We’ve rounded up some great Valentine’s Day happenings around Denver for you to consider in your search for the perfect Valentine’s Day. Whether you have a date or not - we have lots of options for those wanting to celebrate! (Even Singles Awareness! Keep reading...)
Where Couples Can Celebrate Their Love
Are you single, taken, or just ravenous?
At Del Frisco’s Grille (100 St. Paul St. - www.delfriscosgrille.com/cherry-creek) the focus is on sharing the love, and what better way to show love the Colorado way than with a sexy seared steak? On Valentine’s Day, diners can order a special, one-week-only 12 oz. Wagyu bone-in steak. From Saturday, February 10 through Sunday, February 18, the prized marbled cut is served topped with a decadent, truffle butter for $58. Lovebirds can cozy up in a booth, dig into a steak and sip on swoon-worthy wines like Portillo Malbec and Aquinas Cabernet Sauvignon from the Grille's award-winning wine list to pair, or sip on the aphrodisiac-inspired APT. 5D cocktail, a smooth concoction of vodka, strawberries, fresh lemon and a dash of balsamic.
The Grille’s full dinner menu - shareable apps, savory entrees and lip-smacking desserts – is also available on Valentine’s Day for guests, in addition to the Wagyu special. Reservations suggested: Please call (303) 320-8529 for reservations
(Facebook @DFGrilleCherryCreek, Twitter @DFGrilleCC, IG @dfgrille).
When it comes to Valentine's Day and eating, is your sweetie more of a simple and easy–going diner?
Cherry Creeks elegantly casual eatery might be just the place,
Olive & Finch (3390 E. 1st Avenue - www.oliveandfincheatery.com), with the expanded menu of fresh and sophisticated plated entrees, artisan sandwiches and hearty salads are sure to grab the heart of your crush. We like the simple and romantic elegance of the pan seared bistro filet steak, with Chef/owner Mary Nguyen’s green chili & corn succotash, caramelized onion demi and chimichurri, followed by a Cool as A Cucumber cocktail, which helps you keep smooth with gin, freshly juiced cucumbers and lime for a mere $6. Grab a carafe of wine to share! Don’t leave without sampling a sweet treat with your sweetie – beautifully crafted cakes for two, cookies, bars, and pies are available fresh from the pastry kitchen all day.
(Facebook @OliveAndFinch, Twitter @OliveAndFinch, IG @oliveandfincheatery).
RiNo’s award-winning hotspot bar helix (3440 Larimer Street – www.insidethehelix.com) is hosting an evening called “Love the One You’re With,” featuring owner Kendra Anderson’s favorite thing: what she calls “soulmate pairings,” the perfect match of champagne/beer/cocktail paired with complimentary sweet and savory small plates.
It’s an evening perfect for couples, singles looking to mingle or those of us relegated to the strict friend zone. Catch the pairings on Wednesday, February 14 from 4pm-close with a three-course food and beverage #soulmatepairing menu for $49, consisting of champagne, beer and cocktails paired with bar helix’s decadent, savory and sweet small plates. The sultry back room will be featuring DJ Big Styles spinning sexy grooves and the bar is offering special giveaways all night. Reservations encouraged but not required: call 720-449-8587 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to snag your spot
(FB: @barhelixdenver, IG: @barhelixdenver, twitter: @barhelixdenver)
This Valentine’s Day celebrate your love for each other at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse (8100 E. Orchard Road, www.delfriscos.com). Executive Chef Mario Hernandez will be serving up the best cuts of meat including their Double Eagle Steak and will pair this with a glass of Robert Foley Purple Label Cabernet. Share your favorite side dishes from Grilled Asparagus with Romesco to Lobster Macaroni & Cheese. Top off the evening with a dessert for two and indulge in the Chocolate Soufflé Cake.
Reservations are recommended, 303-976-0100.
(Facebook @DelsDenver; Instagram @Del.Friscos; Twitter@Del_Friscos;)
There’s nothing nicer than a delicious meal over soft candlelight and a good bottle of wine (or a pitcher of beer — hey, we’re in Colorado!). This Valentine’s Day, bring your beloved (or your girl group!) to Postino LoHi (2715 17th St. - www.postinowinecafe.com) for an Italian-inspired Valentine’s in a vibrant space. Let the welcoming staff illuminate their latest wines by the glass (only $5 until 5 p.m.), or explore their unique and expertly curated rack wine program for a full bottle of something special. Catch up over a shareable bruschetta platter or meat and cheese board, and fall in love with the help of a rich Chocolate Bouchon cake with vanilla bean ice cream (hint: it’s perfection when paired with a glass of the exclusive Redwood Alley Carignan blend). (Facebook @postinowinecafe; IG @postinowinecafe).
