It may sound a bit crazy, but it’s not unusual for people to check out a city’s restaurant scene before they actually get there. If you’ve found this blog post, maybe this doesn’t sound all that nuts. There’s a good chance you’re doing the very same thing as we speak.
As such, we won’t keep you waiting. Below are just a few of our favorite local eateries.
Our upscale pick
Frasca food and Wine, located at 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, is a local fan-favorite. Not only has it been given high marks by locals, it’s ranked among the best restaurants in the US. If you’re looking for fine Northern Italian Friulian cuisine and an award-winning wine list, look no further. This is definitely the place for you.
Best sharable portion
If you haven’t found the Blackbelly Market, you’ll want to add it to your list. Located at 1606 Conestoga Street in Boulder, the comforting, creative food does not disappoint. The restaurant was originally opened by Top Chef contestant and winner Hosea Rosenberg; the best part, diners say, is that all of the meat is sourced from the butcher shop that’s located one door over. The selection is incredible and the freshness can’t be beat.
Best wood-fired cooking station
If you’re looking for a restaurant with an open kitchen and wood-fired fare, Acorn is the place for you. Located at 3350 Brighton Boulevard, the American-style restaurant has creative dishes that are paired with classic techniques. From lunch to dinner, and appetizers to cocktails, you’re bound to find something that interests you.
Best handmade pasta
Pasta from a box is one thing. Fresh, handmade pasta is another. If your palate is looking for a truly life-changing experience, Dio Mio is the place you want to be. This no-frills restaurant is located at 3264 Larimer Street, and trust us when we say the food speaks for itself. If Italian food is your thing, you’ll want to make a point to stop in before you leave town.
The best OG eatery
The Populist, located at 3163 Larimer Street, is one of the first restaurants that opened in RiNo. Dinner options may change seasonally, but the chefs’ creativity will never disappoint. Travelers are encouraged to sample the seven-course tasting menu, which is available for an unbelievable $50.
We could spend days talking about the restaurant scene in Denver. New restaurants are opening constantly, and each one is just as amazing as the next. Regardless as to whether you’re looking for a quiet, cozy space to have a romantic meal, or you’re looking for a loud, boisterous room to host a family event, we’re confident the city has exactly what you’re looking for.
Since you’re here, we encourage you to take a look around our website. Be sure to check out our Things to Do section along with the Craft Brews section. If you do head to Denver, we’d encourage you to reach out to tell us what you loved most about your trip.