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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.

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.

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Arcana

Phone:
303-444-3885

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

Crave Real Burgers

Phone:
303-534-5878

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

Bar Louie (Westminster)

Phone:
720-214-3300

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

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.

Ellyngton’s

Phone:
303-297-3111

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

Dozens

Phone:
303-572-0066

This breakfast spot features a wide variety of omelets and other egg dishes, French toast, BLTs, and chicken sandwiches.

Gozo

Phone:
720-638-1462

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

Tacos Tequila Whiskey (Governor’s Park)

Phone:
720-458-0929

The newest location of Tacos, Tequila, Whiskey boasts daily happy hours from 3 to 6 p.m., and all day on Monday. Get a $6 marg and settle in with some street tacos from the main menu, or come early in the day and check out the breakfast taco selection during brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.…

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.

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.

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.

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.

95a Bistro & Sushi

Phone:
303-665-3080

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

Ignite Kitchen and Cocktails

Phone:
303-296-2600

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

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.

El Chingon

Phone:
303-248-3641

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

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.

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.

Buchi Cafe Cubano

Phone:
303-458-1328

During the week, this tiny cafe dishes up traditional Cuban coffee and pressed sandwiches. On Sundays, drop in for all-day happy hour and authentic Cuban plates, like flan cubano and empanadas.

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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-tonics. Order the cauliflower yufka.

Brio Tuscan Grille (Cherry Creek)

Phone:
303-329-0222

This restaurant satisfies with Italian as well as steak house fare. Begin a meal with roasted red pepper bruschetta, then dig into grilled salmon fresca, carbonara, or filet mignon. The large banquet room can accommodate parties of up to 60.

Mi Cocina

Phone:
303-795-3552

This fast-casual restaurant serves traditional Mexican food. Early birds should take one of their breakfast burritos to go—a steal at $2.50.

Elway’s (Cherry Creek)

Phone:
303-399-5353

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

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.

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.

Lucy

Phone:
720-274-6868

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Taco Junky

Phone:
303-443-2300

This eclectic cantina offers an array of infused tequilas and playful tacos like the Cayman, stuffed with curried chicken, coconut guacamole, and mezcal pineapple. Don't miss the standout Poc-Toc-Benny at brunch, which features potato-plaintain fritters as a delicious stand in for English muffins.

WaterCourse Foods

Phone:
303-832-7313

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

Comida (Aurora)

Phone:
303-484-1632

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

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.

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.

Sushi Sasa

Phone:
303-433-7272

Enjoy Japanese fusion cuisine—including sushi combos, poke bowls, noodles, and much more—in a sleek, modern setting. Don't miss the seared wagyu beef with cucumbers, foie gras potatoes, and sesame salt.

The Source

Phone:
720-443-1135

This industrial-sleek food hall is home to a variety of hip eateries, bars, and shops. Tenants include Acorn, Comida, the RiNo Yacht Club, Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Babette’s Artisan Breads, Caffe Figurati, and Mondo Market.

Le Peep

Phone:
303-759-3388

This Colorado chain doesn't just dish up bacon and eggs; it serves unique and tasty breakfast (and lunch) items that even vegetarians will delight in. Multiple locations.

Edgewater Inn

Phone:
303-237-3524

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

Viewhouse (Centennial)

Phone:
303-835-0658

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

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.

Quality Italian

Phone:
303-532-8888

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

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.

My Favorite Muffin

Phone:
303-623-0060

Serving breakfast and lunch with 14 varieties of bagels and more than 30 muffin varieties. Try the turkey club sandwich with a jumbo chocolate cheesecake muffin.

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.

School House Kitchen and Libations

Phone:
720-639-4213

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

Parkway Bar and Grill

Phone:
303-693-6200

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

Bar Louie (Centennial)

Phone:
720-214-3400

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

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.

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.

Denver Central Market

Phone:

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

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.

La Merise French Cuisine

Phone:
720-596-4360

Feel as if you've stepped into Paris at this romantic, candle-lit French restaurant. Try the chicken croquettes with a dill cream sauce and rice pilaf or the beef bourguignonne with mashed potatoes.

Tap Fourteen

Phone:
720-612-4604

Tap Fourteen's Uptown location has 70 Colorado-brewed craft beers on tap and lots of local spirits behind the bar. With two patios and four fire pits, this beer garden is the perfect stop on a sunny day.

Key’s on the Green

Phone:
303-674-4095

Log building built in 1925 with a four-sided fireplace. Located on the Evergreen golf course, by the lake and Bear Creek.

Federal Bar & Grill

Phone:
303-728-9479

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

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).

