The Top Restaurants in Denver, CO
There’s more to the mile-high city than bison, beer and bud. Denver is the home to world-class restaurants, an active, healthy population and hip, developing urban neighborhoods. A city started by one of those popular 19th century trends, gold rushes, Denver exploded in size and population following World War II, thanks to its proximity to energy companies and its position near important rail lines. Denver restaurants now have adopted that pioneering spirit of the area and the creative approach to problem solving, using easier to find proteins like Bison and venison throughout their menus, but also using local foraging for mushrooms, edible plants and more.
We can’t ignore the other thing Denver has a reputation for – a thriving recreational marijuana industry. As one of the first states in the country to allow legal, recreational marijuana, the restaurant industry is surely an ancillary beneficent – especially if you know how to make indulgent, gotta-eat-that-right-now food. We’ve covered a few places to get the perfect munchie, including bakeries, dessert options and other sweets you’re searching for.
Of course, breakfast can be one of your most indulgent meals of the day, too and in Denver there’s a number of GREAT options – especially for those enjoying a little wake and bake. We cover a few of our favorite breakfast spots – including where to get a famous Denver Omelette!
Finally, we can’t talk about Denver without talking about its dynamic neighborhoods. With a large millennial and Gen Z population in Denver, neighborhoods throughout the area are absolutely thriving. We cover a few of those, along with classic Denver neighborhoods like Lone Tree, Park Meadows, Highland Ranch, Tech Center and others. For the inside scoop on the Denver food scene, check out this page to find some of our all-time favorite restaurants all over the Denver area!
1. Rebel Bread
675 S Broadway Denver, CO 80209
Rebel Bread should be your first stop when looking for hand-crafted, freshly baked artisanal bread. Their bagels are divine, but you can’t go wrong with a single thing in this place. The bakery has a subscription-based bread club that offers different selections of pastries that can be delivered to your home weekly. This service allows you to sample all different pastries of your choice in the comfort of your home. This quaint bakery offers great coffee that goes well with an everything bagel and chocolate chip fougasse.
2. Guard And Grace Steakhouse
1801 California Street, Denver, Colorado 80202
Chef Troy Guard has created an incredible dining experience at Guard And Grace with an absolutely stunningly decorated restaurant. The jumbo lump crab cake comes cooked with fennel and a red curry butter and Asian herbs that is just mouthwatering. But in a steakhouse, we know what you’re most likely gonna get. The steaks are decadent, delicious, and melt in your mouth. The gold-grade wagyu comes sourced from Snake River Farms and is a must-have for any steak lover. If you can’t pick just one – the filet mignon flight comes with a 4-ounce prime, 4-ounce wagyu, and 4-ounce grass-fed steak all of which have their own stunning characteristics.
3. Nola Jane Restaurant and Bar
1435 Market St Denver, CO 80202-1706
Located in Lodo, Nola Jane is the latest entry in the Soul Food restaurant business in CO and is hailed for its delicious gumbo. The restaurant is open between 11:00 am to 2:00 am, giving people all day to enjoy the tasty dishes and drinks. They offer outside catering and private rooms for occasions such as wedding receptions. Their menu offers some of the best Southern comfort food, such as the Nola Jane macaroni and cheese with authentic New Orleans BBQ shrimp with black pepper, fried okra, crawfish etouffee and the fan-favorite, gumbo with rice. When you get that southern craving, this is the place to go.
4. Coriander Flavors of India Restaurant
4968 Tower Rd, Denver, Co 80249
Coriander Flavors of India serves a variety of flavorful authentic Indian dishes in an upscale atmosphere with a spacious dining layout. They have a variety of curry dishes, vindaloo, kebobs, and dishes cooked in the tandoori. Dishes are made with chicken, lamb, seafood, or vegetables served to order. You will find a wide selection of vegetarian dishes as well here. This spot is located just a few miles from the Denver International Airport so make sure to grab a post-flight drink from their full service bar like beer, wine, cocktails, or soft drinks .
5. The Bindery
1817 Central St., Denver, Colorado 80211
The Bindery’s breakfast is not one you want to miss. The stone cut oatmeal, yes oatmeal, comes with chai spices, brûléed pineapple, and whiskey butter and is a great starter to your breakfast. The Uova all Flamanca comes with two sunny side up eggs, grits, chorizo, roasted red peppers, and tomato confit basil. If you’re on the go and pastries are more your speed – The Bindery is serving up all different types of croissants, hand pies, danishes, scones, and delicious coffee cake. Grab a loaf of their tasty sourdough while you’re there to enjoy throughout the week.
1475 California St Denver, CO 80202
54Thirty is located at the top of Le Meridien hotel. This restaurant’s stunning view is what makes it one of the best rooftop spots in Denver. The general atmosphere of 54Thirty is mature, elegant and sophisticated. If you’re looking to have some solo time or a casual drink with a friend, this restaurant is the perfect place to go. Their cocktail menu is full of expertly mixed choices like the Mez Tai cocktail, which is sure to make your experience memorable.
7. Temaki Den
3350 Brighton Blvd, CO 80216, United States
Temaki Den is one of our favorite spots when we are craving some really good sushi. They are open seven days a week and you can book a reservation online just to ensure you don’t have to wait when you arrive. Their hand rolls highlight the high-quality nori and the fresh rice they use. You can also ask about their daily specials so you can try something new every time you go. You can start off with some of their really great appetizers like the edamame or miso soup. Their lunch cocktails are something to look forward to as well and they have a great happy hour going on during the week!
8. Ratio Beer Works
2920 Larimer St. Denver, CO 80205
Down for a little Denver breweries crawl? Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Odell’s Five Points location you’ll find the eclectic micro brewery, Ratio Beer Works. Started by a group of DIY punk heads who honed in a passion for beer while touring, Ratio Beer Works is dedicated to celebrating the local arts and music scene while also pouring up delectable ales. Their state-of-the-art 20-barrel system is innovative and consistent in delivering a perfectly crisp and flavorful pour every time. For a fun afternoon and a refreshing drink, check out this great brewery.
9. My Brother’s Bar
2376 15th St (at Platte St), Denver, CO 80202
With two spacious patios, you can be guaranteed to enjoy your meal while enjoying the fantastic Colorado breeze when dining at this spot. My Brother’s Bar is one of the oldest bars in Denver, serving fine beer and spirits since 1873. The family-owned Denver classic has a perfect atmosphere and good vibes to enjoy a carefully crafted bison burger while sipping on a freshly served beer. The establishment offers a wide selection of burgers, cold meals, hot meals, kid’s meals, and snacks. Even though it is the oldest bar, the environment is pretty serene for customers to enjoy a lunch-out with their families. Nonetheless, the bison burgers at My Brother’s Bar are out of this world.
10. Otra Vez Cantina
610 16th St Mall, Denver, CO 80202
Otra Vez is a lively Mexican restaurant that will satisfy your craving for all things savory and spicy. They serve all kinds of delicious entrees like barbacoa and carnitas tacos, as well as chicken burritos and carne asada. Don’t forget to try Otra Vez tacos topped with crispy fried onions and wash down your delicious meal with the house-made classic margarita. They’ve also got a great happy hour menu that is the perfect way to kick off the night with some cheap drinks!