Dining in Denver

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1515 Restaurant

A Denver mainstay, owner Gene Tang and his staff take Modern American Cuisine into the stratosphere at 1515. They cook what they love. Chefs Garren Teich and Jonas Halstead create intimate menus with a nod to molecular gastronomy and the sous-vide technique. Housed in an historic building, the vintage setting is perfect for any special night out on the town or simply a dinner among friends. Their wine list has repeatedly won Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence.”
1515 Market Street

Located in the heart of downtown Golden, Abejas is the creation of Brandon Bortles and Barry Dobesh, who have deep roots in the area. Executive Chef Nicholas Ames spent time in great kitchens in San Francisco and Denver, and brings a love of culinary dishes to this wonderful restaurant. The menu is unique and flavorful, featuring fresh local ingredients that reflect the seasons. The rustic interior reflects the true spirit of Golden, Colorado.
807 13th St., Golden

Chef/owner Steven Redzikowski serves up contemporary American cuisine in this innovative new epicurean marketplace located in the River North (RiNo) District. Housed in a reclaimed 1880’s foundry, the atmosphere is as innovative as the food. Co-owner Bryan Dayton delivers fabulous cocktails, artisan wines and beers.
3350 Brighton Blvd

The gastropub concept originated in the U.K., and Denver’s Argyll GastroPub presents a “notched up” version, with pub fare featuring fresh ingredients served in an authentic “public house” ambience. Noted chef John Broening has created a superb menu, and seasoned sommelier and whiskey enthusiast Ryan Conklin has assembled top-notch spirits.
1035 E. 17th Avenue

With a menu as colorful as the restaurant’s exterior, Bang! quickly became a hit among locals and tourists looking for a great place to dine in The Highlands, just north of downtown Denver. The dress is casual, but the food is as good as it gets, whether it’s a shared calamari appetizer, a fresh salad or a plate of baby back ribs. Comfort food and so much more!
3472 W. 32nd Avenue

Barolo Grill
This Denver favorite features a seasonal menu showcasing authentic northern Italian dishes with locally sourced ingredients. The spectacular wine cellar at this award-winning eatery includes a large collection of Barolo wines.
3030 E. 6th Ave.

Beast + Bottle
Owned by siblings Chef Paul C. Reilly and House Manager Aileen Reilly, Beast + Bottle is considered a new kid on the block, and an amazingly successful one at that. Just blocks from Denver’s city center, Beast + Bottle has raised the bar on the “farm to fork” genre of cuisine. They work with ranchers, farmers and other purveyors, offering unique cuts of meat prepared in their in-house butchery, and organic ingredients. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Beast + Bottle offers a delicious adventure in dining in a friendly, comfortable setting.
719 E. 17th St.

Beatrice & Woodsley
The tastes of the Old world and new cuisine blend wonderfully to create a memorable dining experience. Beatrice & Woodsley is as original as the name implies, and has garnered great attention and kudos from foodies around town. The dinner menu is a delight, and the brunch is sure to put a smile on your face.
38 S. Broadway

Bistro Vendome
This classic French bistro is named after Place Vendome, a local favorite in the heart of Paris. Located in the historic Sussex Building in the heart of downtown’s Larimer Square, Bistro Vendome serves up classic French bistro fare made from local, seasonal ingredients. A wonderful selection of French wines are on hand to complement the meal, representing France’s major wine regions. The restaurant’s “Vin Maison” wine program allows guests to select different wines to accompany their meal.
1420 Larimer Street

This award-winning restaurant offers artisanal cuisine steeped in old-world traditions. From handmade breads, tempting pastas and creative desserts, to produce grown in on-site gardens, every aspect of its dining experience blends authentic flavors with local ingredients.
500 E. Alameda Ave.

Black Pearl
The atmosphere is as original as the menu, which features contemporary American cuisine focused on seasonal offerings. Many items are made from locally grown ingredients, and the restaurant prides itself on strong attention to working with local, organic, humane and environmentally conscientious producers.
1529 S. Pearl Street

Blue Island Oyster Bar
Chef DJ Nagle has crafted a wonderful menu that brings the coast to the mile-high city. The seafood is extremely fresh and delicious. As the name implies, the oysters are simply divine, shipped from Blue Island Shellfish Farms in New England. The hip bar serves up a wonderful assortment of wines, beer and cocktails that complement every seafood serving, from steamed mussels, lobster roils, clam chowder or succulent crab cakes.
2625 E. Second Ave.

