Holiday Dining in Denver

December 9, 2013
by Ruth Tobias

Feel as though your holiday goose is already cooked? Then get out of the kitchen and into a the warmth of a pro’s. The following restaurants are ringing in Christmas with style.

Now to December 30

Frasca Food and Wine 
From 5:30 PM to close Monday-Saturday, Boulder’s renowned Friulian destination is presenting a holiday-themed prix fixe menu whose four courses change daily ($90 per guest).

1738 Pearl St., Boulder; 303-442-6966

December 18

During regular dinner hours, Ryan Leinonen’s Ballpark Scandinavian eatery hosts a four-course Swedish Christmas. Think meatballs, roasted game and more, plus beverage pairings, for $70 a person.

2134 Larimer St.; 303-379-9759

December 21-22

St. Julien Hotel & Spa
Gingerbread Tea is served on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 2 PM in the lobby of this Boulder getaway. The spread skews classic with sandwiches, scones and petits fours, while the cookie-decorating festivities are set to live piano music. Reservations are $29.95 for adults and $19.95 for kids (call the concierge at 720-406-8208 to make them); a portion of the proceeds goes to There With Care, which helps local families coping with children’s illnesses.

900 Walnut St., Boulder; 720-406-9696

December 24

Charcoal Restaurant 
This contemporary Golden Triangle go-to will offer traditional holiday specials à la carte, along with its regular menu from 5 PM to 10 PM.

43 W. Ninth Ave.; 303-454-0000

At Bradford Heap’s Niwot flagship, a three-course prix fixe ($65 per person) - starring housemade charcuterie, lobster-scallop risotto in champagne pan sauce, caramel snow eggs and more - will be served from 5 PM to 9 PM.

210 Franklin St., Niwot; 303-652-0777

December 24-25

EDGE Restaurant & Bar 
On Christmas Eve (5 PM-10 PM), the Four Seasons’ signature dining room will supplement its regular menu with two specials: slow-roasted prime rib au jus with garlic smashed potatoes and wild mushrooms ($55) and a chocolate-chip cookie à la mode for dessert ($9). The following day (11 AM-10 PM), EDGE’s three-course prix fixe includes your choice of three appetizers, four entrees and two desserts; possibilities include lump crab-and-charred corn chowder with cilantro brioche; mustard- and honey-roasted Berkshire pork loin with Asiago-scalloped potatoes; and warm apple streudel with cinnamon ice cream and spiced carrot syrup ($65 per adult, $25 per child 12 and under).

1111 14th St.; 303-389-3343

Parallel Seventeen 
From 11 AM to 9 PM both days, chef Mary Nguyen’s Uptown flagship has not one but two menus going. For $55 ($20 with drink pairings), you can dine on four set courses, like celery root-parsnip bisque with apple-cinnamon beignets or saffron-braised beef cheeks with roasted sunchokes and tomato-leek fondue. Alternatively, you can choose a four-course meal centered on favorites from the modern Vietnamese kitchen ($50, also with a $20 pairing option).

1600 E. 17th Ave.; 303-399-0988

December 25

The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa
Though it’s on the market, this luxury downtown landmark, built in 1892, is still open for business. The signature Palace Arms is preparing a four-course prix fixe menu from 4 PM to 7 PM for $99 per person, while Ellyngton’s will host a variation on its famed champagne brunch from 10 AM to 3:30 PM, featuring custom omelets, carving and sushi stations, a dessert buffet and live piano music (prices start at $63.95 for adults, $18.95 for children six to 12).

321 17th St.; 303-297-3111

Elway’s Downtown 
The swanky Ritz-Carlton steakhouse’s three-course prix fixe comes complete with a selection of sides and a dessert buffet, as well as a glass of complimentary bubbly. Options range from the signature lamb chop with green-chile fondue and charred red-pepper soup to surf ’n’ turf, sweet-potato casserole and eggnog crème brûlée (12 PM-8 PM: $75 per adult, $35 per child 12 and under).

1881 Curtis St.; 303-312-3107

Q’s Restaurant 
Clam chowder with drop biscuits, roast turkey with all the trimmings and pumpkin pie count among 15 traditional items on the three-course prix fixe emerging from John Platt’s Hotel Boulderado kitchen (3 PM-8 PM; $55 per person).

2115 13th St., Boulder; 303-442-4880

Randolph’s Restaurant and Bar
The Warwick Hotel longtimer kicks off St. Nick’s with a brunch banquet including seafood and carving and dessert stations (11 AM-3 PM; $38 for adults, discounts for children and seniors). Dinner service (5 PM-10 PM) will be à la carte, with several appetizers and a quartet each of entrees and desserts to choose from (braised lamb-shank fricassee with potatoes ($9), beef Rossini en croûte ($38) and tiramisu ($8), for instance).

1776 Grant St.; 303-318-7272

Second Home Kitchen + Bar
From 7 AM to 2 PM, the JW Marriott’s signature dining room will throw its usual brunchtime pajama party, with the bonus of holiday-themed treats, crafts and movies for the kids. For dinner (4 PM-7 PM), three specials will round out the regular menu, among them pan-seared duck breast with sweet-potato hash and pomegranate molasses ($28).

150 Clayton Ln.; 303-253-3000