Love Bites: Where to Eat this Valentine’s Day in Denver

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Salati is one of many restaurants serving Valentine’s Day specials for couples, gal pals and buds in the Denver area. Courtesy Salati Italian Street Food

The flowers have been ordered. The candy? Bought. Now, about those dinner reservations. Whether you’re a new couple, have been married for years, are celebrating with your gal pals or just planning a fun night out with friends, we’ve rounded up some of metro Denver’s Valentine’s Day specials—sure to show your heart—and belly—some extra love this month.

24 Carrot Bistro
What: The bistro is serving a special Valentine’s dinner, complete with buttermilk fried oysters, roasted rabbit gnocchi and grilled beef tenderloin.
Where: 578 Briggs St., Erie
When: Feb. 17
How much: $75 per person

Beatrice & Woodsley
What: To honor the friendship between girlfriends, this whimsical restaurant is throwing the ultimate Galentine’s Day dinner party in its private wine cellar. Celebratory bubbly, community-style dishes and a Cupid piñata are just a few reasons to round up your besties for the evening. The restaurant will serve a three-course prix fixe menu with optional wine pairings. Call 303.777.3505 for reservations.
Where: 38 South Broadway
When: Feb. 13; cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m.
How much: $48 per woman

BRIO Tuscan Grille
What: BRIO is offering a special two-course prix fixe Tuscan menu featuring soup or salad choices plus one entrée. Choose from chicken saltimbocca, scallop risotto, crab stuffed shrimp and lobster tail or the center-cut filet mignon.
Where: 8441 Park Meadows Center Drive, Lone Tree; 2500 E. First Ave.
When: Feb. 10-14
How much: $20.95-$29.95

Cochino Tac0 
What: Three words: Pink Corazon Margs.
Where: 3495 S. Downing St., Englewood
When: Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
How much: $5

Departure Restaurant + Lounge
What: Celebrate the special night with a five-course tasting menu featuring hamachi sashimi, BBQ pork buns, roasted duck and lobster glass noodles before you indulge in Departure’s dark chocolate bar with tamarind nougat or exotic cheesecake with mango, passionfuit and kumquat.
Where: 249 Columbine St.
When: Feb. 14 from 5-10 p.m.
How much: $85 per person

Four Seasons Hotel Denver
What: Go for the gold with EDGE Restaurant’s romantic three-course dinner complete with a chocolate heart for two with gold leaf.
Where: 1111 14th St.
When: Feb. 10-14
How much: $85 per person

Inverness Hotel & Conference Center
What: Feast on a romantic gourmet four-course menu with specials suited for seafood junkies, meat lovers and vegetarians alike. Entrees include sliced beef tenderloin with Gruyere whipped potatoes, poached salmon filet with fava bean pilaf and vegetable lasagna.
Where: 200 Inverness Drive West, Englewood
When: Feb. 14 from 6-8 p.m.
How much: $130-plus per person

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar
What: Head to Jax for Valentine’s Day happy hour at 4 p.m. then indulge in a three-course prix fixe menu. Try the vanilla poached bay scallop ceviche and the sous vide lobster tail.
Where: 123 North College Ave., Fort Collins
When: Feb. 14
How much: $55 per person

La Loma
What: Visit the family owned award-winning Mexican restaurant for Valentine’s Day specials like strawberry crush margaritas, ceviche with lime juice and Serrano peppers on blue corn tortillas and heart shaped sopapillas dusted with cinnamon and powdered sugar and served with agave. Parking is complimentary after 5 p.m.
Where: 1801 Broadway
When: Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
How much: $8-$12 per item

Milk & Honey
What: Curl up in one of Milk & Honey’s snakeskin-upholstered oversized booths while sipping on Love Potion No. 10, the restaurant’s rum-based cocktail with Yohimbe. The four-course prix fixe menu features sweet pea puree and pan-seared sea bass with ginger, honey shemiji and crispy rice.
Where: 1414 Larimer St.
When: Feb. 14 and the preceding weekend
How much: $90 per couple

Ocean Prime
What: The Larimer Square restaurant’s special prix fixe Valentine’s menu includes an exclusive cocktail made with prosecco, grenadine, housemade sour mix and orange bitters. Entrees include surf and turf favorites like veal rib chop with cherry jus or crab-crusted seabass.
Where: 1465 Larimer St.
When: Feb. 14
How much: $12-$48 per course

