Best restaurants in DEN
Did a search and didn't really find much up-to-date on what folks would consider to be the best restaurants in Denver. I realize that's pretty broad, so to narrow it, here's the situation: We're flying in next Friday afternoon and are looking for a good place to eat Friday night before driving to Cheyenne. I want great food and don't care if it's served on a hubcap (a bit of an exaggeration there). My fiancee wants a cool place with a stylish ambiance. Any suggestions on a happy medium? Any place that's both? As far as price range is concerned, I'm willing to spend (what I would consider) a lot on this dinner ... around $30/$40 per entree. Thanks for any help!
The Denver restaurant that everybody on this board has been raving about (deservedly) is Fruition. It has a very relaxed, stylish vibe. If your FI is looking for something that is a little more urban feeling, I'd also consider Potager, Table 6, Vesta, or Duo.
1313 E. 6th Avenue, Denver, CO 80218
1109 Ogden St, Denver, CO 80218
609 Corona St., Denver, CO 80218
2413 W. 32nd Ave., Denver, CO 80211
Vesta Dipping Grill
1822 Blake Street, Denver, CO 80202
Some notes from my very first visit in '06: Tiny wine list. Ordered a POM martini that ended up being a POM sparkler served in a flute. Marinated olives and crispy flatbread to start. My friendly server recommended the crab cakes appetizer and the grilled pork chop with buttermilk mashed potatoes as the main. I finished with the sticky toffee pudding. Not my "most favorite ever" preparations of any of the items I ordered, but the food was all fresh, comforting, and flavorful.
As of March of this year, they now take reservations for all-size parties (previously was just for 6+). They occasionally have special dinners (farmer's market dinners featuring local-area farms, beer dinners, etc.).
As rlm said, Duo is in the West Highlands neighborhood (32nd and Zuni). They have a rotating seasonal menu and buy a lot from localn providers. I've had some nice, comforting dinners there, and am a big fan of their brunch. I'd rate their food good to very good. It's one of my favorite restaurant spaces in town. Here's their website: http://www.duodenver.com/
Table 6 is in Capital Hill (6th and Corona) and serves, to use a generic term, American bistro food. They've been open 2-3 years, and they were ridiculously overhyped at first (the food writer for Esquire picked it as one of the best new restaurants in the country that year, but IMHO, it wasn't even the best new restaurant in Denver). The food is good, and the space really nice, but the hype briefly turned it into a destination restaurant, which it really never should have been. Now that that has died down, it has relaxed into what it really should be: a neighborhood restaurant that serves reliably good food in a stylish but unpretentious setting. Their website is www.table6denver.com