Photo Credit: Denver Post
When Denver thinks romantic, Vesta (1822 Blake St. - www.vestagrill.com) hits the mark, as the LoDo mainstay is all about the dark, romantic vibe and has been named the “Most Romantic Restaurant”or “Best Date Night” spot in Denver year and again. Executive Chef Nicholas Kayser has cooked up a menu of romantic dishes available February 9 – 17. Start with an order of braised oxtail raviolo served with sauce American, toasted garlic and micro beet greens. Specials for the holiday include Chef’s prosciutto wrapped halibut with Vesta’s 20-month house cured prosciutto, halibut filet and cauliflower risotto. Take sips from the extensive and thoughtful wine list, or indulge in one of the sexy, barrel-aged cocktails that are Vesta’s calling card. Finish with the Petit Gateaux – a decadent raspberry cheesecake with truffle core and chocolate sponge. Call (303) 296-1970 for reservations. (FB @vestadenver, Twitter @VestaDenver, IG @Vestadenver)
It will be love at first bite at this Boulder restaurant with two high profile NYC transplants helming the kitchen burners!
Emmerson (1600 Pearl Street, Boulder – www.emmersonrestaurant.com)
On Valentine’s Day, the tag-team operations of Chef Michael Gibney and Chef Jeb Breakell are turning out a show-stopping, five course, three options per course menu of bold and inventive dishes, flavors and tastes that are worth swooning over. For starters, diners can choose from the Black Bass Crudo with whey, strawberry, celery and basil; the Cucumber & Celery Salad with sunchoke, apple and pickled cherry, or adventurous diners might opt for the cheekily named "Sex on the Bay” Oysters with uni, tobiko and fennel for an additional $8. Second course features choices between the Chorizo & Clam with laughing bird shrimp, marcona almond, crouton; Salt Baked Turnip with seaweed, sesame, miso, bonito or the Farmer's Cheese with savory cured elk heart, charred onion and chicharron. Third course choices include Campanelle Pasta Primavera, Rigatoni Carbonara or Acquerello Risotto with squab, celeriac and cocoa, and fourth course features choices of Wagyu Beef with brie and oyster emulsion, bok choy, pickled Fresno; Roasted Chicken with foie gras stuffing, pommes aligot; or a tender, Steamed Halibut with roasted beet and aromatic white truffle (for an additional supplement). Caviar Intermezzo of Ossetra caviar, toasted peanut ice cream and nasturtium is available before you are served your choice of desserts with a Chocolate Caramel Tart or the Citrus-Seared Angel Food Cake with tarragon and blueberry. All this for $75 prix fixe, supplemental options available, and of course an array of wines and wine pairings will be available for the prefect sips to seal the deal.
(Facebook @EmmersonRestaurant, IG @emmerson_restaurant)
First Date or Group Night Out
In a new relationship? We get that those first few dates can be awkward. Head to Punch Bowl Social (both S. Broadway and Stapleton locations http://www.punchbowlsocial.com) and start with a round of Giant Jenga or Skee-Ball for a little friendly competition. If you’ve been together a while, then maybe it’s time you visit the very Instagrammable “I Love You” wall — and let your subsequent social media post speak for you. More of a vocal type? Grab your partner or a group of friends and sing your hearts out to some Beyoncé or Bright Eyes in one of the private karaoke rooms. And whether you’re single, with a date, or in a group, you’ve got to try the seasonal punch, Shot Through the Heart (Old Forester Bourbon, strawberry cinnamon shrub and Teakoe pear tea). Pair it with savory/sweet Chicken 'N' Waffles or snack-able Lil' Fried Bologna & Cheese Sandwiches and you’ve got the makings of a fun and memorable evening.
Anti-Valentine’s Day A.K.A. Singles Awareness
Single? Come mingle this Valentine’s Day at Max’s Wine Dive “Reds Rock” party (696 Sherman St, Denver, CO www.maxswinedive.com). Drink like a king (or queen!) with drink specials all night long. Enjoy 6 wine flights (being offered at $20 per flight) and exclusive pricing on a selection of their most favorite bottles of red wines, all while jamming to classic Rock n’ Roll. For more information, call (303) 593-2554. (Facebook @mwddenver; Instagram @mwddenver; Twitter@mwddenver)
Enjoy your love whether it is singularly, in a group or with your lover!
Hi There! I am Leah Ryan, Lead Publisher and Social Media + Event Coordinator for Housewives in the City here in Denver, Colorado! I have lived in Colorado my entire life, born and raised. My family has some deep Colorado roots and I am fascinated with anything related to Colorado History!
I love to spend time with my boyfriend, cook, read, use my creativity in every aspect possible and if there is a puppy around... that is where my attention will be! Please come introduce yourself to me if you see me out and about and especially at one of our monthly Ladies Night Out events! XOXO - Leah