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Vita Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vitadenver.com
  • Email: vita@vitadenver.com
  • Phone: (303) 477-4600
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch (Saturday and Sunday) 10am-3pm
    Lunch: 11am-3pm Daily
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm -10:00pm
    Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm -11:00pm
    Happy Hours: 3:00 - 6:30pm. Please note that Vita does not take reservations on outdoor/patio seating or reservations for bar seating. We will, however, make every effort to accommodate outdoor/patio requests.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Global, International, American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Damon McCoy
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Vita features impromptu performances from some of Denver's best bands! Like us on Facebook to be the first to know about newly announced shows!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 15th Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Free street parking and free private lot parking available. COMPLIMENTARY VALET SERVICE 7 NIGHTS A WEEK FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE!
A word from Vita
Vita's stylish yet unpretentious atmosphere, Modern American menu of small plates and entrees, and versatile wine and cocktail offerings combine with moderate prices to present the ultimate dining experience. Situated in the Lower Highlands neighborhood, Vita features Modern American fare created by Executive Chef Damon McCoy. His cuisine features an eclectic blend of dishes with an emphasis on using only the freshest ingredients possible. Vita also offers a fine selection of Domestic and Imported wines and offers an extensive by the glass collection. Come and enjoy our Rooftop Terrace under the stars during warmer months or dine inside and enjoy a relaxing evening in LOHI! We offer complimentary valet parking 7 nights a week so parking is easy! Vita now also offers small plate versions of our Dinner Entrees for guests interested in trying multiple items on our menu or for a shared small plate dining experience. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We celebrated my hubby's 40th birthday brunch at Vital and everybody loved it! We will be back to try out the happy hour next time!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "It was the second time at this restaurant. Both times the food was sub-par. We didn't even eat the BBQ sliders we ordered because they weren't good. The server didn't even ask why we only took 1 bite out of it."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Restaurant week dinner was good, but has been better in the past. The presentations were sort of blah. A warm dressing would have been nice on the kale salad or perhaps cutting the kale up a little bit. The pork with mustard sauce was good, but the sauce overpowered the pork a little. It was nice to have the appetizer, salad and entrée rather than dessert. The antipasto would have been nice with either spiced or sugared nuts. These didn't even taste like they ad been toasted. Homemade crackers would have been nice too. Service was good and I love the look of the restaurant."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "This was my first time dining at this restaurant. I brought a date and we went to a concert afterwards. Our server was very friendly and made some good suggestions. He was very professional and met all of our needs. The timing was perfect as well. My lovely date had a delicious salad and I tried one of the the sandwiches on the menu. The food was very good. I will be coming back and also recommending this place to others!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "I was in charge of finding a place for 14 people for dinner. This fit the bill. Nice restaurant, good food and a nice room for us. I would recommend this place for a nice evening dinner. We have been to this restaurant 3 times."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "If Vita were in any other location, it would probably be a great place to go. But with Lola's next door, and Root Down just a couple of blocks over, it pales in comparison. The food is competent. The service is okay, but nothing special. The setting--at least where we were seated--was vaguely like an upscale Denny's. BUT I have been there before when a Jazz band was playing, and the atmosphere was great. I sat in a different area. It's a pretty decent place."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "When we called to confirm our reservation, whomever answered the phone was dismissive. Then at dinner, the servers asked to box up food while we were still eating, offered check before offering dessert menu, were generally surly and inhospitable... would not recommend especially if you are expecting a fun night out."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Restaurant week happens to be during my birthday so we had a table of fourteen. I wish I could give Vita a good review but they just didn't earn it. The service was decent but other than that .....I've eaten at some upper end places during restaurant week and always received adequate portions . Thirty dollars is not a small sum for a meal, & Vita really skimped on the portion sizes. The steak was tough, the spatetzle greasy, the doughnuts nothing great. As a trained chef I really expected better. Vita gas much improving to do ."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "The food was ok. Its nice inside, except for the bathrooms. When you walk into the bathrooms its like you are in a totally different restaurant and not in a good way. I'm glad we went during restaurant week because I'm not sure I would have liked to pay more than that."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "It seemed they were running low on some foods, maybe due to Restaurant Week. I ordered the kale salad - sounded wonderful - shredded kale, candied almonds, goat cheese, green onions, balsamic vinaigrette. What they brought me was a plate of torn kale, 5 or 6 tiny slivers or carrot or apple (?) - the amount was so small I couldn't tell what it was, and about a teaspoon of dressing. They didn't let me know they weren't able to serve the salad on the menu, just brought the torn kale and said nothing. It was terrible! They were out if the Peanut Butter Parfait, so we opted for vanilla & choc. cheesecake. We got plain cheesecake with a bit of chocoate drizzle, and weren't told they didn't have the choc. and vanilla until we asked."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Some restaurant's participate in 5280 Restaurant Week with the bare minimum. Vita has a great menu, lots of choices and the portions are perfect. Great wine, great atmosphere; all over a great experience. We will return!!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Vita and it remains an excellent choice for dinner. Interesting menu with even more interesting flavors. The service is spot on and not intrusive. Modern atmosphere and decor."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Once again, Denver Restaurant week has afforded us an opportunity to find a new (for us) restaurant that we love. The food was fantastic (the full menu was offered for Restaurant week rather than a limited sample) and every meal the four of us was superb. The wait staff was fantastic, especially Autumn, who helped us through the menu and made recommendations that we loved. The interior of the place was also comfortable and contemporary. Great find, and one we will return to often."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Well, went here on a date with my wife.. took seconds to get seated.. but that was the only time the whole night anything happened quickly. The food was of the "foodie" variety, but wasn't anything special in my eyes. The wait times for appetizers was 20 minutes.. then another 20 minutes for salads, then 35 minutes for our entrees. It was not exceptionally busy. The waitress was friendly, but slow. The acoustics in the building aren't great.. so I could hear everyone else's conversation in the place. They also were not impressed."