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Where to Dine in the Berkeley Neighborhood

An updated guide to the restaurants that have filled in this funky pocket of town

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The stretch between 38th and 46th avenues on Tennyson Street has developed into a dining destination all its own, with high-end eateries, casual diners, cocktail bars, and more. With the street and its surrounding neighborhood changing almost daily, it can be hard to keep up. Most recently opened are High Point Creamery and The Grateful Gnome brewery. Coming very soon are new restaurants Tres Chiles, a Mexican grill, and Wendell’s, a breakfast diner in the former home of DJ’s Berkeley Cafe. The closings are bittersweet, but many lasting businesses are still staples.

From a Dutch sandwich shop and Native American eatery to two brand new drinking destinations, here are Eater’s current favorites. They’re the spots that can’t be found anywhere else except in beloved Berkeley.

Note: Map points are ordered geographically. Have another favorite? Send us a tip.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Brazen

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4500 West 38th Avenue
Denver, CO 80212
(720) 638-1242
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Approachable yet elevated cuisine is what this spot tucked in a strip mall is about. On sunny days, happy hour on the patio is a hit. The same patio turns into a cozy drinking spot around the fireplace at night. Bonus: There's a great late-night dining menu.

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2. The Way Back

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3963 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212
(970) 682-6888
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This reboot of a Berkeley cult favorite is now right on Tennyson Street, with a killer bar program to match its next-level dinner plates. More casual drinkers and diners can hang out by the front bar, but the dining room in back is perfect for a special occasion or date night.

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3. Cozy Cottage

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4363 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212
(720) 855-9800
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Cozy is precisely the right word for this breakfast-lunch bungalow with a homey menu of signature fruit and nut pancakes, eggs Benedict, French toast, chilaquiles, salmon Benedict, salmon and lox, and other morning staples.

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4. Vital Root

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3915 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 474-4131
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It's only natural to be a wee bit skeptical about coconut bacon, but trust us, this will come as a flavor-filled surprise, along with the rest of the vegetarian menu. At this modern little oasis, restaurateur Justin Cucci takes on fast-casual, vegetarian fare with his usual quirky style.

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5. Parisi Italian Market & Deli

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4401 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 561-0234
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Located directly across Tennyson from the Oriental Theater, this Italian eatery has two components: The Parisi fast-casual, quick-serve option, and the Firenze, a Tavola sit-down dining experience, with Tuscan cuisine in a romantic setting.

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6. Royal

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4000 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 862-9394
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Next to Block & Larder, the Royal dishes out a menu heavy on a variety of burgers — beef, turkey, lamb, tilapia, veggie — with delightful toppings from fig jam to goat cheese and Manchego.

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7. Mas Kaos Pizzeria & Taqueria

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4526 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212
(720) 638-2100
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Mas Kaos bills itself as a hybrid pizzeria and Mexican restaurant, located in an 8,200-square-foot development — a warehouse that also houses Call to Arms Brewery. A selection of craft beers, tequilas, cocktails, and wines complements the food.

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8. El Chingon Mexican Bistro

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4326 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 248-3641
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This family-owned and operated restaurant serves authentic Mexico City-style cuisine alongside modern cocktails in a laid-back bungalow setting. The two front porch tables are coveted seats, and the birria, aguachile, and tortas are all favorites.

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9. Hops & Pie

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3920 Tennyson Street
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 477-7000
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The crowds pack in at Hops & Pie, where diners can customize a pizza and wash it down with a selection from the ever-changing beer list. While the place is known for pizza, it dishes out a great selection of sandwiches as well.

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10. Block & Larder

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4000 Tennyson Street
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 433-4063
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A brainchild of the team behind Freshcraft, Block & Larder is a new-generation chophouse without the fuss. In-house butchery drives much of the menu, especially the evening board's chops, grinds, and braises section. Lunch is also available, and the fried chicken is among the best around.

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11. The Tatarian

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4024 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 416-4496
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By the owners of Union Lodge No. 1 and Arvada Tavern, this new Berkeley cocktail bar is a gem. It’s a stylish little space with herbs, roots, and spices at the core of a playful cocktail menu. All the drinks are recommended for either pre- or post-dinner on Tennyson.

