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This elevated bistro in the heart of downtown serves up melt-in-your mouth steaks and scallops alongside more unexpected items, such as buffalo carpaccio with grilled rattlesnake. 

Café Marmotte

This modern yet cozy space in the heart of Washington Park serves up French bistro fare with a contemporary twist. Try the signature coc au vin, the lamb shank with chantarelle risotto, or the steak tartare, pork belly, and prosciutto atop deviled eggs. 

Red Octave Kitchen & Bar

This welcoming space boasts farm-fresh, innovative, and flavor-driven dishes rooted in Italian tradition. Try the Ravioli di Octavio, a hand-rolled butternut squash ravioli with pesto and an aged balsamic reduction. 

Rebel Restaurant

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.

Baur's Restaurant & Listening Lounge

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.

Lo Stella

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 the octopus and potato appetizer, house-made ravioli with walnut sauce, or desserts made from scratch.

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille

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. 

Mercantile Dining & Provision

Award-winning Fruition chef Alex Seidel offers a menu full of family-style shared plates, vegetables, and pasta dishes. Try the roasted Colorado lamb shoulder, topped with rosemary, roasted shallot lamb jus, apricot mostarda, and garlic chips.

Kobe An Shabu Shabu

This restaurant sticks to fresh, healthy, and traditional Japanese cuisine. Enjoy thinly sliced rib-eye steak prepared in a single-pot dish, like the slowly simmered sukiyaki. 

The Nickel

Locally sourced ingredients are used to create this inventive Colorado-inspired fare. Start with seasonally rotating wood-grilled flatbread before enjoying the braised beef shortrib genovese. Don't miss craft cocktails made with barrel-aged spirits.