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Denver's 30 Most Significant Openings of 2015, Ranked and Mapped

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The last twelve months brought Denver a great deal of dining diversity and what seems to be an unprecedented number of attractive new restaurants. We looked back at the places that joined the fray in the last year and we present the 30 most significant ones, ranked and mapped for your convenience.

If we missed your favorite, add it to the comments and tell us why it belongs on this list.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hop Alley

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3500 Larimer St.
Denver, CO
(720) 379-8340
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Only weeks old, this modern Chinese spot from the team behind Uncle is inspired, thoughtful, and heartfelt. Whatever you do, don't miss the steamed eggplant.
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2. Bar Dough

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2227 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 668-8506
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Bar Dough, chef Max Mackissock's return to the kitchen, is a home run. A fabulous front and back of the house team offers wood-fired pizzas, pastas, and salads in a fun upbeat environment.
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3. Rebel Restaurant

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3763 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80216
(303) 297-3902
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A daring American restaurant located in a former dive bar, Rebel challenges diners with dishes like the half roasted pig's head in a format that makes a dish like that surprisingly approachable.

4. CHO77

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42 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
(720) 638-8179
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This twelve month old spot on South Broadway blends the flavors of Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore under the direction of executive chef Lon Symensma and chef de cuisine Ryan Gorby.

5. Bar Fausto

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3126 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 445-9691
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Great cocktails and small bites is what this hip bar in RiNo is all about.

6. Osaka Ramen

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2611 Walnut Street
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 955-7938
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There are two locations to choose from if you crave the rich tonkotsu ramen created by chef Jeff Osaka. Another highlight at the RiNo and Cherry Creek spots is the chicken kara age.

7. Abejas

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807 13th St
Golden, CO 80401
(303) 952-9745
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This new American restaurant is worth the drive to Golden. Chef Nick Ames creates seasonal dishes that make vegetables the star of the show while still pleasing meat lovers.
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8. Telegraph

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(720) 440-9846
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Younger sibling to Brazen, this neighborhood bistro charms and surprises with innovative food and top notch hospitality. A seasonal highlight is the pork cheek ragout.

9. Globe Hall

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4483 Logan St
Denver, CO 80216
(720) 668-8833
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This music venue, dive bar, and barbecue parlor is everything that Denver wants to be right now: daring in its location, unafraid in its combination of uses, and traditional in its food.

10. OneFold

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1429 E 18th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 954-0877
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Quaint and charming, this breakfast and lunch eatery offers Chinese/ Filipino inspired dishes like congee and bacon fried rice.

11. Ophelia's Electric Soapbox

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1215 20th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 993-8023
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A music venue, restaurant, and bar, Ophelia's, brainchild of restaurateur Justin Cucci, is one sexy beast.

12. Solitaire Restaurant

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3927 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 477-4732
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This Highland spot helmed by chef Mark Ferguson offers small and creative bites in hip yet classic environment.
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13. il porcellino salumi

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4334 W 41st Ave
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 477-3206
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Owned by Bill Miner and Brian Albano, this new casual Berkeley meat emporium offers sandwiches, soups, and more in-house and a variety of meaty goodies to go.

14. OTOTO Den

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1501 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 733-2503
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After a four year absence, Ototo, brainchild of the Kizaki brothers who also own Sushi Den and Izakaya Den, returned in a new format and with an upgraded interior.

15. Avanti F&B, a collective eatery

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3200 Pecos St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 269-4778
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Housing seven different small food vendors, including Quiero Arepas and Poco Torteria, this modern food hall is still buzzing in the LoHi neighborhood.
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16. Occidental Bar

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1950 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO
(303) 997-8886
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This LoHi neighborhood bar, younger sibling to esteemed Williams & Graham, gives those who appreciate great cocktails a new venue for watching sports.

17. Bacon Social House

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2434 W 44th Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 550-7065
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Bacon is still hot and this cool new Sunnyside eatery has the dishes to prove it. The pork belly confit is a highlight.
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18. Dos Santos

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1475 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 386-3509
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A family-owned operation, this hip modern day taqueria offers classic creations with a twist. From the arrachera to the tinga and the shrimp, there is something for everyone's taste.

19. Blue Island Oyster Bar

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2625 E 2nd Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 333-2462
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A great raw bar, a creative menu, and a fun interior: That is what this new Cherry Creek spot is bringing to the posh neighborhood.

20. Desmond Bar and Grill

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2230 Oneida St
Denver, CO
(720) 542-9035
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This Park Hill casual restaurant brings with it the return of one of Denver's most beloved chefs, Sean Kelly.

21. revelry kitchen

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4140 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80212
Set at the edge of the Highland and Berkeley neighborhood, Revelry is helmed by chef Enrique Socarras. When you go, don't miss the churros.

22. Honor Society Handcrafted Eatery

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1900 16th St Unit C
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 420-0614
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This health conscious fine casual eatery is led by chef Justin Brunson who also owns Old Major and Masterpiece Deli. A major highlight is the salmon sandwich.

