Where to Seduce Your Sweetheart on a Denver Dinner Date

A romantic restaurant is not defined only by dark corners and candlelit tables. An alluring aesthetic is created in many different ways. Maybe it's the menu that delivers dishes to share with the one you love. Maybe it's the wine or cocktail list that provides exactly the right moment for bringing out the ring or saying I love you for the first time. Maybe it's a fireplace where the two of you can cozy up and toast your years together. The restaurant should have stellar service that hits just the right note of attentiveness without being fussy, and the food should be exceptional whether you've chosen a charming neighborhood eatery or a city-center fine-dining establishment. The Denver restaurant scene delivers. If you're celebrating one of many anniversaries and you want to splurge, there's Tavernetta, Colt & Gray and Mizuna, all offering exquisite food and superb service. Bistro Vendome and Cafe Marmotte are the choices for fine French cuisine and a romantic ambiance, the first on Larimer Square and the second in the Wash Park neighborhood. For lovers of fiery Latin and Mexican cuisine, there's Señor Bear and El Chingon in the Highlands, and Ultreia offers Spanish and Portuguese dishes. Or maybe the ultimate in romantic dining isn't in a restaurant at all, but catered at one of Denver's most romantic B&Bs, Castle Marne. However you define romance, here are our top picks. 

This gem on Tennyson Street offers fresh, fine-dining Mexican fare served in an intimate and inviting atmosphere. It's proof that "romantic" doesn't have to mean an expensive or conventional menu. Gloria Nunez, a native of Mexico City, and her...  Read More

Adjacent to Le Méridien Denver Downtown's chic lobby, Corinne offers a casual but upscale ambience, expansive wine list, local craft brews and a menu that offers enough healthful items to (almost) offset the satisfying comfort food. Must-try...  Read More

Commons Park
Colt & Gray
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Comfortable yet elegant, Colt & Gray is an excellent date-night choice, whether you simply want to be together or you're celebrating a romantic milestone. This locally owned LoHi neighborhood restaurant has made a name for itself with its...  Read More

Washington Park

Don't be fooled by the exterior or the location on Downing. This intimate neighborhood bistro is a perfect date-night destination, cozy and romantic with excellent French cuisine and a nicely curated wine list. While the service and food are of...  Read More

Light-colored woods and stylish contemporary furnishings give Tavernetta an appealing Northern European vibe. Unlike Frasca, its highly acclaimed sister restaurant in Boulder, Tavernetta draws its inspiration not from one region of Italy but...  Read More

Tucked into a cozy corner in Union Station, Ultreia exudes warmth with its Old World murals and intimate interior. The menu celebrates foods of the Iberian Peninsula, a region that has given us chorizo, Caldo Verde, Jamon Iberico, delectable...  Read More


Undeniably one of Denver's highly romantic restaurants, Mizuna is open for dinner only, giving the chefs plenty of time to create one extraordinary dining experience each day. Every aspect of the restaurant has been thoughtfully conceived. At...  Read More

There are no white tablecloths, no pretentious tuxedoed waiters, no pretentions at all. Yet this is fine dining, as in extraordinary food created with passion, prepared with meticulous attention to detail and served with genuine hospitality and...  Read More

With its inviting patio tucked into a secluded courtyard off Larimer Square and an intimate interior with Old World touches, Bistro Vendome captures the essence of a Parisian bistro in its ambience and menu. Cozy, dark and warm, Bistro delivers...  Read More

One of Denver's most romantic meals is found not at a restaurant but rather at the historic and equally romantic inn and B&B, Castle Marne. This is the ultimate in intimacy, an exclusive meal for the two of you served in Castle Marne's evocative...  Read More


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