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Denver’s 2023 Michelin-Starred and Bib Gourmand Restaurants, Mapped

After arriving in Colorado earlier in 2023, the Michelin guide has named its first starred restaurants and bib gourmands across the state

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For the first time, the Michelin Guide has recognized restaurants in the Centennial State. In partnership with the Colorado Tourism Office, Michelin announced its latest destination in June. In August, Michelin revealed Colorado’s Bib Gourmand recipients, designating those restaurants that offer multi-course meal options at a “reasonable price”; its star recipients — judged using the guide’s rigorous criteria — were announced on September 12. Colorado marks the guide’s sixth location in the United States.

While restaurants in Aspen, Boulder, Vail, Snowmass Village, and Beaver Creek Resort are also featured in the guide, a majority of the recognized restaurants can be found in Denver. Featuring everything from Texas-style barbecue to zero-waste, multi-course tasting menus, here is a map of every Michelin-starred and Bib Gourmand restaurant in Denver.

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AJ's Pit Bar-B-Q

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AJ’s Pit Bar-B-Q is a family-owned and operated barbecue joint serving up Texas style pit smoked barbecue. Diners can find both traditional smoked meats and inventive takes on barbecue classics like custard-stuffed cornbread in a homey, wood-paneled room cast in the kaleidoscopic glow of holiday string lights. If you’re interested in learning more about smoking pits, AJ’s also offers classes with their pitmasters.

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Ash'Kara

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This Israeli restaurant in Denver’s Highland neighborhood gets its name from Hebrew street slang meaning “right on” or “totally.” Anchored with a mezze-leading menu, Ash’Kara serves up contemporary Israeli — or “unorthodox,” its own winking description — cuisine with influences from Mediterranean, North African, and other Middle Eastern countries. Find dishes like whipped labneh laced with sumac honey and sesame seeds and tagines that span eggplant, chicken, and lamb tenderloin varieties.

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Glo Noodle House

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Located in a Northwest strip mall, Glo Noodle House delivers an assortment of flavorful ramen and noodle dishes, and lives up to its name — its dining room is bathed in neon lantern light. Regulars come back for dishes like soy-slicked foie gras on crispy sushi rice, chili-marinated kimchi pork belly, and Colorado wagyu served with punched-up ponzu daikon and lemon.

Hop Alley

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Opened in 2015, Hop Alley is a Chinese restaurant whose name comes from the name for Denver’s original Chinatown. The Sichuan-leaning restaurant focuses on modern interpretations of traditional dishes — think fatty bone marrow fried rice or Chinese broccoli griddled in schmaltz and finished with duck salt — and inventive cocktails. Hop Alley’s menu features plenty of plates made for sharing, so make sure to go with a group.

Chinese steamed eggplant in fermented soybean sauce Rachel Greiman/Eater

La Diabla Pozole y Mezcal

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As Denver’s first restaurant dedicated to pozole, La Diabla Pozole y Mezcal serves up the dish in its traditional rojo form as well as less-common takes on the staple broth: diners can find blanco, negro, and vegan varieties. Aside from its namesake soup, pozole fans have access to other rich fare like a birria res taco served alongside a glistening bone marrow, best washed down with its Madre Facka cocktail, a neon green concoction spiked with poblano and citrus.

La Diabla’s pozole rojo Ruth Tobias

Mister Oso

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Mister Oso is a Latin American restaurant specializing in tacos with a twist — everything is served family style. Diners can enjoy tacos, like the coconut-braised mojo pork and lamb cheek barbacoa, with a selection from their expansive non-alcoholic agua fresca cocktail program. 

Person holding a green tray of tacos from Mister Oso. Kayla Jones

Tavernetta

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Fresh handmade pastas and Italian wines and spirits dominate the menu at Tavernetta, which focuses on using seasonal, local ingredients to explore regional Italian fare in non-traditional ways. For fall, find standout pasta pocked with sweet corn and taleggio cheese. Diners looking for great value can visit Tavernetta at lunchtime for a deal on a two-course meal. 

