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Milk & Honey

Phone:
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.

Love, Peace & Sol

Phone:
303-304-8849

Count on an eclectic mix of African and Southern cookery at this vegan, cash-only cafe. Favorites include a lentil patty with barbecue sauce and a side of collard greens. Once the food is gone, the doors close.

Aloy Modern Thai

Phone:
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.

Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox

Phone:
303-993-8023

This Edible Beats restaurant features quirky design details and a stage for live music. The "gastro-brothel" menu encompasses globally inspired pub fare like flatbreads, small plates, and stone-fire skillets. Try the green chile cornbread with goat cheese.

3 Guys Pies

Phone:
303-623-4897

Located inside the Streets of London pub, this spot tosses New York-style pies starting at $2.75 a slice. Try a Neapolitan pie with tomato sauce, crispy crust, and your choice of toppings.

North

Phone:
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.

Pho on 6th

Phone:
720-570-8800

Tall booths and dim lighting give a sense of intimacy at this affordable pho restaurant. The menu offers noodle bowls as well as dim sum and appetizers.

Avelina

Phone:
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.

Brewery Bar II

Phone:
303-893-0971

Legions of customers are loyal to this casual joint's signature chiles rellenos, award-winning green chile, solid margaritas, and great specials.

Larkburger

Phone:
720-285-1995

The idea at this eatery is a fast casual—not fast food—version of the burger, fry, and shake combo. Try cooked-to-order burgers made from all-natural Black Angus beef, excellent all-natural, gluten-free milkshakes, and hand-cut truffle-and-Parmesan fries. Multiple locations.

Organic Sandwich Company

Phone:
720-639-3986

This hoagie spot's curated menu of organic sandwiches includes plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. Try the ever-popular turkey sandwich with house-made bacon jam on a pretzel loaf, and make sure to grab a Boulder Organic ice cream sandwich for dessert.

Tocabe

Phone:
720-524-8282

American Indian food goes Chipotle-style at this quick service restaurant. Try the fry bread taco loaded with beef, buffalo, or chicken, and beans, lettuce, cheese, and salsas. Also try the Greenwood Village location.

Federal Bar & Grill

Phone:
303-728-9479

A neighborhood hangout for the beer enthusiast, featuring a hefty list of craft brews from around the country. Sip on something gluten-free or peruse the traditional tavern-style menu of appetizers, sandwiches, and burgers.

Bayou Bob’s

Phone:
303-573-6828

The menu at this downtown spot boasts Southern and Cajun cooking as well as American traditionals. Go for a bowl of shrimp, sausage, and okra gumbo served over steamed rice.

Fate Brewing Company

Phone:
303-449-3283

This east Boulder Brewpub—located along the bike path—boasts 30 taps featuring house-beers and a rotating selection of domestic and international guest brews. Try the house-smoked barbecue.

Solitaire

Phone:
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.

Modern Market (Boulder)

Phone:
303-440-0476

Enjoy freshly prepared salads, soups, sandwiches and pizza made from simple and whole ingredients. Try a brick-oven baked pizza or the flatiron salad with steak, Gorgonzola cheese, and caramelized onions. Multiple locations.

Pizzeria da Lupo

Phone:
303-396-6366

This Boulder hotspot offers simple Italian fare in a funky space (think hand-tiled mosaic floor and chandeliers). Order the saliche pizza: fennel sausage, rapini, ricotta, and house-made mozzarella.

India’s Restaurant

Phone:
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.

Avenue Grill

Phone:
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.

Mile High Hamburger Mary’s

Phone:
303-993-5812

Whether you're hanging out for a Bronco's game or enjoying a night out with the family, this perfectly quirky spot is ideal. Don't miss the Power Hour salad with quinoa, arugula, and a lemon preserve vinaigrette or the Hula Girl burger with house-made pineapple chutney.

Ivy at the Glenn

Phone:
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.

Comfort Cafe

Phone:
303-728-9251

This nonprofit eatery whips up a different breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu daily using simple, minimal, easy-to-say ingredients. The atmosphere is casual, but the food is gourmet, and best of all, you pay whatever you think the meal was worth.

The Village Cork

Phone:
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.

Arabesque

Phone:
720-242-8623

Sip homemade chai tea while sampling Middle Eastern delights—such as hummus, shawarma wraps, and baba ghanoush—in this charming, sun-filled lunch spot.

Fourleaf Chopped Salads

Phone:
303-662-1200

Pick from more than 40 different fresh ingredients, 18 dressings, and several grilled meats to make your own salad. The atmosphere is casual and the service is fast and friendly.

Mimi’s Café

Phone:
303-799-1211

Serving a variety of homemade American classics. Other locations in Aurora, Broomfield, Golden. Loveland, Westminster, and Colorado Springs.

Midopa

Phone:
303-745-1373

Fresh, home-style Korean dishes. Dolpa (or hot pots) is the specialty, served large enough for two.

Citizen Rail

Phone:
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.

Honey Bee Asian Bistro

Phone:
303-400-6117

Satisfy your hankering for Asian food with dishes from China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Japan. Try the Mongolian beef with stir-fry veggies and special sauce.

Recess Beer Garden

Phone:
720-638-0020

Located in the heart of the LoHi neighborhood, this spot offers an oasis to sample the 25 local and international cold brews on tap. Between beers, nibble on the peach and crispy prosciutto salad or tuck into a hearty burger.

Denver Biscuit Company (Aurora)

Phone:
303-377-7900

Chow down on biscuit sandwiches at the Stanley Marketplace. Try the Franklin, made with buttermilk fried chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, and gravy. Multiple locations.

The Molecule Effect

Phone:
720-502-6966

This hip art gallery and cafe offers something for every time of day. Start your morning off with a bulletproof coffee and a breakfast burrito or stop by in the evening for specialty cocktails, cheese plates, and panini.

Brava! Pizzeria Bella Strada

Phone:
303-835-1611

Gorgeous wood-fired pizzas anchor the menu at this quick-service spot. Try the Bianca Fresca or the Fun Guy, but don't miss the colorful seasonal salads or desserts such as crostata marmaletta (a shortbread tart filled with seasonal preserves and whipped cream).

Humboldt Farm Fish Wine

Phone:
303-813-1700

This varied menu offers re-interpreted American classics and an impressive fresh oyster selection. If you're not opting for the sustainable seafood, try the burger.

Choice Market

Phone:
720-459-7233

This 24-hour gourmet convenience store offers fresh, made-to-order fare (try the meatball sub) and locally sourced groceries and snacks. Check out the rotating craft beer taps.

Banzai Sushi

Phone:
303-329-3366

Choose from menus featuring traditional Japanese dishes and over 100 sushi options. Order the sushi and sashimi combo for a sampling of tuna, octopus, and more.

WoodGrain Bagels

Phone:
303-284-0396

Enjoy breakfast all day at this Canadian-inspired cafe. This fast-casual spot offers a selection of Montreal-style bagels as well as sandwiches, poutine, and drinks made with Boxcar Coffee Roasters beans.

Under the Sun Eatery & Taphouse

Phone:
303-927-6921

This eatery offers a casually upscale pub atmosphere. Try the roasted chicken, broccoli skillet, Palisade peach pizza, or one of the other artisan wood-fired pizzas. Find Mountain Sun and guest beers, wine, and margaritas at the bar.

Wasabi Sushi Bar

Phone:
303-708-0888

Enjoy sushi and Japanese cuisine with all fish flown in daily from the West Coast and Japan. Try the shrimp tempura and spicy tuna roll topped with salmon, avocado, special mayo and teriyaki sauce with a side of miso soup.

Iwayama Sushi & Da Big Kahuna Bistro

Phone:
303-948-1199

From Vietnamese egg rolls to kalbi (Korean short ribs) and spicy tuna rolls, Iwayama offers an array of Asian fare, as well as a few Hawaiian entrées. Fresh fish is flown in from Hawaii and Tokyo, so order any of the weekly specials. Try the spicy grilled chicken with hoisin-barbeque sauce.

Dae Gee (Speer)

Phone:
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.

The Wooden Table

Phone:
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.

Citron Bistro

Phone:
303-771-5800

Two Greek brothers own this romantic American-Mediterranean restaurant. Entree options include lemon pepper chicken, adobo grilled chicken salad, and shrimp linguine.

Greenbriar Inn

Phone:
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.

Marion Street Tavern

Phone:
720-638-2461

Have a hankering for jalapeño snake bites wrapped in bacon? Maybe not, but this saloon offers a variety of appetizers and entrées, plus 16 beer taps. Stop in for happy hour to nab a $3 crab cake and $4 libation.

Los Chingones (RiNo)

Phone:
303-295-0686

Los Chingones offers shareable Mexican cuisine with distinctive style. Find a menu marked by ceviches, funditos, and tacos. Multiple locations.

Fruition Restaurant

Phone:
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.

25 Best Restaurants

Annette

Phone:
720-710-9975

Acorn’s former sous chef, Caroline Glover, brings a warm dining experience to Stanley Marketplace with Annette. Enjoy a family-style menu featuring seasonal salads, toasts, and wood-grilled fare.

Park Burger (Platt Park)

Phone:
720-242-9951

This neighborhood eatery serves up top-notch burgers, such as the Croque, topped with Swiss, a fried egg, and a slice of ham. Add a milkshake or root beer float. Multiple locations.

Acme Delicatessen

Phone:
720-460-3706

Located inside Union Station, this deli serves high quality sandwiches and salads (including breakfast sandwiches all day). The Railroad Reuben sandwich with house-made corned beef, Acme sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese, is a must.

Blue Spruce Brewery

Phone:
303-771-0590

Blue Spruce features its own hand-crafted beers along with an ecclectic menu of burgers, German, and Mexican pub fare. Try the Jackalope sausage, made with rabbit, pork, and antelope meats with habanero and dried cherries.

Via Perla

Phone:
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.

Cafe Aion

Phone:
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.

Nocturne

Phone:
303-295-3333

Sip on a Sazerac cocktail as you take in live musical performances at this sleek jazz and supper club. The food is no afterthought, with a jazz-inspired six-course tasting menu and small plates like Western Slope lamb collar and fritto misto.

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

Phone:
303-893-5458

Stop by this Celtic-themed pub for fish and chips, a ”Big Arse” burger, or shepherd’s pie. Plus, order from the eatery's large selection of whiskey.

El Parral

Phone:
303-798-4586

A Mexican steakhouse offering a variety of menu items like crispy chile rellenos and a big, juicy steak.

Neighbors

Phone:
303-333-1149

Enjoy the feel of a cocktail party without the stress of being a host. With this small eatery's widespread array of tapas and appetizers, the atmosphere of this cozy restaurant ensures good conversation over a glass of wine or a cocktail.

Goosetown Tavern

Phone:
303-399-9703

Located across from the Bluebird Theater, this long-standing Denver bar is a good choice for a pre- or post-concert stop. Order one of the 16 beers on tap and a pizza, sandwich, or salad.

Blooming Beets Kitchen

Phone:
303-443-3479

This Boulder restaurant is dedicated to serving Paleo-diet friendly bites. Try the aerie nest: sweet potato bacon cakes, made with mashed sweet potatoes, bacon, and poached eggs topped in Hollandaise.

The Source

Phone:
720-443-1135

This industrial-sleek food hall is home to seven distinct eateries and bars, as well as a variety of shops. Tenants include Acorn, Comida, the RiNo Yacht Club, Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Babette’s Artisan Breads, Western Daughters Butcher Shop, Caffe Figurati, and Mondo Market.

Naked Pizza (Boulder)

Phone:
303-443-2720

This take-out or delivery pizza place is convenient and healthy. The crust is always made with 10 different grains and seeds for a probiotic, chemical free, all-natural, whole-food dining experience. Try the Superbiotic, a mix of spinach, artichoke, bell pepper, mushroom, garlic, and cilantro, or the Smokehouse made with barbecue sauce, onion, and chicken.

Brio Tuscan Grille (Cherry Creek)

Phone:
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.

Il Fornaio

Phone:
303-221-8400

Specialties include house-made pasta, wood-fired pizza, grilled fish, authentic risotto, rotisserie meats, and artisanal breads.

Vine Street Pub & Brewery

Phone:
303-388-2337

This pub does a brisk business with two patios, 21 beers on tap, and an affordable menu of burgers, burritos, and veggie specialties like the Reuben (beer-baked tempeh stands in for corned beef).

Table 6

Phone:
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.

Tony’s Bistro

Phone:
720-880-4501

This casual neighborhood spot is known for its Reuben–corned beef or pastrami–and wide assortment of sandwiches. Start your day off right with the eggs Benedict and $5 bottomless mimosas.

My Other Bar

Phone:
720-389-8773

Try a cocktail made from house-infused alcohol such as cucumber gin, pickled vodka, citrus vodka, and jalapeño vodka. Food options include an Angus burger, chicken wings, fried pickles, and parmesan fries. Located inside Campagna Pizzeria.

Otra Vez

Phone:
303-226-1567

This stylish and spacious Mexican lounge boasts more than 200 tequilas and a menu of modern Mexican dishes. Pair your mahi mahi tacos with a signature picante pepino margarita. Don't miss the rich avocado-lime cheesecake for dessert.

Anthony’s Pizza & Pasta

Phone:
303-573-6236

Enjoy pizzas by the slice or order a whole pie with your choice of toppings. Choose between a thin, Neapolitan-style crust or go thick with a slice of Sicilian.

Bubu (16th Street Mall)

Phone:
303-573-4919

This fast-casual concept from Troy Guard focuses on healthy build-your-own bowls. Locally sourced ingredients go into bowls like the OG Colorado, which includes quinoa, avocado, roasted carrots, green chili, pumpkin seeds, and house dressing. Also, try the original location on Larimer Street.

Hot Ticket Cafe

Phone:
303-455-9275

Located inside the DCPA, this restaurant is great for a pre-show hazelnut latte and cookie or an intermission bistro sandwich.

Your Pie

Phone:
720-452-9687

This pizzeria specializes in brick-oven pizzas and panini. Finish your meal with a scoop of creamy gelato.

Snooze

Phone:
303-297-0700

Sip a mimosa in this hip breakfast eatery's chic orange booths. Choose between pineapple upside down pancakes and huevos rancheros. Multiple locations.

Table Mountain Inn Grill & Cantina

Phone:
303-216-8040

Settle into this vibrant dining room for a smorgasbord of southwestern delights. Start the day with huevos rancheros, take a break with fire-roasted chiles rellenos, or mix it up with a bowl of green chili mac and cheese. If you still have room, top it all off with an apple pecan empanada.

Emmerson

Phone:
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.  

Four By Brother Luck

Phone:
719-434-2741

You might recognize chef Brother Luck from season 15 of Top Chef. At his flagship Colorado Springs restaurant, he serves seasonal, Four Corners-influenced dishes such as red wine-braised beef cheek, blue cornbread, and rabbit pot pie.

Ohana Grille

Phone:
303-232-0787

This Hawaiian eatery offers classic island favorites with a Colorado flair. Say aloha to the grilled mahi mahi street tacos and Spam fried rice.

The Post Brewing Co. (Rosedale)

Phone:
720-466-5699

Colorado-style fried bird is the specialty at this laid-back joint. Diners flock for the crispy fried chicken as well as the creative sides, tasty craft brews, and down-home desserts. Multiple locations.

Weber

Phone:
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.

Arcana

Phone:
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 Caribou Ranch steak.

Solutions Lounge and Restaurant

Phone:
303-653-9183

Once you've made your way out of an escape room, celebrate by enjoying a meal at Solutions' steampunk-themed, cheese-centric restaurant. No need to puzzle over what to order: Try the mac n' cheese or Raclette.

Bones

Phone:
303-860-2929

This noodle bar dishes up savory duck confit egg rolls, candy-like black cod tempura, and addictive steamed buns stuffed with either suckling pig or (our fave) pork belly. Noodle bowl selections are always changing.

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Phone:
303-623-5432

Natural ingredients, fresh produce, and unique flavors characterize this Mexican spot. Enjoy the famous margaritas, but be careful—they cut you off at three. Multiple locations.

Gurkhas Restaurant

Phone:
303-530-1551

This restaurant's Indian and Nepalese food transports you right to Southern Asia. Try the chicken tikka masala, their most popular dish.

Azitra

Phone:
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.

House of Commons

Phone:
303-455-4832

You will find more than 60 teas on the menu at this international teahouse. Stop by in the afternoon for High Tea: a sandwich, scone, pastries, and your choice of any tea.

Mi Cocina

Phone:
303-795-3552

This fast-casual restaurant serves traditional Mexican food. Early birds should take one of their breakfast burritos to go—a steal at $2.50.

Park Burger (Highland)

Phone:
303-862-8461

This neighborhood eatery serves up top-notch burgers, such as the Royale, with carmelized onions, bleu cheese, and bacon, and the Croque, topped with Swiss and a fried egg. Add a milkshake, like the peanut butter chocolate, or a rootbeer float.

The Crafty Fox Taphouse + Pizzeria

Phone:
303-455-9666

This isn't your typical beer-and-pizza joint. The Crafty Fox menu features more than 60 rotating beers, categorized by geography and charted out on two wall-sized maps. Dine on the second-floor deck for views of the city and mountains.

US Thai Cafe

Phone:
303-233-3345

Classic, fresh ingredients, spicy-hot recipes, and a chef straight from Thailand make for an authentic, if mouth-tingling, dining experience. Try the green curry.

Rocky Top Tavern

Phone:
303-477-0265

Enjoy daily drink specials, local brews, and creative pub food—like the peanut butter and bacon burger—at this casual bar and restaurant.

Lucy

Phone:
720-274-6868

Located above the Comedy Works Greenwood Village, this revamped eatery serves classic American dishes. Sample their signature mac and cheese.

Scratch Burrito and Happy Tap

Phone:
303-477-3000

Slow food in a fast-casual dining environment? This burrito shop is a paradox worth biting into. Gourmet-to-go versions of one of America's favorite staples are made with ingredients like white bean hummus, Napa cabbage, bruschetta-pico, and pesto.

Señor Bear

Phone:
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 squash mole negro.

Foolish Craig’s Cafe

Phone:
303-247-9383

An intimate cafe serving delicious homemade food in a casual setting. For breakfast try the scrumptious crepes and omelets, and for dinner feast on the grilled center cut pork chop.

Motomaki

Phone:
720-943-2030

Enjoy a diverse selection of Asian cuisine at this fast-casual eatery. Try a Hawaiian-style tuna poke, a Vietnamese banh mi, or the make-your-own maki, where diners choose the ingredients in their sushi rolls.

Sink

Phone:
303-444-7465

Located in the basement of an old house, this restaurant has been a Boulder staple since 1923. Guests are encouraged to leave a piece of themselves behind and graffiti the six-and-a-half feet high ceilings. Try the texas onion straw burger, with provolone and cheddar cheeses, jalapenos, and a chipotle mayonnaise, or the buddha basil pizza,…

Ernie’s Bar & Pizza

Phone:
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.

El Chingon

Phone:
303-248-3641

Serving traditional Mexican dishes, this bistro emphasizes fresh ingredients and house-made chiles.

Midwestern Saloon

Phone:
303-455-0954

Kick back and enjoy a plethora of Midwestern comfort food eats. Dig into the Juicy Lucy burger, an Aspen Ridge patty stuffed with cheese and brown butter garlic aïoli. Or, stop by for the weekend brunch and indulge in the Graceland French toast—bread topped with bananas, whipped peanut butter, and bacon lardons.

Avanti Food & Beverage

Phone:
720-269-4778

Visit this collective eatery to sample new and exciting restaurant ideas. Current tenants include Kaya Kitchen, American Grind, Brava! Pizzeria, QuickFish Poke Bar, Quiero Arepas, Chow Morso, and the Regional.

25 Best Restaurants

El Five

Phone:
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.

Quiero Arepas

Phone:
720-269-4778

The popular Venezuelan food truck has found a brick-and-mortar home at Avanti Food & Beverage. Its entirely gluten-free menu offers delicious selections like the reina pepiada arepa, a flatbread that comes stuffed with shredded chicken dressed in a creamy avocado sauce.

