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.

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.

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.