Las Brisas Restaurant
6787 S Clinton St.
Greenwood Village, CO 80112
Some of the classiest restaurants in the West are the “English” Steakhouses in Palm Springs, CA. Nothing about Denver resembles Palm Springs, although Denver has some (Denver) classy restaurants. Denver also has some classy, Mexican restaurants, such as La Loma in North Denver and Las Brisas south of Denver. I’m not saying that Las Brisas Mexican restaurant – off I-25 and Arapahoe Road – is the classiest Mexican restaurant in the Denver area, but it certainly ranks way up there. I’ve referred to the restaurant as gourmet Mexican.
In a shopping mall across a parking lot from Target, Las Brisas exterior is fairly nondescript; inside, there are two main dining areas. The first is a light, bright space with a white/beige color scheme offering a small turtle pond with a shimmering waterfall, lots of plants and of course turtles.
The other room is steakhouse-dark with dark-woods and a circular, enclosed fireplace with a couple of feet of sand around it – with a few sea-shells to boot.
[The above images are deceiving; the fireplace is only around three or four-feet in diameter.
I’d grab a cozy, corner booth in the “Fireplace Room,” this room is perfectly lit.
Just off the main entrance there is a full bar/lounge with bar-stools, tables and several booths. Happy Hours rule here with an everyday (3:00 to 7:00) Happy Hour with reduced drinks and 1/2 price apps. The excellent, Happy Hour LB Margarita is around $5.50. Full menu ordering is available in the bar.
Speaking of the menu, it’s traditional Mexican with a modern twist. For instance, there’s the traditional: PLATO DE COMBINATION (13.95) “A combination of taco, enchilada,[sic] and burrito with choice of Chicken, Beef, or Pork. Topped[sic] with green chili, cheese,[sic] and enchilada sauce” and the not-so traditional: VEGETABLE FAJITA WITH GRILLED PORTOBELLO MUSHROOMS (13.95) “Onions, bell peppers, and topped with a Portobello mushroom. Served in a hot skillet with warm tortillas, lettuce, cheese, olives, pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole. With black beans & veggies.”
Burritos, rellenos, tacos, chimichangas etc. (9.00 to 12.00) are on the menu as well as: chicken, pastas, Prime Rib, lamb, salmon and vegetarian specials. View Las Brisas’ complete menu here
We’ve been in attendance twice now; the first time we enjoyed the VEGETABLE FAJITA WITH GRILLED PORTOBELLO MUSHROOMS; last night we shared the COMBINATION RANCHERA (13.00) “A combination of beef, chicken, and cheese enchiladas made with corn tortillas topped with ranchera sauce, scallions, olives, tomatoes, and sour cream (below.)” Both of these dishes were swell, good enough to bring us back for more. The ranchera/enchilada sauce is superb.