Reader: What's With Bistro Barbes and Tiny Restaurants Making Patrons Dine Communally?

Categories: Cafe Society

Inside Bistro Barbe.
This week Gretchen Kurtz reviews Bistro Barbès, a tiny spot in Park Hill that cooks up some big flavors. That's just one of the diminutive dining establishments she's visited recently, which inspired our list of the Ten Best Tiny Restaurants in Denver -- all places that seat forty or fewer.

See also: Tiny Bistro Barbes Cooks Up Big Flavors

Danielle Lirette
To the Wind Bistro could be Denver's tiniest restaurant.
Says Anita:
That's the kind of place I always wanted to open. Unfortunately, if it is your sole source of income, it's tough. Plus the hours will kill you!
And customers have to pay a price, too. Says Denver Dave of Bistro Barbès:
Sounds very tempting indeed. Those sweetbreads have me drooling. Guess I'll have to get over the seating arrangement, which I truly hate. Those tables are way, way too close to each other to be able to have anything resembling a private conversation. Sadly, Bistro Barbès is not the only new restaurant insisting that patrons dine "communally" whether they want to or not.
Have you been to Bistro Barbès? How about some of our other favorite tiny Denver restaurants? Do you mind sitting with other diners?

Location Info

Bistro Barbes

5021 East 28th Avenue, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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Renee Ortiz
Renee Ortiz

No, it makes it easier to throw shit at the hipsters.

Ash Taylor
Ash Taylor

I went to bistro barbess, the seating actually did bother me, Being seated close to another table wasn't so much an issue, but we were so close that other conversation made it impossible to actually talk to the other person in my party. The food was alright, there were a heck of a lot of substitutions, and the food is way expensive.

Suzanne Houston Nash
Suzanne Houston Nash

If the food is really that good and the price is not high, perhaps people won't mind "dining communally". But if not, there are scores of restaurants where the food is good and the customers DON'T have to sit so close or at the same table.

Todd Ruhter
Todd Ruhter

LOL at the headline "MAKING" patrons dine communally. Like anybody MADE anybody enter the restaurant at gunpoint. ROFLMAO. Puhleaze!

Julie MacKissock
Julie MacKissock

It's a small restaurant - and it's delicious - it's a shame that you would skip out because it's small - and furthermore they are running a business - how is that bad?

Julie MacKissock
Julie MacKissock

I've been here - it's delicious - and I didn't notice how close together the tables are - if you need your conversation to be so private - stay home.

Tony Hopkins
Tony Hopkins

definitely will not patronize a restaurant like this, I wonder if the seating is about the ambience, or just trying to squeeze a few more covers in.


Apparently, Bistro Barbes intends to feed only skinny people who can fit between tables twelve inches apart.

Mantonat topcommenter

I think it's about the place being really, really small -- just 28 seats total. What you lose in privacy, you gain in a more immediate and personalized experience. Of course, if that's not what you're in to, there's are plenty of big restaurants where you can get lost in the shuffle. Here are a few more tiny places in case you want to explore more of Denver's independent dining scene:

Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

Plus there is no way a server can serve your neighbor without sticking their butt in your face.

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