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Cattivella

303-645-3779
Former Panzano chef Elise Wiggins offers rustic, wood-fired Italian fare from a sprawling chef’s counter. Go for grilled oysters, seasonal pizzas, and house-aged steaks.

Seasons 52

303-799-0252
This fresh grill and bar features an award-winning wine list and a seasonal menu. Enjoy signature flatbreads or mini desserts paired with a selection from the extensive wine list.

Wayward

720-449-8300
Chef Talia Diele offers regionally sourced, sustainably minded fare at this comfortable neighborhood restaurant. Try the lamb two ways: roasted shoulder and braised neck served with pickled Swiss chard stems.

Bridgewater Grill

303-279-2010
Located in Historic Downtown Golden, this chic spot serves seasonal salads, sandwiches, burgers, and entrees. Try its award-winning pork green chile.

The Preservery

303-298-6821
This family-owned communal hub offers seasonal sandwiches, snacks, and pastries. Join them for its brand new brunch program, which features savory omelets and zesty ginger mimosas.

Piatti Ristorante & Bar

303-321-1919
This Cherry Creek North staple serves multiregional Italian food with flair. Fresh pastas, game, fish, and poultry round out a menu that uses fresh, local ingredients.

L’Atelier

303-442-7233
Indulge in tender lamb or the succulent lobster. The best values are at lunchtime, but these flavors are worth every penny.

North County

720-532-0106
With a beach bar atmosphere in a landlocked state, this San Diego-inspired taqueria boasts a daily catch of charcoal fish tacos and a bar full of tequila libations and spiked sodas batched and bottled in house.

Junz

720-851-1005
A Japanese-French fusion restaurant making a splash in the southeast metro area.

LoHi Steakbar

303-927-6334
Steak is an obvious favorite at this casual bar, but you can find burgers, chicken, and fish on the menu, too. Try a specialty cocktail, like a Moscow mule or a lavender '75.
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Hop Alley

720-379-8340
From Tommy Lee of Uncle, this neighborhood hangout serves dishes rooted in Chinese tradition with a touch of Lee’s distinctive flair. Try the steamed eggplant, the chilled tofu, or the garlic shrimp noodles.

Oceanaire Seafood Room

303-991-2277
This upscale restaurant (decorated in a 1930s ocean liner-style) does seafood right. Order your selection to your liking: broiled, grilled, fried, steamed, or sauteed.

240 Union

303-989-3562
This upscale, upbeat restaurant serves continental American food, including seafood, pastas, and wood-fired pizzas. Try the chicken fried lobster tail with lemon-chive whipped potatoes and tarragon cream.

Bistro Vendôme

303-825-3232
This romantic spot on Larimer Square conjures up Paris with crusty bread, excellent coffee, and a tranquil patio. Indulge in French bistro classics, such as steak frites with béarnaise sauce. Weekend brunch is particularly good, with a to-die-for croque madame.

Sushi Sasa

303-433-7272
Enjoy Japanese fusion cuisine—including sushi combos, poke bowls, noodles, and much more—in a sleek, modern setting. Don't miss the seared wagyu beef with cucumbers, foie gras potatoes, and sesame salt.

Washington Park Grille

303-777-0707
This neighborhood spot serves contemporary American food. Try the seared ahi tuna with wasabi aioli, rice, and stir-fry vegetables. Enjoy live music with your meal on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings.

Spuntino

303-433-0949
Enjoy the locally sourced menu at this Italian-inspired spot. Try the seasonal pasta or any dish with goat. Don't miss the house-made gelato for dessert.

Mediterranean

303-444-5335
Offering Spanish-, French-, and Greek-inspired cuisine. Sample from one of the 38 tapas on the menu as you sip from a fabulous wine selection.

Azitra

303-465-4444
Taste Indian fare with contemporary twists as you explore the varied menu. Try the goat curry, made with goat meat on the bone braised in a traditional Northern Indian-style curry sauce.

Brodo Italian Scratch Kitchen

303-953-1121
Enjoy Italian comfort food from the founders of the Wooden Table. Choose from a collection of pastas such as the house-made tortelloni with herbed goat cheese, or try the mussels cooked in garlic and white wine.

Zolo Grill

303-449-0444
This is Southwestern fare with a nice twist. Try the seasonal tamales. Plus, with around 150 tequilas to choose from, ordering a great margarita is a must.

Roma Cucina e Piazza

303-449-1787
Enjoy the robust flavors of authentic Italian cuisine. Try pizza from the wood-fired oven, house-made pasta, fresh seafood, and tiramisu.

North End at 4580

303-448-1500
Weekly specials, all-night Sunday happy hour, small and large plates, gluten-free options, and weekend chef-choice dishes keep this local joint interesting. Best bets include the red wine-braised short ribs, bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with chorizo, and pan-seared salmon.

Maloney’s Tavern

303-825-1990
This pop culture-themed bar and grill with a lively and comfortable atmosphere serves up a variety of burgers, steaks, salads, and pasta, plus the signature jumbo martinis.

