Get a Jump on Valentine’s Day Rezzies

January 14, 2014
by Ruth Tobias

It goes without saying that you’ve got to get cracking if you want to wow your better half at special-occasion destinations like Barolo Grill, Frasca Food and Wine, Flagstaff House and Mizuna come Valentine’s Day. But many other date-night favorites will be filling up fast as well. We’ll provide a thorough list of options in days to come, but in the meantime, these five eateries have already announced their recipes for romance.

ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro

To supplement the regular menu, Lon Symensma’s ultra-stylish Asian-fusion go-to in LoDo will prepare three specials - housemade charcuterie as an appetizer, filet mignon with foraged mushrooms and truffle butter for the main course, and a dessert of molten-chocolate cake with salted-peanut ice cream and marshmallows.

1555 Blake St., Suite 101; 303-353-5223

Mateo Restaurant Provençal

This French fixture on Pearl Street is ready to woo patrons with a three-course affair: think truffled king-crab croquettes with lemon aioli, lamb saddle in mushroom duxelles and wine-poached pears accompanied by mascarpone and five-spice gelato ($65 per person). 

1837 Pearl St., Boulder; 303-443-7766

OAK at fourteenth

Steven Redzikowski and Bryan Dayton’s suavely modern Boulder flagship has a four-course prix fixe planned for sweethearts, whose choices range from sweet potato-sage ravioli with crispy duck leg and smoked ricotta to grilled quail stuffed with chestnuts and Gruyère to passion fruit panna cotta ($70 per person).

1400 Pearl St., Boulder; 303-444-3622

The Populist

The Populist’s blank facade paradoxically has “hideaway” written all over it, as does its out-of-the-way location in still-gentrifying RiNo. But chef Jonathan Power’s free-wheeling, of-the-moment style, combined with comme-il-faut cocktails, cool boutique wines and craft beers, make for a powerful draw among Denver’s dining hordes. So if you want to take in its low-lit, low-key vibe - along with a seven-course tasting menu - in the company of your beloved, you’d best make your reservation pronto ($110 per couple).

3163 Larimer St.; 720-432-3163


Relaxed as it is by day, Troy Guard and Noah French’s new small-plates cafe and dessert bar (pictured) goes cozy and twinkling by night, so it’s just right for a tête-à-tête over a four-course menu that includes chicken sausage with blueberry mustard, cobia en papillote and, of course, decadent sweets based on chocolate and berries ($48 per person).

2461 Larimer St., #101; 303-297-3540