The ten best new restaurants in Denver

Categories: Best of Denver

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Hundreds of restaurants opened in metro Denver last year, including everything from little neighborhood sandwich shops and upscale taquerias to ambitious and strikingly decorated American spots. And which was the best new restaurant to open in 2013? That's what we'll reveal in the Best of Denver 2014, which hits the streets on March 27. To whet your appetite for that unveiling, we've come up with our list of finalists, the ten best new restaurants -- restaurants that have opened within the last twelve months -- in Denver (and yes, that's metro Denver)...presented in alphabetical order. (And keep reading for the five finalists for Best New Restaurant chosen by Westword readers.)

See also: Ten best new Denver bars of 2013

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1) Acorn
3350 Brighton Boulevard

Bryan Dayton and Steven Redzikowski, the team behind the acclaimed Oak at Fourteenth in Boulder, signed on early to put a second restaurant in the Source. And Acorn, which opened this past September, doesn't fall too far from the original Oak. The space is different, of course: Acorn takes full advantage of the ultra-urban, industrial-chic feel of the Source, with plenty of exposed brick, metal ducts and graffiti - but little of the warmth of the Boulder original. But the menu embodies the same "wood-fired seasonal cooking" that's made Oak one of Boulder's most inspiring -- and popular - restaurants.

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2) Beast + Bottle
719 East 17th Avenue

Brother-sister duo Paul and Aileen Reilly opened Beast + Bottle last March, and although they'd already run Encore together, this spot in the Uptown neighborhood is the restaurant "conjured in our heads since we were kids," Paul explains. It's a seasonally inspired farm-to-fork operation, a nose-to-tail restaurant -- and while you might think Beast + Bottle has come a little late to that party, rather than seeming passe, the restaurant feels expansive, quirky and worldly, as the menu travels from Colorado to Maine to Italy to North Africa in the span of twenty dishes.

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3) The Curtis Club
2100 Curtis Street

Created by musician-turned-restaurateur Scott Bagus in the former home of the Old Curtis Street Bar, the Curtis Club exudes a vibe that would be hard to imagine outside of the West. Walls are decked out with cedar-fence wood, horseshoes hang by the tin ceiling, and a mural of a lake backs the bar. In other towns and in other hands, such touches might verge on kitsch; here they feel like a part of our heritage. "I was going for the Old West, but with a classy feeling," explains Bagus. Welcome to the mild, mild West.

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4) Harman's Eat and Drink
2900 East Second Avenue

Edward Harman was a pioneer in what would become Cherry Creek, and Harman's eat & drink is exploring new culinary territory in that now-upscale neighborhood. Legendary Colorado restaurateur Mark Fischer, whose first foray into the Denver dining scene was Phat Thai, determined early last year that the Asian-fusion concept wasn't working, and after a quick renovation, he rebranded the space as Harman's, a comfortable, New American restaurant designed as a regular hangout for the neighborhood.

Location Info

Venue

Map

Beast + Bottle

719 E. 17th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

The Curtis Club

2100 Curtis Street, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Harman's eat and drink

2900 E. 2nd Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Lower48 Kitchen

2020 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Old Major

3316 Tejon St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

The Plimoth

2335 East 28th Avenue, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Session Kitchen

1518 S. Pearl St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Sugarmill

2461 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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54 comments
nmbutter73
nmbutter73

Session? Really? That has to be a joke, the list looks pretty good and then Session? It kind of makes the whole list seem shady...

Dena Booe
Dena Booe

Best new restaurant is To The Wind Bistro. Open to the public on Wednesday!!

Greg Hall
Greg Hall

i got to Harman's and had to stop. I bet that place won't last as long as Phat Thai did in the same location. they must pay for this kind of publicity.........

Erin Wolf Spatz
Erin Wolf Spatz

We recently went to Beast and Bottle. The service was outstanding and the food/wine was to die for. It is a nose to tail concept restaurant ( utilizing as much of the animal as possible) and locally source ingredients. Highly recommend!

Aaron Harmon
Aaron Harmon

Why do they always have to be in shitty places?

Mike Jasien
Mike Jasien

And Old Major should be bumped a bit. First two experiences there were off the charts incredible but i think the hype got to some of the cooks heads. Not Justin per se just some employees. The last time I went there it was atrocious

Mike Jasien
Mike Jasien

Been to all of them except the Curtis club. They got numbers 1 and 2 right on that list that is for sure.

Michael Allen
Michael Allen

I am going to make a reservation for next week at Acorn for one night when Lawrence Moller is working. #1 in Denver.

Edgar Mora
Edgar Mora

Beast + Bottle....check. Old Major....check. The Curtis Club next week.

Mary Maybee
Mary Maybee

Going to try these! Ah, Westword, finally an article that is not offensive! Thanks for cleaning up your journalistic act!

What's in Your Words?
What's in Your Words?

(What's up with the guy who wants to talk smack about Westword with poor spelling and grammar?? Why subscribe if you don't agree, and why chime in if you can't spell??)

Dylan Burns
Dylan Burns

That rant just made my whole morning! How constructive. I can't wait to try Acorn!

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Snafunk
Snafunk

Not sure how Sessions made it on this list....

Marc Wasserman
Marc Wasserman

Fine, I'll be first then. Lower 48 Kitchen is excellent.

Jon Palmquist
Jon Palmquist

Not even one comment yet... that's because all you losers talk about is dope. When you actually post something that might be of interest to Coloradans no one responds because you have lost all of your readers because of the dope talk. Go back to talking about dope.... bunch of dips shits.

Susan Force
Susan Force

Adelitas Cocina y Cantina = THE best carne asada you'll ever eat!

tony514
tony514

non of those places look inviting and i doubt any of them have anything great to eat.

Matt Mega C
Matt Mega C

I read that these were NEW restaurants in this article, not long been opened staples of Denver.

Jason Christopher Scholz
Jason Christopher Scholz

I get that...I still vote Session, and B&B regardless of the American Alphabet....those guys kill it for me....

Amberlynd Elainee
Amberlynd Elainee

The only restaurant I want to be seen in, is one that has last forever in Denver and has been cooked in grease. Pete's. Tom's Kitchen 5 points. Falling Rock. Grampa's. Chubby's. Hell...I would rather go to Casa Bonita. Westword...what happened? So trendy and hip now. Bah.

Lori Midson
Lori Midson

Jason Christopher Scholz - Thanks for your comment. As we pointed out in the intro, the restaurants aren't ranked; they're listed alphabetically.

Steve Santus
Steve Santus

Managed to keep hipster out the title, westword, im impressed! Keep it up!

Chef_Hyp
Chef_Hyp

My own new restaurant concept, Ampersand & Ampersand is set to drop in River North this Summer.

It's farm to tail, local ingredients only, with a focus on pork and bacon and a massive selection of craft brews.

Currently seeking a cutting edge mixologist and kitchen staff (bearded white males only).

Jason Christopher Scholz
Jason Christopher Scholz

I agree with most of this list... I would put Session #1 move Beast and Bottle up and completely remove Old Major My 0.02

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Tried it, not impressed.  Way overpriced average tacos.  Yuppieville.

I suggest El Taco De Mexico on Santa Fe.    

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

I won't bother with anything on Westword's list, but I'll be trying Adelitas. 

Philo99
Philo99

Oh those darn people who enjoy good food and wine. 


Everyone should eat at garbage dumps like Chubby's and do their clothes shopping at The Dollar Store.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues  ... proving the old adage that even a blind squirrel occasionally finds a nut.

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