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Discover Trending Restaurants in Denver

The "Mile High City" of Denver is one of America's most unique dining hot spots. With the combination of a booming economy, stunning vistas, and the Rocky Mountain region's trademark outdoorsy-nature, Denver has become a hip and modern city with plenty of cutting-edge cuisines to match. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We've pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Steakhouses, local pubs, sushi spots, and funky fusions are scattered throughout the city and they’re serving some must-try dishes. Check out this list of trendy restaurants in Denver.

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The OpenTable Team
17 Restaurants
Updated February 26, 2020
Restaurants:the plimoth, The Corner Office Restaurant and Martini Bar Denver, SOL Mexican Cocina - Denver
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Mexican
Neighborhoods:Central, Downtown / LoDo, Cherry Creek
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the plimoth

$$$$
American
Central
4.9
2079 reviews
The Plimoth offers diners an eclectic mixture of French and Italian dishes. It is a relaxed neighborhood eatery style location that has quickly become one of the trending restaurants in Denver. Try stopping in for its "Sunday Suppah" on the weekends, or for dinner on the weeknights. The eatery offers a constantly evolving menu with fresh meats and vegetables from local sources. There's also a long drink list with some excellent local Colorado craft beers for those who indulge.

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The Corner Office Restaurant and Martini Bar Denver

$$$$
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Downtown / LoDo
4.4
3043 reviews
The Corner Office is one of the best options for a drink and a meal in Downtown Denver. This modern and buzzing restaurant is in the heart of Denver's Central Business district. The Corner Office's martini selection is ideal for a quick stop or as an accompaniment to dinner. Try the "Inappropriate Monkey Behavior" with orange bitters and absinthe or the "What's Up, Doc" with carrot shrub and lemon. The Corner Office also boasts an excellent list of local Colorado brews. For food, there's hearty lunch and dinner fare like the classic French Dip and buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches.

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SOL Mexican Cocina - Denver

$$$$
Mexican
Cherry Creek
4.4
1362 reviews
SOL Cocina in Denver's Cherry Creek neighborhood is one of the area's premier Mexican restaurants. It's a great spot to eat outdoors in the warmer months. Lounge out on the patio or by the fire pit with a drink and some of SOL's meals. The bright and beautiful eatery features classic Mexican comfort-food dishes. Pick a few of their specialty tacos, like the "Viper Taco" with ghost chili or the "Cubano Taco" with carnitas, plantain tostones, and roasted green chili salsa. There's also the traditional quesadilla and burrito dishes. Other highlights include barbacoa short ribs and red chile tamales. Stop in on Taco Tuesdays for taco and house margarita specials.

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The Capital Grille - Denver

$$$$
American
Downtown / LoDo
4.8
4214 reviews
The Denver outpost of the acclaimed national chain offers up all the signature dishes and service that has earned the Capital Grille its great reputation. It's also a perfect option for any diners heading out in Downtown Denver. The Capital Grille is close to all the destinations found at Denver's Larimer Square. Patrons at the Capital Grille can enjoy all the traditional steakhouse fare. There are big steaks and chops alongside hearty side dishes and classic cocktails.

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Corinne Restaurant

$$$$
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Downtown / LoDo
4.6
1777 reviews
Corrine is a bustling downtown hot spot for locals and visitors that has established itself as one of the trending restaurants in Denver. There's a sleek, contemporary atmosphere and plenty of Colorado-driven comfort food. Favorites include dishes like prime rib, available in king or queen cuts, and caramelized pork shank. Corrine is also an ideal spot for a drink. There is an extensive wine list and one of the better craft beer selections in the city. Corrine's beer list includes several options from Colorado's finest breweries. Highlights include Avery and Great Divide.

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ELWAY'S Downtown

$$$$
Steakhouse
Downtown / LoDo
4.6
3759 reviews
Elway's Downtown is right in the top ranks for sports fans among the trending restaurants in Denver. The restaurant comes from the mind and the arm of Denver legend and two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback John Elway. It's a true touchdown in the Denver dining scene. Elway's is a perfect spot to watch football with the rest of the city on Saturdays and Sundays. Start with some of Elway's appetizers like the beer-battered onion rings and lamb chop fondue. Highlights of the dinner menu include prime hand-cut steaks and Colorado rack of lamb. Try pairing the meal with one of the creative movie-inspired cocktails on the menu. There is the "Aslan's Return" with vanilla vodka or the "McClane's Day Off" with scotch and Vida Mezcal.

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D Bar Denver

$$$$
American
Uptown
4.7
1831 reviews
An excellent drink menu, excellent comfort food, and a to-die-for dessert selection. D Bar is a treat in every sense of the word. D Bar is an intriguing mixture of pastry kitchen, ornate bar, and bustling restaurant. Start with one of D Bar's small plates, like the crispy brussels sprouts or the lobster fries. From there, move on to something from the "Things We Like to Eat" menu, with a selection that includes the pizza salad sandwich and bacon mac and cheese. The dessert menu offers something to delight every sweet tooth. Try the pumpkin spice churros or the "milk and cookies" with a baked-to-order cookie selection. A great spot for dinner or drinks with a group of friends.

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range

$$$$
American
Downtown / LoDo
4.5
1286 reviews
The range restaurant (yes, with a lowercase "r") is in Denver's Colorado National Bank Building. This is the spot for a true taste of Denver. It's one of the most authentic American West dining spots in town. Its cuisine emphasizes classic West cooking, with farm-fresh vegetables and meats. Try the bison and beef meatballs or bison ribs for those on-the-range tastes. The restaurant is also known for their wood oven pizzas. Try their smoked salmon and sweet Italian sausage versions.

