Story | Ethos

Root Down is grounded in story and character.

As a vision from diverse backgrounds, the riff behind the name pays homage to the late and great Jimmy Smith, a legendary 1960’s jazz musician. His live song and album, recorded in 1972 entitled Root Down (And Get It) speaks to the ability of returning to the root or “one” chord of the song. Melodic, raw, vital, earthy.

The Beastie Boys, taking their own spin on the tune made it funky, gritty and fresh in the album Ill Communication. Mirroring the song’s history, Root Down’s philosophy echoes these cords. We are imperfect but celebrate the flaws.

Root Down’s ability to combine and complement a team is rooted in a foundational belief that each individual brings flavor, personality and strength to the stage. These values and tradition embody our ethos. We individually harmonize, prioritize unique personalities, yet mesh cohesively. We thrive as a team. This is Root Down.

To consistently and passionately serve every guest remarkable, organic, seasonal, farm-to-table globally inspired cuisine; highlighting the colors, textures and essence of the earth in a dynamic, inclusive and relaxed atmosphere. This is Root Down.


Passion for purity, quality – food that is approachable to the guest and cravable. Bright flavors; dynamic yet uncomplicated – our food is globally influenced cuisine that features an abundance of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options using locally-farmed, sustainable and organic ingredients as much as possible.


Originally designed to serve the eclectic neighborhoods of LoHi & Downtown Denver, Root Down expanded its roots to include the vibrant and rapidly changing landscape of Denver International Airport. Essential elements of Root Down’s 4,000 square-foot space incorporates sustainable practices along with design aspects reminiscent of the energy, aesthetic and pulse of the 1960’s, when air travel was a luxury. Equipped with WiFi and eco-friendly fare, Root Down provides modern day conveniences in a retro-fitted environment.


Root Down’s colorful selection of carefully crafted Colorado microbrews to diverse variety of wines by the glass all focus on biodynamic and organic growers. In addition, our beer program is designed to reduce our environmental impact. Draft beer is specifically suited for only the local breweries, with 24 Colorado drafts total on tap!