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Cucina Colore

Phone:
303-393-6917

An upbeat dining room, bar, and patio are a great backdrop for this menu of contemporary Italian food.

Il Fornaio

Phone:
303-221-8400

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

La Calle Taqueria Y Carnitas

Phone:
720-583-6586

This is a must-visit destination for taco lovers. Try the tacos al pastor and carnitas and don't skip the salsa bar.

Las Brisas

Phone:
303-792-3212

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

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.

Pho on 6th

Phone:
720-570-8800

Tall booths and dim lighting give a sense of intimacy at this affordable pho restaurant. The menu offers noodle bowls as well as dim sum and appetizers.

Sushi Tazu

Phone:
303-320-1672

The extensive, authentic menu includes both sushi and cooked dishes. Small, popular, and very good.

Rye Society Delicatessen and Picklery

Phone:
303-593-2713

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

Texas de Brazil

Phone:
720-374-2100

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

Ali Baba Grill

Phone:
303-279-2228

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

Fainting Goat

  • Denver
  • Civic Center (Golden Triangle)
Phone:
303-945-2323

Guinness, Smithwick's, and corned beef sliders abound at this Irish bar. Grab a drink on the rooftop bar. Sundays are trivia night.

Il Porcellino Salumi

Phone:
303-477-3206

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

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.

Rita’s Law

Phone:
720-465-9644

This neighborhood spot serves up inventive cocktails, coffee, and light fare with a side of community.

Shake Shack Highlands Ranch

Phone:
720-452-1007

This fan-favorite fast-casual burger chain is serving up juicy double-stacked cheeseburgers and creamy hand-spun shakes alongside Colorado exclusive menu items like a “Glazed Dazed Donut” frozen custard (featuring doughnuts from Aurora's Glazed and Confused) and local brews from Great Divide Brewing Company and Denver Beer Co.

Hideaway Steakhouse

Phone:
303-404-9939

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

iFish

Phone:
303-708-1255

This sushi and pan-Asian restaurant receives fresh fish throughout the week from around the world and uses locally sourced Colorado beef and lamb.

Thai Monkey Club (Baker)

Phone:
303-248-3334

Experience authentic Thai cuisine in a family atmosphere. Try the green curry with eggplant, basil, and red and green peppers.

Phoenician Kabob

Phone:
303-355-7213

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

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.

TAG Burger Bar

Phone:
303-736-2260

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

Los Carboncitos (Northwest Metro)

Phone:
303-573-1617

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

New York Deli News

Phone:
303-759-4741

Fresh bagels and bread complemented by meats direct from New York.

Pints Pub

  • Denver
  • Civic Center (Golden Triangle)
Phone:
303-534-7543

Burgers, fish and chips, and 11 kinds of beer (including two cask-conditioned ales) brewed in-house make up the menu. Their 300 plus single malt whiskey selection is one of the largest in the world.

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.

Wokano Asian Bistro

Phone:
303-831-8277

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

Hi Tide

Phone:
720-639-6900

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

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.

Comida (Aurora)

Phone:
303-484-1632

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

Mustard’s Last Stand II

Phone:
303-722-7936

Enjoy burgers, dogs, and fresh-cut homemade fries at this traditional Chicago-style hot dog stand.

Frijoles Colorado Cuban Cafe

Phone:
303-716-4587

Indulge in classic Cuban dishes like the ropa vieja, shredded beef with tomato-wine sauce served with rice and sweet plantains. For dessert order the flan, which comes straight from a family recipe.

Cafe Brazil

Phone:
303-480-1877

This colorful South American restaurant specializes in seafood and shellfish and is great for those with dietary restrictions.

Brava! Pizzeria Bella Strada

Phone:
303-835-1611

Gorgeous wood-fired pizzas anchor the menu at this quick-service spot. Try the Bianca Fresca or the Fun Guy, but don't miss the colorful seasonal salads or desserts such as crostata marmaletta (a shortbread tart filled with seasonal preserves and whipped cream).

Ivy on Seventh

Phone:
720-828-8180

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

Root Down DIA

Phone:
303-342-6959

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

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.

The Melt (16th Street Mall)

  • Denver
  • Central Business District
Phone:
720-204-3040

This fast-casual eatery from California specializes in American classics, including burgers, chicken sandwiches, and grilled cheese. Multiple locations.

Lou’s Food Bar

Phone:
303-860-2929

To the delight of Nashville-style hot chicken fans, this Frank Bonnano eatery (formerly located in north Denver) serves all manner of fried birds.

Han Kang Korean Restaurant

Phone:
303-873-6800

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

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.

Pat’s Philly Cheesesteaks

Phone:
303-534-1333

Fresh-baked "East Coast" rolls, oven-roasted turkey, and fresh meats make for some stellar subs. Also check out the homestyle pizzas and the all-you-can-eat "Wing Wednesdays." Multiple locations.

Pho-natic

Phone:
303-832-3154

Choose from more than 20 pho variations at this upscale Vietnamese street food restaurant.

Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs

Phone:
720-746-9355

This spot's unusual menu includes rave-worthy dogs in adventurous flavors (think: ostrich sausage and elk jalapeno). Toppings include unique combinations like wasabi aïoli, caramelized apples, and shaved Irish cheddar cheese.

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.

Thai Wrap @ Tuk Tuk

Phone:
303-988-5885 ext.3

Enjoy some of your favorite Thai dishes wrapped in a flour shell. The famous Thai iced coffee is available at this and Tuk Tuk's other locations.

Duck Soup

Phone:
303-825-1440

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

25 Best Restaurants

Tavernetta

Phone:
720-605-1889

The team behind Boulder’s acclaimed Frasca Food and Wine offers the same attention to hospitality at their more casual Denver restaurant. The charming space is home to dishes from across Italy and a deep wine list.

Ship Tavern

Phone:
303-297-3111

Serves specialties such as prime rib and Rocky Mountain trout in a nautical atmosphere in the Brown Palace Hotel.

Panzano

Phone:
303-296-3525

Grab a seat at the exhibition kitchen and enjoy rustic northern Italian cuisine.

Leven Deli Co.

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

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

Yazoo Barbeque Company

Phone:
303-296-3334

This unpretentious BBQ joint offers a Deep South menu, featuring slow-smoked pork ribs and brisket. Also try the Greenwood Village location.

Naked Pizza (Denver)

Phone:
303-355-2443

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

Land of Sushi

Phone:
303-779-0608

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

Toast Fine Food & Coffee

Phone:
303-797-9543

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

Pino’s Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Phone:
303-761-9917

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

LowDown Brewery + Kitchen

Phone:
720-524-8065

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

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.

Lyfe Kitchen

Phone:
303-716-9100

This flexitarian menu focuses on fresh, healthy choices with options including vegan and gluten-free bites. Try the Chile-Ginger Veggie Stir Fry with stir-fried veggies, quinoa, black rice, and sweet chile-ginger sauce.

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 Vinh Xuong Bakery, OK Poke, Norm's Deli, La Doña, Budlong Hot Chicken, and more.

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.

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.

Piatti Ristorante & Bar

Phone:
303-321-1919

This Cherry Creek North staple serves multiregional Italian food with flair. Fresh pastas, game, fish, and poultry round out a menu that uses fresh, local ingredients.

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.

Dae Gee

Phone:
720-639-9986

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

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.

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.

Pizza Republica

Phone:
303-623-2811

This Italian fare is made from scratch. Try a Neapolitan pizza or the stuffed shells. Also try the Greenwood Village location.

Blue Sushi Sake Grill (Centennial)

Phone:
720-283-6383

Sushi meets American grill at this fusion restaurant offering 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.

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.

Bacon Social House (Littleton)

Phone:
720-750-7107

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

Wendell’s

Phone:
720-485-3901

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

Venice Ristorante & Wine Bar

Phone:
720-482-9191

Italian doesn't get more authentic than this (both the chef and the manager are native Italians). Try the Cappellacci di Zucca.

McCabe’s Irish Bistro & Pub

Phone:
303-627-6234

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

Bud’s Bar

Phone:
303-688-9967

A burger shack in the truest sense, this 60-year old eatery serves only juicy grilled hamburgers and cold drinks to wash them down.

Athenian Restaurant

Phone:
720-449-0224

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

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.

Woodgrain Bagels (Lowry)

Phone:
720-510-1930

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

Rusty Taco

Phone:
303-369-1125

This standby has made its name serving traditional Mexican tacos. Try the fired chicken taco, topped in jalepeño ranch dressing and crunchy slaw.

Rosie’s Diner

Phone:
303-752-3663

Take a trip back to the '50s at this classic American diner. Enjoy breakfast all day, burgers, and milkshakes while listening to tunes from the jukebox at your booth.

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.

Choice Market

Phone:
720-459-7233

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

Romano’s Italian Restaurant

Phone:
303-798-4944

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

Halu Sushi & Asian Bistro

Phone:
303-279-5231

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

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.

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.

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.

Osteria Marco

Phone:
303-534-5855

This casual tavern features deep-set wooden booths and a spacious bar. The menu lists approachable eats, such as fresh house-made mozzarella and rustic pizzas.

T|ACO

Phone:
303-443-9468

This urban taqueria serves fresh chips, house-made salsas, and cocktails. Try the ahi taco made with ahi tuna, mango salsa, guacamole, and cilantro.

Toppings & More

Phone:
303-217-8010

Try the Kamakazi hot dog with pickled ginger, crispy sting onions, Asian mix and togarashi or a house-made salmon dog. For dessert, choose from eight flavors of frozen yogurt and more than 40 toppings.

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.

Wyman’s No. 5

Phone:
303-996-0842

The Chicago-style bar boasts deep-dish pizzas, like the Kickin' Chicken. They also offer thin-crust pies, calzones, salads, and stacked sandwiches.

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.

Farm House at Breckenridge Brewery

Phone:
303-803-1380

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

Lucha Cantina

Phone:
303-948-6540

This Littleton eatery offers light Mexican fare. Try the fajita salad.

Walter’s 303 Pizzeria & Publik House

Phone:
303-864-9000

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

Saucy Noodle Ristorante

Phone:
303-733-6977

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

Curtis Park Delicatessen

Phone:
303-308-5973

This neighborhood deli serves a menu of fine classic sandwiches (like the Curtis, made with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and house-made Thousand Island). Also try the Cherry Creek location.

Offbeat Unique Cuisine

Phone:
303-759-7025

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

Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen

Phone:
303-595-4255

This historic hall has been transformed into an expansive two-story bar and kitchen. Innovative and high-quality international pub food is on the menu, including house-made sausages.

Kachina Southwestern Grill

Phone:
303-410-5813

Enjoy high-end southwestern fare like boneless Texas quail or Colorado rainbow trout, or stick to the more moderately priced tacos and shareable "para mesa" dishes.

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.

Beirut Grill

Phone:
303-781-0808

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

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.

Roma Cucina e Piazza

Phone:
303-449-1787

Enjoy the robust flavors of authentic Italian cuisine. Try pizza from the wood-fired oven, house-made pasta, fresh seafood, and tiramisu.

Pho-Yo

Phone:
303-750-3007

What sets this pho restaurant apart from its competition is its frozen yogurt. The menu also includes traditional pho noodle bowls and boba tea.

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.

Brider

Phone:
303-455-3084

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

City, O’ City

Phone:
303-831-6443

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

Tavern Tech Center

Phone:
303-221-4660

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

Old Mill Brewery

Phone:
303-797-2433

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

DiCicco’s Buon Appetito

Phone:
303-574-1956

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

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.

La Sandia (Stapleton)

Phone:
303-373-9100

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

The Capital Grille

Phone:
303-539-2500

This Larimer Square destination serves dry-aged steaks, north Atlantic lobster, and fresh seafood.

Torchy’s Tacos

  • Denver
  • Civic Center (Golden Triangle)
Phone:

Born in the heart of Austin, Texas, this eatery slings tacos featuring eclectic ingredients like jerk chicken, ahi tuna, and fried avocado. Try the breakfast tacos, and don't miss the chips and queso.

Safta

Phone:
720-408-2444

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

Lou’s Italian Specialties

Phone:
720-287-3642

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

Fork & Spoon

Phone:
303-847-0345

Enjoy a full menu of modern American breakfast and lunch favorites every day of the week. Don't miss out on the hearty biscuits and gravy.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Phone:
303-446-2337

This fast-casual chain serves made-to-order burgers with fresh and creative toppings. Try the Buffalo Bill bison burger with blue cheese, bacon, Frank's Hot Sauce, and Hopdoddy's signature Sassy Sauce. Wash it down with a house cocktail or draft beer.

Jewel of India

Phone:
303-469-7779

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

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.

Ted’s Montana Grill

Phone:
303-893-0654

Comfort food for the 21st century in an authentic Western atmosphere. Multiple locations.

Sushi-Rama Belleview Station

Phone:
720-476-4643

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

Denver Diner

Phone:
(303) 825-5443

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

Imperial Chinese

Phone:
303-698-2800

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

Lazo Empanadas

Phone:
303-296-6710

The fresh-out-of-the-oven empanadas at this spot are irresistable. The most popular flavor of the Argentine stuffed pastry is the traditional ground beef variety, served with a chimichurri sauce.

Beleza Coffee Bar

Phone:
303-955-7028

At this bright cafe, you'll find an array of sippers—both coffee-based and not—and a menu boasting wholesome offerings like quinoa oat porridge and smoked salmon toast.

Los Chingones (Southmoor Park)

Phone:
303-567-4258

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

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.

