The 13 Best Places to Eat in Denver

January 16, 2021

Denver, Colorado has always been a great place to visit. Originally famous for its crisp mountain air, scenic beauty, and iconic ski slopes, Denver has quickly become one of the best cities in America foe eating out.

The food scene here is eclectic and has something for every taste. One of the best things? The locals are naturally down to earth and friendly so visitors to the city so you will always feel welcomed.

We've picked out our 13 favourites across different budgets and cuisines for you to try on your next visit to the Mile-High City.

Brothers BBQ

Brother BBQ, Denver Slab of Ribs
The famous slab of ribs at Brothers BBQ in Denver

Founded by two siblings who wanted to share their love of BBQ with others, Brothers BBQ is the best barbecue joint in Denver. There are no unnecessary bells and whistles added here, the decor is fun and it is counter service only. The focus is on delicious food at a fair price.

Their meat is fresh and slow-smoked daily to ensure that your meal is mouthwatering good. Pulled pork, beef brisket, and ribs can be bought by the pound or ordered as a sandwich. Order some gooey mac and cheese, creamy coleslaw, and crunchy pickles on the side. Vegetarians and vegans haven’t been forgotten, check out their plant-based menu, crafted just as carefully as their meat options.

The Mile High City is home to delicious fine dining, cozy family restaurants, and lively beer spots. Discover your new favorite place to eat in Denver on this list.

RiNo Beer Garden

Rino Beer Garden Denver
Rino Beer Garden serving up a selection of local favourites

Head to Denver’s vibrant art district to enjoy a frosty pint of beer at RiNo Beer Garden. The tap options are extensive, with craft beers from both established and up-and-coming breweries from around the nation. Standard pub far made right is the key to their menu. Enjoy a tasty burger, fried pickles, and bacon mac and cheese. Bloody marys and mimosas flow during their brunch, with a menu full of eggs, bacon, and sausage.

The outdoor patio is an impressive 4,000 square feet. Blazing fire pits make the patio a popular spot all year long. Twelve TVs mean you will never miss a Denver Broncos’ game.

Rhein Haus Denver

Reinhaus Denver
Authentic German cuisine, served (of course) with an ice cold German lager at Reinhaus in Denver

Located in Denver’s LoDo neighborhood is Rhein Haus, a Bavarian beer hall. Brats loaded with toppings and warm soft pretzels with house-made sauce are perfect companions for your pitcher of beer. Grab a pork schnitzel or a burger if you are feeling particularly hungry.

Rhein Haus is spread over two levels with 24 beers on tap. Stained glass windows and German decor make the interior stand out. Four bocce courts (a ball game) are on-site for those who want to have a little fun.

Citizen Rail

CitizenRail Denver
Coal fired mussels, simmered in a rich tarragon-dijon broth with grilled bread at Citizen Rail, Denver, CO

Lovers of good steak will feel at home at Citizen Rail. Located in central downtown Denver, Citizen Rail dry-ages, smokes, cures, and hand cuts their meats in house. Wild venison, steaks, local lamb, and rabbit are prepared and served with care.

The open kitchen is centered in the dining room, so guests get a front-row view of their dish in progress. Sit at the bar during their great happy hour or head outside to their patio on a sunny day.

Ultreia

Tapas at Ultreia, Denver
Modern tapas and great service awaits at Ultriea, Denver, CO

Travelers might not expect to find a restaurant as refined as Ultreia in Denver’s historic union station. Drawing from Spanish and Portuguese cuisine, Ultreia serves food all day long. Tapas and pintxos include Iberian flavors like chorizo sausage, manchego cheese, and marinated octopus. Sangria and wine flow and are a welcome addition to any meal or happy hour.

Covered and heated outdoor seating means you can enjoy the patio all year long. Diners who see the beautiful interior, with high ceilings, intricate fine-art inspired murals, and iron-framed windows may decide to stay inside instead.

Officer’s Club

Lobster dinner for two, served with Warm Cheddar Biscuits, a Large Winter Salad and your choice of two sides
Lobster dinner for two, served with Warm Cheddar Biscuits, a Large Winter Salad and your choice of two sides

Located near Denver’s former Lowry air force base, Officer’s Club is a nod to the classic officer’s clubs of decades past. Open to everyone, Officer’s Club focuses on well-made traditional American food. Seafood and steaks are the highlights on the menu, from crab cakes and halibut to french dip sandwiches. If you come on a Friday or Saturday, you can try their famous prime rib.

The sleek wood plated dining room opens up into a covered patio that is perfect on summer days. Look through their extensive cocktail list for something that will help you relax after a long day at work.

