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Lady Jane

Phone:
720-328-9288

Snack on bites, such as a grilled prosciutto sandwich, as you enjoy a seasonal house cocktail at this Palm Springs-inspired bar.

Bayou Bob’s

Phone:
303-573-6828

The menu at this downtown spot boasts Southern and Cajun cooking as well as American traditionals. Go for a bowl of shrimp, sausage, and okra gumbo served over steamed rice.

The Empress

Phone:
303-922-2822

Cantonese food, specializing in dim sum.

Adrift Tiki Bar

Phone:
303-778-8454

The team behind Little Man Ice Cream has given Broadway's tiki bar a makeover. You'll find the same beach-ready rum drinks and kitschy setting, but with upgraded food (try and fresh poke). For dessert, opt for the pineapple upside cake with rum raisin ice cream.

Williams and Graham

Phone:
(303) 997-8886

Walk through a secret door in the bookstore that fronts the bar and you will be transported to the prohibition era. Order specialty cocktails like the Blackberry Sage: Whiskey plus muddled blackberries, sage, and lemon. Chef Max MacKissock and sous chef Blake Edmunds (formerly of the Squeaky Bean) head up the culinary program.

Tokio

Phone:
720-639-2911

This traditional Japanese eatery offers a raw bar of sashimi and nigiri, six styles of ramen, and a variety of small plates. Order some Kobe beef from the bincyo-tan Japanese charcoal grill.

Punch Bowl Social (Stapleton)

Phone:
303-765-2696

This restaurant is perfect for food and play. Dine any time of day off of their diner-inspired menu while entertaining yourself with bowling, ping pong, shuffleboard, and more. Also try the Baker location.

Tofu House

Phone:
303-751-2840

Enjoy authentic Korean fare. This neighborhood spot specializes in soups and stews, but also offers a variety of other options. Try the soft tofu soup (sundubu jjigae).

Tandoori Grill

Phone:
303-543-7339

This Boulder eatery is a reliable favorite serving classic and contemporary Indian favorites. Try the tandoor chili chicken or the biryani kichari (yellow lentils and basmati rice). Gluten-free options available.

The Walnut Room

Phone:
303-295-1868

At this laid-back live music venue, the most popular drink is PBR. Try the Mile High Pizza made kitchen sink-style with more than 10 toppings.

Bruno’s Italian Bistro

Phone:
303-759-7025

This family-owned bistro offers both northern and southern-style Italian cuisine. Enjoy scratch-made, traditional pizza, antipasti, and pasta.

Hideaway Kitchen + Bar

Phone:
303-526-0556

A chic yet comfortable mountain spot offering modern Southern comfort food with Asian flair. Favorites include crab macaroni and cheese, braised octopus with house-made Andouille sausage, and braised beef short ribs with hush puppies.

La Sandia (Stapleton)

Phone:
303-373-9100

Traditional Mexican cuisine with a distinct modern flair served in a casual atmosphere.

Viewhouse (Ballpark)

Phone:
720-282-1555

This is your place to catch the game and enjoy a variety of bar bites, from burgers and hot dogs to steak. Watch your favorite sports team while enjoying a draft beer and a plate of nachos, or catch a view of the city from the rooftop bar. Try the latest location in Littleton.

Jett Asian Kitchen & Sushi

Phone:
303-333-5007

Order a variety of Japanese dishes to enjoy in the sleek dining room or in the comfort of your own home. Try the ever-popular ramen noodles.

Woodgrain Bagels (Lowry)

Phone:
720-510-1930

Enjoy breakfast all day at this Canadian-inspired cafe. This fast-casual spot offers a selection of Montreal-style bagels as well as sandwiches on bagels like pastrami hash and steak and eggs.

Mimi’s Café

Phone:
303-799-1211

Serving a variety of homemade American classics. Other locations in Aurora, Broomfield, Golden. Loveland, Westminster, and Colorado Springs.

True Food Kitchen

Phone:
720-509-7661

You can count on this health-inspired cuisine to make your mouth and body happy. The menu features nutrient-dense foods such as kale and quinoa as well as fresh juices.

The Rock Wood Fired Kitchen

Phone:
303-346-8096

This classic rock music-playing joint offers up pasta, steaks, burgers, and salads, but it's the pizza that really draws the crowds. Order up the "Can't Stop Rockin" made with tomato sauce, garlic, pepperoni, pineapple, and extra mozzarella or the "Slow Ride" with shrimp, chicken, and roasted peppers in a Cajun cream sauce.

Sakana Sushi & Ramen

Phone:
303-429-6646

Enjoy traditional Japanese fare at this Westminster restaurant. Warm up with a bowl of shiyo ramen or sample the chef's-choice nigiri platter.

Carmine’s on Penn

Phone:
303-777-6443

This family-style Italian restaurant serves huge platters of hearty food on a year-round patio.

Brass Tacks

Phone:

This welcoming neighborhood bar and eatery offers sandwiches, bar snacks, and shareable family meals alongside beer, wine, and custom cocktails.

Okinawa

Phone:
303-322-8886

Calling all Japanese food lovers: The extensive menu at this spot offers everything from miso soup and sushi to lamb chops with plum-soy marinade.

Ernie’s Bar & Pizza

Phone:
303-955-5580

This neighborhood New York-style pizza place features antipasto, 22 signature pies, and calzones. Take a seat at the 50-foot bar and choose among the 32 brews on tap.

Run for the Roses

Phone:
720-573-9155

You’ll find 52 classic cocktails and gourmet parlor snacks at this underground bar in the Dairy Block. Pair the absinthe-and-vermouth Loftus cocktail with affordable caviar service ($20 per person).

QuickFish Poke Bar

Phone:
720-269-4778

This poke joint situated inside Avanti F&B offers 100 percent sustainable fish. Try out one of the six signature bowls or build-your-own-bowl by choosing from the long list of bases, fish, and add-ins.

Tavern Lowry

Phone:
303-366-0007

Enjoy American food with Asian, Mediterranean, and Italian influences at this laid-back restaurant. Catch a game on one of the many high-definition TVs surrounding the bar.

Green Russell

Phone:
303-893-6505

This chef-driven cocktail bar offers a variety of small plates and libations.

Cracovia

Phone:
303-484-9388

Try traditional Polish meals, like pierogi and kielbasa, at this Eastern European restaurant. Polish vodka and European beers are also on the menu.

Oblio’s Pizzeria

Phone:
303-321-1511

An old-style pizzeria offering a neighborhood atmosphere and pizza with fresh ingredients.

Dae Gee

Phone:
720-639-9986

Enjoy bold Korean flavors at this Congress Park eatery. Order the spicy pork bulgogi or try the bibimbap. Multiple locations.

Jaya Asian Grill

Phone:
303-757-7887

Delectable Malaysian, Singaporean, and Indonesian specialties served in a warm atmosphere. Catering and to-go party trays also available.

B.side Lounge

Phone:
303-473-9463

Live jazz and DJs pump up this urban lounge. Nosh on small plates of spinach pie or pierogies, and entrees of Colorado lamb and bison filet.

Vero (Boulder)

Phone:
303-396-6366

Vero got its start inside RiNo’s Denver Central Market, and now its sharing its authentic Italian fare with Boulder diners. Choose from 12 wood-fired pizzas or get the mussels with white wine and garlic.

Jamaican Grill

Phone:
303-623-0013

This family-owned Jamaican restaurant serves classic Caribbean-centric dishes like jerk chicken, fried plaintain, and rice and peas, accompanied by a menu of rum-infused cocktails.

White Pie

Phone:
303-862-5323

Chow down on New Haven–style pizza right here in Denver. Pair the Porker Porkorino—topped with soppressata, mozzarella, pickled chiles, and spicy honey—with a frozen Negroni.

Chuy’s Tex-Mex

Phone:
303-469-9441

This beloved Austin-based chain makes its own tortillas and guacamole from scratch. Go for the creamy jalapeño dip or the enchiladas.

Star Kitchen

Phone:
303-936-0089

This bustling Chinese eatery has dim sum down to an art. Lift the bamboo lids atop roaming carts to find dishes like shrimp dumplings and fried taro cakes.

TAG Burger Bar

Phone:
303-736-2260

An inventive burger bar that lets you choose your protein: classic beef, lamb, bison, turkey, veggie, or salmon. The popular Los Chingones burger comes topped with baja slaw, chicharrones (fried pork rinds), griddled cotija cheese, black bean puree, and Cholula aioli. Don't miss the adult (read: alcoholic) milkshakes.

Parker Garage

Phone:
720-389-8105

Located in the heart of Parker, this modern space offers up hearty entrées made with locally sourced produce and livestock. Look out for the charcuterie plate and the grilled yellowfin tuna sandwich with wasabi mayo.

Cafe Byblos

Phone:
303-777-7553

This Mediterranean grill offers flavorful authentic cuisine like their creamy hummus with pita or lamb kabobs.

Colore Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Phone:
303-761-4332

This modern pizza shop serves more than just pies. Traditional Italian dishes such as chicken Marsala and ravioli are also on the menu, as are panini and salads.

Sushi-Rama Belleview Station

Phone:
720-476-4643

This sushi joint features a fun, conveyer-belt-style dining experience. Try the CLT roll (soft shell crab tempura, lettuce, tomato) with garlic mayo on top.

Gozo

Phone:
720-638-1462

Find a rustic Mediterranean menu of wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas, and seafood at this wine-focused eatery.

Wingin’ It

Phone:
720-207-2435

Choose from more than 22 flavors of wings (try the mango-barbecue) with dressings and sauces made from scratch.

Cebiche

Phone:
303-455-1880

Peruvian food with influences from Italy, France, and Asia serving six different types of ceviche. Also try the aji de gallina—a shredded chicken dish with Parmesan and walnut sauce.

Uncle Joe’s Hong Kong Bistro

  • Denver
  • Central Business District
Phone:
720-330-8487

This fast-casual spot takes inspiration from Hong Kong's melting pot of cusine, serving a playful mix of Asian favorites in a relaxed setting. Try the BBQ pork, pan-seared scallops, or spicy Szechuan dishes.

PMG Wine Bar

Phone:
303-786-8585

Educate your palate with an extensive selection of fine wines available by the glass and the bottle. A menu crafted from French and Italian inspiration offers small and large plates to enjoy. Try the tortellini with butter and sage or prosciutto with house-made ricotta and shishito peppers.

Barcelona Wine Bar

Phone:
303-816-3300

This RiNo wine bar specializes in Spanish wine and food. Try the paella mariscos.

Darcy’s Bistro & Pub

Phone:
303-770-0477

Enjoy traditional Irish pub fare with draft beers or specialty martinis. Don't miss house specialties like bangers and mash as well as sirloin shepherd's pie.

Cedar Creek Pub

Phone:
303-537-4210

A strong sense of state pride is served at this restaurant which serves products from 40 different Colorado-based food companies. Try the specialty items such as fish and chips, bangers and mash, or the tuna and pear salad with gorgonzola cheese, bacon, and a raspberry vinaigrette.

Wokano Asian Bistro

Phone:
303-831-8277

This exciting and varied menu offers taste sensations from across Asia, served in a warm, relaxing, Zen atmosphere.

Olive & Finch (Cherry Creek)

Phone:
303-955-0455

Discover wholesome, inspired meals at this restaurant, bakery, and juice bar, where you'll find a full coffee bar, artisan sandwiches and flatbreads, hearty soups, tasty salads, and house-made pastries made daily. Also try the Uptown location.

Blue Pan Pizza (Congress Park)

Phone:
720-519-0944

Masterfully crafted Detroit-style pizza is the draw at this popular pizzeria. Try the Brooklyn Bridge, topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, and ricotta and pecorino cheese. Also, try the Highland location.

Trattoria Stella

Phone:
303-458-1128

Dine on homemade pastas and other delights at this colorful Italian restaurant. Take the kids before 6 p.m. and you'll get their meals for $2.

Barbed Wire Reef

Phone:
970-390-8303

Originally a food truck, this restaurant serves an eclectic menu of street food. Try the crab cake sandwich.

NY Pizza Pub

Phone:
303-639-9675

Pizza place meets pub with a social atmosphere, dog-friendly patio, gluten-free pies, and various options by-the-slice.

Hi Tide

Phone:
720-639-6900

This RiNo hangout brings the taste of the islands to landlocked Colorado with build-your-own poke bowls and frozen sake.

RiNo Beer Garden

Phone:
303-295-3800

Say, "Prost!" at this German-inspired beer garden. Select a beer from one of the 60 taps to enjoy on the 3,700-square-foot outdoor patio. Be sure to try the chicken and dumplings or schnitzel gnocchi.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill

Phone:
303-623-0316

Around the corner from Union Station lies pub-food heaven: Half-pound burgers, sandwiches, steaks, and even wood-fired pizzas make up the menu. Also try the new Cherry Creek location.

Love, Peace & Sol

Phone:
303-304-8849

Count on an eclectic mix of African and Southern cookery at this vegan, cash-only cafe. Favorites include a lentil patty with barbecue sauce and a side of collard greens. Once the food is gone, the doors close.

La Cueva

Phone:
303-367-1422

You'll find excellent chiles rellenos and refried beans at this spot, plus a nice wine list and more than 120 types of tequila.

Marco’s Coal-Fired

Phone:
303-296-7000

This spot serves authentic Neapolitan-style pies, coal-fired limoncello wings, and much more. Also try the Englewood location.

Ale House at Amato’s

Phone:
303-433-9734

Choose from 40 Colorado craft beers on tap, an extensive wine list, and cocktails made with Colorado spirits. Try the elk sausage macaroni and cheese or the Breckenridge IPA-battered fish and chips.

Jim ‘n Nick’s (Stapleton)

Phone:
303-371-1566

Authentic, down-home cooking served with legendary Southern hospitality. Don't miss the Angus beef brisket. Kids eat for $4.

Wystone’s World Teas

Phone:
303-663-5775

This charming cafe features an extensive tea menu with dessert, fruit, and cheese pairings. Stop in for a quick cup or a grilled pear salad for lunch. Also try the Stapleton location.

Table Mountain Inn Grill & Cantina

Phone:
303-216-8040

Settle into this vibrant dining room for a smorgasbord of southwestern delights. Start the day with huevos rancheros, take a break with fire-roasted chiles rellenos, or mix it up with a bowl of green chili mac and cheese. If you still have room, top it all off with an apple pecan empanada.

FNG

Phone:
303-963-5931

Troy Guard offers elevated comfort food with a side of rock ‘n roll at this neighborhood spot. Try the house-made charcuterie.

