Best suburban Denver restaurants: neighborhood classics and more


Big Mac and Little Lu’s Seafood Restaurant

It’s no secret Denver is a foodie city. Restaurants constantly appear left and right and cover all the cuisines a foodie can conjure up. And while many of Metro Denver’s most popular restaurants can be found in busy, busy malls and streets, we’d be remiss to say that all of Denver’s great restaurants are. alone found here. There are actually quite a few hidden gems tucked away in the surrounding suburbs of Denver, from mountainside bistros to contemporary American fare in the heart of an eye-catching sushi neighborhood north of the city. Obviously, the Denver suburbs have a lot to offer when it comes to fine dining.

For those who haven’t tried German cuisine yet (as it can be hard to find), be sure to check out the semi-hidden but certainly authentic Golden Europe restaurant. The menu offers, among other interesting items, a wide variety of different schnitzels, main meat dishes like Jager pork and bratwurst, or a choice of Czech, Austrian or German dishes, which offers customers a sample of various meats. and schnitzel as a nod to the cuisine of this region. Along with a tasty and hearty meal, you could also learn a thing or two about Eastern European cuisine.
How to book: Call 303-425-1246 to make a reservation.

If you ever discuss Italian food with someone from Denver, there’s a good chance Louisville Parma will pop up in the conversation. The full name – Parma Trattoria and Mozzarella Bar – hints at the restaurant’s unique offerings (alongside quality Italian cuisine, of course). Try a variety of mozzarella cheese and serve with fresh Italian meats, sample other appetizers like bruschetta, Sicilian zucchini blossoms or something from the cicchetti menu, or dip into a delicious salad. But try not to refuel too quickly: the pizza and pasta options (including the gnocchi and risotto varieties), entrees like chicken or veal, and an abundance of other fantastic dishes are all worth the effort. worth trying.
How to book: Make a reservation through Yelp.

Parker Garage

Located in the heart of quaint downtown Parker, Parker Garage achieves both an elevated atmosphere and equally jazzy offerings. Located in a historic building, the restaurant offers premier American cuisine made with local ingredients and seasonal-inspired menus. Kick back, relax and share small plates like Brussels sprouts, poutine or crudo, or save room for mouth-watering main dishes like Skuna Bay salmon or bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin. In addition, do not miss the brunch every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
How to book: Make a reservation through OpenTable.

Off the beaten track of Evergreen’s main drag, Bear Creek Lane, and south on Route 74, is the most charming little bistro. Picturesque farmlands and not-so-distant mountains provide exceptional views and city-less seclusion during dinner, making it a perfect spot for a romantic dinner or a special occasion. The menu includes a varied selection of starters, salads, pastas and entrees, with menu items that celebrate the best of French, Italian, American and Mexican cuisines. Don’t miss the dessert menu either: it’s hard to go wrong with crème brûlée, Belgian chocolate mousse or tiramisu.
How to book: Make a reservation through OpenTable.


Westminster’s Sakana is your go-to place for sushi as good as it looks. Expect beautiful bursts of color typical of fresh fish, eggs, avocado and other garnishes, all ripened so perfectly that you almost feel bad eating it. And if sushi isn’t your thing (or sashimi or nigiri), always visit the chic and airy restaurant for Japanese appetizers like the always-hitting gyoza or karaage, homemade ramen or noodle bowls and noodles. main dishes from the grill that will surely satisfy. You can even take home a bottle (or bottles) of Sakana sauces to enjoy at home if you can’t always make the trip by car.
How to book: Walk-in only, first come, first served.

Big Mac and Little Lu’s Seafood Restaurant

Seafood might not be Colorado’s greatest cuisine, but it’s definitely worth a try when a) it’s flown in from Florida and b) helps support a local, family-owned business. At Big Mac and Little Lu’s, grab seafood specialties from coast to coast like fried calamari, ahi poke nachos and oysters on the half-shell, classic seafood soups like a chowder of clams and a lobster bisque, or indulge in more grandiose seafood dishes like fish n ‘chips, paella or a full lobster dinner. No matter what you choose, you won’t leave hungry or disappointed.
How to book: Call 303-404-2722 to make a reservation.


There is nothing like Abejas in downtown Golden. From the charming and rustic interior – a testament to the building’s history – with the symbolic name (meaning ‘bee’ in Spanish) to the tasty bites, it’s always a solid choice, whether for dinner or brunch . Seasonal menus are short but sweet, with fresh cocktails and farm-to-table fare including everything from tagliatelle and braised Spanish octopus to Colorado bison strips in New York City. Enjoy the history and atmosphere of downtown Golden, which is always a treat, along with a drink and a meal.
How to book: Make a reservation through ExploreTock.

