As of May 27, Denver restaurants have been allowed to reopen for dine-in service at 50% capacity. With a few more restrictions in place, like tables spaced six feet apart, face masks required by both guests and employees (except while eating and drinking), and party sizes limited to eight people or fewer, Denver restaurants have welcomed outdoor seating as well. So, here’s a running list of all the places in the city where you can eat and drink on a patio, courtyard, or rooftop.
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Acova is a contemporary American restaurant serving dishes from cilantro rice and tomatillo-beer-cheese-stuffed poblano peppers to buttermilk-battered chicken with a honey-cayenne drizzle. It is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday from 11am-11pm, Friday from 11-12am, Saturday from 10am-12am. and Sunday from 10am-11pm. The brunch menu, though, is only available Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm. Acova does not accept reservations for patio seating - it is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Along with an outdoor patio, Ale House has a long list of beers on tap, cocktails, and a menu featuring shrimp and grits, barbecue pulled pork sandwiches, and crispy pork rinds with a mango chipotle seasoning and poblano ranch dip. Seating is currently limited, and reservations are encouraged during peak times but not required.
Avanti is a food hall with a large rooftop patio looking out towards the Denver skyline. The space hosts up to six restaurant concepts at a time including Quiero Arepas, Knockabout Burgers, and Meta Asian Kitchen. It is open every day from 11am-10pm. Every restaurant in Avanti is taking walk-ins only for parties up to eight people.
This brunch restaurant, that’s a haven for anybody who loves bacon, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 8am-3pm. Outdoor seating is limited so reservations are highly recommended.
El Five’s open-air patio offers a tapas-style menu with an unobstructed view of the Denver skyline. It is open Monday through Thursday from 4-9pm, Friday and Saturday from 4-11pm, and Sunday from 5-9pm. Brunch is also available Sunday from 11-3pm. All guests are subject to a temperature check before entering. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and no reservations are offered at this time.
Happy Camper has a large outdoor patio that’s perfect for cocktail sipping and pizza eating. It is open Monday through Sunday from 10:30-12am. Reservations are required.
This seafood joint specializing in lobster rolls is open Sunday through Thursday from 11am-8pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am-9pm. The patio has 46 seats available, and any indoor seating is limited to reservations only.
The Lower Highland’s newest hangout offers an all-day restaurant, bar, and market all in one building. It’s open Wednesday and Thursday from 11am-10pm, Friday from 11am-11pm, Saturday from 9am-11pm, and Sunday from 9am-3pm. Reservations are highly recommended.
Park Burger has four locations in the River North district, Hilltop neighborhood, Platt Park, and Lower Highlands. All of them are open Sunday through Wednesday from 11:30am-9pm, and Thursday through Saturday from 11:30am-10pm. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and no reservations are offered at this time.
Postino’s LoHi and Broadway locations are open Monday through Saturday from 11am-11pm, and Sunday from 11am-10pm. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and no reservations offered at this time.
54 Thirty is Denver’s highest open-air rooftop bar. Located at the Le Méridien hotel in Lower Downtown, it’s open Monday through Thursday from 4-10pm, and Friday through Sunday from 2-10pm. The rooftop is first come, first served, and reservations are not accepted.
Just one block north of Coors Field, Blake Street Tavern has great city views and a massive menu of bar food. It is open Monday through Friday from 11am- 12am, Saturday and Sunday from 10-12am. Seating is first come, first served, and no reservations are needed.
This wood-fired pizza spot, located inside a recycled shipping container, has patio seating Sunday through Thursday from 4-9pm, and Friday and Saturday from 4-10pm. Guests are subject to temperature checks before being allowed in, and seating is first come, first served. You should also know that they’re only doing takeout on Monday and Tuesday.
Denver’s classic burger joint that’s been open since 1945 is now offering outdoor seating at both their Ballpark and Cherry Creek locations. They’re open every day from 11am-10pm, and both walk-ins and reservations are available.
Located inside the Dairy Block, Foraged serves a Japanese-influenced menu with sushi and hot items like the pork belly steamed buns, grilled whole squid, or five-spice chicken wings. The patio is open Monday and Tuesday from 3-9pm, Wednesday and Thursday from 12-9pm, Friday from 12-11pm, and Saturday from 3-11pm. Both walk-ins and reservations are available.
