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Where to Dine in the RiNo Neighborhood

From seafood to ramen, late-night burgers, and breakfast sandwiches

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Denver's River North Art District, more commonly called RiNo, is known for its industrial setting contrasted with bright street art and lots of construction. It is that constant specter of change that now defines the neighborhood more than ever. That’s particularly true of the food scene as the area surrounding Larimer Street is constantly abuzz with bar and restaurant openings as well as closings (it just said goodbye to The Populist and Izakaya Ronin and will soon bid adieu to Biju’s Curry Shop).

To get a good idea of Denver’s restaurant scene in 2019, residents and visitors could start at one end of this stretch and spend the better part of a day working their way across it eating and drinking. There are also shops, galleries, and more and more neighborhood residences. Those in search of the hip and edgy can head directly to this Denver corner.

The following 17 food options capture a moment in time for the ever-changing district. Have another favorite RiNo dining spot? Send us a tip.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Comal Heritage Food Incubator

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3455 Ringsby Ct #105
Denver, CO 80216
(303) 292-0770
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Some of the best Mexican, Syrian, and Ethiopian food and drink in the city can be found under one roof in the Taxi development. Comal acts as a business incubator for women from underserved Denver neighborhoods, and diners here can enjoy tacos and estofados (Monday through Thursday), kebab and fattoush (Fridays), and a special afternoon tea service every Thursday.

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2. Zeppelin Station

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3501 Wazee St Suite #100
Denver, CO 80216
(720) 460-1978
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By the owners of The Source, this newest RiNo food hall is right off the RTD rail line and an easy trip from both Union Station and the airport. It features international street food stalls with flavors from Korea to Southern India to Vietnam. In the evening, diners should head to the upstairs bar for tiki cocktails and DJ nights.

Zeppelin Station

3. The Source Hotel and Market Hall

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3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216
(720) 443-1135
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This industrial food hall and its new hotel neighbor are both big food draws. Under the two roofs are Acorn, Smōk, and Safta restaurants, plus a taco shop, bakery, brewery, coffee counter, and more dining and drinking options. Diners can start with a cocktail or juice at Isabel or New Belgium beers on the rooftop Woods’ patio before moving on to dinner.

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4. Hop Alley

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3500 Larimer St.
Denver, CO
(720) 379-8340
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This second act from the team behind Uncle in LoHi brings modern Chinese fare and creative cocktails in a super hip setting. Don't miss the steamed eggplant.

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5. Fish N Beer

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3510 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 248-3497
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This intimate dinner spot, which combines the soul of a raw bar with the menu of a more cutting edge seafood establishment, was reborn in early 2019 after a kitchen fire temporarily closed it last year. Grab a seat at the counter and peer into the glass-fronted kitchen as your Colorado sea bass is being prepared. Or stop by for Happy Hour (5-7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday) for some oysters and a beer or a mule made with grapefruit vodka or blueberry lemongrass tequila. Southern-inspired dishes such as the SNG Bologna sandwich round out the fish focused menu.

Plate of oysters on ice
Oysters from Fish N Beer
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6. Dio Mio

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3264 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 562-1965
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Fresh pasta made daily and served in a welcoming casual environment is what this little eatery is all about. Come for lunch or dinner, and don't miss some of the small plates including the mozzarella en carrozza.

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7. Julep

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3258 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 295-8977
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Chef Kyle Foster’s new restaurant is a tribute to and a twist on Southern cuisine, with vegetable plates that can stand up to fried chicken platters and pork and oyster sausage. Weekend brunch is served, and every meal should start with a mint julep or sorghum old fashioned.

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8. Call

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2845 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 954-0230
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At Larimer Street’s darling new daytime cafe, diners can choose and combine small plates from the counter — breads topped with veggies and spreads, fresh, crunchy salads, and addictive Danish pancake bites. There are also juices and tonics and a full espresso bar to get the day started.

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9. Beckon

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2843 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 749-0020
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The newer neighbor and sister restaurant to Call is an 18-seat chef’s counter serving tasting menus only for dinner four nights a week. The experience is intimate and altogether unique for Denver, with menus changing seasonally, highlighting local ingredients and cooking styles from Scandinavia to California.

10. Owlbear Barbecue

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2826 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 667-1181
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Pulled pork, pork tenderloin, belly cuts, spare ribs, a pastrami special, double smoked barbecued bacon, spare ribs, smoked duck, and Texas-style brisket are all made from sustainable raised meat on one of two offset smokers with all the fixings such as pinto beans, mac and cheese, and coleslaw, as well as pudding on the dessert menu.

