Where to Seduce Your Sweetheart on a Denver Dinner Date

When it's time to impress your sweetheart with a night on the town, the restaurant you choose matters. It should have a romantic ambiance created by the space itself, the lighting, tables and table settings and decor. It should have stellar service that hits just the right note of attentiveness without being fussy. And the food should be excellent, whether you've chosen an industrial chic neighborhood joint or a fine-dining establishment.

Of course, romance means different things to different people so our options come in a variety of styles, cuisines, and price points. If you're celebrating one of many anniversaries and you want to splurge, there's Colt & Gray and Mizuna, both delivering a consistently exceptional experience. Want an expansive wine list and fine Italian food in the Cherry Creek neighborhood? Barolo Grill fits the bill, while Bistro Vendome is the place for fine French cuisine and a romantic ambiance on Larimer Square. If you crave one of the best steaks in Denver and your honey desires fresh fish, there's Guard and Grace. And if it's a first date and you want a simple menu of good food (oysters and prosecco for instance) in a friendly place, drop into tiny Cart-Driver in RiNo, where casual and friendly pair nicely with the excellent if compact menu. And it may be that 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. Whatever your idea of romance, the Denver restaurant scene delivers. 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

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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 to serve dishes to people along the way, this tiny eatery conveys romance wrapped in an industrial-chic...  Read More

Sure, it's old school in many ways with its dark booths, retro vibe and menu items that include escargot and jumbo shrimp cocktail. Yet Bastien's has been one of Denver's under-the-radar dining gems for decades. What it's known for is steak, and...  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

Guard and Grace
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Guard and Grace is a great place to splurge when you want to impress your date. You don't have to love steaks but these are among the best in Denver. If you are a steak lover, you'll enjoy it here offered with impeccable but never obsequious...  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

Barolo Grill
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The cuisine served at Barolo Grill is rooted in Northern Italy, primarily in the regions of Piedmont and Tuscany, where the staff ventures every summer to meet with the great chefs, growers and winemakers of the region that inspire and inform...  Read More


Undeniably one of Denver's most 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

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


Meet Christine Loomis

Christine has written about every aspect of travel, from romance and adventure to family and wellness. She is also lucky to have had three major home states through the years: New York,...  More About Christine