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Briarwood Inn

303-279-3121
Enjoy an elegant dining experience featuring award-winning food, service, and atmosphere. There's also an extensive wine list available.
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Frasca Food and Wine

303-442-6966
Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and master sommelier Bobby Stuckey’s fine-dining mecca has racked up scores of accolades over the years (including nods from the James Beard Foundation). The sumptuous Friulano cuisine, extensive wine list, elegant dining room, and gracious service combine for a memorable dining experience.

Black Cat

303-444-5500
Diners can be assured that the produce, dairy, and meats are sourced from nearby land—sometimes even from executive chef Eric Skokan's farm.

Citizen Rail

303-323-0017
Located in the Hotel Born, this chic eatery offers in-house dry-aged proteins and indulgent wood-fire cooking. Try the hickory smoked oxtail and rice porridge.

Boulder Cork

303-443-9505
Established in 1969, this is Boulder's oldest steak house. The varied menu also features prime rib, teriyaki sirloin, and scallops.
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Beast & Bottle

303-623-3223
The "farm to fork" mantra permeates a menu featuring small plates like Dungeness crab gnocchi and crudo, creative vegetable dishes, and dinner-size plates (including pan-roasted halibut and heritage pork).

Hearth & Dram

303-623-0979
This modern saloon features more than 350 whiskey selections from all over the world. The menu offers wood-fired proteins such as pork ribs and duck breast as well as plenty of creative vegetable plates (grilled broccoli with yuzu, hen of the woods mushroom with celeriac).

Old Major

720-420-0622
Go for owner Justin Brunson's bistro-style, seasonal dining with an emphasis on locally raised heritage meat. If you're a steak aficionado, try the 24-ounce, bone-in rib-eye. Also, swing by during lunch for Royal Rooster crispy fried chicken sandwiches and other classics such as steak frites.

Luca

303-832-6600
Convivial hospitality and exquisite Italian dishes greet you at this sophisticated spot. Favorite dishes include the pappardelle Bolognese and the house-made Burrata cheese.

Ellyngton’s

303-297-3111
Located in the Brown Palace Hotel, this is the home of Denver's power meal. Indulge in the lavish Dom Perignon brunch on Sundays.

Fogo de Chao

303-623-9600
A Brazilian steakhouse where gaucho chefs bring the meat to your table, cutting and serving it right in front of you. Enjoy endless sides of polenta and mashed potatoes.

Mosaic

720-305-0994
Every Sunday owner Eric To and chef Mabry Kennedy visit local farmers’ markets for the freshest ingredients. They bring this produce back to their eclectic restaurant where they make dishes like chipotle lobster macaroni and cheese and roasted fennel and lentil soup.
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ChoLon

303-353-5223
Before opening ChoLon, executive chef Lon Symensma spent months in Southeast Asia scouring markets for recipes and inspiration. His culinary expertise and travels inform this contemporary Asian restaurant and its authentic-with a-modern-twist cuisine. Try the French onion soup dumplings.

Elway’s (Cherry Creek)

303-399-5353
Owned by Broncos great John Elway, this Colorado steak house serves top-notch beef, seafood, salads, sandwiches, and more. Try the weekend brunch specialties, like biscuits and gravy or French toast. Check out the downtown location.

Café Marmotte

303-999-0395
This modern-yet-cozy spot in the heart of Washington Park serves up French bistro fare with a contemporary twist. Try the signature coq au vin.
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Bittersweet

303-942-0320
Chef Olav Peterson's latest undertaking is an American farm-to-table restaurant with its own 600-square-foot garden. The decor is both old and new, while the constantly changing menu takes classic dishes and gives them a fresh twist. Try the squash soup or the beet pappardelle with oxtail and crème fraîche.

Greenbriar Inn

303-440-7979
Nestled in the foothills of Boulder, this spot promises a romantic getaway. In a dining room of white tablecloths and chandeliers, order meals like beef Wellington and filet mignon while you choose a vino from the 1,000-label wine cellar.

Sushi Hai

720-855-0888
A neighborhood restaurant serving delicious sushi and hibachi. Bamboo floors and mahogany seats.

Flagstaff House

303-442-4640
Located atop Flagstaff Mountain, this restaurant has a huge wine list and a spectacular view of Boulder. Try the ahi tuna tartare and, for dessert, have a piece of seasonal cheesecake.

Guard and Grace

303-293-8500
Chef Troy Guard's modern steak house offers a chic setting for his innovative fare, which includes a raw bar and delicate salads. Try the flight of filet mignon: Four ounces of prime, Angus, and grass-fed beef all cooked over oak fire.

Lo Stella

303-825-1995
Lo Stella is the sister restaurant to the acclaimed original of the same name in Portofino, Italy. Don't miss the authentic, ingredient-driven Italian dishes like house-made ravioli with walnut sauce, or the scratch-made desserts.

The Fort

303-697-4771
This Colorado institution offers fine buffalo, beef, seafood, and game. Enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains and Denver's city lights while you dine.

Colt & Gray

303-477-1447
This intimate neighborhood pub presents a superior roster of seasonal farm-to-plate options. Start with the roasted marrow bones with caramelized onions, grilled country bread, green salad, and herb vinaigrette.

Arcana

303-444-3885
This gathering spot aims to explore the roots of American heritage through food. In addition to the seasonal fare, Arcana boasts a variety of on-tap ciders. Our recommendation: Pair your cider with the Colorado trout or the bison rib-eye.

