Hungry for Denver Restaurant Week? Win a $50 gift certificate in another round of our contest

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Rodizio Grill is pleased to meat you during Denver Restaurant Week.
Clear your calendar and unbuckle your belt: The tenth annual Denver Restaurant Week is only days away. And unlike past years, when it sprawled well into March, this time DRW is really a week long: From February 22 through February 28. (For the first time this year, there will also be a second round in the summer -- from August 23 through August 29). To whet your appetite for all the good meals ahead, we're giving away $50 gift certificates from some of the 300-plus participating restaurants. We've just awarded the first three, but we have more...

Hungry to win one? Keep reading to find out how.

See also: Hungry for Denver Restaurant Week to start?

Today's winner? Tankheight, who offered this memory:

I have walked past Rodizio who the Hell knows how many times, each time staring longingly inside at the glorious meats, but last Restaurant Week I finally had the chance to try their all you can eat buffet. WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG. OH GOD WHY. I've been to a few Brazilian places in the past, but Rodizio has them all beat on price, friendliness, and overall awesomeness.

We came here on a freezing cold Friday night and the place was packed. Every single one of them was smiling like they had just won the lottery - the meat lottery that is. Seriously, the food is so good that I wanted to explode in both elation and the fact that I ate over two pounds of assorted marinated domesticated beasts. Adding to the experience was the Brazilian equivalent of a telenovela on blast.

Did I mention that it is my new lifelong goal to lay under the giant rotisserie and bathe in the drippings from the meat? Someone should tell the owners of Rodizio that they may have a huge secondary market for that. I'm also thinking that they could turn the drippings into an exfoliating body wash, or perhaps a mustache wax.

To enter the contest, all you have to do is share your favorite Denver Restaurant Week experience in the comments section below. If you've entered before, you can post your story again below.

The winter/summer split isn't the only change to Denver Restaurant Week this year. After a decade, the price has also gone up from the original $52.80 to $60 for a multi-course dinner for two, or $30 for one (not including tax or gratuity). To see menus from all the restaurants participating in this year's Denver Restaurant Week, go to Visit Denver's Denver Restaurant Week page.


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lindakisme
lindakisme

DRW is the only time my husband and I go try new places that we normally would not go or wouldn't think of going to - because of the fantastic price, no one can turn down to opportunity to try a 5 star restaurant!!  We have tried some fantastic places over the years, and a couple have turned out to be our favorite places for either a celebration or when company comes into town and we want to show them a good time.  Each Denver Restaurant Week, we try new places to see if we can add to our list of favorites. 

sugareebee
sugareebee

IFish Sushi is my new favorite sushi restaurant in Denver thanks to restaurant week! I have eaten at several sushi restaurants around town and most of them are quite sub-par serving fishy sushi.

I was looking through the 5280 restaurant week website to see which restaurant we wanted to try. I read the IFish menu and decide that’s where I wanted to go. My boyfriend and I tried their 52.80 Week menu and Boom!! I have been addicted since! We fish started with the delectable I-taco which fresh raw tuna in a mini taco shell had topped with diced mango in Thai vinaigrette, cilantro, and guacamole. The dish was pretty good in our opinion. But the next dish was the kicker.....  Next up was a Crazy Spicy Tuna which consisted of a perfectly fried rice cake with beautifully sliced sashimi grade tuna, and topped with jalapenos, avocado salsa, eel sauce and, masago, When I popped a piece of the crazy spicy tuna in my mouth my eyes lit up.... It was absolutely DELICIOUS!!! I instantly had a foodgasm when this delightful concoction touched my tongue. We inhaled every bit with smiles on our faces wishing we could have more. We then tried the Charlie roll, Da Bomb, and the Yellow submarine which were all perfectly balanced. I feel that every piece of sushi from IFISH is expertly prepared from the freshness of the fish to the perfect texture of rice. We then finished our meal with the delectable creme brulee which was topped with whipped cream and raspberries. The waiter was friendly and attentive which made the experience over the top. The overall experience we had was amazing and left me wanted to come back every day of restaurant week so I could have that tantalizing meal over and over again. I have seriously been addicted to IFish since restaurant week and every time I go it makes my day happier and my taste buds go wild! 

helkins
helkins

Two best meals were Tamayo, which I wouldn't normally go to, but turned out fantastic and Colt & Gray. Most disappointing Olivea. No wonder they closed. Disappointing to see the price go up when a restaurant does nothing special and you can actually go there anytime, get the same menu for a lesser price. Not impressed with these restaurants, which I why I scour the list and menus.

