The Kitchen – Created in Colorado and now with several locations, The Kitchen is a farm-to-table bistro with food and drink that ebb and flow with the season and features goods from local farmers and purveyors. A raw bar, meat, fish and vegetarian dishes are on the menu.
Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers & Bar – This locally owned eatery is known for delicious stone-baked pizzas, hoagies, calzones and salads, and a focus on craft beers. Seventeen flat-screen TVs, a glowing bar top and a heated patio add to the vibe.
Burgers, Steaks & Grills
5280 Burger Bar – Expect mouthwatering burgers made from Colorado beef, toppings made in-house (even buns and American cheese), 12 Colorado craft beers on tap daily and adult milkshakes, plus 5280 Ice Cream next door that churns out 16 flavors daily.
Appaloosa Grill – Originally the vision of former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, “The Horse” is known for dishing up all-natural proteins and foods made from scratch and featuring nightly music on a stage that hosts talented national and local musicians.
BD’s Mongolian Grill – It’s not often that you can truly customize a meal while eating out, but that is the mantra of BD’s Mongolian Grill, where diners chose from a selection of meats, seafood, vegetables, sauces and spices that are cooked by chefs on a 7-foot grill.
ChoLon Bistro – A James Beard Finalist for Best New Restaurant in America, ChoLon highlights chef/owner Lon Symensma’s extensive culinary travels in Asia and love for French cooking techniques and is named after the largest Chinese-influenced market in Saigon, Vietnam.
Little India Restaurant – The Baidwan and Malhotra families have been cooking together in Denver for nearly two decades, serving authentic Indian cuisine that mingles exotic and simple tastes in a casual atmosphere accented by Indian art and music.
Maggiano’s Little Italy – Scratch-made Italian-American meals at Maggiano’s are inspired by traditional recipes. The menu is packed with mouthwatering pastas, steaks, seafood, salads, sandwiches and desserts served in an inviting and classic atmosphere.
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant – Started in Fort Collins and now with six Colorado locations, the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant family includes this Lower Downtown (LoDo) outpost, a place to relax, try one of the eatery’s famous margaritas and savor tasty Mexican dishes for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch.
Hapa Sushi Grill and Sake Bar – The harmonious blend of Asian and American cultures is described by the Hawaiian term “hapa.” Chefs at this downtown eatery mix traditional Japanese techniques with many styles of cooking. Look for early bird and night-owl specials.
Otra Vez Cantina – Turn up the heat with roasted jalapeño queso dip, brick chicken mole, mahi-mahi with chili lime pepita crust and, of course, a selection of tacos, including pork belly al pastor, achiote shrimp and barbacoa. Then wash it all down with your choice of more than 200 tequilas and mezcals.
Lime American Cantina — Enjoy fresh Mexican eats, “Mighty Margaritas” and a spectacular view of downtown Denver from Lime’s open-air patio. Try the award-winning sweet corn tamales or the stuffed avocado — two avocado halves filled with Red Bird™ chicken tinga and jack cheese, lightly battered, fried and served on a bed of red or green chili.
Taverns & Breweries
Henry’s Tavern – Henry’s takes the concept of a local watering hole to a whole new level with a menu that incorporates ingredients and inspiration from the region, more than 100 beers on tap (and ciders, too) and live music from May through July.
Rock Bottom Brewery – Fresh, handcrafted beers brewed on premise are the highlight but diners also fall in love with beer-inspired entrees, steak, ale dough pizza, tacos, burgers and sandwiches along with Friday night music on the patio during summer.
Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – With loads of windows and a patio, Thirsty Lion expertly combines the feel of European and American pubs to serve up scratch-cooked cuisine, more than 50 beers and ciders, cocktails made with fresh fruit purées and juices, and various wines.
Yard House Downtown Denver – When the craft beer revolution began in Colorado nearly 20 years ago, Yard House was there pioneering the way. A menu that reads like a road trip across America, classic rock music and 130 beers on tap meld to create a winning combination.