Denver's Most Iconic Restaurants

The OpenTable team

Seasons change, trends come and go, but these restaurants have withstood the test of time—and have become integral parts of the Denver dining scene. Here are Denver’s OpenTable Classics: the places that continue to excel after 10+ years. There’s a reason they’re still around: they keep giving us a reason to come back.

Restaurants:Rioja, Osteria Marco, Bistro Vendome
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Mediterranean, Italian, French
Neighborhoods:Downtown / LoDo

Rioja

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Downtown / LoDo
8,757 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
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
92% recommended

Osteria Marco

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / LoDo
5,011 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for Groups
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
94% recommended
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Bistro Vendome

$$$$·French·
Downtown / LoDo
6,215 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
93% recommended
French in Denver / Colorado

Duo Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Highlands
3,377 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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
97% recommended
Contemporary American in Denver / Colorado

North Italia – Denver

$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Creek
2,862 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
97% recommended
Italian in Denver / Colorado
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Table 6

$$$$·American·
Cherry Creek
2,236 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
After more than a decade serving delicious American staples, this Denver mainstay—with a seasonal and constantly changing menu—keeps things interesting by introducing quirky (and eRead more
98% recommended
Best Service in Denver

Tamayo Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Downtown / LoDo
3,714 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Just above charming Larimer Square—on the second floor of a corner building—you’ll find a lively Mexican restaurant with a fantastic and expansive terrace, showcasing great views oRead more
84% recommended

Vesta

$$$$·American·
Downtown / LoDo
4,835 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
Come to Vesta (fka Vesta Dipping Grill) with a group in tow and get ready to get saucy. They have a big bar area with plenty of seating and a long line of large circular booths (thRead more
95% recommended
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CUCINA Colore of Cherry Creek

$$$$·Italian·
Denver
1,435 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
Practice makes perfect, and this modern Italian restaurant has been serving a loyal legion of Denver diners since the mid-90s. They’re very particular about the details and it showRead more
94% recommended
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Panzano

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / LoDo
5,392 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
Inside the Hotel Monaco, you’ll find this Northern Italian gem of a restaurant that’s hard not to fall in love with. Even though Panzano has been around for a while and Italian fooRead more
90% recommended
Notable Wine List in Denver