Bramble & Hare

303-444-9110
This farmhouse kitchen and pub offers American Nouveau dishes and cocktails inspired by local, farm-fresh ingredients. Try the creative charcuterie or the confit wings in a vintage, industrial-style atmosphere.

Yanni’s Greek Restaurant

303-692-0404
Some say this is the best Greek food in town. Enjoy this elegant yet casual taverna, and try the Colorado grilled lamb chops served with roasted potatoes and veggies. Plus, everyone loves a good gyro. Pair your meal with one of their many wine options.

JaJa Bistro

303-798-5389
Located in a charming bungalow, this restaurant serves a rotating menu of classic French entrees. Try the crepes for lunch, or order the boeuf bourguignon at dinner.

Silla

303-338-5070
You can't go wrong ordering from the menu at this Korean eatery. Try the seafood dish, haemul pajeon.

Tstreet Roadhouse

303-936-5179
Stop in for breakfast, lunch, and then again for dinner. This gathering spot offers a variety of eats—from fresh oysters to the more simplistic Roadhouse Burger, a Colorado-raised beef patty topped with melted Gruyére cheese and caramelized onions on a brioche bun.

Yurihana

303-530-0499
Enjoy authentic flavors from Asian countries including Japan, China, Korea, and Thailand. Try the Mongolian beef or opt for a lighter selection of fresh sushi.

Milk & Honey

303-997-7590
You'll find seasonal charcuterie and small plates at this underground restaurant in Larimer Square. Craft cocktails and a solid wine list complement modern American dishes such as seared scallops with black garlic.

Emmerson

303-953-9852
This all-day "neo-bistro" on the Pearl Street Mall offers eclectic fare from an all-star cast of industry vets. Go for a house-baked pastry in the morning, a pastrami brisket reuben sandwich for lunch, or fresh pasta and imaginative cocktails in the evening.  

Kona Grill

720-974-1300
This Asian-inspired modern American grill offers classics—like the pork tenderloin and the chicken caprese sandwich—and a wide selection of housemade sushi and sashimi. The drink menu includes skinny cocktails and 10 choices of saké.

Osteria Marco

303-534-5855
This casual tavern features deep-set wooden booths, a spacious bar, and simple Italian cuisine. The menu lists approachable eats such as fresh house-made mozzarella, paper-thin cured meats, rustic pizza, and stacked panini.

Wewatta Point

303-893-6779
You'll quickly forget that you're in landlocked Colorado at this seafood-centric LoDo spot. Indulge in a lobster roll or a crab cake and embrace the coastal vibes.

Beatrice & Woodsley

303-777-3505
Inspired by the love story of a winemaker's daughter and a lumberjack, the space is designed to resemble a cabin in the woods. Small-plate dishes offer a modern, eclectic mix of regional American cuisine.

Avelina

720-904-6711
This upscale LoDo restaurant offers a sleek atmosphere and beautifully composed plates with worldly flavors. Sample everything from charred Octopus to tuna tartar to short ribs with a yuzu glaze.

Arugula Bar e Ristorante

303-443-5100
This upscale Boulder restaurant serves natural, contemporary Italian cuisine. Try the Colorado bison Bolognese with orecchiette pasta, fresh herbs, and shaved Grana Padano.

Santo

303-442-6100
Hosea Rosenberg’s second restaurant brings bold New Mexican flavors to Boulder. Dig into farm-to-table comfort food such as bison lengua tacos or a green chile cheeseburger.

Root Down

303-993-4200
Located in a refabbed 1950s service station, this hip restaurant serves globally inspired cuisine, with a focus on veggies and sustainable meats. Also try the DIA location.

Atelier by Radex

720-379-5556
Longtime chef and restaurateur Radek Cerny serves traditional French and Mediterranean fare in a cozy spot. Try classics such as the lobster ravioli or duck carpaccio.

Stout Street Social

720-214-9100
LoDo's beer-centric social bar features more than 40 brews on tap and a diverse variety of eats, including a raw bar, sushi, and elevated variations on classic pub fare. Share some sushi rolls and crudo or dig into the Social Burger topped with bourbon-glazed bacon, truffle aïoli, jalapeño-raspberry jam, and crispy onions.

TAG

303-996-9985
Chef Troy Guard describes the food at his Larimer Square restaurant as continental social cuisine. Translation: He serves big and small plates with flavors from around the world.

The Curtis Club

720-420-9898
This cozy eatery serves up unique gastropub-style fare—like saffron risotto croquettes and bison Bolognese—made with local and sustainable ingredients.

Onefold

303-954-0877
This eatery does breakfast justice with hearty meals house-made from organic and local ingredients. Order a cup of bone broth to sip on, and enjoy plates like the fried rice with Tender Belly bacon or the breakfast burrito stuffed with duck fat fried potatoes.

Solitaire

303-447-4732
This Highland spot, housed in adjoining Victorian houses, dishes up imaginative and ethically sourced global cuisine. Expect creative plates like Pacific uni shooter with quail yolk and tobiko.

