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The 10 Best Brunches in Denver

From lavish champagne spreads to bottomless Bloody Mary bars and Bingo brunch, the Mile High City has plenty of noteworthy destinations for the weekend. Whether you're a pancake-and-syrup junkie or firmly entrenched in the Benedict camp, these 13 favorites rise to the top.

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Rioja

MediterraneanCentral Business District

This Larimer Square Mediterranean favorite from chefs Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch boasts the "best Benedict on the planet" from fans who insist Jasinski has "great vegetarian options that are out of the box." The "fun and interesting combinations" are delivered by a "friendly and personable staff" in the newly remodeled dining room or on the "perfect front patio" that's prime people-watching territory "when weather accommodates."

Must-order: Eggs Benedict with housemade bacon, spinach, tomato and poached eggs (pictured); omelet of the day.

Root Down

AmericanLoHi

Sure, it's "crowded" and "there are long waits for a table" at Justin Cucci's lively farm-to-table American in LoHi, but patience pays off with "lots of food" that's "always delicious," a summation that results in a resounding "yum." P.S. there's another offshoot in Denver International Airport's Terminal C.

Must-order: Almond-flour buttermilk pancakes with pear butter and maple agave syrup (pictured).

Linger

EclecticLoHi

A "fantastic menu" of "wonderful," "unique" and "delicious food options" ("Try the waffles with popcorn!") keeps crowds coming back to Justin Cucci's eclectic LoHi "favorite" that features "the best vibes for hanging out all morning" and sipping "bottomless mimosas" in the upstairs bar or on the hopping rooftop patio peeking over the city skyline.

Must-order: The India-inspired dosa with masala potatoes, scrambled eggs, avocado and sambar curry; breakfast tacos with chorizo; donut holes; Cracker Jack waffles with candied peanuts, cherry maple syrup and vanilla custard (pictured).

Beast + Bottle

New AmericanUptown

"Always spectacular" "food, cocktails and service" cements the experience at this New American "favorite brunch place" in Uptown, boasting "prices that are really reasonable for the quality." It's no wonder "you can't just pick one" dish from chef-owner Paul Reilly's "always changing" menu that ensures there's "something new to try" at every turn.

Must-order: Pizza Carbonara with guanciale, black pepper and a sunny egg (pictured), the croque madame and the corned lamb hash.

Ellyngton's

AmericanCentral Business District

For a blowout splurge in regal surroundings, devotees tout this "typical high-quality Brown Palace experience" that can't be beat for its legendary Sunday champagne brunch, a fancy, fine-dining affair that's bolstered by "excellent and friendly service."

Must-order: Bring your appetite and indulge in the lavish Dom Perignon champagne brunch, inclusive of carved-to-order meats and fish, a salad station, a spread of oysters, smoked seafood and house-cured salmon, and house-baked cakes, pies and pastries. The eggs Benedict with smoked salmon gets high marks too.

Central Bistro and Bar

New AmericanLoHi

Fanatics of this LoHi seasonal American bistro "can't stop thinking" about the "terrific" "corned beef hash with great texture" or the "perfect combination of capers, salmon, cream cheese and everything-bagel flavors" that comprise chef Jesse Vega's rave-worthy flatbread. Add "fantastic balanced cocktails" and a "great patio" that overlooks the city center and it's easy to see why it's such a popular weekend pick.

Must-order: Corned beef hash (pictured); French toast; chilaquiles.

Beatrice & Woodsley

AmericanSpeer

Smitten fans fawn over the "superb ambiance" at this romantic tree-thicketed New American jewel in Baker that gratifies appetites with its "experimental and delicious" culinary journey of "filling" egg-centric dishes coupled with crawfish beignets, squash pancakes and biscuits and gravy, all served by a "friendly" staff.

Must-order: Farmer's Delight, a plate with slow-cooked pork shoulder, toasted cornbread, mustard-braised greens and a sunny-side up egg (pictured).

The Squeaky Bean

EclecticLoDo

"The best service in Denver" rave brunch fans who pile in for a taste of the LoDo market-driven American's plates of eggs Benedict, a superb burger, flapjacks, shrimp and grits and more. If you're not there for the "super-fun" weekend bingo brunch (hosted by comedians), snag a seat on the lovely outdoor patio during warmer months.

Must-order: Double cheeseburger; eggs Benedict and the pork hash (pictured).

Onefold

BreakfastCity Park West

Eggs every which way – poached atop a bowl of bacon fried rice or soft-scrambled inside housemade flour tortillas – dot the globally inspired menu at this wonderfully charming cafe and coffeehouse. The bright, airy setting features an open kitchen, farmhouse-style furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows that open to a sidewalk patio.

Must-order: Congee, breakfast tacos and bacon fried rice.

Bar Dough

ItalianLoHi

Everyone who's anyone has experienced the culinary bliss that is Bar Dough, a brilliant new Italian restaurant overseen by chef Max MacKissock. Like the dinner menu, the brunch board is a nod toward Italy: pizza rustica paved with sheets of proscuitto, sausage and baked egg custard; eggs Benedicto with pancetta and a red wine hollandaise; and bucatini cacio e pepe, a pasta dish of peas, pecorino romano, fava beans, black pepper and a poached egg. 

Must-order: Eggs Benedicto, sausage sandwich and the pizza rustica

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