Chef Jennifer Jasinski's Favorite Denver Restaurants

The celebrity chef reveals her local haunts
August 16, 2016
by Zagat Staff

With four of Denver's greatest hits — Rioja, Bistro Vendôme, Euclid Hall and Stoic & Genuine — under her belt and another, Ultreia, on the way, Jennifer Jasinski is one of Denver's most enduringly influential chefs. Here's where the powerhouse dines on her (rare) days off.

American · River North Art District · $$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.5

“Get ready to share – and be wowed” by – “astounding” New American small plates with “huge flavors” “that light up your mouth” at this RiNo sibling of Boulder’s acclaimed OAK at fourteenth; though the somewhat “noisy” setting in “popular” “warehouse” -turned-marketplace The Source is “hipster heaven” , you’ll “never feel slighted” by either the “dynamic, attentive servers” or the “master mixologists” at the bar.
New Saigon Restaurant
Vietnamese · Athmar Park · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.9

"Take your tongue on a trip to Vietnam" at this decades-old Athmar Park "favorite" where the "million" "reasonably priced" menu selections – including "fresh" , "excellent pho" – pack "irresistible" , "layered" flavors; the "no-nonsense" digs are definitely "not for fancy folk" , but the loyal "crowds" "only judge it" by "what counts."
Beast + Bottle
New American · Uptown · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

"Great for brunch" but "even better for date night" , this "cute" Uptown "gem" is "warm and cozy" with a "locally sourced" New American menu that's "cool" and "imaginative" , paired with "wines and cocktails that are out of this world" ; though not inexpensive, it's "fine dining" that delivers "consistently good value" , bolstered by a "knowledgeable" , "personable" crew.
Bar Dough
Italian · LoHi · $$

This LoHi Italian haunt from chef-owner Max MacKissock (ex The Squeaky Bean) boasts creative pizzas fired in a showpiece, hand-tiled imported oven, plus handcrafted pastas, small plates and entrees. Lined with a tufted burgundy banquette, the long and narrow space features an open kitchen and a marble-topped bar turning out clever cocktails, housemade sodas and an all-Italian wine list, all of which can also be sipped on the roomy patio.