Denver Top 25 Restaurants: July 2016

In 2015, the Colorado Restaurant Association estimates that approximately 235 new fast-casual restaurants opened in the Denver/Boulder metro area. In 2016, that restaurant scene is as hot and popular as ever. Some restaurants are more popular than others, as demonstrated by data from Foodable Labs and the Restaurant Social Media Index, which tracks hundreds of thousands of restaurants.

Brand new to the list, and landing in first for its debut, is The Preservery, which aims to bring people together through food and music, creating a sense of community. The food here is made from “storied ingredients” – from scratch with known origins of every item.

“…whether it comes from the urban farmer down the street or it's a fairly traded spice from the other side of the world, each of our ingredients has a story worth telling and re-telling,” according to the website. These ingredients are showcased in dishes like Yarmony Ranch steak and short ribs, and Niman Ranch pork tenderloin with hakurei turnip and smoked cherry agrodolce.

There are four other brand-newcomers to the list: Bar Dough, an Italian restaurant that raises the bar on traditional cuisine with small plates, handmade pasta, wood-fired pizza, and Italian-inspired cocktails;  MAS KAOS Pizzeria & Taqueria, a farm-to-table pizza and taco place serving house-brewed craft beer and artisanal tequilas; Homegrown Tap & Dough, known for using only fresh, high-quality ingredients in its house made pasta and pizza; and Los Chigones, a twist on traditional tapas-style Mexican favorites described as “sassy, spicy, sometimes irreverent, [but] always an adventure.”

Fresh Seafood at Los Chigones |  @loschingones_rinoLos Instagram

Fresh Seafood at Los Chigones | @loschingones_rinoLos Instagram

Grilled Octopus at Bar Dough |  @bardoughden Instagram

Grilled Octopus at Bar Dough | @bardoughden Instagram

The Patio Pie at Homegrown Tap & Dough |  @homegrowntapanddough Instagram

The Patio Pie at Homegrown Tap & Dough | @homegrowntapanddough Instagram

Fried Green Tomatoes and Burrata Salad at The Preservery  |  @jarodballentine Instagram

Fried Green Tomatoes and Burrata Salad at The Preservery  | @jarodballentine Instagram

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 The Preservery 178.96  
2 Guard & Grace 178.34  
3 Root Down 178.02  
4 Cart Driver 177.81  
5 Acorn 177.71  
6 Work & Class 177.08 Play Video
7 Bar Dough 176.51  
8 Beast + Bottle 176.45  
9 Vert Kitchen 176.21  
10 MAS KAOS Pizzeria & Taqueria 176.08  
11 Colt & Gray 175.64  
12 Homegrown Tap & Dough  175.37  
13 Los Chigones 175.37  
14 Stoic & Genuine 175.19  
15 Linger 174.56  
16 Rioja 173.3  
17 Rosenberg's Bagels 172.67  
18 Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen 172.04  
19 Z Cuisine & A Cote 171.41  
20 Table 6 170.78  
21 Old Major 170.15  
22 Mercantile Dining & Provision 169.67  
23 Jax Fish House Denver 169.52  
24 Bistro Barbs 168.91  
25 OAK at fourteenth 168.89  

Denver Top 25 Restaurants: February 2016

This month, the Top 25 Restaurants list returns to Denver, and a first timer to the list takes top honors. Denver's Root Down, located in a converted Denver filling station, ranks in at an impressive No. 1 on its very first placement on the list, followed closely by former No. 1 Guard and Grace and Acorn, ranking at No. 2 and No. 3 respectively.

The list sees some other impressive climbs with Vert Kitchen making its way from its former No. 22 up to No. 5. 

Additionally, Spuntino and Il Posto both return to the list after a several month absence.

Check out the full list below!

Eggplant Parmesan at Vert Kitchen  | Facebook

Eggplant Parmesan at Vert Kitchen | Facebook

Kale and Apple Salad at Acorn  | Facebook

Kale and Apple Salad at Acorn | Facebook

Fried Chicken and Biscuits at Root Down  | Facebook

Fried Chicken and Biscuits at Root Down | Facebook

Filet Mignon at Guard and Grace  | Facebook

Filet Mignon at Guard and Grace | Facebook

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Root Down 178.34  
2 Guard and Grace 177.32  
3 Acorn 177.31  
4 Work & Class 177.09 Play Video
5 beast + bottle 176.86  
6 Vert Kitchen 176.42  
7 Stoic & Genuine 176.40  
8 Linger 176.17  
9 Cart-Driver 176.02  
10 Rioja 175.94  
11 Rosenberg's Bagels 175.71  
12 Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen 175.65  
13 Z Cuisine & A Cote 175.48  
14 Table 6 175.42  
15 Old Major 175.25  
16 Jax Fish House 174.79  
17 OAK at fourteenth 174.67  
18 Mercantile Dining & Provision 174.56  
19 Bistro Barbès 174.33  
20 Colt & Gray 173.92  
21 Barolo Grill 173.17  
22 ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro 172.42  
23 Spuntino 172.34  
24 Il Posto 171.63  
25 To the Wind 170.92  

Denver Top 25 Restaurants : December 2015

Denver's Top 25 list sees a number of newcomers join the list this month, that along with an impressive number of shakeups amongst the veterans, making for one of the more exciting Top 25's for the city.

A number of shakeups to the list include Guard and Grace jumping up an impressive ten spots to grab the No. 1 ranking from its former No. 11 status in September. Rioja also made an exciting move up from its previous ranking of No. 22 to No. 7.

