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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Denver / Colorado

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Denver / Colorado? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Matsuhisa Denver restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2613)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Cherry Creek
About the restaurant
Featuring Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature new-style Japanese cuisine, Matsuhisa Denver anchors the ground floor of the Steele Creek luxury apartment building in Cherry Creek, Denver’s premier shopping, restaurant, and entertainment district. Our 7,800 square foot dining room is open for dinner service from 5pm nightly. Takeout available nightly from 5-9pm.

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s world-famous cuisine draws influence from his classical training in Tokyo and his life abroad in Peru, Argentina, and around the world, showcasing signature dishes such as Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño, Black Cod Miso and Whitefish Tiradito.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Went there for birthday celebration. 3rd visit this year so far and it’s awesome experience. Didn’t do omakase but ordered bunch of plates recommended by server and glad that we went that route.
A photo of Ukiyo restaurant
4.8
4.8 (51)
$50 and over
Japanese Speciality
Whittier
About the restaurant
UKIYO is a 12-seat omakase (chef choice) restaurant located on Larimer Square of downtown Denver, curated by chef Phraseuth ‘Paul’ Sananikone. The UKIYO multi-course omakase experience uses Japanese techniques with worldly flavors transforming it into a unique tasting menu where his offerings change based on ingredient seasonality and availability.
Top review
Emilyvip
Dined 5 days ago
We loved the food, service, and experience at Ukiyo! We have high expectations as we’ve done many tasting and chef’s table experiences, including Michelin star restaurants. This absolutely lived up to our expectations. All 18 courses were delicious and the cocktails are made by a mixologist, which adds to the experience. The service was excellent. We couldn’t have asked for more and will be back.
A photo of 626 on Rood...Modern American Cuisine and Wine Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1208)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Grand Junction
About the restaurant
In our charming space, each day begins with stoves being lit, wine glasses being polished, and staff tasting wine. Here, we’ve cultivated a ripe passion for providing sustainable, eclectic farm-to-table fare and an unparalleled wine list that spans the globe. Our work with local farmers culminates in an abundance of seasonal dishes that are as much an expression of place as they are an immersive sensory experience. At 626, all are welcome, tradition is respected, and the novel is explored. Unwind, imbibe, and savor.
Top review
Rlp1
Dined 7 days ago
When celebrating something special (in this case our wedding anniversary) 626 is our go to place. The staff is so attentive and the food and drinks are amazing
A photo of Sullivan Scrap Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (197)
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Downtown / LoDo
About the restaurant
Sullivan Scrap Kitchen is a savory seasonal shared plated restaurant in uptown Denver. We focus on delicious local cuisine, while reducing food waste and promoting sustainability in the restaurant industry. The weekly rotating seasonal menu is based on what our local farmers and ranchers have to offer. Some of our favorites include local grass fed beef, hand made pastas, vegan and vegetarian options, craft beer, local wine and cocktails. Open for Dinner Thursday- Saturday 4:30pm-9pm, Dinner Sunday 4:30-8:00pm, and Brunch Saturday-Sunday 9am-3pm.

Rotating Seasonal Chef Tasting Menu Every Night
Thursday Dinner + Burger Specials + Happy Hour Drinks All Day
Sunday 3 Course Scrap Tasting Menu

Certified with Denver's Green Business Network and Green Denver
Chef Terence Rogers Top 25 influential List Colorado Biz Journal 2023
Denver Post's Hidden Gem 2023
5280 and Denver Post's Best Brunch Spot
Bon Appetit Head of Table Award Winner 2021
Best Hamburger Westword 2020 and 2022
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Came to celebrate a birthday, atmosphere was chill and welcoming, food was extraordinary. Will be back!
A photo of The Blue Fish Denver restaurant
4.7
4.7 (12)
$31 to $50
Sushi
Denver
About the restaurant
The Blue Fish Japanese Restaurants serves the finest sushi, sashimi, and rolls with an emphasis on quality and freshness. Expectational Service in a lively atmosphere gives guest unforgettable experience that has made The Blue Fish Restaurants award-winning for more than 25 years.

