The Most Fun Restaurants in Denver

Denver’s dining scene has steadily been on the rise over the past few years. The Mile High City has seen tons of spots open up with exciting new culinary options. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert. Find a whole range of cool restaurants, from fancy jacket-and-tie spots to the tiny diners serving up classics. Diners can opt for cheap or expensive, divey or fancy—Denver has it all. Read on for our list of some of the most fun restaurants in Denver.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Linger, El Five, Bittersweet
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:International, Mediterranean, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Highlands, Washington Park
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Linger

$$$$·International·
Highlands
6,235 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Special Occasion

Linger is one of the most lively and fun restaurants in Denver. They feature incredible vegan and vegetarian food, amazing hospitality, and a lively atmosphere to enjoy. They serve breakfast, brunch, ...

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Most Booked in Denver / Colorado
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El Five

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Highlands
2,589 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

El Five is a cool restaurant that sits high above LoHi on the fifth floor. They offer spectacular views of the Downtown Denver skyline and a fantastic sunset view if you come here for dinner. The larg...

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Mediterranean in Denver / Colorado
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Bittersweet

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Washington Park
1,497 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

Bittersweet is a delicious restaurant that takes an artisanal approach to handcrafted, playful, and artfully created food with flavors and presentation on a whole new level. They make everything they ...

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SOL Mexican Cocina - Denver

$$$$·Mexican·
Cherry Creek
1,049 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot

SOL Cocina is in Denver’s exciting Cherry Creek North neighborhood and is home to a tiny slice of Baja. The setting is modern Mexican and you may find yourself transported south when you take a seat b...

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Mexican in Denver / Colorado

Tamayo Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Downtown / LoDo
3,731 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Located in Historic Larimer Square, Tamayo is a chic spot with a giant rooftop deck and sweeping views of the mountain. They have an innovative Latin menu by Chef Richard Sandoval, who is often called...

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The Corner Office Restaurant and Martini Bar Denver

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / LoDo
2,779 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Pre/post Theatre

The Corner Office Restaurant and Martini Bar is in the swanky Hotel Curtis downtown, right near all of the big conference centers. That makes it a big hit with traveling business folks. They are a coz...

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Great for Brunch in Denver / Colorado
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the plimoth

$$$$·American·
Central
1,878 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine

The plimoth, located in Central Denver, has a menu that draws on classic French and Italian cuisine. They take inspiration from seasonal and local ingredients that offer a modern twist on each dish. T...

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Best Overall in Denver / Colorado
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Piatti - Denver

$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Creek
2,444 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic

Piatti sits in the heart of Cherry Creek North, just five minutes from downtown Denver. The restaurant features Italian-inspired, seasonally dictated cuisine with an emphasis on local farms and produc...

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Special Occasion in Denver

The Capital Grille - Denver

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / LoDo
3,977 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic

What could be more fun than going to a fancy steakhouse with a group of good friends? The Capital Grille is nationally renowned for their dry aged and hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, creative sides, a...

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Best Service in Denver

The Preservery

$$$$·Contemporary American·
River North (Denver)
454 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch

The Preservery is not only a fun restaurant, they also combine a bar, bakery, live music venue, and marketplace — all in a warehouse-style space. See what’s on the schedule and then head over to grab ...

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Ophelia's Electric Soapbox

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / LoDo
1,719 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Fit for Foodies

Fancy some live music with your dinner? Check out Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, a multi-level “gastro-brothel” with an open pit at the center that features a stage for live performances. Guests can see ...

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