The Mile High City’s esteemed culinary scene recognized by the prestigious culinary review. 

DENVER (Sept. 13, 2023) - Last night, Michelin recognized 26 Denver restaurants in their inaugural and highly anticipated Colorado-based Guide. The famously anonymous MICHELIN Guide inspectors selected a diverse range of restaurants across the city that exude culinary excellence.

“We are thrilled to congratulate Denver’s MICHELIN Guide-recognized restaurants. The city’s culinary scene has long been enjoyed by residents and visitors alike with fresh, local ingredients, unique flavors and friendly, high-quality service,” said Richard W. Scharf, president and CEO of VISIT DENVER. “It is the passion, creativity, collaboration and commitment to quality of our Denver chefs and restaurateurs that have propelled the city to the next level of culinary excellence. We look forward to showcasing Denver’s diverse dining experience to the world.”

The MICHELIN Guide gives honors at several levels. MICHELIN Stars are based on five criteria: quality of products, mastery of cooking technique, harmony and balance of flavors, the personality of the chef as expressed in the cuisine, and consistency between visits and throughout the menu. The Guide’s Bib Gourmand selection highlights restaurants that offer great quality food at good prices and are judged by the same criteria used for the Star designation. The MICHELIN Green Star is awarded to restaurants that are leaders in sustainable gastronomy. Finally, Recommended restaurants include those that are above average and prepare high quality meals with fresh ingredients.

Below is a list of celebrated restaurants in each category. More information about these restaurants and the MICHELIN Guide program are available on the VISIT DENVER website.


  • Beckon (Contemporary cuisine)
  • Brutø (Mexican/Contemporary cuisine)
  • The Wolf’s Tailor (Contemporary cuisine)

MICHELIN Green Star:

  • Brutø (Denver; Mexican/Contemporary cuisine)
  • The Wolf’s Tailor (Contemporary cuisine)

Bib Gourmand:

  • AJ’s Pit Bar-B-Q (Barbecue)
  • Ash’Kara (Israeli cuisine)
  • The Ginger Pig (Chinese cuisine)
  • Glo Noodle House (Ramen)
  • Hop Alley (Chinese cuisine)
  • La Diabla Pozole y Mezcal (Mexican cuisine)
  • Mister Oso (Latin American cuisine)
  • Tavernetta (Italian cuisine)

Denver’s 2023 Recommended restaurants:

  • A5 Steakhouse         
  • Barolo Grill 
  • Dio Mio
  • Fruition       
  • Guard and Grace     
  • Hey Kiddo   
  • Marco’s Coal Fired  
  • Mercantile Dining and Provision       
  • Noisette     
  • Olivia            
  • Potager       
  • Q House      
  • Safta             
  • Smok            
  • Temaki Den

MICHELIN Special Awards:

  • Michelin Exceptional Cocktails Award Presented by Basil Hayden

Caroline Clark - The Wolf’s Tailor

  • Michelin Sommelier Award Presented by Wine Access

Ryan Fletter and Erin Lindstone - Barolo Grill

The MICHELIN Guide is a reliable resource for travelers looking for an excellent meal in more than 40 destinations worldwide. The Guide was first published in France at the turn of the 20th century to encourage the development of car mobility as well as tire sales by giving practical advice to motorists. Since then, the Guide has specialized in restaurant and hotel recommendations.

Denver joins Boulder, Aspen and Snowmass Village, the Town of Vail and Beaver Creek Resort in the Colorado MICHELIN Guide, the eighth Guide destination in North America.



About VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau

Celebrating 114 years of promoting The Mile High City, VISIT DENVER is a nonprofit trade association that contracts with the City of Denver to market Denver as a convention and leisure destination, increasing economic development in the city, creating jobs and generating taxes. Denver welcomed more than 36 million visitors in 2022, generating $9.4 billion in spending, while supporting tens of thousands of jobs and making Tourism one of the city’s largest industries. Learn more about Denver on the VISIT DENVER website or at Tourism Pays Denver. Denver International Airport (DEN) is the No. 5 busiest airport in the world connecting The Mile High City to more than 200 destinations globally. Follow Denver’s social media channels for up-to-the-minute updates on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.


About Michelin North America, Inc.

Michelin, the leading mobility company, is working with tires, around tires and beyond tires to enable Motion for Life. Dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility and sustainability, Michelin designs and distributes the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its customers’ needs. Michelin provides digital services, maps and guides to help enrich travel and make them unique experiences. Bringing its expertise to new markets, the company is investing in high-technology materials, 3D printing and hydrogen, to serve a wide variety of industries — from aerospace to biotech. Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, Michelin North America has approximately 23,000 employees and operates 34 production facilities in the United States and Canada. (


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