Brick House Tavern & Tap

Phone:
303-840-2285

This gastro-pub offers "Southern comfort food with a twist." Choose from fried chicken sandwiches to lamb burgers to pork chops.

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint

Phone:
303-363-9075

Customize your pizza pie from the crust—note the gluten-free option—to the toppings, which include jerk chicken, grilled angus steak, and chicken apple sausage.

Mas Kaos

Phone:
(720) 638-2100

Mexican meets Italian in this hybrid between two South Pearl favorites, Kaos Pizzeria and Uno Mas Taqueria y Cantina. Sip on a cold brew as you make the decision between an elevated street taco or a Napoli wood-grilled pizza—or just get both.

Angelo’s Taverna (Littleton)

Phone:
720-532-1389

This neighborhood nook dishes up a selection of raw and fried oysters alongside elevated Italian cuisine. Try the lobster gnocchi served with leeks and a lobster tomato sauce. Multiple locations.

The Populist

Phone:
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.

Firenze a Tavola

Phone:
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.

Annie’s Cafe and Bar

Phone:
303-355-8197

Stop by this old-school cafe in the morning for fluffy, cinnamon-dusted French toast and a Bloody Mary. For lunch, don’t miss Mattie's Grilled Cheese—a grilled sandwich piled with bacon, guacamole, and pepper jack cheese on sourdough.

Bar Louie (Centennial)

Phone:
720-214-3400

Check out this casual restaurant for your sandwich needs, like the Luigi loaded up with shaved sirloin, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and olive oil, on a hoagie roll. For dessert, sample their key lime shiner -- a key lime parfait layered with strawberries and cake. Or throw back one of their 32 specialty drinks, like the…

Buckhorn Exchange

Phone:
303-534-9505

This Denver classic exudes a Wild West feel with taxidermied animals on the walls and a menu that includes Rocky Mountain oysters, buffalo, beef, and wild game.

Morton’s The Steakhouse

Phone:
303-825-3353

Go for top-quality steaks and seafood in a posh setting. Try a tender, juicy porterhouse steak or a freshly steamed lobster, and finish off with a slice of chocolate cake.

Appaloosa Grill

Phone:
720-932-1700

This American grill and bar serves up classic sandwiches and salads as well as hearty entrees. Try the Reuben at lunch, then go big with the bison sirloin agnolotti for dinner.

Carelli’s Restaurant

Phone:
303-938-9300

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

The Lobby

Phone:
303-997-9911

Appropriately located in the lobby of the former Paris Hotel. At this American grill, order the blue cheese balls and a specialty cocktail.

Atomic Cowboy

Phone:
303-377-7900

You can't go wrong with delicious pub food in a friendly and lively atmosphere. Now that Fat Sully's Pizza has joined forces with Atomic Cowboy and Denver Biscuit Company, enjoy huge slices of New York-style pizza or a biscuit sandwich along with your brew.

Eat + Drink Denver

Phone:
303-477-3288

Specializing in a global array of cheeses, as well as charcuterie, rustic breads, hard-to-find chocolates, and olive oils, this shop/bistro is a little slice of food-loving heaven. They also offer small plates and a moderate but well-edited wine list.

Katsu Ramen

Phone:
303-751-2222

Satisfy a ramen craving with one of the traditional styles offered at this cozy spot. Get the most out of your dollar with a combo meal, featuring your choice of ramen plus gyoza and a rice bowl.

Hayter’s & Co.

Phone:
303-297-8279

This sports joint serves classic bar fare (think cheese, fries, and wings), but also serves other treats, such as the homemade green chili and the 90 Shilling mac and cheese. Take a gander at their extensive drink collection and order the “Hayterade,” with huckleberry and citrus vodkas, lemonade, and a splash of cranberry.

Baker’s Way

Phone:
303-770-1966

This bakery is known for excellent breads, pastries, sandwiches, and espressos. Stop in for lunch and order the Baker's Club with turkey, ham, bacon, lettuce, and tomato on house-made bread.

Blue Sushi Sake Grill (Centennial)

Phone:
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.

Tacos Tequila Whiskey

Phone:
720-475-1337

Often referred to as Pinche Tacos, this taqueria offers a variety of Mexican specialties. Try the queso a la plancha taco made with griddled Cotija cheese, smashed avocado, and roasted tomatillo salsa. Also try the Highland location.

Ristorante L

Phone:
303-442-1300

The menu boasts Italian classics like salsiccia pizza with house-made fennel sausage, sea scallop risotto, or veal parmigiana.

Curtis Park Delicatessen

Phone:
303-308-5973

This neighborhood deli serves a menu of fine classic sandwiches (like the Curtis, made with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and house-made Thousand Island) as well as treats from local purveyors like Noosa Yoghurt and Sweet Action Ice Cream.

Assignments

Phone:
303-778-6625

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.

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Coperta

Phone:
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.

Root 25 Taphouse & Kitchen

Phone:
303-779-1234

This upscale pub—with traditional (soups, sandwiches) and adventurous (trio of hare, scallop gnocchi) fare—emphasizes locally-sourced ingredients.

Cafe Prague

Phone:
303-697-9722

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

Tahona Tequila Bistro

Phone:
303-938-9600

This contemporary Mexican eatery offers up hand-crafted margaritas (try the prickly pear variety) and more than 100 different kinds of tequila. Chow down on the chicken, pork, and beef taco samplers or the pork green chili cheese fries.

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers (Downtown)

Phone:
720-328-9114

This funky pizza joint cooks up a variety of tasty treats. Take in the psychedelic murals while eating a Kosmic Karma pizza with sun-dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, spinach, feta, and pesto. Or try any of the eatery's stacked calzones and hoagies. Multiple locations.

Silvi’s Kitchen at CitySet

Phone:
303-758-9061

Start your day off with fresh squeezed juices and smoothies or swing by in the afternoon for happy hour and enjoy a mini cheese pizza. Don't miss brunch on the weekends with a menu of omelettes, pancakes, and more.

Corridor 44

Phone:
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.

Vital Root

Phone:
303-474-4131

Justin Cucci's fourth eatery focuses on quick, healthy food. Grab a seat in the airy space and nosh creative, wholesome fare such as chilled carrot-ginger soup or a veggie dosa.

Village Greek

Phone:
303-792-3382

Authentic Greek and Mediterranean food with a hint of American offerings. Try the restaurant's signature dish: a Mediterranean-braised lamb shank served over pasta.

The Post Brewing Co. (Longmont)

Phone:
720-588-2883

This fast-casual venue—the younger sibling to Lafayette's Post Brewing Company—offers good ol' Southern comfort food and great beer. The one-of-a-kind fried chicken can be enjoyed either on a sandwich or as a platter accompanied by a biscuit and side dish. Dig into fresh-baked cherry pie for dessert.

Jax Fish House (Downtown)

Phone:
303-292-5767

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

Snarf Burger

Phone:
303-444-7711

What's not to love about Snarf's new concept, the Snarf Burger? This spin-off of Boulder's legendary sandwich shop hosts a new menu: hamburgers, deep-fried hot dogs and bologna sandwiches, and frozen custard. Look for the Lafayette location to open soon.

The Occidental

Phone:
720-536-8318

This neighborhood hangout, the younger, more casual sibling of famed speakeasy Williams & Graham, serves up clever cocktails, draft brews, and country fair-inspired food.

Carbon Cafe & Bar

Phone:
720-428-8565

This fun, quirky cafe (the sister restaurant to Habit Doughnut Dispensary, which is located next door) offers fully customizable drinks for any time of day and an eclectic menu of eats. The breakfast sandwich on fluffy fried brioche with Spam and American cheese is a must.

The Garden Terrace

Phone:
303-799-5800

Located in the Inverness Hotel, this breakfast and lunch spot has a popular buffet weekdays and Saturdays. Enjoy the champagne brunch on Sundays.

Kline’s Beer Hall

Phone:
303-351-7938

This casual beer hall offers 48 craft beers in total. Pair your choice with a house-made sausage, and sit back and relax at one of the community tables.

L’Atelier

Phone:
303-442-7233

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

The Post Brewing Co.

Phone:
303-593-2066

This Lafayette brewery pairs unique brews with (gluten-free) fried chicken, slow-cooked pork shoulder, freshly baked cheddar-rosemary biscuits, and other comfort food. Seasonal produce is supplied by the nearby Isabelle and Oxford Farms.

Juicy Burgers & Dogs

Phone:
303-741-3647

You don’t have to go back in time to enjoy all-American meals. At this minimalist diner, try the cheddar char burger with sharp, spreadable cheddar on a white or pumpernickel bun. Pair it with home-cut, Idaho potato fries and a Haagen-Dazs milk shake.

Pete’s Kitchen

Phone:
303-321-3139

A Denver landmark and a staple for late-night comfort food, Pete's is known for its breakfasts but also serves burgers, gyros, and souvlaki sandwiches any time of day.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Phone:
303-825-0713

Choose from a selection of USDA Prime steaks and à la carte sides at this downtown steak house. For a more casual affair, stop by during happy hour for $7 cocktails and snacks.

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Dio Mio

Phone:
303-562-1965

One thing you can count on at Alex Figura and Spencer White's fast-casual Italian eatery: pasta. Try approachable takes on traditional plates such as cacio e pepe with black pepper.

Spuntino

Phone:
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.

Tuk Tuk Thai Grill

Phone:
303-988-5885 ext. 2

Healthy Thai food for a fast lunch or dinner. Don't forget the famous Thai iced coffee. Multiple locations.

Mediterranean

Phone:
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.

Pantaleone’s

Phone:
303-757-3456

Since 1985, this casual, family-friendly restaurant has served up Italian classics like pizza, lasagna, and spaghetti. The owner/chef is Greek, so also try the Greek salad.

Stack Subs

Phone:
303-295-7827

Enjoy a perfectly layered sandwich at this neighborhood deli. Try the Stack sandwich, a baguette filled with roast beef, turkey, honey ham, salami, and your choice of cheese. Also try the Lakewood location.

Texas de Brazil

Phone:
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.

Cherry Hills Sushi Company

Phone:
303-761-1559

This quick-service sushi spot specializes in made-to-order hand rolls. Order a temaki (hand roll) set and chose from a variety of fresh fillings like blue crab, spicy tuna, lobster, and uni.

Zaidy’s Deli

Phone:
303-333-5336

A kosher-style deli and a Denver mainstay, serving a wide range of traditional favorites, including breakfast, sandwiches, and homemade pastries.

Cafe Jordano

Phone:
303-988-6863

This authentic Italian spot offers generous portions of good food (try the gnocchi). A relaxed atmosphere and moderate pricing make it perfect for family dining.

Farro Italian Restaurant

Phone:
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.

Pizzeria Lui

Phone:
303-922-3202

Delicious, seasonal pies are baked to order in a Gianni Acunto Napoli oven imported from Naples, Italy. Try the peach pizza, which is topped with Palisade peaches, prosciutto, and ricotta cheese.

Brown Palace Atrium

Phone:
303-297-3111

The atrium offers tea service daily from noon until four, with pastries, finger sandwiches, and chocolates. After four, enjoy cocktails and appetizers beneath the stained glass skylight.

Café Marmotte

Phone:
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.

Pepper Asian Bistro

Phone:
303-388-8377

This Asian bistro is worth a stop. Try classic Chinese dishes like Szechuan chicken as well as a variety of Thai curries. For something with a bit of a kick, order the General Tso’s chicken.

Hasu Sushi & Grill

Phone:
303-722-9968

Try the aptly named Amazing Roll: chopped fatty tuna, cucumber, and scallion on the inside; avocado, crispy kani, eel, and special sauce on the outside.

Flagstaff House

Phone:
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.

Nick’s Diner

Phone:
720-443-2878

This diner boasts a large menu with all-day breakfast, Greek, Mexican, and American classics. Try the meatloaf.

R Taco

Phone:
303-369-1125

R Taco (formerly known as Rusty Taco) started as a food truck in Dallas, and it maintains its Texan influence. Enjoy breakfast tacos all day or try the fried chicken taco with a margarita for dinner.

Baker St. Pub & Grill

Phone:
303-953-5510

This London-style pub features family dining by day and pub atmosphere by night. Navigate an extensive menu including various lunch combos and the ever-popular fish and chips, made with beer-battered Atlantic cod.

Prosper Oats (Highland)

Phone:
303-995-8444

This daytime cafe specializes in Instagram-worthy breakfast bowls and fresh juices and smoothies. Try the PB & B, made with peanut butter, banana, sunflower seeds, and agave nectar. Also, try the Broomfield location.

Kahlo’s

Phone:
303-936-0758

The sister restaurant to nearby Tarasco's, Kahlo's offers southern Mexican dishes such as mole and enchiladas verdes. The vegan-friendly menu also lists 30 different juices and smoothies. For a reviving pick-me-up, try the Vitaminico, a blend of spinach, pineapple, and lime.

Hashtag

Phone:
303-996-9985

Prolific Denver chef Troy Guard takes on the breakfast joint with Hashtag. Wake up on the right side of the bed with lamb neck eggs Benedict, kimchi fried rice, and quinoa waffles.

Red Sauce

Phone:
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.

California Wrap Runner

Phone:
805-453-7777

This healthy food truck's brick and mortar location, located on University of Colorado Anschutz campus, brings California flavors to Denver with tasty wraps, salads, and rice bowls. Try the fajita rice bowl, and be sure to get it with cauli-rice for an extra-healthy flair.

The Melt (Littleton)

Phone:
720-606-2605

This fast-casual eatery from California specializes in American classics, including burgers, chicken sandwiches, and grilled cheese. Multiple locations.

El Tepehuan

Phone:
303-781-0243

The team behind this relocated Englewood restaurant has been serving its brand of authentic and affordable Mexican food for more than 40 years. Stop by for the huevos rancheros or carne asada.

Stoic & Genuine

Phone:
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.

Range

Phone:
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.

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Cattivella

Phone:
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.

Taste of Thailand

Phone:
303-762-9112

This family-owned owned restaurant offers authentic northern thai cuisine featuring freshly harvested produce and herbs from its in-house garden. Order the pad thai, and if you're a spice-lover, don't miss the flu shot soup.

Duo Restaurant

Phone:
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.

Fork & Spoon

Phone:
303-847-0345

Enjoy a full menu of modern American breakfast and lunch favorites every day of the week. Don't miss out on the hearty Pearl Street biscuits and gravy.

Biju’s Little Curry Shop (Berkeley)

Phone:
303-975-6886

This second location of this curry shop brings traditional plates from southern India to a cozy dining room. Fill up on curried chicken or masala beef, or create your own bowl with spiced meats and veggies. Multiple locations.

Atomic Cowboy (Berkeley)

Phone:
303-377-7900

You can't go wrong with delicious pub food in a friendly and lively atmosphere. Now that Fat Sully's Pizza has joined forces with Atomic Cowboy and Denver Biscuit Company, enjoy huge slices of New York-style pizza or a biscuit sandwich along with your brew.

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Frasca Food and Wine

Phone:
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.

Patxi’s Pizza

Phone:
303-783-2000

Known for deep-dish Chicago-style pies. Try the "stuffed" variety: deep-dish pizza with the bottom crust stacked with toppings and cheese, followed by a second crust, topped with house-made marinara. Lighter, hand-tossed thin-crust pizzas are also available.

Cinema Grill

Phone:
303-344-3456

The ultimate dinner and a movie experience. Good food and entertainment in a fun and friendly environment.

Breckenridge on Blake

Phone:
303-297-3644

This Ballpark neighborhood pub serves up crowd-pleasing appetizers, burgers, and sandwiches. Choose from 32 American craft beers on tap, including Breckenridge Brewery's beers.

Pino’s Place

Phone:
720-761-9917

This Tuscan-inspired Englewood eatery offers comfort food staples. Start with an order of the meatballs and move on to a classic pizza or pasta dish. Indulge in the panna cotta for dessert.

Cold Crush

Phone:
303-292-1906

A restaurant, bar, and lounge dishing up healthful, locally sourced food. Fresh sandwiches, panini, soups, salads, and entrees decorate a playful menu and are available from lunch until late. Try an appetizer (or as they call it, foreplay) like spinach and artichoke rangoons.

Bistro Barbès

Phone:
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.

Egg Shell

Phone:
303-322-1601

Fabulous pancakes and great omelets make this a perennial breakfast favorite. For lunch, sip a mimosa on the heated patio, and try the tasty Reubens and hamburgers.

Pho 95

Phone:
303-936-3322

Don't miss the steaming bowls of traditional Vietnamese pho at this restaurant. The noodle soup can be ordered in 21 different ways. Enjoy other regional favorites, including pan-fried noodles and spring rolls. Also try the Centennial location.

Rib House Express

Phone:
303-442-7427

Nothing is small at this Kansas City-style barbecue joint. The patio seats 12 and the baby back ribs are enormous.

Dunbar Kitchen & Tap House

Phone:
720-630-7641

This barbershop-turned-restaurant-and-bar serves up Colorado craft brews and solid cocktails alongside Southern-tinged eats. Order the pimento cheese and a shrimp po' boy on the spacious patio or enjoy the historical ambiance inside at the massive bar.

Mizu Izakaya

Phone:
720-372-7100

This contemporary Japanese restaurant offers an impressive bar and a hip atmosphere. Try items from the binchotan (charcoal grill) or the raw bar, or stick with appetizers like the cream pork kimchi.

Beau Jo’s Pizza

Phone:
303-758-1519

This Colorado tradition spawned from the original Beau Jo's in Idaho Springs. Pies feature mountains of ingredients and a hand-rolled edge. Multiple locations.

Protein Bar

Phone:
303-284-4954

The Protein Bar is healthy food on the go. Choose from quinoa bowls and wraps with chicken, tofu, and veggies. Raw juices and breakfast round out the menu.

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12 at Madison

Phone:
720-216-0190

With a menu offering 18 small plates meant for sharing (plus one large format dish meant to feed two to four people), Jeff Osaka's cozy restaurant is ideal for dining with a small group. Don't miss the lamb shoulder.

Viet’s Restaurant

Phone:
303-922-5774

Enjoy sophisticated Vietnamese cuisine at this modern eatery. It boasts everything from fresh spring rolls and pho favorites to gourmet seafood plates.

Ali Baba Grill

Phone:
303-779-0026

At this family-run restaurant, all your favorite Lebanese and Mediterranean favorites are prepared fresh daily. Enjoy traditional kabobs with your choice of lamb, chicken, or beef.

Bangkok Cafe

Phone:
303-806-9354

Get an authentic taste of Thailand at this restaurant where all dishes are made to order. Try the traditional pad thai or kick up the heat with an order of the BlackJax chicken with jalapeño, Thai chile, black pepper, and vegetables.

Old Capitol Grill

Phone:
303-279-6390

A tasty menu of ribs, chicken, steak, sandwiches, and salads ensures there's something for everyone.

Element Kitchen & Cocktail

Phone:
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.

Blue Island Oyster Bar

Phone:
(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.

Tengu

Phone:
303-749-0109

Quick, casual, and concise make this modern Asian eatery a great lunch spot in the RiNo neighborhood. Order from the short but sweet menu of ramen bowls and noodle dishes.

Comal

Phone:
303-292-0770

You'll find family dishes from El Salvador, Mexico, and Syria, at this restaurant, which provides job training to women living in Globeville and Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods.

Root Down

Phone:
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.

Sakana Sushi & Ramen

Phone:
303-429-6646

Enjoy traditional Japanese fare at this Westminster restaurant. Warm up with a bowl of shiyo ramen or sample the chef's-choice nigiri platter.

First Draft

Phone:
303-736-8400

With tasty eats like pork belly BLT sandwiches and an innovative self-serve draft system (featuring 40 taps of craft beer, wine, and cider), First Draft will quickly become your favorite hang out spot.

La Chiva

Phone:
720-389-9847

The popular Colombian food truck has finally settled into permanent, brick-and-mortar digs. Try the sancocho, a hearty. slow-simmered soup made with chicken, green plantain, yuca, corn, and Colombian spices.

Denver Central Market

Phone:

This RiNo marketplace features 11 vendors with dining options ranging from ceviche to ice cream. Take your pick from Crema Bodega, Culture Meat & Cheese, Curio Bar, Greenseed Market, High Point Creamery, Izzio's Bakery, Tammen's Fish Market, SK Provisions, Temper Chocolate, Vero Pizza and Pasta, and the Local Butcher.

Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar

Phone:
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.

Amici’s Pizzeria & Italian

Phone:
303-455-5585

This family-style Italian restaurant serves up red-sauce favorites in a casual setting. Enjoy classic dishes including spaghetti with meatballs, stuffed manicotti, and more.

Uber Eats

Phone:
303-433-4575

Uber Eats, sister restaurant to Uber Sausage, has expanded its menu beyond sausage sandwiches to include dishes from brunch to burgers, mimosas to wine. Don't miss the Southwest Wrap, a burrito with scrambled eggs, green chile, black beans, corn, pico, pepperjack cheese and tater tots.

West Flanders Brewing Company

Phone:
303-447-2739

At this brewpub, patrons can dig into upscale comfort food like the baked Mac n Lobster, which is filled with pulled Maine lobster, sweet potatoes, fresh tarragon, sauce mornay, and Gruyère.

Babajoon’s Kabobs & More

Phone:
303-974-5400

Westminster gets a taste of the Middle East at this classic fast-casual kabob spot. Your choice of grilled, seasoned meats are served with rice, grilled vegetables, and a salad. Don't miss the house-made pita.

The Hive Garden Bistro

Phone:
720-865-3501

Enjoy seasonal fare inside Denver Botanic Gardens. Local ingredients are incorporated into the menu for offerings like Colorado quinoa pilaf or the blue cheese jalapeño burger.

Komotodo Sushi Burrito

Phone:
303-534-0500

This fast-casual spot dishes up inventive fusion cuisine in the form of sushi burritos. The giant nori rolls are stuffed with the likes of salmon, tuna, flank steak, fruits, vegetables, and sauces. Try the house specialty: a deep-fried sushi burrito.

Wild Standard

Phone:
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.

240 Union

Phone:
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.

Black Cat

Phone:
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.

Big Smoke Burger

Phone:
303-756-3145

Diners can customize handcrafted burgers with toppings like jalapeño havarti and roasted peppers, or opt for one of the signature creations. Order the Colorado lamb burger crowned with a cilantro-feta spread with a side of poutine.

Prost Fine Beers and Sausages

Phone:
303-455-9012

This Highland beer hall's menu offers Bavarian-style sausages, sandwiches, and soups. Enjoy an Erdinger Dunkel dark wheat beer with your veal bratwurst and soft pretzel. Don't miss the stocked-up condiment bar of house-made mustards.

Tres Pupusas

Phone:
720-936-8214

This casual Latin bistro serves house-made Salvadoran pupusas (thick cornmeal tortillas stuffed with a variety of ingredients like meats, cheese, and vegetables), tamales, and pasteles.

Spicy Pickle

Phone:
720-550-6614

This revamped deli specializes in gourmet panini and sandwiches made with Boar's Head meats and house-made breads and condiments. Try the Bandido panini.

T|ACO

Phone:
303-443-9468

This urban taqueria serves fresh chips, house-made salsas, and cocktails. Try the ahi taco made with ahi tuna, mango salsa, guacamole, and cilantro.

Spicy Basil Asian Grill

Phone:
303-871-8828

A winning combination of Thai entrees and curries, tempura, and other Asian soups, salads, and entrees. The peanut sauce curry is a must-try.

QuickFish Poke Bar

Phone:
720-269-4778

This poke joint situated inside Avanti F&B offers 100 percent sustainable fish. Try out one of the six signature bowls or build-your-own-bowl by choosing from the long list of bases, fish, and add-ins.

Seasons 52

Phone:
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.

La Loma

Phone:
303-433-8300

This local favorite offers a menu of classic Mexican eats (think: flautas, tacos, and fajitas) in a convivial downtown location. Pair your meal with one of the refreshing house margaritas.

Moxie Eatery

Phone:
303-524-9236

Taste local Colorado ingredients in the lamb sandwich or chicken ramen at this globally inspired eatery. Be sure to try the vegetarian acorn squash sandwich.

Big Mac & Little Lu’s

Phone:
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.

Rialto Cafe

Phone:
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.

Saucy Bombay

Phone:
303-320-3020

Bombay Clay Oven's sister concept is a fast-casual Indian joint where you can build your own bowls, wraps, and plates. Try the chicken tikka masala bowl.

Denver Bicycle Cafe

Phone:
720-446-8029

This eatery offers full-service bike tune-up and repairs. Enjoy local craft beers or a steaming cup of Pablo's coffee while you wait.

Tahona Tequila Bistro

Phone:
303-938-9600

This contemporary Mexican eatery offers up hand-crafted margaritas (try the prickly pear variety) and more than 100 different kinds of tequila. Chow down on the chicken, pork, and beef taco samplers or the pork green chili cheese fries.

Cava Greens

Phone:
720-274-0434

Premium salads hand-tossed with your choice of greens, toppings, and vinaigrettes made from extra-virgin olive oil.

Ali Baba Grill

Phone:
303-279-2228

At this family-run restaurant, all your favorite Lebanese and Mediterranean favorites are prepared fresh daily. Enjoy traditional kabobs with your choice of lamb, chicken, or beef.

Machete Tequila & Tacos

Phone:
720-612-7698

This classic Mexican cuisine is infused with creative culinary twists. Enjoy an extensive list of fine tequilas, and don't forget to order some sumptuous tacos al pastor.

Fat Sully’s Pizza (Berkeley)

Phone:
303-393-1515

Grab a slice of New York–style pizza at this casual spot, which shares space with the Denver Biscuit Company and the Atomic Cowboy bar. Multiple locations.

Shanghai Kitchen

Phone:
303-290-6666

The large menu features Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai dishes. Try one of the chef's specialty dishes, such as the volcano shrimp or super nova.

Ragin’ Hog BBQ

Phone:
303-859-6003

Southern-style BBQ is the draw at this spot. Try the succulent smoked ribs or hot links with your choice of sweet, hot, Memphis, Carolina, or Georgia-style sauces. Daily specials frequently include Cajun and Creole dishes like gumbo and dirty rice.

Rosie’s Diner

Phone:
303-752-3663

Take a trip back to the '50s at this classic American diner. Enjoy breakfast all day, burgers, and milkshakes while listening to tunes from the jukebox at your booth.

Protein Bar (Boulder)

Phone:
303-440-1028

The Protein Bar is healthy food on the go. Choose from quinoa bowls and wraps with chicken, tofu, and veggies. Raw juices and breakfast round out the menu.

Fooducopia

Phone:
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.

24 Carrot Bistro

Phone:
303-828-1392

Boston-born chef Kevin Kidd brings fresh and local products from Oxford Gardens, Isabelle Farm, as well as the restaurant's own farm to this garden-driven restaurant. Customer favorites include the crispy calamari, warm Parmesan-kale dip, and duck confit.

Relish It

Phone:
303-798-3344

Try the guac-rocket, a burger piled high with guacamole, pepper jack cheese, and bacon, with a side of sweet potato fries.

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Basta

Phone:
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.

Chuburger

Phone:
720-668-9167

Oskar Blues Brewery is behind this burger joint, which serves certified Angus beef patties, beer-spiked shakes, and bar snacks such as shishito pepper fries. Check out the attached coffee shop, Hotbox Roasters CBD Cafe, for java and doughnuts in the morning.

The Local’ish Market

Phone:
303-667-8034

This quick-service spot on the platform of Union Station stocks grab-and-go meals, snacks, and other basics, most of which are locally sourced.

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Acorn

Phone:
720-542-3721

First-class Boulder eatery Oak at Fourteenth dials it down a bit with this Denver iteration, located in the urban environment of the Source. Contemporary American cuisine is served from an oak-fired oven and grill, and you'll notice some familiar dishes, like the kale salad. Don't miss the bar's inventive cocktails.

Millers & Rossi

Phone:
720-257-5342

Located inside a former manufacturing warehouse, this RiNo art gallery doubles as a speakeasy. order a smoked old fashioned and indulge in chef Casey Miller's tapas-style shared plates, such as the wagyu steak taco topped with Twisted Sister hot sauce aïoli and pickled jicama slaw.

Cheesecake Factory

Phone:
303-858-1111

More than 200 menu items, including steaks, seafood, pasta, pizza, salads, and more. Plus more than 35 varieties of cheesecake.

The Bitter Bar

Phone:
303-442-3050

Snuggle up in this lounge for dinner, late-night nibbles (such as baked ricotta and lamb chops), dessert, or just enjoy the craft cocktails. Whether it's happy hour or late at night, this is the perfect place to unwind and indulge.

The Ramen House

Phone:
720-696-7847

There's a new ramen house on the block, and it's offering appetizers like Japanese fried chicken and comforting bowls like the spicy Sichuan beef and noodle stew. Head over for a late night noodle bowl and a pour of sake.

Ellyngton’s

Phone:
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.

Etai’s Bakery Cafe (Downtown)

Phone:
303-295-7700

Fresh-baked breads made daily are the highlight of this fast and casual café. For breakfast try the smothered green burrito with a fresh-brewed coffee. Enjoy a mango chicken salad or a French dip sandwich for lunch.

Linger

Phone:
303-993-3120

Set in the former three-story Olinger Mortuary's parking garage, this restaurant takes you around the world with a menu of small plates. Enjoy fabulous views of downtown while choosing from inviting menus of food and cocktails.

Yurihana

Phone:
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.

The Melt

Phone:
720-893-0589

This fast-casual eatery from California specializes in American classics, including burgers, chicken sandwiches, and grilled cheese.

Forest Room 5

Phone:
303-433-7001

Get your game on with hearty Western-influenced fare like bison burgers and antelope and pulled pork sandwiches. Hot spot for film and art shows. Great view of the city.

Vesta

Phone:
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.

Saigon Fusion

Phone:
303-843-6080

This fast-casual restaurant serves favorites like lettuce wraps, pho soup, pad Thai, sesame chicken, and coconut-curry chicken.

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Departure Denver Restaurant & Lounge

Phone:
720-772-5020

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.

Zen Asian Sushi Bar & Grill (Stapleton)

Phone:
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 Goods

Phone:
303-355-5445

Whether you're a vegetarian or a full-fledged carnivore, the Goods has something for you. The wood-fired fare includes everything from burgers to vegetarian lasagna to braised short ribs.

Que Bueno Suerte

Phone:
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.

Wynkoop Brewing Company

Phone:
303-297-2700

Enjoy freshly brewed beer and feast on pub favorites such as the hanger steak or the corn and poblano chowder at one of Denver's original brewpubs.

Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House

Phone:
303-825-1021

Try brick oven Neapolitan-style pizzas such as the Prosciutto, made with wild arugula, Grana Padano cheese, and house-made mozzarella. Also try the Louisville location.

Sushi Sasa

Phone:
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.

The Bronze Empire

Phone:
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.

Crema Coffee House

Phone:
720-284-9648

At this hip cafe, you'll find beans from the country’s top roasters and an all-day menu that offers flavorful picks like sweet potato waffles and a Korean reuben sandwich.

Modern Market

Phone:
303-534-0190

Enjoy freshly prepared salads, soups, sandwiches and pizza made from simple and whole ingredients. Try a brick-oven baked pizza or the flatiron salad with steak, Gorgonzola cheese, and caramelized onions. Multiple Locations.

Sazza

Phone:
303-797-2992

Named as a cross between salad and pizza, this eatery uses sustainable ingredients and mills its own ancient grains in-house. Order the verdi pizza, topped with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, pine nuts, and roasted criminis. Also, try its new location at Stanley Marketplace.

Jaya Asian Grill

Phone:
303-757-7887

Delectable Malaysian, Singaporean, and Indonesian specialties served in a warm atmosphere. Catering and to-go party trays also available.

Pho 96

Phone:
303-568-9262

Vietnamese noodle bowls and soups abound at this South Federal restaurant. Top off your authentic meal with a boba smoothie.

Thai House

Phone:
303-430-8424

Authentic curries and appetizers burst with flavor at this affordable and family-friendly establishment.

Esters Neighborhood Pub

Phone:
303-955-4904

In addition to its 23 craft beer tap handles, Esters offers fresh pub eats. Try the popular Fee pizza, a pie topped with Fat Tire-braised pork, caramelized onions, jalapeños, bacon, and barbecue sauce. Lighter options include salads and sandwiches.

Jamaican Grill

Phone:
303-623-0013

This family-owned Jamaican restaurant serves classic Caribbean-centric dishes like jerk chicken, fried plaintain, and rice and peas, accompanied by a menu of rum-infused cocktails.

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ChoLon

Phone:
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.

Lowry Beer Garden

Phone:
303-366-0114

This traditional, German-style beer garden celebrates Colorado breweries with 16 draft lines (almost all of which serve local beer). Try the burgers or bratwurst with house-cut french fries.

Rockabillies

Phone:
303-421-1799

This American burger bistro is known for, well, its handmade burgers, but don't miss the hot rod sandwich: chicken breast, buffalo sauce, lettuce, tomato, ranch, and blue cheese crumbles.

Rackhouse

Phone:
720-570-7824

Sharing the Bindery on Blake space with Bierstadt Lagerhaus and C-Squared Ciders, the Rackhouse's menu focuses on foods that pair well with beer and cider. Try the indulgent mac and cheese, which combines six creamy cheeses and is finished with a topping of pork "dust."

1-2-3 Pho

Phone:
303-471-2228

Enjoy house-made pho, the Vietnamese noodle soup, with a wide variety of offerings including pork, shrimp, chicken, and vegetable.

Toast Fine Food & Coffee

Phone:
303-797-9543

Don't miss the pancake flights: stacks of warm flapjacks prepared in four signature flavors, including strawberry-banana cheesecake and Oreo cookie. Also serves lunch.

Grammy’s Italian Goodies

Phone:
720-373-8432

After years of working the festival circuit, Grammy's Goodies has hunkered down at a brick and mortar to continue dishing up Italian mainstays like lasagna, garlic knots, and Sicilian pizza. Don't leave without one of the sweet treats baked from the owner's grandmother's recipes.

Gather

Phone:
303-823-4172

Enjoy a traditional New York City bagel from Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen in the morning, then stay for lunch with a light but hearty menu of soups, salads, and sandwiches.

ZanZiBar Billiards

Phone:
303-308-9999

Along with traditional bar fare—like the burger-and-beer deal for $7—this laid-back hub, featuring free pool and an extra-long happy hour, dishes out fresh Middle Eastern dishes, like hummus, falafel, and shish kebabs.

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Sushi Den

Phone:
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…

Ignite Kitchen and Cocktails

Phone:
303-296-2600

This Ballpark bar and restaurant is an elevated take on your typical burger joint. Enjoy creative burgers, fresh salads, and wood-fired fare. Don't miss the Colorado burger with chipotle mayo, green chile relish, and guacamole.

Sazza (Aurora)

Phone:
303-797-3048

This fast-casual restaurant utilizes sustainable ingredients and mills its own ancient grains in-house. Order the chicken enchilada pizza, a winning combo of chicken, enchilada sauce, cheese, and fresh vegetables. Also try the Greenwood Village location.

Fat Sully’s Pizza (City Park)

Phone:
303-393-1515

Tucked inside the Atomic Cowboy, the spot's menu is small (just three pizza varieties, including a gluten-free version), but it's cheap and servings are enormous.

Sushi Tazu

Phone:
303-320-1672

The extensive, authentic menu includes both sushi and cooked dishes. Small, popular, and very good.

Junz

Phone:
720-851-1005

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

Tavern Uptown

Phone:
303-830-9210

In an atmosphere that feels more like a living room than a tavern (think comfy couches, a stone fireplace, and plasma TVs), sit back and relax.

Williams & Graham

Phone:
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.

Taco Junky

Phone:
303-443-2300

This eclectic cantina offers an array of infused tequilas and playful tacos like the Cayman, stuffed with curried chicken, coconut guacamole, and mezcal pineapple. Don't miss the standout Poc-Toc-Benny at brunch, which features potato-plaintain fritters as a delicious stand in for English muffins.

Edgewater Inn

Phone:
303-237-3524

This inn has been family owned and operated for more than 50 years. Try the Howdy Pizza, a combo of sausage, green peppers, mushrooms, and jalapeño peppers.

Tom’s Urban

Phone:
720-214-0516

This modern comfort food ranges from breakfast burritos and char-grilled burgers to salads and pizzas. Don't miss the house-made Pop-Tarts (try the goat cheese and fig variety).

Taja Indian

Phone:
720-328-6158

This fast-casual Indian eatery focuses on curries made from scratch using fresh and healthy ingredients. Order the kati roll, a burrito-esque wrap that comes on fresh-baked roti, stuffed with your choice of fillings.

Leña

Phone:
720-550-7267

Inspire your palate with the rich and vibrant flavors of Latin America. The menu features authentic favorites like chilaquiles—layered tortillas with braised chicken, roasted tomato salsa, cheese, and a fried egg.

So Perfect Eats

Phone:
303-862-9074

Everything from sandwiches and salads to the dips are made-to-order from scratch. Don't miss the sweets and baked goods: Try the chewy oatmeal cookie, which contains dried cranberries and golden and dark raisins.

Cook’s Fresh Market

Phone:
303-893-2277

This deli/grocery/meat counter/coffee bar seems to have it all. Popular for its grab-and-go entrees, the market offers healthy food at a quick pace. Try their house-made soups and salad bar for lunch or pick up dinner to take home.

Slice Works

Phone:
303-993-8127

Try a slice of the green chile pizza made with house-made green chile with cheddar and mozzarella. For an alternative to pizza, try the calamari or the chicken parmesan.

Lazo Empanadas

Phone:
303-296-6710

The fresh-out-of-the-oven empanadas at this spot are irresistable. The most popular flavor of the Argentine stuffed pastry is the traditional ground beef variety, served with a chimichurri sauce.

Pino’s Neighborhood Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Phone:
303-761-9917

A casual, family-friendly spot loved for their hand-tossed thin crust pizzas, featuring fresh ingredients. Try the Calabrese, a pie with white sauce, Gorgonzola, soppressata, red pepper flakes and red onions. Be on the look out for the "pizza of the week".

Bramble & Hare

Phone:
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.

To The Wind Bistro

Phone:
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.

Root Down DIA

Phone:
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.

Parkway Bar and Grill

Phone:
303-693-6200

American cuisine, food and games for the whole family. On Fridays if you can't find a place to park close, they will come escort you to the restaurant in a golf cart.

Russell’s Smokehouse

Phone:
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.

Kaos Pizzeria

Phone:
303-733-5267

A wood-fired oven, gourmet ingredients, and wine to-go make a perfect pizzeria for dine-in or delivery. If the weather's nice, eat outside in the spacious garden area.

Mamma Mia Trattoria

Phone:
303-963-5305

Enter a classic Italian eatery and try the roast beef carpaccio with arugula and marinated Roman-style artichokes. Pizza lovers will dig the hand-tossed pies with scratch-made sauces.

The Melt (16th Street Mall)

Phone:
720-204-3040

This fast-casual eatery from California specializes in American classics, including burgers, chicken sandwiches, and grilled cheese. Multiple locations.

Cowboys Saloon American Bar & Grill

Phone:
720-328-8574

You'll find live country music, a mechanical bull, and specialty cocktails at this spot. There's also a full menu loaded with burgers and fried goodness. Be sure to try the made-to-order skillet cornbread.

D Bar

Phone:
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.

Bru Handbuilt Ales & Eats

Phone:
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.

Riffs Urban Fare

Phone:
303-440-6699

This super-social dining experience emphasizes local vendors. Try the Brussels sprouts with brown butter sauce, roasted hazelnuts, and fried shallots or the lobster risotto.

Pho Saigon 66

Phone:
303-745-1123

Get your pho fix by ordering large noodle bowls filled with meat and veggies. Try the rare steak version, which comes with thinly sliced meat that continues to cook slowly in the broth, jalepenos, and Thai basil.

Cochino Taco

Phone:
720-542-9829

The menu at this quirky taqueria features 16 different taco options and a poblano chile-topped burger.

New World Cheese

Phone:
303-484-8110

Enjoy more than just artfully composed cheese plates at this cafe. Choose from a full menu loaded with gems like a gouda waffle, stuffed figs, and macaroni and cheese grilled cheese.

