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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Denver

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies 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!


A photo of Bistro Barbes restaurant
4.9
4.9 (627)
$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 Apr 7, 2024
We had one of the most delicious meals. The ambience was lovely. We will absolutely go back.
A photo of Sullivan Scrap Kitchen restaurant
4.8
4.8 (187)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Such a great experience dining at Sullivan Scrap Kitchen! The service was incredible… the food was unique and soooooo delicious!
A photo of Sushi Ronin restaurant
4.7
4.7 (431)
$30 and under
Sushi
Highlands
About the restaurant
Sushi Ronin offers a traditional menu focused on Japanese cuisine. Our fish is flown whole daily and broken down before service so we can give our customers the highest quality product. Along with a menu of the freshest sushi, Sushi Ronin's full-service bar offers a variety of wines, cocktails and spirits. Most popular however are its sakes, Japanese beers and whiskeys. It is open daily for dinner except Monday with extended weekend hours. You can also stop by for its Happy Hour specials from 5pm-6:30pm and Tuesday all day Happy Hour to enjoy deals on drinks and small plates.

Top review
ErinK83vip
Dined 2 days ago
Wonderful experience, fantastic service and food. Five stars all around!
A photo of The Ponti at the Denver Art Museum restaurant
4.7
4.7 (760)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Central
About the restaurant
The Ponti presents a locally sourced and inspired menu, emphasizing vegetables, ancient grains, and heirloom legumes, complemented by handmade pastas, fish, and meat. Open for lunch, drinks, and small bites every day and dinner on Tuesdays!
Top review
KathrynPvip
Dined on Apr 6, 2024
Diverse menu and each dish is well prepared and often an interesting combination of flavors. And some tasty nonalcoholic beverages.
A photo of Room for Milly restaurant
4.7
4.7 (134)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
LoHi
About the restaurant
Modern cocktails and design. We wanted to create a space to share with our friends. Reflecting love of travel, color, a little bit fancy mixed with irreverent intellectuals and a good story.


Top review
DeeKvip
Dined on Apr 7, 2024
We had a fabulous time! The atmosphere is wonderful and the wait staff could not be better. I will be back again!
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Denver, CO | Cherry Creek restaurant
4.7
4.7 (130)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Cherry Creek
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Amazing food, great service, and must have experience in Denver:)
A photo of Stem Ciders - RiNo restaurant
4.6
4.6 (79)
$30 and under
American
River North (Denver)
About the restaurant
Stem Ciders newest Taproom and community restaurant is open and offering hand crafted hard ciders and curated cocktails complementing elevated, casual cuisine. Full bar, live music, amazing culinary creations topped with amazing service!

We allow 2 hours for dining, and ask you to respect that during our busiest times so we can see as many guests that we can. We welcome you to grab another cider and hang outside!

Newborns, babies and toddlers are just little humans, and they count as a person in your party.

For parties greater than 10ppl up to 20 ppl please call us for reservations. Any parties larger than 20ppl are considered an event, and requests can be made through this link: https://stemciders.com/private-events/

Tuesdays - Industry Night! Deals and Specials!
Wednesdays - Wine Down Wednesdays!
Brunch:
Thursday - Friday 12-3pm
Sat/Sun - 11-3pm

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 24, 2024
The plant and sip event was awesome—a lot of value for the cost with the plants and selection of ciders. So glad I signed up for the mailing list to get that invite!! As always, service was outstanding and food was delicious. Can’t wait for our next visit.
A photo of KUMOYA restaurant
4.6
4.6 (138)
$31 to $50
Japanese
LoHi
About the restaurant
KUMOYA, is a Japanese Kitchen and Sushi Restaurant, the passion project of renowned sushi chef Corey Baker in collaboration with Max Mackissock, located in the heart of LoHi. We specialize in traditional sushi and innovative izakaya-style dishes with a modern Japanese twist. Our kappo-style dining concept allows guests to curate their own culinary adventure. Chefs Corey Baker and Max Mackissock draw inspiration from Kaiseki cuisine, celebrating the seasons and micro-seasons inherent in sushi and Japanese cooking, resulting in a dynamic, ever-evolving menu.

AT KUMOYA, we prioritize technique, vibrant hospitality, and the use of exceptional ingredients—from the Japanese fish markets of Toyosu and Fukuoka to the finest Japanese and Colorado produce. Join us at Kumoya, where each dish tells a story, and every meal is a journey.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
best food- awesome atmosphere and ambiance all around.
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Denver, CO restaurant
4.5
4.5 (421)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Downtown / LoDo
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!

Top review
Amandavip
Dined on Mar 23, 2024
Q was an amazing server! We had an absolutely amazing experience!
A photo of The Broken Cage restaurant
4.5
4.5 (13)
$30 and under
Farm-to-table
Downtown / LoDo
About the restaurant
The Broken Cage is an opportunity to disconnect and enjoy sophisticated cocktails & conversation in a quaint and intimate environment. Our mixologists use fresh, local and unique ingredients when crafting cocktails. Pick something off our extensive signature cocktail and sparkling libations menus or allow our mixologists to craft something bespoke to your taste. We've got a full selection of wines, craft beers & spirits. When visiting be sure to seek out our hidden package store.
Top review
KellyR
Dined on Nov 9, 2023
We went for drinks for happy hour and they were creative and delicious.
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