Where to Eat before or after Broncos Gamedays

Denver is fanatic about its sports teams – did you know it is the only city in the country to host seven professional teams? But no team draws bigger crowds or more passion than the Broncos, who play their home football games at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

If you're going to the big game, you're probably going to tailgate beforehand (it's a time honored tradition after-all), but should you be in town for a few days, and staying near the stadium, or hungry after the winning touchdown is thrown, there are some great restaurants within a 10-minute taxi ride of the stadium, which is located on the west side of I-25 and not far from some of Denver's trendiest neighborhoods – LoDo is located just across the highway to the east, while LoHI and the Highlands are just a few minutes drive north. 

If you're in the mood for a perfectly cooked steak in mod posh environs then head to Guard and Grace, which focuses on 22 different options in three cuts. For New American West cooking, including delectable game and seafood, check out Range in a fantastic space in the historic Colorado National Bank Building, which now houses the just-opened Renaissance Downtown City Center Hotel. It also has a bar with flat screen TVs to view the game, should you not have tickets. While vegetarians will dig the three-course tasting menu at Old Major, which also does excellent meat. So regardless of what you're craving, these 10 restaurants will indulge. 

Named for its street address, 1515 entices diners with low lighting, a romantic atmosphere, and tantalizing grilled meat and fresh seafood dishes. For a starter, try the Maryland crab cakes or duck leg confit both of which stand out. Follow them...  Read More

Range, the just opened restaurant in the brand new Renaissance Downtown City Center Hotel in the former Colorado National Bank building, is so masterful with its culinary creations it can make a brussels sprout taste good to a person who...  Read More

Randolph's Restaurant & Bar

Located in Denver's uptown neighborhood, inside the Warwick Hotel, Randolph's serves contemporary American fare paired with classic cocktails in a dining room that feels comfortable yet elegant. It's known for having one of Denver's best happy...  Read More

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Tamayo is one of the most popular restaurants on historic Larimer Square with good reason. Richard Sandoval--of Zengo and La Biblioteca fame--has created a posh, airy space in which Mexican is reimagined as an artful, surprising cuisine yet true...  Read More

Old Major
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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

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 cavatelli is served with black truffle chicken sausage, morel mushroom, peas and spring...  Read More

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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 farmers and purveyors. Dishes...  Read More

EDGE Restaurant & Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Denver

A self-titled "progressive American steakhouse," Edge is sleek and sophisticated as befits its location in the elegant Four Seasons Hotel Denver. Meats here are fire grilled over pecan wood and the contemporary upscale menu offers more than 200...  Read More

Palettes at the Denver Art Museum
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When it opened in 1997, Palettes was one of the first chef-driven restaurants to be located in a museum. Now a staple at Denver Art Museum, Palette's is one of chef Kevin Taylor's great Denver successes. For one thing, its floor-to-ceiling...  Read More

Guard and Grace
Photo courtesy of Guard and Grace

Opened in April 2014, Guard and Grace is chef Troy Guard's latest. Steaks are front and center--there are 22 different options in three categories: Prime, Angus and Grass-fed, all made from Colorado-raised beef. It can be cooked however you like...  Read More


Meet Becca Blond

Becca Blond is an award-winning Denver based freelance travel writer. She has authored more than 30 Lonely Planet guides on five continents. She also writes about Colorado and the world for...  More About Becca

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