All of the Delicious Things You Should Eat at Mister Tuna Right Now

Troy Guard’s three-year-old RiNo restaurant has a new approach—and lunch!—led by chef Tristen Epps.

BY CALLIE SUMLIN | MAY 7, 2019

When Mister Tuna opened in 2016, the moniker—love it or hate it—got people talking. You see, “Mister Tuna” is chef/owner Troy Guard’s father’s nickname, and the hip RiNo eatery was loosely inspired by the casual outdoor cooking of Guard’s Hawaiian upbringing.

That name also confused some diners, who walked in off of Brighton Boulevard expecting a sushi restaurant, but instead found a New American menu with Hawaiian influences. That issue needed solving, so when chef Tristen Epps took the reins as executive chef last year, the team decided to completely reimagine the menu. The result, which rolled out late last month, is now more global, more shareable, and more small-plate oriented. (And yes, the new menu does include a sashimi option or two.)

For daytime diners, Mister Tuna also rolled out a new lunch service as of April 30. The simple, meat-and-three-style menu features the likes of Kona coffee-brined kalua pig and lentil faux’lafel, plus sides like grilled carrots and Hawaiian-style macaroni salad. You order at the counter, and pay $13.50 for a main dish, two sides, and an agua fresca or lemonade.

Here are a few of the new dishes you’ll find when you check out Mister Tuna 2.0:

Mister Tuna’s daily charcuterie plate comes with Elevation Charcuterie & Artisan Meats’ coppa, plus house-made lonza and speck. It’s a must-order for the olives and crunchy sunchoke pickles alone, but we also think chef Epps should consider bottling and selling his fermented mustard sauce (bottom left).
The Mister Tuna hummus plate has three “gigante bean textures”: There’s the smooth bean dip, a bean salad, and crispy gigante shards on top. Seasoned with za’atar, Aleppo and Urfa peppers, and scooped up with house-made roti, it’s a super-satisfying starter.
New to the Mister Tuna menu is the “Tuna Tribute” section, which is like a choose-your-own-adventure of tuna tapas priced at $8 each. Pictured here, from left to right: The tuna tataki with rhubarb, buttermilk, vanilla bean, and sweet peas; tuna poke with avocado, seaweed, quinoa, and sweet onion dresssing; albacore sashimi; yellowfin sashimi.
Epps’ vegan pad thai features crunchy kelp noodles, tamarind dressing, peanuts, and lots of fresh herbs.
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Mister Tuna’s grilled octopus comes with fava beans, pickled green strawberries, and squiggles of black barbecue sauce that gets its distinctive color from squid ink.
Local Buckner Family Farm lamb ribs are lacquered in a red curry sweet and sour sauce and served atop creamy broken rice congee.

If you go: Mister Tuna is open for lunch Tues-Fri, 11:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m, and for dinner Tues-Fri at 4 p.m. Dinner on Friday starts at 5 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Valentine’s Day 2019

Just like your love, the options for Valentine’s Day dining at Mister Tuna are endless.

5 Course, Choose Your Own Adventure Menu | $79
Optional Beverage Pairings | $40

Afraid of commitment? Order à la carte.

Ultimate Chef Throw Down | Thursday, Dec 6th

Two Chefs go head to head in the ultimate rapid fire culinary competition. No rules, just a winner.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Thursday, December 6th
10pm-Midnight
$10 ahead | $12 at the door
$1 from every ticket sold benefits We Don’t Waste
Sponsored by Colorado Sake Company

Join us on Thursday, December 6th for the best late night event in Denver.  Chef Brent Turnipseede of Guard and Grace faces off against Chef Mike Mayo of the newly minted Morin.  On the menu?  Three surprise ingredients and a lot of fun.  Come early to enjoy social apps.  The competition begins at 10:30.

Late Night Halloween Spook-tacular!

You will not want to miss Mister Tuna’s ultimate Late Night Halloween Spook-tacular. Join us on Wednesday, 10/31, for delicious bites (whole rotisserie pig, empanadas, FNG’s famous bologna sliders and more!) and a cauldron of cocktails! Three drinks are included with your ticket! Challenge your friends to a game of beer pong or corn hole. And dress to kill. The best costume will win a $100 gift card!

And at 10pm, the ultimate chef showdown begins. Two chefs will go head to head with mystery ingredients and 30 minutes to show their skills. We will pick one lucky guest to be on the prestigious judges panel. Their fate is in your hands.

Buy your tickets now or fear missing out!

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TEST KITCHEN TUESDAY | 4 Courses | $38

Chef Tristen Epps and Chef/Owner Troy Guard have teamed up to launch an exclusive weekly tasting menu experience at Mister Tuna!
Every dish at Mister Tuna is delicately crafted and rigorously tested, and the Tuesday Test Kitchen Tasting Menu gives diners a unique insight and interactive path straight into the mind of the Chefs. The menu includes a progression of items that combine old favorites and new ideas, paired with thoughtfully crafted beverages; all vying for a spot on future menus. The tasting, like the restaurant’s seasonally-rotating menu, is a celebration of both local and foreign, classic and modern, nostalgic and experiential.
Reservations for Test Kitchen Tuesday are available from 4pm-9:30pm every Tuesday, with limited seats available.

Save the Date / Guest Bartender Series with Colorado Sake Co / May 9th

It’s that time again!  Join us on Wednesday, May 9th, as we welcome Colorado Sake Co. brewers William Stuart for an extra specia lGuest Bartender Series! You might have seen this gent behind the bar at Matsuhisa Denver, now come get familiar with his very own, local sake. On May 9th, they’ll be serving a Blueberry Hibiscus Sake Mojito using their own premium Junmai sake. $2 from each cocktail sold that night, and 50 cents for the rest of the month, will go to support We Don’t Waste.

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