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Adam Larkey

12 Spots to Avoid a Prix Fixe Menu on Valentine's Day

You'll still have a romantic meal, but with more options.

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Beast + Bottle
| Adam Larkey

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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Flagstaff House

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1138 Flagstaff Road
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 442-4640
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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.

2. range

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918 17th Street
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 726-4800
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Housed within the Renaissance Hotel downtown, Range will provide its traditional menu and also offer a surf-and-turf family-style meal for two.

3. Colt & Gray

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1553 Platte Street
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 477-1447
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Enjoy the normal menu of nose-to-tail dishes, as well as a few specials. Don't miss the sticky toffee pudding for dessert.

4. Mercantile Dining & Provision

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1701 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 460-3733
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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.

5. Sushi Den

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1487 South Pearl Street
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 777-0826
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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

6. Beast + Bottle

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719 East 17th Avenue
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 623-3223
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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.

7. Vesta Dipping Grill

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1822 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 296-1970
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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.

8. Z Cuisine & A Côté

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2239 West 30th Avenue
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 477-1111
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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.

9. The Plimoth

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2335 28th Avenue
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 297-1215
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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.

10. Potager

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1109 Ogden Street
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 832-5788
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Teri Rippeto's Capitol Hill spot changes its menu frequently, and on this night there will be some additional specials to look forward to.

11. Table 6

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609 Corona Street
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 831-8800
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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.

12. Harman's

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2900 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 388-7428
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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.

1. Flagstaff House

1138 Flagstaff Road, Boulder, CO 80302
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.
1138 Flagstaff Road
Boulder, CO 80302

2. range

918 17th Street, Denver, CO 80202
Housed within the Renaissance Hotel downtown, Range will provide its traditional menu and also offer a surf-and-turf family-style meal for two.
918 17th Street
Denver, CO 80202

3. Colt & Gray

1553 Platte Street, Denver, CO 80202
Enjoy the normal menu of nose-to-tail dishes, as well as a few specials. Don't miss the sticky toffee pudding for dessert.
1553 Platte Street
Denver, CO 80202

4. Mercantile Dining & Provision

1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO 80202
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.
1701 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202

5. Sushi Den

1487 South Pearl Street, Denver, CO 80210
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
1487 South Pearl Street
Denver, CO 80210

6. Beast + Bottle

719 East 17th Avenue, Denver, CO 80203
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.
719 East 17th Avenue
Denver, CO 80203

7. Vesta Dipping Grill

1822 Blake Street, Denver, CO 80202
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.
1822 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80202

8. Z Cuisine & A Côté

2239 West 30th Avenue, Denver, CO 80211
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.
2239 West 30th Avenue
Denver, CO 80211

9. The Plimoth

2335 28th Avenue, Denver, CO 80205
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.
2335 28th Avenue
Denver, CO 80205

10. Potager

1109 Ogden Street, Denver, CO 80218
Teri Rippeto's Capitol Hill spot changes its menu frequently, and on this night there will be some additional specials to look forward to.
1109 Ogden Street
Denver, CO 80218

11. Table 6

609 Corona Street, Denver, CO 80218
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.
609 Corona Street
Denver, CO 80218

12. Harman's

2900 East 2nd Avenue, Denver, CO 80206
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.
2900 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206

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