Mister Tuna opened in 2016 with much excitement. The Industry building is one of the coolest spots in the city hosting coworking offices, event space, and eateries. We visited Mister Tuna for a midweek happy hour. We arrived a bit early but were able to take a seat at the bar as we waited for the restaurant to be officially opened for dinner service. As we looked over the menu, I was a little bummed that there were no food offerings on the happy hour menu. They offer only drink specials for an hour or two at the beginning of the dinner service. But that did not deter us from sampling a few food items and enjoyed the delicious drinks prepared by some of the city’s top mixologist.
While we waited for our food I was able to take a few pictures. The first thing you notice upon entering the restaurant is this huge mural. Wow! That work of art pretty much set the tone for the space and meal. The dining room is very open and narrow, again leading your eyes directing to the mural. I loved the open kitchen concept and how it is streamlined with the bar. It is clear that time and effort were put into the layout of the space which gives a great first impression. The food would follow that lead.
The menu hosts an array of items that are prepared by rotisserie, wood fire or served raw. We ordered the following:
Charcoal Rotisserie Lamb Sliders - local arugula / grilled scallion aioli
New Style Wild Salmon* - hearts of palm / radish / kombucha broth
Charlie Guard Ahi Poke* - avocado / seaweed / chili pepper soy dressing
Each item was delicious. My favorite of the three was the Charlie Guard Ahi Poke. The chili pepper soy dressing packed a punch. A perfect compliment to the raw tuna. The plating of the food was top notch. The avocado balls were a fun touch. The New Style Wild Salmon was lighter and sweeter than the previous two courses. I thought the use of the kombucha broth was very clever. In each item, there was a pretty perfect flavor balance. Nothing too overwhelming, all the flavor profiles worked together.
Mister Tuna is a wonderful food destination. It’s located in one of the hottest neighborhoods in Denver. One where the food scene is on fire. I would suggest Mr. Tuna for a date night or special occasion due to the price point and more upscale setting. The service left something to be desired. It wasn’t bad, but it also didn’t make me feel warm and fuzzy. Solid food offerings and crafted drinks would be my motivation for a return visit.