Best New Restaurants

The Mile-High dining scene has never been hotter, and this year was one for the record books. Our definitive list of Denver's 10 best new eateries.

December 2007


1313 E. Sixth Ave., 303-831-1962

When restaurants like Fruition open their doors, it's not only good for the surrounding neighborhood, it's good for Denver as a whole. Chef Alex Seidel and sommelier Paul Attardi have created an instant classic that, in just a matter of months, has already garnered national attention. Seidel and Attardi's tenures at Colorado favorites such as Sweet Basil in Vail, Aubergine, and Mizuna have enabled them to dazzle customers with refined regional comfort food and seamless service—without any pretense. With Fruition, the duo has created the perfect balance of sophistication and ease.

Set in the Sixth Avenue building that once housed Sean Kelly's Clair de Lune and Somethin' Else, Fruition is always abuzz with neighbors gathering and sharing a meal. Seasonal dishes that are big on flavor, texture, and presentation stream out of Seidel's tiny kitchen into the russet-and-cream dining room. Diners—many of whom are already regulars—swoon over the approachable eats, such as the heirloom tomato soup served with warm burrata grilled cheese and the pasta carbonara with hand-made cavatelli and house-cured pork belly.

Seidel and Attardi's combination of inspiration, fluidity, and graciousness have produced a restaurant that should rise to the top of every Denverite's list.

Opened February 2007

Best Bites Maple Leaf Farms duck breast with arugula, smoked duck prosciutto, and red onion marmalade

Hot Seat For less congestion, reserve a table by the window.

Don't Miss The chance to chat with both sommelier Paul Attardi and chef Alex Seidel, usually later in the evening.