Where to Seduce Your Sweetheart on a Denver Dinner Date

Whether it is your first date or your fifth anniversary, romantic ambiance is key to having a memorable time. But when you're dropping a lot of cash on dinner, it is also imperative that the food taste as good as the place looks. Luckily Denver has quite a few restaurants dishing up both.

Of course romance has many different meanings, so we've included restaurants in a variety of style, cooking and dating categories. For instance if you are trying to impress her on a first date you might go for a Colt & Gray, because they have a really sexy downstairs lounge where you can start with hand-crafted cocktails before moving upstairs for a proper dinner. Or you could check out the super tiny Cart-Driver in RiNo, because it is casual enough to not freak your date out, while still feeling romantic serving oysters and bubbly.

But if you've been together for ages and are celebrating an anniversary, then dinner at Kevin Taylor's at the Opera House, followed by a show in one of the Denver Performing Arts Center venues is in order. If one of you is training for the next Iron Man race, then you'll want to a health conscious venue that still manages to keep the entrees interesting, something that Bittersweet Artisanal Cuisine and Fruition both do effortlessly. 

Here are our 10 favorite places to seduce your sweetheart in the Mile High City:  

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Inspired by the Carrettiera, or Cart-Driver, who brought goods from Southern Italy's farms to its villages via horse-drawn cart, stopping along the way to serve people, this tiny pizza and oyster shack is all about sharing be it food or...  Read More

This gem in the Berkeley neighborhood serves fresh food in an intimate setting accommodating. Gloria Nunez, a native of Mexico City, and her grandson, David Lopez, opened El Chingon in this charming old house on Tennyson Street in December 2013....  Read More

Guard and Grace
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Chef Troy Guard of TAG fame opened Guard and Grace in April 2014. Steaks are front and center in this 9,000-square-foot modern space, with an emphasis on wood-fired options�and not just steaks. In addition to prime, Angus and grass-fed...  Read More

Commons Park
Colt & Gray
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In a great location right at the base of the Highland Bridge, Colt & Gray, which recently expanded to add a sexy downstairs lounge, Ste. Ellie, draws a loyal crowd for its flavorful and well-presented mains as well as an experiential dining...  Read More

Denver's historic and utterly romantic inn and B&B also offers one of the city's most romantic dining experiences for its guests as well. Couples can enjoy an intimate four-course dinner by candlelight in the castle's formal dining room. The...  Read More

Barolo Grill
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"Yearly visits to Italy inspire the cuisine, wine list and the pace as well as the ambience," says the management here. The cuisine--contemporary northern Italian rooted in the regions of Piedmont, Tuscany and the Veneto--is complemented by a...  Read More

At Mercantile Provision & Dining, the relationship between farm and restaurant goes a step further in the in-house market where provisions from Chef Alex Seidel's Fruition Farms are sold. The market carries herbs, spices and house-made...  Read More

Washington Park

This intimate neighborhood bistro doesn't look like much from the outside but inside it's a perfect date night destination, cozy and romantic with excellent French cuisine and a nicely curated wine list.


Open for dinner only, Mizuna offers an intimate dining experience and arguably one of Denver's most romantic restaurant experiences for that reason. At Mizuna, you will not find the loud clamor that seems so popular in many restaurants today....  Read More

Tucked into a secluded breezeway off Larimer Square, intimate Bistro Vendome captures the essence of a Parisian bistro in its ambience and menu. Expect French classics (some rotating) such as cassoulet, duck confit, escargot, steak au poivre and...  Read More


Meet Becca Blond

Becca Blond is an award-winning Denver based freelance travel writer. She has authored more than 30 Lonely Planet guides on five continents. She also writes about Colorado and the world for...  More About Becca

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