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Ophelia's Electric Soapbox

$$$$
Contemporary American
Downtown / LoDo
4.6
1849 reviews
An excellent name for a legendary Denver spot. Ophelia's Electric Soapbox is a local favorite for all crowds. This live music spot has an intriguing, multi-layered history. It also offers a buzzy, exciting atmosphere and true Denver hipster credentials. It's an ideal spot for dinner and drinks. Ophelia's offers up small plates, flatbreads, and internationally driven dishes to its crowds. There's also a fabulous selection of specialty Colorado craft beers.

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El Five

$$$$
Mediterranean
Highlands
4.7
3204 reviews
Diners seeking out the best views of the Mile High City alongside fine dining should head out to El Five. El Five is in the heart of the trendy LoHi district of Denver. It is a comfortable and hip restaurant that offers unbeatable views from its fifth-floor location. It also boasts an open-air patio for fine warm-weather dining. The cuisine is a melting pot of Mediterranean small-plate tastes described as "Tapas de Gibraltar." Highlights of the creative menu include 18-month Iberico ham, Turkish pizza, goat cheese croquettes, and grilled hanger steak. El Five also features famous paella dishes. Diners should also indulge in one of El Five's signature cocktails like the El Five martini or the "Zombie," made of rums and absinthe.

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Linger

$$$$
International
Highlands
4.7
6678 reviews
This 30th Avenue hot spot in Denver's Highland Park neighborhood has a fascinating backstory and theme. Linger was once a mortuary that held the remains of the famed Buffalo Bill. Now, Linger is a lively restaurant with a creative "death" theme. There's no morbidity here. In fact, this is one of the liveliest trending restaurants in Denver. Head to the Linger rooftop patio in the summertime to snack on smaller dishes like the bison Reuben bun or the Mongolian barbecue duck bun. Diners can also sit down inside the restaurant to choose plates off an inspired, worldly menu broken down by continent. Experimental patrons may want to try the sweet and sour crickets with black ant rice.

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Den Restaurant

$$$$
Japanese
Denver
4.6
1679 reviews
The Izakaya Den boasts a creative, combined theme for a restaurant. This South Pearl Street eatery bills itself as "the sake house with tapas." It offers an intriguing combination of East and West in both its cuisine and its atmosphere. Diners can stop in for some of the Japanese small plates, with favorites like pan-fried pork dumplings and fried Japanese eggplant. There is also a "global menu" with international fusion recipes like Kobe Beef sliders with foie gras and citrus-seared wagyu. Pair any one of the creative dishes with some of Izakaya's premium sake selections.

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BRASSERIE TEN TEN

$$$$
French
Boulder
4.3
3255 reviews
Boulder's Brasserie Ten Ten transports the tastes and styles of Paris to Colorado. This lively French-style eatery offers up some of the best European dining in the state. Brasserie Ten Ten serves superb seafood selections, including the "Le Grand." This dish is a three-tiered platter full of oysters, shrimp, mussels, and a lobster salad. Try dining al fresco during the warmer months or stopping in on the weekends for some of Brasserie's excellent brunch dishes.

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Tamayo Restaurant

$$$$
Contemporary Mexican
Downtown / LoDo
4.5
3865 reviews
Tamayo is the brainchild of celebrated chef Richard Sandoval, architect of many of the trending restaurants in Denver. Tamayo offers some of the best Mexican food in Denver and one of the city's best rooftop dining and drinking scenes. Stop in during the warmer months to drink in the Denver skyline. While there, enjoy some of the classic Tamayo cocktails like a mojito or traditional margarita. The restaurant's signature sangria is also a fine pairing with Tamayo's eclectic cuisine. Try the fire-grilled vegetables or Oaxacan salmon, or the chili and coffee-rubbed carne asada for a hearty meal.

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Ship Tavern at the Brown Palace

$$$$
American
Downtown / LoDo
4.2
1856 reviews
Ahoy, mateys. The Ship Tavern at Denver's Brown Palace Restaurant is a fun stop for anyone out in the electric Lower Downtown district. It's a prime gathering spot for a night out with friends or an evening spent watching a Rockies or Avalanche game. Head here in the dinner hours for some of the Ship Tavern's prime rib or Rocky Mountain trout to the accompaniment of a live piano player. Craft beer fans are in luck at the Ship Tavern, as there's a long list of local Colorado brews to choose from. Intriguing options include the Psycho Penguin Vanilla Porter and Mad Molly's Brown Ale.

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Uchi Denver

$$$$
Sushi
River North (Denver)
4.9
2592 reviews
Uchi, or "house" in Japanese, is one of Denver's prime spots for sushi. The restaurant from celebrated chef Tyson Cole mixes classic Japanese cuisine with fusion styles in a modern, comfortable atmosphere. Try a selection from the restaurant's "hot" or "cool" tasting menus, and pair the choice with a drink from Uchi's celebrated sake menu. There are also some delightful desserts found at Uchi, like the fried milk and the coconut tapioca.

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Guard & Grace

$$$$
Steakhouse
Downtown / LoDo
4.8
4377 reviews
This downtown Denver steakhouse is one of the city's biggest and best dining options. With its signature bar design and wall art celebrating the city and its dishes, Guard & Grace boasts some of the best ambiance in Denver. The food is as impressive. Guard & Grace features all the traditional steakhouse options. There are also some locally driven dishes like foraged mushrooms and Colorado lamb loin.

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