The Best Bars for Foodies in Denver

The OpenTable Team

The "Mile High City" has a bar and restaurant scene that soars into the stratosphere. Denver's popularity has exploded over the last decade with an influx of new businesses and workers looking to enjoy the city, and the food scene has benefited. But where are the smartest, savviest diners going for the best drinks? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Here’s our list of the best spots for drinks in Denver.

Restaurants:El Five, Izakaya Den, Linger
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Mediterranean, Japanese, International
Neighborhoods:Highlands, Wash Park

El Five

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Highlands
2,136 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
El Five is a popular spot for after-work drinks. It's a great place to soak up the surroundings with an amazing view of the city—its location offers guests the chance to gaze out aRead more
95% recommended
Scenic View in Denver / Colorado
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Izakaya Den

$$$$·Japanese·
Wash Park
1,711 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Izakaya is in one of the most happening sections of Denver and the weekends bring out a young clientele for Japanese “small plate” dishes. It's an ideal spot for dinner out with frRead more
96% recommended
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Linger

$$$$·International·
Highlands
5,884 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
In the summertime, Linger's rooftop bar is always packed with locals enjoying classic cocktails and craft beers. There's a dedicated rooftop patio menu full of mouth-watering and hRead more
94% recommended
International in Denver / Colorado
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The Corner Office Restaurant and Martini Bar Denver

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / LoDo
2,743 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
The Corner Office is in the heart of everything. It's within a stone's throw of the Colorado Convention Center, the Elle Caulkins Opera House, Union Station, the Colorado State CapRead more
94% recommended
Great for Brunch in Denver
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Tamayo Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Downtown / LoDo
3,596 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
Created by acclaimed chef Richard Sandoval, Tamayo provides authentic Mexican classics in a warm and welcoming atmosphere off of Larimer Street. There are plenty of events going onRead more
81% recommended

the plimoth

$$$$·American·
Central
1,649 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
This neighborhood eatery from chef Peter Ryan is a local favorite. There's an ever-changing menu with an emphasis on fresh ingredients, and outdoor dining tables when the weather iRead more
94% recommended
Best Food in Denver / Colorado
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Bittersweet

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Wash Park
1,514 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
From the husband-and-wife team of Olav Peterson and Melissa Severson, this gastropub and wine bar is stylish and unique. Bittersweet has a real focus on local ingredients for the cRead more
94% recommended
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Beast and Bottle

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Uptown
1,475 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Local Ingredients
This 17th Avenue spot is unassuming, quiet, and homely—a perfect spot to come in for a glass of wine. The cuisine and drinks are locally driven, with dishes sourced from farmers anRead more
91% recommended
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SOL Mexican Cocina - Denver

$$$$·Mexican·
Cherry Creek
696 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
Classic Mexican dishes and in an indoor-outdoor fire pit for chilly nights, what more could one want from a bar? SOL Cocina is a lively spot, with plenty of specials and a diverse Read more
90% recommended

The Capital Grille - Denver

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / LoDo
3,718 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
Located next to the Center for the Performing Arts, the Capital Grille is a perfect spot for dinner and drinks before seeing a show. It offers classic steakhouse vibes and a menu tRead more
94% recommended
Steakhouse in Denver / Colorado

Piatti - Denver

$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Creek
2,495 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
One of the loveliest restaurants in the city, Cherry Creek's Piatti is unassuming and charming—the feel of a classic Italian trattoria and wine bar right in the middle of ColoradoRead more
97% recommended
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ViewHouse

$$$$·Café·
Downtown / LoDo
Denver's Coors Field is home to the Colorado Rockies, and the area around the field offers up a good-time selection of fine bars and eateries. The ViewHouse Ballpark location is onRead more
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ELWAY'S Downtown

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / LoDo
3,569 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
In the middle of the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Denver, Elway’s is a mix of steakhouse and sports bar and gets its name from one of the biggest heroes in Colorado sports history—the Read more
88% recommended
Steakhouse in Denver
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BRASSERIE TEN TEN

$$$$·French·
Boulder
3,352 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Vive la France here at Brasserie Ten Ten, with a menu that's straight from the tricolor flag: escargot, frites, French onion soup, crepes jambon gruyere, coq au vin. Take advantageRead more
90% recommended
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