Best Restaurants Near Coors Field

Where Rockies fans refuel
October 30, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

From LoDo and Union Station to Ballpark and RiNo, there's simply no shortage of commendable dining options within a 15-minute walk from Coors Field. So we've narrowed the field of candidates down to the most suitable for game day: 11 places that combine fabulous food and drink with good value and maximum comfort for the whole family of jersey-clad Rockies fans.   

Lazo Empanadas
Argentinean · Ballpark · $

In the cheerful Ballpark nook that long housed Buenos Aires Pizzeria, this Argentinean counter joint serves up its namesake pastries in an array of flavors like spicy beef and blue cheese–onion, along with a few sweets and a small selection of wines and beers.
Mercantile Dining and Provision
New American · LoDo · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

Alex Seidel (Fruition Restaurant) and his team have "another winner” in LoDo’s Union Station: by day, the “hip” , “high-energy” space functions as a European-style market offering “superb” sandwiches and “top-notch” coffees; by evening, the open kitchen prepares an “inspired” assortment of “complex, artfully executed” New American dishes, delivered (along with "delicious" wines and cocktails) by “agreeable servers who want you to feel welcome” – ensuring you "can't wait" to return.
Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs
Hot Dog · Ballpark · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.2

Owner Jim Pittenger goes “light years beyond” your “ordinary hot dog” to sling “spectacular” , “exotic-game” links (like rattlesnake, reindeer and wild boar) smothered in “brilliantly bizarre” toppings and paired with local beers at this “down-to-earth” biker-themed joint in Ballpark; fans can “get their hound on” till late on weekends – once they get past the “long lines” , that is.
Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar - LoDo
Seafood · LoDo · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

"Thanks to the wonders of air shipping" , these "perennial favorites" continue to reel in "convivial" crowds for "creative" , "delicious" fish dishes and "flawless raw bars" gleaming with "meaty oysters" (discounted during the "awesome happy hour" ); though some cite "fin-to-fin" seating and acoustics that require "earmuffs" , most agree the "energetic" vibe – aided by "smart" , "upbeat" service " – is always a " blast."
Kachina Cantina
Mexican · LoDo · $$

From the colorful decor – think adobe, tilework, murals – to the playful menus, these Southwestern strongholds bring a modern sensibility to regional tradition. From the kitchen comes house specialties like Navajo tacos and bison empanadas, while the bar keeps the energy high both inside and out on the patio with craft margaritas, aguas frescas and more.
Ophelia's Electric Soapbox
Eclectic · Ballpark · $$

A massive, multilevel restaurant and live-music venue, this Downtown hotspot features provocative decor and showcases an international menu of Greek, French, American, Asian and Venezuelan fare. The beverage lineup features myriad craft drafts, spirit-heavy cocktails that zigzag from rosemary-infused gin to mezcal and a well-curated wine and champagne list.
Cart-Driver
Pizza · River North Art District · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

It's a "small space" with "counter ordering and tiny tables" , "but once you bite into the pizza, you'll forget all that" since this "fun" , "cool" , autostrada-inspired RiNo hangout manages to turn out "fabulous" wood-fired pies, "delicious oysters" and "downright tasty" drinks in a converted shipping container; with "amazingly quick" service and patio seating too, fans "love the whole concept."
Work & Class
Southern American · River North Art District · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.2

Chef "Dana Rodriguez is a genius" say fans of the "hip, homey and high-quality" Southern–Latin American menu at this "happening" RiNo hot spot with "solid" service and "fair" prices; the "tight space" in an old shipping container makes for a "boisterous" , even "hectic" atmosphere – no doubt fueled by "stiff drinks" that go down "easy (perhaps a little too easy)" – but "do yourself a favor" and "get there early" to beat the crowds.
Snooze an A.M. Eatery
American · Ballpark · $$

Avelina
New American · LoDo · $$$

At this splashy New American destination in LoDo, seasonal wood-fired plates with global influences — Mediterranean, Asian, Latin, African — emerge from the exhibition kitchen in back of a breezy, spacious dining room, which is fronted by a bar that opens to the patio to further the conviviality fostered by craft cocktails and diverse wines.
The Denver Central Market
Food Court · River North Art District · $

In a beautifully restored old building, this RiNo food hall has it all: a butcher, fishmonger, greengrocer, salumeria, rotisserie, bakery, pizzeria, creamery, chocolatier and coffee counter – many of which are run by well-known chefs. A full bar dispenses drinks you can take with you as you shop, or pair with a meal while perched at any of the central communal tables.