The city of Denver, CO, is renowned for its exemplary culinary scene. Whether you’re planning a special dinner or just looking to sample the best of Denver’s restaurant repertoire, read on to see which four spots made it onto our list of the top in Mile High dining.
Mercantile Dining & Provision
Mercantile Dining & Provision plays out an illuminating farm-to-table story right on your plate. The fresh ingredients that compose each of Mercantile’s unique dishes come from the restaurant’s in-house European-style market where guests can dine for breakfast, lunch, and in-betweens. From the charcuterie to the coffee bar, each area of the Mercantile market is staffed with specialty deli and delight experts.
At dinnertime, meal enjoyment moves its way to the restaurant’s chic and polished dining room where guests can still get a glimpse of head chef Alex Seidel marrying fresh provisions to newly created dishes in the open kitchen. Referred to as elevated comfort food, there’s something for every palate at this Union Station restaurant.
Denver diners seeking rustic Italian will feel right at home when they visit Cart-Driver in the RiNo arts district. Flavorful wood-fired pizza and succulent oysters are the main players on Cart-Driver’s menu, which offers a Southern Italian focus. From Clam Pizza to the Mortadella Hot Dog, a Cart-Driver meal is distinctly Italian, effortless yet exquisite.
The kicker: Sip a glass or two of free-flowing Prosecco with your meal and finish up with creamy organic soft-serve gelato.
The Squeaky Bean
The Squeaky Bean is a delightfully quirky place to grab brunch, lunch, dinner, or happy hour fare. With a menu inspired by seasonal ingredients, each visit to the Squeaky Bean is a unique experience of the senses. Plus the organic beans and greens that squeak their way into many of the Bean’s specialties are sourced from the eatery’s own Bean Acre located in nearby Lakewood, CO.
With deliciously filling fare, morning cocktails, and two hours of in-house bingo (complete with bingo ball cage and a devoted announcer), Sunday morning brunch at the Bean is a highly recommended, unforgettable endeavor.
Set down your roots at 33rd Avenue for an invigorating meal that’s as fresh as can be. Evident in its name, Root Down takes a field-to-fork approach to organic, seasonally inspired fare.
A farm-centric restaurant with bright and colorful digs, Root Down’s exploratory cuisine is reflected across menu items that wander the globe. In an effort to ensure that every eater has access to a delicious meal choice that suits their diet, Root offers abundant gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options. Colorado Ranch Meatballs, Roman Gnocchi, and Roasted Kashmiri Chicken are just a few examples of the no-boundary power food selections that populate Root’s current dinner menu.
Denver’s restaurant scene is brimming with eateries that have their sights set on serving creative and local dishes that employ big flavors and intricate presentation. You truly can’t lose trying something new out in Denver!