The Top 10 Restaurants In Arvada, Colorado

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9 February 2017
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Set against a truly breathtaking landscape of forest and mountains, the town of Arvada, Colorado is home to a cosmopolitan dining scene to match its extraordinary surroundings. We discover 10 restaurants that showcase the best of Arvada’s cuisine.

Yak & Yeti | © Amy Aletheia Cahill/Flickr

Yak & Yeti

Restaurant, Indian, $$$
Arvada Tavern
Arvada Tavern | © Kent Kanhouse/Flickr
The Yak & Yeti is a meeting of Nepalese and Colorado culture in a historic setting. The foundations of the building were laid in 1864 by a local postman, and since then it has been repeatedly built and rebuilt. In 1997, the building was due for demolition, but was instead bought by a group of investors who spent three years turning it into a restaurant, while remaining as true to the building’s original design as possible. The layout has been maintained, along with the original 1895 hardwood floors, and, its rumoured friendly ghosts roam the halls. Owner Dol Bhatteri honed his craft at restaurants in Delhi before bringing recipes from his native Nepal to Colorado, where he honours both Indian and Nepalese traditions through creating food that is always fresh, high quality and central to celebration.

Arvada Tavern

Bar, Restaurant, American, Pub Grub, $$$
Fuzzy's
Fuzzy's | © Kent Kanhouse/Flickr
Arvada Tavern’s history dates back to the end of prohibition. It was opened shortly after Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act, in a town that had famously strict laws regarding alcohol ever since the 1700s. The owners state that they strive to ‘keep this liberating feeling alive’ in their premises, by creating a bustling atmosphere with a well stocked bar and contemporary music. Check out some of the menu’s highlights, such as chicken schnitzel and jalapeno pepper pretzel, both of which show the enduring influence of German classics on modern-day American cuisine.

Fuzzy's Taco Shop

Restaurant, Mexican
Fuzzy's Taco Shop, Arvada
Fuzzy's Taco Shop, Arvada | Courtesy of Grand Lake Brewing Tavern
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop originated in Texas, and has quickly spread across the country. The menu is a marriage of all-American and Mexican favorites, and baja-style tacos are made distinctive using ingredients such as feta cheese, and the restaurant’s trademark sauce. Make sure to try the jumbo burritos, which are available in a huge range of fillings, including tempura shrimp, fried chicken, and spicy pork.

Grand Lake Brewing Tavern

Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, $$$
Grand Lake Brewing Tavern supplies brews from all over Germany and Eastern Europe, along with a few contenders from closer to home. To complement this selection of beers, the restaurant offers a simple but effective range of bruschetta, salads and calzone pizzas, all of which prove that a meal doesn’t have to be complicated or groundbreaking to be high quality. While Grand Lake has moved from strength to strength, its tucked away location makes it feel like a hidden gem. With its cosy atmosphere and simple selection of food, the Tavern is the perfect addition to the choice of restaurants in Arvada.

Namiko’s

From the moment you step in the doors and see the huge tanks filled with tropical fish, you’ll never want to go anywhere else again. Namiko’s is a family owned sushi restaurant that has been in business for over 25 years, and trumps national brands on price, freshness and portion size. The dishes themselves are works of art, with the entrées looking more like bouquets than traditional sushi platters. The quality of the dishes, along with their range of cocktails, mean that it’s definitely worth going slightly out of town to get a taste of what Namiko’s have to offer.

Braun Taphaus & Grille

Restaurant, American, $$$
Sunset in Arvada CO
Sunset in Arvada CO | © Zach Dischner, Flickr
Braun Taphaus & Grille is a restaurant which places emphasis on its German and American roots, while also keeping in tune with the recently urbanized feel of the local area. The restaurant supplies a huge range of beers, which include their signature beer cocktails, and a selection of ciders. This is all washed down with German classics such as mustard-infused sauerkraut, cheese-smothered pretzels and apple strudel. If you drop by in the morning, they also offer a brunch menu complemented by mimosas, bloody marys and hot toddies.

The Egg and I

Restaurant, American, Healthy, $$$
The Egg and I strives to create a slice of home wherever it sets up shop, and differentiates itself from typical breakfast restaurants by focusing on quality of individual ingredients and providing a menu with a balance of both sweet and savory dishes, catering to all tastes. The restaurant is open daily from 6am to early afternoon, giving customers the chance to stop by for an early breakfast on the hoof or a leisurely brunch. They offer an enormous range of omelets, waffles and pancakes, all accompanied with orange juice and coffee. And, despite the name, they also provide plenty of egg-free dishes.

Golden Europe Restaurant

Restaurant, European, $$$
Golden Europe Restaurant will be an instant hit with anyone of Eastern-European Heritage, as it serves a cuisine which is often neglected on menus. The chef prepares Czech, German and Polish food, which will create plenty of new converts to Eastern European cuisine. The portions are large, and the menu features unusual dishes such as liver-dumpling soup, along with classics such as bratwurst, cabbage rolls and jägerschnitzel, all of which are served with ice-cold beer.

Tea Garden

Tea Garden provides quality Chinese food to sit in or takeaway, and the restaurant is a bustling hive of activity. The menu is extensive, and in order to sample a wide variety of what they have on offer, opt for The Family Dinner or The Mandarin Dinner, which include a range of soups and entrées, along with rice and noodle side dishes. As the name would suggest, the menu is complemented by a range of delicious artisanal teas.

Tea Garden, 10290 Ralston Road Arvada, CO, USA, +1 303 421 3388

D Note

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
D Note is the ideal place to go to experience local music and cuisine, and stands out among the dining scene because of its focus on creating a community atmosphere. The menu is comprised of traditional American fare and includes a fantastic range of wines. The restaurant stays open until 2am, making it the perfect late-night spot, while still providing great food and atmosphere. In addition to serving as a venue for private events, D Note provides an open communal atmosphere through regular concerts, which cover everything from bluegrass and jazz to contemporary rock and country.

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