Dunbar Kitchen & Tap House

Phone:
720-630-7641

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

Backcountry Delicatessen

Phone:
303-534-7900

This LoDo deli serves up sandwiches, soups, and salads for the lunch crowd. Try the fan-favorite Turkey Trailhead with Swiss cheese, avocado, red onion, lettuce, and tomato for your lunch break or next hike.

Egg Shell

Phone:
303-322-1601

Fabulous pancakes and great omelets make this a perennial breakfast favorite. For lunch, sip a mimosa on the heated patio, and try the tasty Reubens and hamburgers.

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.

Pierre Michel Cafe

Phone:
303-471-4828

The seasonal menu at this French bakery changes almost daily. Every day there is a lunch special, such as pizza. For dinner, the chef makes a new three-course meal. Try a chocolate croissant in the morning.

Sloan’s Lake Tap and Burger

Phone:
720-456-6779

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

Silvi’s Kitchen at CitySet

Phone:
303-758-9061

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

Stanley Marketplace

Phone:
720-990-6743

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

Rhein Haus

Phone:
303-800-2652

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

Marion Street Tavern

Phone:
720-638-2461

Have a hankering for jalapeño snake bites wrapped in bacon? Maybe not, but this saloon offers a variety of appetizers and entrées, plus 16 beer taps. Stop in for happy hour to nab a $3 crab cake and $4 libation.

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.

The Market

Phone:
303-534-5140

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

Ale House at Amato’s

Phone:
303-433-9734

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

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.

Ogden Street South

Phone:
303-722-0592

Smoked pork sandwiches and souvalki are specialties. Everything is made in house, so you can always expect a fresh and delicious meal.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Avanti Food & Beverage

Phone:
720-269-4778

Visit this collective eatery to sample new and exciting restaurant ideas. Current tenants include BorraCho Tacos, American Grind, Brava! Pizzeria, QuickFish Poke Bar, Quiero Arepas, the Rotary, and Bistro Georgette.

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Señor Bear

Phone:
720-572-5997

This charming LoHi spot draws from the vibrant cuisines of Latin America. Expect upscale plates such as squash mole negro and excellent tropical cocktails.

La Cour

Phone:
303-777-5000

This funky bar and Parisian-style bistro displays a wide range of local art and offers a fantastic patio and live music. Pair the fanciful cocktails with the escargot.

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.

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.

Postino

Phone:
303-433-6363

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

Esters Neighborhood Pub

Phone:
303-955-4904

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

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Julep

Phone:
303-295-8977

This isn’t your typical Southern restaurant. Chef Kyle Foster serves sophisticated dishes inspired by the flavors and techniques of the South, such as barbecued snails and pork and oyster sausage. Whatever you do, don’t miss Foster’s exemplary biscuits.

Bon Ami

Phone:
303-862-4959

This bistro will transport your palate to France. Make sure to try the sumptuous beef bourguignon and one of the many crêpe options.

Adelitas Cocina y Cantina

Phone:
303-778-1294

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

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.

Flatz Restaurant

Phone:
303-465-0153

Enjoy modern American foods in a comfortable Colorado-themed dining room. Try the bacon-wrapped filet or the cast-iron chicken. Select a wine from the extensive list.

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.

Bar Louie (Denver Tech Center)

Phone:
720-213-7080

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

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.

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.

Early Bird

Phone:
303-469-9641

This attractive breakfast and lunch spot offers a well-balanced menu and local ingredients. The all-day breakfast menu includes open-faced omelets and crème brûlée French toast. Also try the Greenwood Village 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.

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.

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.

Greenbriar Inn

Phone:
303-440-7979

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

Etai’s Bakery Cafe at Stapleton

Phone:
303-329-8888

Enjoy every meal of the day at this casual Stapleton eatery. Start your day off with a Denver omelette and coffee. Try the paleo plantain sandwich at lunch and end your day with the crispy fried chicken sandwich.

The Universal

Phone:
303-955-0815

This breakfast and lunch spot enjoys an industrial farmhouse-chic home. Breakfast foods, including eggs Benedict and biscuits and gravy, are served all day.

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.

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.

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.

Berkshire

Phone:
303-321-4010

This cozy spot specializes in "swine, wine, and a good time." Favorites include the bacon-wrapped jalapenos and the heritage breed bacon flight.

La Loma

Phone:
303-433-8300

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

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.

Pantaleone’s

Phone:
303-757-3456

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

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.

24 Carrot Bistro

Phone:
303-828-1392

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

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.

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.

Elway’s (Downtown)

Phone:
303-312-3107

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

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.

Brazen

Phone:
720-638-1242

This neighborhood restaurant and bar offers high-end, seasonal fare and craft-made cocktails. Try the housemade ramen on its new late-night menu.

