Downtown Denver’s vibrant culinary scene allows your taste buds to travel the globe in just a few blocks. If you’re wondering where to make your reservations for this Valentine’s Day in the Mile High City, you’ve come to the right place. Check out Mile High Honda’s list of the best Denver restaurants for Valentine’s Day Dinner below.
International innovator in the sushi space, Sushi Den on South Pearl Street is the ultimate locale for your Valentine’s sushi date. A daily delivery of fresh fish flown in from Japan within 24 hours of being reeled in is the Den’s not-so-hidden secret. This, combined with founder and executive chef Toshi’s drive to push the boundaries of Japanese cuisine, makes the Sushi Den an unforgettable spot to take your special fish in the sea.
Toshi even teaches sushi making classes on Wednesday and Thursdays, which we might add, would be a fantastic Valentine’s gift for a true sushi fan!
Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse
Love takes time to develop and so do the flavors in a quality piece of meat. That philosophy is part of Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse’s Southern Brazil heritage: All of the meats on the menu at their Wynkoop Street location are slow-cooked to unleash their full flavor characteristics.
In addition to beef, chicken, lamb, pork, and seafood cooked by the Brazilian book, meals are served family style, which means they’re made to share. Turn date night into an exploration of new cuisine by ordering savory sides and southern Brazil delicacies such as tabouleh or farofa.
Fogo de Chao is currently running a special for Valentine’s dinner reservations with a complimentary lunch or dinner for your next visit.
Vesta Dipping Grill
As a restaurant that channels the Roman goddess of the hearth, Valentine’s dinner at Vesta Dipping Grill on Blake Street sets the stage for an evening of heartfelt expressions. Dating diners will find Vesta to be an upscale and chic spot to engage, and its orange lighting is known to bring out the warm fuzzies, so much so that the grill has received multiple Best First Date in Denver awards.
Aside from a date-ready setup, Vesta’s menu does things a little differently. Each of their dishes is paired with two flavorful dipping sauces that bring complexity and contrast to their grilled delights. These include creative aiolis, marmalades, salsas, and chutneys. Their winter menu features international grillings, including Korean BBQ Duck, Provencal Grilled Prawns, and Chili Braised Colorado Lamb Shank.
Rioja in Larimer Square is a must-try for Mediterranean cuisine and another spiffy Valentine’s dinner date spot. Rioja’s smartly designed interior is both simplistic and elegant: Colorful hand-blown glass fixtures dot the ceiling, an out-in-the-open kitchen brings things down to earth, and clean white tablescapes put the focus on the food and you.
Entrées include fresh and flavorful Grilled Lamb Loin, handmade pastas such as Parmesan Gnocchi or Octopus Farfalle, and many others that incorporate the bold flavors of Mediterranean cooking: garlic, lemon, fennel, tarragon, olives, gorgonzola, and more.
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