Vita
Vita

Vita

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vitadenver.com/
  • Phone: 3034774600x
  • 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: American, Global, International, Contemporary 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Vita reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.6
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
68% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (23)good for groups (12)special occasion (10)neighborhood gem (10)fit for foodies (9)romantic (9)scenic view (7)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (6)notable wine list (4)late-night find (4)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Denver's Best All-Around Restaurant
    suburbsguy
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Vita is in a great location in the Lower Highlands area of Denver making it a great location to start the evening out downtown. Vita has a great indoor dining area but their upstairs, outdoor space is amazing. It has a tremendous ambiance that is idea for happy hours, social gatherings or a night out with friends. The service is friendly and attentive and they were great with recommendations. The food was absolutely awesome and I can't wait to go back to try more from the loaded menu. For me, Vita is everything you can ask for in a restaurant that is great for happy hour or dinner on the town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    New2revus
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I ordered a kale salad with added grilled chicken. The salad was nothing like the description and came without nuts and the wrong dressing. It was $15, and honestly the salads I get at Panera for $8 are twice as attractive and filling. The mozzarella appetizer was tasty, but the hummus appetizer came with about 4 wilted carrot and celery sticks. Overall the experience was OK, but overpriced for portion and presentation.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just okay.
    RachFoodie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food was decent, but not good enough for a return visit. Nothing was terrible, it was just very mediocre and not worth recommending.
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  • Wonderful LoHi Restaurant.
    lohifoodlover
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Dining at Vita was a wonderful experience. It wasn't too busy but enough to make it feel energetic without feeling overwhelmed. We came here for restaurant week as we live in the area and wanted to try somewhere new. The food was wonderful, the only complaint was the steak was a little tough, probably wouldn't get that entree again. Their patio is beautiful and offers a wonderful view of the city. Overall, I would definitely come back, especially during their great Happy Hour deals!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great patio, decent food
    spotteddog
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The rooftop patio is great. There isn't a view of the mountains or downtown, but you can see south between some buildings. It's up a pretty steep flight of stairs (no elevator that I saw) and has couch style bench seating around the outside edge (relatively comfortable to lounge, uncomfortable if you're trying to eat at the table). We enjoyed the food, though there were some rough spots (unappetizing tofu entree and poorly executed polenta w/ the filet). The mozzarella appetizer was the best thing we had all night. The service was not very good. The bartender was our server and was clearly not used to taking tables. The menu is large and has a number of enticing items that I'm tempted to go back and try...but, it won't be anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service, good food...
    foodfan1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Had been awhile since our last visit, and was concerned about mixed reviews posted more recently. So pleased to say that our experience was great. Very attentive staff (even during restaurant week) and satisfying menu- the Colorado bass was delicious. The view on the rooftop patio has suffered from nearby construction, but still cool and comfortable. Really hope more customers will return to Vita!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    ldagnill
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Vita was a great spot. Dined during restaurant week and was very pleased. Everything from the appetizers, to salads, to the main course was amazing. The Hanger Steak was to die for - as well as all the dipping sauces! Very friendly waitstaff and hostess. Would definitely go back. Not as packed as other Highlands restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pathetic
    JantquiVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I'm not sure they knew we were there. Service was slow, we had to ask for menus (even after the waiter came to the table), and multiple times we had to track someone down to order entrees, to order wine, to get the check. Food was mediocre at best. It was a Friday night and the place was dead. That should have clued us in, but we stayed anyway. When we left, we noticed Lola's next door was packed. Wish we would have went there instead! I wasted a $50 Open Table Dining check on this place!
