Popular DiFranco’s is a casual Italian restaurant, boasting a large, delicious menu of salads, sandwiches and antipasti along with their fresh pasta dishes. In 2013, the restaurant won an award for the best Italian restaurant in the city according to Westword. The restaurant uses simple but seasonal ingredients from local farms that are reminiscent of homestyle, authentic Italian meals. Also, most of their menu is made in-house.
Address & phone number: 955 Lincoln St Unit D Denver, CO 80203 720-253-1244
Stunning food presentation and a modern, chic atmosphere add to the draw of Table 6. There is a wide array of menu options, with meat being the main draw here. Diners can choose from options like the pork short rib or the duck confit, layered with fresh, interesting flavors like peaches and brie crepe. Also check out their brunch menu with classic New American-style meals that adds some simple, but creative flair.
Address & phone number: 609 Corona St Denver, CO 80218 303-831-8800
100% de Agave
If you’re looking for specialty Mexican dishes, 100% de Agave is the place to go to. The menu, inspired by the rich textures and spices from Jalisco, carries an array of ‘old Mexico’ traditional dishes with upscale presentation. Guacamole here is a crowd pleaser, as are the mushroom salsa and street tacos. The family-run establishment comes with friendly, fast service in a lively environment. They also carry a huge selection of tequilas and margaritas that are worth a try.
Address & phone number: 975 Lincoln St Denver, CO 80203 303-731-1100
The fine dining at Mizuna is a real treat for both locals and visitors. The French restaurant offers a bevy of wild fishes and farm raised meats. The Capitol Hill favorite is a top-rated restaurant in the western US and has been called the best French restaurant in Denver. The expert chefs change the menu every month according to seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients. Here you’ll find creative takes on classic dishes, like their must try macaroni and cheese with mascarpone and poached Maine lobster.
Address & phone number: 225 E 7th Ave Denver, CO 80203 303-832-4778
Luca offers rustic Italian cuisine within a fine dining experience. The large plates, designed to be shared, include house cured meats, pastas and breads, and their choice cuts of local beef and lamb are cooked over apple wood and served with an all Italian wine list. They also create in-house tonics and bitters used in their cocktails. Be sure to order the tasting menu, which reflects a different region of Italy with new, seasonal dishes each month.
Address & phone number: 711 Grant St Denver, CO 80203 303-832-6600
If you’re looking for an alternative to a regular ramen bar, try Bones’ fantastic Asian fusion. From the environment to the food, you’ll get a mix of comfort and modern presentation. Their lobster ramen and udon noodles with slow cooked pork shoulder are house favorites. However, also keep an eye out for their pork belly and steamed buns, and you’ll also find cocktails with Asian liquors and a variety of sakes on the menu.
Address & phone number: 701 Grant St Denver, CO 80203 303-860-2929
Potager is one of the premiere new American restaurants in Denver with a seasonal, frequently-changing farm-to-table menu. On the menu, you’ll find the likes of fresh vegetable appetizers such as the roasted radish plate with softened, salted butter. The expert chefs pair fine wines with the creative flavors and textures of their dishes. Their soufflés are always incredible here, as well as their vegetarian and dessert menus. The interior is sleek and upscale, but also very welcoming, with views of the city below. In the warmer months, see if you can snag a table on the patio.
Address & phone number: 1109 Ogden St Denver, CO 80218 303-832-5788
MAX’s Wine Dive
MAX’s Wine Dive is perfect for a date night or to go all out and indulge in comfort food—and if you’re both really comfortable with each other, then why not both? Choose from a menu of fried chicken, mac n’ cheese and their elegant, gourmet appetizers. Mixing Southern comfort with the feel of an upscale wine bar, MAX’s creates a relaxing atmosphere that you won’t find at many other wine establishments.
Address & phone number: 696 Sherman St Denver, CO 80203 303-593-2554
Fruition adds gourmet flair to the Denver dining scene with its simple, creative New American dishes. Main courses range from the duck breast to the seared diver scallops with potato gnocchi. The appetizers here are the standouts – look out for the potato-wrapped oysters Rockefeller with parmesan leek emulsion for a savory dipping sauce.
Address & phone number: 1313 E 6th Ave Denver, CO 80218 303-831-1962
Steuben’s Food Service
Great for late-night meals, Steuben’s offers comfort food like cheeseburgers and gravy fries that hit the spot. Offering a list of classic diner food, Steuben’s also serves domestic and local beers at a reasonable price. Their happy hour is every weekday from 2pm to 6pm, , and from 10pm, they have an additional late-night happy hour that offers a cheeseburger, fries and choice of PBR, Olympia or Coors for seven dollars.
Address & phone number: 523 E 17th Ave Denver, CO 80203 303-830-1001