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12 top restaurants for every kind of date in Denver

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by Linnea Covington
Updated January 29, 2024

When it comes to romantic occasions, Denver’s restaurant scene has it on lock. First dates get a flirty and fun setting at an award-winning distillery. Shareable Mexican soul food makes for especially lively group dates. And for when you’re ready to go all in, a caviar and martini bar downtown is a dream proposal spot.

This guide pairs Denver restaurants with romantic occasions from first dates all the way to milestone anniversaries. These are Denver’s 12 best date-night restaurants.

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4.9
4.9 (419)
$30 and under
Distillery
Highlands
About the restaurant

Woo your beau-to-be at this award-winning tasting room and distillery. Housemade spirits like gin, rye, and bourbon play starring roles in cocktails, and the bubbly drinks go well with imaginative bar snacks including lemon-miso Caesar salad, a seasonal charcuterie board, and deviled eggs. If the evening is going especially well, consider taking a bottle to-go to stretch your date a little longer.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 7, 2024
Fantastic drinks, food and ambiance! Cant wait to go back!
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4.8
4.8 (142)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Whittier
About the restaurant

Izakayas, or informal Japanese bars, were made for laid-back hangouts, so it’s not surprising that Kawa Ni hits all the right notes for an early-in-the-game date. The Denver edition of this Connecticut favorite lives in a former LoHi fire station and specializes in hot and cold small plates. Chat it up over dumplings, sushi, and pickled tofu bao, best paired with cups of warm sake.


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CamilleH
Dined 1 day ago
Food was outstanding! We got the Szechuan dumplings, peekytoe crab Rangoon, and red cabbage to start, then the chicken bao, crab fried rice and the three piece tuna, scallop and hamachi. The vibe of the restaurant was great too, nice ambiance and good for a special occasion. The passionfruit and elderflower lemon cocktail were delicious as well. We will be back!
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4.0
4 (136)
$30 and under
Italian
Uptown
About the restaurant

Add some whimsy to your second date by heading to this cat-themed Italian spot at the Warwick Hotel. There are feline accents for days, including cats hidden in the wallpaper and a whiskered mural by the bar. But you’re really here for the blistered Neapolitan-style pies with locally accented toppings like Colorado lamb chop and elk pepperoni. For an al fresco date, book a table on the freshly renovated patio, complete with a year-round fireplace.


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Disappointedvip
Dined 7 days ago
Beautiful decor and patio, excellent service, great menu, but the food wasn’t flavorful. It overpromised and under delivered.
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4.7
4.7 (2777)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Cherry Creek
About the restaurant

The seafood menu at Blue Island Oyster Bar is impressive but understated, just like a good second date should be. Share fried calamari with Thai chile sauce, Manila clam linguine, and Alaskan red king crab legs and take in the nautical-chic vibes. If you’re not ready for a full-fledged dinner just yet, come for the daily happy hour known for some of the city’s best oysters and refreshing elderflower basil martinis.


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LisaB
Dined on Apr 12, 2024
Food,wine, and ambiance were great! We went during happy hour and had so many specials.
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4.5
4.5 (1195)
$31 to $50
Italian
Downtown / LoDo
About the restaurant

Snuggle up at a table for two at this Italian favorite—the spot by the wood-fired oven is the sweetest seat in the house. Rest assured, even if that’s taken, the whole space radiates romance thanks to flickering candles and exposed brick walls. Add comfort food like elk bolognese with fresh pasta and grilled lamb chops with sweet corn farro, and you’ve got a winning formula for a restaurant you and your date won’t ever get enough of.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
First date downstairs and it was the perfect setting!
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4.8
4.8 (1780)
$50 and over
French
Cherry Creek
About the restaurant

Exquisite French plates, refined service, and fine wines keep couples returning to celebrate at this fine-dining faithful. Like the restaurant’s sibling locations in New York, Atlanta, and Palm Springs, the Denver version is a pro at French classics like duck confit and juicy steaks, ideal for lunches or dinners. Add on beef tartare or a pile of crispy fries for the full French effect.


