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Sweater weather is in full swing. What better way to celebrate the cold temps than by cozying up for a meal at a toasty little hideaway? We’ve uncovered six of the best restaurants in Denver for doing just that.
This enchanting Baker restaurant was inspired by the 1800s fairytale of a lumberjack (Woodsley), who built a cabin in the Colorado mountains for the daughter of a French wine producer (Beatrice). Inside, it feels like the tree house of your childhood dreams, replete with wood planks, hanging miners’ lanterns, and aspens literally growing out of the floorboards. Sink into the cushioned seats and settle in for the rustic American cuisine. Bonus: Gluten- and dairy-free menus are also available. Order This: duck leg confit with crispy polenta, pickled Fresno chiles, Tasso ham-braised collard greens, and green peppercorn sauce
38 South Broadway, 303-777-3505
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The horseshoe-shaped bar at this Uptown pizzeria envelops the wood-fired oven, making it the ideal place to warm up on snowy nights. This spot has grown a large following since opening in May thanks to its menu of New Haven–style pizzas and comforting, house-made pastas. Try the signature White Pie, topped with crème fraîche, mozzarella, garlic, bacon, cremini mushrooms, and a sunny-side-up egg. Order This: White Pie, lasagne
1702 Humboldt St., 303-862-5323
The twinkling window lights at this relaxed LoHi spot will draw you inside for a glass of wine and a loaded cheese board. Bring a date and split a bubbling pot of traditional Swiss fondue, served with roasted vegetables, salumi, and all the bread you’ll ever need for dipping. Bonus: Every Wednesday means all-you-can-eat Raclette ($17 per plate, $40 per couple with dessert). Order This: traditional Swiss fondue
2556 15th St., 303-455-9463
There’s no better place to dine fireside than at Highland’s Colt & Gray, which offers two fireplaces and an atmosphere reminiscent of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Although this Highland staple is a white tablecloth restaurant, the warm lighting, exposed beams, and red brick give it a warm and intimate vibe. Chef-owner Nelson D. Perkins’ cuisine highlights in-season produce, a nose-to-tail approach to meats, and house-made charcuterie. Pair your meal with an inimitable old fashioned cocktail. Order This: gougères, sticky toffee pudding
1553 Platte Street, 303-477-1447
Fire’s rooftop terrace affords lovely views of the Mile High City anytime of year, but we particularly love visiting this Civic Center spot when it’s a bit chilly. Grab a hot toddy and order a few bar bites—the Luigi fries with oregano, garlic, parmesan, and sun-dried tomato aïoli are a favorite—as you unwind by the fire pits. The best part? The staff is happy to provide you with thick wool blankets to wrap yourself up in when temperatures drop. Order This: Colorado lamb sliders, Luigi fries
The Art Hotel, 1201 Broadway, 303-572-8000
LoHi’s woodsy, national park-inspired Forest Room 5 will remind you of a tucked-away mountain lodge. To wit: Plush covered logs stand in for stools at the tree trunk tables, toasty fires roar both out on the patio and in the rustic indoor library, and a giant carved bear greets you upon arrival. Did we mention the old-school flicks projected behind the bar and the vending machine hawking used books? While you’re there, indulge in the top-notch pub fare, too. Order This: mac n’ cheese
2532 15th Street, 303-433-7301