Red Sea Restaurant

Phone:
303-321-4117

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

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

Phone:
303-893-5458

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

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.

Wystone’s World Teas

Phone:
303-663-5775

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

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.

Talk of the Thai

Phone:
303-987-3360

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

Jason’s Thai Asian Bistro & Sushi

Phone:
303-777-8388

Located near the University of Denver, this is a great spot to fill up before a hockey game. Sit at the sushi bar for spicy tuna rolls with ginger and a sizzling pepper steak.

Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que

Phone:
303-630-1980

Don't miss the pulled pork at this Southern-style barbecue joint where specialty sides like house-made baked beans and cornbread. A large patio and a party vibe complement the freshly smoked meat.

Hapa Sushi Grill and Sake Bar (Cherry Creek)

Phone:
303-322-9554

The modern menu features traditional items–like teriyaki chicken–as well as unusual combinations such as the #9 roll, made with shrimp, crab, and cucumber wrapped with salmon and avocado.

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.

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.

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.

Sam’s No. 3 (Aurora)

Phone:
303-751-0347

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

Jing

Phone:
303-779-6888

Beautifully presented Asian-fusion dishes. Try the miso sea bass served with teriyaki glaze.

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 Fiesta Mexican Restaurant

Phone:
303 292-2800

This warehouse hole-in-the-wall has some of the best Mexican in town. Devoted patrons flock here for weekday lunches.

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.

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.

Shanty Supper Club

Phone:
303-830-6637

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

North

Phone:
720-941-7700

This restaurant offers a variety of made-from-scratch Italian meals, from inventive pastas and to vibrant pizzas. Try the Bolognese or Short Rib Radiatori.

White Fence Farm (Lakewood)

Phone:
303-935-5945

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

Crepes a la Carte (Boulder)

Phone:
303-444-4191

This casual restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and sweet dessert crepes made-to-order. Also enjoy appetizers like escargot and frog's legs (only at this location).

Rose & Thorn

Phone:
303-367-3533

This mood-lit downtown spot comes replete with Pan-Latin small plates, sexy scarlet accents, and plenty of rum in the downstairs speakeasy, Double Barrel Club. Try the spring sweet pea cocktail with blueberry sage ice from the restaurant’s signature ice laboratory.

Parma Trattoria Mozzarella Bar

Phone:
303-284-2741

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

ZanZiBar Billiards

Phone:
303-308-9999

Along with traditional bar fare—like the burger-and-beer deal for $7—this laid-back hub, featuring free pool and an extra-long happy hour, dishes out fresh Middle Eastern dishes, like hummus, falafel, and shish kebabs.

Sassafras American Eatery

Phone:
303-433-0080

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

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."

Sunrise Sunset (Wheat Ridge)

Phone:
303-423-8380

This casual and sunny breakfast spot is famous for its fluffy pancakes, but the enchilada sunshine skillet and black-bean burrito with vegetarian green chile are tasty, too.

Boney’s Smokehouse BBQ

Phone:
303-825-9900

Hickory smoke lures diners to this temple of Southern-style slow-cooked meats. Order the generous sampler platter (and share with a friend) so you can taste it all.

Del Frisco’s Grille

Phone:
303-320-8529

A more casual iteration of the beloved steak house, this venue serves up classic dishes with modern twists and local ingredients. Don't miss the cheesesteak egg rolls.

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.

Maine Shack

Phone:
303-997-2118

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

Fatburger

Phone:
303-363-6996

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

Tavern Lowry

Phone:
303-366-0007

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

True Food Kitchen

Phone:
720-509-7661

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

Burnt Barrel Colorado Spirits & Sports

Phone:
303-893-5458

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

Benihana

Phone:
303-750-0200

This family-friendly, Japanese-style hibachi steak house is a fun place for both lunch and dinner.

Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar

Phone:
303-683-0600

Enjoy authentic New York style pizza such as the Manhattan Pesto pizza or the Upstate Chicken, a buffalo chicken pizza. Choose from 50 craft brews on draft, and for dessert try the School Yard, a deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich topped with vanilla ice cream, fudge, and caramel.

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.

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.

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.

Luigi’s Italian Restaurant

Phone:
303-694-9357

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

Assignments

Phone:
303-778-6625

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

Okinawa

Phone:
303-322-8886

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

Monaco Inn

Phone:
303-320-1104

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

Pepper Asian Bistro

Phone:
303-388-8377

This Asian bistro is worth a stop. Try classic Chinese dishes like Szechuan chicken as well as a variety of Thai curries. For something with a bit of a kick, order the General Tso’s chicken.

Snooze (Southglenn)

Phone:
303-734-9655

Sip a mimosa in this hip breakfast eatery's chic orange booths. Choose between pineapple upside down pancakes and huevos rancheros. Multiple locations.

The Grateful Gnome Sandwich Shoppe & Brewery

Phone:
720-598-6863

Find New Jersey–style sandwiches and craft beers at this Berkeley brewpub. With 50 sandwiches on the menu, it’s not easy to decide, but you can't go wrong with the pastrami.

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.

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.

Chow Morso Osteria

Phone:
720-639-4089

The team behind Barolo Grill brings hand-rolled pastas and comforting Italian plates to LoDo. Try the agnolotti with sage-butter sauce.

Roaming Buffalo Bar-B-Que

Phone:
303-722-2226

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

Tap & Burger Sloan’s Lake

Phone:
720-456-6779

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

Elway’s (DIA)

Phone:
303-342-7777

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

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.

Humble Pie

Phone:
720-479-8690

A charming neighborhood pie shop specializing in sweet and savory varieties. Stop in for a slice with a cup of coffee or take an entire pie to go. Try Farmer Dave's famous buttermilk banana cream, chocolate chess, or opt for savory with a beef short rib pie.

Waffle Brothers

Phone:
720-708-5150

This sweet Uptown breakfast hub offers waffles with a variety of toppings as well as a beer garden.

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.

Old Major

Phone:
720-420-0622

Go for owner Justin Brunson's bistro-style, seasonal cuisine 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.

Unravel Coffee

  • Denver
  • Virginia Village
Phone:
303-884-2380

House-roasted beans and high-tech tools lead to stellar espresso drinks at this Virginia Vale coffee shop. You can also enjoy nourishing toasts, grain bowls, salads, and smoothies from inside the comfortably modern space. Try the prosciutto toast with ricotta and tomatoes.

Denver Milk Market

Phone:
303-792-8242

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

Duffeyroll Café (Englewood)

Phone:
303-996-5900

Try the legendary Duffeyrolls: hand-rolled gourmet cinnamon rolls. They are included in all breakfast and lunch entrees.

Pasta Pasta Pasta

Phone:
303-377-2782

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

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.

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.

Five On Black

Phone:
720-904-6711

Build your own bowl at this Brazilian fast-casual joint.

Chimera

Phone:
720-580-1100

Edwin Zoe, also of Zoe Ma Ma, brings Pacific Rim dishes, such as ramen and soup dumplings, to Boulder.

Bar Car

Phone:
720-524-8099

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

Pat’s Philly Steaks & Subs

Phone:
303-873-0907

For cheesesteaks and other subs, you can't go wrong with Pat's. This location offers à la carte fare, but unlike their spot downtown, no liquor.

BurgerFi

  • Denver
  • Civic Center (Golden Triangle)
Phone:
720-390-5046

This fast-casual, farm-to-tray restaurant offers burgers, hot dogs, and frozen custards made with fresh, natural ingredients. Order the signature BurgerFi Cheeseburger with a side of fresh-cut fries and a strawberry shake for a classic American combo.

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.

Etai’s Bakery Cafe (Downtown)

Phone:
303-295-7700

Fresh-baked breads made daily are the highlight of this fast and casual café. For breakfast try the smothered green burrito with a fresh-brewed coffee. Enjoy a mango chicken salad or a French dip sandwich for lunch.

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.

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.

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.

DiFranco’s

Phone:
720-253-1244

This Italian eatery specializes in fresh, local ingredients and seasonal dishes. Try the meatball sub or the prosciutto vodka sauce.

Breakfast on Broadway Cafe

Phone:
303-788-9998

Check out this cafe for breakfast, lunch, and tasty Bloody Marys. Indulge in its gluten-free pancakes, made with rice flour or cornmeal.

Tofu House 1962

Phone:
303-751-2840

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

Pajama Baking Company

Phone:
303-733-3622

Stop into this cute cafe for house-made treats like ice cream, cinnamon rolls, or crumbly peach scones.

Le French

Phone:
720-710-8963

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

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.

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.

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.

Miyabi Jr. Japanese Express

Phone:
303-993-2529

Get the full Japanese hibachi experience in a fast-casual setting. Enjoy favorites like a teriyaki chicken bowl or a filet mignon and shrimp plate with rice and steamed vegetables.

Dozens

Phone:
303-572-0066

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

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.

Yabby Hut

Phone:
303-985-0231

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

Crú A Wine Bar (Downtown)

Phone:
303-893-9463

WIth 50 wines by the glass and 250 more by the bottle, the greatest challenge here is narrowing your choices. Try the pan-seared scallops or Australian lamb.

Corner Office

Phone:
303-825-6500

Find global comfort food—from chicken tikka masala to Thai tuna poke—and every type of martini you can imagine at this trendy spot.

Osaka Sushi

Phone:
303-698-9919

Artful presentation, impeccable service, and a charming atmosphere.

Steak House 10

Phone:
303-789-0911

This family-owned and operated steak house dishes up excellent service and a retro atmosphere.

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.

Taste of Thailand

Phone:
303-762-9112

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

Palm

Phone:
303-825-7256

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

Carbone’s at the Monkey Barrel

Phone:
720-638-3655

Carbone's Italian Sausage Market & Deli has joined forces with the Monkey Barrel. This bar and restaurant duo will be your go-to spot for a beer and an Italian sandwich.

25 Best Restaurants

Mercantile Dining & Provision

Phone:
720-460-3733

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

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.

Crimson and Gold

Phone:
720-379-5454

This casual college bar specializes in burgers. Order the Pioneer with haystack onion rings, pepperjack, bacon, and barbecue sauce, or the Boon, with green-chile strips, cheddar, avocado, and chipotle aioli.

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.

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 , drunken noodles, and pad thai are the regulars' picks.

Famous Original J’s Pizza

Phone:
720-420-9120

Josh Pollack's New York-style and rectangular "Grandma" pies are totally customizable and available by the slice. Try the meat lovers with sausage, pepperoni, and diced Taylor pork roll.

Ocean Prime

Phone:
303-825-3663

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

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.

Fogo de Chao (Park Meadows)

Phone:
303-481-4001

Enjoy a variety of fire-roasted Brazilian meats, carved for you table-side by Gaucho chefs. Endless sides include caramelized bananas and cheesy bread rolls.

Elephant Bar (Lakewood)

Phone:
303-922-7907

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

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.

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.

Blackbelly Butcher

Phone:
720-479-8296

Located next door to chef Hosea Rosenberg's Blackbelly restaurant, this butcher shop and lunch counter sources local animals for the in-house butchery program. The quality meats shine in the stacked sandwiches (we recommend the house bologna).

The Ghost BBQ and Spirits

Phone:
303-998-9350

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

New York on 17th

  • Denver
  • North Capitol Hill (Uptown)
Phone:
303-837-8887

Serving large, triple-decker sandwiches, huge salads, and New York-style pizza.

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.

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.

Chuy’s Tex-Mex

Phone:
303-469-9441

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

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…

Poppies

Phone:
303-756-1268

Ribs, fresh seafood, and traditional Mexican dishes.

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.

Jackson’s (LoDo)

Phone:
303-298-7625

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

Pete’s Satire Lounge

  • Denver
  • North Capitol Hill (Uptown)
Phone:
303-322-2227

Located in the heart of Capitol Hill, the Satire has been serving up food, fun, and great drinks since 1962.

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.

La Choza

Phone:
303-443-3103

Try this authentic Mexican street food. Stop in for a breakfast burrito that reigns supreme, or opt for the barbacoa tacos later in the day.

Jaya Asian Grill

Phone:
303-757-7887

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

Comfort Cafe

Phone:
303-728-9251

This nonprofit eatery whips up a different breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu daily using simple, minimal, easy-to-say ingredients. The atmosphere is casual, but the food is gourmet, and best of all, you pay whatever you think the meal was worth.

Slice Works

Phone:
303-993-8127

Try a slice of the green chile pizza made with house-made green chile with cheddar and mozzarella. For an alternative to pizza, try the calamari or the chicken parmesan.

Rolling Smoke

Phone:
720-573-4142

This popular barbecue food truck found a home at the Stanley Marketplace. Order the Kansas City–style burnt ends or Texas brisket with a side of smoked mac and cheese.

Machete Tequila & Tacos

Phone:
720-612-7698

This classic Mexican cuisine is infused with creative culinary twists. Enjoy an extensive list of fine tequilas, and don't forget to order some sumptuous tacos al pastor.

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.

Marg’s World Taco Bistro (Uptown)

  • Denver
  • North Capitol Hill (Uptown)
Phone:
303-832-6274

This Mexican bistro offers a casual dining experience, fresh margaritas and salsas, and hand-pressed tortillas. Try the banh mi taco with roasted pork and Sriracha mayo. Multiple locations.

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.

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.

Osaka’s

Phone:
720-398-9115

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

Dave & Busters

Phone:
303-759-1515

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

Angelo’s Taverna

Phone:
303-744-3366

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

Dry Storage

Phone:
720-420-0918

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

Next Door (Union Station)

Phone:
720-460-3730

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

American Elm

Phone:
720-749-3186

Elevated American fare and classic cocktails anchor the menu at this neighborhood spot, where you can get $2 oysters and $3 shrimp cocktail every day.