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12. il porcellino salumi

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4334 W 41st Ave
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 477-3206
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This meat emporium offers great sandwiches, soups, and salads for lunch and dinner and a chance to bring home some house-cured meats after.

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13. Revelry kitchen

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4140 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 455-3132
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Just on the other side of 38th Avenue, close enough to the edge of the neighborhood, is breakfast, lunch, and brunch eatery Revelry. Don't miss the churro doughnuts with dulce de leche.

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14. Ragin' Hog BBQ

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4361 Lowell Boulevard
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 859-6003
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Located in a nondescript parking lot shared with Safeway, Ragin’ Hog is open Tuesday through Saturday, dishing up a variety of barbecued meats and classic side dishes. The sauces are delicious and represent different barbecue regions like Georgia, Memphis, and Carolina.

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15. Dubbel Dutch

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4974 Lowell Blvd
Denver, CO 80221
(303) 480-9100
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Sandwiches, paninis, cheese platters, and salads are all offered in this quaint 15-year-old shop. Its owner, Eef, brings a taste of the Netherlands here with Dutch coffee, tosti, and hagelslag (sprinkle sandwiches).

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16. Cafe Brazil

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4408 Lowell Boulevard
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 480-1877
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This family-owned classic remains a staple of the Denver dining scene. The menu spans South American cuisine, highlighting meat and seafood dishes such as prawns served in a black bean sauce. In the Rum Room, diners can also enjoy complimentary tapas with the purchase of drinks. Lunch service has been added Wednesday through Friday.

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17. Tocabe

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3536 West 44th Avenue
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 524-8282
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Tocabe stands apart as the only Native American restaurant in metro Denver. American Indian tacos are the specialty here, served up on fry bread with protein choices like shredded bison or grilled chicken. If you can’t get enough of the fry bread, try it in nugget form coated in powdered sugar.

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18. Scratch Burrito & Happy Tap

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4262 Lowell Boulevard
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 477-3000
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Burrito lovers can try some unusual tortilla-stuffed combos here, like Korean barbecue beef, fried rice and kimchi. There’s an emphasis on seasonal ingredients, as well as local beer offerings.

Andra Zeppelin

1. Brazen

4500 West 38th Avenue, Denver, CO 80212
Brazen/Facebook

Approachable yet elevated cuisine is what this spot tucked in a strip mall is about. On sunny days, happy hour on the patio is a hit. The same patio turns into a cozy drinking spot around the fireplace at night. Bonus: There's a great late-night dining menu.

4500 West 38th Avenue
Denver, CO 80212

2. The Way Back

3963 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212
Adam Larkey/Eater

This reboot of a Berkeley cult favorite is now right on Tennyson Street, with a killer bar program to match its next-level dinner plates. More casual drinkers and diners can hang out by the front bar, but the dining room in back is perfect for a special occasion or date night.

3963 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212

3. Cozy Cottage

4363 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212
Facebook

Cozy is precisely the right word for this breakfast-lunch bungalow with a homey menu of signature fruit and nut pancakes, eggs Benedict, French toast, chilaquiles, salmon Benedict, salmon and lox, and other morning staples.

4363 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212

4. Vital Root

3915 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212
Andra Zeppelin

It's only natural to be a wee bit skeptical about coconut bacon, but trust us, this will come as a flavor-filled surprise, along with the rest of the vegetarian menu. At this modern little oasis, restaurateur Justin Cucci takes on fast-casual, vegetarian fare with his usual quirky style.

3915 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212

5. Parisi Italian Market & Deli

4401 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212
Parisi Website

Located directly across Tennyson from the Oriental Theater, this Italian eatery has two components: The Parisi fast-casual, quick-serve option, and the Firenze, a Tavola sit-down dining experience, with Tuscan cuisine in a romantic setting.

4401 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212

6. Royal

4000 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212
Andra Zeppelin

Next to Block & Larder, the Royal dishes out a menu heavy on a variety of burgers — beef, turkey, lamb, tilapia, veggie — with delightful toppings from fig jam to goat cheese and Manchego.

