Rioja, this eatery on Larimer Street has an intimate feel to it. Glass fixtures, a unique bar with a copper-topped surface, and the serene ambiance lend it a relaxing air. Appetizers include Steamed Manila Clams and Mint-Grilled Shrimp. Among the main courses you can opt for a Chilled Gazpacho Soup or a Roasted Beet Salad. The Muscovy Duck Two Ways and the Grilled Hanger Steak come highly recommended. You can also seat yourself outdoors on the charming little patio – a perfect way to dine on a balmy Denver night.
Frasca Food and Wine is one of the few fine dining establishments in the student-friendly Pearl Street Mall, and it makes up for this dearth by really soaring above everything else here. Frasca can be found on the far east end of the mall within close distance to parking garages and Boulder Creek, but far enough away from the main stretch to be free of the student and family crowds. The restaurant itself is large and modern, but it maintains an air of intimacy, mostly due to the lack of crowds and high waiter-to-table ratio. The options on the menu are delicious, with fresh, organic ingredients bought from local farmers and each menu item that includes a note about which of Frasca's many wines will go best with your meal, eating here is a real experience. -Sabrina Zirakzadeh
If romance is on the agenda, head up into the hills to the Flagstaff House for a dining experience like no other. Built in 1929 as a retreat cabin, the spot resides on the side of the eponymous mountain and it overlooks Boulder and the surrounding foothills. The dining area is the epitome of sophistication and mountain elegance, highlighted by a greenhouse-like glass dining pavilion that provides stunning views. The main courses include offerings such as grilled Alaskan King Salmon and Buffalo Filet Mignon. One other side note, its wine cellar stores more than 20,000 bottles, so you are assured the perfect bottle!
Thanks to a fishing trawler called “Overnight Delivery,” this restaurant is able to serve some of the freshest seafood in town. The daily happy hour(s) from 4-6pm everyday feature 1.25USD East Coast Oysters and 5USD cocktails. The dining room is bedecked in wharf decor and can get quite small and crowded at this time. Both the catfish, which comes blackened or grilled, and the tuna, which is a thick center of Mahi served rare, are popular dishes recommended by locals.
The Kitchen in Boulder is dedicated to creating community through food. This starts with their menu, which only features ingredients sourced from local farms, ranchers and providers, who are dedicated to sustainability and are partnered with the restaurant. The decor emphasizes on wood finishing, from the floors to the seating. They engage in practices meant to conserve the environment, like composting and wind power. There are great food and drinks that bring people together over a delicious meal; such as char-grilled Alaskan swordfish and lamb sirloin.
Truly a hidden gem in the city, Bastiens has been serving delicious fare since 1937! They have even bagged a couple of awards for their excellent service and mouth-watering food. Delicacies and mouth-watering dishes abound. Try their Pecan Crusted Salmon, New York Strip Steak and Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon. Other must-try dishes include their Sugar Steak, Sugar Burger and Apple Pie. They are well-known for their desserts, so finish your meal with one of their signature desserts. And they have a share of red and white wines too. Check website for more.
Guard and Grace is a steakhouse set in a contemporary space with elegant, modern decor. Serving dishes made from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, diners can opt for delicacies like Veal Tartare, Grass-Fed Filet Mignon and Oak-Fired Chicken. If the dishes you want are unavailable, don’t hesitate to ask the knowledgeable wait staff for recommendations or simply order for random things off the menu as everything here is quite tasteful. They also have a great selection of draft and bottled brews, wines and handcrafted cocktails to complement the meals. You can choose between enjoying your meal in the expansive outdoor patio, sitting at the counter where you can see the chef work his magic on the ingredients or have intimate conversations with family and friends at one of the comfortable tables.
Tucked away inside the sophisticated Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center hotel, Range is an upscale restaurant and lounge. Specializing in 'New American West' cuisine, this eatery offers gourmet and contemporary cuisine that draws from the heritage of America. Dine on creative and excellently executed dishes such as ricotta dumplings with sage walnut pesto, sea scallops and sweet potatoes, and cast iron sugar steak with marrow bone and yukon puree. Their handcrafted cocktails are thoughtfully prepared by expert mixologists while the beer and wine list focuses on a handful of local wineries and breweries as well as a few international labels.
Looking for a place to go on a romantic date for a sophisticated meal with friends or colleagues then head to Avelina. A few of the American Cuisine meals served here are Marinated Olives, Flat Iron Steak or try the cured meat and cheese plates with a glass of wine from their collection. Tease your taste buds with desserts like Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch Cake Bar or Citrus Olive Oil Cake. For the health conscious guests, they also have a gluten-free listing.
All about the freshness and quality of their seafood, Denver's Stoic and Genuine has their deliveries flown in daily. Under the sea specialties are the cornerstone of this upscale eatery, with sustainably sourced seafood coming from multiple coastal locations to ensure the best variety. The open kitchen concept allows patrons to observe the ebb and flow of the chefs and they meticulously prepare and craft innovative seafood dishes. Grab a seat at the raw bar if you can, it's loaded with perfectly shucked oysters displayed on beds of parsley and ice.
Serving delicious farm-to-table American eats, the food at The Kitchen Next Door is a delight to the taste buds. Dig into delicacies prepared from scratch or locally sourced ingredients and get ready to be impressed by the quality and freshness of the meals. The Greek Salad, Kobsterstein Ranch Dry Aged Cheese Burger and Merlin’s Carolina Pork Sandwich are particularly delightful. You also have the option to add a host of ingredients to any of the dishes including sauces, meats, vegetables, cheese and pickles. Wash down the meals with a glass of wine, beer or a delicious cocktail like the Next Door Margarita. Set in a rustic space, with kitsch, industrial decor, The Kitchen Next Door is also a great place if you want to dine with family or friends.
The Kitchen in the Denver location boasts an impressive seafood menu that includes not only such favorites as a variety of high-quality oysters, but also chilled smoked mussels, lobster, and much more. If you are not a fan of seafood, not to worry - their Colorado lamb chops, hangar steak frites, and Wisdom Farm chicken are delicious. This restaurant prides itself in building a community through food, so bring family and friends to create lasting memories over food and drinks.