Appetizer lover? Here are 15 tapas restaurants in Denver that will allow to you snack all night

by Carrie Bradon | Jan. 1, 2018, 10:57am |

Neighbors is the perfect spot to relax with delicious small plates and a nice glass of wine.

It cannot be denied that appetizers are delicious. The small portions of beautifully crafted ingredients are just big enough to give you a bite or two but not so big as to allow you to be satisfied on appetizers alone. 

Enter Tapas: the Spanish invention of small plates in order to help with the digestion of wine while drinking. It is believed that King Alfonso X, The Wise King of Spain, created a decree stating that no wine could be served at inns unless it was also accompanied by food.

This Spanish kind was certainly onto something. Not only does food allow your body to better handle the effects of alcohol, but food pairings with wine can enhance the flavor of the food and make the entire evening more enjoyable.

Tapas have made a huge re-entrance into dining circles and many cities have countless tapas restaurants, all promising you gooey, savory, rich goodness. If you're already salivating, here are 15 mighty independent Denver tapas spots to help satisfy the craving. 

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The 9th Door

1808 Blake St., Denver, CO 80202
(303) 292-2229
Decked out with great decor, this place has some of the most delicious dishes out there, tiny though they may be.

The Truffle Table

2556 15th St., Denver, CO 80211
(303) 455-9463
The Truffle Table knows how to make your mouth water with their cheeses and meats, as well as baby bread pudding.

Ambli Denver

600 S. Holly St., Denver, CO 80246
(303) 355-9463
Though tapas are traditionally Spanish, Ambli brings an Indian spice to the concept with items such as beef samosas and lobster amid a coconut curry sauce.


1501 S. Pearl St., Denver, CO 80210
(303) 733-2503
Ototo's Japanese inspired small plates will have you returning for more.


2202 Kearney St., Denver, CO 80207
(303) 333-1149
Neighbors is the perfect spot to relax with delicious small plates and a nice glass of wine.

Deep Roots Winery and Bistro

1516 Wazee St., Denver, CO 80202
(720) 328-4786
Deep Roots is more of a wine bar than it is a tapas spot, but their menu still manages to feature dishes such as the charcuterie and cheese board and bruschetta trio.

Dio Mio

3264 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80205
(303) 562-1965
Dio Mio is an Italian-inspired bar and tapas restaurant, so get ready to experience incredible flavors melding together.


800 15th St., Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-3063
This venue and event space also specializes in tapas and cocktails— both small but powerful.

bar helix

3440 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80205
(720) 449-8587
Small serving sizes don't mean that this place skimps on the flavor — it's quite the contrary, as past customers will confirm.

Fireside The Bar

1750 Welton St., Denver, CO 80202
(303) 295-1234
Fireside The Bar is in the heart of the Grand Hyatt Denver. Their tapas are tasty and their wines delicious.

Vinue Food and Wine Bar

2817 E. Third Ave., Denver, CO 80206
(720) 465-8325
Vinue specializes in wine and tapas, which will keep you sipping and snacking all night.

El Five

2930 Umatilla St., Denver, CO 80211
(303) 524-9193
Presentation, though amazing, is only part of the equation at El Five.


2240 Clay St., Denver, CO 80211
(720) 900-4747
Mackinzie's wine and tapas bar will have you begging for more, thanks to their delicious selection.

Syntax Physic Opera

554 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
(720) 456-7041
Syntax pairs great food with live music . . . just remember to wait 20 minutes before getting on the dance floor.

Sienna Wine Bar & Small Plates

3422 E. 12th Ave., Denver, CO 80206
(303) 355-2202
Sienna Wine Bar features scrumptious dishes, like their Chicken au Gratin.

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