Top review
CoNativevip
Dined on May 28, 2024
We love going to this restaurant and highly recommend to others. The sushi is terrific, and the staff have been great the few times we've gone here, and it's not overly priced like some other places around town.
A photo of Periodic Table at Catamount restaurant
4.6
4.6 (491)
$30 and under
American
Steamboat Springs
About the restaurant
The Periodic Table at Catamount is now closed for the season. Thank you for a fantastic winter celebrating our Kin: Modern Asian concept.

We will reveal our new summer menu concept on Wednesday, May 8th, and will reopen for happy hour and dinner, Wednesday through Sunday, on Wednesday, May 22nd.

Please visit periodicsteamboat.com to book reservations. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Top review
MichelleOvip
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
Sensational meal, superb service, and a stunning ambience!
A photo of Makoto Vail, Modern Japanese Cuisine restaurant
4.6
4.6 (67)
$50 and over
Japanese
Vail
About the restaurant
Grand Hyatt Vail is thrilled to announce the opening of Makoto Vail, a new restaurant by Makoto Okuwa. The exclusive partnership with the lauded Chef is the brand’s first outpost at a resort, illustrating the natural synergy of global tastes and refined experiences that Grand Hyatt Vail and Makoto share. A master of Edomae-style sushi, Chef Makoto Okuwa has more than twenty-five years of experience in traditional Japanese cooking, which he combines with his own innovative style. Recognized by the James Beard Foundation for outstanding contribution, Makoto has acclaimed restaurants in Miami, Washington, D.C., Panama City, Mexico City, and São Paulo.
Top review
Eric
Dined 3 days ago
I decided to give Makoto a try from our usual go to sushi restaurant, Matsuhisa. The ambiance was excellent, our server was excellent and attentive with a narrative of the food ingredients when each order arrived at the table. All the food that I ordered was excellent. I definitely recommend this as an alternative to Matsuhisa.
A photo of Stonewall Steamboat restaurant
4.5
4.5 (112)
$30 and under
Creative Western
Steamboat Springs
About the restaurant
A dining experience unlike any other can be found at STONEWALL, in the Rocky Mountain town of Steamboat Springs, CO. One look at their menus and the mission is clear. Colorado, first and foremost. Restaurateurs Chris Stackpole & Kell Kaiser want the world to experience the culinary heritage and frontier traditions that built the Rocky Mountain West. The seasonal menus are dominated by traditional proteins, fruits, vegetables, beers, wines, and spirits that generations of Coloradans, native and new, survived and thrived on. Everything about this one-of-a-kind dining destination tips its hat to the men and woman whose sacrifices paved the way for towns like Steamboat Springs and for passionate, talented individuals like Chris, Kell, & their Team to thrive while calling this home.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 25, 2024
This place was an amazing find for anniversary celebration. The food was delicious and paced well to enjoy without rushing. Staff were engaging but not overbearing. We will be back!
A photo of Enso Sushi & Grill restaurant
4.4
4.4 (11)
$31 to $50
Sushi
Greenwood Village
About the restaurant
"Explore Enso Sushi , the highest-rated Japanese dining experience in the DTC area. breaking the conventional sushi norms, savoring limitless creativity! Each bite is an indulgence in art, and every moment is a culinary miracle. At Enso, sushi is not just food; it's a unique aesthetic experience. tasting the unparalleled beauty of Enso."
Top review
GVDiner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Excellent Sushi, always very fresh. Service is very good and personable.
A photo of Japango Fort Collins restaurant
4.4
4.4 (53)
$31 to $50
Sushi
Fort Collins
About the restaurant
Introducing a taste of modern Japan in the heart of Old Town Fort Collins! Join us in our second location featuring an intimate sushi bar, jellyfish tank, opulent private dining room and an expansive bar replete with unique cocktails, whiskey rarities and local favorites alike. Again under the helm of Master Chef Yukiji Iwasa, enjoy all your Boulder favorites or find something new to love exclusively crafted by our Fort Collins team
Top review
Gloriavip
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Wow, our Waiter was very helpful in describing our food options, portions and drinks. On to the food, Wow again! We enjoyed 3 different appetizers as there were 3 of us. Portion size was perfect to split. Main courses were very interesting, again portions were excellent, food was very enjoyable and everyone tried a bite of all plates. Desserts were fun! Again really enjoyed the staff, food and we will be back!
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