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New Restaurants and Bars in Denver

You can’t stay on top of the Denver dining scene without knowing what’s new – which is why we offer this indispensable list of the most notable restaurant openings around town. We’ll update the guide every week, keeping the latest openings at the top of the page.

Zuni Street Brewing Company

NewLoHi
With a dual emphasis on traditional styles and eco-friendly production, this LoHi brewery pours its house beers in a spacious, simple but comfortable taproom with garage doors, picnic tables and a patio. There's also a lineup of food trucks to curb patrons' cravings for pub grub.

The Whiskey Biscuit

NewEnglewood
The name says a lot at this Englewood spot, which offers both a playful Southern American menu centered on, yes, biscuits and a drink list that's heavy on bourbon and rye, as well as local craft beer. The casual, lively environment is filled with brick, wood and plenty of light.

Sweet Cooie's Ice Cream and Confectionery

NewIce Cream ShopCongress Park
Though not housed in a giant milk jug like its sibling Little Man, this Congress Park soda fountain exudes charm all its own with old-fashioned, eggshell-blue decor and a full line of treats from ice cream scoops, shakes and sundaes to housemade chocolates. It's also committed to donating a portion of its proceeds to charity.

Annette

NewAurora
Snug yet light and airy, this polished New American haunt in Aurora's Stanley Marketplace marks the debut of former Acorn sous chef Caroline Glover, who turns out farm-centric menus of wood-fired, globally influenced fare for brunch, lunch and dinner. The equally well-curated beverage list consists of a handful of craft cocktails and beers as well as about 20 boutique wines by the bottle.

Broken Rice

NewAsianVirginia Village
Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese inspired rice and noodle bowls, along with Asian soups, salads and snacks like dumplings, dominate the menu at this slick Glendale counter joint. The bright, white-walled digs feature light woods and a small bar pouring local beer, wine and cocktails.

Olive & Finch

NewAmericanCherry Creek
Mary Nguyen's “cute” American cafes serve “superlative” sandwiches (including the signature beef tongue), “great” breakfast skillets, house-baked goods and more, along with coffee, beer, wine and cocktails, while the Cherry Creek location also offers an expanded bistro-style dinner menu; there's “good customer service” too, as the staff “accommodates special dietary restrictions.”

Rickhouse Social

NewAspen
Downstairs from sibling Aspen Kitchen, this speakeasy-inspired cocktail lounge takes its dimly-lit, rough-hewn interior-design cues from distillery barrel-aging rooms. Doubling as a sort of tasting room for Breckenridge Distillery, the bar showcases its entire line of spirits to pair with snacks like burgers and bone-marrow luges.

Hearth & Dram

NewAmericanLoDo
Suave, au courant wood-fired cuisine from chef Jeffrey Wall complements cocktails from a bar boasting more than 300 whiskeys at this New American destination in LoDo. It's all served against the wood, steel and glass backdrop of the dramatic dining room, which overlooks Union Station.

Stella's on 16th

NewLoDo
On the ground floor of the Triangle Building in LoDo, this gleaming white fast-casual cafe houses a bakery, espresso bar, grab-and-go case and retail pantry as well as an open kitchen that turns out casual American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner (there's also a small selection of wine, beer and cocktails).

Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery Lowry

NewNew AmericanDenver
Not only does “fast food not have to be bad”, it can be “comparable to fine dining”, as fans of these “comfortable”, affordable American quick stops attest; the “nice-guy” chef-owner, Clint Wangsnes, turns out “incredible” dishes (such as meats and salads on cutting boards) that you order at the counter, all of them arriving at your table “in a matter of minutes”, while the small bar dispenses a handful of beers and wines.

Yellowbelly

NewChickenAurora
Aurora's Stanley Marketplace is home to this outpost of a Vail-based chicken joint, which serves up fried and roasted birds along with sides of all kinds (quinoa salad, macaroni pie) in a funky industrial setting splashed with yellow and pink.

Kahlo's

NewMexicanWestwood
Named for — and as wildly colorful as — the famed artist, this snug, charming Westwood follow-up to beloved Mexican cafe Tarasco's offers a similar lineup of Michoacán specialties, but the emphasis here is on vegetarian and vegan options supplemented by fresh blended juices.

Lazo Empanadas

NewArgentineanBallpark
In the cheerful Ballpark nook that long housed Buenos Aires Pizzeria, this Argentinian 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.

Il Posto

NewSeafoodRiver North Art District
Contemporary piatti "prepared with ingenuity" and "genuine flair" by an "engaging" Milanese chef-owner and served by a crew that's "happy to explain" the "complex daily menu" has earned this "cosmopolitan" RiNo Italian spot a "devoted following"; relocated from City Park West, its much larger space boasts a mezzanine, sculptural booths, dramatic lighting, an exhibition kitchen and a full bar, and while tabs aren't especially cheap, lunch will be less of a "pinch on the wallet."

Himchuli - Indian & Nepali Cuisine

NewIndianWest Highland
Classic curries, tandoori meats and other Indian and Nepalese staples star at this modern, colorful West Highland storefront, which features both a lunch buffet and a curved bar pouring both local and imported booze.
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