Bistro Al Vino

Phone:
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.

Bara Sushi and Thai

Phone:
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.

Hideaway Kitchen + Bar

Phone:
303-526-0556

A chic yet comfortable mountain spot offering modern Southern comfort food with Asian flair. Favorites include crab macaroni and cheese, braised octopus with house-made Andouille sausage, and braised beef short ribs with hush puppies.

Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza

Phone:
303-296-7000

Formerly known as Racca's Pizzeria Napoletana, this spot serves Neapolitan-style pies with imported artisanal cheeses and local produce. Start your meal with an order of the coal-fired limoncello wings. Multiple locations.

Emily’s Coffee

Phone:
720-423-4797

Try a creamy latte and a fresh pumpkin muffin for a good cause. This shop, a part of the Emily Griffth Technical College, employs refugees and immigrants who earn necessary employment experience. It contains a full espresso bar and pastries baked fresh by the college's baking program. Bonus: The fair trade espresso beans are roasted…

The Hornet

Phone:
303-777-7676

This innovative pub fare boasts an international influence, served in a casual atmosphere.

Angelo’s Taverna

Phone:
303-744-3366

This neighborhood nook dishes up a selection of raw and fried oysters alongside elevated Italian cuisine. Try the lobster gnocchi served with leeks and a lobster tomato sauce. Multiple locations.

Finley’s Pub

Phone:
303-282-4790

This neighborhood Irish pub specializes in craft beer and whiskey. Try the chef's tribute to his Cajun roots with the creamy shrimp and grits.

Next Door (Stapleton)

Phone:
720-930-4366

This casual community pub focuses on nutritious and affordable cuisine. Select from small plates, bowls, and locally sourced burgers such as the Pineapple Express (topped with pineapple, arugula, and honey-Sriracha sauce). Multiple locations.

Wooden Spoon Cafe & Bakery

Phone:
303-999-0327

Start your morning off right with hot drinks, fresh baked goods, and pastries. Or, stop in for a hearty sandwich at lunchtime. To satisfy your sweet tooth, pick up a mini Boston creme pie.

Cart-Driver

Phone:
303-292-3553

Inspired by Italy's roadside cafes, Cart-Driver slings oysters, wood-fired pizzas, and Prosecco on tap. Finish with the house-made soft-serve gelato.

Cebiche

Phone:
303-455-1880

Peruvian food with influences from Italy, France, and Asia serving six different types of ceviche. Also try the aji de gallina—a shredded chicken dish with Parmesan and walnut sauce.

Yak and Yeti

Phone:
303-426-1976

Serving traditional Indian and Nepalese cuisine. A lunch and dinner buffet are offered seven days a week.

Ace Eat Serve

Phone:
303-800-7705

This Uptown restaurant and ping-pong hall features Asian-inspired cuisine, 10 ping-pong tables, and house-made juices and sodas. Three outdoor tables and weekly tournaments make this the perfect place to eat, drink, and hang out.

Cho77

Phone:
720-638-8179

Chef Lon Symensma (of the acclaimed ChoLon) has created a more casual environment at the approachable Cho77. The Asian-inspired menu features winners like the Thai chicken curry as well as shareable plates such as the Vietnamese caramel grilled wings.

Palenque Mezcaleria

Phone:
303-778-1294

Tucked behind Adelitas Cocina y Cantina rests Colorado's first mezcaleria. Learn more about mezcal (and sip on more than 100 varieties of the libation) and snack on small plates like shrimp and mango ceviche.

Cap City Tavern

Phone:
720-931-8888

This family-owned tavern serves classic American fare alongside innovative cocktails and beer on tap. The menu is marked by staples like meaty pizzas and cheeseburgers as well as slightly more indulgen takes such as truffle mac 'n' cheese.

Revelry Kitchen

Phone:
303-455-3132

You'll find healthy options as well as hearty brunch favorites at this breakfast-focused eatery. Start your day off right with the green chile cheddar biscuits smothered in chorizo gravy.

Jefferson Park Pub

Phone:
720-328-2982

This Jefferson Park pub features a variety of snacks, dips, and soups, as well as a selection of beer, wine, and cocktails. Try the Colorado-made Glider Cider for a gluten-free alternative to your evening.

Nile Ethiopian Restaurant

Phone:
720-748-0239

The authentic community dining traditions of Ethiopia can be found inside this discrete locale. Eat from the same platter as your company and use injera, the spongy Ethiopian bread, as a substitute for utensils. Try the lamb tibs: pieces of tender lamb in a red chile sauce joined by cooked spinach and creamy sweet corn.…

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Oak at Fourteenth

Phone:
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.

Machete Tequila & Tacos

Phone:
303-333-1567

Classic Mexican cuisine is infused with creative culinary twists. Enjoy an extensive list of fine tequilas, and don't forget to order the sumptuous tacos al pastor. Also try the Union Station location.

Boulder Baked

Phone:
303-444-4999

Get your sugar fix at this bakery, where you can choose from more than 30 baked-to-order cookies like chocolate chip and ginger doodle. If you're in the mood for something savory, go for tomato bisque and a grilled-cheese sandwich.

Pat’s Philly Cheesesteaks

Phone:
303-534-1333

Fresh-baked "East Coast" rolls, oven-roasted turkey, and fresh meats make for some stellar subs. Also check out the homestyle pizzas and the all-you-can-eat "Wing Wednesdays." Multiple locations.

Sloan’s Lake Tap and Burger

Phone:
720-456-6779

Head to the second location of this Colorado-born eatery for gourmet burgers and local craft beer. Pick your patty, bun, and an assortment of toppings for your perfect customizable burger, or opt for the Colorado barbecue.

Uncle Joe’s Hong Kong Bistro

Phone:
720-330-8487

This fast-casual spot takes inspiration from Hong Kong's melting pot of cusine, serving a playful mix of Asian favorites in a relaxed setting. Try the BBQ pork, pan-seared scallops, or spicy Szechuan dishes.

Nonna’s Chicago Bistro

Phone:
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.

Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery (City Park)

Phone:
720-550-7665

This fast casual American grill focuses on fresh ingredients and innovative techniques to construct its seasonally crafted menu. Pair the 48-hour slow-cooked short ribs with a draft beer. Try their new location in Lowry.

Zoës Kitchen (Westminster)

Phone:
303-466-9658

This chain's menu is inspired by fresh, Mediterranean flavors. Try the rosemary, ham, and mozzarella piadina—a thin, crispy Italian street sandwich. Don't leave without a slice of YaYa's Chocolate Cake. Also try the Littleton location.

95a Bistro & Sushi

Phone:
303-665-3080

You get more than just sushi at this innovative fusion restaurant. Choose between the American bistro kitchen and the sushi kitchen. Enjoy tapas, chicken, pasta, seafood and sushi while sipping a martini.

Fish N Beer

Phone:
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.

Chinook Tavern

Phone:
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.

Elway’s (DIA)

Phone:
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.

Augustine Grill

Phone:
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.

Bar Louie Denver

Phone:
303-457-5900

Check out this casual restaurant for your sandwich needs, like the Luigi loaded up with shaved sirloin, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and olive oil, on a hoagie roll. For dessert, sample their key lime shiner -- a key lime parfait layered with strawberries and cake. Or throw back one of their 32 specialty drinks, like the…

Stanley Beer Hall

Phone:
(720) 749-5098

Located inside the Stanley Marketplace, this beer hall offers 30 ever-changing beer selections and a menu of approachable-yet-elevated pub fare. Chow down on mussels with french fries, warm pretzels with pimento cheese, and spicy maple-glazed chicken wings.

Smiling Moose Deli

Phone:
303-530-2700

A laid-back deli serving well-crafted sandwiches, soups, and wraps. Stop in on your way to work for a Morning Moose breakfast sandwich, or for a free cookie with your Double Bogie turkey sandwich on Wednesdays. Multiple locations. >

Superfruit Republic

Phone:
720-440-9326

This healthful cafe offers eight superfruit bowls from the blueberry pumpkin to cacao. Pick your own base, fruit, and granola combo to pair with each. There are also hot bowl offerings and smoothies available.

Naked Pizza (Denver)

Phone:
303-355-2443

This take-out or delivery pizza place is convenient and healthy. The crust is always made with 10 different grains and seeds for a probiotic, chemical free, all-natural, whole-food dining experience. Try the Superbiotic, a mix of spinach, artichoke, bell pepper, mushroom, garlic, and cilantro, or the Smokehouse made with barbecue sauce, onion, and chicken.

Crú A Wine Bar

Phone:
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.

Steuben’s (Arvada)

Phone:
720-282-3308

Steuben's wouldn't be Steuben's without the homemade mac and cheese and fried chicken. This location features the same comfort food favorites and 1950s retro feel—plus a few new surprises on the menu. Also try the Uptown location.

Indulge Bistro & Wine Bar (Golden)

Phone:
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.

Chow Urban Grill

Phone:
303-597-0624

Specializing in putting creative twists on American classics, this restaurant offers everything from flatbreads to chargrilled East Coast oysters. We recommend the braised pork belly bahn mi with Sambal aïoli or the Colorado lamb burger served on a brioche bun.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Phone:
303-446-2337

This fast-casual chain serves made-to-order burgers with fresh and creative toppings. Try the Buffalo Bill bison burger with blue cheese, bacon, Frank's Hot Sauce, and Hopdoddy's signature Sassy Sauce. Wash it down with a house cocktail or draft beer.

Newk’s Eatery (Lone Tree)

Phone:
720-630-7871

This casual dining spot hails from Mississippi and uses Newcomb family recipes with the freshest ingredients. Order the Newk's Q chicken sandwich, topped with bacon, swiss cheese, and white barbecue sauce, with a side of soup. Also, try the Arvada location.

Lyfe Kitchen

Phone:
303-716-9100

This flexitarian menu focuses on fresh, healthy choices with options including vegan and gluten-free bites. Try the Chile-Ginger Veggie Stir Fry with stir-fried veggies, quinoa, black rice, and sweet chile-ginger sauce.

The Pint Room

Phone:
720-283-3200

Wash down the signature Hangover burger (topped with Ohio smoked cheddar, bacon, hashbrowns, and a sunny-side egg) with one of this pub's 175 beer tap offerings.

Nectar House

Phone:
908-619-0746

Raw smoothies and fresh eats are served at this extension of Kindness Yoga. Sip kombucha on tap and indulge in a vegan falafel wrap followed by raw cheesecake with coconut whipped cream.

Parker Garage

Phone:
720-389-8105

Located in the heart of Parker, this modern space offers up hearty entrées made with locally sourced produce and livestock. Look out for the charcuterie plate and the grilled yellowfin tuna sandwich with wasabi mayo.

Lo Stella

Phone:
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.

Tstreet Roadhouse

Phone:
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.

Marlowe’s

Phone:
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.

Chile Verde

Phone:
720-287-2296

This restaurant is modest in appearance, but its plates of traditional Mexican cuisine burst with color. Go for the poblano crepes and classic desserts like tres leches cake.

Tavern Lowry

Phone:
303-366-0007

Enjoy American food with Asian, Mediterranean, and Italian influences at this laid-back restaurant. Catch a game on one of the many high-definition TVs surrounding the bar.

Bremen’s Wine & Tap

Phone:
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.

Opal Restaurant

Phone:
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.

Palm

Phone:
303-825-7256

A New York import, the Palm is as known for its trademark steaks and sketches on the walls.

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar

Phone:
303-377-3032

This laid-back restaurant takes burgers to the next level with combinations like the Pastrami Reuben Burger topped with pastrami, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and sauerkraut. Don’t miss the craft beers and handspun shakes.

Block & Larder

Phone:
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.

D’Corazon

Phone:
720-904-8226

Known for the authentic, slow-simmered carnitas, this locale offers Mexican comfort food at its best.

The Nickel

Phone:
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.

Port Side

Phone:
720-549-0622

Grab a slice of avocado toast and a market salad (both made with ingredients from local farms) to pair with your Huckleberry Roasters espresso at this bright cafe.

North County

Phone:
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.

Thai Pot Cafe

Phone:
303-693-6200

Try a variety of curries, noodle bowls, soups, salads, and coconut-infused desserts at this cozy Thai restaurant. The drunken noodles with eggplant are a favorite.

Rebel Restaurant

Phone:
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.

Syrup

Phone:
720-945-1111

Head here for the Cherry Creeker eggs Benedict with a cup of Vail Mountain coffee. Or order pancakes and choose a specialty infused syrup, like buttermilk, maple-vanilla, or blackberry.

Mizuna

Phone:
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.

Early Bird

Phone:
303-469-9641

This attractive breakfast and lunch spot offers a well-balanced menu and local ingredients. The all-day breakfast menu includes open-faced omelets and crème brûlée French toast. Also try the Greenwood Village location.

Renegade Burrito (Westminster)

Phone:
303-287-7486

Make your own burritos, tacos, and bowls at this fast-casual Mexican eatery. Try Jeff's Desperado burrito (chile verde, carnitas, beans, and strawberry habañero salsa stuffed in a Raquelita's jalapeño-cheddar tortilla). Multiple locations.

Mad Greens

Phone:
720-468-4173

A concept restaurant featuring fun salads like the Don Quixote and the Ty Cobb as well as soups and sandwiches. Multiple locations.

Buchi Cafe Cubano

Phone:
303-458-1328

During the week, this tiny cafe dishes up traditional Cuban coffee and pressed sandwiches. On Sundays, drop in for all-day happy hour and authentic Cuban plates, like flan cubano and empanadas.

Spatola Italian Restaurant

Phone:
303-477-4820

The owner of Dolce Sicilia brings his authentic Italian cuisine to Highland. Start with the crispy arancini (fried risotto balls stuffed with cheese) and don't miss the pasta carbonara.

Handy Diner

Phone:
619-730-5264

This diner serves up American comfort food—vegan style. Described as a dive, Handy Diner offers an extensive menu of inexpensive breakfast plates, sandwiches, and desserts.

Beatrice & Woodsley

Phone:
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.

Salati Italian Street Food

Phone:
303-307-1695

Rooted in Italian tradition, this welcoming hot spot offers local brews and street food options including prosciutto grilled flatbread, carpaccio, and pork puttanesca.

Rush Bowls

Phone:
720-287-8244

Head to this spot anytime of day for a nutritious meal-in-a-bowl. We suggest the Yoga Bowl with mango, pineapple, banana, and green tea topped with granola and honey.

Sunny’s

Phone:
303-477-0005

Sunny's is a neighborhood diner that serves breakfast all day. Try the mangia: roasted potatoes, broccoli, zucchini, tomatoes, and spinach, topped with eggs, pesto, and pecorino romano cheese.

Miners Saloon

Phone:
303-993-3850

Grab a beer from one of the 24 on draft and enjoy the atmosphere of a modern-day saloon complete with a Victorian parlor. Try the ten-hour roast beef, grilled cheese, or charcuterie plate.

Mangia Bevi Cafe

Phone:
303-763-1980

Snack on sweet potato fries or a Rusty's Sicilian burger, grilled salmon with onions and mushrooms, at this Italian cafe. There is an atmosphere to please everyone, grab a seat at the bar and see the kitchen or watch TV while you dine, or sit in a comfy chair by the fireplace.

Spice China

Phone:
720-890-0999

Stop in at this comfortable Asian bistro in Louisville to sample from a large menu that showcases traditional Chinese entrées, warm soups, and sushi platters.

Hard Rock Cafe

Phone:
303-623-3191

Rock 'n' roll memorabilia graces the walls, and burgers and other American faves fill the tables. Find Coloradan fare such as striped bass and bison burgers in its new test kitchen.

Jason’s Deli

Phone:
303-243-5599

Order at the counter at this casual deli. The sandwiches are giant and so is the salad bar. Multiple locations.

Colt & Gray

Phone:
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.

Zolo Grill

Phone:
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.

Sushi-Rama

Phone:
720-476-4643

This sushi joint features a fun, conveyer belt-style dining experience.

Brodo Italian Scratch Kitchen

Phone:
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.

Karma Asian

Phone:
303-871-0167

Go out to this trendy Asian eatery for a variety of Asian tapas (such as spicy edamame), or get more bang for your buck with the Thai bang bang chicken and shrimp.

Hickory & Ash

Phone:
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.

Barolo Grill

Phone:
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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Bittersweet

Phone:
303-942-0320

Chef Olav Peterson's American farm-to-table restaurant has 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.

Freshcraft

Phone:
303-758-9608

Head to this spot for an extensive beer selection with more than 100 bottles and 20 on tap, and an innovative twist on comfort pub food.

Masalaa

Phone:
303-755-6272

A vegetarian's heaven, Masalaa has delicious Southern Indian cuisine.

Villagran Restaurante

Phone:
303-379-9927

This south Mexican spot is run by the same owner of the popular Villa Real food truck. Order the campechana, a refreshing cold seafood dish made with octopus and shrimp.

Cedar Creek Pub

Phone:
303-537-4210

A strong sense of state pride is served at this restaurant which serves products from 40 different Colorado-based food companies. Try the specialty items such as fish and chips, bangers and mash, or the tuna and pear salad with gorgonzola cheese, bacon, and a raspberry vinaigrette.

Providence Tavern

Phone:
303-462-5280

Located in a restored 1930s corner spot, this neighborhood hub puts a tasty twist on typical pub food. Try the seared ahi tuna plate. Grab a spot on the semi-enclosed patio.

Stones on 32nd

Phone:
720-328-4270

This casual restaurant offers a lively, friendly atmosphere for comforting fare. Try the poblano chicken pot pie with caramelized onions and au jus in a puff pastry crust.

Los Carboncitos (Sunnyside)

Phone:
303-458-0880

Enjoy fresh, authentic Mexican food cooked in an open kitchen. Order the alambre—Mexican stir-fry with your choice of tortilla, meat, cheese, and vegetables.

Cafe 180

Phone:
303-761-4510

"Eat what you want and pay what you can" is the motto at this nonprofit restaurant. A favorite is the hearty meatball sandwich made with Italian marinara sauce on a toasted baguette.

Mici Handcrafted Italian (Downtown)

Phone:
303-629-6424

A perfect combination of family recipes and modern style. Serving salads, pizza, pasta, panini, and more in a quick and casual atmosphere. Dine-in, carry-out, delivery within three mile, and catering.

Mangiamo Pronto!

Phone:
303-297-1229

Order a simple and fresh salad, pizza, or panini at this bistro. Try the pollo pesto panini, chicken breast with arugula, roasted red bell peppers, basil pesto and goat cheese. Stop in before work for a veggie frittata.

Bonnie Brae Tavern

Phone:
303-777-2262

This tavern has been dishing up all-American eats, including fried chicken, green chile, and apple pie, since 1934—but it’s most famous for its golden-crusted pizza.

Jelly (University Hills)

Phone:

Order the Molly Hot Brown: two slices of French toast with house-roasted turkey, green-chile-cheese sauce, bacon, and tomato—or sip a Bloody Mary on the outdoor patio. Also try the Capitol Hill location.

Fat Sully’s Pizza (Baker)

Phone:
303-393-1515

Grab a slice of New York–style pizza at this casual spot, which shares space with the Denver Biscuit Company and the Atomic Cowboy bar. Multiple locations.

Next Door (Glendale)

Phone:
303-757-0878

This casual community pub focuses on nutritious and affordable cuisine. Select from small plates, bowls, and locally sourced burgers such as the Pineapple Express (topped with pineapple, arugula, and honey-Sriracha sauce). Multiple locations.

Stout Street Social

Phone:
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.

McDevitt Taco Supply

Phone:
720-573-4194

This taco-cart-turned-restaurant offers “super heady tacos,” aka an original and exciting American twist on classic tacos. Be sure to order a McDevitt margarita with your kale salad-topped taco and Mexican street corn.

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Sushi Ronin

Phone:
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.

WaterCourse Foods

Phone:
303-832-7313

This vegetarian icon has been serving wholesome food since 1998. The zesty soups, salads, and wraps are healthy and delicious. Don’t miss the brunch specials.

