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Denver, where the slopes are steep, the beer is cold, and the restaurant scene is hotter than that apres-ski jacuzzi. Few places have seen such a boom in new restaurants, with chefs from near and far dialing into the city’s forward-thinking, but laid back, attitude. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find James Beard Award-winning chefs, some of the freshest sushi flown in from Japan, and everything from decadent French bistros to fusion forms of Italian and Latin American fare—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. You'll want to follow their lead.

Restaurants:Root Down, Bar Dough, Izakaya Den
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Italian, Japanese
Neighborhoods:Highlands, Wash Park
For 2 people on Sun, 5/19
Party Size
For 2
Date
Sun, 5/19
Time
7:00 PM
$$$$·American·
Highlands
As the name might suggest, this festive eatery—named one of the best around for outdoor dining—seamlessly integrates vegetarian and vegan options into an already inventive menu. ThRead more
97 people mentioned the Gnocchi
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$$$$·Italian·
Highlands
This spot is a straight shooter for delicious Italian. Their selection of pastas and pizzas are great, but the spicy pizza and pappardelle bolognese (if they have it) are must-getsRead more
26 people mentioned the Squid Ink Pasta
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$$$$·Japanese·
Wash Park
This destination sushi spot serves the freshest fish in Denver, and is actually one of the first US sushi bars to order fish directly from Japanese markets. Izakaya is a large spacRead more
41 people mentioned the Crispy Tuna
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$$$$·Contemporary American·
Highlands
These guys are old pros at all things pork, the dinnertime small plates are all pretty great. Don’t leave without ordering the ham and biscuits and the charcuterie plate. Most of tRead more
30 people mentioned the Charcuterie Plate
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$$$$·Asian·
Downtown / LoDo
A spacious and elegant bistro putting out inspired Asian dishes with an inventive twist. A new kind of dim sum and then some, which can be seen in their soup dumplings (with frenchRead more
567 people mentioned the Dumplings
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$$$$·American·
Cherry Creek
They’re serious about health food here—which they hint at in the green design accents you see throughout their modern space—but they’re also serious about flavor and variety. This Read more
13 people mentioned the Spaghetti Squash
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$$$$·Mediterranean·
Downtown / LoDo
Chef Jennifer Jasinski and her team are cooking up a solid menu of consistently delicious dishes worthy of a James Beard award (that’s why they won one). Despite what the name mighRead more
98 people mentioned the Beignets
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$$$$·Mediterranean·
Highlands
They know how to combine things beautifully, harmoniously, and deliciously at this chic fifth floor eatery. Their three distinct tapas menus—in addition to small plates and paellasRead more
115 people mentioned the Paella
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$$$$·International·
Highlands
This is another restaurant from the stellar team behind Root Down (also on this list), and linger is exactly what you’ll want to do in their cavernous space, especially if it’s warRead more
79 people mentioned the Duck Buns
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$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / LoDo
This adorable Italian eatery—where red brick walls line the cozy dining room—could almost be mistaken for a chic little boutique from the street. Sounds surprising, but it’s prettyRead more
71 people mentioned the Calamari
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$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Creek
This one comes straight out of NYC, where Quality Italian—and the rest of the Quality family—are all big hits. This steakhouse with an Italian moniker is stunningly handsome, featuRead more
41 people mentioned the Chicken Parm
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$$$$·Italian·
River North (Denver)
This Italian restaurant’s chic and modern space features small glass globe lighting overhead, which feels magical at night. It’s fun to sit at the counter, and watch the kitchen maRead more
12 people mentioned the Calamari
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$$$$·Italian·
Uptown
They have fantastic housemade pastas and a Mozzarella bar, come quick! This Southern Italian spot—from the same sibling team behind Beast + Bottle (also great)—has three connected Read more
11 people mentioned the Ragu
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$$$$·French·
Downtown / LoDo
The ambiance at this French bistro, from James Beard Award-winning chef Jennifer Jasinski, is overflowing with charm. There’s a very romantic patio and one particular indoor seatinRead more
52 people mentioned the French Onion Soup
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$$$$·Latin American·
Highlands
This very festive Latin American restaurant—from the same team behind Bar Dough (also on this list)—offers a fish-forward menu that celebrates the delicious variety within Latin AmRead more
11 people mentioned the Mofongo
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$$$$·American·
Downtown / LoDo
Located on the ground floor of the Hotel Born, this uber well-designed restaurant is a stunner. It’s surrounding windows offers great light to contrast the dark furniture with goldRead more
28 people mentioned the Short Rib
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$$$$·Contemporary American·
Highlands
Duo has been a Denver staple—for over a decade now—serving up food that people love to love. From the early days, brunch has been the star here and it still deserves to be. When yoRead more
45 people mentioned the Sticky Toffee Pudding
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$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Creek
You can truly feel the love they cook into their food at this rustic and authentic Italian spot in Cherry Creek, with a staff that’s exceptionally warm and gregarious. Their housemRead more
56 people mentioned the Calamari
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$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / LoDo
Avelina’s wide-open dining room—with big drum lights overhead and an exhibition kitchen—makes you feel like you’re stepping into a large-scale and incredibly well-designed lounge. Read more
31 people mentioned the Short Rib
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$$$$·Southern·
Downtown / LoDo
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 worth trying tRead more
72 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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