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Our Story

Founded in 1985 we created a menu with several dishes that Denverites had never tasted or heard of before. Such dishes included a steamed whole fish with sauce of different kinds, Sesame Chicken, Hunan Beef and Stir-fried Dungeness Crab with ginger and scallions. It was a hit!

The Imperial was named and voted the “Best of Denver” for thirteen consecutive years. We had made a great impact on the Chinese Restaurant industry and basically set the standard for Chinese restaurant to follow. For instance, well known dishes such as Sesame Chicken and Lemon Chicken originated from our restaurant. Today, Sesame Chicken is the single most popular dish in every Chinese restaurant in Denver.

The Restaurant

Retro vibes with authentic Chinese cuisine made from scratch and never frozen. Award Wining.


Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Thursday: 11AM - 9:30PM
Friday: 11AM - 10PM
Saturday: 12PM - 10PM
Sunday: 4PM - 9:30PM

Happy Hour

Tuesday - Saturday: 3PM - 5PM

Visit Us

431 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80209

poster of westword best of denver 1984 to 2024


  • Westword’s Best Americanized Chinese Winner in 2003 
  • Westword’s Best American Chinese Restaurant Winner in 2005 
  • Westword’s Best Chinese Winner in 2013 
  • Westword’s Best Chinese Restaurant Winner in 2014 
  • Westword’s Best Chinese Restaurant Winner in 2017 
  • Westword’s Best Chinese Restaurant Winner in 2024