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The Top Denver Restaurant Newcomers of 2018

Denver food writers discuss their favorite dining scene additions this year

A spread of pita and salatim at Safta, which most Denver food writers rated as a best new restaurant
Lucy Beaugard/Eater

Following an Eater tradition, we asked a group of restaurant writers, journalists, bloggers, and friends of the site to weigh in on the year in food. Their answers to the annual “Year in Eater” survey will be revealed in several posts this week. Here, dining experts share their favorite new restaurants of 2018.

Allyson Reedy, contributor, The Denver Post: Safta, Safta, Safta. And Famous Original J’s white pie.

Ruth Tobias, freelance food and wine writer, multiple outlets: Man, it’s been quite the embarrassment of riches — just off the top of my head and in order of opening, gotta call out Julep, The Way Back, Corrida, Super Mega Bien, Q House, Safta, Uchi, the Wolf’s Tailor, Chow Morso, Morin, and Beckon — that’s 11! It’s not a restaurant per se, but Zeppelin Station obviously deserves applause too. So does Liberati — on the brewing front, Alex Liberati is doing something literally no one else in the world has tried that I know of, and I really hope Denverites support it. Of course my expectations are high for Ash’Kara and LeRoux too.

Brittany Werges, Editor-in-Chief, 303 Magazine: Safta, Beckon, Morin, Uchi.

Linnea Covington, freelance writer, Westword: Safta, it’s so needed and so appreciated.

Lucy Beaugard, photographer and writer, Eater: The Wolf’s Tailor, Call, Safta, Super Mega Bien.

Denise Mickelsen, Food Editor, 5280 Magazine: It was a big year! My long list: Zeppelin Station, Julep, the Way Back 2.0, Beckon, Corrida, Q House, Safta, Smok, Morin, the Wolf’s Tailor, Super Mega Bien, Liberati Osteria & Oenobeers, Uchi Denver, Chook, Jovanina’s Broken Italian, Tokyo Premium Bakery, Pony Up, Ash’Kara, and LeRoux.

Callie Sumlin, Associate Food Editor, 5280: Tokyo Premium Bakery!

Laura Young, Founder, New Denizen Blog: I’m a big fan of Super Mega Bien. I have never been disappointed by any of the dishes that comes out of Dana Rodriguez’ kitchen. The chicken pozole there is the chicken stew of my dreams.

Although it’s not unique to Denver, I really like Uchi, the newly opened Japanese restaurant in RiNo. Its top-notch food and cool and sexy interior design make it the perfect place to wow your significant other on date night. The sushi is every bit as good as what you’ll get in many restaurants in Japan. In addition, the appetizers and cooked hot plates coming out of the kitchen have some true standouts, in particular the Kinoko Nabe, which features a delicious mix of mushroom, egg, and crispy rice — a Japanese paella of sorts.

Zeppelin Station

3501 Wazee Street, , CO 80216 Visit Website


4141 Pennsylvania Avenue, , MO 64111 (816) 216-7000 Visit Website


3330 Brighton Boulevard, , CO 80216 (720) 408-2444 Visit Website


3330 Brighton Blvd #202, Denver, CO 80216 (720) 452-2487 Visit Website


1600 15th Street, , CO 80202 (303) 623-0534 Visit Website


904 Westheimer Road, , TX 77006 (713) 522-4808 Visit Website

Famous Original J's Pizza

715 East 26th Avenue, , CO 80205 (720) 420-9102 Visit Website

Chow Morso Osteria

1500 Wynkoop Street, , CO 80202 (720) 639-4089 Visit Website

The Way Back

3963 Tennyson Street, , CO 80212 (970) 682-6888 Visit Website

Pony Up

1808 Blake Street, , CO 80202 (720) 710-8144 Visit Website

Jovanina's Broken Italian

1520 Blake Street, , CO 80202 (720) 541-7721 Visit Website


2843 Larimer Street, , CO 80205 (303) 749-0020 Visit Website


4340 East 8th Avenue, , CO 80220 (303) 282-8399 Visit Website

Q House

3421 East Colfax Avenue, , CO 80206 (720) 729-8887 Visit Website


1260 25th Street, , CO 80205 (720) 269-4695 Visit Website

Beckon | Call

2845 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80205


2845 Larimer Street, , CO 80205 (303) 954-0230 Visit Website

The Wolf's Tailor

4058 Tejon Street, , CO 80211 (720) 456-6705 Visit Website


1023 Walnut Street, , CO 80302 (303) 444-1333 Visit Website