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
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
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
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
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