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.

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.

Udi Baron and his family began their bread-making enterprise with just a single sandwich shop, established in 1994. Today, the Barons own a bakery, five cafés, and a catering company, but they never compromised the quality of their artisan breads.

True to the original NYC Palm’s style, dark wood chair railing with paneling is bordered with vintage magazine clippings and caricatures of celebrities at the Denver location.

Duo

Embracing a farm-to-table philosophy, this Highland restaurant serves seasonal New American cuisine in an industrial-chic space.

Trendier than the average pizza joint, this Belmar restaurant is owned by James Beard Award nominee Mark Tarbell.

Taking its name from the famous Boston eatery, Steuben's Food Service strives to recreate the American Regional Classics we all know and love. The bright blue paint, light wood accents and metallic tables offer a throwback to those classic '50s diners, but the interior still has modern touches.

Located on the edge of the RiNo Art District, this restaurant emphasizes local organic ingredients, some of which are grown in an on-site garden.