This sushi spot offers a great Happy Hour menu including two rolls for $9.50, half-priced appetizers, and $7 sake cocktails. It is open every day from 11am-10pm, and reservations are required.
This restaurant that does Southwest America and Baja Mexican food is open for patio seating Tuesday through Saturday from 3-10pm. Reservations are highly encouraged as outdoor seating is limited.
Su Taco is the Ballpark neighborhood’s newest taco bar serving margaritas and chicken tinga grilled street burritos, carne asada tacos, and cinnamon sugar churros for dessert. It is open Monday through Thursday from 12-9pm, Friday from 12-10pm, Saturday from 11-10pm, and Sunday from 11-9pm. Rooftop seating is first come, first served.
This Mexican spot and tequileria offer patio seating in the heart of downtown Denver with reservations only. It is open Tuesday through Thursday from 12-8pm, Friday from 12-10pm., Saturday 11am-10pm. and Sunday from 11am-8pm.
Tupelo Honey specializes in southern food serving panko-crusted fried green tomatoes, pimento pickle burgers, and bourbon-peppercorn-glazed meatloaf. It is open Monday through Thursday from 11am-8pm, Friday from 11am-9pm, Saturday from 10am-9pm, and Sunday from 10am-8pm. The patio seating is limited so reservations are required if you want to avoid a long wait time.
Situated inside Union Station, this Spanish restaurant offers outdoor seating in the heart of downtown Denver. It is open Sunday through Thursday from 11am-9pm, and Friday and Saturday from 11am-10pm. Ultreia does not take reservations.
This rooftop bar and restaurant has a large outdoor space that’s super close to Coors Field. It’s open Monday through Friday from 11-12am, and Saturday and Sunday from 10-12am. Reservations and walk-ins are both accepted.
With covered patio seating to block out Denver’s hot summer days, Work & Class offers a mixed menu with dishes like the blue corn empanadas stuffed with zucchini, squash, sofrito, and cheese and a cornmeal fried catfish plate. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5-10pm, seating is first come, first served, and no reservations are available.
This Uptown restaurant serves dishes like pork shoulder and belly dumplings and bao buns to spicy pork ramen and mushroom phat Thai. It is open 3-10pm Monday through Sunday. Reservations are strongly encouraged and the patio has a maximum party limit of eight people.
D Bar is a great spot for a twist on classic American desserts - think milk and cookies, s’mores, and thick slices of funfetti cake. It is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30am-9pm, Friday from 11:30am- 10pm, Saturday from 10:30am-10pm, and Sunday from 10:30am-9pm. D Bar accepts both walk-ins and reservations.
Steuben’s is a local diner recreating classic dishes like gravy cheese fries, six-cheese béchamel macaroni and cheese, and Monte Cristo sandwiches. It is open Monday through Friday from 11am-11pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 9am-11pm. Reservations are highly recommended for patio seating.
This stylish bar has transformed into a cabana pop-up for the summer serving tropical cocktails with a poolside feel (even though there’s no pool). It is open Wednesday and Thursday from 4-10pm, Friday from 4-11pm, Saturday from 12-11pm, and Sunday from 12-9pm. The cabana experience is mostly reserved for people who make reservations, but there’s still some walk-in seating available.
Finn’s Manor offers craft beer, cocktails, and a large outdoor seating area where a bunch of local food trucks, like Rocky Mountain Slices to Banditos Tacos, post up. It is open Tuesday through Thursday from 5pm-12am, Friday and Saturday from 2pm-1am, and Sunday from 2-9pm. Reservations are not required.
This Mexican spot with delicious tacos and cocktails has a skyline view just a few blocks from Coors Field. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 3-10pm, and Sunday from 3-9pm. Reservations are not required, but all patio seating is first come, first served.
