Hidden in the corner of a shopping center off of Colfax in Denver, Colorado, the ornate pink tower of Casa Bonita invites diners to experience its magical offerings and to recapture a sense of childlike wonderment. The Mexican food restaurant has a limited menu, but people do not necessarily come for the food. Decorated predominantly as a Mexican villa, the inside of the restaurant features beautiful Spanish tile roofs over seating areas, palm trees, and tiki huts. The best seats in the house are those with visible access to the cascading waterfall, the centerpiece of the restaurant. Performers put on plays atop the waterfall’s cliffs, and divers stun their audiences with spectacular flips into the pool below. Strolling musicians and vendors selling light sticks and other paraphernalia visit the tables while you eat, but the fun only just begins with dinner. Casa Bonita has myriad themed rooms for your after-dinner exploration, including a tiki room, a jail, a cavern complete with stalactites and stalagmites, a mine, and a treasure room with a special treat for the kids. Also, the restaurant has two arcades, a gift shop, a magic show, caricature artists, a photographer, and a haunted walk-through cave.
Casa Bonita’s menu includes two all-you-can-eat meal options at a reasonable price, fajitas, salads, tacos, enchiladas, and margaritas. The food is decent, and the service is professional and responsive. The best deals are the all-you-can-eat dinners, which come with tacos, enchiladas, rice, beans, and sopapillas, all for around $11.00. Expect to spend between $10 and $15 a plate for food that is better than forgettable and a dining experience that will be remembered for a lifetime. In addition to the Denver Casa Bonita, the restaurant also has a location in Tulsa, Oklahoma. With over thirty attractions, Casa Bonita’s beauty, magic, and surprise-around-every-corner atmosphere will bring out the kid in everyone!