Los Chingones (Southmoor Park)

Phone:
303-567-4258

An extension of chef-owner Troy Guard's TAG family, Los Chingones is shareable Mexican cuisine with a distinctive style. The menu is marked by staples such as ceviche, funditos, and tacos.

Red Tango

Phone:
303-420-2203

Offers friendly service, unique appetizers, and a variety of Latin American fare.

Old Mill Brewery

Phone:
303-797-2433

Housed in an old mill, this brew pub serves up chilled IPAs, lagers, and stouts to wash down its tasty burgers and sandwiches.

Stoney’s Full Steam Tavern

Phone:
720-465-9830

A Colorado sports bar located in the heart of the Mile High City with classic video games and HD TVs. The eclectic menu includes duck tacos, pork green chile, fried cheese curds, burgers, and more.

Kitchen Table BBQ

Phone:
303-399-9703

This Kentucky-style barbecue spot located inside of Goosetown Tavern serves up some tasty meat plates, from sliced brisket to bison jalapeño cheddar sausage. Be sure to order a basket of the house-made cornbread.

Spatola Italian Restaurant

Phone:
303-477-4820

The owner of Dolce Sicilia brings his authentic Italian cuisine to Highland. Start with the crispy arancini (fried risotto balls stuffed with cheese) and don't miss the pasta carbonara.

Dunbar Kitchen & Tap House

Phone:
720-630-7641

This barbershop-turned-restaurant-and-bar serves up Colorado craft brews and solid cocktails alongside Southern-tinged eats. Order the pimento cheese and a shrimp po' boy on the spacious patio or enjoy the historical ambiance inside at the massive bar.

Hacienda Colorado

Phone:
303-932-0272

A mountain-Mex spot featuring traditional Mexican dishes with a Rocky Mountain twist. Try the Baja shrimp stuffed with Monterey Jack cheese and jalapenos.

Seoul BBQ

Phone:
303-632-7576

Cook your own meat on tabletop grills at this authentic Korean restaurant. Short ribs are the house fave.

Owlbear Barbecue

Phone:

The long-awaited brick-and-mortar from pitmaster Karl Fallenius is now open next door to Our Mutual Friend Brewing in RiNo. Go for the juicy brisket, creamy mac and cheese, and other surprisingly vegetarian sides.

The Rock Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits

Phone:
303-454-3282

This classic rock music-playing joint offers up pasta, burgers, and salads. But it's the pizza that really draws the crowds. Order up the "Can't Stop Rockin" made with tomato sauce, pepperoni, pineapple, and extra mozzarella or the "Slow Ride" with shrimp, chicken, and roasted peppers in a Cajun cream sauce.

Cheesecake Factory

Phone:
303-858-1111

More than 200 menu items, including steaks, seafood, pasta, pizza, salads, and more. Plus more than 35 varieties of cheesecake.

Ariana Kabob Cafe

Phone:
303-745-6262

Grab a taste of authentic Afghan cuisine at this bustling spot. Go for the chicken kabobs and bolani (fried turnovers stuffed with mashed potatoes).

Abyssinia

Phone:
303-316-8830

This Park Hill eatery serves up authentic Ethiopian cuisine. Try the tilapia with chickpea sauce or a traditional lamb dish.

Virgilio’s Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Phone:
303-972-1011

This small, family-owned restaurant whips up traditional Italian food with fresh ingredients. Enjoy the fresh mozzarella balls, spinach pinwheels, or brick oven–baked pizzas.

Gaku Ramen

Phone:
303-736-2879

This Boulder ramen shop serves three of the most traditional types of the Japanese noodle soup: shoyu, miso, and tonkotsu. Also check out the steamed buns, kara age (Japanese-style fried chicken), and rice bowls.

Jozi’s Kitchen & Shebeen

Phone:
303-840-7971

This vibrant restaurant's unique menu features South African cuisine. We recommend starting with the vegetable samosas and completing your meal with either the beef or chicken kebabs. If you can't make it to the restaurant, be on the look-out for Jozi's food truck.

Iwayama Sushi & Da Big Kahuna Bistro

Phone:
303-948-1199

From Vietnamese egg rolls to kalbi (Korean short ribs) and spicy tuna rolls, Iwayama offers an array of Asian fare, as well as a few Hawaiian entrées. Fresh fish is flown in from Hawaii and Tokyo, so order any of the weekly specials. Try the spicy grilled chicken with hoisin-barbeque sauce.

Avanti Food & Beverage

Phone:
720-269-4778

Visit this collective eatery to sample new and exciting restaurant ideas. Current tenants include Street Feud, Chicken Rebel, Brava! Pizzeria Della Strada, QuickFish Poke Bar, Quiero Arepas, the Rotary, and Bistro Georgette.

Walter’s 303 Pizzeria & Publik House

Phone:
303-864-9000

Grab a slice and a locally brewed pint at this Uptown pizza parlor. Order the Big Fizz if you are craving meat or the Panama Not-So-Red if you want everything but the tomato sauce.

Next Door (Longmont)

Phone:
303-325-9690

This casual community pub focuses on nutritious and affordable cuisine. Select from small plates, bowls, and locally sourced burgers such as the Pineapple Express (topped with pineapple, arugula, and honey-Sriracha sauce). Multiple locations.

Land of Sushi

Phone:
303-779-0608

Happy Hour is all the time at Land of Sushi. Get $1 sushi anytime, anyday of the week. A full choice of fresh ingredients including octopus, salmon, tuna, and eel.

Ali Baba Grill

Phone:
303-279-2228

At this family-run restaurant, all your favorite Lebanese and Mediterranean favorites are prepared fresh daily. Enjoy traditional kabobs with your choice of lamb, chicken, or beef.

Bar Louie (Fort Collins)

Phone:
970-530-0600

Try the Luigi sandwich (shaved sirloin, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and olive oil on a hoagie roll) and save room for the key lime parfait for dessert.

Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House

Phone:
303-825-1021

Come for the brick oven Neapolitan-style pizzas, stay for the solid craft beer list. Also try the Louisville location.

Istanbul Bakery & Cafe

Phone:
720-536-5455

Inside the shopping center at the intersection of South Monaco Parkway and Leetsdale Drive, friendly owner Ismet Yilmaz prepares authentic Turkish cuisine. Try the beef and lamb doner kebab or pistachio baklava. Also check out Yilmaz' food truck, Turkish Chef on Wheels.

Kaos Pizzeria

Phone:
303-733-5267

A wood-fired oven, gourmet ingredients, and wine to-go make a perfect pizzeria for dine-in or delivery. If the weather's nice, eat outside in the spacious garden area.

Pony Up

Phone:
720-710-8144

This casual bar serves fantastic French dip sandwiches (try the smoked mushroom variety) and craft cocktails.

Denver Biscuit Company (City Park)

Phone:
303-377-7900

This biscuit hotspot is home to delicious, stacked sandwiches. Try the Franklin, made with buttermilk fried chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, and gravy. Multiple locations.

Greek to Me

Phone:
303-220-3447

This authentic Greek restaurant and steakhouse, owned by a man who's family has lived in Greece for many generations, offers house-made specialties such as spanakopita, grilled octopus, gyros, and baklava.

Cafe Jordano

Phone:
303-988-6863

This authentic Italian spot offers generous portions of good food (try the gnocchi). A relaxed atmosphere and moderate pricing make it perfect for family dining.

Bar Fausto

Phone:
720-445-9691

This hip, industrial, neighborhood hangout serves seasonal craft cocktails and shareable plates. Try the seasonal charcuterie.

Phoenician Kabob

Phone:
303-355-7213

This quiet restaurant serves a solid menu of Middle Eastern and Lebanese fare. Try the sabanekh, pastries stuffed with spinach, onion, and pine nuts.

Axum Restaurant

Phone:
303-329-6139

This homey, lively spot on East Colfax is a favorite with expats—one taste of the traditional fare and you’ll understand why. Try the vegetarian combo served atop tangy injera flatbread.

Gurkhas Restaurant

Phone:
303-530-1551

This restaurant's Indian and Nepalese food transports you right to Southern Asia. Try the chicken tikka masala, their most popular dish.

White Fence Farm (Lakewood)

Phone:
303-935-5945

This family-style restaurant is known for its fried chicken, which comes with sides such as mac and cheese and coleslaw. Multiple locations.

Talk of the Thai

Phone:
303-987-3360

Try the house specialties: drunken noodles, sesame chicken, and Thai curry beef.

Bacon Social House (Littleton)

Phone:
720-750-7107

Chef Tharon Weighill brings the restaurant’s beloved namesake ingredient to the forefront of many of his boldly flavored dishes.

La Chiva

Phone:
720-389-9847

The popular Colombian food truck settled into permanent, brick-and-mortar digs. Try the sancocho, a hearty. slow-simmered soup made with chicken, green plantain, yuca, corn, and Colombian spices.

Mile High Hamburger Mary’s

Phone:
303-993-5812

Whether you're hanging out for a Bronco's game or enjoying a night out with the family, this perfectly quirky spot is ideal. Don't miss the Power Hour salad with quinoa, arugula, and a lemon preserve vinaigrette or the Hula Girl burger with house-made pineapple chutney.

Three Sons Italian Restaurant & Bar

Phone:
303-455-4366

Hasten to this restaurant for classic Italian fare, like the rigatoni pomodoro with crumbled sausage. Be sure to try one of their unique drinks, such as an Italian margarita or a lemoncello martini.

Curtis Park Delicatessen (Cherry Creek)

Phone:
303-900-9028

This local-favorite deli serves a menu of fine classic sandwiches (like the American, made with oven-roasted turkey, avocado, smoked gouda cheese, and house-made aïoli). Wash it down with a glass of Happy Leaf Kombucha. Also try the Curtis Park location.

Brick House Tavern & Tap

Phone:
303-840-2285

This gastro-pub offers "Southern comfort food with a twist." Choose from fried chicken sandwiches to lamb burgers to pork chops.

Mint Indian Restaurant & Lounge

Phone:
720-931-0333

Cure your curry craving at this contemporary Indian restaurant. Start with a plate of samosas before moving onto one of the house-made curries. Can't decide? Go for the lunch buffet.

Next Door (Stapleton)

Phone:
720-930-4366

This casual community pub focuses on nutritious and affordable cuisine. Select from small plates, bowls, and locally sourced burgers such as the Pineapple Express (topped with pineapple, arugula, and honey-Sriracha sauce). Multiple locations.

Japon Sushi & Sake Bar

Phone:
303-460-8868

A long list of special rolls are artfully prepared at this Japanese restaurant. Don't pass up on the Godzilla Roll: Tempura shrimp, crabmeat, and avocado topped with unagi, tempura crunch, and two sauces.

Shanghai Kitchen

Phone:
303-290-6666

The large menu features Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai dishes. Try one of the chef's specialty dishes, such as the volcano shrimp or super nova.

Cowboys Saloon American Bar & Grill

Phone:
720-328-8574

You'll find live country music, a mechanical bull, and specialty cocktails at this spot. There's also a full menu loaded with burgers and fried goodness. Be sure to try the made-to-order skillet cornbread.

Beau Jo’s Pizza

Phone:
303-758-1519

This Colorado tradition spawned from the original Beau Jo's in Idaho Springs. Pies feature mountains of ingredients and a hand-rolled edge. Multiple locations.

Denver Biscuit Company (Berkeley)

Phone:
303-377-7900

This biscuit hotspot is home to delicious, stacked sandwiches. Try the Franklin, made with buttermilk fried chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, and gravy. Multiple locations.

Pizzeria Lui

Phone:
303-922-3202

Delicious, seasonal pies are baked to order in a Gianni Acunto Napoli oven imported from Naples, Italy. Try the peach pizza, which is topped with Palisade peaches, prosciutto, and ricotta cheese.

3 Guys Pies

Phone:
303-623-4897

Located inside the Streets of London pub, this spot tosses New York-style pies starting at $2.75 a slice. Try a Neapolitan pie with tomato sauce, crispy crust, and your choice of toppings.

Zaidy’s Deli

Phone:
303-333-5336

A kosher-style deli and a Denver mainstay, serving a wide range of traditional favorites, including breakfast, sandwiches, and homemade pastries.

Inga’s Alpine Lounge

Phone:
720-389-6203

Inga's has an apres-ski vibe complete with board games, lounge chairs, and a dozen beer taps. The menu features straight-forward pub classics like grinders, Chicago dogs, pizzas, and BLTs, plus legendary smothered fries from its sister restaurant, Jonesy's.

Meadowlark Kitchen

Phone:
303-953-1815

Located adjacent to Meadowlark Bar, this rustic eatery boasts a tightly edited menu focused on local offerings. Try the over-the-top burger.

25 Best Restaurants

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.

Izu Sushi

Phone:
303-284-7981

This trendy and cozy sushi parlor serves traditional Japanese fare with innovative twists. Check out the happy hour specials for reduced prices on rolls, sashimi, and sake cocktails.

Rhein Haus

Phone:
303-800-2652

The stein's the limit at this German-style pub. Play a game of bocce as you sip your chosen bier and nibble on menu items like chicken schnitzel sliders, bourbon buffalo pork sausage, and seasonal spätzle.

Viewhouse (Centennial)

Phone:
303-835-0658

This is your place to catch the game and enjoy a variety of bar bites from burgers and hot dogs to pizza and steak. Watch your favorite sports team while enjoying a draft beer and a plate of nachos or catch a view of the city from the rooftop bar. Try the latest location in…

Vines Wine Bar

Phone:
303-736-8463

This premier wine bar boasts more than 100 wines by the glass. Come for the wine, but stay for the tapas. Certified sommeliers offer wine paring with a variety of high-end tapas, including Colorado Elk.

Revelry Kitchen

Phone:
303-455-3132

You'll find healthy options as well as hearty brunch favorites at this breakfast-focused eatery. Start your day off right with the green chile cheddar biscuits smothered in chorizo gravy.

Cafe Terra Cotta

Phone:
303-794-6054

Located in downtown Littleton's Louthan House, this comfortable cafe offers upscale cuisine.

Bonnie Brae Tavern

Phone:
303-777-2262

This tavern has been dishing up all-American eats, including fried chicken, green chile, and apple pie, since 1934—but it’s most famous for its golden-crusted pizza.

Villagran Restaurante

Phone:
303-379-9927

This south Mexican spot is run by the same owner of the popular Villa Real food truck. Order the campechana, a refreshing cold seafood dish made with octopus and shrimp.

Citron Bistro

Phone:
303-771-5800

Two Greek brothers own this romantic American-Mediterranean restaurant. Entree options include lemon pepper chicken, adobo grilled chicken salad, and shrimp linguine.