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.

Lechuga’s Italian Restaurant (Lakewood)

Phone:
303-238-1037

An offshoot of the Highland location, this old-school Italian restaurant serves dishes such as savory cannoli (dough pockets stuffed with sausages and meatballs) and buckets of spaghetti and marinara sauce. Multiple locations.

Pupusas Sabor Hispano

Phone:
303-444-1729

This tiny taqueria dishes up authentic Mexican food and Salvadoran pupusas (corn pancakes stuffed thick with cheese, chiles, and other spicy delights). The fresh corn tortillas are made by hand all day long.

Pho 120

Phone:
303-466-6346

Authentic, affordable Vietnamese.

Thai Diamond Cafe

Phone:
303-462-0435

Enjoy healthy Thai cuisine in a family atmosphere with plenty of gluten-free options. Try the pad thai or the massaman curry.

Cart-Driver

Phone:
303-292-3553

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

The Corner Beet

Phone:
720-295-4447

Enjoy fresh, organic cold-pressed juices and other vegetarian fare. Stay a while to try a cup of potato leek soup and a southwest salad for lunch or drink a glass of Bon Vivant (made of kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, cucumber, and parsley juice) if you're in a hurry.

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.

Midopa

Phone:
303-745-1373

Fresh, home-style Korean dishes. Dolpa (or hot pots) is the specialty, served large enough for two.

Newk’s Eatery (Lone Tree)

Phone:
720-630-7871

This casual dining spot hails from Mississippi and uses Newcomb family recipes with the freshest ingredients. Order the Newk's Q chicken sandwich, topped with bacon, swiss cheese, and white barbecue sauce, with a side of soup. Also, try the Arvada location.

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.

Chile Verde

Phone:
720-287-2296

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

Royal

Phone:
303-862-9394

This low-key burger bar from the owner of popular brunch spot Jelly offers fresh takes on American classics. Order a French onion burger and ginger curry chips, and wash it down with one of the boozy shakes.

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.

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.

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.

Souk Shawarma

Phone:
720-269-4778

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

Tahona Tequila Bistro

Phone:
303-938-9600

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

Sushi-Rama

Phone:
720-476-4643

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

Dazbog Coffee Company at Emily Griffith

Phone:
720-423-4797

Try a creamy latte and a fresh blueberry muffin for a good cause. This shop, a part of the Emily Griffth Technical College, is starting up a barista internship for refugees and students at Emily Griffiths who earn necessary employment experience. It contains a full espresso bar and pastries from nearby Aspen Baking Company and…

Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery (Hale)

Phone:
720-550-7665

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

So Perfect Eats

Phone:
303-862-9074

Everything from sandwiches and salads to the dips are made-to-order from scratch. Don't miss the sweets and baked goods: Try the chewy oatmeal cookie, which contains dried cranberries and golden and dark raisins.

Smashburger

Phone:
720-292-5121

These customizable burgers come with the convenience of a fast-food joint but the full flavor of a gourmet restaurant. Order a Colorado burger or build your own with add-ons like haystack onions, fried pickles, and guacamole. Don't miss the root beer floats. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stout Street Social

Phone:
720-214-9100

LoDo's beer-centric social bar features more than 40 brews on tap and a diverse variety of eats, including a raw bar, sushi, and elevated variations on classic pub fare. Share some sushi rolls and crudo or dig into the Social Burger topped with bourbon-glazed bacon, truffle aïoli, jalapeño-raspberry jam, and crispy onions.

Chad’s Grill

Phone:
303-988-5666

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

Rackhouse Pub

Phone:
720-570-7824

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

Crush Pizza & Tap

Phone:
720-619-3337

This casual joint serves up three different styles of pizza (including authentic Chicago-style deep-dish, Sicilian, and hand-tossed) as well as smoked wings, salads, and sandwiches. Wash down your meal with one of the many craft brews available.

Bohemian Biergarten

Phone:
720-328-8328

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

Four Friends Kitchen

Phone:
303-388-8299

This a.m.spot offers  eats with Southern flair. Start your morning off right with the warm beignets.

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.

Ambli

Phone:
303-355-9463

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

Ragin’ Hog BBQ

Phone:
303-859-6003

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

25 Best Restaurants

Cattivella

Phone:
303-645-3779

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

Finley’s Pub

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

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

Etai’s Bakery Cafe at DIA

Phone:
303-342-6682

This local fixture emphasizes simple, authentic dishes. Try made-to-order salads, paninis, burgers, and sandwiches on their signature artisan breads, baked fresh daily. Find it near Gate B22.

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.

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.

Trattoria Stella

Phone:
303-320-8635

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

The Empress

Phone:
303-922-2822

Cantonese food, specializing in dim sum.

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.

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.

Curtis Park Delicatessen (Cherry Creek)

Phone:
303-900-9028

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

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.

Thai Monkey Club (Golden)

Phone:
303-404-2800

Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine in a family atmosphere. Try the pad kra pao papaya salad or the sticky rice mango.

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.

Marino’s Pizzeria

Phone:
303-955-0373

Handcrafted, wood-fired pizzas fill the menu, accompanied by house-made limoncello and tiramisu.

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 chorizo.

Wooden Spoon Cafe & Bakery

Phone:
303-999-0327

Start your morning off right with hot drinks, fresh baked goods, and pastries. Or, stop in for a hearty sandwich at lunchtime. To satisfy your sweet tooth, pick up a mini Boston creme pie.

Sushi Hai

Phone:
720-855-0888

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

Pizza Republica

Phone:
720-489-2030

House-made Italian fare with Neapolitan pizza. Try the meatball and the stuffed shells.

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.

Mila

Phone:
303-228-0770

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

Thai Bistro

Phone:
720-981-7600

Made to order dishes specializing in Southern Thai cuisine.

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.

Machete Tequila & Tacos

Phone:
303-333-1567

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

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.

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.

Masalaa

Phone:
303-755-6272

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

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.

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.

Guard and Grace

Phone:
303-293-8500

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

Cafe Byblos

Phone:
303-777-7553

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

Icehouse Tavern

Phone:
303-292-3775

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

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.

Goosetown Tavern

  • Denver
  • Congress Park
Phone:
303-399-9703

Located across from the Bluebird Theater, this long-standing Denver bar is a good choice for a pre- or post-concert stop. Order one of the 16 beers on tap and a pizza, sandwich, or salad.

Sera’s Ramen Enclave

Phone:
720-646-1114

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

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.

Rib House Express

Phone:
303-442-7427

Nothing is small at this Kansas City-style barbecue joint. The patio seats 12 and the baby back ribs are enormous.

Paramount Cafe

Phone:
303-893-2000

Everything from burritos and salads to half-pound burgers.

Fresh Fish Co.

Phone:
303-740-9556

Impressive seafood selection with more than 30 varieties of fresh fish flown in daily.

Marco’s Coal-Fired

Phone:
303-296-7000

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

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.

Babajoon’s Kabobs & More

Phone:
303-974-5400

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

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.

The Hive Garden Bistro

Phone:
720-865-3501

Enjoy seasonal fare inside Denver Botanic Gardens. Local ingredients are incorporated into the menu for offerings like Colorado quinoa pilaf or the blue cheese jalapeño burger.

Ajuua

Phone:
720-374-9001

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

El Parral

Phone:
303-649-9140

Traditional Mexican cuisine like crispy chile rellenos and wildcard choices like a big, juicy steak. Breakfast is served all day and there is also a a gluten-free menu available.

Spicy Basil Asian Grill

Phone:
303-871-8828

A winning combination of Thai entrees and curries, tempura, and other Asian soups, salads, and entrees. The peanut sauce curry is a must-try.

Tortas A Toda Madre

Phone:
303-433-1764

Known as ATM for short, this Berkeley joint offers an extensive menu of tortas, quesadillas, burritos, and tacos.

Rice Bistro & Sushi

Phone:
303-221-1430

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

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.

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.

Bistro Colorado

Phone:
303-670-3229

Chef Travis Smith serves upscale French-influenced cuisine made with the finest meats and freshest produce. Go for the butternut squash ravioli.

Snarfburger

Phone:
720-535-5184

This spinoff of Boulder's legendary sandwich shop hosts a new menu: hamburgers, deep-fried hot dogs and bologna sandwiches, and frozen custard. Try the Capitol Hill and Boulder locations.

Seoul BBQ

Phone:
303-632-7576

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

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.

Rioja

Phone:
303-820-2282

James Beard Award-winning chef Jennifer Jasinski creates high-end Mediterranean-influenced cuisine. Try the artichoke tortelloni.

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.

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.

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.

Courier Market Bar Kitchen

Phone:
303-603-4171

Located in the Grand Hyatt Denver, this eatery boasts a daily breakfast buffet as well as a full-service bar and a market with chef-made grab-and-go options. Try the apple flatbread topped with carnitas, white cheddar, onion, and fennel jam.

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.

African Grill & Bar

Phone:
720-229-7778

Head to this cheery African restaurant for rich stews, fried fish, rice dishes, and friendly service. Also try the Green Valley Ranch location.

Carve Barbecue

Phone:
303-756-3356

This fast-casual joint serves up hearty, homestyle barbecue customized to your tastes. Grab a pound of smoked turkey and a quart of red beans and rice to go, or settle in for a pulled pork sandwich and a craft beer.

Merle’s

Phone:
303-797-6008

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

Thyme on the Creek

Phone:
303-443-3850

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

Zink Kitchen + Bar

Phone:
303-779-1559

Global cuisine with Colorado flair. Try the breakfast buffet with the omelet station, a lunch of chicken pot pie, or the ahi tuna dinner.

Sideways Sports Lounge

Phone:
303-424-7748

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

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.

Atomic Cowboy

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.

Abyssinia

Phone:
303-316-8830

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

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.

Yurihana

Phone:
303-530-0499

Enjoy authentic flavors from Asian countries including Japan, China, Korea, and Thailand. Try the Mongolian beef or opt for a lighter selection of fresh sushi.

El Chingon

Phone:
303-248-3641

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

Tamales By La Casita

Phone:
303-477-2899

This tiny restaurant delivers great tamales and other New Mexican-style cuisine.

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.

Thai Pot Cafe

Phone:
303-693-6200

Try a variety of curries, noodle bowls, soups, salads, and coconut-infused desserts at this cozy Thai restaurant. The drunken noodles with eggplant are a favorite.

Habit Carbon Five Points

Phone:
720-287-1305

You’ll find all-day eats ranging from sandwiches to grain bowls—and tasty brioche donuts—at this restaurant, bakery, and bar. Try the “Wu Tang” tater tots.

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.

Pieology Pizzeria

Phone:
303-278-7704

Choose from more than 30 toppings, sauces, and cheeses at this build-your-own-pizza haven.

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.

Tuscany Restaurant

Phone:
303-782-9300

Sit next to the grand fireplace and enjoy a variety of eats, such as burgers, pasta, and grilled salmon.

Rubio’s Coastal Grill

Phone:
720-306-7130

This fast-casual eatery serves sustainable fish and shrimp in its tacos. Try the California bowl topped with your choice of chicken, seafood, or veggies. Multiple locations.

Sunrise Sunset (Wadsworth Blvd.)

Phone:
303-986-6065

This casual and sunny breakfast spot is famous for its fluffy pancakes, but the enchilada sunshine skillet and black-bean burrito with vegetarian green chile are tasty, too.

Wildflower Cafe

Phone:
303-674-3323

A great breakfast or lunch spot. Don't miss the Bloody Marys or the BLT.

Stowaway Kitchen & Coffee

Phone:
720-636-2374

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

Narrative

Phone:
720-571-8080

Chef Paul Nagan serves gussied-up versions of American favorites—such as shrimp and grits with Tabasco butter—at this sleek eatery.

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.

Indulge Bistro & Wine Bar (Golden)

Phone:
303-277-9991

This bistro and wine bar features international, tapas-style dishes, nightly fish specials and a gluten-free menu. Enjoy the ahi tuna guacamole and a wine list with more than 100 selections from around the world.

Wild Bangkok Bar and Grill

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

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

Karma Asian

Phone:
303-871-0167

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

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.

The Pint Room

Phone:
720-283-3200

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

AJ’s Pit Bar-B-Q

Phone:

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

Bridgewater Grill

Phone:
303-279-2010

Located in Historic Downtown Golden, this chic spot serves seasonal salads, sandwiches, burgers, and entrees. Try its award-winning pork green chile.

Undici Ristorante

Phone:
303-761-2828

With its high ceilings, wooden floors, and rich gnocchi and ravioli, this restaurant is elegant Italian.

Wasabi Sushi Bar

Phone:
303-708-0888

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

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 burger.

Tengu

Phone:
303-749-0109

Quick, casual, and concise make this modern Asian eatery a great lunch spot in the RiNo neighborhood. Order from the short but sweet menu of ramen bowls and noodle dishes.

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 and wild game.

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.

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.

New Saigon Bakery & Deli

Phone:
303-935-7859

Specializing in delicious Vietnamese sandwiches such as the pork belly sandwich. For dessert, choose from a variety of French pastries and cakes. Don't miss the refreshing house-made sugar cane juice.

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.

Mici Handcrafted Italian (Cherry Creek)

Phone:
303-322-6424

A perfect combination of family recipes and modern style. Serving salads, pizza, panini, and pasta in a quick and casual atmosphere. Dine-in, carry-out, catering, and delivery within three miles.

