Best Date Restaurants in Denver

Top 10 Romantic Restaurants

Whatever your budget, find the best date restaurants in Denver. From cozy dinners to swanky affairs, the mood is up to you, but romance is in the air.

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Best All-Around Date - Cuba Cuba

Cuba Cuba offers traditional Cuban fare in a cozy setting - plus they serve Denver's best mojitos. Dine by candlelight on the patio for that perfect date ambiance. Located in the Golden Triangle district, Cuba Cuba occupies a converted frame house on the corner of 12th and Delaware St. You're in the middle of the art district, so add to your date by checking out an exhibit at the Denver Art Museum.

  • Cuba Cuba
    1173 Delaware St.
    Denver, CO 80204
    No reservations accepted.

Runner-up: Beatrice & Woodsley

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Best Highlands Date - Bang!

Despite the name, Bang! proves a quiet spot for intimate dinners for two. Bang! serves up American classics like meatloaf with a fresh twist. The wine list and dessert menu beg to be heard as well. The restaurant faces 32nd Ave. in the Highlands neighborhood, but the entrance is located around back.

  • Bang!
    3472 W 32nd Ave.
    Denver, CO 80211
    No reservations accepted.

Runner-up: Linger

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Best Downtown Date - Vesta Dipping Grill

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Vesta updates fondue from a '70s fad into a sophisticated take on sauce. Meat or vegetarian dishes are offered with your choice of three dipping sauces. Mix 'n match sauces to your heart's content - it gives you and your date a perfect opportunity to share plates! Vesta is located in LoDo at 18th and Blake.

  • Vesta Dipping Grill
    1822 Blake St.
    Denver, CO 80202
    Reservations accepted.

Runner-up: Venice Ristorante

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Best Cheap Date - Angelo's Taverna

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For those times when you have romance to spare but limited funds, Angelo's comes to the rescue. The Italian restaurant offers gourmet pizzas as well as aphrodisiac foods such as oysters. Pull up a chair at the oyster bar, or head to the outdoor patio because that's amore. Angelo's is located on East 6th Avenue in the Alamo Placita neighborhood.

  • Angelo's Taverna
    620 E. 6th Ave.
    Denver, CO 80203
    No reservations accepted.

Runner-up: Sputnik

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Best Expensive Date - Zengo

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For when you want to pull out all the stops, Zengo is guaranteed to impress. Zengo has two locations, one in Denver, and one in Washington, D.C. The fusion restaurant offers a scene worthy of the nation's capital with prices to match. Zengo is located in Riverfront Park.

  • Zengo
    1610 Little Raven St.
    Denver, CO 80202
    Reservations accepted.

Runner-up: Fruition Restaurant

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Best Dimly-Lit Date - Cherry Creek Grill

For assignations that require an extra dose of discretion, the Cherry Creek Grill offers dating on the down-low. In addition to dim lighting, the restaurant also bans cell phones at tables for less distractions. The Sashimi Tuna Salad is a menu favorite at the American restaurant, which also offers heartier fare such as prime rib and rotisserie chicken.

  • Cherry Creek Grill
    184 Steele St.
    Denver, CO 80206
    Reservations accepted.

Runner-up: Elway's

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Best Organic Date - Root Down Restaurant

Gaze into each other's third eye at Root Down, a restaurant in a converted service station that features completely organic fare. The menu changes seasonally, and Root Down can prepare vegan and gluten-free dishes upon request. Do not attempt to order a diet Coke, however, as Root Down only offers organic libations

  • Root Down
    1600 W. 33rd Ave.
    Denver, CO 80211
    Reservations accepted.

Runner-up: City O' City

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Best French Date - Bistro Vendôme

French restaurants still provide the epitome of romance, even in the Mile High City. Bistro Vendôme in Larimer Square offers an elegant take on the French bistro. Excellent service and delicious fare make this eatery a date favorite.

  • Bistro Vendôme
    1420 Larimer St.
    Denver, CO 80202
    Reservations accepted.

Runner-up: Mizuna

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Best Italian Date - Carmine's on Penn

Dining at Carmine's on Penn may prove a good barometer for dating compatibility, as the family-style portions mean both parties have to agree on what to order. One appetizer and one entree will be enough for two at this Italian restaurant tucked away in a residential neighborhood.  

  • Carmine's on Penn
    92 S. Pennsylvania
    Denver, Colorado 80209
    Reservations accepted.

Runner-up: Barolo Grill

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Best Dessert Date - Crave Dessert Bar & Lounge

Crave Dessert Bar & Lounge offers an intimate space to share gourmet chocolate creations such as 20-Layer Cake or Medjool Date Sticky Toffee Cake. Handcrafted cocktails can also set the mood, as well as a coffee bar for those who do not imbibe. Crave also serves high tea for Anglophiles -- and other lovers of scones.

  • Crave Dessert Bar & Lounge
    891 14th St.
    Denver, CO 80202
    Reservations accepted.

Runner-up: d Bar Desserts

If this is your first date, be sure to read up on First Date Tips for Success. Other tips for romance include Romantic Date Ideas.