The Top Restaurants by Cuisine in Denver

The OpenTable team

Where’s the best Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, or Indian food in town? Where’s the best steak, the best pizza, the best plate of oysters? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among Denver's most expert, seasoned diners, broken down by each type of cuisine.

Restaurants:Bar Dough, The Fifth String, Urban Farmer
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Italian, Farm-to-table, Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:Highlands, Downtown / LoDo

Bar Dough

$$$$·Italian·
Highlands
1,099 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
ITALIAN: Bar Dough is one of the best spots for delicious Italian, bar none. Their selection of pastas and pizzas are great, but the spicy pizza and pappardelle bolognese (if they Read more
100% recommended
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The Fifth String

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Highlands
180 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
AMERICAN:These guys are old pros at all things pork, the dinnertime small plates are all pretty great. Don’t leave without ordering the ham and biscuits and the charcuterie plate. Read more
99% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Denver

Urban Farmer

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / LoDo
909 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
STEAKHOUSE: This Portland-born steakhouse was so popular, they opened up additional locations in Denver, Cleveland, and Philadelphia (and they also won the OpenTable Diners’ ChoiceRead more
94% recommended
Steakhouse in Denver

El Five

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Highlands
2,186 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
MEDITERRANEAN: They know how to combine things beautifully, harmoniously, and deliciously at this chic fifth floor eatery. Their three distinct tapas menus—in addition to small plaRead more
94% recommended
Scenic View in Denver
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Izakaya Den

$$$$·Japanese·
Wash Park
1,711 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
JAPANESE: This destination sushi spot serves the freshest fish in Denver, and is actually one of the first US sushi bars to order fish directly from Japanese markets. Izakaya is a Read more
96% recommended
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Bistro Vendome

$$$$·French·
Downtown / LoDo
6,135 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
FRENCH: The ambiance at this French bistro, from James Beard Award-winning chef Jennifer Jasinski, is overflowing with charm. There’s a very romantic patio and one particular indooRead more
94% recommended
French in Denver / Colorado

Blue Island Oyster Bar & Seafood

$$$$·Seafood·
Cherry Creek
1,379 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Happy Hour
  • Fit for Foodies
SEAFOOD: There’s a heavy oceanic and nautical feel to this spot that’s serving up some of the freshest seafood in Denver. There’s a large bar anchoring the room that boasts a greatRead more
94% recommended
Seafood in Denver / Colorado

La Loma

$$$$·Mexican·
Downtown / LoDo
840 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
MEXICAN: La Loma has been serving mouth-watering Mexican food to Coloradans for over thirty years (that’s ample time to become a bonafide burrito maven), and their experience is evRead more
93% recommended
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Señor Bear

$$$$·Latin American·
Highlands
513 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
LATIN AMERICAN: This very festive Latin American restaurant—from the same team behind Bar Dough (also on this list)—offers a fish-forward menu that celebrates the delicious varietyRead more
100% recommended
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Tupelo Honey - Denver

$$$$·Southern·
Downtown / LoDo
1,737 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Comfort Food
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
SOUTHERN: At the helm of this powerhouse southern eatery—with multiple locations around the south—is two-time James Beard semifinalist, Chef Chris Kobayashi. Speaking of, it’s wortRead more
92% recommended

Mehak India's Aroma

$$$$·Indian·
Cherry Creek
354 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
INDIAN: Many Denverites are adamant that this is the very best Indian food in Denver. Their space is beautifully modern, but their flavors are familiar and traditional. Instead of Read more
95% recommended

Bang Up To The Elephant!

$$$$·Global, International·
Central
218 reviews
  • Fun
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good Vegetarian Options
CARIBBEAN: If the name of this Calypso-inspired Caribbean restaurant weren’t an odd enough concept to wrap your head around, the exceptionally unique design will be a close secondRead more
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Aloy Modern Thai

$$$$·Thai·
Downtown / LoDo
243 reviews
  • Spicy
  • Fun
  • Good Vegetarian Options
THAI: When you walk in and see their large, sleek space with exposed brick, wooden tables, and orange chairs, you get an immediate sense that these folks are doing Thai dining diffRead more
86% recommended
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Ultreia

$$$$·Spanish·
Downtown / LoDo
198 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
SPANISH: Jennifer Jasinski—the James Beard Award-winning chef behind several successful restaurants in Denver—is doing dangerously delicious things with Spanish and Portuguese foodRead more
93% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Denver

Fortune Wok to Table

$$$$·Chinese·
Cherry Creek
49 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
CHINESE: Where are the best dumplings in Denver? At this Shanghainese restaurant that offers little variety, but delicious food made with enormous attention to detail. The menu chaRead more
97% recommended
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