Where to Dine in Denver on Valentine’s Day

As the old saying goes, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach—and that’s true for women, too. So bring on the romance this Valentine’s Day with a delicious meal at one of these Denver area restaurants.  


Emporium’s heart latte. Courtesy Emporium Kitchen and Wine Market

Emporium Kitchen and Wine Market

Where: 378 Walnut St., Fort Collins

When: Feb. 14 

What: Executive chef David Anderson has prepared an a la carte menu for your Valentine’s date night. Starters include oysters on the half shell, white asparagus soup and an arugula and strawberry salad. Choose from three entrées, including butter roasted scallops and herb roasted lamb saddle. Save some room for a bittersweet chocolate mousse, accompanied with pomegranate sorbet. 


The Karma Chameleon. Courtesy Coperta


Where: 400 E. 20th Ave.

When: Feb. 10 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.; reservations required

What: Keep the magic alive with home-brewed love potions from beverage director Jon Feuersanger, who will be kicking off Coperta’s 2018 cocktail class series with “Cocktails for Two.” Learn how to stir and shake beverages like a pro during this two-hour class where you will learn how to make some of Feuersanger’s signature cocktails including the Karma Chameleon, a color-changing cocktail, the I Matcha Your Love and the Still Crazy Aperol These Years.

How much: $45 per person

Poka Lola Social Club

Where: 1850 Wazee St.

When: Feb. 14 from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.

What: Take a trip back in time at this 1970s-themed evening that will feature a costume contest and menu designed to keep the funk going all night long. Valentine’s Day specials will include a lobster blini, caviar deviled eggs, artisanal cheese and charcuterie and a chocolate cherry bomb. Capture every moment with Polaroid cameras that will be at your disposal throughout the night.  

Departure Denver

Where: 249 Columbine St.

When: Feb. 9–14

What: Who says Valentine’s Day has to be a 24-hour event? Celebrate the love all week long with Departure’s special menu that includes Kumamoto oysters, housemade cod “noodles” with yellow curry and maitake mushroom, a soy-brazed short rib with parsnip, roasted carrots and sour cabbage and, for dessert, a vanilla mousse and chocolate caramel tart. Leave with a voucher for a complimentary glass of wine on your next visit. 


Bamboo Sushi. Photo by Rachel Adams

Bamboo Sushi

Where: 2715 17th St.

When: Feb. 14; reservations recommended

How Much: Starting at $45 per person

What: Put your trust in the chef this holiday with an omakase experience you won’t forget. Also, enjoy half-priced sake by the bottle all night.


Where: 1822 Blake St.

When: Feb.7–17; reservations recommended  

What: Executive chef Nicholas Kayser has prepared a menu that will keep you falling in love over and over. Start with braised oxtail ravioli served with sauce American, toasted garlic and micro beet greens. Next, try halibut wrapped in Vesta’s 20-month house-cured prosciutto or indulge in the cauliflower risotto. Finish your meal with the petit gateaux, a decadent raspberry cheesecake with a truffle core and chocolate sponge.

Bar Helix

Where: 3440 Larimer St.; reservations recommended

When: Feb. 14 from 4 p.m. to close

How much: $49 per person

What: Celebrate the evening aptly named, “Love the One You’re With” with what owner Kendra Anderson calls “soulmate pairings.” Experience matches made in heaven with champagne, beer or a cocktail paired with a sweet or savory small plate. Sip and snack all night long while listening to DJ Big Styles and get the chance to win big giveaways from the bar throughout the night. 


“Reds Rock” Flight of Red Wine. Courtesy Max’s Wine and Dive

MAX’s Wine and Dive

Where: 696 Sherman St.

When: Feb. 14

What: Are you single? Feel like mingling? This year’s “Reds Rock” party will provide the perfect atmosphere for Valentine’s Day skeptics. Drink specials will be offered all night long including $20 wine flights and special pricing on select bottles of red wine. Bonus: dance and drink the night away to classic rock ’n’ roll.  

Hearth & Dram

Where: 1801 Wewatta St.

When: Feb. 14.; reservations recommended

How much: $65 per person

What: Take a trip to food heaven this year with a four-course menu meant to wow. Highlights include beef tartare with toast, confit egg yolk and sunflower oil; parsnip agnolotti with truffle, celery root, artichoke and beech mushrooms; strip loin with potato pave, roasted mushrooms and whiskey sauce; and chocolate mousse with fior di latte ice cream. Want to go all out? Add paired cocktails and meal supplements which include oysters, confit foie gras terrine, caviar and meat and cheese plates.

Jill’s Restaurant

Where: 900 Walnut St., Boulder

When: Feb. 14; reservations recommended

How much: $59.95 per person

What: Want to indulge while maintaining that new year health streak? Enjoy a four-course menu featuring an amuse bouche of vegan potato latkes followed by a choice of lobster cobb salad, minestrone or eggplant medallions served with grilled jumbo asparagus. Next, choose between a vegan moussaka lasagna, pan-seared red snapper or scallions and grilled jumbo prawns. For dessert, pick from vanilla bean and buttermilk panna cotta or a Valrhona triple chocolate Napoleon.


Valentine’s Day at The Fort. Courtesy The Fort

The Fort

Where: 19192 Colorado 8, Morrison

When: Feb. 14; reservations recommended

How much: $59 per person

What: Take the scenic route in Red Rocks country for a romantic dinner at this historic Colorado spot. A three-course meal will feature a 6-ounce buffalo filet mignon paired with 4 ounces of Alaskan sockeye salmon, topped with a chili honey glaze and served with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables. If you still have room, enjoy a sweet, heart-shaped chocolate chile bourbon cake. Guests also may order select sparkling, white and red wines for $5. The Fort’s traditional menu will be available, as well. 

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