The Ten Best Hidden Restaurant Patios in Denver

Solitaire's back patio is surrounded by lush landscaping.EXPAND
Solitaire's back patio is surrounded by lush landscaping.
Danielle Lirette

Denver's a sunny city, according to weather statistics, but sometimes you want to have it (dinner, that is) made in the shade. Eats and drinks on a secluded, quiet patio can be nourishing for both the belly and the soul. Here's our list of the ten best hidden patios in the metro area, in alphabetical order:

Brazen's patio looks out onto a parkway and the original Elitch Gardens Theatre.EXPAND
Brazen's patio looks out onto a parkway and the original Elitch Gardens Theatre.
Mark Antonation

10. Brazen
4450 West 38th Avenue
720-638-1242

Brazen's patio isn't exactly hidden; after all, it's in the front of the West Highland restaurant. But Brazen faces away from busy West 38th Avenue, so the patio is set far from traffic and overlooks a piney greenbelt and the historic Elitch Gardens Theatre. Leash your dog to a nearby tree and settle in by the fire pit for drinks and small plates from Brazen's talented kitchen.

Longmont is lucky to have Cheese Importers.EXPAND
Longmont is lucky to have Cheese Importers.
Mark Antonation

9. Cheese Importers/ Bistrot des Artistes
103 Main Street, Longmont
303-772-9599

The White family moved its venerable cheese company, founded in 1976, to an abandoned power station on Longmont's Main Street in 2012; the new space had plenty of room for a refrigerated cheese shop, a kitchen-supply store and a très jolie French bistro that spills out the back door onto an elevated patio. Colorful umbrellas, painted iron tables and chairs, and a plethora of potted plants lend the spacious seating area a country-cottage feel, even in its industrial setting. Relax with a glass of beer or wine and a plate of imported cheeses, and you'll feel like you're in Provence, not Longmont. 

You'll forget you're on Federal Boulevard at Chile Verde's secluded patio.EXPAND
You'll forget you're on Federal Boulevard at Chile Verde's secluded patio.
Mark Antonation

8. Chili Verde
2311 Federal Boulevard
720-287-2296

Federal Boulevard is more about authentic eats than sophisticated ambience, but Chili Verde manages to capture a little of both: delicious Mexican food in the style of Puebla, and an upscale atmosphere that's far from hole-in-the-wall. And Chile Verde's walled-in patio takes guests even farther from Federal, with overhanging vines, potted plants and enough shade to beat the heat on sunny summer days.

Dine surrounded by Japanese gardens at Domo.EXPAND
Dine surrounded by Japanese gardens at Domo.
Westword file photo.

7. Domo
1365 Osage Street
303-595-3666

This traditional Japanese restaurant has an equally traditional botanic garden set with dark-wood tables among carefully manicured trees and shrubs. It's no secret: Most food-loving Denverites will say the name Domo when asked about great food in a great outdoor space. But every visit feels like a journey to a hidden land, even with Colfax Avenue and I-25 just beyond the ivy-covered fences.

The Hornet's patio offers a respite from busy Broadway.EXPAND
The Hornet's patio offers a respite from busy Broadway.
Mark Antonation

6. The Hornet
76 Broadway
303-777-7676

The Hornet is almost always packed inside, but not many people know about the fenced-in patio in the back. The little square is bigger than it feels, with six or seven tables and a cozy bench. Strings of lights add a warm glow after dark, making for an intimate escape from bustling Broadway out front.

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