Dining with Friends: Denver's Best Group-Friendly Restaurants

Organizing a group dining experience in the Mile High City can be tricky. Not every Denver restaurant can accommodate the group of 20 friends celebrating your birthday or the business associates coming together for a working lunch. But with some advanced planning, you'll find there are plenty of restaurants that have space for large parties. If your looking for a casual (but noisy) dining atmosphere with top quality upscale American comfort fare, reserve a long table or private side room at Steuben's. If you need more elbow room and less noise, then check out Palettes at the Denver Art Museum, which offers a contemporary, sunlit private dining room, accented by original artwork, that can accommodate up to 60 people. While at Range, large parties can dine in one of three original bank vaults, for a unique experience.  

When dining with a group it is imperative to make an advance reservations. Even restaurants that cater to groups will need time to organize tables, and if you are heading out on a busy night, space can be an issue. When making a reservation for a group where one person isn't picking up the entire tab, it's also worth asking in advance whether separate checks can be issued as this will make figuring out the bill at the end a whole lot easier. 

So whether you're looking for posh or family friendly, quiet or rowdy, a back room or just a long table, here are the best places to eat with a group in Denver.  


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

Contemporary and upscale, Vesta Dipping Grill offers great food that finds much favor with the business set. Young professionals looking for a twist on American cuisine flock to this LoDo eatery, enjoying dishes that bear global culinary...  Read More

Bittersweet Artisanal Cuisine

Away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Denver, find Bittersweet Artisanal Cuisine in the Washington Park Neighborhood. What was once a former 1950s gas station is now a high-end restaurant serving up thoughtful and innovate dishes like pork...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Cart-Driver

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

Ace Eat Serve
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Ace Eat Serve , set up in the old Storz Garage space in Denver's Uptown neighborhood, offers a different kind of late night out that includes entertainment. A Ping-Pong Hall is at the center of the restaurant. You can play a non-competitive game...  Read More

The very essence of homestyle, Steuben's menu was originally composed of the opening staff's hometown favorites. The owner is from New England and for him it was a Maine lobster roll. One manager is from New Mexico, so a green chile cheeseburger...  Read More

Guard and Grace
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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

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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 re-imagined as an artful, surprising cuisine yet...  Read More

The former mortuary building seems an unlikely place for a restaurant, but chef/owner Justin Cucci (of Root Down restaurant fame) has done it again with another Highlands restaurant, Linger. A nod to the space is found in the tongue-in-cheek...  Read More


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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