Denver

Restaurants in Denver

Denver restaurants have jumped on to the local, organic, and sustainable bandwagon, and what that means in this part of the country is lots of beef and sometimes game too. The produce grown on Colorado's organic farms makes its way to the menus of the best restaurants in Denver. Black Pearl is one of the acclaimed restaurants emphasizing seasonal produce. The fare is contemporary American, and the décor understated, with exposed brick walls and bare wooden floors. In warmer months, there's seating outdoors.

Lola has also long been a popular spot, with its menu of Mexican coastal dishes that can be easily paired with choices from their long list of tequilas. Beer drinkers will want to hit some of Denver's microbreweries. There are many in LoDo, but a good place to start is at Wynkoop which was the first microbrewery in the neighborhood and helped jumpstart its revitalization. Finally, because we know some of you are wondering, you can find Rocky Mountain Oysters (that is, fried bull's testicles) on the menus of some Denver restaurants, including the Buckhorn Exchange, the city's oldest restaurant.

Featured on the Travel Channel’s No Reservations and Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Biker Jims Dogs’s fame reaches far beyond its Five Points restaurant in Denver.

About 10 minutes from downtown, this Cherry Creek steakhouse is owned by former superstar quarterback John Elway (who occasionally stops by to have a steak and sign a few autographs).

Committed to cooking in season with locally available produce, executive chef Mitch Mayers, educated at the Culinary Institute of America in New York City, changes his contemporary American menu regularly.

Ink

After studying the art of coffee and espresso in Italy in 1994, Keith Herbert purchased a small coffee cart and started his business Ink! in Aspen, Colorado. Today, Herbert’s creation has expanded to seven different shops within the state.

Owned by Mexican-born chef Richard Sandoval, this Riverfront Park restaurant specializes in boldly spiced Latin-Asian small plates. Inside, dark wood tables are brightened by orange and red accents, while the bar’s asymmetrical alcove shelves create an unusual focal point.

Situated in Cherry Creek, Cucina Colore is a modern Italian eatery known for its fresh, inventive fare and award-winning wine list.

Kitschy Mexican posters of famous boxers and actors mix with racy comic strips and huge advertisements for Dos Equis Lager on the walls of Mezcal, an authentic taqueria and cantina in City Park.

Locally touted as one of the best places to enjoy a meal, Lola serves coastal Mexican cuisine that can be flawlessly paired with one of over 150 different tequila selections. Chefs at Lola are considered craftsmen and make many items by hand, such as the tamales and tortillas.

Chef Alex Seidel, named as one of the Best New Chefs in 2010 by Food & Wine, teams up with maitre d’ Paul Attardi at this upscale restaurant in the Country Club neighborhood.

Named after an 18th-century Parisian square, Bistro Vendôme is designed to resemble an authentic French restaurant. Housed inside the red-brick Sussex building, which dates from the 1880’s, the high-ceilinged dining room has pale yellow walls, dark wood furniture, and large windows, as well as an

Chef Jennifer Jasinski, mentored by Wolfgang Puck and a semi-finalist for a James Beard award, partners with Beth Gruitch at their celebrated restaurant, Rioja.

Martini and comfort food hangout.