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Old Major

Phone:
720-420-0622

Go for owner Justin Brunson's bistro-style, seasonal dining with an emphasis on locally raised heritage meat. If you're a steak aficionado, try the 24-ounce, bone-in rib-eye. Also, swing by during lunch for Royal Rooster crispy fried chicken sandwiches and other classics such as steak frites.

Elway’s (Cherry Creek)

Phone:
303-399-5353

Owned by Broncos great John Elway, this Colorado steak house serves top-notch beef, seafood, salads, sandwiches, and more. Try the weekend brunch specialties, like biscuits and gravy or French toast.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Phone:
303-825-0713

Choose from a selection of USDA Prime steaks and à la carte sides at this downtown steak house. For a more casual affair, stop by during happy hour for $7 cocktails and snacks.

Guard and Grace

Phone:
303-293-8500

Chef Troy Guard's modern steak house offers a chic setting for his innovative fare, which includes a raw bar and delicate salads. Try the flight of filet mignon.

Il Posto

Phone:
303-394-0100

SampleAndrea Frizzi’s upscale Italian cuisine in sleek, urban environs. Don't miss the seasonal risotto.

STK

Phone:
720-597-8010

This sleek downtown steak house caters to high-end tastes. Indulge in selections from the raw bar, or opt for a foie gras-topped, dry-aged porterhouse steak with sides like Parmesan truffle fries and charred cauliflower.

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The Plimoth

Phone:
303-297-1215

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

Acres

Phone:
303-593-1003

This Englewood neighborhood joint offers cozy American favorites, including "Bruce's Biscuits"—buttermilk biscuits served with Colorado honey and local Tender Belly Bacon carbonara.

The Nickel

Phone:
720-889-2128

Enjoy a build-your-own charcuterie platter before digging into entrées such as Colorado bass. Don't miss the barrel-aged craft cocktails.

Greenbriar Inn

Phone:
303-440-7979

Nestled in the foothills of Boulder, this spot promises a romantic getaway. In a dining room of white tablecloths and chandeliers, order meals like beef Wellington and filet mignon while you choose a vino from the 1,000-label wine cellar.

Palace Arms

Phone:
303-297-3111

Denver's grande dame restaurant, located inside the Brown Palace Hotel, whisks diners to a different era with its tableside Caesar salad, bananas Foster, and strolling martini cart.

Briarwood Inn

Phone:
303-279-3121

Enjoy an elegant dining experience featuring award-winning food, service, and atmosphere. There's also an extensive wine list available.

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Arcana

Phone:
303-444-3885

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

Junz

Phone:
720-851-1005

A Japanese-French fusion restaurant making a splash in the southeast metro area.

Mizuna

Phone:
303-832-4778

Chef-owner Frank Bonanno's seasonal cuisine capitalizes on fresh ingredients, and service is prompt, friendly, and knowledgeable. Don't miss the decadent beef Wellington.

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille

Phone:
303-792-2571

This southeast Denver steak house serves prime, fresh meats, chops, and more. Don't miss a cured, roasted, and slow-smoked pork chop carved tableside and served with house-made applesauce. Enjoy it with a wine selection from the towering wine wall.

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Corrida

Phone:
303-444-1333

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

Izakaya Ronin

Phone:
303-953-1602

Chef Corey Baker of Sushi Ronin brings high-end sushi to RiNo. You can sip Japanese whisky and slurp ramen until late into the evening in the basement bar.

Barolo Grill

Phone:
303-393-1040

Barolo Grill's waitstaff takes an annual trip to Italy to learn about the cuisine. That dedication to authenticity translates to the food and wine menus, too. Try the agnolotti del plin, or opt for the chef's tasting menu with optional wine pairings for the full experience.

Hideaway Steakhouse

Phone:
303-404-9939

Tucked away in Westminster, this upscale steak house serves classic American favorites. Come for the extraordinary steaks, the slow-roasted prime rib, and the fresh seafood selections. On Friday and Saturday evenings, you'll find live entertainment in the lounge.

