Bittersweet

Bittersweet

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bittersweetdenver.com/
  • Phone: (303) 942-0320
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday:5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary European, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Olav Peterson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pennsylvania
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer a private lot, however street parking is also available. ***Please note that the West Wash Park neighborhood requires a resident sticker to park on the west side of any street south of Alameda. Signage is posted, however is difficult to see and violators are ticketed. Guests may park on any east side street in the area. These rules do not apply to the streets to the north of Alameda, which can be easier to find a parking spot on.

A word from Bittersweet
Artisanal Cuisine
The bittersweet team has an artisanal approach to hand crafted, playful and artfully created food that is not only grounded in fundamental culinary techniques but our verve for the Avant Garde. We make everything we can in-house using the best possible ingredients. By sourcing from local farms and fisheries, and partnering with those who take our same care and approach to their own harvesting and herding—we offer food that is fresh, seasonal and artisanal.
Artisanal Beverages
Bittersweet’s wine and cordial list have been hand selected to pair with both our cuisine as well as create the same interesting combinations found in our food. We feature and ever changing wine, beer and cocktail lists as well as spirits that represent both local companies and quality craftsmanship.

Please note that not all reservation times or party sizes are listed on Open Table. For assistance, call 303-942-0320.
www.bittersweetdenver.com.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Bittersweet reviews from OpenTable diners
112 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (75)neighborhood gem (66)great for outdoor dining (52)special occasion (50)romantic (40)notable wine list (13)hot spot (11)good for groups (6)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Grreat service
    jenn
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Service was awesome, dinner delicious, nice place, overall was great!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food - Uber Noisy
    katindenver
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food was excellent (my mom stated one of the best meals she has had in Denver) - and the service was impeccable - but the noise level? Painful by end of our dining experience. I'm not certain if it's b/c we were seated at a four top in the middle of the back room between two large tables - but it was uncomfortably loud. The servers throughout the restaurant could be seen leaning in very closely to their dinner guests in order to hear what they were saying. Painfully, uncomfortably loud. Again, food is very well prepared and presentation is beautiful - but the noise level will make me think twice before returning. There must be a way to mitigate the noise level...?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Smallest Small Plates
    mammadinesout
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Bittersweet should be embarrassed serving such small portions that you could barely taste anything. We definitely will not be returning.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    dine4goodVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Bittersweet is absolutely a new favorite for us. We had a wonderful experience and will definitely be back. The food was exquisite. Our favorites were the charcuterie plate and the duck sausage with mustard cream sauce--both small plates. The duck was excellent, as was the salt cod. Friendly service, beautiful food presentation, great atmosphere. Best meal we've had in a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bigE
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    overall, a good experience, with an interesting menu, but nothing stood out as outstanding. The server was quite good and her descriptions were accurate. Portions are small, but adequate. The noise level, however was well above acceptable levels, conversations were necessarily at almost a screaming level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a good option for veggies
    Tiffiany
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I really wanted to love this restaurant. I checked the menu online before going to be sure there would be a veggie option. However, when I was arrived and noted that the menu was different, I was told that the menu changes regularly. I let the server know that I was a veggie--only options were eggplant for a starter, and a grilled cauliflower entre. There was no offer to see if the chef might be able to accommodate me. I went ahead and ordered the grilled cauliflower, and paid $27 literally for three small pieces of eggplant, 3 small cauliflower crowns and 2 broccoli stalks. There was about 1/2 cup of grains and a little sauce. I could have gotten the same dish off the Whole Foods bar for under $7. I was very disappointed.
