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.
—Photography by Carmel Zucker
5 Mizuna (last year 4)
There’s a reason Mizuna has become a Denver staple: Over the 13 years since the restaurant opened on Seventh Avenue, executive chef–owner Frank Bonanno and company have consistently tweaked and updated the French-inspired menu without ever compromising the near-flawless execution. On a late-summer visit, the smoky, rich roasted corn agnolotti appetizer was a standout, as were Mizuna’s surprisingly creative and refreshing cocktails. Despite its cumbersome name, the Prudence & Hammersmith—a sublime concoction consisting of London Dry Gin, watercress, ginger, and lime—was one of the more imaginative tipples we’ve ever sipped. Whereas many restaurants begin to feel stale after an extended run, Mizuna continues to function at 100 percent. 225 E. Seventh Ave., 303-832-4778, mizunadenver.com