Denver Travel Guide

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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.

Find the Best Restaurants in Denver

  • #1
    Tables
    #1 of 3,547 Places to Eat in Denver
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 237 reviewsTripAdvisor (237)
    $ - $$ | American
    2267 Kearney St, Denver, CO 80207-3921
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  • #2
    Ambli Mexico
    #2 of 3,547 Places to Eat in Denver
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 275 reviewsTripAdvisor (275)
    $ - $$ | International, Mexican
    600 S Holly St Ste 114 Intersection of Holly & Leetsdale, Denver, CO 80246-1447
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  • #3
    Root Down
    #3 of 3,547 Places to Eat in Denver
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1331 reviewsTripAdvisor (1331)
    $ - $$ | American
    1600 W 33rd Ave, Denver, CO 80211-3507
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  • #4
    Snooze an AM Eatery
    #4 of 3,547 Places to Eat in Denver
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2439 reviewsTripAdvisor (2439)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    2262 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205-2019
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  • #5
    Sushi Den
    #5 of 3,547 Places to Eat in Denver
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 825 reviewsTripAdvisor (825)
    $$ | Japanese, Sushi, Asian
    1487 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210-2226
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  • #6
    Izakaya Den
    #6 of 3,547 Places to Eat in Denver
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 289 reviewsTripAdvisor (289)
    $$ | Japanese, Sushi, Asian
    1487A S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210-2226
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  • #7
    Fruition Restaurant
    #7 of 3,547 Places to Eat in Denver
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 980 reviewsTripAdvisor (980)
    $$ | American
    1313 E 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80218-3453
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  • #8
    Hops and Pie
    #8 of 3,547 Places to Eat in Denver
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 205 reviewsTripAdvisor (205)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pizza, Pub
    3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212-2114
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  • #9
    Denver Biscuit Company
    #9 of 3,547 Places to Eat in Denver
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1029 reviewsTripAdvisor (1029)
    $ - $$ | American
    3237 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206-1711
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  • #10
    The Capital Grille
    #10 of 3,547 Places to Eat in Denver
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 722 reviewsTripAdvisor (722)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    1450 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202-1705
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  • #11
    Tocabe
    #11 of 3,547 Places to Eat in Denver
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 302 reviewsTripAdvisor (302)
    $ | American, Southwestern, Fast Food, Native American
    44th Avenue and Lowell Avenue, Denver, CO 80211
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  • #12
    Rioja
    #12 of 3,547 Places to Eat in Denver
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1792 reviewsTripAdvisor (1792)
    $$ | International
    1431 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202-1704
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  • #13
    ChoLon Modern Asian
    #13 of 3,547 Places to Eat in Denver
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 600 reviewsTripAdvisor (600)
    $$ | Malaysian, Asian
    1555 Blake St Suite 101, Denver, CO 80202-1625
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  • #14
    Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery
    #14 of 3,547 Places to Eat in Denver
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 137 reviewsTripAdvisor (137)
    $ - $$ | American
    4990 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80220-1208
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  • #15
    Barolo Grill
    #15 of 3,547 Places to Eat in Denver
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 257 reviewsTripAdvisor (257)
    $$ | Italian
    3030 E 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80206-4328
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  • #16
    Guard and Grace
    #16 of 3,547 Places to Eat in Denver
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 770 reviewsTripAdvisor (770)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse, Contemporary
    1801 California St Lobby level of the CenturyLink Building at 18th and California, Denver, CO 80202-2658
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  • #17
    Work and Class
    #17 of 3,547 Places to Eat in Denver
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 212 reviewsTripAdvisor (212)
    $ - $$ | American
    2500 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205-2274
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  • #18
    Lucile's Creole Cafe
    #18 of 3,547 Places to Eat in Denver
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 396 reviewsTripAdvisor (396)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe, Cajun & Creole
    276 S Logan St, Denver, CO 80209-1813
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  • #19
    Snooze an AM Eatery
    #19 of 3,547 Places to Eat in Denver
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 860 reviewsTripAdvisor (860)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    1701 Wynkoop St Suite 150, Denver, CO 80202-1047
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  • #20
    Marco's Coal-Fired
    #20 of 3,547 Places to Eat in Denver
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 710 reviewsTripAdvisor (710)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    2129 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205-2016
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