Where to Dine in the Hot RiNo Neighborhood (Eater Denver)
Denver’s River North Art District, more commonly called RiNo, is characterized by its industrial, sometimes-gritty setting, but that hasn’t prevented the area from becoming an ever-growing hotspot for restaurants and bars.
Where to Dine in the Hot RiNo Neighborhood
PHOTO: Mister Tuna
Those in search of hip and edgy are finding a new frontier to explore in an area that is just minutes from downtown. The neighborhood is home to many art galleries and maker spaces, but also hundreds of residences and countless office spaces.
Alongside them have opened and flourished new-American eateries like Rebel, the Populist, and Acorn. There are tacos at Los Chingones and Comida, ramen at Osaka Ramen, modern Chinese fare at Hop Alley, and pizza at Cart Driver. Cocktails rule paired with casual small bites at places like Bar Fausto and the RiNo Yacht Club and beer is queen at new mammoth spot Blue Moon.
15 Los Chingones
This urban taqueria from chef Troy Guard offers Mexican food with a twist—think pig-ear nachos and octopus tacos. On the quirky drink menu you’ll find libations like the Urban Legend (tequila, Mexican Coke, and Pop Rocks), or the Panther Milk shot, a combination of pisco and citrus with ceviche essence.
Denver, CO 80205
17 Mister Tuna
Conceived as a modern neighborhood restaurant, Troy Guard’s brand new restaurant in RiNo has it all: from a wood-fired rotisserie and a raw bar to a handmade pasta and a station dedicated to all things pickled or preserved.
Denver, CO 80216
Sister restaurant to Los Chingones, Sugarmill is helmed by pastry chef Ryan Witcher. A variety of sweets grace the menu but savory lunch and dinner options are also available.
Denver, CO 80205