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25 Best Restaurants

Blackbelly

Phone:
303-247-1000

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

North End at 4580

Phone:
303-448-1500

Weekly specials, all-night Sunday happy hour, small and large plates, gluten-free options, and weekend chef-choice dishes keep this local joint interesting. Best bets include the red wine-braised short ribs, bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with chorizo, and pan-seared salmon.

Marlowe’s

Phone:
303-595-3700

Casual favorite with a great patio on the 16th Street Mall. Seafood, chops, steaks, and a huge martini list. Stop in on a sunny for a weekend brunch.

Safta

Phone:
720-408-2444

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

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.

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.

Ad Hominem

Phone:
303-454-0000

This global restaurant brings the farm to the restaurant with it's indoor hydroponic garden, created by the team at Rebel Farms. Don't miss the fresh greens in salads and other eclectic dishes.

Hot Ticket Cafe

Phone:
303-455-9275

Located inside the DCPA, this restaurant is great for a pre-show hazelnut latte and cookie or an intermission bistro sandwich.

The Populist

Phone:
720-432-3163

This pared-down, old-fashioned eatery offers thoughtful small plates. Favorites include the bourbon-maple Brussels sprouts, Colorado grass-fed burger, and tandoori chicken. Or, settle in and order the chef's multi-course tasting menu with paired wines.

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.

Crú A Wine Bar

Phone:
303-708-8053

With 50 wines by the glass and 250 more by the bottle, the greatest challenge at this chic locale is narrowing your choices. Try the pan-seared scallops or Australian lamb.

Ivy at the Glenn

Phone:
303-730-7200

Settle in with a glass of wine by the fireplace for a romantic evening meal. Try the cherry glazed crisp duck served with a seasonal vegetable and risotto or the garlic-rubbed lamb chops with mint and cured lemon.

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.

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.

Root Down DIA

Phone:
303-342-6959

Globally inspired cuisine for an international airport. Dine there morning, noon, or night; but if it's breakfast you're after—choose the fried egg BLT, made with local Tender Belly bacon and served with home fries, and pair it with the blood orange mimosa.

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.

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.

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.

Pony Up

Phone:
720-710-8144

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

Bar Fausto

Phone:
720-445-9691

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

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.

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.

Root Down

Phone:
303-993-4200

Located in a refabbed 1950s service station, this hip restaurant serves globally inspired cuisine, with a focus on veggies and sustainable meats. Also try the DIA location.

Avenue Grill

Phone:
303-861-2820

A mainstay of the Uptown neighborhood, this restaurant offers an eclectic menu that includes seafood, steak, and more. Try the Colorado lamb and bacon burger with boursin cheese and harissa mayo on a brioche roll.

Modern Market (Glendale)

Phone:
303-757-1772

Enjoy freshly prepared salads, soups, sandwiches and pizza made from simple and whole ingredients. Try a brick-oven baked pizza or the flatiron salad with steak, Gorgonzola cheese, and caramelized onions. Multiple locations.

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.

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.

Modern Market (Lakewood)

Phone:
303-278-8284

Enjoy freshly prepared salads, soups, sandwiches and pizza made from simple and whole ingredients. Try a brick-oven baked pizza or the flatiron salad with steak, Gorgonzola cheese, and caramelized onions. Multiple locations.

Modern Market

Phone:
303-789-6096

Enjoy freshly prepared salads, soups, sandwiches, and pizza made from simple and whole ingredients. Try a brick-oven baked pizza or the flatiron salad with steak, Gorgonzola cheese, and caramelized onions. Multiple locations.

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.

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.

The Kitchen

Phone:
303-544-5973

This community bistro serves seasonal, rustic classics. Head over during community hour for the green salad with chévre and hazelnuts, mushrooms on toast, and curry-spiced nuts; be sure to peruse the extensive beer and wine lists.

BookBar

Phone:
303-284-0194

Endearingly coined "a book shop for wine lovers, a wine bar for book shoppers," this cozy nook of an eatery offers house-made hors d'oeuvres as well as delicious cups of java from Method Coffee Roasters.

Death & Co. Denver

Phone:
720-330-2660

The famed New York City bar offers top-notch cocktail service and an inventive menu in the lobby of the Ramble Hotel. Try the Japanese eggplant with crispy rice.

Modern Market (Boulder)

Phone:
303-440-0476

Enjoy freshly prepared salads, soups, sandwiches and pizza made from simple and whole ingredients. Try a brick-oven baked pizza or the flatiron salad with steak, Gorgonzola cheese, and caramelized onions. Multiple locations.

Bistro Barbès

Phone:
720-398-8085

Jon Robbins offers a menu inspired by the French, North African, and Middle Eastern flavors of Barbès, the Paris neighborhood where he spent three years.

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.

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.

25 Best Restaurants

Call

Phone:
303-954-0230

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

The Wolf’s Tailor

Phone:
720-456-6507

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

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.

Modern Market (16th St. Mall)

Phone:
303-534-0190

Enjoy freshly prepared salads, soups, sandwiches and pizza made from simple and whole ingredients. Try a brick-oven baked pizza or the flatiron salad with steak, Gorgonzola cheese, and caramelized onions. Multiple locations.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Beau’s Kitchen & Tavern

Phone:
720-963-2055

La Cave—located inside the Sheraton Denver West Hotel—is a wine-centric restaurant that riffs on upscale continental cuisine. Order up the filet mignon or the shrimp and polenta.

Duo Restaurant

Phone:
303-477-4141

With Duo, owners Stephanie Bonin and Keith Arnold have captured the true essence of the neighborhood restaurant: simple food, a low-key but polished ambience, and the hum of neighbors trading stories. The seasonal cuisine constantly surprises and comforts, and dessert is worth a visit in itself.

The Kitchen Denver

Phone:
303-623-3127

This community bistro features consciously sourced ingredients and a raw seafood bar. The food reflects the simple and straightforward preparation of comfortable classics. Also try the Boulder location.

Modern Market

Phone:
303-534-0190

Enjoy freshly prepared salads, soups, sandwiches and pizza made from simple and whole ingredients. Try a brick-oven baked pizza or the flatiron salad with steak, Gorgonzola cheese, and caramelized onions. Multiple Locations.

1515 Restaurant

Phone:
303-571-0011

Experience innovative, contemporary cuisine featuring local ingredients, plus fresh seafood, steak, and game. Stop by for lunch and try one of their popular burger options.

Thyme on the Creek

Phone:
303-443-3850

Located in the Millenium Hotel, this hidden gem offers something for everyone in a casual dining environment, from burgers and pasta to steak and salmon.

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.

Bacon Social House

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.

D Bar

Phone:
303-861-4710

Chefs Keegan Gerhard and Lisa Bailey produce exquisite desserts and modern comfort food. Bonus: Check out the grab-and-go coffee and pastries.

To The Wind Bistro

Phone:
303-316-3333

This cozy neighborhood restaurant offers a fresh, casual take on bistro fare and a top-notch craft beer selection. You'll find eclectic plates like cornmeal waffles with roasted pork shoulder, kampachi poke, and buttermilk chicken with pink banana squash.

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.

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.

Crema Coffee House

Phone:
720-284-9648

At this hip cafe, you'll find beans from the country’s top roasters and an all-day menu that offers flavorful picks, like sweet potato waffles and a Korean reuben sandwich.

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