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Rioja

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

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

The simple décor---crisp white tablecloths, mango-colored walls, exposed brick and warm golden-brown booths---creates a pleasing play of textures. — Gayot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Work and Class

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

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. The low-key... — Travel + Leisure

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

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

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

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

Euclid Hall

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buckhorn Exchange

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

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

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

This historic and famous steakhouse is set in a rustic building adorned with an amazing collection of mounted animal trophy heads, guns, and Wild West memorabilia. — DK Eyewitness

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

If you’ve been waiting to try Rocky Mountain oysters, you’re in the right place. — Lonely Planet

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

Jim's dogs are the antithesis of a ballpark frank. Instead, the charismatic hot dog hero turns out reindeer and wild boar brats, rattlesnake and pheasant, elk and buffalo. — Gayot

Jim Pittenger, a.k.a. Biker Jim, got his start selling hot dogs from a cart on the 16th Street Mall. Not just any hot dogs: wild boar hot dogs, reindeer hot dogs, pheasant hot dogs,... — Frommer's

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

Uncle

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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Palace Arms

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

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

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

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 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

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Old Major

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

The young crowd may love this American joint for its plaid-wearing, mustache-sporting servers (not to mention the reclaimed wood and Edison bulbs), but chef Justin Brunson also delivers... — Travel + Leisure

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

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

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

“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

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Beast and Bottle

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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Table Six

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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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Mercantile Dining and Provision

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Squeaky Bean

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

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

The Squeaky Bean reopened last summer in an oak-and-leather space that was once a saddlery. It’s a casual backdrop for the cuisine of chef Max MacKissock, who tops his hot carrot soup... — Afar Magazine

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

WaterCourse

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

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

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

There’s something to be said for anyone who can make vegan dishes – much less a completely meat-free restaurant – palatable. — BlackBook

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

“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

Panzano

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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