Las Brisas

Phone:
303-792-3212

The menu, which combines Spanish, Mexican, and Caribbean food (paella, cilantro chicken, and fresh fish dishes), is second only to the restaurant's infamous LB margarita.

Organic Pizza Company (Downtown)

Phone:
303-534-2223

Specializing in pizza and calzones made from gourmet, local, and all-natural ingredients. Try the Sicilian calzone made with pepperoni, sausage, green peppers, red onions, and black olives.

Old Major

Phone:
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.

Berkshire

Phone:
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.

LongHorn Steakhouse

Phone:
303-451-1116

The legendary steak house that got its start in Georgia has come to Colorado. Expect the same steak house salads, half-pound burgers, and of course, steak house classics.

Billy’s Inn

Phone:
303-455-9733

This bar has a huge selection of tequila as well as tasty tacos, quesadillas, and burgers. A favorite is the Sante Fe burger, topped with pepper jack cheese, roasted poblano chiles, and onions.

Bamboo Sushi

Phone:
303-284-6600

This Portland-born sustainable sushi spot will let you feel good about each bite of sashimi you take. To start, we recommend the Japanese blanched spinach salad with sesame-soy dressing.

El Camino Tavern

Phone:
720-889-7946

This lively Mexican joint boasts all-natural meats and house-made green chile, guacamole, salsa, and desserts. In the summer, fresh herbs and spices from the organic rooftop garden flavor the shrimp tacos and other dishes.

The Rock Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits

Phone:
303-454-3282

This classic rock music-playing joint offers up pasta, burgers, and salads. But it's the pizza that really draws the crowds. Order up the "Can't Stop Rockin" made with tomato sauce, pepperoni, pineapple, and extra mozzarella or the "Slow Ride" with shrimp, chicken, and roasted peppers in a Cajun cream sauce.

School House Kitchen and Libations

Phone:
720-639-4213

This school-themed restaurant offers more than 1,100 whiskeys behind the bar and a rooftop patio. Enjoy fun menu selections like chicken and waffle sandwiches, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, and build-your-own macaroni and cheese.

Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que

Phone:
303-630-1980

Don't miss the pulled pork at this Southern-style barbecue joint where specialty sides like house-made baked beans and cornbread. A large patio and a party vibe complement the freshly smoked meat.

Hearth & Dram

Phone:
303-623-0979

This modern saloon features more than 350 whiskey selections. The menu offers wood-fired proteins such as pork ribs and duck breast.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Phone:
303-623-4867

Based on the "Forrest Gump" movie, this restaurant is earnest in its Americana. Try a variety of Southern recipes, including Dixie-style ribs.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill

Phone:
303-623-0316

Around the corner from Union Station lies pub-food heaven: Half-pound burgers, sandwiches, steaks, and even wood-fired pizzas make up the menu. Also try the new Cherry Creek location.

Sera’s Ramen Enclave

Phone:
720-646-1114

Owner Sera Nguyen takes diners on tour of Asian flavors with her unique ramen bowls. We recommend the chilled ramen (served with Korean chile paste) and the fresh-squeezed sugarcane juice to drink.

Tavern Tech Center

Phone:
303-221-4660

Enjoy American food with Asian, Mediterranean, and Italian influences at this laid-back restaurant. Sit out on the patio or catch the game on one of the many high-definition TVs surrounding the bar.

Cracovia

Phone:
303-484-9388

Try traditional Polish meals, like pierogi and kielbasa, at this Eastern European restaurant. Polish vodka and European beers are also on the menu.

Plaza Beer Garden

Phone:
720-460-3701

Located at Union Station, this beer garden offers a convivial setting for German-inspired bites such as bratwurst, pretzels, and chicken shnitzel fingers.

City Bakery Cafe

Phone:
303-861-0809

City Bakery's bread is now the star of its own sandwich shop. Try the East Coast classic: salami, ham, provolone, lettuce, tomato, and vinagrette on a baguette, or opt for one of the inventive grilled paninis.

River and Woods

Phone:
303-993-6301

Settle into the cozy dining room for a relaxed dinner including dishes such as chicken-fried calamari steak. Chef Daniel Asher's eclectic menu features community-sourced cuisine—submit your recipe online in hopes it will land on the menu.

Modern Market (Glendale)

Phone:
303-757-1772

Enjoy freshly prepared salads, soups, sandwiches and pizza made from simple and whole ingredients. Try a brick-oven baked pizza or the flatiron salad with steak, Gorgonzola cheese, and caramelized onions. Multiple locations.

The Rock Wood Fired Kitchen

Phone:
303-346-8096

This classic rock music-playing joint offers up pasta, steaks, burgers, and salads, but it's the pizza that really draws the crowds. Order up the "Can't Stop Rockin" made with tomato sauce, garlic, pepperoni, pineapple, and extra mozzarella or the "Slow Ride" with shrimp, chicken, and roasted peppers in a Cajun cream sauce.

Duck Soup

Phone:
303-825-1440

Grab a panini or wrap—plus a rotating daily selection of soups—at this quick-service, downtown eatery.

Virgilio’s Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Phone:
303-972-1011

This small, family-owned restaurant whips up traditional Italian food with fresh ingredients. Enjoy the fresh mozzarella balls, spinach pinwheels, or brick oven–baked pizzas.

Next Door (Union Station)

Phone:
720-460-3730

This casual community pub focuses on nutritious and affordable cuisine. Select from small plates, bowls, and locally sourced burgers such as the Pineapple Express (topped with pineapple, arugula, and honey Sriracha sauce). Multiple locations.

Native Foods Cafe

Phone:
303-442-0213

Native Foods Cafe touts an all-vegan menu featuring their famed house-made seitan and tempeh. Try the butternut polenta bites or the classic deli reuben, wash it down with a lavender lemonade or a watermelon fresca.

Silla

Phone:
303-338-5070

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

Stanley Marketplace

Phone:
720-990-6743

Formerly the Stanley Aviation building, this site is now home to a sprawling, food-centric marketplace. Stop by and check out the offerings from Yellowbelly Chicken, Stanley Beer Hall, Annette, Sweet Cow Ice Cream, Comida Cantina, Logan House Coffee, Miette et Chocolat, Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen, and many more.

Fortune Wok to Table

Phone:
303-321-7788

This casual Chinese spot offers authentic dumplings and noodle bowls. Visit Thursday through Saturday evenings and check out the exclusive upstairs dining room, which features a menu of seasonal, upscale dishes.

Tree Haus Bistro

Phone:
303-484-9728

A traditional bistro emphasizing soups, salads, sandwiches, and tapas. Each sandwich is named after a tree such as the Aspen, a hot pastrami sandwich, or the Poplar, a roast turkey sandwich with a cranberry relish and toasted sage leaves. For dessert, try a house-made chocolate tort on the expansive front patio.

American Grind

Phone:
970-420-8484

Located within Avanti Food & Beverage, this counter-service joint serves burgers, fries, and ice cream all made with locally sourced ingredients—even the ketchup and mustard are made in house.

BurgerFi

Phone:
720-390-5046

This fast-casual, farm-to-tray restaurant offers burgers, hot dogs, and frozen custards made with fresh, natural ingredients. Order the signature BurgerFi Cheeseburger with a side of fresh-cut fries and a strawberry shake for a classic American combo.

Fresh Thymes Eatery

Phone:
303-955-7988

From taste to nutritional value to environmental impact, this food sings "kumbaya." As a community-supported restaurant, this eatery offers yearly memberships starting at $250. The noncomittal can simply walk in and try the grass-finished burger with housemade pickles and corn and arugula salad.

Osteria Marco

Phone:
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.

Go Fish Sushi (Broomfield)

Phone:
720-593-1888

This neighborhood sushi restaurant also offers Japanese rice and noodle dishes like the unagi don—white rice topped with smoked eel. Be sure to try the low-carb Go Fish Naruto roll with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, avocado, and masago.

Coohills

Phone:
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.

Elway’s (Cherry Creek)

Phone:
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.

Lazy Dog Sports Bar and Grill

Phone:
303-440-3355

With delicious bar food favorites, plenty of screens to watch the big game, live music, and rooftop dining this is the perfect place to relax and enjoy living in Boulder.

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Mercantile Dining & Provision

Phone:
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.

Shells & Sauce

Phone:
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.

Pub on Penn

Phone:
303-861-8638

Head to this neighborhood pub for food specials such as all-you-can-eat wings on Wednesday nights and happy-hour drink specials all day, every day. Try the tater tots—ask for them loaded with green chile and cheese.

Homegrown Tap & Dough (Arvada)

Phone:
303-284-6087

Head here for Italian food with some Colorado charm. Pick from salad, pasta, and—of course—pizza options. Try the burgers, which feature Harris Ranch beef on Grateful Bread buns. Also try the Washington Park location.

Portofino Pizza & Pasta

Phone:
303-841-9900

With classic items like garlic knots, calzones, and caesar salad, you'll think you're in a pizza shop in Manhattan. Try the house-made meat lasagna and fresh mozzarella at this family-friendly restaurant.

Gold Hill Inn

Phone:
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.

Latke Love

Phone:
303-995-9708

This modern yet cozy deli presents a variety of Eastern European style fare including blintzes and corned beef hash. Make sure to order a few of the signature latkes.

Rioja

Phone:
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.

Zoës Kitchen (Boulder)

Phone:
303-444-3991

Zoës Kitchen began as a family restaurant in Alabama, but this chain's menu is still inspired by fresh, Mediterranean flavors. Try the rosemary, ham, and mozzarella piadina—a thin, crispy Italian street sandwich. Don't leave without a slice of YaYa's Chocolate Cake.

TAG

Phone:
303-996-9985

Chef Troy Guard describes the food at his flagship restaurant as continental social cuisine. Translation: He serves big and small plates with flavors from around the world.

Rice Bistro & Sushi

Phone:
303-221-1430

Try the Big E ranch roll with seared N.Y. strip steak over shrimp tempura and avocado at this innovative and modern Asian fusion restaurant. Now with a large gluten-free menu and a focus on non-traditional Asian dishes like crunchy cashew shrimp and scallops.

FNG

Phone:
303-963-5931

Troy Guard offers elevated comfort food with a side of rock ‘n roll at this neighborhood spot. Try the house-made charcuterie.

Bar Max

Phone:
303-333-0003

Formerly known as Cafe Max, this European bistro offers a simple, curated menu. Pair the prosciutto, Brie, and fig spread sandwich with a glass of Prosecco.

Maloney’s Tavern

Phone:
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.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Phone:
303-226-1540

This watering hole offers a vintage-inspired vibe and a menu curated by Old Major's Justin Brunson. Wash down your burger or fried chicken with one of 95 whiskeys.

Fire Restaurant

Phone:
303-572-8000

Located inside the Art, a Hotel, Fire Restaurant serves contemporary American dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, including a crab benedict and Colorado lamb chop.

New Image Brewing Co.

Phone:
720-900-5620

Head to this modern taproom for brews like the Altura Imperial Coffee Stout and small plates such as pork-kimchi tacos with avocado mousse and crispy Brussels sprouts.

Fire on the Mountain

Phone:
303-480-9464

Serving up fresh chicken wings tossed in your choice of twelve house-made sauces including raspberry habanero, Jamaican jerk, and spicy peanut. Vegan wings are available, as well as burgers and sandwiches.

Empanada Grill (Park Hill)

Phone:
303-862-8185

This Venezuelan grill incorporates elements of African, Indian, and European flavors to create dishes like sancocho soup, made with different meats, potatoes, plantains, and yucca. Wash your meal down with a passion fruit smoothie.

Meadowlark Kitchen

Phone:
303-953-1815

Located adjacent to Meadowlark Bar, this rustic eatery boasts a tightly edited menu focused on local offerings. Try the wild mushrooms with soft boiled egg, curry hollandaise, English muffin, and lemon chips, or one of the barrel-aged Manhattans.

Brothers BBQ

Phone:
303-322-3289

This is the original location of the homegrown chain founded by two local brothers. The tasty barbecue combines elements of many different regional varieties, creating a style all their own.

Taki Sushi

Phone:
303-282-0111

Stop into this West Washington Park locale for Japanese fusion cuisine and a crisp glass of saki. Sushi is the signature dish, but the restaurant also serves noodle bowls and teriyaki.

Blue Pan Pizza

Phone:
720-456-7666

Masterfully crafted Detroit-style pizza is the draw at this tiny spot. Try the Brooklyn Bridge, topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, and ricotta and pecorino cheeses. Also try the Congress Park location.

Centro Mexican Kitchen

Phone:
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).

Trattoria Stella

Phone:
303-320-8635

Dine on homemade pastas and other delights at this colorful Italian restaurant. Take the kids in before 6 p.m. and get their meals for $2.

Ariana Kabob Cafe

Phone:
303-745-6262

Grab a taste of authentic Afghan cuisine at this bustling spot. Go for the chicken kabobs and bolani (fried turnovers stuffed with mashed potatoes).

Torchy’s Tacos

Phone:

Born in the heart of Austin, Texas, this eatery slings tacos featuring eclectic ingredients like jerk chicken, ahi tuna, and fried avocado. Try the breakfast tacos, and don't miss the chips and queso.

Beso de Arte

Phone:
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.

Café Mercato

Phone:
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.

Pho-Yo

Phone:
303-750-3007

What sets this pho restaurant apart from its competition is its frozen yogurt. The menu also includes traditional pho noodle bowls and boba tea.

Ogden Street South

Phone:
303-722-0592

Smoked pork sandwiches and souvalki are specialties. Everything is made in house, so you can always expect a fresh and delicious meal.

Salt & Grinder

Phone:
303-945-4200

Chef Frank Bonanno takes on the deli. Expect house-cured meats, hand-crafted salads, breakfast, and jarred cocktails. Try the PB & J French Toast.

Los Carboncitos (Aurora)

Phone:
303-364-2606

Enjoy fresh, authentic Mexican food cooked in an open kitchen. Order the alambre, a Mexican stir-fry with your choice of tortilla, meat, cheese, and vegetables.

Breakfast King

Phone:
303-733-0795

This 24-hour diner serves giant plates of bone-in ham steaks, pancakes, and salads. The hash browns are made daily, and they go through more than 90 gallons of green chile each week.

Thai Flavor

Phone:
720-859-7648

Exemplary Thai food and gracious service. Try the pla goong and the creamy Thai tea.

Bar Louie (Westminster)

Phone:
720-214-3300

Check out this casual restaurant for your sandwich needs, like the Luigi loaded up with shaved sirloin, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and olive oil, on a hoagie roll. For dessert, sample their key lime shiner -- a key lime parfait layered with strawberries and cake. Or throw back one of their 32 specialty drinks, like the…

Silvi’s Kitchen at Olde Town Arvada

Phone:
303-421-8000

Enjoy classic sandwiches and delicious baked goods, but try something new when the cafe transforms into an artisanal pizza place at night. The large, comfortable eatery also includes a quick-service frozen yogurt shop.

Dion’s Pizza

Phone:
720-345-0600

This comfortable, New Mexico-born hangout serves up hearty subs in addition to sharable pizzas smothered in fresh ingredients (like Hatch green chile). The salad dressings, which have long been favored by guests, are sold by the bottle. Multiple locations.

Black Pepper Pho

Phone:
303-440-1948

This Vietnamese restaurant fuses contemporary dining with traditional meals. With over seven pho options, bahn mi, and a bevy of grilled noodle bowls, there's something for every taste. Wash your meal down with a refreshing Thai iced tea.

My Favorite Muffin

Phone:
303-623-0060

Serving breakfast and lunch with 14 varieties of bagels and more than 30 muffin varieties. Try the turkey club sandwich with a jumbo chocolate cheesecake muffin.

Marcella’s Ristorante

Phone:
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.

Cody Inn Restaurant

Phone:
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.

Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery (Lowry)

Phone:
303-364-1102

The second location of this fast casual American grill focuses on fresh ingredients and innovative techniques to construct its seasonally crafted menu. Pair the 48-hour slow-cooked short ribs with a draft beer.

Erawan Thai Cafe

Phone:
303-388-3226

Experience the fresh and authentic flavors of Thailand at this Congress Park eatery. Chef-owner Art Suthithanin uses natural herbs and spices to create traditional selections of Asian curries, noodles, and more.

Hapa Sushi Grill and Sake Bar

Phone:
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.

Pho Real

Phone:
720-638-6884

Pho lovers rejoice—"the real thing" has made it to the ’burbs. Choose from a variety of fresh meats and add-ins (like bean sprouts and basil) to decorate your slurpable, large serving of noodles. Take-out works too: Order a mango smoothie to go for a delectable stroll down Littleton's Main Street.

Vitality Bowls

Phone:
303-393-2967

Give your body what it's craving with healthy açaí bowls, smoothies, soups, or panini. Try the Warrior Bowl, a fresh combo of berries, bananas, almonds, and organic granola.

Jelly (Capitol Hill)

Phone:
303-831-6301

Order the Molly Hot Brown: two slices of French toast with seared turkey, green-chile-cheese sauce, bacon, and tomato. Or, sip a Bloody Mary on the outdoor patio. Also try the University Hills location.

Wystone’s World Teas

Phone:
303-663-5775

This charming cafe features an extensive tea menu with dessert, fruit, and cheese pairings. Stop in for a quick cup or a grilled pear salad for lunch. Also try the Stapleton location.

Yellowbelly Chicken (Aurora)

Phone:
720-259-2393

At this fast-casual spot inside the Stanley Marketplace, free-range poultry is fried (or rotisserie roasted) to perfection and served with an array of seasonal side dishes and salads. Try the West Vail, a sandwich made with crispy chicken tenders, lettuce, pickles, and a zesty house sauce. Multiple locations.

Lime (Denver Pavilions)

Phone:
303-629-5463

This American cantina offers fresh Mexican food and a wide variety of tequilas. Don't miss the dollar tacos and $5 margaritas every Tuesday.

Ale House at Amato’s

Phone:
303-433-9734

Choose from 40 Colorado craft beers on tap, an extensive wine list, and cocktails made with Colorado spirits. Try the elk sausage macaroni and cheese or the Breckenridge IPA-battered fish and chips.

Postino

Phone:
303-433-6363

This wine bar offers an approachable list of vinos paired with casual fare, including bruschetta, panini, and small plates.

Bubu

Phone:
303-996-2685

This fast-casual concept from Troy Guard focuses on healthy build-your-own bowls. Locally sourced ingredients go into bowls like the OG Colorado, which includes quinoa, avocado, roasted carrots, green chili, pumpkin seeds, and house dressing. Also, try its sister-location on 16th Street Mall.

Citypub and Burger

Phone:
303-694-0454

This sports pub serves a mix of American classics and Mexican eats. Stop in any evening for themed specials and the citypub Burger: a half-pound of ground sirloin, melted Swiss, bacon, and special dressing.

Bar Car

Phone:
720-524-8099

The latest addition to Leigh Jones' restaurant sphere, this spot is fashioned after an antique train car and sells Colorado craft beers. Don't miss the 'Awesome Burgers' and fries cooked under the same roof.

iFish

Phone:
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.

Viewhouse (Centennial)

Phone:
303-835-0658

This is your place to catch the game and enjoy a variety of bar bites from burgers and hot dogs to pizza and steak. Watch your favorite sports team while enjoying a draft beer and a plate of nachos or catch a view of the city from the rooftop bar. Try the latest location in…

El Parral

Phone:
303-649-9140

Traditional Mexican cuisine like crispy chile rellenos and wildcard choices like a big, juicy steak. Breakfast is served all day and there is also a a gluten-free menu available.

Satchel’s on 6th

Phone:
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.

Osaka Ramen

Phone:
303-955-7938

Jeff Osaka's modern ramen shop features traditional and original noodle soups, bento boxes, and creative small plates. Try the mochi doughnuts for dessert.

Snooze (Boulder)

Phone:
303-225-7344

Sip a mimosa in this hip breakfast eatery's chic orange booths. Choose between pineapple upside down pancakes and huevos rancheros. Multiple locations.

Wewatta Point

Phone:
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.

The Kitchen

Phone:
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.

Onefold

Phone:
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.

Olive & Finch (Uptown)

Phone:
303-832-8663

Discover wholesome, inspired meals at this restaurant, bakery, and juice bar, where you'll find a full coffee bar, artisan sandwiches, hearty soups, tasty salads, and house-made pastries made daily. Also try the Cherry Creek location.

