Best of the Best

The 50 Best Restaurants in Denver

From the restoration of Union Station to the rise of River North, our top 50 reflect just how much the Denver dining landscape has changed. Read on for reviews and recommended dishes at the best restaurants in town according to you. (Note that there will be a separate Boulder list.) And be sure to check out the results of our just-released Dining Trends Survey

1. Fruition Restaurant

New AmericanCountry Club
4.8
Food
4.3
Decor
4.7
Service

This Country Club “diamond” boasts a menu that reads “like a foodie romance novel” and brings to life a “seductive” approach to “garden-to-table” New American cuisine, by turns “rustic” and “ethereal”, “nuanced” and “startling” (and matched by a “well-thought-out”, “value”-oriented wine list); meanwhile, the “deft” manner of the “astute” staff makes even the “crowded”, “close quarters” seem “charming” – though getting into them at all can be “difficult”: “book far ahead.

What to order: Potato-wrapped oysters Rockefeller (pictured); Maple Leaf Farms duck breast; Fruition Farm cheese plate 

2. Sushi Den

SushiPlatt Park
4.8
Food
4.4
Decor
4.4
Service

If you can't go to Tokyo”, this “homey” Platt Park “institution” “will do” – after all, “Denver's premier” sushi bar still “lives up to the reputation it's been building” since 1985, “thrilling your tongue” with “exquisite” raw fish, “perfectly battered tempura” and other Japanese specialties provided by a “courteous” staff; there's “always a line to get in”, but the “crowds” (and slightly expensive tabs) are worth it for a “true” dining experience.

What to order: Aburi bincho roll; new-style salmon roll; sashimi from the seasonal selection

3. Rioja

MediterraneanCentral Business District
4.7
Food
4.4
Decor
4.6
Service

The “passion” of chef/co-owner Jennifer Jasinski shows in every “meticulously thought-out” Mediterranean-inspired dish her “courteous” staff “presents like artwork” alongside an “extraordinary wine list” at this “cosmopolitan” “Larimer Square gem”; though the “chic” space is always “justifiably jam-packed”, recent renovations have smoothed the “flow” of an experience that's not only “worth” the price, it just “gets better and better.

What to order: Pork belly in fresh garbanzo purée (pictured); artichoke tortelloni; the vegetarian sampler; beignets; wine from the namesake region 

4. Acorn

New AmericanRiver North Art District
4.7
Food
4.3
Decor
4.5
Service

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.

What to order: The Monk's Garden cocktail; the donut du jour; fried pickles; tomato-braised meatballs (pictured); oak-smoked pork (in any form)

5. Izakaya Den

JapanesePlatt Park
4.7
Food
4.7
Decor
4.4
Service

The Kizaki brothers “know what they're doing” – and they've “done it again” with this “spectacular” Sushi Den offshoot in Platt Park offering the same “incredibly fresh seafood” for which the “mother ship” next door is famous, alongside an “uncommonly” “adventurous” selection of Asian-fusion small plates, all “served with aplomb” – and sake – by an “efficient”, “accommodating” staff; meanwhile, the “simply stunning” two-story setting, featuring a “heavenly” upstairs lounge with a retractable roof, is even “better” than that of its sibling, “without the waits.

What to order: Jalapeño sashimi with hamachi; crispy tuna; crab panzanella (pictured); sashimi from the seasonal list 

6. Palace Arms

Central Business District
4.7
Food
4.6
Decor
4.6
Service

A top choice for impressing out-of-towners” or for “celebrating” over a “romantic anniversary dinner”, this “elegant” “grande dame” in Downtown's “legendary” Brown Palace Hotel “remains relevant” for its “outstanding”, often “daring” New American cuisine, complemented by a “superb” wine list; “ouch, the price is high” warn wallet-watchers, but those wistful for “fine dining as it used to be” – complete with “gracious service” against a “posh”, “old-world” backdrop – say it's “well worth the cost”; P.S. jackets and reservations suggested. 

What to order: The wine-paired tasting menu; chocolate soup

7. Mercantile Dining & Provisions

New AmericanLoDo
4.7
Food
4.5
Decor
4.5
Service

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.