Tavernetta’s milk-braised veal with porcini, leeks, and potatoes Tavernetta

The Ginger Pig

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The Ginger Pig, originally a food truck specializing in Asian street food, opened the doors to its full dine-in restaurant in 2020. The restaurant serves up pan-Asian cuisine inspired by chef and co-owner Natascha Hess’s time living in Beijing and backpacking across Asia in college. Diners can expect to see dishes like tangy Thai stir-fry cabbage, Korean corndogs, and crispy chicken kara-age.

Chef Duncan Holmes’ 18 seat restaurant Beckon serves guests a contemporary, multi-course tasting menu that changes with the seasons. Known for its vivacious energy, Beckon’s menu is hardly predictable: courses run the gamut from seared pork belly served with rutabaga and apple, snapper with turnip and shiso, and chocolate honeycomb with pomegranate pate de fruit and brown butter shortbread. (1 star)

Seasonal dish at Beckon in Denver, CO Jonnie Sirotek | Hello Paper Laundry

Brutø is a contemporary Mexican restaurant nestled in the Dairy Block’s Free Market. Pulling influences from across Latin America, Mexico, Texas, and Colorado, Brutø serves an omakase-style tasting menu at its intimate 15-seat chef’s counter. Employing seasonal core ingredients in order to encourage little to no waste also earned Brutø a green Star. (1 star)

Tamal de setas at BRUTØ StarChefs

The Wolf's Tailor

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The Wolf’s Tailor’s rotating tasting menu revolves around two seasons: the warmer months, when it spotlights fresh produce, and the cooler months when breads and fermentation reign supreme. Diners can enjoy each course paired with specially curated wines, mixed drinks, or zero-proof beverages. With a creative zero-waste ethos (such as recycling bread waste into sourdough gochujang), the Wolf’s Tailor has been given both a Michelin star and a green star. (1 star)

The Wolf’s Tailor restaurant Lucy Beaugard/Eater Denver

Frasca Food and Wine

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This foundational Boulder restaurant is known for its regional specificity (concentrating on somewhat lesser-known Friulian cuisine from northeastern Italy) and distinctly Coloradan approach. Four-plate prix fixe and fuller tasting menu options range from $140 to $195, with options for wine pairings, beer, classic aperitivi spirits, and irreverent drinks from its cocktail menu. While the dining menus rotate, visitors and regulars can expect hyper-creative, seasonal pasta dishes, grilled fish, and generous cuts of meat. (1 star)

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AJ's Pit Bar-B-Q

AJ’s Pit Bar-B-Q is a family-owned and operated barbecue joint serving up Texas style pit smoked barbecue. Diners can find both traditional smoked meats and inventive takes on barbecue classics like custard-stuffed cornbread in a homey, wood-paneled room cast in the kaleidoscopic glow of holiday string lights. If you’re interested in learning more about smoking pits, AJ’s also offers classes with their pitmasters.

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Ash'Kara

This Israeli restaurant in Denver’s Highland neighborhood gets its name from Hebrew street slang meaning “right on” or “totally.” Anchored with a mezze-leading menu, Ash’Kara serves up contemporary Israeli — or “unorthodox,” its own winking description — cuisine with influences from Mediterranean, North African, and other Middle Eastern countries. Find dishes like whipped labneh laced with sumac honey and sesame seeds and tagines that span eggplant, chicken, and lamb tenderloin varieties.

hummus Ryan Dearth/Eater

Glo Noodle House

Located in a Northwest strip mall, Glo Noodle House delivers an assortment of flavorful ramen and noodle dishes, and lives up to its name — its dining room is bathed in neon lantern light. Regulars come back for dishes like soy-slicked foie gras on crispy sushi rice, chili-marinated kimchi pork belly, and Colorado wagyu served with punched-up ponzu daikon and lemon.

