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Denver is bursting with new and classy restaurants, hundreds opened in 2014 alone. The following five new eateries have been critically acclaimed, represent a diverse range of palates and are located in various locales across the metro area.

Stoic & Genuine
1701 Wynkoop St.
Denver, CO 80202

(303) 640-3474

With the new and improved Union Station came many new haunts and finds including Stoic & Genuine. For fine seafood brought to you by the same people who are responsible for places like Rioja and Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen, there is really no comparison. Stop in to enjoy the lofty and impressive décor while feasting on clams, oysters or mussels, they are a critic’s favorite.

Lower48 Kitchen
2020A Lawrence St.
Denver, CO 80205

(303) 942-0262

Lower48 opened in the Ballpark Neighborhood when it was in dire need of a new eatery. Unlike many other places in the are, Lower48 offers decadent dishes for affordable prices, embracing the foodie in all income brackets. The restaurant opened at the very end of 2013, marking 2014 as its first official year, and executive chef Alexander Figura has made quite a name for the restaurant. Named for the mainland United States with dishes inspired by all regions, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Bistro Barbès
5021 E. 28th Ave.
Denver, CO 80207

(720) 398-8085

Bistro Barbès (pronounced Bar-bess) located in Park Hill is an upscale and intimate eatery. The French cuisine is fused with other adjacent influences including Spanish, African and Middle Eastern. An added bonus to the decadent fare is the fact that most dishes can be concocted as vegetarian, vegan or gluten free to accommodate any diet. The menu is ever-changing and based on seasonal options, making for a fresh take on each visit.

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24 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80203

(720) 550-7267

The trendy, yet historic Baker neighborhood is now home to an upscale, yet down-to-earth eatery. Leña is a Latin-inspired restaurant that is affordable and decadent. Owned by the same person who put together the swanky Colfax speakeasy, Prohibition, it’s not surprise that the décor is as engaging as the food.

The Nickel
1100 14th St.
Denver, CO 80202

(720) 889-2128

Hotel Teatro, located in the theatre district of downtown, has upped the ante by adding a new restaurant. The Nickel boasts an American menu but with a Colorado angle full of local ingredients like lamb, peaches and trout. The a la carte-style small bites include pickled carrots, hummus, hard cheeses and more make great starters and sharable dishes. The addition of a new restaurant is just what the hotel needed to bolster its already upscale image.

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Nicole Cormier is a hip-hop head with business ambitions who stumbled awkwardly into journalism in 2007 as Colorado Music Buzz’s hip-hop editor. She is the publisher and editor of the Colorado hip-hop e-magazine. Her work can be found at