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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.

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.

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.

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.

Zeal

Phone:
720-708-6309

Find healthy options any time of day at this spot that caters to health enthusiasts. Try the Conscious Kale salad or one of the many freshly squeezed juices.

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.

Bamboo Sushi

Phone:
303-284-6600

This Portland-born sustainable sushi spot will let you feel good about each bite of sashimi you take. Try the seared scallop with yuzu vinegar.

Daikon

Phone:
720-282-3459

This Capitol Hill spot dishes out delicious banh mi sandwiches as well as inventive banh mi rice bowls.

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.

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.

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.

Larkburger

Phone:
720-285-1995

The idea at this eatery is a fast casual—not fast food—version of the burger, fry, and shake combo. Try cooked-to-order burgers made from all-natural Black Angus beef, excellent all-natural, gluten-free milkshakes, and hand-cut truffle-and-Parmesan fries. Multiple locations.

Vine Street Pub & Brewery

Phone:
303-388-2337

This pub does a brisk business with two patios, 21 beers on tap, and an affordable menu of burgers, burritos, and veggie specialties like the Reuben (beer-baked tempeh stands in for corned beef).

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.

Atelier by Radex

Phone:
720-379-5556

Longtime chef and restaurateur Radek Cerny serves traditional French and Mediterranean fare in a cozy spot. Try classics such as the lobster ravioli or duck carpaccio.

Grind Kitchen & Watering Hole

Phone:
720-749-4158

This rustic watering hole offers an eclectic menu and a full bar. Stick with classic American eats such as fried chicken or a double cheeseburger, or switch things up with the pork belly banh mi and potstickers.

Little Man Ice Cream

Phone:
303-455-3811

This sweet parlor is located inside a giant milk can, and all the ice cream and the baked goods that are mixed in are hand-made just a few blocks away. In the summer, salted Oreo and Mexican chocolate are favorites. For every scoop of ice cream you buy, a three-ounce scoop of rice is donated…

Bubu

Phone:
303-996-2685

This fast-casual concept from Troy Guard focuses on healthy build-your-own bowls. Locally sourced ingredients go into bowls like the OG Colorado, which includes quinoa, avocado, roasted carrots, green chili, pumpkin seeds, and house dressing. Also, try its sister-location on 16th Street Mall.

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.

Fat Jack’s Subs (Baker)

Phone:
303-757-7827

Every hour, on the hour, fresh bread emerges from the oven for these premium subs. Stop in and gulp down the Big Bird (turkey) or the PB&J sandwich, which comes with with apricot jam and bacon.

Centro Mexican Kitchen

Phone:
303-442-7771

The Mexican-inspired menu is straightforward: corn, chile, meat, shrimp, veggies, chicken—and it's spectacular. Enjoy authentic dishes such as Tijuana street-style tacos and poc chuc (grilled, marinated pork).

Locanda Del Borgo

Phone:
303-388-0282

This modern setting offers authentic house-made pasta and entrées such as sea bass cooked on a wood-burning grill.

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Mercantile Dining & Provision

Phone:
720-460-3733

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

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.

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.

Cafe Brazil

Phone:
303-480-1877

This colorful South American restaurant specializes in seafood and shellfish and is great for those with dietary restrictions; the menu is almost entirely gluten free.

Bombay Clay Oven

Phone:
303-377-4454

Enjoy savory Indian cuisine and a great lunch buffet at this authentic eatery. Try eating at the divan—sit cross-legged on the platform seating with cushions and candles as you enjoy lamb vindaloo and vegetarian samosas.

House of Commons

Phone:
303-455-4832

You will find more than 60 teas on the menu at this international teahouse. Stop by in the afternoon for High Tea: a sandwich, scone, pastries, and your choice of any tea.

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.

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.

Larkburger

Phone:
303-444-1487

The idea at this eatery is a fast casual—not fast food—version of the burger, fry, and shake combo. Try cooked-to-order burgers made from all-natural Black Angus beef, excellent all-natural, gluten-free milkshakes, and hand-cut truffle-and-Parmesan fries. Multiple locations.

Leña

Phone:
720-550-7267

Inspire your palate with the rich and vibrant flavors of Latin America. The menu features authentic favorites like chilaquiles—layered tortillas with braised chicken, roasted tomato salsa, cheese, and a fried egg.

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.

Masterpiece Delicatessen

Phone:
303-561-3354

This masterpiece of a deli serves sandwiches such as white truffle egg salad, braised beef brisket, Cubano, and smoked turkey—all are far from ordinary.

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.

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.

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.

Il Fornaio

Phone:
303-221-8400

Specialties include house-made pasta, wood-fired pizza, grilled fish, authentic risotto, rotisserie meats, and artisanal breads.

Rialto Cafe

Phone:
303-893-2233

Located on the 16th Street Mall, this stylish and upbeat destination features carefully crafted American dishes, specialty cocktails, and local brews on draft.

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.

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.

Dae Gee (Speer)

Phone:
720-542-3164

Enjoy bold and authentic Korean flavors at this Broadway eatery. Order the spicy pork bulgogi or try the bibimbap—a stone pot filled with steamed rice, vegetables, a sunny-side up egg, and your choice of protein. Multiple locations.

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.

Fat Sully’s Pizza (Berkeley)

Phone:
303-393-1515

Grab a slice of New York–style pizza at this casual spot, which shares space with the Denver Biscuit Company and the Atomic Cowboy bar. Multiple locations.

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.

Seasons 52

Phone:
303-799-0252

This fresh grill and bar features an award-winning wine list and a seasonal menu. Enjoy signature flatbreads or mini desserts paired with a selection from the extensive wine list.

Choice Market

Phone:
720-459-7233

This 24-hour 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.

Urban Farmer

Phone:
303-262-6070

Executive chef Chris Starkus harvests the restaurant's honey from rooftop hives, grows Hazel Dell mushrooms in a downstairs terrarium, and sources locally raised animals for the in-house butchery and dry-aging program at this modern steak house.

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.

Finn’s Manor

Phone:

The indoor bar serves a wide selection of seasonal craft cocktails, while on-site food trucks on site offer diverse variety of bites from fried chicken sandwiches to Puerto Rican fare.

Que Bueno Suerte

Phone:
720-642-7322

The menu at this vibrant restaurant offers familiar items like tacos and fajitas as well as upscale, regionally inspired Mexican fare. Try the pulpo a la parrilla (grilled citrus-garlic octopus with huitlacoche-butter sauce) or the achiote roasted pheasant.

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.

Ras Kassa’s

Phone:
303-447-2919

Find shareable Ethiopian cuisine in a comfortable environment. Order a meat or vegetarian combo plate and a glass of honey wine.

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.

Zoës Kitchen (Westminster)

Phone:
303-466-9658

This chain's menu is inspired by fresh, Mediterranean flavors. Try the rosemary, ham, and mozzarella piadina—a thin, crispy Italian street sandwich. Don't leave without a slice of YaYa's Chocolate Cake. Also try the Littleton location.

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.

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 Regional

Phone:
303-842-4094

Located in Avanti Food and Beverage, this new stall from chef Kevin Grossi takes customers on a culinary road trip. Try the Andouille sausage po' boy with Tabasco aïoli and pickled shrimp, and don't miss simple seasonal desserts like peaches and cream.

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.

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.

J’s Noodles Star Thai 2

Phone:
303-922-5495

This traditional Thai spot has developed a cult following over the years. The tom yum soup (spicy lemon soup), drunken noodles and pad thai are the regulars' picks. Warning: Hot means hot.

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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.

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Coperta

Phone:
720-749-4666

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

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Blackbelly

Phone:
303-247-1000

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

American Grind

Phone:
970-420-8484

Located within Avanti Food & Beverage, this counter-service joint serves burgers, fries, and ice cream all made with locally sourced ingredients—even the ketchup and mustard are made in house.

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.

Renegade Burrito (Thornton)

Phone:
303-280-7052

Make your own burritos, tacos, and bowls at this fast-casual Mexican eatery. Try Jeff's Desperado burrito (chile verde, carnitas, beans, and strawberry habañero salsa stuffed in a Raquelita's jalapeño-cheddar tortilla). Multiple locations.

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., Namkeen, Injoi Korean Kitchen, Gelato Boy, Dandy Lion Coffee, Big Trouble, and Kiss & Ride.

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.

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.

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, SK Provisions, Temper Chocolate, Vero Pizza and Pasta, and the Local Butcher.

Bar Red

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.

Azitra

Phone:
303-465-4444

Taste Indian fare with contemporary twists as you explore the varied menu. Try the goat curry, made with goat meat on the bone braised in a traditional Northern Indian-style curry sauce.

Saucy Bombay

Phone:
303-320-3020

Bombay Clay Oven's sister concept is a fast-casual Indian joint where you can build your own bowls, wraps, and plates. Try the chicken tikka masala bowl.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Rosedale

Phone:
720-961-0320

Formerly Boone's Tavern, the Rosedale is a family-friendly neighborhood spot and a solid hangout for the big game. Chef Jacob Conover whips up high-end pub food, including a seared Colorado bass dish and fried chicken paired with smashed potatoes and collard greens.

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.

Onefold

Phone:
303-954-0877

This eatery does breakfast justice with hearty meals house-made from organic and local ingredients. Order a cup of bone broth to sip on, and enjoy plates like the fried rice with Tender Belly bacon or the breakfast burrito stuffed with duck fat fried potatoes.

Four Friends Kitchen (Stapleton)

Phone:
303-388-8299

This breakfast-and-lunch spot offers a mix of healthy and indulgent eats with Southern flair. Start your morning off right with an order of the warm beignets slathered with wild berry preserves Also try the University location.

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The Plimoth

Phone:
303-297-1215

This New American restaurant draws from classic Italian and French cuisines for a fresh, unpretentious dining experience. 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.

Interstate Kitchen & Bar

Phone:
720-479-8829

This urban roadhouse features familiar American grub with a few twists. Enjoy comfort food favorites like deviled eggs and chicken fried chicken. The full bar boasts more than 150 types of American whiskey, bourbon, and rye.

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.

New Image Brewing Co.

Phone:
720-900-5620

Head to this modern taproom for brews like the Altura Imperial Coffee Stout and small plates such as pork-kimchi tacos with avocado mousse and crispy Brussels sprouts.

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.

Acme Delicatessen

Phone:
720-460-3706

Located inside Union Station, this deli serves high quality sandwiches and salads (including breakfast sandwiches all day). The Railroad Reuben sandwich with house-made corned beef, Acme sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese, is a must.

Mangia Bevi Cafe

Phone:
303-763-1980

Snack on sweet potato fries or a Rusty's Sicilian burger, grilled salmon with onions and mushrooms, at this Italian cafe. There is an atmosphere to please everyone, grab a seat at the bar and see the kitchen or watch TV while you dine, or sit in a comfy chair by the fireplace.

Komotodo Sushi Burrito

Phone:
303-534-0500

This fast-casual spot dishes up inventive fusion cuisine in the form of sushi burritos. The giant nori rolls are stuffed with the likes of salmon, tuna, flank steak, fruits, vegetables, and sauces. Try the house specialty: a spicy poke tuna burrito.

