Best Denver, CO Restaurants

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    10. Maria Empanada

    Patrons line up for these authentic empanadas that come in a variety of forms, from savory to sweet. On a busy corner of South Broadway, Maria Empanada is an oasis of deliciousness and charm. In addition to the...

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    9. Work & Class

    Opened in early 2014, Work & Class is, as its name suggests, down to earth and deliberately reflective of the owners' own working-class roots. But that doesn't mean the food is lacking in creativity or interest....

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    8. Acorn

    The ambience is industrial chic with exposed bricks and pipes; the menu is contemporary creative with comfort-food overtones. Acorn is the offshoot of Boulder's highly acclaimed Oak at Fourteenth and one of the...

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    7. Old Major

    The focus at this Highlands-area eatery is on heritage-raised meats from Colorado farms. The restaurant does its own butchering and cures the meats in-house (you can see the charcuterie room from the dining area)....

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    6. Table 6

    Like its neighbor Fruition a couple of blocks away, Table 6 specializes in upscale comfort food. Its tagline, 'American comfort food with an eclectic, unconventional twist,' sums it up nicely. The menu changes daily...

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    5. Bistro Vendome

    Tucked into a secluded breezeway off Larimer Square, intimate Bistro Vendome captures the essence of a Parisian bistro in its ambience and menu. Expect French classics (some rotating) such as cassoulet, duck confit,...

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    4. Sushi Den

    One of South Pearl's best restaurants, Sushi Den has received numerous awards and accolades for its exceptional sushi. Fresh fish is flown in daily, which is apparent as soon as you bite into any fish dish. Sushi...

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    3. Mizuna

    Open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner only, Mizuna offers an intimate dining experience and arguably one of Denver's most romantic restaurant experiences. At Mizuna, you will not find the loud clamor so popular in...

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    2. Fruition Restaurant

    Chef Alex Seidel opened Fruition Restaurant in 2007. With its menu of upscale comfort food and a well-curated wine list, it was an instant success. It remains very popular, meaning reservations are a must. One thing...

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    1. Rioja

    Mediterranean influences inform the menu that includes extraordinary handmade pastas by Chef Jennifer Jasinski, who is also co-owner of the restaurant. The crispy sweet corn gnocchi is served with roasted chanterelle...

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About Denver, CO Restaurants

The Mile High City has become a food lover’s paradise as chefs from around the nation and the globe have picked up their whisks and toques and moved to sunny Denver.  The metro area’s list of AAA Four Diamond eateries includes Rioja and Mizuna, along with Frasca in Boulder. But at its heart, the Denver food scene is about community.  Snooze, a fabulous breakfast joint, is perennially popular with the Ballpark neighborhood crowd but draws from afar, too. South Pearl has Sushi Den and Session Kitchen, and Linger is among Highlands’ go-to dining spots. This is the West so steak rules here, but not just beef; at The Fort up in Morrison, buffalo tops the menu. There are excellent pre-theater options downtown, including Edge at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver (another Four Diamond recipient) and The Curtis hotel’s casual Corner Office. Lunch runs the gamut from Palettes at the Denver Art Museum with its refined air to the industrial vibe of Comida, one of Denver’s most popular food trucks and now a sit-down restaurant serving stellar Mexican fare in the emerging RiNo District. Truth is, no matter which neighborhood you’re in, there’s a restaurant worthy of your attention. 

About Christine Loomis

Christine has written about every aspect of travel, from romance and adventure to family and wellness. She is also lucky to have had three major home states through the years: New York, Colorado and California. Today she divides time between the Denver and San Francisco areas.  Christine loves shoe shopping and fishing; walking anywhere; horseback...  Read more »

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