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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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Corrida

Phone:
303-444-1333

Housed on the rooftop level of the 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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Comal Heritage Food Incubator

Phone:
303-292-0770

You'll find family recipes from Latin America and Syria at this restaurant, which has a rotating menu and provides job training to local women.

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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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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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Tavernetta

Phone:
720-605-1889

The team behind Boulder’s acclaimed Frasca Food and Wine offers the same attention to hospitality at their more casual Denver restaurant. The charming space is home to dishes from across Italy and a deep wine list.

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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 French dip.

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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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Cattivella

Phone:
303-645-3779

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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Arcana

Phone:
303-444-3885

This charming Boulder restaurant aims to explore the roots of American heritage through food. Pair a cider with the Colorado lamb or the farmer's cheese toast.

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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 crispy pig ears with red pepper jelly. Check out the butcher shop and grab-and-go market, Blackbelly Butcher, located next door.

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Safta

Phone:
720-408-2444

Acclaimed chef Alon Shaya brings modern Israeli fare to Denver. Start with the creamy hummus and pillowy wood-oven pita before moving onto tabbouleh salad, charred cabbage, and halloumi.

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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 distinctive flair. Try the dan dan mian.

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LeRoux

Phone:
720-845-1673

Lon Symensma’s upscale, European-inspired eatery features table-side preparations and a roving cheese cart.

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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 braised lamb with grilled cactus salad.

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Uchi Denver

Phone:
303-444-1922

James Beard Award-winning chef Tyson Cole combines unexpected flavors for his unique take on Japanese food. Try the sake toro aburi or the foie gras sushi.

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Q House

Phone:
720-729-8887

Enjoy a modern take on Chinese cuisine executed by chef Christopher Lin, an alum of Momofuku in New York City. Try the braised pork rice.

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The Wolf’s Tailor

Phone:
720-456-6507

Basta chef Kelly Whitaker fuses Asian and Italian techniques and ingredients at this hip Sunnyside eatery. The results—such as 7x brisket braised in dashi and red wine and house-extruded mafaldine pasta with koji tomatoes—are unique and delicious.

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Barolo Grill

Phone:
303-393-1040

Dedication to authenticity translates to the food and extensive wine menu at this elegant eatery focused on the cuisine of northern Italy's Tuscany and Piedmont.

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Morin

Phone:
303-623-0534

Chef Max MacKissock serves imaginative French fare at this elegant eatery. Sip a sophisticated cocktail, mocktail, or a glass of natural wine from the extensive list while enjoying a platter of raw oysters.

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Acorn

Phone:
720-542-3721

Contemporary American cuisine with Southern and Moroccan notes is served from an oak-fired oven and grill at this mainstay inside the Source. Don't miss the bar's inventive cocktails.

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Beckon

Phone:
303-749-0020

Chef Duncan Holmes brings an elevated, intimate dining experience to Larimer Street. The Scandinavian-influenced menu changes seasonally, and excellent, thoughtful wine pairings are available.

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Mercantile Dining & Provision

Phone:
720-460-3733

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

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Beast & Bottle

Phone:
303-623-3223

A sustainable-sourcing mantra permeates a menu featuring everything from local lamb to cod collars.

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Spuntino

Phone:
303-433-0949

Enjoy the locally sourced menu at this Italian-inspired spot. Try the seasonal pasta or any dish with Southern Indian influences. Don't miss the house-made gelato for dessert.

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