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  • Food four stars, noise 2.5 stars
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    First the food. We got the tuna roll and charcuterie as appetizers. Rabbit for the entree and Apple & Chocolate for Dessert. Appetizer and entrees were excellent. Interesting flavors and nice presentation. The cheeses were GREAT and the tuna roll was delicious! Dessert was mixed. The chocolate was excellent, but the apple was boring. Hoping that the Apple fruit itself would POP more, but the accompanying cake was too dominant. Noise level is a problem for Bittersweet. We picked this for an anniversary meal, and we could barely hear each other. The neighboring table skipped dessert for the same reason. Invest in sound proof tiles and space your tables. Your food is excellent, but you need better ambience to reach national recognition.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Caper
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I had the best cod I've ever eaten!! Keep up the good work on fish!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as Good as Previous Visit
    mole555
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We went to Bittersweet to celebrate my wife's birthday, and were hoping it would be a nice quiet evening, since that was our experience on a previous visit. This time, however, the noise level was so high that we could barely hear each other talk, and while the service was efficient, it was not very "personable" in that the waitress didn't really have much to offer as far as making our experience special. I am also suspicious when we ask for recommendations, and she only recommends the most expensive items, from apps to wine to entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The waitstaff was very ambivalent. I checked menu on the website earlier that day and was looking forward to an item I found. It wasn't on the menu at the restaurant. When I asked the waitress about it, she said that the menu changes weekly in a very curt manor. The spicey tuna rolls were tiny. The whole fish was good but could use a whole more veggies. Not impressed and will never go back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • localboy
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Artistic presentation with delicious results. Architectural American cuisine with a European twist. We were there on Saturday night, which was bustling, but the food and service were spot on. Nice drink menu that skirts the ordinary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and service excellent
    Mervlapin
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Duric pork was fresh, juicy and tender. My wife had cod also fresh and moist. Service was attentive and helpful. Prices were fair.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Find
    smeddingVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Innovative menus. Enjoyed our dinner. First visit. We will be back. Next time with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bittersweet treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Attentive and knowledgable wait staff. Beautiful, delicious food. Best dessert I've had in a long time- artistically plated , not too sweet with a satisfying blend of textures and flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative
    hezekiahVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Try the deconstructed coq au vin. Superb! Ambiance was a little loud on a full-house Saturday night but manageable. Try this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, but very loud
    dell
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    All of the food was good (the one dish that we didn't love was the rabbit), but it was quite loud (6:30 PM on a Saturday) and 2 members of our party couldn't hear the waitress and the other people in our party. Great service and cute spot, but tough for anyone who doesn't tolerate noise well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful except for the noise
    Alyce1VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Our food was scrumptious as it has been for each visit to Bittersweet. Service was also exemplary. We would dine here more frequently but for the noise level which was disconcertingly loud.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect place to bring your date
    Francois
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My girl friend and I enjoyed Bittersweet very much! She had the pork that was prepared to a perfect medium. The presentation was beautiful and also very tasty. I enjoyed the whole fish very much as well. Service was very knowledgeable, kind, and prompt with our requests. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely
    PanamaSngBrd
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We went for our anniversary dinner and were pleasantly surprised. The servers were all very friendly. The cocktails were yummy and the food extraordinary! Our only disappointment were the portion sizes were a little on the small side, especially for the price. My husband loved the pork chops and wanted more.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    kym2
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We loved everything we ordered. Our server was knowledgable and made fantastic recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    eggplant712
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I noted in the reservation (made a week ahead) that my husband and I were celebrating a special occasion, in hopes of having a nice table. Instead, we were jammed up against a wall in a high-traffic zone in the dining room. Service was inattentive and poorly timed. The food was good, not great - presentations were beautiful, but the flavors didn't wow us by any stretch, and the wine list was slim.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best food in denver
    Outstandin
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Definitely the best food in denver. Creative and very delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    KrisVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My husband and I had a great dinner at Bittersweet, our first visit there. Appetizers of spicy tuna roll (very different) and sausage were very good. Entrees of coq au vin and the pork. Pork was very generous and both were quite good. House-made bread was excellent! Desserts and coffee made for a really great dinner, and Rachel's attentive service made it a wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful experience.
