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Dining Guide to Denver's Uptown Neighborhood

Tacos and Margaritas, burgers and cocktails, and some killer desserts

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Uptown, one of Denver's most walkable and denser neighborhoods, continues to grow its dining scene. The East Denver area that is concentrated around 17th and 19th Avenues combines a youthful urban environment with a sprinkling of some of the best eating and drinking establishments. There seems to be something for everyone from burgers at places like Park & Co. (from the team at behind Parkburger) and Mile High Hamburger Mary's, Italian food at Il Posto and Coperta, contemporary American at Beast + Bottle, and vegan eats at Watercourse.

Some of the following spots have stood the test of time and trends, while others grace the scene with novelty and a fresh approach. Here's where to eat and drink in Uptown.

Note: The map is organized in alphabetical order and does not include all the establishments that call the Uptown area home. If we missed your favorite, send us a note via the tipline or leave a comment here telling us why we should include it.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Masterpiece Delicatessen Uptown

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1710 Sherman St
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 832-6732
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Chef Justin Brunson expanded this modern sandwich shop after finding success with his original LoHi outpost. Don’t miss popular items like the white truffle egg salad or braised beef brisket. There are also daily specials, as well as delivery service within a one-mile radius.
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2. Park & Co.

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439 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(720) 328-6732
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This offshoot of Park Burger offers diners the familiar lineup of burgers, as well as salads, sandwiches, and appetizers like gorgonzola-stuffed dates or crispy Brussels sprouts. There are several different mule cocktails, and more than 20 rotating craft beers on tap.
501 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 800-7705
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Part ping-pong hall and part restaurant, Ace skews Asian in its cuisine with dishes like the tiger wings and kimchi fritters. Booze highlights include house-made sodas and an extensive sake collection.
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4. Steuben's

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523 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 830-1001
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Steuben’s has made a name for itself with a menu of American regional classics like fried chicken, meatloaf, and a lobster roll that was featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” From brunch to dinner to happy hour, the spot also boasts a strong cocktail program. A second location is thriving in Arvada.
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5. Beast + Bottle

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719 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 623-3223
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This cozy and homey restaurant, owned and operated by sibling duo Paul and Aileen Reilly, emphasizes a farm-to-fork philosophy and utilizes in-house butchery. The flexible wine list—with pours available by the glass, carafe, or bottle—allows diners to easily try something new.
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6. WaterCourse Foods

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837 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 832-7313
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WaterCourse is a vegan restaurant that opened more than a decade and a half ago. Many of the dishes are gluten free or with a gluten-free option. Breakfast is served all day in addition to lunch and dinner.
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7. Humboldt

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1700 Humboldt St
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 813-1700
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Humboldt is a neighborhood “farm, fish, wine” concept. The modern American cooking ranges from oysters to crispy broccoli and steak to daily seafood specials. Lunch and dinner are served.
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8. Olive & Finch

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1552 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 832-8663
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This sweet marketplace and cafe serves fresh baked goods, pressed juices, sandwiches, salads, and more. Menus are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with curbside to-go as an option. A second location in Cherry Creek is now open.

9. Vine Street Pub & Brewery

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1700 Vine St
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 388-2337
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This spot is a brewpub that has the capacity to produce 5,000 barrels a year. Beers like Colorado Kind Ale and FYIPA are poured alongside a from-scratch menu of salads, sandwiches, burgers, and house specialties like a spicy pollo asado burrito. Cash only.
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10. Bocaza

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1740 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 393-7545
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If you are in pursuit of one of Denver's most delicious and inexpensive breakfast burritos, look no further than Bocaza. Quick, easy and good, this Mexican food spot is good for any time of day.
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11. Bread N Butter

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1618 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
This Southern-inspired eatery boasts fried chicken, hushpuppies and a wicked whiskey selection.
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12. Dos Santos

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1475 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
Dos Santos took over the former D Bar space, and the Uptown neighborhood is glad to have it. The taqueria serves Mexican cuisine with an edge for lunch, dinner and brunch. Want more? The team is currently working on a pizza place, located just around the corner.

13. Gumbo's Restaurant

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1033 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(720) 266-5300
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Pull up to Gumbo's for a shrimp or fried oyster po' boy and Nola-born Abita ale. This small and unassuming spot serves Cajun food and boasts prime patio real estate.
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14. Marczyk Fine Foods

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770 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 894-9499
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Marczyk Fine Foods will provide you with some of the highest quality groceries in town, as well as excellent sandwiches, deli items, and grab-and-go options. It is a perfect stop for an Uptown picnic or a sandwich and soup on the go.
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15. Blueprint

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450 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 927-6804
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This fun bustling bar is the new project from the owner of DiFranco's. The drink menu has something for every taste and the small plate shines with dishes like the burrata and the meatball sliders.
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16. Coperta

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400 E 20th Ave
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 749-4666
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Coperta is a large format Italian restaurant from the talented team behind Beast + Bottle. Lunch and dinner are served and the pollo alla diavola is a must.
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17. D Bar Denver

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494 E 19th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 861-4710
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This full service restaurant has a fantastic dessert program but also plenty of drinks and savory dishes served for lunch and dinner daily. Morning pastries are also available to go in the cafe space.
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18. Mile High Hamburger Mary's

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1336 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
This new addition to the area is an eclectic gay-friendly sports bar. There are many burger and beer options (and other eats and drinks!) plus 21 brand new high-definition TVs showing sports at all times.
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19. Retrograde + Frozen Matter