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.

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.

Cafe Mon Ami

Phone:
720-344-2323

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

Cafe Netherworld

Phone:
303-861-8638

Dinner specials change weekly. Computer and Internet services available.

801 Chophouse

Phone:
303-214-6474

This USDA Prime steakhouse also offers seafood options and family-style sides for sharing.

Mamma Mia Trattoria

Phone:
303-963-5305

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

Native Foods Cafe

Phone:
303-442-0213

Native Foods Cafe touts an all-vegan menu featuring their famed house-made seitan and tempeh. Try the butternut polenta bites or the classic deli reuben, wash it down with a lavender lemonade or a watermelon fresca.

Mile High Italian Deli

Phone:
303-328-9701

Enjoy authentic Italian fare and classic deli items like panini sandwiches and stromboli at this deli. If you’re in the mood for some big flavor, try the sausage and pepper panini with marinara sauce.

Saladarity

Phone:
303-279-0173

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

C.B. & Potts Brewing Co.

Phone:
303-770-1982

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

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.

Sushi Han

Phone:
303-820-3331

Bright, clean, and unpretentious, with ultra-fresh sushi.

Jamaican Grill

Phone:
303-623-0013

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

Whittier Pub

Phone:
720-638-7397

This low-key pub and restaurant is heavy on charm. Try the grapefruit cocktail, a simple concoction of Deep Eddy's grapefruit vodka and a splash of club soda. For dinner, trust in the Farm House pastrami sandwich.

The Melt (Littleton)

Phone:
720-606-2605

This fast-casual eatery from California specializes in American classics, including burgers, chicken sandwiches, and grilled cheese. Multiple locations.

Carbon Cafe & Bar

Phone:
720-428-8565

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

Mimi’s Café

Phone:
303-799-1211

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

Racines

Phone:
303-595-0418

A Denver institution, Racines offers traditional American fare.

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.

Crepes n’ Crepes (Downtown)

Phone:
303-534-1620

The name says it all. This little shop is all about the famous dish from France. Make sure to check out the Cherry Creek location.

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.

Angry Chicken

Phone:
303-353-2680

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

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.

Crema Coffee House

Phone:
720-284-9648

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

Avanti Food & Beverage

Phone:
720-269-4778

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

Lechuga’s Italian Restaurant (Highland)

Phone:
303-455-1502

This old-school Italian joint has been serving its special savory cannolis (dough pockets stuffed with sausages and meatballs) and buckets of spaghetti with marinara sauce since 1961. Multiple locations.

Washington Park Grille

Phone:
303-777-0707

This neighborhood spot serves contemporary American food. Try the seared ahi tuna with wasabi aioli, rice, and stir-fry vegetables. Enjoy live music with your meal on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings.

Egg & I

Phone:
303-804-0902

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

Big Mac & Little Lu’s

Phone:
303-404-2722

Big Mac & Little Lu's brings the Florida beaches to the Centennial state with carefully sourced seafood and thoughtfully paired beverages. Go for one of four po' boy sandwiches or the mussels and fries.

Opal Restaurant

Phone:
303-861-7999

Although its been through many ups and downs since it opened, Opal has finally established itself as a happening spot for sushi and twice-a-day happy hours.

Cheesecake Factory (Downtown)

Phone:
303-595-0333

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

Next Door (Boulder)

Phone:
720-542-8159

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

The White Chocolate Grill

Phone:
303-799-4841

In addition to the house-made selection of white chocolates, enjoy classic American fare, such as grilled salmon or balsamic rib-eye.

Earls Restaurant & Bar

Phone:
303-792-3275

This boisterous restaurant serves up international eats like pad thai and chicken tacos. Consider eating at the hopping bar.

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.

El Camino Tavern

Phone:
720-889-7946

This lively Mexican joint boasts all-natural meats and house-made green chile, guacamole, salsa, and desserts. In the summer, fresh herbs and spices from the organic rooftop garden flavor the shrimp tacos and other dishes.

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.

Max’s Wine Dive

Phone:
303-593-2554

Max's Wine Dive features a casual environment, solid wine list, and Southern comfort food with an upscale twist. Try the famous fried chicken.

25 Best Restaurants

Dio Mio

Phone:
303-562-1965

One thing you can count on at Alex Figura and Spencer White's fast-casual Italian eatery: perfect pasta. Try the cacio e pepe.

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.

Pony Up

Phone:
720-710-8144

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

Newk’s Eatery (Arvada)

Phone:
303-422-1490

This casual dining spot hails from Mississippi and uses family recipes. Order the Newk's Q chicken sandwich, topped with bacon, swiss cheese, and white barbecue sauce. Also try the Lone Tree location.

Oven

Phone:
303-934-7600

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

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."

The Hornet

Phone:
303-777-7676

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

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.

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.

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, Gdrabowski's Pizzeria, Reunion Bread Co., Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Caffe Figurati, Isabel, and Mondo Market.

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar

Phone:
303-377-3032

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

The Palate Food & Wine Bar

Phone:
303-771-5222

This sleek wine bar offers 150 vinos by the glass and an American-fusion menu featuring highlights like Colorado lamb ribs, roasted beet ravioli, and crab cakes.

Satchel’s on 6th

Phone:
303-399-2560

This cozy spot serves American comfort food with original twists. Try the roasted halibut with braised artichokes, roasted Yukon golden potatoes, preserved lemon, and tomato concassè.

Gozo

Phone:
720-638-1462

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

Snooze (Colorado Blvd)

Phone:
303-736-6200

Sip a mimosa in this hip breakfast eatery's chic orange booths. Choose between pineapple upside down pancakes and huevos rancheros. Multiple locations.

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.

Red Claw Seafood and Wings

Phone:
720-328-3620

Savor the Asian-influenced Cajun crawfish, crab legs, oysters, and seven chicken-wing varieties, and toss the remains right on the table at this Louisiana backyard-style eatery.

Bar Louie (Fort Collins)

Phone:
970-530-0600

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

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.

Mead St. Station

Phone:
303-433-2138

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

Tacos Tequila Whiskey (City Park)

Phone:
720-475-1337

Often referred to as Pinche Tacos, this taqueria offers a variety of Mexican specialties. Try the queso a la plancha taco made with griddled Cotija cheese, smashed avocado, and roasted tomatillo salsa. Multiple locations.

Jason’s Deli

  • Denver
  • Central Business District
Phone:
303-243-5599

Order at the counter at this casual deli. The sandwiches are giant and so is the salad bar. Multiple locations.

Uno Mas Taqueria y Cantina

Phone:
303-777-2866

This taqueria bolsters classic street tacos with contemporary ingredients. The key: smoked whole, locally raised animals, including duck and pork. Try them with one of the many tequilas.

Rosati’s Pizza

Phone:
303-464-7477

Chicago-style pizza and any sandwich or side dish you can think of to accompany it. Delivery available.

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.

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.

Freshcraft

Phone:
303-758-9608

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

Sunny’s

Phone:
303-477-0005

Sunny's is a neighborhood diner that serves breakfast all day. Try the mangia: roasted potatoes, broccoli, zucchini, tomatoes, and spinach, topped with eggs, pesto, and pecorino romano cheese.

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.

Tahona Tequila Bistro

Phone:
303-938-9600

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

Sakana Sushi & Ramen

Phone:
303-429-6646

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

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Phone:
303-751-7449

Speedy eats in the vein of In-N-Out Burger. Fresh, never-frozen patties, plus hot dogs and grilled cheese. Multiple locations.

Russell’s Smokehouse

Phone:
720-524-8050

Diners flock to this subterranean smokehouse for classic 'cue. Try the fall-off-the-bone rib combo, which features both baby back beef and pork ribs.

The Bistro at Stapleton

Phone:
303-388-9463

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

Cherry Cricket

Phone:
303-322-7666

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

Citron Bistro

Phone:
303-771-5800

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

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.

Wine and Cheese Restaurant and Wine Bar

Phone:
303-452-4900

Try any of the cheese and charcuterie platters, and don't miss the opportunity to build your own wine flight from their selection of 50-plus wines. Soups, salads, and paninis are also available.

Silla

Phone:
303-338-5070

You can't go wrong ordering from the menu at this Korean eatery. Try the seafood dish, haemul pajeon.

Lucile’s Creole Café (Platt Park)

Phone:
303-284-5230

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

Jim ‘n Nick’s (Stapleton)

Phone:
303-371-1566

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

Plaza Beer Garden

  • Denver
  • Union Station
Phone:
720-460-3701

Located at Union Station, this beer garden offers a convivial setting for German-inspired bites such as bratwurst, pretzels, and chicken shnitzel fingers.

Chez Thuy

Phone:
303-442-1700

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

Fourleaf Chopped Salads

Phone:
303-662-1200

Pick from more than 40 different fresh ingredients, 18 dressings, and several grilled meats to make your own salad. The atmosphere is casual and the service is fast and friendly.

Kuni Sushi

Phone:
720-573-8895

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

The Melt

Phone:
720-893-0589

This fast-casual eatery from California specializes in American classics, including burgers, chicken sandwiches, and grilled cheese.

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.

Wingin’ It

Phone:
720-207-2435

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

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.

Barbed Wire Reef

Phone:
970-390-8303

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

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.

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.

Zen Asian Sushi Bar & Grill (Stapleton)

Phone:
303-371-4644

Formerly known as Ling and Louie's Asian Bar and Grill, this sushi bar offers more than just sushi. Zen also specializes in filleted beef and noodle dishes, all of which are enhanced by in-house speciality sauces.

Bird

Phone:
303-777-0500

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

Kokoro

Phone:
303-692-8752

Quick, healthy, delicious Japanese food. Multiple locations.

Modern Market

Phone:
303-789-6096

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

Tree Haus Bistro

Phone:
303-484-9728

A traditional bistro emphasizing soups, salads, sandwiches, and tapas. Each sandwich is named after a tree such as the Aspen, a hot pastrami sandwich, or the Poplar, a roast turkey sandwich with a cranberry relish and toasted sage leaves. For dessert, try a house-made chocolate tort on the expansive front patio.

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.

Pita Fresh

Phone:
303-955-8711

A fast-casual mediterranean place serving favorites like chicken or beef shawarma, falafel and hummus. Also try an innovative pita-crust pizza. Wash it all down with fresh-squeezed juice. Open late, it caters to the University of Denver crowd.

Tres Pupusas

Phone:
720-936-8214

This casual Latin bistro serves house-made Salvadoran pupusas (thick cornmeal tortillas stuffed with a variety of ingredients like meats, cheese, and vegetables), tamales, and pasteles.

Best Philly Steak

Phone:
720-667-4702

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

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.

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.

Piggin-Out Bar-B-Que

Phone:
303-988-2749

Order carry-out and eat the hot links sandwich or smoky brisket-sandwich platter with sides of mapley baked beans and vinegar-tart coleslaw on the restaurant's outdoor patio or take it home.

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.

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint

Phone:
303-363-9075

Customize your pizza pie from the crust—note the gluten-free option—to the toppings, which include jerk chicken, grilled angus steak, and chicken apple sausage.

Hana Matsuri Sushi

Phone:
303-404-9888

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

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.

Satchel’s Market

Phone:
303-238-1933

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

The Rib House

Phone:
303-485-6988

Nothing is small at this Kansas City-style barbecue joint. The patio seats more than 50 and the baby back ribs are enormous.

Cozy Cottage Breakfast & Lunch

Phone:
720-855-9800

The homey feel of this eatery is perfectly aligned with the menu of signature fruit and nut pancakes, eggs Benedict, and French toast.

Reiver’s

Phone:
303-733-8856

Great neighborhood place with a decent menu.

The Bindery

Phone:
303-993-2364

Linda Hampsten Fox's eatery, market, and bakery offers worldly fare inspired by her travels. Settle in for the smoked rabbit pecan pie with mustard gelato.

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.

Cedar Creek Pub

Phone:
303-537-4210

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

Roo Bar

  • Denver
  • Globeville
Phone:
303-455-8700

This laid-back bar is bustling with great deals, games, and an American menu. Go for some jalapeno poppers, and be sure to grab a side of grape jelly for dipping.

Sushi Bay 17

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

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

Hodsons Bar & Grill

Phone:
720-457-3852

Toast to the good life at this sleek brunch-through-dinner spot that serves classic American fare, like a prime dip sandwich and a rotisserie chicken salad.

Bangkok Cafe

Phone:
303-806-9354

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

Super Star Asian Cuisine

Phone:
303-727-9889

This glitz-free eatery serves top-notch dim sum and an extensive menu of traditional Chinese plates.

Broadway Market

Phone:
720-390-7132

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

Fresh Thymes Eatery

Phone:
303-955-7988

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

Colore Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Phone:
303-761-4332

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

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.

Pizzeria da Lupo

Phone:
303-396-6366

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

Vines Wine Bar

Phone:
303-736-8463

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

Pepper the Noshery

Phone:
720-638-4800

Located next door to its brother restaurant, Salt, Bradford Heap's Pepper serves sustainable meats and seafood and craft cocktails in a space decorated with repurposed materials.

Homegrown Tap and Dough

Phone:

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

Tuk Tuk Thai Bistro

Phone:
303-988-5885 ext.1

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

El Tepehuan

Phone:
303-781-0243

The team behind this relocated Englewood restaurant has been serving its brand of authentic and affordable Mexican food for more than 40 years. Stop by for the huevos rancheros or carne asada.

