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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
The entire experience from the adorable bartenders, the personable hostess, the wait staff to the chef/ owners personal engagement was incredible. Instead of walking to one of our usual Lodo restaurants, many good restaurants by our place, we decided to jump in the car and head to Bittersweet. It was one of our top dining experiences in Denver! Highly recommended!!!
To be fair the place was clean and the chairs and linens were lovely. Grilled carrot salad was surprisingly the best dish . The back room is warm and cozy but the front room is cold and too casual for the prices. Flank steak was good. Not too impressed overall. A few dishes were luke warm. Small portions on some items , salty, over garlicky sauce— it was like they were phoning it in. Took forever to get our plates. They were out of sparkling water on a Friday night at 7 — that’s just a exceedingly poor planning. Sporadic — timing made awkward dining for 4. Then dinner not hot when it arrived? Not good. The kitchen needs help— the hostess was eventually accommodating but not great. I specifically asked for the warmest table in the house. Her joke was “in the kitchen” then proceeded to seat us right across from the door on a 23 degree night. In a very sparsely occupied restaurant. My husband explored a bit and found a much more appealing additional dining room which was also barely occupied. It had a table — several actually —right by a fireplace. We asked to move and she agreed. We had high hopes but it was mediocre. We won’t be back when there are so many great options in town.
Bittersweet has probably some of the best food of any restaurant in Denver. The appetizer was creative and tasty. The hanger steak was fabulous and creative. The cocktails were tasty. The homemade bread is so delicious. The server was good though I felt the dinner was too quick. Unfortunately the really good pastry chef left and the new one does not provide very interesting options. We couldn’t find anything appealing for dessert so we left early and went home for dessert and after dinner drinks.
I always recommend Bittersweet for dates and special occasions and my last visit didn't let me down. The food is amazing and unique. A few years ago, I also had Christmas date night here and ordered the scallops which I will always order if a restaurant has them... I'm a self-proclaimed connoisseur. I will never forget the melt in your mouth flavor of the scallops back then and was fortunate enough to order them when I went last week. They were just as amazing and cooked to perfection.
Definitely a Denver must-dine!
Every dish we had was delicious and the four of us were very pleased. It is apparent the care they take to create all the dishes. Our only fault is that the portions are rather small. I would love to have had some greens with the delicious and artful carrot salad. We had to ask for bread, a new trend that's less than great, especially given the smaller portions. Delicious food, but know that you will need at least one starter to go with a main course.
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.
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