Il Porcellino Salumi

Phone:
303-477-3206

This market and deli strives to provide the highest quality locally raised cured meats in Colorado. Pick a selection to take with you, or enjoy a fresh salumi platter or sandwich in house.

Pizzeria Locale (Boulder)

Phone:
303-442-3003

Inspired by the pizzerias of Napoli, Italy, this contemporary pizza joint offers a modern take on a traditional classic. Try the mais pizze. Also try the fast-casual locations in Denver.

CityGrille

Phone:
303-861-0726

Serving up burgers as well as imported beers and microbrews on tap.

Sakura House

Phone:
303-292-2323

Ramen is king at this Japanese noodle house. Taste one of six varieties like eggy noodles with tender shreds of beef, al dente zucchini, carrots, onions, and cabbage. Other options include udon bowls, bento boxes, curries, rice bowls, and salads.

Vesper Lounge

Phone:
720-328-0314

A laid-back lounge atmosphere with a Middle Eastern skewed menu of lamb kabobs, crispy fries seasoned with a house spice blend, artichoke dip, and gyros. Ten taps pour mostly Colorado beer and the cocktails are suitably potent.

The Pig & the Sprout

Phone:
720-535-9719

Tucked behind Union Station, this dichotomous eatery offers something for everyone. Order the sliced brisket with grilled scallions from the Pig side of the menu, or opt for lighter fare, such as a fresh crudité platter, from the Sprout side.

Banzai Sushi

Phone:
303-329-3366

Choose from menus featuring traditional Japanese dishes and over 100 sushi options. Order the sushi and sashimi combo for a sampling of tuna, octopus, and more.

Cochino Taco

Phone:
720-542-9829

The menu at this quirky taqueria features 16 different tacos and a poblano chile-topped burger.

Five Points Pizza Denver

Phone:
720-771-9626

Located within the Temple Bakery collective, this spot serves 8 tasty varieties of thin-crust pies, all named after characters in Quentin Tarantino's film Reservoir Dogs. Try the Mr. Yellow, made with pineapple and jalapenos.

Wasabi Sushi Bar

Phone:
303-935-8888

Enjoy sushi and Japanese cuisine with all fish flown in daily from the West Coast and Japan. Try the shrimp tempura and spicy tuna roll topped with salmon, avocado, special mayo and teriyaki sauce with a side of miso soup.

Quiero Arepas

Phone:
720-432-4205

The Venezuelan corn flatbreads, or arepas, that co-owners Igor and Beckie Panasewicz have made with care at their food truck of the same name (since 2011) and Avanti Food & Beverage stall (since 2015) are, of course, on the menu at their new brick-and-mortar restaurant in Platt Park. Our favorite is the La Havana, a…

Angelo’s Taverna (Littleton)

Phone:
720-532-1389

This neighborhood nook dishes up a selection of raw and fried oysters alongside elevated Italian cuisine. Try the lobster gnocchi served with leeks and a lobster tomato sauce. Multiple locations.

Stones on 32nd

Phone:
720-328-4270

This casual restaurant offers a lively, friendly atmosphere for comforting fare. Try the poblano chicken pot pie with caramelized onions and au jus in a puff pastry crust.

Bar Louie (Westminster)

Phone:
720-214-3300

Check out this casual restaurant for your sandwich needs, like the Luigi loaded up with shaved sirloin, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and olive oil, on a hoagie roll. For dessert, sample their key lime shiner -- a key lime parfait layered with strawberries and cake. Or throw back one of their 32 specialty drinks, like the…

Tavern Littleton

Phone:
303-730-7772

Enjoy American food with Asian, Mediterranean, and Italian influences at this laid-back restaurant. Grab a seat on the rooftop patio and enjoy the food and drink specials, or watch the game on one of the many high-definition TVs.

Masa Cocina Mexicana

Phone:
303-820–2600

This Broomfield restaurant serves contemporary Mexican fare in bright, colorful environs. Wash down the tacos al pastor with a shot of mezcal.

Village Greek

Phone:
303-792-3382

Authentic Greek and Mediterranean food with a hint of American offerings. Try the restaurant's signature dish: a Mediterranean-braised lamb shank served over pasta.

Mister Tuna

Phone:
303-831-8862

Troy Guard's chic RiNo spot offers modern, eclectic cooking inspired by his Hawaiian upbringing. Go for rotisserie-roasted meats or try the oak-grilled shiitake mushrooms.

Matador Restaurant and Tequila Bar

Phone:
303-561-2855

This Seattle-based Tex-Mex eatery focuses on fresh produce and house-made marinades, rubs, and sauces. The signature picante sauce pleases heat and flavor seekers alike. Also try the Fort Collins location.

Ajuua

Phone:
720-374-9001

Head to this Mexican mainstay for a variety of fresh favorites, like fajitas or sizzling discada. The exciting flavors continue with a dessert menu featuring sweet treats including fried ice cream and tres leches cake.

Pho Kitchen Bar & Grill

Phone:
303-872-3903

This modern Vietnamese restaurant specializes in generous bowls of pho and Chinese-inspired cuisine. There’s even an entire menu section dedicated to vegetarian entrées as well as dishes like vegetable pho, lo mein, and sesame chicken.

Palettes

Phone:
303-534-1455

After visiting the Denver Art Museum's galleries, make time to dine in the attached restaurant. Start the meal with something refreshing like the beef tenderloin carpaccio.

Bacon Social House (Sunnyside)

Phone:
720-550-7065

Chef Brian Crow brings the restaurant's beloved namesake ingredient, bacon, to the forefront of many of his dishes. You'll find bold flavors and plates crafted with fresh and local ingredients on the innovative menu.

Living Room

Phone:
303-339-6636

This comfortable and classy wine bar serves Mediterranean tapas, like chickpeas with chard and filo-wrapped zucchini. Test out the Enomatic wine sampling system—a first in Denver—that lets you taste more than 20 wines with the touch of a button.

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Phone:
303-623-5432

Natural ingredients, fresh produce, and unique flavors characterize this Mexican spot. Enjoy the famous margaritas, but be careful—they cut you off at three. Multiple locations.

Egg & I

Phone:
303-804-0902

Any of the skillet breakfasts make for a tasty morning meal. Multiple locations.

Hops & Pie

Phone:
303-477-7000

Craft pizza and local brews are this spot’s forte. Load up your pie with toppings such as blackberry barbecue sauce and pickled jalapeño, and wash it all down with a choice of more than 20 beers.

Cheesecake Factory (Downtown)

Phone:
303-595-0333

More than 200 menu items, including steaks, seafood, pasta, pizza, salads, and more. Plus more than 35 varieties of cheesecake.

Sushi Cup

Phone:
303-832-8008

Find sushi in every form imaginable (rolls, burritos, bowls, and even doughnuts) at this casual joint. Try the red and orange bowl, made with salmon, tuna, pickled radish, chopped nori, and poke sauce.

Best Philly Steak

Phone:
720-667-4702

A fusion joint specializing in Korean-influenced Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. Try the K-Town Special with sweet bulgogi beef, onions, peppers, mushrooms, white American cheese, springs greens, and sesame seed dressing.

Hank’s Texas BBQ

Phone:
720-277-3225

This fast-casual barbecue joint serves tender, slow-cooked meats (including brisket and hot links) in sandwiches, tacos, and salads until supplies run out each day. Try the pulled pork frito pie.

Poppies

Phone:
303-756-1268

Ribs, fresh seafood, and traditional Mexican dishes.

Souk Shawarma

Phone:
720-269-4778

Chef Jon Robbins of Bistro Barbès puts his twist on the classic shawarma at this Avanti Food & Beverage spot. Customers can choose fillings such as spit-roasted beef or chicken and sauces like carrot harissa and chermoula to build a perfect pita sandwich.

Mamma Mia Trattoria

Phone:
303-963-5305

Enter a classic Italian eatery and try the roast beef carpaccio with arugula and marinated Roman-style artichokes. Pizza lovers will dig the hand-tossed pies with scratch-made sauces.

Finley’s Pub

  • Denver
  • Washington Park
Phone:
303-282-4790

This neighborhood Irish pub specializes in craft beer and whiskey. Try the salmon fish and chips.

Under the Sun Eatery & Taphouse

Phone:
303-927-6921

This eatery offers a casually upscale pub atmosphere. Try the roasted chicken, broccoli skillet, Palisade peach pizza, or one of the other artisan wood-fired pizzas. Find Mountain Sun and guest beers, wine, and margaritas at the bar.

Bar Red

  • Denver
  • Civic Center (Golden Triangle)
Phone:
303-573-0223

Stop in at this modern Italian spot for lunch or dinner, and stay late for cocktails and more. Try the prosciutto di parma pizza and sip on a signature cocktail after your meal.

Arabesque

Phone:
720-242-8623

Sip homemade chai tea while sampling Middle Eastern delights—such as hummus, shawarma wraps, and baba ghanoush—in this charming, sun-filled lunch spot.

The Spice Room

Phone:
303-455-3147

Nepalese owners bring spice-forward flavor to the traditional Indian fare at this cozy spot. Don’t miss the midday buffet which comes with complementary chai tea and naan

Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery (Lowry)

Phone:
303-364-1102

The second location of this fast casual American grill focuses on fresh ingredients and innovative techniques to construct its seasonally crafted menu. Pair the 48-hour slow-cooked short ribs with a draft beer.

First Draft

Phone:
303-736-8400

With tasty eats like pork belly BLT sandwiches and an innovative self-serve draft system (featuring 40 taps of craft beer, wine, and cider), First Draft will quickly become your favorite hang out spot.

Los Chingones (RiNo)

Phone:
303-295-0686

Los Chingones offers shareable Mexican cuisine with distinctive style. Find a menu marked by ceviches, funditos, and tacos. Multiple locations.

WaterCourse Foods

Phone:
303-832-7313

This vegetarian icon has been serving wholesome food since 1998. The zesty soups, salads, and wraps are healthy and delicious. Don’t miss the brunch specials.

Cantina Laredo

Phone:
303-444-2260

An upscale Mexican restaurant that utilizes quality ingredients to make tasty plates like brisket tacos and enchiladas made with artichoke hearts and avocado.

Edgewater Inn

Phone:
303-237-3524

This inn has been family owned and operated for more than 50 years. Try the Howdy Pizza, a combo of sausage, green peppers, mushrooms, and jalapeño peppers.

DC Pie Co.

Phone:
720-594-2939

This pizza joint serves made-to-order, brick-oven-baked pies with toppings such as artichoke hearts and all-beef pepperoni. Try the kale caesar salad.

Zig Zag Smokin’ Burger

Phone:
720-459-7530

This vibrant joint (attached to Meatball Eatery and Libations) is serving up more than just beef patties—the eclectic menu also boasts dishes like duck street tacos and cajun shrimp and haddock.

Tavern Platt Park

Phone:
303-226-1766

The Tavern offers a comfortable neighborhood gathering spot. Nab a plate of the nachos and pair it with the Citrus Mojito. Multiple locations.

Marco’s Coal-Fired (Englewood)

Phone:
303-790-9000

Formerly known as Racca's Pizzeria Napoletana, this spot serves Neapolitan-style pies with imported artisanal cheeses and local produce. Start your meal with an order of the coal-fired limoncello wings. Multiple locations.

Farm House at Breckenridge Brewery

Phone:
303-803-1380

Enjoy a casual atmosphere and beer straight from the brewery as you dig into home-style eats, including an array of farm-fresh sandwiches, salads, and burgers.

Kachina Southwestern Grill

Phone:
720-460-2728

Located in the Dairy Block, this spot specializes in southwestern fare, such as Navajo tacos. Also try the Westminster location.

The Goods

Phone:
303-355-5445

Whether you're a vegetarian or a full-fledged carnivore, the Goods has something for you. The wood-fired fare includes everything from burgers to vegetarian lasagna to braised short ribs.

North Side Tavern

Phone:
303-466-8643

This bar and restaurant features local craft beer and spirits to wash down its sizable burgers and other pub fare. Try the BBQ pulled pork sandwich or the fish and chips.

Sienna Wine Bar & Small Plates

Phone:
303-355-2202

Enjoy a taste of Europe in Congress Park at this international restaurant. Choose a small plate like wild mushroom tarts to accompany your choice of wine.

Cantina Laredo (Boulder)

Phone:
303-444-2260

An upscale Mexican restaurant that utilizes quality ingredients to make tasty plates like brisket tacos and enchiladas made with artichoke hearts and avocado. Be sure to try their Sunday brunch.

Karma Asian

Phone:
303-871-0167

Go out to this trendy Asian eatery for a variety of Asian tapas (such as spicy edamame), or get more bang for your buck with the Thai bang bang chicken and shrimp.

Las Brisas

Phone:
303-792-3212

The menu, which combines Spanish, Mexican, and Caribbean food (paella, cilantro chicken, and fresh fish dishes), is second only to the restaurant's infamous LB margarita.

Monaco Inn

Phone:
303-320-1104

Offering Greek, Mexican, and American cooking on one menu.

Poka Lola Social Club

Phone:
720-460-2725

Come to this stylish bar located inside the Maven Hotel for soda fountain-style cocktails such as the Poka Phosphate (mezcal, raspberry phosphate, lime, rosemary, and seltzer water). The small food menu changes regularly, but includes dishes like smoked chipotle Colorado lamb ribs.

Saladarity

Phone:
303-279-0173

Made-to-order salads prepared, tossed, and chopped exhibition-style.

Crave Real Burgers

Phone:
303-534-5878

This welcoming spot in the heart of downtown offers a wide selection of creative and award-winning burgers. Indulge in the Sin City, which features a locally sourced patty topped with tempura-fried cheddar, candied bacon, avocado, and bourbon-glazed onions.

Organic Pizza Company (Downtown)

  • Denver
  • Central Business District
Phone:
303-534-2223

Specializing in pizza and calzones made from gourmet, local, and all-natural ingredients. Try the Sicilian calzone made with pepperoni, sausage, green peppers, red onions, and black olives.

Comida (Aurora)

Phone:
303-484-1632

Choose from house-made gorditas, tostadas, tacos, and quesadillas at this Mexican-inspired cantina. Multiple locations.

Viewhouse (Littleton)

Phone:
303-797-4829

This is your place to catch the game and enjoy a variety of bar bites, from burgers and hot dogs to steak. Watch your favorite sports team while enjoying a draft beer and a plate of nachos, or catch a view of the city from the rooftop bar. Multiple locations.

Acero

Phone:
720-320-9481

Customize your own fajita experience at this eatery, where there are more than 30 vegetable and 15 protein options available.