Pho 95 (Centennial)

Phone:
303-797-9535

Authentic Vietnamese cuisine is served up every day at this noodle house. Try your pho in any of the 21 different ways that are offered. Also try the Lakewood location.

La Merise French Cuisine

Phone:
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.

Mint Indian Restaurant & Lounge

Phone:
720-931-0333

Cure your curry craving at this contemporary Indian restaurant. Start with a plate of samosas before moving onto one of the house-made curries. Can't decide? Go for the lunch buffet.

JaJa Bistro

Phone:
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.

Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs

Phone:
720-746-9355

This spot's unusual menu includes rave-worthy dogs in adventurous flavors (think duck-cilantro and Alaskan reindeer). Toppings include unique combinations like wasabi aïoli, caramelized apples, and shaved Irish cheddar cheese.

Fogo de Chao

Phone:
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.

RiNo Yacht Club

Phone:
720-443-1135

Enjoy classic and creative cocktails at this loungelike RiNo bar. The menu includes a raw seafood bar and Southern-inspired fare.

Mezcal

Phone:
303-322-5219

Fresh lime margaritas, an extensive tequila list, and traditional Mexican food. The ambience is warm, festive, and fun.

Kona Grill

Phone:
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.

La Cour

Phone:
303-777-5000

A French bistro serving classics like quiche lorraine alongside a French wine and cocktail menu.

Matador Restaurant and Tequila Bar

Phone:
303-561-2855

This Seattle-based Tex-Mex eatery focuses on fresh produce and house-made marinades, rubs, and sauces. The signature picante sauce pleases heat and flavor seekers alike. Also try the Fort Collins location.

Low Country Kitchen

Phone:
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.

Japon Sushi & Sake Bar

Phone:
303-460-8868

A long list of special rolls are artfully prepared at this Japanese restaurant. Don't pass up on the Godzilla Roll: Tempura shrimp, crabmeat, and avocado topped with unagi, tempura crunch, and two sauces.

Stoney’s Bar and Grill

Phone:
303-830-6839

This Colorado-themed sports bar features 16 ales from local breweries. Pick your favorite to wash down the Buffalo Bill, a local buffalo slider, or the Colorado Bass fish tacos. Plus, watch your favorite teams on 38 plasma-screen TVs.

Brasserie Ten Ten

Phone:
303-998-1010

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

Modern Market (Lakewood)

Phone:
303-278-8284

Enjoy freshly prepared salads, soups, sandwiches and pizza made from simple and whole ingredients. Try a brick-oven baked pizza or the flatiron salad with steak, Gorgonzola cheese, and caramelized onions. Multiple locations.

Sunrise Sunset (Sixth Ave.)

Phone:
303-996-4635

This casual and sunny breakfast spot is famous for its fluffy pancakes, but the enchilada sunshine skillet and black-bean burrito with vegetarian green chile are tasty, too.

Le Peep

Phone:
303-759-3388

This Colorado chain doesn't just dish up bacon and eggs; it serves unique and tasty breakfast (and lunch) items that even vegetarians will delight in. Multiple locations.

25 Best Restaurants

Hop Alley

Phone:
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.

Trattoria Stella

Phone:
303-458-1128

Dine on homemade pastas and other delights at this colorful Italian restaurant. Take the kids before 6 p.m. and you'll get their meals for $2.

Royal

Phone:
303-862-9394

This low-key burger bar from the owner of popular brunch spot Jelly offers fresh takes on American classics. Order a French onion burger and ginger curry chips, and wash it down with one of the boozy shakes.

Phoenician Kabob

Phone:
303-355-7213

This quiet restaurant serves a solid menu of Middle Eastern and Lebanese fare. Try the sabanekh, pastries stuffed with spinach, onion, and pine nuts.

Uno Mas Taqueria y Cantina

Phone:
303-777-2866

This taqueria bolsters classic street tacos with contemporary ingredients. The key: smoked whole, locally raised animals, including duck and pork. Try them with one of the many tequilas.

Viewhouse (Littleton)

Phone:
303-797-4829

This is your place to catch the game and enjoy a variety of bar bites, from burgers and hot dogs to steak. Watch your favorite sports team while enjoying a draft beer and a plate of nachos, or catch a view of the city from the rooftop bar. Multiple locations.

Fainting Goat

Phone:
303-945-2323

Guinness, Smithwick's, and corned beef sliders abound at this Irish bar. Grab a drink on the rooftop bar. Sundays are trivia night.

Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza (Englewood)

Phone:
303-790-9000

Formerly known as Racca's Pizzeria Napoletana, this spot serves Neapolitan-style pies with imported artisanal cheeses and local produce. Start your meal with an order of the coal-fired limoncello wings. Multiple locations.

Tuk Tuk Thai Bistro

Phone:
303-988-5885 ext.1

If you can't decide from the amazing sushi menu, try one of the combos that feature eight kinds of sushi. Don't forget to try the famed Thai Pearl iced tea.

Izakaya Ronin

Phone:
303-953-1602

Japanese chef Corey Baker of Sushi Ronin brings high-end sushi and a late-night speakeasy experience to RiNo. You can sip Japanese whisky and slurp ramen until late into the evening in the basement bar.

Uber Sausage

Phone:
303-862-7894

With a modern approach to traditional European sandwichery, this contemporary eatery offers gourmet house-made sausages topped with crisp produce and unique sauces.

Pupusas Sabor Hispano

Phone:
303-444-1729

This tiny taqueria dishes up authentic Mexican food and Salvadoran pupusas (corn pancakes stuffed thick with cheese, chiles, and other spicy delights). The fresh corn tortillas are made by hand all day long.

Menya Sushi Bar

Phone:
303-607-8888

Find fresh, authentic Japanese eats from the sushi bar as well as bento boxes and ramen. For dessert, snag some of the matcha green tea fried ice cream.

Jett Asian Kitchen & Sushi

Phone:
303-333-5007

Order a variety of Chinese and Japanese dishes to enjoy in the sleek dining room or in the comfort of your own home. Try the Thai red curry with coconut milk or the sesame-honey-style chicken. Also serves sushi.

Roma Cucina e Piazza

Phone:
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.

Saigon Basil

Phone:
720-502-3040

House-made Vietnamese cuisine with an extensive menu that easily accomodates vegetarians. Try the jasmine iced tea and a combination rice noodle bowl, known as the Hu Tieu Thap Cam.

Olive & Finch (Cherry Creek)

Phone:
303-955-0455

Discover wholesome, inspired meals at this restaurant, bakery, and juice bar, where you'll find a full coffee bar, artisan sandwiches and flatbreads, hearty soups, tasty salads, and house-made pastries made daily. Also try the Uptown location.

Brazen

Phone:
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.

Bacon Social House

Phone:
720-550-7065

Chef Brian Crow brings the restaurant's beloved namesake ingredient, bacon, to the forefront of many of his dishes. You'll find bold flavors and plates crafted with fresh and local ingredients on the innovative menu.

Thai Wrap @ Tuk Tuk

Phone:
303-988-5885 ext.3

Enjoy some of your favorite Thai dishes wrapped in a flour shell. The famous Thai iced coffee is available at this and Tuk Tuk's other locations.

Maria Empanada

Phone:
303-934-2221

Go straight for the empanadas. The 15-plus flavors range from the beef classico to vegan veggie to tango. Buy them in singles or share a dozen, but save room for the alfajores. Multiple locations.

Punch Bowl Social

Phone:
303-765-2695

This restaurant is perfect for food and play. Dine any time of day off of the diner-inspired menu while entertaining yourself with bowling, ping pong, shuffleboard, and more. Also try the Stapleton location.

Bonfire Burritos

Phone:
720-556-6269

This tiny Mexican spot is a staple in Golden, serving burritos, street tacos, and "Colorado's finest green chile."

Pei Wei

Phone:
303-942-3445

Pei Wei combines high quality, delicious cuisine with convenient dining options. Try the ginger broccoli beef. Multiple locations.

Locanda Del Borgo

Phone:
303-388-0282

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

Thyme on the Creek

Phone:
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.

The Cruise Room

Phone:
303-628-5400

This sleek art deco bar in the Oxford Hotel is Denver's oldest watering hole. Sip on the Cruise Room special cocktail, made with cognac, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, absinthe, and Champagne, and nibble on the braised beef bourguignon bites.

25 Best Restaurants

Izakaya Den

Phone:
303-777-0691

It's been dubbed Sushi Den II, but Izakaya Den is more than a replica of its popular cousin. You can still order ultrafresh sushi and sashimi, but the most exciting dishes come in the form of small plates.

Blue Pan Pizza (Congress Park)

Phone:
720-519-0944

Masterfully crafted Detroit-style pizza is the draw at this popular pizzeria. Try the Brooklyn Bridge, topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, and ricotta and pecorino cheese. Also, try the Highland location.

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers (Southglenn)

Phone:
720-353-4300

This funky pizza joint cooks up a variety of tasty treats. Take in the psychedelic murals while eating a Kosmic Karma pizza with sun-dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, spinach, feta, and pesto. Or try any of the eatery's stacked calzones and hoagies. Multiple locations.

Viewhouse (Ballpark)

Phone:
720-282-1555

This is your place to catch the game and enjoy a variety of bar bites, from burgers and hot dogs to steak. Watch your favorite sports team while enjoying a draft beer and a plate of nachos, or catch a view of the city from the rooftop bar. Try the latest location in Littleton.

25 Best Restaurants

Beast & Bottle

Phone:
303-623-3223

The "farm to fork" mantra permeates a menu featuring small plates like pappardelle and grouper crudo, creative vegetable dishes, and dinner-size plates (including butter poached sole and heritage pork).

Il Posto

Phone:
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.

Ajuua

Phone:
720-374-9001

Head to this Mexican mainstay for a variety of fresh favorites, like fajitas or sizzling discada. The exciting flavors continue with a dessert menu featuring sweet treats including fried ice cream and tres leches cake.

Howl at the Moon

Phone:
303-291-0880

Eat, drink, and experience the most celebrated piano show in town. Pianists face off in musical acts of showmanship that beg you to become part of the fun. Munch on a variety of appetizers, from quesedillas, to pizza, or try the house-favorite buffalo wings.

Crepes a la Carte (Boulder)

Phone:
303-444-4191

This casual restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and sweet dessert crepes made-to-order. Also enjoy appetizers like escargot and frog's legs (only at this location).

Hideaway Steakhouse

Phone:
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.

Aji Restaurant

Phone:
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

Saucy Noodle Ristorante

Phone:
303-733-6977

A family-owned restaurant since 1964 serving simple, traditional Italian food. Enjoy a generous portion of pasta with one of the three house-made red sauces or a delicious pizza like the margherita. Be sure to try one of the specialty giant meatballs.

British Bulldog Pub

Phone:
303-295-7974

This pub serves up a mélange of fare—from English shepherd's pie, to Pakistani curries, to all-American burgers—in a casual setting.

Little Carmine’s

Phone:
303-993-8742

This Italian-American deli, the younger sibling to Carmine's on Penn, offers sandwiches made with freshly baked bread and quality ingredients. The Chicago beef sandwich is a must-order.

TAG Burger Bar

Phone:
303-736-2260

An inventive burger bar that lets you choose your protein: classic beef, lamb, bison, turkey, veggie, or salmon. The popular Los Chingones burger comes topped with baja slaw, chicharrones (fried pork rinds), griddled cotija cheese, black bean puree, and Cholula aioli. Don't miss the adult (read: alcoholic) milkshakes.

Jing

Phone:
303-779-6888

Beautifully presented modern Chinese dishes. Try the miso sea bass served with teriyaki glaze.

True Food Kitchen

Phone:
720-509-7661

You can count on this health-inspired cuisine to make your mouth and body happy. The menu features nutrient-dense foods such as kale and quinoa as well as fresh juices.

Tavern Platt Park

Phone:
303-226-1766

The Tavern offers a comfortable neighborhood gathering spot. Nab a plate of the nachos and pair it with the Citrus Mojito. Multiple locations.

Eureka!

Phone:
720-259-3636

You'll find an thoroguhly American menu with a modern twist at this casual eatery. Grab a burger and a craft beer, or opt for the lobster tacos.

Cafe Brazil

Phone:
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.

Dushanbe Teahouse

Phone:
303-442-4993

Sit below a hand-painted ceiling at this teahouse transported from Tajikistan. The menu offers Asian and Mid-Eastern inspired cuisine.

Luca

Phone:
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.

Living Room

Phone:
303-339-6636

This comfortable and classy wine bar serves Mediterranean tapas, like chickpeas with chard and filo-wrapped zucchini. Test out the Enomatic wine sampling system—a first in Denver—that lets you taste more than 20 wines with the touch of a button.

Edge Restaurant & Bar

Phone:
303-389-3343

Choose your cut, sauce, and side—like a porterhouse steak with creamy horseradish and crispy Brussels sprouts—at this upscale, contemporary steak house.

Thrive360 Eatery

Phone:
720-407-6965

Grab a quick, healthy breakfast or lunch at this fast-casual spot, the sister restaurant to the Protein Bar. We recommend the Asian-inspired Jenny's Noodle Bowl.

Oven

Phone:
303-934-7600

Delicious, house-made, wood-fired pizzas made with organic ingredients. Everything from the marinara sauce to the mozzarella, from the pizza dough to the desserts are made in-house. Good wine selection.

Backcountry Delicatessen

Phone:
303-534-7900

This LoDo deli serves up sandwiches, soups, and salads for the lunch crowd. Try the fan-favorite Turkey Trailhead with Swiss cheese, avocado, red onion, lettuce, and tomato for your lunch break or next hike.

Blue Sushi Sake Grill

Phone:
303-640-3655

Sushi meets American grill at this fusion restaurant with 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.

Tacos Tequila Whiskey (Highland)

Phone:
720-502-4608

Often referred to as Pinche Tacos, this spot offers a variety of Mexican specialties. Try the queso a la plancha made with griddled Cotija cheese, smashed avocado, and roasted tomatillo salsa. A chalkboard displays the extensive tequila menu, and the coin-style margaritas are the perfect accompaniment to any taco.

Freshii

Phone:
720-541-7345

Enjoy fresh salads, wraps, rice bowls, burritos, soups, and more at this fast-casual health hub. Customize your own order, or try a fast-ticket meal like spicy lemon grass soup or the Warrior Chicken Bowl.

Punch Bowl Social (Stapleton)

Phone:
303-765-2696

This restaurant is perfect for food and play. Dine any time of day off of their diner-inspired menu while entertaining yourself with bowling, ping pong, shuffleboard, and more. Also try the Baker location.

Odelay Tacos

Phone:
720-389-8109

This vibrant Mexican bistro offers casual dining in a hip space. Order any of the authentic street tacos (choose between beef, pork, chicken, shrimp, or tempeh) with one of five house-made salsas.

Walter’s Pizzeria

Phone:
303-864-9000

Grab a slice and a pint at this pizza parlor. Order the Big Fizz if you are craving meat or the Panama Not-So-Red if you want everything but the tomato sauce.

Empanada Grill (Golden)

Phone:
720-226-4701

This Venezuelan grill incorporates elements of African, Indian, and European flavors to create dishes like sancocho soup, made with different meats, potatoes, plantains, and yucca. Wash your meal down with a passion fruit smoothie.

Exchange Tavern

Phone:
303-469-0404

Customers at this Irish-American pub visit and exchange ideas over plates of corned beef and cabbage, nachos, and Buffalo wings.

Adrift Tiki Bar

Phone:
303-778-8454

The team behind Little Man Ice Cream has given Broadway's tiki bar a makeover. You'll find the same beach-ready rum drinks and kitschy setting, but with upgraded food (try and fresh poke). For dessert, opt for the pineapple upside cake with rum raisin ice cream.

Marg’s World Taco Bistro

Phone:
303-534-6274

This Mexican bistro offers a casual dining experience, fresh margaritas and salsas, and hand-pressed tortillas. Try the blackened ahi tuna taco. Multiple locations.

There Denver

Phone:
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.

Bob’s Atomic Burgers

Phone:

This locally-owned burger joint offers classic American foods: burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, and fries. The menu also includes a quinoa burger and creative toppings like Anaheim peppers and guacamole.

Modern Market

Phone:
303-789-6096

Enjoy freshly prepared salads, soups, sandwiches, and pizza made from simple and whole ingredients. Try a brick-oven baked pizza or the flatiron salad with steak, Gorgonzola cheese, and caramelized onions. Multiple locations.

Aung’s Bangkok Café

Phone:
303-806-9354

This comfortable, bright Englewood spot features a menu of authentic Thai favorites. Don’t miss the papaya salad, the drunken noodle, the crab fried rice, or the creamy pumpkin curry.

The Preservery

Phone:
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.

Adelitas Cocina y Cantina

Phone:
303-778-1294

Cuisine originating from the Michoacan area of southwestern Mexico served amid fanciful murals. Most of the family recipes are gluten-free or can be prepared gluten-free. To start, try prickly pear margarita with the ceviche appetizer.

New Saigon Bakery & Deli

Phone:
303-935-7859

Specializing in delicious Vietnamese sandwiches such as the pork belly sandwich. For dessert, choose from a variety of French pastries and cakes. Don't miss the refreshing house-made sugar cane juice.

Comida (RiNo)

Phone:
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.

Zoës Kitchen

Phone:
303-904-9398

Zoës Kitchen began as a family restaurant in Alabama, but this chain's menu is still inspired by fresh, Mediterranean flavors. Try the rosemary, ham, and mozzarella piadina—a thin, crispy Italian street sandwich. Don't leave without a slice of YaYa's Chocolate Cake.

Sol Mexican Cocina

Phone:
303-953-2208

This Baja-inspired Mexican restaurant specializes in fresh, coastal fare. Try the beer-battered shrimp tacos and one of the specialty margaritas.

Pizzeria Locale (Highland)

Phone:
303-302-2451

Drop into this fast-casual pizzeria concept for contemporary neapolitan-style pizza. Build your own pizza or choose from one of Pizzeria Locale's classics, such as the crudo topped with mozzarella, prosciutto, tomato sauce, and arugula.

Yanni’s Greek Restaurant

Phone:
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.

Cantina Laredo (Boulder)

Phone:
303-444-2260

An upscale Mexican restaurant that utilizes quality ingredients to make tasty plates like brisket tacos and enchiladas made with artichoke hearts and avocado. Be sure to try their Sunday brunch.

25 Best Restaurants

The Plimoth

Phone:
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.

Next Door (Boulder)

Phone:
720-542-8159

This casual community pub focuses on nutritious and affordable cuisine. Select from small plates, bowls, and locally sourced burgers such as the Pineapple Express (topped with pineapple, arugula, and honey-Sriracha sauce). Multiple locations.

Santo

Phone:
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.

Finn’s Manor

Phone:

The indoor bar serves a wide selection of seasonal craft cocktails, while on-site food trucks on site offer diverse variety of bites from fried chicken sandwiches to Puerto Rican fare.

The Corner Beet

Phone:
720-295-4447

Enjoy fresh, organic cold-pressed juices and other vegetarian fare. Stay a while to try a cup of potato leek soup and a southwest salad for lunch or drink a glass of Bon Vivant (made of kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, cucumber, and parsley juice) if you're in a hurry.

Tavern Downtown

Phone:
303-299-0100

The fare holds true to the ballpark neighborhood. Choose between Chicago hot dogs and Polish sausages. Great rooftop patio--voted among the top 10 in the country by Playboy--for both drinks and dinner.

Palettes

Phone:
303-534-1455

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.

Pizzeria Locale (Denver)

Phone:
720-508-8828

This fast-casual pizza spot offers family-friendly, counter service with premium ingredients—brought to you by the team at Boulder's Frasca Food and Wine.

French 75

Phone:
303-405-7575

Mizuna's younger, more casual sibling features approachable French bistro fare. Try the half-rotisserie chicken served with buerre fondue and pommes frites.

Pizzeria Locale (Boulder)

Phone:
303-442-3003

Inspired by the pizzerias of Napoli, Italy, this contemporary pizza joint offers a modern take on a traditional classic. It also features the first Stefano Ferrara oven in the state. Try the mais pizze with prosciutto cotto, sweet corn crème, and fresh mozzarella. Also try the fast-casual locations in Denver.

