Bittersweet

4.7
1385 reviews
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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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BS
Dallas
30 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Started with the Spring risotto which was a very satisfying starter and also beautifully plated. The duck confit was crispy and succulent and the creme franchise was a pleasant accompaniment. Finished the meal with the bittersweet chocolate bar which was decadent and the perfect size. The bourbon milk shake was incredible! I think I’d like a giant version in the future. Service was attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. I’ll definitely be returning on my next Denver visit.

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CD
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a really delicious meal here. From start to finish, we felt really at home dining at Bittersweet. I will be back!

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OT
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were impressed with the innovative menu as well as the outstanding service. We started with the lobster tagliatelle and went on to mains of scallops with risotto and frisée and pork loin with waffle potatoes and relish. There were several large parties in the small(ish) back dining room, which made the noise level quite high. Though the outdoor spaces are off the parking lot and busy street, they look charming and inviting, and we hope to return later in the summer when we can enjoy dining al fresco!

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Denver
38 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Good service, good food but super noisy. Expensive for the lack of atmosphere.

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MR
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a wonderful meal! Went to dinner with two friends. We ordered two appetizers (to share), drinks and each ordered a main. Everything was perfectly prepared. Server was friendly, knowlegeable and on the spot keep drinks full, etc. Without being overly intrusive. Very impressed. We will be back for a third visit very soon!

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J
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

This was a very weird experience. It was my bday-The waitress was nice yet she disappeared about 3/4 of the way through the mail. She never came back to see if I needed a drink...
Or anything else.
After my meal I sat there by myself for about 20 minutes waiting for the waitress. Soon after that, the hostess came up to me and handed me a dessert menu. I thought it was for my birthday dessert because I was alone and have never been in a restaurant that didn’t buy birthday dessert!… No the house just handed me the menu for $12 dessert for me to pay for my birthday dessert. You never asked me if I wanted dessert which is why I thought the waitress had sent her over to send me a piece of cake.

I wouldn’t go back

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AS
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

30 minute wait between 1st course and entree appearance. Entree temperature ranges between warm (not hot) and cold. When we told server she seemed annoyed, and when we declined to Sen them back (didn't want to wait another 20 min) she abruptly turned and walked away while my wife was still talking to her.

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PS
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and tasted fresh. The service was excellent, and the cocktails were superb.

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CD
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and service

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant

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Denver
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A great neighbourhood restaurant. If you drive, parking is a challenge.

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b
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Great for celebrating friendship and birthdays!

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MK
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative menu with helpful staff!

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OT
Denver
75 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful perfect dinner. Food and drinks were spectacular as always.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb service and attention. The menu did not disappoint!

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TG
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect date night, delicious food and wonderful atmosphere!

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RO
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The menu and food was outstanding and the vegetarian/vegan dinner is topnotch.

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OT
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taylor was a great server. Friendly and knowledgeable! Food fantastic. A great evening.

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HP
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very charming restaurant with a lot of different menu choices. I had my family in town and we went to Bittersweet and the service was great food, service, and cocktails!

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S
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to this restaurant for the first time on my birthday a few nights ago. It was incredible. The food was even better than I had imagined! We just got starters, but they were perfect and plenty of food for the two of us. I cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed dining here. I will absolutely be back!

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SG
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and delicious menu and food with beautiful presentation. Lovely cozy atmosphere! We entertained out of town guests who are world travelers and they were so impressed! Service was outstanding too!

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T
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bittersweet consistently puts out really special food. The restaurant is SO cozy. Because they are constantly changing up the menu they often are running out of the dishes I would prefer but I usually end up dining later. Their Thursday tasting menu is a FANTASTIC deal but it can sell out, the last time I went in at 7pm they were no longer serving it. The staff there are always very attentive and it really has a family atmosphere. A Denver gem!

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J
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go every Saturday as a date night...old married couple and having fun discovering a new place each week. We will be back!!

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D
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very nice evening We don’t always go there because the menu can get a bit off stream This one was spot on.

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W
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We love Bittersweet. The food was superb as always. Not really anything special for an Anniversary save a couple of kind “congratulations” ...but we enjoyed the evening as usual.

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D
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The thoughtfulness of people running this restaurant is always extraordinary. From the unique cocktails, wine pairing suggestions, seasonal food and beautiful plating, this restaurant is the best in Denver, hands down.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great meal as usual.

We've never had a problem with noise but last night was different. There was an incredibly loud group of four sitting in the main dining room, the dining room that has the bar in it.

They were incredibly loud she it wasn't tolerable.

Our server quickly moved us to what I refer to as the back room, which was perfect.

The result, great meals and a very pleasant evening.

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EH
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bittersweet has been our favorite restaurant in Denver over the last 8 years. Even with the growth of Denver’s food scene, we still do not believe there is a restaurant that reaches Bittersweets food, drink and service quality. It’s an extraordinary staple and we will continue to support it (and enjoy every moment)!

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s
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely evening! My favorite part was that the waiter did his magic without interrupting us much. He just served and cleared, only talking when he needed to. Refreshing!

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JF
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

appetizer sized entrees left a lot to be desired
Duck confit was DRY
very different experience that we had in a previous visit
Would NOT go back

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KF
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with lots of natural light. It was our first time there and for a special occasion. We were greeted with some complimentary champagne - so thoughtful. The mahi dish was heavenly and they did a great job working around my dairy allergy.

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D
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the most consistently great restaurants in Denver. The menu is small, but each and every item on it is thoughtful and seasonal and delicious. Beautiful plates, and always unique cocktails. The service is excellent.

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l
Denver
41 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I ate at Bittersweet, again, last night. We had an excellent dinner that cannot be duplicated at many Denver restaurants. Perfectly cooked pasta w lobster, followed by a sous vide quail with a spring pea risotto. Everything was perfect and their garden patio has beautiful delphinium blooming and more to come soon. It is the whole package for a terrific dinner, out. Located IN THE Wash Park NEIGHBORHOOD.
Don’t miss this. Their spring menu is amazing, we may go back on Saturday because there were many things on the menu we wanted to eat. We eat there often and have never been disappointed. Their wine selection is very good too. I cannot say enough about Bittersweet.

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LM
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a wheelchair user it's extremely gratifying to find a neighborhood restaurant with great food and service that is willing to go out of their way to make parking and access as easy as possible. Thanks so much!

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OT
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was mediocre and waiter rushed us out without offering dessert. Food was tasty.

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T
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful light and perfect. It was a little loud but we were in the front room don’t know how quiet the back room was

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m
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, creative food.
Knowledgeable servers.

I think the wine list is difficult and doesn't offer a lot of choices in the wine by the glass.
When I mentioned this to my server, he found an off the menu option for me which was perfect.

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D
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Excellent service.

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JM
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great and service very good. We had to wait a bit for our table, but they picked up coffee and tea by way of apology. We would definitely go again.

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k
Denver
44 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Small but excellent menu. Food was delicious. Loved the beet salad! A little loud but overall a great place to celebrate a special occasion

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