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
8,256 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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
94% recommended
Most Booked in Denver
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Osteria Marco

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / LoDo
5,011 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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
90% recommended
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Bistro Vendome

$$$$·French·
Downtown / LoDo
5,874 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
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
95% recommended
French in Denver / Colorado
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Duo Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Highlands
3,165 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
Fit for Foodies in Denver
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North Italia – Denver

$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Creek
2,513 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Casual
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
94% recommended
Italian in Denver
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Table 6

$$$$·American·
Cherry Creek
2,110 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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
90% recommended
American in Denver
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Tamayo Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Downtown / LoDo
3,479 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Authentic
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
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Vesta

$$$$·American·
Downtown / LoDo
4,834 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
American in Denver
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CUCINA Colore of Cherry Creek

$$$$·Italian·
Denver
1,436 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
5,301 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
91% recommended
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