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Rioja

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

A polished downtown spot for American cooking that includes house-made tortellini or Colorado lamb sausage. — Insight Guides

Smart, busy and upscale, yet relaxed and casual – just like Colorado – Rioja features modern cuisine inspired by Italian and Spanish traditions and powered by modern culinary flavors. — Lonely Planet

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

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

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

Fruition Restaurant

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

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

While this charming restaurant near Capitol Hill may be small in stature, the elegantly refined comfort food favors big, bold flavors that never disappoint. — Gayot

This Country Club “diamond” boasts a menu that reads “like a foodie romance novel” and brings to life a “seductive” approach to “garden-to-table” New American cuisine, by turns “rustic”... — Zagat

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

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

Lola

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

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

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

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

The “high-energy” dining room of this “hipsterrific”, “tequila-shootin' romp” in LoHi is “always packed” with “beautiful people” having a “fun-as-hell” time over “wonderful”, “highbrow”... — Zagat

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

Duo Restaurant

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

Dear Duo, Whatever it was that used to make you dynamic has unfortunately gone missing. That “unfortunately” is very intentional, because we’ve always loved you. Over the past year we... — The Infatuation

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

An upscale menu of “classically grounded yet inspired” New American cooking with a “welcome emphasis” on seasonal, local ingredients explains the “staying power” of this “consistently... — Zagat

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

Duo’s open kitchen plates up a variety of dishes that start with tradition but exude creativity in terms of both presentation and flavor. — Frommer's

Euclid Hall

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

Plating up the best in comfort foods from the owners of Rioja, Euclid Hall is a bustling two-story restaurant off Larimer Square that balances a casual—and often loud—atmosphere with delectable fare — Frommer's

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

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

Euclid Hall is a foodnik's dream come true. — Gayot

The “delicious” housemade sausages, poutines and other “adventurous” plates at this “eclectic” LoDo “take on the gastropub” (a sib to Rioja, Bistro Vendôme and Stoic & Genuine) may be... — Zagat

Buckhorn Exchange

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

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

On every “history buff's” “bucket list” is this “landmark” Lincoln Park steakhouse (established 1893), which doubles as a “Wild West” museum where “countless” mounted “critters” “stare... — Zagat

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

Rumor has it that Buffalo Bill was to the Buckhorn what Norm Peterson was to Cheers. But if hunting makes you queasy, don't enter this Denver landmark and taxidermy shrine, where more... — Fodor's

Like Theodore Roosevelt and his contemporaries, diners at Denver's oldest restaurant can try elk, pheasant and rattlesnake in the company of more than 500 animal trophies and 125 guns at this historic (1893) eatery. — Michelin Guide

Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs

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

Biker Jim's passion for Harleys is only outpaced by his visionary zeal for encased meat. No kidding: the man is a revolutionary. — Lonely Planet

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

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

Quite the character, Biker Jim was hawking his gourmet hot dogs—split down the middle, with Coca-Cola-caramelized onions and a squirt of cream cheese as a topping option—for years on the... — Fodor's

Owner Jim Pittenger goes “light years beyond” your “ordinary hot dog” to sling “spectacular”, “exotic-game” links (like rattlesnake, reindeer and wild boar) smothered in “brilliantly... — Zagat

Uncle

Chinese 80 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

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

Denver's LoHi neighborhood doesn't lack for first-rate restaurants, and as of early August, the rich just got richer. That's when Uncle opened, a pan-Asian place where the fusion of... — Denver Post

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

“A line forms before it even opens – that says it all” about the popularity of this wee, “hip” destination for modern Asian fare in LoHi, showcasing chef-owner Tommy Lee’s “fresh,... — Zagat

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Palace Arms

American 80 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" in Downtown's "elegant" Brown Palace Hotel presents "outstanding" New... — Zagat

To begin, the Caesar salad is superb, prepared tableside for two. For an excellent main course try the Wagyu New York steak, Loch Duart salmon, or truffled Colorado bison. — Frommer's

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

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

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Beast and Bottle

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

“Great for brunch” but “even better for date night”, this “cute” Uptown “gem” is “warm and cozy” with a “locally sourced” New American menu that's “cool” and “imaginative”, paired with... — Zagat

All this is underpinned with a delicate French twist, both in ingredients and technique. — Denver Post

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... — 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

It's clear that chef-owner Paul Reilly's ode to creative farmhouse cooking has captured the attention of just about everyone. — Gayot

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Table Six

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

Remember your favorite childhood dish? A cheeseburger? Barbecue? Fried-chicken? Well...they've grown up a bit at Table 6. — Gayot

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

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

For an “awesome night out”, hit this “reliably refreshing neighborhood mainstay” in Alamo Placita, a “casual but attractive” space where the “dynamite”, upscale New American menu “changes... — Zagat

