Mister Tuna embodies the evolution of RiNo from an industrial zone to a chic, mature dining destination.
RiNo could be the hottest culinary destination in Denver, especially with the addition of the Denver Central Market, bringing eleven separate food and beverage vendors together under one roof. But the elevation of the industrial zone began years ago with hip eateries finding footing where artists and musicians had already paved the way. Now the choices for where to spend your dining dollars are mind-boggling, almost as dizzying as the number of new residents who call the condos, apartments and townhomes of the area home. To help you find your way to a great meal, here are the ten best restaurants in RiNo, listed in alphabetical order. Keep reading for the highlight on Mister Tuna, or find the full story HERE
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Interesting restaurant name and theme tactics have been a thing for as long as we can remember. A weird backstory, off-the-wall design scheme, or cryptic name having nothing to do with the food is fun. We get it. For example, who doesn’t want to eat farm-to-table fusion fare in a converted turn of the century mortuary? But even when checking out a relatively mysterious place for the first time, we still usually know what we’re getting into – except in the case of Mister Tuna.
We had heard no real details, and only a few facts:
The menu and space pays homage to Hawaiian food culture
There’s a pickle bar
There’s a giant mural depicting the Chef’s mom
There are pictures of a pet parrot named Mister Tuna
Once the exclusive cuisine associated with puka-shell-clad surfer dudes, poke, the Hawaiian staple of chopped, seasoned raw fish, can now be found at a wide array of restaurants on the mainland, and even in our landlocked state.