Contemporary

Crú A Wine Bar (Downtown)

WIth 50 wines by the glass and 250 more by the bottle, the greatest challenge here is narrowing your choices. Try the pan-seared scallops or Australian lamb. 

Kevin Taylor's at the Opera House

A modern American menu, from Maine lobster ravioli to Colorado rack of lamb with French lentils, in the sleek ambience of the opera house.

Devil's Food

This neighborhood bakery and restaurant supports local and organic farmers. Enjoy small plates and entrees like homemade gnocchi or try the strada (bread pudding) and eggs Benedict from the "Breakfast at Night" menu. 

The Kitchen

This community bistro serves seasonal, rustic classics. Head over during community hour for the green salad with chévre and hazelnuts, mushrooms on toast, and curry-spiced nuts; be sure to peruse the extensive beer and wine lists.

Solera

This contemporary American menu starts with anything-but-ordinary fried calamari and ramps up to savory roasted duck. 

Potager

This family-owned restaurant specializes in fresh, seasonal food. (The menu changes once a month.) Dine in the back garden.

Avenue Grill

A mainstay of the Uptown neighborhood, this restaurant offers an eclectic menu that includes seafood, steak, and more. Try the herb-crusted Alamosa bass with a Chardonnay butter and vegetable rice pilaf. 

Bang!

This small Highland restaurant serves new twists on American classics. Try the meatloaf with mashed potatoes and sugar snap peas. For dessert, the gingerbread cake with fresh whipped cream is a must.

Assignments

A student-operated restaurant affiliated with the culinary program at the Art Institute of Colorado. Three-course tasting menus offer regional American as well as international dishes. 

Palettes

After visiting the Denver Art Museum's galleries, make time to dine in the attached restaurant.  Start the meal with something refreshing like the beef tenderloin carpaccio.

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