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Guide to Getting Away From Denver Restaurant Week

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Denver Restaurant Week launched last Saturday, February 22, and will end on March 8. While participating restaurants attract many diners, there are still those who seek to get away from the $52.80 dinner for two promotion. Why get away? The crowds, the manipulated menus which sometimes do not reflect the essence of a restaurant, the stressed-out waitstaff that gets paid less and works more during the promotion, and hard to come-by reservations. So, if you want to get away, here are ten restaurants that will offer an alternative to Denver Restaurant Week.


For more options, check out the Populist, Uncle, Fruition, TAG Burger Bar (including a special beer dinner organized on March 6 with Odell Brewing Co.), and Pinche Tacos - at both of its locations.

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The Park Hill neighborhood restaurant, offers its regular menu and a prix fix that is $35 per person. Through Classic Wines, Tables features a couple of wine selections where a portion of the proceeds goes to Brent's Place.

OLD MAJOR

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The highly anticipated and recently opened restaurant in the Highlands offers its new menu, a combination of appetizers and entrees created by chef Justin Brunson, as well as a spectacular dessert menu crafted by pastry chef Nadine Donovan.

The Squeaky Bean

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Tonight is the last night of celebrating the 118th birthday of French culinary pioneer Fernand Point at the Squeaky Bean with a four course menu that includes wine pairings for $52.80 per person. Starting tomorrow, the same $52.80 format will be offered but featuring the cuisine of Italian innovator Gualtiero Marchesi.

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The neighborhood restaurant owned by chef John Broening and pastry chef Yasmin Lozada-Hissom will not offer the $52.80 menu for two, it is offering a better deal: a $25 tasting menu for one between February 23 and March 8. This three-course menu, offered in addition to the regular dinner menu, includes an appetizer, a main course, and a dessert, with quite a few options to choose from in each category.

Z Cuisine & A Cote

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Z Cuisine and A Cote are magical places where dinner is a ritual that can take as long as the guest wishes. The regular menu is available for diners to enjoy and, on Wednesday, a three-course prix fixe meal is offered for $42 (weekly prices may vary). Tuesday at A Cote, all night happy hour is in full effect.

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This Capitol Hill neighborhood that chef Teri Rippeto opened in 1997 is still fresh and inviting as ever. A seasonal menu is offered and, on the current one, guests should not miss the sage roasted chicken prepared in the wood oven and served with a dried cranberry and pecan bread pudding with pan juices.

Phat Thai

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Chef Mark Fisher created an attractive offer for those ready to get away from the bustle of restaurant week: a three course menu for $22 per person, offered at Phat Thai in Cherry Creek.

Sushi Den

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The very popular Sushi Den is not offering any restaurant week specials, but the selection of Japanese dishes and beautifully-crafted sushi is irresistible. One thing not to miss: the Aburi-style salmon belly.

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The restaurant owned and operated by chef Olav Peterson and his wife and partner Melissa will serve its regular menu during restaurant week. On Thursday, however, there is a twist: a three-course prix-fixe menu is served for $40 per person, wine pairings included.

OAK at fourteenth

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The Boulder restaurant co-owned by cocktail master Bryan Dayton and chef Steve Redzikowski will serve its regular menu. Diners should not miss the ever-popular kale salad and the grilled Berkshire pork belly with pineapple and kumquat jam.

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The Park Hill neighborhood restaurant, offers its regular menu and a prix fix that is $35 per person. Through Classic Wines, Tables features a couple of wine selections where a portion of the proceeds goes to Brent's Place.

OLD MAJOR

The highly anticipated and recently opened restaurant in the Highlands offers its new menu, a combination of appetizers and entrees created by chef Justin Brunson, as well as a spectacular dessert menu crafted by pastry chef Nadine Donovan.

The Squeaky Bean

Tonight is the last night of celebrating the 118th birthday of French culinary pioneer Fernand Point at the Squeaky Bean with a four course menu that includes wine pairings for $52.80 per person. Starting tomorrow, the same $52.80 format will be offered but featuring the cuisine of Italian innovator Gualtiero Marchesi.

Spuntino

The neighborhood restaurant owned by chef John Broening and pastry chef Yasmin Lozada-Hissom will not offer the $52.80 menu for two, it is offering a better deal: a $25 tasting menu for one between February 23 and March 8. This three-course menu, offered in addition to the regular dinner menu, includes an appetizer, a main course, and a dessert, with quite a few options to choose from in each category.

Z Cuisine & A Cote

Z Cuisine and A Cote are magical places where dinner is a ritual that can take as long as the guest wishes. The regular menu is available for diners to enjoy and, on Wednesday, a three-course prix fixe meal is offered for $42 (weekly prices may vary). Tuesday at A Cote, all night happy hour is in full effect.

Potager

This Capitol Hill neighborhood that chef Teri Rippeto opened in 1997 is still fresh and inviting as ever. A seasonal menu is offered and, on the current one, guests should not miss the sage roasted chicken prepared in the wood oven and served with a dried cranberry and pecan bread pudding with pan juices.

Phat Thai

Chef Mark Fisher created an attractive offer for those ready to get away from the bustle of restaurant week: a three course menu for $22 per person, offered at Phat Thai in Cherry Creek.

Sushi Den

The very popular Sushi Den is not offering any restaurant week specials, but the selection of Japanese dishes and beautifully-crafted sushi is irresistible. One thing not to miss: the Aburi-style salmon belly.

bittersweet

The restaurant owned and operated by chef Olav Peterson and his wife and partner Melissa will serve its regular menu during restaurant week. On Thursday, however, there is a twist: a three-course prix-fixe menu is served for $40 per person, wine pairings included.

OAK at fourteenth

The Boulder restaurant co-owned by cocktail master Bryan Dayton and chef Steve Redzikowski will serve its regular menu. Diners should not miss the ever-popular kale salad and the grilled Berkshire pork belly with pineapple and kumquat jam.

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