Urban Farmer

303-262-6070
Executive chef Chris Starkus harvests the restaurant's honey from rooftop hives, grows Hazel Dell mushrooms in a downstairs terrarium, and sources locally raised animals for the in-house butchery and dry-aging program at this modern steak house.

Tavernetta

720-605-1889
The team behind Boulder's acclaimed Frasca Food and Wine offers the same attention to detail and hospitality at their more casual Denver restaurant. The charming space is home to dishes from across Italy and a deep wine list. Try the "pollo girarrosto," a whole rotisserie-roasted chicken for two served with potatoes and escarole.

Root Down DIA

303-342-6959
Globally inspired cuisine for an international airport. Dine there morning, noon, or night; but if it's breakfast you're after—choose the fried egg BLT, made with local Tender Belly bacon and served with home fries, and pair it with the blood orange mimosa.

Block & Larder

303-433-4063
This modern chophouse features roasted and braised entrées along with burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Try the fried chicken with steak fries, house-made pickles, and a chile-spiked pecan sryup.

Centro Mexican Kitchen

303-442-7771
The Mexican-inspired menu is straightforward: corn, chile, meat, shrimp, veggies, chicken—and it's spectacular. Enjoy authentic dishes such as Tijuana street-style tacos and poc chuc (grilled, marinated pork).

Ototo

303-733-2503
Sushi Den's Toshi Kizaki has relaunched his Japanese robata-style tapas spot in a remodeled dining space. Market-driven dishes like a catch-of-the-day raw bar and whole grilled fish complement a selection of sashimi, ramen bowls, and yakitori.

Hapa Sushi Grill and Sake Bar

720-354-5058
The modern menu features traditional items–like teriyaki chicken–as well as unique combinations such as the #9 roll, made with shrimp, crab, salmon, cucumber, and avocado. Multiple locations.

Spruce Farm & Fish

303-442-4344
Enjoy a farm-and-fish menu of fresh seafood and locally sourced ingredients. Choose libations from an extensive wine list, craft cocktails, and local beers. Don't miss the cornmeal fried oysters and Colorado striped bass.

Butcher’s Bistro

303-296-2750
The New American menu at this spot focuses on whole animals, seasonal ingredients, and local products. Try the Butcher Burger prepared to order with toppings that change daily and sip on the Old Butcher—a variation on an Old Fashioned using Colorado spirits.

Bremen’s Wine & Tap

720-504-4410
This chic, spacious spot from chef Isabel Ranney features more than 30 rotating wines (with eight on tap) and a killer happy hour. Order the prime rib sandwich, piled high with Gruyère, horseradish crème fraîche, and arugula.

Satchel’s on 6th

303-399-2560
This cozy spot serves American comfort food with original twists. Try the roasted halibut with braised artichokes, roasted Yukon golden potatoes, preserved lemon, and tomato concassè.
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Blackbelly

303-247-1000
Chef Hosea Rosenberg's meaty menu focuses on charcuterie, small plates, and daily butcher specials. Try the heritage breed porchetta for two. Check out the butcher shop and grab-and-go market, Blackbelly Butcher, located next door.

Stoic & Genuine

303-640-3474
Impeccably fresh and creative seafood preparations are the star of this iconic oyster house. Sip on craft cocktails or grower champagnes as you nosh on Alaska king crab legs, Maine lobster, and caviar at the raw bar. For a satisfying entrée, try the paella moderna.
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Coperta

720-749-4666
Warm up with comforting Italian fare at this restaurant, which celebrates the cuisine of Rome and Southern Italy. Sit at the mozzarella bar and top the house-made cheese with your choice of garnishes like olives, peppers, pesto, and marmalade.

Via Perla

720-669-0100
Although related to Brasserie Ten Ten and the Mediterranean Restaurant, Via Perla is its own breed, serving Italian cuisine inspired by the many regions of Italy. Specializing in house-made pasta, go for the tagliatelle Bolognese or ricotta gnocchi with tomato sugo.

Señor Bear

720-572-5997
The latest from the team behind Bar Dough, this spot draws from the vibrant cuisines of Latin and South America. Expect upscale plates such as hamachi tiradito and a hoja santa tostada with shrimp escabeche.

Low Country Kitchen

720-512-4168
Low Country Kitchen brings the flavors of the South to LoHi. This Steamboat-born restaurant is known for its fried chicken, bourbon cocktails, and down-home plates like Mississippi catfish.

Jax Fish House (Downtown)

303-292-5767
Enjoy fresh, sustainable seafood in an upbeat atmosphere. Specialties include raw shellfish, po' boy sandwiches, and seasonally composed plates. Multiple locations.

Elway’s (DIA)

303-342-7777
Dining at DIA? Forget compromise—upscale steakhouse fare awaits. Order from the same menu you'd find at Elway's other locations. Early bird travelers can reap the benefits of a take-out breakfast menu with dishes like beef hash, chicken-fried steak burrito, omelets and even housemade granola.

Five Points Pizza Denver

720-771-9626
Located within the Temple Bakery collective, this spot serves 12 tasty varieties of thin-crust pies, all named after characters in Quentin Tarantino's film Reservoir Dogs. Try the Mr. Purple, made with eggplant and peppers.

