Looking for a great place to have your Valentine’s Day dinner? Check out the following special V-Day offers around town:
Frasca Food and Wine
Frasca will open at 5:00 p.m. on both Friday 2/14 and Saturday 2/15 to accommodate guests Valentine’s weekend. Co-executive chefs Kelly Jeun and Eduardo Valle Lobo will offer a 4-course menu for $150/person, while Bobby Stuckey and the award-winning wine team will offer “Sommelier Selections” of special wines available by the glass or bottle, in addition to Frasca’s James Beard Foundation Award winning wine list.
Frasca Food and Wine is located at 1738 Pearl St. in Boulder. To make a reservation, call 303.442.6966 or visit https://www.exploretock.com/
Pizzeria Locale Boulder
The team at Locale Boulder will be pouring outstanding wines by the glass (they are usually only available by the bottle) on Friday for guests looking to up their Neapolitan pizza game.
Murgo 2015 Brut Rosé Nerello Mascalese, Sicilia
Cleto Chiarli 2018 Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro, Emilia Romagna
Pizzeria Locale Boulder is next door to Frasca at 1730 Pearl Street; 303.442.3003. Walk-ins are encouraged and reservations can be made at https://www.exploretock.com/
For wine- and music-loving guests, Sunday Vinyl is offering the regular menu all night, with happy hour from 9pm – close. Join lead sommelier Clara Klein, chef Charlie Brooks and team for killer by the glass pours, soulful vinyl and a full menu of European classics. Walk-ins are encouraged and reservations can be made at https://www.exploretock.com/
Chef Cody Cheetham and team will offer Tavernetta’s regular a la carte menu along with a 4-course tasting menu for $125/person. The tasting menu is scheduled to include: Insalata di Cicoria (salad of chicories, black truffle and parmesan); Tonnarelli nero (squid ink pasta with bay scallop and Meyer lemon); Costola di Manzo (braised short rib with polenta and cipollini onions); and TortaCaprese (flourless chocolate cake with passion fruit and almond). A wine pairing flight is available for $50/person and includes:
2017 Ronco del Gnemiz Friulano “San Zuan”
2018 Marisa Cuomo Furore Bianco
2017 Petrussa Schiopettino di Prepotto
Additionally, the wine team will pour two roses by the glass, each for $14:
2018 La Spinetta
Tavernetta will also offer specials at lunch all weekend for guests looking to celebrate while the sun is still in the sky. Tavernetta is located at 1889 Sixteenth St. Mall, Denver; 720.605.1889. For reservations in the dining room or lounge, please visit http://exploretock.com/
Barcelona Wine Bar
Teeming with energy, vibrant with the hum of conversation, and overflowing with dishes and drinks RiNo’s Barcelona Wine Bar (2900 Larimer St.) is just the place for a fun Gal-entine’s night out with the ladies. Grab your girls and take over a community high top at the seen-and-be-seen bar that is the heart of Barcelona and keep an eye on the action while you enjoy wines from the award-winning wine program, a boozy-yet-sophisticated craft cocktail like the Antídoto with Bodegas Tradicion Fino, green chartreuse, fresh cucumber juice and lime; and a spread of intensely flavored, bite sized tapas, paellas, and uniquely composed charcuterie boards. You and your gals can mix, match and munch, lingering for hours in the cool, casual space.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day bartaco (1048 Pearl St Suite 101, Boulder) is celebrating with a fan favorite, the crispy oyster taco. These crispy wild gulf oysters are soaked in buttermilk, dredged in cornmeal (seasoned masa) and served on their cooling and tangy oyster sauce––returning to the menu for a limited time, from 2/11 to 2/17. bartaco will also be accepting reservations for Valentine’s Day, simply call (719) 249-8226.
Skip the candlelit dinners and instead grab your honey and a seat at the casual, free-flowing Comida (2501 Dallas Street at Stanley Marketplace) bar and take a advantage of the happy vibe and joyful energy to spark a little romance with your cocktails. We suggest The Baby Maker to go with your tacos and gorditas; it’s got a cheeky name sure to make you laugh and has a naughty and sweet flavor profile with suerte blanco tequila, an herbal and sweet nostrum strawberry-hibiscus-jalapeño shrub, fresh lime, tart aperol and spicy tajín rim. Remember the name, and consider yourself warned.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
Elevate your Valentine’s Day beyond expectations at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House (8100 E. Orchard Road,). Executive Chef, Chase Wilbanks will help you, and the one you love, celebrate with rare wines, exquisite shared plates, hand-cut steaks and seafood. Enjoy their featured offerings including the 8oz Filet, Butter Poached Lobster Tail, Seared Jumbo Sea Scallop, Grilled Asparagus and Yuzu Hollandaise ($52) and for dessert indulge in Dark Chocolate Cheesecake, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, White Chocolate Curls with warm Godiva Chocolate Sauce ($12.5). The Valentine’s Day dinner feature will be available on Feb. 14, 15 and 16. Reservations are recommended, 303.796.0100.