Sol Mexican Cocina

Phone:
303-953-2208

This Baja-inspired Mexican restaurant specializes in fresh, coastal fare. Try the beer-battered shrimp tacos and one of the specialty margaritas.

Biju’s Little Curry Shop (RiNo)

Phone:
303-292-3500

Get your fill of southern Indian food at this curry shop. Top a bowl of biryani with spiced chicken, beef, or veggies. Multiple locations.

Wendell’s

Phone:
720-485-3901

This breakfast and lunch joint serves modern takes on diner food, featuring everything from classics chicken-fried steak to updated fare like avocado toast with pickled beets and herbed ricotta.

Denver Biscuit Company (Aurora)

Phone:
303-377-7900

Chow down on biscuit sandwiches at the Stanley Marketplace. Try the Franklin, made with buttermilk fried chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, and gravy. Multiple locations.

Go Fish Sushi

Phone:
303-733-8881

This neighborhood sushi restaurant also offers Japanese rice and noodle dishes like the unagi don—white rice topped with smoked eel. Be sure to try the low-carb Go Fish Naruto roll with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, avocado, and masago.

Chow Morso

Phone:
303-952-7819

A more casual offshoot of Denver's popular Barolo Grill, Chow Morso serves Italian street food and fresh pastas. Dig into the fritto misto and beef agnolotti with sage brown butter. Finish with the house-made pistachio gelato.

The Bistro at Stapleton

Phone:
303-388-9463

Starting with a European-style continental breakfast, the Bistro's menu morphs into house-made charcuterie and cheese plates, tapas, and paninis as the day goes on. Try the rillettes or country pate, both made in house.

Olive & Finch (City Park West)

Phone:
303-832-8663

Discover wholesome, inspired meals at this restaurant, bakery, and juice bar, where you'll find a full coffee bar, artisan sandwiches, hearty soups, tasty salads, and house-made pastries made daily. Also try the Cherry Creek location.

Post Brewing Co. (Boulder)

Phone:
720-372-3341

Colorado-style fried bird is the specialty at this laid-back joint. Diners flock for the crispy fried chicken as well as the creative sides, tasty craft brews, and down-home desserts. Multiple locations.

Stowaway Kitchen & Coffee

Phone:
720-636-2374

This Australian-style coffee shop in the heart of RiNo serves up java from Boxcar Coffee Roasters and an eclectic assortment of international fare.

Blue Ocean

Phone:
303-220-0577

This Chinese Restaurant, which also goes by the name Little Chengdu, specializes in noodles and hot pot. Try the "Lanzhou pulled noodle," a rich beef soup swimming thin, chewy strands of house-made noodles.

Satchel’s Market

Phone:
303-238-1933

This petite cafe serves an ever-changing menu of sandwiches and snacks. Try the namesake sammy, which comes with fried chicken, slaw, and Tabasco aïoli on a brioche bun.

Patxi’s (City Park West)

Phone:
303-832-8000

This San Francisco-born restaurant specializes in deep dish pizza and focuses on creating a welcoming neighborhood restaurant feel.

The Pint Room

Phone:
720-283-3200

Wash down the signature Hangover burger (topped with Ohio smoked cheddar, bacon, hashbrowns, and a sunny-side egg) with one of this pub's 175 beer tap offerings.

Kline’s Beer Hall

Phone:
303-351-7938

This casual beer hall offers 56 craft beers in total. Pair your choice with a house-made sausage, and sit back and relax at one of the community tables.

Peaks Lounge

Phone:
303-486-4810

This rooftop bar (atop the Hyatt Regency hotel) offers incredible views of downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountain skyline. Enjoy the view with a cocktail and hearty appetizers (they don't serve entrées), such as the Colorado cheese plate, seared jumbo scallops, or beef tenderloin sliders.

Sera’s Ramen Enclave

Phone:
720-646-1114

Owner Sera Nguyen takes diners on tour of Asian flavors with her unique ramen bowls. We recommend the chilled ramen (served with Korean chile paste) and the fresh-squeezed sugarcane juice to drink.

Black Pepper Pho

Phone:
303-440-1948

This Vietnamese restaurant fuses contemporary dining with traditional meals. With over seven pho options, bahn mi, and a bevy of grilled noodle bowls, there's something for every taste. Wash your meal down with a refreshing Thai iced tea.

Pino’s Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Phone:
303-761-9917

Fresh and original Italian staples. Try the nine-topping King pizza or the Diavola. Enjoy more than 50 wine options, hand-picked from small wineries in Italy.

Elephant Bar (Lakewood)

Phone:
303-922-7907

Seek out the culinary pleasures of Asia and the tropics in this modern restaurant with a jungle theme.

Naked Pizza (Denver)

Phone:
303-355-2443

This take-out or delivery pizza place is convenient and healthy. The crust is always made with 10 different grains and seeds for a probiotic, chemical free, all-natural, whole-food dining experience. Try the Superbiotic, a mix of spinach, artichoke, bell pepper, mushroom, garlic, and cilantro, or the Smokehouse made with barbecue sauce, onion, and chicken.

Uber Sausage

Phone:
303-862-7894

With a modern approach to traditional European sandwichery, this contemporary eatery offers gourmet house-made sausages topped with crisp produce and unique sauces.

Ristorante L

Phone:
303-442-1300

The menu boasts Italian classics like salsiccia pizza with house-made fennel sausage, sea scallop risotto, or veal parmigiana.

Cinema Grill

Phone:
303-344-3456

The ultimate dinner and a movie experience. Good food and entertainment in a fun and friendly environment.

Yak and Yeti

Phone:
303-426-1976

Serving traditional Indian and Nepalese cuisine. A lunch and dinner buffet are offered seven days a week.

River and Woods

Phone:
303-993-6301

Settle into the cozy dining room for a relaxed dinner including dishes such as chicken-fried calamari steak. Chef Daniel Asher's eclectic menu features community-sourced cuisine—submit your recipe online in hopes it will land on the menu.

Bennett’s BBQ (Arvada)

Phone:
303-424-0318

This joint serves Texas-style barbecue piled high alongside plenty of traditional sides. Also try the Centennial location.

Lime (Denver Pavilions)

Phone:
303-629-5463

This American cantina offers fresh Mexican food and a wide variety of tequilas. Don't miss the dollar tacos and $5 margaritas every Tuesday.

The Post Brewing Co.

Phone:
303-593-2066

This Lafayette brewery pairs unique brews with (gluten-free) fried chicken, slow-cooked pork shoulder, freshly baked cheddar-rosemary biscuits, and other comfort food. Seasonal produce is supplied by the nearby Isabelle and Oxford Farms.

Chez Thuy

Phone:
303-442-1700

One of the more authentic Vietnamese restaurants in the metro area.

Noble Riot

Phone:
303-993-5330

Find charcuterie boards, rabbit terrines, and other French fare at this sommelier-operated bistro. Try the venison meatballs with a glass of vino from the eatery's extensive list of natural wines.

Rackhouse

Phone:
720-570-7824

Sharing the Bindery on Blake space with Bierstadt Lagerhaus and C-Squared Ciders, the Rackhouse's menu focuses on foods that pair well with beer and cider. Try the indulgent mac and cheese, which combines six creamy cheeses and is finished with a topping of pork "dust."

Ragin’ Hog BBQ

Phone:
303-859-6003

Southern-style BBQ is the draw at this spot. Try the succulent smoked ribs or hot links with your choice of sweet, hot, Memphis, Carolina, or Georgia-style sauces. Daily specials frequently include Cajun and Creole dishes like gumbo and dirty rice.

Recess Beer Garden

Phone:
720-638-0020

Located in the heart of the LoHi neighborhood, this spot offers an oasis to sample the 25 local and international cold brews on tap. Between beers, nibble on the peach and crispy prosciutto salad or tuck into a hearty burger.

Tuk Tuk Thai Bistro

Phone:
303-988-5885 ext.1

If you can't decide from the amazing sushi menu, try one of the combos that feature eight kinds of sushi. Don't forget to try the famed Thai Pearl iced tea.

Brider

Phone:
303-455-3084

Go for high-quality, fast-casual dining. Be sure to try the rotisserie chicken.

Smōk

Phone:
720-230-0792

Find delicious, modern barbecue at chef Bill Espiricueta’s fast-casual Source Hotel eatery. The brisket and house-made sausages are both great picks.  

Injoi Korean Kitchen

Phone:
720-460-1978

Chef Bill Epiricueta is fusing Asian favorites with American Southern food at this Zeppelin Station outpost. Try the Rocket Man Korean fried chicken sandwich and the kimchi fried rice.

Jackson’s (LoDo)

Phone:
303-298-7625

With its huge rooftop patio, TV screens in the bar, and close proximity to Coors Field, Jackson's is the place to be on Rockies' game days. There's also an extensive beer list and all-American bar food. Try the Five O, Jackson's signature burger, which is topped with pork belly, arugula, mushrooms, and Swiss cheese.

Vert Kitchen

Phone:
303-997-5941

Salads and sandwiches (think curry chicken or skirt steak with arugula and walnut mustard) dot the small menu at this European-influenced cafe.

Aung’s Bangkok Café

Phone:
303-806-9354

This comfortable, bright Englewood spot features a menu of authentic Thai favorites. Don’t miss the papaya salad, the drunken noodle, the crab fried rice, or the creamy pumpkin curry.

Empanada Express Grill (Highland)

Phone:
303-955-8362

This Venezuelan grill incorporates elements of African, Indian, and European flavors to create dishes like sancocho soup, made with different meats, potatoes, plantains, and yucca. Wash your meal down with a passion fruit smoothie.

Denver Milk Market

Phone:
303-792-8242

Bonanno Concepts’ 16-venue collection of bars and restaurants features everything from fresh pasta to poke bowls to charcuterie. Don’t miss the the signature fried chicken sandwiches at Lou’s Hot and Naked.

Otra Vez

Phone:
303-226-1567

This stylish and spacious Mexican lounge boasts more than 200 tequilas and a menu of modern Mexican dishes. Pair your mahi mahi tacos with a signature picante pepino margarita. Don't miss the rich avocado-lime cheesecake for dessert.

Babajoon’s Kabobs & More

Phone:
303-974-5400

Westminster gets a taste of the Middle East at this classic fast-casual kabob spot. Your choice of grilled, seasoned meats are served with rice, grilled vegetables, and a salad. Don't miss the house-made flatbread.

British Bulldog Pub

Phone:
303-295-7974

This pub serves up a mélange of fare—from English shepherd's pie, to Pakistani curries, to all-American burgers—in a casual setting.

Sam’s No. 3 (Aurora)

Phone:
303-751-0347

Try this friendly diner's best-selling supreme breakfast burrito with ham, bacon, sausage, gyro, eggs, potatoes, and green chili.

Tahona Tequila Bistro

Phone:
303-938-9600

This contemporary Mexican eatery offers up hand-crafted margaritas (try the prickly pear variety) and more than 100 different kinds of tequila. Chow down on the chicken, pork, and beef taco samplers or the pork green chili cheese fries.

Leña

Phone:
720-550-7267

Inspire your palate with the rich and vibrant flavors of Latin America. The menu features authentic favorites like chilaquiles.

Parma Trattoria Mozzarella Bar

Phone:
303-284-2741

Serving pastas, paninis, seafood, and pizzas with inspiration straight from Naples. Try the chef's favorite: the white pizza made with arugula, prosciutto, shaved parmesan, and extra virgin olive oil.

Dion’s Pizza

Phone:
720-345-0600

This comfortable, New Mexico-born hangout serves up hearty subs in addition to sharable pizzas smothered in fresh ingredients (like Hatch green chile). The salad dressings, which have long been favored by guests, are sold by the bottle. Multiple locations.

Uncle

Phone:
303-433-3263

A sleek, contemporary atmosphere defines this bustling modern noodle house. The selective menu includes dishes such as Chinese-style steamed buns and, of course, noodles (options include pork belly chashu, a spicy kimchi ramen, and the crowd favorite, spicy chicken). Also try the Washington Park West location dubbed Uncle 2.0.

Chad’s Grill

Phone:
303-988-5666

A neighborhood cafe offering a variety of foods, including pizza, seafood, and pasta.

The Ghost BBQ and Spirits

Phone:
303-998-9350

Tucked inside the Boulder Theater, this casual venue serves up Texas-style barbecue. Look out for menu items like dry-rubbed brisket, scallion deviled eggs, and even a vegetarian pulled "pork" sandwich.

Federal Bar & Grill

Phone:
303-728-9479

A neighborhood hangout for the beer enthusiast, featuring a hefty list of craft brews from around the country. Sip on something gluten-free or peruse the traditional tavern-style menu of appetizers, sandwiches, and burgers.

Blue Pan Pizza

Phone:
720-456-7666

Masterfully crafted Detroit-style pizza is the draw at this tiny spot. Try the Brooklyn Bridge, topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, and ricotta, Romano, and pecorino cheeses. Also try the Congress Park location.

Angelo’s Taverna

Phone:
303-744-3366

This neighborhood nook dishes up tasty grilled oysters as well as pastas and pizzas. Try the lobster gnocchi. Also try the Littleton location.

Le French

Phone:
720-710-8963

This chic Belleview Station bistro, owned by French-Senegalese sisters, transports diners to France via sophisticated pastries and Parisian cuisine. Ring in cocktail hour with wine and beverages courtesy of an afternoon cart service.

Raglin Market

Phone:
303-954-9990

This Provençal eatery offers fresh soups, sandwiches, and salads. Try the steak caesar salad.

Hanson’s Grill & Tavern

Phone:
303-744-1052

Neighborhood sports bar offering classic bar food and a variety of entertainment options including pool tables and darts.

Tavern Downtown

Phone:
303-299-0100

The fare holds true to the ballpark neighborhood. Choose between Chicago hot dogs and Polish sausages. Great rooftop patio--voted among the top 10 in the country by Playboy--for both drinks and dinner.

Growler USA

Phone:
720-387-7965

Beer enthusiasts rejoice: this Sloan’s Lake pub offers over 100 taps of draft beer, sourced locally and from around the country, along with a beer-themed menu. Dig into dishes such as the Nitro BBQ cheddar burger or skillet mac and beer cheese.

Trattoria Stella

Phone:
303-320-8635

Dine on homemade pastas and other delights at this colorful Italian restaurant. Take the kids in before 6 p.m. and get their meals for $2.

Offbeat Unique Cuisine

Phone:
303-759-7025

This American joint specializes in build-your-own burgers and sandwiches. Try the Southwest club sandwich.

