Bittersweet

Bittersweet

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bittersweetdenver.com/
  • Phone: 3039420320
  • 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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Bittersweet reviews from OpenTable diners
93 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (64)neighborhood gem (50)great for outdoor dining (49)special occasion (44)romantic (42)notable wine list (11)hot spot (6)scenic view (4)late-night find (3)good for groups (3)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • 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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    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
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner42
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great food. Great bottle of wine. Very good service. Thank you
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    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Outstanding
    LukenessVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Fascinating combinations of flavors and textures make Bittersweet a great experience.
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    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
  • 3rd Year and Counting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My wife and I come here every year to celebrate our anniversary, and various other special occasions and we've never had a bad experience. This year we got a cheese plate appetizer which was perfectly paired. I'm a huge parmesean fan though, and I thought the parm presented on this particular plate was a little lacking. That was my only complaint of the evening however. The wine - a wonderful French Red - was divine, and went well with my perfectly cooked wild boar main course. This was my first time having wild boar, and hopefully will not be my last! My wife had the two course vegetable dinner, which looked incredible, and she couldn't stop raving about. If you haven't gone to Bittersweet, do so as soon as possible!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Even more wonderful than usual
    tefinVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We have been to this restaurant many times and each time is a treat. The summer menu is a memorable ensemble of dishes featuring fresh produce and locally-sourced meat. Especially noteworthy this time: wild boar.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid and interesting
    Denvergirl
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The appetizers were the best part of our meal for four people. The escargot was really top notch, the sweetbreads, pork belly were fun and tasty, bread out of this world. For dinner, three fish and I got the pork. Meat was the main event and the boar I had was tasty, but the sides withit, mini amount of green with tasty but small portion of some sort of grain felt like it needed a bit of root veggie to balance big chunk of meat. Same with fish dishes. I expected stronger presence of veggies to the dishes, instead of all sorts of sauce dribbles on every dish
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  • livetoeat
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We went early and the noise of the street was a little prominent; hence the ambience rating. But the service was absolutely first rate - our waitress was attentive without being pushy and read our needs very well. The food was good but shy of great. The barley with the wild boar was really outstanding. The rockfish had great flavor, too and was cooked to perfection.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish
    DeverdecoratorVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Menu is small, but the food was good. Escargot was an excellent, non-traditional, preparation and may have been the best I have had. Scallops were also very good. My husband ordered the sweet breads and wild boar which were also very well prepared. Our server was friendly and attentive and helped us make a great wine selection. Decor was a little lacking....we sat in the dining room closest to Alemeda.
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  • Absolutely WOW
    WadePerryVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My wife and I were introduced to Bittersweet by our dear friends, Julie and Andrew. Julie has been an advocate for organic healthy fare for many years. Everything on the menu was a viable option and decision making was challenged with so many incredible choices. The charcuterie was incredible. The wild boar was out of this world and the rockfish was a dish to make you linger on every bite. Do not get me started on dessert. None of this is surprising as they put their 600 sq ft organic garden to great use. This is our new "go-to" restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Brilliant Preparation!!!
    PRECSO
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Delightful neighborhood gem! I took a friend there who doesn't "get out" much. Wanted to show her what great food really is. My favorite dish was the escargot ravioli - by far! Bittersweet was a great find and I will definitely dine there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unreal...
    Stephan
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This place is amazing. Definitely one of our new favorite places in Denver!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Experience
    TheRussianJudge
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Bittersweet seems to focus a bit too much on dated plating techniques and not on taste. We we start by stating that everything we had was at least decent and most was good. The Escargot was overwhelmed by the sauce and the dumplings were better than the featured ingredient. Soup and salad were good. Main courses were just ok. The scallops were overcooked and rubbery. Boar was also overcooked but the very earthy barley side was quite good. Pace was very slow. We would go back but for the price we will probably hit a few other places first.
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  • Still
    Gabesdad
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    These guys have an organic place to the max. Olaf has been promoting his staff and bringing them along and hisd place reflects ist. Best thing we had was wild boar. We and a veg in the group and the veg offerings were very cool. We are still talking about the cucumber bubbles. Good wine list. Bring back NM champagne. Great job guys!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not very helpful
    LOVE2EAT
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I made a reservation for my our Anniversary. When we arrived, the entire restaurant was empty, except for a few table on the patio. We were seated all the way in the back of the (empty) restaurant. I asked if we could be seated on the patio, and I was completely shot down! I said I made a reservation for two, and we were seated out of sight. They said, "Sorry, next time make a reservation for the patio." They weren't helpful at all! They could care less that I was there trying to spend a nice night with my wife, and spend money. There is no way to know that you need to reserve the patio. They offered to put us on the side patio, which is practically in the street, which was also empty. Shocker! Either avoid this place or go patio
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  • good but not enough
    frisco
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The presentation and flavor was very good, but the portions were limited. Half the party left unfulfilled and had to eat a snack at home.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BGfdplsr
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Our food was delicious, the gazpacho amazing! The patio was a perfect place to be on a summer evening and our server could not have been better.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Experience
    BillG
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The interior and exterior design is modern elegance with comfortable chairs. Service is prompt with very knowledgeable and helpful waiters. Food is well prepared, stunningly presented, and delicious. There is no rush to turn over the table with dinning at your pace.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Perfect evening
    Annie
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We brought out-of-town friends, with hopes that it would be a unique and wonderful dining experience. And, it certainly was! Great food, lovely patio and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Good choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    A special occasion demanded a unique setting and outstanding food. Took a chance on Bittersuit. Glad we did!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nanisecond
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The fresh bread to start with was amazing and then we had the Escargot, this is a must try. Both of us were pleased with the entree we chose; Scallops & Wild Boar we loved the food and will definitely be back!
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • There was no "Bitter" involved !
    Jimbo
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Been trying to get here for some time and now we have dined at Bittersweet and it was all sweet. Menu entrees had a slightly different twist and everything was great ! A slightly larger wine selection might be helpful, although we did find a very nive Pinot Gris.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Will be back soon
    RickVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Live in the immediate area and the menu never appealed to us. Right now the menu is incredible and we will be back soon to try many of the new items our server Rhea recommended. The three appetizers were incredible and the scallops and pork rib eye spectacular. Thanks for a great night.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • The Best
    GrampyJoe
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We have eaten at a number of good restaurants in Boulder, Denver, Buena Vista and Salida the last few weeks, but Bittersweet tops them all. Despite the busy Alameda the outdoor area is leafy green and quiet; the service was prompt and just enough. The sweetbreads were good (even if not great) and the cheese and charcouterie a strong contrast. The halibut was smooth and flavorful - just the right sauce, and delicious accompaniments. The wine, a solid rose recommended by the waitress, went well with it all. Dessert: cherries, sorbet and buttermilk cake was light enough to follow all this and complete the meal. I realize you might not be as fortunate as we since the menu is limited, but it was a great meal, consistent with our previous visit.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Louisa
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We are great fans of Olaf. His combination of fresh ingredients with interesting and new twists on traditional menus makes going to Bittersweet always a fun experience. They say that great chefs are judged by how they do chicken and his is a must try!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • anniversary dinner
    denverdiner
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Outdoor patio was very nice. Some of the food was very good-some just okay. Indoor dining looked cute & intimate. Was expecting food to be outstanding at this price point-it wasn't. Indicated it was an anniversary dinner when booking on open table. There was no acknowledgement by staff, a little disappointing.
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    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Weaverpsu
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Slower paced service than I'm used to but still knowledgable and friendly. The Gazpacho was pretty good and everything else excellent.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great garden patio
    DnvDiner
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The food was delicious and the ambience was great. They have a beautiful garden patio. The chicken sausage appetizer was unique and the favorite at the table. The chicken was also a winner.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top 25
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Excellence and care abounds...but it's pricey. If you have a starter, and entree, dessert, you're looking at $75-80 before drinks, gratuity and taxes.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We enjoyed our experience at Bittersweet. My only complaint is that the portions are quite small relative to the price and I was still a bit hungry when I left.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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  • Great food kind of pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The ambiance is just ok, the food is stellar the prices are kind of high
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious night out!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My husband and I ate here to celebrate Father's day and we had such a wonderful evening. The food was amazing - we started with the charcuterie plate and sweetbreads, then I went on to have the bacon-wrapped halibut while he had the special, wild boar. Everything was fantastic, and our server was so much fun. My favorite thing was the garden outside, and how they are locally sourced. We've eaten at many amazing restaurants in Denver, but this has definitely cracked the top 5. Can't wait to go back, with friends!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Denver's finest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Unique menu, knowledgeable staff, outstanding food.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding service
    CrystalR
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The service we received here was top notch. The food was delicious. It was odd that there was no beef on the menu. Loved the fact that they sourced their veggies from the garden on the patio. I would return
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic