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Denver's Most Iconic Restaurants

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by The OpenTable team
Updated 15 December 2023

Seasons change, trends come and go, but these restaurants have withstood the test of time—and have become integral parts of the Denver dining scene. Here are Denver’s OpenTable Classics: the places that continue to excel after 10+ years. There’s a reason they’re still around: they keep giving us a reason to come back.

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4.7
4.7 (9759)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Downtown / LoDo

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About the restaurant
Chef Jennifer Jasinski and her team are cooking up a solid menu of consistently delicious dishes worthy of a James Beard award (that’s why they won one). Despite what the name might suggest, this isn’t Spanish food, it’s American with some Mediterranean hints. Though the menu changes often, there are some staples you can count on. Try all of their yummy breads and cheeses, and if there’s a dish with octopus, order it, they really know their way around that mollusk. There’s also a tasting menu, if you want some more variety.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Superb food and service, highlighted our evening at Rioja.
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4.5
4.5 (4472)
$30 and under
Italian
Downtown / LoDo

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About the restaurant
This adorable Italian eatery—where red brick walls line the cozy dining room—could almost be mistaken for a chic little boutique from the street. Sounds surprising, but it’s pretty much all good here. The prices are reasonable, and the pizzas are outrageous. If your neighbor orders the salumi and housemade cheeses, you’ll be saying “I’ll have what she’s having.” Pair it all with their great wine, and order from the menu confidently, you can’t go wrong.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Our waitress Tara was exceptional! We dined in Friday night- she paid us great attention and was very fun. The food was incredible as always.
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4.7
4.7 (6979)
$30 and under
French
Park Hill

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About the restaurant
The ambiance at this French bistro, from James Beard Award-winning chef Jennifer Jasinski, is overflowing with charm. There’s a very romantic patio and one particular indoor seating area that looks like it could be a small Parisian courtyard or alleyway, with twinkle lights strung overhead. They serve all the great staples you’d expect and even have a small section of their menu dedicated solely to steak frites, so definitely get some.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The food was delicious. We went there during Denver restaurant week. Everything we ordered was made fresh and was well prepared. We definitely will go back.
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4.7
4.7 (3430)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Highlands

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About the restaurant
Duo has been a Denver staple—for over a decade now—serving up food that people love to love. From the early days, brunch has been the star here and it still deserves to be. When you can enjoy their basket of pastries, biscuits and gravy, and beloved cider-glazed pork benedict all in one visit, there’s really no other meal as important to come for. Order a duo of each.
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Kelly
Dined 6 days ago
The food was incredible. Honestly I think everyone at the table had a 'this is the best XXX I've ever had' moment at one point of the evening. Only caveat we were a little disappointed about was we had announced it was my husband's 40th birthday, and no gesture was done to celebrate that. Even a little boule of ice cream would have done the trick.
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4.8
4.8 (3961)
$30 and under
Italian
Cherry Creek

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About the restaurant
You can truly feel the love they cook into their food at this rustic and authentic Italian spot in Cherry Creek, with a staff that’s exceptionally warm and gregarious. Their housemade pasta is absolutely delectable, and is even more wonderful when paired with their (house specialty) bolognese. Their squid ink mafaldine is great, and the calamari, zucca chips, and prosciutto pizza are also hugely popular. People deeply love this place, and you will too.
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CynthiaMvip
Dined on 26 Feb 2024
The Food at North Italia is consistently good, with a lovely ambiance and great service. Tuscan Kale salad, meatballs and polenta, chicken parmigiana are a few of our favorites.
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4.6
4.6 (4110)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Mexican
Downtown / LoDo

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About the restaurant
Just above charming Larimer Square—on the second floor of a corner building—you’ll find a lively Mexican restaurant with a fantastic and expansive terrace, showcasing great views of the surrounding mountains. The modern Latin menu, created by celebrated Chef Richard Sandoval (Top Chef Masters), has all the traditional nibbles you’d hope for, but he’s added his own creative touches. Their guacamole (which people fawn over), for example, is offered in three different preparations: traditional, tuna tartare, and bacon. Another great share plate is their queso fundido, which you can add chorizo or mushrooms to. Their super tender (chili & coffee rubbed) carne asada, pork carnitas with avocado purée, and mahi mahi tacos are all superbly delicious. Add on their huge selection of tequilas and agave cocktails, and it’s easy to understand why people love coming here for meals and many margaritas.
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FrankD
Dined 3 days ago
Tamayo is always great but the special additions for Restaurant week were outstanding
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4.7
4.7 (5442)
$31 to $50
Italian
Downtown / LoDo

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About the restaurant
Inside the Hotel Monaco, you’ll find this Northern Italian gem of a restaurant that’s hard not to fall in love with. Even though Panzano has been around for a while and Italian food is steeped in tradition, they’ve grown with the times and offer separate gluten-free versions of all of their menus (breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner). But back to Italian tradition, they make wonderful fresh-baked breads, handmade pastas, and they’re true gnocchi mavens, which is a feat in itself. Over the years, they’ve served their soft potato pillows (the way you always pray they’ll come out) with everything from duck and rabbit to pumpkin and grouper (and even a prosecco hollandaise at brunch). So get some gnocchi goodness and maybe a side of their truffle risotto and Brussels sprouts with pancetta and honey.
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Victor
Dined 6 days ago
Creative menu, excellent wone options, by glass and by bottle--even half-bottles. Great server-waiter.
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