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In its first year open, Uchi is not participating in Denver Restaurant Week
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The 2019 Guide to Getting Away From Denver Restaurant Week

These 15 restaurants will be business as usual

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In its first year open, Uchi is not participating in Denver Restaurant Week
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Denver Restaurant Week starts Friday, and with it, hundreds of frenzied restaurants will dish out prix-fixe menus in a massive promotion that spans a little longer than a week. Continuing an Eater tradition, here are 15 spots not participating but sure to please, for those diners who want to avoid all the crowds and have a few more menu options. Bon appétit.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Wolf's Tailor

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4058 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 456-6705
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In Sunnyside, the Wolf’s Tailor sticks to its regular offerings throughout Restaurant Week. While menu items can change daily, diners can order some combination of skewers and pastas and enjoy the vibe of Eater Denver’s 2018 Design of the Year winner.

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2. Safta Restaurant

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3330 Brighton Blvd #201
Denver, CO 80216
(720) 408-2444
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Alon Shaya’s latest project at the Source steers clear of set menus and the Restaurant Week hullabaloo. Those who haven't checked out Safta’s signature hummus, salatim, and endless pita should take advantage of potentially smaller crowds this week.

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3. Acorn

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3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216
(720) 542-3721
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The menu at one of RiNo’s lasting destinations will remain unchanged this week. Diners can order the Florida rock shrimp and grits while sitting down to dinner in the food hall without fighting a Restaurant Week rush.

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4. Smok Barbecue - Denver

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3330 Brighton Blvd #202
Denver, CO 80216
(720) 452-2487
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The smoker in all its glory is still the star of the show at Smok, even throughout restaurant week. Popular items include a burnt ends sandwich, mac and cheese, and smoked hot wings.

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5. Hop Alley

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3500 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 379-8340
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Hop Alley’s clever, hip spins on Chinese fare are served in dishes meant to be shared, like hong you chao shou dumplings and dong po rou pork belly. This restaurant at the edge of RiNo is eternally busy, but wait times may be a bit lighter during Restaurant Week.

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6. Ash'Kara

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2005 W 33rd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 537-4407
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The Highland hotspot that debuted late last year continues to make news in Denver for its food (rather than its “Bachelor” co-owner). During Restaurant Week, try stars from the regular menu like hummus and house pita, salt spring mussels, and duck tagine.

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7. Señor Bear

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3301 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 572-5997
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The normal happy hour menu is worth checking out this week at Señor Bear; it features pigeon pea escabeche with plantain chips and arepas with pickled onion and braised pork.

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8. Spuntino

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2639 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 433-0949
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Though Sputino is technically participating in the promos, its $5 amaro pours are a better reason to visit this week. The restaurant stocks a wide selection of the liqueur, including vintage bottles, and even makes its own in house.

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9. Uncle

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2215 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 433-3263
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Hot bowls of ramen here are not on special during Restaurant Week — but wait times may be shorter at the perpetually busy restaurant. Popular ramen options include the spicy chicken with spicy sesame broth, or a ramen with confit duck, arugula, and apple in a shoyu broth.

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10. Cart-Driver

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2500 Larimer St #100
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 292-3553
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This cozy spot in a RiNo shipping container is always an option for wood-fired pizza, oysters, and Prosecco on tap. Its smooth chicken liver mousse is served with mostardo, mushroom confit, and focaccia.

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11. Uchi Denver

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2500 Lawrence St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 444-1922
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For dinner and for happy hour, Uchi’s new Denver outpost is on the list of the hottest restaurants to visit right now. For diners on a budget, happy hour is the best bet as it features deals like  $3 sake and $3-$8 small bites.

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12. Mercantile Dining and Provision

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1701 Wynkoop St #155
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 460-3733
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James Beard Awarded Mercantile at Union Station will serve its regular menu during Restaurant Week. The current seasonal offerings include Jerusalem artichoke confit, smoke Spanish mackerel, and casarecce with braised pork shoulder.

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13. Annette

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2501 Dallas St #108
Aurora, CO 80010
(720) 710-9975
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Annette’s simple, thoughtful menu shines regardless of Restaurant Week. Favorite menu items like the charred endive, octopus patatas bravas, and wood-fired half chicken are available for dinner. Also check out happy hour and brunch.

Octopus patatas bravas at Annette
Octopus patatas bravas at Annette
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14. To the Wind Bistro

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3333 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 316-3333
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No reservations are allowed in this tiny Colfax space that will feel miles away from the madness this week. A couple of sample items from the changing menu are salmon pastrami and bone marrow with an oxtail apricot mostarda.

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15. Mizuna

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225 E 7th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 832-4778
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This upscale French spot is known for its old-school dishes like foie gras, escargot, and beef Wellington. For dessert, there’s a chocolate gateau.

