If the blue skies and mountain views don’t wow your visitors, these restaurants are sure to please.
Congratulations, you officially live in one of the coolest cities in the country. That means it’s your responsibility to know all the good bars, restaurants, and music venues in Denver South–otherwise, how will you woo visiting friends and convince them to move here? Here’s a list of the best dinner spots to impress your guests and do justice to the cool city in which you reside.
Elegant but family friendly, this “sophisticated and whimsical” restaurant is a great way to show off your adventurous side to your cousin’s from Milwaukee or that big client in from the coast. With beautiful interiors, award winning outdoor dining area, and a top-notch wine list, YaYa’s is a sure bet for a great experience. Named after the co-founder’s grandmother (yaya), you’ll find classically Mediterranean inspired small plates, along with seasonal specials and prime cut steaks. A long-time neighborhood favorite, YaYa’s is truly beyond the scope of local cuisine, and will have your guests changing their flights to next week (or the week after that).
8310 E Belleview, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
If your visitors have a wild side and want something spicier than a fancy american dinner, Los Chingones has the flavors and the atmosphere. This mexican joint serves some creative street tacos and boasts an atmosphere that is “part rock and roll, part taco shop,” according to the chef/owner, Troy Guard. Located in the Denver Tech Center, this restaurant combines classic Mexican flavors with some interesting twists including an octopus taco and a pork belly taco with grilled pineapples. And, of course, a drink menu with cervezas and wine that helps complete this flavorful atmosphere.
4959 S Newport St, Denver, CO 80237
The expression “wine and dine” exists for a reason. The Palate offers over 150 different wines to help entice dining guests to stay here forever. There is even a sommelier to help you decide which delicious dish to pair with your wine. That means your friends are basically guaranteed to have a fantastic dining experience–making you look like the winner you are! Enjoy some classic, award-winning French cuisine and an aesthetically pleasing dining area while you chat about the rising real-estate prices in Denver. This is one of those places that will leave a lasting impression, so go check it out!
5375 Landmark Pl #105, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Zink is an award-winning restaurant and bar situated in the DoubleTree hotel in the Tech Center. Known for it’s fantastic service and inviting atmosphere, it’s the perfect spot to smother your guests in class. Chef Anthony Cutajar has studied under some of the most renowned chefs in the world and has taken that discipline and knowledge with him to Zink. He uses exotic ingredients and works closely with his chefs and local farmers to create mouth-watering dishes that you won’t soon forget. And if you’re not in the mood to spend a fortune on entertaining visitors, stop by from 5-7pm any night of the week for half-priced wine and other drink discounts.
7801 E Orchard Rd, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
As the self-proclaimed “Premier Persian cuisine in Denver,” Surena has little trouble living up to that title. Named after a Persian commander who defeated the Romans in the first century BC, this restaurant is brimming with confidence and style–the dining room is beautifully designed and the dishes are presented like works of art. This isn’t your average kebab on a stick, but rather a delicately cooked piece of meat garnished with grilled vegetables and seasonal flowers–and it tastes even better than it looks. Your guests will leave with multiple Instagrams of their food and happy taste buds–making you look good.
9625 E Arapahoe Rd, Greenwood Village, CO 80112