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Nov 9, 2010 12:33 PM

Special Occassion Place in Denver

My husband recently got some good news about graduate schools that is worth celebrating. I am looking for a true special occassion place. Thinking of some place with excellent food and amazing service. Pre-fix or special menus a plus.

Trying to find some place interesting outside the "steakhouse" relm. I know Elways, Morton's, Cap Grille are nice but have been to several over the years. Looking for something unique.

Elway's Restaurant
2500 E 1st Ave Ste B101, Denver, CO 80206

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  1. What part of town are you thinking about. Panzano's is Northern Italian near the 16th Street Mall. Rioja is another favorite fine dining place for lunch or dinner.

    Panzano @ 909 17th Street, Denver, CO 303 - 296 - 3525.
    Rioja @ 1431 Larimer St., Denver, CO 303 - 820 - 2282.

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    1. re: Littleman

      I second rioja. We went for my birthday and food and service were excellent

      1. re: Littleman

        We live in Cherry Creek but open to anywhere in the greater Denver area. Would even venture to Boulder if there is a place worth the trip.

      2. I don't know if they have a tasing menu, but Mizuna makes a great special occasion restaurant. Nice setting, excellent service and great food. Too pricey for a regular stop (on my budget) but great for special occasions!

        225 East Seventh Avenue, Denver, CO 80203

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        1. re: DrakeRemoray

          Mizuna does indeed have a tasting menu, although everyone at the table has to get the tasting menu. Definitely a good bet for a special occasion.

          225 East Seventh Avenue, Denver, CO 80203

        2. IM(very)HO, the choice of the most special of Denver's special occasion places must include the Palace Arms in the Brown Palace and Restaurant Kevin Taylor in the Hotel Teatro. Both have really classy atmosphere and fine service -- and definitely not have steakhouse ambience. Or come up to Boulder and celebrate at Frasca or the Flagstaff House. Whatever you decide, let them know that you are celebrating when you make your reservation. A fine restaurant will often add a special something to the occasion. And, BTW, congratulations.

          Restaurant Kevin Taylor
          1106 Fourteenth Street, Denver, CO 80202

          Flagstaff House Restaurant
          1138 Flagstaff Dr, Boulder, CO 80302

          1. I don't know if you watch the show, but Top Chef on Bravo's season winner a few years ago works at a restaurant in Denver called Jax Fish House. It is directly in Downtown Denver and the restaurant is fabulous- most famously known for their great happy hour deals and unbelievable fish (considering we are a land-locked state, this is pretty impressive!) Check out their website:

            Jax Fish House
            928 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302

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            1. re: Boulder_Eats

              Chef Hosea Rosenberg the Top Chef winner was the exec at Jax in Boulder (now listed as "friend for life and guest chef"). Sheila Lucero has been the exec chef at Jax in Denver and now oversees Boulder too. Hosea has a food truck: and his own website

              I would go with Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder for a special occasion, as they make everyone feel special like no one else can. They recently underwent a stunning renovation and have a spectacular four-course tasting menu available which the staff can expertly pair wines with.

            2. I would say The 9th Door or Luca D'Italia. Even thought Ondo's is in CC and it's tapas as well, 9th Door is much better, cheaper and has a better vibe. Luca is just tasty and great for special occasions. Have fun!

              9th Door
              1808 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202

              Luca D'Italia
              711 Grant Avenue, Denver, CO 80203