Waters Edge Winery & Bistro

Phone:
720-381-6663

This winery sources grapes from across the globe for its wines, which are available by the glass and bottle. Order the baked Brie from the bistro's $5 lunch menu to accompany your red, white, or specialty wine.

Epernay Lounge

Phone:
303-573-5000

This contemporary fusion restaurant features high-end diner style food like sandwiches and mac n cheese, to charcuterie and shrimp cocktails.

Maine Shack

Phone:
303-997-2118

New Englanders and seafood fans, rejoice: This fast-casual spot is slinging lobster rolls, fried whole-belly clams, chowder, roast beef sandwiches and more. Save room for a dark chocolate whoopie pie or blueberry buckle.

Arada

Phone:
303-329-3344

Get a taste of authentic Ethiopian cuisine at this cozy restaurant. Try the Doro Wot—a traditional dish of spicy, stewed chicken.

Lazy Dog Sports Bar and Grill

Phone:
303-440-3355

With delicious bar food favorites, plenty of screens to watch the big game, live music, and rooftop dining this is the perfect place to relax and enjoy living in Boulder.

Curry ‘N’ Kebob

Phone:
720-328-4696

Stop by this popular fast-casual Indian food restaurant for classic comforts, like tender chicken in creamy tomato masala sauce and flavorful saag paneer (spinach with nuggets of homemade cheese).

The Crafty Fox Taphouse + Pizzeria

Phone:
303-455-9666

This isn't your typical beer-and-pizza joint. The Crafty Fox menu features more than 60 rotating beers, categorized by geography and charted out on two wall-sized maps. Dine on the second-floor deck for views of the city and mountains.

Rice Bistro & Sushi

Phone:
303-221-1430

Try the Big E ranch roll with seared N.Y. strip steak over shrimp tempura and avocado at this innovative and modern Asian fusion restaurant. Now with a large gluten-free menu and a focus on non-traditional Asian dishes like crunchy cashew shrimp and scallops.

Hashtag

Phone:
303-996-9985

Prolific Denver chef Troy Guard takes on the breakfast joint with Hashtag. Wake up on the right side of the bed with lamb neck eggs Benedict, kimchi fried rice, and quinoa waffles.

Dushanbe Teahouse

Phone:
303-442-4993

Sit below a hand-painted ceiling at this teahouse transported from Tajikistan. The menu offers Asian and Mid-Eastern inspired cuisine.

Bangkok Cafe

Phone:
303-806-9354

Get an authentic taste of Thailand at this restaurant where all dishes are made to order. Try the traditional pad thai or kick up the heat with an order of the BlackJax chicken with jalapeño, Thai chile, black pepper, and vegetables.

Dry Storage

Phone:
720-420-0918

Savor coffee and carbs galore at this innovative cafe and retail grain mill. An exquisite selection of pastries, breads, and sandwiches are made from scratch daily. Try the tuna sandwich on Pullman toast.

Cap City Tavern

Phone:
720-931-8888

This family-owned tavern serves classic American fare alongside innovative cocktails and beer on tap. The menu is marked by staples like meaty pizzas and cheeseburgers as well as slightly more indulgen takes such as truffle mac 'n' cheese.

Lucy

Phone:
720-274-6868

Located above the Comedy Works Greenwood Village, this revamped eatery serves classic American dishes. Sample their signature mac and cheese.

Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House

Phone:
303-666-5743

This casual joint serves thin-crust, organic brick-oven pizza and offers 21 taps of American craft and imported Belgian beer. Order the mozzarella pizza with fresh herbs or the proscioutto pizza with arugula and Grana Padano.

El Noa Noa

Phone:
303-623-9968

Authentic Mexican food with top-notch margaritas.

Parkway Bar and Grill

Phone:
303-693-6200

American cuisine, food and games for the whole family. On Fridays if you can't find a place to park close, they will come escort you to the restaurant in a golf cart.

Cafe Paprika

Phone:
303-755-4150

A casual dining area and a varied menu of Middle Eastern, Moroccan, and Mediterranean dishes will satisfy your appetite and your dietary needs, from gluten-free dishes to halal food.

Little India

Phone:
303-871-9777

Casual yet upscale Indian dining with just the right spices. Multiple locations.

Denver Biscuit Company (Baker)

Phone:
303-377-7900

This hotspot serves deliciously indulgent biscuit sandwiches. Try the Franklin, which comes stacked high with buttermilk fried chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, and gravy. Multiple locations.

Osaka Ramen

Phone:
303-955-7938

Jeff Osaka's modern ramen shop features original noodle soups, bento boxes, and creative small plates. Try the mochi doughnuts.

Blake Street Tavern

Phone:
303-675-0505

This Ballpark-Area favorite is great for the huge plates of nachos, award-winning green chile, and Colorado craft beer selection. Enjoy the patio when the weather is warm.

Spice China

Phone:
720-890-0999

Stop in at this comfortable Asian bistro in Louisville to sample from a large menu that showcases traditional Chinese entrées, warm soups, and sushi platters.

Rye Society Delicatessen and Picklery

Phone:
303-593-2713

Stop by this neighborhood Jewish deli for comfort-food favorites including pastrami on rye, bagels with lox, and buttery apricot-walnut rugelach baked fresh by the owner's aunt.

Root 25 Taphouse & Kitchen

Phone:
303-779-1234

This upscale pub—with traditional (soups, sandwiches) and adventurous (trio of hare, scallop gnocchi) fare—emphasizes locally-sourced ingredients.

Cinzzetti’s

Phone:
303-451-7300

A celebration of Italian food, bringing together the sights and sounds of an Italian piazza.

Sloan’s Lake Tap and Burger

Phone:
720-456-6779

Head to the second location of this Colorado-born eatery for gourmet burgers and local craft beer. Pick your patty, bun, and an assortment of toppings for your perfect customizable burger, or opt for the Colorado barbecue.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Phone:
303-623-4867

Based on the "Forrest Gump" movie, this restaurant is earnest in its Americana. Try a variety of Southern recipes, including Dixie-style ribs.

Sink

Phone:
303-444-7465

Located in the basement of an old house, this restaurant has been a Boulder staple since 1923. Guests are encouraged to leave a piece of themselves behind and graffiti the six-and-a-half feet high ceilings. Try the texas onion straw burger, with provolone and cheddar cheeses, jalapenos, and a chipotle mayonnaise, or the buddha basil pizza,…

Via Baci

Phone:
303-790-0828

Fast-casual restaurant offering wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, entree salads, and undiscovered Italian wines. On Sunday kids eat for $2.

Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery (Hale)

Phone:
720-550-7665

This fast casual American grill focuses on fresh ingredients and innovative techniques to construct its seasonally crafted menu. Pair the 48-hour slow-cooked short ribs with a draft beer. Try their new location in Lowry.

Tavern Uptown

Phone:
303-830-9210

In an atmosphere that feels more like a living room than a tavern (think comfy couches, a stone fireplace, and plasma TVs), sit back and relax.

Ishtar Grill

Phone:
303-282-5008

This Mediterranean hideaway’s specialties include kabobs and curries. Cap your visit off with the traditional Baklava dessert.

Foolish Craig’s Cafe

Phone:
303-247-9383

An intimate cafe serving delicious homemade food in a casual setting. For breakfast try the scrumptious crepes and omelets, and for dinner feast on the almond crusted brie stuffed salmon.

McCabe’s Irish Bistro & Pub

Phone:
303-627-6234

Settle in to the mahogany bar with a cold pint and order a plate of shepherd's pie. Just like old country Ireland. Multiple locations.

Ambli

Phone:
303-355-9463

Experience cooking inspired by the cuisines of Asia, Latin America, Europe, and more at this global eatery. Start things off with duck gyoza before tucking into an entrée of masala-spiced short ribs.

Gary Lee’s Motor Club & Grub

Phone:
303-282-4782

Sample a menu of updated pub fare. Try the Cigar, a sandwich made with pulled pork, smoked turkey, ham, salami, pepperoni, and Swiss cheese.

The Lobby

Phone:
303-997-9911

Appropriately located in the lobby of the former Paris Hotel. At this American grill, order the blue cheese balls and a specialty cocktail.

Henry’s Tavern

Phone:
720-399-8466

This American tavern features an extensive tap list of craft beer and an eclectic menu. Food selections range from Bavarian soft pretzels to kung pao chicken to flatbread pizzas.

Tofu House 1962

Phone:
303-751-2840

Specializing in tofu, of course, this casual Korean eatery also fills its dishes with seafood, pork, and beef. Try the soft tofu soup.

Hoja

Phone:
303-777-1509

This health-focused eatery serves fresh breakfast and lunch fare. Try the breakfast burrito.

City, O’ City

Phone:
303-831-6443

This meat-free zone features pizza, vegan pastries, and a full bar.

Sushi-Rama

Phone:
720-476-4643

This sushi joint features a fun, conveyer belt-style dining experience. Try the CLT roll (soft shell crab tempura, lettuce, tomato) with garlic mayo on top. Also try the DTC location.

Grimaldi’s

  • Denver
  • Central Business District
Phone:
303-623-3271

Grimaldi's is a New York institution with a century of serving coal-fired, build-your-own pizzas and calzones behind it.

Breckenridge on Blake

Phone:
303-297-3644

This Ballpark neighborhood pub serves up crowd-pleasing appetizers, burgers, and sandwiches. Choose from 32 American craft beers on tap, including Breckenridge Brewery's beers.

Freshcraft

Phone:
303-758-9608

Head to this spot for an extensive beer selection with more than 100 bottles and 20 on tap, and an innovative twist on comfort pub food.

Assignments

Phone:
303-778-6625

A student-operated restaurant affiliated with the culinary program at the Art Institute of Colorado. Three-course tasting menus offer regional American as well as international dishes.

Salati Italian Street Food

Phone:
303-307-1695

Rooted in Italian tradition, this welcoming hot spot offers local brews and street food options including prosciutto grilled flatbread, carpaccio, and pork puttanesca.

Masalaa

Phone:
303-755-6272

A vegetarian's heaven, Masalaa has delicious Southern Indian cuisine.

Punch Bowl Social

Phone:
303-765-2695

This restaurant is perfect for food and play. Dine any time of day off of the diner-inspired menu while entertaining yourself with bowling, ping pong, shuffleboard, and more. Also try the Stapleton location.

McDevitt Taco Supply

Phone:
720-573-4194

This taco-cart-turned-restaurant offers “super heady tacos,” aka an original and exciting American twist on classic tacos. Be sure to order a McDevitt margarita with your kale salad-topped taco and Mexican street corn.

Cherry Cricket

Phone:
303-322-7666

This popular neighborhood hangout offers excellent green chile and great burgers. Also try the Ballpark location.

Choice Market

Phone:
720-459-7233

This gourmet convenience store offers fresh, made-to-order fare (try the meatball sub) and locally sourced groceries and snacks. Check out the rotating craft beer taps.

The Truffle Table

Phone:
303-455-9463

As an offshoot of the Truffle Cheese Shop, it’s no surprise that a variety of cheese boards and fromage-focused small plates color the menu.

Menya Sushi Bar

Phone:
303-607-8888

Find fresh, authentic Japanese eats from the sushi bar as well as bento boxes and ramen. For dessert, snag some of the matcha green tea fried ice cream.

Los Carboncitos (Highland)

Phone:
303-458-0880

Enjoy fresh, authentic Mexican food cooked in an open kitchen. Order the alambre—Mexican stir-fry with your choice of tortilla, meat, cheese, and vegetables.

Esters Neighborhood Pub

Phone:
303-955-4904

In addition to its 22 craft beer tap handles, Esters offers fresh pub eats. Try the popular Fee pizza, a pie topped with Fat Tire-braised pork, caramelized onions, jalapeños, bacon, and barbecue sauce. Lighter options include salads and sandwiches.

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Phone:
303-954-0230

This cozy RiNo restaurant features Scandinavian-inspired cuisine with an ever-changing selection of snacks, tartines, and pastries. If it's available, try an Ableskiver, a Danish donut-like dessert.

Honey Bee Asian Bistro

Phone:
303-400-6117

Satisfy your hankering for Asian food with dishes from China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Japan. Try the Mongolian beef with stir-fry veggies and special sauce.

Vitality Bowls

Phone:
303-393-2967

Give your body what it's craving with healthy açaí bowls, smoothies, soups, or panini. Try the Warrior Bowl, a fresh combo of berries, bananas, almonds, and organic granola.

The Post Brewing Co. (Rosedale)

Phone:
720-466-5699

Colorado-style fried bird is the specialty at this laid-back joint. Diners flock for the crispy fried chicken as well as the creative sides, tasty craft brews, and down-home desserts. Multiple locations.

Mead St. Station

Phone:
303-433-2138

Guinness-battered fish and chips is the signature item. Also serving salads, burgers, pasta, sandwiches, and more.

Cookery at Myrtle Hill

Phone:
303-733-7448

This neighborhood restaurant offers breakfast all day, including a mean chicken and waffles. Its sister spot, Devil's Food Bakery, is located just four doors down and serves scratch-baked goods and coffee drinks.

Marquis Pizza

Phone:
303-292-2829

This Ballpark pizza joint keeps it simple with a menu featuring four signature pizzas and a build-your-own option in addition to salad and a calzone. Drop in for lunch or late night and share a pie with friends. Try the Charlie loaded with pepperoni, mushroom, onion, tomato, and fresh basil.

Tavern Tech Center

Phone:
303-221-4660

Enjoy American food with Asian, Mediterranean, and Italian influences at this laid-back restaurant. Sit out on the patio or catch the game on one of the many high-definition TVs surrounding the bar.

Tap & Burger Highland

Phone:
720-287-4493

A bustling bar and grill specializing in gourmet burgers and local craft beer. Try the green chile cheeseburger with queso and crispy tortilla strips.

The Bent Noodle

Phone:
303-337-2733

Enjoy made-from-scratch sauces and great desserts in a friendly, fun environment.

Bar Louie (Denver Tech Center)

Phone:
720-213-7080

This casual restaurant features awesome sandwiches,  such as the Luigi (shaved sirloin, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and olive oil on a hoagie roll). For dessert, try the key lime shiner—a key lime parfait layered with strawberries and cake.

Cosmo’s Pizza (Denver)

Phone:
303-777-3278

Stop by for a slice or order a tasty calzone. Either way, make sure to ask for the spicy ranch dipping sauce—based on the owner's secret recipe. Multiple locations.

West Flanders Brewing Company

Phone:
303-447-2739

At this brewpub, patrons can dig into upscale comfort food like the baked Mac n Lobster, which is filled with pulled Maine lobster, sweet potatoes, fresh tarragon, sauce mornay, and Gruyère.