Del Frisco’s Grille
Steak – delicious, uncomplicated, good on its own and stellar with the classic surf accompaniment — is the original romantic dinner. For Valentine’s Day, the team at Del Frisco’s Grille (100 St. Paul St.) is doing what they do best: steak, with a special menu just for the day featuring a selection of favorites (think flavors like the Asian/fusion Cheesesteak Eggrolls and the southern-inspired artichoke beignets) alongside two decadent specials: a 16 ounce, 45-day in-house dry aged Prime Strip an dish of Twin Lobster Tails with Miso Butter. Don’t miss the Molten Chocolate Cake on the dessert menu: Chocolate makes the heart beat faster. Reservations suggested: please call (303) 320-8529 for reservations.
Flagstaff House Restaurant
With wall-to-wall windows overlooking Boulder below and a quietly intimate dining space, few restaurants in the region can offer romance and views the way iconic 3rd generation family-run Flagstaff House Restaurant (1138 Flagstaff Rd, Boulder) can. It’s hard to compete: known for its award-winning wine cellar, superb fine-dining experience, and Chopped-Champion winning Execute Chef Chris Royster in the kitchen, the restaurant is a natural fit for a romantic and special occasion night out. This year Chef Chris and team are offering a special four course menu for the evening: four courses, . Executive Chef/Partner Chris Royster is planning a Valentine’s Day menu of four courses, specially designed for one night only, $108 per guest. Guests can also opt for the innovative Chef’s Tasting Menu for the evening, $128 per guest with an optional wine pairing of $108. The menu changes depending on seasonality and availability – think along the lines of Hamachi Poke, pheasant consommé, foie gras, Colorado Lamb Rack and Miyazaki Wagyu Ribeye cap. Reservations encouraged; please call 303.442.4640 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a spot for you and your loved one.
Max’s Wine Dive
Everyone knows nothing gets the blood pumping like a sexy glass or bottle of wine. But where to start? The fun-and-funky vino-lovers at Max’s Wine Dive (696 Sherman St.) want to steer you in the right direction with a great glass (or two) on Valentine’s Day in a fun, casual atmosphere, whether you’re celebrating with a group, with a special someone, or flying solo. Thinking bubblies? Try the Charles Ellner Carte Blanche, French Champagne for just $17 glass, and if you’re looking to impress you can drop a cool $240 on a bottle of Dom Pérignon. Hankering for something bright and zesty? Try the Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner, and if you’re in the mood forsomething voluptuous and powerful try the Morey 1er Cru Les Embazees by the bottle. Finally, if you’re feeling rich, powerful and bold you’ll love the Quinta do Crasto ‘Vinhas Velhas’ Reserva, and finish off your tour of wines with the Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos. Wash all this wine down with an order of the Famous Southern Fried Chicken, deep fried in jalapeno buttermilk low and slow until it’s cracking and juicy, served on a bed of southern mashers, buttery collard greens, Texas toast and chipotle honey – best enjoyed with a glass of champagne, because as the team says, “Why the hell not?”
Punch Bowl Social
Visit Punch Bowl Social (Broadway or Stapleton location) this Valentine’s Day: they’ve got all the drinking needs covered, whatever your relationship status may be. So, whether you’re single, self-partnered, single-curious, taken, unsure, who knows, or “it’s complicated”, come celebrate not-celebrating Valentine’s Day. “Shot Through The Heart,” the specialty punch, is the perfect shareable bowl to enjoy with your closest friends and the special ladies in your life. Made with Teakoe Pear Tea, Old Forester Bourbon, and Strawberry Cinnamon Shrub, this rosy-hued punch is a festive way to celebrate all forms of love. While you’re at it, order some Sriracha Peanut Fries or Cauliflower Nachos for the table to snack on.
On Valentine’s Day, you don’t need to blow the bank or wear a tie to get a great meal in Denver. Executive Chef/Owner Bill Espiricueta at Smōk leans heavily on his fine-dining and technique driven background to produce his elevated smoked and grilled meats along with southern-inspired sides and desserts; he also loves a great Happy Hour as much as anyone else and on Valentine’s Day it’s no different. Stop in between 3-6 pm for KC and TX-style barbecue versions of his favorite fun eats, like Brisket Boudin Balls, a brisket grilled cheese, Dealers’ Choice Quesadillas and Nashville Hot Tots. Bites range from $5 to $7, and drinks like classic Collins, daiquiris and sours can be had for $6. Don’t miss the beer & shot, $9 for a craft draft and paired shot (e.g., think along the lines of the Sherry Hits the Boulevard with whisky & Boulevard beer and the King & His Horse, tequila and Little Kings Cream Ale).