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Denver's Ultimate Guide To New Year's Eve, LoDo and Downtown Edition

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Today begins Eater's countdown to New Year's Eve with the Ultimate Guide to 2014 dinners and celebrations. Many of Denver's restaurants are rolling out specialty menus on NYE and for the winter season, which we'll cover next week, but in the meantime these special dinners were created with New Year's Eve in mind.

From an Alice and Wonderland-themed feast to multiple champagne toasts, with courses like poached pears, kangaroo, and oyster shooters— these are the nine standout dinners that can be found in LoDo and Downtown. Book reservations now, as seats are going fast.


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1. Vesta Dipping Grill

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1822 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 296-1970
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The NYE specials menu at Vesta includes grilled prawns with grafton cheddar grits, lobster risotto, pan-seared sea scallops with fried sweet potatoes, and whiskey eclairs. Stick around for midnight for the champagne toast. Reservations can be made by calling 303.296.1970.

2. Elway's

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1881 Curtis St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 312-3107
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Elway's Downtown at the Ritz Carlton is offering a special NYE dinner menu that begins at 5 p.m. The cost is $75 per person, and the menu includes guests' choice of appetizers and main courses, as well as a dessert bar. Call 303.312.3107 for reservations.

3. Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar

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1539 17th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 292-5767
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Opening at 5 p.m., Jax Denver will serve a seven-course prix fixe menu for $85 per person and offer wine pairings for $25 or $40. Menu highlights include butter poached lobster tail, smoked black cod, seared duck breast, caviar, Colorado trout, king crab, foie gras torchon, and cloudberry jam and brown butter crepes.

4. The Kitchen Denver

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1530 16th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-3127
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Ring in 2014 with a four-course prix fixe menu with a full seafood bar. Cost of dinner is $75 per person, including a champagne toast at midnight. Full service goes until 10:30 p.m. and the bar is open until midnight. The Kitchen will take reservations and walk-ins on NYE.

5. The Squeaky Bean

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1500 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-2665
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For New Year's Eve, The Bean is offering a five course of decadence and anarchy meal for $100 per person. Wine pairings will be offered at an additional charge.

6. Coohills

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1400 Wewatta St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-5700
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The New Years options at Coohills range from an early seated dinner for $75, a late seated dinner for $115, or a la carte bar seating for $40 per person. The Hazel Miller Band is back to help guests ring in the new year. Complete menus are available on the Coohills website, and reservations can be made by calling 303.623.5700.

7. ChoLon Bistro

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1555 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 353-5223
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The restaurant will be open and will serve its regular menu as well as a special house cured salmon served with caviar and sweet and sour beets. Call 303.353.5223 to book one of the few remaining tables.

8. Freshcraft

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1530 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 758-9608
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This NYE dinner features your choice of paired craft spirits, beer or wine & champagne to close out 2013. The $75 dinner features drunken goat salad and cast iron pork porterhouse. Call 303.758.9608 for menu details and reservations.

9. 1515 Restaurant

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1515 Market St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 571-0011
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New Year's Eve at 1515 has an Alice In Wonderland theme, with two seatings of chef Jonas Halstead's three and four-course menus that include champagne toasts. Tickets are $40 for the first seating and $60 for the second. Make reservations by calling 303.571.0011.

10. TAG Restaurant

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1441 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 996-9985
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Enjoy a four-course dinner with chef Troy Guard’s $79 creative menu that includes down under kangaroo, roasted duck salad, butter poached black cod, red velvet cheesecake and more. Reservations required. Call 303.996.9985 to reserve your spot.

11. Rioja

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1431 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 820-2282
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The restaurant helmed by chef Jennifer Jasinski will be open from 5 to 11 p.m., serving its regular menu.

12. Tamayo

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1400 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 946-1433
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Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a three-course modern Mexican dinner, plus, champagne for $69 per person. Later that evening join the countdown terrace party with live music and more bites. $25 gets you unlimited cocktails from 10:00 p.m. – midnight. Call 720.946.1433 for reservations.

13. EDGE Restaurant And Bar

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1111 14th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 389-3000
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To bring in 2014, EDGE is offering two seatings of a specialty menu at 5 ($75) and 8 p.m.($140) Start with oyster shooters and end with poached pears and honey cake. Call 303.389.3050 to make required reservations.

14. Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar

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1512 Curtis St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 534-1155
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Le Grand Bistro rings in the New Year with specialty three and four-course menus by John Broening, live entertainment throughout the evening, a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Make recommended reservations by calling 303.534.1155.

15. The Corner Office Restaurant

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1401 Curtis St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 825-6500
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Th Corner Office, located in the Curtis Hotel Downtown, will host a Mad Men-themed party where live music, a midnight champagne toast and valet parking, will set guests back only $50.

1. Vesta Dipping Grill

1822 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202
The NYE specials menu at Vesta includes grilled prawns with grafton cheddar grits, lobster risotto, pan-seared sea scallops with fried sweet potatoes, and whiskey eclairs. Stick around for midnight for the champagne toast. Reservations can be made by calling 303.296.1970.
1822 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202

2. Elway's

1881 Curtis St, Denver, CO 80202
Elway's Downtown at the Ritz Carlton is offering a special NYE dinner menu that begins at 5 p.m. The cost is $75 per person, and the menu includes guests' choice of appetizers and main courses, as well as a dessert bar. Call 303.312.3107 for reservations.
1881 Curtis St
Denver, CO 80202

3. Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar

1539 17th St, Denver, CO 80202
Opening at 5 p.m., Jax Denver will serve a seven-course prix fixe menu for $85 per person and offer wine pairings for $25 or $40. Menu highlights include butter poached lobster tail, smoked black cod, seared duck breast, caviar, Colorado trout, king crab, foie gras torchon, and cloudberry jam and brown butter crepes.
1539 17th St
Denver, CO 80202

4. The Kitchen Denver

1530 16th St, Denver, CO 80202
Ring in 2014 with a four-course prix fixe menu with a full seafood bar. Cost of dinner is $75 per person, including a champagne toast at midnight. Full service goes until 10:30 p.m. and the bar is open until midnight. The Kitchen will take reservations and walk-ins on NYE.
1530 16th St
Denver, CO 80202

5. The Squeaky Bean

1500 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202
For New Year's Eve, The Bean is offering a five course of decadence and anarchy meal for $100 per person. Wine pairings will be offered at an additional charge.
1500 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202

6. Coohills

1400 Wewatta St, Denver, CO 80202
The New Years options at Coohills range from an early seated dinner for $75, a late seated dinner for $115, or a la carte bar seating for $40 per person. The Hazel Miller Band is back to help guests ring in the new year. Complete menus are available on the Coohills website, and reservations can be made by calling 303.623.5700.
1400 Wewatta St
Denver, CO 80202

7. ChoLon Bistro

1555 Blake St., Denver, CO 80202
The restaurant will be open and will serve its regular menu as well as a special house cured salmon served with caviar and sweet and sour beets. Call 303.353.5223 to book one of the few remaining tables.
1555 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80202

8. Freshcraft

1530 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202
This NYE dinner features your choice of paired craft spirits, beer or wine & champagne to close out 2013. The $75 dinner features drunken goat salad and cast iron pork porterhouse. Call 303.758.9608 for menu details and reservations.
1530 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202

9. 1515 Restaurant

1515 Market St, Denver, CO 80202
New Year's Eve at 1515 has an Alice In Wonderland theme, with two seatings of chef Jonas Halstead's three and four-course menus that include champagne toasts. Tickets are $40 for the first seating and $60 for the second. Make reservations by calling 303.571.0011.
1515 Market St
Denver, CO 80202

10. TAG Restaurant

1441 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80202
Enjoy a four-course dinner with chef Troy Guard’s $79 creative menu that includes down under kangaroo, roasted duck salad, butter poached black cod, red velvet cheesecake and more. Reservations required. Call 303.996.9985 to reserve your spot.
1441 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202

11. Rioja

1431 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202
The restaurant helmed by chef Jennifer Jasinski will be open from 5 to 11 p.m., serving its regular menu.
1431 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80202

12. Tamayo

1400 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a three-course modern Mexican dinner, plus, champagne for $69 per person. Later that evening join the countdown terrace party with live music and more bites. $25 gets you unlimited cocktails from 10:00 p.m. – midnight. Call 720.946.1433 for reservations.
1400 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80202

13. EDGE Restaurant And Bar

1111 14th St, Denver, CO 80202
To bring in 2014, EDGE is offering two seatings of a specialty menu at 5 ($75) and 8 p.m.($140) Start with oyster shooters and end with poached pears and honey cake. Call 303.389.3050 to make required reservations.
1111 14th St
Denver, CO 80202

14. Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar

1512 Curtis St., Denver, CO 80202
Le Grand Bistro rings in the New Year with specialty three and four-course menus by John Broening, live entertainment throughout the evening, a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Make recommended reservations by calling 303.534.1155.
1512 Curtis St.
Denver, CO 80202

15. The Corner Office Restaurant

1401 Curtis St, Denver, CO 80202
Th Corner Office, located in the Curtis Hotel Downtown, will host a Mad Men-themed party where live music, a midnight champagne toast and valet parking, will set guests back only $50.
1401 Curtis St
Denver, CO 80202

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