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Thanksgiving Dinner in Denver

ellen2321 Sep 25, 2011 06:27 AM

My dad and I will be in Denver, away from our family, for Thanksgiving this year. We will be staying downtown. Are there any good restaurants in Denver offering Thanksgiving dinner? Any recommendations? When do they start taking reservations? Thank you!

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    baker5555 Sep 25, 2011 02:13 PM

    Oh yes, you'll have your choice of places. It will depend on what you want, how much you want to spend, and how far you want to go.

    You might want to start by calling your hotel and asking them for recommendations. Many of the downtown hotels have nice dinners. If yours doesn’t, they’ll know what’s close to the hotel.

    Here are a few, but there are many more.

    It’s a little early for much advertising yet, but here’s one good place that has information on their website already:

    1515 Restaurant

    These are good downtown places that served Thanksgiving dinners in the past:

    The Palm
    Altitude Restaurant

    The Corner Office

    These aren’t downtown, but they’re good, and close to I-25.

    Cool River Café

    The Inverness Hotel

    But if you want something very unique and special, and don’t mind driving for 30 minutes or so, you need to go here:

    The Fort

    Any of them will take reservations now.

    Full disclosure - I haven't been to them for Thanksgiving, but I have for regular dinner. They're all good, but if I had the budget, I'd go to the Fort.

    The Fort
    19192 Hwy. 8, Morrison, CO 80465

    1515 Restaurant
    1515 Market Street, Denver, CO 80202

    The Palm - Denver
    1672 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO 80202

    Cool River Cafe
    8000 E Belleview Ave Ste C10, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

    Altitude Restaurant - Hyatt Regency Denver
    650 15th Street, Denver, CO 80202

    Garden Terrace at The Inverness Hotel
    200 Inverness Drive West, Englewood, CO 80112

    The Corner Office
    1401 Market St, Denver, CO 80202

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      ClaireWalter Nov 17, 2011 05:42 AM

      If you ARE willing to drive as far as Boulder (which isn't all THAT far), consider Black Cat Bistro. The owner/chef/farmer Eric Skokan, raises most of why he serves on his 70-acre farm. For Thanksgiving, guests are encouraged to pay what they can for their meal in the hopes of embracing the spirit of giving -- and to reflect the original Thanksgiving. They will put out a donation box so all guests can pay what they feel their meal was worth and hopefully to leave a little more and help out someone less fortunate. A portion of proceeds to go to Boulder County's Community Food Share. Meal service begins at 2 p.m. (http://www.blackcatboulder.com


      Black Cat
      1964 13th Street, Boulder, CO 80302

    2. LurkerDan Sep 25, 2011 04:35 PM

      Panzano is a downtown "hotel restaurant" and is quite good. I bet they will be open and have something awesome.

      909 17th St., Denver, CO 80202

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        ClaireWalter Sep 29, 2011 05:10 AM

        The Brown Palace serves Thanksgiving dinner. Not sure in which restaurant (that might change from year to year) or whether it's buffet-style or table service. But it is a splendid landmark with a memorable ambiance. Also, check out Restaurant Kevin Taylor in the Hotel Teatro. Contemporary rather than historic look. Also excellent food & fine service.

        Restaurant Kevin Taylor
        1106 Fourteenth Street, Denver, CO 80202

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          ellen2321 Nov 12, 2011 11:11 AM

          As Tday approaches I have taken a closer look at the options. I have narrowed down some of the options. The Fort sounds delicious but I'd rather go on a night where I can eat off the regular menu. I think we are looking for a buffet dinner where we have more options than a plated dinner. The Iverness buffet looks incredible but it's a little steep at $56pp, I'm not sure I can eat enough to make it worth it. Though I might be tempted to go if someone has been before and enjoyed it. On the other hand, I don't want to end up eatting a turkey dinner that tastes like cafeteria food. I have looked through all the options on Open Table's list and a few other places and I'm having a hard time deciding what sounds good. I definitely don't mind a drive but probably not as far as Boulder. Any recommendations would be appreciated!

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          1. re: ellen2321
            vtgoodeats Nov 13, 2011 09:26 AM

            Here are 2 links with restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner. I would also call some other popular places in the downtown area to see if they are serving - Panzano, Colt & Gray, TAG,etc (check out top 25 Denver restaurants listed in 5280 mag.... http://culinary-colorado.com/2011/10/05/5280-names-top-25-denver-restaurants-of-2011/


            Based on what is listed in the links below, I would go to Salt in Boulder. It has a beautiful atmosphere and great food. That is a 25-30 minute drive from downtown. Tech center/Inverness is 20 minutes and I would take Boulder charm over the Tech Center any day.

            McCormicks Downtown is a classic establishment and would probably serve a great meal. If Restaurant Kevin Taylor is serving, that would be a good option too.



            Restaurant Kevin Taylor
            1106 Fourteenth Street, Denver, CO 80202

            909 17th St., Denver, CO 80202

            Colt & Gray
            1553 Platte Street, Denver, CO 80202

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            ClaireWalter Nov 17, 2011 09:05 PM

            Another thought: District Meats, Charlie Palmer's new restaurant in LoDo, is opening on Monday. They will be doing a $35, 3-course prix fixe dinner featuring heritage turkey. 1/2-price for children 12 and under. They will also have their regular a la carte menu available. (http://www.charliepalmer.com/Properti...)

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