What to order: The meat-and-cheese board; shishito peppers à la plancha; marrow bone brûlée; smoked Colorado lamb shoulder.

8. ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro

AsianLoDo
4.7
Food
4.5
Decor
4.4
Service

LoDo is “lucky to have” chef Lon Symensma, whose “talent is on display” in every “exquisite” Southeast Asian morsel (including “brilliant” French onion soup dumplings) that this “sleek” spot sends out of its open kitchen; fetched by “knowledgeable, efficient” servers and accompanied by “standout” cocktails, the “artistic”, “adventurous” small plates are “made to share” – and you may as well, since the “throbbing” noise level promotes getting close, while the prices, being “a little steep”, favor bill-splitting.

What to order: Kaya toast; French-onion soup dumplings; lobster Saigon crêpes; spiced donuts 

9. Barolo Grill

ItalianCherry Creek
4.7
Food
4.4
Decor
4.6
Service

Yes, I'll have that – and oh, I'll have that” respond fans of the “dreamy” Northern Italian menu at this Cherry Creek “standard-bearer” that's “innovative” too, tended by servers for whom “diner satisfaction is paramount” in an “elegant” yet “cozy” setting suited to “romance”; the “extensive”, “exceptionally interesting wine list” only enhances the “special-occasion” aura (though granted, so will the “not inexpensive” bill).

What to order: Agnolotti del plin (pictured); the menu degustazione; all the Piedmontese wine you can afford 

10. Luca

ItalianCapitol Hill
4.7
Food
4.1
Decor
4.5
Service

Another of Frank Bonanno's “successes”, this “fine-dining” “destination” on Capitol Hill turns out “imaginative” Italian “plates of beauty” paired with equally “fab” wines by an “excellent” staff in a “quaint and inviting” space; of course, it also delivers “expensive” checks, but they're “worth every penny” when “romantic” evenings are in order.

What to order: Burrata; bresaola flatbread; braised-rabbit lasagna

11. Cafe Brazil

South AmericanBerkeley
4.7
Food
4.0
Decor
4.4
Service

Incredible”, “authentic” Brazilian cuisine, including “brilliant seafood”, keeps folks coming to this “festive” “tropical vacation” – complete with “laid-back” service, “spot-on caipirinhas” and a “world-class selection of top-shelf rum” – in Berkeley Park; it's all a bit “kitschy” for a few “meat-and-potatoes” types, but the “loyal” crowds “speak volumes”, among them couples who consider it their “special date place.

What to order: Xim xim; moqueca de peixe; a rum flight 

12. Sushi Sasa

SushiLoHi
4.7
Food
4.3
Decor
4.3
Service

Accomplished” “rock star” chef-owner Wayne Conwell’s “exotic”, “superb sushi” tastes so “fresh-off-the-boat”, you'll think you're dining “by the ocean” and not in LoHi at this “consistently outstanding” Japanese “go-to”; “you'll certainly pay for the pleasure”, but “it seems right for what you get” – including an “artfully minimalist”, “intimately lit” atmosphere and “helpful”, “friendly” service.

What to order: Ankimo sashimi; French cod soup; green dragon roll 

13. Mizuna

New AmericanCapitol Hill
4.6
Food
4.2
Decor
4.7
Service

Culinary genius” Frank Bonanno's “polished” New American cuisine, “designed to let the beautiful tastes and colors” of the “outstanding ingredients” “shine” through, makes fans of this Capitol Hill “masterpiece” “dizzy with glee”; sure, its “prices aren't for the parsimonious” and the seating is “cheek by jowl” in its “intimate” confines, but with an “impeccable” floor team and a “stunning” wine list, it'll still “sweep a first date off [their] feet.

What to order: A seasonal cocktail; lobster mac 'n' cheese; pan-roasted foie gras; beef Wellington 

14. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House

SteakhouseGreenwood Village
4.6
Food
4.3
Decor
4.5
Service

Perfectly cooked” chops with all the “amazingly prepared” trimmings are a given at this “typical but very attractive high-end steakhouse” in Greenwood Village, as is an “extensive” wine list and an “impeccable” staff to assist you with it; that it's “pricy” also goes without saying, but considering the “fancy” dining room is “always buzzing with activity”, it seems no one who comes “to be seen” minds.

