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10 Hard-to-Get Reservations in Denver

The OpenTable team

Every day, we have hundreds of thousands of reservations flying through our system—and some are tougher to get than others. According to our data, these are the restaurants in Denver where it’s hardest to snag a reservation. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:El Five, Rioja, The Populist
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Mediterranean, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Highlands, Downtown / LoDo, River North (Denver)
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El Five

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Highlands
1,577 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
They know how to combine things beautifully, harmoniously, and deliciously at this chic fifth floor eatery. Their three distinct tapas menus—in addition to small plates and paellasRead more
93% recommended
Mediterranean in Denver / Colorado
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Rioja

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Downtown / LoDo
7,921 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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
96% recommended
Mediterranean in Denver / Colorado

The Populist

$$$$·Contemporary American·
River North (Denver)
259 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
If the weather’s warm, this is an incredibly charming place to enjoy small plates and beverages. Come at golden hour, sit under the twinkly lights strung overhead, and marvel at thRead more
83% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Denver / Colorado
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Barolo Grill

$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Creek
3,081 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
If their name’s got you thinking about red wine and saucy Italian food, that’s perfect. You can enjoy them both at this elegant and romantic restaurant with a huge selection of BarRead more
96% recommended
Notable Wine List in Denver / Colorado
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Palace Arms at the Brown Palace

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown / LoDo
997 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
If you’ve ever wanted to eat in the lap of luxury, this place is truly a gilded dining palace. Whether it’s the colorful flags and historic pictures adorning the space or the presiRead more
Notable Wine List in Denver
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Nocturne

$$$$·Contemporary American·
River North (Denver)
921 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
You’re getting way more than just a good meal at the Nocturne, this is where you come for a full-fledged night out on the town. From the purple-ish lighting and classic cocktails tRead more
99% recommended
Best Ambiance in Denver / Colorado
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Guard & Grace

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown / LoDo
1,961 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
They could easily call this place sleek & swank. The modern and beautifully-designed large space sets the tone for their decadent steakhouse dishes that will wow you all the same. Read more
93% recommended
Steakhouse in Denver / Colorado

Limelight Supper Club & Lounge

$$$$·American·
Downtown / LoDo
2,414 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • People Watching
  • Special Occasion
If you’re going to see a show at the Denver Center for Performing Arts, Limelight is a fun little spot for dinner and cocktails before it all begins. With its palm plants, lime-colRead more
84% recommended
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Chubby Cattle - Denver

$$$$·Chinese·
Baker
8 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Authentic
Chinese hot pot is DIY dining at its finest, and this place has definitely upped the ante by adding more unique twists (and kookie technology) to the mix. The food is Mongolian, buRead more
86% recommended
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Sushi Den

$$$$·Japanese·
Wash Park
125 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
This destination sushi spot serves the freshest fish in Denver, and is actually one of the first US sushi bars to order fish directly from Japanese markets. If you can’t nab seats Read more
95% recommended
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