Top Restaurants With A View Of Independence Day Weekend Fireworks In Denver

June 24, 2015 6:00 AM

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Denver is lucky enough to boast a few different fireworks shows during the holiday weekend. The two main shows are happening right in downtown Denver. Civic Center Park will be holding its annual Independence Eve fireworks and light show just after nightfall. There will also be fireworks above Elitch Gardens on the 4th of July that will be visible from much of downtown. Check out this list of terrific, downtown Denver restaurants with not only a great view of the pyrotechnics, but also amazing food and drink to go along with it.  Be sure to call ahead to these restaurants for reservations if looking for outdoor seating during the fireworks.
Randolph’s Restaurant And Bar
Warwick Denver Hotel
1776 Grant St.
Denver, CO 80203
303-318-7272
www.randolphsdenver.com

Just blocks from Civic Center Park is Randolph’s Restaurant and Bar in the Warwick Hotel. Dinner is served until 10 p.m. and it has a nice sized patio perfect for enjoying the warm Denver night air and catching glimpse of the awesome fireworks that will be going on at Civic Center Park just after dark. Not only is the restaurant a great firework viewing location due to its close proximity, but the restaurant’s exquisite take on modern Colorado cuisine will keep you more than occupied before, during and after the festivities. Sample succulent savories like the pasta with rabbit, fettuccine, tarragon and mustard; or the stuffed salmon with crab, honey, bbq and potatoes. Wash it all down with a signature cocktail like the snowmelt, made with Montanya rum, Warwick honey, tamarind, vanilla, soda and rosemary.

Beast + Bottle
719 E. 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
303-623-3223
www.beastandbottle.com

Beast and Bottle is also just blocks from Civic Center Park, and the cozy patio is an intimate destination for your holiday firework viewing. Beast and Bottle is a Zagat rated eatery that serves farm-fresh, rustic, American-French inspired cuisine. The menu leaves nothing to be desired, and each hand-crafted item is made from only the freshest, high-quality ingredients. Start off your gastronomic adventure with exciting courses like the foie gras torchon – Concord grape gelee, toasted brioche and hazelnut praline; or the spring dandelion soup with smoked portabellas, cannellini beans and mustard crème fraiche. The dinner menu is equally as astounding with farm fresh meats and line caught tuna. The restaurant also has a decent size wine list and a number of signature Mules and cocktails. The menu may be upscale, but the dining room is cozy and comforting with bare wood tables and bare, white walls.

Park & Co.
439 E. 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
720-328-6732
www.parkandcodenver.com

Park and Company is also in the vicinity of Civic Center Park and the fireworks show. There’s no better way to enjoy the holiday fun than with an oversized burger in your hands. Park and Company serves up bar food done right with 1/3 pound burgers, overstuffed sandwiches and classic happy-hour type appetizers. The large burgers come with a choice of Harris Ranch beef or Rock River Ranch buffalo on a potato or gluten free bun. Add toppings like fried egg, ham and Swiss cheese on the croque burger, or french onion dip, bacon and potato chips like on the dipster. The pulled pork nachos are a fun twist on a classic favorite and large enough to feed the whole table. Park and Company is open until at least midnight each night, so the party doesn’t have to stop after the fireworks.

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Zengo
1610 Little Raven St.
Denver, CO 80202
720-904-0965
www.richardsandoval.com

Zengo is walking distance from Elitch Gardens and the holiday fireworks, and the fun Latin-Asian fusion cuisine and breezy sidewalk seating make it another terrific venue for firework viewing. Step into the doors of Zengo and you are instantly whisked off into a whimsical world of fanciful, delicate cuisine and bold, bright, warm décor. Scrumptious morsels dance around effortlessly through the dining room as the elegant staff ushers each tasty amuse to your table. Try the bay scallop ceviche or the surf and turf sushi roll made with lobster, Wagyu, hot mustard, cucumber and truffle aioli. Follow the starter with the Chinese braised beef short ribs with queso manchego potato puree, Oregon sauce and huitlacoche. The duck-confit and daikon tacos are another must. Call ahead for reservations if looking for outdoor seating during the fireworks.

Rioja
Larimer Square
1431 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
www.riojadenver.com

Rioja is another fine dining restaurant in proximity of the fireworks. Just a few blocks from Elitch Gardens, and also featuring a breezy outdoor dining space, Rioja is a more than spectacular locale to spend a warm summer night. The award-winning cuisine has been featured in a number of publications and is sure to be just as amusing as pyrotechnic show. The littleneck clam flatbread appetizer with guaciale, parmesan, oregano, Calabrese pepper jam and arugula is a must. For dinner try the Wagyu short rib with baby bok choy, shiitake, ramps, crispy sticky rice, fermented black bean duxelle and miso aoli. The dessert menu is equally as impressive and can be paired with a nice selection of dessert wines.

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Kristin Mason is a culinary professional and degree-holding chef living in Breckenridge, Colorado. She enjoys traveling and sharing her love of food through her writings. Her experience includes writing for the local Summit Daily News as well as other publications online and in print as a freelance writer. Read more on Examiner.com.