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Hottest Restaurants in Denver Right Now, June 2015

Where to dine in Denver this month.

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what's new, what's hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort.

And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the 'it' places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change on a regular basis to always highlight where the foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment.

IN: Osaka Ramen, Union Lodge 1

OUT: Nocturne, Biju's Little Curry Shop

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Acorn

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3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216
(720) 542-3721
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The wood-fired modern American cooking and the elevated craft cocktail program at Acorn gained the restaurant many accolades. Acorn was named among Bon Appetit's best 50 new restaurants in the country and 5280 Magazine ranked the RiNo eatery #2 among the top 25 restaurants in Denver. When you go, don't miss the killer housemade spaghetti with lobster reduction, blue crab, and osetra caviar.

2. Mercantile Dining & Provision

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1701 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 460-3733
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Casual and laid-back by day and fine dining by night, the new venture from chef Alex Seidel from Fruition has quickly attracted an audience. Come early in the day for breakfast pastry and a cup of Commonwealth Coffee, at lunch for a giant Banh Mi sandwich, or in the evening for any of the great pasta dishes.

3. Stoic & Genuine

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1701 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 640-3474
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With a stunning interior and a creative seafood menu, this venture from chef Jennifer Jasinski and partner Beth Gruitch is a winner. Don't miss the lobster roll, the broccoli salad, and the granitas.

4. Work & Class

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2500 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 292-0700
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A square meal, a stiff drink, a fair price is the motto at the RiNo restaurant Work & Class. With an extensive rotisserie-based menu, the restaurant features comfort food, peppered at times with Mexican influences brought by chef/owner Dana Rodriguez. Accolades for the busy spot include being ranked 20 among Denver's 25 best restaurants by 5280 Magazine.

5. Cart Driver

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2500 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 292-3553
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The menu is small and smart, the space intimate and vibrant, and the pizzas may be the best in Denver. Go in with an open mind and enjoy the Cart Driver pie, fresh oysters, and the vanilla soft serve, maybe with a shot of Underberg. Bonus: lunch service is now offered.

6. RiNo Yacht Club

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3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO
This addition to the Source brings energy to the common area space with creative cocktails crafted by bartender Mclain Hedges, a curated eclectic wine list, and some seriously geeky beers.

7. Blackbelly Market

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1606 Conestoga Street
Boulder, CO 80301
Chef Hosea Rosenberg, winner of Bravo's Top Chef Season 5, took his time opening his own restaurant but the wait paid off. The space is warm, the cocktails are lovely, and the food is superb. Try the lamb shank and don's miss the green chili.

8. Leña

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24 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
(720) 550-7267
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Slowly but surely, Lena became a fixture of Denver's dining with a seriously bustling dining room. Don't miss the tacos!

9. Ophelia's Electric Soapbox

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1215 20th Street
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 993-8023
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Set in the Ballpark neighborhood behind the unassuming door of a former brothel, this new venue from restaurateur Justin Cucci is sexy, smooth, and irresistible. Global bites, great decor, and well-curated live music make this new spot a winner.

10. CHO77

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42 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
(720) 638-8179
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Noodles and great dim sum bites inspired by travels through Southeast Asia is what this hot spot is about. Chef Lon Symensma created an eatery where the casual environment makes guests feel at home and the elevated food keeps them coming back.

11. Osaka Ramen

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2611 Walnut Street
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 955-7938
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The long awaited ramen shop from chef Jeff Osaka opened in May and Denverites cannot get enough. Try the tonkotsu and don't miss the kara age chicken.

12. Union Lodge No. 1

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1543 Champa Street
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 389-0447
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The new American bar from the Arvada Tavern team, Mike Huggins and Lenka Juchelkova, has become a quick favorite in Downtown Denver. Turn of the century cocktails served in a cozy and inviting environment are the highlight.

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1. Acorn

3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
The wood-fired modern American cooking and the elevated craft cocktail program at Acorn gained the restaurant many accolades. Acorn was named among Bon Appetit's best 50 new restaurants in the country and 5280 Magazine ranked the RiNo eatery #2 among the top 25 restaurants in Denver. When you go, don't miss the killer housemade spaghetti with lobster reduction, blue crab, and osetra caviar.
3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216

2. Mercantile Dining & Provision

1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO 80202
Casual and laid-back by day and fine dining by night, the new venture from chef Alex Seidel from Fruition has quickly attracted an audience. Come early in the day for breakfast pastry and a cup of Commonwealth Coffee, at lunch for a giant Banh Mi sandwich, or in the evening for any of the great pasta dishes.
1701 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202

3. Stoic & Genuine

1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO 80202
With a stunning interior and a creative seafood menu, this venture from chef Jennifer Jasinski and partner Beth Gruitch is a winner. Don't miss the lobster roll, the broccoli salad, and the granitas.
1701 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202

4. Work & Class

2500 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
A square meal, a stiff drink, a fair price is the motto at the RiNo restaurant Work & Class. With an extensive rotisserie-based menu, the restaurant features comfort food, peppered at times with Mexican influences brought by chef/owner Dana Rodriguez. Accolades for the busy spot include being ranked 20 among Denver's 25 best restaurants by 5280 Magazine.
2500 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

5. Cart Driver

2500 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205
The menu is small and smart, the space intimate and vibrant, and the pizzas may be the best in Denver. Go in with an open mind and enjoy the Cart Driver pie, fresh oysters, and the vanilla soft serve, maybe with a shot of Underberg. Bonus: lunch service is now offered.
2500 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205

6. RiNo Yacht Club

3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO
This addition to the Source brings energy to the common area space with creative cocktails crafted by bartender Mclain Hedges, a curated eclectic wine list, and some seriously geeky beers.
3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO

7. Blackbelly Market

1606 Conestoga Street, Boulder, CO 80301
Chef Hosea Rosenberg, winner of Bravo's Top Chef Season 5, took his time opening his own restaurant but the wait paid off. The space is warm, the cocktails are lovely, and the food is superb. Try the lamb shank and don's miss the green chili.
1606 Conestoga Street
Boulder, CO 80301

8. Leña

24 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Slowly but surely, Lena became a fixture of Denver's dining with a seriously bustling dining room. Don't miss the tacos!
24 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203

9. Ophelia's Electric Soapbox

1215 20th Street, Denver, CO 80202
Set in the Ballpark neighborhood behind the unassuming door of a former brothel, this new venue from restaurateur Justin Cucci is sexy, smooth, and irresistible. Global bites, great decor, and well-curated live music make this new spot a winner.
1215 20th Street
Denver, CO 80202

10. CHO77

42 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
Noodles and great dim sum bites inspired by travels through Southeast Asia is what this hot spot is about. Chef Lon Symensma created an eatery where the casual environment makes guests feel at home and the elevated food keeps them coming back.
42 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209

11. Osaka Ramen

2611 Walnut Street, Denver, CO 80205
The long awaited ramen shop from chef Jeff Osaka opened in May and Denverites cannot get enough. Try the tonkotsu and don't miss the kara age chicken.
2611 Walnut Street
Denver, CO 80205

12. Union Lodge No. 1

1543 Champa Street, Denver, CO 80202
The new American bar from the Arvada Tavern team, Mike Huggins and Lenka Juchelkova, has become a quick favorite in Downtown Denver. Turn of the century cocktails served in a cozy and inviting environment are the highlight.
1543 Champa Street
Denver, CO 80202

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