18 More Valentine’s Day Ideas in Denver/Boulder

Tapas, dim sum and other shareable plates for you and the apple of your eye
February 4, 2014
by Ruth Tobias

To follow up on yesterday’s slideshow, here’s a whole new slate of dining options for you and your sweetheart. With some 50 listings in total, there’s sure to be something to please you both. (If not, you may have bigger problems than choosing a Valentine’s Day venue.)

Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria

Frank Bonanno’s Park Meadows pie parlor is putting pizza on the back burner (so to speak) for the evening, with a four-course offering of garlic-pesto arancini, braised short ribs over cabbage hash in smoked-tomato zabaglione, the Italian donut holes called zeppole and more ($50 per person).

8439 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree; 303-799-8900

Cafe Aion

Dakota Soifer’s Spanish-style Boulder taverna is offering couples a choice of two tapas, a platter of paella and a pair of desserts, like flan or pear crostata, for $79.

1235 Pennsylvania Ave. 303-993-8131

Charcoal Restaurant

This contemporary go-to in the Golden Triangle is hosting not one, not two, but three 
Valentine’s Day events for you and yours. First up on Friday is a three-course prix fixe lunch with complimentary sparkling wine ($39 per person).
 Later that evening, Charcoal’s five-course dinner ($90 per person) kicks off with a “celebration of winter vegetables” and continues with selections like butter-poached Icelandic cod over lobster ravioli in charred onion froth and a chocolate-lovers’ sampler for two. Finally, Saturday’s brunch features a special five-course tasting for $25 per person.

43 W. 9th Ave.; 303-454-0000

Colterra Food & Wine

At Bradford Heap’s farm-to-table retreat in Niwot, the four-course menu abounds with options like house-smoked salmon-and-avocado tian, local-mushroom risotto with black-truffle butter and garlic-seared chard, and tropical-fruit Napoleon for dessert ($75 per person).

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

The Corner Office

The cheeky downtown cocktail lounge and global comfort-food kitchen presents a three-course menu consisting of the Italian white-bean-and-bread stew called ribollita, pasta baked with sausage and red-velvet cheesecake; two glasses of bubbly come on the house ($35 per person).

140 Curtis St.; 303-825-6500

D Bar Restaurant

At his charming showcase for savory small plates and sweets in City Park West, Keegan Gerhard has a prix-fixe that’s tailor-made for sugar fiends, with three of five courses devoted to dessert: think chocolate tastings, petit fours and more. A complimentary glass of bubbly kicks off the meal (6 PM and 9 PM; $65 per person). In addition, the kitchen’s accepting orders for its Valentine’s-themed cakes, cookies and bon bons now through Wednedsay, February 12.

1475 E. 17th Ave.; 303-861-4710

Flagstaff House

Overlooking the lights of Boulder, the Monette family’s long-lived special-occasion destination (pictured) is supplementing its regular contemporary American menu with a special appetizer tasting at $17 per person and a $28 dessert sampler for two on both Thursday and Friday nights.

1138 Flagstaff Rd., Boulder; 303-442-4640

Frasca Food and Wine

Chef-partner Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson hasn’t finalized the menu at this Friulian institution in Boulder, but he’s promising your choice of two delicacy-studded dishes per four courses ($110 per person).

1738 Pearl St.; 303-442-6966

Kachina Southwestern Grill

This Southwestern kitchen’s three-course menu ranges from pork-adobado tamales to rack of Colorado lamb with mustard demi-glace and mint jelly to a dessert trio of chocolate-dipped strawberries, prickly-pear truffles and cola cake ($40 per person).

10600 Westminster Blvd, Westminster; 303-410-5813

The Lobby

From February 12 through February 14, this American gathering place in Ballpark has a cute little prix fixe with three multiple-choice courses named for relationship phases ($40 per person). Start with Flirting (asparagus soup or meatballs in cherry demi-glace); move on to Dating (linguine Alfredo over espresso-crusted venison over blue-cheese grits); and wrap up with Romancing (cherry cheesecake or Grand Marnier-strawberry shortcake).

2191 Arapahoe St.; 303-997-9911

Lou’s Food Bar

The three-course lineup at Frank Bonanno’s modern take on the mid-century roadhouse in Sunnyside runs from beef-and-beet tartare to seared striped bass with braised fennel to pear tart with honey ricotta and salted caramel ($40 per person).

1851 W. 38th Ave.; 303-458-0336

The Med

A vibrant, ever-buzzing fixture in Boulder, The Med is preparing a four-course prix fixe that reflects its namesake Mediterranean focus. Octopus terrine with fingerlings and preserved-lemon bagna cauda, ricotta gnudi over sunchoke puree and roasted chanterelles, and blood-orange semifreddo are just some of the items that are also available à la carte. 

1002 Walnut St., Boulder; 303-444-5335

SALT the Bistro

This farm-to-fork Boulder eatery is welcoming guests to a three-course meal featuring pasture-raised bison carpaccio, freeform shellfish ravioli, red-velvet cake and more Friday and Saturday ($65 per person). On Thursday, February 13, it’s extending the invitation to service-industry folks for only $55 (selection is chef's choice).

1047 Pearl St., Boulder; 303-444-7258

Street Kitchen Asian Bistro

Dim sum, beef lo mein, spicy green curry, flourless chocolate cake and more: it’s all on the five-course menu at Mary Nguyen’s sleek pan-Asian eatery in Englewood ($40 per person; $55 with wine pairings).

10111 Inverness Main St., Englewood; 303-799-9800


Troy Guard’s dead-sexy Larimer Square purveyor of “Continental social food” has created a four-courser whose highlights include butter-poached Skuna Bay salmon over squid-ink orecchiette and slow-roasted ribeye with beet spaetzle, kimchi and marrow demi-glace ($69 per person; $89 with wine pairings).

1441 Larimer St.; 303-996-9985

TAG Raw Bar

TAG’s downstairs sibling has got a four-course menu planned as well, this one comprised of lobster sashimi in fennel vinaigrette, roast cobia with green-tea soba noodles, Berkshire pork cheeks with kimchi-apple puree and more ($58 per person).

1423 Larimer St.; 303-996-2685


The three-course prix-fixe at Richard Sandoval’s modern Mexican haunt in Larimer Square is supplementing items like empanadas de platano and carne a la tampiqueña with complimentary glasses of bubbly and a long-stemmed rose (Friday-Sunday; $60 per person).

1400 Larimer St.; 720-946-1433

Volta Mediterranean Restaurant

The theme of tonight’s four-course prix fixe is “Foods of Love”: expect an array of fabled aphrodisiac foods from this upscale Mediterranean kitchen in Boulder, enhanced by live jazz ($65 per person).

2480 Canyon Blvd., Boulder; 303-938-8800

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