Denver’s beautiful scenery, abundance of outdoor activities and growing tourism offerings attract visitors from all over the world. But what’s on the menu when you arrive in Denver?
When you think of Denver, food probably isn’t the first thing you think of. However, new restaurants are constantly opening in downtown Denver, and these “Mile High” establishments won’t disappoint you. From steakhouses to Mediterranean markets, Mexican-inspired cocktails to international comfort food, the restaurants here are worth adding to your itinerary.
Featured in numerous international publications over the years, as a far from stuffy steakhouse, STK Denver is fun and delicious! Same. On the menu here: a huge Porterhouse steak for two, beef and tuna appetizer, herb loin of lamb, oysters on the half shell. There are seasonal small fish fillets, and small and medium steaks if you want to have one all to yourself. Cocktails offer slight variations on familiar flavor arrangements, such as the Dirty It Up (Dirty Grey Goose with blue cheese stuffed olives), the Strawberry Cobbler (Belvedere with freshly battered strawberry and raisin crust) and Cucumber Stiletto (Ketel One Citroen, Saint-Germain, paste) (cucumber and mint). You can stay until the evening in the chic lounge.
1550 Market St.
Guard & Grace
The award-winning steakhouse Guard & Grace is well-deserved. It opened in 2014 and has a beautiful open kitchen, oyster bar, and bar that gives it a light and airy feel that’s more than a traditional The steakhouse is a little less dark and formal. The dinner menu is locally sourced and changes with the seasons, but you can always expect an extensive steak selection. Not in the mood for a beef slab? Choose from beautifully cooked deli and cheese, raw bar favorites or other tempting entrees like the charred lamb loin and smoked boulder chicken breast. Sides include upgraded favorites. Think black truffle macaroni and cheese, truffle gnocchi and Mexican lime mashed potatoes.
1801 California St.
Ideally located on Larimer Street, this cosy Mediterranean restaurant Rioja boasts two James’ Beard nominations, one for the 2013 James Beard Foundation Best Chef in the Southwest award , another semifinalist for Outstanding Chef 2016. Can’t-miss items on the menu? Fresh bacon appetizer made with pork belly, cardamom and curried garbanzo bean puree; handmade pasta like black garlic squid ink bigoli; spice-infused lamb loin with farro cous cous, falafel, roasted garlic yogurt and strawberry mint sauce; and Whiskey-soaked pork chops with savory eclair, porcini pastry cream and broad beans.
1431 Larimer St.
Vesta calls its food “bold and sexy,” using fresh, seasonal ingredients and served with signature sauces. Housed in a historic warehouse and operated by Millar Spice Factory and Coffee Company, the restaurant is as much about the design as the food! , are all part of the dining experience. For a complete Vesta meal, start with a bread plate and cutting board. You can choose from very easy-to-share small plates, such as fresh chickpea falafel, bologna or bone marrow, or you can go big. Such as Grilled Artichoke and Cauliflower Zatar, Chicken Marsala or Colorado Lamb Chops. And don’t forget dessert! With options like toffee pudding and sweet potato beignets, you may be making plans to come back before you leave.
1822 Blake St.
Tamayo Restaurant brings Mexican cuisine into the 21st century with its unique seasonal menu. You can sample options such as Oaxaca salmon, pork quesadillas, artisanal tortillas, and Mexico City-style tacos. The cocktail menu is on par with the dinner options. What better place to enjoy your beverage of choice than on the restaurant’s rooftop terrace? Margaritas range in flavor from traditional to spicy mango, from ancho chili to prickly pear. You’ll also find mojitos, wines, sangria, and local and imported beers.
1400 Larimer St.