California chef Dory Ford has brought his timeless American cuisine to this historic Denver space. While fresh seafood is flown in for dishes like pan-fried Monterey Bay abalone or Pacific halibut, local ingredients shine in menu selections like the Colorado lamb loin chop with sweet pea and mushroom risotto. Bonus: There's live music.
$$$ (average entree $16-$25)
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.
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.
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. Also try one of the Asian-themed small plate options for dinner—paired with a cocktail, craft beer, or wine, of course.
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.
This modern chophouse features roasted and braised entrées along with burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Try the bison short rib with a harissa barbecue sauce.
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.
Chef Hosea Rosenberg's meaty menu focuses on charcuterie, small plates, and daily butcher specials. Try the Boulder local chicken served with Kennebec fries. The full-service restaurant also features an in-house butcher shop and grab-and-go market.
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.
The New American menu at this spot focuses on whole animals, seasonal ingredients, and local products. Try the Butcher Burger prepared to order with in-season toppings and sip on the Old Butcher—a variation on an Old Fashioned using Colorado spirits.