25 Best Restaurants 2014

What a difference a year makes. Denver’s restaurant scene is in the midst of a big transformation—you won’t want to miss a single bite.

October 2014

—Photography by Carmel Zucker

There has been a lot of conversation recently about the death of fine dining. And although that notion may have been exaggerated, we do agree with Bon Appétit restaurant and drinks editor Andrew Knowlton’s assertion that the national restaurant landscape is shifting toward a more casual environment. The same is true in the Denver-Boulder area. That’s not to say burger joints and pancake houses are usurping $300 dinners (see number one on our list). The transition is more genteel: More informal eateries are taking notes from white-tablecloth restaurants to offer service attuned to diners’ needs, carefully procured ingredients, and dishes that suggest fine dining without the sky-high prices or grandiosity. Look around you, Denver, and you’ll see a restaurant scene going through a thrilling evolution.

(Read 2014's Best New Restaurants list)

1 Frasca Food and Wine
2 Acorn
3 Cholon
4 Sushi Den
5 Mizuna
6 Fruition Restaurant
7 The Plimoth
8 Basta
9 Colt & Gray
10 Bittersweet
11 Oak at Fourteenth
12 Luca
13 Bistro Barbès
14 The Populist
15 To the Wind Bistro
16 Rioja
17 Lower48 Kitchen
18 Stoic & Genuine
19 Barolo Grill
20 Work & Class
21 Old Major
22 Beast + Bottle
23 Potager
24 Duo Restaurant
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