The Hottest Restaurants in Denver Right Now

By July 15, 2016 September 19th, 2019 No Comments

There truly is a buzz around Denver when it comes to hot new restaurants opening this summer.  With so many great dining options and chefs, we wanted to narrow down what THE hottest restaurants are right NOW. Use this guide as a checklist the next time you are craving a delicious meal or looking for an entertaining night out.

Bar Dough

This new eatery and bar by chef Max Mackissock brings Italian style cuisine to LoHi, adjacent to the ever-popular Highland Tap and Burger. As the name states, Bar Dough is a bar driven venture with elevated food. The space is elegant and clean with washed concrete floors, marble tabletops, and a special chef’s counter that gives a few lucky guests a front row seat to the pizza making action. The must haves here are definitely the thin-crust, wood-fired pizzas that are cooked in a wood-fire only oven imported from Italy. We have also heard that the garlic bread is addictive.


Denver has been buzzing over the new Matsuhisa in Cherry Creek from seasoned international chef Nobu Matsuhisa. The restaurant is housed in a 7,800 square-foot space anchoring the ground floor of a new 12-story luxury apartment building on East First Avenue and Steele Street. Not surprisingly, the reservation list is tight. However, the space is stunning and each plate is executed with pure artistry. Plan ahead and splurge here for a special occasion. Trust us, it will be worth every penny because this is likely the best sushi in Denver.

Hop Alley

Hop Alley is the sophomore act from the team behind Uncle, a popular ramen spot in the highlands neighborhood. Their new outpost in the RiNo neighborhood focuses on traditional and regional Chinese cuisine with a unique spin. The owner, Tommy Lee, chose the name Hop Alley and the location after the nickname of the original Chinatown in Downtown Denver in the 1870’s. Make sure to order the steamed eggplant: served in a pool of spicy Szechuan bean sauce and topped with crispy garlic and a tangle of bean sprouts and fresh herbs.

Lucky Cat

Lucky Cat is the newest outpost from restaurateur and chef Troy Guard. Guard listened for what the neighborhood of east Denver needed, and that turned out to be a fun and modern take on Chinese food done in typical TAG style. Popular dishes are the chef’s creative versions dim sum, bao buns, and spare ribs. The Chinese-American classics, such as General Tso’s Chicken, become lighter and more flavorful than their takeout-kitchen counterparts. 

The Preservery

Another RiNo hot spot is from Whitney and Obe Ariss with chef Brendan Russel. They opened their airy restaurant, bar, and market this spring and work closely with local farmers to create dishes that reflect our Colorado surroundings. If you haven’t already guessed, The Preservery specializes in preserved foods and fresh baked breads in a casual and quick atmosphere with a community feel. It is a great spot for lunch with friends or for a fresh and healthy dinner.

Mas Kaos Pizzeria & Taqueria

Mas Kaos Pizzeria & Taqueria is a combination of two Platt Park favorites. First is Kaos Pizzeria and second is Uno Mas Taqueria, and at the new Tennyson Street location you won’t have to choose between tacos and pizza! The new Berkeley spot is very inviting; there is a spacious indoor/outdoor bar that you can see from a block away. Locals have been anticipating this opening for months, so there have been lines out the door. However, the restaurant is housed in a large warehouse that holds 160 seats and the rollup garage doors create a nice open flow.

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