Palettes at the Denver Art Museum
Palettes at the Denver Art Museum

Palettes at the Denver Art Museum

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ktrg.net/palettes/
  • Phone: (303) 534-1455
  • Hours of Operation:
    Closed Mondays. Open Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Fridays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Austin Cueto
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Contact our dedicated event planners, Leorah Young, at (720) 865-5060, Hillary MacArthur, at (720) 865-5030, or Brenda Carroll, at (720) 865-5171, for more information.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The DAM garage, surface lots and metered parking are all available around the art museum.
A word from Palettes at the Denver Art Museum
One of the nation’s first chef-driven museum restaurant concepts when it opened in 1997, Palettes Contemporary Cuisine at the Denver Art Museum is still one of the most striking, featuring original art and a sleek, modern design, with floor-to-ceiling views of the adjacent nationally-admired Hamilton building.

Boasting modern American cuisine with a global palette of fresh, flavorful and dynamic ingredients, Palettes serves weekday lunch, as well as dinner on Fridays, and a recently-added champagne weekend brunch. For unforgettable private events, Kevin Taylor Catering is also the exclusive caterer of the Denver Art Museum and its variety of remarkable spaces.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Palettes at the Denver Art Museum reviews from OpenTable diners
105 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (86)fit for foodies (57)great for brunch (42)special occasion (38)neighborhood gem (25)good for groups (19)scenic view (17)great for outdoor dining (11)notable wine list (7)romantic (6)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • It was a special occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/17/2008
    It was a special occasion and everything I had hoped it would be, thanks to the staff at Palettes. While my reservation was really not necessary because we dined early, I'm glad I had made it. The table to which we were shown was exactly the table I wanted. The food was superb as was the service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience. Outstanding
    SeekVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2008
    Great experience. Outstanding food, well presented. Excellent service and very pleasant decor. Definitely on our list of recommended spots for lunch downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were seated at a table
    Skeeter
    Dined on 4/15/2008
    We were seated at a table at the entrance to the dining room with all the in and out traffic. With a reservation would have appreciated a better location. Since we were near the host station we could overhear conversations between the host and guests and note people who did not have a reservation getting a better location.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As always, Palette's food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/15/2008
    As always, Palette's food preparation and presentation were excellent. Our server was even better than usual - polite, efficient, and attentive. We stayed a long time after eating our lunch to talk, but never felt rushed or ignored by the server. She graciously split our bill between three credit cards. My friends from the suburbs and as far away as Greeley love to spend time at the DAM and end our visit with an elegant lunch at Palette's. We are so fortunate to have this gem in the Golden Triangle neighborhood. My husband and I consider it one of our favorite walk-to restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We really enjoyed the light
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/15/2008
    We really enjoyed the light and ambiance. The food was wonderful. The service was good, and we would definitely go there again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very enjoyable. Had a nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/13/2008
    Very enjoyable. Had a nice quiet table in the corner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice service and good
    SKY1VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    Very nice service and good food. Friendly accomodating staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We arrived early and were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/11/2008
    We arrived early and were greeted happily and immediately seated at a perfect table by the windows. It was just a little noisy. I enjoyed the lunch very much, and it was wonderfully convenient after our tour of the museum's special exhibit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Palettes always has a creative
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2008
    Palettes always has a creative and yet approachable menue. We weren't rushed and felt like we were treated special. Always save room to share a dessert! Best mussels since the Fourth Storey Restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was great and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/8/2008
    The food was great and the presentation nice too. It had a good selection. I would definitely return. The only criticism was that it seemed a little bit loud and we were there for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved the scallops! Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/6/2008
    Loved the scallops! Service was great! Lots of flavor! We enjoyed and plan to come back. Dining at Palettes made our visit to see the Impressionism exhibit even more memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful way to combine a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    Wonderful way to combine a stroll through the Art Museum with an excellent dining experience. We especially enjoyed the wine suggestions that referenced the Impressionist exhibition.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I was very impressed with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/3/2008
    I was very impressed with the resaurant! Never expected something as elegant in a museum setting.Then I found out it was a Kevin Taylor restaurant, and now I know why it was SO ggod!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • elegant menu, bold and interesting
    BizzygirlVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2008
    elegant menu, bold and interesting flavors, generous portions, amazing location inside Denver Art Museum
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant is at the
    FlaneurVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2008
    This restaurant is at the art museum. It has always been good, and is much better than the standard museum lunch spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great to combine lunch and
    dmhtghVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2008