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.

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.

Kobe An

Phone:
303-989-5907

Everything is traditional at this Japanese restaurant, including the seating. The menu features Japanese favorites, such as tempura, gyoza, and yakisoba.

Zolo Grill

Phone:
303-449-0444

This is Southwestern fare with a nice twist. Try the seasonal tamales. Plus, with around 150 tequilas to choose from, ordering a great margarita is a must.

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.

Bubu (16th Street Mall)

Phone:
303-573-4919

This fast-casual concept from Troy Guard focuses on healthy build-your-own bowls. Locally sourced ingredients go into bowls like the OG Colorado, which includes quinoa, avocado, roasted carrots, green chili, pumpkin seeds, and house dressing. Also, try the original location on Larimer Street.

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.

Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs

Phone:
720-746-9355

This spot's unusual menu includes rave-worthy dogs in adventurous flavors (think duck-cilantro and Alaskan reindeer). Toppings include unique combinations like wasabi aïoli, caramelized apples, and shaved Irish cheddar cheese.

Carbon Cafe & Bar

Phone:
720-428-8565

This fun, quirky cafe (the sister restaurant to Habit Doughnut Dispensary, which is located next door) offers fully customizable drinks for any time of day and an eclectic menu of eats. Try the Wu Tang Tots.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

La Cour

Phone:
303-777-5000

A French bistro serving classics like quiche lorraine alongside a French wine and cocktail menu.

Lowry Beer Garden

Phone:
303-366-0114

This traditional, German-style beer garden celebrates Colorado breweries with 16 draft lines (almost all of which serve local beer). Try the burgers or bratwurst with house-cut french fries.

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 J Street Kitchen. Try the signature mac and cheese.

Moxie Eatery

Phone:
303-524-9236

Taste local Colorado ingredients in the lamb sandwich or chicken ramen at this globally inspired eatery. Be sure to try the vegetarian acorn squash sandwich.

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.

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.

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Annette

Phone:
720-710-9975

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

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Bar Dough

Phone:
720-668-8506

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

The Ramen House

Phone:
720-696-7847

There's a new ramen house on the block, and it's offering appetizers like Japanese fried chicken and comforting bowls like the spicy Sichuan beef and noodle stew. Head over for a late night noodle bowl and a pour of sake.

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.

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.

Your Pie

Phone:
720-452-9687

This pizzeria specializes in brick-oven pizzas and panini. Finish your meal with a scoop of creamy gelato.

Thrive360 Eatery

Phone:
720-407-6965

Grab a quick, healthy breakfast or lunch at this fast-casual spot, the sister restaurant to the Protein Bar. We recommend the Asian-inspired Jenny's Noodle Bowl.

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.

Jill’s Restaurant

Phone:
720-406-7399

Serving fresh, organic, and free-range menu items with a selection of international wines. Check out the vegan tasting dinner on Mondays.

Bara Sushi and Thai

Phone:
303-221-8880

Get the best of both worlds at this restaurant that features Thai cuisine and sushi. Try the DTC roll with smoked salmon, cream cheese, avocado, and caviar or have an order of the traditional pad thai.

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.

The Local’ish Market

Phone:
303-667-8034

This quick-service spot on the platform of Union Station stocks grab-and-go meals, snacks, and other basics, most of which are locally sourced.

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.

Chuburger

Phone:
720-668-9167

Oskar Blues Brewery is behind this burger joint, which serves certified Angus beef patties, beer-spiked shakes, and bar snacks such as shishito pepper fries. Check out the attached coffee shop, Hotbox Roasters CBD Cafe, for java and doughnuts in the morning.

Chow Urban Grill

Phone:
303-597-0624

Specializing in putting creative twists on American classics, this restaurant offers everything from flatbreads to chargrilled East Coast oysters. We recommend the braised pork belly bahn mi with Sambal aïoli or the Colorado lamb burger served on a brioche bun.

Chocolate Lab

Phone:
720-536-5037

Expect to find chocolate in just about every dish on the menu, whether savory or sweet. Try the slow-roasted pulled pork sandwich which is served with bourbon-chocolate barbecue sauce.

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 and pecorino cheeses. Also try the Congress Park location.

Superfruit Republic

Phone:
720-440-9326

This healthful cafe offers eight superfruit bowls from the blueberry pumpkin to cacao. Pick your own base, fruit, and granola combo to pair with each. There are also hot bowl offerings and smoothies available.

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.

The Market

Phone:
303-534-5140

Sandwiches, pastries, salads, and other light dishes keep 'em coming back for more. The front patio is fabulous.

Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery (City Park)

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.

Duck Soup

Phone:
303-825-1440

Grab a panini or wrap—plus a rotating daily selection of soups—at this quick-service, downtown eatery.

Kahlo’s

Phone:
303-936-0758

The sister restaurant to nearby Tarasco's, Kahlo's offers southern Mexican dishes such as mole and enchiladas verdes. The vegan-friendly menu also lists 30 different juices and smoothies. For a reviving pick-me-up, try the Vitaminico, a blend of spinach, pineapple, and lime.

Cochino Taco

Phone:
720-542-9829

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

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.

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.

Dos Santos

Phone:
303-386-3509

Two brothers are behind this fresh taqueria. The menu features light, seafood-centric dishes like a green taco made with lime-cured shrimp, tomatillo sauce, cucumber, avocado, and fried leek.