What to order: Escargot; Wagyu tomahawk chop; lemon cake

15. Pho Duy

VietnameseWestwood
4.6
Food
3.5
Decor
3.9
Service

Devotees “dream” about these Vietnamese slurp shops where the “fantastic” pho “starts with a meaty broth” and just gets better from there, with a “generous serving of noodles” and a “large plate of herbs”; there's “nothing fancy” about the slightly “cramped” setups, but the tab's “affordable” and you'll leave “utterly stuffed.

What to order: Besides pho, hu tieu nam vang (Phnom Penh–style noodle soup); bun bo hue (Hue-style beef noodle soup); soda chanh muoi (salt-pickled citrus soda)

Note: Ranking and scores refer to all locations. 

16. LAO Wang Noodle House

Noodle ShopWestwood
4.6
Food
3.1
Decor
3.5
Service

Some of the “best soup dumplings outside of Shanghai”, the “most amazing potstickers” and other Chinese-Laotian “craveables” have proven “addictive” to the cult followers willing to “wait and wait” for a table at this “no-frills” Westwood strip-mall “classic”; in their eyes, the married owners who “play both staff and chefs” “are a hoot, so don't be offended” by their “unpredictable” service – the meal is “worth” it.

What to order: Xiao long bao (soup dumplings); potstickers; dan dan noodles

17. US THAI CAFE

CafeEdgewater
4.6
Food
3.2
Decor
4.4
Service

Fire-breathers flock to this “authentic” Edgewater Thai “hole-in-the-wall” where the “delicious” but “killer-hot” curries and stir-fries can lead to “tears” and a “burning tongue” (the spice-shy should request mild, as even “medium is too much for most”); less hot is the “nonexistent atmosphere”, but at least service is “fast” and it's “fun to watch them cook your food” in the meantime (or you could just “do takeout”).

What to order: Green curry (pictured); pla lad prik (spicy fried fish filet)

18. Tables

AmericanPark Hill
4.6
Food
3.9
Decor
4.4
Service

Hidden away in Park Hill”, this neighborhood “magnet” “deserves top billing” for its “creatively delectable”, upscale New American dishes courtesy of a “personable” couple and their “extra-special staff”; filled with charming “old tables”, the “cute”, “funky” space spells “comfort” to “family and friends” – though if you want to be “labeled a complete genius, take a date here on a summer night” for an alfresco rendezvous.

What to order: Crispy sweetbreads; crispy half-chicken; burger of the day

19. Land of Sushi

SushiCentennial
4.6
Food
4.0
Decor
4.3
Service

Surprise – this “relatively undiscovered gem” in a Centennial strip mall represents “the crème de la crème” of Japanese cuisine with its “artful presentations” of “quality” sushi set against a bustling yet “comfortable” backdrop; given that it's also a “good value”, “you couldn't ask for more” from the “prompt”, “exceptionally helpful” staff.

What to order: Rocking roll; duck crostini; uni 

20. Phở 95

VietnameseMar Lee
4.6
Food
3.6
Decor
4.3
Service

Slurpaholics are “elated” by the “enormous portions” of “rich and gingery” “pho perfection” at these “excellent” Vietnamese “go-tos” where the kitchen “does a good job” on the whole menu; “amazing value” is another reason the “casual”, “small spaces” are always bustling with “overwhelming crowds”, but “go more than once and you're remembered – become a regular and you're family.

What to order: Pho 95 Special; bo kho; green-papaya and beef-jerky salad

Note: Ranking and scores refer to all locations. 

21. Star Kitchen

ChineseAthmar Park
4.6
Food
3.3
Decor
3.8
Service

You'll need “a group” to try all the “delicious”, “authentic” varieties of dim sum (served till 3 PM) at this Chinese “favorite” in Athmar Park – which may explain why the cavernous, unadorned dining room is so “crowded”; come evening, the “efficient” staff offers full table service and a seafood-centric Cantonese menu, which is especially “great if you go with someone who really knows” the language as well as the cuisine.