BSquared5280
BSquared5280

Our first restaurant week experience was at the OG of denver dining - Restaurant Kevin Taylor. Sometimes restaurants dont put it all our during restaurant week, but RKT didnt take any shortcuts. It was simply the best meal of my life. And it came during Denver restaurant week.

angie216
angie216

My favorite Restaurant Week experience was Root Down three years ago.  I just happened to choose all vegetarian courses, and had never had vegetarian food that was actually delicious, I couldn't believe I didn't miss meat!  It prompted me to start eating more vegetables, doing meatless Mondays, until eventually I cut meat out completely.  I've never felt better, and its all thanks to Restaurant Week!

eddievonrothhorn
eddievonrothhorn

My first Restaurant week in Denver several years ago was fantastic! A group of friends and i all decided to do this together. So we all picked the places together and made our reservations.Our goal was to find new local food establishments in Denver. We did this for an entire week tying new places every day. This was a great experience with a group of friends and many of the places we went to, we still frequent them! Love this week! One of my favorites in Denver! Denver has amazing offers during this week, so make sure you get out and try some new places! Take advantage of it!


tim_s
tim_s

This article is my favorite DRW experience….every year. Reliving Chad and Sally Suburb’s annual epoch to the concrete jungle? Yes please. Heifer houses rejoice! Sally lifts quarters from Jr.’s piggy while Chad preps the Traverse for its maiden parallel parking voyage.  She orders the filet…..well. Chad, randy after a dirty Absolut, declares bloody side of medium. One classic cheesecake, the most decadent flourless chocolate cake….like ever…. and a near miss encounter with homeless guy and all is right with the world. 

krosey21
krosey21

We got to spend the night out at the Melting Pot a few years back right after having our son.  It was nice to be able to have some "us" time after the experiences we had had with our little guy (NICU Stay) and unaccepted early delivery.  It helped my husband and I rekindle what we were starting to lose.

Co_hokie
Co_hokie

Last year I was lucky enough to snag the last remaining reservation for the Capital Grille - only catch it was for 10pm on a Tuesday night.  Since my girlfriend and I are normally asleep by 10, we stayed up late by drinking espresso martinis at the bar next door before staggering in to dinner.  The entire dining experience managed to sober us up fast - the impeccable service, intimate atmosphere, and melt-in-your-mouth steaks gave us the best dinner we've ever had.  We were out until 2 that night and called in sick to work the next day.  It was also the night our baby was conceived.  We love you, Capital Grille.

icetoad
icetoad

I had some great Italian food downtown a few years back just before Trey Anastasio with the Denver Symphony Orchestra performed that night. It was a lot of fun to get dressed up with some friends and enjoy a night on the town.

apriljb1
apriljb1

Ever since I moved to the Denver area 3 years ago, I have been lucky to try at least one new restaurant each year at 5280 week. One that stands out though is Vesta Dipping Grill. I had wanted to go there since reading reviews about it and hearing about it's unique dipping sauces. I hadn't heard of anything like it before! We finally went last year at 5280. It didn't disappoint.  I had the steak my companion had the Mahi Mahi. We both had 3 dipping sauces with the meal. We also got bread with garlic pieces to start out, then an appetizer each, we ordered the selected wines to go with the meal. I had chocolate mousse for dessert and he had the cheese plate. It was a meal to remember. We loved the ambiance of the place and they even gave us a coupon for a free appetizer if we returned! I can only hope this year's 5280 will live up to the experience. Here's to thinking it will, it hasn't disappointed yet! Looking forward to another great culinary experience with 5280!!  

katekaos
katekaos

My husband loves meat.  Loves it.  The man would buy his weight in beef jerky every time we go to Target if I would let him.  So when we went to Fogo de Chao for our first time during restaurant week, I thought he might explode.  He would almost break his neck trying to see what was on every skewer!

zoempm
zoempm

Last year was my first, and luckily it falls on my birthday so it's doubly sweet. I went to Linger with a few close friends and got this deliciously sweet and spicy pork ginger noodle soup, and churroswith drinking chocolate for dessert. So tasty!

jones_chandra
jones_chandra

The year my mom and I tried fondue and, when the server lit our dessert on fire, we all three shrieked at the ball of flame. It was terrifying and then delicious.

lmonitz
lmonitz

My first restaurant week experience was my first week in Denver last year. As part of an 8 hour first date (no exaggeration), this boy took me to TAG for pop rock sushi. Great meal. Terrible company. I was so bored I actually ordered the absinthe fountain to try to make him more interesting. Turns out not even 100 proof alcohol can help some people. I need a restaurant week redo.

