A Complete Guide to Denver’s Best Restaurants

A Complete Guide to Denver’s Best Restaurants

  • Sherry Beindorff
  • 04/29/22

If you’re an adventurous spirit who enjoys the great outdoors, Denver is an excellent place to check out. Whether you’re in the area for a vacation or searching for that perfect new home, Denver has plenty to offer from its vibrant downtown area, scenic hiking trails, and snowboard and ski slopes. From luxury homes in Greenwood Village and Cherry Hills Village to the vibrant gated communities in Lone Tree, you will find a place to call home in one of Denver’s breathtaking neighborhoods. To top it all off, no matter where you live in the Denver area, there is always a vast array of great restaurants.

North Italia

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North Italia is located in the gorgeous Cherry Creek neighborhood, about a 20-minute drive from downtown Denver and boasts lux shopping centers galore. Open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, North Italia is a favorite of those who love fresh pasta, authentic pizzas, and Italian classics like chicken pesto and strozzapreti. You’ll also find plenty of flavorful drinks, including an impressive selection of wines, beers, and craft cocktails like the “Milano Mule” and “Italian Clover.” North Italia also offers a great breakfast menu with choices like breakfast carbonara pasta and glazed Italian donut French toast.

More interested in happy hour? No worries! North Italia has one of the best. Served Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., their happy hour includes specials on beers, wines, sangria, and munchies like bruschetta and meatballs. If you’d instead make happy hour your dinner, you can get the “Bottle & Board” (choice of pizza, bruschetta, chef’s board, and a bottle of wine).

Eddie V’s

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Another picturesque neighborhood in the Denver area is Greenwood Village. A technological hub, many people find themselves searching for houses in Greenwood Village thanks to the neighborhood’s 40 beautiful miles of biking and hiking trails, cultural offerings at the amphitheater, and accessible public transport to and from downtown Denver.

In Greenwood Village, Eddie V’s is the ideal place to celebrate a special occasion or have a romantic date night. This high-end seafood restaurant is all about style, starting with their “Cocktails with an Attitude” menu that’s separated into categories like “Idealism” and “Decadence.”

Start the night right with a “Red Dragon” (Bacardi Dragon Berry rum, muddled strawberries, mint, and lime) from the “Idealism” section or a “24 Karat” (Belvedere vodka, Grand Marnier, peach liqueur, raspberries, Roederer rose, and gold sugar rim) from the “Decadence.” For your meal, choose from a starter of caviar or shellfish towers and an entree of Mediterranean branzino, South African lobster, bone-in New York strip with crab fried rice, or butter-poached lobster mashed potatoes.


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With three locations in the Denver area, Elway’s is convenient no matter which of the many affluent and beautiful Denver neighborhoods you call home, such as Cherry Hills Village. Located a mere nine and a half miles from Denver, Cherry Hills Village is a gated community offering impressively breath-taking mountain scenery and elegant homes with expansive green space and hiking trails. This lavish village encourages an active lifestyle and is popular with those who want to live among friendly neighbors in a laid-back, peaceful community but still be near all that Denver the metro has to offer.

Elway’s is a renowned steakhouse owned by Denver Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway and his business partner and close friend Tim Schmidt. No matter which Elway’s location you choose, you are in for an elegant dining experience. The goal at Elway’s is a simple one: to deliver the freshest and finest meals every day. Their continually changing selection of more than 800 by-the-bottle wines means you’ll never have to repeat your drink choice, no matter how often you frequent the restaurant. Elway’s also features some fantastic cocktails that will start your meal off on the right foot if you aren't in the mood for wine.

Speaking of your meal, prepare yourself for indulgences like Vancouver Island sterling salmon, boneless rib-eye steak with peppercorn sauce, and Colorado rack of lamb served with lobster tater tots, creamed corn, or Thai Brussels sprouts. If you saved room for dessert, two of the best are the “Classic Ding Dong” devil’s food cake and the tasty “Do-it-Yourself S’mores.”

Brasserie Brixton

A progressive restaurant that is influenced not only by the brasseries of Montreal and Paris but also by the cuisines of Asia, Brasserie Brixton is worth the trip to the heart of the city. Brasserie Brixton boasts an open kitchen focusing on flavorsome French cuisine and is available for dinner Wednesday through Sunday at 5 p.m. and for Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This unique restaurant features fantastic plates like mushroom toast, chicken and dumplings, blood sausage wontons, and mussels served with crème fraîche, fine herbs, and sourdough bread. You’ll also find plenty to love on the drink menu, including more than 50 wines by the glass and bottle, sake, canned and bottled beer, craft cocktails, and digestifs. Finish your meal off with a 10-year-old tawny port or ricotta donuts to make it truly memorable.


If you are looking for an incredibly unique eatery to celebrate something special, Spuntino should definitely be on your list. Located in the bustling Highland district of Denver, Spuntino is a surprisingly successful combination of modern Italian with Indian influences. Spuntino offers everything from Rocky Mountain elk tartare served with ginger-garlic, toasted masala aioli, and ajwain seed crisps to turmeric roasted cauliflower with kofta gnocchi, onion pakora, mint-cilantro, and coconut peanut chutney.

Pair this with a cocktail like the “Spuntino Snack” (bourbon, Cappelletti, and Fernet Branca) or a glass of wine from the curated list. Don’t fill yourself up with your entrée, though. Spuntino also shines with their dessert menu, including a selection of gelatos, cheesecake, zeppole (spiced ricotta with carrot donuts), and a massive list of digestifs and desserts wines.

Somebody People

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Described as a “vegetable-forward dining experience,” Somebody People is located near the green, inviting, outdoor-oriented neighborhood of Washington Park. Somebody People is a favorite of vegans who live in nearby Cherry Hills Village houses and those all around the metro. Named after the lyrics in David Bowie’s “Five Years,” the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant has an ever-changing menu that is always innovative and delicious. Treat yourself to their Sunday Supper; a five-course set menu served family-style for only $30 per person with discounted carafes of wine and exclusive cocktail features.

Depending on when you go, you may expect to try dishes such as manicotti with potato or red Kuri squash. You’ll likely be treated to something heavy on botanicals and fresh garden ingredients for the featured cocktail. All of this is served in a trendy atmosphere decorated in pink, turquoise, and bright yellow shades. This is a truly unique dining experience.

If you live in a Denver neighborhood, you have the best of both worlds: a quiet and low-key neighborhood with all the benefits of a major city, including world-class restaurants, just minutes away. If you’re ready to start searching for a gorgeous new home to call your own, reach out to trusted certified luxury home marketing specialist and Denver real estate expert Sherry Beindorff. She’ll be happy to help you find the lavish home of your dreams.

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