What to order: Besides dim sum, salt-and-pepper duck tongue; seafood hot pot; lobster with ginger and scallion

22. Cafe Prague

CafeMorrison
4.6
Food
4.3
Decor
4.3
Service

You'll “leave with a full stomach and a smile on your face” say fans of the “excellent” Central and Eastern European fare (schnitzel, goulash) at this Morrison “find”; “courteous” service only adds to the “quiet”, old-world atmosphere, which is all the quainter when you’re “sitting on the patio.

What to order: Liver dumpling soup (pictured); Bohemian sauerbraten; cream cheese–raspberry crêpes

23. Pizzeria Locale

PizzaSpeer
4.6
Food
4.2
Decor
4.4
Service

With a “lively bistro atmosphere” and sit-down “service that can't be beat”, the Boulder location of this pizza “favorite” shows all the “attention to detail” you'd expect from Frasca owners Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, right down to the “nearly perfect Naples-style” pies and “terrific” wine list; meanwhile, the West Highland and Speer offshoots – part of a growing franchise in partnership with Chipotle – take a “refreshing approach” to the quick-casual (in fact, “crazy-fast”) genre by turning out “personalized salads” and “gourmet pizzas” in minutes, accompanied by tap wine “in juice glasses” and “don't-miss” butterscotch budino.

What to order: Mais pizza; diavola pizza; budino

Note: Ranking and scores refer to all locations. 

24. Masterpiece Deli LoHi

LoHi
4.6
Food
3.6
Decor
4.0
Service

Right down to “amazing housemade” condiments, “only the best ingredients find their way between slices of fabulous bread” at this pair of “artisan” delis; answering the clamor for “more seating” – and shorter lines – at the cheery but small LoHi flagship, the Uptown offshoot offers much more room to savor what fans dub “the greatest sandwiches in Denver” (plus beer and wine).

What to order: White-truffle egg salad sandwich; seared ahi tuna sandwich; Taylor pork roll sandwich; the daily special

Note: Ranking and scores refer to all locations. 

25. Panzano

ItalianCentral Business District
4.6
Food
4.2
Decor
4.5
Service

Consistently” “scrumptious” Northern Italian fare – including “superb” freshly baked breads and “imaginative” gluten-free options – is the draw at this “casually elegant” Downtown “jewel” in the “trendy Hotel Monaco”; an “incredible” staff “flat-out rocks”, “treating all ages and appetites appropriately”, and “not-to-be-missed” happy-hour “bargains” only add to the “pleasure.

What to order: Crespelle ai funghi; gnocchi con coniglio; scaloppini di vitello

26. Tag Restaurant

EclecticCentral Business District
4.6
Food
4.3
Decor
4.4
Service

While “it's difficult to peg” the “unexpected”, “unreal” “small-plates extravaganza” – matched by ”off-the-wall“ cocktails and wines ”you won't find” elsewhere – at this New American LoDo “favorite”, it’s proof that chef-owner Troy Guard has retained his “magic” touch while expanding his dining empire; service is “excellent”, and if the sharp-edged, brick-walled dining room filled with “upbeat pop music” is “noisier than a train station”, well, that's the (admittedly “pricey”) cost of “cool”, so “dress hip” to fit in.

What to order: Jalapeño-kumquat mojito; taco sushi (pictured); caramelized butterfish; Spam musubi (off-menu) 

27. Root Down

AmericanLoHi
4.6
Food
4.3
Decor
4.3
Service

From the “adventurous”, “farm-fresh” New American plates that “won't cost an arm and a leg” to service that “bends over backwards” against the “cool-funky” backdrop of a “converted filling station”, “everything is done extremely well” at Justin Cucci's “high-energy” hall of postmillennial “hippiedom” in LoHi – so it's no wonder you'll need “good luck getting in”; P.S. there's a newer offshoot in Denver International Airport's Terminal C.

What to order: Prickly-pear Cosmo; seared arepas; seasonal risotto; ramen deviled eggs; sorbet float 

28. Vert Kitchen

AmericanWashington Park West
4.6
Food
3.7
Decor
3.9
Service

Washington Park West neighbors squeeze in for “innovative” gourmet sandwiches, salads and soups at this wee lunch-and-brunch counter, where “even meat lovers will be amazed” by the daily vegan options (all “organic”, local and “well worth” the price); a charming back patio eases the pressure on limited seating in warm weather, and a tidy selection of wine and beer doesn't hurt either.

