Denver’s dining scene appears to be top of mind this week, with Mayor Michael Hancock announcing plans to make some pop-up pandemic restaurant patios permanent and winterized outdoor tables in Alpenglobes and yurts making an a statement ahead of cold weather.

Then, on Thursday, Yelp released its list of the top 50 Denver-area restaurants “to celebrate the small mom & pop restaurants that make Denver a culinary destination.” The list, which ranks local establishments based on customer reviews, expanded this year to include not only those based in the Mile High City, but also in surrounding suburbs such as Aurora, Arvada and Westminster.

For this ranking, Yelp said it “identified the top places to eat in the restaurants and food categories, then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews between Jan. 1, 2021, and Oct. 1, 2021.”

The top 50 Denver-area restaurants, according to Yelp

  1. Hong Kong Station (Centennial)
  2. Kickin Chicken (Lakewood)
  3. Old Town Hot Pot (Aurora)
  4. Somebody People (Denver)
  5. Urban Burma (Aurora)
  6. Marco’s Coal Fired (Denver)
  7. Tokyo Premium Bakery (Denver)
  8. La Reyna Azteca Tacos Y Tortas (Denver)
  9. Tatsu Izakaya (Denver)
  10. Harley’s: A Hot Dog Revolution (Littleton)
  11. Guard and Grace (Denver)
  12. Istanbul Cafe and Bakery (Denver)
  13. Spice Room | Neighborhood Indian Bistro (Denver)
  14. Seoul Mandoo (Aurora)
  15. Bosphorus (Englewood)
  16. The Rotary (Denver)
  17. Anise, Modern Vietnamese Eatery (Denver)
  18. Safta (Denver)
  19. Taste of Denmark (Lakewood)
  20. Banh Mi Station (Denver)
  21. D’Corazon (Denver)
  22. Turtle Boat (Denver)
  23. Golden Saigon (Aurora)
  24. Aloy Modern Thai (Denver)
  25. Goku Hibachi Express (Aurora)
  26. Monsoon Cuisine of India (Aurora)
  27. Wildflower (Denver)
  28. Fish N Beer (Denver)
  29. Coriander (Denver)
  30. Pho & Bar (Denver)
  31. Fortune Wok to Table (Denver)
  32. Sam’s No. 3 (Denver)
  33. Kiké’s Red Tacos (Denver)
  34. Tavernetta (Denver)
  35. Santos Cafe & Mexican Grill (Denver)
  36. Pearl of Siam (Aurora)
  37. Blue Pan Pizza (Denver)
  38. GQue Championship BBQ (Westminster)
  39. Cuba Cuba Cafe & Bar (Denver)
  40. Temaki Den (Denver)
  41. Hey Bangkok! (Denver)
  42. Famille (Westminster)
  43. ZOMO Asian + American Eatery (Englewood)
  44. La Loma (Denver)
  45. Yak and Yeti Restaurant & Brewpub (Arvada)
  46. Makizushico (Littleton)
  47. Little Beast Street Food (Denver)
  48. Mondo’s Pizza (Aurora)
  49. Angelo’s Taverna (Denver)
  50. Spuntino (Denver)

Still hungry? The New York Times recently included two Colorado restaurants — Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder and Comal Heritage Food Incubator in Denver — on its top 50 list released earlier this month.