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The Best Restaurants in Denver, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

You’re in Denver for 48 hours, and you’re hungry. What’s the plan? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the best restaurants among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find the best restaurants in Denver—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. You'll want to follow their lead.

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

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Wash Park
1,468 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
“Bittersweet is a must-visit restaurant. It is an artisanal experience with each menu item crafted to perfection. The menu features seasonal offerings that are fun, playful, and moRead more
98% recommended
Healthy in Denver

El Five

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Highlands
1,676 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
“Imagine enjoying exquisite food with a breathtaking skyline. El Five offers both. There is a large open-air patio that allows unobstructed views of the city and the highlands. TheRead more
95% recommended
Scenic View in Denver / Colorado
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the plimoth

$$$$·American·
Central
1,420 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
“Touted as a neighborhood eatery, The Plimoth believes in eclectic, yet approachable food. There are seasonal and local ingredients used for the classic French and Italian cuisineRead more
90% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Denver / Colorado

Beast and Bottle

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Uptown
1,424 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
“This restaurant has a unique spin on food and drink. Their namesake stands for using all the meat – as in the ”“Beast”“ part. And the ”“Bottle”“ part pertains to the choice of driRead more
90% recommended
Healthy in Denver
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Linger

$$$$·International·
Highlands
5,351 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
“This is a Denver mainstay that embodies a freewheeling Colorado spirit. With boho touches and 90s era prices, the atmosphere is fun and the food is delectable. There’s the 1975 hiRead more
89% recommended
Most Booked in Denver / Colorado
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The Nickel - Hotel Teatro

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / LoDo
641 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Quiet Conversation
“This restaurant's namesake is (pardon the pun) coined after the space that was once used to collect fare from customers riding its resident streetcars. You guessed it: It was a niRead more

SOL Mexican Cocina - Denver

$$$$·Mexican·
Cherry Creek
542 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Casual
“Located in the midst of Cherry Creek, Cocina is pure Baja street cuisine. Nominated for a James Beard Award, Cocina is upscale, yet fun. The decor has modern Mexican design, localRead more
86% recommended
Mexican in Denver / Colorado

Banzai Sushi

$$$$·Japanese·
Central
198 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
“Imagine eating in Japan, right in the heart of Denver. At Banzai Sushi, the food is authentic Japanese with a hand-crafted, creative touch. They call themselves the ”“Home of 100 Read more
100% recommended
Best Overall in Denver / Colorado

Little Ollie's Asian Café

$$$$·Contemporary Asian·
Cherry Creek
217 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
  • Happy Hour
“Little Ollie's Asian Cafe is located in the Cherry Creek North shopping district. They pair the freshest ingredients with modern Asian Cuisine. A mainstay for over two decades, thRead more
93% recommended

Ambli Mexico

$$$$·Mexican·
Central
1,090 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
“This is a dining experience that is like a foodie passport. Ambli at Holly is unassuming, yet offers up food from across the globe. Whether it's wasabi fish and chips, Mexico CityRead more
92% recommended
Mexican in Denver / Colorado
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The Palm Denver

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / LoDo
2,160 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasion
“When you're searching for a modern and sophisticated restaurant, The Palm is the place to be. Located in the downtown district, The Palm has been around since 1926. Their philosopRead more
85% recommended
Great for Lunch in Denver

Tamayo Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Downtown / LoDo
3,336 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fun
“The owner and Chef Richard Sandoval ensures that the food at Tamayo has Mexican roots and all the ingredients lend an authentic experience. Tamayo Restaurant is a modern Mexican kRead more
88% recommended

Piatti - Denver

$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Creek
2,392 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
“Piatti has a location in the heart of it all—Cherry Creek North. Featuring Italian-inspired, seasonally-dictated cuisine, Piatti is perfection personified. There is an emphasis onRead more
98% recommended

La Sandia Stapleton

$$$$·Mexican·
Stapleton
531 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Bar Seating
  • Creative Cuisine
“This modern Mexican cuisine restaurant elevates Mexican cooking to new heights. The chef and owner is the iconic Richard Sandoval, and authenticity is important to him. Savor authRead more

Henry's Tavern - Denver

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / LoDo
259 reviews
  • Live Sports
  • Fun
  • Casual
“For a local tavern experience, Henry's Tavern in downtown Denver is the go-to place. It's the perfect setting for a hangout with friends after an event and is both a sports bar anRead more
89% recommended

Izakaya Den

$$$$·Japanese·
Wash Park
1,700 reviews
“For a unique tour of Japan in a gastropub setting, Izakaya Den should be your first stop. There are traditional Japanese dishes served tapas-style. They feature global cuisine shiRead more
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Sushi Den

$$$$·Japanese·
Wash Park
125 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
“Found right in the heart of Denver, Sushi Den is known for serving premier sushi and Japanese food. Having been around for almost three decades, it personifies the Japanese food eRead more
95% recommended
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Ototo

$$$$·Japanese·
Wash Park
261 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
“Japanese robata-style tapas pairs with sashimi, grilled whole fish, rich Ramen offerings and noodles at Ototo. This intimate dining experience is an essential restaurant in DenverRead more
95% recommended
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Pizza Republica-Glendale - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Creek
63 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
“This iconic restaurant brings a combination of rustic ambiance and fresh ingredient farm to table. It's a philosophy found throughout Italy. The food prepared is in a wood fired bRead more
93% recommended
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Bones - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Asian·
Central
1,135 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
“This is a chef-inspired noodle bar in the heart of Governor's Park. The setting is quite intimate, but if you love watching the action, counter dining is available. The atmosphereRead more
88% recommended
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