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Quality Italian is one of two essential Cherry Creek restaurants located in the Halcyon Hotel
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The Ultimate Guide to Dining in Cherry Creek

From fine dining to fast-casual, this central Denver nook has a bit of everything

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Quality Italian is one of two essential Cherry Creek restaurants located in the Halcyon Hotel
| Adam Larkey/Eater

The high-end, walkable Cherry Creek neighborhood has more than 50 restaurants and bars within its borders. A few newer restaurants are worth stopping for, like Fortune Wok to Table, and Mehak India's Aroma. The burgers are legendary at the Cherry Cricket, and swanky spots including Matsuhisa, Departure, and Quality Italian really give the district its upscale reputation. This guide lists the Cherry Creek area’s 14 most essential destinations.

Note: Restaurants are not ranked. Have another favorite? Send us a tip, or share it in the comments.

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1. Barolo Grill

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3030 E 6th Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 393-1040
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This family-owned Italian restaurant has been a Cherry Creek destination for more than 25 years. Longtime house specials include the black truffle risotto and braised duck (pictured). The wine list is award-winning, and an annual event each November spotlights the seasonal white truffle.

Barolo Grill
Barolo Grill
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2. Fortune Wok to Table

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2817 E 3rd Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 321-7788
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Hand-made dumplings, noodles, and Chinese cuisine are the staples of this minimalist eatery, with a small, to-the-point menu. The ingredients of each dish are fresh and largely organic.

Dumplings at Fortune Wok to Table
Dumplings at Fortune Wok to Table
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3. Hillstone

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303 Josephine St
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 333-4688
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With an inviting outdoors atmosphere, Hillstone brings its hospitality and comfort food to Cherry Creek. There is a parking lot (a hot commodity around these parts) and TVs at the bar for those eager to catch a game. Though the menu spans sushi to fried chicken, the Famous French Dip with prime rib is a good place to start.

Hillstone
Hillstone
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4. Grind Kitchen & Watering Hole

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300 Fillmore St
Denver, CO 80206
(720) 749-4158
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Respectful of seasonality and ingredients, this southern spot serves lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, featuring bottomless bloody marys.

Grind Kitchen & Watering Hole
Grind Kitchen & Watering Hole
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5. La Merise

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2700 E 3rd Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(720) 596-4360
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La Merise offers simple French fare, with dishes such as escargot in garlic-herb butter, foie gras torchon, and beef bourguignon. Meals should be paired with a selection from the French-heavy wine list.

La Merise
La Merise
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6. Quality Italian

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241 Columbine St.
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 532-8888
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This newer Italian restaurant in Cherry Creek has it all, from the chicken Parmiggiana in the shape of a pizza to the cocktail menu that includes a nitro-powered Negroni. Lunch and dinner are served daily; weekend brunch is a must.

Quality Italian
Quality Italian
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7. Mehak India's Aroma

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250 Steele St Ste 100
Denver, CO 80206
(720) 638-9350
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A new Indian fine dining restaurant, Mehak comes to Cherry Creek courtesy the chef-owner of Littleton's casual Zaika Indian Cuisine. For a deal at this new upscale spot, diners should go for lunch, and order the express meal that comes with soup, rice, naan, and an on-tap beverage.

Mehak India’s Aroma
Mehak India’s Aroma
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8. Kobe An

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231 Milwaukee St
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 989-5907
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A second outpost of this Japanese-inspired restaurant brings the neighborhood a way to share a meal with friends, plus a variety of sushi options. The warm, family-owned eatery features tatami rooms, serving traditional and modern fare.

9. The Cherry Cricket

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2641 E 2nd Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 322-7666
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This pub bills itself as the black sheep of Cherry Creek, but people flock here for the burgers that are customizable with an array of toppings like herb cream cheese, green chiles, or even peanut butter.

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Cherry Cricket
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10. Blue Island Oyster Bar

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2625 E 2nd Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 333-2462
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Inspired by childhood memories in a small coastal town, the menu is chock-full of fresh seafood, steamed mussels and clams, lobster rolls, chowder, and more. Completed by a full bar menu, original cocktails and classics successfully cap a meal or snack at this beachy eatery.

Blue Island Oyster Bar
Blue Island Oyster Bar
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11. North Italia

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190 Clayton Ln
Denver, CO 80206
(720) 941-7700
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This corner staple takes its cues from Italian trattorias with a contemporary bent to the menu. The antipasti portion features grilled cauliflower and calamari, while the wood-fired pizzas balance sauces and clever toppings. The wine list and cocktail menu also make happy hour a steal.

North Italia
North Italia
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12. Cherry Creek Grill

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184 Steele St
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 322-3524
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Popular with the power lunch crowd, Cherry Creek Grill offers upscale-casual American fare with southwestern flair. The fried chicken sandwiches are a favorite, along with the French dip and an assortment of small bites, from deviled eggs to a dip of the day.

Cherry Creek Grill
Cherry Creek Grill
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13. Olive & Finch

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3390 E 1st Ave
Denver, CO 80206

This second location of a local favorite offers endless reasons to visit, from the coffee program powered by Intelligentsia beans, to the creative lunch options, and the always interesting and affordable dinner offerings. The pastries and cakes are an added bonus, as is the patio.

Olive & Finch
Olive & Finch
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14. Matsuhisa

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98 Steele St
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 329-6628
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The stunning Denver outpost of Japanese classic Matsuhisa serves weekday lunch and dinner, bringing the highest quality and freshest fish to this neighborhood.

