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Tavernetta

Phone:
720-605-1889

The team behind Boulder’s acclaimed Frasca Food and Wine offers the same attention to detail and hospitality at their more casual Denver restaurant. The charming space is home to dishes from across Italy and a deep wine list. Try the “pollo girarrosto,” a whole rotisserie-roasted chicken for two served with potatoes and escarole.

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Blackbelly

Phone:
303-247-1000

Chef Hosea Rosenberg's meaty menu focuses on charcuterie, small plates, and daily butcher specials. Try the heritage breed porchetta for two. Check out the butcher shop and grab-and-go market, Blackbelly Butcher, located next door.

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El Five

Phone:
303-524-9193

Justin Cucci's fifth Edible Beats concept boasts panoramic views, creative tapas, and Spanish-style gin-tonics. Order the cauliflower yufka.

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Super Mega Bien

Phone:
720-269-4695

Chef Dana Rodriguez of Work & Class offers a combo of large-format items and Pan-Latin small plates, the latter served from roving dim sum-style carts. Try the ropa vieja.

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Coperta

Phone:
720-749-4666

Tuck into comforting Italian fare at this restaurant, which celebrates the cuisine of Rome and Southern Italy. Try the pollo alla diavola or the spaghetti carbonara.

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Bar Dough

Phone:
720-668-8506

Tuck into wood-fired pizzas and comforting pastas from chef-owner Max Mackissock and executive chef Carrie Baird at this casual gathering spot.

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Señor Bear

Phone:
720-572-5997

This charming LoHi spot draws from the vibrant cuisines of Latin America. Expect upscale plates such as squash mole negro and excellent tropical cocktails.

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Corrida

Phone:
303-444-1333

Housed on the rooftop level of Boulder's PearlWest building, this elegant Spanish steak house offers stunning Flatiron views and fabulous cocktails and wines. Splurge on the Japanese wagyu or opt for a locally sourced steak.

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ChoLon

Phone:
303-353-5223

Before opening ChoLon, executive chef Lon Symensma spent months in Southeast Asia. His travels inform this contemporary Asian restaurant and its authentic-with a-modern-twist cuisine. Try the French onion soup dumplings.

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The Plimoth

Phone:
303-297-1215

An emphasis on locally farmed and foraged ingredients results in an ever-changing menu of seasonal dishes, like confit heirloom potatoes and cauliflower-turnip gratinée.

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Acorn

Phone:
720-542-3721

First-class Boulder eatery Oak at Fourteenth dials it down a bit with this Denver iteration, located in the urban environment of the Source. Contemporary American cuisine is served from an oak-fired oven and grill, and you'll notice some familiar dishes, like the kale salad. Don't miss the bar's inventive cocktails.

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Annette

Phone:
720-710-9975

Acorn’s former sous chef, Caroline Glover, brings a warm dining experience to Stanley Marketplace with Annette. Enjoy a family-style menu featuring seasonal salads, toasts, and wood-grilled fare.

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Basta

Phone:
303-997-8775

This wood-fired eatery offers straightforward flavors and good wine. Try the tuna panna cotta if it's on the menu. Save room for the house-made donuts.

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Black Cat Farm Table Bistro

Phone:
303-444-5500

Diners can be assured that the produce, dairy, and meats served in the cozy dining room are sourced from executive chef Eric Skokan's Boulder County farm.

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Mercantile Dining & Provision

Phone:
720-460-3733

Award-winning Fruition chef Alex Seidel and chef Matt Vawter offer upscale, contemporary farm-to-table fare, including pasta dishes and family-style shared plates for the table (try the Colorado lamb shoulder). Mercantile also features counter-service dining for breakfast and lunch, as well as a marketplace of locally sourced foodstuffs.

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Dio Mio

Phone:
303-562-1965

One thing you can count on at Alex Figura and Spencer White's fast-casual Italian eatery: perfect pasta. Try the cacio e pepe.

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Julep

Phone:
303-295-8977

This isn’t your typical Southern restaurant. Chef Kyle Foster serves sophisticated dishes inspired by the flavors and techniques of the South, such as barbecued snails and pork and oyster sausage. Whatever you do, don’t miss Foster’s exemplary biscuits.

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Arcana

Phone:
303-444-3885

This charming Boulder restaurant, helmed by chef Kyle Mendenhall, aims to explore the roots of American heritage through food. In addition to the exquisite seasonal fare, Arcana boasts a variety of on-tap ciders. Our recommendation: Pair your cider with the Colorado trout or the Caribou Ranch steak.

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Call

Phone:
303-954-0230

This cozy RiNo restaurant features Scandinavian-inspired cuisine. Choose from an ever-changing selection of  snacks, tartines, salads, and pastries.  

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Hop Alley

Phone:
720-379-8340

From Tommy Lee of Uncle, this neighborhood hangout serves dishes rooted in Chinese tradition with a touch of Lee’s distinctive flair. Try the steamed eggplant, the chilled tofu, or the garlic shrimp noodles.

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12 at Madison

Phone:
720-216-0190

With a menu offering 18 small plates meant for sharing (plus one large format dish meant to feed two to four people), Jeff Osaka's cozy restaurant is ideal for dining with a small group. Don't miss the lamb shoulder.

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Sushi Den

Phone:
303-777-0826

Sushi Den offers fresh, vibrant seafood flown in daily from Japan and a hip, lively scene.  Sit at the bar and watch the masterful sushi chefs, led by Toshi Kizaki, as they work their artistry.

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Cattivella

Phone:
303-645-3779

Former Panzano chef Elise Wiggins offers rustic, wood-fired Italian fare from a sprawling chef’s counter. Go for grilled oysters, seasonal pizzas, and fresh pastas.

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Frasca Food and Wine

Phone:
303-442-6966

Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and master sommelier Bobby Stuckey’s fine-dining mecca has racked up scores of accolades over the years (including nods from the James Beard Foundation). The elegant Friulano cuisine always wows.

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