Denver Restaurants

As befits a multiethnic crossroads, Denver lays out a dizzying range of eateries. Head for LoDo, the Highland District, the up-and-coming RiNo Art District, or south of the city for the more inventive kitchens. Try Federal Street for cheap ethnic eats—especially Mexican and Vietnamese—and expect authentic takes on classic Italia
As befits a multiethnic crossroads, Denver lays out a dizzying range of eateries. Head for LoDo, the Highland District, the up-and-coming RiNo Art District, or south of the city for the more inventive kitchens. Try Federal Street for cheap ethnic eats—especially Mexican
As befits a multiethnic crossroads, Denver lays out a dizzying range of eateries. Head for LoDo, the Highland District,

As befits a multiethnic crossroads, Denver lays out a dizzying range of eateries. Head for LoDo, the Highland District, the up-and-coming RiNo Art District, or south of the city for the more inventive kitchens. Try Federal Street for cheap ethnic eats—especially Mexican and Vietnamese—and expect authentic takes on classic Italian, French, and Asian cuisines. Throughout Denver, menus at trendy restaurants focus on locally sourced, organic, and healthier options; Denver's top chefs continue to gain the attention of national food magazines and win culinary competitions.

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  • 1. Fruition

    $$$$ | Central Denver | American

    Well-crafted, elegant comfort food made from seasonal ingredients is served in compelling combinations, like roasted pork with fennel, sausage...Read More

  • 2. Lola Denver

    $$$ | Highland | Mexican

    This casual eatery with valet parking brings in a young, hip clientele and provides a spectacular view of the city skyline from most of the...Read More

  • 3. Mercantile Dining & Provisions

    $$$$ | LoDo | American

    Brought to you by the same team that created Fruition, Mercantile features the same ingredients from their farm and creamery as well as the...Read More

  • 4. Mizuna

    $$$$ | Central Denver | American

    Chef-owner Frank Bonanno knows how to transform butter and cream into comforting masterpieces at this cozy eatery with warm colors and intimate...Read More

  • 5. Panzano

    $$$$ | Downtown | Italian

    This dining room in Hotel Monaco is filled with fresh flowers and windows that let in natural light, making the space cheerful and bright. Three...Read More

  • 6. Rioja

    $$$ | Larimer Square | Mediterranean

    Chef Jennifer Jasinski's intense attention to detail is evident in her tribute to Mediterranean food with contemporary flair. The 2013 James...Read More

  • 7. Stoic & Genuine

    $$$$ | LoDo | Seafood

    Known for their eateries Rioja and Euclid Hall, Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch bring fresh seafood and oysters to Union Station in an oddly...Read More

  • 8. Sushi Den

    $$$ | South Denver | Japanese

    With a sister restaurant in Japan (and another, Izakaya Den, a more casual version just down the street) and owners who import sushi-grade seafood...Read More

  • 9. The Fort Restaurant

    $$$$ | Steakhouse

    This adobe structure, complete with flickering luminarias and a pinyon-pine bonfire in the courtyard, is a perfect reproduction of Bent's Fort...Read More

  • 10. 1515 Restaurant

    $$$$ | LoDo | American

    Owner Gene Tang seems to be one of the hardest-working men in the restaurant business, judging by the personal attention he gives the tables...Read More

  • 11. Acorn

    $$ | American

    The cavernous space in the former foundry now called The Source sports graffiti-style art, exposed brick and ductwork as its main decor elements...Read More

  • 12. Anthony's Pizza & Pasta

    $ | Downtown | Pizza

    This two-story dive, with a standing counter as well as a sit-down dining area upstairs crammed with ramshackle chairs and tables in various...Read More

  • 13. Argyll Whisky Beer

    $$ | Capitol Hill | British

    A gastropub that didn't make it the first time around in Cherry Creek, Argyll is definitely better in its second incarnation uptown, with the...Read More

  • 14. Barolo Grill

    $$$$ | Central Denver | Italian

    This restaurant looks like a chichi Italian farmhouse, with dried flowers in brass urns, hand-painted porcelain, and straw baskets everywhere...Read More

  • 15. Beast + Bottle

    $$$ | Capitol Hill | American

    A cozy space that's just right for couples and small get-togethers, this Uptown eatery is aptly named for its constantly rotating roster of...Read More

  • 16. Biju's Little Curry Shop

    $$ | Indian

    Colorado cyclists already knew the culinary genius of Biju Thomas from his Feed Zone cookbooks with Boulderite Allen Lim of Skratch Labs—the...Read More

  • 17. Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs

    $ | Five Points | Hot Dog

    Quite the character, Biker Jim was hawking his gourmet hot dogs—split down the middle, with Coca-Cola-caramelized onions and a squirt of cream...Read More

  • 18. Blue Bonnet Cafe and Lounge

    $$ | South Denver | Mexican

    Its location out of the tourist loop, southeast of downtown, doesn't stop the crowds (mostly tourists) from lining up early for this restaurant...Read More

  • 19. Breckenridge Colorado Craft

    $$ | Five Points | American

    Years before Coors Field moved in, Breckenridge Brewery set up shop with its top-notch brews and some snacks to go with. It has stayed the course...Read More

  • 20. Brother's BBQ

    $ | Central Denver | American

    Two brothers from England traveled the southern United States on a quest to learn everything there is to know about barbecue, and they decided...Read More

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