Cafe Prague

303-697-9722
A piece of elegance in small-town Morrison. The hearty Czech menu features classics like wiener schnitzel and Hungarian beef goulash.

Thyme on the Creek

303-443-3850
Located in the Millenium Hotel, this hidden gem offers something for everyone in a casual dining environment, from burgers and pasta to steak and salmon.

Comida (RiNo)

303-296-2747
Find creative tacos and lounge on the large patio at this Mexican-inspired cantina. Stop by for happy hour and order the spicy shrimp and a hibiscus margarita. Multiple locations.

Brio Tuscan Grille

303-662-9727
This restaurant satisfies with Italian as well as steakhouse fare. Begin a meal with roasted red pepper bruschetta, then dig into pasta alla vodka, filet mignon, or shrimp Mediterranean. Also try the Cherry Creek location.
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Sushi Ronin

303-955-0741
Sushi Ronin's casual and comfortable vibe complements the traditional, omakase-style Japanese cuisine. For the full experience, opt for chef Corey Baker's seven-course tasting menu.

Abejas

303-952-9745
Enjoy seasonal new American plates at this community restaurant. The ever-changing menu features farm-fresh produce, sustainable fish, and organic meats, and the bar highlights small wineries and local brewers.
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Basta

303-997-8775
This wood-fired eatery offers straightforward flavors and good wine. Try the tuna panna cotta if it's on the menu. Save room for the house-made donuts.

Ernie’s Bar & Pizza

303-955-5580
This neighborhood New York-style pizza place features antipasto, 21 signature pies, and calzones. Take a seat at the 40-foot bar and choose among the 30 brews on tap.

Augustine Grill

303-814-3663
Relax in the meandering garden and enjoy lamb and fresh seafood selections and an extensive wine list. Don't miss the classic steak au poivre with au gratin potatoes and asparagus.

Brio Tuscan Grille (Cherry Creek)

303-329-0222
This restaurant satisfies with Italian as well as steak house fare. Begin a meal with roasted red pepper bruschetta, then dig into grilled salmon fresca, carbonara, or filet mignon. The large banquet room can accommodate parties of up to 60.

Grind Kitchen & Watering Hole

720-749-4158
This rustic watering hole offers an eclectic menu and a full bar. Stick with classic American eats such as fried chicken or a double cheeseburger, or switch things up with the pork belly banh mi and potstickers.

The Bronze Empire

720-550-7871
This comfortable restaurant specializes in Chinese hot pot, an Asian fondue that features an aromatic, bubbling broth for cooking fresh ingredients right at your table. Dip everything from ramen noodles to steak into the savory cooking liquid.

Pub 17

303-295-1117
Enjoy pub food made with local ingredients, along with an extensive selection of local beers, wines, and spirits. Be sure to try the fan-favorite Colorado lamb burger.

Greek to Me

303-220-3447
Owned by two brothers from Greece, this authentic restaurant and steakhouse offers house-made specialties such as spanakopita, grilled octopus, gyros, and baklava.

Farro Italian Restaurant

303-694-5432
Get a taste of Northern Italy at this casual, neighborhood-oriented restaurant with dishes like sausage and peppers, and grilled salmon filet with spinach risotto.

La Merise French Cuisine

720-596-4360
Feel as if you've stepped into Paris at this romantic, candle-lit French restaurant. Try the chicken croquettes with a dill cream sauce and rice pilaf or the beef bourguignonne with mashed potatoes.

Mt. Fuji Japanese Cuisine

303-860-8088
Find your way to this Japanese cuisine kingdom, and sit back at the hibachi grill or sushi bar to watch the chef do all the work. Try the Mt. Fuji box with lobster, teriyaki shrimp, vegetables, tempura, and California rolls. Multiple locations.

Fruition Restaurant

303-831-1962
Executive chef Alex Seidel's tiny kitchen focuses on seasonal dishes (many ingredients come straight from Seidel's farm) that are big on flavor, texture, and presentation. Diners flock for the approachable eats, like pasta carbonara with hand-made cavatelli and house-cured pork belly.

Flatz Restaurant

303-465-0153
Enjoy modern American foods in a comfortable Colorado-themed dining room. Try the indigenous Mixed Grill entrée featuring three types of Colorado wild game, au gratin potatoes, and seasonal vegetables. Select a wine from the extensive list.

Blue Sushi Sake Grill (Centennial)

720-283-6383
Sushi meets American grill at this fusion restaurant offering tapas-style dining. Order the Itchy Sea Bass off the New World Fishy Meat menu, or try the River Rock tenderloin—four ounces of filleted meat served atop 500-degree river rocks.

Coohills

303-623-5700
Enjoy the French-inspired cuisine made with local, sustainable products as you sip cocktails in a dining room that opens right onto Cherry Creek.

Ivy at the Glenn

303-730-7200
Settle in with a glass of wine by the fireplace for a romantic evening meal. Try the cherry glazed crisp duck served with a seasonal vegetable and risotto or the garlic-rubbed lamb chops with mint and cured lemon.

