Denver's diverse population is reflected in its wide array of world cuisine. The Mile High City is home to dozens of delicious eateries that put their own distinctive spin on traditional ethnic dishes.
1420 Larimer St.
Elegant, beautiful and oh-so-romantique, Bistro Vendome's locale in a tucked away courtyard in Larimer Square is a delight. When the weather permits, nothing is as splendid as the flower and plant-filled patio, but when it's cold, venture into the warm intimacy inside and sit by the French patio doors. This little oasis in busy downtown is THE place to savor some Foie Gras, followed by Duck Confit and finished off with orange-scented chocolate fondue - what could be more sensuous than sharing THAT?
431 S. Broadway
A long-time Denver favorite since 1985, Imperial Chinese serves up Cantonese, Mandarin and Szechuan plates. Just south of downtown, the décor is spiffed-up quite a bit from the usual, nice enough for that special occasion. The Imperial Chinese Restaurant is famous for its spicy Szechwan dishes. Favorites include the Chilean sea bass in black bean sauce, stir fried Dungeness crab and steamed whole striped bass.
Little India Restaurant
1533 Champa St.
Little India consistently rates high marks from dining critics for its heady aromas and flavors of traditional Indian specialties. The extensive dinner menu includes all the popular favorites from tandoori breads and entrees to biryanis, vindaloos and curries. If you like variety, visit the sprawling lunch buffet.
Lola Coastal Mexican Cuisine
1575 Boulder St.
Mexican coastal cuisine translates to: pescado a la veracruzana, camarones al mojo de ajo, and more upscale translations of Mexican food. Lola is NOT the place for those seeking plates drenched with melted yellow cheese - this is for true aficionados of gourmet Mexican cuisine. Try the Sunday afternoons with live music, or the daily happy hours attracting the young and hip in this happening neighborhood just northwest of downtown.
Maggiano's Little Italy
500 16th St.
Styled after a New York Little Italy neighborhood café, Maggiano's serves up hearty traditional southern Italian fare - lasagna, eggplant parmesan, ravioli and manicotti - you know, the stuff Grandma made, done family-style. Maggiano's is lively, well-lit and perfect for a festive evening, complete with Sinatra and Dino's singing piped in.
1512 Larimer St.
Satisfy your sushi craving. Conveniently located in Writer Square, Sushi Han has a relaxing atmosphere where the locals gather for fresh, tasty sushi and delicious Japanese dishes. The restaurant also offers a full bar with extensive wine list available by the bottle or the glass.
1400 Larimer St.
Another of the famed Richard Sandoval's signature restaurants, Tamayo has been embraced by Denver's connoisseurs for its creative, yet authentic, adaptations of fine Mexican fare. You might start with chile ancho fried calamari in a chipotle chile and blood orange reduction sauce, followed by tequila-flambéed shrimp, and finishing with a creamy tres leches made with Frangelico liqueur.
Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe
2005 W. 33rd Ave.
This charming family-owned Mexican eatery has been serving Denverites since 1985, in the process earning itself a reputation for offering The Mile High City's finest chile relleno. Located in the Historic Highlands neighborhood, just minutes from Downtown Denver, Rosa Linda's is the kind of restaurant that makes you feel like part of the family from the minute you sit down at your table. And vegetarians take note: Rosa Linda's offers an extensive vegetarian menu as well as traditional dishes like Mole, Nopalitos, and Chilaquiles.
Red Square Euro Bistro
1512 Larimer St.
One hundred frozen vodkas and a long list of exotic vodka "infusions" complement a wide Russian and Eastern European-flavored menu, offering such as pelemeni dumplings and beef stroganoff. Red Square is a cozy spot featuring a pleasant patio and warm, inviting interior.
30141 E. 3rd Ave.
Filled with sunlight and right in the heart of Cherry Creek North, Cucina Colore has been delighting its patrons for 13 years. Serving mostly couples, this sophisticated, bistro-like restaurant serves authentic Italian cuisine with a twist. Sitting on the flower-bedecked patio on a warm spring evening is as close as you'll get to Europe without an airline ticket. Feel like sharing with your date? Try some Pan-seared Black Mussels, followed by a luscious veal or fish plate. Don't forget to top it off with the rightfully renowned Peach Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce - ahhh...