Hey Hounds I am going to be in Denver for the weekend of the July 4th and would like to treat my girlfriend to a nice dinner. We are staying at the Hyatt Regency downtown and will have a vehicle at our disposal, however I understand that with the Rockies in town that might be a pain.
So here is what I am looking for....Something upscale (she wants to dress up), I am open on cuisine, and moderately priced.
Cuisine: Italian, seafood, Steak, Mexican, Thai, New American.....Anything fun and inventive as well.
Cost: $150-$200 for both of us including a couple drinks.
Location: Prefer Downtown but wont rule anything out.
I enjoy Vesta Dipping Grill in the Lodo area. Should be walking distance from Hyatt. It is a very fun restaurant with lots of choices.
Panzano in the Hotel Monaco is always a treat too. Very good northern Italian food. Fine wine list. Congenial female chef, Elise Wiggins, who comes around and says hello when she can spare a few moments. You might even save a few bucks if you will be in town Sunday evening and like steak. Panzano now offers a 32-ounce (I think) T-bone, which they call a Bistecca, with a choice of side dishes for $29 for two.
Rioja in Larimer Square never fails to impress with its creative spin on Mediterranean/Spanish, and although dinner here could be at the high end of your price range, it's totally worth it. A couple other ideas: the 9th Door in LoDo for delicious tapas in moderately swanky environs; Sushi Sasa in Lower Highland does beautiful fish in a clean, modern setting; and though you would have to drive, intimate Fruition serves up fab seasonal fare.
1313 E. 6th Avenue, Denver, CO 80218
1431 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202
1808 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202
2401 15th Street, Suite 80, Denver, CO 80202