The Ten Best Restaurants in RiNo (Westword)
The Ten Best Restaurants in RiNo
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
Mister Tuna is big on seafood and other wood-grilled meats.
3033 Brighton Boulevard
After years of opening all manner of restaurants, executive chef/partner Troy Guard returns to his roots with Mister Tuna, a high-energy spot in RiNo’s Industry building. And what a fun restaurant it is — but not in the default-casual way, with free-flowing craft beer, wings and cornhole on the lawn. Here the best tables are inside, not out; the patio along Brighton Boulevard is often too hot and noisy. Besides, the room comes into its own as night falls: Under the cover of darkness, the long, narrow space becomes increasingly grown-up, with a dynamite mural of a woman’s face and a black-and-gold color scheme that totters between sexy and elegant. Divided into the categories of raw bar, appetizers and entrees, the menu reflects influences ranging from Hawaiian to Vietnamese to Indian. This being Guard’s house, the most memorable fare involves the sea: kampachi with mint, Thai basil, chiles and cilantro; ahi poke with buttery avocado and quinoa; and corvina with kimchi-tossed wheat berries. But other dishes shine, too, and many capture the best of Guard’s fusion-rich background, including carrot agnolotti with a Thai carrot-herb salad, grilled pizzas, and rotisserie pork collar with lavender mustard.