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  • PeteVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    had the calamari for appetizer. It was delicious. Dinner entrée suggestion from server was the pork chop and it was amazing. Very juicy and cooked perfectly. Nice friendly staff. Dined on roof top. Very nice
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Past its prime
    Nick
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Apathetic servers. Good cocktail menu, but the bartender had no ability to translate the concepts into palatable drinks. Time to gut this place and start over.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    It was a bad experience the waiter was slow, we went to celebrate a birthday and did not enjoy it. Another waitress was rude as I asked for a dessert to surprise my husband. Friends from out if state were not impressed. Will not be returning.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Food was sub-par, but arrived quickly. Noise level was condusive to a party, but not the best choice for a double date.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch
    Shelby
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Misters on the wonderful rooftop patio made the warm day very enjoyable! Lunch was delicious and our server was very friendly and gave great recommendations! Lunch options are somewhat limited with restaurants in the Highlands, so Vita is a nice choice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    sjalex
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Excellent restaurant with a fantastic happy hour(2 for 1 apps and drinks) that extends until 6:30pm. Unfortunately we couldn't enjoy the great patio because of a wedding reception, but the food and service was excellent. Worth visiting again during happy hour!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good service, average food.
    CarolinaFamily
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Contrary to many reviews on other sites, we found the service to be very good at Vita. The food was OK but nothing special. We shared an order of calamari which was spicy and crispy but lacked taste. I tried the 6 oz filet served on grits with asparagus and fried portabella mushrooms - all was pretty good except the filet was a bit overcooked and rather thin and flavorless for a filet. My companions tried the mussels which were uber spicy in a curry sauce and the hanger steak which seemed pretty good. Very nice that salads are available in half servings as a side salad. I'd try it again in a pinch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed by the service
    diner6302014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I had been to Vita for a brunch and loved it. But when I returned for a friends birthday on Sat the space and food were great for our group but the service was terrible. The restaurant was empty but the waiter was completely inattentive and borderline rude. We asked for water and were told its "a work in progress". He wore sunglasses and when we ordered he stopped a girl mid sentence and said he "couldn't remember all of this so he will be right back''. We were never told the specials until we repeatedly asked and most of the responses he gave were 1 worded or shrugs. We had a great time but weary to book for an event again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful patio; terrible service
    ServiceSensitive
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We were so excited to get a great spot on the patio for a friend's birthday but unfortunately the service was embarrassingly absent. We had to ask for water for the table 6 times before getting it, asked how much to the soup was and got an 'uhh I don't know!' and then quoted the wrong price as a response, had to ask 3 servers if we could order food before getting service and then 2 of the entrees were missing items or were totally incorrect. Sad because the place is so cute and in a great location for all of our fiends!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Last dinner in Denver was great.
    StephenKyle72
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Great food and drinks, service was a little slower than expected but I will go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor Patio Service
    GrantTanabe
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Arrived early at 5:30 on a Friday. Got a table on the patio. The patio is nice and comfy. Had a few drinks and ordered a few appetizers. Ordered more drinks and appetizers once our friends arrived. Second round of apps and drinks took 45 minutes to arrive. It was busy so we decided to forgive that error and eat dinner. Ordered food. Two hours later we finally got our food. Manager made up for it as best she could by taking the dinner off the bill and we got 5-star service for the rest of the night. Could be just a bad waitress. Could be this happens frequently. Probably won't return for dinner, but if suggested for drinks on the patio, wouldn't say no. Food was good, not great. You're not getting a great deal so I expect more.
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  • best birthday
    xpressoyourself2
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We went there for my birthday on Thursday night, seafood boil night and we had the best time! We were there for happy hour so had plenty of wine and 2 for 1 appetizers and then split the boil. The appetizers were great and the boil was great too. Above all our waitress Hannah was perfect and the rest of the staff were wonderful too. We loved it
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 960 reviews are from the Vita reviews archive.
  • Awesome rooftop deck
    Starblyx
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We had a lovely birthday celebration here. The deck is delightful on a summer evening. The staff were attentive, the menu was interesting and good and appealed to the varied tastes in our party, and they even brought us complimentary champagne for our birthday celebration. Fun, friendly, and casual.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice location, Saturday happy hour.
