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Diners' Choice: Best Food restaurants in Denver

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall cuisine in Denver? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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4.9
4.9 (629)
$50 and over
Contemporary French / American
Park Hill
About the restaurant
Cancellations after 12pm day of reservation, will be charged $50 per guest. Please be aware that Bistro Barbes is only offering a 4 course Chef's tasting menu for $75 per person. Please contact us if there are any dietary restrictions or allergies because last minutes substitutions may not be available.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 9, 2024
Food is wonderful and the service is top notch. Great place in the Park Hill neighborhood to splurge on dinner.
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4.9
4.9 (1267)
$50 and over
Japanese
Platt Park
About the restaurant
For over 37 years, Sushi Den has been regarded as one of the premiere sushi and Japanese restaurants in the United States. Located in the historic Old South Pearl St. neighborhood in the heart of Denver, CO, the restaurant delivers consistently excellent cuisine made from the finest ingredients from around the world.

Master Chef Toshi Kizaki, the visionary behind Sushi Den, continually raises the bar & sets the standard for the restaurant’s high quality cuisine. Youngest brother, Koichi, lives in southern Japan where he makes daily trips to the fish market to purchase fish for the restaurant. The fish is dry iced and reaches the restaurant within 24 hours. Sushi Den’s mission is to maintain one of the nation’s top sushi restaurants through fresh ingredients, innovative, healthy dishes and exceptional service.

We utilize available seating at both Izakaya Den, our sister restaurant next door, and Sushi Den for all reservations through the Sushi Den portal on

Top review
SuzanneTvip
Dined 2 days ago
I really loved it overall but I was disappointed when I tried to order a sushi roll on their menu but was told it’s not available at lunch. It would be better to have a different lunch menu to avoid confusion.
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4.9
4.9 (509)
$31 to $50
Italian
Park Hill
About the restaurant
Local neighborhood Italian restaurant serving seasonal salads, family-style appetizers, Neapolitan-inspired pizza, handmade pastas, entrees prepared on a Mibrasa Charcoal Oven, and classic desserts, alongside complementing cocktails, local breweries and approachable domestic and international wines. The restaurant is set in a converted gas station with bocce courts and urban planters alongside an outdoor dining patio.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
Great experience. Awesome food, drinks and wine list!
A photo of Banzai Sushi - Denver restaurant
4.7
4.7 (366)
$30 and under
Japanese
Virginia Vale
About the restaurant
Limited seating available on Opentable, please call restaurant at 303-329-3366 for reservation availability.

An oasis of Japan in the heart of Denver, Colorado.
Banzai Sushi features the highest level of Japanese
cuisine crafted with a creative touch.
We're the home of "100 Rolls". Select from 100 sushi combinations ranging from the usual to the outrageous. There is a sushi roll here for
every taste. Or choose from our innovative lunch and dinner menus featuring fully cooked selections of fish, chicken or beef. All prepared in the time honored cooking traditions of Japan.

Top review
StaceyMvip
Dined on Apr 17, 2024
This is my family’s favorite sushi restaurant in Denver! We are regulars!
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4.9
4.9 (2598)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Cherry Creek
About the restaurant
Featuring Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature new-style Japanese cuisine, Matsuhisa Denver anchors the ground floor of the Steele Creek luxury apartment building in Cherry Creek, Denver’s premier shopping, restaurant, and entertainment district. Our 7,800 square foot dining room is open for dinner service from 5pm nightly. Takeout available nightly from 5-9pm.

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s world-famous cuisine draws influence from his classical training in Tokyo and his life abroad in Peru, Argentina, and around the world, showcasing signature dishes such as Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño, Black Cod Miso and Whitefish Tiradito.

Top review
Donny
Dined 4 days ago
One of the best restaurants I’ve been to. Both service and quality of food weee top notch.
A photo of Izakaya Den restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1770)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Platt Park
About the restaurant
Izakaya Den is Denver’s popular Japanese gastropub, modeled after the lively after hours establishments found throughout Japan. The restaurant is located on South Pearl Street and is the second restaurant of the Kizaki brothers, founders and owners of Sushi Den.



