How restaurants appear on our Restaurant Report Card

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DENVER — Restaurant Report Card features health inspections in the city and county of Denver, Jefferson county and Tri-county restaurants.    The Tri-county health department includes Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties.

An inspection is a “snapshot” of what is happening during the day and time of the inspection.  On any given day, a restaurant could have more or fewer violations than noted in an inspection.

Also, at the time of an inspection, violations are recorded and can be corrected prior to the inspector leaving the restaurant.  If violations are not corrected, a follow-up inspection is scheduled.

The criteria FOX31 Denver uses to give a restaurant a failing grade includes the evaluation of two unannounced inspections by county health inspectors.

A restaurant given an “F” grade must have five critical violations on their most recent regular inspection and five critical violations on the previous regular inspection.

Health inspectors may conduct critical or follow up inspections, due to the number of critical violations found during a regular inspection.  Those inspections may also be considered for our reports.

We recognize restaurants with two perfect regular inspections in a row by awarding them an “A” grade.