Matsuhisa
Matsuhisa
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1. Barolo Grill

3030 E 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Barolo Grill
Barolo Grill
Rachel Greiman/Eater

This family-owned Italian restaurant has been a Cherry Creek destination for more than 25 years. Longtime house specials include the black truffle risotto and braised duck (pictured). The wine list is award-winning, and an annual event each November spotlights the seasonal white truffle.

3030 E 6th Ave
Denver, CO 80206

2. Fortune Wok to Table

2817 E 3rd Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Dumplings at Fortune Wok to Table
Dumplings at Fortune Wok to Table
Fortune Wok to Table/Facebook

Hand-made dumplings, noodles, and Chinese cuisine are the staples of this minimalist eatery, with a small, to-the-point menu. The ingredients of each dish are fresh and largely organic.

2817 E 3rd Ave
Denver, CO 80206

3. Hillstone

303 Josephine St, Denver, CO 80206
Hillstone
Hillstone
Hillstone/Facebook

With an inviting outdoors atmosphere, Hillstone brings its hospitality and comfort food to Cherry Creek. There is a parking lot (a hot commodity around these parts) and TVs at the bar for those eager to catch a game. Though the menu spans sushi to fried chicken, the Famous French Dip with prime rib is a good place to start.

303 Josephine St
Denver, CO 80206

4. Grind Kitchen & Watering Hole

300 Fillmore St, Denver, CO 80206
Grind Kitchen & Watering Hole
Grind Kitchen & Watering Hole
Rachel Greiman

Respectful of seasonality and ingredients, this southern spot serves lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, featuring bottomless bloody marys.

300 Fillmore St
Denver, CO 80206

5. La Merise

2700 E 3rd Ave, Denver, CO 80206
La Merise
La Merise
La Merise/Facebook

La Merise offers simple French fare, with dishes such as escargot in garlic-herb butter, foie gras torchon, and beef bourguignon. Meals should be paired with a selection from the French-heavy wine list.

2700 E 3rd Ave
Denver, CO 80206

6. Quality Italian

241 Columbine St., Denver, CO 80206
Quality Italian
Quality Italian
Adam Larkey

This newer Italian restaurant in Cherry Creek has it all, from the chicken Parmiggiana in the shape of a pizza to the cocktail menu that includes a nitro-powered Negroni. Lunch and dinner are served daily; weekend brunch is a must.

241 Columbine St.
Denver, CO 80206

7. Mehak India's Aroma

250 Steele St Ste 100, Denver, CO 80206
Mehak India’s Aroma
Mehak India’s Aroma
Mehak India’s Aroma/Facebook

A new Indian fine dining restaurant, Mehak comes to Cherry Creek courtesy the chef-owner of Littleton's casual Zaika Indian Cuisine. For a deal at this new upscale spot, diners should go for lunch, and order the express meal that comes with soup, rice, naan, and an on-tap beverage.

250 Steele St Ste 100
Denver, CO 80206

8. Kobe An

231 Milwaukee St, Denver, CO 80206

A second outpost of this Japanese-inspired restaurant brings the neighborhood a way to share a meal with friends, plus a variety of sushi options. The warm, family-owned eatery features tatami rooms, serving traditional and modern fare.

231 Milwaukee St
Denver, CO 80206

9. The Cherry Cricket

2641 E 2nd Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Cherry Cricket
Cherry Cricket
Cherry Cricket/Facebook

This pub bills itself as the black sheep of Cherry Creek, but people flock here for the burgers that are customizable with an array of toppings like herb cream cheese, green chiles, or even peanut butter.

2641 E 2nd Ave
Denver, CO 80206

10. Blue Island Oyster Bar

2625 E 2nd Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Blue Island Oyster Bar
Blue Island Oyster Bar
Blue Island Oyster Bar/Facebook

Inspired by childhood memories in a small coastal town, the menu is chock-full of fresh seafood, steamed mussels and clams, lobster rolls, chowder, and more. Completed by a full bar menu, original cocktails and classics successfully cap a meal or snack at this beachy eatery.

2625 E 2nd Ave
Denver, CO 80206

11. North Italia

190 Clayton Ln, Denver, CO 80206
North Italia
North Italia
North Italia [Official Site]

This corner staple takes its cues from Italian trattorias with a contemporary bent to the menu. The antipasti portion features grilled cauliflower and calamari, while the wood-fired pizzas balance sauces and clever toppings. The wine list and cocktail menu also make happy hour a steal.

190 Clayton Ln
Denver, CO 80206

12. Cherry Creek Grill

184 Steele St, Denver, CO 80206
Cherry Creek Grill
Cherry Creek Grill
Cherry Creek Grill/Facebook

Popular with the power lunch crowd, Cherry Creek Grill offers upscale-casual American fare with southwestern flair. The fried chicken sandwiches are a favorite, along with the French dip and an assortment of small bites, from deviled eggs to a dip of the day.

184 Steele St
Denver, CO 80206

13. Olive & Finch

3390 E 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Olive & Finch
Olive & Finch
Olive & Finch [Official Site]

This second location of a local favorite offers endless reasons to visit, from the coffee program powered by Intelligentsia beans, to the creative lunch options, and the always interesting and affordable dinner offerings. The pastries and cakes are an added bonus, as is the patio.

3390 E 1st Ave
Denver, CO 80206

14. Matsuhisa

98 Steele St, Denver, CO 80206
Matsuhisa
Matsuhisa
Matsuhisa/Facebook

The stunning Denver outpost of Japanese classic Matsuhisa serves weekday lunch and dinner, bringing the highest quality and freshest fish to this neighborhood.

98 Steele St
Denver, CO 80206

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