Partners in Food Safety

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Denver’s dining scene is red hot. But, are local restaurant inspectors seeing red when they make their rounds?

Not in establishments designated as “Partners in Food Safety,” a program designed to recognize Denver food facilities that consistently promote and maintain excellent food safety practices.

The bar is high. Of the more than 3,500 regulated retail food establishments in Denver, only 15% typically qualify for the Partners in Food Safety Award.

“Food establishments” include restaurants, food trucks, bakeries, convenience stores, and food vendors and cafeterias in facilities such as schools and airports. The criteria to become eligible for the program are rigorous and include the following:

  • No more than two critical violations per inspection on the last two inspections
  • No fines issued within the last 12 months
  • No foodborne illness outbreaks within the last 12 months
  • Must complete a formal training program for all food handling employees

Dining out is a treat. An opportunity to enjoy a variety of food prepared in all kinds of ways; there’s something for everyone in Denver’s dining scene. But just as important as the buzz is food safety. You can search current and past award recipients below as well as on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Partners in Food Safety program was put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic but is now back in full swing! 

Do you run an award-worthy restaurant, food truck or other food service establishment? Use the button below to apply to become a Partner in Food Safety. Our application is now available in Spanish as well. 

Apply now!

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Partners In Food Safety Award Recipients

2022 Recipients

Restaurants and Food Trucks

AFC Sushi at Walgreens, 801 16th Street Mall

Blue Bonnet, 457 S. Broadway

Chipotle, 140 Steele St.

Maria Empanada, 1298 S. Broadway

Outback Steakhouse, 16301 E. 40th Ave.

Outback Steakhouse, 8601 W. Cross Dr.

Shake Shack, 260 Josephine St. 

Shake Shack, 2995 Larimer St.


Archuleta Elementary School, 1600 Maxwell Pl.

Bruce Randolph School, 3955 Steele St.

Clayton Educare, 3751 E. Martin Luther King Blvd.

Cole Middle School, 3240 Humboldt St. 

Denison Montessori, 1821 S. Yates St.

Dora Moore ECE-8 School, 846 Corona St., #259

DSST: Byers Middle School, 150 S. Pearl St. 

Garden Place Elementary School, 4425 Lincoln St.

Merrill Middle School, 1551 S. Monroe St.

Polaris at Ebert Elementary School, 410 Park Ave. West

South High School, 17100 E. Louisiana Ave.

Steele Elementary School, 320 S. Marion Pkwy.

Previous Recipients


Restaurants, Food Trucks and Other Food Service Establishments


Restaurants and Food Trucks

Aviators 8900 Pena Blvd

Bad Daddy's Burger Bar 240 Milwaukee St

Blue Bonnet Restaurant 457 S Broadway

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co 1437 California St

Buffalo Wild Wings, 7607 E 36th Ave

Cantina Grill- DIA Concourse B 8900 Pena Blvd

Cantina Grill - DIA Terminal, 8400 Pena Blvd

Chick-Fil-A, 3601 Quebec St

Chipotle 371 E Alameda Ave

Chook Charcoal Chicken 1300 S Pearl

Corner Bakery Café, 717 17th St.

Denny's 1605 N Federal Blvd

Dog Haus Biergarten 8316 Northfield Blvd

Domino's Pizza 8031 E Colfax Ave

Elway's at DIA, 8900 Pena Blvd

Einstein Bros Bagels 1213 E Evans Ave

Gameworks 7950 Northfield Blvd

Gennaro's 2598 S Broadway

Giuseppe's Pizzeria, 5600 W Dartmouth Ave

The Hound Sports Pub and Burger 3575 S Yosemite St

Il Posto 2601 Larimer St

Illegal Pete's 270 S Broadway

Illegal Pete's 1744 E Evans Ave

Islamorada Fish Company 7970 Northfield Blvd

J Street 3046 S Downing St

Lancer's Diner 2991 W Evans Ave

Liberati Restaurant & Brewery 2403 Champa St

Los Chingones 10155 E 29th Dr

Lounge 5280 - DIA, 8900 Pena Blvd

Maria Empanada 1298 S Broadway

Max Gill and Grill, 1052 S. Gaylord

Mici Handcrafted Italian, 2373 Central Park Blvd

Noodles & Co 1460 16th St

Olive Garden Stapleton 8314 Northfield Blvd

Pieology Pizzeria 1147 N Broadway, Ste 103

Protein Bar and Kitchen, 1600 Glenarm Pl

Qdoba 1201 Larimer St

Renaissance Denver Hotel 3801 Quebec St

Rise Pies 3000 E 1st Ave

Sam's Club 505 Broadway

Santiago's Mexican Restaurant 2505 N Federal Blvd

Santiago's Mexican Restaurant 6365 E Hampden Ave

Simply Pizza Truck , 15562 E Fremont Drive

Solutions Lounge and Restaurant 2220 California St

Sifted LLC, 3600 E 40th Ave

Snarf's 1490 S Broadway

Snooze AM Eatery 700 N Colorado Blvd

Sodexo @ United Airlines Flight Training Center 7500 E 35th Ave

Tavern Platt Park 1475 S Pearl St

The Goods Restaurant 2550 E Colfax Ave

True Food Kitchen 2800 E 2nd Ave

Woody Creek C 9100 Pena

Yampa Sandwich Co 4919 S Newport St


Academia Ana Marie Sandoval, 3655 Wyandot St

Barnum Elementary School 85 Hooker St

Beach Court Elementary 4950 Beach Ct

Bruce Randolph High School 3955 S Steele St

Byers High School, 150 S Pearl St

Cowell Elementary School 4510 W 10th Ave

Denison Elementary 1821 S Yates St

Denver Montessori High School 4250 Shoshone St

DPS Academy of Urban Learning 2417 W 29th Ave

DPS School of the Arts 7111 Montview Blvd

Ellis Elementary, 1651 S Dahlia St

Fairview Elementary School 2715 W 11th Ave

Garden Place Academy, 4425 Lincoln St

Godsman Elementary, 2120 W Arkansas Ave

Grant Beacon Middle School 1751 S Washington St

Green Valley Ranch Elementary 4100 N Jericho St

GreenLee Elementary, 1150 N Lipan St

High Tech Elementary School, 8499 Stoll Pl

Isabella Bird Community School 2701 N Lima St

Lake Middle School, 1820 N Lowell

Lincoln Elementary, 710 S Pennsylvania St

McGlone Elementary, 4500 Crown Blvd

Marrama Elementary 19100 E 40th Ave

Merrill Middle School 1551 S Monroe St

Newlon Elementary School 361 Vrain St

Oakland Elementary 4580 N Dearborn St

Odyssey School 6550 E 21st Ave

Rishel Campus 451 S Tejon St

Rocky Mountain Prep 3752 N Tennyson St

Sabin Elementary School 3050 S Vrain St

Schmitt Elementary School 1820 S Vallejo St

Sodexo @ Graland Country Day School 55 Clermont St

South High School, 1700 E Louisiana Ave

Steele Elementary School, 320 S Marion Parkway

Stephen Knight Center for Early Education, 3245 E Exposition Ave

STRIVE Prep Sunnyside, 4735 N Pecos St

Valdez Elementary School, 2525 W 29th Ave

Vanguard Classical School 801 N Yosemite St

West Campus High School 951 Elati St

William Roberts Elementary School, 2100 Akron St

Other Food Service Establishments

Colorado Acute Long Term Hospital 1690 Meade St