Corridor 44

303-893-0044
This elegant lounge offers more than 125 bottles of champagne and 20 cocktails. Try the pomegranate or black velvet (Guinness with champagne) varieties. Its American menu features perfect champagne compliments, such as smoked salmon and caviar potato chips.
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Mercantile Dining & Provision

720-460-3733
Award-winning Fruition chef Alex Seidel and chef Matt Vawter offer a menu full of creative vegetable preparations, contemporary pasta dishes, and family-style shared plates for the table (try the Colorado lamb shoulder). Mercantile also features counter-service dining for breakfast and lunch, as well as a marketplace of locally sourced foodstuffs.

Blue Island Oyster Bar

(303) 333-2462
With décor inspired from childhood memories of small coastal towns, Blue Island Oyster Bar offers a seaside escape in the heart of the Cherry Creek neighborhood. Come for the shareable appetizers, the cleverly crafted cocktails, and the fresh seafood entrées.

Aloy Modern Thai

303-397-9497
This Ballpark spot is bringing in fresh, local ingredients to create modern Thai dishes. Stick with small plates like the tartare tuna or the smoked Verlasso salmon, which is served in a jar with Asian pear, yuca chips, and orange aïoli.

Epernay Lounge

303-573-5000
This contemporary fusion restaurant features a range of cooking techniques—from raw/sushi to sous vide—and influences—Asian to French. Enjoy gastronomic marvels such as a vanilla sous vide lobster tail or tea-smoked duck breast.

Fire Restaurant

303-572-8000
Located inside the Art, a Hotel, Fire Restaurant serves contemporary American dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, including a bison eggs Benedict and Colorado lamb chop.

Shells & Sauce

303-377-2091
Italian-American food with flair. The cozy dining room is decorated in warm Mediterranean style and complements the lively flavors in the dishes.

Bamboo Sushi

303-284-6600
At this Portland-born sustainable sushi spot, you can feel good about each bite of nigiri or sashimi you take. To start, we recommend the Japanese blanched spinach salad with sesame-soy dressing.

The Hound

303-996-0709
This longstanding Cherry Creek pub has transformed into an upscale eatery that delivers small plates, seasonal salads, sandwiches, and plates to share. Give the Korean fried chicken a try with its sweet chile peanut sauce and crunchy red cabbage kimchi. Wash it down with a hoppy IPA.

Warhorse Inn

303-841-4018
Old school bar dishes up Mexican food, sandwiches, steak, ribs, and super nachos. Order a cold beer to wash your meal down.

Campus Lounge

720-535-7021
This renovated watering hole features elevated college-food classics. Pair one of the 12 specialty cocktails with the Adult Spaghetti-O's: beef, lamb, and pork bolognese, served with white beans, Calabrian chiles, and ditalini pasta.

Williams & Graham

303-997-8886
Disguised as a book store, Sean Kenyon's Denver speakeasy is one of the city's best cocktail destinations. Sip a seasonal cocktail such as the "Caught in the Rain (coconut-infused Bols Genever, pineapple juice, orange flower water, egg white) and nosh on small plates such as roasted bone marrow with bacon jam.

Hickory & Ash

720-390-4400
Famed Denver chef Kevin Taylor—and his son, executive chef Ryan Taylor—bring a modern, wood-fire “meatery” to Broomfield. Try the short rib pastrami.

Wild Standard

720-638-4800
Chef Bradford Heap brings the seven seas to Boulder with his enticing array of responsibly sourced seafood dishes. Sip a carefully crafted cocktail and sample from the oyster bar as you peruse the globally inspired menu.

Café Mercato

303-366-1315
The menu at this Lowry restaurant is based on Sicilian cuisine with house-made pastas and sausages. Enjoy wood-fired pizzas and dinners along with a glass of wine from an extensive list. Drop in on Sunday for brunch.

Carelli’s Restaurant

303-938-9300
Casually elegant contemporary ristorante serving classic northern and southern Italian dishes. In-house creperia bar features made-from-scratch desserts.

Kobe An

303-989-5907
Everything is traditional at this Japanese restaurant, including the seating. The menu features Japanese favorites, such as tempura, gyoza, and shabu-shabu (Japanese fondue).

Tables

303-388-0299
A glass of wine, flickering candlelight, and mismatched tables set the tone at this cozy neighborhood restaurant.

Bara Sushi and Thai

303-221-8880
Get the best of both worlds at this restaurant that features Thai cuisine and sushi. Try the DTC roll with smoked salmon, cream cheese, avocado, and caviar or have an order of the traditional pad thai.

Max’s Wine Dive

303-593-2554
Max's Wine Dive features a casual environment, solid wine list, and Southern comfort food with an upscale twist. Try the famous fried chicken or the shrimp and grits, or order from the seasonal menu of rotating specials.
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El Five

303-333-3256
Justin Cucci's fifth Edible Beats concept boasts panoramic views of the city and mountains, creative and traditional tapas, and Spanish-style gin and tonics. Order the green gazpacho or cauliflower yufka.

