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What to Eat in the Mile High City During RTT Denver 

What to Eat in the Mile High City During RTT Denver 

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Clarissa Buch Zilberman

As Restaurant365 takes Denver for our next stop on the Restaurant Transformation Tour 2024, explore not only the innovations that are driving the future of the industry but also the incredible dining options the city has to offer. 

Whether you’re a Denver local or here for RTT Denver, check out this curated list of must-try restaurants. While it’s impossible to cover all the standout eateries, the ones we’ve selected excel in unique flavors, innovative cooking, and local dining experiences.  

Ready to explore some of the best flavors of Denver? Let’s get started!       

9 delicious restaurants to try in Denver

Denver Central Market

Denver Central Market, located in the vibrant River North Art District neighborhood of Denver, is a culinary hub that showcases the best of local food. This bustling marketplace houses a variety of vendors, offering everything from gourmet cheeses and freshly baked bread to expertly crafted coffee and fine chocolates. Key highlights include Vero for authentic pizza and pasta, High Point Creamery for inventive ice cream flavors, and Culture Meat and Cheese for an array of charcuterie and cheeses. 


Looking for a quick bite? Bodega in Denver isn’t just a sandwich shop; it’s a place where every detail — from the crisp greens and locally sourced meats to the fresh-baked bread and handmade condiments — is carefully curated to create flavors that pop. Beyond sandwiches, this neighborhood joint serves as a community gathering space, welcoming guests with espresso drinks made with local beans, vibrant salads, and a range of cocktails and mocktails.  


Safta brings a taste of the Middle East to the heart of Denver’s River North Art District, showcasing the rich culinary traditions of Israel. Helmed by celebrated chef Alon Shaya, this spot is renowned for its vibrant flavors and fresh ingredients. The menu features dishes like creamy hummus topped with lamb ragu or roasted mushrooms, freshly baked pita made in-house, and an assortment of mezze.  

The Ginger Pig

The Ginger Pig offers a vibrant take on Asian street food, bringing bold flavors and innovative dishes to Denver. Standout dishes like the Chinese BBQ pork and the Korean fried chicken have quickly become local favorites, while the atmosphere is casual and lively, designed to mimic the energetic feel of a street food market. This spot — which has been recognized by the Michelin guide as a Bib Gourmand restaurant — is ideal for a fun dining experience with friends or a quick, flavorful meal.  


Tavernetta brings the warmth and charm of Italian dining to the Union Station neighborhood, offering a menu that celebrates the diverse regions of Italy. The Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant, known for its attentive service and inviting atmosphere, features a selection of handmade pasta, regional Italian wines, and dishes that echo the authentic flavors of Italy — from freshly prepared tagliatelle to perfectly grilled branzino. Whether you’re enjoying a casual meal at the bar or a more intimate dinner in the main dining room, each meal makes diners feel like they’re guests in a well-appointed Italian home.  


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Tocabe specializes in Native American cuisine, combining traditional Osage recipes with contemporary American Indian flavor. The menu features dishes like 24-hour cured bison ribs and Indian tacos on “fry bread,” made with ingredients that highlight Native American culinary traditions.  

AJ’s Pit Bar-B-Q

Recognized by the Michelin guide as a Bib Gourmand restaurant, AJ’s Pit Bar-B-Q offers a taste of authentic Texas-style barbecue right in the heart of the city. Known for its slow-smoked meats that are cooked to perfection over oak wood, AJ’s serves up a variety of classic BBQ dishes such as brisket, ribs, and pulled pork that are rich in flavor and tender to the bite. It’s the kind of place where you can unwind and enjoy a hearty meal, while the no-frills decor and friendly service add to the laid-back vibe, making it a welcoming spot for barbecue enthusiasts and casual diners alike. 

A5 Steakhouse

A5 Steakhouse elevates the traditional steakhouse experience with its focus on exclusive, high-quality cuts of beef, including the rich, buttery flavors of wagyu. Alongside expertly cooked steaks, A5 offers creatively updated classic sides and a selection of fine wines and cocktails. The atmosphere is elegant yet welcoming, making it ideal for special occasions or a classy night out.  

Hop Alley

Another Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant, Hop Alley features a bold reinterpretation of Chinese cuisine, blending traditional flavors with innovative twists. Located in the River North Art District, this restaurant is known for its lively atmosphere and a menu that challenges conventional perceptions of Chinese food. Dishes such as Beijing duck rolls and bone marrow fried rice showcase the creativity and culinary skill of the kitchen.  

Savor the Mile High Flavor

From the bustling culinary hub of Denver Central Market to the sophisticated charm of Tavernetta, and the innovative flavors of Safta and Hop Alley, the Mile High City is full of flavor.  

So, as you explore the future of the restaurant industry with Restaurant365, take a moment to enjoy the present — one delicious bite at a time.  

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