After countless lunches and dinners, tens of thousands of calories, and hours of careful deliberation and debate, our fourth annual ranking of the Denver area’s best restaurants is complete. Dig in for a comprehensive, of-the-moment snapshot of the local dining scene.
17 Table 6 (last year 13)
Four years ago, 5280 published this ranked listing of the area’s best restaurants for the first time. The cover of that issue featured a kitchen scene from Table 6; at the center of that image stood sous chef Carrie Shores rolling pasta dough. Just recently, Shores was promoted to executive chef when Scott Parker left to open Breckenridge-Wynkoop’s Session Kitchen in Platt Park, and although no transition is easy, it was time for a change. Over the years, the clarity of Parker’s crisp, if sometimes overly playful, menus had waned, leaving some dishes—like an underwhelming lamb collar—to adversely affect the overall experience. Shores’ strength comes from having a keen understanding of Table 6’s core values: This is a restaurant that attracts both neighbors and destination diners, but it never takes itself too seriously. Shores, coupled with the aptitude of ever-effusive owner and sommelier Aaron Forman, will surely guide the restaurant to a good place. 609 Corona St., 303-831-8800, table6denver.com