An Asian-inspired noodle house with a twist that’s uniquely Frank Bonanno’s, the chef/owner of a growing empire of top-notch local eateries. Situated between two other highly popular Bonanno restaurants, Luca D’Italia and Mizuna, Bones offers a unique, casual dining experience that nevertheless has a gourmet feel. The space is small; the flavors are anything but. And the noodle bowls are all the rage.
701 Grant Street

Café Aion
Pulling from the rich traditions surrounding Spanish tapas, Café Aion focuses on small, straightforward and delectable dishes like Manila clams with fresh peas and chorizo or beef short rib with roast cauliflower. They also offer a variety of smaller bites and larger plates in addition to a delicious dessert menu. Don’t miss their all-night happy hour on Tuesdays!
1235 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder

Cart + Driver
Chef Kelly Whitaker spins creative, offering up everything from authentic briny oysters to delicious salads and housemade pastries. Pizza is a staple at this unique establishment, which has developed a loyal and enthusiastic local fan club since opening in a 640-sq. ft. shipping container space right in Denver’s RiNo arts district. Experience the great fare of Southern Italian farms at this fun and friendly venue.
2500 Larimer St.

Central Bistro and Bar
From every point of view, Central is an American restaurant, from the well thought-out recipes to the great atmosphere. Vintage furnishings create a place of comfort and relaxation, and that is exactly what you’ll want to do once you sample the food. Whether you’re in the mood for something from the sea or the land, Central will have you coming back next time in you’re in town.
1691 Central Street

Charcoal Restaurant
If you’re looking for one restaurant that boasts service equally as phenomenal as the food, Charcoal is the place to go. Executive Chef Patrik Landberg uses the highest-quality ingredients, and from there, lets the food do the talking. No overdone sauces to mask the flavor, just delicious food every time. The restaurant’s custom-designed “Bincho” charcoal grill is a staple used to prepare many of the meals.
43 W. 9th Avenue

Chart House
Exquisite cuisine and a spectacular view of the Denver area top the list at this long-standing local favorite. Located just half an hour from downtown Denver, it features an impressive selection of mouthwatering entrées, wines, cocktails and decadent desserts.
25908 Genesee Trail Rd., Golden

Cholon Modern Asian Bistro
Named after the largest market in Saigon, this historic LoDo restaurant offers a creative spin on traditional Asian dishes along with handcrafted cocktails that enhance the vibrant flavors. The large projection screen in the lounge makes ChoLon a suitable location for business meetings and presentations.
1555 Blake St., Ste. 101

Colt & Gray
Enjoy everything from juicy burgers and beer to delectable lobster dishes complemented by vintage wines at this cozy local pub. The classic setting is augmented by the affordability of a neighborhood restaurant that prides itself on superior food and service.
1553 Platte St., No. 120

With a focus on local, regional, and farm-fresh ingredients, this LoDo hotspot invites you to relax in its uniquely modern, European setting. Enjoy crudo salads, cheese or salumi selections or warm cassoulets served before, during or even after plates of pasta, fresh seafood, grilled or smoked meats, and locally grown vegetables. You can pull up to the community table, tuck in at your own intimate table or enjoy the outdoor terrace for a spirited drink.
1400 Wewatta St.

Cool River Café
With a warm, casually elegant ambiance, Cool River Café offers a dining experience that caters to all the senses. Savor American classics including sizzling steaks and tasty seafood recipes while enjoying happy hour and martini specials. Visit Cool River for lunch, dinner, cocktails or brunch.
8000 E. Belleview Ave., Ste. C10

Cucina Colore
Cucina Colore has been a local favorite for years, and recently underwent a renovation that is truly a knockout. If pasta is your thing, Cucina Colore never disappoints, whether it’s wood-fired pizza or a great serving of pasta or fish. But leave room for dessert, because the signature bread pudding is truly unbeatable.
3041 E. Third Ave.