Red Sauce

Phone:
303-974-5304

Chef Jon Robbins, of Bistro Barbès, brings scratch-made Italian-American favorites to this casual Park Hill eatery. Choose from a wide selection of entrées, from spaghetti and meatballs to veal parmigiana.

Buckhorn Exchange

Phone:
303-534-9505

This Denver classic exudes a Wild West feel with taxidermied animals on the walls and a menu that includes Rocky Mountain oysters, buffalo, beef, and wild game.

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.

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.

Los Lounge

Phone:
303-295-0686

Think of Los Lounge as the late night sister restaurant to Troy Guard’s Los Chingones in RiNo. The menu offers an abbreviated version of Los Chigones' tacos and apps and plenty of festive cocktails.

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.

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.

Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza (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.

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.

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.

Little Carmine’s

Phone:
303-993-8742

This Italian-American deli, the younger sibling to Carmine's on Penn, offers sandwiches made with freshly baked bread and quality ingredients. The Chicago beef sandwich is a must-order.

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.

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.

Brio Tuscan Grille

Phone:
303-662-9727

This restaurant satisfies with Italian as well as steakhouse fare. Begin a meal with roasted red pepper bruschetta, then dig into pasta alla vodka, filet mignon, or shrimp Mediterranean. Also try the Cherry Creek location.

Ohana Island Kitchen

Phone:
303-718-6580

This Hawaiian-inspired eatery has relocated across the street from the window counter into a sunny brick-and-mortar. Go for the tuna poke, Spam musubi, and aloha kale salad.

Matsuhisa Denver

Phone:
303-329-6628

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

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.

Anecdote

Phone:
720-502-5904

This hip Capitol Hill cafe offers local Novo coffee by day and handcrafted cocktails by night, along with a small (yet mighty) list of sandwiches and pastries. Enjoy a Mediterranean sandwich with a Dodge & Burn cocktail, made with bourbon, amaro, Strongwater Golden and spiced cherry bitters, and brûléed pineapple.

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…

Santo

Phone:
303-442-6100

Hosea Rosenberg’s second restaurant brings bold New Mexican flavors to Boulder. Dig into farm-to-table comfort food such as bison lengua tacos or a green chile cheeseburger.

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.

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.

Renegade Burrito (Westminster)

Phone:
303-287-7486

Make your own burritos, tacos, and bowls at this fast-casual Mexican eatery. Try Jeff's Desperado burrito (chile verde, carnitas, beans, and strawberry habañero salsa stuffed in a Raquelita's jalapeño-cheddar tortilla). Multiple locations.

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.

Cafe Aion

Phone:
303-993-8131

This tucked away bistro is styled after a European tapas bar. Enjoy a menu of small plates filled with local, seasonal ingredients. Try the season's latest house-cured salame.

Aloha Poke Co.

Phone:
720-460-1978

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

Bistro Al Vino

Phone:
303-400-3166

Enjoy live entertainment six nights a week at this neighborhood bistro. Or, if you prefer a more low-key dinner, ask for one of the quiet tables. Start with your choice of more than 175 wines before digging into dishes like bacon-wrapped scallops, lamb meatballs, and seared ahi tuna.

Rebel Restaurant

Phone:
303-297-3902

Eastern European flavors mingle with contemporary influences in Rebel Restaurant's flavorful small plates. Menu selections change frequently, but include dishes like a rye pancake with fried chicken livers, foie gras pierogi, and whole roasted lamb's head. During lunchtime, Obey Sandwichery delivers take-out sandwiches from Rebel's kitchen window.

25 Best Restaurants

Hop Alley

Phone:
720-379-8340

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

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.

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.

Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House

Phone:
303-825-1021

Try brick oven Neapolitan-style pizzas such as the Prosciutto, made with wild arugula, Grana Padano cheese, and house-made mozzarella. Also try the Louisville location.

Quiero Arepas

Phone:
720-269-4778

The popular Venezuelan food truck has found a brick-and-mortar home at Avanti Food & Beverage. Its entirely gluten-free menu offers delicious selections like the reina pepiada arepa, a flatbread that comes stuffed with shredded chicken dressed in a creamy avocado sauce.

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.

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.

Beatrice & Woodsley

Phone:
303-777-3505

Inspired by the love story of a winemaker's daughter and a lumberjack, the space is designed to resemble a cabin in the woods. Small-plate dishes offer a modern, eclectic mix of regional American cuisine.

Blue Spruce Brewery

Phone:
303-771-0590

Blue Spruce features its own hand-crafted beers along with an ecclectic menu of burgers, German, and Mexican pub fare. Try the Jackalope sausage, made with rabbit, pork, and antelope meats with habanero and dried cherries.

Mateo

Phone:
303-443-7766

This casually elegant and bustling neighborhood Provençal restaurant offers a seasonal menu that uses local ingredients.

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.

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.

California Wrap Runner

Phone:
805-453-7777

This healthy food truck's brick and mortar location, located on University of Colorado Anschutz campus, brings California flavors to Denver with tasty wraps, salads, and rice bowls. Try the fajita rice bowl, and be sure to get it with cauli-rice for an extra-healthy flair.

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.

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.

Next Door (Union Station)

Phone:
720-460-3730

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.

Wild Standard

Phone:
720-638-4800

Chef Bradford Heap brings the seven seas to Boulder with his enticing array of responsibly sourced seafood dishes. Sip a carefully crafted cocktail and sample from the oyster bar as you peruse the globally inspired menu.

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.

R Taco

Phone:
303-369-1125

R Taco (formerly known as Rusty Taco) started as a food truck in Dallas, and it maintains its Texan influence. Enjoy breakfast tacos all day or try the fried chicken taco with a margarita for dinner.

