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The 10 Best Lunch Spots In Downtown, Denver

Updated: May 2, 2022

With gourmet sandwiches and homemade soups on every corner, there's no reason to skip lunch in Downtown. We analyzed popular review and ranking sites and assimilated millions of reviews for Downtown’s best lunches. If you need quick service tacos or you have time for a sit-down buffet you will find your next lunch spot here!

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Kealohas BBQ

Food Stand, Central Business DistrictFood StandDenver, Central Business District
Google: 5.0
Yelp: 5.0

The Taco Connection

Food Stand, Central Business DistrictFood StandDenver, Central Business District
Google: 5.0
Yelp: 5.0

Brutø

New American, Union StationNew AmericanDenver, Union Station
Google: 4.9
Yelp: 5.0
  • Eater, 2020

    16 Downtown Lunch Options for Every Occasion

    Eater, 2020

Oishii Ramen

Japanese, Central Business DistrictJapaneseDenver, Central Business District
Google: 4.9
Yelp: 5.0

The Chili Truck

Food Truck, $, Central Business DistrictFood Truck, $Denver, Central Business District
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

Lechuga's Kiosk

Italian, Central Business DistrictItalianDenver, Central Business District
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

S'ono! / Slurps!

Hawaiian, $, AurariaHawaiian, $Denver, Auraria
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Poke Club

Hawaiian, $$, Central Business DistrictHawaiian, $$Denver, Central Business District
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Pita Fresh 16th Street Mall

Middle Eastern, Central Business DistrictMiddle EasternDenver, Central Business District
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

JINYA Ramen Bar - Denver

Japanese, Union StationJapaneseDenver, Union Station
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

How does it work?

Figuring out the best restaurants can take a long time. The restaurants in this list rose to the top after we analyzed the Yelp and Google ratings for 7480 restaurants in Denver, 823905 restaurant reviews, and exactly 681 lists and articles from experts at Eater and more. All with some boam magic. We cross-referenced with top lists, like Eater - 16 Downtown Lunch Options for Every Occasion. We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal no matter what. Our site gets no money for featuring restaurants in this list – everyone’s earned their place. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Frequently asked questions

The highest-rated lunch restaurants with outdoor seating in Downtown are Tavernetta, Mercantile Dining & Provision and Jax Fish House LoDo.

Jax Fish House LoDo, Guard and Grace, and The Capital Grille are the highest-rated lunch spots for a pick-up meal in Downtown.

Tavernetta, Mercantile Dining & Provision, and Jax Fish House LoDo are lunch restaurants with outdoor seating in Downtown.

The highest-rated restaurants in Downtown for group lunches are Jax Fish House LoDo, Guard and Grace, and The Capital Grille.

Tavernetta, Mercantile Dining & Provision, and Jax Fish House LoDo are the highest-rated vegetarian-friendly lunch restaurants in Downtown.

Drink pairing tips

  • Enjoy banh mi with Cilantro Chile Cooler

    For an elevated experience, pair your banh mi with Cilantro Chile Cooler. This combination works particularly well because this cocktail cuts through the fattiness of the sandwich.


  • Pair Kabinett with banh mi

    When considering how to best enjoy your banh mi, we would highlight how well a glass of Kabinett complements the dish as it cools the jalapeno with the sweetness of the wine.


  • Riesling with your banh mi

    The dry flavors in Riesling makes it a great white wine to pair with banh mi.

Interesting facts

  • A historical dish

    The macaroni and cheese was only thought up in 1769! We wonder what people ever did without some good macaroni and cheese in their lives...

  • The traditional hamburger

    A trip to The United States is incomplete without having tried the local hamburger, a national classic!

  • The $3,082,610 bluefin tuna

    If you have recently won the lottery, or you just happen to have $3,082,610 lying around, why not spend it on indulging in the world’s most glamorous, and most expensive, bluefin tuna?

Parking info

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