The Ultimate Guide to Restaurants Near Denver International Airport (2023)

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Finding food in a new city or area can sometimes be a bit overwhelming, especially right after you fly in. Whether you’re looking for local places you won’t find anywhere else or just want to have a meal at your comfort restaurant, there are so many options for restaurants near Denver International Airport. 

As Denver locals, we actually lived right down the road from the airport for a year in the Green Valley Ranch area and had plenty of time to explore the different restaurants around the area. If you’re looking to stick around this area or are staying at a hotel near DIA, here are a few of the restaurants near Denver International Airport that you can choose from. 

As a note, this is not a comprehensive list. However, these are some of our top picks and some of the places we visited often while we lived there!

Local (+ Small Chain) Restaurants Near Denver International Airport 

Moonlight Diner

A large salad in a big taco shell on a table with fries next to it.

Location: 6250 Tower Rd, Denver, CO 80249

Starting off, we have the Moonlight Diner. This diner has an old-school feel to it and has something for everyone. From breakfast that is served every day to burgers, BBQ, salads, and, of course, green chili cheese fries, this is a great option, especially for families! 

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    DiCicco’s Italian Restaurant

    Location: 6701 Tower Rd, Denver, CO 80249

    DiCicco’s Italian Restaurant serves up traditional Italian vibes and almost any Italian food you could want, from pasta to pizza to sandwiches, salads, and bruschetta. Dinner entrees can be a bit more expensive than some of the other options on this list, so keep that in mind if you are dining on a budget.  

    Pho 92

    A bowl of pho with beef, green onions and broth.

    Location: 6691 Tower Rd Unit #101, Denver, CO 80249

    If you are craving Vietnamese food, Pho 92 has you covered. They have a large selection of foods to choose from, and we are never disappointed by what we get here. It can get a bit crowded sometimes, but they do also offer takeout, so you can grab it and enjoy it at your hotel! 

    Renegado Tacos and Margaritas

    Location: 6651 N Tower Rd, Denver, CO 80249

    Who doesn’t love tacos? Renegado Tacos and Margaritas serves up some delicious tacos ranging from chicken to fish to vegetarian and more. Wash it down with one of their house margaritas for a perfect evening out! 

    Coriander 

    A plate with butter chicken, white rice, and naan bread on it.

    Location: 4968 Tower Rd, Denver, CO 80249

    Coriander quickly became one of our favorite places to eat when we were living in Denver. Their chicken tikka masala and butter chicken are amazing, and you won’t want to miss out on the garlic or garlic and cheese naan. 

    Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden

    Location: 4995 Argonne St, Denver, CO 80249

    Not only will you get a great selection of beer at the Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden, but they also have some pretty great food. We definitely suggest grabbing a couple of appetizers and a few beers for an enjoyable night. 

    Plus, if the weather is nice, they have a great outdoor patio where you can soak up that Denver sun!

    Anthony’s Pizza & Pasta

    A whole pizza with tomatoes and mozzarella on a wooden paddle.

    Location: 16221 E 40th Ave C, Denver, CO 80239

    If you’re looking for that NY-style pizza that everyone loves, Anthony’s Pizza and Pasta is your spot. They have a great selection of pizza, both by the slice or by the pie, pasta, and, of course, some sweet treats to round it out. 

    Urban Sombrero

    Location: 16221 E 40th Ave, Denver, CO 80239

    Smothered burritos, asada fries, chimichangas, and tacos. Urban Sombrero has this and so much more. You won’t be disappointed by what you get here, and they have plenty of TVs around so you can catch the game while having a great meal! 

    National Chain Restaurants Near Denver International Airport

    Chili’s 

    Hands holding a burger with a plate of sweet potatoes under it.

    Location: 3451 Tower Rd, Aurora, CO 80011

    Whether you have picky eaters or are just craving the classic comfort meal, you can’t really go wrong with Chili’s! 

    Applebee’s 

    Location: 16485 E 40th Cir, Aurora, CO 80011

    Applebee’s is another great option, especially for families. This is also a great option if you’re not looking to spend a ton on food, as you can get a good meal here on a budget. 

    MOD Pizza 

    Location: 6651 Tower Rd Suite 110, Denver, CO 80249

    Is everyone not able to decide on a single pizza? Head over to MOD where everyone can make their own individual pizza with as many toppings as they want for a steal. 

    Outback Steakhouse 

    A fork with a slice of steak help above a plate with steak and broccoli.

    Location: 16301 E 40th Ave, Denver, CO 80239

    While Outback is probably not going to be a first for you, who can resist that blooming onion? It is also located right next to a ton of the hotels in Gateway Park, making it super convenient if you are staying over there! 

    Ted’s Montana Grill 

    Location: 16495 E 40th Cir, Aurora, CO 80011

    In that same Gateway Park area, you can also find Ted’s Montana Grill. Serving up classic American food that everyone will love, this is another great option! 

    Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

    A platter with bbq chicken, sausage, brisket, ribs, baked beans, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and corn bread.

    Location: 4906 Tower Rd Ste 150, Denver, CO 80249

    If you’re craving some BBQ, head over to Dickey’s Barbecue Pit for a great selection of brisket, chicken, sausage, pork, and more! 

    Pizza Hut

    Location: 4906 Tower Rd Suite 130, Denver, CO 80249

    If pizza is more your vibe, you can find a pizza hut right next to Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. Keep in mind that this location does not have a dining area, so you can only grab carry-out or delivery here! 

    Corner Bakery

    A table with a latte and various pastries on it.

    Location: 5680 Tower Rd Ste 130, Denver, CO 80249

    For something a little lighter or for a great breakfast before heading to the airport, check out Corner Bakery. From pancakes to sandwiches and pasta, they have great options that won’t break the bank. 

    Little Ceasars

    Location: 4600 Tower Rd, Denver, CO 80249

    Finally, we have Little Ceasars. What more do you have to say besides hot and ready? Obviously, this isn’t going to be the best pizza you’ll have, but you always know what you’re getting. 

    Fast Food Restaurants Near Denver International Airport

    If you’re in a rush or are just tired and looking for a quick bite that you can bring back to your hotel, there are tons of fast food restaurants near Denver International Airport. We’ve listed some of the options below, as well as the locations. A few of them have multiple locations as well! 

    • Raising Canes 
    • Slim Chickens
    • Five Guys
    • Noodles and Company
    • Jimmy John’s
    • Jersey Mike’s
    • Subway
    • KFC
    • McDonald’s 
    • Taco Bell
    • Wendy’s
    • Sonic
    • Carl’s Jr
    • Popeyes 
    • Arby’s
    • Dairy Queen
    • Chipotle 
    • Wing Stop 
    • Panda Express
    • Burger King
    • Firehouse Subs

    Final Thoughts on Restaurants Near Denver International Airport

    Hopefully, this helps you pick the perfect place to eat. Whether you are looking to try out a new place or just grab a quick bite to eat, you honestly have so many options for restaurants near Denver International Airport. 

    Have you tried any of these local spots, or is your favorite place missing from the list? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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