Bittersweet

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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Denver
59 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, delicious garden-to-table meal. The menu is small but varied. Food is plated beautifully and the flavors are wonderful. Friendly waitstaff. Perfect for a date night or special occasion. We had the ragu, duck, rabbit, and lemon tart. All delicious! Unique wine list, too!

FV
Omaha
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food is amazing! We came with a group of 6 and tried each other's dishes, and they were all fantastic. They also do really well with wine pairing. Service was great, albeit a bit slow going from one course to the next. Not a big deal though, as we still thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

KM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a favorite of ours in Denver! The food plating is masterful, and the flavor profiles are quite lovely and even exceed the presentation. The atmosphere is cozy, and the service is delightfully attentive. I fully recommend Bittersweet!

MK
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and service! We always enjoy the creativeness of the chef!

MD
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated 2 birthdays and our overall experience was intimate and elegant. May, the hostess was a refreshingly warm, pleasant and courteous first impression! Sylvia was hands down one of the best servers we have had in years! She was extremely knowledgeable of all menu items and was very patient in answering all of our questions. Given the number of tables/party size she was tending to, her timely visits to our table were just right and non-intrusive. The food presentation and taste were by far, 5 star! Adding this place to our favorites list!

SS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really attentive service, genuine and welcomed. Both meals we ordered were rave-worthy.

OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCELLENT! Love this place. Fairly new to Denver, it has taken a while to find some favorite spots....and this one is on top of the list. Great atmosphere, service, craft cocktails, good wine list, and exceptional food. Parking can be a bear, so arrive a little early - !

RI
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at Bittersweet was fabulous! We were greeted by the host and he recognized the “birthday girl” immediately and informed us that a bubbly toast would be served complimentary!! The staff also put a candle into one of our desserts as an added nice touch. All of our guests were extremely pleased with the food and choices! As a relatively new “Denverite” Bittersweet is a hidden treasure that I am glad to have discovered and will visit again!

d
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner at Bittersweet was the best we've had in Denver in a very long time. I cannot say whether the two small plates we shared--the lamb meat balls and the wild boar--or the grouper I had for a main course were better because they were all perfection! The service was impeccable, and it was nice to be able to laugh and talk with friends without ever needing to raise our voices. We highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely return.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious, great service and plates were beautiful. Save room for dessert!!!

MH
Denver
37 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a place to go for a celebration. The dishes were all amazing. The vegetables were cooked just perfectly and service was top notch.

SS
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Bittersweet has a charming ambience for gathering to enjoy a delicious meal. The staff was very accommodating for menu changes regarding dietary requests.

W
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food exceptional...service not as attentive as usual. Pity.

MT
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Our experience was indeed bittersweet. The food was outstanding in quality when it finally arrived, but the portions are quite small. The server seemed to be trying to manage the situation but we were told the kitchen was backed up that night. This was particularly surprising since at least a third of the tables were empty and the menu is relatively limited. The ambiance is nice but it lost its charm when we spent far too long there wondering if they had started the long process of cooking risotto from scratch when we ordered it.

DF
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My party and I wished there were more by the glass win options. Otherwise it was great!

j
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Denver. The food is consistently delicious and interesting, the service wonderful and the ambiance quiet and refined.

C
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food,drinks, ambiance and service. This was an instant classic and we look forward to visiting again in the future

j
Denver
34 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Parking is very limited, so you must find neighborhood street parking which is very difficult. Onion soup appetizer was 4 tablespoons in a soup bowl for $11.00. We sent it back and got one of the pastas which was just fair. A house gin and tonic was $10.00. The pork chop was very good but overpriced based on the portion and sides. The atmosphere is very nice but overall I would not come back nor would anyone else in the party.

AC
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely food. The roasted vegetables were divine. Service was props, friendly. Lovely atmosphere Easy access and parking.

MM
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great restaurant. The food was delicious and the service was great. We will definitely be back.

DD
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Bittersweet for our 14th anniversary. The service was excellent. The ambiance was delightfully elegant, yet refreshingly understated. We recommend the risotto and the duck confit.

BE
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A celebration among friends

OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic?

F
Denver
49 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night with my husband. Meal was amazing, service was excellent, and we enjoyed the house cocktails as well

TH
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the he Thursday tasting menu with a cocktail to start it off

DC
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent birthday celebration at Bittersweet. The service was spot-on & the food was delicious. They also had some really interesting beer & wine options that paired perfectly with our meals. We ate outside & it was easy to have a conversation, even with the occasional traffic noise. It seemed like the indoor space would also be relatively quiet. Bittersweet has been on my list of restaurants to try for years & I'm glad we finally made it there. We will definitely be back!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time eating here and was even more amazing than the first time. Literally everything tastes fantastic! And they are really nice about accommodating dietary restrictions. You won’t go wrong dining here!

KG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Bittersweet. It is a gift to the neighborhood and the entire Denver Community. Every time I have the pleasure to spend an evening there, be it on the patio or tucked up against the fireplace, the food wow's me and the service is friendly and informative. If you have not been to Bittersweet then you are missing out!

W
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a dinner for four to celebrate a birthday, and sat outside. The setting and service were wonderful. The food was fantastic. The entrees at our table varied from halibut to duck to steak. All of them were good. The handmade sorbets and ice creams were also great. We highly recommend and will be back!

AG
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Bittersweet is a romantic spot good for a date night but if you are a foodie I would suggest passing on this little find. I had the burrata which was delicious, the stuffed zucchini which was something even a home chef could make more flavorful and the Scottish salmon appetizer which was creative but the sweet and the sharp punch of the mustard seed was just not very complimentary.

Overall I felt like Bittersweet offers a very limited menu and tries to get too creative. This is one that I am glad I checked it off my list but won’t need a return visit.

SC
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio, wonderful wine selection and food is as good as it is beautiful.

RG
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

INteresting and tasty menu options but all too pricey. Also, wine list is limited and too expensive

AW
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Did the tasting menus and all of the wines were rose... not the most thought out parings.

S
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit to Bittersweet. Food was delicious AND beautiful; service attentive but not hovering. We sat outside and it was lovely. Quieter than inside. We will be back.

CK
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous!!

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MD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fantastic experience! The food was so flavorful!

RR
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend this restaurant. The place itself is very charming. The food and cocktails were suburb. We could not have asked for a better meal.

JA
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great "special occasion" place. Outdoor patio is very nice.

MO
Denver
82 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Suggested glass of wine came in at 54/glass without warning? Not sure if it was error and didn’t even think to dispute charge while there and reviewing check, but...

GP
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite and never a disappointment. The garden patio is one of our favorites too. The zucchini soup was amazing!

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