dhowald
dhowald

Every year Restaurant Week is my favorite! From my first one at North, then Zengo, Fuel Café, and Row 14 last year, they are always sooooo GOOD =). I'm pretty sure it's La Fondue time!! Love Denver Restaurant Week!!!

dezjantea3
dezjantea3

I'm new to Denver and Restaurant Week, can't wait to try it.

smeetholes
smeetholes

The restaurant Venice, in the DTC, where I had cinghiale that tasted just as good as what my wife and I had a few summers ago hiking in Tuscany. When the saw my son, he said that they didn't have a menu for kids they just made whatever kids liked. My son mentioned two sauces and two different noodles and they craeated that on one plate that was visual and tasty.

kate918151
kate918151

My favorite restaurant week memory would have to be when 12 or so of my friends and I decided to check out Fogo de Chao. Little did we know that after dinner we would leave feeling like we needed to give birth to a meat baby. Good, albeit slightly uncomfortable, times indeed!

oompa_loompa6758
oompa_loompa6758

My favorite restaurant week memory was taking my fiance and a couple of our friends to The Keg for the first time. I wasn't sure if they had ever really done any fine dining before, but I knew they had never had a steak and prime rib like theirs! The look on their faces was priceless as they took their first bite. Beef would never be the same for them! 5280 allows people from all walks of life to try new food, and appreciate the effort chefs put into their work. I look forward to it every year!!!

klambert918
klambert918

I have never had the opportunity to experience 5280 week. I love the wide variety of food in Denver and would love the chance to get to know it more! My best restaurant week experience has yet to come.

butlerb
butlerb

Having just moved to Denver in October, my favorite restaurant week moment was poring over the restaurant list and menus the day they were released! I'm so excited to partake in my first restaurant week in the mile-high city!

resparza0825
resparza0825

My first restaurant week experience was the best, we went to Elway's in Cherry Creek and it was the best! The service was great and the food was delicious! Of course it turned into one of our regular restaurant's we go to all the time now. I just love when restaurant week comes along because it lets us try new restaurants at an affordable price that we may not normally go to, we already have reservations at two of the restaurants for restaurant week and we are deciding on others!

djhamel23
djhamel23

My last two 5280 Restaurant Weeks (2012 & 2013) were celebrated at Trillium with an amazing and eclectic group of friends. We had a brilliant time on both occasions. Great food. Great conversation. Great service. You know, truly the beauty of 5280 week is to experience the ever changing and ever evolving dining scene in Denver as it becomes bigger and better each and every new year. I embrace the idea of trying a new place, and if it's hit or miss - no loss. However, when it's tremendous - you let everyone you know and you pepper the growth of Denver small business in making our town one of the most talked about restaurant scenes in the country! This year, I am looking forward to assembling another cast of characters as we try The Curtis Club downtown. 12 top on Friday 2/28, here we come! Rabbit is on the menu... sweet! Buon Appetito everyone!

chsmith21
chsmith21

My favorite experience is the night we went to the Chart House in Genesee. It was so foggy you could hardly see the turn off and the restaurant was sitting in a thick cloud of fog but the food was incredible! If you have never tried Restaurant Week your missing a lot!

Sonia Martinez
Sonia Martinez

I've never had a chance to indulge in Denver Restaurant week. :'(

billyfarres
billyfarres

my favorite and most unique experience was at a restaurant called Beatrice and woodsley. the atmosphere was yellow tinted with bamboo everywhere. made me feel like i was in a fucking rain forest. i had me an elk burger. it was really good. the restrooms were cool as well. for the water to come out. you had to pull a chain. crazy shit yo.

Julie A. Morgan
Julie A. Morgan

I love Denver Restaurant Week! I'd love that certificate ;) That pic is hilarious, for so many reasons. Oh man.

sharonsikorski
sharonsikorski

My favorite restaurant week experience happened on Long Island, NY, where I grew up. I am excited to broaden my 'Denver restaurant' horizon! 

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

Don't bother with restaurant week.  It's crowded, uncomfortable, and each restaurant has a limited feeble menu with their shittiest dishes.  Stick to the restaurants NOT participating.

patricia.calhoun
patricia.calhoun moderator topcommentereditor

@Co_hokie you're our winner! E-mail me at patricia.calhoun@westword.com for your gift certificate choices. Sorry, can't include a babysitter for that DRW offspring!

patricia.calhoun
patricia.calhoun moderator topcommentereditor

@lmonitz you're our second winner! Send an e-mail to patricia.calhoun@westword.com and I'll tell you how to get your certificate.

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

Don't bother.  It's crowded, uncomfortable, and each restaurant has a limited feeble menu with their shittiest dishes.  Stick to the restaurants NOT participating.

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