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11. Meadowlark Kitchen

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2705 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 953-1815
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As a complement to the next-door music venue by the same name, Meadowlark Kitchen is an ideal spot for a late-night meal, with New American fare that changes often. One constant is the decadent burger — a custom beef grind topped with cheddar sauce, candied bacon, an onion ring, and poached egg, all piled on a brioche bun.

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12. Osaka Ramen

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2611 Walnut Street
Denver, CO 80205

Chef Jeff Osaka opened this fun underground ramen shop to great reviews. Diners rave about the karaage chicken and the mochi donuts. But the ramen is some of the best in town and the main attraction.

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13. The Denver Central Market

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2669 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
Phone number (303) 292-3193
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There are 11 vendors to choose from in this bright and beautiful food hall. Diners can get breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks, plus ice cream and chocolates. Here, a bowl from Green Seed or fresh fish from Tammens pairs well with a cocktail from Curio.

Denver Central Market

14. il posto

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2601 larimer
Denver, CO
(303) 394-0100
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Chef Andrea Frizzi braved a massive change and moved his restaurant from Uptown to a central corner in RiNo. It all paid off because the new space is a destination; crowds are still flocking to this upgraded Italian eatery.

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15. Port Side

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2500 Larimer St #103
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 638-3559
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Casual and approachable, this reincarnation of popular coffee spot Huckleberry Roasters brings addictive breakfast and lunch options plus strong caffeine to Larimer Street. Expect smoothies, sandwiches, and a worthwhile avocado toast.

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16. Cart-Driver

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2500 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 292-3553
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Small but mighty, Cart-Driver brings wood-fired pizzas, oysters, and other small plates to a cozy shipping container setting. Batched cocktails and Prosecco on tap are the highlights where adult beverages are concerned.

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17. Work & Class

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2500 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 292-0700
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The motto of this hotspot is a “square meal, stiff drink, and fair price.” The working class philosophy is boosted by chef Dana Rodriguez’ cuisine, with dishes like lamb pozole and peppers five ways. The meat selections are served in quarter-, half- and full-pound portions, including braised short ribs and rotisserie chicken. Head across the street to Rodriguez’ new restaurant Super Mega Bien for Latin American dim sum.

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1. Comal Heritage Food Incubator

3455 Ringsby Ct #105, Denver, CO 80216
Comal/Facebook

Some of the best Mexican, Syrian, and Ethiopian food and drink in the city can be found under one roof in the Taxi development. Comal acts as a business incubator for women from underserved Denver neighborhoods, and diners here can enjoy tacos and estofados (Monday through Thursday), kebab and fattoush (Fridays), and a special afternoon tea service every Thursday.

3455 Ringsby Ct #105
Denver, CO 80216

2. Zeppelin Station

3501 Wazee St Suite #100, Denver, CO 80216
Zeppelin Station

By the owners of The Source, this newest RiNo food hall is right off the RTD rail line and an easy trip from both Union Station and the airport. It features international street food stalls with flavors from Korea to Southern India to Vietnam. In the evening, diners should head to the upstairs bar for tiki cocktails and DJ nights.

3501 Wazee St Suite #100
Denver, CO 80216

3. The Source Hotel and Market Hall

3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
Ryan Dearth/Eater

This industrial food hall and its new hotel neighbor are both big food draws. Under the two roofs are Acorn, Smōk, and Safta restaurants, plus a taco shop, bakery, brewery, coffee counter, and more dining and drinking options. Diners can start with a cocktail or juice at Isabel or New Belgium beers on the rooftop Woods’ patio before moving on to dinner.

3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216

4. Hop Alley

3500 Larimer St., Denver, CO
Rachel Greiman

This second act from the team behind Uncle in LoHi brings modern Chinese fare and creative cocktails in a super hip setting. Don't miss the steamed eggplant.

3500 Larimer St.
Denver, CO

5. Fish N Beer

3510 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Plate of oysters on ice
Oysters from Fish N Beer
Adam Larkey

This intimate dinner spot, which combines the soul of a raw bar with the menu of a more cutting edge seafood establishment, was reborn in early 2019 after a kitchen fire temporarily closed it last year. Grab a seat at the counter and peer into the glass-fronted kitchen as your Colorado sea bass is being prepared. Or stop by for Happy Hour (5-7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday) for some oysters and a beer or a mule made with grapefruit vodka or blueberry lemongrass tequila. Southern-inspired dishes such as the SNG Bologna sandwich round out the fish focused menu.

