Food & Drink

Denver’s 10 Most Underappreciated Restaurants

Published On 03/10/2015 Published On 03/10/2015
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
1. Angelo's Taverna 620 E 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80218

Angelo's Taverna is an old-school red-sauce parlor with a killer oyster bar (try the char-grilled platters and shooters) and chewy-crusted, lavishly topped pizzas. This neighborhood spot has a super-cozy, red bricked and stained glass interior, with a back patio shaded by trees. The pie with shaved ribeye, peppers, and onions is decadent, and the leftovers make for a great snack if you can't finish it all in one sitting.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
2. Axios Estiatorio 3901 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212

If all you know about Greek food could fit in a pita, you’re in for a sexy, sexy surprise. Axios Estiatorio has all sun-drenched, sea-breezy stuff -- rich with lamb and lemons, olives and almonds, eggplant and yogurt, phyllo and feta. And this grown-ups’ go-to not only presents it with gusto, but also pairs it with one of the the city’s coolest wine lists, devoted almost entirely to Greece’s distinctive native grapes.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
3. Beatrice & Woodsley 38 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209 (South Broadway)

Beatrice & Woodsley is primed for date night with a romantic ambience and shareable bites like ricotta gnocchi and sour, curry-poached octopus. Not all entrees here are dainty though -- there are plenty of meat-centric dishes like braised goat with homemade barbecue sauce and pork chop with potatoes, kale, and escargot. The seating situation, consisting of narrow tabletops and cozy booths in the main dining room, encourages intimate conversation, so you may want to rethink taking a colleague here for dinner.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
4. bittersweet 500 E Alameda Ave, Denver, CO 80209 (Wash Park)

This artisanal eatery serves up hearty dishes, including short rib with a rutabaga puree, monkfish in a lemon gastrique, and confit Maple Leaf Duck, aka what Toronto hockey players do when confronted by disgruntled fans.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
5. Interstate Kitchen & Bar 901 W 10th Ave, Denver, CO 80204 (Lincoln Park)

Santa Fe's homebase for "comfort food" and "comfort hooch" has made our Favorite Five Burgers list with a mean, no-frills ground chucker that's stuffed between a "buttery, fluffy" brioche bun, can be adorned with your choice of applewood-smoked bacon/ fried egg/ avocado/ grilled 'shrooms/ bleu cheese, and uses meat from Mile High's Anderson Family Steak -- clearly not where Louie was raised, as these cows were allowed to grow well past maturity.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
6. Lo Stella Ristorante 1135 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80204 (Golden Triangle)

Don’t go to this Italian spot asking for fettuccine alfredo or spaghetti & meatballs. First of all, the answer’s no, and second, even if it were yes, you’d be doing yourself a grave disservice not to sample the Ligurian specialties of owner Alessandro Polo (who hails from Portofino, where his family has been in the restaurant business for generations). We’re talking exquisite focaccia al formaggio, luscious trenette al pesto or pansoti in salsa di noci (ravioli in walnut sauce), and all the sparkling seafood you’d expect from a coastal region.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
7. Lower48 Kitchen 2020 Lawrence St Unit A, Denver, CO 80205 (Northwest)

At Lower48, two Frasca alums dish up a menu that changes daily, with cuisine inspired by regional ingredients and culinary traditions from all over America.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
8. Trillium 2134 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205 (Five Points)

Trillium is an American restaurant with serious culinary Scandinavian roots housed in the Five Points neighborhood. Fancying a layout that favors a relaxing, comforting atmosphere, a menu featuring interesting combinations of seafood and meat (sometimes on the same plate), and seasonal brews, you may find yourself staying a while.

Previous Venue Next Venue Venue Description
9. YaYa’s Euro Bistro 8310 E Belleview Ave, Denver, CO 80111

This long-standing link in a regional chain looks like an old Italian villa crashed into a gleaming golf-course clubhouse, right down to the picturesque, pond-facing terrace. It’s an impression the skillfully prepared modern Mediterranean cuisine only heightens, enhanced by a business-class wine list and a beloved Sunday brunch buffet.