Ivy on Seventh

Phone:
720-828-8180

A bright eatery serving seasonal, European-inspired brunch and lunch dishes. Try the sausage and polenta plate with your choice of house-made pork or chicken sausage.

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers (Downtown)

Phone:
720-328-9114

This funky pizza joint cooks up a variety of tasty treats. Take in the psychedelic murals while eating a Kosmic Karma pizza with sun-dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, spinach, feta, and pesto. Or try any of the eatery's stacked calzones and hoagies. Multiple locations.

Steuben’s

Phone:
303-830-1001

With food like homemade mac and cheese and fried chicken, plus retro booths, this restaurant makes the 1950s feel right around the corner. Also try the Arvada location.

Jewel of India

Phone:
303-469-7779

Serving a wide variety of Indian favorites, such as chicken tikka masala. Try the lunch buffet.

Bang Up to the Elephant!

Phone:
303-792-4949

Head to this colorful restaurant for “calypso” cuisine—a.k.a. a modern take on Caribbean flavors. Tuck into dishes such as the pimento wood-smoked jerk chicken and jackfruit roti with a choice of toppings.

Linger

Phone:
303-993-3120

Set in the former three-story Olinger Mortuary's parking garage, this restaurant takes you around the world with a menu of small plates. Enjoy fabulous views of downtown while choosing from inviting menus of food and cocktails.

Roaming Buffalo Bar-B-Que

Phone:
303-722-2226

House-smoked, Colorado craft barbecue is the specialty at this laid-back spot. Innovative meats like bison short ribs and lamb shank are available by the pound.

New Saigon

Phone:
303-936-4954

This spot serves an extensive menu featuring delicious rice paper wraps, crispy soft shell crabs, soups, salads, and much more.

Portofino Pizza & Pasta

Phone:
303-841-9900

With classic items like garlic knots, calzones, and caesar salad, you'll think you're in a pizza shop in Manhattan. Try the house-made meat lasagna and fresh mozzarella at this family-friendly restaurant.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Phone:
303-226-1540

This watering hole offers a vintage-inspired vibe and a menu curated by Old Major's Justin Brunson. Wash down your burger or fried chicken with one of 95 whiskeys.

Cho77

Phone:
720-638-8179

Lon Symensma offers Asian street food with a modern touch at this fast-casual eatery. Try the pho soup dumplings.

Fortune Wok to Table

Phone:
303-321-7788

This casual Chinese spot offers authentic dumplings and noodle bowls. Visit Thursday through Saturday evenings and check out the exclusive upstairs dining room, which features a menu of seasonal, upscale dishes.

Solutions Lounge and Restaurant

Phone:
303-653-9183

Once you've made your way out of an escape room, celebrate by enjoying a meal at Solutions' steampunk-themed, cheese-centric restaurant. No need to puzzle over what to order: Try the mac n' cheese or Raclette.

Bucksnort Saloon

Phone:
303-838-0284

This rustic mountain bar is decorated with business cards on the ceiling and writing on the walls. Find glorified bar food such as juicy burgers, sandwiches, and t-bone steaks.

Luigi’s Italian Restaurant

Phone:
303-694-9357

Festive, comfortable atmosphere offering traditional faves like chicken parm and baked ziti, with the occasional Tuscan pot roast.

M Uptown

Phone:
303-832-1333

Burgers, wraps, and beers with a whole lot of sass and drag queens.

Icehouse Tavern

Phone:
303-292-3775

Historic photographs line the walls at this pub, reminding diners that the space was once an ice storage warehouse. The menu consists of American fare, such as burgers and sandwiches as well as housemade desserts. Try the open-faced turkey sandwich, topped with cranberry sauce and gravy.

School House Kitchen and Libations

Phone:
720-639-4213

This school-themed restaurant offers more than 1,100 whiskeys behind the bar and a rooftop patio. Enjoy fun menu selections like chicken and waffle sandwiches, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, and build-your-own macaroni and cheese.

Carboy Winery

Phone:
720-532-1389

With wine offerings including Sauvignon Blanc, rosé, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon and shared plates such as charcuterie and salmon crudo, this winery (which is connected to the Littleton location of Angelo's Taverna) is the perfect happy hour spot.

Oblio’s Cap Hill Tavern

Phone:

The Oblio's Pizzeria team is behind this casual, family-friendly spot, offering the same fresh pizza, as well as sandwiches and salads.

Hana Matsuri Sushi

Phone:
303-404-9888

Grab a seat at the bar for sushi, sashimi, and all kinds of sake. Take your pick of delicious spreads at this chic establishment, which also serves pork, duck, lamb, chicken, and traditional Japanese dishes.

Los Carboncitos (Northwest Metro)

Phone:
303-573-1617

Enjoy fresh, authentic Mexican food cooked in an open kitchen. Order the alambre—Mexican stir-fry with your choice of tortilla, meat, cheese, and vegetables. Multiple locations.

Bar Car

Phone:
720-524-8099

The latest addition to Leigh Jones' restaurant sphere, this spot is fashioned after an antique train car and sells Colorado craft beers. Don't miss the 'Awesome Burgers' and fries cooked under the same roof.

Denver Diner

Phone:
(303) 825-5443

This casual, old-school joint on West Colfax is open at all hours and draws in night owls and early birds alike for comforting, home-style entrées.

Tap & Burger Sloan’s Lake

Phone:
720-456-6779

A bustling bar and grill specializing in gourmet burgers and local craft beer. Try the paleo burger with goat cheese and guacamole.

Millers & Rossi

Phone:
720-257-5342

Located inside a former manufacturing warehouse, this RiNo art gallery doubles as a speakeasy. order a smoked old fashioned and indulge in chef Casey Miller's tapas-style shared plates, such as the wagyu steak taco topped with Twisted Sister hot sauce aïoli and pickled jicama slaw.

Toast Fine Food & Coffee

Phone:
303-797-9543

Don't miss the pancake flights: stacks of warm flapjacks prepared in four signature flavors, including strawberry-banana cheesecake and Oreo cookie. Also serves lunch.

The Garden Terrace

Phone:
303-799-5800

Located in the Inverness Hotel, this breakfast and lunch spot has a popular buffet weekdays and Saturdays. Enjoy the champagne brunch on Sundays.

Sassafras American Eatery

Phone:
303-433-0080

Located in a pair of cheery, adjoined houses: This eatery charms. Expect to find Southern classics such as eggs Sardou. Multiple locations.

Nile Ethiopian Restaurant

Phone:
720-748-0239

The authentic community dining traditions of Ethiopia can be found inside this discrete locale. Eat from the same platter as your company and use injera, the spongy Ethiopian bread, as a substitute for utensils. Try the lamb tibs: pieces of tender lamb in a red chile sauce joined by cooked spinach and creamy sweet corn.…

Broadway Market

Phone:
720-390-7132

This sprawling marketplace is home to nine food concepts, a central bar, a self-serve beer wall, and two retail options. Drop in to peruse offerings from Biju’s Little Curry Shop, Royal Rooster, Glazed & Confused Donuts, Pizzeria Coperta, Mother Tongue, and many more.

Annie’s Cafe and Bar

Phone:
303-355-8197

Stop by this old-school cafe in the morning for fluffy, cinnamon-dusted French toast and a Bloody Mary. For lunch, don’t miss Mattie's Grilled Cheese—a grilled sandwich piled with bacon, guacamole, and pepper jack cheese on sourdough.

The Hornet

Phone:
303-777-7676

This innovative pub fare boasts an international influence, served in a casual atmosphere.

Sideways Sports Lounge

Phone:
303-424-7748

Beer and genuine pit BBQ: ribs, chicken, and sandwiches, plus chili, gumbo, and more. Sells meat by the pound, with two delectable sauces.

Lucile’s Creole Café (Platt Park)

Phone:
303-284-5230

What was once a neighborhood post office is now home to Creole-style breakfasts. Dig into a gravy-smothered buttermilk biscuit, nibble on some sweet beignets, or sip on a Bloody Mary. The ample outdoor seating is ideal for the Denver sunshine.

Zeppelin Station

Phone:
720-460-1978

This industrial-chic food hall, located near the 38th and Blake light rail station, is home to eight globally inspired food and drink vendors and two bars. Options include Au Feu, Vinh Xuong Bakery, Aloha Poke Co.,OK Poke, Norm's, Namkeen, La Doña, Injoi Korean Kitchen, Budlong Hot Chicken, Gelato Boy, Dandy Lion Coffee, Big Trouble, and…

Cart-Driver

Phone:
303-292-3553

Inspired by Italy's roadside cafes, Cart-Driver slings oysters, wood-fired pizzas, and Prosecco on tap. Finish with the house-made Panna cotta.

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar (Northglenn)

Phone:
303-452-3999

This laid-back restaurant takes burgers to the next level with combinations like the Pastrami Reuben Burger topped with pastrami, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and sauerkraut. Don’t miss the craft beers and handspun shakes.

24 Carrot Bistro

Phone:
303-828-1392

Boston-born chef Kevin Kidd brings fresh and local products from Oxford Gardens, Isabelle Farm, as well as the restaurant's own farm to this garden-driven restaurant. Customer favorites include the crispy calamari, warm Parmesan-kale dip, and duck confit.

Kazan Ramen Bistro

Phone:
720-535-7252

Enjoy a wide selection of ramen soups we well as Japanese small plates like agedashi tofu at this sleek eatery.

Brown Palace Atrium

Phone:
303-297-3111

The atrium offers tea service daily from noon until four, with pastries, finger sandwiches, and chocolates. After four, enjoy cocktails and appetizers beneath the stained glass skylight.

Honor Society

Phone:
720-420-0614

At this fine-casual eatery, guests pick their protein of choice (options include gluten-free chicken and sustainable Scottish salmon) to be enjoyed in a salad, sandwich, or plate.

NOLA Voodoo Tavern and Perks

Phone:
720-389-9544

New Orleans native and owner Henry Batiste serves his grandmother’s recipes for gumbo, po’ boys, and much more at this Louisiana-inspired spot.

Public School 303 Restaurant & Bar

Phone:
303-446-8671

Offering traditional American fare, this restaurant brings the school-house theme into every aspect of the experience. Head over during recess (happy hour) to enjoy reduced prices on brews and tipples, as well as small bites including chorizo mac and cheese, crispy buffalo cauliflower, and PB&J burger bites.

Pino’s Neighborhood Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Phone:
303-761-9917

A casual, family-friendly spot loved for their hand-tossed thin crust pizzas, featuring fresh ingredients. Try the Calabrese, a pie with white sauce, Gorgonzola, soppressata, red pepper flakes and red onions. Be on the look out for the "pizza of the week".

Gaby’s German Eatery

Phone:
720-329-8188

This Lakewood eatery serves delicious German and European fare, including latkes, soups, and pierogies. Check the website for the daily specials.

Englewood Grand

Phone:
303-568-9948

Although the focus at this comfortable bar is on the booze, you'll also find one mean french dip sandwich.

Imperial Chinese

Phone:
303-698-2800

This stalwart offers Cantonese, Mandarin, and Szechuan food in an elegant setting.

Chile Verde

Phone:
720-287-2296

This restaurant is modest in appearance, but its plates of traditional Mexican cuisine burst with color. Try the tres leches cake.

Highland Tap and Burger

Phone:
720-287-4493

Pick your patty, bun, and premium toppings for a customizable meal enhanced with a choice of 18 to 20 Colorado craft beers. Also try the Sloan Lake location.

Nocturne

Phone:
303-295-3333

Sip on a Sazerac cocktail as you take in live musical performances at this sleek jazz and supper club. The food is no afterthought, with a jazz-inspired six-course tasting menu and small plates like Western Slope lamb collar and fritto misto.

Corner Ramen

Phone:
303-292-0250

This RiNo noodle joint serves up rich, authentic bowls of ramen. For dessert, try the matcha mille crêpe cake.

Bohemian Biergarten

Phone:
720-328-8328

This European gastropub specializes in beer, sausages, and pretzels.

Shake Shack

Phone:
720-543-8609

Colorado's first Shake Shack serves the chain’s signature smash burgers, concretes, and crinkle fries. Check out the Denver exclusive Green Chile CheddarShack burger.

Indulge Wine Bar

Phone:
303-991-1994

Sip both Old and New World wines while snacking on dishes like green-lipped mussels and braised pork shank.

Bird

Phone:
303-777-0500

This elevated diner offers comfort food for anytime of day. Regulars love the meatloaf sandwich, fried chicken, and savory pot pies.

Denver Central Market

Phone:

This RiNo marketplace features 11 vendors with dining options ranging from ceviche to ice cream. Take your pick from Crema Bodega, Culture Meat & Cheese, Curio Bar, Greenseed Market, High Point Creamery, Izzio's Bakery, Tammen's Fish Market and Frizzi's Oyster Bar, SK Provisions, Temper Chocolate, Vero Pizza and Pasta, and the Local Butcher.

Naked Pizza (Boulder)

Phone:
303-443-2720

This take-out or delivery pizza place is convenient and healthy. The crust is always made with 10 different grains and seeds for a probiotic, chemical free, all-natural, whole-food dining experience. Try the Superbiotic, a mix of spinach, artichoke, bell pepper, mushroom, garlic, and cilantro, or the Smokehouse made with barbecue sauce, onion, and chicken.

Tributary Food Hall & Drinkery

Phone:

Golden’s first food hall boasts nine culinary options, including Generous Coffee, Kona Bowls Superfoods Café, Woodgrain Bagels, Mr. Miner Meat & Cheese, Fringe Pizza, Biju’s Little Curry Shop, Amore Gelato, Working Title Kitchen, and the Tributary Bar.

Beirut Grill

Phone:
303-781-0808

Dine on lamb shank, kebabs, and falafel under the soft light of Damascene chandeliers.

Burnt Barrel Colorado Spirits & Sports

Phone:
303-893-5458

This all-American sports bar features 60 local craft beers, spirits, and wines. Pair your drink of choice with a Red Bird chicken sandwich or one of its giant burgers.

DeMarra Bourbon Bar & Grill

Phone:
720-475-1151

Choose from a wide variety of bourbons, or sip a barrel-aged classic cocktail as you nosh on sandwiches, burgers, and pizzas.

A Taste of Haiti

Phone:
303-297-3008

This Five-Points eatery serves up both soul food (try the fried pork with mac n' cheese) and traditional Haitian dishes (go for the goat with fried plaintains and rice).

Mizu Izakaya

Phone:
720-372-7100

This contemporary Japanese restaurant offers an impressive bar and a hip atmosphere. Try items from the binchotan (charcoal grill) or the raw bar, or stick with appetizers like the cream pork kimchi.

