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About Bittersweet

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.

500 E Alameda Ave
Denver, CO 80209
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Contemporary European, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday:5:00pm-10:00pm

Cross Street:
Pennsylvania

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 942-0320

Website:
http://www.bittersweetdenver.com/

Parking Details:
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.

Executive Chef:
Olav Peterson

Private Party Facilities:
For additional assistance and information, please reach us at dine@bittersweetdenver.com

Additional:
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.

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Tue - Sat 5:00PM - 5:45PM

Bittersweet Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (26)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Good for a Date (20)
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Neighborhood Gem (19)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Local Ingredients (13)
Romantic (13)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Cozy (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Authentic (9)
Seasonal (9)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Business Meals (3)
Healthy (3)
Organic (3)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Casual (1)
Great Beer (1)
Good for Groups (1)
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

Bittersweet proved to be an excellent dining experience. Each item we ordered was creative, perfectly prepared and delicious. The staff was gracious and helpful. We will definitely return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Really enjoyed our meal. Portions are not big, but the food is fantastic. All three of us enjoyed our meals.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Not worth the high cost

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was great. Some items were just ok, but the overall experience was great.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food and perfect staff . Was a little sad that it was the tasting menu . It was new year however . A bit pricey

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our waiter said he only works once a month and was not familiar with the drink menu and barely knew the food menu - not what I would have expected at a place like Bittersweet.

The food was okay, but nothing that left me with a desire to come back for more.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The service is exceptional, the flavors are complex and inspiring, the ambiance is relaxing and inviting. We will be back!

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Really enjoyed the Thursday tasting menu and it’s a great way to experience the chef’s repertoire.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Good food, nice atmosphere but limited menu. We enjoyed dinner at Bittersweet. There are limited healthy options on the menu.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This is a very good, small French restaurant. The food was excellent, although they were out of one of the dishes we wanted. Service was not very attentive, but pretty good. Most importantly, the food was excellent!

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Amazing food, great service but the waiter never introduced himself and was almost like scripted customer service! The incredible meal made up the difference

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Always a pleaser - food is impeccable, interesting, And presented perfectly.

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Starters are a bit small to share with a group but the entrees were the right size. Excellent bread, perfect Manhattans and nice ambiance. A little disappointing that they were out of three menu items for such a limited selection to begin.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I always love dining at Bittersweet. The menu is constantly changing to the seasons. The food, bar program, wine, and service are top notch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Really great good...service was friendly but incredibly slow!

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food and drinks were good. But, portions are so tiny and service was so slow, it’s hard to want to go back.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

LOVED IT!!! Very creative and DELICIOUS!! Great portion sizes!! Wonderful service!! Cannot wait to come back!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Cozy, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Our first time at Bittersweet. Fabulous dinner and outstanding service. Nice quiet atmosphere. Can't wait to return!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Amazing food and ambiance! I would highly recommend this restaurant. Service was fantastic as well.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was delicious though the presentation of the entrees was not at the usual spectacular level. However everything tasted great and we had a fun time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Seasonal
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 9, 2017

A date with my husband and on this first visit we enjoyed everything about Bittersweet! We look forward to dining there again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 8, 2017

This was a most wonderful second date experience. The food, ambience, service, drinks and atmosphere were all amazing. Highly recommended!! You should go here!

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Delicious, local food. Fancy yet fun. Go prepared to our down some money but it’s totally worth it.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great food and service. Downside all 3 starters were pasta dishes.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Bittersweet is a great spot! Always friendly and delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent food. Waiter very knowledgeable. Very good time!

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