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Stopping Through the Mile High City? Our Recommendations for Where to Eat in Denver This Summer

Larina Chen | May 29, 2018 | Food & Drink

Summer has officially begun, which means lots of coming and going, in and out of Aspen. Stopping through Denver? We recommend making the most of it by checking out the Mile High City's exciting food scene at one of these hot spots.

Hospitalians at Tavernetta


If you married fresh ingredients, Italian culinary traditions and techniques, your union would be Tavernetta. The masterminds behind the James Beard Award nominated Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder, Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey and Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, bring you their newest concept in the heart of Denver’s Union Station neighborhood. Expect top notch service and menu items designed for sharing. And don’t forget to get a recommendation from Mr. Stuckey who is often seen running between tables. Buon Appetito. 1889 16thSt.

Revival at Death & Co


This New York transplant found its second home in the RiNo neighborhood within The Ramble Hotel. One of the original modern speakeasies, Death & Co has been lauded by the industry winning several major awards to for its ingenuity and excellence in cocktail crafting. You can read all about it in the Death & Co book, which has become a bible to the contemporary cocktail movement. Death & Co Denver offers more than evening libations, its other concepts DC/AM and The Garden are neighborhood hubs for locals and hotel guests, featuring coffee, tea, cold press juices and breakfast bites. 1280 25thSt.

Going back to The Wayback


The hospitality veteran trio, partners Chad Michael George, Kade Gianinetti and Jared Schwartzhave, reopened their rustic-chic hangout with seasonal American fare and inventive craft cocktails in the Highlands neighborhood. The Wayback first debuted in March 2016 but closed a year later to relocate into a new space a few blocks up on Tennyson St. The new Wayback hostsa 110-seat room filled with ornate botany, ubiquitous floral print and a repurposed bar from its previous life of too many St. Patty’s day celebrations. The menu rotates heavily due to the seasonal foraging. Some unique offerings are bison heart, squid ink fettuccine and black bass. Come for the mixology, stay for the provisions. Get your brunch on starting June 3. 3963 Tennyson St.

Get extra at Super Mega Bien


Adjacent to The Ramble Hotel, Super Mega Bien offers pan-Latin cuisine within a 2,000 square-foot space from James Beard nominated Chef Dana Rodriguez. This is the second restaurant from the team behind the highly acclaimed RiNo restaurant, Work & Class. The new concept will offer a more elegant ambience than its sister restaurant and feature both indoor and outdoor seating served in a dim sum style format. The pan-Latin cuisine covers a range of dishes from Latin America. The restaurant’s quirky name was inspired by the Spanglish phrase often exclaimed by one of the line cooks when asked how he was doing. 1260 25thSt.

On the rails at Citizen Rail


Since opening last fall inside Union Station’s Hotel Born, Citizen Rail has steadily built an enthusiastic clientele. Pulling its name from its nearby surroundings, the stylish and contemporary restaurant features an open kitchen and a wood-fire grill at the center of the restaurant—which makes sense as 90% of the menu is touched by the wood-fire grill. Executive Chef Christian Graves, formerly of Jsix in San Diego, creates his menu from locally sourced ingredients and meats that are butchered in-house, on display in the restaurants’ dry-age room. The bar features classic craft cocktails, a well-curated wine list and selections from Colorado’s beer scene, with a focus on sours and experimental brews.

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