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ToniUvip
Dined 3 days ago
Lunch on the porch was perfect! The Cajun chicken salad was wonderful.
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4.7
4.7 (240)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Uptown
About the restaurant

Save this stylish steakhouse for a special occasion. Chef Max Mackissock’s phenomenal menu was made for celebrations, thanks to innovative starters like the beef tartare katsu sando—not to mention a show-stopping main selection that includes thoughtfully sourced cuts of beef and the crowd-fave mac-and-cheese croquettes. Luckily, the dining room is far from stuffy, splashed in lively greens, and is a great preview for the restaurant’s contemporary spin on classics.


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PatrickG
Dined 4 days ago
I've been working as a server for 4.5 years and this place is one of the best restaurants I've ever had the pleasure for experiencing. Fantastic from beginning to end.
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4.5
4.5 (334)
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican
Stapleton
About the restaurant

Grab your best friend and their SO for a night of tacos and good times. Chef and owner Rayme Rossello’s festive restaurant makes a vibrant destination for a relaxed group hangout. The menu is packed with Mexican soul food, like quesadillas loaded with spicy shrimp, pimento cheese-stuffed jalapeños, mushroom fajitas, and more. Pair any dish with a jar of the house margarita, or spice things up with the pineapple habanero version.


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Chuck
Dined on Mar 15, 2024
We love the eclectic menu here. Griddled tacos are a staple for us and I always check out the daily specials. Service was great. Perfect start to the weekend!
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4.6
4.6 (878)
$30 and under
Asian
Uptown
About the restaurant

There’s nothing quite like playing around during dinner, especially on a date. At Ace Eat Serve, it’s all about ping pong and creative dim sum, including four types of chicken wings, pork shoulder-stuffed pot stickers, and more (there are larger plates, too). If it doesn’t mess with your backspin, consider the restaurant’s sake flight to round out your fun evening.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 6, 2024
Ace is always awesome , we love their environment and the food is a killer . Even with kids servers are very patient and helpful.
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4.9
4.9 (2575)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Cherry Creek
About the restaurant

It’s not just the world-class sushi and sashimi that bring couples celebrating a big night here. Renowned chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s Japanese Peruvian menu also includes beloved hits like the miso-cod plate and uni tempura with shiso and curry. From its Zen garden entrance to the ornate, cut-out screens and custom-designed chopsticks, Matsuhisa is a stunning 7,800-square-foot escape that delivers a transportive meal worthy of any romantic milestone.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Absolutely incredible dinner— tempura, sushi, dessert! Everything was delicious and the service just lovely. Kid friendly also. Definitely try the shaved ice dessert, that was a wonderful end to our experience!
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3.7
3.7 (174)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Indian
Highlands Ranch / Lone Tree
About the restaurant

Chennai-born chef Charles Mani puts his own spins on South Asian classics at this innovative Indian restaurant, bringing in non-traditional ingredients like kale and butternut squash. But the real fun happens on the outdoor patio, equipped with grill stations where you can DIY your own brisket, scallops, and paneer for an especially adventurous meal. For a daytime date, come for Mani’s clever mashups like penne tikka masala and Indo Chinese bowls.


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AlliB
Dined on Feb 15, 2024
Loved our first experience there! Great food and Valentine’s Day options! We have recommended to our friends and family!!!
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4.7
4.7 (41)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Denver
About the restaurant

This sleek cocktail, oyster, and caviar bar inside the Rally Hotel is as elegant as it gets. Plush banquettes and round leather lounge chairs make it super proposal friendly, and so do exquisite cocktails and sophisticated snacks like wagyu sliders and oysters Rockefeller. But the focal point is most definitely a dramatic chandelier made with 1,350 glass orbs that look like pearls—the only thing that can rival them is a diamond.


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PamelaM
Dined on Apr 10, 2024
From the time you step into the restaurant until you leave everything is absolutely amazing! Carlos and Ricardo were so wonderful to us. Seriously the food was mouthwatering delicious! The atmosphere of the restaurant is magical. Top notch.
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