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:  

Photo courtesy of Cart-Driver

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

Photo courtesy of Rioja

Mediterranean influences inform the menu that includes extraordinary handmade pastas by Chef Jennifer Jasinski, who is also co-owner of the restaurant. The cavatelli is served with black truffle chicken sausage, morel mushroom, peas and spring...  Read More

To say the least, Domo Restaurant is enchanting. It steps outside your typical restaurant ambience beginning with the dining room reminiscent of a charming cottage with its tables made from stone and seats from tree stumps. The backyard is an...  Read More


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

Commons Park
Colt & Gray
Photo courtesy of Colt & Gray

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

Barolo Grill
Photo courtesy of Barolo Grill

"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

Guard and Grace
Photo courtesy of Guard and Grace

In a sleek downtown locale that is all post mod glass and steel, Guard and Grace is the second latest venture from one of Denver's most entrepreneurial chef's Troy Guard. (He has since opened Los Chingones, a taco joint near Coors Field, and...  Read More

Stoic & Genuine

Seafood lovers will want to check out Stoic & Genuine, where fresh seafood is flown in from both coasts and Japanese fish markets daily. The restaurant is another concept from Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch (Euclid Hall, Rioja and...  Read More

Bittersweet Artisanal Cuisine

Away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Denver, find Bittersweet Artisanal Cuisine in the Washington Park Neighborhood. What was once a former 1950s gas station is now a high-end restaurant serving up thoughtful and innovate dishes like pork...  Read More

Kevin Taylor's At The Opera

Located in the Chambers Grant Salon in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Kevin Taylor's at the Opera House serves pre-theater cocktails and dinner and is also available for private catered events, but is only...  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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