Spruce Farm & Fish

Phone:
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.

Blue Sky Grill

Phone:
303-405-6090

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

Marquis Pizza

Phone:
303-292-2829

This Ballpark pizza joint keeps it simple with a menu featuring four signature pizzas and a build-your-own option in addition to salad and a calzone. Drop in for lunch or late night and share a pie with friends. Try the Charlie loaded with pepperoni, mushroom, onion, tomato, and fresh basil.

1515 Restaurant

Phone:
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.

Snooze (Southglenn)

Phone:
303-734-9655

Sip a mimosa in this hip breakfast eatery's chic orange booths. Choose between pineapple upside down pancakes and huevos rancheros. Multiple locations.

Crimson and Gold

Phone:
720-379-5454

This casual college bar specializes in burgers. Order the Pioneer with haystack onion rings, pepperjack, bacon, and barbecue sauce, or the Boon, with green-chile strips, cheddar, avocado, and chipotle aioli.

Brio Tuscan Grille

Phone:
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.

The Rosedale

Phone:
720-961-0320

Formerly Boone's Tavern, the Rosedale is a family-friendly neighborhood spot and a solid hangout for the big game. Chef Jacob Conover whips up high-end pub food, including a seared Colorado bass dish and fried chicken paired with smashed potatoes and collard greens.

Five Points Pizza Denver

Phone:
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.

Menya Noodle Bar

Phone:
303-607-8888

This noodle bar offers eight ramen bowls and traditional small plates such as steamed shrimp dumplings and fried squid legs. Finish your meal with the mochi ice cream.

Flatz Restaurant

Phone:
303-465-0153

Enjoy modern American foods in a comfortable Colorado-themed dining room. Try the bacon-wrapped filet or the cast-iron chicken. Select a wine from the extensive list.

Hudson Hill

Phone:
303-832-0776

Head to this upscale-yet-casual bar for crafted cocktails like the 8 a.m., a blend of espresso, whiskey, amaro, and lemon peel. Enjoy your drink with a cheese plate or the pork terrine.

The Bistro at Stapleton

Phone:
303-388-9463

Starting with a European-style continental breakfast, the Bistro's menu morphs into house-made charcuterie and cheese plates, tapas, and paninis as the day goes on. Try the rillettes or country pate, both made in house.

Greek to Me

Phone:
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.

Grind Kitchen & Watering Hole

Phone:
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.

Etai’s Bakery Cafe at DIA

Phone:
303-342-6682

This local fixture emphasizes simple, authentic dishes. Try made-to-order salads, paninis, burgers, and sandwiches on their signature artisan breads, baked fresh daily. Find it near Gate B22.

Miyabi Jr. Japanese Express

Phone:
303-993-2529

Get the full Japanese hibachi experience in a fast-casual setting. Enjoy favorites like a teriyaki chicken bowl or a filet mignon and shrimp plate with rice and steamed vegetables.

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille

Phone:
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.

Roo Bar

Phone:
303-455-8700

This laid-back bar is bustling with great deals, games, and an American menu. Go for some jalapeno poppers, and be sure to grab a side of grape jelly for dipping.

Stoney’s Full Steam Tavern

Phone:
720-465-9830

A Colorado sports bar located in the heart of the Mile High City with classic video games and HD TVs. The eclectic menu includes duck tacos, pork green chile, fried cheese curds, burgers, and more.

Wasabi Sushi Bar

Phone:
303-935-8888

Enjoy sushi and Japanese cuisine with all fish flown in daily from the West Coast and Japan. Try the shrimp tempura and spicy tuna roll topped with salmon, avocado, special mayo and teriyaki sauce with a side of miso soup.

Casa Alegre

Phone:
303-665-2833

This family-owned gem in the heart of historic downtown Louisville serves up authentic Mexican with friendly service. Try the arroz con pollo and chile verde.

Kitchen Table BBQ

Phone:
303-399-9703

This Kentucky-style barbecue spot located inside of Goosetown Tavern serves up some tasty meat plates, from sliced brisket to bison jalapeño cheddar sausage. Be sure to order a basket of the house-made cornbread.

Empanada Grill (Highland)

Phone:
303-955-8362

This Venezuelan grill incorporates elements of African, Indian, and European flavors to create dishes like sancocho soup, made with different meats, potatoes, plantains, and yucca. Wash your meal down with a passion fruit smoothie.

Ultreia

Phone:
303-534-1970

James Beard Award-winning chef Jennifer Jasinski brings Iberian fare to Union Station. Try the lamb sandwich or the cured trout.

Vines Wine Bar

Phone:
303-736-8463

This premier wine bar boasts more than 100 wines by the glass. Come for the wine, but stay for the tapas. Certified sommeliers offer wine paring with a variety of high-end tapas, including Colorado Elk.

Wally’s Wisconsin Tavern

Phone:
303-800-2652

Find a slice of Wisconsin located next to sister-restaurant, the Rhein Haus. Don't miss the tempura-fried cheese curds or Friday wall-eye fish fry dinners.

Corner Office

Phone:
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.

Highland Tap and Burger

Phone:
720-287-4493

Pick your patty, bun, and premium toppings for a customizable meal enhanced with a choice of 18 to 20 Colorado craft beers. Also try the Sloan Lake location.

Chances Grill

Phone:
720-771-6055

Toss back sweet-potato tater tots as you kick back with friends at this upscale sports bar featuring classic American food with an international flair. Try the bacon-wrapped jalapenos with Jamaican relish cream cheese or the Italiano panini with mozzarella and red pepper.

La Cueva

Phone:
303-367-1422

You'll find excellent chiles rellenos and refried beans at this spot, plus a nice wine list and more than 120 types of tequila.

Wayward

Phone:
720-449-8300

Chef Talia Diele offers regionally sourced, sustainably minded fare at this comfortable neighborhood restaurant. Try the lamb shank with tomato-guajillo caramel and spiced squash purée

Agave Taco Bar

Phone:
303-425-6225

This street-style taqueria tops house-made corn tortillas (including a squid-ink variety) with anything from nopalitos to grilled shrimp to poblano peppers. For maximum effect, head to the patio to sip on a margarita or one of the fresh, authentic agua fresca juices.

Growler USA

Phone:
720-387-7965

Beer enthusiasts rejoice: this Sloan’s Lake pub offers over 100 taps of draft beer, sourced locally and from around the country, along with a beer-themed menu. Dig into dishes such as the Nitro BBQ cheddar burger or skillet mac and beer cheese.

The Bindery

Phone:
303-993-2364

Linda Hampsten Fox's eatery, market, and bakery offers worldly fare inspired by her travels. Stop by the market for house-made sundries, like jam and crackers, or settle in for a dinner of Boulder hen coq au vin or Welsh rarebit made with rabbit.

Park Burger

Phone:
720-242-9951

Denver's favorite neighborhood gourmet burger joint opens shop in Park Hill, serving favorites like the Royale—a 1/3 lb. burger smothered in caramelized onions, bleu cheese, and bacon.

The Regional

Phone:
303-842-4094

Located in Avanti Food and Beverage, this new stall from chef Kevin Grossi takes customers on a culinary road trip. Try the Andouille sausage po' boy with Tabasco aïoli and pickled shrimp, and don't miss simple seasonal desserts like peaches and cream.

Tavernetta

Phone:
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.

Izu Sushi

Phone:
303-284-7981

This trendy and cozy sushi parlor serves traditional Japanese fare with innovative twists. Check out the happy hour specials for reduced prices on rolls, sashimi, and sake cocktails.

Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House

Phone:
303-666-5743

This casual joint serves thin-crust, organic brick-oven pizza and offers 21 taps of American craft and imported Belgian beer. Order the mozzarella pizza with fresh herbs or the proscioutto pizza with arugula and Grana Padano.

Go Fish Sushi

Phone:
303-733-8881

This neighborhood sushi restaurant also offers Japanese rice and noodle dishes like the unagi don—white rice topped with smoked eel. Be sure to try the low-carb Go Fish Naruto roll with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, avocado, and masago.

Hana Matsuri Sushi

Phone:
303-404-9888

Grab a seat at the bar for sushi, sashimi, and all kinds of sake. Take your pick of delicious spreads at this chic establishment, which also serves pork, duck, lamb, chicken, and traditional Japanese dishes.

Kobe An

Phone:
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).

Tavern Littleton

Phone:
303-730-7772

Enjoy American food with Asian, Mediterranean, and Italian influences at this laid-back restaurant. Grab a seat on the rooftop patio and enjoy the food and drink specials, or watch the game on one of the many high-definition TVs.

Ocean Prime

Phone:
303-825-3663

A marriage between land and sea, this supper club offers steak house dining and fresh fish in one.

Henry’s Tavern

Phone:
720-399-8466

This American tavern features an extensive tap list of craft beer and an eclectic menu. Food selections range from Bavarian soft pretzels to kung pao chicken to flatbread pizzas.

Rackhouse Pub

Phone:
720-570-7824

Located in the Bindery on Blake, this gastropub serves contemporary comfort food like mac and cheese, soft pretzels, burgers, and duck fat fries. Try the ciders offered in the bar from neighboring C Squared Ciders.

Cafe Paprika

Phone:
303-755-4150

A casual dining area and a varied menu of Middle Eastern, Moroccan, and Mediterranean dishes will satisfy your appetite and your dietary needs, from gluten-free dishes to halal food.

The Pig & the Sprout

Phone:
720-535-9719

Tucked behind Union Station, this dichotomous eatery offers something for everyone. Order the sliced brisket with grilled scallions from the Pig side of the menu, or opt for lighter fare, such as a fresh crudité platter, from the Sprout side.

Wystone’s World Teas

Phone:
303-407-9040

This calming coffee and tea shop boasts a variety of teas and offers a full alcohol bar. In addition to the libations, there cafe serves tea-centric dishes, such as the Chinese chicken barbecue sandwich, infused with smoky Lapsang souchong tea. Also try the Lakewood location.

Land of Sushi

Phone:
303-779-0608

Happy Hour is all the time at Land of Sushi. Get $1 sushi anytime, anyday of the week. A full choice of fresh ingredients including octopus, salmon, tuna, and eel.

El Jefe

Phone:
720-389-7615

Farm-to-table Mexican fare will lure you to this welcoming Sunnyside haunt. Pair a house margarita with the four-cheese queso dip, and don't miss the organic mushroom tacos or the brisket enchiladas.

Chocolate Lab

Phone:
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.

Mister Tuna

Phone:
303-831-8862

Troy Guard's chic new RiNo spot offers modern, eclectic cooking inspired by his Hawaiian upbringing. Go for rotisserie-roasted meats and smart small plates, like the carrot agnolotti with Thai herb salad or the oak-grilled shiitake mushrooms.

Hops & Pie

Phone:
303-477-7000

Craft pizza and local brews are this spot’s forte. Load up your pie with toppings such as blackberry barbecue sauce and pickled jalapeño, and wash it all down with a choice of more than 20 beers.

Larkburger

Phone:
303-444-1487

The idea at this eatery is a fast casual—not fast food—version of the burger, fry, and shake combo. Try cooked-to-order burgers made from all-natural Black Angus beef, excellent all-natural, gluten-free milkshakes, and hand-cut truffle-and-Parmesan fries. Multiple locations.

Bar Red

Phone:
303-573-0223

Stop in at this modern Italian spot for lunch or dinner, and stay late for cocktails and more. Try the prosciutto di parma pizza and sip on a signature cocktail after your meal.

Bridgewater Grill

Phone:
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.

Sushi Hai

Phone:
720-855-0888

A neighborhood restaurant serving delicious sushi and hibachi. Bamboo floors and mahogany seats.

Tofu House

Phone:
303-751-2840

Enjoy authentic Korean fare. This neighborhood spot specializes in soups and stews, but also offers a variety of other options. Try the soft tofu soup (sundubu jjigae).

Masterpiece Delicatessen

Phone:
303-561-3354

This masterpiece of a deli serves sandwiches such as white truffle egg salad, braised beef brisket, Cubano, and smoked turkey—all are far from ordinary.

Whittier Pub

Phone:
720-638-7397

This low-key pub and restaurant is heavy on charm. Try the grapefruit cocktail, a simple concoction of Deep Eddy's grapefruit vodka and a splash of club soda. For dinner, trust in the Farm House pastrami sandwich.

The Universal

Phone:
303-955-0815

This breakfast and lunch spot enjoys an industrial farmhouse-chic home. Breakfast foods, including eggs Benedict and biscuits and gravy, are served all day. Lunch provides a good mix of Southern flavors with house-smoked pulled pork and shrimp and grits.

Thai Diamond Cafe

Phone:
303-462-0435

Enjoy healthy Thai cuisine in a family atmosphere with plenty of gluten-free options. Try the pad thai or the massaman curry.

India’s Castle

Phone:
303-782-9700

Do you prefer mild, medium, or spicy? At this authentic eatery, enjoy the tantalizing flavors of unique herbs and exotic Indian cuisine. Try the chicken ticca kabob.

Rusty Taco

Phone:
303-369-1125

This standby has made its name serving traditional Mexican tacos. Try the fired chicken taco, topped in jalepeño ranch dressing and crunchy slaw.

Sub Culture

Phone:
303-420-3232

Choose from a menu with more than 50 sandwich offerings. The Colorado beef used in many of the subs is slow-cooked in house for seven hours. For vegetarians, try the Mega Veggie made with tempeh, grilled vegetables, and pesto. Pair your sub with the house's specialty bourbon and lemonade.

The Rebellion

Phone:
303-733-4511

This pizza and burger joint tucked along South Broadway prides itself on "revolting" against traditional fast food's sub-par ingredients. The shop makes its eats from scratch with ingredients such as organic flour, organic sugar, and extra-virgin olive oil. Also serves vegan options.

Pub 17

Phone:
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.

Tamayo

Phone:
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.

Parma Trattoria Mozzarella Bar

Phone:
303-284-2741

Serving pastas, paninis, seafood, and pizzas with inspiration straight from Naples. Try the chef's favorite: the white pizza made with arugula, prosciutto, shaved parmesan, and extra virgin olive oil.

Infinitus Pie

Phone:
720-287-5915

Create your own pizza with a wide variety of ingredients, from local sausage and roasted chicken to fresh basil. Try the pizza queen, with chorizo, cilantro, red onion, pineapple, and green chiles.

Patxi’s (Uptown)

Phone:
303-832-8000

This San Francisco-born restaurant specializes in deep dish pizza and focuses on creating a welcoming neighborhood restaurant feel.

Govinda’s Garden Café

Phone:
303-333-5461

Enjoy an all-you-can-eat vegetarian buffet featuring an array of plant-based dishes. This restaurant's internationally inspired menu changes nightly, but favorites include eggplant parmesan, barbecued tofu, and vegan shepherd's pie.

Englewood Grand

Phone:
303-568-9941

Although the focus at this comfortable bar is on the booze, you'll also find vegetarian chili and a classic Midwest-style ground beef sandwich.

Humble Pie

Phone:
720-479-8690

A charming neighborhood pie shop specializing in sweet and savory varieties. Stop in for a slice with a cup of coffee or take an entire pie to go. Try Farmer Dave's famous buttermilk banana cream, chocolate chess, or opt for savory with a beef short rib pie.

Bird

Phone:
303-777-0500

This elevated diner offers comfort food for anytime of day. Regulars love the meatloaf sandwich, fried chicken, and savory pot pies.

Matsuhisa Denver

Phone:
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.

BookBar

Phone:
303-284-0194

Endearingly coined "a book shop for wine lovers, a wine bar for book shoppers," this cozy nook of an eatery offers house-made hors d'oeuvres as well as delicious cups of java from Method Coffee Roasters.

Tycoon Ramen and Sushi Bar

Phone:
303-832-2367

With its young, hip vibe, Tycoon Ramen and Sushi Bar specializes in Japanese classics with a twist. Stop by for a bowl of savory sukiyaki ramen, topped with rib-eye steak, corn, enoki mushrooms, and a fish cake.

Cookery at Myrtle Hill

Phone:
303-733-7448

This neighborhood restaurant offers breakfast all day, including a mean chicken and waffles. Its sister spot, Devil's Food Bakery, is located just four doors down and serves scratch-baked goods and coffee drinks.

Little Man Ice Cream

Phone:
303-455-3811

This sweet parlor is located inside a giant milk can, and all the ice cream and the baked goods that are mixed in are hand-made just a few blocks away. In the summer, salted Oreo and Mexican chocolate are favorites. For every scoop of ice cream you buy, a three-ounce scoop of rice is donated…

Sforno Trattoria Romana

Phone:
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.

Tavern Wash Park

Phone:
303-733-0350

Enjoy American food with Asian, Mediterranean, and Italian influences at this laid-back restaurant. Sit out on the patio or catch the game on one of the many high-definition TVs surrounding the bar.

Elway’s (Downtown)

Phone:
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. Multiple locations.

Atticus

Phone:
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.

Wyman’s No. 5

Phone:
303-996-0842

The Chicago-style bar boasts deep-dish pizzas, like the Kickin' Chicken. They also offer thin-crust pies, calzones, salads, and stacked sandwiches.

The Market

Phone:
303-534-5140

Sandwiches, pastries, salads, and other light dishes keep 'em coming back for more. The front patio is fabulous.

Renegade Burrito (Thornton)

Phone:
303-280-7052

Make your own burritos, tacos, and bowls at this fast-casual Mexican eatery. Try Jeff's Desperado burrito (chile verde, carnitas, beans, and strawberry habañero salsa stuffed in a Raquelita's jalapeño-cheddar tortilla). Multiple locations.

North End at 4580

Phone:
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.

Uncorked Kitchen

Phone:
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.

Campus Lounge

Phone:
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.

Post Brewing Co. (Boulder)

Phone:
720-372-3341

Colorado-style fried bird is the specialty at this laid-back joint. Diners flock for the crispy fried chicken as well as the creative sides, tasty craft brews, and down-home desserts. Multiple locations.

Sushi Bay 17

Phone:
303-321-1805

Wide variety, quality presentation, and attentive service have earned this sushi locale the right to be called a destination. Enjoy happy hour fare—including oysters, sashimi, rolls, and drinks—on the outdoor patio. We suggest trying their daily special.

Blue Ocean

Phone:
303-220-0577

This Chinese Restaurant, which also goes by the name Little Chengdu, specializes in noodles and hot pot. Try the "Lanzhou pulled noodle," a rich beef soup swimming thin, chewy strands of house-made noodles.

Renegade Burrito (Aurora)

Phone:
303-752-1255

Make your own burritos, tacos, and bowls at this fast-casual Mexican eatery. Try Jeff's Desperado burrito (chile verde, carnitas, beans, and strawberry habañero salsa stuffed in a Raquelita's jalapeño-cheddar tortilla). Multiple locations.

Yard House

Phone:
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.

STK

Phone:
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.

New Saigon

Phone:
303-936-4954

This Vietnamese spot serves an extensive menu featuring delicious rice paper wraps, crispy soft shell crabs, soups, salads, and much more. Check out the bakery next door.

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Bar Dough

Phone:
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.

Large Marge’s Philly Cheesesteaks

Phone:
303-463-4549

When Marge, a native of South Philadelphia, retired from the Coast Guard and police force, she opened this restaurant to pay homage to the food of her childhood. Try cheesesteaks in authentic Philly amoroso rolls, hogies, green chile, and Tasteykake.

Abejas

Phone:
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.

Denver Diner

Phone:
(303) 825-5443

This casual, old-school joint on West Colfax is open at all hours and draws in night owls and early birds alike for comforting, home-style entrées.

Tokyo San Bowl

Phone:
303-333-0304

Dine-in or get delivery at this fast-casual Japanese restaurant. The menu includes familiar dishes like teriyaki, udon, and rice bowls, as well as sushi.

Dos Santos

Phone:
303-386-3509

Two brothers are behind this fresh taqueria. The menu features light, seafood-centric dishes like a green taco made with lime-cured shrimp, tomatillo sauce, cucumber, avocado, and fried leek.

