In recent years, a large number of Denver’s
chefs have been recognized at the national
and even international level. For example,
many area chefs and restaurants have been
nominated for James Beard Foundation
awards. Other Denver chefs and restaurants
have been featured on the Food Network,
appeared on national cooking shows, and
been featured in national magazines. Zagat-rated chefs in Denver work at restaurants
including Fruition, Rioja, Mizuna, Frasca,
ChoLon, and more.
STEAKS AND MORE
Denver’s location near cattle country makes
it no surprise that excellent steakhouses are
plentiful in the metro area. No matter where
you are, you’ll likely be a stone’s throw away
from your craving for ribeye, T-bones, tenderloin or porterhouse. Local favorites include
Elway’s (named for ex-Bronco Quarterback
John Elway), the Denver ChopHouse, or The
Broker, or go for national chains with Denver
charm like The Capital Grille or Morton’s.
In the mood for something more exotic?
Experience history at the Buckhorn
Exchange—founded in 1893, it’s Denver’s
oldest restaurant and is known for serving
unusual meats like buffalo, elk, quail, and
rattlesnake. If you’re really adventurous try
the restaurant’s famous Rocky Mountain
oysters, a Colorado specialty that’s not for
the faint of heart.
LOCAL FLAVORS AND
CREATIVE CULINARY CHOPS
Seasonal and local ingredients shine at restaurants throughout the Denver area. Dozens of
restaurants are committed to serving innovative dishes using the freshest ingredients.
This is easy to do with Colorado’s agricultural bounty and Denver’s thriving farmer’s
market scene—and the results are delicious.
Restaurants of all kinds, from Italian to New
Mexican to classic American, have realized
the benefits of sourcing ingredients right in
Denver restaurateurs are also incredibly proud
Colorado’s thriving microbrew industry and
wines. A new brewery seems to open in the
Denver metro area each week, and chefs are
pairing these beers with their dishes, and in
some cases even incorporating them into the
food itself. Notable restaurants with a commitment to local ingredients include Frasca Food
and Wine in nearby Boulder—an Italian
favorite and consistently named as one of
the area’s top 10 restaurants and Mizuna in
Governor’s Park—acclaimed Denver chef
Frank Bonnano’s flagship restaurant (he
also owns Luca Di Italia, Osteria Marco and
Bones, an Asian-fusion noodle restaurant).
Denver’s restaurant scene is sure to
satisfy—and surprise. The following listings
provide a starting point for your culinary
adventures in Denver.
A SAMPLING OF METRO
Denver’s diverse restaurant scene has something for all tastes! The following listings
provide a sampling of exciting restaurants
found throughout the Denver metro region.
1515 Market St., Denver, 80202
1515 is a fine dining restaurant located in
LoDo, serving seasonal modern American
cuisine. The restaurant describes its food
as “delicious fare with fresh, approachable
flavors that have our unique twist; the food
you crave presented in a beautiful new light.”
Menu hits include the critically acclaimed
barramundi, buffalo steak and Colorado
lamb, as well as special seasonal menus. The
restaurant has an award-winning 400-plus
bottle wine list and on-site sommelier and is
an AAA-rated Three Diamond restaurant.
BD’s Mongolian Barbeque
1620 Wazee St., Denver, 80202
A national chain of restaurants, BD’s
Mongolian Barbeque gives Denver diners
ownership in choosing their own ingredients
from a variety of choice meats and seafood,
fresh vegetables, crisp salads, and flavor-packed sauces and spices. Expert grillers then
prepare the food on a 600-degree, 7-foot grill.
301 E. 7th Ave., Denver, 80203
Known as a neighborhood hangout since
1987, Benny’s is known for authentic
Mexican food, affordable prices and a fun
atmosphere. The year-round, air-conditioned
and headed outdoor patio is an excellent place
to try the restaurant’s famous margaritas, or
to have a beer or glass of wine. Benny’s has
won multiple “best of” awards over the years,
from various Denver publications.
Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs
2148 Larimer St., Denver, 80205
Larimer Square. Photo by Eric Lindberg, courtesy of VISIT DENVER