(credit: Kevin Taylor)Kevin Taylor (credit: ktrg.net)

If for you, dinner and a show is more than a movie, popcorn and a soda, then read on. Denver’s nightlife for dinner and the theater, whether live or on screen, has a full playbill of options for happy hour, pre-fixe menus or a la carte.

Restaurant Kevin Taylor
1106 14th St.
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 227-9984

When a hometown boy set the bar high for fine dining, Denver paid attention. That young man was Kevin Taylor, who since 1987 has perfected his craft within the city hub for Denver Center for the Performing Arts. His signature restaurant draws inspiration from the city and from his travels. Like souvenirs, each dish picks up a little something from a place far beyond the city limits. For instance, a pork tenderloin and braise rib with white asparagus is pure Bavarian, while the side of grilled watermelon and ash aged Colorado goat cheese with hazelnuts is western Americana. Or if you prefer a little Scottish Asian, try the ginger-scented Scottish salmon with asparagus, green pea and lobster ravioli, tangy grapefruit and lemongrass. As always, it’s best to make reservations for KT restaurant if you plan to make it to the show on time.

Limelight Supper Club and Lounge
Denver Center for Performing Arts
14th St. and Curtis St.
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 227-9984

Slide in for a quick pre-show dinner or linger after the play with a glass of bubbly at Limelight Supper Club. While here, you will see seasoned opera house ticket holders, couples taking in a play and theater students critiquing an off-Broadway production. The menu is light and quick so you won’t get sleepy when the lights go down. The top dish is the corn chowder. It’s chef and owner Kevin Taylor’s signature dish that fans will not let him take off the menu. Small plates that get the spotlight include the calamari with sweet potatoes and an Asian vinaigrette or duck confit with cherries and soft gnocchi pillows with goat cheese.

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The Corner Office
1401 Curtis St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 825-6500

If you and your date can’t agree on what kind of food you like – ethnic, eclectic or traditional plates – The Corner Office will keep everyone happy. The menu is a trip through a travel agent’s contact list, including ramen noodles bowls from Asia, roasted chicken tikka masala from Central Asia, Baja fish tacos from the beach, pressed Cubanos, mussels and frites from France and burgers from stateside. The happy hour menu has an exhaustive list of shareable dishes for a quick pre-theater meal and the cocktail list is budget-friendly from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and after 9 p.m. It’s just across the street from the Performing Arts Center, so you can dine and dash and get inside before the doorman gives you the look.

EDGE Restaurant & Bar
Four Seasons Hotel
1111 14th St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 389-3343

If impeccable service is a must for you, you can’t go wrong with EDGE, located a short block from the Denver Performing Arts Center. The Four Seasons’ “excellence is the only option,” making this an impressive place to dine. The menu centers itself around steak, with traditional steakhouse fare, including prime cut Colorado steaks grilled over pecan wood. It also has veal chops, bison rib-eye and Colorado lamb, as well as grilled trout, tuna and scallops. EDGE also has a pre-show menu from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. that includes three courses, an appetizer, entrée and dessert, for $55. Whatever you order, don’t forget to start with the crispy mac and cheese with truffle center.

1400 Wewatta St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-5700

For Pepsi Center sports and performance fans, there is no better place to dine than Coohills. Drop in for dinner at the bar or grab a table. Tom and Diane Coohill are generously accommodating and their food will match the entertainment value of whatever event you might be headed off to see. Ask for a chef’s table menu that’s a breath away from the kitchen to see the talent work their magic. It’s a seasonal menu of dishes inspired from around the globe that change often. Examples from the past summer included a tangerine sorbet with Hudson Valley Foie Gras and golden raisin brioche, or an Angus ribeye with Olathe corn and roasted Anaheim peppers. The wine list is exceptional; ask for recommendations from the sommelier.

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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.