The Curtis Club
Chef Eric Johnson has designed a menu that appeals to every taste, presented in a cool urban setting that is a bit off the beaten path for locals. Entrees are meticulously prepared to look as inviting as they taste, and are a far cry from your standard club fare. Make sure to check out the décor — original, fun and interesting.
2100 Curtis Street

Del Frisco Grille
A refreshing update to the classic bar and grill, the newly opened Del Frisco’s Grille in Cherry Creek North is simply delicious. Order some cheese steak eggrolls or ahi tacos and enjoy them with a glass of wine or handcrafted cocktail. Or stay true to the Del Frisco concept and indulge in a prime cut of beef cooked just the way you want it.
100 St. Paul St.

Dos Santos
Authentic Mexican fare is the theme of this fun taqueria, which has quickly become a local favorite. The menu is simple, straightforward and delicious, but it’s the brunch that has people talking. The Mexican Doughnuts are divine, made of cinnamon-sugar churros with Mexican chocolate ganache, vanilla crema and honey-glazed bacon bits. Yum!
1475 E. 17th Ave.

Duo Restaurant
This farm-to-table treasure is tucked away in one of Denver’s hippest neighborhoods and offers a relaxed and unassuming environment. A word of advice: Save room for dessert. Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, Duo’s renowned pastry chef, presents magical treats to top off any meal.
2413 W. 32nd Ave.

Eat + Drink
A wine and cheese emporium offering more than 100 artisan cheeses, gourmet foods and lots of wines. Located in LoHi, this is a great place to grab a quick lunch or enjoy some wine and cheese on a warm summer night.
1541 Platte Street

Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen
Located in historic Euclid Hall, this American tavern specializes in fine cocktails, craft beers and innovative, high-quality pub food from around the world. The eatery is a convenient location for Pepsi Center attendees, LoDo club-goers and Denver Center for the Performing Arts patrons.
1317 14th St.

Finn’s Manor
We have to tell you about this unique venue, which is a tribute to whisky drinkers everywhere. With a focus on whisky and rum-based cocktails, the three partners utilize fare from four food trucks to complement the cocktails. The result: a culinary adventure, which pairs tastes of The Philippines, the South, Jamaica, the Caribbean and Asia.
2927 Larimer St.

Named after friendly, informal gathering places in the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region of northeast Italy, Frasca features exquisitely prepared fare and a comprehensive wine list boasting more than 200 varieties. Warm, welcoming and unpretentious, it is the perfect destination for impromptu gatherings, casual dinners and special occasions.
1738 Pearl St., Boulder

Chef Alex Siedel, named one of Food & Wine’s best new chefs of 2010, creates a seasonal menu of sophisticated comfort food using only the highest quality, local ingredients. Fruition’s symphony of mood, service and cuisine reflect a grace that elevates this dining experience to a new level.
1313 E. 6th Ave.

Fuel Café
Located in the oh-so-hip Taxi district near downtown Denver, Fuel Café is a great place for small groups or larger parties. Featuring small plates and great drinks, this is the type of restaurant that brings out the best parts of eating out, whether you’re in the mood for a great brunch, steak or chicken or an interesting medley of small plates.
3455 Ringsby Court

Go Fish
In the heart of the trendy blocks of Broadway, just minutes from downtown, Go Fish offers creative Asian appetizers, entrees, noodle and rice specialties. The sushi and sashimi are innovative and delicious and great for vegetarians. The contemporary interior is a perfect blend of eclectic and chic.
1 Broadway

Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar
Hapa’s menu reflects a harmonious blend of Asian and American cultures. Traditional Japanese cooking fundamentals are amplified, muted or mixed with other styles to create something completely new and different. Multiple locations.
2780 E. 2nd Ave.

