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The Expert Guide to Dining in LoHi

This booming Denver neighborhood has everything from ice cream destinations to rooftop dinner spots

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The quickly growing roster of restaurants in Lower Highlands offers a nice microcosm of Denver's larger dining scene. From romantic Italian with house amari to omakase sushi menus and pan-Latin American small plates for sharing, options in the area abound. Soon, a New England seafood spot will open, tasting menu dinners will debut, and modern Israeli food will join the neighborhood. For now, here are 15 places to try around LoHi.

Note: Restaurants are not ranked. Have another go-to LoHi spot? Send us a tip, or leave a note in the comments.

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1. Old Major

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3316 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 420-0622
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This 5-year-old restaurant run by chef Justin Brunson brings contemporary farmhouse cuisine centered around swine, wine, and seafood. For lunch and brunch, there’s fried chicken sandwiches. Masterpiece Deli, by the same owner, is also a staple of the neighborhood.

Chefs for Farmers [official photo]

2. Señor Bear

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3301 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 572-5997
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From chefs Max MacKissock and Blake Edmunds comes this pan-Latin American party of a restaurant serving agua chile, mole negro, and mofongo, among other specials. Weekend brunch and happy hour are not to be missed.

Señor Bear Space Photos Ryan Dearth/Eater

3. Root Down

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1600 W 33rd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 993-4200
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The first restaurant opened by restaurateur Justin Cucci and his Edible Beats team offers modern American fare with a vegetarian and vegan slant. Also with an outpost at the airport, it's a great introduction to Denver's new cuisine (see sister restaurants Linger and El Five in the neighborhood).

Root Down [official photo]

4. Avanti F&B, a collective eatery

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3200 Pecos St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 269-4778
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The modern food hall hosts changing food stalls inspired by the style of European markets and food truck roundups. Seven different restaurants, including the new Bistro Georgette and Borracho Taco, present diners with an exciting mix of culinary experiments, while two bars keep the booze flowing.

AVANTI Adam Larkey/Eater

5. Bar Dough

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2227 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 668-8506
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Bar Dough's chef Carrie Baird elevates Italian cuisine in this casual yet polished space. House-made pasta and pizza dough keep customers returning. Baird was recently in the final four contestants on "Top Chef: Colorado."

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6. Uncle

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2215 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 433-3263
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Some of the best ramen in the city can be found at this casual spot owned by Tommy Lee (see also Hop Alley). Eaters should go early or late to avoid the wait and be sure to try the kimchi.

Uncle

7. Spuntino

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2639 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 433-0949
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The menu at this quaint Italian eatery changes seasonally, and the bar makes its own liqueurs and amaro. Chef Cindhura Reddy recently opened a second restaurant, Namkeen, serving South Indian street food in RiNo's Zeppelin Station.

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8. Bamboo Sushi

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215 17th Street
Denver, CO 80211

Bamboo Sushi is the newest raw fish restaurant in LoHi, and it brings sustainably sourced ingredients in a serene, Japan-meets-Scandinavia setting. Diners should sit at the sushi bar and order the chef's omakase (tasting) menu which caters to different tastes and price points.

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9. The Bindery

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1817 Central St
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 993-2364
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Chef Linda Hampsten Fox brings a European restaurant and bakery to LoHi with this bright and sprawling space on Central Street. The all-day menu starts with breakfast pastries and coffee to-go and finishes with rabbit rarebit and coq au vin for dinner. Weekend brunch and Sunday family dinners are also highlights.

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10. Little Man Ice Cream

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2620 16th St
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 455-3811
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No day or night in LoHi is complete without a stop at Little Man Ice Cream. The giant cream can is practically the center of the neighborhood, with lines down the block to prove it.

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11. Low Country Kitchen

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1575 Boulder St a
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 512-4168
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Based in Steamboat Springs, this Southern restaurant now has some of the best fried chicken in Denver along with romantic outdoor seating on the rooftop patio. Brunch brings buckets of fried chicken accompanied by bottles of Cava.

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12. Lola Coastal Mexican

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1575 Boulder St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 570-8686
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One of the pioneers of this neighborhood, Lola remains a hot spot for modern Mexican cuisine, great margaritas, and a bottomless taco brunch.

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13. Sushi Ronin

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2930 Umatilla St
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 955-8741
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Chef Corey Baker has garnered a loyal following for his LoHi restaurant that just spawned a sister izakaya in RiNo. The space at the original is welcoming, the staff is well-trained, and the chef’s omakase tasting is worth it.

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14. El Five

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2930 Umatilla Fifth Floor
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 524-9193
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The newest restaurant by Denver’s Edible Beats team (see also Root Down and Linger in this neighborhood) brings sprawling fourth-floor views of Denver and the Highlands. Mediterranean food is served, with a focus on Moroccan flavors and Spanish tapas.

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15. The Truffle Table

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2556 15th St
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 455-9463
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Eclectic wine, well-curated cheeses, and good company are all highlights at this small corner shop that still retains its neighborhood vibe and service.

