Bittersweet

4.7
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1504 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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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food5service4ambience4

My boyfriend and I went for Valentine’s Day. The food was generally really good, but everything you’ve probably already read online about their small portion sizes is so, so true. For instance, they served us a scallop dish that actually only had one scallop on it. We paid about $285 total, and I just can’t say it was worth it, considering how many other great dining options there. Are in the city for less than that. Would not go back or recommend to friends.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent pre fixe menu. Everything was delicious. Chicken dish was best I’ve ever had. Scallop was like butter. Bisque was cheesy bliss. Thank you.

BG
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a small intimate spot with only a few tables. You can have a nice small table for a romantic dinner. That said when all the tables were full it felt a bit cramped and the noise level increased. Still it was never annoying and we were able to converse through out the evening. It did make for some good people watching.

We were there for Valentine's day and they were limited to a tasting menu. Of the eight dishes we tried we both loved 6, divided on one and sadly agreed that the smoked Burratta was nearly inedible because of the level of smoke. The main dishes of pork belly and chicken were delicious and beautifully plated and the desserts (flour less chocolate cake and Key lime pie) were just wonderful. The portions were not large, but 4 courses was more than enough food and the price was very reasonable.

The wine list by the glass is small and there are only beers by the bottle, but the choices are well thought out. The two house cocktails I tried were both well balanced and easy to drink. The waiter was clearly busy but still took the time to bring wine samples and to recommend cocktails. The service was unobtrusive and fast. We will definitely consider trying it on a non holiday.

One note, the parking lot is tiny and street parking is a challenge. Ride shares are your friend.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The people were amazing waiter to bartender and chef to waitress didn’t have a problem with any of it. I’d recommend this to anyone. Thank you

d
Omaha
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love BitterSweet. It's a favorite and a must for all special occasions, like Valentines' Day, Anniversary...or an average Thursday - who cares. Just go.

j
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have never had anything but a superb meal but this experience really topped it all. Fabulous, impeccable service, amazing & creative food, lovely atmosphere.

JW
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Creative menu, well executed. Friendly, professional service. An excellent meal and evening.

KB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding neighborhood favorite!

D
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful meal and such a playful and delicious menu and wine pairing

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently the best in Denver.

J
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and service. Great ambience. A little disappointed with the small portions of food that were served.

CY
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wonderful food, small portions, service was fairly good, a bit leas attentive than could have been. We will definitely return

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Appetizers were much better than main courses, even though those were touted as exceptional when they were not. Main courses were barely warm and minimalistic in size.

LE
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was SO good. Delicious. Portions are fairly small. Service was great. Really cozy space-small and sort of rustic. Menu has a french bent to it, which I’m a huge fan of. Foie gras was so good. Short rib also amazing. Salmon great. Lamb meatballs and veggie garden app interesting and yummy. Loved the food. Final bill was high but we had lots of wine. Will go back!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Might be the best meal I have had since moving to Denver from LA 11 years ago.

OA
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely interior, simple but well executed food.

MM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing tasting menu. The service is also excellent. Attention to detail on food and drinks. It is my new favorite place in Denver!

BM
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. Kind of noisy, but it was New Year’s Eve

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! We just absolutely love this intimate spot.

B
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Several of my quests are vegan and your menu fell short. Otherwise, everyone commented on the freshness and taste of the food. Also, wine selection was superior. We also ate at Bon Ami and between the two, we liked Bon Ami best. That said, you have a fine establishment.

bill

AD
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a very quiet dinner for three people at Bittersweet. The menu is somewhat refined and American in cuisine schema. There are some unique cocktails offered. We each had a cocktail, we had a bottle of Cote de Rhone and entrees. The value is fairly good. I had roasted chicken and it was delicious. The other two in the party were happy with their entrees as well. For dessert - classic creme brule and sorbet trio. The ambience is cute, sparse, but with some good art pieces.

S
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Dinner

JB
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Bittersweet was exceptional. The food was creative and flavorful. The ambiance was warm and inviting. Service was top.

The front dining room was a bit cold though, which interfered with our comfort.

One word of advice to future diners: plan to spend a LOT. Our meal for two people was $280. The portions are very small, so you must order a starter, entre, and dessert. My husband's rib was substantial enough for him. But my scallops dish had 3 scallops. Very good but not filling.

If you know about the portions and are willing to pay, this is a good restaurant.

Another sour note that I just noticed: When I booked this restaurant, we had never been there, and it was a 1,000 point reservation. BUT I only received 100 points for it. :-(

D
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought a big group. Food was great. Service too. They ran out of one entree but I take that as a good sign. We will be back.

WM
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and unique wine selections

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

K
Denver
41 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love this small restaurant.

JF
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love going to this quaint and quiet restaurant with outstanding food and service.

JN
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing!!! Food was so delightful and staff was wonderful.

JM
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and amiable and efficient service. Bartender is very knowledgeable and imaginative as well. In good weather, there are two nice patios for outdoor eating. Highly recommended.

JW
Denver
42 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and very nice service. In comparison to other restaurants, it was expensive.
In particular, the wine list was pretty narrow and very pricey.
Would appreciate more 30 and 40$ wine options.
There were two extremely loud tables that limited our conversation;
we were pleased when they left.

T
Denver
97 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing date night dinner. The service was pro.pt and efficient. The wine although a bit pricey by the glass was on a menu with a reasonable amount of selections. The small plate incredibly yummy full of flavor and had numerous layers. The main course was cooked to perfection and perfect portion. Dessert with french press coffee sealed the night. We would come back on another special occassion.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Delicious dishes I wish we could have everything on the menu. romantic ambiance for a date or special occasion

JW
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fantastic food and ambiance! The vegetarian 3 course meal my girlfriend ordered was very disappointing. They definitely need to rethink the quality of the vegetarian options. If you aren't ordering any vegetarian options I would recommend this restaurant to anyone!

p
Denver
59 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
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
20 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!

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