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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.
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.
Denver, CO 80209
Contemporary American, Contemporary European, Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer a small lot assessable from Penn St. south of Alameda Ave. and street parking in the area. Please note that all western-side street parking south of Alameda Ave. is reserved for West Wash Park residents only after 5:00pm. Parking in the Byers neighborhood to the north of Alameda Ave. is unrestricted on both east and west sides of the street.
Private Party Facilities:
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Join us on the Third Thursday of each month for our Tasting Menu featuring four courses with paired wine for $50 per person. In addition to the tasting menu, our regular dinner menu will also be available.
Bittersweet Ratings and Reviews
We had a lovely birthday celebration here; four of us got the Thursday tasting menu, which was delicious and included wine pairings - all for $50, which was very reasonable! Our service was great - helpful but not hovering, and knowledgeable. Most of the group had never been to Bittersweet before, and they loved it!!
Host seemed bizarrely incapable. Our main server didn’t greet us or bring water for the first fifteen minutes of us sitting down. The person (waitress?) who brought out some of our dishes seemed to think that she was doing us a favor by bringing out our food and again, bizarrely only explaining two out of five main courses. My mother asked her for more hot water for her tea and her response was, “give me a few minutes”. Overall, front of house was sloppily unprofessional.
Food was just okay. The only thing worthy of the $20+ price was my dad’s fried chicken. Beautiful presentations though.
Everything was excellent. We ordered a lamb shank entree and a hanger steak entree. Both were perfectly prepared and presented; healthy portions. Our appetizer was the rigatoni; the sauce was amazing. Fresh bread to the table; attentive wait staff; great ambiance; though too cold to be outside, the outdoor dining area is impressive. I'll be back!
We went for my husband's birthday dinner. The first impression was great -- very cute place --
but unfortunately it went down from there. I'm hoping it was just an off night, however it was really disappointing. We arrived 10 minutes early for our reservation and we weren't seated for about 35 minutes, which is a long time when there were clearly some open tables and people arrived after us that were seated before us. The food looked delicious though, so we sat down and tried to enjoy it. It took quite a long time for a waiter to come over to get drinks and starters ordered, then by the time we ordered entrees they were out of the one thing I really wanted -- the lamb shank. We had to ask for the bread basket when our entrees were brought out. We didn't have dessert because it took 2 hours to have the first 2 courses and couldn't wait another hour for the 3rd. It was all these little things that overall made for a very underwhelming experience. They were apologetic and tried to make it right but I'm not sure I could honestly recommend this restaurant to a friend with a straight face.
Though we live 45 min. away, we look for opportunities to dine at Bittersweet when we're in the vicinity, and we are never disappointed. We've diner there about a half dozen times. In our experience, it's the best restaurant in Denver. Seasonal menu, locally sourced, in warm weather with herbs grown on the restaurant's patio.
The menu is very creative, sometimes surprising, surpassing in flavors that complement, rather than contrast with one another.
We try and eat at Bittersweet a couple of times per year as it is a drive, but it is always worth the effort. The menu is limited as they spend an extraordinary effort on each dish but anyone can find something as they always have a fish, meat and vegetarian dishes. The staff is very well trained and know wines as well as the food.
Love this place
Went for a birthday dinner. Our server did an excellent job taking care of us and making sure the kitchen was aware of my nut allergy. They were able to make the dessert special to accommodate. The pappardelle appetizer was fantastic. Our main courses would have been great but they were a little underdone. They graciously took them back to get them up to temperature.
After reading 5280 top restaurant edition it became very clear that I try this place out. After all, it's down the street from where I live (sort of). I decided to give it a go to Celebrate my sisters birthday and could not have asked for a more perfect evening. Food was fabulous as was the service. The feel of the restaurant is cozy, delightful, relaxed yet there is something about it that screams "we know food." And they certainly know what they are doing in the kitchen. The parpadelle, Panna cotta, duck and chicken were as close as it comes to perfection. Thank you for a beautiful dining experience. The dining scene is becoming so competitive in Denver, so to stand out as a new favorite says something about Bittersweet. Perfect name BtW. It's so bittersweet to leave.
