2011 Top 25 Restaurants of Denver from 5280

2011 Top 25 Restaurants of Denver from 5280

This month, 5280 released their must-anticipated, annual list: The 25 Best Restaurants.

#1 on the list? Boulder’s own Frasca. There are three other Boulder restaurants that graced the list, as well.

In the words of the 5280 staff:

After many months of eating, hours of analyzing hundreds of dishes, and untold numbers of discussions, we have compiled a list of the most compelling places to dine in Denver—and beyond. We hope our choices, and the order in which they’re ranked, incite discussion—not to mention many nights out on the town.

You can learn more about how they made their decision here. At a high-level, they assign points to every dish that they try (and they revisit restaurants over and over). They then average those points and give a restaurant an overall score. They allow points for service and ambiance, as well.

I think it was clear that this years list is pretty varied from last year, showing new restaurants hitting the scene and creating strong competition regionally.

Top 25:

  1. Frasca Food & Wine
  2. Fruition
  3. Mizuna
  4. Sushi Den
  5. ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro
  6. Bittersweet
  7. Luca d’Italia
  8. Z Cuisine
  9. Potager
  10. Colt & Gray
  11. Barolo Grill
  12. Cafe Aion
  13. Fuel
  14. The Kitchen
  15. Olivéa
  16. Izakaya Den
  17. Duo
  18. Table 6
  19. Rioja
  20. Tables
  21. Opus
  22. Linger
  23. Edge Restaurant & Bar
  24. Il Posto
  25. Vesta Dipping Grill

To celebrate, they’re hosting their 5280 Dines celebration to support the great food, people and restaurants on their list.

Local famed chefs like Frank Bonanno of Mizuna, Lon Symensma of ChoLon, Simon Purvis of Edge, Darrel Truett of Barolo Grill, Scott Parker of Table 6, and Nelson Perkins of Colt & Gray will be present offering their food and drinks. If you can make it, I will see you there! It’s an evening sure to be dedicated to the best food in the area.

5280 Dines Details: Wednesday October 12th. 6-9 PM. Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar. $75 per person. More info here.