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7 Denver Restaurants for Special Occasions

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If you’re celebrating without fantastic food and drink, are you even really celebrating?

 

These Denver restaurants are worthy of your most special moments, whether that’s a 21st birthday, a 21st anniversary or, heck, just making it to the 21st day of the month.

 

Wondering where to treat yourself in the Mile High City? These are our top picks for Denver restaurants for special occasions.

When your celebration must include champagne: Le Bilboquet

 

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Cherry Creek North’s Le Bilboquet is fancy. Like $500 bottles of champagne level of fancy. But sometimes you need a bottle of bubbles (don’t worry, they aren’t all $500) and a plate of escargot to toast a birthday, anniversary or milestone. The vibe is just as snazzy as the food and drink menus, with velvet banquettes, stunning florals, and original artwork decorating your night out. 299 St. Paul St.

 

When you can’t be troubled with ordering: The Wolf’s Tailor

 

Some celebrations are so big that they warrant a Michelin-starred restaurant. (And yes, getting through a Tuesday counts as a big reason to celebrate.) Sunnyside’s The Wolf’s Tailor is a tasting menu-only restaurant, which means that the only decision you have to make is whether to add the drink pairings or not. The Asian/Italian/Nordic cuisine (trust us; it works) is best enjoyed in one of the glamping-style private patio tents, but the Scandinavian dining room is special occasion-worthy too. 4058 Tejon St.

When you’re craving fancy Italian: Tavernetta

 

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Handmade pastas and spritzes are always a good idea, and Tavernetta is the best place in town at which to enjoy them. (Even better if you hit the 3-6 p.m. daily happy hour when those spritzes go for just $8, but no worries if you don’t—you’re celebrating!) The bustling Union Station restaurant is almost as well-known for its hospitality as the tasty food and drink, so this is the place to go when you want your wish to be their command. 1889 16th St. Mall

When you’re looking for a crowd-pleaser: Annette

 

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There’s something for everyone at this lovely Stanley Marketplace bistro. Veggie-forward entrees? You’ll always have multiple options. Something for meat and fish lovers? The steak frites and black bass are pretty much legendary. Thoughtful wine and cocktail lists? Check and check to those as well. There’s so much to love at this cheery James Beard Award-winning restaurant that you’ll probably find yourself making your next reservation before you finish dessert. (And yes, that’s delicious, too.) 2501 Dallas St., Aurora

When you want some red meat: Bastien’s

 

There’s no shortage of steakhouses in Denver, from flashy corporate card dining rooms to barebones meat and potatoes specialists. But you can’t go wrong with a classic, especially when that classic involves Denver-famous sugar steaks. Bastien’s has been around forever—or at least since 1958, which in the restaurant world might as well be forever—and its longevity can be attributed just as much to the retro vibe and perfect martinis as to that (just slightly) sweet meat. 3503 E. Colfax Ave.

When you’d like something a little different: Safta

 

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When Safta opened in 2018, it didn’t just bring an elegant dining room, the best of Middle Eastern food, and must-try muhammara roasted cabbage to Denver, it also brought the most pillowy pitas on earth. Seriously, you could sleep on these floury clouds if you wanted to, but you’d probably rather eat them, preferably dipped into Safta’s creamy hummus topped with spicy lamb or foraged mushrooms. The RiNo restaurant at the base of The Source Hotel is one of the best dining experiences in town, perfect for special occasions or weeknight splurges. 3330 Brighton Blvd.

When you need some raw fish: Uchi

 

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Uchi may not have originated in Denver—the fresh fish temple got its start in Austin, Texas—but who cares about its provenance when the hama chili and sake toro are this good? Certainly not Uchi’s legions of fans, who pack the bar, lounge, and dining room every chance they get. When you really want to indulge, opt for the 10-course omakase tasting, which is a special occasion all on its own. 2500 Lawrence St.

 

 

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