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9 Fancy Restaurants in Denver That Are Worth the Splurge

54thirty
Tavernetta
Guard And Grace
Beckon
Bistro LeRoux
Rioja
Fruition Restaurant
The Capital Grille
Linger Eatuaries
54thirty
Tavernetta
Guard And Grace
Beckon
Bistro LeRoux
Rioja
Fruition Restaurant
The Capital Grille
Linger Eatuaries

Calling all material gworls! Known for its culture, music, art, sports, and food, Denver is full of nice restaurants that are totally worth the splurge. We explored the culinary scene in this Mile High City, and these are some of the best fine dining establishments we came across.

 


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54thirty

1475 California St, Denver, CO 80202
(720) 996-1558

54thirty is a rooftop bar with expansive views of the city. The nighttime ambiance is pleasant, and during the cold months, there are firepits and heat lamps. The drinks menu includes cocktails and beers. While the food menu is not very large, but the options we had were excellent.

The chicken salad was delicious with fresh ingredients and well seasoned. We also had the tasty Wagyu beef burger, which came with tomato, lettuce, aged cheddar, thick-cut bacon, and egg. The exceptional service makes this one of the best fancy restaurants in Denver.


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Tavernetta

1889 16th St Denver, CO 80202
(720) 605-1889

Tavernetta presents a beautiful dining experience. Everything in this fancy restaurant is exceptional, from the decor to the excellent service and fantastic food. The seating area has two dining areas with rich wood accents, making it feel cozy and private. The attentive service personnel are quick to serve without being overwhelming.

The menu is Italian-influenced with an excellent wine list. We had the bucatini which has fresh crab, lemon with pistachio and fennel in a delicious combination, and the rotisserie chicken, which we shared due to its large portion. The chicken was fennel rubbed and came with chicory and fingerling potatoes, which were perfect.

 


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Guard And Grace

1801 California St Denver, CO 80202
(303) 293-8500

Guard and Grace is a steakhouse that serves prime steaks and wood-fitted vegetable dishes with ample modern space. The menu is diverse, with steak options such as Wagyu and grass-fed steak cuts with various accompaniments. The fish dishes are just as wide and are served in the smoky fashion of the eatery from the specialty wood-fired ovens.

We had the Taco sushi, which was the perfect start to our meal. We ordered the prime steaks, which came medium rare, and the portions were quite large. The mac and cheese were exceptional, with the right amount of richness and seasoning. The oak-fired carrots are another must-have dish, and the drinks menu is quite decent.

 


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Beckon

2843 Larimer St Denver, CO 80205
(303) 749-0020

Beckon is a fancy and unique restaurant situated in a converted RiNo bungalow. The menu is eight courses served in an 18-seater dining room. To have a meal, you need to prepay for your reservation. The menu changes with seasons, but the one thing about the food is that it is exceptional. The wine pairing is one of the must-have experiences at Beckon because the wine accompaniment makes the food exceptional.

We had fried oysters encrusted with rye breadcrumbs with Siberian caviar, which was decadent. We also had a tasting plate of seaweed with dill sauce in a creamy, tasty way and pigeon cooked in two ways: foie gras mousse and lingonberry compote. The whole experience was heavenly. 

 


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Bistro LeRoux

1510 16th St Denver, CO 80202
(720) 845-1673

The classy ambiance in Bistro LeRoux makes this one of the best fancy restaurants in Denver. The french based eatery has a menu that combines French and Mediterranean cuisine in a lounge-like area with indoor and outdoor seating. There is a dining section and a bar section. The snacks menu has several light dishes, such as the smoked Marcona almonds, which had the perfect smoky taste.

The small plates menu is heavily Mediterranean-influenced. The meatballs were served with Spanish-styled roasted pepper, Ragu, basil, and Fresh ricotta. They were tasty and well seasoned. Our party of four opted for the Rigatoni, which comes with an excellent tasting  Pork Bolognese with tomato cream and basil.

 


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Rioja

1431 Larimer St Denver, CO 80202
(303) 820-2282

Rioja is an upscale restaurant that serves great food. We came for a late lunch, and the food was exceptional. We had the Sukiyaki bowl, a filling broth full of glass noodles, bokchoy, shaved beef, green onions, tofu, carrot, ginger, and Napa cabbage. It was lightly flavored but very memorable.

We also had the chicken salad sandwich – a salad with chili chicken grilled to perfection, bacon, curry aioli, candied cashews, and celery, alongside the tasty turmeric mule. The food is fresh and perfectly prepared, and the service personnel are attentive and knowledgeable.

 


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Fruition Restaurant

1313 E 6th Ave Denver, CO 80218
(303) 831-1962

Fruition Restaurant is a farm-to-table eatery that serves fantastic food with a great wine list. The cafe has indoor dining and patio seating. We had the snow crab rangoon which is served with a duck Furikake and topped with hot mustard and sweet chili sauce. It was fresh and tasty.

The shrimp and grits were our main course, and it was delicious. The grits were creamy and well seasoned. The combination of country ham and roasted mushroom with leeks was a tasty dish. The wine list is great, and the wine perfectly complements the meal. The service was great and the personnel recommended good menu options.

 


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The Capital Grille

1450 Larimer St Denver, CO 80202
(303) 539-2500

The Capital Grille is a restaurant with great food, excellent ambience, and wonderful service personnel. We had the lobster bisque which was fresh and perfectly seasoned with the lobster chunks being quite sizable. The wild mushroom-crusted rib eye, our main dish, was perfectly prepared using fresh ingredients.

The wine pairings were perfect, the food portions satisfying, and the décor welcoming – all enticing for an intimate dinner. 

Linger | Eggplant “Bone Marrow”

Linger Eatuaries

2030 W 30th Ave, Denver, CO 80211

(303) 993-3120

Linger is one of the concepts from the Edible Beats restaurant group, housed in a former mortuary (props to them for braving the optics of serving food in a former storage and embalming spot for human corpses) in Lower Highland, or LoHi. You’ll love the bar, the decor, the service, the beautiful rooftop, and of course the food. The restaurant prides itself on being 100% wind-powered, with a veggie-forward menu representing countries from all over the world. The food is global in inspiration as well as flavor.

Everything you can order is impeccable, but some of our favorites are the: Bao Bun Trio (with Mongolian BBQ Duck, Char Siu Pork Belly, and Korean Fried Chicken), Crisp Filipino Spring Rolls, Tempura Ginger Chili Shrimp, Roasted Eggplant “Bone Marrow”, and the Wagyu Sliders. The cocktails are phenomenal as well, especially the bright and refreshing New Saigon, with gin, lime, basil, jalapeno, and cucumber.

 

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on May 17, 2022 and last updated on June 22, 2022. Please refer to restaurant websites and social media pages for the most up-to-date information.