Colorado is full of iconic eateries, historic restaurants and themed establishments. There is no shortage of creative businesses in Colorado. This list of restaurants is sure to wow guests with elaborate decor, one-of-a-kind menu items or downright silly atmospheres. The restaurants below are located throughout Colorado. No matter if you’re in southern Colorado, the western slope or in the big city of Denver, there is a unique restaurant on this list for you. These 15 unique restaurants in Colorado are establishments that will sure remain in your memory forever.
Casa Bonita might not boast the best food but the atmosphere at this Denver restaurant can’t be beat. This Mexican restaurant’s most impressive feature is the indoor cliff divers that dive along a 30-foot waterfall. However don’t miss the arcade, mariachi band, puppet shows and the all-you-can-eat sopapillas.
Solo’s Restaurant, also known simply as the “Airplane Restaurant,” is a Colorado Springs staple. This unique restaurant is made of a Boeing KC-97 tanker. Customers can even sit in the 1953 plane. The restaurant’s interior is covered with aviation history and artifacts. For aviation lovers, Solo’s is sure to be a first-class experience.
Once a mortuary, this Denver restaurant has run with the theme of death. Complete with vintage photographs, coffin-shaped menus, a church pew as a host table and drinks served out of formaldehyde bottles, guests simply are dying for a seat at this unique eatery. Although Linger embraces death, the atmosphere is lively and the food and drinks have great reviews.
This underground restaurant in Colorado Springs is “Alice in Wonderland” themed. At the Rabbit Hole, guests will see delicious finds under “Eat Me” and “Drink Me” sections of the menu. A visit down The Rabbit Hole features numerous creative references to the Rabbit character in the Lewis Carroll classic. Don’t be late!
Williams & Graham keeps things quaint at this 1920s-themed speakeasy. The storefront is actually a bookstore, however delve into the real Williams & Graham in the back to find some tasty food and drink. Since this little spot only accommodates small crowds, anticipate a wait at this unique restaurant in Denver.
Built in 1963, this unique restaurant in Morrison was designed to replicate Bent’s Fort, which was a famous fur trade fort in Colorado. Live how the early pioneers of the west did through the unique menu at The Fort. Taste bison and elk in ways you’ve never imagined, including the Rocky Mountain oysters (bull testicles) or roasted bison marrow.
This forest-themed restaurant in Denver is complete with fire pits and teepees, making it a camping oasis in the city. The dim lighting and youthful crowd make Forest Room 5 a trendy eatery for dinner and drinks. Guests can even make their own s’mores.
Eat indoors yet with an outdoor theme at Beatrice & Woodsley. An urban aspen grove greets visitors at this Denver eatery. The rustic touches and unique menu will make for an iconic date night.
Step into the Wild West with a visit to the Diamond Belle Saloon in Durango. Waitresses dress as dance hall girls adorned with feathers and lace, while live ragtime performances accompanied by piano sets the scene. The menu is obviously full of American favorites while the drinks are made from historic recipes.
For those seeking family fun and a chicken dinner, White Fence Farm is the perfect unique restaurant for you. Home-cooked meals aren’t the only attraction at this Denver restaurant. Kids can enjoy the petting zoo and indoor playground.
Enjoy dinner and a song at Rino’s. Located in Trinidad, Rino’s Italian Restaurant and Steakhouse has a singing wait staff full of raw talent. This unique restaurant is located in a historic church, giving a great historic ambiance to this fun-loving eatery.
Forget that Colorado is landlocked by visiting this Hawaiian oasis in Denver. Adrift Tiki Bar and Grill offers hand crafted cocktails (topped with an umbrella!) and island-inspired eats.
This gun-themed restaurant in Rifle (yes, that’s the name of the town) has become so popular because the wait staff exercises their right to bear arms. Pistols are at the hip of every server, and possibly every diner. Enjoy a humorous menu, such as the Guac Nine burger, as the waitressed is packing a Glock 9 handgun.
This iconic Denver restaurant has been serving spaghetti, and other Italian signatures, for nearly 50 years. If you are lucky, get a seat in the giant train in the middle of the restaurant. The ambiance of the Old Spaghetti Factory is what a visit to this unique restaurant is all about. The decor has antique lighting and stained glass windows.
One of the most popular restaurants in Colorado and in Denver is The Buckhorn Exchange. Any meat lover is sure to feel right at home at this unique restaurant. The decor is full of different taxidermy. So enjoy elk meat while an elk head stares right back at you. As Denver’s oldest restaurant, The Buckhorn Exchange has been feeding a variety of guests, such as Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, since 1893.