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Denver's Most Iconic Restaurants

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by The OpenTable team
Updated December 15, 2023

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.

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4.7
4.7 (10138)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Downtown / LoDo
About the restaurant
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 might suggest, this isn’t Spanish food, it’s American with some Mediterranean hints. Though the menu changes often, there are some staples you can count on. Try all of their yummy breads and cheeses, and if there’s a dish with octopus, order it, they really know their way around that mollusk. There’s also a tasting menu, if you want some more variety.
Top review
AylaL
Dined 2 days ago
Great food like always. Most of us got the octopus and it was delicious, the meat tender, the sauce paired lovely. My boyfriend got the Amish chicken, and that was amazing as well. Had family in town for my sisters graduation, and they’re a bunch of noisy Puerto Ricans, staff was accommodating and our waiter was even able to help translate a couple of things because he was bilingual as well. 10/10. They never let me down.
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4.5
4.5 (4739)
$30 and under
Italian
Downtown / LoDo
About the restaurant
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 pretty much all good here. The prices are reasonable, and the pizzas are outrageous. If your neighbor orders the salumi and housemade cheeses, you’ll be saying “I’ll have what she’s having.” Pair it all with their great wine, and order from the menu confidently, you can’t go wrong.
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RebeccaK
Dined 2 days ago
This is one of my favorite places to dine downtown. The cocktails, wine and food are all amazing. My servers have always been awesome as well. My only complaint is the noise level can be a bit high (I am not sure there is much that can be done about this and it isn't terrible - just be warned that it can be noisy!) Definitely try the burrata and the Prosciutto Pizza! Highly recommend this place before an event downtown or special occasion!
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4.7
4.7 (7249)
$30 and under
French
Park Hill
About the restaurant
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 seating area that looks like it could be a small Parisian courtyard or alleyway, with twinkle lights strung overhead. They serve all the great staples you’d expect and even have a small section of their menu dedicated solely to steak frites, so definitely get some.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined today
We went for movie night, it was so fun. Great food, service everything
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4.8
4.8 (3572)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Highlands
About the restaurant
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 you can enjoy their basket of pastries, biscuits and gravy, and beloved cider-glazed pork benedict all in one visit, there’s really no other meal as important to come for. Order a duo of each.
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SarahM
Dined 2 days ago
Another fabulous meal at Duo! My husband and I have celebrated multiple anniversaries there. Last night was our 21st! I asked the server for recommendations of cocktails that were not too sweet. She recommended the Squeeze the Day and The Thyme is Now. We shared and loved both of them. For the appetizer, we split the turnips and radishes. it was basically a bruschetta, and the meyer lemon chevre absolutely made the dish. So delicious. I ordered the vegetarian entrée, which was lions mane mushrooms over quinoa, cakes. The flavors and sauces were outstanding. My husband got the bison. That is not something he would typically order, but he was very glad he did. We both loved our entrées. I love this neighborhood Jim and I’m so glad it’s still around!
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4.8
4.8 (4111)
$30 and under
Italian
Cherry Creek
About the restaurant
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 housemade pasta is absolutely delectable, and is even more wonderful when paired with their (house specialty) bolognese. Their squid ink mafaldine is great, and the calamari, zucca chips, and prosciutto pizza are also hugely popular. People deeply love this place, and you will too.
Top review
machigina
Dined 3 days ago
Little Gem Caesar salad was very good. The Spicy Rigatoni Vodka pasta was as good as anything I've had. And the special dessert carrot cake topped with cream cheese, sauce and walnuts was a perfect way to end a great meal. Server was top notch. Only negative is parking in Cherry Creek - gave up trying to park on the street and just parked in the mall where the danger is walking through Nordstrom and having the ladies avoid filling an already packed closet with shoes.
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4.6
4.6 (4281)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Mexican
Downtown / LoDo
About the restaurant
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 of the surrounding mountains. The modern Latin menu, created by celebrated Chef Richard Sandoval (Top Chef Masters), has all the traditional nibbles you’d hope for, but he’s added his own creative touches. Their guacamole (which people fawn over), for example, is offered in three different preparations: traditional, tuna tartare, and bacon. Another great share plate is their queso fundido, which you can add chorizo or mushrooms to. Their super tender (chili & coffee rubbed) carne asada, pork carnitas with avocado purée, and mahi mahi tacos are all superbly delicious. Add on their huge selection of tequilas and agave cocktails, and it’s easy to understand why people love coming here for meals and many margaritas.
Top review
RobertT
Dined 2 days ago
It was a great first visit. We don’t get to Denver often so it was good it worked out. The steak fajitas were good of the mahi tacos also. Service was great too!
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4.7
4.7 (5661)
$31 to $50
Italian
Downtown / LoDo
About the restaurant
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 food is steeped in tradition, they’ve grown with the times and offer separate gluten-free versions of all of their menus (breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner). But back to Italian tradition, they make wonderful fresh-baked breads, handmade pastas, and they’re true gnocchi mavens, which is a feat in itself. Over the years, they’ve served their soft potato pillows (the way you always pray they’ll come out) with everything from duck and rabbit to pumpkin and grouper (and even a prosecco hollandaise at brunch). So get some gnocchi goodness and maybe a side of their truffle risotto and Brussels sprouts with pancetta and honey.
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JoseC
Dined 3 days ago
Maya is great! Also the server we had, can’t recall his name did well and made great suggestions. Overall we had a great experience and can’t wait to go back. Thank you!
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