Gozo

Phone:
720-638-1462

Find a rustic Mediterranean menu of wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas, and seafood such as octopus and Atlantic salmon at this wine-focused eatery.

Pho Fusion Asian

Phone:
303-455-1111

This fast-casual restaurant serves up favorites like lettuce wraps, pho soup, pad Thai, sesame chicken, and coconut curry chicken.

Boulder Cork

Phone:
303-443-9505

Established in 1969, this is Boulder's oldest steak house. The varied menu also features prime rib, teriyaki sirloin, and scallops.

Il Porcellino Salumi

Phone:
303-477-3206

This market and deli strives to provide the highest quality, locally raised and cured meats in Colorado. Pick a selection to take with you, or enjoy a fresh salumi platter or sandwich in house.

Elm

Phone:
303-336-5763

Red Socks fans congregate here during baseball season and neighbors drop in nightly. Roast beef, fish and chips, and burgers are the pub's most popular meals.

Sarto’s

Phone:
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.

Toppings & More

Phone:
303-217-8010

Try the Kamakazi hot dog with pickled ginger, crispy sting onions, Asian mix and togarashi or a house-made salmon dog. For dessert, choose from eight flavors of frozen yogurt and more than 40 toppings.

Bar Fausto

Phone:
720-445-9691

This hip, industrial, neighborhood hangout serves seasonal craft cocktails and shareable plates, both cooked and raw, like their rotating selection of oysters.

Etai’s Bakery Cafe at Anschutz

Phone:
303-340-3388

Enjoy a menu of breakfast and lunch favorites at this campus cafe. Try the California sandwich with egg, tomato, avocado, and herb cream cheese for breakfast or enjoy a Tuscan mushroom sandwich for lunch.

Sakura House

Phone:
303-292-2323

Ramen is king at this Japanese noodle house. Taste one of six varieties like eggy noodles with tender shreds of beef, al dente zucchini, carrots, onions, and cabbage. Other options include udon bowls, bento boxes, curries, rice bowls, and salads.

The Curtis Club

Phone:
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.

Warhorse Inn

Phone:
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.

Highland’s Asian Grill

Phone:
303-433-3317

A casual Thai, Japanese, and Chinese restaurant. Top picks include fried rice, golden fried sesame tofu (gooey on the inside, crispy on the outside), and the zippy basil chicken with veggies.

Four Friends Kitchen (Stapleton)

Phone:
303-388-8299

This breakfast-and-lunch spot offers a mix of healthy and indulgent eats with Southern flair. Start your morning off right with an order of the warm beignets slathered with wild berry preserves Also try the University location.

A Taste of Haiti

Phone:
303-297-3008

This Five-Points eatery serves up both soul food (try the fried pork with mac n' cheese) and traditional Haitian dishes (go for the goat with fried plaintains and rice).

Yard House

Phone:
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.

Seoul BBQ

Phone:
303-632-7576

Cook your own meat on tabletop grills at this authentic Korean restaurant. Short ribs are the house fave.

Rhein Haus

Phone:
303-800-2652

The stein's the limit at this German-style pub. Play a game of bocce as you sip your chosen bier and nibble on menu items like chicken schnitzel sliders, bourbon buffalo pork sausage, and seasonal spätzle.

Tokio

Phone:
720-639-2911

This traditional Japanese eatery offers a raw bar of sashimi and nigiri, six styles of ramen, and a variety of small plates. Order some Kobe beef from the bincyo-tan Japanese charcoal grill.

Call

Phone:
303-954-0230

This cozy restaurant features Scandinavian-inspired cuisine. Choose from an ever-changing selection of sandwiches, tartines, and pastries.  

Pita Fresh

Phone:
303-955-8711

A fast-casual mediterranean place serving favorites like chicken or beef shawarma, falafel and hummus. Also try an innovative pita-crust pizza. Wash it all down with fresh-squeezed juice. Open late, it caters to the University of Denver crowd.

Arada

Phone:
303-329-3344

Get a taste of authentic Ethiopian cuisine at this cozy restaurant. Try the Doro Wot—a traditional dish of spicy, stewed chicken.

Fat Jack’s Supersubs (Baker)

Phone:
303-757-7827

Every hour, on the hour, fresh bread emerges from the oven for these premium subs. Stop in and gulp down the Big Bird (turkey) or the PB&J sandwich, which comes with with apricot jam and bacon. Multiple locations.

The Kitchen Denver

Phone:
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.

Vert Kitchen

Phone:
303-997-5941

Salads and sandwiches (think curry chicken or skirt steak with arugula and walnut mustard) dot the small menu at this European-influenced cafe.

Max’s Wine Dive

Phone:
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.

The Truffle Table

Phone:
303-455-9463

Given that this wine bar is an offshoot of the Truffle Cheese Shop, cheese is the answer. A variety of cheese boards and small plates color the menu, while artisan desserts offer a delightful end to your meal.

NY Pizza Pub

Phone:
303-639-9675

Pizza place meets pub with a social atmosphere, dog-friendly patio, gluten-free pies, and various options by-the-slice.

Via Baci

Phone:
303-790-0828

Fast-casual restaurant offering wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, entree salads, and undiscovered Italian wines. On Sunday kids eat for $2.

Right Coast Pizza

Phone:
303-431-6077

Enjoy New York-style pizza with a wide selection of craft brews. Try the Laughing Buffalo for a classic Margherita pie, or the Black and Bleu (topped with steak and bleu cheese) for a Western vibe.

Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen

Phone:
720-440-9880

Get your fix of New York-style bagels at this Five Points deli. Don’t miss the Standard—a bagel and cream cheese topped with gravlax, tomato, and onion. Also try the Aurora location.

Blake Street Tavern

Phone:
303-675-0505

This Ballpark-Area favorite is great for the huge plates of nachos, award-winning green chile, and Colorado craft beer selection. Enjoy the patio when the weather is warm.

Grimaldi’s

Phone:
303-623-3271

Grimaldi's is a New York institution with a century of serving coal-fired, build-your-own pizzas and calzones behind it.

Etai’s Bakery Cafe at CU Boulder

Phone:
303-735-6500

Enjoy breakfast and lunch options at this on-campus bakery and cafe. Grab coffee and a breakfast burrito on the go or enjoy the artichoke brie grilled cheese for a leisurely lunch.

Blackbelly Butcher

Phone:
720-479-8296

Located next door to chef Hosea Rosenberg's Blackbelly restaurant, this butcher shop and lunch counter sources local animals for the in-house butchery program. The quality meats shine in the stacked sandwiches (we recommend the house bologna).

Will Call

Phone:
720-484-6428

This neighborhood pub features a menu of bar bites, salads, burgers, and Venezuelan arepas. Try the RiNo arepa filled with black bean paste, grilled onions, shishito peppers, and pork with mango habanero sauce.

Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen & Bar

Phone:
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.

Pints Pub

Phone:
303-534-7543

Burgers, fish and chips, and 11 kinds of beer (including two cask-conditioned ales) brewed in-house make up the menu. Their 300 plus single malt whiskey selection is one of the largest in the world.

Etai’s Bakery Cafe on Broadway

Phone:
720-420-8249

Enjoy breakfast and lunch sandwiches on fresh-baked breads at this casual cafe. Have a classic egg and cheese sandwich with coffee for breakfast. Try the reuben panini with potato salad at lunch.

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar (Northglenn)

Phone:
303-452-3999

This laid-back restaurant takes burgers to the next level with combinations like the Pastrami Reuben Burger topped with pastrami, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and sauerkraut. Don’t miss the craft beers and handspun shakes.

Denver Deep Dish

Phone:
720-619-3337

This casual joint serves up authentic Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, hot and cold subs, and hot dogs. Order the smoked chicken wings and Italian beef sandwich and wash it down with a house-made Bloody Mary.

Solera

Phone:
303-388-8429

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

Bombay Clay Oven

Phone:
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.

Frijoles Colorado Cuban Cafe

Phone:
303-716-4587

Indulge in classic Cuban dishes like the ropa vieja, shredded beef with tomato-wine sauce served with rice and sweet plantains. For dessert order the flan, which comes straight from a family recipe.

Mateo

Phone:
303-443-7766

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

Pierre Michel Cafe

Phone:
303-471-4828

The seasonal menu at this French bakery changes almost daily. Every day there is a lunch special, such as pizza. For dinner, the chef makes a new three-course meal. Try a chocolate croissant in the morning.

Bistro Vendôme

Phone:
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.

Etai’s Bakery Cafe at Stapleton

Phone:
303-329-8888

Enjoy every meal of the day at this casual Stapleton eatery. Start your day off with a Denver omelette and coffee. Try the smoked chicken sandwich at lunch and end your day with an order of fried chicken with mashed potatoes and Brussels sprout slaw.

The Ghost BBQ and Spirits

Phone:
303-998-9350

Tucked inside the Boulder Theater, this casual venue serves up Texas-style barbecue. Look out for menu items like dry-rubbed brisket, scallion deviled eggs, and even a vegetarian pulled "pork" sandwich.

Pho 79

Phone:
303-922-2930

Some of the best Vietnamese pho noodle soup you'll find in Denver. Also try the downtown location.

Fatburger

Phone:
303-363-6996

At this gourmet, cooked-to-order hamburger joint, your burgers are charred on an open grill.

Cantina Laredo

Phone:
303-444-2260

An upscale Mexican restaurant that utilizes quality ingredients to make tasty plates like brisket tacos and enchiladas made with artichoke hearts and avocado.

Sushi Zanmai

Phone:
303-440-0733

Try one of their unique rolls like the Z-No. 9, with shrimp tempura, avocado, salmon, and eel sauce.

Yum Yum Spice

Phone:
720-542-9921

Stop in at this cozy spot for authentic Szechuan-style hotpot cuisine customized to your preferences. You choose the size, the protein, and the spice level, and the chefs take it from there.

Tables

Phone:
303-388-0299

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

Palace Arms

Phone:
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.

Thai Monkey Club (Baker)

Phone:
303-248-3334

Experience authentic Thai cuisine in a family atmosphere. Try the green curry with eggplant, basil, and red and green peppers.

The Fort

Phone:
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.

Sushi Cup

Phone:
303-832-8008

Find sushi in every form imaginable (rolls, burritos, bowls, and even doughnuts) at this casual joint. Try the red and orange bowl, made with salmon, tuna, pickled radish, chopped nori, and poke sauce.

Interstate Kitchen & Bar

Phone:
720-479-8829

This urban roadhouse features familiar American grub with a few twists. Enjoy comfort food favorites like deviled eggs and chicken fried chicken. The full bar boasts more than 150 types of American whiskey, bourbon, and rye.

Birdcall (Five Points)

Phone:
720-361-2976

Order your meal via a self-serve kiosk at this futuristic fast-food joint from the team behind Park Burger. Try the deluxe crispy chicken sandwich with buttermilk herb mayo, bacon, and pepper Jack cheese. Also try the Union Station location.

Guard and Grace

Phone:
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.

Washington Park Grille

Phone:
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.

Modern Market (16th St. Mall)

Phone:
303-534-0190

Enjoy freshly prepared salads, soups, sandwiches and pizza made from simple and whole ingredients. Try a brick-oven baked pizza or the flatiron salad with steak, Gorgonzola cheese, and caramelized onions. Multiple locations.

Park & Co.

Phone:
720-328-6732

This casual tavern serves sandwiches and salads but specializes in gourmet burgers made with all-natural Harris Ranch beef. Try the El Chilango burger.

Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen

Phone:
303-595-4255

This historic hall has been transformed into an expansive two-story bar and kitchen. Innovative and high-quality international pub food is on the menu, including house-made sausages, schnitzels, and po' boys. Try the poutine: hand-cut fries smothered in gravy and cheese curds.

Carboy Winery

Phone:
720-532-1389

With wine offerings including Sauvignon Blanc, rosé, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon and shared plates such as charcuterie and salmon crudo, this winery (which is connected to the Littleton location of Angelo's Taverna) is the perfect happy hour spot.

Zeal

Phone:
720-708-6309

Find healthy options any time of day at this spot that caters to health enthusiasts. Try the Conscious Kale salad or one of the many freshly squeezed juices.

Wild Bangkok Bar and Grill

Phone:
303-623-4999

For a bona fide Thai experience, dine at this zen locale where the decor was imported from Thailand. Grab a cushion at the traditional khontoke seating area and order the Money Bags appetizer. Later, enjoy coco salmon in a spicy red curry.

Ste. Ellie

Phone:
303-477-1447

Head to this chic subterranean bar beneath Colt & Gray for expertly crafted cocktails and inventive bar snacks.

Pica’s Mexican Taqueria

Phone:
303-444-2391

Brightly colored walls and dark wood tables complement the relaxed atmosphere of this taqueria. Sit down and order the tacos al pastor: achiote marinated pork with pineapple and onion topped with cilantro and tomatillo avocado sauce. The homemade, fresh-squeezed margaritas come just one way—really tasty and really strong.

Briarwood Inn

Phone:
303-279-3121

Enjoy an elegant dining experience featuring award-winning food, service, and atmosphere. There's also an extensive wine list available.

Ohana Island Kitchen

Phone:
303-718-6580

This Hawaiian-inspired eatery has relocated across the street from the window counter into a sunny brick-and-mortar. Go for the tuna poke, Spam musubi, and aloha kale salad.

Sputnik

Phone:
720-570-4503

This bar features a variety of classic sandwiches as well as vegan-friendly eats such as jackfruit tacos.

Brider

Phone:
303-455-3084

Go for high-quality, fast-casual dining. Be sure to try the rotisserie chicken.

Hodsons Bar & Grill

Phone:
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.

Merle’s

Phone:
303-797-6008

This burger bar also serves casual comfort eats such as ribs, pulled pork, and fresh-cut fries.

Icehouse Tavern

Phone:
303-292-3775

Historic photographs line the walls at this pub, reminding diners that the space was once an ice storage warehouse. The menu consists of American fare, such as burgers and sandwiches as well as housemade desserts. Try the open-faced turkey sandwich, topped with cranberry sauce and gravy.

Piatti Ristorante & Bar

Phone:
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.

J. Alexander’s

Phone:
303-708-8432

Specialties include award-winning prime rib, hardwood-grilled aged steaks, and fresh seafood served by friendly professionals.

El Trompito Taqueria

Phone:
720-540-3483

Indulge in one hundred percent true Mexican food, from tacos al pastor and carnitas to barbacoa. The menudo (a chile, hominy, and tripe soup) is a traditional hangover cure.

Denver Biscuit Company (Baker)

Phone:
303-377-7900

This hotspot serves deliciously indulgent biscuit sandwiches. Try the Franklin, which comes stacked high with buttermilk fried chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, and gravy. Multiple locations.

Comida (Aurora)

Phone:
303-484-1632

Choose from house-made gorditas, tostadas, tacos, and quesadillas at this Mexican-inspired cantina. Multiple locations.

Weathervane Cafe

Phone:
303-355-5863

Enjoy a small but sumptuous menu of breakfast items, sandwiches, and salads at this cozy Uptown cafe. We recommend a black bean, egg, and red pepper burrito at breakfast or a citrusy kale salad for lunch.

Urban Farmer

Phone:
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.

Protein Bar

Phone:
303-893-0898

The Protein Bar is healthy food on the go. Choose from quinoa bowls and wraps with chicken, tofu, and veggies. Raw juices and breakfast round out the menu.

Acero

Phone:
720-320-9481

Customize your own fajita experience at this eatery, where there are more than 30 vegetable and 15 protein options available.

J’s Noodles Star Thai 2

Phone:
303-922-5495

This traditional Thai spot has developed a cult following over the years. The tom yum soup (spicy lemon soup), drunken noodles and pad thai are the regulars' picks. Warning: Hot means hot.

The Walnut Room

Phone:
303-295-1868

At this laid-back live music venue, the most popular drink is PBR. Try the Mile High Pizza made kitchen sink-style with more than 10 toppings.

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Quality Italian

Phone:
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.

LoHi Steakbar

Phone:
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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Blackbelly

Phone:
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.

Honor Society

Phone:
720-420-0614

At this fine-casual eatery, guests pick their protein of choice (options include gluten-free chicken and sustainable Scottish salmon) to be enjoyed in a salad, sandwich, or plate.

Amira Bakery

Phone:
303-756-7700

At Amira Bakery, it's best to show up with an empty stomach to sample the menu's many delights. Indulge in chicken or beef shawarma sandwiches and snacks like grape leaves, baba ghanouj, and a labneh plate served with pita.

Peaks Lounge

Phone:
303-486-4810

This rooftop bar (atop the Hyatt Regency hotel) offers incredible views of downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountain skyline. Enjoy the view with a cocktail and hearty appetizers (they don't serve entrées), such as the Colorado cheese plate, seared jumbo scallops, or beef tenderloin sliders.

Hacienda Colorado

Phone:
303-932-0272

A mountain-Mex spot featuring traditional Mexican dishes with a Rocky Mountain twist. Try the Baja shrimp stuffed with Monterey Jack cheese and jalapenos.

Torchy’s Tacos (Westminster)

Phone:
303-495-1115

This Texas-born taco shop offers an option for any appetite. Don't miss the breakfast tacos, the taco of the month, or any of the many pork, beef, sausage, and chicken options. Multiple locations.

Crave Real Burgers

Phone:
303-534-5878

This welcoming spot in the heart of downtown offers a wide selection of creative and award-winning burgers. Indulge in the Sin City, which features a locally sourced patty topped with tempura-fried cheddar, candied bacon, avocado, and bourbon-glazed onions.

Public School 303 Restaurant & Bar

Phone:
303-446-8671

Offering traditional American fare, this restaurant brings the school-house theme into every aspect of the experience. Head over during recess (happy hour) to enjoy reduced prices on brews and tipples, as well as small bites including chorizo mac and cheese, crispy buffalo cauliflower, and PB&J burger bites.

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Work & Class

Phone:
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.

La Cave

Phone:
(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.

Chow Morso

Phone:
303-952-7819

A more casual offshoot of Denver's popular Barolo Grill, Chow Morso serves Italian street food and fresh pastas. Dig into the fritto misto and beef agnolotti with sage brown butter. Finish with the house-made pistachio gelato.

Hedge Row

Phone:
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.

Abyssinia

Phone:
303-316-8830

This Park Hill eatery serves up authentic Ethiopian cuisine. Try the tilapia with chickpea sauce or a traditional lamb dish.

Dae Gee

Phone:
720-639-9986

Enjoy bold and authentic Korean flavors at this Congress Park eatery. Order the spicy pork bulgogi or try the bibimbap—a stone pot filled with steamed rice, vegetables, egg yolk, and your choice of protein. Multiple locations.

Zoe Ma Ma

Phone:
303-545-6262

This cozy, counter-service spot offers Chinese home-style cooking. Order the Szechuan braised beef noodle soup, which features the homemade noodles. Also try the Boulder location.

Stefano’s Bakery & Deli

Phone:
720-287-2062

Hot and cold sandwiches and calzones prepared with Italian bread baked fresh daily. Try a sandwich with capocollo, mortadella, sopressata (cured salami), and provolone.

Bogey’s on the Park

Phone:
720-865-3418

Bogey's offers a friendly atmosphere and satisfying fare with a great view of City Park Golf Course. You may wan't to call ahead for the hours, as they vary considerably in the winter months.

Okinawa

Phone:
303-322-8886

Calling all Japanese food lovers: The extensive menu at this spot offers everything from miso soup and sushi to lamb chops with plum-soy marinade.

Steuben’s

Phone:
303-830-1001

With food like homemade mac and cheese and fried chicken, plus retro booths, this restaurant makes the 1950s feel right around the corner. Also try the Arvada location.

Pizza Republica

Phone:
303-623-2811

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

Tandoori Grill

Phone:
303-543-7339

This Boulder eatery is a reliable favorite serving classic and contemporary Indian favorites. Try the tandoor chili chicken or the biryani kichari (yellow lentils and basmati rice). Gluten-free options available.

Butcher’s Bistro

Phone:
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.

Ambli

Phone:
303-355-9463

Experience cuisine from Spain, Italy, Greece, and more at this globally inspired eatery. Start things off with chicken mole empanadas before getting into an entree of spaghetti bolognese.

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