15 Best Romantic Restaurants in Denver
Denver offers an array of delicious choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner, ranging from casual to elegant. Many of the restaurants on our list pride themselves with building relationships with local farms to source the freshest seasonally available produce. Whether you are looking for New American cuisine, classic French dishes or Italian fare, here are the best romantic restaurants in Denver. Photo: andreykr/Fotolia
»Colt & Gray
Sleek, stylish and elegantly rustic, Colt & Gray is a locally-owned and operated neighborhood restaurant serving New American cuisine and offal-focused fare.
The eatery specializes in nose-to-tail utilization, with an interesting menu of farm-to-table cuisine that focuses on sweetmeats and offal dishes, including award-winning bone marrow. Colt & Gray offers multiple private dining event options ranging in size from two to 250 guests and sometimes offers a brunch menu.
Situated below LoHi, Colt & Gray has a bar that begs to be frequented over professionally executed cocktails, fine wines, and a range of golden craft beers. Colt & Gray is one of the best romantic restaurants in Denver.
Contact: 1553 Platte Street #120, Denver, Colorado, Phone: 303-477-1447
Photo: Colt & Gray
»Beast and Bottle
Beast + Bottle is a cozy eatery in Denver’s Uptown neighborhood which serves seasonally inspired farm-to-table fare with global influences.
Expansive, quirky, and worldly, the restaurant’s simple off-white interior is warm and welcoming, drawing crowds to its comfortable dining room and lovely patio to savor farmhouse-inspired New American cuisine, such as Porchetta di testa and vegetable soufflé.
A unique, three-sided bar serves unusual wines and little-known grape varietals, such as Spätburgunder, and handcrafted cocktails.
Contact: 719 E 17th Ave, Denver, Colorado, Phone: 303-623-3223
Photo: Beast and Bottle
Fruition Restaurant is a tiny eatery that has been drawing foodies from around the world to experience Chef Alex Seidel's refined farm-to-table New American cuisine. Drawing inspiration and naturally sourced ingredients from his 10-acre farm in Larkspur, Seidel’s seasonal cuisine is both simple and sophisticated, with rich, earthy flavors and tastes.
Try the porcini mushroom consommé, which takes you into the forest where the mushrooms grow, or the sweetly seared scallops. Committed to serving great food in an inviting and cozy ambiance, Fruition Restaurant is a place to gather with friends. Read more
Contact: 1313 E 6th Ave, Denver, Colorado, Phone: 303-831-1962
Photo: Fruition Restaurant
Old Major is a rustic-chic restaurant that specializes in farm-focused, pig-centric, nose-to-tail fare. Located in Highland, Chef Justin Brunson has worked hard to bring diners a place dedicated to “seafood, swine, and wine”.
An in-house butchery and rock-solid charcuterie program produces artistically astounding dishes, such as the twenty-one-day dry aged, bone-in rib eye served with foie gras-butter and the nose-to-tail plate, which features pork chops, confit rib, and crispy pork belly.
Boasting a comfortable and casual atmosphere, a table can be hard to come by; however, amiable bartenders will keep you entertained at the bar with an array of fine wines and cocktails while you wait.
Contact: 3316 Tejon St, Denver, Colorado, Phone: 720-420-0622
Photo: Old Major
»Steuben's Food Service
Steuben’s Food Service is a Denver-based eatery that serves classic regional American cuisine from a retro-style diner.
Run by Wolkon and his wife, Jen, this unique eatery presents everyone's favorite regional classics, such as pot roast, New York strip steak, and meatloaf. Diners can enjoy nightly specials throughout the week, as well as Happy Hour food and drinks specials on certain evenings.
Steuben's cuisine is also available from their food truck, which can be found at locations around town.
Contact: 523 E 17th Ave, Denver, Colorado, Phone: 303-830-1001
Photo: Steuben's Food Service
Table 6 is a classic American bistro with rustic interiors, an open-plan kitchen, and friendly, welcoming staff who serve the menu’s simple and elegant dishes.
Chef Mike Winston focuses on creating modern comfort food with eccentric touches while owner/sommelier Aaron Forman pairs the dishes with excellent wines from around the world.
Table 6 offers a relaxed, casual, and utterly comfortable atmosphere, perfect for a date or a meal with friends.
Contact: 609 Corona St, Denver, Colorado, Phone: 303-831-8800
Photo: Table 6
The Populist is all about communal dining and sharing experiences with friends. Set on a quiet stretch of Larimer Street in RiNo, the Populist has been drawing diners into its bright red dining room and copper bar since 2012.
The eatery serves a regularly changing menu of New American small plates that are meant to be shared. Journey from France to India as you make your way through Chef Jonathan Power’s delicious dishes.
Grab a seat at the gorgeous copper bar, or join the conversation at one of the buzzing communal tables.
Contact: 3163 Larimer St, Denver, Colorado, Phone: 720-432-3163
Photo: The Populist
Combining old world flavors with classic French culinary techniques, Vert Kitchen is a French-inspired deli that serves gourmet sandwiches using sustainable meats, dairy and some of the finest pantry goods in Denver.
Patrons squeeze into this tiny Washington Park West lunch-and-brunch counter for handmade sandwiches, garden-fresh salads, and delicious soups made from local and seasonal ingredients. It's the perfect stop when you get tired while exploring Denver attractions.
A charming back patio is a perfect sunny day spot to enjoy your lunch - try a Lemon Tuna sandwich served with cucumber and Greek yogurt or a Braised Pork sandwich, heaving with house BBQ and roasted cabbage. A good selection of wine and beer boosts the already mouthwatering menu.