Rush Bowls

Phone:
720-287-8244

Head to this spot anytime of day for a nutritious meal-in-a-bowl. We suggest the Yoga Bowl with mango, pineapple, banana, and green tea topped with granola and honey.

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.

Cafe 180

Phone:
303-761-4510

"Eat what you want and pay what you can" is the motto at this nonprofit restaurant. A favorite is the hearty meatball sandwich made with Italian marinara sauce on a toasted baguette.

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.

There Denver

Phone:
720-500-3254

Order one of the jam-based cocktails, then indulge in a variety of eclectic small plates like tostadas, steamed buns, and lettuce wraps. You'll want to try everything at this quirky Telluride-born eatery.

Handy Diner

Phone:
619-730-5264

This diner serves up American comfort food—vegan style. Described as a dive, Handy Diner offers an extensive menu of inexpensive breakfast plates, sandwiches, and desserts.

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.

Bistro Vendôme

Phone:
303-825-3232

This romantic spot on Larimer Square conjures up Paris with crusty bread, excellent coffee, and a tranquil patio. Indulge in French bistro classics, such as steak frites with béarnaise sauce. Weekend brunch is particularly good, with a to-die-for croque madame.

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.

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 soft-serve gelato.

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.

Farro Italian Restaurant

Phone:
303-694-5432

Get a taste of Italy at this casual, neighborhood-oriented restaurant with dishes like sausage and peppers, and grilled salmon filet with spinach risotto.

Miners Saloon

Phone:
303-993-3850

Grab a beer from one of the 24 on draft and enjoy the atmosphere of a modern-day saloon complete with a Victorian parlor. Try the ten-hour roast beef, grilled cheese, or charcuterie plate.

Cherry Cricket

Phone:
303-322-7666

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

Biju’s Little Curry Shop (Berkeley)

Phone:
303-975-6886

This second location of this curry shop brings traditional plates from southern India to a cozy dining room. Fill up on curried chicken or masala beef, or create your own bowl with spiced meats and veggies. Multiple locations.

25 Best Restaurants

Basta

Phone:
303-997-8775

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

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.

Comida (RiNo)

Phone:
303-296-2747

Find creative tacos and lounge on the large patio at this Mexican-inspired cantina. Stop by for happy hour and order the spicy shrimp and a hibiscus margarita. Multiple locations.

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.

Gozo

Phone:
720-638-1462

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

Agave Taco Bar

Phone:
303-425-6225

This street-style taqueria tops house-made corn tortillas (including a squid-ink variety) with anything from nopalitos to grilled shrimp to poblano peppers. For maximum effect, head to the patio to sip on a margarita or one of the fresh, authentic agua fresca juices.

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.

Zoës Kitchen

Phone:
303-904-9398

Zoës Kitchen began as a family restaurant in Alabama, but this chain's menu is still inspired by fresh, Mediterranean flavors. Try the rosemary, ham, and mozzarella piadina—a thin, crispy Italian street sandwich. Don't leave without a slice of YaYa's Chocolate Cake.

Renegade Burrito (Aurora)

Phone:
303-752-1255

Make your own burritos, tacos, and bowls at this fast-casual Mexican eatery. Try Jeff's Desperado burrito (chile verde, carnitas, beans, and strawberry habañero salsa stuffed in a Raquelita's jalapeño-cheddar tortilla). Multiple locations.

Zoe Ma Ma

Phone:
303-545-6262

This cozy, counter-service spot offers Chinese home-style cooking. Order the Szechuan braised beef noodle soup, which features the homemade noodles. Also try the Boulder location.

Zoës Kitchen (Boulder)

Phone:
303-444-3991

Zoës Kitchen began as a family restaurant in Alabama, but this chain's menu is still inspired by fresh, Mediterranean flavors. Try the rosemary, ham, and mozzarella piadina—a thin, crispy Italian street sandwich. Don't leave without a slice of YaYa's Chocolate Cake.

Barcelona Wine Bar

Phone:
303-816-3300

This RiNo wine bar specializes in Spanish wine and food. Feast on tapas and try the sharable Paella Mariscos with shrimp, mussels, clams, squid, and saffron rice.

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.

Boulder Baked

Phone:
303-444-4999

Get your sugar fix at this bakery, where you can choose from more than 30 baked-to-order cookies like chocolate chip and ginger doodle. If you're in the mood for something savory, go for tomato bisque and a grilled-cheese sandwich.

Brasserie Ten Ten

Phone:
303-998-1010

The bustling environment and unpretentious food pay homage to a traditional French brasserie. Try the poulet en brique or steak frites.

Ultreia

Phone:
303-534-1970

James Beard Award-winning chef Jennifer Jasinski brings Iberian fare to Union Station. Try the lamb sandwich or the cured trout.

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.

Postino

Phone:
303-433-6363

This wine bar offers an approachable list of vinos paired with casual fare, including bruschetta, panini, and small plates.

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.

Il Posto

Phone:
303-394-0100

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

Solitaire

Phone:
303-447-4732

This Highland spot, housed in adjoining Victorian houses, dishes up imaginative and ethically sourced global cuisine. Expect creative plates like Pacific uni shooter with quail yolk and tobiko.

Black Cat

Phone:
303-444-5500

Diners can be assured that the produce, dairy, and meats are sourced from nearby land—sometimes even from executive chef Eric Skokan's farm.

Baker’s Way

Phone:
303-770-1966

This bakery is known for excellent breads, pastries, sandwiches, and espressos. Stop in for lunch and order the Baker's Club with turkey, ham, bacon, lettuce, and tomato on house-made bread.

