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.
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
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
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’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