The trademark outdoor activities of Denver, Colorado are always exciting, but after a long day hiking and exploring the natural wonders you are sure to be one hungry traveller. Luckily, Denver is home to an abundance of noteworthy restaurants and breweries that are sure to satisfy any appetite -even one as big as the Rocky Mountains!
1. Snooze: An AM Eatery
Snooze is a growing restaurant chain that has five locations in the greater Denver area, and three happen to be in the city center. Two of these locations are very close to Coors Field. One at Union Station named “Snooze Union Station” and the other on Larimer Street near Triangle Park named “Snooze Ballpark”. The other main Denver location is down off of Colorado Boulevard near Congress Park named “Snooze 7Co”. Snooze prides itself on being a positive and lighthearted establishment where you can get a great breakfast (or lunch for you double snoozers like me) to start your day right.
All three main Denver locations are walk in restaurants, so no reservation’s required and all open for business at 7am. Snooze Ballpark has metered street parking as well as paid parking on Larimer Street, Snooze Union Station has only metered street parking, and Snooze 7Co complimentary parking behind the restaurant in their designated spaces as well as street parking. The restaurant pictured here is Snooze Ballpark.
Snooze: An AM Eatery
Address: Snooze Ballpark: 2262 Larimer St. Denver, CO 80205- Snooze Union Station: 1701 Wynkoop Street, Suite 150 Denver, CO 80202- Snooze 7Co: 700 N Colorado Blvd., Suite A Denver, CO 80206
Price: from 11-30 USD
Opening Hours: 6:30am- 2:30pm. Closed on public holidays.
Access: Snooze Ballpark & Snooze Union Station: 10 minute walk from Coors Field.
Contact: Snooze Ballpark: +1 3032970700 - Snooze Union Station: 3038253536 - Snooze 7Co: +1 3037366200
2. The Cherry Tomato
Occupying a former drug store in the historic district of the Park Hill Neighborhood is the Cherry Tomato, a local favorite for Italian cuisine. The restaurant has award winning lasagna, and signature dish Pasta Felese accompanying an extensive wine list.
The Cherry Tomato
Address: 4645 East 23rd Avenue, Denver, CO 80207
Price: Entrees starting from 13.95 USD
Opening Hours: Closed Mondays, Tuesday - Saturday: 5pm-10pm, Sunday: 5pm-9pm. Closed on public holidays.
Access: 20 minute walk from Denver Zoo, 30 minute bus ride from Ogden Theatre via routes 40 then 15.
Contact: +1 3033771914
Website: The Cherry Tomato
3. Lala's Wine Bar
Lala’s Wine Bar and Pizzeria is a quaint and casual Italian inspired eatery with a selection of over 60 wines served by the glass. Lala’s serves brunch, lunch, and dinner, and has Sunday Supper that begins at 3pm each Sunday. This includes a four-course meal served family style for 12.95 USD per person. Happy Hour is everyday from 3pm to 6pm and 10pm till closing time. Lala’s designated parking lot is located on Pennsylvania Street between avenues 6th and 7th. If you are unable to make the trip to the restaurant, Lala’s participates in Uber Eats, so you can have the food delivered to you.
Lala's Wine Bar
Address: 410 East 7th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Price: 11-30 USD
Opening Hours: Monday- Friday: 11am-12pm. Saturday & Sunday 9am-12pm. Closed on public holidays.
Access: 25 minute walk from the Denver Art Museum and from Ogden Theatre.
Contact: +1 3038619463
Website: Lala’s Wine Bar
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Tamayo is a modern and chic Mexican eatery located in the busy and beautiful Larimer Square in the Lodo neighborhood, across Speer Boulevard from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Head chef Richard Sandoval brings the authentic flavors of his native Mexico to the Mile-High City, to create new and exciting dishes to accompany the restaurant’s bar collection, which carries over 100 tequilas and spirits. One of Tamayo’s best features is its rooftop lounge, which has regular tables as well as comfortable couches and chairs.
Tamayo serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 am- 2:30pm, lunch Mondays through Fridays 11am – 2pm, and dinner Sunday through Thursday 5pm-10pm and Friday & Saturday 5pm -11pm, with happy hour daily from 2pm to 6pm.
5. Corridor 44
Also in Larimer Square is Corridor 44, Denver’s one and only champagne bar that exudes an elegant but lively atmosphere along side its selection of small plates and larger meals of various origins. The restaurant describes itself as a “French-coast-meets-Morocco cache” that can take its patrons out of the hustle and bustle of the city to a new attitude. Happy hour is Monday through Friday 4pm to 6pm and applies to drinks, draft beers, and champagne cocktails.
Address: Larimer Square, 1433 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202
Price: from 11-30 USD
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 4pm-2am. Closed on public holidays.
Access: 15 minute walk from Coors Field, 10 minute walk from the Museum of Contemporary Art and Colorado Convention Center, 25 minute walk from the Colorado State Capitol
Contact: +1 3038930044
Website: Corridor 44
6. The Great Divide Brewery
I can’t make an article about food and drinks in Denver without mentioning a brewery. The city is becoming famous for its craft beer scene, and the Great Divide Brewing Company is one of the sources of this movement. Opened in 1994, this humble brewery was ranked 23rd by RateBeers.com on their list of Top 100 Brewers in the World.
Located in the Ballpark neighborhood, this brewery has 16 taps that serve a combination of seasonal and year-round beers from the source. Great Divide does not serve its own food, but a variety of food trucks arrive daily at the location around 3-4pm, and patrons are allowed to bring outside food inside the establishment.
Great Divide Brewing Company
Address: 2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205
Price: from 5 USD
Opening Hours: Sunday-Tuesday 12pm-8pm, Wednesday-Saturday 12pm-10pm. Closed on public holidays.
Access: 11 minute walk from Coors Field, 20 minute walk from the Colorado Convention Center and 22 minute walk from Union Station.
Contact: +1 3032969460
Website: Great Divide Brewing Company
Great city, great eats
Denver is a city brimming with fantastic restaurants and breweries and it was a shame I could not include additional deserving establishments on this list. If you do take a visit to Denver, simply walking down the streets will yield you more than enough options for unique restaurants. So go out and discover an unexpected, mouth-watering dish that will leaving you wanting more even after you have said goodbye to the city.
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