Still stuck trying to figure out where to eat this Valentine’s Day? Filled with anxiety because you’re worried your date will judge you on your restaurant choice?  Have you already spent several hours on OpenTable paralyzed with indecisiveness? We feel you. That’s why we’ve compiled 29 recommendations complete with everything you need including dinner cost, how to make a reservation, detailed menu descriptions, and even specific categories so you can navigate V-Day like a pro. And if you’re looking for something other than just dinner, check out our list of events including burlesque shows, cooking classes, chocolate and beer pairings and more.

Bombay Clay Oven Kama Sutra Dinner
*Suited for the adventurous/Good deal*

When: February 14
Where: 165 Steele St, Denver, CO
Cost:$96.69 per couple. Call (303) 377-4454 to make reservations
What: a five-course dinner featuring aphrodisiac ingredients such as oysters and cardamom at a Cherry Creek Indian restaurant.
Menu: First Course: Cupid’s calamari salad with calamari rings, pomegranate, goat cheese served over greens with basil red wine vinaigrette. Second Course: Lover’s Bisque made with oysters simmered in coconut milk with a hint of fresh ginger, garlic. & mushrooms. Third Course: Crush on You Crab cakes made with crabmeat mixed with onions, cilantro, & cumin, lightly sautéed. Fourth Course (pick one): Oooh Baby Shrimp Pulao made with baby shrimp lightly sautéed, with a hint of cinnamon & cardamom & mixed with saffron & long grained Basmati rice; Pomegranate Chicken Rendezvous made with chicken breast stuffed with an exotic blend of seasoned Indian cheese, then enveloped in delicious pomegranate & cherry cream sauce; Lucious lobster tail with garlic, butter, lemon, coconut & a hint of curry leaves; Lip-Smacking Lamb Rib with succulent lamb rib marinated with fresh ginger, garlic, cumin & coriander then grilled to perfection; Ajwain To Kiss You Naan with leavened flatbread lightly sprinkled with Ajwain Seeds & baked to perfection.Fifth Course: Milk & flour hearts with a hint of cardamom & Roses oIn the Mood Mango Mousse with mound of silky, green cardamom© & Mango© flavored mousse.

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Suited for the adventurous/craft cocktail consumers/good deal *

When:  February 12 &13,  5-11 p.m, February 14, 5-10 p.m.
Where:  2134 Larimer St, Denver
Cost: $40 per person. Call (303) 379-9759 for reservations.
What: A three-course meal at the new modern Thai restaurant in the heart of the downtown Ballpark neighborhood.
Menu: The farm to table Asian cuisine, consisting of Thai classics like Pad Thai and contemporary Asian plates like spicy alligator, comes with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. 

Nocturne Jazz & Supper Club
*Meant for music lovers*

When: February 14, late seating at 9 p.m.
Where: 1330 27th St, Denver
Cost: To reserve, click here, or call (303) 295-3333.
What: a four-course New Orleans-influenced menu set inside a 1920s style jazz club with a live performance from the Wellington Bullings and Scott Martin Trio.
Menu: Oysters three ways; Louisiana barbecue shrimp with maque choux and basil jalapeño foam; crawfish gumbo raviolo with andouille broth and charred okra; lobster risotto with Creole-spiced roast vegetable salad; a beef duo of braised short rib and ribeye cap with apple-yam gratin; and a box of house-made sweets and chocolates.

 D Bar
*Great for dessert/Group dinner/ Great deal/Vegetarians*

When: February 14
Where: 494 E 19th Ave
Cost: $200 for 4 people. Get tickets here.
What: a group dinner four-course at a dessert-focused restaurant in Uptown from celebrity chef  Keegan Gerhard
Menu: First course (choose one): Steak Tartare with 7x Ranch beef  quail egg  fingerling potato chips  micro onions or Avocado fondue with mascarpone, chèvre and  roasted garlic fry bread or Tiger Shrimp & Scallop Ceviche grilled diver scallop  rock shrimp, avocado, pomegranate, Cara Cara oranges, cucumber- lime agua fresca. Second course (choose one): Cocoa Dusted Duck with pan roasted Maple Leaf Farms duck breast  forbidden rice, red lentils, smoked tiny carrots, red curry beurre blanc or Kobe Steak & Lobster with 7x Ranch American wagyu sirloin, grilled lobster tail  potato gratin  grilled asparagus or Grilled Vegetables & Fettuccini with grilled broccolini, spaghetti squash, hand rolled red pepper fettuccine, mushroom ragout. Third Course: Prickly Pear Soup & Lime Yogurt Sorbet. Fourth Course :Tasting of Red Fruit & White Chocolate or Textures of chocolate & carmel.

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D Bar dessert. Photo by Kiddest Metaferia

Cafe Marmotte
*Perfect place for romance*

When: February 14
Where: 290 S Downing St, Denver, CO
What: Dinner at an intimate French bistro in the Wash Park Neighborhood. Call (303) 999-0395 to make a reservation.
Menu: Regular menu of French classic like Coq au Vin and Colorado braised beef cheeks will be available. All guest will be greeted with an amuse and a glass of champagne.  Also, ladies will receive a rose.

 The Squeaky Bean
*Good for craft cocktail consumers*

When:  February 12 & 13,  5-11 p.m, February 14, 5-10 p.m.
Where: 1500 Wynkoop St #101, Denver
Cost: $60 per person. Call 303-623-2665 for reservations.
What: a three course meal at the eclectic farm driven LoDo restaurant
Menu: First course (choose one): mussels and saffron billi bi fresh orange. Growhaus butter lettuce salad with avocado­ basil vinaigrette. Burrata olive tapenade and crispy potatoes. Second course (choose one): lamb meatballs with potato puree and pistachio gremolata. Boulder Natural Chicken with creamy polenta, carrots and curry. Skuna Bay salmon  with crispy sunchoke salad and lobster sauce. Vegetarian posole rancho gordo hominy and greens. Third course (choose one): chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and salted caramel ice cream. Seasonal fruit and sorbet. Regular menu not available.

 Russell’s Smokehouse
*Best Deal*

When: February 14
Where: 1422 Larimer St, Denver
Cost: $60 per couple. Call 720-524-8050 for reservations
What: a three course meal served at a hip underground old west barbecue joint in Larimer Square.
Menu: First course: Grilled shrimp with fennel, watercress, argula and a roasted garlic vingeratte. Second course: Smoked flat iron steak or smoked sea scallops served with sauteed carrots, asparagus, wild rice, pickled figs and coaco yam puree. Third course: Mulato chile apple cobbler topped with smoked honey ice cream.

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Russel’s Smokehouse. Photo by Roman Tafoya

Beast + Bottle
*Perfect place for romance*

When: February 14
Where: 719 E 17th Ave, Denver. Call (303) 623-3223 for reservations
What: An a la carte menu with two specials (below) in a cozy Uptown restaurant that focuses on nose-to-tail butchery
Menu: Special includes a Valentine’s Brunch Special of smoked Andouille sausage, lobster and Anson Mills grits. Also a My Sherry Amour cocktail made with Sip Smith Sloe Gin, Lillet Rose, Leopold Brothers Apertivo, Lustau Manzanilla Sherry.

FIRE at Art Hotel
 *Amazing for the art lover/Great for staycation*

When: February 14
Where: 1201 Broadway, Denver
Cost: . $69/person + $40 with wine pairings. Reservations can be made by calling 303.572.8000.
What: A five-course dinner at a luxe rooftop restaurant in Denver’s new Art Hotel.
Menu: Dinner includes a double-bone Colorado Lamb Chop split table side, a shared St. Valentine Cake Duet complete with two flourless molten chocolate teardrop cakes in the shape of a heart, and “his and her” specialty cocktails.

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Fire at the Art Hotel. Photo by Camille Breslin.

Linger
*Suited for the adventurous*

When: February 14
Where: 2030 W 30th Ave, Denver
Cost: $75 a person. Call (303) 993-3120 to make reservations
What: A three-course meal set in a hip, cheeky LoHi eatery that was once the Olinger Mortuary.
Menu: The multi-course meal will riff on the globally inspired small plates that hail from Asia, Africa, South Asia, Middle East & the Americas and Europe.  Specific menu not available.

Root Down
*Good for vegetarians*

When:  February 14
Where: 1600 W 33rd Ave, Denver, CO
Cost: $75 a person. Call (303) 993-4200 to make reservations
What: A three-course meal hosted at a funky restaurant set in a converted gas station.
Menu: The dinner will serve a take on its American, often vegetable-forward dishes. Exact menu not available.

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Beef Wellington at Mizuna. Photo by Camille Breslin.

Mizuna
*Perfect place for romance and wine lovers*

When: February 14
Where: 225 E 7th Ave, Denver
Cost: $125 per person. $200 with wine pairings. $10 optional cheese course. Call (303) 832-4778 to make reservations.
What: a five-course meal at a romantic fine dining New American restaurant from Denver restaurateur Frank Bonnano.
Menu:  First Course: Tuna Tataki or Baby kale salad. Second course: Crescenza Ravioli or Ricotta Cavatelli. Third course: Slow roasted turbot or seared sea diver scallops. Fourth course: Veal wellington or Magret duck breast. Optional cheese course ($10). Fifth course: Milk chocolate pot de creme or strawberry cheesecake. 

Second Home Kitchen + Bar
*Perfect place for romance/ Great for staycation*

When: February 12- 14
Where: 150 Clayton Ln, Denver
What: A special Valentine’s menu at a chic, fire lit restaurant in Cherry Creek located in the JW Marriot. Call (303) 253-3000 for reservations.
Menu: Half dozen pacific oysters or house cured and smoked sturgeon carpaccio for $18. Seared diver scallops with goat cheese and beet tortelloni ($36), trio espresso rubbed duck breast with confit ($35), and grilled New York steak + lobster with potato gnocchi ($45). Try the passion fruit and chocolate ice cream sandwich for dessert ($12)

The Nickel. Photo courtesy of Hotel Teatro

The Nickel. Photo courtesy of Hotel Teatro

Hotel Teatro & The Nickel
*Great for staycation*

When: February 12-14
Where: 1100 14th St., Denver
Cost: Hotel Rates from $459, call (888) 727-1200 for reservations.
What: A room service dining experience from The Nickel for guests staying at Hotel Teatro.
Menu: A half dozen oysters, crab-stuffed avocado, and a banana split with whipped cream and chocolate strawberries. The package also includes a $50 breakfast or room service credit for The Nickel.

Postino WineCafe
*Good spot for casual dining & wine lovers*

When: February 14, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: 2715 17th St, Denver
What: Dinner at an italian inspired casual winecafe perched on 17th street in LoHi in a former book bindery.
Menu: a free round of rosé with regular menu selections including their seasonal bruschetta with jalapeño & garlic herb cream cheese topped with arugula, roasted yellow tomato, diced red tomato, tangy corn and finished with a bit more jalapeño and crispy roast beef

Elway’s Downtown
*Great place for steak*

When: February 13, 5 p.m – February 15, 9:30 p.m
Where: 1881 Curtis St., Denver
Cost: $75 per person. Call (303) 312-3107 for reservations
What: A chef-crafted Valentines dinner in the heart of downtown Denver at a swanky award-winning steakhouse inside the Ritz-Carlton.
Menu: Amuse Bouche, beet salad, Beef Wellington with prime filet and organic baby vegetables, and his and hers chocolate lava cakes for dessert.

The Fort
*Suited for the adventurous/Good deal*

When:  February 14,  5 p.m. – close
Where: 19192 CO-8, Morrison, CO
Cost: $59 a person. Make a reservation online or by calling 303-697-4771.
What: a three-course meal at an iconic Colorado restaurant modeled off an old west fort that specializes in Western cuisine.
Menu: Menu includes enjoy crab salad canapé, and for the main event, an 8-ounce buffalo filet rubbed in Dixon red chile, served with au gratin potatoes and fresh, seasonal vegetables. For dessert, indulge in a heart-shaped chile dark chocolate and bourbon cake for two.

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The Fort. Photo by Brittany Werges.

Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House
*Perfect place for romance & theater fans*

When: February 13- 14, 4- 9 p.m
Where: 14th and Curtis St., Denver
Cost: $75 per person, $35 for wine pairing. Call (303) 640-1012 to make reservations.
What: A four-course menu at an upscale restaurant in LoDo set inside the underbelly of the Denver Center of Performing Arts.
Menu: French foie gras mousse, butter-poached Maine lobster with coconut pumpkin risotto, New York beef strip loin and veal cheek raviolis, and Tahitian vanilla bean cheesecake with cranberry compote for dessert.

Frasca Food and Wine
*Perfect place for romance/wine lovers*

When: February 14
Where: 1738 Pearl St., Boulder
Cost: $110 per person. Call (303)-442-6966 to make reservations.
What: A four-course menu, two options per course, at an award winning fine-dining Italian restaurant owned by a master sommelier.
Menu: Antipasta: Insalata of baby lettuces, gorgonzola, celery and pomegranate or Capesante of diver scallop, ricotta, winter citrus and lardo. Primi: Spaghetti with Maine lobster, tarragon and espellette pepper or Tortelli Buckner Farm lamb shank, mint and preserved lemon. Secondi: Pesce of tilefish, saffron, pineut and sultana or Manzo of Wagyu ribeye, horseradish, carrot and beet. Dolci: Torta of 63 percent chocolate, vanilla, apple butter and dulcey chocolate gelato or Mousse with Champagne, vialone nano, almond and Ruby Red grapefruit.

Baur’s Restaurant
*Meant for music lovers*

When: February 12-14
Where: 1512 Curtis St, Denver. Call
Cost: $75/couple, or an additional $18 with wine pairings. Call (303) 615-4000 for reservations.
What: A  four-course dinner in a sprawling historic restaurant and listening lounge. The night will also include live music from 8 p.m. – midnight on Friday & Saturday, and 6 – 10 p.m.  Sunday. $10 cover for those not dining but wanting to enjoy the music.
Menu: Four-course meal consisting of modern Italian cuisine with Valentine’s Day-inspired cocktails  or “Love Potions” throughout the weekend. The Love Potions cost $11 on Friday and Saturday but are available as a two-for-one offer on Sunday.

Max's Wine Dive. Photo by Kim Baker

Max’s Wine Dive. Photo by Kim Baker

MAX’s Wine Dive
*Good spot for casual dinning & wine lovers*

When: February 12- 14
Where: 696 Sherman St., Denver
Cost: $100 per couple. Call (303) 593-2554 for reservations. 
What: A three-course meal at a casual wine-focused restaurant in Governor’s park.
Menu: Amuse Bouche of Goat Cheese and Arugula Crostini, champagne salad, choice of Achiote Pork Tenderloin or Achiote Ahi Tuna and for Dessert, Death by Chocolate Cake. $23 Bubble Flights and $50 bottles of Shramsberg Blanc de Blanc or Blanc De Noir

 Kachina Southwestern Grill at the Westin
*Great for staycation*

When: February 13 – 14
Where: 10600 Westminster Blvd, Westminster
Cost: $45. Call 303.410.5813 to make reservations
What: An a la carte, or a three-course dinner at a Southwestern-inspired upscale restaurant set inside the Westminster Westin.
Menu: Conchinita Pibil, made with braised pork, pickled onion, pineapple, and local corn tortillas; Vegetarian Posole Verde, with tomatillo, jalapeño, poblano, hominy, pico de gallo, avocado, and cabbage; Crab Cake, served with chipotle aioli, baby arugula salad, and lemon vinaigrette; 16 oz. Pork T-Bone, with braised pork belly, tequila cherries, ancho chilies, and yukon gold potatoes; Southwestern Tiramisu, made with Patron-soaked cake, whipped marscapone, chocolate covered strawberry, and chocolate ganache; Prickly Pear Cream Puffs, served with cinnamon caramel dipping sauce

Dunbar Kitchen & Tap House
*Awesome for casual dining*

When: February 14
Where: 2844 Welton St., Denver. Go here to make a reservation.
What: A casual, romantic three-course dinner in the heart of Five Points.
Menu: A three-course meal including an appetizer, entree, and dessert. Enjoy either wine, beers, or cocktails included for you and your guest.