What to order: BLT (pictured); lemon tuna sandwich; daily frittata

29. Shanahan's

SteakhouseDenver
4.6
Food
4.6
Decor
4.5
Service

Nothing less than awesome”, this “update” on a “'Mad Men'–style” steakhouse “gets it right” with a “menu that challenges your self-control”, as the kitchen's “outstanding” “attention to presentation” warrants “ordering more and more” – and the “wonderful”, “detail”-oriented staff is happy to help; while the “large bar” is “packed” with “high-profile people”, a seat on the patio “makes for a very relaxing evening” – so long as you “bring a wad of money” (or make sure “someone else is paying”).

What to order: Oysters Rockefeller; bone-in rib-eye Fiorentina; honey cheesecake

30. D Bar Denver

AmericanFive Points
4.6
Food
4.1
Decor
4.2
Service

Originally, the 'D' stood for 'dessert' – but now that celebrated pastry chef-partners Keegan Gerhard and Lisa Bailey have moved their cafe to sleeker, more spacious digs complete with a full bar, coffee counter and sunny patio, this Uptown “must-do” is an all-around “divine” “delight” from lunchtime till “late” (weekend nights), “excelling” at savory dishes and sandwiches in addition to the “fantastic” signature Cake and Shake and other “to-die-for” sweets; service that “shines” further ensures you “indulge yourself” to the max.

What to order: Crue fries; pizza salad sandwich; cake and shake (pictured); three-course dessert tasting 

31. Azitra Restaurant

IndianBroomfield
4.5
Food
4.2
Decor
4.2
Service

You'd never guess a gem like this could exist in a strip mall” in Broomfield, but the “thoughtfully prepared, elegantly plated” Indian food you'll find here shines bright, and the wine list is “surprisingly well-picked too”; “fast, accurate” service ensures it's “popular for local business lunches”, while the handsomely modern decor works for neighborhood date nights – but it's a “great value” either way.

What to order: Salmon makhni; goat curry; sparkling or white wine from the extensive cellar (really) 

32. Cart-Driver

PizzaRiver North Art District
4.5
Food
3.7
Decor
4.0
Service

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.

What to order: Batched cocktails; market oysters; mortadella hot dog; house sausage pizza (pictured); clam pizza

33. Queen of Sheba Ethiopian

EthiopianPark Hill
4.5
Food
3.8
Decor
4.3
Service

While the setting is “modest”, “amazing”, “authentic” Ethiopian fare awaits at this “superior” “family”-run storefront in Aurora, where the “sweet”, “beyond-talented” chef-owner oversees a “friendly” staff, and prices are easy on the wallet too.

What to order: Kitfo; Queen's Dinner for Two; honey wine 

34. The Kitchen Bistro

AmericanLoDo
4.5
Food
4.2
Decor
4.4
Service

Having “set the standard” for the “farm-to-table experience” in Boulder, this “lovely”, “ecologically minded” “institution” “still delivers” on the promise of “elegant” yet “wholesome” seasonal American dishes paired with “fantastic” wines by a “helpful”, “professional” staff; though no less “trendy”, the LoDo offshoot has “its own personality” (not to mention a raw bar), as does the Fort Collins branch with its “neighborhood feel.

What to order: Craft beer (the selection is top-notch); gougères; tomato soup; potted salmon; mushrooms on toast (pictured); sticky toffee pudding 

35. Buenos Aires Pizzeria

ArgentineanBallpark
4.5
Food
3.5
Decor
4.0
Service

Huge” pizzas with an Argentine “twist” (topped with roast pork, hearts of palm, hard-boiled eggs and more) headline the menu at this Ballpark parlor where the empanadas and gelato “rock too”; though the counter-serve cafe setting may “need a face-lift”, “welcoming” service and a small selection of South American wine and beer add to its appeal.