3510 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

6. Dio Mio

3264 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Facebook

Fresh pasta made daily and served in a welcoming casual environment is what this little eatery is all about. Come for lunch or dinner, and don't miss some of the small plates including the mozzarella en carrozza.

3264 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

7. Julep

3258 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Adam Larkey/Eater Denver

Chef Kyle Foster’s new restaurant is a tribute to and a twist on Southern cuisine, with vegetable plates that can stand up to fried chicken platters and pork and oyster sausage. Weekend brunch is served, and every meal should start with a mint julep or sorghum old fashioned.

3258 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

8. Call

2845 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Ryan Dearth/Eater

At Larimer Street’s darling new daytime cafe, diners can choose and combine small plates from the counter — breads topped with veggies and spreads, fresh, crunchy salads, and addictive Danish pancake bites. There are also juices and tonics and a full espresso bar to get the day started.

2845 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

9. Beckon

2843 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205

The newer neighbor and sister restaurant to Call is an 18-seat chef’s counter serving tasting menus only for dinner four nights a week. The experience is intimate and altogether unique for Denver, with menus changing seasonally, highlighting local ingredients and cooking styles from Scandinavia to California.

2843 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

10. Owlbear Barbecue

2826 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Owlbear Barbecue Owlbear Barbecue/Facebook

Pulled pork, pork tenderloin, belly cuts, spare ribs, a pastrami special, double smoked barbecued bacon, spare ribs, smoked duck, and Texas-style brisket are all made from sustainable raised meat on one of two offset smokers with all the fixings such as pinto beans, mac and cheese, and coleslaw, as well as pudding on the dessert menu.

2826 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

11. Meadowlark Kitchen

2705 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205
IL POSTO - DENVER
il Posto
Adam Larkey/Eater

As a complement to the next-door music venue by the same name, Meadowlark Kitchen is an ideal spot for a late-night meal, with New American fare that changes often. One constant is the decadent burger — a custom beef grind topped with cheddar sauce, candied bacon, an onion ring, and poached egg, all piled on a brioche bun.

2705 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205

12. Osaka Ramen

2611 Walnut Street, Denver, CO 80205
Adam Larkey

Chef Jeff Osaka opened this fun underground ramen shop to great reviews. Diners rave about the karaage chicken and the mochi donuts. But the ramen is some of the best in town and the main attraction.

2611 Walnut Street
Denver, CO 80205

13. The Denver Central Market

2669 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Denver Central Market

There are 11 vendors to choose from in this bright and beautiful food hall. Diners can get breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks, plus ice cream and chocolates. Here, a bowl from Green Seed or fresh fish from Tammens pairs well with a cocktail from Curio.

2669 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

14. il posto

2601 larimer, Denver, CO
Adam Larkey

Chef Andrea Frizzi braved a massive change and moved his restaurant from Uptown to a central corner in RiNo. It all paid off because the new space is a destination; crowds are still flocking to this upgraded Italian eatery.

2601 larimer
Denver, CO

15. Port Side

2500 Larimer St #103, Denver, CO 80205
Facebook

Casual and approachable, this reincarnation of popular coffee spot Huckleberry Roasters brings addictive breakfast and lunch options plus strong caffeine to Larimer Street. Expect smoothies, sandwiches, and a worthwhile avocado toast.

2500 Larimer St #103
Denver, CO 80205

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16. Cart-Driver

2500 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205
Cart Driver/Facebook

Small but mighty, Cart-Driver brings wood-fired pizzas, oysters, and other small plates to a cozy shipping container setting. Batched cocktails and Prosecco on tap are the highlights where adult beverages are concerned.

2500 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205

17. Work & Class

2500 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205
Adam Larkey

The motto of this hotspot is a “square meal, stiff drink, and fair price.” The working class philosophy is boosted by chef Dana Rodriguez’ cuisine, with dishes like lamb pozole and peppers five ways. The meat selections are served in quarter-, half- and full-pound portions, including braised short ribs and rotisserie chicken. Head across the street to Rodriguez’ new restaurant Super Mega Bien for Latin American dim sum.

2500 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205

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