What is it? White tablecloths, twinkling lights, thoughtful wine pairings and French sophistication in Governor’s Park, all at the hands of Frank Bonanno—arguably the top chef-restaurateur in the city.
Why go? For a special occasion that warrants Burgundian escargot, Tarte Flambée, beef Wellington and pheasant breast. The menu changes monthly at the chefs’ discretion, but thankfully, the butter-poached lobster mac-n-cheese—an indulgent bite of beurre-blanc heaven and “Food Network Challenge” winner—is a staple.
Denver locals have the work-hard-play-hard lifestyle nailed – and it's that philosophy which shines through in the explosion of restaurants, things to do, cafes and food hall collectives. Plus, the ongoing revitalization of downtown’s perimeter neighborhoods like Lower Highland (LoHi) and River North (RiNo) continues to attract ambitious new culinary projects, which in turn pushes longtime pioneers to strengthen their commitments to patrons.
The result is a city chock-full of restaurants that work tirelessly to perfect the seasonal and farm-to-table ethos that Colorado is known for. It makes for a culinary scene that’s delightfully playful, for both visionary chefs and exploratory diners. From nationally recognized fine-dining staples to sexy rooftop it-crowd destinations to mega-trendy shipping containers-turned-marketplace-foodie stalls and hip brunch spots, eating out here has never been more delicious. Here's our pick of the best restaurants in Denver.