The Nickel

720-889-2128
Enjoy a build-your-own charcuterie platter before digging into entrées such as Colorado bass. Don't miss the barrel-aged craft cocktails.

Rebel Restaurant

303-297-3902
Eastern European flavors mingle with contemporary influences in Rebel Restaurant's flavorful small plates. Menu selections change frequently, but include dishes like a rye pancake with fried chicken livers, foie gras pierogi, and whole roasted lamb's head. During lunchtime, Obey Sandwichery delivers take-out sandwiches from Rebel's kitchen window.

STK

720-597-8010
This sleek downtown steak house caters to high-end tastes. Indulge in selections from the raw bar, or opt for a foie gras-topped, dry-aged porterhouse steak with sides like Parmesan truffle fries and charred cauliflower.

Rioja

303-820-2282
James Beard award-winning chef Jennifer Jasinski creates Mediterranean-influenced cuisine with juxtaposing tastes and textures. Try the artichoke tortelloni or the pork belly with curried garbanzo bean purée.

Palace Arms

303-297-3111
Denver's grande dame restaurant, located inside the Brown Palace Hotel, whisks diners to a different era with its tableside Caesar salad, bananas Foster, and strolling martini cart.

Il Posto

303-394-0100
The new location of this Uptown favorite features Andrea Frizzi’s upscale Italian cuisine in sleek, urban environs. Don't miss the seasonal risotto.

Gold Hill Inn

303-443-6461
The menu at this eatery is reborn nightly, but expect local, seasonal flavors that take French-inspired dishes and fuse them with mom’s home cooking. Be sure to save room for the desserts, like sour cream apple pie.

Hideaway Steakhouse

303-404-9939
Tucked away in Westminster, this upscale steak house serves classic American favorites. Come for the extraordinary steaks, the slow-roasted prime rib, and the fresh seafood selections. On Friday and Saturday evenings, you'll find live entertainment in the lounge.

Texas de Brazil

720-374-2100
Inspired by traditional Brazilian churrascarias, this South American hot spot features sizzling cuts of beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and sausage, slow roasted and seasoned to perfection. Try the signature caipirinha cocktail.
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Departure Denver Restaurant & Lounge

720-772-5020
Located inside the Halcyon Hotel, this Portland import serves stunning Asian fare in a modern, sleek space. Celebrity chef Gregory Gourdet balances flavor, texture, and spice in dishes like crispy whole sea bass with green mango.

Matsuhisa Denver

303-329-6628
Legendary chef Nobu Matsuhisa kicks Japanese staples up to the next level with Peruvian and Argentine ingredients. Start with signature uni shooters and don't miss the black cod with sweet miso.
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Oak at Fourteenth

303-444-3622
This bright, open space just off the Pearl Street Mall offers a diverse, ever-changing menu of seasonal, oak-fired eats from chef Steve Redzikowski and creative cocktails from Bryan Dayton. Order the kale-apple salad, braised meatballs, or smoked brisket.

The Wooden Table

303-730-2152
Hand-crafted wooden tables set a welcoming tone at this elegant restaurant. Dig into the veal osso buco, a braised veal shank served with potatos, parsnips, hedgehog mushrooms, pine nut gremolata, and a fresh horseradish purée.

Elway’s (Downtown)

303-312-3107
This sleek restaurant—named after the Broncos great—serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Try Belgian waffles and hand-cut steaks and don't miss the daily happy hour. Also try the DIA location.

Barolo Grill

303-393-1040
Barolo Grill's waitstaff takes an annual trip to Italy to learn about the cuisine. That dedication to authenticity translates to the food and wine menus, too. Try the agnolotti del plin, or opt for the chef's tasting menu with optional wine pairings for the full experience.
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Quality Italian

303-532-8888
This upscale spot inside the Halcyon Hotel serves a smart mix of steak house fare and American-Italian favorites. Chow down on a dry-aged, bone-in sirloin steak or try the baked lasagna for two with Robiola cheese and filet mignon meatballs. For dessert, finish with the cannoli, which are prepared tableside.

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille

303-792-2571
This southeast Denver steak house serves prime, fresh meats, chops, and more. Don't miss a cured, roasted, and slow-smoked pork chop carved tableside and served with house-made applesauce. Enjoy it with a wine selection from the towering wine wall.

Uncorked Kitchen

720-907-3838
This one-of-a-kind space offers interactive cooking classes in a wine bar setting. After you're done with your class, you can enjoy your culinary creation over a glass of wine.
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The Plimoth

303-297-1215
This New American restaurant draws from classic Italian and French cuisines for a fresh, unpretentious dining experience. An emphasis on locally farmed and foraged ingredients results in an ever-changing menu of seasonal dishes, like confit heirloom potatoes and cauliflower-turnip gratinée.

Mizuna

303-832-4778
Chef-owner Frank Bonanno's seasonal cuisine capitalizes on fresh ingredients, and service is prompt, friendly, and knowledgeable. Don't miss the decadent beef Wellington or the legendary lobster mac and cheese.

Chinook Tavern

720-266-6000
Indulge in signature European-inspired dishes like Jaeger schnitzel and Wasabi Pea Crusted Halibut. Sit in the Zermatt Room for traditional Swiss fare such as fondue and raclette.

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