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "It was our first restaurant during restaurant week. We had never been since I like to try new restaurant during this time period. We had a wonderful meal and the service by Brittany couldn't have been better. Food was a little slow coming but we have come to expect this during restaurant never bothers us unless it is excessive which is wasn't It was worth the wait Will definitely go back"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food was way to salty. Plating had something to be desired. I used to love this place, but it has obviously gone downhill."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "everything was excellent - we had a wonderful evening. So grateful for 5280 and finding this one"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Have not been on a few years. Went on v day. Just not that good"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Sitting on a roof-top patio, a bee landed in my friend's bellini. We called the waitress over and let her know that this had occured. Soon, the manager/hostess came up and took the almost full bellini over to the bar. We watched her fish the bee out with a spoon and drop the bee on the bar. She then brought the drink back to our table. We looked at her in horror and she asked, "are you no longer interested in this bellini?" The answer was no and she then stated, "it's just a bee." We asked for another one and she got an attitude and said she would only bring one if they had more puree. They did, but it took a long time. Also, we ordered medium rare steaks and they came out well done. They comped one of our meals, but that was it."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Decided to have a lunch date at Vita based on the reviews on OpenTable. Made a reservation then arrived and found there was no need...only one other couple eating. Ordered an ice coffee (they were temporarily out) but the manager went down the street and brought one back. Great start! We shared a bowl of tomato/squash soup that was delicious (spiced just right). The menu is full of interesting salad and sandwich combinations - diced apples, cheeses, walnuts intermixed. I had the turkey club on chiabata bread with avocado and thick cut bacon. Very good. My date had the Greek salad and raved about the mix of flavors. We both sat there wondering why the place was so quiet. Great food...excellent service. Going back to try dinner!"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Service was attentive and food was solid. Not sure I would go back anytime soon but it was good enough for a date night. Super easy evening and it was an enjoyable place. Nice ambiance."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Good food, good cocktails, once the high-rises (or more than 3 story buildings) popped up in Highlands they ruined the wonderful view from the patio."
    Dined on 7/4/2013
  • "My fiance and I had a memorable evening filled with a romantic air, exotic tastes for our pilates and a great server, Melanie."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The service was excellent, but there is a reason we were one of only a handful of tables on a weekend night. The food, while presented well, was average. For the prices listed, one would expect a much better quality and flavor. The NY strip cut was a mid - choice cut at best with very little marbling or natural flavor. They are close but need work to compete with other highlands established restaurants."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Awful service. Manager told party of 6 to leave because he had a reservation waiting. Our dining experience was terrible and the service was nonexistent."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Super friendly staff and very accommodating to family. We were there on a quiet evening and fairly late, so it wasn't terribly busy. The food was excellent all the way around. Great service and very reasonable for the quality and quantity of food served."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "The food and service was good, it was a cute place and normally that is exactly what you need to really enjoy a place.. Unfortunately the price here is just waaayyy to high. I am one who will easily go and drop $200 on a meal and not think twice however here it is easier to do than anywhere else and you do not get much for it. The portions do not equal up to the dollar and the quality is just not equal to the price."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Regular menu was served and food was very good, I liked that they offered two different portion sizes in the dish I ordered."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Love the Highlands. Vita has a cheap parking lot across the street. Try the wrap. Perfect size with killer fries. Met some old high school and college friends for lunch from as far away as Boulder and Franktown. Vita was perfect. Close to I-25. A must in the summer."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "My friends and I celebrated my 26th birthday as well as their engagement at Vita, and could not have asked for a better place to celebrate. The service was amazing, the food was very tasty and they made our night esp. special by presenting us with a champagne toast to help us celebrate! It's hard to find "gems" like Vita any more! Thank you Vita for helping make our night special! Cheers!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "The food was great, happy hour prices were very reasonable, and they had a very nice wait staff."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Service was good if a little slow. Food was good. Cool little neighborhood spot."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "Hidden behind one of the busiest streets in the Highlands, Vita offers an upscale neighborhood feel, with a warm ambience suitable for either a romantic dinner or a get together with a couple close friends. The servers are like shadows, never butting into conversations to ask drink orders, but intuitively know when to bring another beverage, and what the table needs. Vita is one of the best restaurants in Denver!"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "We brought our friend Mary there for her birthday and it was awesome. Our server, Autumn, was fantastic! Love the interaction and Loved the stories."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "We chose Vita off the cuff due to its location and reviews on this site. We had good service and great food! It was a bit loud and tables crowded close together, but we all enjoyed the experience!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Pretty and quiet and good for people getting away from their kids to have dinner. but celebrating a birthday for a group of girls it was not quite what we were looking for, but not the rerestaurants fault. Nice waitress, good food, but deserted by 9:30 on a Friday night. I would go their with my husband to avoid noise and and young people."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Met a couple of friends at Vita for lunch. The food was excellent, the service was very good and it wasn't too loud."
    Dined on 10/2/2013
  • "I needed to book a table for dinner for 14 people, and after searching OpenTable, I decided to give Vita a try. It was great! Our reservation wasn't until 8:15, but several in our party showed up as early as 7:00 to have a drink in the bar. Vita seated us early in a semi-private dining room, with shutters to pull across the half-wall to shut out the noise from the main area. Cocktails and food? Delicious! And our server was amazing. She separated our checks with a smile (not the eye roll or deep sigh we've all experienced at other restaurants) and kept everything perfectly straight. The only downside is that it's challenging to find parking in that neighborhood. If you go, take advantage of the Vita's valet parking!"
    Dined on 9/13/2013