The Most Fun Restaurants in Denver

The OpenTable Team

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.

Restaurants:Linger, El Five, Bittersweet
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:International, Mediterranean, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Highlands, Wash Park

Linger

$$$$·International·
Highlands
5,846 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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 serveRead more
94% recommended
Most Booked in Denver / Colorado

El Five

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Highlands
2,102 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Tapas
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 Read more
95% recommended
Scenic View in Denver / Colorado
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Bittersweet

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Wash Park
1,514 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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 mRead more
95% recommended
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SOL Mexican Cocina - Denver

$$$$·Mexican·
Cherry Creek
676 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
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 whRead more
89% recommended

Tamayo Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Downtown / LoDo
3,579 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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,Read more
82% recommended

The Corner Office Restaurant and Martini Bar Denver

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / LoDo
2,741 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
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 fRead more
94% recommended
Great for Brunch in Denver
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the plimoth

$$$$·American·
Central
1,639 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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 tRead more
95% recommended
Best Overall in Denver / Colorado
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Beast and Bottle

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Uptown
1,475 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
This fun restaurant in North Capitol Hill serves American craft dinner and brunch. Paul C. Reilly and Aileen Reilly are the owners and their philosophy is to appreciate the whole aRead more
91% recommended
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Piatti - Denver

$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Creek
2,495 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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 loRead more
98% recommended
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The Capital Grille - Denver

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / LoDo
3,704 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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 seafooRead more
93% recommended
Steakhouse in Denver / Colorado

Acorn

$$$$·American·
River North (Denver)
1,380 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Acorn is in The Source, an artisan food market in the RiNo neighborhood. They're a cool restaurant with a chic, industrial vibe and outdoor sidewalk seating during the warmer monthRead more
88% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Denver / Colorado
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Mister Tuna

$$$$·Contemporary American·
River North (Denver)
528 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
This New American restaurant on Brighton Boulevard is the latest by Chef Troy Guard and pays homage to his childhood. The big, sprawling space was once a warehouse and has floor-toRead more
100% recommended
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The Preservery

$$$$·Contemporary American·
River North (Denver)
384 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
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 theRead more
83% recommended
Contemporary American in Denver
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Ophelia's Electric Soapbox

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / LoDo
1,717 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
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 performanRead more
92% recommended
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Casa Bonita

$$$$·Mexican·
Sloans Lake
If you’re in the mood for fun AND Mexican food, look no further than Casa Bonita in Lakewood. This restaurant features a complete Mexican village with performances by pirates and gRead more
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Forest Room 5

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Highlands
This fun tapas restaurant is forest themed and features outdoor fire pits on a large, mystical patio along with teepees that you can actually dine in. Forest Room 5 is an enchantinRead more
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Izakaya Den

$$$$·Japanese·
Wash Park
1,711 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Izakaya Den is a popular gastro pub serving global cuisine on South Pearl Street. They offer Japanese plates along with dishes infused with international flavors. This cool restaurRead more
96% recommended
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BRASSERIE TEN TEN

$$$$·French·
Boulder
3,352 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Brasserie Ten Ten is an intimate, exquisite, and affordable French restaurant located in the heart of Downtown. They get busy early and stay open late, and are an excellent place tRead more
90% recommended
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