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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 (2838)
  • Fit for Foodies (2054)
  • Special Occasion (1308)

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

Denver loves this restaurant and everything about it.

Leon (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on September 5, 2017

LOVE the presentation. LOVE the food.

I'm usually a meat eater, but the veggie plates were so delicious. The price is also very reasonable. The food were pieces of art. Colorful and yet so tasty.

From my experience, the better it looks, the worse it tastes. But this is not the case. I will be coming back!

Anne (Denver)
5.0  Dined on September 3, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants... so sad they are being forced to close. Only wish we could count on them coming back after the museum project is over.

Dave (Denver)
5.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

Great as usual-sad to see them go due to DAM construction

Easygoing (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

Family visiting town

Luv2dineOut (Denver)
5.0  Dined on September 1, 2017

Wonderful menu, lovely ambiance, wonderful service and fabulous food. One of my favorite places to eat. I'm going to miss you Palettes!!! Thank you for the happy memories!!

JanciMc (Denver)
5.0  Dined on August 29, 2017

Delicious food, lovely setting and amazing service, thank you Robert!

vipMary (Denver)
3.0  Dined on August 23, 2017

This is a very pleasant space at the Denver Art Museum-chic, comfy and artsy. We definitely enjoyed our lunch but .... I may have ordered the wrong thing but the wild mushroom tamales were very disappointing. The masa shell was nearly an inch thick and bland of course. While the sauce was tasty, there was no way one could eat this much plain cornmeal. And the mushroom filling got completely lost. My husband enjoyed his pork schnitzel.

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

We were having lunch with another couple who were celebrating their wedding anniversary. The restaurant surprised all four of us with some wonderful mimosas! All the food we ordered was very good and the service was excellent. Great place to enjoy food and conversation.

vipBroomfieldBilly (Denver)
5.0  Dined on August 17, 2017

Palettes is a must if you visit the Denver Art Museum. Comfortable setting, excellent service, creative menu and food that's always topnotch.

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!