Denver Restaurants

As befits a multiethnic crossroads, Denver lays out a dizzying range of eateries. Head for LoDo, the Highland District, the 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, but between the increased exposure and the rapid influx of residents, prices have skyrocketed to match or exceed those of larger cities.

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  • 1. Fruition

    $$$$ | City Park | Modern American

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

  • 2. Mercantile Dining & Provisions

    $$$ | LoDo | Modern American

    Brought to you by the same James Beard award–winning chef Alex Seidel of Fruition, Mercantile features the same ingredients from their farm...Read More

  • 3. Mizuna

    $$$$ | Capitol Hill | Modern 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

  • 4. 1515 Restaurant

    $$$$ | LoDo | Modern 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

  • 5. Beast + Bottle

    $$ | Capitol Hill | Modern 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. City Cafe

    $ | Downtown | American

    Everything is made from scratch at this charming little bakery and café, including the stocks for the French onion soup and other daily restoratives...Read More

  • 9. CityGrille

    $ | Capitol Hill | American

    Politicians and construction workers rub shoulders while chowing down on the well-crafted sandwiches, soups, and salads at this casual eatery...Read More

  • 10. Dazzle at Baur's

    $$ | Downtown | American

    If it's martinis and jazz you're after, come to this casually elegant space (larger and snazzier after a move to the historic Baur's Building...Read More

  • 11. Hot Cakes Diner

    $ | Capitol Hill | Diner

    This jumping Capitol Hill spot is a breakfast and lunch hangout. Weekend brunch draws crowds of bicyclists and newspaper readers in search of...Read More

  • 12. Palettes

    $$ | Modern American

    The Denver Art Museum's restaurant, which serves lunch Tuesday through Sunday and dinner only on Fridays, is the product of local culinary artist...Read More

  • 13. Potager

    $$ | Capitol Hill | Modern American

    The menu changes monthly at this industrial-designed restaurant, whose name, French for "kitchen garden," refers to the herb-rimmed back patio...Read More

  • 14. Sam's No. 3

    $ | Downtown | Diner

    Greek immigrant Sam Armatas opened his first eatery in Denver in 1927, and his three sons use the same recipes their father did in their updated...Read More

  • 15. Snooze

    $ | Five Points | American

    The line for this Ballpark neighborhood joint starts just before the 6:30 am weekday opening and sometimes an hour before it opens on weekends...Read More

  • 16. The Kitchen Next Door Union Station

    $ | LoDo | Modern American

    With more reasonably priced offerings and a more casual setting than the other Kitchens in Boulder and Glendale, Next Door's comfortable pub...Read More

  • 17. The Nickel

    $$ | Downtown | Modern American

    A basic contemporary American menu offers classics done well at the Nickel, the restaurant located in the Hotel Teatro. Enjoy a top-notch burger...Read More

  • 18. The Squeaky Bean

    $$$$ | LoDo | Modern American

    The original location was a tiny storefront in the Highland, but it was obvious early on that the popular Bean, with herbs and produce from...Read More

  • 19. Tom's Home Cookin'

    $ | Five Points | American

    Get there early, because Tom's usually runs out of the abundant portions of finger-licking-good Southern-style comfort foods and soul food made...Read More

  • 20. Vesta Dipping Grill

    $$$$ | LoDo | Modern American

    Both the remodeled building and the interior space designed to house this modern grill, named after Vesta, the Roman hearth goddess, have won...Read More

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