Best New Restaurants 2014

March 2014


Neighborhood: Uptown
Opened: March 2013 

beast2 Small and intimate, focused, and intent on not being everything to everyone, Beast & Bottle is a shining example of Denver’s new wave of restaurants. This sophisticated Uptown spot from siblings Paul and Aileen Reilly has the ease of a neighborhood eatery but serves decidedly downtown cuisine. At its essence, Beast & Bottle is a gathering spot: Pop in for a glass of wine and a small plate (the airy vegetable soufflé is a sure bet), and don’t be surprised if you end up staying for dinner. When you do, expect imaginative dishes, such as the roasted squab with foie gras and black trumpet mushrooms, that push boundaries but remain comforting. The seafood program is especially exciting: Paul, having studied fishing practices in Maine, is dedicated to serving fish and seafood that are both abundant and responsibly harvested (that means household names like salmon and halibut are replaced by Gulf of Mexico–caught tuna and fluke). The same goes for meat, all of which is butchered inside Beast & Bottle’s tiny kitchen. Paul isn’t just putting out a menu; he’s stretching himself as a chef and establishing himself as a pioneer of sustainability. 719 E. 17th Ave., 303-623-3223, beastandbottle.com


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