The Best Cheap Eats in Denver

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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:The Corner Office Restaurant and Martini Bar Denver, Tamayo Restaurant, Linger
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Contemporary Mexican, International
Neighborhoods:Downtown / LoDo, Highlands
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

The Corner Office Restaurant and Martini Bar Denver

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / LoDo
2,812 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups

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 delicious starters lik...

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Great for Brunch in Denver
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Tamayo Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Downtown / LoDo
3,746 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date

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 a budget. Dinner tim...

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Linger

$$$$·International·
Highlands
6,282 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

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. diners have an expansiv...

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Most Booked in Denver / Colorado
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Piatti - Denver

$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Creek
2,466 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Cozy

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 calamari and shrimp, ...

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SOL Mexican Cocina - Denver

$$$$·Mexican·
Cherry Creek
1,104 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

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, but the standard dinner...

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Mexican in Denver / Colorado

El Five

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Highlands
2,651 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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. Order family-style l...

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Mediterranean in Denver / Colorado
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the plimoth

$$$$·American·
Central
1,902 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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 the bar. Expect surpri...

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Best Overall in Denver / Colorado
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Beast and Bottle

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Uptown
1,469 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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-from-the-farm ingred...

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The Capital Grille - Denver

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / LoDo
4,014 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Business Meals

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 some very affordable p...

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Great for Lunch in Denver / Colorado

Bistro Vendome

$$$$·French·
Downtown / LoDo
6,307 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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 describes the menu, w...

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French in Denver / Colorado
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Humboldt Kitchen + Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Uptown
2,094 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies

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 price point is affordable...

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Contemporary American in Denver

True Food Kitchen - Cherry Creek

$$$$·American·
Cherry Creek
2,483 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Fit for Foodies

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 they are delicious — a...

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Healthy in Denver / Colorado

Osteria Marco

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / LoDo
4,805 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for Groups

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 unpretentious crowd. The menu is ...

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Bittersweet

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Washington Park
1,493 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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 this high standard. Th...

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Odyssey Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Central
2,237 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

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 setting. For an inexpens...

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Best Value in Denver / Colorado

Bon Ami

$$$$·French·
Washington Park
977 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion

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 a warm ahi tuna Nico...

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French in Denver / Colorado

Ophelia's Electric Soapbox

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / LoDo
1,720 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Fit for Foodies

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 sell separately, you can...

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Ototo

$$$$·Japanese·
Platt 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 interesting light fix...

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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 decor are accessible and...

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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 make this eatery the...

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