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Diners' Choice: Best Food restaurants in Denver

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall cuisine in Denver? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Bistro Barbes restaurant
4.9
4.9 (640)
$50 and over
Contemporary French / American
Park Hill
About the restaurant
Cancellations after 12pm day of reservation, will be charged $50 per guest. Please be aware that Bistro Barbes is only offering a 4 course Chef's tasting menu for $75 per person. Please contact us if there are any dietary restrictions or allergies because last minutes substitutions may not be available.
Top review
DrewV
Dined 1 day ago
We have been coming here for the last ten years, and have always had a very well cooked meal. The four courses with the wine pairings is highly recommended!
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4.9
4.9 (527)
$31 to $50
Italian
Park Hill
About the restaurant
Local neighborhood Italian restaurant serving seasonal salads, family-style appetizers, Neapolitan-inspired pizza, handmade pastas, entrees prepared on a Mibrasa Charcoal Oven, and classic desserts, alongside complementing cocktails, local breweries and approachable domestic and international wines. The restaurant is set in a converted gas station with bocce courts and urban planters alongside an outdoor dining patio.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Our first visit to Benzina and it was perfect! Pizza, chicken, and ravioli all had wonderful flavor and texture. Service was spot on and the owner is a gem of a man. I recommend sitting at the kitchen counter. Well done Brad and Daniel!
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4.8
4.8 (1320)
$50 and over
Japanese
Platt Park
About the restaurant
For over 37 years, Sushi Den has been regarded as one of the premiere sushi and Japanese restaurants in the United States. Located in the historic Old South Pearl St. neighborhood in the heart of Denver, CO, the restaurant delivers consistently excellent cuisine made from the finest ingredients from around the world.

Master Chef Toshi Kizaki, the visionary behind Sushi Den, continually raises the bar & sets the standard for the restaurant’s high quality cuisine. Youngest brother, Koichi, lives in southern Japan where he makes daily trips to the fish market to purchase fish for the restaurant. The fish is dry iced and reaches the restaurant within 24 hours. Sushi Den’s mission is to maintain one of the nation’s top sushi restaurants through fresh ingredients, innovative, healthy dishes and exceptional service.

We utilize available seating at both Izakaya Den, our sister restaurant next door, and Sushi Den for all reservations through the Sushi Den portal on

Top review
DREWA
Dined 4 days ago
Great service, yummy taste with fresh tender fish meats, nice culinary flavors
A photo of Matsuhisa Denver restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2633)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Cherry Creek
About the restaurant
Featuring Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature new-style Japanese cuisine, Matsuhisa Denver anchors the ground floor of the Steele Creek luxury apartment building in Cherry Creek, Denver’s premier shopping, restaurant, and entertainment district. Our 7,800 square foot dining room is open for dinner service from 5pm nightly. Takeout available nightly from 5-9pm.

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s world-famous cuisine draws influence from his classical training in Tokyo and his life abroad in Peru, Argentina, and around the world, showcasing signature dishes such as Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño, Black Cod Miso and Whitefish Tiradito.

Top review
NancyRvip
Dined 2 days ago
This was an amazing dining experience-from our excellent service to exquisitely prepared food. We will definitely return!
A photo of Izakaya Den restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1803)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Platt Park
About the restaurant
Izakaya Den is Denver’s popular Japanese gastropub, modeled after the lively after hours establishments found throughout Japan. The restaurant is located on South Pearl Street and is the second restaurant of the Kizaki brothers, founders and owners of Sushi Den.