Shrimp Scampi served with warm cheddar biscuits, charcoal fired California artichokes and cheesecake
Shrimp Scampi served with warm cheddar biscuits, charcoal fired California artichokes and cheesecake
Officers Club, Denver, CO
The inside of the Officers Club, Denver, Colorado

Cattivella

Sauteed shrimp, sausage, bell peppers, creamy polenta at Cattivella, Colorado
Sauteed shrimp, sausage, bell peppers, creamy polenta at Cattivella, Colorado

Experience the drama and distinct tastes of wood-fired Italian cuisine at Cattivella. Come here with an appetite, the dishes are bursting with rich flavors. Creamy truffled macaroni and cheese is topped with juicy grilled steaks and oysters are charbroiled with parmesan and herbs.

Cut into a gooey wood-cooked pizza under the umbrellas in Cattivella’s sunny patio. If it’s a cold day, step inside their bright and airy dining room with a sleek design.

Work & Class

Work & Class, Denver, Colorado
Work & Class, Denver, Colorado

A no-nonsense bar for hungry customers, Work & Class, is where Denver goes for a strong drink and a filling meal. The food is classic Southern cuisine with a Latin flair. Crispy fried chicken, decadently cheesy mac and cheese, and juicy pulled pork are served alongside carnitas and empanadas.

There is no pretension here, the food is served with local workers in mind at a fair price. Grab a bourbon or a local craft beer and join in the conversation.

NOLA Voodoo Tavern

NOLA Voodoo Tavern
Red beans and rice, gumbo and etouffée at NOLA Voodoo Tavern

The best of New Orleans cuisine can still be found more than a thousand miles away in Denver’s NOLA Voodoo Tavern. Located in hip North Denver, this is a place to go for a night out. The atmosphere is fun and lively here. It feels like Mardi Gras is just around the corner, all year long.

Try cajun favorites like crawfish, fried okra, tangy catfish po’boy, and house wings dripping with their secret sauce. Don’t forget to indulge in some New Orleans cocktails while you watch the NFL Saints game on their TV.

SuperMegaBien

Korean BBQ beef buns at Super Mega Bien, Colorado
Korean BBQ beef buns at Super Mega Bien, Colorado

Denver’s SuperMegaBien takes the Asian dim sum style of eating and infuses it with Latin American flavor. Tapas sized dishes can be taken from their carts while large plates are available for order. Family style eating is the norm here so don’t feel weird about sharing your plate with your tablemates.

The menu is extensive and full of flavor. Try the carne asada with chimichurri, shrimp ceviche with habanero sauce, or patatas bravas with spicy chorizo. Their happy hour is full of great deals so get there early if you can!

Restaurant Olivia

Restaurant Olivia, Denver, Colorado
Restaurant Olivia, Denver, Colorado

Delicious Italian food made from scratch using top-quality ingredients is at the heart of Restaurant Olivia in Denver. Homemade pasta is the star of the menu, with everything from the basics, like classic lasagna and creamy four-cheese tortellini, to the unexpected, with dishes like buttery lobster spaghetti.

Order some house-baked focaccia bread to soak up your sauce. The cozy dining room and friendly staff will make you feel right at home. A five-course tasting menu is ideal for those who want to try a bit of everything on a big night out. A la carte options are available as well for those with less of an appetite. SuperMegaBien

Denver Biscuit Company- Colfax

Denver Biscuit Company
Serving up the classics at Denver Biscuit Company

Biscuits and gravy, a longtime Southern staple has been slowly but surely gaining nationwide popularity. The Denver Biscuit Company knows how to make the sky-high fluffy biscuits that dreams are made of. Pair them with savory sausages, buttermilk fried chicken, and pot pie gravy for one of the best sandwiches of your life. Housemade pickles give you some crunch on the side.

Sweet tooths will love the strawberry cream toppings, french toast, and the cinnamon roll biscuits. Cold brew coffee and sweet iced tea give you the jolt you need to wake up and enjoy the rest of your day.

LeRoux

Le Roux, Denver
Great food and service at Le Roux, Denver, CO

The French-inspired Denver restaurant of LeRoux puts a modern twist on traditional cuisine. Taste the mouthwatering Wagyu beef tartare and braised ribs in its intimate dining room. The decor is warm and inviting and the wine list is extensive.

Although dinner is their most popular time, they serve a popular brunch on weekend afternoons. You can try their perfectly creamy eggs benedict and tangy lemon ricotta pancakes with a glass of champagne. Happy hour is also a big hit here. Guests can try some of their standout menu items without breaking the bank.

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