The lovers' holiday that is Valentine's Day often calls for restaurants to roll out a special prix fixe or chef's tasting menu. While some can be a good value, others are less so, and either way your ordering choices are more limited. In case you're looking for a romantic meal out with your sweetheart—but without the constraints of a fixed menu—here are 12 places that will serve their regular menu, though some will also be offering special features a la carte. Note: The list is presented in alphabetical order.Read More
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Open for lunch and dinner on the 14th, this Boulder institution will have its complete menu available, in addition to some special items meant for two.
Housed within the Renaissance Hotel downtown, Range will provide its traditional menu and also offer a surf-and-turf family-style meal for two.
Colt & Gray
Enjoy the normal menu of nose-to-tail dishes, as well as a few specials. Don't miss the sticky toffee pudding for dessert.
Mercantile Dining & Provision
You can opt for the limited-availability lovebird feast for two, or know there's still the board of elevated comfort food and family dinners to have you covered.
Get your fill of sashimi, sushi rolls, and other Japanese plates for your Valentine's dinner. Bonus: Sister restaurant Izakaya Den is also prix fixe-free, and open for lunch on Saturdays
Beast + Bottle
This Uptown charmer is offering its farm-focused regular menu, plus a Valentine's Day version of the chef's tasting menu that is typically served nightly. There will also be special feature items like a bison New York strip steak.
Vesta Dipping Grill
Choices abound at Vesta, whether it's selecting a dipping sauce for your entree, or picking between the regular dinner items and a special a la carte Valentine's Day menu.
Z Cuisine & A Côté
As usual, Z Cuisine's offerings will be selected by the chef that day, and are set to include some staple dishes, all served a la carte. However, seating will be at sister spot A Côté, since the Z side is currently undergoing renovation.
The eclectic and approachable menu will remain for the most part, though a few dishes may be changed to expedite service on what's sure to be a busy night.
Teri Rippeto's Capitol Hill spot changes its menu frequently, and on this night there will be some additional specials to look forward to.
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Table 6 is another establishment where you'll be able to have your choosing of the regular dinner fare, with a couple of a la carte specials thrown in.
There's a wide variety of plates small and large here, and for the occasion a bonus dessert feature of flourless chocolate cake with two pours of Italian Brachetto makes for a sweet finish.
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