Lists

Ten Things Visitors Should Know About the Denver Restaurant Scene

Out-of-towners may have specific ideas about what they'll encounter when trying to get a meal in Denver: there's nothing but steak houses, they'll have to resort to a chain restaurant, or dinner will likely consist of a Denver omelet. While our city certainly has its fair share of good beef, variety and quality have always been here when it comes to other options (those who were around to remember the oil-boom days of the late '70s and early '80s can attest to that), but in the past few years, the proliferation of new restaurants has outstripped Denver's undeserving reputation as nothing but a Midwestern cow town. We love our old favorites and our unique traditions here, but there's also plenty of the new Denver to give locals, tourists and business travelers alike a great taste of the city.

See Also: Denver's Ten Best Old-School Italian Restaurants

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
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