The Best Places to Eat in Denver

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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Bittersweet, El Five, the plimoth
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Mediterranean, American
Neighborhoods:Washington Park, Highlands, Central
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Bittersweet

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Washington Park
1,496 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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 their goods from local f...

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El Five

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Highlands
2,598 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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 a show kitchen in th...

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Mediterranean in Denver / Colorado
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the plimoth

$$$$·American·
Central
1,879 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine

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 dish. The ever-changin...

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Best Overall in Denver / Colorado
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Linger

$$$$·International·
Highlands
6,236 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Special Occasion

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 windows with awesome v...

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Most Booked in Denver / Colorado
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The Nickel - Hotel Teatro

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / LoDo
736 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals

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 on the tram. The menus...

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SOL Mexican Cocina - Denver

$$$$·Mexican·
Cherry Creek
1,049 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies

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 Beard Award nominee. She ...

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Mexican in Denver / Colorado

Banzai Sushi

$$$$·Japanese·
Virginia Vale
257 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Authentic

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 touch. You can select fro...

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Kid Friendly in Denver / Colorado

Little Ollie's

$$$$·Contemporary Asian·
Cherry Creek
259 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 modern Asian cuisine...

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Tamayo Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Downtown / LoDo
3,729 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 Square, the restaurant fe...

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Piatti - Denver

$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Creek
2,445 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy

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 regional cuisine. They ...

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Special Occasion in Denver
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La Sandia Stapleton

$$$$·Mexican·
Stapleton
634 reviews
  • Worth the Drive
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Cozy

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 signature flair, plus a...

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Mexican in Denver / Colorado

Marco’s Coal Fired

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / LoDo
1,055 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual

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 traditional techniques of the...

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Best Value in Denver / Colorado

Venice Ristorante & Wine Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / LoDo
3,054 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic

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 Fave serves exquisite au...

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Notable Wine List in Denver