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

    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

    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

    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

    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

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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