The Best Places to Eat in Denver

The OpenTable Team

With its gorgeous mountain views, scenic skyline, and crisp, fresh air, Denver is home to some of the prettiest terrain in the whole country. And the dining scene in Denver is just as diverse and appealing. These days, one can barely go a few blocks in Denver without bumping into a new restaurant, whether it’s a craft-beer-focused gastropub or a high-end Italian restaurant from a celebrity chef. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker Lists. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Denver restaurants have really stepped up their game lately and this formerly quiet town is buzzing with foodie destinations. Looking for a dining experience not to forget? Check out our list of Denver’s iconic dishes.

Restaurants:Bittersweet, El Five, the plimoth
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Mediterranean, American
Neighborhoods:Wash Park, Highlands, Central

Bittersweet

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Wash Park
1,514 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Bittersweet takes an artisanal approach to hand-crafted and artfully created food, grounded in fundamental culinary techniques but also edging toward the avant-garde. They get theiRead more
93% recommended
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El Five

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Highlands
2,136 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
El Five is in the Highlands in a fifth-story restaurant covered in vintage Turkish cinema posters of beautiful people, lovers kissing and fighting, and Turkish quotes The room has Read more
95% recommended
Scenic View in Denver / Colorado
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the plimoth

$$$$·American·
Central
1,650 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
The plimoth offers an eclectic yet approachable menu based in classic French and Italian cuisine, but inspired by seasonal and local ingredients that give a modern twist to each diRead more
94% recommended
Best Food in Denver / Colorado
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Beast and Bottle

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Uptown
1,475 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Local Ingredients
Beast and Bottle is a rustic American restaurant that serves craft dinners and brunches. They make a point of utilizing all parts of the animal to honor its integrity and also partRead more
91% recommended
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Linger

$$$$·International·
Highlands
5,886 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Linger is an international tapas restaurant located in the Highlands neighborhood. The space has a funky design, with reclaimed boxcar floors, a Lite Brite bar top, and infinity wiRead more
94% recommended
International in Denver / Colorado
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Pizza Republica - Denver Downtown

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / LoDo
633 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
Republica is an Italian pizzeria with a focus on artisan traditions and high-quality ingredients. They make definitive Neapolitan pies in the Downtown area and draw a crowd in everRead more
92% recommended
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The Nickel - Hotel Teatro

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / LoDo
699 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
The Nickel is downtown in Denver’s historic Tramway Building, originally opened in 1911. The decor and setting pay homage to the space where riders used to pay their fare to hop onRead more
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SOL Mexican Cocina - Denver

$$$$·Mexican·
Cherry Creek
698 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
SOL Cocina is a Mexican restaurant located in the heart of Cherry Creek. They feature a casual, elegant dining experience fronted by Executive Chef Deborah Schneider, a James BeardRead more
91% recommended
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Banzai Sushi

$$$$·Japanese·
Virginia Vale
218 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Bar Seating
Banzai Sushi in Central Denver is like a little taste of Japan tucked away on South Monaco Parkway. They feature the highest level of Japanese cuisine crafted with a creative touchRead more
100% recommended
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Little Ollie's Asian Café

$$$$·Contemporary Asian·
Cherry Creek
251 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
Little Ollie’s in the Cherry Creek North Shopping District is a warm, inviting place to stop for lunch or dinner while you’re taking a break from retail consumption. They showcase Read more
90% recommended
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Ambli Mexico

$$$$·Mexican·
Virginia Vale
1,228 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Ambli at Holly is one of Denver’s best culinary experiences. They specialize in global gourmet cuisine and features chic decor and extra savory dishes. The choices here tempt the pRead more
97% recommended
Best Service in Denver / Colorado
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The Palm Denver

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / LoDo
2,211 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
The Palm is a famous restaurant chain known as one of the best steakhouses in the country. The Denver outpost is modern and sophisticated, with an easy atmosphere and paintings of Read more
82% recommended
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Tamayo Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Downtown / LoDo
3,596 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Tamayo is a contemporary Mexican restaurant by famed Chef Richard Sandoval, the “Father of Modern Mexican Cuisine.” Located in the Downtown area of Denver in Historic Larimer SquarRead more
82% recommended
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Piatti - Denver

$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Creek
2,495 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Restaurant Piatti is in the Cherry Creek neighborhood and is a great spot for a deliciously authentic Italian meal. They get attention for the friendly service and approachable regRead more
97% recommended
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La Sandia Stapleton

$$$$·Mexican·
Stapleton
572 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
Chef Richard Sandoval does it again with this authentic Mexican restaurant located in Stapleton. The menu is full of delicious Mexican classics that he re-invented with his own sigRead more
90% recommended
Great for Lunch in Denver / Colorado
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Marco’s Coal Fired

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / LoDo
987 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
Marco’s Coal Fired is downtown and serves some of the best pizza in all of Denver. The idea is simple — bring the authentic taste of Italy with the finest ingredients and traditionRead more
100% recommended
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Venice Ristorante & Wine Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / LoDo
2,599 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
This Italian restaurant, founded in 2002, brings five-star Venetian dining straight to the Tech Center/Greenwood Village neighborhood of Denver. Executive Chef Christian Delle FaveRead more
92% recommended
Notable Wine List in Denver
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Ototo

$$$$·Japanese·
Wash Park
261 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Ototo is an intimate Japanese dining room located in Wash Park that serves Japanese robata-style tapas, sashimi, grilled whole fish, and noodles in in a traditional setting. They cRead more
95% recommended
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Sushi Den

$$$$·Japanese·
Wash Park
125 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
Sushi Den is in the heart of Denver, CO, and is the place to go for casual, elegant Japanese cuisine that hits the mark every time. The master chef gets daily fresh fish dry iced aRead more
95% recommended
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Chubbys

$$$$·Mexican·
Thornton
This classic restaurant in northwest Denver is famous for its original Green Chili — and even more famous for taking traditional dishes and smothering them with it. One of Denver’sRead more
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