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Dec 4, 2009 08:21 AM

Denver area high end vegetarian?

I want to get a gift cert. for my daughter and SIL to thank them for helping me out after a recent surgery. I know my daughter would love to go somewhere that she could dress up. She was talking about all the nice dresses she has, and never gets to wear them.
They are vegetarians. Not vegan, but strict vegetarian.
Are there any higher end places out there that serve at least some nice vegetarian options?
Thanks for any help.

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  1. This is a toghy since nearly every high end restaurant serves vegetarian options. Check out Rioja, Potager, Duo and Twelve. Those stick out as a few options that wouldn't disappoint and she could wear a dress to.


    1. My reaction is the same as kosslerj's, most good restaurants in the area have veggie options. Certainly true in Boulder (where I am more familiar with the options). In Boulder, we even have one nice all-vegetarian restaurant, I have never been but heard good things:

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      1. re: LurkerDan

        Denver's not really a dressy place, which I was reminded of when dining at Quince in SF recently with a room full of turned-out diners. Rioja always has the rotating Vegetarian Four Squares on their dinner menu plus great soups and pastas like the Artichoke Tortelloni. Fruition always has a two-course Grazing Vegetarians option. Root Down is more hip than swanky, but they seem very veggie-friendly to me. I really enjoyed their carrot and red curry soup on a recent visit. If you want more than the standard vegetarian menu options, mentioning it when booking a table will probably result in a better experience. I'd recommend seeing what Restaurant Kevin Taylor or Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder can do (both are places where they'd be comfortable dressed up).

        And if you REALLY want to thank them, send them to vegetarian godsend Ubuntu in Napa. It is no surprise that the chefs came from one of my other favorite places in the country besides Frasca, Manresa. I will eat just about anything and did not even miss meat during my meal at Ubuntu.

        1431 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202

        Restaurant Kevin Taylor
        1106 Fourteenth Street, Denver, CO 80202

        Root Down
        1600 W. 33rd Avenue, Denver, CO 80211

        1. re: rlm

          CH did not auto-add all of the links, so here are the other two in the metro area:

          Frasca Food and Wine

          Fruition Restaurant
          1313 E. 6th Avenue, Denver, CO 80218

          Frasca Food & Wine
          1738 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302

        2. re: LurkerDan

          I had a veggie GF and we went a couple times. My fave was the Jamaican Jerk Tempeh w/ forbidden rice. Cool spot, organic bar.

          Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant
          2010 16th St, Boulder, CO 80302

        3. If you've looking for really upscale, you can get a gift certificate to any really good restaurant , and they'll accommodate guests' mealessness. In Boulder, restaurants are used to it.