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

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The Fort

American 80 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

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

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

“If you want to pretend you're back in the Wild West”, this “replica of Bent's Old Fort” in Morrison is a “fun, educational experience” centered on a regional American menu featuring... — Zagat

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

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Work and Class

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

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; the... — Zagat

This wildly convivial and perpetually packed restaurant is helmed by chef Dana Rodriguez. — Gayot

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

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

A former chef for several Jennifer Jasinski restaurants, including Rioja, Dana Rodriguez now has a place of her own that's a well-conceived realization of her Latina heritage. Well... — Fodor's

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The Squeaky Bean

American 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Seafood and fish are equally accomplished, as are the extravagant desserts and deeply satisfying cheese cart, lavished with artisan cheeses from Colorado, and across the globe. — Gayot

Owner Johnny Ballen and his “great” staff “keep the smile factor high” at this funky magnet for LoDo “foodies” who “sit at the cool chef's counter” to explore the “limited” but “all-new,... — Zagat

This is contemporary American cuisine with good humor, unparalleled execution and an airy vibe. Somehow, the drinks list is even better. — Lonely Planet

The original location was a tiny storefront in the Highland, but it was obvious early on that the popular Bean, with herbs and produce from its own gardens and a deceptively simple yet... — Fodor's

After a stint in the Highlands, the Squeaky Bean relocated to LoDo in 2012, where it remains one of the most creative eateries in Denver — Frommer's

WaterCourse

Vegan and Vegetarian 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Beloved by local vegetarians and vegans, WaterCourse is a bustling restaurant in the Uptown neighborhood that emphasizes fresh ingredients and healthful eating. — Frommer's

In a town known for its beef, WaterCourse stands out as a devoted vegetarian eatery in spacious digs uptown. — Fodor's

“Take your reluctant meat-eating friends” to this Uptown vegan institution and they're sure to be “surprised” by the “admirable job” its “creative” kitchen does of designing “tasty”... — Zagat

Organic-inclined herbivores commune over buckwheat pancakes, tofu, tempeh and seitan at this campy Uptown health food hangout. — Gayot

The unrelentingly meaty menus of Denver can be a chore to navigate for vegetarians, so the smart, straightforward fare at WaterCourse is a welcome reprieve. — Lonely Planet

Panzano

Italian 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

“Consistently” “scrumptious” Northern Italian fare – including “superb” freshly baked breads and “imaginative” gluten-free options – is the draw at this “casually elegant” Downtown... — Zagat

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

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

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Bistro Vendome

French 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Owner Jennifer Jasinski and chef de cuisine Adam Branz regale Francophiles with a contemporary menu of French fare at this romantic bistro tucked into an alleyway in Larimer Square. — Gayot

Named after an 18th-century Parisian square, Bistro Vendôme is designed to resemble an authentic French restaurant. — Travel + Leisure

Bienvenue – “you are now in Paris” swear fans of chef/co-owner Jennifer Jasinski's “delightful” “slice of the Left Bank” in a Larimer Square courtyard, as appealing for upscale, “intimate... — 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

Old Major

American 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

“Everything you want in fine dining and everything you want in comfort food all at once” can be yours at this New American “carnivore’s nirvana” in LoHi, especially if you “love pork –... — Zagat

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

There are plenty of Denver restaurants that subscribe to the snout-to-tail philosophy, but few adhere to the mantra quite like Old Major. — Gayot

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Elway's

Steakhouses 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Walk in, turn right at the serene water wall and you're smack-dab in one of Denver's most popular local watering holes. — Gayot

Owned by retired Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway, this popular Cherry Creek eatery--unlike many celebrity restaurants--is no flash in the pan. — Frommer's

Businessmen and fat cats come to wax nostalgic about Denver's all-time top-performing quarterback and carve into pricey medium-rare porterhouses at Denver’s top steakhouse. — Lonely Planet

“Melt-in-your-mouth steaks” “score big” at the namesake football legend's chophouse mini-chain, but the real “highlight” at its “clubby” Cherry Creek flagship may be the “meat-market” bar... — Zagat

While you eat, ease back into the intimately set-up, camel-color suede booths and watch waterfalls cascade over granite slabs, choose from the pricey but appealing wine list. — Fodor's

Mercantile Dining and Provision

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

Architecturally, the renovation of Union Station is a complete success. The old dingy depot has been transformed into a gleaming and elegant testament to Denver’s rise as a city. With its... — The Infatuation

Alex Seidel (Fruition Restaurant) and his team have “another winner” in LoDo’s Union Station: by day, the “hip”, “high-energy” space functions as a European-style market offering “superb”... — Zagat

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

Brought to you by the same team that created Fruition, Mercantile features the same ingredients from their farm and creamery as well as the emphasis on fresh and local; this is the very... — Fodor's

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