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About Palettes at the Denver Art Museum
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.
Denver, CO 80204
Contemporary American, American
Hours of Operation:
Closed Mondays. Open Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Located in the Denver Art Museum
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Contact our dedicated event planners: Richelle Baker at (720) 867-0680 or Carrie Swanson at (720) 867-0679, for more information.
The DAM garage, surface lots and metered parking are all available around the art museum.
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.
Private Party Contact:
Brenda Carroll: (720) 865-5030
Banquet, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Palettes at the Denver Art Museum - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I'm a Denver native who's been to the Museum and Palettes many times. A friend moved to Denver recently and knows no one outside her family. It was my pleasure to introduce her to Palettes and The West exhibit, and she's an enthusiastic visitor now. She'll be bringing her family to the museum and definitely to the restaurant. The prices are reasonable, the service is professional, and the ambiance is delightful.
A group of three of us all had salads for lunch. The oriental chicken salad was especially good; it had good texture and the dressing was tasty but not overwhelming. The service was attentive, but not cloying. The dessert (a blackberry crisp) was very good. I've had other meals that displayed more of the chef's acumen; the salads were good, fresh, and I'd have it again, but nothing extraordinary.
A visit to the gallery is enhanced by dining at Palettes. Impeccable service, diverse menu, and pleasant surroundings can be counted on. Both my grandson and I always find something delicious to eat: my favorite, a seasonal soup or a fresh salmon salad; my grandson's, a grilled cheese sandwich and fries. They even create special menus to coordinate with shows!
I have always been very happy with all aspects of this restaurant until this last visit. Our waiter was really not attentive and when there was an issue with the food safety of a dish he said that the manager refused to speak with me and he could not remove it from the bill. The lack of food safety knowledge and lack of accountability on their part forced me to contact the health department to file a formal report. I'm not sure if care is no longer being put into service or quality because they are closing and they don't feel like they need to uphold standards or if it's a separate issue but I wouldn't recommend going there.
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