Naked Pizza (Boulder)

Phone:
303-443-2720

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

Sushi Wave

Phone:
303-790-8822

Full sushi bar with fresh fish, as well as a variety of beef and chicken dishes.

Maloney’s Tavern

Phone:
303-825-1990

This pop culture-themed bar and grill with a lively and comfortable atmosphere serves up a variety of burgers, steaks, salads, and pasta, plus the signature jumbo martinis.

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.

The Juniper Pig

Phone:
720-328-8930

This gourmet butchery and charcuterie shop, located within Stanley Marketplace, serves up local meats in a variety of preparations. Try the chicken salad sandwich.

Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House

Phone:
303-825-1021

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

The Whiskey Biscuit

Phone:
303-386-3334

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

French 75

Phone:
303-405-7575

Mizuna's younger, more casual sibling features approachable French bistro fare. Try the half-rotisserie chicken served with buerre fondue and pommes frites.

Acreage Restaurant

Phone:
720-443-3007

Stem Cider’s ciderhouse and eatery pairs its drinks with house-grown produce and sustainable sourcing by chef Eric Lee. Save room for the cider doughnuts.

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.

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.

Spicy Pickle

Phone:
720-550-6614

This revamped deli specializes in gourmet panini and sandwiches made with Boar's Head meats and house-made breads and condiments. Try the Bandido panini.

North End at 4580

Phone:
303-448-1500

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

Patxi’s (City Park West)

Phone:
303-832-8000

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

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.

Patxi’s Pizza

Phone:
303-783-2000

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

DeMarra Bourbon Bar & Grill

Phone:
720-475-1151

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

Crú A Wine Bar

Phone:
303-708-8053

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

Greek to Me

Phone:
303-220-3447

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

Snooze

Phone:
303-297-0700

Sip a mimosa in this hip breakfast eatery's chic orange booths. Choose between pineapple upside down pancakes and huevos rancheros. Multiple locations.

Kassai Sushi

Phone:
303-320-0833

Japanese food and fresh sushi. The house fave is tempura. Stop in for the daily $1.50 sushi special from 4:30-10 p.m.

Dushanbe Teahouse

Phone:
303-442-4993

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

Sam’s No. 3 (Glendale)

Phone:
303-333-4403

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

Stack Subs

Phone:
303-295-7827

Enjoy a perfectly layered sandwich at this neighborhood deli. Try the Stack sandwich, a baguette filled with roast beef, turkey, honey ham, salami, and your choice of cheese. Also try the Lakewood location.

Steak ‘n Shake

Phone:
303-221-4550

Enjoy steak burgers and hand-dipped milk shakes. Try the grilled portobello mushroom steak burger—served with swiss cheese, caramelized onions, and garlic mayo—with a cookies 'n cream milk shake.

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.

Soko Sushi & Sake Bar

Phone:
303-623-2702

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

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.

Park & Co.

Phone:
720-328-6732

This casual tavern serves sandwiches and salads but specializes in gourmet burgers made with all-natural Harris Ranch beef. Try the El Chilango burger.

American Grind

Phone:
719-368-3847

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

Will Call

Phone:
720-484-6428

This neighborhood pub features a menu of bar bites, salads, burgers, and Venezuelan arepas. Try the RiNo arepa filled with black bean paste, grilled onions, shishito peppers, and pork with mango habanero sauce.

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.

Los Chingones (Stapleton)

Phone:
303-975-6166

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

The Walnut Room

Phone:
303-295-1868

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

Hoja

Phone:
303-777-1509

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

Beso de Arte

Phone:
303-697-3377

Nestled beneath Red Rocks, the gorgeous patio is worth the drive to Morrison itself, but the savory fish tacos and rojo al mojcahete (slow-cooked pork served in a lava bowl) make the experience twice as nice.

Viewhouse (Littleton)

Phone:
303-797-4829

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

Meritage

Phone:
303-464-3330

The menus include naturally raised meats, line-caught fish, organic produce, and fine wines.

Darcy’s Bistro & Pub

Phone:
303-770-0477

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

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.

Tandoori Grill

Phone:
303-543-7339

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

Pino’s Place

Phone:
720-761-9917

This Tuscan-inspired Englewood eatery offers comfort food staples. Start with an order of the meatballs and move on to a classic pizza or pasta dish. Indulge in the panna cotta for dessert.

Pi Kitchen + Bar at Hilton Garden Inn

Phone:
303-844-5555

This urban-contemporary eatery offers a wide variety of dishes, from beef barbacoa nachos to ahi poke lettuce wraps. Try the asian cioppino.

Cinema Grill

Phone:
303-344-3456

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

El Parral

Phone:
303-798-4586

A Mexican steakhouse offering a variety of menu items like crispy chile rellenos and a big, juicy steak.

Los Pastes Mexican Empanadas

Phone:
720-535-8153

The "paste," a cousin of the empanada, is a small English savory pie. Try a variety of fillings such as potato, onion, and beef or chicken mole.

3 Guys Pies

Phone:
303-623-4897

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

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.

Mount Fuji Hibachi and Sushi Japanese Cuisine

Phone:
303-660-2618

Combining a great sushi bar and friendly service. Try the green devil roll with delicately seared tuna, crunchy asparagus, and spicy jalapenos, or dig into a crispy shrimp tempura roll.

Modern Market

Phone:
303-534-0190

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

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille

Phone:
303-792-2571

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

Quiero Arepas

Phone:
720-432-4205

Venezuelan corn flatbreads, or arepas, are on the menu. Our favorite is the La Havana, a take on a Cuban sandwich, featuring slow-roasted pork loin, ham, and local Muenster with a creamy mayo-mustard-pickle “Havana” sauce.

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.

Amici’s Pizzeria & Italian

Phone:
303-455-5585

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

Pica’s Mexican Taqueria

Phone:
303-444-2391

Brightly colored walls and dark wood tables complement the relaxed atmosphere of this taqueria. Sit down and order the tacos al pastor: achiote marinated pork with pineapple and onion topped with cilantro and tomatillo avocado sauce. The homemade, fresh-squeezed margaritas come just one way—really tasty and really strong.

Pizzeria Locale (Highland)

Phone:
303-302-2451

Drop into this fast-casual pizzeria concept for contemporary neapolitan-style pizza. Build your own pizza or choose from one of Pizzeria Locale's classics, such as the crudo topped with mozzarella, prosciutto, tomato sauce, and arugula.

Venice Ristorante & Wine Bar

Phone:
303-534-2222

Italian doesn't get more authentic than this (both the chef and the manager are native Italians). Try the Cappellacci di Zucca.

Erawan Thai Cafe

Phone:
303-388-3226

Experience the fresh and authentic flavors of Thailand at this Congress Park eatery. Chef-owner Art Suthithanin uses natural herbs and spices to create traditional selections of Asian curries, noodles, and more.

Dos Santos

Phone:
303-386-3509

The menu at this modern taqueria features light, seafood-centric dishes, like a beer-battered fish taco.

Via Perla

Phone:
720-669-0100

Although related to Brasserie Ten Ten and the Mediterranean Restaurant, Via Perla is its own breed, serving Italian cuisine inspired by the many regions of Italy. Specializing in house-made pasta, go for the tagliatelle Bolognese or ricotta gnocchi with tomato sugo.

Jelly (University Hills)

Phone:
720-596-4108

Order the Molly Hot Brown: two slices of French toast with house-roasted turkey, green-chile-cheese sauce, bacon, and tomato—or sip a Bloody Mary on the outdoor patio. Also try the Capitol Hill location.

Zaidy’s Deli

Phone:
303-333-5336

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

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.

Postino

Phone:
303-433-6363

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

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.

Tap & Burger Highland

Phone:
720-287-4493

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

Pei Wei

Phone:
303-942-3445

Pei Wei combines high quality, delicious cuisine with convenient dining options. Try the ginger broccoli beef. Multiple locations.

A Taste of Haiti

Phone:
303-297-3008

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

Green Fine Salad Co.

  • Denver
  • Central Business District
Phone:
303-291-6965

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

Los Carboncitos (Aurora)

Phone:
303-364-2606

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

Irish Snug

  • Denver
  • City Park West
Phone:
303-839-1394

The pub menu offers a variety of beers as well as traditional fare like corned beef and cabbage.

Delectable Egg

Phone:
303-572-8146

A Denver favorite for breakfast and lunch. Multiple locations.

New Saigon

Phone:
303-936-4954

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

Pho Saigon 66

Phone:
303-745-1123

Get your pho fix by ordering large noodle bowls filled with meat and veggies. Try the rare steak version, which comes with thinly sliced meat that continues to cook slowly in the broth, jalepenos, and Thai basil.

Meatball Eatery & Libations

Phone:
720-420-0254

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

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.

Benihana (Broomfield)

Phone:
303-410-0482

This family-friendly, Japanese-style hibachi steak house is a fun place for both lunch and dinner.

Bull & Bush Brewery

  • Denver
  • Washington Virginia Vale
Phone:
303-759-0333

Like the London original but with sports bar entertainment. Try the Queen Mother BBQ Burger.

DC Pie Co.

Phone:
720-594-2939

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

Right Coast Pizza

Phone:
303-431-6077

Enjoy New York-style pizza with a wide selection of craft brews. Try the Laughing Buffalo for a classic Margherita pie, or the Black and Bleu (topped with steak and bleu cheese) for a Western vibe.

Pho 95

Phone:
303-936-3322

Don't miss the steaming bowls of traditional Vietnamese pho at this restaurant. The noodle soup can be ordered in 21 different ways. Enjoy other regional favorites, including pan-fried noodles and spring rolls. Also try the Centennial location.

Baker St. Pub & Grill

Phone:
303-953-5510

This London-style pub features family dining by day and pub atmosphere by night. Navigate an extensive menu including various lunch combos and the ever-popular fish and chips, made with beer-battered Atlantic cod.

Hank’s Texas BBQ

Phone:
720-277-3225

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

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.

Shanghai Kitchen

Phone:
303-290-6666

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

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.

Large Marge’s Philly Cheesesteaks

Phone:
303-463-4549

When Marge, a native of South Philadelphia, retired from the Coast Guard and police force, she opened this restaurant to pay homage to the food of her childhood. Try cheesesteaks in authentic Philly amoroso rolls, hogies, green chile, and Tasteykake.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bonchon Chicken

Phone:
303-248-3220

This casual chain serves made-to-order, Korean-style fried chicken as well as a variety of other Korean dishes.

Indulge Wine Bar

Phone:
303-991-1994

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

Riffs Urban Fare

Phone:
303-440-6699

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

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.

Dead Battery Club

Phone:
303-477-2444

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

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.

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…

Snooze (Boulder)

Phone:
303-225-7344

Sip a mimosa in this hip breakfast eatery's chic orange booths. Choose between pineapple upside down pancakes and huevos rancheros. Multiple locations.

Blue Pan Pizza

Phone:
720-456-7666

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

The Bent Noodle

Phone:
303-337-2733

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

Quality Italian

Phone:
303-532-8888

This upscale spot serves a smart mix of steak house fare and American-Italian favorites. Try the baked lasagna for two.

Pino’s Neighborhood Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Phone:
303-761-9917

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

GB Fish & Chips

  • Denver
  • South Park Hill
Phone:
303-333-4551

Kick back to watch a European soccer or rugby match with a few pints and some traditional English fare. Choose from fish and chips, shepherd's pie and Cornish pasties. Multiple locations.

Village Greek

Phone:
303-792-3382

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

Trattoria Stella

Phone:
303-458-1128

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

Kazan Ramen Bistro

Phone:
720-535-7252

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

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.

Protein Bar

Phone:
303-284-4954

The Protein Bar is healthy food on the go. Choose from quinoa bowls and wraps with chicken, tofu, and veggies. Raw juices and breakfast round out the menu.

Carelli’s Restaurant

Phone:
303-938-9300

Casually elegant contemporary ristorante serving classic northern and southern Italian dishes. In-house creperia bar features made-from-scratch desserts.

O’s Steak & Seafood

Phone:
303-410-5066

No ordinary hotel restaurant, this eatery in the Westin Hotel Westminster dishes up a molecular gastronomy menu along with traditional steak house fare.

Concourse Restaurant Moderne

Phone:
720-550-6934

ChoLon chef Lon Symensma and chef Luke Bergman offer a European-style menu at their chic Stapleton eatery. Don't miss the whole roasted cauliflower.

Cheesecake Factory (Boulder)

Phone:
303-546-0222

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

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar (Northglenn)

Phone:
303-452-3999

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

Salt The Bistro

Phone:
303-444-7258

Try the Teton Waters pasture-raised rib-eye steak with butternut squash and potato gratin and garlic-seared escarole.

Osaka Ramen

Phone:
303-955-7938

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

25 Best Restaurants

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 alla diavola or the rigatoni carbonara.

Daikon

Phone:
720-282-3459

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

Eat + Drink Denver

Phone:
303-477-3288

Specializing in a global array of cheeses, as well as charcuterie, rustic breads, hard-to-find chocolates, and olive oils, this shop/bistro is a little slice of food-loving heaven. They also offer small plates and a moderate but well-edited wine list.

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.

Pizzeria Locale (Boulder)

Phone:
303-442-3003

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

Etai’s Bakery Cafe at Anschutz

Phone:
303-340-3388

Enjoy a menu of breakfast and lunch favorites at this campus cafe. Try the California breakfast sandwich with egg, tomato, avocado, and herb cream cheese for breakfast or enjoy a savory panini for lunch.

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.