Humboldt Farm Fish Wine
Chefs DJ Nagle and Kollin Gandy are all about serving up the freshest, tastiest food possible, whether it’s a simple salad or a sumptuous dish of lobster spaghetti. From the down-home to the downright delicious, this is one restaurant that will surprise you with the preparation, making you wonder how food that sounds so simple can taste so great? Ingredients are mostly local, and produce, farm and fish are prepared onsite on a daily basis.
1700 Humboldt Street

Hutch & Spoon
For a fun respite from a busy day, make your way over to Hutch & Spoon, where chef/owner Tracy Zimmer is hard at work designing ever-changing menus that reflect her commitment to fresh ingredients made in just the right way. The casual atmosphere is great for relaxing over a great cup of coffee or a grilled cheese and peach chutney sandwich. The food is fresh, the ambience inviting, and a great choice for breakfast or lunch.
3090 Larimer Street

Il Posto
Glance into the open-air kitchen as Milanese chef and owner Andrea Frizzi prepares dishes inspired by northern Italian recipes at Il Posto. The resident sommelier selects the perfect wine for any meal. And the ever-changing menu features local organic produce and meats, along with fresh seafood flown in daily.
2011 E. 17th Ave.

Ivy At The Glenn
This is a great addition to southeast Denver’s restaurant scene. It features a new concept, developed by the founder of Footer’s Restaurant and Baur’s Ristorante, and combines classic comfort food with a warm, inviting ambiance.
6955 S. York St., Centennial

Izakaya Den
A popular Japanese gastropub with global cuisine, their tapas-style menu features traditional Japanese plates and dishes inventively infused with international flavor. The creative spin on sushi offers delicious rolls and refreshing cocktails in an understated, upscale ambiance.
1518 S. Pearl St.

This is an elegant Modern Chinese restaurant which stretches the margins of traditional Chinese fare. Specializing in Asian-fusion, the seafood and small plates are especially remarkable. Don’t miss the ultra-chic cocktail lounge, featuring a mesmerizing ambience with extraordinary specialty drinks. Located in Landmark Square, just minutes from major Denver Tech Center office parks and hotels, Jing is open 7 days a week.
5370 Greenwood Plaza Blvd.

The Kitchen
Enjoy the spirit of the family kitchen in this neighborhood restaurant. This spot serves exceptional contemporary American cuisine with local, organic ingredients and is deeply committed to eco-friendly practices and the community.
1039 Pearl St.
1530 16th St.

The Kitchen Next Door
This community pub is located in the beautifully renovated Union Station in downtown Denver. From classic sandwiches to creative salads, the menu is full of fresh eats enhanced by the open atmosphere. The Kitchen offers a variety of Colorado craft beers on tap, plus great specials during “Community Hour” from 3 to 6 p.m. every day.
1701 Wynkoop Street (Union Station),
South of the Great Hall

La Biblioteca Denver
Internationally heralded chef Richard Sandoval has taken his well-regarded Manhattan concept “the Library of Tequila” and created an eclectic menu of Latin-Asian specialties. The intimate venue boasts a massive collection of tequilas, mezcals and agave spirits, and food ranges from sushi to tacos to small plates.
1610 Little Raven Street

La Cour
Their website sums it up best: The Monley family and friends, with members who live in Denver and Paris, decided to share their love affair with France — and the way that fine food, drink and art can elevate a person’s senses. A unique and fun place featuring local and imported meats, cheeses and breads. Affordable French wines and great art make this a great way to spend a few hours.
1643 S. Broadway

Nestled in an intimate cozy setting, Leña is a Latin American-inspired restaurant that emphasizes sharing and communal dining. The venue’s focal point is the white oak, wood-fired grill that serves up a tempting assortment of grilled meats, seafood and vegetables. The tortillas and empañadas are homemade, and the traditional offerings represent South and Central America, Spain and Mexico.
24 Broadway

The vibrant international cuisine at Linger reflects a broad farm-to-table sensibility with a spin on traditional ethnic eats. Design elements create a purposeful contradiction, featuring reclaimed boxcar floors, a Lite Brite bar top and infinity windows with incredible views of downtown Denver.
2020 W. 30th Ave.

Little Ollie’s
The big sister to Jing, Little Ollie’s has been voted the best Chinese food in Denver by newspapers and magazines for the past 11 years of their 17-year history. MSG-free, Chinese made fresh is their stamp of excellence; the Peking duck a highlight. Little Ollie’s patio is open year round and abounds with flowers in the summer months.
2364 E. 3rd Ave.