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1. The Wolf's Tailor

4058 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211
The Wolf’s Tailor [official]

In Sunnyside, the Wolf’s Tailor sticks to its regular offerings throughout Restaurant Week. While menu items can change daily, diners can order some combination of skewers and pastas and enjoy the vibe of Eater Denver’s 2018 Design of the Year winner.

4058 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211

2. Safta Restaurant

3330 Brighton Blvd #201, Denver, CO 80216
Safta Gabrielle Geiselman Milone

Alon Shaya’s latest project at the Source steers clear of set menus and the Restaurant Week hullabaloo. Those who haven't checked out Safta’s signature hummus, salatim, and endless pita should take advantage of potentially smaller crowds this week.

3330 Brighton Blvd #201
Denver, CO 80216

3. Acorn

3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
Facebook

The menu at one of RiNo’s lasting destinations will remain unchanged this week. Diners can order the Florida rock shrimp and grits while sitting down to dinner in the food hall without fighting a Restaurant Week rush.

3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216

4. Smok Barbecue - Denver

3330 Brighton Blvd #202, Denver, CO 80216
Smōk [official]

The smoker in all its glory is still the star of the show at Smok, even throughout restaurant week. Popular items include a burnt ends sandwich, mac and cheese, and smoked hot wings.

3330 Brighton Blvd #202
Denver, CO 80216

5. Hop Alley

3500 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Facebook

Hop Alley’s clever, hip spins on Chinese fare are served in dishes meant to be shared, like hong you chao shou dumplings and dong po rou pork belly. This restaurant at the edge of RiNo is eternally busy, but wait times may be a bit lighter during Restaurant Week.

3500 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

6. Ash'Kara

2005 W 33rd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Ryan Dearth/Eater

The Highland hotspot that debuted late last year continues to make news in Denver for its food (rather than its “Bachelor” co-owner). During Restaurant Week, try stars from the regular menu like hummus and house pita, salt spring mussels, and duck tagine.

2005 W 33rd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

7. Señor Bear

3301 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211
Lucy Beaugard/Eater

The normal happy hour menu is worth checking out this week at Señor Bear; it features pigeon pea escabeche with plantain chips and arepas with pickled onion and braised pork.

3301 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211

8. Spuntino

2639 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Sputino/Facebook

Though Sputino is technically participating in the promos, its $5 amaro pours are a better reason to visit this week. The restaurant stocks a wide selection of the liqueur, including vintage bottles, and even makes its own in house.

2639 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

9. Uncle

2215 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Facebook

Hot bowls of ramen here are not on special during Restaurant Week — but wait times may be shorter at the perpetually busy restaurant. Popular ramen options include the spicy chicken with spicy sesame broth, or a ramen with confit duck, arugula, and apple in a shoyu broth.

2215 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

10. Cart-Driver

2500 Larimer St #100, Denver, CO 80205
Official website

This cozy spot in a RiNo shipping container is always an option for wood-fired pizza, oysters, and Prosecco on tap. Its smooth chicken liver mousse is served with mostardo, mushroom confit, and focaccia.

2500 Larimer St #100
Denver, CO 80205

11. Uchi Denver

2500 Lawrence St, Denver, CO 80205
Ryan Dearth/Eater

For dinner and for happy hour, Uchi’s new Denver outpost is on the list of the hottest restaurants to visit right now. For diners on a budget, happy hour is the best bet as it features deals like  $3 sake and $3-$8 small bites.

2500 Lawrence St
Denver, CO 80205

12. Mercantile Dining and Provision

1701 Wynkoop St #155, Denver, CO 80202
Facebook

James Beard Awarded Mercantile at Union Station will serve its regular menu during Restaurant Week. The current seasonal offerings include Jerusalem artichoke confit, smoke Spanish mackerel, and casarecce with braised pork shoulder.

1701 Wynkoop St #155
Denver, CO 80202

13. Annette

2501 Dallas St #108, Aurora, CO 80010
Octopus patatas bravas at Annette
Octopus patatas bravas at Annette
Rachel Greiman/Eater

Annette’s simple, thoughtful menu shines regardless of Restaurant Week. Favorite menu items like the charred endive, octopus patatas bravas, and wood-fired half chicken are available for dinner. Also check out happy hour and brunch.

2501 Dallas St #108
Aurora, CO 80010

14. To the Wind Bistro

3333 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Facebook

No reservations are allowed in this tiny Colfax space that will feel miles away from the madness this week. A couple of sample items from the changing menu are salmon pastrami and bone marrow with an oxtail apricot mostarda.

3333 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

15. Mizuna

225 E 7th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Facebook

This upscale French spot is known for its old-school dishes like foie gras, escargot, and beef Wellington. For dessert, there’s a chocolate gateau.

225 E 7th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

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