Range

720-726-4800
Range serves true Western food: wood-fired ranch meats with Native American influences. Try the rabbit croquetas with chutney and parsley salad.

1515 Restaurant

303-571-0011
Experience innovative, contemporary cuisine featuring local ingredients, plus fresh seafood, steak, and game. Stop by for lunch and try one of their popular burger options.

Cody Inn Restaurant

303-526-0232
For an evening of romance, settle into a table around this mountain restaurant's rock-moss fireplace and order the crispy pepper duck or veal piccata.

La Cave

(720) 963-2046
La Cave—located inside the Sheraton Denver West Hotel—is a wine-centric restaurant that riffs on upscale continental cuisine. Order up the New York steak au poivre or the seared sea scallops.

Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar

303-683-0600
Enjoy authentic New York style pizza such as the Manhattan Pesto pizza or the Upstate Chicken, a buffalo chicken pizza. Choose from 50 craft brews on draft, and for dessert try the School Yard, a deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich topped with vanilla ice cream, fudge, and caramel.
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Work & Class

303-292-0700
This elevated meat-and-three concept offers a unique hybrid of American and Latin cuisine in raucous, repurposed-shipping-container digs. Our pick: the Cajun rotisserie chicken, chickpea croquettes, cochinita pibil, and peppers five ways.

The Kitchen

303-544-5973
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.

Mateo

303-443-7766
This casually elegant and bustling neighborhood Provençal restaurant offers a seasonal menu that uses local ingredients.

Locanda Del Borgo

303-388-0282
This modern setting offers authentic house-made pasta and entrées such as sea bass cooked on a wood-burning grill.

Dae Gee (Speer)

720-542-3164
Enjoy bold and authentic Korean flavors at this Broadway eatery. Order the spicy pork bulgogi or try the bibimbap—a stone pot filled with steamed rice, vegetables, a sunny-side up egg, and your choice of protein. Multiple locations.

Firenze a Tavola

303-561-0234
Parisi's answer to upscale Italian, this restaurant is located downstairs of the popular Berkeley spot and offers a savory Tuscan experience.

Fooducopia

303-722-7838
Most of the ingredients in these American dishes are locally sourced from small producers. Go for breakfast and order the wild mushroom omelet, made with fresh eggs picked up from a farm about five miles down the road. For dinner, try the High Point Farm bison filet with herb-whipped Colorado organic potatoes.

Red Sauce

303-974-5304
Chef Jon Robbins, of Bistro Barbès, brings scratch-made Italian-American favorites to this casual Park Hill eatery. Choose from a wide selection of entrées, from spaghetti and meatballs to veal parmigiana.

Vesta

303-296-1970
Visit this stylish LoDo stalwart for upscale-yet-approachable fare. Start with the house-made bread and charcuterie, then move onto entrées such as the luxe lobster cioppino or the hearty Madras grilled venison.

Element Kitchen & Cocktail

303-353-1172
Enjoy elevated cuisine curated by James Beard nominee and Top Chef contestant John Tesar. Share the bacon board with Tender Belly bacon, bacon jam, and lavash crackers, or aim for a locally sourced filet served with pepper-cream sauce.

La Cour

303-777-5000
A French bistro serving classics like quiche lorraine alongside a French wine and cocktail menu.

Brasserie Ten Ten

303-998-1010
The bustling environment and unpretentious food pay homage to a traditional French brasserie. Try the poulet en brique or steak frites.

Hodsons Bar & Grill

720-457-3852
Toast to the good life at this sleek brunch-through-dinner spot that serves classic American fare, like a prime dip sandwich and a rotisserie chicken salad.

Zen Asian Sushi Bar & Grill (Stapleton)

303-371-4644
Formerly known as Ling and Louie's Asian Bar and Grill, this sushi bar offers more than just sushi. Zen also specializes in filleted beef and noodle dishes, all of which are enhanced by in-house speciality sauces.

The Kitchen Denver

303-623-3127
This community bistro features consciously sourced ingredients and a raw seafood bar. The food reflects the simple and straightforward preparation of comfortable classics. Also try the Boulder location.

Aji Restaurant

303-442-3464
Colorful flavors in a vibrant environment—Latin American art complements the cuisine, while the wine list hails from such exotic climes as Argentina, Chile, and Spain. Try the agave chipotle-glazed pork tenderloin with cilantro-garlic farro, chayo

Opal Restaurant

303-861-7999
Although its been through many ups and downs since it opened, Opal has finally established itself as a happening spot for sushi and twice-a-day happy hours.

Duo Restaurant

303-477-4141
With Duo, owners Stephanie Bonin and Keith Arnold have captured the true essence of the neighborhood restaurant: simple food, a low-key but polished ambience, and the hum of neighbors trading stories. The seasonal cuisine constantly surprises and comforts, and dessert is worth a visit in itself.

