Ten most romantic restaurants in Denver

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Lori Midson

Romance, really, should be a year-long ritual, and not just an obligatory pressure cooker on Valentine's Day -- which is why we've compiled a cheat sheet of the ten most romantic restaurants in Denver for any night of the week. And on March 29, when our Best of Denver® 2012 issue hits the pavement, we'll announce the most romantic restaurant of all. In the meantime, take note: These date-night spots are listed in no particular order.

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Briarwood Inn
1630 Eighth Street, Golden

While it's absolutely true that the menu hasn't been updated since you were a teenager sniffing whippets, the Briarwood continues to deliver one of the most elegant dining experiences in the city, thanks to polished, pampering service, tables draped in starched white tablecloths illuminated by soft light, and tried-and-true European cuisine that, while antiquated, is beautifully prepared by a kitchen staff that still believes in old-world decadence.

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Lori Midson
Barolo Grill
3030 East Sixth Avenue

Now that owner Blair Taylor has completely remodeled Barolo Grill, it's a stunning restaurant that's simultaneously sexy and sophisticated, making it an excellent date spot for newly hinged couples and those of you who've been married much longer than you care to admit. And then there's the lovely fireplace that warms a table for two, a terrific wine list, an unfaltering staff and a chef who's firing on all four cylinders.

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Bistro Vendome
1420 Larimer Street

This bewitching French bistro, whose kitchen is commanded by a passionate chef whose food is just as lusty as she is, guarantees an intimate tete-a-tete. Linger over a bottle of bubbly, sneak smooches across the table, and then, to make things interesting, pick a fight to see who gets the last butter-soaked snail. Make up while sharing the chocolate-and-butterscotch tart freckled with fleur de sel.

Location Info

Briarwood Inn

1630 8th St., Golden, CO

Category: Restaurant

Barolo Grill

3030 E. 6th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Bistro Vendome

1420 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Beatrice & Woodsley

38 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Steakhouse 10

3517 S. Elati St., Englewood, CO

Category: Restaurant

Vesta Dipping Grill

1822 Blake St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Black Crown Lounge

1446 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Music

Z Cuisine

2239 W. 30th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Mizuna

225 E. 7th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Fruition

1313 E. 6th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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12 comments
joey murdah
joey murdah

no wonder i felt like i was having deja vu reading this, that is because it is from last year. 

Zcuisine
Zcuisine

thank you Lori! for patrick and I our romantic spot has always been sushi den. must be the raw fish and sake!

Cook1
Cook1

Restaurant Kevin Taylor? 

Barslinger
Barslinger

I agree with cmack23.........what about the Flagstaff House?

davebarnes
davebarnes

It says "in Denver." Flagstaff house is in Boulder.

Sickofthisguy
Sickofthisguy

god you are a fucking half-wit.  for someone who is so adamant about commenting 14 times a day on this blog, its about time you took notice to the VERY consistent grouping of boulder and denver when it comes to critique and blogging.  you asshole.

cmack23
cmack23

I would agree with most of these on the list, and while the food and service at places like Fruition, Mizuna are undoubtedly excellent, from a stand out romantic stance I wouldnt have them in the cut.  I think the decor of some places like Japoix with its dark lighting, high backed booths and red lighting theme would make it more of a romantic setting.  Fruition is pretty straightforward nothing too exciting standard tables and chairs etc.. Linger with its unique design and lighting is also another great choice.

GFTW
GFTW

Yeah, I thought Mizuna was a bit too loud and the tables too close together to be romantic.

Yoyo522
Yoyo522

mizuna is one of the best meals i have had in denver PERIOD....the back room is very cozy and romantic, just request it upon reservation, also, GREAT cocktail menu!

Rocky Mountain Oyster
Rocky Mountain Oyster

Beatrice & Woodsley felt more like Halloween than Valentine's Day to me. This is a restaurant with chainsaws for decorations.

Loved Vesta Dipping Grill but found it more urban and edgy and loud than romantic. 

Disappointed that Opus didn't make the list.

Yoyo522
Yoyo522

dont take upscale dining advice from someone that would name themselves after bulls balls.  B & W is awesome.

GFTW
GFTW

Casa Bonita!!

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