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What to Eat in Denver

Back in the day, you'd be hard-pressed to find much outside the realm of steak and Mexican cuisine. But now, Denver's culinary scene has grown to include a wide variety dishes from around the world, from Japanese to the Mediterranean. The Mile High City also has its own local specialties too: For example, a visit here wouldn't be complete without sampling some of Denver's famous green chili, which is often made with tomato, onion, pork and, of course, green chiles. The stew can be somewhat spicy to mouth-numbing, depending on the chef. Another infamous dish worth tasting is Rocky Mountain oysters, but seafood-lovers be warned: This popular appetizer isn't made from oysters, but rather deep-fried testicles that typically come from bulls, pigs or sheep, to name a few.

Denver's restaurant scene ranges from hole-in-the-wall taco joints to upscale farm-to-table establishments to rowdy brewpubs with a dinner menu, so you should have no trouble finding something to suit your taste and budget. You'll find plenty of options lining the streets of LoDo, Larimer Square, Uptown and the Highlands, but there are a few restaurants that stand out. For high-end Colorado cuisine (think prime steak and spicy chili), head to LoDo and grab a table at ELWAY'S, the Ritz-Carlton's signature restaurant named for former Denver Bronco quarterback, John Elway. And for some Mexican favorites, head to El Taco De Mexico. This little restaurant on Santa Fe Drive, less than 2 miles south of downtown Denver, is not only known for its tacos – many travelers and dining experts claim that El Taco De Mexico serves some of the best green chili in the city. Denver is known to have quite a few good brunch spots, too.

Denver is also a prime destination for beer lovers. Home to the Coors Brewery, the Mile High City is famous for its homey pubs and sports bars. Although the dining scene has become more upscale, beer is still a staple at almost every restaurant. Still, you should plan on having at least one pint (and perhaps a meal) at one of the city's many brewpubs. To see where it all began, head to the Wynkoop Brewing Company; located in LoDo (a few blocks southwest of Coors Field), Wynkoop was the city's first craft brewery. Today, it produces more than 4,000 of barrels of beer each year, which it serves alongside eats like avocado egg rolls and bison chili nachos. If you want to eat and drink like a local, make your way to My Brother's Bar in the Riverfront district; this down-to-earth brewpub was once a hangout spot for Beat Generation leaders Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg. If you'd like a crash course in the best local cuisine, sign up for one of the best Denver tours, a few of which were created with foodies in mind.

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  • #1
    Tables
    #1 of 3,182 Places to Eat in Denver
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 275 reviewsTripadvisor (275)
    $ - $$ | American
    2267 Kearney St, Denver, CO 80207-3921
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  • #2
    Izakaya Den
    #2 of 3,182 Places to Eat in Denver
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 330 reviewsTripadvisor (330)
    $$ | Japanese, Sushi, Asian
    1487A S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210-2226
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  • #3
    Fruition Restaurant
    #3 of 3,182 Places to Eat in Denver
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1016 reviewsTripadvisor (1016)
    $$ | American
    1313 E 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80218-3453
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  • #4
    Ambli Mexico - Cherry Creek
    #4 of 3,182 Places to Eat in Denver
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 323 reviewsTripadvisor (323)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, International
    600 S Holly St Ste 114 Intersection of Holly & Leetsdale, Denver, CO 80246-1447
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  • #5
    Root Down
    #5 of 3,182 Places to Eat in Denver
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1442 reviewsTripadvisor (1442)
    $ - $$ | American
    1600 W 33rd Ave, Denver, CO 80211-3507
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  • #6
    Sushi Den
    #6 of 3,182 Places to Eat in Denver
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 862 reviewsTripadvisor (862)
    $$ | Japanese, Sushi, Asian
    1487 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210-2226
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  • #7
    The Capital Grille
    #7 of 3,182 Places to Eat in Denver
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 770 reviewsTripadvisor (770)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    1450 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202-1705
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  • #8
    Snooze an AM Eatery
    #8 of 3,182 Places to Eat in Denver
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2596 reviewsTripadvisor (2596)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    2262 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205-2019
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  • #9
    Avelina
    #9 of 3,182 Places to Eat in Denver
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 163 reviewsTripadvisor (163)
    $ - $$ | American
    1550 17th St, Denver, CO 80202-1517
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  • #10
    Barolo Grill
    #10 of 3,182 Places to Eat in Denver
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 281 reviewsTripadvisor (281)
    $$ | Italian, Tuscan, Central-Italian
    3030 E 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80206-4328
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  • #11
    Hops and Pie
    #11 of 3,182 Places to Eat in Denver
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 234 reviewsTripadvisor (234)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pizza, Pub
    3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212-2114
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  • #12
    ChoLon Modern Asian
    #12 of 3,182 Places to Eat in Denver
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 654 reviewsTripadvisor (654)
    $$ | Malaysian, Asian
    1555 Blake St Suite 101, Denver, CO 80202-1625
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  • #13
    Tocabe
    #13 of 3,182 Places to Eat in Denver
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 328 reviewsTripadvisor (328)
    $ | American, Southwestern, Native American
    44th Avenue and Lowell Avenue, Denver, CO 80211
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  • #14
    Guard and Grace
    #14 of 3,182 Places to Eat in Denver
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 853 reviewsTripadvisor (853)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse, Contemporary
    1801 California St Lobby level of the CenturyLink Building at 18th and California, Denver, CO 80202-2658
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  • #15
    Rioja
    #15 of 3,182 Places to Eat in Denver
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1897 reviewsTripadvisor (1897)
    $$ | International
    1431 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202-1704
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  • #16
    El Five
    #16 of 3,182 Places to Eat in Denver
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 171 reviewsTripadvisor (171)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Spanish
    2930 Umatilla, Denver, CO Fifth Floor, Denver, CO 80211
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  • #17
    WaterCourse
    #17 of 3,182 Places to Eat in Denver
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 526 reviewsTripadvisor (526)
    $ - $$ | American
    837 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218-1467
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  • #18
    Denver Biscuit Company
    #18 of 3,182 Places to Eat in Denver
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 220 reviewsTripadvisor (220)
    $ - $$ | American
    141 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209-1549
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  • #19
    Corinne
    #19 of 3,182 Places to Eat in Denver
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 180 reviewsTripadvisor (180)
    $ - $$ | American
    1455 California St Le Meridien Hotel, Denver, CO 80202
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  • #20
    Marco's Coal-Fired
    #20 of 3,182 Places to Eat in Denver
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 762 reviewsTripadvisor (762)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    2129 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205-2016
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