't sound exceptional..." but, they were. The ribeye was cooked perfectly, served over a massive pile of mashed potatoes and asparagus. My husband is a ribeye guru and was incredibly impressed - finished his leftovers for breakfast this morning. And that burger I mentioned. There really aren't words to describe a burger that stands about 6 inches tall. Yes. 6 inches. I'm not exaggerating and I did not stand a CHANCE taking it down. Comprised of Wagyu beef, bacon, braised pork, cheddar & Jack cheese, sauted onions, barbecue sauce, field greens, and roasted garlic aioli on a house made bun - this thing was the Eiffel Tower of meat. And 100% amazing. The meat melted in my mouth, the flavors were incredible and my to-go box weighed about 5lbs. This thing is unreal - if you're burger person you've met your match!! As usual, the service was awesome - our server Ra was fantastic!! Personable, funny and just on it - we'll look for him in the future for sure! Cool vibes, good music, awesome food and fantastic people - you need to make them a regular in your rotation for sure!!

Anna Long

Love Backyard on Blake! Such a refreshing place to be with amazing small shops and even more amazing people. The BYOB team is wonderful and willing to help in any way.

Mary S.

A group of us went for brunch today. We had reservations, but we could have gotten a table without them. This restaurant is surrounded by little specialty shops that are fun to browse through. The restaurant itself is trendy, the music was pretty loud so it wasn't easy to hear what was being said. Very casual atmosphere. They have a beautiful patio, but no umbrellas or shade, so we sat inside. I ordered the shrimp and grits and it was the best I have ever had, and I have traveled all over this country and lived two years in the south. The creole tomato gravy was spicy and delicious. Outstanding. My friend ordered the same. My other friend ordered the French toast and we split that. It was served warm with just a drizzle of maple syrup, and a side compote of berries and creme fraiche. Divine. She also ordered a biscuit and gravy. The flavor was excellent but I would definitely order extra gravy if I ordered that again. The prices were quite reasonable, except for the drinks. I had a glass of water, but my friend ordered a Bloody Mary that was $11, served in a tumbler. Not very impressive. French toast for $7 and an enormous biscuit and gravy, $6. My shrimp and grits was $16.00 and it will probable 3 meals for me. They do not skimp on the portions. I did have to stop another server to get a refill on my water, but our waitress just had a large table seated. Parking is street or there is a small parking lot for $3/hour. Very nice experience.

Jennifer M.

Great stop in spot for a work day away from home. I ordered the CBD nitro cold brew; sooo good. I would say one of the best cold brews I've had in a long time. Spent some time on the rooftop patio before my computer decided it was too hot out, then finished up inside. A little tight, but great music and relatively quiet. The only downside was that the woman who helped me when I was leaving (I asked for a to-go cup and just a bit more ice, because it's 95 degrees out) was extremely rude and made it seem like my request was out of this world. I paid almost $10 for a cup of coffee and tipped my barista. I don't feel like I was asking too much. Hope to have a friendlier experience next time- and because the coffee/ambience was so great I am not knocking any stars.

Meg L.

Unfortunately, my group must've caught The Preservery on an off night. We were so excited to stumble upon this spot, and our party of 7 all loved the vibe. Pros: the cauliflower buffalo wings were a huge hit and the highlight of our meal to be honest. One of our servers was very accommodating and even gave us a discount. The charcuterie board was unique and delicious. Cons: we were overwhelmed with two servers (one was "helping" but it turned into just annoying us and the true server) to start and orders were getting confused between. Out of 7 entrees, 3 were WAAAAY over-salted; server accommodated with alternatives on pasta but not the steak. Our drink orders also got messed up, and three wrong drinks were delivered. Overall, cool vibes, but the chef needs to ease up on the salt!!!

Victor B.

This was our second visit to The Preservery and once again it did not disappoint. On our first visit we had a charcuterie board which was top notch and an order of the buffalo cauliflower, very tasty and makes you think you're actually eating a buffalo wing. The sauce is a bit too mild though for "blue cheese" so there's that...but all in all the dish is good. On this, our second visit, we had the pulled pork nachos which were so very yummy and we ordered the buffalo cauliflower again. The buffalo cauliflower was better the first time but that might be because they had some new staff on board as our waiter came by and said that the portions were quite a bit larger than normal (but not to worry we weren't being charged any extra...haha). Located in a fun little space and with friendly staff, you can be sure you'll have a tasty meal at The Preservery.

Lauren D.

I knew about The Preservery before it even opened thanks to a girl in my book club who had already been hired there, but STILL it has taken me until last weekend to make it there! The good news is, I LOVED it! We got sat right away on a Saturday night and our server was amazing. Not only did she have perfect timing every time she came to check on us, but she also boxed our appetizer, hid it away and remembered to pack it up with the rest of our leftovers at the end of the meal. Food-wise, we loved everything we ordered. Started with the buffalo cauliflower, which had a delicious tempura batter and a good kick of heat. For entrees, I ordered the shrimp and grits while my husband ordered the fried chicken. The grits were creamy and rich and flavorful and my only complaint was that the shrimp comes tail-on and maybe that's the authentic way but I always find it slightly weird. My husband liked his food for the most part, though the chicken could've been a bit more seasoned. They do not skimp on the portions here! We can't wait to come back for happy hour!

