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. Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs

    $ | 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Imperial Chinese

    $$ | South Denver | Chinese

    Papier-mâché lions greet you at the entrance of this sleek Szechuan stunner, which is probably the best Chinese restaurant within a 500-mile...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Osteria Marco

    $$$ | Larimer Square | Italian

    The Bonannos, whose restaurants number more than a dozen now and are all among the best in town, continue to have success with this reasonably...Read More

  • 9. Pizzeria Locale

    $ | Highland | Pizza

    This casual pizzeria is a franchised offshoot of the original in Boulder. They had set out to make inexpensive pizza the way it was done in...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. The Original Pasquini's on Broadway

    $ | South Denver | Pizza

    Come to this informal, popular spot that offers the comforting bustle of a New York–style pizzeria, to indulge in fresh, homemade pastas, calzones...Read More

  • 13. Mangiamo Pronto!

    $$$ | LoDo | Italian

    Snag a booth at this small, casual café three blocks from Coors Field whose name is Italian for "let's eat now!" A larger version of the tiny...Read More

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