23. Brik on York

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2223 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 284-6754
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Italian-inspired Brik on York brings a selection of pizza, well-curated wine, and live music together in a cozy neighborhood-bar environment.
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24. Chowder Room

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560 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 777-3474
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Slowly but surely, this blue-hued South Broadway restaurant won over regulars who return for dishes like the New England-style chowder.

25. Wild Standard

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1043 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302
(720) 638-4800
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Creative small plates are served dim sum style at this seafood centric place owned by chef Brandford Heap. The raw bar is a major highlight.
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26. Brider

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1644 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 455-3084
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This brand new fast casual spot from the acclaimed team behind Acorn and Oak at Fourteenth is centered around a stunning rotisserie oven.

27. Finn's Manor

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2927 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
A unique format in Denver, Finn's Manor combines a fun bar with an outdoor food truck pod that brings tasty bites from vendors like Owlbear Barbecue.

28. Sushi-Rama

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(720) 476-4643
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Hello conveyer belt sushi! The brand new RiNo spot owned in part by chef Jeff Osaka is already buzzing.
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29. Black Eye Capital Hill

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800 Sherman St
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 955-1205
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This ambitious second iteration of the coffee shop in LoHi offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a full bar menu in a stunning space.
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30. Milk & Honey Bar • Kitchen

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1414 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 997-7590
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Set in Larimer Square, Milk & Honey offers innovative cuisine under the direction of chef and owner Michael Shiell.

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1. Hop Alley

3500 Larimer St., Denver, CO
Adam Larkey
Only weeks old, this modern Chinese spot from the team behind Uncle is inspired, thoughtful, and heartfelt. Whatever you do, don't miss the steamed eggplant.
3500 Larimer St.
Denver, CO

2. Bar Dough

2227 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Adam Larkey
Bar Dough, chef Max Mackissock's return to the kitchen, is a home run. A fabulous front and back of the house team offers wood-fired pizzas, pastas, and salads in a fun upbeat environment.
2227 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

3. Rebel Restaurant

3763 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80216
A daring American restaurant located in a former dive bar, Rebel challenges diners with dishes like the half roasted pig's head in a format that makes a dish like that surprisingly approachable.
3763 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80216

4. CHO77

42 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
This twelve month old spot on South Broadway blends the flavors of Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore under the direction of executive chef Lon Symensma and chef de cuisine Ryan Gorby.
42 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209

5. Bar Fausto

3126 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Great cocktails and small bites is what this hip bar in RiNo is all about.
3126 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

6. Osaka Ramen

2611 Walnut Street, Denver, CO 80205
There are two locations to choose from if you crave the rich tonkotsu ramen created by chef Jeff Osaka. Another highlight at the RiNo and Cherry Creek spots is the chicken kara age.
2611 Walnut Street
Denver, CO 80205

7. Abejas

807 13th St, Golden, CO 80401
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This new American restaurant is worth the drive to Golden. Chef Nick Ames creates seasonal dishes that make vegetables the star of the show while still pleasing meat lovers.
807 13th St
Golden, CO 80401

8. Telegraph

295 S Pennsylvania St Denver, CO 80209
Younger sibling to Brazen, this neighborhood bistro charms and surprises with innovative food and top notch hospitality. A seasonal highlight is the pork cheek ragout.

9. Globe Hall

4483 Logan St, Denver, CO 80216
This music venue, dive bar, and barbecue parlor is everything that Denver wants to be right now: daring in its location, unafraid in its combination of uses, and traditional in its food.
4483 Logan St
Denver, CO 80216

10. OneFold

1429 E 18th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
Quaint and charming, this breakfast and lunch eatery offers Chinese/ Filipino inspired dishes like congee and bacon fried rice.
1429 E 18th Ave
Denver, CO 80218

11. Ophelia's Electric Soapbox

1215 20th St, Denver, CO 80202
A music venue, restaurant, and bar, Ophelia's, brainchild of restaurateur Justin Cucci, is one sexy beast.
1215 20th St
Denver, CO 80202

12. Solitaire Restaurant

3927 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80212
Adam Larkey
This Highland spot helmed by chef Mark Ferguson offers small and creative bites in hip yet classic environment.
3927 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80212

13. il porcellino salumi

4334 W 41st Ave, Denver, CO 80212
Owned by Bill Miner and Brian Albano, this new casual Berkeley meat emporium offers sandwiches, soups, and more in-house and a variety of meaty goodies to go.
4334 W 41st Ave
Denver, CO 80212

14. OTOTO Den

1501 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210
After a four year absence, Ototo, brainchild of the Kizaki brothers who also own Sushi Den and Izakaya Den, returned in a new format and with an upgraded interior.
1501 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80210

15. Avanti F&B, a collective eatery

3200 Pecos St, Denver, CO 80211
Ryan Dearth
Housing seven different small food vendors, including Quiero Arepas and Poco Torteria, this modern food hall is still buzzing in the LoHi neighborhood.
3200 Pecos St
Denver, CO 80211

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16. Occidental Bar

1950 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO