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Rioja

International 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The small patio invites those walking through the LoDo neighborhood to stop for a Rioja “picnic” of artisan meats, cheeses, nuts and olives. — Travel + Leisure

Chef Jennifer Jasinski's intense attention to detail is evident in her tribute to Mediterranean food with contemporary flair. — Fodor's

With a copper-topped bar and an atmosphere that’s formal without being stuffy, Rioja is the perfect vehicle for Jasinski’s menu of contrasting flavors and textures. — Frommer's

Yes, you can order calamari and octopus, and olives have a revered place in the Rioja universe, but you can also find Skuna Bay salmon lomi lomi with macadamia-ginger pesto. — Denver Post

Creative and hugely enjoyable Mediterranean cuisine, with robust meat, fish and pasta entrees from around $20, and some tables outside. Dinner daily, lunch Wed–Sun. — Rough Guide

Work and Class

International 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A delightful room where superb service and a top-flight kitchen is producing some of the best meals in Denver. — Denver Post

A small restaurant with a big punch, Work & Class serves up a marriage of Latin and American cuisines: flaky empanadas, melt-in-your-mouth roasted lamb, shrimp ceviche and whole fried Idaho trout — Lonely Planet

Chef “Dana Rodriguez is a genius” say fans of the “hip, homey and high-quality” Southern–Latin American menu at this “happening” RiNo hot spot with “solid” service and “fair” prices. — Zagat

Work & Class’ mantra is “Food for People Who Can Eat.” — The Infatuation

Hungry locals pack into this no-reservations Latin Ballpark restaurant for a high-energy, casual meal of meat by the pound served with an array of comforting vegetable sides — Travel + Leisure

The Squeaky Bean

American 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

“all-new, all-fresh”, contemporary American menu featuring homegrown produce, or hit the bar for “creative cocktails” in view of the celebrity memorial shrine — Zagat

Progressive cuisine with an ever-rotating brunch and dinner menu taking its cue from regional farms and what’s in season — Where

The spacious dining room balances contemporary furnishings with a vintage setting and serves a seasonal menu that also changes monthly and is heavy on bold, bright flavors. — Fodor's

It’s a casual backdrop for the cuisine of chef Max MacKissock, who tops his hot carrot soup with lime-Sriracha peanuts and savory ice creams. — Afar Magazine

A visit to the Squeaky Bean makes you feel cool again — Tasting Table

Palace Arms

American 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"A top choice for impressing out-of-towners" or for a "romantic anniversary dinner", this "impeccable" "grande dame"...presents "outstanding" New American creations. — Zagat

The Napoleonic decor inside the award-winning restaurant of the Brown Palace Hotel dates back to the 1700s – check out the silver centerpiece commissioned by the British royal family. — Lonely Planet

A blast from the past is the inappropriately slangy phrase that comes to mind to describe this bastion of Denver tradition in the historic Brown Palace Hotel. — Gayot

This intimate, classy restaurant tucked in the Brown Palace... is the ultimate splurge in town. — Rough Guide

Revolutionary battle flags and ornaments from the 1700s lead to fine contemporary plates of rib eye and King Canyon bison. — Where

Fruition Restaurant

American 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Fruition offers a regularly changing menu based on fresh, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients, plating up such revelations as pork tenderloin with ham-hock polenta. — Frommer's

Alex Seidel and Blake Edmunds are heavy hitters in Denver’s fine-dining scene, pulling off their contemporary American plates... with understated panache. The. — Lonely Planet

Chef Alex Seidel is more than a chef, he is the farmer of most of the fresh food being served. On his 10-acre farm, he tends to herbs, fruits, vegetables, flowers, pigs and bees. With the... — Afar Magazine

A nightly offering of two courses of delightful dishes includes many vegetarian options, but many diners choose to make a meal from the amazing appetizer roster. — Fodor's

Renowned, farm-fresh New American dining — Zagat

Mercantile Dining and Provision

American 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Mercantile features the same ingredients from their farm and creamery as well as the emphasis on fresh and local; this is the very essence of seasonal dining. — Fodor's

By day, the “hip”, “high-energy” space functions as a European-style market offering “superb” sandwiches and “top-notch” coffees. — Zagat

At one of Union Station's flagship restaurants, chef Alex Seidel takes on elevated Mediterranean-inspired comfort food without all the pretense. — Travel + Leisure

This truly beautiful space is split into a formal dining room and a more casual, European-style market with a bar and high top tables. — The Infatuation

Chef-owner Alex Seidel's Union Station restaurant and market impresses on every level. — Gayot

Euclid Hall

International 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The irreverent menu pulls comfort foods from around the world: poutine, schnitzels, po'boys and the like, all homemade and done with the usual Jasinski attention to detail. — Fodor's

