The 10 Best Restaurants In LoHi, Denver

Photo of Sophia White
9 February 2017

Since the completion of the Highland Bridge in 2006, Denver’s Lower Highland, or LoHi, has seen an explosion of new bars, coffee shops, restaurants, galleries and independent stores. Here are the 10 must-try restaurants in the neighborhood.


Ale House at Amato's

Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Beer, Wine, $$$
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Good food, good drink and good cheer is the order of the day at Ale House at Amato’s. As the name suggests, beer is a big part of what Ale House at Amato’s has to offer, with 42 craft beers on tap another 25 varieties in bottles. They also have an extensive wine list that includes some of the best local offerings. The food menu is described as ‘upscale casual,’ with high-quality, local ingredients featured in most dishes. Inside, sculptures from the Amato family, makers of fountains and statues from where the restaurant gets its name, can be found throughout. The rooftop deck offers scenic views of LoHi and Denver, including the Highland Bridge.

Axios Estiatorio

Restaurant, Greek
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Every city has at least one Greek restaurant, but for some reason there hasn’t been a boom in the popularity of Greek food here as there has been for many other international cuisines. If there were more Greek restaurants like Axios Estiatorio, this might change. The restaurant is owned and run by the Topakas family, who also run Jake and Telly’s Greek Taverna in Colorado Springs. Axios is committed to delivering traditional Greek food from family recipes that will transport diners back to the island of Chios. There is also a good selection of Greek wines. The restaurant also puts on special event nights including wine tasting, ‘Greek Night’ with live music, as well as selling traditional Greek musical instruments. Opa!

Colt and Gray

Neighborhood restaurants are a relatively new phenomenon in LoHi and Colt and Gray shows how they should be done. The interior is warm and inviting, with a fireplace in the center of the cozy dining room. It also features exposed walls and wooden pillars. All of the menus offer an extensive selection of food that utilizes high-quality local ingredients in a modern American style. It was also featured on the Food Network show ‘Best Thing I Ever Ate’ for its dessert, so make sure you save room at the end of your meal. There are substantial beer and wine menus and a sommelier on hand to give drink recommendations so that you can make the most of your meal.

Colt and Gray, 1553 Platte Street, Denver, Colorado, 80202, United States, +1 303-477-1447

Courtesy of Linger
Courtesy of Linger


Restaurant, Asian, Greek, $$$
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Linger is the restaurant with the most interesting history on this list. The restaurant is owned by Justin Cucci, a noted Denver restaurateur and food critic. The menu is inspired by urban street food in the Americas, Asia, Italy and the Middle East. The restaurant is housed in the site of Denver’s historic Olinger Mortuary where the body of Buffalo Bill stayed for six months in 1917. The interior looks more traditional than macabre, with the flooring and tables made from old boxcars. There is vintage Italian wallpaper throughout and luxurious leather seating. It has also been named as one of America’s coolest rooftop bars.

LoHi SteakBar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Steakhouse, $$$
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Steak lovers need to look no further than the LoHi SteakBar. The restaurant is a bar and grill and features a large selection of craft beers, wines, cocktails and craft spirits, as well as a formidable meat menu. Steaks and hamburgers are the most popular items, but there are also entree salads, oysters and mussels for diners that fancy something a bit lighter or less meaty. Weekend brunch is possibly when the restaurant gets busiest. Giant mimosas and Bloody Marys appeal to the denizens of the Lower Highlands. There is indoor and outdoor seating available and the whole restaurant has a laid-back vibe that makes it enjoyable to stay from lunch through the night if the mood strikes you.


Restaurant, Mexican, Seafood, $$$
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Serving cuisine inspired by the Mexican coastal regions, Lola is a point of difference on the Mexican, and Denver, restaurant scene. One of Food and Wine’s top five places to drink tequila in the country, there are more than 200 tequilas, most of which are 100 percent agave. The tequilas are also frequently paired with dinners, showing that Lola are true tequila and Mexican food connoisseurs. The menu offers a good variety of Mexican seafood dishes as well as several meat dishes. Don’t forget to try the fresh guacamole.

Patsy's Inn Italian Restaurant

Restaurant, American, Italian
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Patsy's Inn Italian Restaurant
Patsy's Inn Italian Restaurant | Courtesy of Root Down
Patsy’s Inn Italian Restaurant is truly a Denver institution. Founded in 1921 when the LoHi neighborhood was still Little Italy, it is Denver’s oldest Italian restaurant, and one of the oldest surviving Italian restaurants in the United States. The restaurant was run by the Aiello family until 1997 when the restaurant was taken over by Ron Cito and Kim Delancey, two Denver natives who have thankfully retained its original charm. The hand painted mural on the back wall and pictures interspersed throughout showcase the rich history of the restaurant.

Root Down

Restaurant, American, Contemporary, $$$
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Root Down offers food that is fresh, natural and local, with ingredients purchased with a field-to-fork mentality and dishes created to ignite diners’ senses. The globally influenced, seasonal menu provides a lot of choice, and the chefs aim to solve the ‘omnivore’s dilemma’ as they put it, by offering vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and allergy-specific alternatives. The chefs also put on special dinners on select nights, with recent examples including paleo and harvest menus. The interior is funky and colorful, but a real draw is that the restaurant has one of the best views in Denver.

Sushi Sasa

Bar, Restaurant, Sushi, Japanese, $$$
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Since opening in 2006, Sushi Sasa has cemented itself as the top Japanese restaurant in the neighborhood and has been voted the Best Sushi Restaurant by a number of local publications. The interior has a very relaxed feeling to it, with white being the prevailing color throughout. There are also light wooden furnishings and a cozy lounge downstairs. The menu bridges the gap between traditional and new-style Japanese cuisine and as with any good sushi restaurant, all of the ingredients are exceptionally fresh. The most popular menu items come from the raw bar, but there are also cooked offerings, noodles and bento boxes for lunch.


Restaurant, American
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Unpretentious yet still stylish, Vita serves up a menu of modern American cuisine and a versatile selection of wines, Colorado craft beers and cocktails. The menu utilizes fresh local ingredients and features an eclectic blend of dishes to best showcase each season’s produce. At both lunch and dinner there are an interesting variety of flatbreads, burgers and wings on offer. The interior dining space is traditional and comfortable. During the summer months, the terrace, which boasts glowing views over LoHi, is a popular dining and drinking spot.

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