Denver's Dining Hot Spots: There's a Table Waiting for You

No longer is Denver simply a western town. While the city is justifiably proud of its western heritage–and that can be seen in the eateries that focus on steaks and game–it's also a modern urban metropolis where locals, visitors, artists, professionals, sports enthusiasts, millennials, boomers and, yes, chefs, have come from across the country and the globe to be in the Mile High City, whether permanently or just for a short while. The restaurant scene reflects that diverse population with its far-flung origins and influences, and the truth is you can find any kind of food you want here now. There are a slew of great restaurants that have European and Mediterranean overtones, including Rioja and Bistro Vendome. Sushi Den sets the bar high for Asian-inspired eateries, and Fruition, Acorn and Table 6 bring American comfort food to new levels. Some restaurants, including Work & Class, are as much about creating community and a defined experience as creating excellent food, while others such as Old Major are embracing another hot restaurant trend–charcuterie. Best of all, every Denver neighborhood has a star eatery to try. We have looked at all that Denver has to offer and put together a list that shines a light on the city's expansive personality as well as its super-star chefs. Enjoy. Share. Savor. 

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 fabulous fresh baked empanadas,...  Read More

Work & Class
Photo courtesy of 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. Red-chile braised pork and...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Christine Loomis

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 anchoring businesses at The...  Read More

Old Major
Photo courtesy of 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). While the emphasis is...  Read More

Alamo Placita
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 but among the possibilities...  Read More

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, escargot, steak au poivre and...  Read More

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 isn't the only thing on the...  Read More


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 many restaurants today....  Read More

Alamo Placita

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 that sets Fruition (and...  Read More

Photo courtesy of 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 mushrooms, nasturtium and...  Read More


Meet 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,...  More About Christine

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