What to order: Blue cheese–onion empanadas; Buenos Aires pizza with hearts of palm and golf sauce; dulce de leche or fig gelato

36. Potager

New AmericanCapitol Hill
4.5
Food
4.1
Decor
4.3
Service

Teri Rippeto “was doing seasonal farm-to-table menus far before they were cool” and “continues the tradition” at this upscale Capitol Hill dinner spot, turning out “quirky, lovely” and “delicious” New American food in an “airy”, “busy” dining room leading to a “romantic” garden patio; the staff makes “excellent recommendations”, which means that “you can never go wrong” here – so long as you “come early to nab a table.

What to order: Any and all of the specials du jour, from soup to dessert 

37. JJ Chinese Restaurant

ChineseAthmar Park
4.5
Food
3.4
Decor
4.1
Service

Tanks filled with fish, crab, lobsters, shrimp” and more await behind the nondescript facade of this Athmar Park Chinese, their occupants featured on an endless menu of “authentic” Cantonese specialties, “terrific dim sum” and other “unusual” regional “treats”; given that there's “energetic” service and even wine (a “rare touch”), “who could ask for more”?

What to order: Capelin in spicy salt; eggplant–spare rib hot pot; clams in black-bean sauce 

38. Beast + Bottle

New AmericanUptown
4.5
Food
4.3
Decor
4.3
Service

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.

What to order: Anything with lamb or pork; grasshopper pie; an Italian wine you've never heard of 

39. Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs

Hot DogBallpark
4.5
Food
3.8
Decor
4.2
Service

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.

What to order: A reindeer, pheasant or elk-jalapeño-cheddar sausage; the Desert, Sonoran or International topping combo; charred tahini cauliflower; fried mac 'n' cheese

40. Solera Restaurant & Wine Bar

New AmericanHale
4.5
Food
4.3
Decor
4.3
Service

At this long-standing Hale “hideaway”, “talented” chef-owner Goose Sorensen takes you on a “culinary odyssey” with Spanish- and Mediterranean-influenced New American dishes and “wonderful” wines delivered by an “attentive” crew; the “elegantly” appointed, “softly lit” dining room and “lovely garden” flush with “trees and flowers” further encourage you to “leave bustling Colfax behind.

What to order: Farmer's board (pictured); PEI mussels; Thai-style calamari; paella 

41. Super Star Asian Cuisine

ChineseAthmar Park
4.5
Food
3.5
Decor
3.8
Service

Authentic” dim sum that fans deem “equal to San Francisco's” is served pretty much “all day, every day” at this “reasonably priced” Chinese fixture in Athmar Park, buzzing with an “attentive” staff that steers “typical” pushcarts around the strip-mall storefront; it's usually “packed”, so “get here early” to avoid a wait, or come for dinner and “go out with a full belly and a happy smile.

What to order: Besides dim sum, jumbo prawns (pictured); Peking duck; steamed lobster in garlic vermicelli. 

42. Domo Japanese Country Food Restaurant

JapaneseLincoln Park
4.5
Food
4.6
Decor
4.1
Service

Rustic farmhouse decor” – think “tree-trunk tables” and “tree-stump seats” – sets the stage for “delicious”, “authentic Japanese country cuisine” that's definitely “not typical sushi” at this “Denver classic” in Lincoln Park; though the surroundings outshine the service, prices are “fair” and the whole package delivers a “cultural escape from the ordinary”, especially if you visit the on-site museum and “sit in the garden on a nice evening."

What to order: Unagi tamago (eel omelet); Wankosushi; tonyu ramen 

43. New Saigon Restaurant

VietnameseAthmar Park
4.5
Food
3.5
Decor
3.9
Service

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.

What to order: Goi dac biet (seafood-pork salad); sai gon dac biet (rice-wrap combination plate); any fire pot; ech xao lan (curried frog's legs) — plus banh mi (pictured) from the adjoining bakery and deli

44. Stoic & Genuine

SeafoodLoDo
4.5
Food
4.4
Decor
4.4
Service

Delicious” lobster rolls, an “impressive” oyster roster and other “creative”, “savory” seafood dishes make a splash at this “gourmet” sibling of Rioja, Bistro Vendôme and Euclid Hall in LoDo's Union Station, enhanced by “knowledgeable” service and cocktails from the “amazing” granita bar; while “beautiful”, the high-ceilinged yet narrow space can get “a little cramped”, and so can your budget (it's “terribly expensive” for “small” portions), but some opt to “sit out on the patio, people-watch and enjoy a good happy hour” for a real “treat.

