Focusing on Mediterranean influenced shared plates and elevated bar food, we aim to bring something fresh and tasty to Park Hill. Our menu changes regularly to keep things exciting with plates that are both delicious and shareable. Stop by for happy hour to sip one of our handcrafted cocktails or pair your plate with one of our specially selected wines. We are excited to share our flavors with you.
Desmond Bar and Grill is a unique, eclectic neighborhood meeting place and eatery located in Oneida Park Center in East Park Hill. Operated by longtime Park Hill resident Sean Kelly, this “diamond in the rough” is open for happy hour and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Desmond has a full service bar, including a diverse wine list, a cool selection of craft beers, and an array of creative house cocktails. Our menu features preparations from around the Mediterranean—from creamy baba ghanoush of the Middle East (which one Lebanese diner called “the best I ever had”), to the French-influenced fennel stewed mussels, to the Italian ‘nduga with stracciatella. Many menu items change seasonally, in keeping with fresh local and regional ingredients. Desmond reserves only some of its tables each night and leaves others open for our walk-in friends and neighbors. Come as you are, relax, and enjoy food, drink, friends, and family. And if you’re lucky, you just might hear the late great Paul Desmond emitting his patented “sound of a dry martini” through the house music.
Chef Sean Kelly was born and raised in Rumson, New Jersey, where he began making pizza at a local restaurant at age 14. He’s been cooking ever since.
When he first moved to Denver in the 1990s, he was hired as the original chef for Barolo Grill. Barolo quickly shot to the top of the Denver restaurant scene, with Sean’s country Italian cuisine receiving critical acclaim from near and far. The highlight of Sean’s Barolo days was 1994 benefit dinner planned and cooked with Julia Child.
Beginning in 1995, Sean fulfilled his lifelong dream of opening his own restaurants. The first, Aubergine Café, featured simple but elegant Mediterranean dishes which attracted fans and critics coast to coast. Following Aubergine, Sean continued to be visible in the Denver dining business both as an independent chef/owner (The Biscuit, Claire de Lune, Somethin’ Else) and as a corporate chef with the Little Pub Company and Larimer Associates. He’s delighted to be back at the helm of his own restaurant.
Sean’s cooking has been praised by such national publications as the New York Times, Food & Wine, and Sunset magazine. He was awarded several times the honor of best chef in Denver by Westword and 5280: Denver’s Mile High Magazine.
- Westword’s Best New Neighborhood Restaurant
- Denver Post Dining Review
- Westword: Sean Kelly Opens Desmond Bar & Grill in Park Hill
- Denver Eater: Sean Kelly’s Desmond Opens in Park Hill
- Zagat First Look at Desmond Bar & Grill
- Westword: Chef Sean Kelly on Artichokes, Julia Child and Desmond in Park Hill
- Colorado Expression: Grapevine Gabby Gourmet
- Westword: Back in business: Sean Kelly
- The New York Times CHOICE TABLES; Relaxed Grown-Up Cooking in Denver
- The New York Times: Chefs Who Have Only Themselves to Blame