Aji Restaurant

Phone:
303-442-3464

Colorful flavors in a vibrant environment—Latin American art complements the cuisine, while the wine list hails from such exotic climes as Argentina, Chile, and Spain. Try the agave chipotle-glazed pork tenderloin with cilantro-garlic farro, chayo

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Phone:
303-623-5432

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

Pho Kitchen Bar & Grill

Phone:
303-872-3903

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

Brooklyn M.C.’s Pizzeria

Phone:
303-763-8299

'Family' is the secret ingredient here. The fresh handmade dough, sauces, and strombolis are killer.

Sam’s No. 3 (Downtown)

Phone:
303-534-1927

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

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, and High Point Creamery.

Ernie’s Bar & Pizza

Phone:
303-955-5580

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

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.

Cracovia

Phone:
303-484-9388

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

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.

La Casa de Manuel

Phone:
303-295-1752

Family-owned since 1958. The specialty at this Mexican restaurant is the "wet" beef burrito.

El Taco de Mexico

Phone:
303-623-3926

Mexican food with an emphasis on authenticity. Here you'll find the chile relleno burrito.

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.

Tokio

Phone:
720-639-2911

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

Park Burger

Phone:
720-242-9951

Denver's favorite neighborhood gourmet burger joint opens shop in Park Hill, serving favorites like the Royale—a 1/3 lb. burger smothered in caramelized onions, bleu cheese, and bacon.

Organic Pizza Company (Downtown)

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

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

Lansdowne Arms Bistro and Pub

Phone:
303-346-9136

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

Meta Burger

Phone:
720-535-9707

You don't have to be vegan to appreciate this health-conscious spot. The menu features American classics from hamburgers to chili cheese hotdogs—all sans meat and dairy, of course.

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.

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.

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.

Edge Restaurant & Bar

Phone:
303-389-3343

Choose your cut, sauce, and side—like a porterhouse steak with creamy horseradish and crispy Brussels sprouts—at this upscale, contemporary steak house.

El Noa Noa

Phone:
303-623-9968

Authentic Mexican food with top-notch margaritas.

D’Corazon

Phone:
720-904-8226

Known for the authentic, slow-simmered carnitas, this locale offers Mexican comfort food at its best.

Tocabe

Phone:
720-524-8282

American Indian food goes Chipotle-style at this quick service restaurant. Try the fry bread taco loaded with beef, buffalo, or chicken, and beans, lettuce, cheese, and salsas. Also try the Greenwood Village location.

The Spice Room

Phone:
303-455-3147

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

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.

Kachina Southwestern Grill

Phone:
720-460-2728

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

Mosaic

Phone:
720-305-0994

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

Prosper Oats (Broomfield)

Phone:

Find Instagram-worthy breakfast bowls at this daytime cafe. Try the PB & B, made with peanut butter, banana, sunflower seeds, and agave nectar. Also try the LoHi location.

Sputnik

Phone:
720-570-4503

This bar features a variety of classic sandwiches as well as vegan-friendly eats such as jackfruit tacos.

Birdcall (Five Points)

Phone:
720-361-2976

Order your meal via a self-serve kiosk at this futuristic fast-food joint from the team behind Park Burger. Try the deluxe crispy chicken sandwich with buttermilk herb mayo, bacon, and pepper Jack cheese. Also try the Union Station location.

Mango House

Phone:
303-900-8639

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

Range

Phone:
720-726-4800

Range serves true Western food: wood-fired ranch meats with Native American influences. Try the rabbit croquetas with chutney and parsley salad.

Curry ‘N’ Kebob

Phone:
720-328-4696

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

Weber

Phone:
303-377-8577

Casual fine dining with choices such as pan-seared diver scallops with root vegetables, wild mushroom hash, pea shoots, and vanilla-poached foie gras. Plus, sip on a glass of wine or specialty mojito.

Punch Bowl Social

Phone:
303-765-2695

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

Nick’s Diner

Phone:
720-443-2878

This diner boasts a large menu with all-day breakfast, Greek, Mexican, and American classics. Try the meatloaf.

Grimaldi’s

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

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

Jozi’s Kitchen & Shebeen

Phone:
303-840-7971

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

Gary Lee’s Motor Club & Grub

Phone:
303-282-4782

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

Gather

  • Denver
  • Civic Center (Golden Triangle)
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.

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.

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.

Foolish Craig’s Cafe

Phone:
303-247-9383

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

Three Sons Italian Restaurant & Bar

Phone:
303-455-4366

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

Vine Street Pub & Brewery

  • Denver
  • City Park West
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).

Rockabillies

Phone:
303-421-1799

This American burger bistro is known for, well, its handmade burgers, but don't miss the hot rod sandwich: chicken breast, buffalo sauce, lettuce, tomato, ranch, and blue cheese crumbles.

Pete’s Central I

Phone:
303-778-6675

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

Pho 79

Phone:
303-922-2930

Some of the best Vietnamese pho noodle soup you'll find in Denver. Also try the downtown location.

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.

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.

Aloha Poke Co.

Phone:
720-460-1978

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

Pho Real

Phone:
720-638-6884

Pho lovers rejoice—"the real thing" has made it to the ’burbs. Choose from a variety of fresh meats and add-ins (like bean sprouts and basil) to decorate your slurpable, large serving of noodles. Take-out works too: Order a mango smoothie to go for a delectable stroll down Littleton's Main Street.

Jelly (Capitol Hill)

Phone:
303-831-6301

Order the Molly Hot Brown: two slices of French toast with seared turkey, green-chile-cheese sauce, bacon, and tomato. Or, sip a Bloody Mary on the outdoor patio. Also try the University Hills location.

Hacienda Colorado

Phone:
303-932-0272

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

Highland Tap and Burger

Phone:
720-287-4493

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

Cava Greens

  • Denver
  • Central Business District
Phone:
720-274-0434

Premium salads hand-tossed with your choice of greens, toppings, and vinaigrettes made from extra-virgin olive oil.

Pat’s Philly Steaks & Subs

Phone:
303-768-0111

For cheesesteaks and other subs, you can't go wrong with Pat's. This location offers à la carte fare, but unlike their spot downtown, no liquor.

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.

Former Saint Craft Kitchen and Taps

  • Denver
  • Central Business District
Phone:
303-486-4434

The menu at this eatery takes inspiration from the Centennial State’s bounty. You’ll find everything from locally sourced charcuterie to a crudo made with Colorado striped bass.

Modern Market (Greenwood Village)

Phone:
303-220-9961

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.

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.

Stefano’s Bakery & Deli

Phone:
720-287-2062

Hot and cold sandwiches and calzones prepared with Italian bread baked fresh daily. Try a sandwich with capocollo, mortadella, sopressata (cured salami), and provolone.

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.

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.

Miami Vibez

Phone:
763-257-9992

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

Cafe Terra Cotta

Phone:
303-794-6054

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

Oskar Blues Brew & Grill

Phone:
720-502-3535

This laid back downtown location serves up everything from burgers to wood-grilled oysters, and of course, plenty of Oskar Blues beer to wash it all down.

TeaLee’s Teahouse and Bookstore

Phone:
303-593-2013

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

Big Smoke Burger

Phone:
303-756-3145

Diners can customize handcrafted burgers with toppings like jalapeño havarti and roasted peppers, or opt for one of the signature creations. Order the Colorado lamb burger crowned with a cilantro-feta spread with a side of poutine.

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.

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ChoLon

Phone:
303-353-5223

This contemporary restaurant serves modern twists on Pan-Asian cuisine. Try the French onion soup dumplings.

Chopper’s Sports Grill

Phone:
303-399-4448

A sports bar featuring delicious burgers and hoagies and an impressive collection of sports memorabilia.

Masa Cocina Mexicana

Phone:
303-820–2600

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

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.

Latke Love

Phone:
303-995-9708

This modern yet cozy deli presents a variety of Eastern European style fare including blintzes and corned beef hash. Make sure to order a few of the signature latkes.

Scratch Burrito and Happy Tap

Phone:
303-477-3000

Slow food in a fast-casual dining environment? This burrito shop is a paradox worth biting into. Gourmet-to-go versions of one of America's favorite staples are made with ingredients like white bean hummus, Napa cabbage, bruschetta-pico, and pesto.

Cochino Taco

Phone:
720-542-9829

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

Cosmo’s Pizza (Denver)

Phone:
303-777-3278

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

NY Pizza Pub

Phone:
303-639-9675

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

Highland’s Asian Grill

Phone:
303-433-3317

A casual Thai, Japanese, and Chinese restaurant. Top picks include fried rice, golden fried sesame tofu (gooey on the inside, crispy on the outside), and the zippy basil chicken with veggies.

Saigon Basil

Phone:
720-502-3040

House-made Vietnamese cuisine with an extensive menu that easily accomodates vegetarians. Try the jasmine iced tea and a combination rice noodle bowl, known as the Hu Tieu Thap Cam.

Matsuhisa Denver

Phone:
303-329-6628

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

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.

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.

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…

Under the Umbrella Cafe and Bakery

Phone:
303-256-0797

With house-made goodies like pumpkin-chocolate-chip muffins, gourmet sandwiches, and locally roasted coffee drinks, this casual cafe is a hot spot for friendly gatherings and caffeinated contemplation.

Sonoma’z Wine Bar & Grill

Phone:
303-728-6000

New American dishes, an impressive wine bar with 28 wines by the glass, and house-made desserts in a comfortable, naturally decorated space.

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.

Root 25 Taphouse & Kitchen

Phone:
303-779-1234

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

Lime (Denver Pavilions)

Phone:
303-629-5463

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

Casa Alegre

Phone:
303-665-2833

This family-owned gem in the heart of historic downtown Louisville serves up authentic Mexican with friendly service. Try the arroz con pollo and chile verde.

Blue Island Oyster Bar

Phone:
(303) 333-2462

With décor inspired from childhood memories of small coastal towns, Blue Island Oyster Bar offers a seaside escape in the heart of the Cherry Creek neighborhood. Come for the shareable appetizers, the cleverly crafted cocktails, and the fresh seafood entrées.

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.

Tofu House

Phone:
303-751-2840

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

Strade Bianche Cafe

Phone:
720-999-1064

Named for the famous white roads in Tuscany, Strade Bianche Cafe features homemade pastas and is adorned with bicycling memorabilia.

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.

Table Mountain Inn Grill & Cantina

Phone:
303-216-8040

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

Shake Shack

Phone:
720-543-8609

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

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Sushi Den

Phone:
303-777-0826

Sushi Den offers fresh, vibrant seafood flown in twice a week from Japan and a hip, lively scene.  Sit at the bar and watch the masterful sushi chefs, led by Toshihiro Kizaki, as they work their artistry.

Brickyard BBQ

Phone:
303-797-9255

This casual spot serves up Kansas City-style burnt ends, beef brisket, and ribs.

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.

Marrakech Grill

Phone:
303-759-3611

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

Blue Ocean

Phone:
303-220-0577

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

Joy Sushi Asian Bistro

Phone:
303-792-3772

A casual and affordable all-you-can eat Japanese restaurant, offering an extensive menu including sushi, tempura, and sashimi.

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.

SAME Café

Phone:
720-530-6853

This relaxed lunch spot, short for So All May Eat, pairs pay-what-you-can pricing with an ever-changing menu. Name your price for dishes like soup and pizza.

Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria

Phone:
720-389-5221

When you're in the mood for Cuban, look no further than this authentic sandwich shop. Stop in during happy hour for a fresh mojito.

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.

GB Fish & Chips (Northwest Metro)

  • Denver
  • Sloan Lake
Phone:
303-232-2128

Traditional fish and chips (cod, tilapia, prawns, and more) plus other English fare all made in-house, such as shepherd's pie, bangers and mash, and Cornish pasties. European soccer and rugby games televised. Multiple locations.

Cookery at Myrtle Hill

Phone:
303-733-7448

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

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.

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers (Downtown)

Phone:
720-328-9114

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

Stoic & Genuine

Phone:
303-640-3474

Impeccably fresh seafood preparations are the star of this iconic oyster house. Sip on craft cocktails or grower champagnes as you nosh on Alaska king crab legs or Maine lobster. For a satisfying entrée, try the paella moderna.

Tacos Tequila Whiskey (Highland)

Phone:
720-502-4608

Often referred to as Pinche Tacos, this spot offers a variety of Mexican specialties. Try the queso a la plancha made with griddled Cotija cheese, smashed avocado, and roasted tomatillo salsa. A chalkboard displays the extensive tequila menu, and the coin-style margaritas are the perfect accompaniment to any taco.

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.

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.

Olive & Finch

Phone:
303-955-0455

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

House of Kabob

Phone:
303-756-0744

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

Honey Bee Asian Bistro

Phone:
303-400-6117

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

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.

Mad Greens

  • Denver
  • Central Business District
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.

Smiling Moose Deli

Phone:
303-530-2700

A laid-back deli serving well-crafted sandwiches, soups, and wraps. Stop in on your way to work for a Morning Moose breakfast sandwich, or for a free cookie with your Double Bogie turkey sandwich on Wednesdays. Multiple locations. >

Brewery Bar III

Phone:
303-708-9333

This casual Mexican spot serves up a crispy chile rellenos, great green chile, and margaritas.

Thrive360 Eatery

  • Denver
  • Central Business District
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.

Portofino Pizza & Pasta

Phone:
303-841-9900

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

Sunrise Sunset (Sixth Ave.)

Phone:
303-996-4635

This casual and sunny breakfast spot is famous for its fluffy pancakes, but the enchilada sunshine skillet and black-bean burrito with vegetarian green chile are tasty, too.