Contact: 704 S Pearl St, Denver, Colorado, Phone: 303-997-5941
Photo: Vert Kitchen
Serving award-winning Italian food in downtown Denver, Panzano lives by their motto of: “Those who eat well, live well”.
Located at Hotel Monaco in a comfortable and elegant dining room with cozy booths, Chef Elise Wiggins’ menu features creative dishes inspired by Northern Italy, such as Crespelle ai Funghi (crépes with mushrooms and white truffle oil) and Capesante (scallops with spinach and ricotta).
In addition to the impressive menu, Panzano offers regular specials while the bar serves great wine, Colorado beers and craft cocktails. Read more
Contact: 909 17th St, Hotel Monaco Denver, Denver, Colorado, Phone: 303-296-3525
Snooze is a bright eatery that aims to add an element of fun and energy to morning meals through great food, excellent service, and a casual, friendly atmosphere.
Founded by brothers Jon and Adam Schlegel, Snooze serves a menu of delicious breakfast foods with a creative twist, from pancakes with marshmallows to Eggs Benedict, omelets, and heaps of huevos rancheros. Residents, families, and friends line up to get their slice of morning pie, enjoying free coffee while they wait.
Contact: 2262 Larimer St, 303-297-0700; 700 N Colorado Blvd, 303-736-6200; 1701 Wynkoop Street #150, 303-825-3536
Photo: Snooze Eatery
Housed in what used to be an old gas station, Bittersweet is owned by Olav and Melissa Peterson, who have breathed new life into the old building and created an intimate and comfortable eatery.
Two dining rooms with high ceilings are adorned with Melissa's artwork, old maps, and plush chairs, and indoor/outdoor fireplaces which add to the cozy ambiance. Bittersweet serves a garden-to-table menu based on classic French cuisine that changes seasonally and gives old favorites a new twist.
The Wagyu Hangar Steak is served with chanterelle mushrooms and a bone marrow sauce, while the Scottish Salmon is accompanied by octopus, mussels, clams and purple potatoes.
Contact: 500 E Alameda Ave, Denver, Colorado, Phone: 303-942-0320
Barolo Grill in Cherry Creek North is renowned for serving homemade cuisine from Tuscany and the Piedmont region of Italy along with delicious wines in an elegant and stylish setting.
Owner and wine director Ryan Fletter is also proud to feature small family wineries that are dedicated to sustainable farming and winemaking philosophies, boasting one of the largest collections of Barolo wines outside of Italy.
Barolo offers patrons two ways to dine: an a la carte or a prix fixe, five-course tasting menu, packed with unexpected combinations, such as risotto with escargot.
Contact: 3030 E 6th Ave, Denver, Colorado, Phone: 303-393-1040
Photo: Barolo Grill
Potager (meaning ‘garden kitchen’) is just that – a little garden restaurant that serves a seasonal, garden-driven menu in a rustic setting.
Chef Teri Rippeto's menu is a perfect example of cooking and eating in concert with the seasons, where dishes are prepared with locally sourced, market-fresh ingredients (produce is listed along with the name of the farmer on the menu). Choices include lamb meatballs, pan-roasted mahi-mahi, and wood-fired herb chicken, with sides like roasted farm radishes, soufflé, and spring greens and nettle minestrone.
Add to that comforting service, and a warm, home-away-from-home setting, and you have the makings of a perfect meal.
Contact: 1109 Ogden St, Denver, Colorado, Phone: 303-832-5788
Photo: Potager Restaurant
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Serving creative, locally sourced farm-to-table fare in a warm, rustic space, Duo is located in the heart of Denver’s hip Highlands neighborhood.
Boasting a relaxed, unassuming dining space that captures the true essence of the corner restaurant, owners Stephanie Bonin and Keith Arnold bring diners a menu of seasonal cuisine made with ingredients supplied by more than forty local partners.
From a delicious brunch menu featuring chocolate French toast and ‘zippy cake’ – a unique sausage grit cake dripping with caper brown butter – to a dinner menu featuring Boulder lamb and rabbit, desserts are a must-try.
Contact: 2413 W 32nd Ave, Denver, Colorado, Phone: 303-477-4141
Photo: Duo Restaurant
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»Lola Mexican Fish House
Lola is a very popular Mexican fish house where locals and visitors go to unwind and meet friends. Savor some of Lola’s famous small plates and grab one or a few of their favorite margaritas. Happy hour is the best time to visit, not only to see and be seen, but also for the special tacos and Lola’s made-at-the-table guacamole.
The large menu has all your favorite Mexican treats with a focus on seafood and fish, but the chefs are free to use their inspiration and artistry to surprise you with their own interpretations. Lola’s inspiration comes from the coast of Mexico, but the fresh ingredients for delightful food are all from Denver and surrounding areas. Make sure to check out their lovely outdoor patio.
Contact: 1575 Boulder St, Denver, CO 80211, 720-570-8686
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15 Best Romantic Restaurants in Denver
- Colt & Gray, Photo: Colt & Gray
- Beast and Bottle, Photo: Beast and Bottle
- Fruition Restaurant, Photo: Fruition Restaurant
- Old Major, Photo: Old Major
- Steuben's Food Service, Photo: Steuben's Food Service
- Table 6, Photo: Table 6
- The Populist, Photo: The Populist
- Vert Kitchen, Photo: Vert Kitchen
- Panzano, Photo: Panzano
- Snooze Eatery, Photo: Snooze Eatery
- Bittersweet, Photo: Bittersweet
- Barolo Grill, Photo: Barolo Grill
- Potager Restaurant, Photo: Potager Restaurant
- Duo Restaurant, Photo: Duo Restaurant
- Lola Mexican Fish House, Photo: Lola Mexican Fish House
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of andreykr - Fotolia.com
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