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Delicious Denver Dinners


Denver is often overlooked as a U.S. tourism hub.  Perhaps it is it’s distance from other major cities, or perhaps people are just poorly informed of its attractiveness.  Part of what makes a destination a great place to visit, is that destination’s culinary attractions.  Denver’s culinary scene is in fact a great one, and to help illustrate that fact, the following is a  list of places to grab dinner outside of those greasy (yet convenient) fast-food chains.

Osteria Marco – Owned by famed chef Frank Bonanno, this fine Italian restaurant is located on Larimer Square, which is known by some as the culinary capital of Denver.  The menu features various pizzas, paninis, house cured meats, antipasti, and house crafted cheeses.  To go with your meal, Osteria Marco offers nearly 100 different wines for their guests to try.  Whether its the first date, the sixtieth date, or simply a dinner out with good friends, Osteria Marco will not disappoint.

1453 Larimer Sq
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 534-5855

Sushi Den – This fantastic sushi restaurant consistently wins awards including “Denver’s Best Sushi” and has also landed on Zagat’s “Top 400 Restaurants” list.  Sushi Den has also hosted numerous high ranking dignitaries such as former Prime Ministers of Japan, and even the emperor himself.  Their sushi is some of the freshest (if not THE freshest) that you can find this far inland from the oceans.  The menu includes soups, salads, and an assortment of appetizers, as well as unique entrees not found in other sushi restaurants.

1487 S Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 777-0826

Tamayo – Another culinary treasure located on Larimer Square, this upscale Mexican restaurant pays homage to the youth of chef Richard Sandoval.  Chef Sandoval took a risk in bringing his creation to Denver, but his move has paid off, with Tamayo consistently being ranked as one of Denver’s top restaurants.  Tamayo updates classic Mexican dishes with unique ingredients not found in your typical neighborhood taco joint.  To compliment the delicious, colorful cuisine, Tamayo offers some of the best margaritas and sangria in town.

1400 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 946-1433

Stueben’s – Named after a famous restaurant in Boston, Stueben’s strives to celebrate the All-American cuisine that stands as a symbol for our great country.  Stueben’s has grown a reputation among Denver locals and visitors alike as being one of the best food hang-outs with some of the best comfort food in the city.  With menu options like mac-n-cheese, fried chicken, burgers, and hot dogs, what you see is what you get, and what you get is good.

523 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 830-1001

McCormick’s Fish House – This Denver branch of the McCormick and Shmick’s seafood dynasty lives up to the reputations of it’s multitudes of sister restaurants.  This downtown Denver seafood restaurant also has everything a full bar has to offer.  The freshness of the food is what sets McCormick’s apart from some of the other competing Denver restaurants.  They offer over 30 different fresh seafood options daily, as well as steak, poultry, pasta, and more.  McCormick’s has its own listing in the National Register of Historic Places, and it has even won the prestigious Miami Art Deco Society’s Award.

1659 Wazee St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 825-1107

Denver Chophouse – Denver may not be known around the country for the best place to spot celebrities, but the Chophouse is perhaps your best bet to enjoy excellent dinner cuisine while rubbing elbows with famous athletes, actors, and other stars.  Focusing on classic American steak favorites, the Chophouse also houses an on-site brewery.  Also being a Denver favorite, this restaurant is the place to dine if you are craving a big juicy steak, complete with pleasant service and a great atmosphere.

1735 19th St Ste 100
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 296-0800

Vesta Dipping Grill – Named after the Roman Goddess of Hearth, Vesta combines the themes of warmth, security, and companionship symbolized by ancient communal fires being maintained in homes.  Vesta has been named the best ambiance in Denver, so if you like a little atmosphere with your experience, this is the place for you.  At Vesta you are served your choice of meats and seafood, as well as your choice of 3 dipping sauces.  Not only is the food great, but the experience is something you will not forget.

1822 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 296-1970


More info: The above list is only a brief mention of some of the best places to grab a nice dinner around the Denver area.  If you have suggestions on other restaurants you would like to see on this list, please leave a comment.