The 10 Best Restaurants In Uptown Denver

Ross Walker

Uptown Denver is home to a thriving restaurant scene. Most of the restaurants tend to be on the more modern side, but there are a few outposts that serve traditional food in a ‘no-frills’ environment. Read ahead for our 10 favorite restaurants in uptown Denver.

1. Parallel Seventeen (P17)

Restaurant, Asian

Parallel Seventeen is cross-cultural restaurant that serves up unique dishes like Duck Confit Tacos and Lamb Bolognese. We recommend ordering a few of their appetizers for the table, the pork belly buns and the lettuce wraps (with bulgogi beef) are a delicious way to start off a meal at P17. It also has a scrumptious brunch, so try the lamb meatball sub or the pork belly hash.

2. Steuben's

Deli, Diner, Restaurant, American, Cocktails, Vegetarian
Steuben’s is a fun western take on the classic diner. Every day there is a special entree and sandwich alongside reinvented diner classics. Our favorites are the meatloaf, fried chicken, and pot roast, each served with creamy mashed potatoes. Steuben’s also makes delicious shakes, and can add a little booze to them if you like a little extra kick.

3. Randolph's Restaurant & Bar

Bar, Boutique Hotel Restaurant, Restaurant, American

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Randolph’s is located inside of the Warwick Hotel, but it is not your typical hotel restaurant. There’s a focus on game on Randolph’s menu, but if you aren’t a bison or venison eater there are still plenty of tasty options. Each of the items under the ‘meat’ section of the menu are paired with one of Randolph’s draught beers, so you won’t have a hard time choosing what to drink at Randolph’s.

4. Shish Kabob Grill

Restaurant, Mediterranean

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Shish Kabob Grill is small counter-service restaurant with some of the best Mediterranean food in Denver. Shish Kabob is great for a quick lunch or dinner, and is also a wonderful takeout option in the uptown area. Obviously the signature dish is the Shish Kabob plate, but Shwarma, Lamb Shank, and Beef Kifta are also offered.

5. City O' City

Restaurant, Vegetarian

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Even hardcore carnivores will find something to love at Uptown’s premier vegan/vegetarian restaurant, City O’ City. For an appetizer we recommend the soft pretzel, served with whole grain mustard and sauerkraut. For dinner we recommend the vegetarian pizzas, especially the florentine and the tapenade. The drinks at City O’ City are as creative as the entrees, so try the Devanti Dope, which is cold brew coffee, bourbon, and vermouth.

6. La Pasadita Inn

Restaurant, Mexican

La Pasadita Inn is a traditional Mexican restaurant where the small details matter most. For starters, La Pasadita have some of the best chips and taco shells this side of the border. They’re fried perfectly and have a consistency somewhere between flaky and crispy, enough to hold a taco together but not so hard that you’ll break a tooth biting into it. Save room for desert at La Pasadita, as the stuffed sopapillas are a must.

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