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Rioja

International 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

Strung lights and handsome brick buildings are a fitting backdrop for Rioja, one of the pioneers of the Denver restaurant scene. — The Infatuation

Fruition Restaurant

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

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

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

Renowned, farm-fresh New American dining — Zagat

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-owner Alex Seidel's charmingly snug Country Club charmer authentically embodies everything local and seasonal (the chef also owns his own farm and dairy), a lust that translates into... — Tasting Table

Work and Class

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

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

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

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

Good things happen to those who put their fate in the unflinching hands of Dana Rodriguez, a vivacious chef whose wide smile is every bit as contagious as her cooking. Her blue corn... — Tasting Table

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

Euclid Hall

International 84 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

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

A historic hall transformed into an expansive two-story bar and kitchen. The pub food is innovative with such items as schnitzels, house-made sausages and po’ boys. Try the... — Where

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

Palace Arms

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

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

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

"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

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

Buckhorn Exchange

American 84 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

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

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

Landmark circa-1893 steakhouse & bar — Zagat

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

Duo Restaurant

American 84 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

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

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

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

Lola

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

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

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

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

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

Hopping cantina with posh Mexican menu — Zagat

Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs

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

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

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

Three ways to enjoy dozens of unique flavors. It's a hot dog stand with unique twists, like Alaskan reindeer sausage served with cream cheese and grilled onions. The menu also includes... — Where

Exotic street eats, brews & biker vibe — Zagat

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

Panzano

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

Elegant cafe with Northern Italian fare — Zagat

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

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

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

Classic French cooking & a Parisian vibe — Zagat

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

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

Duck into a quiet courtyard off busy Larimer Square and be transported to Paris. For dinner, dine on such classic bistro fare as mussels in white wine, duck confit and steak frites in the... — Where

Beast and Bottle

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

The beautifully crafted, seasonally intensive menu at chef-owner Paul Reilly's Uptown charmer doesn't miss a beat thanks to superior sourcing (Bangs Island mussels, for example) and a... — Tasting Table

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

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

A farm-to-table restaurant serving small plates, vegetables, flatbreads and proteins, all with a focus on sustainability. In-house butchery honors the integrity of the animal, ensuring... — Where

Mercantile Dining and Provision

83 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

An evolution of popular Fruition and Fruition Farms, this new concept by chef Seidel is multi-faceted. The restaurant serves “elevated” comfort foods with such dishes as... — Where

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

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

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

The Squeaky Bean

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

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

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

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

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

A visit to the Squeaky Bean makes you feel cool again. Furbished with a retro Bingo sign (Sunday is Bingo brunch) and a nine-shooter retro autobar that doubles as a host stand, it's a... — Tasting Table

Uncle

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

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

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

“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

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

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Old Major

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

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, while the behemoth... — Tasting Table

Hip destination for locavore dining — Zagat

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

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

Table Six

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

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

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

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

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

The Fort

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

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

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

“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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Mizuna

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

Chef-owner Frank Bonanno knows how to transform butter and cream into comforting masterpieces at this cozy eatery with warm colors and intimate seating. — Fodor's

Chef Frank Bonanno encourages his kitchenmates to experiment, revise and requisition ingredients from both local growers and exotic sources. — Where

Polished New American fare in cozy space — Zagat

Soft yellow walls, lots of artwork and well-spaced tables set the tone for this cozy neighborhood restaurant. — Gayot

The small dining room only adds to the rarefied atmosphere and there’s a certain pride knowing you’re eating at one of the country’s most renowned restaurants. — Lonely Planet

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WaterCourse

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

It might be vegetarian (and some of it vegan), but it’s certainly not rabbit food at WaterCourse. You’ll find dishes like seitan buffalo wings, Thai curry and beef Wellington. — Where

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

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

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

Whimsical cafe for vegetarian fare — Zagat

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