Arcana

Phone:
303-444-3885

This gathering spot aims to explore the roots of American heritage through food. In addition to the seasonal fare, Arcana boasts a variety of on-tap ciders. Our recommendation: Pair your cider with the Colorado trout or the Caribou Ranch steak.

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill

Phone:
303-757-5901

Garbanzo's offers fresh, authentic Mediterranean recipes in a fast-casual atmosphere. Enjoy homemade flavors in favorite dishes, like shawarma, falafel, and hummus. Multiple locations.

Yard House

Phone:
303-278-9273

Pull up a seat at this fusion restaurant's oval bar and order one of the 130 beers on tap, plus the stacked California roll, pizza, or wings.

Fooducopia

Phone:
303-722-7838

Most of the ingredients in these American dishes are locally sourced from small producers. Go for breakfast and order the wild mushroom omelet, made with fresh eggs picked up from a farm about five miles down the road. For dinner, try the scallops with brown butter, sage, capers and orzo.

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.

Bru Handbuilt Ales & Eats

Phone:
720-638-5193

The menu offers diverse selections like Southern-style fried chicken with honey-chile glaze and sausage made with ale. Eats are paired with brewer Ian Clark's unfiltered, hoppy creations.

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.

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.

Sushi-Rama

Phone:
720-476-4643

This sushi joint features a fun, conveyer belt-style dining experience. Also try the DTC location.

Maria Empanada

Phone:
303-934-2221

Go straight for the empanadas. The 15-plus flavors range from the beef classico to vegan veggie to tango. Buy them in singles or share a dozen, but save room for the alfajores. Multiple locations.

Avelina

Phone:
720-904-6711

This upscale LoDo restaurant offers a sleek atmosphere and beautifully composed plates with worldly flavors. Sample everything from charred Octopus to tuna tartar to short ribs with a yuzu glaze.

Viet’s Restaurant

Phone:
303-922-5774

Enjoy sophisticated Vietnamese cuisine at this modern eatery. It boasts everything from fresh spring rolls and pho favorites to gourmet seafood plates.

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.

Cho77

Phone:
720-638-8179

Chef Lon Symensma (of the acclaimed ChoLon) has created a more casual environment at the approachable Cho77. Try the Thai chicken curry.

The Bronze Empire

Phone:
720-550-7871

This comfortable restaurant specializes in Chinese hot pot, an Asian fondue that features an aromatic, bubbling broth for cooking fresh ingredients right at your table. Dip everything from ramen noodles to steak into the savory cooking liquid.

Call

Phone:
303-954-0230

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

Hickory & Ash

Phone:
720-390-4400

Famed Denver chef Kevin Taylor—and his son, executive chef Ryan Taylor—bring a modern, wood-fire “meatery” to Broomfield. Try the short rib pastrami.

Yard House

Phone:
303-572-9273

A fun and casual American eatery which features a center island bar and classic rock tunes. Try the porcini crusted halibut or the ahi crunchy salad. Also try the Lakewood location.

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.

Pete’s Kitchen

Phone:
303-321-3139

A Denver landmark and a staple for late-night comfort food, Pete's is known for its breakfasts but also serves burgers, gyros, and souvlaki sandwiches any time of day.

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.

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.

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.

Aloy Modern Thai

Phone:
303-397-9497

This Ballpark spot is bringing in fresh, local ingredients to create modern Thai dishes. Stick with small plates like the tartare tuna or the smoked Verlasso salmon, which is served in a jar with Asian pear, yuca chips, and orange aïoli.

Tel Aviv Street Food

Phone:
720-572-8800

Whole Foods Union Station's Israeli fast casual mini-restaurant serves up traditional pita sandwiches, rice bowls, and salads. Try the vegan-friendly Cauli, with charred cauliflower and onions, labneh, green harissa, roasted tomatoes, and preserved lemons.

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Sushi Ronin

Phone:
303-955-0741

Sushi Ronin's casual and comfortable vibe complements the traditional, omakase-style Japanese cuisine. For the full experience, opt for chef Corey Baker's seven-course tasting menu.

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.

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.

Le French Café

Phone:
303-284-2265

The brightly decorated pâtisserie bakes its sweet goods fresh daily—try the almond croissant—and also serves savory sandwiches and salads. The forestière crepe, filled with mushrooms and bacon, is delicious.

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Cattivella

Phone:
303-645-3779

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

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.

Hudson Hill

Phone:
303-832-0776

Head to this upscale-yet-casual bar for crafted cocktails like the 8 a.m., a blend of espresso, whiskey, amaro, and lemon peel. Enjoy your drink with a cheese plate or the pork terrine.

Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza

Phone:
303-296-7000

Formerly known as Racca's Pizzeria Napoletana, this spot serves authentic Neapolitan-style pies. Start your meal with an order of the coal-fired limoncello wings. Also try the Englewood location.

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.

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.

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.

US Thai Cafe

Phone:
303-233-3345

Classic, fresh ingredients, spicy-hot recipes, and a chef straight from Thailand make for an authentic, if mouth-tingling, dining experience. Try the green curry.

Bar Fausto

Phone:
720-445-9691

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

Port Side

Phone:
720-549-0622

Grab a slice of avocado toast and a market salad (both made with ingredients from local farms) to pair with your Huckleberry Roasters espresso at this bright cafe.

Mas Kaos

Phone:
(720) 638-2100

Mexican meets Italian in this hybrid between two South Pearl favorites, Kaos Pizzeria and Uno Mas Taqueria y Cantina. Sip on a cold brew as you make the decision between an elevated street taco or a Napoli wood-grilled pizza—or just get both.

