Yelp’s Top 50 Places to Eat is a list unlike any other “best of” out there. Sure, you’ll see your obvious local favorites on the list, but it’s also chock full of hidden gems and off-the-beaten-path joints like Jasmine Syrian Food and Urban Burma tucked away in Mango House International Food Hall. From fine dining to shawarma food trucks—find them all in Yelp’s Top 50 Places to Eat in Denver.
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Topping this year’s Top 50 Places to Eat list is Harley’s: A Hot Dog Revolution, a family owned restaurant specializing in a slice of Americana. From dawgs to whiches to chili cheese fries, Harley’s is your one-stop-shop for all things inventive and delicious.
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- Harley’s: A Hot Dog Revolution (Littleton, CO)
Cuisine: Hot Dogs, American (Traditional)
What they’re known for: Windy City Dog, Chili Pie Dog and Death Vader.
Yelpers say: “Hot Diggity Dog! Best hot dogs I’ve ever had and the chili cheese fries were just as drool worthy! This restaurant has definitely earned their 5 stars on Yelp, no debate.” -Carly L.
2. Istanbul Cafe & Bakery (Denver, CO)
Cuisine: Turkish, Desserts, Cafe & Tea
What they’re known for: Su Borek, Kunefe and Kadayif.
Yelpers say: “I know I’m not supposed to swear in Yelp reviews, so bear with me: This place is f&%*ing amazing. Super friendly staff, AMAZING baklava, cute little shop, excellent coffee. I am so, so jazzed about this place being within walking distance to my house.” -Jason J.
3. Urban Burma (Aurora, CO)
Cuisine: Burmese, Asian Fusion
What they’re known for: Tea Leaf Salad, Shan Noodles and Chicken Curry.
Yelpers say: “Eating the food here makes me reconsider the 5-star reviews I’ve written over the years. It’s spectacular. When simple dishes completely blow you away, that’s when my passion for local businesses amplifies from 10 to 11. Owned by two brothers, Siri and Martin, Urban Burma is a taste of their homeland.” -Matt C.
4. Tokyo Premium Bakery (Denver, CO)
Cuisine: Bakeries, Coffee & Tea, Sandwiches
What they’re known for: Beef Curry Bun, Almond Croissant and Hojicha.
Yelpers say: “I just had breakfast at Tokyo Premium Bakery with my siblings who were visiting me in Denver and I feel compelled to immediately write a review because the buns are amazing. The bread itself was so light and fluffy! I’ve never had buns as texturally appealing as the ones at Tokyo Premium Bakery.” -Shannon Z.
5. Jasmine Syrian Food (Aurora, CO)
Cuisine: Syrian, Middle Eastern
What they’re known for: Beef Kabobs, Tabbouleh and Baklava.
Yelpers say: “The owners are friendly, the prices are reasonable, and the food is just great! I had a beef kebab sandwich wrap with a side of baba ghanoush. The sandwich was about a foot long, wrapped in fresh flatbread. The beef was tender and subtly seasoned, the baba ghanoush was light and satisfying.” -Tim L.
6. Kickin Chicken (Lakewood, CO)
Cuisine: Sandwiches, Chicken Shop
What they’re known for: Chicken Sandwich, Chicken Katsu and Chicken & Waffles
Yelpers say: “Wow! Kickin Chicken is pretty amazing. The menu is short and simple, with only 4 entrees to choose from. They make some of the best chicken tenders I have experienced, they are perfectly crispy and juicy.” -Allie R.
7. Zomo Asian + American Eatery (Englewood, CO)
Cuisine: Asian Fusion, Vietnamese
What they’re known for: Banh Mi Pork Sliders, Vietnamese Meatloaf, Apple Pie Egg Rolls.
Yelpers say: “I am literally in love with this restaurant. What all the reviews say is true. There is so much love in everything they do here. You truly feel like you’re at your grandma’s house. Every single thing that touched our lips was AMAZING!!!!” -Marla D.
8. Curtis Park Delicatessen (Denver, CO)
Cuisine: Sandwiches, Delis, Coffee & Tea
What they’re known for: Italian Sandwich, Beef Sandwich and French Sandwich.
Yelpers say: “Hands down the best sandwiches we’ve had since moving to Denver! Both sandwiches (The Caprese and Italian) were fresh, stacked, and delicious. The size was just right and perfectly filling.” -Jesse K.
9. European Market (Lakewood, CO)
Cuisine: Sandwiches, International Grocery
What they’re known for: Prosciutto Basil Sandwich, Cevapi and Spanakopita.
Yelpers say: “This is a perfect example of what makes Yelp so much fun. It’s hidden away in the corner of a little strip mall on Wadsworth and a person could easily drive right past. I encourage you NOT to pass this spot. They have European groceries and candies and a cool little sandwich counter. The Gyro sandwiches here are really tasty.” -Rorey D.
10. Hong Kong Station (Centennial, CO)
What they’re known for: HK Style French Toast, Szechuan Chicken Wings and Mapo Tofu.
Yelpers say: “Y’all. If I could give six stars, I would. It. Did. Not. Disappoint! It is probably one of my favorite Chinese food restaurants that I’ve ever eaten at. You can taste the wok in the meats. I highly recommend the scallion pancake and the chicken wings. But if you were to order literally anything on the menu, you would still be one happy clam.” -Kelly W.
11. Goku Hibachi Express (Aurora, CO)
12. Turtle Boat (Denver, CO)
13. Bosphorus (Englewood, CO)
14. Seoul Mandoo (Aurora, CO)
15. Taqueria La Familia (Denver, CO)
16. PokeCo (Littleton, CO)
17. Yahya Mediterranean Grill & Pastries (Denver, CO)
18. Pizzeria Lui (Lakewood, CO)
19. Bettola Bistro (Denver, CO)
20. Haveli Indian Cuisine (Littleton, CO)
21. Pierogies Factory (Wheat Ridge, CO)
22. Aroma of Brazil (Aurora, CO)
23. WongWayVeg (Denver, CO)
24. Jessie’s Smokin NOLA (Centennial, CO)
25. The Rotary (Denver, CO)
26. African Grill & Bar (Lakewood, CO)
27. Fortune Wok to Table (Denver, CO)
28. Rocky Yama Sushi (Denver, CO)
29. Grammy Italian Goodies (Wheat Ridge, CO)
30. Pho Haus (Denver, CO)
31. Old Town Hot Pot (Aurora, CO)
32. La Calle Taqueria Y Carnitas (Denver, CO)
33. Somebody People (Denver, CO)
34. Olivia (Denver, CO)
35. Anise, Modern Vietnamese Eatery (Denver, CO)
36. Detour Bakery (Denver, CO)
37. Rocky Fin Poke Bar (Denver, CO)
38. Leven Deli (Denver, CO)
39. Golden Saigon (Aurora, CO)
40. Latke Love (Littleton, CO)
41. Las Tortas (Denver, CO)
42. The Brutal Poodle (Denver, CO)
43. Temaki Den (Denver, CO)
44. Liang’s Thai Food (Denver, CO)
45. Spice Room | Neighborhood Indian Bistro (Denver, CO)
46. Denver Poke Company (Denver, CO)
47. Meta Burger (Denver, CO)
48. Makizushico (Littleton, CO)
49. Lucky Noodles (Denver, CO)
50. Pupusas Lover (Denver, CO)
Methodology: This is an all-time list of the Top Places to Eat in the Denver area according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the restaurant category on Yelp, then ranked those spots using a number of factors, including the total volume and ratings of reviews. This list looked at businesses in and around the Denver area. All businesses were marked open on Yelp as of July 1, 2022. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of July 1, 2022.