4000 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212

7. Mas Kaos Pizzeria & Taqueria

4526 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212
Adam Larkey

Mas Kaos bills itself as a hybrid pizzeria and Mexican restaurant, located in an 8,200-square-foot development — a warehouse that also houses Call to Arms Brewery. A selection of craft beers, tequilas, cocktails, and wines complements the food.

4526 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212

8. El Chingon Mexican Bistro

4326 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212
Facebook

This family-owned and operated restaurant serves authentic Mexico City-style cuisine alongside modern cocktails in a laid-back bungalow setting. The two front porch tables are coveted seats, and the birria, aguachile, and tortas are all favorites.

4326 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212

9. Hops & Pie

3920 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO 80212
Hops & Pie/Facebook

The crowds pack in at Hops & Pie, where diners can customize a pizza and wash it down with a selection from the ever-changing beer list. While the place is known for pizza, it dishes out a great selection of sandwiches as well.

3920 Tennyson Street
Denver, CO 80212

10. Block & Larder

4000 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO 80212
Block & Larder/Facebook

A brainchild of the team behind Freshcraft, Block & Larder is a new-generation chophouse without the fuss. In-house butchery drives much of the menu, especially the evening board's chops, grinds, and braises section. Lunch is also available, and the fried chicken is among the best around.

4000 Tennyson Street
Denver, CO 80212

11. The Tatarian

4024 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212
The Tatarian [official]

By the owners of Union Lodge No. 1 and Arvada Tavern, this new Berkeley cocktail bar is a gem. It’s a stylish little space with herbs, roots, and spices at the core of a playful cocktail menu. All the drinks are recommended for either pre- or post-dinner on Tennyson.

4024 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212

12. il porcellino salumi

4334 W 41st Ave, Denver, CO 80212
Adam Larkey

This meat emporium offers great sandwiches, soups, and salads for lunch and dinner and a chance to bring home some house-cured meats after.

4334 W 41st Ave
Denver, CO 80212

13. Revelry kitchen

4140 W 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80212
Andra Zeppelin

Just on the other side of 38th Avenue, close enough to the edge of the neighborhood, is breakfast, lunch, and brunch eatery Revelry. Don't miss the churro doughnuts with dulce de leche.

4140 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80212

14. Ragin' Hog BBQ

4361 Lowell Boulevard, Denver, CO 80211
Facebook

Located in a nondescript parking lot shared with Safeway, Ragin’ Hog is open Tuesday through Saturday, dishing up a variety of barbecued meats and classic side dishes. The sauces are delicious and represent different barbecue regions like Georgia, Memphis, and Carolina.

4361 Lowell Boulevard
Denver, CO 80211

15. Dubbel Dutch

4974 Lowell Blvd, Denver, CO 80221
Dubbel Dutch [official]

Sandwiches, paninis, cheese platters, and salads are all offered in this quaint 15-year-old shop. Its owner, Eef, brings a taste of the Netherlands here with Dutch coffee, tosti, and hagelslag (sprinkle sandwiches).

4974 Lowell Blvd
Denver, CO 80221

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16. Cafe Brazil

4408 Lowell Boulevard, Denver, CO 80211
Facebook

This family-owned classic remains a staple of the Denver dining scene. The menu spans South American cuisine, highlighting meat and seafood dishes such as prawns served in a black bean sauce. In the Rum Room, diners can also enjoy complimentary tapas with the purchase of drinks. Lunch service has been added Wednesday through Friday.

4408 Lowell Boulevard
Denver, CO 80211

17. Tocabe

3536 West 44th Avenue, Denver, CO 80211
Tocabe/Facebook

Tocabe stands apart as the only Native American restaurant in metro Denver. American Indian tacos are the specialty here, served up on fry bread with protein choices like shredded bison or grilled chicken. If you can’t get enough of the fry bread, try it in nugget form coated in powdered sugar.

3536 West 44th Avenue
Denver, CO 80211

18. Scratch Burrito & Happy Tap

4262 Lowell Boulevard, Denver, CO 80211
Andra Zeppelin

Burrito lovers can try some unusual tortilla-stuffed combos here, like Korean barbecue beef, fried rice and kimchi. There’s an emphasis on seasonal ingredients, as well as local beer offerings.

4262 Lowell Boulevard
Denver, CO 80211

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