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Rioja

International 96 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

Work and Class

International 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

Unpretentious and informal, serving American-Latin-fusion cuisine and stiff drinks, with small-batch tequila Tuesdays.  — Where

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 — Tasting Table

Palace Arms

American 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

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"...presents "outstanding" New American creations. — Zagat

Fruition Restaurant

American 86 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

Chef Seidel has produced signature dishes like the Maple Leaf Farms duck breast served with carnaroli risotto as well as grilled arugula that was grown on the chef’s farm. — Travel + Leisure

To wit: potato gnocchi served with house-cured lamb pancetta, squash blossoms and wild chanterelles. Seidel's pasta carbonara—a menu mainstay—is equally mind-altering. — Tasting Table

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

Euclid Hall

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

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

A historic hall transformed into an expansive two-story bar and kitchen — Where

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

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

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

The Squeaky Bean

American 85 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

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

“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

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

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

Mercantile Dining and Provision

85 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

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

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

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 — Where

Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs

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

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

Serving his trademark dogs, overflowing with all manner of toppings (wasabi aioli, pinto beans, cactus, and cream cheese among them), as well as guilty-pleasure side dishes like fried mac and cheese. — Frommer's

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

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

Beast and Bottle

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

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

Tiny farm-to-table dining destination — Zagat

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Fort

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

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

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

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

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

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Buckhorn Exchange

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

Landmark circa-1893 steakhouse & bar — Zagat

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

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

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

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

Old Major

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

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

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

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

Duo Restaurant

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

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

Rustic spot for New American dining — Zagat

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

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

Table Six

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

High-end New American comfort-food spot — Zagat

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

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

Hop Alley

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

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

Hop Alley was a slur used for Denver’s hardscrabble Chinatown in the 1880s, until a race riot and anti-Chinese legislation scattered the community — Lonely Planet

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

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

Modern Chinese kitchen & bar — Zagat

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

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

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

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Panzano

Italian 82 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

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

Elegant cafe with Northern Italian fare — Zagat

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

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Bistro Vendome

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

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

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

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

Classic French cooking & a Parisian vibe — Zagat

Bones

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

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

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

Asian noodle house with French flair — Zagat

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

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