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1. Old Major

3316 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211
Chefs for Farmers [official photo]

This 5-year-old restaurant run by chef Justin Brunson brings contemporary farmhouse cuisine centered around swine, wine, and seafood. For lunch and brunch, there’s fried chicken sandwiches. Masterpiece Deli, by the same owner, is also a staple of the neighborhood.

3316 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211

2. Señor Bear

3301 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211
Señor Bear Space Photos Ryan Dearth/Eater

From chefs Max MacKissock and Blake Edmunds comes this pan-Latin American party of a restaurant serving agua chile, mole negro, and mofongo, among other specials. Weekend brunch and happy hour are not to be missed.

3301 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211

3. Root Down

1600 W 33rd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Root Down [official photo]

The first restaurant opened by restaurateur Justin Cucci and his Edible Beats team offers modern American fare with a vegetarian and vegan slant. Also with an outpost at the airport, it's a great introduction to Denver's new cuisine (see sister restaurants Linger and El Five in the neighborhood).

1600 W 33rd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

4. Avanti F&B, a collective eatery

3200 Pecos St, Denver, CO 80211
AVANTI Adam Larkey/Eater

The modern food hall hosts changing food stalls inspired by the style of European markets and food truck roundups. Seven different restaurants, including the new Bistro Georgette and Borracho Taco, present diners with an exciting mix of culinary experiments, while two bars keep the booze flowing.

3200 Pecos St
Denver, CO 80211

5. Bar Dough

2227 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Adam Larkey

Bar Dough's chef Carrie Baird elevates Italian cuisine in this casual yet polished space. House-made pasta and pizza dough keep customers returning. Baird was recently in the final four contestants on "Top Chef: Colorado."

2227 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

6. Uncle

2215 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Uncle

Some of the best ramen in the city can be found at this casual spot owned by Tommy Lee (see also Hop Alley). Eaters should go early or late to avoid the wait and be sure to try the kimchi.

2215 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

7. Spuntino

2639 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Daryl Love/Eater Denver

The menu at this quaint Italian eatery changes seasonally, and the bar makes its own liqueurs and amaro. Chef Cindhura Reddy recently opened a second restaurant, Namkeen, serving South Indian street food in RiNo's Zeppelin Station.

2639 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

8. Bamboo Sushi

215 17th Street, Denver, CO 80211
Lucy Beaugard/Eater Denver

Bamboo Sushi is the newest raw fish restaurant in LoHi, and it brings sustainably sourced ingredients in a serene, Japan-meets-Scandinavia setting. Diners should sit at the sushi bar and order the chef's omakase (tasting) menu which caters to different tastes and price points.

215 17th Street
Denver, CO 80211

9. The Bindery

1817 Central St, Denver, CO 80211
Lucy Beaugard/Eater

Chef Linda Hampsten Fox brings a European restaurant and bakery to LoHi with this bright and sprawling space on Central Street. The all-day menu starts with breakfast pastries and coffee to-go and finishes with rabbit rarebit and coq au vin for dinner. Weekend brunch and Sunday family dinners are also highlights.

1817 Central St
Denver, CO 80211

10. Little Man Ice Cream

2620 16th St, Denver, CO 80211
Rachel Greiman/Eater Denver

No day or night in LoHi is complete without a stop at Little Man Ice Cream. The giant cream can is practically the center of the neighborhood, with lines down the block to prove it.

2620 16th St
Denver, CO 80211

11. Low Country Kitchen

1575 Boulder St a, Denver, CO 80211
Laurie Smith

Based in Steamboat Springs, this Southern restaurant now has some of the best fried chicken in Denver along with romantic outdoor seating on the rooftop patio. Brunch brings buckets of fried chicken accompanied by bottles of Cava.

1575 Boulder St a
Denver, CO 80211

12. Lola Coastal Mexican

1575 Boulder St, Denver, CO 80211
Lola [official]

One of the pioneers of this neighborhood, Lola remains a hot spot for modern Mexican cuisine, great margaritas, and a bottomless taco brunch.

1575 Boulder St
Denver, CO 80211

13. Sushi Ronin

2930 Umatilla St, Denver, CO 80211
Sushi Ronin Sushi Ronin/Facebook

Chef Corey Baker has garnered a loyal following for his LoHi restaurant that just spawned a sister izakaya in RiNo. The space at the original is welcoming, the staff is well-trained, and the chef’s omakase tasting is worth it.

2930 Umatilla St
Denver, CO 80211

14. El Five

2930 Umatilla Fifth Floor, Denver, CO 80211
EL FIVE - DENVER Adam Larkey/Eater

The newest restaurant by Denver’s Edible Beats team (see also Root Down and Linger in this neighborhood) brings sprawling fourth-floor views of Denver and the Highlands. Mediterranean food is served, with a focus on Moroccan flavors and Spanish tapas.

2930 Umatilla Fifth Floor
Denver, CO 80211

15. The Truffle Table

2556 15th St, Denver, CO 80211
Truffle Table/Facebook

Eclectic wine, well-curated cheeses, and good company are all highlights at this small corner shop that still retains its neighborhood vibe and service.

2556 15th St
Denver, CO 80211

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