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Map & Directions 650 Sherman St.
Denver, CO 80203
  • American, Breakfast, Brunch, Mexican
  • Sun 8am-11pm, Mon-Tue 7am-11pm, Wed-Fri 7am-12am, Sat 8am-12am
  • MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, cash, check, ATM/Debit
  • Business Dining, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible, Wifi Access
  • Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Recommended for Large Parties, Accepted
  • Garage


Westword's Description

For three decades, Racines has been the meeting spot of first and last resort in Denver. Neighbors and power brokers, college kids and yuppies: It doesn't matter who you are or where you're coming from, there's room for you at Racines – and for your car, since the owners added a parking structure when they built a new home for Racines in 2004. The restaurant is still run by two of the original partners, Lee Goodfriend and David Racine, who met at a fern bar where Goodfriend was a server (“It was called a ‘waitress’ back then,” she notes) and Racine was a bartender. That popular place, now long gone, cooked out of a microwave, and the duo had a hunch they could do better. “We thought there was a need for a high-quality restaurant that cooked from scratch,” recalls Goodfriend. “In the ’70s that wasn’t so common, but it sounds a little silly now.” So they opened Goodfriends, and then a few years later Racines, and then still later, Dixons Downtown Grill. Goodfriends and Dixons are gone now, but Racines continues to pack in crowds large enough to warrant valet parking at lunch, brunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday, and during most meals the dining room has the buzz of a very successful restaurant, with silverware clinking, ice in glasses tinkling, and the comforting background hum of so many other conversations that your own is safely private. That Racines manages to stay so busy day in, day out, is quite a feat, especially in an industry where turnover is common and restaurateurs know the challenges of filling new restaurants a fraction of its size.

Merchant's Description

Racines has been Denver's favorite
breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner &
late night place since 1983. Located
between the Cherry Creek shopping
district and downtown Denver,
Racines is Denver's favorite meeting
place. We’re nearby and on the way
to all of Denver’s great attractions
and activities.

Member Reviews

  • tw7400 wrote a review for Racines
    on 12/27/13

    Everyone knows it is always my # ONE choice. I have never had anything but the best @ Racine's. I have loved it since 1983 @ the former auto dealership! Always the best food and waiters.

  • lola_hernandez26 wrote a review for Racines
    on 07/13/10

    Love Sunday brunch here. Typically crowded on Sunday afternoon, but the restaurant is so big that the wait isn't too long. Dogs OK!

  • sancheap wrote a review for Racines
    on 04/29/10

    Great place, very swanky for a brunch joint on a Sunday. While I was there I took a shot at the full nachos-way to much for me, they tasted great but felt like they had opened an entire can of beans on to them.

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Tips from foursquare

  • Tim J. on 10/21/10

    Business and community leaders

  • Casey D. on 06/27/13

    Have your seen this person? His name is Tim Jackson and he is the most interesting man in Denver.

  • DenverPost on 07/06/11

    Been making great food since 1983. Try the Flat Top Burger and house-made guacamole that feeds the whole table. Mains $8.99-$22.99. “More Info" for review:

  • Casey D. on 09/07/13

    Are ya craving a real hearty breakfast?? The Denver Skillet is a must!!

  • Casey D. on 08/11/13

    Feeling feisty? Have the Eggs Mazatlan. Delicious!!

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