Lola Mexican Fish House
Just a scenic stroll or a few minutes cab ride from downtown, Lola Mexican Fish House offers everything from custom guacamole mixed tableside to a varied array of remarkable, fresh entrees reminiscent of coastal Mexico. Patio seating, terrific weekend brunch and tantalizing cocktails are also a part of what makes Lola Mexican Fish House the place to be.
1575 Boulder Street

Los Chingones
Restaurateur Troy Guard’s foray into the world of Mexican food is really all about tacos, and his selections are drawing rave reviews. Locals are going gaga over the octopus tacos, the shrimp tacos, the butternut squash tacos. Pretty much everything you would never dream of putting in a taco has made its way into one at Los Chingones, and the result is wonderful. It’s not a fancy place, it’s just plain fun.
2461 Larimer Street

Lower48 Kitchen
The name pays homage to the lower 48 states and foods special to these regions. This theme is carried through in the décor, which represents modern America. The heritage of the nation is evidenced throughout, with modern accents to round out the interest. The menu changes daily, and you can always be assured it will be something delicious.
2020 Lawrence Street

Luca D’Italia
Zagat once named this bistro the top Italian restaurant in the western United States. The food is lovingly prepared, thoughtfully served and thoroughly enjoyed. A seasonally changing menu features Sicilian-style meats, pastas, breads and cheeses all prepared fresh in-house.
711 Grant St.

McCormick’s Fish House & Bar
Demonstrating culinary excellence, McCormick’s menu features seafood from the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Products are sourced from local ranches, farms and wineries to showcase regionally inspired dishes. Stop by and enjoy award-winning happy hour specials.
1659 Wazee St.

One of the top-rated restaurants in the country, Mizuna gives its chefs a wide creative berth when it comes to the monthly changing menu. Sample new versions of old recipes, unique food combinations and a stellar wine list for lunch and dinner.
225 E. 7th Ave.

Mercantile Dining & Provision
Acclaimed chef Alex Seidel takes diners on a culinary journey featuring fresh Colorado ingredients, many farmed from Fruition Farms artisanal sheep dairy and creamery. Located in Union Station, the atmosphere is hip, friendly and urban. Alex Seidel gained a following as owner of the award-winning Fruition Restaurant, and now takes diners to a new level of inspired eating.
1701 Wynkoop Street

North Italia
The flavors of Italy come alive at this restaurant that is part of Fox Restaurant Concepts. Long a staple of the lively Cherry Creek North shopping area, North consistently serves up some mouthwatering Italian fare. Featuring a great variety of small plates, and excellent entrees, pizzas and pastas.
190 Clayton Lane

OAK at Fourteenth
Combining features of Colorado’s rustic past with Boulder’s contemporary foodie scene, OAK at Fourteenth offers exquisite New American cuisine. Chef and owner Steven Redzikowski creates seasonally inspired menus centered on locally grown vegetables, locally sourced meats, sustainably raised seafood and house-made pastas. Co-owner Bryan Dayton is passionate about mixology, meaning the bar offers a variety of creative, handcrafted cocktails.
1400 Pearl Street, Boulder

Old Major
When a restaurant prides itself on serving sustainable cuisine, that definition can be all over the board. Not so at Old Major, a venue that cures its farm-raised meats in-house, serves sustainable seafood and sources ingredients from local farms. An experience in contemporary farmhouse cuisine.
3316 Tejon Street

Olive + Finch
For a delicious alternative to a heavy meal, Olive & Finch is inspired by European cafes that excel in locally handcrafted, fresh food. This charming marketplace and eatery serves sublime fresh-baked pastries, artisan sandwiches, soups and salads, made from scratch using organic and locally sourced produce.
1552 E. 17th Ave.

Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox
Billed as a “gastro-brothel”, this recent addition to the dining scene is housed in a former brothel/peep-show venue. Owner Justin Cucci is no stranger to great dining; in fact he has two of Denver’s most popular restaurants to his credit, Root Down and Linger. The menu is as interesting and eclectic as the space, with all types of food and cocktails to match the amazing, adventurous space.
1215 20th St.

