Welcome to Colorado!

Downtown Denver boasts a wide variety of restaurants that are easily accessible from the conference hotel.  Choices abound from fast-casual eateries, five star dining, and many types of ethnic cuisine.

Denver’s most popular ingredient by far, is green chile, which is a blend of Hatch or Pueblo chiles, pork, tomatoes and onions.  We put this stuff over everything here!  Whether it is used as a topping on a burrito, nachos, omelet or stuffed in a burger, it is a must-try for those who love spicy food.

The Mile High City is well known for its craft beers and many breweries.  Several of these brewpubs also serve outstanding food as well.  Most of the breweries incorporate their beer into the recipes and offer a wide variety of choices on their menus.

Nearby, there are destination restaurants for those who want to try the one dish that Colorado is famous for – and no, it’s not the Denver Omelet!  Adventurous eaters come from far and wide to try the legendary Rocky Mountain Oysters!

Whatever your dining preference, you won’t be disappointed in the variety of choices available within walking distance of the hotel.  We have included a few suggestions to get started and will provide a more comprehensive list when the date of the conference draws near.

We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Click here for a list of places to eat around the downtown Denver area!

Click here for a list of bars and night life information!

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"A Horse-Drawn Carriage on the 16th Street Mall" cc image courtesy of University of Denver on FLICKR

16th Street Mall Area

Paramount Café  - Located in a historic building, Denver’s Original Rock n Roll Café offers a wide variety of sandwiches, burgers and salads.

Appaloosa Grill - Colorado comfort food using locally sourced ingredients.

Mici - Pizza, pasta, calzones, panini and salads.

Central Downtown

La Loma -  Mexican fare featuring renowned green chile, house-made tortillas and signature margaritas.

Guard and Grace - Steaks, seafood, charcuterie and raw bar.

Syrup - Omelets, pancakes with house-made signature syrups, sandwiches and salads (serving breakfast and lunch only).


The 9th Door - Tapas bar featuring a wide variety of hot and cold plates combining a mixture of traditional Spanish favorites and modern variations of the tapas.

Wynkoop Brewery -  Denver’s most historic brewpub has a large offering of salads, sandwiches and pub fare that can be enjoyed with their many craft beers.

Union Station - Union Station has a wide variety of dining options ranging from casual to high end restaurants.

Capitol Hill

Pho-natic -  Fast, casual Vietnamese cuisine.  Pho-natic has a wide variety of tasty pho, rice and noodle bowls and boba.  It’s the perfect place to get your pho on after touring the state capital building!

CityGrille - CityGrille has a large offering of salads, sandwiches and pub fare, but they are most famous for their selection of unique, specialty burgers.

Destination Restaurants

Buckhorn Exchange - Denver’s oldest restaurant is located in a historic building and is in its second century of operation!  Experience the atmosphere of the old west while dining on buffalo, elk and rattlesnake.  Don’t forget to try the Rocky Mountain Oysters! 
Buckhorn Exchange is a just short train ride from the hotel.  Hop on the Southbound D, F or H train from the station located at 18th and Stout Street and exit at the 10th and Osage station.  The restaurant is right across the street from the train station.

Casa Bonita - “Is it a real place?”  That is one question many Denver residents receive from people who don’t live here.  Yes, it is a real place!  Casa Bonita has always been popular with visitors, but has been made more famous by the TV show “SouthPark.”  This is the type of restaurant where you don’t go for the food, you go for the atmosphere.  You can experience Acapulco Cliff Divers, Black Bart’s Cave, Fortune Tellers and maybe even Bonita’s Revenge!
You can take the Westbound 16 bus from the stop at Colfax and Broadway and exit at the stop at Colfax and Wadsworth to get to Casa Bonita, but using a cab, Uber or Lyft would be preferable.