Dining with Family, Friends & Colleagues: Denver's Best Group-Friendly Restaurants

What kind of group is gathering and what's the purpose? A personal celebration? A networking business lunch? A gathering of friends just because? Whatever it is, there's a restaurant to accommodate you. If you're working with a more modest budget, Cart-Driver might be a good choice in its cozy shipping-container space. If elegance and international cuisine are the goal, there's Bistro Vendome and Tavernetta, and if you have a group of steak lovers you can't do better than Guard and Grace or Ocean Prime. Urban Farmer, Panzano and 15/Fifty all put local and Colorado menu items front and center, along with sustainability. The fact is, whether you're a group of 12 or 300, you can find a Denver restaurant that meets your needs in terms of space and exceeds your expectations in terms of food, drink and service. That's the kind of city Denver has become. You will expand your options by booking as far ahead as possible, and if splitting the check among the diners is a preference, ask about that in advance. Then sit back and enjoy the ambience, the food and the company. 



Although located within the Sheraton hotel, 15/Fifty, is as "farm-to-table" as any restaurant in town. Flavorful, beautifully constructed dishes and cocktails are created using ingredients from Colorado's artisan purveyors. The restaurant...  Read More

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Inspired by the Carrettiera, or Cart-Driver, who brought goods from Southern Italy's farms to its villages via horse-drawn cart, this tiny pizza and oyster shack is all about sharing, be it food or conversation. The entire restaurant is tucked...  Read More



Marcella's is set along a tree-shaded block of Central Avenue in the Highlands, its inviting patio beckoning passersby. The interior is welcoming and pleasant as well, with both decor and menu nicely melding traditional with contemporary while...  Read More

Capitol Hill


Coperta is the Italian word for blanket, an apt name for this cozy, inviting eatery located in the North Capital Hill neighborhood. Chef Paul C. Reilly and his team have created a menu that celebrates authentic Italian cuisine and wines from...  Read More



Although it's within Hotel Monaco, Panzano stands on its own as one of the city's go-to restaurants for anyone who loves creative, internationally inspired cuisine. "Chi mangia bene, vive bene!" is the Panzano motto, translated as "Those who eat...  Read More

Guard and Grace
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Steaks are front and center in this 9,000-square-foot modern space, with an emphasis on wood-fired options for steak as well as other menu items (including the fan favorite, carrots). The restaurant has three private dining spaces for small to...  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. It offers groups of family, friends and colleagues several private options, from the cozy Wine Room...  Read More



Located a block from Union Station, Urban Farmer has multiple private rooms and spaces accommodating up to 100 for a reception and up to 60 seated. The name here means something. Chef Chris Starkus brought his passion for gardening, growing and...  Read More



Light-colored woods and stylish contemporary furnishings give Tavernetta an appealing European vibe. It has multiple rooms where groups of 12 to 125 can gather privately or semi-privately, seated or reception-style. The Board Room, tucked behind...  Read More



As the name suggests, Ocean Prime, on Larimer Square, specializes in seafood and steaks and does both very well. Although it's a chain, it delivers an experience that doesn't feel like a chain. The restaurant offers multiple rooms and spaces for...  Read More


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