ISO Denver Recommendations
Will be in Denver for conference 10/21-10-25 and will need good food to help recover from each day's meetings. I enjoy all types of cuisine and will welcome recommendations for all price points. FYI, the meeting is based out of the Sheraton downtown. I don't mind taking a cab, but might enjoy a little walking too.
I'm not an expert, I live in Boulder, but I'll throw out some places I enjoy when out in downtown Denver. These are mostly on the lower end of the price spectrum.
The Corner Office - fun, hip place with decent food (go as much or more for funky atmosphere)
The Cruise Room (in the Oxford Hotel)- if you want drinks, martinis especially, in a very cool setting.
Wazee Supper Club - good pizzas and sandwiches, owned by the Mayor
Wynkoop Brewery - good brewpub, also owned by the Mayor
Restaurant Kevin Taylor - very fancy and expensive place, but it is darned good
There are great places to eat on both the 16st Mall and in Larimar Square, all should be in walking distance from your hotel. Sonada's is a sushi/Japanese restaurant at the end of the mall. Great happy hour discounts on food and drink. The Chop House is a high end steak house next to Coor's Feild. I have not eaten there, but have had drinks at the bar. Atmosphere is good, food is spendy, but it has a great reputation. I'd second Cruise Room, fun place for a martini and appetizer. Also Jax Seafood is in the same area and is a good N'Awlins feeling place. Wynkoop Brewery also good. There is an italian place on the 16th mall, in the Pavillions, that I think is called DeMarco's. Giant portions, good food.
If you get a wild hair and want to go to a good, somewhat unknown jazz club, El Chapultapec is the place. The place looks like a dump, but really smoking (and old) jazz musicians show up and bring down the house. I am not sure if there is a music schedule, but when I went there it was a Thursday evening and music started around 9pm, I think.
If you do a board search for downtown Denver, you'll get a lot of the same recs ad nauseum: Osteria Marco, Rioja, drinks at the Cruise Room or Mario's Double Daughter's Salotto (owned by same folks who own Beatrice & Woodsley, which like jwcolo I highly recommend, both for drop-dead decor & one of Denver's more progressive menus, though it's not downtown). If you're not from the Southwest, you should definitely do some Mexican; again, a search for Denver Mex will turn up lots of options, though I'm personally probably most partial to Los Carboncitos save for the lack of alcohol.
Just outside of downtown is a place that doesn't get enough press IMO, b/c it's really good: Buenos Aires Grill (Argentinian, with a lovely patio if the weather's still nice). Also just beyond downtown is Pints Pub—food's decent, Scotch selection is mind-boggling.