 Coohills
*Perfect place for romance*

When: February 13 & February 14 at 5 p.m.
Where: 1400 Wewatta St., Denver
Cost: $85 per person, $135 with wine pairings (tax and tip not included). Reservations also can be made at [email protected] or by calling 303-623-5700
What: A six-course meal set at a modern French/European restaurant nestled in the heart of downtown right on the Platte River.
Menu: Hearts of palm salad accented with rose hips; foie gras with quince and smoked maple; duck agnolotti with parsnips and hazelnuts; short ribs enhanced by cocoa, huckleberry and chestnut; and Valrhona chocolate mousse with cherry ice cream. House-made truffles and macaroons. Optional wine pairings include Arrowood Vineyard’s “special select, late harvest” 2012 Russian River Riesling, as well as the 2013 Simi Landslide Cabernet and a sparkling brut from Roederer Estate.

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Coohills. Photo by Glenn Ross.

Zengo & La Biblioteca
*Suited for the adventurous /Excellent for the tequila lover*

When: February 13- 14
Where: 1610 Little Raven St., Denver
Cost: $65 per person. Call (720) 904-0965 for reservations.
What: Four-course dinner menu at two Latin-Asian inspired restaurants in Riverfront Park.
Menu: Choice of Asian pear salad, tomato burrata salad or hamachi ceviche for course one,  choice of ribeye gyoza, lobster spring roll, pork belly Bao, or the Seared Day-Boat Scallop for course two, and for the main course, your choice of either braised beef short rib, Shanghai skirt steak, miso black cod, lemongrass adobo chicken or crispy tofu. Select the flourless chocolate cake or the Modern Mexican for dessert.

1515 Restaurant
*Perfect place for romance*

When: February 14, 5- 10 p.m
Where: 1515 Market St., Denver
Cost: $90 per person. Call (303) 571-0011 for reservations. 
What: “Le Tour de France”- A seven-course fine dining menu in a historic Denver setting
Menu: A fresh oyster Amuse Bouche, Escargots et Champignons, Coquilles St. Jacques, Roasted Quail, Steak Au Poivre, Salad Verte, and your choice of dessert. Find further menu details here.

 

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Yellowtail serrano with cilantro and ponzu at Blue Sushi Sake. Photo by Kyle Cooper

Blue Sushi Sake Grill
*Suited for the adventurous*

When: February 14
Where: Denver location, 1616 16th St. Centennial location 2154 E Commons Ave #326, Centennial
What: Menu specials at a  vibrant modern sushi bar.
Menu: Denver menu: Albacranberry Sashimi seared albacore, cranberry relish, rosemary, kumquat, sea beans $ 12. Oishi Maki (Specialty Maki) Tuna poke, Japanese cucumber, eel, sansho tempura flakes $11. Chef’s special dessert. Centennial menu The Kampai Tampico (Specialty Maki) onion rings, avocado, cucumber, red pepper, cilantro, miso panca sauce, bbq soy paper $8. Holiday Hamachi (Specialty Sashimi) cinnamon cured hamachi, grand marnier, cranberry chutney, thai basil, serrano pepper, cranberry vinaigrette 1$1. Chef’s special dessert.

 

Range
*Perfect place for romance*

When: February 13- 14, 5 p.m- close
Where: 918 17th St, Denver. Call (720) 726-4800 to make reservations.
What: Two unique entree options at an upscale, contemporary restaurant serving a “frontier inspired menu.”
Menu: Choice of seared scallops with romenesco and roasted beets with a beurre blanc sauce, or cold-smoke buffalo short rib with heirloom carrots and yukon potato puree. Sparkling wines will be featured with the dinner along with a special treat to take home with you.

 

Jill’s Restaurant
*Great for staycation*

When: February 12- 14
Where: 900 Walnut St., Boulder
Cost: $59.95 per person. Call (720) 406-7399 for reservations.
What: A four-course dinner at a modern bistro in Boulder located inside the St. Julien Hotel.
Menu: Options include Nantucket clam chowder, day boat scallop au gratin, beef filet with butter-poached lobster tail; rum raisin baked Alaska, and s’mores layer cake.

Article by Brittany Werges with contributions from Carly Connor.

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