Gastropub setting with gourmet bar food — Zagat

There aren’t many other places where you can get oysters, pad thai pig ears, and short rib kielbasa from the same menu. — The Infatuation

Indulgence without pretentious shams or schtick defines this effervescent gastropub just around the bend from Larimer Square — Tasting Table

When in Denver, go to Euclid Hall in LoDo. — Afar Magazine

Beast and Bottle

American 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A cozy space that's just right for couples and small get-togethers, this Uptown eatery is aptly named for its constantly rotating roster of small plates and handful of entrées that focus on a fish. — Fodor's

If you’re tired of chocolate chip pancakes, campy retro decor, and ironically eating $4 bowls of Fruity Pebbles, Beast + Bottle has you covered. — The Infatuation

Tiny farm-to-table dining destination — Zagat

A farm-to-table restaurant serving small plates, vegetables, flatbreads and proteins, all with a focus on sustainability — Where

From the crisp headcheese to the flatbread crowned with guanciale, Gorgonzola and baby arugula, Reilly and cohorts have created a delightful restaurant that's conducive to any occasion. — Tasting Table

Lola

Mexican 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This casual eatery with valet parking brings in a young, hip clientele and provides a spectacular view of the city skyline from most of the sunny dining room, bar, and patio. — Fodor's

Bringing costal Mexican to a landlocked town, LoLa pleases with fresh, smoky, chili-infused fare, best paired with a fantastic cocktail. — Lonely Planet

Experiencing Lola's brunch on a lazy weekend afternoon has become a habitual pastime for Denverites, who descend upon this coastal Mexican food restaurant for serious sipping and supping. — Gayot

Located in the hip Highlands neighborhood west of downtown, Lola regularly fills to the rafters. It’s easy to see why. — Frommer's

This Latin seafood hot spot has had people flocking to it since LoHi gentrified a few years back – us included. — The Infatuation

The Fort

American 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Founder Sam Arnold’s daughter, Holly Arnold Kinney, now owns what may be the ultimate destination for the person hungry for wild western culinary culture. — Gayot

This “replica of Bent's Old Fort” in Morrison is a “fun, educational experience” centered on a regional American menu featuring steak and a “wide variety of game dishes”. — Zagat

The Fort built its reputation on high-quality, low-cholesterol buffalo, of which it claims to serve the largest variety and greatest quantity of any restaurant in the world. — Frommer's

Housed in an adobe replica of 5outheast Colorado's Bent's Fort, this Denver institution perches amid the area's famed red-rock terrain. — Michelin Guide

This adobe structure, complete with flickering luminarias and a pinyon-pine bonfire in the courtyard, is a perfect reproduction of Bent's Fort, a Colorado fur-trade center. — Fodor's

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Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs

Food Trucks 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Biker Jim will do a plain all-beef version, but why go there when there are a dozen other delectable possibilities? On the side there's nothing healthy, but deep-fried pickles and fried mac-and-cheese — Fodor's

Local sausage czar Jim Pittenger, aka Biker Jim, is justifiably renowned for his wonderfully wacky hotdogs that zigzag from antelope and wild boar to elk and rattlesnake — Tasting Table

With 13 different dog options and 7 special toppings, you’re looking at 91 potential combinations from this menu – and not a one of them will let you down. — The Infatuation

Exotic street eats, brews & biker vibe — Zagat

Featured on the Travel Channel’s No Reservations and Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Biker Jims Dogs’s fame reaches far beyond its Five Points restaurant in Denver. — Travel + Leisure

Buckhorn Exchange

American 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

In the same rickety premises where it was established in 1893, this landmark restaurant displays its Colorado Liquor License No. 1 above the 140-year-old bar in the upstairs saloon. — Frommer's

Where else can you dine in a combination restaurant/saloon/history museum under the gaze of a forest full of big game --- while nibbling on the creatures'€™ late relatives? — Gayot

A fixture since 1893; cocktails served from a massive white oak bar, and wild game and steak delivered to tables dressed in checkered cloths. — Where

The dry-aged, prime-grade Colorado steaks are huge, juicy, and magnificent, as is the game. Try the smoked buffalo sausage or navy-bean soup to start. — Fodor's

Like meat? Dig gory reminders of hunting sprees? You'll feel at home at the Exchange. — BlackBook

Old Major

American 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It's a big space — 3,000 square feet, though it projects coziness and warmth. There is a long bar, with a cocktail program that emphasizes whiskies, especially rye. — Denver Post

Continues to serve as a hotspot for food enthusiasts, Highlands aristocrats and hipsters alike. — The Infatuation

Hip destination for locavore dining — Zagat

The nose-to-tail plate—andouille sausage, braised pork belly, pigs' ears, shrimp jambalaya—is a snapshot of chef Justin Brunson's rustic butchery sensibilities. — Tasting Table

