From traditional taquerias to creative takes on classic recipes, Denver's Mexican eateries are always muy bueno!
LOLA MEXICAN FISH HOUSE
With a stunning view of the Denver skyline and a hip Highlands clientele, Lola has fast become one of The Mile High City's most beloved spots for Mexican-inspired cuisine. Start with the guacamole, which is hand crafted right at your table, then move on to the delectable ceviche and seasonal favorites like the roasted squash tostada and house-cured salmon huevos.
RECOMMENDED: The food is spectacular, but don't forget about the tequila! Named one of the top five places to drink tequila in the country by Food & Wine Magazine, Lola features more than 200 varieties.
RIO GRANDE MEXICAN RESTAURANT
Rio Grande prides itself on its laid-back "siesta" attitude. Their LoDo location offers a comfortable patio, friendly service and a casual atmosphere, not to mention their famous margaritas, available on the rocks or — for those hot summer evenings — frozen. Make a date with friends and kick back at the Rio.
RECOMMENDED: No matter what the season is, Rio Grande's guacamole is always made fresh from real avocados, never from frozen pulp. Order it on its own, on top of the Chile Con Queso or in the Guacamole Tostada with black beans, jack cheese, lettuce and tomatoes. Muy delicioso!
COMIDA AT THE SOURCE
Located inside The Source in the RiNo neighborhood, Comida serves some of the freshest Mexican street food in Denver. Inspired by honest Mexican flavors, Comida stays close to its roots by offering quick, authentic street food with an emphasis on local ingredients and value. Prefer to eat your tacos on the go? Look for the big pink Comida food truck as she (her name is Tina) travels through neighborhoods and office parks along Colorado's Front Range.
RECOMMENDED: It's difficult to pass on the tacos. Served on soft corn tortillas, options range from spicy shrimp and jalapeno grits to grilled skirt steak over refritos. Try the Chorizo and Red Onion Escabeche taco, served over roasted garlic mash with salsa verde, house crema and cotija.
SAM'S NO. 3 DINER
A longtime Downtown Denver breakfast and lunch staple, Sam's isn't your typical Mexican joint. It's an old-fashioned diner with plenty of old-fashioned diner dishes. "Comfort food with an attitude," they call it. But Sam's also serves its own distinctive brand of south-of-the-border food, dubbed on the menu "Mr. Sam's Mexi-Rado Grub." Breakfast burritos, huevos rancheros, smothered burritos and more spicy treats have made this unlikely spot a favorite for Denver's Mexican food lovers.
RECOMMENDED: Try the Mexican Steak, a grilled six-ounce piece of beef served with chili, tomatoes, onions and flour tortillas.
A favorite among Denver's in-the-know foodies, Tamayo offers a contemporary and creative spin on traditional Mexican cuisine. The restaurant is located in the ultra-chic Larimer Square — one of the city's hippest areas — and its décor is appropriately stylish. Don't miss chilling out on Tamayo's rooftop lounge, with spectacular mountain views and specialty cocktails.
RECOMMENDED: Delve into the special Test Kitchen menu. Twice a year, Chef Richard Sandoval and his team travel to a different region of Mexico to research the country's culinary heritage and bring back new dishes that represent the cuisine and culture of each area.
Hacienda Colorado serves traditional Mexican dishes with a twist: they call it "Mountain Mex." The vibe of the restaurant is such that you can dress up or dress down — it works equally well as a date-night spot or a family-friendly restaurant. Relax by a fire on the patio, grab a table inside or sit at the bar with the regulars.
RECOMMENDED: Smother your entrée with any of Hacienda's famous sauces, including New Mexico Hatch Green Chile, Roasted Jalapeno or Spicy Queso Blanco.
OTRA VEZ CANTINA
There's a new taco in town at Otra Vez Cantina, which opened on Denver's 16th Street Mall in March 2017. The two-story space is a mix of Mexican and Austin-inspired decor and includes an outdoor patio, lounge and private banquet area, plus a mezcal bar on the second level.
RECOMMENDED: Turn up the heat with roasted jalapeño queso dip, brick chicken mole, hatch green chile gorditas and, of course, a selection of tacos, including pork belly al pastor, achiote shrimp and barbacoa. Then wash it all down with your choice of more than 200 tequilas and mezcals.
LIME AMERICAN CANTINA
Lime American Cantina at Denver Pavilions offers fresh Mexican eats, "Mighty Margaritas" and a spectacular view of downtown Denver from the open-air patio.
RECOMMENDED: Try the award-winning sweet corn tamales, the chipotle ribs or the stuffed avocado —
two avocado halves filled with Red Bird™ chicken tinga and jack cheese, lightly battered, fried and served on a bed of red or green chili.