Café Terracotta is as quaint as it sounds, and could even be easily missed unless you’re looking for it. Located off of Littleton’s relatively busy West Main Street, Café Terracotta has all the charm and intrigue of a hidden gem of a neighborhood. Sandwiches, salads, burgers, and tacos are all available for a lighter lunch, though the dinner menu impresses with Colorado lamb chop, primavera risotto, and Wellington chicken, to name a few. some of the offers. Hit the cafe every Saturday and Sunday for brunch, and know that a long wine and drink list is sure to keep the whistle wet.
How to book: Make a reservation through OpenTable.

Like a little adventure while you dine? You don’t have to charter a plane to experience what Perfect Landing has to offer. Instead, make yourself comfortable with a house cocktail or glass of wine and enjoy the harmony between chic American fare and love of aviation. Keep it simple with a seafood-centric share menu or a bison burger, or go surf, turf, or any of the selection of entrees as you watch planes fly to your destination and from Centennial Airport.
How to book: Make a reservation through OpenTable.

Blue bird coffee

It takes a long time for a breakfast spot to be on a list of places that have it all, so you already know the Bluebird Café in Thornton is special. Known for being “Colorado comfort food with a healthy twist,” what was once part of the Egg and I franchise is now a breakfast restaurant and brand in its own right. Find frittatas, classic breakfast combos like eggs and pancakes, huevos rancheros and omelets, frying pans and Benedictines galore. If you’re not an egg fanatic, that’s okay – the lunch menu has soups, salads, and plenty of sandwiches to choose from.
How to book: Entrances only. First come, first served.

There are a few unique things about 240 Union that set it apart from the crowd, aside from its killer menu. On the one hand, the Lakewood restaurant has been in business since 1989 and on the other hand, it has a 60-foot open kitchen (we like a moment of transparency). Then, of course, there’s the food – a collection of light bites, casual fare, and heart-singing main courses. Try the crab cakes or the tri-color Caesar salad to start and follow up with a perfect wood-fired pizza. There are also pasta dishes for our noodle lovers, as well as a well-prepared selection of land and sea dishes.
How to book: Call 303-989-3562 or visit the 240 Union website to make a reservation.

Hidden steakhouse

Also rooted in Westminster is a special occasion steakhouse like no other. Prime cuts of meat cooked to absolute perfection await, with steaks aged for at least 35 days and a wide range of savory meal options including filet mignon, bison rib eye, Wagyu, Pork chops and elk loins (and that’s just a handful of the offerings). There’s also a whole portion of the menu dedicated to fish and seafood options, along with appetizers and sauces to seriously personalize your upscale night out.
How to book: Call 303-404-9939 to make a reservation.

Italian restaurant in Cranelli

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Another great place for Italian food but at the other end of the Denver metro is Cranelli’s of Lone Tree. Also a local and family-friendly spot, Cranelli’s is where locals go for fine dining and a modern atmosphere, taking advantage of the restaurant’s generous wine list and plethora of pasta options. Oh, and don’t miss the garlic knots – you can never have too much bread at a good Italian restaurant anyway.
How to book: Make a reservation through Yelp.

Willow Creek on Lake Evergreen

Evergreen is quite quaint everywhere, so it’s hard to find a restaurant that doesn’t have great food and great views. Willow Creek is one of those places. The menu changes seasonally, but no matter what time of year you go, there will always be an awesome meal waiting for you. The entrees feature divine flavors and carefully selected ingredients, with “Debut” (like homemade sourdough bread) paving the way for an impeccable and memorable meal to follow. And of course, dining by a lake in a beautiful mountain town is essentially a cutting edge Colorado experience. Finally, if you can’t get enough of what Willow Creek has to offer, head to its Provisions Market for food and other culinary trinkets to take home.
How to book: Make a reservation on OpenTable.

Why yes, then radishes in the old town of Arvada is pretty rad, thanks for asking. And you know how much we love a cool, healthy place. The hot vegan spot has just about everything you’re looking for, from gluten-free beers to gluten-free beers, fun and fruity cocktails, and a 100% plant-based menu that includes everything from breakfast to dessert after dinner. There’s also a kids’ menu, vegan wine list, and soft drink options, along with a happy hour menu and general vibe.
How to book: Make a reservation through Yelp.

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Erica Buehler is a contributor to Thrillist.


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