The most anticipated restaurants and bars coming to Denver in 2020

What can we expect from Denver restaurants opening in 2020? More one-stop shops, out-of-town transplants and neighborhood staples. By now, we all know that In-N-Out is coming, but enough about that (for a little while).

Did you know that we’re about to get three new places specializing in mezcal and tequila? And that after a few years of unstoppable growth in new restaurant centers like RiNo and Union Station, we’ll see some novel options cropping up across town, from Arvada to Aurora and Littleton?

Of course, there will be more food halls, more Italian restaurants and more chain concepts. We’re looking forward to some of those, too, and we’ll explain why. Without further ado, we present 16 of the most-anticipated Denver dining and drinking destinations coming this year. You have permission to get excited.

(Unum Collaborative, Provided by North Side Eatery + Market)

A rendering of Northside Eatery + Market shows the bar and restaurant space. The new concept also includes a market. It’s all opening in early 2020 at 1691 Central Street.

Lower Highland

Northside Eatery + Market will bring another “all-day” restaurant, plus a bar and small grocery store to Lower Highland early this year. Before Northside, this prime LoHi corner was occupied by Candela Latin Kitchen, which has been closed since July 2018.

Once the space is redesigned and reopened, diners will be able to choose from a full, sit-down menu of more health-conscious foods — like grain bowls and salads — or prepared dishes to take-away for weekday lunches and dinners, or even some groceries, including fresh produce. The atmosphere will be bright, white and cool Californian.

1691 Central St., Denver, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, northsidedenver.com 

Bartaco is the kind of place where everything you need to know is stated right there in the name. But this is the sister restaurant to the nationally known (and beloved) Barcelona chain, and it already has one bustling outpost nearby in Boulder. By mid-2020, Bartaco Denver will open at the base of the Alexan LoHi apartments, serving a menu of tacos, “not tacos,” rice bowls and tequila cocktails. Tacos ($2.50-$3.50) include mojo pork carnitas, roasted duck and carne asada.

2001 W. 32nd Ave., Denver, 11 a.m.-late daily, bartaco.com 

(Provided by Postino)

Bruschetta boards at Postino WineCafe.

Congress Park/Hilltop

Dining and drinking options have already started popping up at 9 + Co, the new mixed-use development presiding over 9th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. Throughout 2020, we’ll see this destination start to really hum with food destinations like Pizzeria Locale, Postino Wine Cafe and Gelato Boy.

The first is a popular, Boulder-based Neapolitan pizza counter. The second is an Arizona-based happy hour mecca with funky decor and more than 30 wines by the glass. Gelato Boy, also Boulder-based, churns flavors like golden milk macaroon and gooey buttercake and caramel.

E. 9th Ave. and Colorado Blvd., Denver, 9thandcolorado.com