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.

Superfood Bar

Phone:
720-855-3493

This 100-percent vegan and gluten-free fast-casual joint is the answer to health-conscious foodies' prayers. Take your smoothie, salad, or wrap to go, or chill out on the small patio.

Yellowbelly Chicken (Aurora)

Phone:
720-259-2393

At this fast-casual spot inside the Stanley Marketplace, free-range poultry is fried (or rotisserie roasted) to perfection and served with an array of seasonal side dishes and salads. Try the West Vail, a sandwich made with crispy chicken tenders, lettuce, pickles, and a zesty house sauce. Multiple locations.

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).

Gather

Phone:
303-823-4172

This coffee house and cafe is located inside Galvanize, a co-working community. Pop by for a coffee and build-your-own breakfast sandwich, or hearty soups and sandwiches later in the day.

Bob’s Atomic Burgers

Phone:

This locally-owned burger joint offers classic American foods: burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, and fries. The menu also includes a quinoa burger and creative toppings like Anaheim peppers and guacamole.

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.

India’s Restaurant

Phone:
303-755-4284

This spot serves traditional Indian fare, including flavorful dishes like tandoori chicken. Take advantage of the lunch buffet, and be sure to try the cinnamon bread pudding.

Taja Indian

Phone:
720-328-6158

This fast-casual Indian eatery focuses on curries made from scratch using fresh and healthy ingredients. Order the kati roll, a burrito-esque wrap that comes on fresh-baked roti, stuffed with your choice of fillings.

Menya Noodle Bar

Phone:
303-607-8888

This noodle bar offers eight ramen bowls and traditional small plates such as steamed shrimp dumplings and fried squid legs. Finish your meal with the mochi ice cream.

Bonfire Burritos

Phone:
720-556-6269

This tiny Mexican spot is a staple in Golden, serving burritos, street tacos, and "Colorado's finest green chile."

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.

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.

Uncle Joe’s Hong Kong Bistro

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.

The Preservery

Phone:
303-298-6821

This family-owned communal hub offers seasonal sandwiches, snacks, and pastries. Join them for its brand new brunch program, which features savory omelets and zesty ginger mimosas.

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.

Mad Greens

Phone:
720-468-4173

A concept restaurant featuring fun salads like the Don Quixote and the Ty Cobb as well as soups and sandwiches. Multiple locations.

WoodGrain Bagels

Phone:
303-284-0396

Enjoy breakfast all day at this Canadian-inspired cafe. This fast-casual spot offers a selection of Montreal-style bagels as well as sandwiches, poutine, and drinks made with Boxcar Coffee Roasters beans.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Butcher’s Bistro

Phone:
303-296-2750

The New American menu at this spot focuses on whole animals, seasonal ingredients, and local products. Try the Butcher Burger prepared to order with toppings that change daily and sip on the Old Butcher—a variation on an Old Fashioned using Colorado spirits.

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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.

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.

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Work & Class

Phone:
303-292-0700

This elevated meat-and-three concept offers a unique hybrid of American and Latin cuisine in raucous, repurposed-shipping-container digs. Our pick: the Cajun rotisserie chicken, chickpea croquettes, cochinita pibil, and peppers five ways.

Pizzeria Locale (Denver)

Phone:
720-508-8828

This fast-casual pizza spot offers family-friendly, counter service with premium ingredients—brought to you by the team at Boulder's Frasca Food and Wine.

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.

Corrida

Phone:
303-444-1333

Housed on the roof-top level of Boulder's PearlWest building, this elegant Spanish steak house offers stunning Flatiron views and fabulous cocktails and wine. Splurge on the Japanese wagyu or opt for a locally sourced steak and pair your meat with veggie-forward tapas, such as marinated carrots with rosemary almonds.

The Molecule Effect

Phone:
720-502-6966

This hip art gallery and cafe offers something for every time of day. Start your morning off with a bulletproof coffee and a breakfast burrito or stop by in the evening for specialty cocktails, cheese plates, and panini.

Sazza

Phone:
303-797-2992

Named as a cross between salad and pizza, this eatery uses sustainable ingredients and mills its own ancient grains in-house. Order the verdi pizza, topped with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, pine nuts, and roasted criminis. Also, try its new location at Stanley Marketplace.

Il Porcellino Salumi

Phone:
303-477-3206

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

Hedge Row

Phone:
720-642-8292

The team behind the Kitchen and Next Door Eatery focuses on wood-roasted, seasonal fare at this bright Cherry Creek spot. Order an array of vegetable dishes, such as grilled carrots with ricotta or avocado-pea salad.

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.

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.

Comida (Aurora)

Phone:
303-484-1632

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

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.

Tstreet Roadhouse

Phone:
303-936-5179

Stop in for breakfast, lunch, and then again for dinner. This gathering spot offers a variety of eats—from fresh oysters to the more simplistic Roadhouse Burger, a Colorado-raised beef patty topped with melted Gruyére cheese and caramelized onions on a brioche bun.

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Bittersweet

Phone:
303-942-0320

Chef Olav Peterson's American farm-to-table restaurant has its own 600-square-foot garden. The decor is both old and new, while the constantly changing menu takes classic dishes and gives them a fresh twist. Try the squash soup or the beet pappardelle with oxtail and crème fraîche.

Prosper Oats (Highland)

Phone:
303-995-8444

This daytime cafe specializes in Instagram-worthy breakfast bowls and fresh juices and smoothies. Try the PB & B, made with peanut butter, banana, sunflower seeds, and agave nectar. Also, try the Broomfield location.