Allyson M.

Maybe it was because they were closing but the coffee was terrible, extremely bitter. Cream hardly helped. And it's one of those places where a small was over 3$ -people were nice.

Rohin S.

Atmosphere: Pretty awesome coffee spot and study space. There is an immense amount of natural lighting and the place is pretty small. Good for small group (inside) and the outside can accommodate larger groups. Water is available at indoor tables. Charging spots at all indoor tables. Really thoughtful small things that make it a good spot to get work done or hangout. Drink: Drip coffee is made from their artisan coffee, flavorful and comes with a refill. Love this place. Cool location as well, next to a bunch of other small shops to kill time and distract yourself from getting anything done.

Jim H.

An amazing coffee shop tucked away in a cluster of businesses in Rino. I would highly recommend any of their coffees, I was particularly a fan of their espresso and anything made with it. They also have a unique option in their CBD Nitro Cold Brew, which is smooth and rich in flavor with just a hint of sweetness without sugar! To summarize, great coffee, friendly staff and chill atmosphere. Jeff the owner is a wicked nice dude, took time to give me suggestions of places to visit in Denver.

JD H.

The space alone is worth the visit. The food was fantastic. Late breakfast of veggie omelette and shrimp & grits. Outstanding meal. Service was top notch! The space has a cool roll up door behind bar area and the interior is mesmerizing.

Anthony H.

I forget about how much I like this place. Service is great, macchiato with seltzer water, kind staff, great feel to this intimate space. Today I soaked my computer by spilling the fizzy water and they were quick to offer me a towel and friendly in general. They are embedded in this community and well worth the visit.

Joe G.

Great matcha latte spot!! Although their name says coffee (shop), this review is for their matcha latte. They offer great non-dairy alternatives such as oat milk and coconut milk. The matcha is ceremonial grade so it can be pretty strong and pairs well with coconut milk, which I got. The interior has a few tables but is clean and inviting. I took my matcha latte to go and was able to explore the quaint shops around the neighborhood. Overall: great place for matcha latte with great milk alternatives

Becca C.

I love this spot! I got the matcha latte with oat milk. I originally got it with almond milk but one of the women working at blue sparrow recommended the oat milk, and it was delicious! A little pricy but they put care into their drinks so I think it's worth it.

Brittany B.

In my search for Denver's best charcuterie board, the Preservery is so far in 2nd place. I have an appreciation for places that take some risks, making the board more fun! Isn't that the point? To allow your patrons to make their own unique bites with the best you have to offer? The Preservery gives you pepper jelly, mustard, and delightful little vinegar pearls, pickled onions, dried cherries, pickle slices... and some half slices of toast to place your two types of meat (salami and... mortadella?) and cheese (brie and... cheddar?). There wasn't an introduction/ orientation to the board, which would have proved helpful. We also got the world famous buffalo cauliflower, which was fantastic! They left the cauliflower big enough to keep its meatiness, which was satisfying to bite into. And the flavor of the sauce was fabulous! Their 6 days of happy hour are really appreciated too! We were fortunate enough to come on a Saturday during happy hour, which was a very pleasant surprise! If you're an artsie person, they have silent movie nights too!

Jack H.

Really good coffee and cool spot with nice courtyard. Will def come back when in Denver

Dafi D.

Very dog friendly with two outdoor options: out front yard with grass and chair and rooftop area. The coffee seems to be very good too!

Katherine W.

A cute and small coffee shop that has the yummiest coffee ever. Their matcha tea latte is LIFE. A great location to hang with friends (theres local clothing shops next door). Not the best place for a business meeting unless you don't mind everyone hearing your conversation.

Ronda A.

Came to visit a friend and we wanted to give this place a try. The ambiance is very chill and enjoyable. We came towards the end of brunch (it ends at 2PM). I got the mushroom omelette and home fries, it was good. My sister got the grilled cheese & tomato bisque and it was delicious. My friend got the wings (1/2 hot and 1/2 bbq), personally the BBQ didn't really have flavor so we asked for extra hot on the side to dip the wings into. My recommendation is just get hot. Service was good. Parking wasn't too bad for a Saturday.

Champ P.

My first CBD Nitro Cold Brew Coffee was outstanding. My take may be purely psychological but I feel like this coffee was gave me a perfect balance of energy and focus as many have claimed. I feel race'y but not to the point where I need to run 5 miles in 60 seconds. This coffee would be perfect for someone who is beginning a study session or someone who needs a boost at the start of their workday. Primo coffee Blue Sparrow! Primo!

Tom DeGerlia

The Workroom is well designed, quiet, and fun. It's like home away from home. Thanks guys!