    JoJoT
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I experienced Bittersweet for the first time and brought along my brother-in-law and his wife who are both foodies and knowledgeable wine enthusiasts. The service was excellent. We did not want for anything at anytime and our waitress was very knowledgeable about the wine list. The food was very well executed....great quality and interesting twists to the Rabbit, Duroc Pork and the Coq Au Vin. I usually like escargot the traditional way with a lot of butter and garlic but Bittersweets' escargot was excellent. The apple dessert with the butterscotch ice cream was not quite what I was expecting...cake a little dry for me. Overall, I would highly recommend Bittersweet for foodies and wine enthusiasts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, inventive cuisine
    ljljrichVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Bittersweet is serving the most inventive and creative food in the Denver area. There is a modernist approach in both preparation and presentation. It is obvious that a lot of thought and time have gone into each plate, and the dishes are worth all the effort. They are beautiful and delicious. The wine list is interesting and priceworthy. The staff is welcoming and helpful. We love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our first time and I thought the food, service and over all ambiance were perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Average food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I guess for a place that is highly rates my expectations were high. The food is average and it was expensive. So in my opinion there are much better options in and around Denver. My wife and I were here on a Saturday night and the place was pretty empty which tells me other people feel the exact same way.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Celebration at bittersweet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food and drinks were delicious. Our waitress was very attentive and had great recommendations. Our only bad part was the s'more dessert it tasted way too smoky. But we had it removed from the
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BobM
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    First, a lament. Why can't better restaurants stock Tanqueray10 gin? The substitute was Jackalope. Decent, just not the same. Birthday dinner. My wife had the buffalo mozzarella ravioli. It was all about the broth which was excellent. I had the charcuterie tray. Two of the salamis were very similar. One of the cheese was gouda which wasn't very interesting. My wife had the scallop dinner. It was picture worthy and very tasty. I had the wild boar. It was cooked to well done which was a little surprising. I guess it was done for food safety. The accompanying risotto was very good. We finished with Smores. Very unique with the hickory smoke. All in all, a good night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Plan on going back.
    John
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I've driven by this restaurant many times and had never tried it - was I missing out. Kind of a neighborhood location but easy to find. Fun list of beers and a decent wine list (not huge). I had the rock fish and my wife had scallops. Both were excellent. Nice portion size - not too big, not too small. Limited dessert choices but what we had was excellent. Definitely plan on going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    Foodie781
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I've heard great things about Bittersweet & saw much of the good I've heard about during my visit. Service was great; the mood was nice but it was so hot in the restaurant. Prices were a bit high for the amount of food (& the fact they pull much of their ingredients from the gardens outside- really cool but that should show in pricing). My scallops were cooked perfectly but pulled down by salty greens & a heavy sauce- each of which were really good on their own but took away from the delicacy of the scallops. This will strictly be a special occasion place- after I visit a few more on my list :)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the hype
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Been wanting to go for a long time. Food was ok, but definitely not worth all of the hype leading up to our meal. Server was knowledgeable and encouraging of our choices but food was bland.
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  • New favorite find
    Kbart
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I was very excited to have finally been able the dine at bittersweet after hearing such great things. Food was of good quality and service was outstandingly. Really enjoyed my experience and will be going back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Overrated
    Notalwaysacritic
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Service was great. However, the food itself was bland. My bacon wrapped rockfish was dry(over cooked) and the combination was like eating smoked oysters. My wife's chicken and potatoes was also bland and once again the chicken was on the dry side. The pork belly starter was good but the portion was tiny. The dessert was basically smores in a jar which was the most creative and tasty of all of our dishes. The small dining area on the north side was incredibly loud and we are in our 30s, so it's not an old folks problem. The plating of the food and the ambiance and the wine selection give the feel of a top end and romantic restaurant. But, be sure to drink a lot of wine to compensate for bad entrées and hearing loss.
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  • Unbelievable food!
    Rebreb
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We enjoyed a dinner at bittersweet two nights ago, and the food was spot on. The scallop dish was easily the best scallops I've ever had. The only issue was the service was a little slow. Otherwise friendly and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner42
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great food. Great bottle of wine. Very good service. Thank you
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    LukenessVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Fascinating combinations of flavors and textures make Bittersweet a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best restaurants
    Outstandin
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Definitely one of the most creative and delicious restaurants in denver. Excellent and knowledgeable waitstaff. Fabulous food. Drinks are delicious and deceptively strong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aptly named
    Beenaround
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The venue is charming and the staff respectfully attentive. You will enjoy the setting and your evening. The food was fresh, plentiful and creative, but the addition of garlic and bacon on one dish was a bit overdone, eclipsing the natural flavor of the fresh ingredients.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I have wanted to go to Bittersweet for months, and finally, we went on a last-minute Open Table reservation. The ambiance of the space is lovely - especially the patios. We did eat inside because of the sun, but the doors were open, so it was pleasant. The escargot was great - my husband actually ate a few and liked them. He loved his salmon, and I tried the wild boar (a little tough). The sauces are fabulous. Be sure and try the s'mores for dessert. Very inventive and fabulous flavor. We'll be back - definitely in my top 2 restaurants in Denver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate