Where: 18th and Blake Street in LoDo
To say that I’ve been on a lot of dates this year is an understatement. Not only have I gotten to know my boyfriend better, but I’ve also gotten to know the Denver date night scene. And just like in a romantic movie, I just can’t quit Vesta Dipping Grill and have named it as the best Denver date spot of 2013.
While the food without a doubt is some of the best that I’ve had in the city (we’ll get to that in a minute), what makes Vesta different than all the rest is the fantastic service. From the hostesses to the servers, everyone that I’ve ever come into contact with at Vesta has been absolutely amazing in terms of making sure that you have a great evening. In my experience, nothing can ruin a date more that dealing with a snobby server. It can take the date mood from great to downright horrible in no time at all. I can guarantee that you will not have this problem at Vesta. Every server that I’ve had while dining there has been extremely knowledgeably and helpful. But when all is said and done, being the Best of Denver Date Night isn’t just about the atmosphere. The menu should also also be up to par and Vesta does not disappoint.
The drink selection at Vesta will please just about anyone. They have cocktails mixed with every type of liquor you can imagine, and with fun names like A Bitter Old Man and Vote for Pedro, you and your date will have fun picking out something to sip on. My personal favorite, the Where the Buffalo Roam served on the rocks is mixed with Buffalo Trace bourbon, Laird’s Applejack, house made grenadine and ginger beer. It’s a great choice to give you that liquid courage to keep the conversation going, but between the small plates and entrees you’ll most likely have plenty to talk about.
I have tried almost all of the small plates at Vesta Dipping Grill and have always been extremely satisfied. Most recently, our server recommended the Pan Roasted Beet Salad. I’m sure you’re thinking, ‘Beets? I’m on a date and beets don’t exactly scream romance, unless you’re Dwight Schrute.’ I agree but hear me out. The salad was served warm with candied pine nuts, mouco Camembert brulee and sherry vinaigrette; it was insanely good and I highly recommend it. It has a bold flavor but is still light enough that you won’t be too full before your entrée. I also order the House Made Tagliatelle every time I go to Vesta. Their homemade egg noodles are topped with the season’s freshest ingredients, making it a perfect plate to share.
When it comes to entrees, you cannot go wrong with the Grilled Beef Tenderloin. The tenderloin is cooked to perfection and topped with hazel dell mushrooms. Served with caramelized onion mashed potatoes and roasted tomatoes, the entrée is a twist to a classic meal and is delicious. What makes Vesta’s version special is that it is served with three homemade sauces. The Black Pepper Aioli, Roasted Corn and Sweet Onion BBQ sauces can be mixed and matched with the entrée according to your taste preference, making it a unique meal. Top the night off with the Chocolate Truffle Trio, an assortment of house made truffles with ingredients like chocolate peanut butter and maldon sea salt.
From the first encounter with the hostess to the last bite of dessert, Vesta Dipping Grill has it all. The candle lit ambiance, great service and delicious food all help make for a wonderful night to spend with someone that you care about. The point of a date should be to have fun getting to know the person you are with and Vesta Dipping Grill is the perfect setting to make that happen.
Photos by Adam Ripplinger, 303 Magazine.