Best of Denver

The Ten Best Denver Hotels for Food and Drink

Super Mega Bien makes the Ramble Hotel a food-lover's destination.
Super Mega Bien makes the Ramble Hotel a food-lover's destination. Danielle Lirette

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Citizen Rail is one of two restaurants at the base of the Hotel Born.
Danielle Lirette

Kimpton Hotel Born

1600 Wewatta Street
303-323-0024
citizenrail.com
tavernettadenver.com

Just a block from the Indigo Hotel, the Born opened at about the same time, but with two restaurants — Citizen Rail and Tavernetta — at its base. Citizen Rail offers a sleek, art deco-style dining room with an emphasis on dry-aged beef (you can see big slabs of meat hanging in the display window). Tavernetta is the slightly more casual Denver sibling of Boulder's Frasca Food & Wine. Regional Italian specialties and a stellar wine cellar are the main attractions.

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The interior design is one of the draws of the Maven, including the bar at Poka Lola Social Club.
Danielle Lirette

The Maven Hotel

1850 Wazee Street
720-460-2727
kachinadenver.com
pokaloladenver.com
denvermilkmarket.com

The Maven is filled with art and fanciful decor — like an Airstream trailer in the lobby — nearly to the point of sensory overload, and the food and booze options hit with equal dazzle. Start at Kachina Cantina for fry-bread tacos and margaritas before ending the evening at Poka Lola Social Club, which combines soda-jerk amusement with serious cocktail chops. Stroll through Denver Milk Market for more than a dozen food counters peddling everything from bao buns to gelato, with market offerings if you're looking for gifts or food to cook at home.
Urban Farmer adds modern touches to the historic Oxford Hotel setting.
Mark Antonation

The Oxford Hotel

1600 17th Street
303-628-5400
urbanfarmerdenver.com
theoxfordhotel.com

The Oxford Hotel has seen hard times during Denver's lean years, but it has returned to its former glory in recent years, especially with the addition of Urban Farmer, which takes the modern trend of housemade everything to new levels: Beehives on the roof provide honey, and the kitchen makes its own oversized English muffins for a decadent burger. The Cruise Room has long been a draw, with its Great Gatsby style and classic cocktail bar, but new management and a recent overhaul have made it better than ever.

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Go ahead and act like a tourist at the Ramble Hotel; it's all photo-worthy, even the food and cocktails.
Danielle Lirette

The Ramble Hotel

1280 25th Street
720-996-6300
supermegabien.com
deathandcompany.com

Despite gentrification, Larimer Street in RiNo still feels a little gritty, at least until you step inside the Ramble, with its flowing lobby that acts as check-in for guests as well as bar and restaurant by New York City's acclaimed Death & Co. With that in mind, a cocktail is nearly a necessity, but don't forget about Super Mega Bien, chef Dana Rodriguez's Latin American slant on dim-sum cart service, with bold flavors to match the lively dining room.

Safta is one of several restaurant options at the Source.
Mike Thurk

The Source Hotel + Market Hall

3330 Brighton Boulevard
800-570-6216
eatwithsafta.com
denversmok.com
thesourcehotel.com

Brighton Boulevard still feels like the hinterland of Denver growth, so the ten-story Source Hotel sticks out amid its industrial surroundings. But inside, there's good food happening, whether from New Orleans chef Alon Shaya and his ode to his Israeli roots at Safta, or the savory, down-home goodness of Smok BBQ next door. For a real surprise, take the elevator to the top floor for barrel-aged beers and good grub at The Woods, which offers great views of the city and an excellent taste of Colorado's craft-brewing scene.
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Mark Antonation is the former Westword Food & Drink Editor. In 2018, he was named Outstanding Media Professional by the Colorado Restaurant Association; he's now with the Colorado Restaurant Foundation.
Contact: Mark Antonation