The best things that Slater’s 50/50 serves start with the letter “b” - we’re talking about their bacon, burgers, and beer. The signature “B’B’B’ Bacon 50/50 Burger” is made with a half-bacon- and half-beef-blend patty topped with bacon-infused American cheese, thick-cut bacon, a sunny-side-up egg, and bacon island dressing. It is open Monday through Sunday from 11am-10pm, and patio seating is open on a first-come, first-served basis.
Barbed Wire Reef’s menu has wild game burgers, bratwursts, and crab cake sandwiches. It is open Monday through Thursday from 3-10pm, Friday from 3-11pm, Saturday 12-10pm, and Sunday 12-9pm. Patio seating is first come, first served.
Billy’s has been a North Denver favorite since 1933. The outdoor seating is at 50% capacity, so reservations are required. It is open Sunday through Thursday from 11am-8:30pm, and Friday and Saturday from 11am-9:30pm.
This Berkeley spot serves dishes like tomato-braised meatballs and refreshing watermelon salad. The patio is open Sunday through Thursday from 4-9pm, and Friday and Saturday from 4-10pm. Reservations are not needed since they have a large outdoor patio but are encouraged during peak dining hours.
Blue Island Oyster Bar is one of Cherry Creek’s best seafood restaurants with weekly specials from 99-cent oyster Mondays to half-off bottles of wine on Tuesdays. Some of the Blue Island classics include cracker-crusted fish and chips, lobster rolls, and a wild Alaskan halibut paella. It’s open Sunday through Thursday from 11:30am-9pm, Friday and Saturday from 11:30am-10pm, and reservations for the patio are highly encouraged.
The Elevated Rooftop Bar sitting atop the Halcyon Hotel in Cherry Creek has great views for poolside cocktails and snacks like hamachi ceviche and dill pickle and crispy garlic deviled eggs. It is open Tuesday through Thursday from 4-10pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am-10pm, and Sunday from 11am-8pm. Reservations are strongly encouraged.
Cherry Creek’s newest restaurant has an intimate outdoor patio where you can order hatch chili queso, trout schnitzel, and roasted half chicken. It is open Monday through Friday from 7:30-11am and 5-10pm, Saturday from 8am-2pm and 5-10pm, and Sunday from 8am-2pm and 5-9pm. Reservations are encouraged, especially for parties of six people or more.
This Mexican restaurant is open for patio seating every day from 11am-8pm. Reservations are not required but encouraged during peak dining hours.
This Baker neighborhood taqueria pairs tacos filled with fried pig ears and crispy buttermilk fried chicken with tequila and patio seating. It is open Monday through Friday from 11am-10pm, Saturday from 10am-10pm, and Sunday from 10am-9pm. Seating is first come, first served.
Lucile’s Creole Café has a menu full of beignets, gumbo, and shrimp and grits. Their outdoor seating is open Monday through Friday from 7am-2pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 8am-2pm on a first-come, first-served basis.
Stanley Marketplace in Aurora hosts multiple restaurants and breweries with a large community outdoor space for dining. Their renovated airplane hangar is open every day from 7am-9pm, and reservations are not required.
East Colfax Avenue
This taco spot has a large open-air patio perfect for sipping cocktails and eating Mexican food. The long list of street tacos includes grilled cotija tortillas, roasted cauliflower florets, and beer-battered shrimp. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and they’re open Monday through Friday from 11am-10pm, Saturday from 10am-10pm, and Sunday from 10am-9pm.
Machete, known for delicious tacos and tequila, has three locations in the Denver area. Both the Union Station and Cherry Creek locations are open Monday through Sunday from 11am-10pm, while the location on Colfax is open Monday through Thursday from 4-10pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am-10pm. Reservations are required for both dine-in service and patio seating.
This East Colfax cocktail bar offers a snack menu with dishes like fried okra and a Middle-Eastern spiced fritter along with cocktails like a Manhattan or the “Day Man” (tequila, pamplemousse, Jarritos, and bitters). The patio is open on a first-come, first-served basis on Wednesday through Sunday from 4-10pm, and accepts both reservations and walk-ins.
All three Tacos Tequila Whiskey locations (City Park, Governor’s Park, and the Highlands) are open serving Mexican food and margaritas. The patio seating is first come, first served, and reservations are not accepted at this time.