Osaka Ramen
Chef Jeff Osaka is an icon in the local culinary scene, having honed his skill alongside some of the best chefs on the West Coast. His ramen noodle bowls are not to be missed, and he continues to wow diners with his innovative melding of flavors and ingredients. Yes, this is a true ramen restaurant, but it’s oh, so much more! This Spring, Ramen introduces a new emporium in Lower Downtown … stay tuned!
2817 E. Third Ave.

Osteria Marco
With classic hand-tossed Italian pizza, an extensive and accessible wine selection, housecrafted meats and cheeses and rustic elegance, this restaurant is classic osteria. This playful little brother of the high-end Luca d’Italia continues the tradition of quality and impeccable service.
1453 Larimer St.

Newly reopened Ototo offers diners an intimate setting to enjoy Japanese robata-style tapas, sashimi, grilled whole fish and noodles. A robota grill with bincho-tan charcoal infuses a distinct flavor into the food, and an extensive raw bar features catch of the day – fresh and on point. Ototo is the creation of Toshi Kizaki, a well-known fixture of Denver’s culinary scene for more than 30 years.
1501 S. Pearl St.

Palace Arms
Located in the Brown Palace Hotel, this award-winning restaurant blends contemporary American cuisine with an exceptional wine selection. Signature items include a tableside Caesar salad, seared Colorado bison steak and other creative, contemporary and traditional dishes.
321 17th St.

Decorated chef Elise Wiggins offers excellent contemporary northern Italian cuisine. Each handmade dish is unique and made with local, organic, sustainable ingredients. An award-winning wine list features hand-selected pairings that will please even the most discriminating palate.
909 17th St.

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
This restaurant is all about fresh seafood and bold New Orleans flavors. Even Louisiana natives consider this one of the best places to get Cajun cuisine away from home. With friendly service and a lively atmosphere, the only thing more authentic than the dishes is the Southern hospitality.
7520 E. Progress Ave.

Billing itself as a neighborhood bistro, P17 has a huge base of fans who come for the experience and return for the great food. This is a place that is casual enough to attract the neighborhood crowd, yet chef/owner Mary Nguyen’s creative technique draws people from across town and across the country. She is a masterful chef, and her talent is reflected in her creative dishes.
1600 17th Avenue

The Plimoth
The menus are constantly changing at The Plimoth, as the restaurant’s team of talented, creative chefs continue creating food that is fun, fresh and flavorful. Whether your taste runs toward a smoked salmon salad, smoked pastrami tartine or creatively prepared steak, you won’t be disappointed when you order items that taste as good as they sound.
2335 28th Avenue

The Populist
This gem of a restaurant has won kudos for so many reasons: the sense of community created by the numerous community tables, the creatively prepared small plates that are simply meant to be savored and shared, and the wonderful food and wine. The menu is fun, the drinks are fun, the experience is … well … fun!
3163 Larimer Street
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Postino WineCafe
The concept is simple: pair unique, approachable wines with simple foods prepared with local ingredients. This wonderful venue originated in Arcadia, CA and each location pays homage to the surrounding environment. The LoHi location is a reflection of the edgy and vibrant culture, but the menu is understated and great, featuring soups, salads and paninis.
2715 17th St., LoHi

Patrons partake in the excitement of vegetables fresh from the earth, fruit right off the branch and fish straight from the sea. Cuisine is determined largely by the availability of ingredients that meet Potager’s high standards of quality and eco-friendliness.
1109 Ogden Ave.

This has been one of the area’s favorite spots for everything from breakfast to late night since opening in 1983. Serving a tried-and-true mix of award-winning American and Mexican cuisine, Racine’s is also gluten-free. Located between the Cherry Creek area and downtown Denver.
650 Sherman St.

A very cool Colorado-themed restaurant, housed in an even cooler setting: an historic bank turned hotel, right in the middle of downtown Denver. The delicious food matches the incomparable setting, the bar scene is fun and the sea scallops are not to be missed! Oh, and desserts are awesome too.
918 17th Street

Revelry Kitchen
Housed in the bustling Berkeley neighborhood, Revelry Kitchen is a great place for breakfast and lunch (and of course brunch!). The menu features local ingredients, complemented by Colorado-made beers and spirits. Menu items range from a daily quiche to biscuits and gravy, gravlax with fried capers and mouthwatering enchiladas. And that’s just the beginning!
4140 W. 38th Ave.