Bistro Barbès

720-398-8085
Jon Robbins, host of the popular pop-up Gypsy Kitchen, has created a menu inspired by the French, North African, and Middle Eastern flavors of Barbès, the Paris neighborhood where he spent three years.

Indulge Bistro & Wine Bar (Golden)

303-277-9991
This bistro and wine bar features international, tapas-style dishes, nightly fish specials and a gluten-free menu. Enjoy the ahi tuna guacamole and a wine list with more than 100 selections from around the world.

Solera

303-388-8429
This contemporary American menu starts with anything-but-ordinary fried calamari and ramps up to savory roasted duck.

Marcella’s Ristorante

720-484-5484
The menu at this Italian cafe offers pizza, pasta, and fabulous cheese and charcuterie platters. Try the signature braised veal meatball with tomato sauce.

Brazen

720-638-1242
This neighborhood restaurant and bar offers high-end, seasonal fare and craft-made cocktails. Try the housemade ramen on its new late-night menu.

The Village Cork

303-282-8399
Dark wood and exposed brick give this wine bistro a charming feel. Patrons can enjoy artisanal cheeses and antipasto plates like the warm Brie and roasted garlic.

Yard House

303-278-9273
Pull up a seat at this fusion restaurant's oval bar and order one of the 130 beers on tap, plus the stacked California roll, pizza, or wings.

Rialto Cafe

303-893-2233
Located on the 16th Street Mall, this stylish and upbeat destination features carefully crafted American dishes, specialty cocktails, and local brews on draft.

Beso de Arte

303-697-3377
Nestled beneath Red Rocks, the gorgeous patio is worth the drive to Morrison itself, but the savory fish tacos and rojo al mojcahete (slow-cooked pork served in a lava bowl) make the experience twice as nice.

Tamayo

720-946-1433
This spot's modern menu is derived from authentic Mexican roots and ingredients. Check out the rooftop lounge and the selection of more than 100 tequilas.

Bru Handbuilt Ales & Eats

720-638-5193
The menu offers diverse selections like Southern-style fried chicken with honey-chile glaze and sausage made with ale. Eats are paired with brewer Ian Clark's unfiltered, hoppy creations.

Yard House

303-572-9273
A fun and casual American eatery which features a center island bar and classic rock tunes. Try the porcini crusted halibut or the ahi crunchy salad. Also try the Lakewood location.

Avenue Grill

303-861-2820
A mainstay of the Uptown neighborhood, this restaurant offers an eclectic menu that includes seafood, steak, and more. Try the Colorado lamb and bacon burger with boursin cheese and harissa mayo on a brioche roll.

Marlowe’s

303-595-3700
Casual favorite with a great patio on the 16th Street Mall. Seafood, chops, steaks, and a huge martini list. Stop in on a sunny for a weekend brunch.

There Denver

720-500-3254
Order one of the jam-based cocktails, then indulge in a variety of eclectic small plates like tostadas, steamed buns, and lettuce wraps. You'll want to try everything at this quirky Telluride-born eatery.

Charcoal

303-454-0000
The smokeless bincho charcoal fires the grills to more than 2,400 degrees, leaving meats crisp on the outside and tender within. Try the smoked salmon on its new brunch menu.

To The Wind Bistro

303-316-3333
This cozy neighborhood restaurant offers a fresh, casual take on bistro fare and a top-notch craft beer selection. You'll find eclectic plates like cornmeal waffles with roasted pork shoulder, kampachi poke, and buttermilk chicken with pink banana squash.

iFish

303-708-1255
This sushi and pan-Asian restaurant receives fresh fish throughout the week from around the world and uses locally sourced Colorado beef and lamb.

Russell’s Smokehouse

720-524-8050
Diners flock to this subterranean smokehouse for classic 'cue. Try the fall-off-the-bone rib combo, which features both baby back beef and pork ribs.

Bistro Al Vino

303-400-3166
Enjoy live entertainment six nights a week at this neighborhood bistro. Or, if you prefer a more low-key dinner, ask for one of the quiet tables. Start with your choice of more than 175 wines before digging into dishes like bacon-wrapped scallops, lamb meatballs, and seared ahi tuna.

Bombay Clay Oven

303-377-4454
Enjoy savory Indian cuisine and a great lunch buffet at this authentic eatery. Try eating at the divan—sit cross-legged on the platform seating with cushions and candles as you enjoy lamb vindaloo and vegetarian samosas.

Sarto’s

303-455-1400
This authentic Italian restaurant serves house-made pastas, soups, and more. Stop into Sarto’s Pantry—the adjacent market—for grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, and pizzas.

Cafe Brazil

303-480-1877
This colorful South American restaurant specializes in seafood and shellfish and is great for those with dietary restrictions; the menu is almost entirely gluten free.

Cafe Aion

303-993-8131
This tucked away bistro is styled after a European tapas bar. Enjoy a menu of small plates filled with local, seasonal ingredients. Try the season's latest house-cured salame.

Berkshire

303-321-4010
This cozy spot specializes in "swine, wine, and a good time." Favorites include the bacon-wrapped jalapenos and the heritage breed bacon flight.

