Top 10 Restaurants in Denver

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In 2002, chef and television host Anthony Bourdain visited Denver, and called it a place where he couldn't find anything to eat except zucchini sticks and chicken wings. He vowed never to return. However, in February 2010, Bourdain spoke at a Denver food convention and retracted his famous statement, telling Denver-ites, "You have awesome, awesome food." As the gourmet restaurant scene in the Mile High City has evolved, so have perceptions about Denver's food.

Olivéa

  • Olivéa serves an Eastern Mediterranean menu. Their specialties include lamb sausage, duck liver mousse and a dessert list that features hazelnut dacquoise. In 2010, the Denver Post listed Olivea in its Top 10 Denver Restaurants List, and the restaurant was also voted "Best Use of Offal" in Denver-based Westworld Magazine's 2010 "Best of Denver Awards."

    Hours:

    Dinner
    5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. daily

    Brunch
    10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

    Olivéa
    719 E. 17th Ave.
    Denver, CO 80203
    303-861-5050
    olivearestaurant.com

Rioja

  • Rioja is a 10 year-old restaurant voted "Best Expense Account Dinner" by Westworld Magazine. The Spanish-influenced menu is based on locally grown and seasonal food products and includes dinner items such as slow-braised short ribs, lamb T-bone and nori-wrapped scallops.

    Hours:

    Lunch
    11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday

    Dinner
    5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday
    5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday

    Brunch
    10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

    Rioja
    1433 Larimer St.
    Denver, CO 80202-1733
    303-820-2282
    riojadenver.com

Super Star Asian

  • Superstar Asian serves authentic Chinese dim sum, which is an Asian tradition of dining from a wide variety of small plates. Superstar's acclaimed selections include spare ribs, pork buns and spicy chicken feet. This restaurant was voted "Best Dim Sum Restaurant" in 2010 by Westworld Magazine.

    Hours:

    10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

    Superstar Asian
    2200 W. Alameda Ave.
    Denver, CO 80223-1947
    303-727-9889

Fruition

  • Fruition has been serving gourmet American comfort food since 2007. Menu items include chicken soup with vegetables with a delicate trofie pasta, which the Denver Post calls one of the best dishes of the decade.

    Hours:

    Dinner
    5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday
    5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday

    Fruition
    1313 E. 6th Ave.
    Denver, CO 80218
    303-831-1962
    fruitionrestaurant.com

Root Down

  • Root Down is an environmentally conscious restaurant housed in a former gas station. The menu meets the needs of all eating styles from carnivores to vegans, and includes items such as sweet potato falafel, hoisin duck confit and pan-roasted rack of lamb.

    Hours:

    Dinner
    5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday
    5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday
    5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday

    Root Down
    1600 W. 33rd Ave.
    Denver, CO 80211
    303-993-4200
    rootdowndenver.com

Table 6

  • Table 6 is a six-year old restaurant with a short but well-received menu of affordable selections ranging from chicken liver and hazelnut mousse to butternut squash dumplings. Sunday brunch offers cheeses, pastries, baked granola and waffles.

    Hours:

    Dinner
    5:00 p.m. daily

    Table 6
    609 Corona St.
    Denver, CO 80218
    303-831-8800
    table6denver.com

Ellyngton's

  • Located in Denver's historic Brown Palace Hotel, Ellyngton's received the honor of "Best Blowout Brunch" in 2010 by Westworld Magazine. Ellyngton's serves traditional gourmet breakfast and lunch selections and a Dom Perignon Sunday brunch with salads, seafoods and made-to-order meats, poultry and fish dishes.

    Hours:

    Breakfast
    7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday,
    7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Sunday

    Lunch
    11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

    Champagne Brunch
    10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday

    Ellyngton's
    321 17th St.
    Denver, CO 80202
    303-297-3111
    brownpalace.com/dining/ellyngtons.cfm

Masalaa

  • This southern Indian restaurant was voted "Best Vegetarian Restaurant" by Westworld Magazine in 2010. Masalaa serves up acclaimed Indian food selections such as idli, dosas and various spicy curry dishes. A gluten-free menu is available.

    Hours:

    Lunch
    11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
    12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

    Dinner
    5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday
    5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday
    5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday
    5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday

    A buffet lunch is served every day, and dinner buffet is served on Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

    Masalaa
    3140 S. Parker Rd.
    Aurora, CO 80014
    303-755-6272
    masalaausa.com

Oceanaire Seafood Room

  • The Oceanaire Seafood Room serves sustainably harvested fish items including Scottish king salmon, as well as gourmet meat dishes like filet mignon. Oceanaire was voted "Best Seafood Restaurant" in 2010 by Westworld Magazine.

    Hours:

    Dinner
    5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday
    5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday through Saturday
    5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday

    Oceanaire Seafood Room
    1400 Arapahoe St.
    Denver, CO 80202
    303-991-2277
    theoceanaire.com/locations/denver

Argyll

  • Voted "Best New Restaurant" in 2010 by Westworld Magazine, Argyll is an English-style restaurant serving sophisticated comfort food, including corned beef hash, steamed mussels and an extensive selection of European ales.

    Hours:

    11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday
    12:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Friday
    10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Saturday
    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Sunday

    Argyll
    2700 E. 3rd Ave.
    Denver, CO 80206
    720-382-1117
    argyllpub.com

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