The menu is arranged in a tapas style, serving traditional Japanese small plates along with dishes infused with international flavors and textures. The more traditional Japanese offerings include sashimi and nigiri, sourced from daily fish shipments from around the globe, along with dumplings and noodle dishes. The global cuisine experiments with a bevy of different flavors including unique items such as Grilled Panzanella Salad (jumbo lump crab, toasted focaccia, local goat cheese, pistachios, plum wine vinaigrette), Kobe Beef Sliders (seared foie gras, pomme frittes). A gluten-free menu is also available along with a popular weekday happy hour from 5 to 6:30 pm.

Top review
markT
Dined 7 days ago
Awesome food as usual . Love all the specialties
A photo of Uchi Denver restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2754)
$50 and over
Sushi
River North (Denver)
About the restaurant
:: ADDITIONAL RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE ON RESTAURANT WEBSITE ::

The award-winning Uchi, which translated from Japanese means “home,” was first opened in Austin, Texas by James Beard Award winner Chef Tyson Cole. Since then, Cole’s signature non-traditional take on Japanese cuisine has been warmly received by visitors from across the country and around the globe. Reservations are encouraged and can be booked online up to 1 month in advance. Walk-in bar seating is available and is subject to wait times. Patio seating is weather permitting and may be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. We look forward to serving you, Kanpai!

Top review
foodievip
Dined on May 15, 2024
Food and service at Uchi is consistently outstanding.
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4.7
4.7 (196)
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Downtown / LoDo
About the restaurant
Sullivan Scrap Kitchen is a savory seasonal shared plated restaurant in uptown Denver. We focus on delicious local cuisine, while reducing food waste and promoting sustainability in the restaurant industry. The weekly rotating seasonal menu is based on what our local farmers and ranchers have to offer. Some of our favorites include local grass fed beef, hand made pastas, vegan and vegetarian options, craft beer, local wine and cocktails. Open for Dinner Thursday- Saturday 4:30pm-9pm, Dinner Sunday 4:30-8:00pm, and Brunch Saturday-Sunday 9am-3pm.

Rotating Seasonal Chef Tasting Menu Every Night
Thursday Dinner + Burger Specials + Happy Hour Drinks All Day
Sunday 3 Course Scrap Tasting Menu

Certified with Denver's Green Business Network and Green Denver
Chef Terence Rogers Top 25 influential List Colorado Biz Journal 2023
Denver Post's Hidden Gem 2023
5280 and Denver Post's Best Brunch Spot
Bon Appetit Head of Table Award Winner 2021
Best Hamburger Westword 2020 and 2022

Top review
Jeremyvip
Dined 4 days ago
Wonderfully casual vibe in which to enjoy the fruits of very thoughtful chefs putting out seasonal ingredients with delicious flavor combinations. The food was all beautiful and a joy to share among our group. Great range too, from vegan to meat lover. Drinks were also creative and fabulous. We loved our whole experience and will definitely be back.
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4.9
4.9 (3605)
$50 and over
Italian
Cherry Creek
About the restaurant
Barolo Grill, an award winning Cherry Creek North restaurant, prides itself on serving authentic northern Italian food while maintaining a comfortable, elegant ambience. Known for hand crafted modern Northern Italian cuisine, a Wine Spectator Grand Award winning wine cellar, and knowledgeable, attentive staff, Barolo can be a perfect choice for a special occasion or just a fun night out. Chef Darrel Truett's cuisine focuses on the Northern Italian provinces of Piedmont and Tuscany. Seasonally changing menus feature locally sourced ingredients, proudly supporting regional farms and producers.



Owner and wine director Ryan Fletter are proud to feature small family wineries that are dedicated to Earth-friendly farming and winemaking philosophies. Barolo Grill has one of the largest collections of Barolo wines outside of Italy.

Top review
DiscriminatingDinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Our favorite place in all of Denver. Fabulous food and service!
A photo of Aloy Modern Thai restaurant
4.8
4.8 (332)
$30 and under
Thai
Downtown / LoDo
About the restaurant
Aloy Modern Thai weds the contemporary culinary experience of Thailand to Colorado through locally sourced, slow-cooked cuisine crafted by some of Bangkok’s best chefs. We welcome you to come, learn, play and explore.
Top review
AnnaD
Dined on May 5, 2024
I am in town for the weekend and I got the best Thai food ever. The service was excellent too. Very friendly!
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