Restaurants in Denver

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These days, you can’t drive a mile in Denver without hitting a new restaurant, whether it’s a beer-centric joint or a polished take on French cuisine... Read More

These days, you can’t drive a mile in Denver without hitting a new restaurant, whether it’s a beer-centric joint or a polished take on French cuisine from industry veterans. Gone are the days when the city was an innovative-cuisine wasteland; Denver chefs have stepped up their game. While there are still quirks to work out—service can be slow, it’s true—this former cow town has come into its own as a veritable food destination.

Light-years away from the uptight, white-tablecloth restaurants of other urban centers, Denver’s upscale-casual scene is like no other. The focus is all on the food at local favorites like Acorn, where oak-fired meats, top-notch ingredients, and a serious cocktail menu guarantee a meal to remember. Asian fusion is having a moment, with Portland-based chef Gregory Gourdet’s brand-new Departure revitalizing the dining scene in the Cherry Creek neighborhood and Denver’s own Tommy Lee turning heads at what some say is the best restaurant in town: Hop Alley. Chefs are also making waves with creative seafood dishes, from an enticing grilled-octopus appetizer at Bar Dough to a top-notch omakase dinner at newcomer Sushi Ronin.

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  • Acorn Restaurant in Denver Courtesy of Acorn
    Acorn

    Located in the Source, an artisan food market remodeled from an 1880s brick foundry, the casual but upscale Acorn consistently delivers on a changing,... Read More

  • Avelina Restaurant in Denver Courtesy of Avelina
    Avelina

    This brand new Lower Downtown restaurant from power house duo John Broening and pastry chef Yasmin Lozada-Hissom serves elevated, French-inspired... Read More

  • Bar Dough Restaurant in Denver Courtesy of Bar Dough
    Bar Dough

    Grab a table on the patio or an intimate booth at this bustling, red-and-white Lower Highland restaurant where classic Italian dishes receive a fresh... Read More

  • Cho77 Restaurant in Denver Courtesy of Cho77
    Cho77

    After gaining acclaim at ChoLon Bistro downtown, chef Lon Symensma's second restaurant packs in 20-something hipsters for well-spiced Asian street food... Read More

  • Central Market in Denver Adam Larkey
    Denver Central Market

    A brand new food hall with 11 different vendors, the Central Market brings together a who's who list of the Denver dining scene while providing a one... Read More

  • Departure Restaurant in Denver Courtesy of Departure
    Departure

    With its massive, glowing white bar and decked-out crowds, Departure feels more like a trendy L.A. hot spot than a Mile High restaurant. Diners adore... Read More

  • Hop Alley Restaurant in Denver Dag Larsen
    Hop Alley

    Located a bit out of the way in the up-and-coming RiNo neighborhood, the masses have discovered this hopping Chinese fusion restaurant from chef Tommy... Read More

  • Linger Restaurant in Denver Courtesy of Linger
    Linger

    Inventive international street food meets friendly service at this Lower Highlands hot spot built on the site of a former mortuary. Twenty- and thirty... Read More

  • Little Man Ice Cream in Denver Courtesy of Little Man Ice Cream
    Little Man Ice Cream

    Worth the walk into the Highlands neighborhood and conveniently located across from a park, this cheery ice cream shop in the shape of a giant milk jug... Read More

  • Mercantile dining & provision Restaurant in Denver McCall Burau
    Mercantile Dining & Provision

    At one of Union Station's flagship restaurants, chef Alex Seidel takes on elevated Mediterranean-inspired comfort food without all the pretense. Indulge... Read More

  • Old Major Restaurant in Denver Courtesy of Old Major
    Old Major

    The young crowd may love this American joint for its plaid-wearing, mustache-sporting servers (not to mention the reclaimed wood and Edison bulbs), but... Read More

  • Rioja Restaurant in Denver Jennifer Olson
    Rioja

    Executive chef Jennifer Jasinski (a James Beard Award winner) tackles Mediterranean fare at this upscale restaurant set under the twinkle lights of... Read More

  • Sushi Ronin Restaurant in Denver Courtesy of Sushi Ronin
    Sushi Ronin

    Lower Highland-based Sushi Ronin might be one of the newest sushi joints in Denver, but it's already turning heads for its well-executed omakase dinners... Read More

  • Tacos Tequila Whiskey Restaurant in Denver Courtesy of Tacos Tequila Whiskey
    Tacos Tequila Whiskey

    With two locations in Denver, this Mexican hot spot—often called Pinche Tacos—began as a food truck before its devoted fans demanded that chef and owner... Read More

  • The Populist Restaurant in Denver Courtesy of The Populist
    The Populist

    One of the earliest restaurants to find a home in the still rough-around-the-edges River North Art District, the Populist creates unforgettable evening... Read More

  • Vert Kitchen Restaurant in Denver Courtesy of Vert Kitchen
    Vert Kitchen

    A small, bustling French cafe serving breakfast and lunch in the Washington Park neighborhood, Vert Kitchen lures locals with delicious, inventive... Read More

  • Work & Class Restaurant in Denver Courtesy of Work & Class
    Work & Class

    Hungry locals pack into this no-reservations Latin Ballpark restaurant for a high-energy, casual meal of meat by the pound served with an array of... Read More

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