Featuring a menu inspired by Mediterranean food and influenced by local ingredients, Rioja offers pure food and bright flavors. With a wine list that offers fun, interesting varietals and a menu that features plenty of vegetarian options, this spot is consistently rated among the top restaurants in Denver.
1431 Larimer St.

Root Down
The Root Down credo is that food should be sensational, igniting all the senses to create a full dining experience. Following a field to fork mentality, food is as organic, natural and local, as possible, and menus are globally influenced and inspired.
1600 W. 33rd Avenue
Concourse C at Denver International Airport

Session Kitchen
The space itself is totally cool: great art combined with an oh-so-contemporary vibe, offset by lines from song lyrics that spring up in unexpected places. Chef Scott Parker truly has created a wonderful blend of small plates and large plates, that can be enjoyed and relished in “sessions.”
1518 S. Pearl St.

One of Denver’s favorite A.M. eateries, Snooze offers a fresh take on breakfast classics. Their unique flapjacks set them apart; we recommend the pancake flight so you can try flavors ranging from pineapple upside down pancakes to sweet potato pancakes with caramel and pecans.
1701 Wynkoop Street (Union Station),
North of the Great Hall

Located in the bustling Highlands area, Spuntino serves seasonal Italian-inspired cooking from executive chef John Broening and desserts from pastry chef Yasmin Lozada-Hissom. The menu features fresh ingredients from local farms, sustainably raised seafood, locally sourced meats and housemade pastas and breads.
2639 W. 32nd Ave.

Squeaky Bean
The name is as playful as The Squeaky Bean concept, which is to take flavor and presentation seriously, but leave plenty of room for fun and inventiveness. The restaurant features an ever-changing menu of seasonal fare, and the majority of the produce and herbs are grown organically in the restaurant’s own gardens.
1500 Wynkoop Street

Stoic & Genuine
Located in the recently renovated Union Station in Denver’s Lower Downtown neighborhood, Stoic & Genuine has a simple motto: Fresh is everything. This multi-coastal seafood house and oyster bar flies in fresh seafood every day and features an innovative menu. Executive Chef Jennifer Jasinski is also behind three of our other favorite Denver restaurants: Rioja, Bistro Vendôme and Euclid Hall.
1701 Wynkoop Street (Union Station),
South of the Great Hall

Stout Street Social
Located directly across from the Denver Center for Performing Arts, Stout Street Social is a great before or after-theater destination. It’s also steps away from the Colorado Convention Center. The menu runs the gamut from steak to sushi, along with fresh oysters and even comfort foods. A great dining option right in the heart of downtown Denver.
1400 Stout St.

Chefs Noah French and Troy Guard describe Sugarmill as a dessert lounge with a chef’s counter. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, they offer savory dishes and tasty treats. They specialize in desserts and pastries, but fare ranges from breakfast burritos and gourmet quiche to kale salads and handmade pasta.
2461 Larimer Street

Sushi Den
Regarded as one of the premier sushi and Japanese restaurants in the U.S. since the mid ’80s, this popular spot continues to set a standard for high-quality cuisine. With its own pesticide-free farm for produce, plus seafood flown in from Japan, Sushi Den leads Denver restaurants in quality.
1487 S. Pearl St.

Table 6
This classic bistro offers a warm and inviting atmosphere. Culinary mastery is evidenced in each succulent dish, delivered with elegant style and grace. His nightly fare is complemented by a dynamic wine list created by owner and sommelier Aaron Forman.
609 Corona St.

Owners and chefs Amy Vitale and Dustin Barrett transformed this spot into a cozy, eclectic restaurant with personality and charm. The creative New American cuisine and friendly service at Tables are bright spots. Menus are regularly updated to feature the freshest seasonal ingredients.
2267 Kearney St.