Billy’s Inn

Phone:
303-455-9733

This bar has a huge selection of tequila as well as tasty tacos, quesadillas, and burgers. A favorite is the Sante Fe burger, topped with pepper jack cheese, roasted poblano chiles, and onions.

New World Cheese

Phone:
303-484-8110

Enjoy more than just artfully composed cheese plates at this cafe. Choose from a full menu loaded with gems like a gouda waffle, stuffed figs, and macaroni and cheese grilled cheese.

The Curtis Club

Phone:
720-420-9898

This cozy eatery serves up unique gastropub-style fare—like saffron risotto croquettes and bison Bolognese—made with local and sustainable ingredients.

Vital Root

Phone:
303-474-4131

Justin Cucci's fourth eatery focuses on quick, healthy food. Grab a seat in the airy space and nosh creative, wholesome fare such as chilled carrot-ginger soup or a veggie dosa.

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.

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.

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.

Low Country Kitchen

Phone:
720-512-4168

Low Country Kitchen brings the flavors of the South to LoHi. This Steamboat-born restaurant is known for its fried chicken, bourbon cocktails, and down-home plates like Mississippi catfish.

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.

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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.

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.

Olive & Finch (Uptown)

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.

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.

Fish N Beer

Phone:
303-248-3497

Kevin Morrison (founder of Tacos Tequila Whiskey) offers approachable, fresh seafood and a hearty beer list at this casual oysterette. Try the Spanish octopus, grilled oysters, or wood fire grilled whole bass.

Four By Brother Luck

Phone:
719-434-2741

You might recognize chef Brother Luck from season 15 of Top Chef. At his flagship Colorado Springs restaurant, he serves seasonal, Four Corners-influenced dishes such as red wine-braised beef cheek, blue cornbread, and rabbit pot pie.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bramble & Hare

Phone:
303-444-9110

This kitchen and pub offers dishes and cocktails inspired by fresh ingredients from owner Eric Skokan’s farm. Try the creative charcuterie or the confit wings.

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.

Machete Tequila & Tacos

Phone:
303-333-1567

Classic Mexican cuisine is infused with creative culinary twists. Enjoy an extensive list of fine tequilas, and don't forget to order the sumptuous tacos al pastor. Also try the Union Station location.

Wystone’s World Teas

Phone:
303-407-9040

This calming coffee and tea shop boasts a variety of teas and offers a full alcohol bar. In addition to the libations, there cafe serves tea-centric dishes, such as the Chinese chicken barbecue sandwich, infused with smoky Lapsang souchong tea. Also try the Lakewood location.

Sierra

Phone:
303-662-8800

This upscale Lone Tree eatery from the team behind La Loma focuses on wood-fire cooking. Try the slow-cooked, chipotle-glazed baby back ribs with an Oaxacan Sunset cocktail.

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."

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.

Abejas

Phone:
303-952-9745

Enjoy seasonal new American plates at this community restaurant. The ever-changing menu features farm-fresh produce, sustainable fish, and organic meats, and the bar highlights small wineries and local brewers.

Avanti Food & Beverage

Phone:
720-269-4778

Visit this collective eatery to sample new and exciting restaurant ideas. Current tenants include Kaya Kitchen, American Grind, Brava! Pizzeria, QuickFish Poke Bar, Quiero Arepas, Chow Morso, and the Regional.

Marg’s World Taco Bistro

Phone:
303-534-6274

This Mexican bistro offers a casual dining experience, fresh margaritas and salsas, and hand-pressed tortillas. Try the blackened ahi tuna taco. Multiple locations.

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.

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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.

Atomic Cowboy (Berkeley)

Phone:
303-377-7900

You can't go wrong with delicious pub food in a friendly and lively atmosphere. Now that Fat Sully's Pizza has joined forces with Atomic Cowboy and Denver Biscuit Company, enjoy huge slices of New York-style pizza or a biscuit sandwich along with your brew.

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.

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 Occidental

Phone:
720-536-8318

This neighborhood hangout, the younger, more casual sibling of famed speakeasy Williams & Graham, serves up clever cocktails, draft brews, and country fair-inspired food.

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.

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.

Park Burger (Highland)

Phone:
303-862-8461

This neighborhood eatery serves up top-notch burgers, such as the Royale, with carmelized onions, bleu cheese, and bacon, and the Croque, topped with Swiss and a fried egg. Add a milkshake, like the peanut butter chocolate, or a rootbeer float.

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.

Acova

Phone:
303-736-2718

Acova brings a friendly neighborhood vibe and American menu to the former location of Denver icon Patsy’s. Try the Honey Stung fried chicken, which comes with a honey-cayenne drizzle and sausage gravy, and don’t miss the $3 Bloody Mary bar on the weekends.

Brider

Phone:
303-455-3084

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

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El Five

Phone:
303-524-9193

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

Sazza (Aurora)

Phone:
303-797-3048

This fast-casual restaurant utilizes sustainable ingredients and mills its own ancient grains in-house. Order the chicken enchilada pizza, a winning combo of chicken, enchilada sauce, cheese, and fresh vegetables. Also try the Greenwood Village location.

Café Mercato

Phone:
303-366-1315

The menu at this Lowry restaurant is based on Sicilian cuisine with house-made pastas and sausages. Enjoy wood-fired pizzas and dinners along with a glass of wine from an extensive list. Drop in on Sunday for brunch.

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.

Fat Sully’s Pizza (Baker)

Phone:
303-393-1515

Grab a slice of New York–style pizza at this casual spot, which shares space with the Denver Biscuit Company and the Atomic Cowboy bar. Multiple locations.

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