The 14th annual Denver Restaurant Week will take place February 23 - March 4, 2018. Hundreds of Denver’s top restaurants offer multi-course dinners for three tasty prices $25, $35, or $45. See the full list of restaurants here https://www.denver.org/denver-restaurant-week/menus/.
In this blog, I will be sharing a few tips on choosing a great restaurant and offering my opinion on the best deals. Throughout the years, I’ve had some wonderful experiences as well as some horrible experiences with Denver Restaurant Week. There are a few tips and tricks learned to get the most bang for your buck!
1. Check off a restaurant on your bucket list: This is a wonderful opportunity to try a place that has been on your to-do list. 9/10 you will be trying multiple items for cheaper than an average dining service.
2. Avoid menus with salad as the first course and dessert the last course: I always feel like this is a bit of a cop-out. Many of these places are giving you a standard house salad or soup. On the other end, the dessert selection has been underwhelming You’d be better off just purchasing the entree of your choice.
3. Multiple course options: Variety is the spice of life! I always lean towards restaurants that have at least (3) items in each course. These menus tend to have something for everyone. If you are dining with someone with dietary restrictions, this is the way to go.
4. Steals + deals: Denver Restaurant Week is an inexpensive way to try high-end restaurants. If you are a steak or seafood lover, you definitely need to make a move.
5. Bring a friend: I am the person who makes everyone get something different so I can taste everything on the menu. Bring a friend or two so you can order a variety of items and get a real sense of the place.
6. Specialty meats + seasonal fare: There are nearly 250+ restaurants that will participate in DRW. A chosen few will really put effort into curating a menu that shows off the finest cuts of meat, international offerings and incorporates seasonal specialty items.
7. Cocktail pairings: Dining is all about the overall experience. Cocktail pairings are another way to take it to a whole other level. This generally come at an additional cost but can be well worth it if you are a fan of wine or want to learn more about complimentary flavor profiles.
8. Location, location, location: I have learned to be very strategic in planning my Denver Restaurant Week agenda. Factor in your work schedule, traffic, parking and dietary needs ahead of time. If it is a weekday I plan to dine closer to home or work. I might take an early reservation to beat the rush. Or if it’s a weekend evening I might do a later reservation and hit the town after.
9. Make it a night to remember: Adulting can boggle you down. Many people don’t have the time, money or energy to eat out as often as I. Denver Restaurant Week is the perfect excuse for a date night, girl time, or special family outing. Most of the restaurants are located in entertaining areas of town, so don’t just stop at dinner. Make it a night to remember by going to a show, movies or doing a fun activity!
10. Large Parties: I would avoid parties of more than 4 during Denver Restaurant Week. Most restaurants are busy during dinner service, and the promotional week makes it worse. It can be hard to accommodate. Most restaurants won’t seat you unless your party is complete.
As if all this information wasn’t enough, I’ve gone through 80% of the menus on the Denver Restaurant Week site to sort out the best deals. These recommendations are based on previous visits, online reviews, bang for your buck, and menu quality. If you see something you like, I recommend making a reservation asap. Tables will fill up quickly.
$25 Price Point
The Family Jones Spirit House
Kachina Southwestern Grill
$35 Price Point
Bar Helix (Pairing)
Carmine’s On Penn
D Bar (Dessert Lover)
Satchel's on 6th
The 9th Door Downtown
$45 Price Point
Atelier By Radex