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.

Social Fare

Phone:
303-253-3000

Social Fare serves American comfort food seven days a week from inside Cherry Creek's J. W. Marriott. Check out the brunch booze bar, where you can create your own a.m. cocktail from a spread of different mixers and garnishers.

Otra Vez

Phone:
303-226-1567

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

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.

Mateo

Phone:
303-443-7766

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

Tamayo

Phone:
720-946-1433

This spot's modern menu is derived from authentic Mexican roots and ingredients. Check out the rooftop lounge and the selection of more than 100 tequilas.

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.

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.

Table 6

Phone:
303-831-8800

This space’s warm and cozy atmosphere extends to chef Mike Winston’s American bistro cuisine, which is elevated by haute foodie touches.

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.

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…

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.

Citizen Rail

Phone:
303-323-0017

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

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.

Brick House Tavern & Tap

Phone:
303-840-2285

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

Revelry Kitchen

Phone:
303-455-3132

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

Marcella’s Ristorante

Phone:
720-484-5484

The menu at this Italian cafe offers pizza, pasta, and fabulous cheese and charcuterie platters. Try the signature braised veal meatball with tomato sauce.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Spruce Farm & Fish

Phone:
303-442-4344

Enjoy a farm-and-fish menu of fresh seafood and locally sourced ingredients. Choose libations from an extensive wine list, craft cocktails, and local beers. Don't miss the cornmeal fried oysters and Colorado striped bass.

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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.

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.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill

Phone:
303-623-0316

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

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Gurkhas Restaurant

Phone:
303-530-1551

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

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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.

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.

Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen & Bar

Phone:
720-274-0650

This Asheville, North Carolina import serves a wide-ranging menu of cheeky Southern fare. Nosh on re-imagined versions of down-home dishes such as the signature honey-dusted fried chicken, venison with foie gras dirty rice, and cured heritage pork belly with grapefruit marmalade.

Breakfast King

Phone:
303-733-0795

This 24-hour diner serves giant plates of bone-in ham steaks, pancakes, and salads. The hash browns are made daily, and they go through more than 90 gallons of green chile each week.

Wewatta Point

Phone:
303-893-6779

You'll quickly forget that you're in landlocked Colorado at this seafood-centric LoDo spot. Indulge in a lobster roll or a crab cake and embrace the coastal vibes.

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.

Fogo de Chao

Phone:
303-623-9600

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Fate Brewing Company

Phone:
303-449-3283

This east Boulder Brewpub—located along the bike path—boasts 30 taps featuring house-beers and a rotating selection of domestic and international guest brews. Try the barbecue burger.

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.

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.

Denver Milk Market

Phone:

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

Emmerson

Phone:
303-953-9852

This all-day "neo-bistro" on the Pearl Street Mall offers eclectic fare from an all-star cast of industry vets. Go for a house-baked pastry in the morning, a pastrami brisket reuben sandwich for lunch, or fresh pasta and imaginative cocktails in the evening.  

Stones on 32nd

Phone:
720-328-4270

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kline’s Beer Hall

Phone:
303-351-7938

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

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.

North Side Tavern

Phone:
303-466-8643

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

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 or wood-fire-grilled whole bass.

240 Union

Phone:
303-989-3562

This upscale, upbeat restaurant serves continental American food, including seafood, pastas, and wood-fired pizzas. Try the chicken fried lobster tail with lemon-chive whipped potatoes and tarragon cream.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sarto’s

Phone:
303-455-1400

This authentic Italian restaurant serves house-made pastas, soups, and more. Stop into Sarto’s Pantry—the adjacent market—for grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, and pizzas.

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.

Eliot St. Cafe

Phone:
720-423-6645

Denver Public Schools' high-school students operate this eatery during their culinary arts elective. With the guidance of three chefs and one teacher, students serve a variety of international foods.

Viewhouse (Ballpark)

Phone:
720-282-1555

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

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.

Humboldt Farm Fish Wine

Phone:
303-813-1700

This varied menu offers re-interpreted American classics and an impressive fresh oyster selection. If you're not opting for the sustainable seafood, try the burger.

The Garden Terrace

Phone:
303-799-5800

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

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.

Nectar House

Phone:
908-619-0746

Raw smoothies and fresh eats are served at this extension of Kindness Yoga. Sip kombucha on tap and indulge in a vegan falafel wrap followed by raw cheesecake with coconut whipped cream.

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.

Cody Inn Restaurant

Phone:
303-526-0232

For an evening of romance, settle into a table around this mountain restaurant's rock-moss fireplace and order the crispy pepper duck or veal piccata.

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.

Midwestern Saloon

Phone:
303-455-0954

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

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