Denver does romance like no other city, from horse-drawn carriage rides under a warm blanket to city lights and restaurants that will impress. This year, it seems that area restaurants took out all the stops to create a Valentine’s Day that is sure to please food lovers and lovers alike.
1400 Wewatta St.
Denver, CO 80202
Coohills’ sleek and chic setting and its Valentine’s Day menu will be love at first bite. Tempt your loved one with blue crab cakes with Atlantic caviar or lobster bisque with ravioli. Coohills’ entrée options include a stuffed Loup de Mer (a sea catfish) with Spot Prawns (a West Coast shrimp); grilled New York strip with crusty Maine lobster tail or a Colorado lamb porterhouse. It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without dessert for two – raspberry financiers (little French cakes) layered with milk chocolate hazelnut praline cream and candied raspberry syrup, coupled with liquid passion fruit truffles and raspberry macaroons. The prix-fixe menu is $70 per person, $100 with wine pairing (plus tax and tip).
Restaurant Kevin Taylor
1106 14th St.
Denver, CO 80202
For French food lovers, Restaurant Kevin Taylor is ready to show off its finest fare. From the trio of canapés to start to the decadent desserts, this year’s menu is an indulgent delight of flavors. There are too many to name here, but some tempting examples include crispy pork belly with squash croquettes and miso gingerbread; seared foie gras with braised duck beignets; Scottish salmon with roasted white bean ragu; seared scallops with confit pork roulade; and bison strip loin with pomegranate stout jus. Dessert will not disappoint either with Tahitian vanilla crème brulee, liquid center chocolate cake with crème fraiche panna cotta or a salted caramel, peanut brittle and nougat ice cream. Dinner is $125 per person, plus $75 per person for wine pairings.
1235 Pennsylvania Ave.
Boulder, CO 80302
For a charming setting and an intimate meal, there is no better place in Boulder than Café Aion on “The Hill.” Chef Dakota Soifer is offering a sharing menu that includes two tapas, one platter and two desserts. Tapas choices include (not limited to) Salutation Cove oysters with a dab of fresh horseradish and squeeze of lemon and house–cured charcuterie. Café Aion is known for its Mediterranean-style sharing platters, including lobster paella with preserved lemon and chilies, a pumpkin paella or a braised lamb shank over Anson Mills polenta, seared kale and figs. For your sweet, Soifer is offering a choice of rosewater and pomegranate crème brulee, a luxurious Tcho chocolate torte, raspberry cupcake or a plate of truffles, cookies and ice cream sandwiches. Dinner is $75 per couple, and a bottle of wine pairing is available.
1530 16th St.
Denver, CO 80202
For any date night or Valentine’s Day, The Kitchen in Boulder and Denver is always a good choice. The Kitchen Denver will feature a prix-fixe menu for $75 per person (check the website for the menu), with optional extras like oysters and caviar. The full seafood bar is also available all night. The Kitchen Boulder Valentine’s Day main courses include pan-seared monkfish witih chorizo or dry-aged ribeye with pickled horseradish. The Kitchen [Next Door] in Boulder will host its 2nd Annual Anti-Valentine’s Day 80′s Dance Party, where DJ Jahsonic will spin all the beats from the 1980s. At the Kitchen [Upstairs] in Boulder, sit by the fireplace and choose from the shared plate menu, the Valentine’s Day oyster, caviar and champagne special and seasonal winter cocktails. Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu prices vary by location from $75 to $85 per person, and there are optional wine pairings for an additional charge.
Wystone’s World Teas
7323 W. Alaska Drive
Lakewood, CO 80226
For culinary creativiTEA on Valentine’s Day (couldn’t resist the pun), look no further than Chef Lee. The restaurant will be serving what it calls a love tea tray for two, which includes tea-smoked chicken rillettes, truffle mashed potatoes, crab-stuffed criminis, artichoke hearts with smoked trout and artisan cheeses. For the final sweet touch, chocolate-dipped strawberries, red velvet cake and chocolate petite fours can be enjoyed. The tea tray includes two glasses of wine or sparkling wine. Specialty cocktails like the pictured chocolate roobios sparkling wine cocktail will be available. Wystone’s will also host a Valentine’s Day concert at 9 p.m. The dinner and concert is $75 per couple and $20 for just the concert.
1610 Little Raven St.
Denver, CO 80202
If you like a little spice, Zengo’s menu has just enough zing to put a little heat and sweet in your Valentine’s Day dinner. The four-course prix-fixe meal examples include Royal Red shrimp ceviche spiced up with Thai chilis and cooled down with avocado-calamansi sorbet; seared scallop with Kabocha squash and a kohlrabi-fennel sauce and Wagyu rib-eye with cognac peppercorn and chipotle hollandaise. Dessert choices include a chocolate-covered ancho spiced brownie, a Yazu creameaux with black sesame crumble and soy caramel or a fresh mango sorbet with berries. The four-course dinner is $65 per guest, plus gratuity and tax.
Kimberly Lord Stewart is a food author and journalist for CBS Denver local, Organic Food Reporter for Examiner.com, and the Food, Wine and Spirits editor for Denver Life magazine. Her book, “Eating Between the Lines” tells readers about the truth and myths of food labeling. Stewart is the recipient of two Association of Food Journalist awards for food news reporting and the Jessie Neal Business Journalism award. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.