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Best Denver Outdoor Dining


Enjoy dining al fresco?  Let yourself be romanced by the sidewalk sounds of a big city or pampered by the peacefulness of a patio garden. Flock to the terrace, deck or boulevard table and share a bite, under the sun, an oversized patio umbrella or the stars. Be it a brunch in the breeze, sunset supper or long lunch, all of it tastes best outside. Visit a few of these top airy hot spots for the best outdoor dining in Denver.


 

View the Top 10 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Denver

Bistro Vendome French
14/20
Dining Room at Bistro Vendome, Denver, CO 1420 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
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Enjoy French comfort food in a quaint, authentic Parisian-style bistro. More...

Bittersweet New American
14/20
Dining Room at Bittersweet, Denver, CO 500 E. Alameda Ave.
Denver, CO 80209
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Chef-owner Olav Peterson's farm-to-table restaurant is a lovely city escape. More...

black pearl New American
13/20
Dining Room at black pearl, Denver, CO 1529 S. Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80210
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The focus is on seasonal offerings, small plates and boutique wines at this sleek neighborhood restaurant and bar on Old South Pearl. More...

Central Bistro & Bar New American
14/20
Dining Room at Central Bistro & Bar, Denver, CO 1691 Central St.
Denver, CO 80211

Central Bistro & Bar dishes out bold flavors with cocktails to match. More...

Denver Chophouse & Brewery Steakhouse
13/20
1735 19th St.
Denver, CO 80202
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Wood-grilled meats and fish plus cask-conditioned beers in a restored train depot. More...

Devil's Food Bakery & Cookery New American
13/20
1020 S. Gaylord St.
Denver, CO 80209
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Thrift-shop chic d├ęcor complements good baked items and homey breakfast, lunch and dinner specialties. More...

Domo Japanese
14/20
1365 Osage St.
Denver, CO 80204
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Traditional Japanese country foods in a serene setting, complete with outdoor dining, a museum and rock slab tables. More...

Elway's Cherry Creek Steakhouse
15/20
Dining Room at Elway 2500 E. First Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
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Super Bowl-winning quarterback's steakhouse sizzles with style and serious slabs of steer. More...

Gaia Bistro Breakfast
13/20
1551 S. Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80210
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Breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner in one of Denver's most charming settings. More...

Lodo's Bar & Grille American
11/20
1946 Market St.
Denver, CO 80202
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Downtown sports bar for burgers, pastas, brews and views. More...

Lola Mexican Fish House Mexican
13/20
Dining Room at Lola Mexican Fish House, Denver, CO 1575 Boulder St.
Denver, CO 80211
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Spirited coastal Mexican menu is a south-of-the-border success in the trendy Lower Highland neighborhood. More...

Los Chingones Mexican
14/20
2461 Larimer St., Ste. 102
Denver, CO 80205

Los Chingones is the taco the town. More...

My Brother's Bar Burgers
11/20
2376 15th St.
Denver, CO 80202
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Burgers are a good deal for the low price plus USA craft brew and German standard-bearers. More...

Old Major New American
14/20
Dining Room at Old Major, Denver, CO 3316 Tejon St.
Denver, CO 80211
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Chef Justin Brunson and his kitchen crew create magical culinary experiences at this stand-out Highland restaurant. More...

Paramount Cafe American
10/20
519 16th St.
Denver, CO 80202
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Standard-issue burgers, fried meats, sandwiches and salads plus a patio affording good people-watching. More...

The Populist New American
14/20
3163 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205

Seasonal New American food and a killer wine list make The Populist destination-worthy. More...

Racines American
13/20
650 Sherman St.
Denver, CO 80203
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Power brokers, politicians, and the rest of Denver populate this see-and-be-seen hot-spot. More...

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery Brewpub
10/20
1001 16th St.
Denver, CO 80265
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A myriad of microbrews and above-average pub grub make this local watering hole a cool hangout for locals. More...

Root Down Global
14/20
Dining Room at Root Down , Denver, CO 1600 W. 33rd Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
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Put your root down at this Highland hot-spot turning out notable food and striking city views. More...

Sassafras American Eatery Southern
14/20
2637 W. 26th Ave.
Denver, CO 80211

Southern-style breakfasts shine brighter than the morning sun at this lovely Jefferson Park spot. More...

Shanahan's Steakhouse
14/20
5085 S. Syracuse St.
Denver, CO 80237
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Former Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan scores a touchdown with his suburban steakery. More...

Tamayo Mexican
13/20
Dining Room at Tamayo, Denver, CO 1400 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
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Notable Mexican cuisine from celebrity chef Richard Sandoval. More...

Ya Ya's Euro Bistro Contemporary
13/20
8310 E. Belleview Ave.
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Large portions of fresh and unpretentious contemporary cuisine served in a fantasy setting reminiscent of a European castle. More...

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