The Best Cheap Eats in Denver

The OpenTable Team

A description of the Denver food scene fits into a single word: eclectic. The old classics of thick cut steak, the eponymous omelet, and plenty of craft brew are all around. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemakers List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. There’s plenty of flair, from Latin street food, ramen fusion, and some amazing tapas—all approved by local experts for taste, presentation, and service. Follow their lead for a tour of the Denver restaurant scene and enjoy deliciously cheap eats.

Restaurants:The Corner Office Restaurant and Martini Bar Denver, Tamayo Restaurant, Linger
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Contemporary Mexican, International
Neighborhoods:Downtown / LoDo, Highlands

The Corner Office Restaurant and Martini Bar Denver

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / LoDo
2,744 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Bar Seating
  • Great for Brunch
Delicious fare doesn't have to come with a premium price tag, as The Corner Office Restaurant and Martini Bar illustrates with reasonably priced options at any time of day. From deRead more
97% recommended
Hot Spot in Denver
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Tamayo Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Downtown / LoDo
3,622 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Tamayo, the Mexican-inspired eatery opened by Chef Richard Sandoval, serves elevated cuisine that bursts with flavor. The unpretentious atmosphere is sure to delight the foodie on Read more
83% recommended
Most Booked in Denver
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Linger

$$$$·International·
Highlands
5,913 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Be prepared to stay awhile at Linger, one of the hottest Denver restaurants. This often sold-out spot dishes up some seriously cheap eats during happy hour. Between 4-6:30 p.m. dinRead more
94% recommended
Scenic View in Denver
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Piatti - Denver

$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Creek
2,495 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
An aged yellow and brick red decor create a warm ambiance that matches the service at Piatti, an Italian restaurant in Denver. Taste the port-ricotta meatballs and semolina fried cRead more
96% recommended
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SOL Mexican Cocina - Denver

$$$$·Mexican·
Cherry Creek
725 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
At SOL Cocina, a Mexican restaurant, classic street food takes on gourmet status and comes to the table in a homey atmosphere. Exceptional service starts off every meal at SOL, butRead more
91% recommended
Mexican in Denver

El Five

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Highlands
2,147 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
One great way to enjoy gourmet food at budget prices is with small plates. El Five, a tapa restaurant, serves up delicious plates designed for sharing and enjoyed in single bites. Read more
95% recommended
Best Ambiance in Denver
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the plimoth

$$$$·American·
Central
1,665 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Intimate dining at the plimoth starts with the ambiance. Exposed brick and industrial decor give the whole place a fun and engaging energy. Tables fill up, so consider a seat at thRead more
96% recommended
American in Denver / Colorado
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Beast and Bottle

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Uptown
1,476 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Local Ingredients
For a fine dining experience that's both delicious and cheap eats, check out Denver Beast and Bottle. The food here isn't cheap, but it won't break the bank either, and with fresh-Read more
88% recommended
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The Capital Grille - Denver

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / LoDo
3,745 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Shocked to see a premier steakhouse on a cheap eats list? Don't worry, The Capital Grille might have some very expensive options ($85 bone-in Wagyu NY Strip), but they also have soRead more
95% recommended
Steakhouse in Denver / Colorado

Bistro Vendome

$$$$·French·
Downtown / LoDo
6,090 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
At Bistro Vendome, the timeless atmosphere of a French street cafe goes indoors under fairy lights for a contemporary take on Old World dining. Classic French with a modern twist dRead more
94% recommended
French in Denver / Colorado

Humboldt Kitchen + Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Uptown
1,835 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
Plenty of outdoor seating and an unpretentious atmosphere define the ambiance at Humboldt Farm, Fish, Wine restaurant. With a menu prepared daily using fresh ingredients, the priceRead more
92% recommended
Contemporary American in Denver
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True Food Kitchen - Cherry Creek

$$$$·American·
Cherry Creek
1,907 reviews
  • Healthy
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good Vegetarian Options
True Food Kitchen serves up a new take on restaurant dining. Here, the philosophy is that food should both taste good and help make diners feel good, so plates are as healthy as thRead more
94% recommended
Healthy in Denver / Colorado

Osteria Marco

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / LoDo
5,011 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
Classic, casual Italian is the food concept behind Osteria Marco. Maps of Italy line the walls of this laid-back establishment, and the artisan pizza draws an equally unpretentiousRead more
87% recommended
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Bittersweet

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Wash Park
1,514 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
For a gourmet palate and a burger budget, Bittersweet might be the top restaurant for cheap eats in Denver. No, the menu is not cheap, but it is cheap for avant-garde cuisine at thRead more
93% recommended
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Odyssey Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Central
1,844 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Red linens, exposed brick, and vintage decor create the fun and casual ambiance at Odyssey Italian Restaurant. This mom & pop restaurant serves fresh Sicilian fare in a casual settRead more
96% recommended
Italian in Denver / Colorado
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Bon Ami

$$$$·French·
Wash Park
545 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
The French bistro styling and food at Bon Ami make this a place to visit and re-visit. And, with the reasonable menu prices, it's an affordable extravagance. With steak frites and Read more
99% recommended
French in Denver / Colorado

Ophelia's Electric Soapbox

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / LoDo
1,719 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
The reinvented warehouse that is now home to Ophelia's Electric Soapbox combines dinner with an event venue that has live concerts Thursday through Sunday. While event tickets sellRead more
90% recommended
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Ototo

$$$$·Japanese·
Wash Park
261 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
It might be a little surprising to see a sushi restaurant on a list of cheap places to eat, but the Ototo menu of small plates makes for an affordable meal. The exposed brick and iRead more
95% recommended
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Ad Hominem

$$$$·American·
Central
133 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Dishing up New American cuisine with panache and attention to detail, Ad Hominem is a trendy addition to the Denver food scene. The comfortable booths, exposed brick, and tile decoRead more
89% recommended
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BRASSERIE TEN TEN

$$$$·French·
Boulder
3,352 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Fine dining at bistro pricing is the foundation of Brasserie Ten Ten. This classic French restaurant serves up everything from escargot to steak frites. A few more expensive items Read more
90% recommended
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