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.

The Rock Wood Fired Kitchen

Phone:
303-346-8096

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

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.

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.

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.

Torchy’s Tacos (Westminster)

Phone:
303-495-1115

This Texas-born taco shop offers an option for any appetite. Don't miss the breakfast tacos, the taco of the month, or any of the many pork, beef, sausage, and chicken options. Multiple locations.

Axum Restaurant

Phone:
303-329-6139

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

Arada

Phone:
303-329-3344

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

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.

Milwaukee Street Tavern

Phone:
303-320-4710

Catch the game on one of many HD flat screens or take advantage of the two-lane bowling alley while you enjoy authentic tavern-style comfort fare.

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.

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.

Rock Bottom Brewery

Phone:
303-534-7616

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

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.

Prost Fine Beers and Sausages

Phone:
303-455-9012

This Highland beer hall's menu offers Bavarian-style sausages, sandwiches, and soups. Enjoy an Erdinger Dunkel dark wheat beer with your veal bratwurst and soft pretzel. Don't miss the stocked-up condiment bar of house-made mustards.

Weathervane Cafe

Phone:
303-355-5863

Enjoy a small but sumptuous menu of breakfast items, sandwiches, and salads at this cozy Uptown cafe.

Ohana Island Kitchen

Phone:
303-718-6580

This Hawaiian-inspired eatery serves top-notch tuna poke, Spam musubi, roasted pork, and more in a casual setting.

The Market

Phone:
303-534-5140

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

Denver Biscuit Company (Aurora)

Phone:
303-377-7900

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

KT’s BBQ

Phone:
303-355-5483

Family-owned and run barbecue shack with his-and-her Memphis- and Texas-style barbecue. Multiple locations.

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.

Park Burger (Platt Park)

Phone:
720-242-9951

This neighborhood eatery serves up top-notch burgers, such as the Croque, topped with Swiss, a fried egg, and a slice of ham. Add a milkshake or root beer float. 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.

Blue Fin Sushi

Phone:
303-333-4006

Fish entrees and crisp tempura round out the menu at this sushi spot.

Dalat Vietnamese Restaurant

Phone:
303-935-4141

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

Etai’s Bakery Cafe at CU Boulder

Phone:
303-735-6500

Enjoy breakfast and lunch options at this on-campus bakery and cafe. Grab coffee and a breakfast burrito on the go or enjoy the artichoke brie grilled cheese for a leisurely lunch.

Denver Biscuit Company (City Park)

Phone:
303-377-7900

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

Tributary Food Hall & Drinkery

Phone:

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

Vinh Xuong Bakery

Phone:
720-460-1978

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

Relish It

Phone:
303-798-3344

Try the guac-rocket, a burger piled high with guacamole, pepper jack cheese, and bacon, with a side of sweet potato fries.

Pub on Penn

  • Boulder
  • Capitol Hill
Phone:
303-861-8638

Head to this neighborhood pub for food specials such as all-you-can-eat wings on Wednesday nights and happy-hour drink specials all day, every day. Try the tater tots—ask for them loaded with green chile and cheese.

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.

Fontana Sushi

Phone:
303-778-8818

Friendly sushi joint serving rolls, noodle bowls, tempura, and curry.

Motomaki

Phone:
720-943-2030

Enjoy a diverse selection of Asian cuisine at this fast-casual eatery. Try a Hawaiian-style tuna poke, a Vietnamese banh mi, or the make-your-own maki, where diners choose the ingredients in their sushi rolls.

Juicy Burgers & Dogs

Phone:
303-741-3647

You don’t have to go back in time to enjoy all-American meals. At this minimalist diner, try the cheddar char burger with sharp, spreadable cheddar on a white or pumpernickel bun. Pair it with home-cut, Idaho potato fries.

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.

Yak and Yeti

Phone:
303-426-1976

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

Swing Thai

Phone:
303-777-1777

Quick, tasty, and affordable Thai. Multiple locations.

Il Posto

Phone:
303-394-0100

Sample Andrea Frizzi’s imaginative Italian cuisine in sleek, urban environs. Don't miss the seasonal risotto.

Tokyo San Bowl

Phone:
303-333-0304

Dine-in or get delivery at this fast-casual Japanese restaurant. The menu includes familiar dishes like teriyaki, udon, and rice bowls, as well as sushi.

Tap Fourteen (Uptown)

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.

Sakura House

Phone:
303-292-2323

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

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.

CityGrille

Phone:
303-861-0726

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

Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen

Phone:
720-440-9880

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

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.

Tuk Tuk Thai Grill

Phone:
303-988-5885 ext. 2

Healthy Thai food for a fast lunch or dinner. Don't forget the famous Thai iced coffee. Multiple locations.

Yampa Sandwich Co.

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.

Daniel’s of Paris

Phone:
303-751-6084

You'll have to try one of each at this French bakery, but we'd suggest the classic breakfast pasteries.

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.

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.

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.

Sushi Zanmai

Phone:
303-440-0733

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Colterra

Phone:
303-652-0777

The menu is inspired by the classics of southern France and northern Italy.

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).

Appaloosa Grill

Phone:
720-932-1700

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

Syrup

Phone:
720-945-1111

Head here for the Cherry Creeker eggs Benedict with a cup of Vail Mountain coffee. Or order pancakes and choose a specialty infused syrup, like buttermilk, maple-vanilla, or blackberry.

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.

FelFel Mediterranean

Phone:
303-586-5540

This fast casual Mediterranean restaurant offers scratch-made shawarma, falafel, and a wide variety of sauces and toppings. Make sure to try the spicy hummus and tabbouleh salad.

La Polleria

Phone:
720-583-1051

This fast, casual eatery whips up Peruvian style chicken in a brick-lined, charcoal-burning oven imported from Peru. If you want something traditional, try the pollo a la brasa, or "rotisserie chicken" with an aji chili pepper sauce, the empanadas, or barbecue sandwiches.

Providence Tavern

Phone:
303-462-5280

Located in a restored 1930s corner spot, this neighborhood hub puts a tasty twist on typical pub food. Try the seared ahi tuna plate. Grab a spot on the semi-enclosed patio.

Tavern Uptown

Phone:
303-830-9210

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

Ishtar Grill

Phone:
303-282-5008

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

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.

LongHorn Steakhouse

Phone:
303-451-1116

The legendary steak house that got its start in Georgia has come to Colorado. Expect the same steak house salads, half-pound burgers, and of course, steak house classics.

Stoney’s Bar and Grill

Phone:
303-830-6839

This Colorado-themed sports bar features 16 ales from local breweries. Pick your favorite to wash down the Buffalo Bill, a local buffalo slider, or the Colorado Bass fish tacos. Plus, watch your favorite teams on 38 plasma-screen TVs.

Owlbear Barbecue

Phone:
970-708-3954

The brick-and-mortar joint from pitmaster Karl Fallenius is serving brisket, ribs, and all of the fixings.

Junz

Phone:
720-851-1005

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

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.

Olive & Finch (City Park West)

Phone:
303-832-8663

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

Ristorante L

Phone:
303-442-1300

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

Cantina Laredo

Phone:
303-444-2260

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

Gaku Ramen

Phone:
303-736-2879

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

Nomad Taqueria & Beer Garden

Phone:
303-215-0100

Spend an evening lounging on the 7,000-square-foot patio at this rustic southwestern restaurant, which features vibrant tamales and tacos and flavorful entrées like adobo pork loin. Complete your meal with Nomad's very own Key Lime Kolsch.

Uncle Joe’s Hong Kong Bistro

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

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

Cap City Tavern

Phone:
720-931-8888

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

Bonefish Grill

Phone:
303-423-3474

Enjoy an extensive menu at this casual, seafood-centric restaurant. Multiple locations.

Hapa Sushi Grill and Sake Bar

Phone:
720-354-5058

The modern menu features traditional items–like teriyaki chicken–as well as unique combinations such as the #9 roll, made with shrimp, crab, salmon, cucumber, and avocado. Multiple locations.

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.

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.

Diego Zhang’s Burger Cafe

Phone:
303-484-9802

Global flavors and burgers are this restaurant's inspirations. Try chicken patties with chimichurri and roasted red peppers; mesquite-rubbed pork with caramelized barbecue sauce; or beef with bacon and onions.

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.

Mediterranean

Phone:
303-444-5335

Offering Spanish-, French-, and Greek-inspired cuisine. Sample from one of the 38 tapas on the menu as you sip from a fabulous wine selection.

Your Pie

Phone:
720-452-9687

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

Tony’s Bistro

Phone:
720-880-4501

This casual neighborhood spot is known for its Reuben–corned beef or pastrami–and wide assortment of sandwiches. Start your day off right with the eggs Benedict and $5 bottomless mimosas.

Los Carboncitos (Highland)

Phone:
303-458-0880

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

Sink

Phone:
303-444-7465

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

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.

Liberati Restaurant & Brewery

Phone:
303-862-5652

The brainchild of Rome-born restaurateur Alex Liberati, this combination brewery/eatery serves scratch-made Italian fare and grape ales.

Little India

Phone:
303-871-9777

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

Iwayama Sushi & Da Big Kahuna Bistro

Phone:
303-948-1199

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

Hot Ticket Cafe

Phone:
303-455-9275

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

Graze & Gather

Phone:
347-555-1234

This shared workspace doubles as an eatery with grab and go options. Customize your own breakfast burrito with ingredients like chorizo and mushrooms.

Zig Zag Smokin’ Burger

Phone:
720-459-7530

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

Denver Biscuit Company (Baker)

Phone:
303-377-7900

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

Briar Common Brewery & Eatery

Phone:
720-512-3894

You'll find both classic and experimental beer styles here—all of which are designed for pairing with the diverse menu of shared plates and entrées. Try the house burger with a Thistle IPA.

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.

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.

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.

Crepes a la Carte (Broomfield)

Phone:
303-635-8191

This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and sweet dessert crepes made to order. Located in the food court of FlatIrons Mall.

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.

Katsu Ramen

Phone:
303-751-2222

Satisfy a ramen craving with one of the traditional styles offered at this cozy spot. Get the most out of your dollar with a combo meal, featuring your choice of ramen plus gyoza and a rice bowl.

9Thai

Phone:
303-658-0751

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

The Rock Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits

Phone:
303-454-3282

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

West End Tavern

Phone:
303-444-3535

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

Zocalito Latin Bistro

Phone:
970-920-1991

Formerly located in Aspen, chef/owner Michael Beary’s upscale Oaxacan eatery found a home in the heart of Denver. Try the pork tenderloin with red mole sauce.

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.

Kona Grill

Phone:
720-974-1300

This Asian-inspired modern American grill offers classics—like the pork tenderloin and the ny strip—and a wide selection of housemade sushi and sashimi. The drink menu includes craft cocktails and 9 choices of saké.

Birdcall (Union Station)

Phone:
720-572-8800

Order your meal via a self-serve kiosk at this futuristic fast-food joint from the team behind Park Burger, located inside Whole Foods. Try the deluxe crispy chicken sandwich with buttermilk herb mayo, bacon, and pepper Jack cheese. Also try the Five Points location.

B.side Lounge

Phone:
303-473-9463

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

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Phone:
303-799-4999

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

Villagran Restaurante

Phone:
303-379-9927

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

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.

Red Tango

Phone:
303-420-2203

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

Growler USA

Phone:
720-387-7965

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

Denver Biscuit Company (Berkeley)

Phone:
303-377-7900

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

Dion’s Pizza

Phone:
720-345-0600

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

Brass Tacks

Phone:

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

Old Blinking Light

Phone:
303-346-9797

Seasonally fresh American fare with Southwestern soul in a contemporary, comfortable atmosphere.

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.

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.

25 Best Restaurants

Call

Phone:
303-954-0230

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

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.

Rocky Top Tavern

Phone:
303-477-0265

Enjoy daily drink specials, local brews, and creative pub food—like the peanut butter and bacon burger—at this casual bar and restaurant.

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.

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.

City & Country Deli & Sausage Co.

Phone:
720-216-0573

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

Cinzzetti’s

Phone:
303-451-7300

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

Nonna’s Chicago Bistro

Phone:
303-399-2000

This quaint bistro offers a dose of Chicago and Italy in a cozy, Tuscan-style dining room. Favorites include the delicate marinara, homemade meatballs, and rustic ciabatta. Don't miss the live musical entertainment.

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.

Simms Steakhouse

Phone:
303-237-0465

Steaks are the signature item at this spacious restaurant, but also enjoy seafood options like halibut with lobster cream sauce.

Flower Child

Phone:
303-386-8090

This hip eatery serves veggie bowls, fresh salads, and other health-focused fare. Try the avocado hummus.

Exchange Tavern

Phone:
303-469-0404

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

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.

Tavern Downtown

Phone:
303-299-0100

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

Denver Ted’s

Phone:
303-830-9089

Denver Ted's serves authentic cheesesteaks on traditinal Amoroso rolls.

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.

Socorro’s

Phone:
303-777-8226

Street tacos, tortas, and smothered burritos are the fare at this colorful Mexican eatery. Refresh your palate with the cantaloupe agua fresca.

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.

Mehak India’s Aroma

Phone:
(720) 638-9350

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

Hana Sushi

Phone:
303-680-6099

Modern Japanese restaurant serving fresh sushi.

Jack’s Uptown Grille

Phone:
303-399-0988

You'll find American fare and a laid-back atmosphere at this spot. Try the signature prime rib sandwich.