It was our 1st time at Bittersweet and we were both really impressed. It is a lovely environment to sit and enjoy dinner, the food was excellent we enjoyed sampling all of the plates on the table. The bottle of Vire Classe we enjoyed was wonderful and reasonably priced. Service was very friendly and attentive, all in all, an excellent dining experience. We will return soon.
Bittersweet provides delicious, innovative, and gorgeously presented food in a warm, quiet, and inviting setting. This was our third time there, and each visit has been great! The pre-dinner cocktails were creative and tasty. The house-made rye bread had a satisfying crunch on the outside and a soft yeasty fragrant inside. For starters, we had a lovely risotto with pumpkin seeds and a roasted butternut squash with pasta that were both delightful. Best, though, were the mains, delectable roasted lamb shank and smoked duck. The Michael David Old Vine Cinsault we drank with dinner had enough body and flavor to support these hardy dishes and was affordable too. Dessert was a toasted hazelnut tart with ice cream, sweet enough for my spouse and nutty goodness for me. We will be back!
The service: Made an 8:00pm reservation for 2 people, was seated around 8:20pm. While we waited I ordered a drink at the bar, that drink didn't show up at our table until 8:30pm. The service was very very slow. They only had 2 waiters staffed on a busy Friday night? That just doesn't seem like good management or planning for a busy dinner rush night. What's even weirder is that there didn't seem to be any front house manager on the floor, just the 2 waiters/waitress, a bartender and a seating hostess. The food: The cocktail I ordered was made well. I ordered the cheese plate which was overpriced, unimpressive and extremely small. The cheese plate had some crumbs of bread, a few curds of blue cheese along with a total of 2 grapes that were sliced in half to fill up the lack of actual food on the plate, nothing special and a complete waste of money. I had the pork entree and my boyfriend had the steak. Both entrees were okay, the pork was overlooked, the kale that came with it was very tasty though but both entrees still had very small portion sizes. This place is nothing special. The wait staff seems stressed, overworked and unorganized. At one point the 2nd waitress approached my table yelling "fish!? fish?! Did you guys get fish? I replied "no" she got all huffy and marched off with it. People keep filing in from outside with no area to stand to wait for a table, very awkward and uncomfortable for others trying to eat there dinner. I understand there trying to give a high end dining experience but the service nor food meet any of these expectations. Advice to the owner, hire some extra staff for busy nights, improve the execution and portion sizes of the food. The waiter did comp 1 of our drinks because of the experience which was nice of him to do. There's plenty of other delicious places to dine in Denver, skip this place and have a better, tastier and less stressful experience.
It was fine. Not outstanding, not disappointing. Maybe a little too froo froo for my taste (small creative meals on giant plates served at tiny bistro tables). For a small dining room, the rock music was just a bit too loud (OMG I sound like my mother) to enjoy quiet conversation and it was HOT. We cracked the sliding door which helped, until the lady sitting next to said door got chilly. Then it was hot again. A group of 6 came in shortly after we did and sat 2 feet away and shouted and howled OVER the loud music.... they may have been better off at Hooters or Chilis, but not the restaurants fault.
Anyhoo, I had Halibut and my hub had beef- both good, but not TO DIE FOR. The desserts (usually my FAV part of any meal) - mint sponge cake with chocolate ganache and lemon olive oil cake with chocolate ganache were ok, interesting but nothing special. Friendly service.
Enjoyed our first time! Food was excellent and artfully arranged. Service for the most part good, except our waitperson forgot coffee but did not charge. If I was to make a comment on an improvement for ambiance it would be turn on the fireplace. It was a cool night and the fire would have made it more cozy. Interior is contemporary with hard edges, which is not a problem, just no warmth. Change the music to softer light jazz or softer contemporary.
I have eaten at a lot upscale restaurants over the years both in the US and abroad and the food and drinks we had at Bittersweet were some of the best. Our waiter was friendly, knowledgeable and made great suggestions. The atmosphere was nice but it is very loud. It seemed to take a little while to receive our food and drinks but the restaurant was busy at the time (7 pm reservation on a Saturday night) but they were well worth the wait. I can't wait to go back!
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