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.