At lunchtime Old Major transforms into the more casual Royal Rooster, a fried chicken pop-up with a limited menu of sandwiches, salads, and duck fat french fries. — Travel + Leisure

Duo Restaurant

American 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Seasonal Contemporary American menu with an emphasis on local organic ingredients. — On the Grid

Embracing a farm-to-table philosophy, this Highland restaurant serves seasonal New American cuisine in an industrial-chic space. — Travel + Leisure

This cozy bistro-style eatery with exposed brick walls and well-worn stylings is poised, elegant, confident and, at times, simply remarkable. — Lonely Planet

Chef Tyler Skrivanek has created a small but mighty menu full of creative comfort food, with starters like lamb tartine paired with beer mustard and pickled onions. — Gayot

Rustic spot for New American dining — Zagat

Uncle

Chinese 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Uncle is the kind of place that justifies the sentiment that Denver’s food scene is taking off. — The Infatuation

The fusion of Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean and Vietnamese foods create that happiest of culinary events: dishes that are bigger than the sum of their already considerable parts. — Denver Post

“hip” destination for modern Asian fare in LoHi, showcasing chef-owner Tommy Lee’s “fresh, flavorful” ramen and “unique”, ever-changing roster of small plates. — Zagat

Really yummy noodle bowls and a good vibe Really yummy noodle bowls and a good vibe Really yummy noodle bowls and a good vibe. — Afar Magazine

Steaming bowls of ramen are the main attraction at this popular LoHi noodle shop. — Gayot

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Panzano

Italian 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Elegant cafe with Northern Italian fare — Zagat

This dining room in Hotel Monaco is filled with fresh flowers and windows that let in natural light, making the space cheerful and bright. — Fodor's

The Hotel Monaco’s resident eatery is one of the best Italian restaurants in town. — Frommer's

Fresh pasta, house-cured pancetta, and local, organic meat and produce are the rule at this highly regarded destination for contemporary northern Italian fare. — Where

Located in the Hotel Monaco Denver, the multi-level Panzano has vaulted ceilings and a contemporary décor. — Gayot

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Bistro Vendome

French 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Classic French cooking & a Parisian vibe — Zagat

Denver may be 4,889 miles from the Place Vendôme in Paris, but Bistro Vendôme serves up little tastes of Paris right from Larimer Square. — Afar Magazine

Across the street from sister eatery Rioja , Bistro Vendome serves splendid interpretations of Gallic standbys (dubbed “French soul food”) in an intimate space on Larimer Square. — Frommer's

When you discover Vendôme, tucked behind the storefronts of Larimer, it feels like your own little secret. — Lonely Planet

Duck into a quiet courtyard off busy Larimer Square and be transported to Paris — Where

Table Six

American 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Classic American bistro fare, with a fabulous Su brunch, dynamic wine list and such dishes as curry pork belly cinnamon donuts, peach-barbecue chicken and caramel pudding with apple fritters. — Where

Table 6 balances a hip but unpretentious sensibility, great food, and one of the best wine lists in town, offered on a tableside stand in an antique photo album. — Frommer's

Chef Scott Parker delivers American comfort food gone kick-ass crazy at this intimate bistro. The fryer runs overtime to deliver chicken 'n' waffles and exquisite tater tots. — Lonely Planet

High-end New American comfort-food spot — Zagat

What we like about Table 6 is how unpredictable it often is. This place serves fancy tater tots and that’s awesome. — The Infatuation

Hop Alley

Chinese 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Denver's best Chinese restaurant epitomizes style, substance and smashing flavors. — Gayot

Dimly lit and humming with smart young things, the two-room hot spot serves a bevy of regional Chinese street eats—Taiwanese beef noodle, Shaanxi rou jia mo. — Tasting Table

Located a bit out of the way in the up-and-coming RiNo neighborhood, the masses have discovered this hopping Chinese fusion restaurant from chef Tommy Lee. — Travel + Leisure

Name a television spinoff that turned out to be just as good as the original. Go ahead, we'll wait. That's because TV spinoffs are rarely, if ever, as good as the originals. Interestingly... — The Infatuation

Modern Chinese kitchen & bar — Zagat

Bones

Asian 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

An Asian-fusion noodle house by Chef Frank Bonanno — Where

Longtime Denver restaurateur Frank Bonanno's latest venture is a casual noodle house in Bones, inspired largely but not entirely by the flavors of the Far East. — Frommer's

Bones has a small but reliable Asian fusion menu, with things like duck confit steamed buns and braised pork udon — The Infatuation

It's the Denver equivalent of David Chang's Momofuku, except that here, you can actually score a seat without having to resort to bribery. — Gayot

Asian noodle house with French flair — Zagat

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