A number of newcomers were welcomed to the list as well, such as Stoic & Genuine, Rosenberg's Bagels, Z Cuisine & A Cote, Cart Driver, Mercantile Dining and Provision, and To the Wind. Additionally, several Denver Top 25 veterans have returned to list after a several month absence, including both Old Major and Table 6 which haven't ranked in the Top 25 since March, as well as Los Chingones, not on the list since September.  

Check out the full list below!

Braised Short Rib at Rioja  | Facebook

Braised Short Rib at Rioja | Facebook

Fresh Oysters at Cart Driver |  Facebook

Fresh Oysters at Cart Driver | Facebook

Guard and Grace Cured Meats  | Facebook

Guard and Grace Cured Meats | Facebook

Stoic and Genius' Double Cheeseburger  | Facebook

Stoic and Genius' Double Cheeseburger | Facebook

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Guard and Grace 178.92  
2 Work & Class 178.54  
3 Beast + Bottle 177.65  
4 Acorn 176.59  
5 Stoic & Genuine 176.51  
6 Linger 175.62  
7 Rioja 175.62  
8 Rosenberg's Bagels 175.44  
9 Z Cuisine & A Cote 175.41  
10 Old Major 174.55  
11 Cart Driver 174.53  
12 Jax Fish House Denver 174.51  
13 Mercantile Dining & Provision 173.82  
14 Bistro Barbès 173.59  
15 Table 6 173.59  
16 OAK at fourteenth 173.41  
17 Colt & Gray 173.15  
18 Barolo Grill 173.11  
19 ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro 172.63  
20 Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen 172.45  
21 To the Wind 172.43  
22 Vert Kitchen 172.35  
23 Los Chingones 172.15  
24 Luca 171.67  
25 bittersweet 170.71  

Denver Top 25 Restaurants: September 2015

It’s common for a Top 25 city ranking list to see new restaurants jumping on and existing ones falling off each month. But this month in Denver, things are looking fairly steady. Every restaurant that was listed last month made the list again this month, based on September RSMI data. 

Still, exciting things are happening. For the first time on a Foodable Top 25 list, Beast + Bottle takes No. 1 with a Social Score of 176.11. Acorn, last month’s frontrunner, falls one spot, to No. 2, and Colt & Gray jumps into the Top 5, up from No. 15. There were a few other movers and shakers on the list this month, too.

Check out the full rankings below.

Capon, pickled plum, cashew, black rice at Beast + Bottle  | Instagram, @beastandbottle

Capon, pickled plum, cashew, black rice at Beast + Bottle | Instagram, @beastandbottle

Charcuterie board at Colt & Gray  | Instagram, @betheats

Charcuterie board at Colt & Gray | Instagram, @betheats

Fried chicken and biscuit at Acorn  | Instagram, @acorn_denver

Fried chicken and biscuit at Acorn | Instagram, @acorn_denver

Tempura broccoli salad at Work & Class  | Instagram, @brennahro

Tempura broccoli salad at Work & Class | Instagram, @brennahro

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Beast + Bottle 176.11  
2 Acorn 175.78  
3 Colt & Gray 174.82  
4 Work & Class 174.19  
5 OAK at fourteenth 173.18  
6 Vert Kitchen 173.17  
7 Linger 172.97  
8 Spuntino 172.76  
9 Fruition Restaurant 172.55  
10 Frasca Food and Wine 172.34  
11 Guard and Grace 171.17  
12 Duo 171.01  
13 Sugarmill 170.73  
14 Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen 170.55  
15 Bistro Barbes 170.29  
16 Barolo Grill 169.42  
17 ChoLon Bistro 168.97  
18 Los Chingones 168.53  
19 Luca 168.09  
20 Jax Fish House Denver 167.33  
21 bittersweet 167.20  
22 Rioja 167.07  
23 il Posto 166.94  
24 Basta 166.81  
25 Amerigo Delicatus 166.68  

Denver Top 25 Restaurants: July 2015

As in the past several months, Acorn and Work & Class continue to jockey between No. 1 and No. 2 with the latter dropping down to second place this month. Also in the top three is ,Beast + Bottle, which made an impressive jump up the list from its previous position at No. 12, replacing former No. 3 occupier Fruition restaurant, which slipped down to No. 10.

This month also witnesses the return of both Duo and il Posto to the Top 25, both of which have been absent from the list since May.

Check out the full list below!

Work & Class's Grilled Lamb  | Yelp, Jorge M.

Work & Class's Grilled Lamb | Yelp, Jorge M.

Grilled Beef at il Posto  | Yelp, Mike M.

Grilled Beef at il Posto | Yelp, Mike M.

Duckbreast at Acorn  | Yelp, Jesse H

Duckbreast at Acorn | Yelp, Jesse H

Goat Milk Curds at Beast + Bottle  | Yelp, Alice L.

Goat Milk Curds at Beast + Bottle | Yelp, Alice L.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Acorn 176.11  
2 Work & Class 175.83  
3 Beast + Bottle 174.98  
4 Duo 174.96  
5 Barolo Grill 174.18  
6 Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen 173.09  
7 OAK at fourteenth 172.84  
8 Linger 172.84  
9 Spuntino 171.09  
10 Fruition Restaurant 170.56  
11 Frasca Food and Wine 170.50  
12 Guard and Grace 169.34  
13 Sugarmill 169.33  
14 Bistro Barbes 168.16  
15 Colt & Gray 167.59  
16 Vert Kitchen 166.99  
17 ChoLon Bistro 165.84  
18 Los Chigones 165.82  
19 Luca 164.09  
20 Jax Fish House Denver 163.88  
21 bittersweet 162.57  
22 Rioja 162.34  
23 il Posto 161.26  
24 Basta 160.59  
25 Amerigo Delicatus 158.84