Kuni Sushi

Phone:
720-573-8895

Former Hapa Sushi chef Jay Kuni offers both traditional and new-style rolls at this neighborhood Japanese joint. Try the San Diego roll, which gets a kick from habanero peppers and sweetness from diced mango.

Pantaleone’s

Phone:
303-757-3456

Since 1985, this casual, family-friendly restaurant has served up Italian classics like pizza, lasagna, and spaghetti. The owner/chef is Greek, so also try the Greek salad.

Miami Vibez

Phone:
763-257-9992

This high-energy dance club features a laid-back Cuban bistro on its first floor. Expect flavorful dishes like picadillo served with black beans and rice as well as Cubano sandwiches.

Lansdowne Arms Bistro and Pub

Phone:
303-346-9136

Enjoy a variety of traditional Irish pub fare, including fish and chips, or savor the American classics with a burger or prime rib.

Tahona Tequila Bistro

Phone:
303-938-9600

This contemporary Mexican eatery offers up hand-crafted margaritas (try the prickly pear variety) and more than 100 different kinds of tequila. Chow down on the chicken, pork, and beef taco samplers or the pork green chili cheese fries.

Smokin’ Yards BBQ

Phone:
303-284-3349

Smokin' Yards has been serving up delicious barbecue in Idaho Springs since 2008, and now its finally brought its smoker to Denver. Dig into classics like smoked ribs and brisket, or get out of your barbecue comfort zone and try the catfish.

Next Door (Union Station)

Phone:
720-460-3730

This casual community pub focuses on nutritious, affordable cuisine. Select from salads, sandwiches, and locally sourced burgers. Multiple locations.

C.B. & Potts Brewing Co.

Phone:
303-770-1982

Enjoy the nearly 20 TVs at C.B. & Potts while sipping on one of its many microbrews. With many locations, C.B. & Potts is a great choice for a good, fast burger.

Dead Battery Club

Phone:
303-477-2444

This all-day cocktail and food lounge has a fun and funky vibe. Try the Battery Buns, which come in five different flavors including spinach and artichoke.

Homegrown Tap & Dough (Arvada)

Phone:
303-284-6087

Head here for Italian food with some Colorado charm. Pick from salad, pasta, and—of course—pizza options. Try the burgers, which feature Harris Ranch beef on Grateful Bread buns. Also try the Washington Park location.

Fatburger

Phone:
303-363-6996

At this gourmet, cooked-to-order hamburger joint, your burgers are charred on an open grill.

Silvi’s Kitchen at CitySet

Phone:
303-758-9061

Start your day off with fresh squeezed juices and smoothies or swing by in the afternoon for happy hour and enjoy a mini cheese pizza. Don't miss brunch on the weekends with a menu of omelettes, pancakes, and more.

Riffs Urban Fare

Phone:
303-440-6699

This super-social dining experience emphasizes local vendors. Try the Brussels sprouts with brown butter sauce, roasted hazelnuts, and fried shallots or the lobster risotto.

Yum Yum Spice

Phone:
720-542-9921

Stop in at this cozy spot for authentic Szechuan-style hotpot cuisine customized to your preferences. You choose the size, the protein, and the spice level, and the chefs take it from there.

Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen

Phone:
720-440-9880

Get your fix of New York-style bagels at this Five Points deli. Don’t miss the Standard—a bagel and cream cheese topped with gravlax, tomato, and onion. Also try the Aurora location.

Blue Sushi Sake Grill

Phone:
303-640-3655

Sushi meets American grill at this fusion restaurant with tapas-style dining. Order the Itchy Sea Bass off the New World Fishy Meat menu, or try the River Rock Tenderloin–four ounces of filleted meat served atop 500-degree river rocks.

Exchange Tavern

Phone:
303-469-0404

Customers at this Irish-American pub visit and exchange ideas over plates of corned beef and cabbage, nachos, and Buffalo wings.

Next Door (Glendale)

Phone:
303-757-0878

This casual community pub focuses on nutritious and affordable cuisine. Select from small plates, bowls, and locally sourced burgers such as the Pineapple Express (topped with pineapple, arugula, and honey-Sriracha sauce). Multiple locations.

Hard Rock Cafe

Phone:
303-623-3191

Rock 'n' roll memorabilia graces the walls, and burgers and other American faves fill the tables. Find Coloradan fare such as striped bass and bison burgers in its new test kitchen.

Au Feu

Phone:
720-460-1978

Located inside Zeppelin Station, this Quebecois cuisine joint slices its house-cured wagyu brisket to order. Try it atop a veggie bowl or in a classic sandwich, and be sure to order poutine on the side.

DiCicco’s Buon Appetito

Phone:
303-574-1956

This three-tiered restaurant was designed after the famed Roman Colosseum and serves made-to-order selections. Try the Marsala wine sauce, breads, and tiramisu.

Mezcal

Phone:
303-322-5219

Fresh lime margaritas, an extensive tequila list, and traditional Mexican food. The ambience is warm, festive, and fun.

Stanley Marketplace

Phone:
720-990-6743

Formerly the Stanley Aviation building, this site is now home to a sprawling, food-centric marketplace. Stop by and check out the offerings from Yellowbelly Chicken, Stanley Beer Hall, Annette, Sweet Cow Ice Cream, Comida Cantina, Logan House Coffee, Miette et Chocolat, Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen, and many more.

Vinh Xuong Bakery

Phone:
720-460-1978

This family-owned bakery has roots in Denver that stretch back more than 25 years. Their stall in Zeppelin Station is serving up delicious banh mi sandwiches and other tasty Vietnamese treats.

Wasabi Sushi Bar

Phone:
303-708-0888

Enjoy sushi and Japanese cuisine with all fish flown in daily from the West Coast and Japan. Try the shrimp tempura and spicy tuna roll topped with salmon, avocado, special mayo and teriyaki sauce with a side of miso soup.

Meatball Eatery & Libations

Phone:
720-420-0254

This speakeasy-influenced eatery (attached to Zig Zig Smokin’ Burger) promises diners 12,376 different ways to get their meatball fix. Try the meatball-centric charcuterie board, which comes with creamy mozzarella cheese, seared olives, and garlic bread.

Organic Sandwich Company

Phone:
720-639-3986

This hoagie spot's curated menu of organic sandwiches includes plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. Try the ever-popular turkey sandwich with house-made bacon jam on a pretzel loaf, and make sure to grab a Boulder Organic ice cream sandwich for dessert.

Wild Bangkok Bar and Grill

  • Denver
  • Central Business District
Phone:
303-623-4999

For a bona fide Thai experience, dine at this zen locale where the decor was imported from Thailand. Grab a cushion at the traditional khontoke seating area and order the Money Bags appetizer. Later, enjoy coco salmon in a spicy red curry.

Leven Deli Co.

  • Denver
  • Civic Center (Golden Triangle)
Phone:
303-325-5691

Classic deli meets California cool at this bright spot. Get a taste of the house-made pastrami on the Reuben sandwich or go for the crisp Lil' Gems salad.

El Cazo Cocina y Cantina

Phone:
72-512-4772

The brainchild of chef Efran Velasquez, this Jefferson Park restaurant specializes in Colorado-style Mexican cuisine. Try the fajitas with your choice of shrimp, pork, beef, or chicken.

Oven

Phone:
303-934-7600

Delicious, house-made, wood-fired pizzas made with organic ingredients. Everything from the marinara sauce to the mozzarella, from the pizza dough to the desserts are made in-house. Good wine selection.

Next Door (Boulder)

Phone:
720-542-8159

This casual community pub focuses on nutritious and affordable cuisine. Select from small plates, bowls, and locally sourced burgers such as the Pineapple Express (topped with pineapple, arugula, and honey-Sriracha sauce). Multiple locations.

Red Sea Restaurant

Phone:
303-321-4117

Authentic Ethiopian and Eritrean food. Try the popular eight-veggie combo with cabbage, beans, lentils, carrots, and no butter.

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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.

Mangiamo Pronto!

Phone:
303-297-1229

Order a simple and fresh salad, pizza, or panini at this bistro. Try the pollo pesto panini, chicken breast with arugula, roasted red bell peppers, basil pesto and goat cheese. Stop in before work for a veggie frittata.

Hasu Sushi & Grill

Phone:
303-722-9968

Try the aptly named Amazing Roll: chopped fatty tuna, cucumber, and scallion on the inside; avocado, crispy kani, eel, and special sauce on the outside.

AJ’s Pit Bar-B-Q

Phone:

On Saturdays, this wood-fired Texas-style barbecue joint welcomes the public to savor lip-smacking dishes, such as beef brisket, house-cured and smoked pastrami, pit beans, and farm slaw.

Rock Bottom Brewery

Phone:
303-534-7616

A favorite stop for out-of-towners, this brewery serves up tasty suds and bites.

The Bitter Bar

Phone:
303-442-3050

Snuggle up in this lounge for dinner, late-night nibbles (such as baked ricotta and lamb chops), dessert, or just enjoy the craft cocktails. Whether it's happy hour or late at night, this is the perfect place to unwind and indulge.

Sushi Bay 17

  • Denver
  • North Capitol Hill (Uptown)
Phone:
303-321-1805

Wide variety, quality presentation, and attentive service have earned this sushi locale the right to be called a destination. Enjoy happy hour fare—including oysters, sashimi, rolls, and drinks—on the outdoor patio. We suggest trying their daily special.

Machete Tequila & Tacos

Phone:
303-333-1567

Enjoy an extensive list of fine tequilas, and don't forget to order the sumptuous tacos al pastor. Also try the Union Station location.

Han Kang Korean Restaurant

Phone:
303-873-6800

This family-owned and operated restaurant serves authentic Korean cuisine. The menu features photos of every dish to help you choose the perfect one. Try the barbecue ribs.

Jack-n-Grill

Phone:
303-964-9544

An appealing hole in the wall with New Mexican recipes and home-style food. Also try the Westminster location.

Sushi Zanmai

Phone:
303-440-0733

Try one of their unique rolls like the Z-No. 9, with shrimp tempura, avocado, salmon, and eel sauce.

Aloha Poke Co.

Phone:
720-460-1978

Chicago-based Aloha Poke Co. serves fresh raw fish bowls at Zeppelin Station. Try the crunch bowl.

El Jefe

Phone:
720-389-7615

Farm-to-table Mexican fare will lure you to this welcoming Sunnyside haunt. Pair a house margarita with the four-cheese queso dip, and don't miss the organic mushroom tacos or the brisket enchiladas.

Huevos Tacos

Phone:
303-953-9443

This all-day joint specializes in massive tacos made with pan-fried flour tortillas. Temper the heat of the ghost pepper steak tacos with a spiked horchata latte.

Bar Louie (Centennial)

Phone:
720-214-3400

Check out this casual restaurant for your sandwich needs, like the Luigi loaded up with shaved sirloin, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and olive oil, on a hoagie roll. For dessert, sample their key lime shiner -- a key lime parfait layered with strawberries and cake. Or throw back one of their 32 specialty drinks, like the…

Patxi’s Pizza

Phone:
303-783-2000

Known for deep-dish Chicago-style pies. Try the "stuffed" variety: deep-dish pizza with the bottom crust stacked with toppings and cheese, followed by a second crust, topped with house-made marinara. Lighter, hand-tossed thin-crust pizzas are also available.

Mango House

Phone:

This immigrant- and refugee-led food hall is home to six outstanding culinary concepts, including Urban Burma, Ayny’s Kitchen (a Somali bakery and cafe), Jasmine Syrian Food, Taste of Sudan, Golden Sky Sushi, and Nepali Mountain Kitchen. The hospitality is as warm as the food is delicious.

Romano’s Italian Restaurant

Phone:
303-798-4944

This quaint eatery has been serving Italian classics for more than half a century. Try the jumbo cheese ravioli with the house-made red sauce.

Los Carboncitos (Aurora)

Phone:
303-364-2606

Enjoy fresh, authentic Mexican food cooked in an open kitchen. Order the alambre, a Mexican stir-fry with your choice of tortilla, meat, cheese, and vegetables.

House of Kabob

Phone:
303-756-0744

Enjoy Lebanese and Persian cuisine. Try the Kobeideh, a kabob made with beef, lamb, onion, and tomato.

Famous Dave’s

Phone:
303-280-6227

Southern-style barbecue dishes, including Texas beef brisket, Georgia chopped pork, and, of course, ribs. Multiple locations.

G.I. Jodi’s Bar & Grill

Phone:
303-972-8658

Denver's first military-themed restaurant. Rations include burgers, wraps, and plenty of beer. Live music on select nights.

Wally’s Wisconsin Tavern

Phone:
303-800-2652

Find a slice of Wisconsin located next to sister-restaurant, the Rhein Haus. Don't miss the tempura-fried cheese curds or Friday wall-eye fish fry dinners.

Halu Sushi & Asian Bistro

Phone:
303-279-5231

This Asian bistro serves sushi and tempura, as well as traditional Chinese dishes like kung pao chicken.

Adelitas Cocina y Cantina

Phone:
303-778-1294

Cuisine originating from the Michoacan area of southwestern Mexico served amid fanciful murals. Most of the family recipes are gluten-free or can be prepared gluten-free. To start, try prickly pear margarita with the ceviche appetizer.

Tycoon Ramen and Sushi Bar

Phone:
303-832-2367

With its young, hip vibe, Tycoon Ramen and Sushi Bar specializes in Japanese classics with a twist. Stop by for a bowl of savory sukiyaki ramen, topped with rib-eye steak, corn, enoki mushrooms, and a fish cake.

Ste. Ellie

Phone:
303-477-1447

Head to this chic subterranean bar beneath Colt & Gray for expertly crafted cocktails and inventive bar snacks.

Globe Hall

Phone:
303-296-1003

Come to this Texas-style barbecue joint for the foot-stomping musical performances, the authentic, slow-cooked brisket, and the no-fuss cocktails.

Soko Sushi & Sake Bar

Phone:
303-623-2702

Order a meal of tempura, sushi, and sake at this authentic Japanese-Korean fusion restaurant.

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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.

Taste of Thailand

Phone:
303-762-9112

Flavorful Asian dishes benefit from fresh herbs and vegetables grown in the private garden.

Pizzeria da Lupo

Phone:
303-396-6366

This Boulder hotspot offers simple Italian fare in a funky space (think hand-tiled mosaic floor and chandeliers). Order the saliche pizza: fennel sausage, rapini, ricotta, and house-made mozzarella.