Hop Alley

Opened in 2015, Hop Alley is a Chinese restaurant whose name comes from the name for Denver’s original Chinatown. The Sichuan-leaning restaurant focuses on modern interpretations of traditional dishes — think fatty bone marrow fried rice or Chinese broccoli griddled in schmaltz and finished with duck salt — and inventive cocktails. Hop Alley’s menu features plenty of plates made for sharing, so make sure to go with a group.

Chinese steamed eggplant in fermented soybean sauce Rachel Greiman/Eater

La Diabla Pozole y Mezcal

As Denver’s first restaurant dedicated to pozole, La Diabla Pozole y Mezcal serves up the dish in its traditional rojo form as well as less-common takes on the staple broth: diners can find blanco, negro, and vegan varieties. Aside from its namesake soup, pozole fans have access to other rich fare like a birria res taco served alongside a glistening bone marrow, best washed down with its Madre Facka cocktail, a neon green concoction spiked with poblano and citrus.

La Diabla’s pozole rojo Ruth Tobias

Mister Oso

Mister Oso is a Latin American restaurant specializing in tacos with a twist — everything is served family style. Diners can enjoy tacos, like the coconut-braised mojo pork and lamb cheek barbacoa, with a selection from their expansive non-alcoholic agua fresca cocktail program. 

Person holding a green tray of tacos from Mister Oso. Kayla Jones

Tavernetta

Fresh handmade pastas and Italian wines and spirits dominate the menu at Tavernetta, which focuses on using seasonal, local ingredients to explore regional Italian fare in non-traditional ways. For fall, find standout pasta pocked with sweet corn and taleggio cheese. Diners looking for great value can visit Tavernetta at lunchtime for a deal on a two-course meal. 

Tavernetta’s milk-braised veal with porcini, leeks, and potatoes Tavernetta

The Ginger Pig

The Ginger Pig, originally a food truck specializing in Asian street food, opened the doors to its full dine-in restaurant in 2020. The restaurant serves up pan-Asian cuisine inspired by chef and co-owner Natascha Hess’s time living in Beijing and backpacking across Asia in college. Diners can expect to see dishes like tangy Thai stir-fry cabbage, Korean corndogs, and crispy chicken kara-age.

Beckon

Chef Duncan Holmes’ 18 seat restaurant Beckon serves guests a contemporary, multi-course tasting menu that changes with the seasons. Known for its vivacious energy, Beckon’s menu is hardly predictable: courses run the gamut from seared pork belly served with rutabaga and apple, snapper with turnip and shiso, and chocolate honeycomb with pomegranate pate de fruit and brown butter shortbread. (1 star)

Seasonal dish at Beckon in Denver, CO Jonnie Sirotek | Hello Paper Laundry

BRUTO

Brutø is a contemporary Mexican restaurant nestled in the Dairy Block’s Free Market. Pulling influences from across Latin America, Mexico, Texas, and Colorado, Brutø serves an omakase-style tasting menu at its intimate 15-seat chef’s counter. Employing seasonal core ingredients in order to encourage little to no waste also earned Brutø a green Star. (1 star)

Tamal de setas at BRUTØ StarChefs

The Wolf's Tailor

The Wolf’s Tailor’s rotating tasting menu revolves around two seasons: the warmer months, when it spotlights fresh produce, and the cooler months when breads and fermentation reign supreme. Diners can enjoy each course paired with specially curated wines, mixed drinks, or zero-proof beverages. With a creative zero-waste ethos (such as recycling bread waste into sourdough gochujang), the Wolf’s Tailor has been given both a Michelin star and a green star. (1 star)

The Wolf’s Tailor restaurant Lucy Beaugard/Eater Denver

Frasca Food and Wine

This foundational Boulder restaurant is known for its regional specificity (concentrating on somewhat lesser-known Friulian cuisine from northeastern Italy) and distinctly Coloradan approach. Four-plate prix fixe and fuller tasting menu options range from $140 to $195, with options for wine pairings, beer, classic aperitivi spirits, and irreverent drinks from its cocktail menu. While the dining menus rotate, visitors and regulars can expect hyper-creative, seasonal pasta dishes, grilled fish, and generous cuts of meat. (1 star)

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