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11 (Mostly) Raw Meat Dishes to Try Now

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There can be a lot of fuss involved in the cooking of meat, but you can bypass that by opting for a raw preparation. Whether you prefer the thin slices of a carpaccio or chopped texture of tartare, skip the grill or oven and you'll get the full meaty effect and flavor, though some of these listed receive a quick sear. As we celebrate five days of meat, here are 11 (mostly) raw meat dishes for your carnivorous enjoyment.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sushi Den

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1487 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 777-0826
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Choose from a raw or seared version of thinly sliced New York strip steak carpaccio. It’s dressed with micro greens along with ponzu sauce. Bonus: Neighboring sister-restaurant Izakaya Den also has a beef carpaccio with maitake mushrooms and bleu cheese.

2. Barolo Grill

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3030 E 6th Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 393-1040
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Colorado buffalo tenderloin is used here for a carpaccio accompanied by mozzarella di bufala, basil vinaigrette, crispy potatoes and smoked sea salt.

3. Gallo di Nero

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1135 Bannock St
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 825-1995
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This Italian spot in Golden Triangle serves a beef carpaccio with bleu cheese, white anchovy and fresh horseradish grilled treviso, and receives a quick sear on the outside but is still raw on the inside.

4. Range

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918 17th St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 726-4800
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Start off a meal with the steak tartare tostadas, which melds jalapeños, radish, egg yolk, queso fresco and hot sauce for a Southwestern take on the meat dish.

5. Bistro Vendome

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1420 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 825-3232
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Enjoy a quintessentially French steak tartare of beef tenderloin combined with anchovy, aioli, dijon mustard, capers and red onion. It’s topped with a fried quail egg and served with grilled baguette.

6. ChoLon Bistro

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1555 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 353-5223
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On the lunch and dinner menus you’ll find a beef carpaccio that’s quickly seared to set the flavor of the spices on the outside. The dish is rounded out with ratatouille, bell pepper granita and Thai basil.

7. Colt & Gray

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1553 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 477-1447
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Known for its mastery of all things meat, Colt & Gray dishes up Colorado lamb tartare with caramelized onion, mint, coffee pickled beets, crispy capers, fresh lemon and cured egg yolk.

8. Old Major

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3316 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 420-0622
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On the new summer menu is a carpaccio of Emma Farms Wagyu beef. The preparation includes pickled peppers, Grana Padano cheese, arugula, grissini breadsticks, caper aioli and egg yolk.

9. Duo Restaurant

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2413 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 477-4141
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Duo’s buffalo carpaccio also features fried capers, pickled egg and smoked mustard. But you only have until the July 15 menu change to try it out.

10. Firenze a Tavola

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4401 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 561-0234
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At this subterranean restaurant beneath Parisi, the beef carpaccio comes with mache greens, truffle sea salt, fresh lemon and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

11. Flagstaff House Restaurant

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1138 Flagstaff Rd
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 442-4640
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The chef’s version of steak tartare at this Boulder fine-dining favorite includes frisee, fried capers, extra virgin olive oil and Kona hearts of palm.

1. Sushi Den

1487 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210
Choose from a raw or seared version of thinly sliced New York strip steak carpaccio. It’s dressed with micro greens along with ponzu sauce. Bonus: Neighboring sister-restaurant Izakaya Den also has a beef carpaccio with maitake mushrooms and bleu cheese.
1487 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80210

2. Barolo Grill

3030 E 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Colorado buffalo tenderloin is used here for a carpaccio accompanied by mozzarella di bufala, basil vinaigrette, crispy potatoes and smoked sea salt.
3030 E 6th Ave
Denver, CO 80206

3. Gallo di Nero

1135 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80204
This Italian spot in Golden Triangle serves a beef carpaccio with bleu cheese, white anchovy and fresh horseradish grilled treviso, and receives a quick sear on the outside but is still raw on the inside.
1135 Bannock St
Denver, CO 80204

4. Range

918 17th St, Denver, CO 80202
Start off a meal with the steak tartare tostadas, which melds jalapeños, radish, egg yolk, queso fresco and hot sauce for a Southwestern take on the meat dish.
918 17th St
Denver, CO 80202

5. Bistro Vendome

1420 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202
Enjoy a quintessentially French steak tartare of beef tenderloin combined with anchovy, aioli, dijon mustard, capers and red onion. It’s topped with a fried quail egg and served with grilled baguette.
1420 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80202

6. ChoLon Bistro

1555 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202
On the lunch and dinner menus you’ll find a beef carpaccio that’s quickly seared to set the flavor of the spices on the outside. The dish is rounded out with ratatouille, bell pepper granita and Thai basil.
1555 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202

7. Colt & Gray

1553 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202
Known for its mastery of all things meat, Colt & Gray dishes up Colorado lamb tartare with caramelized onion, mint, coffee pickled beets, crispy capers, fresh lemon and cured egg yolk.
1553 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202

8. Old Major

3316 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211
On the new summer menu is a carpaccio of Emma Farms Wagyu beef. The preparation includes pickled peppers, Grana Padano cheese, arugula, grissini breadsticks, caper aioli and egg yolk.
3316 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211

9. Duo Restaurant

2413 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Duo’s buffalo carpaccio also features fried capers, pickled egg and smoked mustard. But you only have until the July 15 menu change to try it out.
2413 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

10. Firenze a Tavola

4401 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212
At this subterranean restaurant beneath Parisi, the beef carpaccio comes with mache greens, truffle sea salt, fresh lemon and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
4401 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212

11. Flagstaff House Restaurant

1138 Flagstaff Rd, Boulder, CO 80302
The chef’s version of steak tartare at this Boulder fine-dining favorite includes frisee, fried capers, extra virgin olive oil and Kona hearts of palm.
1138 Flagstaff Rd
Boulder, CO 80302

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