Though our hearts may still be a bit tender after Sunday’s game, Valentine’s Day is coming up fast so it’s time to mend those wounds and start planning. Denver is full of great date night options, so how do you choose the best to impress your love this Valentine’s Day? Worry not, we have three picks that are perfect for romance:

1. Charcoal Restaurant

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Photo by Eric Goitia

Where: Between Broadway and Acoma at 43 W 9th Ave

When: 5pm-9pm

The Plan: Indulge in modern European cuisine at this romantic restaurant with a five course prix fixe meal for $90/person

Reservations: Call 303-454-0000 or reserve through Open Table

With its sleek, modern décor and inviting staff, Charcoal Restuarant is ideal for a special night out. For Valentine’s Day, they are offering a unique five course menu filled with choices that will have you sharing from each other’s plates all night long. Try selections like the Grilled Filet Mignon with foie gras, pink peppercorn risotto, savoy cabbage, glazed baby carrots, and madeira sauce or Butter Poached Icelandic Cod with Maine lobster ravioli, American sturgeon caviar, asparagus, and charred onion froth. There are also sections with every course that are suitable for the special vegetarian in your life. And don’t forget dessert, I’d go for the Chocolate Lover’s option featuring pot du crème, chocolate cappuccino, éclair, and cherries.

Or stop in for the $39 three course Valentine’s lunch from 11am-2pm. Charcoal is also offering a day-after Valentine’s brunch if the celebration goes all night long. $25/person will get you a five course tasting menu on February 15th from 11am-2pm.


2. Old Major

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Where: In the Lower Highlands at 3316 Tejon St

When: 5-10pm

The Plan: One of Denver’s most prominent (and popular) nose-to-tail restaurants, you can check out the love that’s put into the cuisine at Old Major while enjoying some time with your own love with their 5 course Valentine’s Day menu for $60/person.

Reservations: Book directly through Old Major’s website

With an open kitchen and a love for all things meat, Old Major is all about honest, fresh food. Serving self-proclaimed “contemporary farmhouse cuisine,” this restaurant is perfect if your date appreciates eating food that comes directly from local farms and indulging in strictly sustainable seafood. They butcher in house and recently launched their charcuterie program which you can see in progress firsthand- their curing room is right in the dining room.

Old Major’s five-course Valentine’s Day meal offers diners an impressive collection of choices. Start your meal with an amuse bouche of Oyster and Mignonette and get ready for a culinary adventure for two. Items like the Nose to Tail Noodle Bowl and the Braised Suckling Veal Shank are sure to leave your date’s taste buds satisfied and ready for whatever else the night has in store.


3. Olive + Finch


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Where: Treats delivered right to your love’s doorstep

When: Order by February 7th

The Plan: If going out isn’t part of your Valentine’s Day this year, you can still treat your date (and their taste buds) with a Sweet Tooth Basket full of fresh-made goodies from this popular new Denver restaurant for $95.

Reservations: To order your basket, call 303-832-8663 or order online through Olive + Finch’s website

 Sweet surprises don’t get much better than this. Olive + Finch is quickly becoming a Denver hot spot because of their tasty, healthy lunch selections and fresh-baked goodies. This Valentine’s Day, you can treat the one you love with a basket full of delicious, hand-made eats that they can enjoy from the comfort of home.

Each basket includes one dozen Macaroons, one dozen Alfajores, one dozen chocolate chip cookies, one dozen oatmeal raisin cookies, Tuffy Kickshaw popcorn, Chocolate Lab’s almond toffee and a Berried in Chocolate bar, Milk Chocolate Caramels & Peanut Butter melt-a-ways from Chocolate Therapist. With delicacies like these, this Valentine’s Day is sure to be a memorable one.