Bittersweet

4.7
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1514 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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4.7based on recent ratings
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vipChiFoodie
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far one of the best spots in Denver. Thursday night tasting menu special is a hidden gem- would give more stars if I could!

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vipljljrich
Denver
47 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was exceptional, as always

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vipPlattParkBandit
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Haven’t been in quite a while. While we both found our dinners enjoyable, we didn’t find them extraordinary, as we had experienced in the past. So for us, the value wasn’t worth the price. It was a good dinner, just not a fabulous dinner.

JS
vipJohnS
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food I've have in Denver in a while. The dishes were "creative" but not to the point where the blend of textures and flavors was weird. Very high quality ingredients and all around delicious.

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vipFromRussellWithLove
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Real miss on a usually solid and reliable favorite. They were out of almost half the menu by 7 pm on Saturday evening on an otherwise slow night... We had specifically chosen Bittersweet due to the lack of Resturant Week participation/madness and left feeling like they should have just closed for the weekend.

service is always a little hit or miss here but in this case it was off putting- especially to people who I had recommended this place to...

JB
JB552
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We had a mixed experience at Bittersweet. Our waiter was great! I am a vegetarian, and have some allergies, so he and the chef (thanks chef) were able to put together a lovely vegetarian selection. However, had I not asked, it was not offered on the menu. My dinner companions were meat eaters; but would have enjoyed a salad or more vegetables. Our waiter explained that because the restaurant is closed two days a week, greens were spoiling and they couldn’t afford to waste food like that. I totally understand not wasting food, but I think that Bittersweet needs to revisit this. People now want lots of veggies with their meals. Any one of the 3 course vegetarian meal I had would be a stand out on the starter menu.
I will not be back until the menu expands, as I do not have a lot of choice with regards to vegetables or a vegetarian entree choice.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I’m a bit stumped by the great reviews of this restaurant. It is pricey and the portions are beyond small. You pay $32 for steak that is literally 4 bites and the same price for a chicken leg and part of a breast that was dry. The salmon was a half portion. We did complain about the steak and they came back with a slightly larger portion and it cooked to medium instead of well done. The staff was nice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Really nice ambiance. Beautiful presentation but the food was so-so. Lacked any distinct flavor. Flat.

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vipTroubleshooter
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bittersweet in a word, AWESOME! You can tell from the first bite that the food is prepared with the utmost care. Care to taste, quality and value.

This place never disappoints.

SR
SusanR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was exactly what we needed after a few chaotic days. Intimate yet not stuffy. Felt like being in someones home. The menu is small but very well rounded with choices. I had the steak which was perfect and so tender. The shrimp and grits were also a hit with our group as there was just enough spice to give the dish a bit of heat. We shared 3 desserts and especially enjoyed the toffee like flan. The Hamburger and Fries dessert was a great presentation but not sure we would order again. I would absolutely recommend Bittersweet and can't wait to return on my next visit to town.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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BradG
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
OpenTable Diner
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

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vipdavemiller
Omaha
10 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.

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vipjudith
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
vipJWB7
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

KB
KarlB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding neighborhood favorite!

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Denvernewcomer
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently the best in Denver.

J
June
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.

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CecilyY
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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipLovetoEat
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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OA
vipOneAlchemist
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely interior, simple but well executed food.

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MaryM
Miami
3 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!

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BillM
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! We just absolutely love this intimate spot.

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Billy
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

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vipAdrD
Denver
39 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.

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Suzie
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Dinner

JB
JanitaB
Denver
11 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. :-(

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vipDrayj
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
vipWilliamM
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and unique wine selections

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

K
vipKdines
Denver
42 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love this small restaurant.

JF
JimF
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JN
JessicaN
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JM
vipJayM
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.

FAQs

Bittersweet offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 942-0320.

Bittersweet is rated 4.7 stars by 1514 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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