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The 2015 Eater Awards for Denver

Here they are, folks!

Adam Larkey

Without further ado, we present to you the triumphant winners of the 2015 Eater Awards - the stellar restaurants and the folks behind them who elevate Denver's dining scene to a more delicious, more beautiful level.

Earlier this month, in each of 24 cities and on the national stage, the Eater editorial team named five nominees in each of five categories: Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, Bartender of the Year, So Hot Right Now, and Stone Cold Stunner. For 24 hours, each category was opened up for reader voting to determine the three finalists. From those finalists, the editorial team has chosen the winners. (Editors in each city also had the opportunity to designate a bonus category and its winner. In Denver, we opted for a sustainability award and the winner is chosen below.)

Unveiled below are the 2015 Denver winners. To see who won on the national landscape, check out the rankings here.


The second act from chef Lon Symemsna, Cho77, is as casual and precise as Symensma himself. Located on the bustling South Broadway stretch, Cho77 focuses on all thing South East Asian from the smallest details in decor to the dishes on the menu.

Stone Cold Stunner: The Occidental

The little sister bar to highly acclaimed speakeasy Williams & Graham bursted into the bar scene with its casual vibe, large screen TVs, and an interior that is thoughtful, precise, and charming. Bijou Angeli, wife of bartender and owner Sean Kenyon, is responsible for the funky and unique touches of this LoHi spot.

Chef of the Year: Steve Redzikowski

Steve Redzikowski, whose culinary pedigree includes Le Cirque, Cyrus, and the Little Nell, is the culinary force behind two highly lauded restaurants: Acorn and Oak at Fourteenth. This year, Acorn was named the number one restaurant in Denver by 5280 Magazine. Last year, the same spot was among Bon Appeitit's 50 best new restaurants in the country. Redzikowski's latest project, Brider, will open in early December.

So Hot Right Now: Bar Dough

Bar Dough is brand new and highly anticipated restaurant from acclaimed chef Max MacKissock. A casual neighborhood bar and eatery, the new spot brings wood-fired pizzas and Italian inspired dishes to LoHi. The space is sleek and the wait times are becoming longer and longer with each week that goes by.

Bartender of the Year: Rob Corbari

Rob Corbari has been leading the bar program at the Populist since the RiNo restaurant opened in 2012. The unassuming yet commanding bartender now also showcases his craft at the new and hot Bar Fausto.

Sustainability Award: The Kitchen

For eleven years, Boulder's original farm to table restaurant, The Kitchen, has been raising the bar for using local produce, supporting farmers, and bringing learning gardens to schools in our community. The reach of the group has become national.


42 South Broadway, , CO 80209 (720) 638-8179 Visit Website


15 Henry Thomas Drive, , LA 70124 (504) 218-5413 Visit Website

Bar Fausto

3126 Larimer Street, , CO 80205 (720) 445-9691 Visit Website

The Populist

3163 Larimer Street, , CO 80205 (720) 432-3163 Visit Website

Bar Dough

2227 West 32nd Avenue, , CO 80211 (720) 668-8506 Visit Website

The Occidental

1475 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, , DC 20004 (202) 783-1475 Visit Website

The Kitchen Boulder

1039 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 303 544 5973 Visit Website


1400 Pearl Street, , CO 80302 (303) 444-3622 Visit Website