Denver may be most well-known for its elevation (aka “The Mile High City”), having over three hundred days of sunshine each year (perfect rooftop weather), or being a big dog in the American beer scene. But visitors may be surprised to find a bustling Denver restaurants scene as well! Whether it’s breakfast, brunch (a particular favorite in the city), lunch, or dinner, you’re sure to find no shortage of amazing options for places to eat in Denver. Which can make it tough to narrow down where to nosh. So a good place to start in any city is the iconic restaurants – the ones that put a city on the map food-wise, or are instantly recognizable within those city limits. And for Denver, that starts here.

Sam’s No. 3

MUST TRY: Green chili and absolutely massive (and creative) breakfast burritos!

Cherry Cricket

MUST TRY: Sandwiches, or create your own from their massive list of potential ingredients with some fries on the side!


MUST TRY: Burrata, hand-tossed pizzas, chicken parmigiana, and the best lasagna!


MUST TRY: Hand-cut USDA prime steaks, amazing Colorado lamb, fresh seafood (for a land-locked state), and an amazing wine selection!

The Fort

MUST TRY: Buffalo, elk, and quail!