    Great to combine lunch and a visit to an exhibit. Wonderful food, great service. Such a pleasure!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice evening. We enjoyed
    dineoutalotVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2008
    Very nice evening. We enjoyed the food and the wine as we usually do at Kevin's restaurants. We also enjoyed the view, a street scene of the Art Museums! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I thought the space was lovely.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/25/2008
    I thought the space was lovely. The food was good, but not great. For example, I ordered a salad of arugula, tomato, mozzarella and prosciutto. The meat was in a big clump and was a little hard. Stale perhaps? My daughter ordered the mussels, and the restaurant served them with a spoon. Ever tried prying a mussel out of its shell with a spoon? Not possible! We asked for a seafood fork, and our waitress said they didn't have one. She seemed puzzled that we had even asked. Service was okay - nothing rude, just not overly attentive. Got a cup of lukewarm, burned-tasting coffee at the end of the meal. It was not a terrible experience, just an over-priced one. I think I expected more due to Kevin Taylor's name.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The only complaint (unfortunately
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/23/2008
    The only complaint (unfortunately an all too-common one for many establishments) is that we were originally seated at a "dog" table (while next to the windows, also next to a busy serving station). I would truly appreciate it when reservations are made well in advance that this is honored by reserving a "best" table. The food was wonderful (only comment from our table was that the pork loin was a bit dry). The fixed-price menu is a real bargain. Service was appropriately frequent, professional and not intrusive. Palettes is a restaurant we will regularly visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were running a little early,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/23/2008
    We were running a little early, and were seated immediately, with pleasure, and the service was outstanding and quite friendly. We again were running early, and were made to feel quite comfortable and welcome by "hanging" around and enjoying dessert. My daughter was quite fond of the crab cake appetizer. I believe she said it was "life changing" and everything was wonderful. I would only suggest more pineapple in the Palletini.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jackie (sp?) provided exceptional
    Wanderlust
    Dined on 3/23/2008
    Jackie (sp?) provided exceptional service and graciously responded to our inquiries regarding ingredients and preparation. We had lunch, but would absolutely consider dinner. The food and menu upholds KT's reputation for excellence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food at Palettes is fabulous.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/22/2008
    The food at Palettes is fabulous. One of my favorites is the Tuna Tartare, and the gourmet Mac n Cheese is also phenomenal. The prix fixe menu is a stellar deal, and the desserts are unbeatable. The bread & butter pudding was outstanding, a favorite with my group a few days ago. Combine with a trip to see an exhibit at the museum for a special afternoon or evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Palettes is one of my top
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/21/2008
    Palettes is one of my top choices for hosting business lunches. The service was excellent and is always excellent. The food is always memorable. Thank you for being a great place to entertain and to make an excellent impression.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The cobb salad was not dressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/19/2008
    The cobb salad was not dressed with sufficient dressing nor did the restaurant offer a dressing choice. The staff seemed incredulous that my friend and I wanted a dressing other than a whisper of a vinagrette. I had to ask for more dressing after struggling through a very dry salad. We ordered cocktails that were very slow in arriving; they did not arrive until the salad was served. The desserts were adequate, but not memorable. The service was inattentive particularly for a fine dining restaurant. It seemed that we were always having to flag down a server. My guest was from out-of-town and I was disappointed that it was not a better experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good service, we were allowed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/16/2008
    Good service, we were allowed to enjoy each others company without needless interruptions. We planned on just a light lunch prior to our visit to the museum and we were not disappointed. The food was well prepared and presented. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our server was a delight,
    Sara
    Dined on 3/16/2008
    Our server was a delight, however it took way too long to get our food, we were there over 2 hours. Two people at our table had the mac & cheese, both said it needed a lot more cheese, the chicken sandwich I had was just not worth 2 hours of my time. I wish the decor of Palettes was prettier, kind of felt like I was in a cafeteria, they should close up all those windows and decorate like crazy with art!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The empty plates of of some
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    The empty plates of of some of the people in our party were cleared away before everyone finished. It is sometimes embarrassing for seniors to have to be the only one still slowly eating when everyone else is done. The hostess could have been nicer when we asked if we needed to be seated right away or if we could finish our art museum tour. I ordered Mussels and got Calamari. The mistake was corrected, but my food then arrived late compared to others in my party.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Palettes has expanded and
    WillFlyForFoodVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    Palettes has expanded and the big airy room is a great place to dine before or after viewing the DAM. With the sculptures outside, the window provides a fun viewing of folks enjoying downtown. The food is very good, pretty and very palatable. The wait staff is friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a real treat after
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/26/2007
    This is a real treat after a long day at The Museum, we were so pleased at the varied menu and the wine list. really a superior place for museum dining, we would return just for the restaurant...service was wonderful and everyone really friendly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate