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Denver Restaurant Week 2017 – Steals, Deals and the Best Meals on the List

Go exploring the local culinary scene on a budget this Restaurant Week season

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After the holidays and the hullabaloo to start the new year, restaurant traffic can slow to a trickle at the end of winter. But this year, and for the 13th in a row, Visit Denver presents Denver Restaurant Week, 10 days of discounted dinners at restaurants across the metro area and beyond. The annual food-focused festivities have changed through the years with the dynamic growth and preferences of the Mile High maturing. Over the first number of years, menu choices were offered at $52.80 for two, but the price eventually rose to $30 where it stayed until this year. Now, the cost of dinner has been divided into $25, $35 and $45 tiers, allowing more restaurants to participate at a lower price point.

As we waded through the depths of the 13th annual Denver Restaurant Week listings, we called out special attention to the menus with a focus on value, variety and accurate representation of the experience. Check out this sampling of DRW winners below. Make your reservations soon; Restaurant Week runs from February 24 through March 5.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Abejas

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807 13th St
Golden, CO 80401
(303) 952-9745
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If you're looking for an oh so slight getaway, go to Abjeas in Golden. Using local and seasonable ingredients, the $35 menu starts with small plates from celery and apple stuffed squid to a wintery parsnip soup and follows with an entree and dessert.
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2. Ace Eat Serve

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501 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 800-7705
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Value is the name of the game for this Restaurant Week go-to. For $25, guests get an the protein of their choice with their appetizers and entrees, followed by dessert of a miso caramel mousse.
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3. Adrift Tiki

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218 s Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 778-8454
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It's hard to feel the waves of the ocean when you're stuck on landlocked dry land, but South Broadway's Adrift does a stellar job of specializing in modern tiki preparations and an extensive collection of rums from around the world. For $45, try the spam musubi with a sushi twist, appetizers from guava BBQ baby back ribs to Kilauea poke and the Hawaiian mixed plate, with steamed rice, mac salad, grilled pineapple and protein.
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4. Avenue Grill

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630 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 861-2820
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This classic American grill, reminiscent of the San Fransisco supper clubs of the 1930s and 40s has a decadent vintage bar and a neighborhood feel. For $35, DRW guests can try appetizers, soup or salad, and then the real meal begins with prime rib, grilled salmon or chicken oscar.
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5. Beatrice & Woodsley

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38 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 777-3505
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Bringing the Colorado wilderness indoors, this social dining spot is seasonally inspired and rustic in execution. For $35 per person, the first course is either a pureed watercress and garlic soup or butter lettuce salad with smoked cod. Entree options include confit duck, pan roasted salmon or buckwheat apparel and dessert is sweet and warm either option you choose. Wine pairings are available upon request.
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6. bittersweet

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500 E Alameda Ave
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 942-0320
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If it's playful, artful and honest to the ingredients, then you're getting the full Bittersweet experience. We're saving room already for this Wash Park fixture's Restaurant Week desserts they've cooked up, from the chocolate ricotta ravioli with port reduction and poached figs or the kumquat tart with meringue.
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7. Brazen Neighborhood Eatery

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4450 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80212
(720) 638-1242
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Berkeley's Brazen is the neighborhood hangout every nook of the city deserves. For just $25 a person, try two shared plates ranging from carrots with avocado whip to ora king salmon with a root veggie latke.
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8. Coperta

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400 E 20th Ave
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 749-4666
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With a nod toward the language of love, Uptown's Coperta celebrates the food and wine of southern Italy. Seasonal veggie, fresh fish and local game – all responsibly sourced – are staples on the menu, no matter the occasion. The simple cuisine is well represented for the DRW evening, starting with the antipasti – either the tomato suppli, crispy calamari or mushroom pizza rotolo (a special addition), followed by a variety of pastas and entrees of grass feb beef tagliata or the eggplant parmigiana. The dessert is simple but satisfying, a sizable scoop of the extra virgin olive oil gelato. All for only $35.
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9. Duo Restaurant

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2413 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 477-4141
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Warm and rustic, this creative LoHi establishment has stood the test of time with a hearty menu. For just $35 per person, indulge in all of the three scrumptious servings for Denver Restaurant Week.
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10. Farmer Girl

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432 Main St
Lyons, CO 80540
(303) 823-5856
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Growing up and out of the social food incubator, Avanti, Farmer Girl moved to Lyons Colorado with its organic sustainable mission, tackling contemporary American fare. The Denver Startup Week meal – just $25 – starts with roasted butternut squash salad, sweet potato bisque, spaghetti squash fritters or a carrot latke. The hearty entrees include the lamb bolognese and cornish game hen or the mushroom tartan, among others. Wine pairings can be added to each course for just $20.
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11. The Fort Restaurant

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19192 Highway 8
Morrison, CO 80465
(303) 697-4771
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A trip to Red Rocks isn't always about live music. Sometimes it's for the food. This award-winning old western style restaurant is known for its buffalo steaks, and thus, features that meaty entree prominently on its Denver Restaurant Week menu, along with the teriyaki marinated quail.

12. Jing Restaurant

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5370 Greenwood Plaza Blvd
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
(303) 779-6888
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For the foodies in the burbs, Jing's Asian-fusion cuisine has some great Greenwood Village grub. The $45 menu includes sushi/sashimi options, small plates, signature appetizers, and more.

13. Kobe An

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3400 Osage St
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 284-6342
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Take a trip across time and culture and arrive at Kobe an, where the talented chef team will introduce you to a traditional Japanese hot-pot meal. The signature shabu shabbu means swish swish, for the nature of cooking this dish. The Restaurant Week menu starts slowly for you to sip on miso soup, then on to appetizers such as garlic tuna sashimi and wagyu beef gyoza.
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14. Milk & Honey Bar • Kitchen

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1414 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 997-7590
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Tucked in Larimer Square's stunning secret garden is the abundance of the Restaurant Week's handcrafted dishes. Enjoy an intimate meal for $45 per person, with plates such as the Szechuan pork belly or Hamachi crudo.
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15. Public School 303

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1959 16th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 446-8671
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This gastropub with the intent of educating its patrons in the "art of food and beer" is a laid-back way to get in on the Restaurant Week action. For just $25, value is the name of the game here, where you'll get a kale salad or meatball al forno with "angry" sauce, salmon, Irish stout short ribs or red bird brick chicken, before a delectable dessert arrives on your table.
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16. Satchel's on 6th

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1710 E 6th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 399-2560
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Often flying under the radar, this simple but elegant 6th Avenue eatery utilizes old world techniques on American cuisine. For Restaurant Week, the first course includes fish chowder, gnocchi or beef tartar while the entrees range from cod to veggie terrine or lamb burger, among others. For dessert, you can't go wrong – though we recommend the beignets with fruit champ and buttermilk Chantilly.
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17. The Squeaky Bean

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1500 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-2665
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Calling itself a dirt-driven eatery, for $45 a head, enjoy a well thought out meal and bartender's choice cocktails, mocktails or wine.
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18. STK DENVER

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1560 Market St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 597-8010
Newly on the scene, but no doubt making a splash, this hip downtown steakhouse with a modern twist will dish out appetizers, entrees – including its signature multi-portion steaks – and desserts for $45.
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19. Table 6

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609 Corona St
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 831-8800
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Though their menu is TBD – the $35 price tag and the reputation of this fine fare, fabulous environment and services gives us a lot to look forward to.
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20. Vital Root

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3915 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 474-4131
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Tennyson's globally influenced, health conscious eatery, Vital Root presents a three-course DRW extravaganza for just $25, with favorites including the curried red lentil soup, the sunflower seed risotto and the pad thai.
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21. Avelina

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1550 17th St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 904-6711
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For $35 per person, this hot spot in LoDo offers everything from the garganelli with ground pork and chicken confit with white beans and chorizo, to crispy flounder and flatiron steak.
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22. Blue Island Oyster Bar

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2625 E 2nd Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 333-2462
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With options like yellowfin tuna poké for appetizer and herbed trout or fillet mignon for an entrée, this $35 per person option in Cherry Creek is a winner.
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23. Butcher's Bistro

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2233 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 296-2750
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An amuse bouche, a salad, and entreé options like barbecue pork belly or roasted Wagyu beef are offered at this Ballpark spot for $35 per person.
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24. Coohills

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1400 Wewatta St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-5700
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Crab cakes, cassoulet, French onion soup, short ribs, and gnocchi are only a few of the awesome options available for $35 per person during Denver Restaurant Week.
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25. Jax Fish House Denver

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1539 17th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 292-5767
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Head to this modern yet classic fish house and get in on the oysters, spicy poké, lobster rolls, or even the made-to-order chowder.
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26. Ophelia's Electric Soapbox

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1215 20th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 993-8023
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A stunning lounge and music venue, Ophelia's brings some guests favorites like the duck meatballs, bison burger, and chicken and waffles for the $35 per person special menu.
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27. The Curtis Club

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2100 Curtis St
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 420-9898
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This modern and hip quirky Ballpark bar and restaurant offers a wide selection of dishes including seasoned peel 'n eat shrimp with tomatillo salsa and ribeye steak with lemon butter, served with garlic mashed potatoes and shishito peppers for $25 per person.
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28. Vesta

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1822 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 296-1970
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A staple of Denver's modern dining, this LoDo spot recently launched a creative new menu led by chef Nicholas Kayser. Among the dishes offered in the $35 menu are a seven-ounce flat iron churrasco with papas bravas and chimichurri and a falafel plate with tzatziki and turmeric cucumbers.
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29. Wild Standard

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1043 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302
(720) 638-4800
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This Boulder fish-centric restaurant led by chef and owner Bradford Heap offers dishes like the bouillabaise de Marseille, Alaskan cod and shrimp gnocchi, and even a Vietnamese fried chicken for its $35 per person menu.
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1. Abejas

807 13th St, Golden, CO 80401
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If you're looking for an oh so slight getaway, go to Abjeas in Golden. Using local and seasonable ingredients, the $35 menu starts with small plates from celery and apple stuffed squid to a wintery parsnip soup and follows with an entree and dessert.
807 13th St
Golden, CO 80401

2. Ace Eat Serve

501 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Andra Zeppelin
Value is the name of the game for this Restaurant Week go-to. For $25, guests get an the protein of their choice with their appetizers and entrees, followed by dessert of a miso caramel mousse.
501 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

3. Adrift Tiki

218 s Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
Adam Larkey
It's hard to feel the waves of the ocean when you're stuck on landlocked dry land, but South Broadway's Adrift does a stellar job of specializing in modern tiki preparations and an extensive collection of rums from around the world. For $45, try the spam musubi with a sushi twist, appetizers from guava BBQ baby back ribs to Kilauea poke and the Hawaiian mixed plate, with steamed rice, mac salad, grilled pineapple and protein.
218 s Broadway
Denver, CO 80209

4. Avenue Grill

630 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Andra Zeppelin
This classic American grill, reminiscent of the San Fransisco supper clubs of the 1930s and 40s has a decadent vintage bar and a neighborhood feel. For $35, DRW guests can try appetizers, soup or salad, and then the real meal begins with prime rib, grilled salmon or chicken oscar.
630 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

5. Beatrice & Woodsley

38 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
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Bringing the Colorado wilderness indoors, this social dining spot is seasonally inspired and rustic in execution. For $35 per person, the first course is either a pureed watercress and garlic soup or butter lettuce salad with smoked cod. Entree options include confit duck, pan roasted salmon or buckwheat apparel and dessert is sweet and warm either option you choose. Wine pairings are available upon request.
38 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209

6. bittersweet

500 E Alameda Ave, Denver, CO 80209
Adam Larkey
If it's playful, artful and honest to the ingredients, then you're getting the full Bittersweet experience. We're saving room already for this Wash Park fixture's Restaurant Week desserts they've cooked up, from the chocolate ricotta ravioli with port reduction and poached figs or the kumquat tart with meringue.
500 E Alameda Ave
Denver, CO 80209

7. Brazen Neighborhood Eatery

4450 W 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80212
Andra Zeppelin
Berkeley's Brazen is the neighborhood hangout every nook of the city deserves. For just $25 a person, try two shared plates ranging from carrots with avocado whip to ora king salmon with a root veggie latke.
4450 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80212

8. Coperta

400 E 20th Ave, Denver, CO 80205
Adam Larkey
With a nod toward the language of love, Uptown's Coperta celebrates the food and wine of southern Italy. Seasonal veggie, fresh fish and local game – all responsibly sourced – are staples on the menu, no matter the occasion. The simple cuisine is well represented for the DRW evening, starting with the antipasti – either the tomato suppli, crispy calamari or mushroom pizza rotolo (a special addition), followed by a variety of pastas and entrees of grass feb beef tagliata or the eggplant parmigiana. The dessert is simple but satisfying, a sizable scoop of the extra virgin olive oil gelato. All for only $35.
400 E 20th Ave
Denver, CO 80205

9. Duo Restaurant

2413 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
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Warm and rustic, this creative LoHi establishment has stood the test of time with a hearty menu. For just $35 per person, indulge in all of the three scrumptious servings for Denver Restaurant Week.
2413 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

10. Farmer Girl

432 Main St, Lyons, CO 80540
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Growing up and out of the social food incubator, Avanti, Farmer Girl moved to Lyons Colorado with its organic sustainable mission, tackling contemporary American fare. The Denver Startup Week meal – just $25 – starts with roasted butternut squash salad, sweet potato bisque, spaghetti squash fritters or a carrot latke. The hearty entrees include the lamb bolognese and cornish game hen or the mushroom tartan, among others. Wine pairings can be added to each course for just $20.
432 Main St
Lyons, CO 80540

11. The Fort Restaurant

19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465
A trip to Red Rocks isn't always about live music. Sometimes it's for the food. This award-winning old western style restaurant is known for its buffalo steaks, and thus, features that meaty entree prominently on its Denver Restaurant Week menu, along with the teriyaki marinated quail.
19192 Highway 8
Morrison, CO 80465

12. Jing Restaurant

5370 Greenwood Plaza Blvd, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
For the foodies in the burbs, Jing's Asian-fusion cuisine has some great Greenwood Village grub. The $45 menu includes sushi/sashimi options, small plates, signature appetizers, and more.
5370 Greenwood Plaza Blvd
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

13. Kobe An

3400 Osage St, Denver, CO 80211
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Take a trip across time and culture and arrive at Kobe an, where the talented chef team will introduce you to a traditional Japanese hot-pot meal. The signature shabu shabbu means swish swish, for the nature of cooking this dish. The Restaurant Week menu starts slowly for you to sip on miso soup, then on to appetizers such as garlic tuna sashimi and wagyu beef gyoza.
3400 Osage St
Denver, CO 80211

14. Milk & Honey Bar • Kitchen

1414 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202