The menu is arranged in a tapas style, serving traditional Japanese small plates along with dishes infused with international flavors and textures. The more traditional Japanese offerings include sashimi and nigiri, sourced from daily fish shipments from around the globe, along with dumplings and noodle dishes. The global cuisine experiments with a bevy of different flavors including unique items such as Grilled Panzanella Salad (jumbo lump crab, toasted focaccia, local goat cheese, pistachios, plum wine vinaigrette), Kobe Beef Sliders (seared foie gras, pomme frittes). A gluten-free menu is also available along with a popular weekday happy hour from 5 to 6:30 pm.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
We had a great experience at Izakaya Den. Our server was friendly, kind and extremely knowledgeable and helpful. One of the best meals we have ever had, hands down.
A photo of Uchi Denver restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2762)
$50 and over
Sushi
River North (Denver)
About the restaurant
:: ADDITIONAL RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE ON RESTAURANT WEBSITE ::

The award-winning Uchi, which translated from Japanese means “home,” was first opened in Austin, Texas by James Beard Award winner Chef Tyson Cole. Since then, Cole’s signature non-traditional take on Japanese cuisine has been warmly received by visitors from across the country and around the globe. Reservations are encouraged and can be booked online up to 1 month in advance. Walk-in bar seating is available and is subject to wait times. Patio seating is weather permitting and may be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. We look forward to serving you, Kanpai!

Top review
WendellSvip
Dined on Jul 1, 2024
The staff and food are top notch! It’s not cheap but it is worth the smiles, the immaculate pairings, and dope staff. Top of class.
A photo of Aloy Modern Thai restaurant
4.8
4.8 (336)
$30 and under
Thai
Downtown / LoDo
About the restaurant
Aloy Modern Thai weds the contemporary culinary experience of Thailand to Colorado through locally sourced, slow-cooked cuisine crafted by some of Bangkok’s best chefs. We welcome you to come, learn, play and explore.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
The food is excellent. I have a shellfish allergy and they have a shellfish free yellow curry that’s delicious.
A photo of Satchel's on 6th restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1529)
$50 and over
American
Cherry Creek
About the restaurant
Satchel's on 6th.

Named after the owner’s youngest son, Satchel’s on 6th is the place to eat and drink. Our Chef has created a contemporary, eclectic, New American neighborhood menu using seasonal ingredients that results in refined flavors and inspired plates. We've put our heart and soul into this place and it gives us great pleasure to serve you.
Warm wood tones and exposed brick highlight this cozy, 50 seat space that has made its home on East Denver reinvigorated 6th Avenue. Says Casalini, Our goal is to become the best go-to, indispensable restaurant in the neighborhood. Period. End of story.

Top review
AngelaBvip
Dined 2 days ago
This was our first time at the restaurant after recently moving from CA, and we were delighted by our friendly waitress, and the food was fabulous! Can't wait to visit again!
A photo of Mizuna restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2457)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Central
About the restaurant
Mizuna buzzes with giddy conversation--chef/owner Frank Bonanno has created a special spot for food lovers here. At Mizuna, cooks are given free creative reign over a menu that changes monthly to emphasize pure, seasonal ingredients with clean flavors that make even the most exotic fare seem familiar. We are consistently rated among the nation’s top restaurants for food and service. Mizuna has two signature dishes; the Lobster Mac and Cheese (a riff on the Thomas Keller classic), and Beef Wellington--but to to truly experience Mizuna, the Chef's Tasting is not to be missed.Ultimately, this is an American-style restaurant heavy on French technique, influence, and philosophy with flawless service and an eclectic assortment of international wines.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Excellent dining experience; staff and food combined for a memorable evening
A photo of The Family Jones Spirit House restaurant
5.0
5 (425)
$30 and under
Distillery
Highlands
About the restaurant
The Family Jones Spirit House is a distillery and tasting room featuring crafted spirits and bites. It emphasizes the relationship between distiller, chef, bartender and guest, with a focus on hospitality that makes it a gathering place where all feel at home. Nestled in the space at 3245 Osage St., The Family Jones Distillery occupies the former Mancinellis Market building two doors from Root Down. Designed and built by tres birds workshop, the space pairs industrial elements with rich wood details. The roof was lifted to add a second-floor mezzanine where distillery operations are now perched above a sunken, curvilinear, concrete bar. Guests enter the space through a large, square, wooden door made from reclaimed, on-site materials. Inside, they are met with low-slung seating, deep blue booths and soft lighting. Two-story wooden louvers flank the Osage Street glass facade, offering passive temperature and lighting control, while drawing attention to the well-lit copper still.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
People need to get back to Family Jones! Best staff, coolest drinks, incredible happy hour! Alex will get you right!
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