Breckenridge on Blake

Phone:
303-297-3644

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

Mici Handcrafted Italian (Downtown)

Phone:
303-629-6424

A perfect combination of family recipes and modern style. Serving salads, pizza, pasta, panini, and more in a quick and casual atmosphere. Dine-in, carry-out, delivery within three mile, and catering.

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.

Palenque Mezcaleria

Phone:
303-778-1294

Sip on more than 100 varieties mezcal and snack on shrimp and mango ceviche at this sultry bar.

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.

25 Best Restaurants

Acorn

Phone:
720-542-3721

Contemporary American cuisine with Southern and Moroccan notes at this mainstay inside the Source is served from an oak-fired oven and grill. Don't miss the bar's inventive cocktails.

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.

Yanni’s Greek Restaurant

Phone:
303-692-0404

Some say this is the best Greek food in town. Enjoy this elegant yet casual taverna, and try the Colorado grilled lamb chops served with roasted potatoes and veggies. Plus, everyone loves a good gyro. Pair your meal with one of their many wine options.

Maggiano’s Little Italy (Downtown)

Phone:
303-260-7707

Reminiscent of a New York-style supper club serving southern Italian cuisine in grand proportions. Have a large group? Book one of the banquet areas for your gathering. Multiple locations.

Infinitus Pie

Phone:
720-287-5915

Create your own pizza with a wide variety of ingredients, from local sausage and roasted chicken to fresh basil. Try the pizza queen, with chorizo, cilantro, red onion, pineapple, and green chiles.

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.

Bucksnort Saloon

Phone:
303-838-0284

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

Pho 96

Phone:
303-568-9262

Vietnamese noodle bowls and soups abound at this South Federal restaurant. Top off your authentic meal with a boba smoothie.

Chicago Style Beef and Dogs

Phone:
303-233-0500

A casual eatery, adorned with Chicago-inspired mementos, where the Italian beef sandwiches and Vienna Beef hot dogs reign supreme.

El Cazo Cocina y Cantina

Phone:
72-512-4772

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

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.

LeRoux

Phone:
720-845-1673

Lon Symensma’s upscale, European-inspired eatery features table-side preparations and a roving cheese cart.

Protein Bar

Phone:
303-893-0898

The Protein Bar is healthy food on the go. Choose from quinoa bowls and wraps with chicken, tofu, and veggies. Raw juices and breakfast round out the menu.

Twin Dragon

Phone:
303-781-8068

Authentic Asian dishes served with flair.

Cherry Creek Grill

Phone:
303-322-3524

Specialties include spit-roasted chicken, grilled fish, ribs, and wood-roasted steaks.

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.

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.

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.

The Kitchen Denver

Phone:
303-623-3127

This community bistro features consciously sourced ingredients and a raw seafood bar. Try the comforting tomato soup. Also try the Boulder location.

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.

Silvi’s Kitchen at Olde Town Arvada

Phone:
303-421-8000

Enjoy classic sandwiches and delicious baked goods, but try something new when the cafe transforms into an artisanal pizza place at night. The large, comfortable eatery also includes a quick-service frozen yogurt shop.

Mezcal

Phone:
303-322-5219

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

M Uptown

Phone:
303-832-1333

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

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.

Nile Ethiopian Restaurant

Phone:
720-748-0239

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

Blooming Beets Kitchen

Phone:
303-443-3479

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

Thai House

Phone:
303-430-8424

Authentic curries and appetizers burst with flavor at this affordable and family-friendly establishment.

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.

Denver Bicycle Cafe

Phone:
720-446-8029

This eatery offers full-service bike tune-up and repairs. Enjoy local craft beers or a steaming cup of Pablo's coffee while you wait.

Istanbul Bakery & Cafe

Phone:
720-536-5455

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

Shells & Sauce

Phone:
303-377-2091

Italian-American food with flair. The cozy dining room is decorated in warm Mediterranean style and complements the lively flavors in the dishes.

GB Fish & Chips (Wash Park)

  • Denver
  • Washington Park
Phone:
720-570-5103

Kick back to watch a European soccer or rugby match with a few pints and some traditional English fare. Choose from fish and chips, shepherd's pie and Cornish pasties. Multiple locations.

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.

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.

Palais Casablanca

Phone:
303-871-0494

This family-friendly Moroccan restaurant serves authentic preparations with flavor and finesse.

My Brother’s Bar

Phone:
303-455-9991

Enjoy beers and burgers with classical music in one of Denver's oldest bars.

Grammy’s Italian Goodies

Phone:
720-373-8432

After years of working the festival circuit, Grammy's Goodies has hunkered down at a brick and mortar to continue dishing up Italian mainstays like lasagna, garlic knots, and Sicilian pizza. Don't leave without one of the sweet treats baked from the owner's grandmother's recipes.

Elm

  • Denver
  • South Park Hill
Phone:
303-336-5763

Red Socks fans congregate here during baseball season and neighbors drop in nightly. Roast beef, fish and chips, and burgers are the pub's most popular meals.

Bennett’s BBQ (Arvada)

Phone:
303-424-0318

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

Famous Dave’s

Phone:
303-280-6227

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

Waters Edge Winery & Bistro

Phone:
720-381-6663

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

Nomaste

Phone:
720-216-0843

Build your own naan bread wrap or salad bowl at this quick-service Indian eatery. Choose from fillings such as marinated chicken and paneer cheese and a variety of chutneys and sauces.

Virgilio’s Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Phone:
303-972-1011

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

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.

Cook’s Fresh Market

  • Denver
  • Central Business District
Phone:
303-893-2277

This deli/grocery/meat counter/coffee bar seems to have it all. Popular for its grab-and-go entrees, the market offers healthy food at a quick pace. Try their house-made soups and salad bar for lunch or pick up dinner to take home.

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.

Salt & Grinder

Phone:
303-945-4200

Chef Frank Bonanno takes on the deli. Expect house-cured meats, hand-crafted salads, breakfast, and jarred cocktails. Try the PB & J French Toast.

Chook

Phone:
303-282-8399

Chook specializes in Australian-style, charcoal-grilled rotisserie chicken and fresh veggie sides. Try the charred broccoli salad.

Protein Bar (Boulder)

Phone:
303-440-1028

The Protein Bar is healthy food on the go. Choose from quinoa bowls and wraps with chicken, tofu, and veggies. Raw juices and breakfast round out the menu.

Injoi Korean Kitchen

Phone:
720-460-1978

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

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).

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.

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.

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.

India’s Castle

Phone:
303-782-9700

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

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.

Cho77

Phone:
720-638-8179

Lon Symensma offers Asian street food with a modern touch at this fast-casual eatery. Try the Hainanese chicken fried rice or the Indian lamb meatballs.

El Valle Mexican Restaurant

Phone:
303-975-6456

This casual Mexican spot serves filling breakfast burritos, plates of sizzling fajitas, and street-style tacos.

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.

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.

Star Kitchen

Phone:
303-936-0089

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

Pho Fusion Asian

Phone:
303-455-1111

This fast-casual restaurant serves up favorites like lettuce wraps, pho soup, pad Thai, sesame chicken, and coconut curry chicken.

Gaetano’s

Phone:
303-455-9852

This comfy neighborhood hangout features old-school favorites, such as chicken Parmesan.

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.

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.

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.

Warhorse Inn

Phone:
303-841-4018

Old school bar dishes up Mexican food, sandwiches, steak, ribs, and super nachos. Order a cold beer to wash your meal down.

Saltgrass Steak House (Parker)

Phone:
303-840-2370

This Texas steak house chain specializes in certified Angus steaks, but also try the BBQ baby back ribs. Soups, salads, and desserts are made from scratch.

Amira Bakery

Phone:
303-756-7700

At Amira Bakery, it's best to show up with an empty stomach to sample the menu's many delights. Indulge in chicken or beef shawarma sandwiches and snacks like grape leaves, baba ghanouj, and a labneh plate served with pita.

El Trompito Taqueria

Phone:
720-540-3483

Indulge in one hundred percent true Mexican food, from tacos al pastor and carnitas to barbacoa. The menudo (a chile, hominy, and tripe soup) is a traditional hangover cure.

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.

Augustine Grill

Phone:
303-814-3663

Relax in the meandering garden and enjoy lamb and fresh seafood selections and an extensive wine list. Don't miss the classic steak au poivre with au gratin potatoes and asparagus.

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.

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.

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.…

TAG

Phone:
303-996-9985

Chef Troy Guard describes the food at his flagship restaurant as continental social cuisine. Translation: He serves big and small plates with flavors from around the world.

Oblio’s Pizzeria

Phone:
303-321-1511

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

Sforno Trattoria Romana

Phone:
303-449-1787

Like its sisters Bacco Trattoria and Parma Trattoria, Sforno serves hearty, family-style Roman fare. Try the house-made paperdalle bolognese or the bison ossobuco alla Romana, served with house-made gnocchi.

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.

Thai Flavor

Phone:
720-859-7648

Exemplary Thai food and gracious service. Try the pla goong and the creamy Thai tea.

Fat Sully’s Pizza (City Park)

Phone:
303-393-1515

Tucked inside the Atomic Cowboy, the spot's menu is small (just three pizza varieties, including a gluten-free version), but it's cheap and servings are enormous.

Mateo

Phone:
303-443-7766

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

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.

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.

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.

Hayter’s & Co.

Phone:
303-297-8279

This sports joint serves classic bar fare (think cheese, fries, and wings), but also serves other treats, such as the homemade green chili and the 90 Shilling mac and cheese. Take a gander at their extensive drink collection and order the “Hayterade,” with huckleberry and citrus vodkas, lemonade, and a splash of cranberry.

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.

Japon Sushi & Sake Bar

Phone:
303-460-8868

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

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Phone:
303-623-4867

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

1-2-3 Pho

Phone:
303-471-2228

Enjoy house-made pho, the Vietnamese noodle soup, with a wide variety of offerings including pork, shrimp, chicken, and vegetable.

Gaby’s German Eatery

Phone:
720-329-8188

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

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.

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.

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.

Pho 95 (Centennial)

Phone:
303-797-9535

Authentic Vietnamese cuisine is served up every day at this noodle house. Try your pho in any of the 21 different ways that are offered. Also try the Lakewood location.

Jack-n-Grill

Phone:
303-964-9544

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

Uber Sausage

Phone:
303-862-7894

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

Stoney’s Full Steam Tavern

Phone:
720-465-9830

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

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.

Oak at Fourteenth

Phone:
303-444-3622

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

Tacos Jalisco

Phone:
303-458-1437

This neighborhood mainstay offers authentic Mexican fare and friendly service.

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.

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.

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.

Sub Culture

Phone:
303-420-3232

Choose from a menu with more than 50 sandwich offerings. The Colorado beef used in many of the subs is slow-cooked in house for seven hours. For vegetarians, try the Mega Veggie made with tempeh, grilled vegetables, and pesto. Pair your sub with the house's specialty bourbon and lemonade.

Pho Duy

Phone:
303-937-1609

Slurp down delicious bowls of noodle soup at this popular Vietnamese mainstay.

G.I. Jodi’s Bar & Grill

Phone:
303-972-8658

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

Tavern Littleton

Phone:
303-730-7772

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

J. Alexander’s

Phone:
303-708-8432

Specialties include award-winning prime rib, hardwood-grilled aged steaks, and fresh seafood served by friendly professionals.

Locanda Del Borgo

Phone:
303-388-0282

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

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.

La Fogata

Phone:
303-753-9458

At this restaurant, Grandma's house-made recipes make great comfort food.

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.

Raglin Market

Phone:
303-954-9990

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

Cedar Grille

Phone:
303-327-2211

Dine on award winning steak in the intimate restaurant of the Fortune Valley Hotel and Casino.

Au Feu

Phone:
720-460-1978

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

Empanada Express Grill (Highland)

Phone:
303-955-8362

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

Whole Sol Blend Bar

Phone:
720-372-7862

Dig into 100 percent organic and gluten-free bowls at this feel-good smoothie and juice bar. Try the blueberry peach cobbler bowl.

Anthony’s Pizza & Pasta

  • Denver
  • Central Business District
Phone:
303-573-6236

Enjoy pizzas by the slice or order a whole pie with your choice of toppings. Choose between a thin, Neapolitan-style crust or go thick with a slice of Sicilian.

Mt. Fuji Japanese Cuisine

Phone:
303-860-8088

Find your way to this Japanese cuisine kingdom, and sit back at the hibachi grill or sushi bar to watch the chef do all the work. Try the Mt. Fuji box with lobster, teriyaki shrimp, vegetables, tempura, and California rolls. Multiple locations.

Globe Hall

Phone:
303-296-1003

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

Steuben’s

Phone:
303-830-1001

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

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.

Emerald Isle

Phone:
303-690-3722

Fajitas are the speciality at this spot overlooking the Cherry Creek Reservoir.

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.

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…

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.

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.

Biju’s Little Curry Shop

Phone:
303-975-6886

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.

Hanson’s Grill & Tavern

Phone:
303-744-1052

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

City Bakery Cafe

  • Denver
  • Civic Center (Golden Triangle)
Phone:
303-861-0809

City Bakery's bread is now the star of its own sandwich shop. Try the East Coast classic: salami, ham, provolone, lettuce, tomato, and vinagrette on a baguette, or opt for one of the inventive grilled paninis.

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.

Smōk

Phone:
720-230-0792

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

Oblio’s Cap Hill Tavern

Phone:

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

Marco’s Coal-Fired (Englewood)

Phone:
303-790-9000

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

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.

Annie’s Cafe and Bar

Phone:
303-355-8197

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

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