Downtown Denver Resturaunts
A friend and I will be visiting Denver in May (coincidently during Cinco de Mayo). We'll be there for two dinner, two lunches (or one brunch and one lunch). We are looking for the "must try" resturaunts. We will not have a car, so it needs to be within walking distance of the 16th Street Mall. I would appreciate input as we're "foodies" and have never been to the Mile High City.
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This is a link to Denver Restaurant Week, however it should show the page for downtown restaurants. The nice thing is, if you click on a restaurant it can link to you the webpage and you can look at the menus.
Restaurant Kevin Taylor, Rioja, Bristro Vendome, Panzano, and Tamayo showcase some of the city's best chefs. Any and all are great depending what kind of food you are looking for.
Rioja, Bistro Vendome, and Panzano all have great weekend brunches. For dinner, I'd choose Rioja and Fruition (the latter will require a short cab ride but is worth it). Osteria Marco is another great option (opened last October). Definitely get the burrata cheese and a few other small plates to share.
Rioja, Bistro Vendome, and Osteria Marco are almost within spitting distance of each other on Larimer between 14th and 15th (so an easy stroll from the 16th Street Mall). Tamayo is in the same block as well. Panzano is on 17th Avenue near Champa in the Hotel Monaco (also not far).
RLM has rounded up the usual suspects, tho' it bears mentioning that Fruition, excellent as it is, is not downtown, which is what dbt5795 was seeking.
If you're looking for someplace snazzy for drinks, you might consider Zengo, same ownership as Tamayo and in the Platte Valley a short walk from the western end of the free 16th Street Mall shuttle. We are eating at Via on Tues (Denver Restaurant Week) and I'll post a thumbs up or thumbs down and a longer blog post too. It's at 18th an Wynkoop, two long blocks from 16th Street.