TLDR: The 2020-2021 Passbook is now available for pre-order. The 2019-2020 Passbook is STILL VALID through Sept 30, 2020. Read on for the full details.
2020-2021 Passbook information
9/1/2020: The 2020-2021 Passbook is currently available for pre-order with a discount code. When the 2020-2021 Passbook is shipped out and read to use, I’ll update this map with the new restaurant details. Be sure to bookmark this page!
9/6/2020: For those wondering, for the 2020-2021 Passbook, restaurants now have the deal options for Dine-In Only, Takeout Only, or both with page specifying the offer options. In the event that dine-in Denver/Colorado gets shut down again all page deals will be available for takeout.
2019-2020 Passbook Information
9/6/2020: Due to COVID-19 the 2019-2020 Passbook is extended to be valid through September 30, 2020 (expires on Oct 1). Please contact the restaurant and confirm prior to using the offer page during the extended time period because not all restaurants are participating through September. Also, many restaurants are no longer available for in-person dining, no longer accepting the Dining Out Passbook deals, or are only allowing limited usage of the deals. Past the changes listed in the “Restaurant closings and deal changes” section listed below, please call the restaurant prior to arriving to find out if they are honoring the Passbook deals.
Those who have the 2019-2020 Passbook are encouraged to hold on to last year’s Passbook until the new book is released because Dining Out will be running weekly Big F’n Deal (BFD) offers that are exclusive to Passbook holders and require presenting the physical book to redeem. Updates on those deals can be found on the Dining Out Passbook Instagram page.
2/12/2020: Added Berkshire and CHUBurger to the list of now-closed restaurants.
Bookmark this page to have the latest version of all the deals (including reader-submitted updates on when the deal in the book is not what’s being honored at the restaurant, as well as restaurants listed that have since closed.
In my first year of using the Denver Dining Out Passbook, I found it to be a great motivator and guide to exploring the Denver food scene. Whenever I was hungry I’d whip out the book and choose a new place to try out – even if the place wasn’t highly rated online, I knew that by using the Passbook at least I wouldn’t be paying full price. It’s like a magical golden ticket you can use — for food!
In case you’re unfamiliar, the Passbook offers some great deals (like buy one entree, get one free) for some fabulous spots around town and you have a whole year to use up all the discounts. Just give your server your passbook before they ring up the check, they’ll mark off the deal as used, and you get cash money back in your pocket after having a lovely meal. It’s pretty darn sweet.
How to use this Passbook map
The one thing that trips me up about the Passbook is it’s organized alphabetically by restaurant name. But what I really need is for the restaurants organized by neighborhood/location — especially when I’m in some part of Denver I don’t really know, but I’m looking to use the Passbook. (Although this year’s book they do list the neighborhood alongside the name of the restaurant.)
That’s why I’m sharing my personal Denver Dining Out Passbook map. Here’s the key to reading the map:
- Dark green: Offering BOTH a buy one drink, get one free AND a buy one entree, get one free opportunity (must be used on separate visits).
- Light green: Only offering BOGO entree deal.
- Orange: At least one BOGO deal that lists a special type of drink or food item for which it’s valid.
- Purple: One or more of the BOGO offers has some sort of price/day/time restrictions, so be sure to check the deal description.
- Gray: Restaurant has closed.
I’m probably most excited to see top restaurants like Morin and Julep in this year’s book! Yaasssss. Also, my local wood-fired pizza fave Marcos is on there and Señor Bear (featured in the photo on this post) appears once again.
UPDATE: Due to an extension because of COVID-19, you now have until September 30, 2020 to use these awesome deals for the 2019-2020 book before the 2020-2021 passbook comes out.
Restaurant closings and deal changes
Readers have noted the following restaurants are no longer accepting the Passbook:
- Dae Gee
The following restaurants have modified deals:
- Ash’Kara (cocktails only)
Below is an up-to-date list of restaurants that appear in the 2019-2020 Passbook that are now CLOSED:
- Berkshire (as of Feb 2, 2020)
- CHUBurger Rino (as of end of 2019)
- Dead Battery Club
- Izakaya Ronin
- Mister Tuna
Below is an up-to-date list of changes to the deals printed in the 2019-2020 Passbook:
- White Pie – Deal is ANY pizza, get 1 of equal or lesser value free NOT BOGO on Margherita Pizza (they don’t make a Margherita).
More 2019-2020 Passbook information
My list of essential spots to eat at from year’s passbook will periodically be updated throughout the year as I try out new spots.
Also looking for a map of all the restaurants in the 2019 EatDenver Deck? I got you.
* Please note: I may receive a commission for 2019-2020 Denver Dining Out Passbook sold using the discount code “NEWDENIZEN20” at checkout. You get a break on the full price of the book and also support this website – win-win!