Denver, the mile high city, is a lively city to experience both nature and an urban vibe. Nature lovers can bike, hike and pretty much go. After exploring, you can always refuel and recharge at one of the below restaurants. There’s some really great options, and some that are pretty interesting. I hope this gives you some ideas!
Brider's is a family friendly option that features a menu of roasted options, such as roasted porchetta and lamb. They also have options like steak and steelhead salmon. The kids menu features items like meatballs wih polenta and Chicken with veggies (and roasted potatoes.) There's also several options for sandwiches, like a wagyu beef french dip. They're open for breakfast as well.
Next Door American Eatery
Next Door is a chain with several locations in the Denver area (and they're even expanding to Ohio!). They serve healthy American fare in a laid back atmosphere which is perfect for families. The menu has soups, salads and burgers. Most burger options are gluten free, as are several kids meals. So great for families, but even better for those with gluten allergies.
Tacos and pizza under one roof? Heck yeah! Talk about options, Mas Kaos brings together Mexican and Italian fare in a family-friendly setting. The restaurant has a dozen options for both street tacos and wood-fired pizza, as well as a few baked pastas. They also have a kids menu that includes dishes like spaghetti and meatballs or cheese quesadilla.
A laid back option that focuses on, you guessed it, Midwestern fare. Pulling in dishes from the region, the Midwestern Saloon offers meals like: Minnesota Walleye, Chicago Dog, Wisconsin Brat and MidWestern Chicken.
Go for the View:
Peaks Lounge is located on the 27 floor of the Hyatt Regency and provides stunning views of the area. The lounge has a menu for food, but it's minimal. It includes options like sliders, a flatbread and lamb meatballs.
The Viewhouse has 3 locations in Denver, with the original located next to Coors Field. All locations have rooftop dining available and focus on local organic foods. The menu includes fish and chips, a bacon wrapped beef tenderloin as well as chicken and waffles.
If you're looking for views, I give you Linger. The restaurant has an outdoor patio and provides some of the best views of the city. The lounge serves small plates from around the world. Try out: Potato Masala Dosa (India), Farro & Baby Gem Caesar Salad (Europe), Seared Yellowfin Tostadas (America and Caribbean), Persian Sliders (Middle East) and Chicken Satay Lettuce Wraps (Asia). The kids menu is just spectacular! So this is a great place for all.
Avanti Food & Beverage
Avanti is a great place to grab a bite, because it has so many options. It's very similar to the North Market here in Columbus, as it has a large amount of restaurants housed in a multi-level space. The kicker is that it has a rooftop bar. The food options range from tacos and arepas to burgers and fish.
Corrida, located in Boulder (about 30 miles from Denver's center), is an open and airy environment for a special night out. The restaurant serves high end cuts of steak from local ranches, as well as fresh seafood. If you're not in the mood for the surf and turf, the restaurant also has a collection of tapas. If the weather is nice, you can enjoy the patio for prime views of the nearby mountains.
The intimate setting at Barolo makes this a prime date night option. The restaurant serves Italian food and has an extensive wine list. You're able to chose from an a la carte menu as well as a tasting menu.
Palace Arms at Brown Palace
Located in the Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Palace Arms is a fine dining staple in Denver. The tasting menu changes seasonally and costs $80 for 6 courses or $100 for 8 courses. Options (as of this writing) include Roasted Pork Belly and Quinault Indian Salmon.
One of the best restaurants in the Country, Mizuna is a special place. In a cozy environment, you'll be treated to a menu featuring items like Beef Wellington, Socca and Guinea Fowl. You can start your meal with several amazing appetizers as well (including Seared Foie Gras, Burgundian Escargot, Smoked Spanish Octopus.)
Lola Coastal Mexican
Lola's is an upscale Mexican eatery that focuses on coastal Mexican cuisine. The price for an entrée ranges from $17 to $36, and includes options such as: Garlic Shrimp Tacos and a Whole Grilled fish (snapper - zarrandeado style.)
The Palm Restaurant
The Palm restaurant is a great steakhouse option. They have several choices of cuts (such as Bone-In Colorado Veal Rib Chop and the Prime Double-Cut New York Strip), but as a kicker they have a section for Italian dishes (including Linguine and Clam Sauce and Chicken Parmigiana). What I love about this place is the kids menu, it's one of the more impressive menus. When my oldest goes out, seeing a steak on the kids meal is a big deal for her.
A little different, a little fun:
This place is so cool!! It's a Mexican restaurant in which they built a small city. In the dining room, there's a small village, a 30 foot waterfall, rope bridges and mountains. The best part, several times during the day a diver jumps from the waterfall into the 14 foot deep pool below. Oh, but that's not all! There's a ton of shows during the day. Shows involving gunfights, gorillas and even pirates. This place is a must see if you're looking for a family event. There's also an arcade. The food features enchiladas, fajitas and tacos. It has a kids menu that includes items like burgers and fries.
Forest Room 5
Have you ever wanted to have a at a camp site surrounded by nature? Well, just go downtown Denver… At Forest Room 5, you're served tapas in a woodsy setting. Outside the restaurant has tree stump chairs, fire pits roaring and a small stream.
The Fort Restaurant is a replica of Bent’s Fort, a fur trade fort built in Colorado during 1833. It's 20 miles from Denver's city center, but it feels pretty remote. The menu features several steak options like the buffalo tenderloin, filet mignon and the Smoke House Buffalo BBQ Ribs. The menu is steak forward, but they do have seafood and vegetarian options as well.
Beatrice and Woodsley
Beatrice and Woodsley, serving rustic American fare, brings the wilderness indoors. The nationally recognized restaurant is a perfect spot for a special occasion.