The Fort

Phone:
303-697-4771

This Colorado institution offers fine buffalo, beef, seafood, and game. Enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains and Denver's city lights while you dine.

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Frasca Food and Wine

Phone:
303-442-6966

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

Morton’s The Steakhouse

Phone:
303-825-3353

Go for top-quality steaks and seafood in a posh setting. Try a tender, juicy porterhouse steak or a freshly steamed lobster, and finish off with a slice of chocolate cake.

Elway’s (DIA)

Phone:
303-342-7777

Dining at DIA? Forget compromise—upscale steakhouse fare awaits. Order from the same menu you'd find at Elway's other locations. Early bird travelers can reap the benefits of a take-out breakfast menu with dishes like skillet potatoes, chicken-fried steak burrito, omelets and even fresh granola.

L’Atelier

Phone:
303-442-7233

Indulge in tender lamb or the succulent lobster. The best values are at lunchtime, but these flavors are worth every penny.

Uchi Denver

Phone:
303-444-1922

James Beard Award-winning chef Tyson Cole combines unexpected flavors for his non-traditional take on Japanese food. Try the sake toro aburi.

Quality Italian

Phone:
303-532-8888

This upscale spot inside the Halcyon Hotel serves a smart mix of steak house fare and American-Italian favorites. Chow down on a dry-aged, bone-in sirloin steak or try the baked lasagna for two with Robiola cheese and filet mignon meatballs. For dessert, finish with the cannoli, which are prepared tableside.

Mila

Phone:
303-228-0770

Restauranteur Kevin Taylor expands his empire of Denver eateries with this Mediterranean-inspired spot. Try the oyster mushroom pizza.

Uncorked Kitchen

Phone:
720-907-3838

This one-of-a-kind space offers interactive cooking classes in a wine bar setting. After you're done with your class, you can enjoy your culinary creation over a glass of wine.

Luca

Phone:
303-832-6600

Convivial hospitality and classic Italian dishes greet you at this spot. Don’t miss the house-made Burrata cheese.

Appaloosa Grill

Phone:
720-932-1700

This American grill and bar serves up classic sandwiches and salads as well as hearty entrees. Try the Reuben at lunch, then go big with the bison sirloin agnolotti for dinner.

Bittersweet

Phone:
303-942-0320

Chef Olav Peterson's American farm-to-table restaurant has its own 600-square-foot garden. The constantly changing menu takes classic dishes and gives them a fresh twist. Try one of the seasonal pastas.

Elway’s (Downtown)

Phone:
303-312-3107

This sleek restaurant—named after the Broncos great—serves classic steak house fare in upscale environs. Choose from a menu of steaks, seafood, and more. Multiple locations.

Sushi Hai

Phone:
720-855-0888

A neighborhood restaurant serving delicious sushi and hibachi. Bamboo floors and mahogany seats.

Oak at Fourteenth

Phone:
303-444-3622

This bright, open space just off the Pearl Street Mall offers a diverse, ever-changing menu of seasonal, oak-fired eats from chef Steve Redzikowski and creative cocktails from Bryan Dayton. Order the kale-apple salad, braised meatballs, or smoked brisket.

Texas de Brazil

Phone:
720-374-2100

Inspired by traditional Brazilian churrascarias, this South American hot spot features sizzling cuts of beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and sausage, slow roasted and seasoned to perfection. Try the signature caipirinha cocktail.

Beckon

Phone:

Chef Duncan Holmes and the team behind next door's Call bring an elevated, intimate dining experience to Larimer Street. The Scandinavian-influenced menu changes nightly, and wine, beer, or cider pairings are available.

Palm

Phone:
303-825-7256

A New York import, the Palm is as known for its trademark steaks and sketches on the walls.

