This restaurant is one of the more popular places to go for sushi in Denver. Its menu also offers tempura, teriyaki, and a variety of traditional Japanese soups like Udon, but the sushi is the best bet. The atmosphere is often lively with patrons crowding just inside the door, friendly hostesses, waiters and waitresses buzzing around, and plenty of noise coming from the dining room. The Sushi Den is known for bringing out the local trendsetters and is the place to be seen. Lunchtime, however, is more relaxed and quiet.
A long time LoDo breakfast haven, The Delectable Egg offers a dizzying array of egg creations. Ranging from pan-fried, scrambled, poached, and baked variations this morning hot spot can meet anyone's egg desires. Try the scrambled egg pita, the baked egg frittata, or just smother any old egg with chili. You can also order pancakes, French toast and your very own omelette variations. If you get up late, sandwiches and salads are available for lunch.
Developed for those who love being fed and inspired by family recipes, this restaurant has been a favorite here in Denver. It's historic home setting makes dining indoors very appealing and the food remains excellent. A traditional serving of chips and homemade salsa start off each meal. The main course includes Mexican standards of enchiladas, tacos and rellenos. They even share some of the secrets with recipes for green chili guacamole are written inside the menu. Hearty food, steady beverage flow and happy servers made this a great choice when dining out with family or friends.
Despite the tuxedo-clad wait staff this place is upscale without seeming overly pretentious. Inviting leather couches surround a cozy fireplace, making its cigar lounge a special place for enjoying a fine single malt scotch. All of their steaks come in generous portions and are large enough to share. Seafood options like salmon, tuna and lobster are worth trying. But most impressive of all is the wine list, which is extensive enough to come with CliffsNotes! Whether you're wanting to have an intimate romantic dinner or a fancy business meal, the restaurant even offers private dining and boardroom meeting facilities.
Denver's preferred spots for local sports fans, Sports Column, offers five big screen televisions along with flowing booze and great grub. The typical bar food menu offers big portions at small prices, making it perfect for groups. Bronco fans fill up the room on Sundays in autumn, so beware of showing other team allegiances. The rooftop patio bar provides refuge from the sports scene and a dance floor draws an older crowd on Friday and Saturday nights. Rip roaring fun for all!
What makes OAK at Fourteenth stand apart from other restaurants? It's the fact that restaurant uses an oak-fired oven and grill, giving the food that distinct, smoky taste. Ingredients used here are fresh and locally grown, and also organic. The pasta's are prepared in-house and the Kale salad is magnificent. Try the Fried Green Tomatoes with Tuna tartar and the Yuzu Guacamole is out of this world.
Having won accolades around town, Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs is one of the best fast food restaurants in the city. Known for their 'gourmet hot dogs', the menu at Jim's is full of tantalizing treats. You can make your own hot dog and personalize it in your own way, but look out for German Veal, Duck Cilantro, Rattlesnake & Pheasant! You can top your preparations with special sauces too or accompany it with a tasty side-dish like fries and salad. Patrons can quench their thirst with craft beers, cocktails or shakes and cappuccinos. If you're in a hurry, they even offer take out. The restaurant is open till 3a on Fridays and Saturdays, so night revelers can put their late night hunger pangs to rest.
If there's any place that takes pizza making seriously, then it is Marco's Coal-Fired Pizza. Delivering the best quality of pizzas, this pizzeria is hard to match-up to. One of the things that Marco's is also famous for, is their gluten-free pizza base! Ambiance, staff and food have everyone raving about this place. Â
Lodo's Bar and Grill is a downtown Denver staple and is actually part of the reason the term LoDo (Lower Downtown) caught on. The slang was already in use when Lodo's decided to use it in its name, and now it's difficult to find a local who doesn't know what area LoDo refers to. Voted Denver's Best Sports Bar by 7News, Lodo's offers exactly what you'd expect from a sports bar, including being a mere block from Coors Field. When the games aren't on, however, Lodo's enjoys plenty of young, hip patrons who come for the dancing, socialization, and excellent draft beers.
The owner of Mercury Café calls it a community center. The cafe exudes a vague hippie aura and serves as a restaurant, bakery, coffeehouse, dance club and concert hall. It is hard to pinpoint the exact style of this eclectic nightspot, serving up everything from Celtic and Cajun to theater and poetry. Swing and salsa bands are regulars on the second floor, which accommodates 350. The main dining room might feature a concert pianist one evening and a string quartet the next. The dinner menu offers salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes and more.
Located in the Ritz-Carlton, Elway's is a great restaurant for those craving a hearty meal. The restaurant was named after John Elway, an NFL Hall of Fame inductee and quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Known for their juicy high-quality USDA hand cut steaks, they have a mouth-watering range of steaks, from Filet, Prime Rib and Rib-eye to New York Strip, Sirloin and Porterhouse. Other specialties include seafood and fresh fish delicacies like scallops, Ahi Tuna, salmon, lobster and many other delicious side dishes. If all these choices aren't enough, the innovative restaurant even has a sushi bar with various chef's sushi specialties and sake too. To wash down the divine meal, the restaurant has an award-winning assortment of wines with over 350 choices. There is valet parking and their dining room is available available for private parties and personal events too. Call ahead for more.