Best Denver, CO Restaurants

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    10. Cuba Cuba

    This cheery blue house doesn't look like a typical restaurant, and its intensely flavored cuisine and generously poured drinks don't make for typical dining. Come early to beat the ever-present crowds and grab a...

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    9. 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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    8. Work & Class

    Finally 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...

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    7. Trillium

    Billing itself as a lively urban bistro with rustic cuisine rooted in both American and Scandinavian traditions, Trillium is open and airy by design with an industrial-chic vibe. The restaurant brings a touch of the...

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    6. Coohill's

    Located in LoDo, where many of Denver's trendy new American and more casual restaurants reside, Coohill's features a menu that is traditional French at heart but with many of the ingredients sourced from Colorado...

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    5. Session Kitchen

    The owners of this South Pearl gem describe the culture of their restaurant as a casual, vibrant, east-meets-west environment enriched by local and international street art. That's what they wanted to create and they...

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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. Frasca

    Frasca celebrates the flavors of a very specific region in Italy, Friuli, in the far northeast corner at the top of Italy's geographical boot. If you're imagining typical Italian food, you won't get it here....

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    2. Mizuna

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

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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 cavatelli is served with black truffle chicken sausage,...

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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. 

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