    EatinUpAllTheFood
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I was surprised to find that Vita has a happy hour menu for Saturday evenings that includes 2 for 1 glasses of wine and appetizers. The food was pretty good and the location is nice, being just around the corner from Little Man's Ice Cream. Surprisingly, it wasn't that busy on a Saturday night. I would recommend this restaurant for a low key and chill evening out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun but overpriced
    Rdiner
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The roof top patio is really nice, the food was quite good and the service was fine, but for the price it wasn't superb. However, we would probably return for happy hour drinks with a group and skip the overpriced food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    JulieVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    A very enjoyable evening on the top floor outdoor patio. Nice happy hour drinks and food. Highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awkard night rescued
    No2chefscheese
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The show must go on they say, maybe an actor that forgets his lines or trips embarrassingly..awkward moments these are and there is no other way to put it. Strange things kept happening, mentioned getting wine later then heard waitress say wine was coking out, ordered some things and of course they never wrote it down, lots of strange contradictions about why order was lost This is definitely 180 degrees from those places where they memorize the menu and have so few guests that they remember all details.. So don't be pretentious and just write it down.. As for the food not bad but very far from being special. Ambiance is typical, upscale brewery type... Party described as 'aspiring executive types' Loved the manager, I mean I really do..
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  • they need help
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Well, I will begin by saying that our waiter was very good, but also very rushed. But, the rest of the staff was clueless. They attempted to give us other people's food no less than 4 times throughout the evening. Even full meals while we all had our menus open in front of us. Our appetizer strolled up and down the aisle 2 times before my husband flagged the poor guy down and told him it was probably ours. There was a new assistant manager that was so flustered he was panicked. We saw him cleaning up a whole bottle of ketchup with a broom and a washcloth sized rag. Everyone was very nice but it really was a circus. The food was okay, nothing special, but the service makes it impossible for us to ever go back there again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mothers Day Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The service was great, but the food and the brunch was no better than I would expect at Denny's. I would have liked the option to order off of the regular menu, but instead paid $75 for my wife and 2 year old son to eat a sub-par buffet...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great semi-private space for party
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Hosted a bachelorette party in the lofted area. Great food and service!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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  • Horrible Experience
    FoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We had a terrible experience. This used to be a great restaurant, but all aspects were awful. The service was just bizarre; we even wondered if our waitress was drunk. We went specifically for a seafood boil they advertised that began May 1st. Our waitress knew nothing about it. The food we did get was not good, but it was missing ingredients that were advertised. I will definitely not be returning. I also must say this this is the first negative review I have ever wrote, and I eat out frequently.
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  • Nice Atmosphere and great service
    Potter
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Three of us went there for dinner on a Friday night. Was able to get in fairly quickly. The rooftop terrace was full so we sat downstairs. The waitress was super friendly and we never waited for service. The chicken sandwich and fries were great however the spatezel (?) was salty as well as the risotta. Overall it was good but not sure if it would be my first choice for dining in that area.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slick Sliders Regrettable Risotto
    BHCounts
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Portobello slider was memorably good. The risotto was forgettably bland, poorly prepared asparagus and over cheesed.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Easter brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The advertised Easter brunch was no more than dry French toast, eggs, and potatoes. Store bought muffins and a sad display of shrimp. There was a rumor that there was bruschetta, but you had to move fast to get it to beat out the 6 other people who were trying to get to it first. I have had a better buffet at the Comfort Inn.
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  • Average
    EatoutoftenVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    There was almost nothing on the menu that was inspired or interesting. The "fish" selection consisted of sea bass. The shrimp on my salad was just dredged in "blackened" seasoning. Nothing special.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    I loved the mussel appetizer which was big enough for lunch. They were not busy and let my friend and I talk all we wanted. We were not at all rushed.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • big group
    onekindflavor
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was the second time at
    frick185
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
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  • Enjoyed our Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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  • poor service, food was fine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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.
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  • An Okay Place Among Great Places
    24HourHappyHour
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.