Esther Y.

This is the cutest and quaint little coffee shop I have come across in Denver so far. I love the interior: colors, the tiles, the little tables.... reminds me of a little coffee shop in New York. It's not the best place to come with big groups, rather a couple people at most. They offer matcha and chai lattes if you are not a tea drinker! There's also a nice sitting area outside if you'd like to enjoy the weather as well. I ordered the matcha latte. It has the perfect balance of flavors and is not overly sweetened. I have yet to try their coffee, but I'd most definitely recommend this place!!

Mark K.

Giving this place a solid 3 stars. Front of house issues and I am not sure if it is the best value. I like the concept of this spot and my wife, kids, and me checked it out on a Friday night. I liked the vibe of the spot and the options on the menu. The food was pretty good, the highlight being the meat and charcuterie plate. Good variety of meats, cheeses, jam, honey, etc., I can eat that up all night long. I also had the wings, chicken confit kale caesar salad, mussels cooked in rose, and the smoked gouda grits along with an Old Fashioned and a Pimms Cup (it isn't summer, but who cares?). None of the food options were bad, it nothing stood out outside of the charcuterie plate. At this point, is a good charcuterie plate, 4 cocktails, 1 salad, 1 order of wings,mussels, and a side of grits worth a $150/$160 experience? We eat out a lot, at many of the top places in town, and have spent less on a more outstanding experience. The front of house needs some improvement as well. Our server was friendly, but she was inconsistent to when she showed up. She also didn't write down our order and then forgot the meat and cheese plate. After we ate everything we asked about it and she admitted she forgot, which I get. People make mistakes. I just feel like they should write down the order or use a tablet or something. It wasn't a super complex order. Food came out fast, but I felt like I had to wait a while to order l, had to wait a while for them to run the card when the bill came. Lastly, gotta talk about the "Fair Wages Charge". I am in support of people paying their employees a fair wage. I don't know how I feel about the 15% charge at the end of the bill to cover it. Also the server explained that it wasn't a tip to her. As someone who tips 20% or more at restaurants, I wasn't sure if I should tip 5%, 20% or something else? She told me that 10% on top of it was comparable to 20% on the server. I feel like most people would assume its gratuity and that's it. It seems like this would hurt the servers more. Either do a service charge that covers it all with no tips, or figure out a way to run the business in a way to support your employees, in my opinion. I am willing to pay extra to help support people, but if I am going to do that I also want to have an experience and food quality that is excellent and not just "OK". Nevertheless, the 3 stars is for solid but not great food, average service, and paying $160 for a family of 4 to eat here.

Wanda C.

I've been remiss in not reviewing this place. I've been here 3 or 4 times now for brunch. It's almost a guarantee that I will love a place that takes brunch reservations. I love the laid back feel with tables, a bar to sit at, as well as a patio and a bar area with a long high top that multiple parties can be seated. The food is good and they used to have a seasonal blueberry juice that was partnered with champagne for mimosas. I'm sad it's no longer on the menu, but the rosé mimosa with cranberry juice is a close second. They also have 2 hour limits for bottomless mimosas. I've had a couple of their omelettes and the basic breakfast of eggs, toast, bacon and the potato croquettes , which are super yum. Service has also been attentive and I find that to be consistent across my visits, except once. I still give it 5 stars.

Kim T.

Love their chai latte (housemade) and matcha latte. Small seating area that can be really packed, but that's because it's so delicious in there! Also, love it when they play rnb.

Sasha T.

Blue Sparrow is adorable and their coffee is solid. The space is small so it can get pretty full, but on warmer days, their outside area is just lovely. We each had nitro cold brew and it's some of the best we've had in Denver.

Christie L.

Blue Sparrow Coffee is a super cute cafe. There are limited tables inside so I don't think it would be a great place to get work done, but great for a short escape from the cold or to catch up with friends. I really liked the music that was playing, created a great ambiance. The matcha latte was so good! You can really taste the matcha. It really hits the spot for a cold afternoon.

Tae S.

My matcha was perfect. This little nook of a place was so cute and had a great beverage. We ordered the chai and the matcha. Both hit the spot and the matcha made me do a little dance in the chili weather. The barista was great and knowledgeable. The cashier was nice and funny.

Cat K.

Really enjoyed drinking their oat milk latte. there was no bitterness/sourness. The shop is small and cozy and clean. They have bottles of water and cups on the tables as well. Chill music playing on a good sound system. There's a bar area by the window facing the outside that opens up on days with nice weather.

Eric C.

Very good small coffee shop in the RiNo area! The CBD Nitro Cold Brew is a little bit more expensive but super good! Must try if you are into coffee and in the area

Fletcher N.

I try and stop by this shop whenever I'm in the area. The almond croissants are ridiculous and I'm thankful I don't live close by or I'd have a problem. Also, the coffee is just plain good. Blue Sparrow does it right. The whole experience from service to product to atmosphere is just refreshing.