Roadhouse Boulder Depot
What: This Boulder staple is housed in the Boulder Train Depot built in 1890. Impress your date with your history knowledge as she/he marvels at the menu featuring an 8-ounce filet with mushroom gnocchi.
Where: 2366 Junction Place, Boulder
When: Feb. 14
How much: $7-$34 per item

Salati Italian Street Food
What: Salati’s Valentine’s Day dinner includes the choice of an appetizer and dessert to share and two entrees. Try the amore cocktail with Titos vodka, Godiva liqueur and Amaretto garnished with strawberry syrup and drizzled chocolate and topped with shaved chocolate.
Where: 8270 Northfield Blvd.
When: Feb. 10-18, 4 p.m. to close
How much: $45 per couple

Second Home Kitchen + Bar
What: Start with Pacific oysters or smoked and grilled octopus, move on to buffalo strip and spot prawns with black truffle potato puree or roasted Colorado lamb with Merguez sauce and finish off the night with chocolate and passion fruit served with sorbet and chocolate-covered CocoaPuffs. Now, say, aaaah.
Where: 150 Clayton Lane
When: Feb. 10-14
How much: $12-$40 per item

SOL Mexican Cocina
What: Spice things up with this four-course prix fixe menu: Start the night with blood orange margaritas then go all out with the beef cheek tamales.
Where: 200 N. Columbine St.
When: Feb. 11-14
How much: $100 per couple

Spuntino Food and Wine
What: In honor of both Festa di San Valentino and the traditional Roman pagan festival of fertility, Lupercalia, Spuntino’s 10th installment of its quarterly Festa della Stagioni (Feast of the Season) will include chef Cindhura Reddy’s favorite underappreciated proteins. To celebrate the questionable history behind Valentine’s Day, the wine menu was chosen to explore the apocryphal religious stories of Italian wine.
Where: 2630 W. 32nd Ave.
When: Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m.; reservations required
How much: $110 per person

Stir Cooking School
What: Create new memories as you cook your own mustard and herb encrusted roasted rack of lamb. Did we mention you have access to Stir’s fully stocked bar?
Where: 3215 Zuni St.
When: Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m.
How much: $80 per person

TAG
What: Chef/owner Troy Guard has prepared a special five-course prix fixe menu. With pork and duck terrine, bison tatare, house made gargenelli, Angus ribeye and a peanut butter pinwheel, you just might have to be rolled out of the restaurant.
Where: 1441 Larimer St.
When: Feb. 14; reservations recommended
How much: $76 per person

The Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern
What: Can’t find a babysitter? Not a problem. The Rusty Bucket is offering a Family Valentine’s Day special where kids eat free and receive a “Cupid’s Cup” beverage.
Where: 14613 Orchard Parkway, Westminster
When: Feb. 14

The Squeaky Bean Farm + Table
What: Join the eclectic, “transFARMative” restaurant for a unique five-course Valentine’s Day dinner.
Where: 1500 Wynkoop St.
When: Feb. 10-18
How much: $65 per person

Thirsty Lion Gastropub and Grille
What: Snuggle up to your loved one in a cozy booth and try one of Thirsty Lion’s 52 beers on tap along with one of the Valentine’s Day special entrees including bronzed mahi mahi and peppercorn beef tenderloin tips.
Where: 1605 Wynkoop St.; 201 Columbine St.
When: Feb. 10-14

Tstreet Roadhouse
What: In the mood for an experimental cocktail? Try the vanilla raspberry martini made with Stoli vanilla vodka, Chambord liqueur and a splash of cream or the chocolate-covered strawberry martini. For dinner, enjoy surf and turf with an 8-ounce filet paired with a 6-ounce lobster tail.
Where: 445 S. Teller St., Lakewood
When: Feb. 11-14
How much: $8-$39 per item

Wild Standard
What: The Boulder favorite is sure to get you in the Valentine’s mood with its prix fixe three-course menu: Wild Alaskan King salmon tatare, curry red rock snapper and amore tiramisu, anyone?
Where: 1403 Pearl St., Boulder
When: Feb. 14
How much: $55 per person

 

**Correction: Milk & Honey’s information originally said the price was $90 per person, but it is actually $90 per couple. SOL Mexican Cocina’s information was also listed as $100 per person, but that is also $100 per couple.

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