What to order: Oysters with granita (pictured); octopus mortadella; surf in turf; broccoli salad; parsley-mint cake with black-garlic ice cream 

45. Old Major

New AmericanLoHi
4.5
Food
4.3
Decor
4.3
Service

Everything you want in fine dining and everything you want in comfort food all at once” can be yours at this New American “carnivore’s nirvana” in LoHi, especially if you “love pork – it’s everywhere” thanks to the in-house butchery program, and it’s “prepared to perfection”; tabs are on par with the “special” experience, and while “hipsters will feel right at home” amid the “overly bearded” crowds sampling “fun, tasty cocktails”, the “attentive, knowledgeable staff” keeps it “welcoming” for all.

What to order: House charcuterie plate; ham and biscuits; seasonal Nose to Tail plate (pictured); happy-hour pork burger

46. Ellyngton's

AmericanCentral Business District
4.5
Food
4.4
Decor
4.5
Service

To feel pampered” by “exceptional service”, the “expense-account crowd” gathers at this daytime American fixture in Downtown's legendary Brown Palace Hotel for “power breakfasts” and “business lunches” amid “elegant” surroundings; though “the menu isn't imaginative, the food is excellent” – perhaps especially on Sundays, when the champagne brunch buffet makes for a “very special treat.

What to order: Besides the Sunday brunch buffet, creamed chipped beef; lobster-crab omelet; lobster BLT 

47. China Jade

ChineseAurora
4.5
Food
3.6
Decor
4.1
Service

Some of “the best Chinese in Denver” turns up at this Aurora strip-mall locale specializing in “outstanding”, “spicy” Sichuan cuisine best tempered by cold beer; the space is humble compared to the food, but tabs are “cheap” and the “service isn't bad” either.

What to order: Tofu with preserved egg; cumin lamb; mapo tofu; garlic pork (pictured); hand-ripped cabbage 

48. Hops & Pie

PizzaBerkeley
4.5
Food
3.9
Decor
4.1
Service

If you “never thought mashed potatoes could be good on a pizza”, wait till you get a load of the “unique toppings” at this Berkeley pie parlor and taproom, which also dishes up “tasty” salads, “huge, delicious” Rice Krispies treats and more while pouring a “wonderful assortment of craft beers”; “knowledgeable” service and special deals enhance the “laid-back”, “local feeling.

What to order: Weekly sandwich special (think housemade tasso ham with fried-green tomatoes and pecan-corn pesto on a griddled roll); monthly pizza special (think green chicken curry with potatoes, peas and za'atar); pizza with beer-braised brisket or smoked ham hocks; lots and lots of beer

49. Cuba Cuba Cafe & Bar

CafeGolden Triangle
4.5
Food
4.1
Decor
4.3
Service

Bringing the Golden Triangle about “as close to Miami” as it can get, this moderately priced neighborhood standby has been dishing up “delicious”, “authentic” Cuban food “for years” in a conjoined pair of colorful old bungalows staffed by “excellent” servers who “keep the mojitos coming”; P.S. the ever-growing quick-serve offshoot, Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria, is also worth “visiting regularly.

What to order: Mariquitas Cubana; mojo fries; lechon asado (roast pork); picadillo al caballo (ground beef stew with fried egg); mojitos (of course) 

50. The Bagel Deli & Restaurant

JewishVirginia Village
4.5
Food
3.3
Decor
4.2
Service

This “longtime, family-run” purveyor of “Jewish soul food” at “fair prices” – including “soothing” chicken noodle soup and “homemade corned beef that will drop your jaw” – comes “as close to a New York deli” as Virginia Village can, right down to the “frantic” vibe; though a few kvetch that “if you're looking for decor, you won't find it” – unless “old-school booths” and “fading photos” count – it'll “satisfy your needs” when you can't get to “bubbe's table.

What to order: Matzo brei; pastrami and chopped liver sandwich; jalapeño-cheddar knish (for fun) 

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