The Best Restaurants in Denver, According to our Tastemakers

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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 on local farms and producers here. Their philosophy is simple: Combine rustic, flavorful cuisine with simple, unpretentious design. Then add an approachable and interesting wine list. Toss in a comprehensive offering of craft beers and unique, artisan cocktails. That's a mouthful, but, so is the satisfying menu. You can find pizza, pasta, and mains dishes—items like veal saltimbocca and more. The atmosphere is casual, and the neighborhood is friendly.

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 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
92% recommended
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El Five

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Highlands
2,137 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • 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
1,654 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
“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
94% recommended
Best Food in Denver / Colorado

Beast and Bottle

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Uptown
1,476 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
  • Special Occasion
“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
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Linger

$$$$·International·
Highlands
5,893 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot
“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
94% recommended
International in Denver / Colorado
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The Nickel - Hotel Teatro

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / LoDo
699 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
“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
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SOL Mexican Cocina - Denver

$$$$·Mexican·
Cherry Creek
701 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
“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
91% recommended
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Banzai Sushi

$$$$·Japanese·
Virginia Vale
218 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Bar Seating
“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
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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 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
88% recommended
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Ambli Mexico

$$$$·Mexican·
Virginia Vale
1,228 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
“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
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
“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
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Tamayo Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Downtown / LoDo
3,598 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
“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
81% recommended
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Piatti - Denver

$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Creek
2,495 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
“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
97% recommended
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La Sandia Stapleton

$$$$·Mexican·
Stapleton
572 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
“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
89% recommended
Great for Lunch in Denver / Colorado

Henry's Tavern - Denver

$$$$·American·
Downtown / LoDo
303 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great Beer
  • Good for Groups
“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
Kid Friendly in Denver
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Izakaya Den

$$$$·Japanese·
Wash Park
1,711 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
“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
96% recommended
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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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