10 Must-Book Tables at Denver's Top Restaurants

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 metropolis where locals, visitors, artists, professionals, sports enthusiasts, millennials, boomers and, yes, chefs, have come from across the country and the globe to stake a claim, whether permanently or just for a short while. The restaurant scene reflects that diverse population with its far-flung origins and influences, and it's possible to find any kind of food you want here now. There are a slew of great restaurants that have European and Mediterranean overtones, including Bistro Vendome and Il Posto. Hop Alley provides an intriguing new take on Chinese cooking, and Fruition and Acorn 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. 



Maria Empanada basically does one thing—brilliantly. What it does is authentic Argentinian empanadas in a variety of forms, from savory to sweet. In spite of its location on a busy corner of South Broadway, it's an oasis of deliciousness and...  Read More

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Located in The Source, the former foundry building turned chic multi-venue marketplace on Brighton Boulevard in RiNo, Acorn features an aptly industrial-chic aesthetic with its exposed bricks and pipes. The restaurant is the offshoot of...  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



Olive & Finch features made from scratch and made to order three meals a day. Breads are baked daily, sauces are house-made, juices are pressed on site and the restaurant's chefs cure and smoke the meats. Like the original Uptown location,...  Read More

Work & Class
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As its name suggests, Work & Class, which opened in 2014, is down to earth and deliberately reflective of the owners' own working-class roots. The exceptional food, however, makes it in any class. Red-chile braised pork and coriander-roasted...  Read More



Il Posto moved from its cramped Uptown location to an airy, contemporary space in Denver's newest trending culinary neighborhood, RiNo. Trendy, however, is not what owner-chef Andrea Frizzi is going for. Il Posto's menu emphasizes simple, fresh,...  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



Located in the northern reaches of Denver's River North (RiNo) neighborhood, where many of the city's newest restaurants are taking root, Hop Alley is the second venue from Tommy Lee and sister restaurant to Lee's successful Uncle in the...  Read More

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Chef Alex Seidel opened Fruition Restaurant in 2007. With its seasonally driven menu of upscale comfort food and a well-curated wine list, it was an instant success. While the ubiquitous term "farm-to-table" is now overused, Seidel set the bar...  Read More

Guard and Grace
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The bone-in ribeye will vie for the best steak you've ever had. Opened since 2014, Guard and Grace puts steaks front and center in this 9,000-square-foot modern space, but the menu showcases wood-fired options of all kinds, including veggies 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