The Mellow Mushroom started in Atlanta,
but is now a national chain. Its locally operated Denver location has been around since
1974—making it a community fixture and
local favorite. The casual menu includes
pizza, munchies, salads, calzones, hoagies,
beer and more.
225 E 7th Ave. , Denver, 80203
One of the top-rated restaurants in the
U.S., this dinner-only spot is the brainchild
of well-known chef Frank Bonanno, who
owns several other top Denver eateries
including Bones, Osteria Marco and Luca
D’Italia. The restaurant describes itself as
“American-style restaurant heavy on French
technique.” Mizuna serves imaginative dishes
using simple ingredients and features a menu
that changes each month. Popular dishes are
the pan roasted foie gras and macaroni and
cheese with poached Maine lobster.
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
1400 Arapahoe St., Denver, 80202
The Oceanaire is designed to resemble
a 1930s ocean liner. The restaurant is
committed to quality, and has seafood
flown in daily from around the world, like
Alaskan halibut, fresh Copper River salmon,
true Dover sole or bluefin tuna. There’s also
an oyster bar, cocktail lounge and prix fixe
1465 Larimer St., Denver, 80202
Another upscale Denver seafood favorite,
Ocean Prime opened in January 2010 at
Larimer Square in downtown Denver and
was recently chosen as editor’s pick for “Best
Seafood” by 5280 magazine. The restaurant
is committed to serving the highest quality
steak, seafood, handcrafted cocktails and
Multiple metro locations
Old Chicago started in Boulder in 1976,
when a few buddies opened a pizza joint.
The restaurant has always been committed to
serving up delicious, handmade pizza and the
best lineup of cold beers in town. The food is
known for being fresh and full of flavor. Beer-lovers will appreciate the lineup of 110 beers.
Pat’s Downtown Bar & Grill
1624 Market St., Denver, 80220
Pat’s Philly Steaks and Subs, a family-owned
business with Philadelphia roots, is famous
for creating quality cheesesteaks and subs in
Denver since 1999. The restaurant creates an
authentic Philly taste using the finest meats
and cheeses. They oven roast their turkey on
the premises daily and use fresh baked rolls
that are consistently recognized as “East
Coast” style by many former Philadelphians
in the Denver Area.
1109 Ogden St. , Denver, 80218
Potager opened in 1997 in Denver’s Capitol
Hill neighborhood. Started by the chef-owner and her dad, Potager was one of
the first Denver restaurants to focus on
local, organic and seasonal ingredients.
The dinner-only menu features farm fresh
options such as wood oven-roasted garlic
chicken, twice baked gruyere, tarragon,
mustard soufflé and grilled asparagus.
934 16th St., Denver, 80202
As part of the historic landscape of the 16th
Street Mall for nearly two decades, the Rialto
Cafe is a downtown Denver staple known
for its inviting atmosphere. While some of
the dishes are familiar territory in American dining, others bring a surprise or two.
Featuring hand-cut steaks, seasonally fresh
seafood, and an Italian dish or two, the
menu is diverse, convenient, and a palate-pleaser for all tastes. This is the perfect place
to go before or after a show downtown.
1431 Larimer St. , Denver, 80202
Photo courtesy of Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.