The Way Back is a community hub for dinner, drinks, happy hours, and celebrations. We’ll steer you through an exciting exploration of flavors catered to your personal tastes, each step along the way more intriguing than the last. Trust us, the journey is worthwhile.

Where would you like to start?


our story

The Way Back started as a passion project, created by community focused Denverites that wanted to change the way we think about our food systems. We focused on sourcing our ingredients locally, supporting craft industries, and building a community around responsible food. From there we built a dining experience that everyone can enjoy, whether you’re here to celebrate a big day, or you just want to enjoy a tasty meal.


You can sit with us.



The cuisine of The Way Back highlights the best ingredients and produce Colorado and the United States have to offer. We’re proud nerds about finding the best local farmers, foragers, and purveyors, & creating a constantly changing menu focused around seasonal availability, responsible husbandry, and organic, perennial agriculture. We also strive to feature a variety of old-school preservation techniques.

Secrets are no fun. See our full list of suppliers HERE.


DRINK menu

A little off-the-beaten path. Looking for the classics? We know how to make those, too.


dinner menu

Flavors that tell a story from across the globe, but ingredients that hail from our backyard.



The Way Back
3963 Tennyson Street
Denver, CO 80212

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kitchen hours

Monday-Thursday: 5pm - 10pm
Friday-Saturday: 5pm - 11pm

IMPORTANT: Kitchen operates on a limited menu for the final hour of service each night (9-10 weekdays, 10-11 weekends.)

HAPPY HOUR (food & drinks, bar and lounge only) - until 6:30pm every day


Street parking on Tennyson and the surrounding neighborhoods.