Dining Out at My Neighbor Felix

Centennial turns out to welcome My Neighbor Felix and its upscale Mexican fare.

My Neighbor Felix interior
Photo by Tom McCorkle.

My Neighbor Felix, the popular pan-Mexican restaurant and bar from Lotus Concepts with outposts in LoHi and Boulder, opened its third location just off I-25 in Centennial in March—and it’s been absolutely bustling and packed ever since.

This despite its expanse. The 11,500-square-foot multilevel space is a sartorially suited sentinel of taste with a design aesthetic channeling Mexico City’s vibrant energy. Artwork by Erick Garcia Gomez, artisanal lighting fixtures created by Ático Decoración in San Miguel de Allende, a two-story faux greenery wall installation by Lalé Florals, Aztec and Mayan motif touches, a glowing red neon “Muy Yum” sign, and a towering central bar stocked with more than a hundred tequilas and mezcals create an atmosphere that’s both sophisticated yet unpretentious, lively, and fun.

But the true draw of My Neighbor Felix lies in its culinary offerings. Chef Johnny Curiel curates a menu that’s rich, flavorful, and true to its roots, which spans all seven regions of Mexico. Mindfully sourced, local ingredients lay the foundation for dishes that are as delectable as they are honest. The dishes at the Centennial location balance familiar favorites from the LoHi menu with more upscale options tailored for the Denver Tech Center crowd.

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The expanded grill and seafood selections are a highlight of the menu, with signature dishes like braised short rib enchiladas and an 18 oz. bone-in ribeye with an ancho chile crust (served with your choice of side and highly recommend you choose the poblano mash), plus expanded fish and seafood options, including enchiladas filled with butter-poached lobster and black tiger shrimp and topped with tomatillo salsa verde, cilantro crema, pickled red onion, and smoked salt.

The flavors from the kitchen are perfectly complemented by the ones crafted at the towering central bar, where the cocktail menu is heavy on margaritas with interesting twists. The signature Felix’s Secret Key margarita, with Herradura double barrel-aged reposado, agave nectar, fresh orange and lime, and a habanero rim, is served on the rock—a single cube bearing the mark of the signature skeleton key that signals common access to exploration. Stop by this spring to explore the new 2,200-square-foot patio complete with water fountains, cabanas, and an outdoor bar.