Chef Olav Peterson's latest undertaking is an American farm-to-table restaurant with 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.
$$$$ (average entree $26+)
This sleek restaurant—named after the Broncos great—serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Try Belgian waffles and hand-cut steaks and don't miss live music on Tuesday nights. Also try the DIA location.
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.
Located in the Brown Palace Hotel, this is the home of Denver's power meal. Indulge in the lavish Dom Perignon brunch on Sundays.
This steak house offers USDA Prime aged beef and fresh seafood, including lobster tails, in an elegant atmosphere.
Enjoy great service and food served in an old bank. Nab one of the tables in the vault.
Mizuna is one of Denver's most celebrated restaurants. The crisp white tablecloths and thoughtfully spaced tables all lend an air of intimacy and occasion. Chef-owner Frank Bonanno's seasonal cuisine capitalizes on exquisite ingredients, and service is prompt, friendly, and knowledgeable. Don't miss the decadent beef Wellington or the legendary lobster mac and cheese.
A respect for honest ingredients coupled with innovation and technique helped skyrocket Frasca chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson to one of Food & Wine magazine's Best New Chefs. That was in 2005, but the accolades continue to pile up with nods in Bon Appétit, Gourmet, the New York Times, Esquire, and James Beard. Master sommelier Bobby Stuckey and his gracious staff charm diners in the elegant, understated dining room.
James Beard award-winning chef Jennifer Jasinski creates Mediterranean-influenced cuisine with juxtaposing tastes and textures, such as roasted beets with candied lemon vinaigrette or hot beignets with a port wine reduction. Bonus: The newly remodeled dining room is gorgeous.
At this neighborhood haven, a sommelier is always on hand, and the menu changes daily.