Bones

Phone:
303-860-2929

This noodle bar dishes up savory duck confit egg rolls, candy-like black cod tempura, and addictive steamed buns stuffed with either suckling pig or (our fave) pork belly. Noodle bowl selections are always changing.

The Cooper Lounge

Phone:
720-460-3738

This Union Station speakeasy overlooks the Great Hall. Pair luxurious bites, including wagyu steak tartare, with your cocktail.

Pasta Pasta Pasta

Phone:
303-377-2782

Find homestyle Italian classics, including a wide variety of pastas, at this cozy Cherry Creek spot.

Fire on the Mountain

Phone:
303-480-9464

Serving up fresh chicken wings tossed in your choice of twelve house-made sauces including raspberry habanero, Jamaican jerk, and spicy peanut. Vegan wings are available, as well as burgers and sandwiches.

Bar Max

Phone:
303-333-0003

Formerly known as Cafe Max, this European bistro offers a simple, curated menu. Pair the prosciutto, Brie, and fig spread sandwich with a glass of Prosecco.

La Loma

Phone:
303-433-8300

This local favorite offers a menu of classic Mexican eats (think: flautas, tacos, and fajitas) in a convivial downtown location. Pair your meal with one of the refreshing house margaritas.

Lou’s Italian Specialties

Phone:
720-287-3642

Josh Pollack of Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen takes on the Tri State Italian deli with this takeout-only spot. Try the Louie, a classic sub packed with three types of sliced-to-order meats and provolone cheese.

TeaLee’s Teahouse and Bookstore

Phone:
303-593-2013

TeaLee’s is a quintessential example of the perennial cafe-bookstore hybrid. The bookstore, which features African American literature, flows into the teahouse, which serves loose-leaf and specialty teas, all day fare like soups, salads, and sandwiches, and also has a high tea service in the afternoon.

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Phone:
303-799-4999

Natural ingredients, fresh produce, and unique flavors characterize this Mexican spot. Enjoy the famous margaritas, but be careful—they cut you off at three.

Dave & Busters

Phone:
303-759-1515

Good food in large portions, paired with the great electronic amusements.

Midwestern Saloon

Phone:
303-455-0954

Kick back and enjoy a plethora of Midwestern comfort food eats. Dig into the Juicy Lucy burger, an Aspen Ridge patty stuffed with cheese and brown butter garlic aïoli. Or, stop by for the weekend brunch and indulge in the Graceland French toast—bread topped with bananas, whipped peanut butter, and bacon lardons.

American Grind

Phone:
970-420-8484

This sustainably-minded burger joint serves satisfying, well, burgers, fries, and ice cream made with locally sourced ingredients—even the ketchup and mustard are made in house.

Izakaya Den

Phone:
303-777-0691

It's been dubbed Sushi Den II, but Izakaya Den is more than a replica of its popular cousin. You can still order ultrafresh sushi and sashimi, but the most exciting dishes come in the form of small plates.

Ohana Grille

Phone:
303-232-0787

This Hawaiian eatery offers classic island favorites with a Colorado flair. Say aloha to the grilled mahi mahi street tacos and Spam fried rice.

Cherry Hills Sushi Company

Phone:
303-761-1559

This quick-service sushi spot specializes in made-to-order hand rolls. Order a temaki (hand roll) set and chose from a variety of fresh fillings like blue crab, spicy tuna, lobster, and uni.

Go Fish Sushi (Broomfield)

Phone:
720-593-1888

This neighborhood sushi restaurant also offers Japanese rice and noodle dishes like the unagi don—white rice topped with smoked eel. Be sure to try the low-carb Go Fish Naruto roll with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, avocado, and masago.

Dalat Vietnamese Restaurant

Phone:
303-935-4141

Choose from more than 200 entrees—including the chef-recommended cubed beef stir fry and special hue noodle soup—at this small, family-owned restaurant.

The Whiskey Biscuit

Phone:
303-386-3334

Find breakfast-inspired dishes and booze all day at this comfort-food joint. Try the fried chicken biscuit.

Brewery Bar II

Phone:
303-893-0971

Legions of customers are loyal to this casual joint's signature chiles rellenos, award-winning green chile, solid margaritas, and great specials.

Marrakech Grill

Phone:
303-759-3611

The decor complements the Lebanese and Persian cuisine offered at this eatery. Try the shish kebabs.

95a Bistro & Sushi

Phone:
303-665-3080

You get more than just sushi at this innovative fusion restaurant. Choose between the American bistro kitchen and the sushi kitchen. Enjoy tapas, chicken, pasta, seafood and sushi while sipping a martini.

Blooming Beets Kitchen

Phone:
303-443-3479

This Boulder restaurant is dedicated to serving Paleo-diet friendly bites. Try the aerie nest: sweet potato bacon cakes, made with mashed sweet potatoes, bacon, and poached eggs topped in Hollandaise.

Angry Chicken

Phone:
303-353-2680

Load up on super-crisp Korean-style fried bird at this Aurora bar. The sweet & spicy version comes coated in a delicious sauce.

Twin Dragon

Phone:
303-781-8068

Authentic Asian dishes served with flair.

City & Country Deli & Sausage Co.

Phone:
720-216-0573

This quaint shop offers smartly crafted artisan sandwiches, from roast turkey on rosemary bread to molasses-glazed ham on seven-grain.

9Thai

Phone:
303-658-0751

Thailand natives Kyla Love and Mae Saevang craft simple-yet-spectacular fare at their pared-down restaurant. Try the signature chicken and rice.

Amici’s Pizzeria & Italian

Phone:
303-455-5585

This family-style Italian restaurant serves up red-sauce favorites in a casual setting. Enjoy classic dishes including spaghetti with meatballs, stuffed manicotti, and more.

The Post Brewing Co. (Longmont)

Phone:
720-588-2883

This fast-casual venue—the younger sibling to Lafayette's Post Brewing Company—offers good ol' Southern comfort food and great beer. The one-of-a-kind fried chicken can be enjoyed either on a sandwich or as a platter accompanied by a biscuit and side dish. Dig into fresh-baked cherry pie for dessert.

Bar Louie Denver

Phone:
303-457-5900

Check out this casual restaurant for your sandwich needs, like the Luigi loaded up with shaved sirloin, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and olive oil, on a hoagie roll. For dessert, sample their key lime shiner -- a key lime parfait layered with strawberries and cake. Or throw back one of their 32 specialty drinks, like the…

Shanty Supper Club

Phone:
303-830-6637

This casual comfort-food locale soothes both stomach and soul with Midwestern classics such as buttery chicken pot-pie, tender pot roast, and creamy mac and cheese with prosciutto.

Mehak India’s Aroma

Phone:
(720) 638-9350

There's not a buffet in sight at this upscale Indian restaurant, where everything from chicken korma to lamb vindaloo is on the menu.

Carbon Cafe & Bar

Phone:
720-428-8565

This fun, quirky cafe (the sister restaurant to Habit Doughnut Dispensary, which is located next door) offers CBD-infused cold brew and bitters along with an eclectic menu of eats. Try the Wu Tang Tots. Also try the Five Points location.

American Bonded

Phone:
303-942-1201

Go to this casual RiNo bar for drinks crafted by cocktail pro Sean Kenyon (of Williams & Graham fame) and food from True West Kitchen.

Wynkoop Brewing Company

Phone:
303-297-2700

Enjoy freshly brewed beer and feast on pub favorites such as the hanger steak or the corn and poblano chowder at one of Denver's original brewpubs.

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar

Phone:
303-377-3032

This laid-back restaurant takes burgers to the next level with combinations like the Pastrami Reuben Burger topped with pastrami, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and sauerkraut. Don’t miss the craft beers and handspun shakes.

Taste of Thailand

Phone:
303-762-9112

This family-owned owned restaurant offers authentic northern thai cuisine featuring freshly harvested produce and herbs from its in-house garden. Order the pad thai, and if you're a spice-lover, don't miss the flu shot soup.

India’s Castle

Phone:
303-782-9700

Do you prefer mild, medium, or spicy? At this authentic eatery, enjoy the tantalizing flavors of unique herbs and exotic Indian cuisine. Try the chicken ticca kabob.

Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen

Phone:
303-595-4255

This historic hall has been transformed into an expansive two-story bar and kitchen. Innovative and high-quality international pub food is on the menu, including house-made sausages. Try the poutine: hand-cut fries smothered in gravy and cheese curds.

Athenian Restaurant

Phone:
720-449-0224

This convivial restaurant specializes in flavorful Greek fare. Try the pastitsio.

El Chingon

Phone:
303-248-3641

Serving traditional Mexican dishes, this bistro emphasizes fresh ingredients and house-made chiles.

Taki Sushi

Phone:
303-282-0111

Stop into this West Washington Park locale for Japanese fusion cuisine and a crisp glass of saki. Sushi is the signature dish, but the restaurant also serves noodle bowls and teriyaki.

Pete’s Central I

Phone:
303-778-6675

Gyros, chicken, and lamb kabobs. Plus grape-leaf dolmades stuffed with either rice, veggies, or beef.

Bar Helix

Phone:
720-449-8587

Guilty pleasures abound at this sexy RiNo bar. Try the Negroni cannoli.

The Way Back

Phone:
970-682-6888

Settle in for craft cocktails and chef Jon Lavelle's polished fare, such as roast chicken with salsify.

Homegrown Tap and Dough

Phone:

A family-friendly neighborhood restaurant serving wood-fired pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and entrees like brick chicken.

Paris Wine Bar

Phone:
303-455-2451

Serving wines without attitude. More than 20 affordable, quality, international wines by the glass and tapas-style food.

Los Chingones (Stapleton)

Phone:
303-975-6166

Los Chingones offers shareable Mexican cuisine with distinctive style. Find a menu marked by ceviches, funditos, and tacos. Multiple locations.

Ignite Kitchen and Cocktails

Phone:
303-296-2600

This Ballpark bar and restaurant is an elevated take on your typical burger joint. Enjoy creative burgers, fresh salads, and wood-fired fare. Don't miss the Colorado burger with chipotle mayo, green chile relish, and guacamole.

West End Tavern

Phone:
303-444-3535

Enjoy meatloaf with a microbrew at this neighborhood tavern. Rooftop dining available.

Brothers BBQ

Phone:
303-322-3289

This is the original location of the homegrown chain founded by two local brothers. The tasty barbecue combines elements of many different regional varieties, creating a style all their own.

Cherry Cricket (Ballpark)

Phone:
303-297-3644

The Cherry Cricket has been a casual mainstay in Cherry Creek since 1945. Its second location is much larger, but the menu of classic burgers and green chile is identical.

Old Capitol Grill

Phone:
303-279-6390

A tasty menu of ribs, chicken, steak, sandwiches, and salads ensures there's something for everyone.

Yabby Hut

Phone:
303-985-0231

Transport yourself to the bayou at this seafood joint where you can indulge in Cajun crawfish, king crab legs, blue crab, shrimp, and clams--and then leave your mess behind on the throw-away tablecloths.

Racines

Phone:
303-595-0418

A Denver institution, Racines offers traditional American fare.

Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox

Phone:
303-993-8023

This Edible Beats restaurant features quirky design details and a stage for live music. The "gastro-brothel" menu encompasses globally inspired pub fare like flatbreads, small plates, and stone-fire skillets. Try the green chile cornbread with goat cheese.

The Cruise Room

Phone:
303-628-5400

This sleek art deco bar in the Oxford Hotel is Denver's oldest watering hole. Sip on the Cruise Room special cocktail, made with cognac, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, absinthe, and Champagne, and nibble on the braised beef bourguignon bites.

Neighbors

Phone:
303-333-1149

Enjoy the feel of a cocktail party without the stress of being a host. With this small eatery's widespread array of tapas and appetizers, the atmosphere of this cozy restaurant ensures good conversation over a glass of wine or a cocktail.

Stanley Beer Hall

Phone:
(720) 749-5098

Located inside the Stanley Marketplace, this beer hall offers 30 ever-changing beer selections and a menu of approachable-yet-elevated pub fare. Chow down on mussels with french fries, warm pretzels with pimento cheese, and spicy maple-glazed chicken wings.

25 Best Restaurants

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.

Cheesecake Factory (Boulder)

Phone:
303-546-0222

More than 200 menu items, including steaks, seafood, pasta, pizza, salads, and more. Plus more than 35 varieties of cheesecake.

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

Phone:
303-893-5458

Stop by this Celtic-themed pub for fish and chips, a ”Big Arse” burger, or shepherd’s pie. Plus, order from the eatery's large selection of whiskey.

Osaka’s

Phone:
720-398-9115

Enjoy unique Japanese comfort food at this Boulder restaurant. Try one of the signature Osaka Burgers, which subs a savory Japanese pancake (“okonomiyaki”) for the traditional bun.

Merle’s

Phone:
303-797-6008

This burger bar also serves casual comfort eats such as ribs, pulled pork, and fresh-cut fries.

Rackhouse Pub

Phone:
720-570-7824

Located in the Bindery on Blake, this gastropub serves contemporary comfort food like mac and cheese, soft pretzels, burgers, and duck fat fries. Try the ciders offered in the bar from neighboring C Squared Ciders.

Sam’s No. 3 (Glendale)

Phone:
303-333-4403

Try this friendly diner's best-selling supreme breakfast burrito with ham, bacon, sausage, gyro, eggs, potatoes, and green chili.

Saucy Noodle Ristorante

Phone:
303-733-6977

A family-owned restaurant since 1964 serving simple, traditional Italian food. Enjoy a generous portion of pasta with one of the three house-made red sauces or a delicious pizza like the margherita. Be sure to try one of the specialty giant meatballs.

Steuben’s (Arvada)

Phone:
720-282-3308

Steuben's wouldn't be Steuben's without the homemade mac and cheese and fried chicken. This location features the same comfort food favorites and 1950s retro feel—plus a few new surprises on the menu. Also try the Uptown location.

Cafe Mon Ami

Phone:
720-344-2323

A dish to satisfy every palate. Serving up American classics with a French twist.

Fresh Thymes Eatery

Phone:
303-955-7988

From taste to nutritional value to environmental impact, this food sings "kumbaya." As a community-supported restaurant, this eatery offers yearly memberships starting at $250. The noncomittal can simply walk in and try the grass-finished burger with housemade pickles and corn and arugula salad.

Eureka!

Phone:
720-259-3636

You'll find an thoroughly American menu with a modern twist at this casual eatery. Grab a burger and a craft beer with a side of the crispy brussels sprouts.

LowDown Brewery + Kitchen

Phone:
720-524-8065

The celebrated brewers behind LowDown offer a rotating selection of in-house brewed beers alongside their carefully crafted pizzas, sandwiches, soups, and salads.

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