Denver Restaurant Week turns sweet 16 this year, and to celebrate, more than 230 restaurants will feature special multi-course menus from February 21–March 1. For the fourth consecutive year, the participating spots will also offer one of three price points—$25, $35, or $45 per person—to accommodate a range of budgets.
With so many restaurants taking part, scouring the recently posted menus can be overwhelming. But don’t you worry: The Denver Restaurant Week website allows you to search for options by region, cuisine, price, and features like vegetarian-friendliness. Here are some of the menus we’re drooling over, organized by price:
At Steuben’s (both in Uptown and Arvada), you can get a cup of clam chowder or a salad; its famous lobster rolls—always made with meat from whole, cooked-on-site lobsters—with french fries; plus butterscotch pudding for dessert.
Or head over to BriDer Rotisserie on Platte Street for offerings like its addictive kale-apple salad; spit-grilled salmon, porchetta, or flank steak; and—surprise!—the ever-popular butterscotch budino for dessert.
Avelina’s three-course menu includes choices like tuna tartare with black garlic shoyu; Wagyu beef carpaccio with porcini vinaigrette; and Alamosa stripped bass with almond mole.
The menu at Il Posto is a steal. Appetizer choices are calamari, tuna crudo, and carrot salad; the pasta course features rock shrimp bucatini, orecchiette with broccolini pesto, and pappardelle with pork ragu; and entrées are branzino, beet and gorgonzola risotto, or braised beef cheeks with polenta.
El Five will donate 10 percent of Restaurant Week meal sales to charities, so you can feel good about the pintxos trio starter (tortilla española, smoked sardine rillette, and jamon y queso); second course offerings of braised pork cheeks, crispy cauliflower yufka, or shrimp and calamari a la plancha; and the third-course options of sea bass, hanger steak, or paella.
Beast & Bottle (one of our best restaurants of 2019), there’s a mouthwatering menu that includes lamb shank French onion soup, walnut-crusted rockfish, pork loin with mustard spaetzle, and lemon meringue pie.
Just as thirsty as you are hungry? Select spots include libations with their prices—Los Chingones, Lime, Shanty Supper Club—and some, like Bigsby’s Folly, Deep Roots, and brand-new Attimo Winery, have vino pairings for an additional cost.
Don’t sleep on making your reservations, as this popular culinary event is a don’t-miss.