The Best Restaurants in Denver, According to our Tastemakers

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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Bittersweet, El Five, the plimoth
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Mediterranean, American
Neighborhoods:Washington Park, Highlands, Central
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Date
Time
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Bittersweet

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

“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 mouthwatering. You'll ...

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El Five

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Highlands
2,601 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

“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. The food is a melting p...

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Mediterranean in Denver / Colorado
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the plimoth

$$$$·American·
Central
1,880 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

“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 cuisine. The Plimoth believe...

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Best Overall in Denver / Colorado

Linger

$$$$·International·
Highlands
6,243 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Special Occasion

“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 hippiefied RV that tur...

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Most Booked in Denver / Colorado
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The Nickel - Hotel Teatro

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

“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 nickel. The Nickel use...

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SOL Mexican Cocina - Denver

$$$$·Mexican·
Cherry Creek
1,058 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot

“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, local art and hand-made a...

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Mexican in Denver / Colorado

Banzai Sushi

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

“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 rolls”“ for a reason...

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Neighborhood Gem in Denver / Colorado

Little Ollie's

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

“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, the food is the star h...

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Neighborhood Gem in Denver

Tamayo Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Downtown / LoDo
3,731 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic

“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 kitchen and tequilari...

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Piatti - Denver

$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Creek
2,450 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy

“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 pro...

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Italian in Denver
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La Sandia Stapleton

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

“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 authentic Mexican comfor...

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Mexican in Denver / Colorado

Henry's Tavern - Denver

$$$$·Sports Bar·
Downtown / LoDo
389 reviews
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for Birthdays

“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 and an ale house. The ...

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Vibrant Bar Scene in Denver / Colorado