With some of the finest restaurants in Denver occupying the streets of the Highlands neighborhood, it’s seemingly impossible to go wrong with any dining option. Enthusiastic diners come from all over Denver to dine in award-winning Highlands restaurants like Vita, Duo and the Coral Room. There are also several unique restaurants of equal caliber, including Sushi Hai, which boasts an extensive menu of sushi, fine steaks and a martini bar, as well as the Highlands Garden Café, which occupies two renovated Victorian homes joined by stunning gardens. When it comes to dining in Denver Highlands restaurants, the most difficult part choosing which fantastic restaurant to visit.
The Lumber Baron Dinner Theatre, located near downtown Denver in Historic Highlands, provides a truly unique dining experience complete with entertainment and gourmet cuisine along with optional bed and breakfast packages. Guests watch and take part in a hilariously bizarre sequence of events that may end with solving a murder. Guests who stay in one of the five luxurious suites receive a two-for-one rate for the dinner show.
Owned in part by executive chef John Nadasdy and former pro footballer Nick Mystrom, the Coral Room in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver features Pacific Rim fusion cuisine and cocktails (see: pineapple infused sake) served in the custom built showcase dining room of which a classic horseshoe bar is the centerpiece. Since its opening, the Coral Room has quickly become one of Denver's most critically acclaimed restaurant destinations.
2413 West 32nd Ave., Denver CO 80211
This popular Highland neighborhood destination draws Denver diners with the award winning "comfort food" of chef John Broening, but the restaurant is perhaps best known for the creations of pastry chef Yasmin Lozada-Hissom. Many Denver restaurant goers come to Duo simply for cocktails and the critically acclaimed deserts.
Highlands Garden Café
3927 W. 32nd Ave., Denver CO 80212
One of Denver's most unique restaurant settings, the Highland's Garden Café is actually two renovated Victorian homes and their surrounding gardens linked together in the posh Highlands neighborhood. The restaurant itself is highly acclaimed, winning numerous accolades for its gorgeous atmosphere as well as food and wine. The menu features a fairly broad take on contemporary continental cuisine, with an emphasis on Italian and Spanish flavors.
1575 Boulder St., Denver CO 80211
Mexican / Southwestern.
This highly critically acclaimed restaurant was recently named one of the top five places to drink tequila in the country by Food and Wine Magazine, featuring over 125 tequilas at any given time. And one may sample these tequilas in Lola's indoor/outdoor bar overlooking the Denver skyline before dining on the Mexican/Latin American creations of award winning chef Jamey Fader.
3600 W. 32nd Ave., Denver CO 80211
Adding a Japanese twist to the bustling Denver Steakhouse scene, Sushi Hai serves up fine steaks as well as an extensive sushi menu. Sushi Hai recently opened "Hai Bar" on site, adding a spacious martini bar, two additional private tatami rooms, pool tables and a new sushi bar to this popular Denver restaurant.
2915 W. 44th Ave., Denver CO 80206
This popular Denver Italian restaurant has been around since the mid 1940's, serving family recipes of traditional Italian cuisine at highly reasonable prices. Three Sons Italian restaurant of Denver also offers a romantic "Wine Cellar Dinner," a four course meal with wine served for couples in the restaurants actual wine cellar.
1575 Boulder St., Denver CO 80211
This hip newcomer to the Denver restaurant scene in the posh Lower Highlands neighborhood prides itself first and foremost on its award-winning cocktails and eclectic wine list. The cuisine, created by chef Max Mackissock and his team, is decidedly Mediterranean, utilizing exclusively fresh, seasonal ingredients. Vita also features live jazz Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.