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. Lola Denver

    $$ | Highland | Mexican

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

  • 2. 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. The...Read More

  • 3. Rioja

    $$$ | Larimer Square | Mediterranean

    The restaurant is hip and artsy, with exposed brick and blown-glass lighting, arched doorways, and textured draperies. Chef Jennifer Jasinski...Read More

  • 4. Stoic & Genuine

    $$$ | LoDo | Seafood

    Known for their eateries Rioja and Bistro Vendôme, Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch bring fresh seafood and oysters to Union Station in an...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. Capital Grille

    $$$$ | Larimer Square | Steakhouse

    In a town that loves its steaks, the Rhode Island–based chain was taking a chance moving in and pretending to offer anything different from...Read More

  • 7. City O' City

    $ | Capitol Hill | Vegetarian

    Brought to Denver by the same folks who run the vegetarian-friendly WaterCourse, City O' City is a welcoming, casual, three-meals-daily bakery...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Elway's

    $$$$ | Cherry Creek | Steakhouse

    You won't see the big guy very often here—or at the company's downtown Ritz-Carlton–Denver, Denver International Airport, or Vail locations...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Il Posto

    $$ | RiNo | Italian

    The menu, written on a chalkboard on the wall, changes daily at Il Posto (The Place), where chef/owner Andrea Frizzi cooks intricately layered...Read More

  • 12. Jack–n–Grill

    $ | North Denver | Mexican

    The friendly family that runs this small, pepper-decorated place moved to Denver from New Mexico, and they brought their love of chilies with...Read More

  • 13. Le Central

    $$ | Central Denver | French

    A real find, this homey bistro serves excellent mussel dishes and provincial French specialties, including beef bourguignon (braised in red...Read More

  • 14. Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria

    $$ | Five Points | Pizza

    Pizzerias often claim to serve authentic Neapolitan pizza, but in this casual, brick-lined place, it's true: Marco's pies come out of the coal...Read More

  • 15. P17 Bistro

    $$$ | Capitol Hill | Asian

    A complete overhaul of the menu transformed the former Parallel Seventeen into a bistro that serves Asian-inspired dishes with an emphasis on...Read More

  • 16. 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

  • 17. 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

  • 18. Tacos Tequila Whiskey

    $ | Highland | Mexican

    Originally a food truck, the name of this taqueria showcases exactly what it specializes in: queso a la plancha tacos and seared ahi tuna...Read More

  • 19. Tamayo

    $$$ | Larimer Square | Mexican

    Chef-owner Richard Sandoval brought his popular concept of modern, upscale Mexican cuisine from New York to Denver, and it's just as welcome...Read More

  • 20. 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

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