Chef/Owner Troy Guard uses fresh local ingredients to offer a cross-cultural culinary adventure. Guard’s playful cuisine, described as Continental Social Food, melds classic and contemporary styles in a chic urban atmosphere to inspire a sense of community among friends. The menu is unconstrained by national boundaries, drawing from Chef Guard’s Hawaiian rearing and his travels in Asia and Latin America.
1441 Larimer Street

Highly regarded Chef Richard Sandoval delivers a perfect take on modern Mexican cuisine. Sit at the bar and peruse more than 100 tequilas and agave-based spirits, then get ready to indulge. The menu boasts all the delights of Mexico with a contemporary flair, paying tribute to Chef Sandoval’s deeply rooted ties to his grandmother’s and father’s authentic Mexican cooking.
1400 Larimer Square

Trillium is an urban eatery centered on rustic cuisine, with dishes rooted in the American and Scandinavian culinary traditions. The building itself is more than 100 years old and once operated as a “wheel and deal” pawnshop. Today, it features the original 14-foot ceilings, an open, exhibition-style kitchen, exposed wooden beams and pressed tin ceilings. The bar is geared towards small wine producers, eclectic beer offerings and handcrafted cocktails.
2134 Larimer Street

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill
With 52 beers on tap and at least 28 local Colorado brews, Thirsty Lion brings in the crowds who are exploring downtown Denver and Union Station. With menu items such as Traditional Scotch Eggs, you really do feel like you’ve entered an authentic English pub, and the extensive beer list will keep you entertained. So sit back, order up a pint, and watch your favorite sports team on the big screens over the bar.
1605 Wynkoop St.

True Food Kitchen
While it’s obvious that True Food is all about healthy eating, it sure doesn’t taste that way. Meals are full of flavor and the way the restaurant packs in the crowds, it’s pretty obvious people keep coming back for more. The restaurant is dedicated to offering food that tastes good and is good for you .. a winning combination.
2800 E. Second Avenue

Venice Ristorante
Enjoy a five-star Venetian dining experience at the three Venice ristorantes (including Venice DTC and Chianti DTC) with the highest of culinary expertise. Enjoy monthly wine dinners, private dining for an event, catering services or a delectable five-course meal. You’ll be amazed by the impeccable service and exquisite authentic Italian cuisine.
1700 Wynkoop St.

Vesta Dipping Grill
Named for the goddess of the hearth, Vesta features chef Matt Selby’s world-grill cuisine in the form of more than 30 housemade dipping sauces, chutneys, salsas, mojos and aiolis, as well as a seasonally changing menu. This award-winning restaurant boasts a sensual ambiance, placing it at the top of Denver foodies’ lists.
1822 Blake St.

Willie G’s Seafood & Steaks
An upscale seafood and steak restaurant with a loyal following, this downtown hotspot enjoys a national reputation. Enjoy lunch, dinner or fabulous happy hour specials in a comfortably chic atmosphere.
1585 Lawrence St.

Work & Class
Owners Tony, Delores and Dana describe the concept behind their restaurant as “a square meal, a stiff drink and a fair price.” The menu blends American and Latin cuisines seamlessly, leading to savory meats and delicious side dishes. Note: This restaurant is closed on Mondays.
2500 Larimer Street

Ya Ya’s
Treat your taste buds to a tour of Europe without the expensive airfare. This lovely bistro caters to the casual diner, with room for business meetings and special occasions. The menu changes daily to ensure the freshest and best quality seafood, steaks, chops and other exquisite entrées.
8310 E. Belleview Ave., Greenwood Village

Z Cuisine Bistro
The authentic Parisian eatery is located just minutes from LoDo. It offers a daily blackboard menu featuring genuine French fare made with the best local, organic ingredients. For the full French experience, visit the authentic, on-site absinthe bar.
2239 W. 30th Ave.

Chef/owner Richard Sandoval presents a masterful presentation of Latin-Asian dishes that have made Zengo a staple in Denver’s dining community. Dishes are made for sharing, and once you sample the fare you’ll understand why Bon Appetit named Sandoval Restaurateur of the Year. The décor is lively, the handcrafted cocktails are wildly popular and with more than 100 Tequilas, what more could any diner want?

1610 Little Raven Street

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