Gold Hill Inn

Phone:
303-443-6461

The menu at this eatery is reborn nightly, but expect local, seasonal flavors that take French-inspired dishes and fuse them with mom’s home cooking. Be sure to save room for the desserts, like sour cream apple pie. Closed from January through April, will reopen in May and stay open through December.

Mosaic

Phone:
720-305-0994

Every Sunday owner Eric To and chef Mabry Kennedy visit local farmers’ markets for the freshest ingredients. They bring this produce back to their eclectic restaurant where they make dishes like chipotle lobster macaroni and cheese and roasted fennel and lentil soup.

Fogo de Chao

Phone:
303-623-9600

A Brazilian steakhouse where gaucho chefs bring the meat to your table, cutting and serving it right in front of you. Enjoy endless sides of polenta and mashed potatoes.

Chinook Tavern

Phone:
720-266-6000

Indulge in signature European-inspired dishes like Jaeger schnitzel and Wasabi Pea Crusted Halibut. Sit in the Zermatt Room for traditional Swiss fare such as fondue and raclette.

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ChoLon

Phone:
303-353-5223

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

Matsuhisa Denver

Phone:
303-329-6628

Legendary chef Nobu Matsuhisa kicks Japanese staples up to the next level. Start with signature uni shooters and don't miss the black cod with sweet miso.

Boulder Cork

Phone:
303-443-9505

Established in 1969, this is Boulder's oldest steak house. The varied menu also features prime rib, teriyaki sirloin, and scallops.

Colt & Gray

Phone:
303-477-1447

This intimate neighborhood pub presents a superior roster of seasonal farm-to-plate options. Start with the roasted marrow bones.

Café Marmotte

Phone:
303-999-0395

This modern-yet-cozy spot in the heart of Washington Park serves up French bistro fare with a contemporary twist. Try the signature coq au vin.

Ellyngton’s

Phone:
303-297-3111

Located in the Brown Palace Hotel, this is the home of Denver's power meal. Indulge in the lavish Dom Perignon brunch on Sundays.

The Bindery

Phone:
303-993-2364

Linda Hampsten Fox's eatery, market, and bakery offers worldly fare inspired by her travels. Settle in for a dinner of milk-and-honey-brined lamb with quinoa tabbouleh.

Hearth & Dram

Phone:
303-623-0979

This modern saloon features more than 350 whiskies. The menu offers a wood-fired take on New American cuisine.

Flagstaff House

Phone:
303-442-4640

Located atop Flagstaff Mountain, this restaurant has a huge wine list and a spectacular view of Boulder. Try the seasonal foie gras plate.

Lo Stella

Phone:
303-825-1995

Lo Stella is the sister restaurant to the acclaimed original of the same name in Portofino, Italy. Don't miss the authentic, ingredient-driven Italian dishes like house-made ravioli with walnut sauce, or the scratch-made desserts.

Fire Restaurant

Phone:
303-572-8000

Located inside the Art, a Hotel, Fire Restaurant serves contemporary American dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, including a Colorado lamb chop.

Rioja

Phone:
303-820-2282

James Beard award-winning chef Jennifer Jasinski creates Mediterranean-influenced cuisine with juxtaposing tastes and textures. Try the artichoke tortelloni or the pork belly with curried garbanzo bean purée.

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Black Cat Farm Table Bistro

Phone:
303-444-5500

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

Ocean Prime

Phone:
303-825-3663

A marriage between land and sea, this supper club offers steak house dining and fresh fish in one.

Citizen Rail

Phone:
303-323-0017

This chic eatery offers dry-aged proteins and wood-fire cooking. Try the grilled escarole salad or the bone-in smoked short rib.

The Wooden Table

Phone:
303-730-2152

Hand-crafted wooden tables set a welcoming tone at this elegant restaurant. Dig into the veal osso buco, a braised veal shank served with potatos, parsnips, hedgehog mushrooms, pine nut gremolata, and a fresh horseradish purée.

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