The Populist

720-432-3163
This pared-down, old-fashioned eatery offers thoughtful small plates. Favorites include the bourbon-maple Brussels sprouts, Colorado grass-fed burger, and tandoori chicken. Or, settle in and order the chef's multi-course tasting menu with paired wines.

D Bar

303-861-4710
Chefs Keegan Gerhard and Lisa Bailey produce exquisite desserts and modern comfort food. Bonus: Check out the grab-and-go coffee and pastries.

Hedge Row

720-642-8292
The team behind the Kitchen and Next Door Eatery focuses on wood-roasted, seasonal fare at this bright Cherry Creek spot. Order an array of vegetable dishes, such as grilled carrots with ricotta or avocado-pea salad.

Atticus

720-459-8273
Atticus, like its literary namesake, values community—a fact reflected on its menu of Colorado-focused food, beer, and spirits. Try the braised short ribs with lemon risotto, broccolini, and a whiskey demi-glace.
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Sushi Den

303-777-0826
Sushi Den offers fresh, vibrant seafood flown in daily from Japan and a hip, lively scene. To the tune of urban beats, diners slurp lobster ramen and watch as platters piled high with tuna, mackerel, and salmon are whisked to lucky tables. Sit at the bar and watch the masterful sushi chefs, led by Toshi…

Corner Office

303-825-6500
Find global comfort food—from chicken tikka masala to shrimp ceviche—and every type of martini you can imagine at this trendy spot.

Chocolate Lab

720-536-5037
Expect to find chocolate in just about every dish on the menu, whether savory or sweet. Try the slow-roasted pulled pork sandwich which is served with bourbon-chocolate barbecue sauce.

Big Mac & Little Lu’s

303-404-2722
Big Mac & Little Lu's brings the Florida beaches to the Centennial state with carefully sourced seafood and thoughtfully paired beverages. Try the almond-crusted hogfish with a crab-mustard sauce, Caribbean rice, and vegetables, or select one of four po' boy sandwiches. To start your meal, you can never go wrong with smoked fish croquettes.

Weber

303-377-8577
Casual fine dining with choices such as pan-seared diver scallops with root vegetables, wild mushroom hash, pea shoots, and vanilla-poached foie gras. Plus, sip on a glass of wine or specialty mojito.

Sforno Trattoria Romana

303-449-1787
Like its sisters Bacco Trattoria and Parma Trattoria, Sforno serves hearty, family-style Roman fare. Try the house-made paperdalle bolognese or the bison ossobuco alla Romana, served with house-made gnocchi.

Key’s on the Green

303-674-4095
Log building built in 1925 with a four-sided fireplace. Located on the Evergreen golf course, by the lake and Bear Creek.

Pizza Republica

303-623-2811
This Italian fare is made from scratch. Try a Neapolitan pizza or the stuffed shells. Also try the Greenwood Village location.

Blue Sky Grill

303-405-6090
Located on the ground floor at the southern entrance to the Pepsi Center, this restaurant has a true mountain lodge atmosphere.

Crú A Wine Bar

303-708-8053
With 50 wines by the glass and 250 more by the bottle, the greatest challenge at this chic locale is narrowing your choices. Try the pan-seared scallops or Australian lamb.

Nonna’s Chicago Bistro

303-399-2000
This quaint bistro offers a dose of Chicago and Italy in a cozy, Tuscan-style dining room. Favorites include the delicate marinara, homemade meatballs, and rustic ciabatta. Don't miss the live musical entertainment.

Table 6

303-831-8800
This space’s warm and cozy atmosphere extends to chef Mike Winston’s American bistro cuisine, which is elevated by haute foodie touches.

Fish N Beer

303-248-3497
Kevin Morrison (founder of Tacos Tequila Whiskey) offers approachable, fresh seafood and a hearty beer list at this casual oysterette. Try the Spanish octopus, grilled oysters, or wood fire grilled whole bass.
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Bar Dough

720-668-8506
Tuck into wood-fired pizzas and comforting pastas from chef-owner Max Mackissock and executive chef Carrie Baird at this casual gathering spot.

India’s Restaurant

303-755-4284
This spot serves traditional Indian fare, including flavorful dishes like tandoori chicken. Take advantage of the lunch buffet, and be sure to try the cinnamon bread pudding.

North

720-941-7700
This restaurant offers a variety of made-from-scratch Italian meals, from inventive pastas and to vibrant pizzas. Try the Bolognese or Short Rib Radiatori.

Que Bueno Suerte

720-642-7322
The menu at this vibrant restaurant offers familiar items like tacos and fajitas as well as upscale, regionally inspired Mexican fare. Try the pulpo a la parrilla (grilled citrus-garlic octopus with huitlacoche-butter sauce) or the achiote roasted pheasant.

Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen & Bar

720-274-0650
This Asheville, North Carolina import serves a wide-ranging menu of cheeky Southern fare. Nosh on re-imagined versions of down-home dishes such as the signature honey-dusted fried chicken, venison with foie gras dirty rice, and cured heritage pork belly with grapefruit marmalade.

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