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Palettes at the Denver Art Museum

1656 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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One of the nation’s first chef-driven museum restaurant concepts when it opened in 1997, Palettes Contemporary Cuisine at the Denver Art Museum is still one of the most striking, featuring original art and a sleek, modern design, with floor-to-ceiling views of the adjacent nationally-admired Hamilton building.

Boasting modern American cuisine with a global palette of fresh, flavorful and dynamic ingredients, Palettes serves weekday lunch, as well as dinner on Fridays, and a recently-added champagne weekend brunch. For unforgettable private events, Kevin Taylor Catering is also the exclusive caterer of the Denver Art Museum and its variety of remarkable spaces.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
Closed Mondays. Open Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Phone number
(303) 534-1455
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Austin Cueto
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Private party facilities
With a private dining room for 60, use of the 3,600 sq. ft. primary dining room (with patio) exclusively for groups of up to 175, or gatherings in one of the Denver Art Museum's unique venues with capacity of up to 500 reception-style, Palettes is the modern alternative for any special occasion.
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Private party contact
Brenda Carroll: (720) 865-5030
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Contact our dedicated event planners: Richelle Baker at (720) 867-0680 or Carrie Swanson at (720) 867-0679, for more information.
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Cross street
Located in the Denver Art Museum
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Parking details
The DAM garage, surface lots and metered parking are all available around the art museum.
Banquet, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3  based on all time ratings
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Kahlimom (Denver)
4.0  Dined on August 17, 2017

Very pleasant white tablecloth dining with reliably good food. My short ribs were a bit heavy-handed and they shouldv be ashamed to serve what they call hot tea, but overall a good place to eat in the museum/library neighborhood.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on August 15, 2017

Great place for before or after the art museum, always good service

StephanieF (Denver)
3.0  Dined on August 15, 2017

Our waitress was disappointing in that when we asked about food recommendations she just said it was all good. A little further embellishment beyond the menu descriptions would have been helpful. We ended up ordering the soup and 1/2 sandwich which was fine but nothing outstanding. We later saw some other intriguing plates go by, but with no guidance from the waitress we played it safe.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on August 12, 2017

We've eaten here twice and it was excellent both times. Kevin Taylor is a great chef. My brother worked for Wolfgang Puck at Spago's as a chef, so I know good food. Great service. A wonderful accompaniment to a visit to DAM.

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on August 10, 2017

Palettes at the Denver Art Museum the perfect place for a business luncheon.
Wonderfully diverse menu options, consistent superior quality food and service.
A first class experience start to finish!

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on August 8, 2017

Very nice experience. Great place to bring out of town guests.

IrishEllie (Denver)
5.0  Dined on August 4, 2017

Palettes is one of my favorite Denver lunch restaurants, especially with it location in the Denver Art Museum. It's so sad that this architecturally beautiful space, with its always exquisite food will be closing in September. This will be a great loss for the Art Museum. So sad to see it go.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on July 30, 2017

Great for combining with a museum visit and meeting friends. Like the view from the corner table. Server was very good. Food was delicious. Sorry to hear the restaurant is closing, but will look forward to the new offering.

vipMikeD (Denver)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

We always end up here before or after seeing a Museum Exhibit. Love the menu. Tie the menu to the exhibit usually. I had the pork green chili, grilled cheese and fries. Very good. Service is prompt and friendly. Good place to meet friends .

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on July 28, 2017

Palettes is my favorite place to have lunch in Denver. There are many tasty selections on the menu. I am partial to the salmon salad. The tables are spaced nicely so you don't have to listen to your neighbor's conversation and the service is professional. There is convenient parking in the Denver Art Museum Garage. Relax and enjoy a great meal.