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Restaurants in Denver

The Denver restaurants below have been hand-picked by our guide author and are grouped into three pricing categories: Expensive (over US$70) Moderate (US$40 to US$70) Cheap (up to U$40) These Denver restaurant prices are for an average three-course meal and half a bottle of house wine or cheapest equivalent per person; they do not include tax or tip.

Expensive

Elway’s

Cuisine:

Named after NFL legend John Elway, Elway’s is undoubtedly one of Denver’s finest steakhouses. Despite the high prices, you’ll find this place rather relaxed, with a distinct Colorado-inspired atmosphere. Patrons can choose between hand-cut prime steaks, fin fish, crustacean, and more. The food is always fresh, as the menu changes with market availability. Be sure to try the Spicy Steak Chilli – a favourite with everyone who’s tasted it.

Address: , 2500 East First Avenue, Unit 101, Denver, 80206
Telephone: +1 303 399 5353.
Website: http://www.elways.com

Fruition Restaurant

Cuisine: New American

This relaxed Denver restaurant serves classic American dishes to an adoring public. Set in an intimate house-style venue, customers munch through dishes like bavette steak au poivre and organic duck breast. The restaurant has an impeccable wine list and the maître d is more than happy to talk you through it. Beware though, it gets booked up fast so make sure you reserve a table on weekends.

Address: , 1313 East 6th Avenue, Denver, 80218
Telephone: +1 303 831 1962.
Website: http://www.fruitionrestaurant.com

Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House

Cuisine: New American

Kevin Taylor’s is definitely up there among the very best restaurants in Denver. Located in the beautiful Ellie Caulkins Opera House within the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Kevin Taylor’s reputation as a nationally acclaimed chef and local restaurateur legend precedes him. With this restaurant, he has created contemporary cuisine that emphasises flavour and treads a fine line between fusion and French, the American southwest and the Asian Rim.

Address: , 1345 Champa Street, Denver, 80202
Telephone: +1 303 640 1012.
Website: http://www.ktrg.net/kevin-taylors-at-the-opera-house/

Moderate

Cucina Colore

Cuisine: Italian

This modern Italian restaurant offers traditional Italian flavours with a contemporary flair, and never fails on freshness. Located in the heart of the Cherry Creek neighbourhood, the restaurant is always upbeat yet provides a warm, intimate setting to enjoy your meal. Be sure to try the delicious peach bread pudding for dessert.

Address: , 3041 East 3rd Avenue, Denver, 80206
Telephone: +1 303 393 6917.
Website: http://www.cucinacolore.com

Root Down

Cuisine: New American

 This eclectic and energetic restaurant specialises in farm fresh cuisine tailored to a modern, hip crowd. Located in a converted gas station, Root Down offers vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options aplenty. Both food and drinks get high praise from visitors, who revel in the restaurant’s chill and funky vibe.

Address: , 1600 West 33rd Avenue, Denver, 80211
Telephone: +1 303 993 4200
Website: http://www.rootdowndenver.com

Sushi Den

Cuisine: Japanese

This Denver restaurant has been churning out top-quality sushi for over 25 years. A firm favourite with locals, the restaurant serves up classic sushi and sashimi in stylish surroundings. The owners import all their fish fresh from local Japanese markets, and the place is always packed. A must-try is the deep-fried green tea ice cream. Unusual but heavenly.

Address: , 1487 South Pearl Street, Denver, 80210
Telephone: 303 777 0826.
Website: http://www.sushiden.net

Cheap

Beau Jo’s

Cuisine:

If you’re looking for New York-style pizza, you won’t find it here. BeauJo’s is all about Colorado-style pizzas. The restaurant works to make healthy food while causing as little harm to the environment as possible. But don’t think for a second that the food is short on flavour or taste. There are a large number of possibilities when it comes to building your own pizza, and if pizza isn’t what you’re looking for, you won’t be short on options either.

Address: Arvada, 7525 W 53rd Ave, Denver,
Telephone: +1 303 420 8376
Website: http://www.beaujos.com

Cherry Cricket

Cuisine: New American

A dive bar in the upmarket Cherry Creek district may not sound like the most promising eating experience in Denver, but the burgers in this place are divine. The bar offers over 70 types of beer, 30 types of vodka and a good selection of wines, while the food menu makes almost any burger topping possible, even peanut butter. It quickly becomes clear why this restaurant never struggles to attract a fun crowd and is a regular winner of ‘best bar food' awards.

Address: , 2641 East 2nd Avenue, Denver, 80206
Telephone: +1 303 322 7666.
Website: http://www.cherrycricket.com

Tocabe An American Eatery

Cuisine: New American

 A lunchtime favourite, Tocabe is an icon of fast-casual Denver food, adored by locals and visitors alike. It specializes in a contemporary approach to traditional Native American cuisine, offering such specialties as bison ribs and wojapi topped fry bread. You can order out or eat in for the full effect, where exposed white brick walls and colourful textured art make for an aesthetic experience.

Address: , 3536 West 44th Avenue, Denver, 80211
Telephone: +1 720 524 8282
Website: http://www.tocabe.com

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