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530 E 19th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(720) 600-6358
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An ice cream shop in the front and ultra secret speakeasy in the back (check out the door bell on the freezer door), this spot is a must for drinks or a sweet treat.
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1. Masterpiece Delicatessen Uptown

1710 Sherman St, Denver, CO 80203
Facebook
Chef Justin Brunson expanded this modern sandwich shop after finding success with his original LoHi outpost. Don’t miss popular items like the white truffle egg salad or braised beef brisket. There are also daily specials, as well as delivery service within a one-mile radius.
1710 Sherman St
Denver, CO 80203

2. Park & Co.

439 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
This offshoot of Park Burger offers diners the familiar lineup of burgers, as well as salads, sandwiches, and appetizers like gorgonzola-stuffed dates or crispy Brussels sprouts. There are several different mule cocktails, and more than 20 rotating craft beers on tap.
439 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

3. Ace

501 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Adam Larkey
Part ping-pong hall and part restaurant, Ace skews Asian in its cuisine with dishes like the tiger wings and kimchi fritters. Booze highlights include house-made sodas and an extensive sake collection.
501 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

4. Steuben's

523 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Adam Larkey
Steuben’s has made a name for itself with a menu of American regional classics like fried chicken, meatloaf, and a lobster roll that was featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” From brunch to dinner to happy hour, the spot also boasts a strong cocktail program. A second location is thriving in Arvada.
523 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

5. Beast + Bottle

719 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Adam Larkey
This cozy and homey restaurant, owned and operated by sibling duo Paul and Aileen Reilly, emphasizes a farm-to-fork philosophy and utilizes in-house butchery. The flexible wine list—with pours available by the glass, carafe, or bottle—allows diners to easily try something new.
719 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

6. WaterCourse Foods

837 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
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WaterCourse is a vegan restaurant that opened more than a decade and a half ago. Many of the dishes are gluten free or with a gluten-free option. Breakfast is served all day in addition to lunch and dinner.
837 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

7. Humboldt

1700 Humboldt St, Denver, CO 80218
Adam Larkey
Humboldt is a neighborhood “farm, fish, wine” concept. The modern American cooking ranges from oysters to crispy broccoli and steak to daily seafood specials. Lunch and dinner are served.
1700 Humboldt St
Denver, CO 80218

8. Olive & Finch

1552 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
This sweet marketplace and cafe serves fresh baked goods, pressed juices, sandwiches, salads, and more. Menus are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with curbside to-go as an option. A second location in Cherry Creek is now open.
1552 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218

9. Vine Street Pub & Brewery

1700 Vine St, Denver, CO 80206
Facebook
This spot is a brewpub that has the capacity to produce 5,000 barrels a year. Beers like Colorado Kind Ale and FYIPA are poured alongside a from-scratch menu of salads, sandwiches, burgers, and house specialties like a spicy pollo asado burrito. Cash only.
1700 Vine St
Denver, CO 80206

10. Bocaza

1740 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
Yelp
If you are in pursuit of one of Denver's most delicious and inexpensive breakfast burritos, look no further than Bocaza. Quick, easy and good, this Mexican food spot is good for any time of day.
1740 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218

11. Bread N Butter

1618 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
Adam Larkey
This Southern-inspired eatery boasts fried chicken, hushpuppies and a wicked whiskey selection.
1618 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218

12. Dos Santos

1475 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
Dos Santos took over the former D Bar space, and the Uptown neighborhood is glad to have it. The taqueria serves Mexican cuisine with an edge for lunch, dinner and brunch. Want more? The team is currently working on a pizza place, located just around the corner.
1475 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218

13. Gumbo's Restaurant

1033 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
Facebook
Pull up to Gumbo's for a shrimp or fried oyster po' boy and Nola-born Abita ale. This small and unassuming spot serves Cajun food and boasts prime patio real estate.
1033 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218

14. Marczyk Fine Foods

770 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Facebook
Marczyk Fine Foods will provide you with some of the highest quality groceries in town, as well as excellent sandwiches, deli items, and grab-and-go options. It is a perfect stop for an Uptown picnic or a sandwich and soup on the go.
770 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

15. Blueprint

450 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Facebook
This fun bustling bar is the new project from the owner of DiFranco's. The drink menu has something for every taste and the small plate shines with dishes like the burrata and the meatball sliders.
450 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

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16. Coperta

400 E 20th Ave, Denver, CO 80205
Adam Larkey
Coperta is a large format Italian restaurant from the talented team behind Beast + Bottle. Lunch and dinner are served and the pollo alla diavola is a must.
400 E 20th Ave
Denver, CO 80205

17. D Bar Denver

494 E 19th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Adam Larkey
This full service restaurant has a fantastic dessert program but also plenty of drinks and savory dishes served for lunch and dinner daily. Morning pastries are also available to go in the cafe space.
494 E 19th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

18. Mile High Hamburger Mary's

1336 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
Andra Zeppelin
This new addition to the area is an eclectic gay-friendly sports bar. There are many burger and beer options (and other eats and drinks!) plus 21 brand new high-definition TVs showing sports at all times.
1336 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218

19. Retrograde + Frozen Matter

530 E 19th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Facebook
An ice cream shop in the front and ultra secret speakeasy in the back (check out the door bell on the freezer door), this spot is a must for drinks or a sweet treat.
530 E 19th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

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