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These 33 dreamy restaurants and lounges will make for a steamy Valentine’s Day.

Stories Robyn Griggs Lawrence
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We know how stressful V-Day reservations can be. Whether you’re kindling or rekindling romance, a lot gets loaded into where you and your sweetheart spend this particular evening. You need reservations. We’ve got you covered, with 33 of the most romantic spots in Denver and Boulder to woo your favorite someone. Find one and make a reservation. You do not want to get caught on a Friday Valentine’s Day without them (we may know this from experience).

Annette

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Chef Caroline Glover calls her fare “scratch-to-table.” The aroma of meat and vegetables on a wood-burning grill makes this atmospheric restaurant inside Aurora’s Stanley Marketplace one cozy place to spend a winter night.

Balistreri Vineyards

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For wine lovers, sharing a tasting of sulfite-free handcrafted wines and seasonally inspired small plates at this idyllic North Denver winery is the ultimate. A special six-course dinner on Valentine’s weekend is beyond.

Bamboo Sushi

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This sleek LoHi favorite brought sustainable sushi to Denver, and it serves a delicious Wagyu burger. A sweet spot for two.

Bar Helix

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The vibe at this modern bar and lounge in the heart of RiNo is chill, perfect for cocktails and small plates. Valentine’s Day is “love the one you’re with” night, with specialty cocktails and champagne specials.

Barolo Grill

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You’ll find Northern Italian cuisine and a thoughtful wine list supporting small family wineries at this rustic yet elegant Cherry Creek North eatery.

Beast + Bottle

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This intimate Uptown spot specializes in lamb dishes (the menu’s categorized by “lamb” and “not lamb”) made with “relentlessly local” ingredients.

Beatrice & Woodsley

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At this Wash Park restaurant, you’ll feel like you’re stepping into an antique cabin, with hand-hewn materials and a small glowing aspen grove. And it’s doing a special Valentine’s Day thing.

Bistro Vendome

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This charming French bistro in Larimer Square’s Sussex building is the place to go for classic French fare and champagne cocktails.

Bittersweet

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The seasonally driven menu at this playful, intimate restaurant on the edge of Wash Park is simple and focused on quality local ingredients.

Black Cat

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This sleek bistro in downtown Boulder serves innovative meals made from produce grown on the chef and owner’s nearby organic farm.

Brasserie Ten

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A downtown Boulder staple, this vibrant café serves homestyle French fare and fresh oysters.

Cho77

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This funky restaurant in LoDo serves Southeast Asian–inspired small plates and bottles of sake meant to be shared, and it’s breaking policy to take reservations for Valentine’s Day.

The Cooper Lounge

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Perched above Union Station’s Great Hall with exquisite downtown views, this glamorous retreat offers high-end cocktails and small bites. Go all out and spend the night at the Crawford Hotel. Why not?

Coperta

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This cozy Uptown eatery (the name means “blanket” in Italian) is where you’ll find comfortable Southern Italian classics, perfect in February.

Corridor 44

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Opulent is the word for this Larimer Square champagne bar, which offers the bubbly (of course) as well as inventive cocktails, caviar service, and a full dinner menu.

The Crimson Room

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For a champagne-and- chocolate-truffles kind of Valentine’s Day, accompanied by live piano, guitar, or jazz, there’s simply nowhere else. (Grab a selfie in the throne chairs.)

The Cruise Room

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Considered one of Denver’s most Instagrammable spots, the historic Art Deco bar at the Oxford Hotel in LoDo is great for classic cocktails and small plates.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House

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This lush Greenwood Village is a steakhouse classic, featuring steaks, chops, and seafood; an extensive wine list; and cigar service.

El Five

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Perched high above LoHi, with spectacular city views, this is the spot for tapas and curated Spanish wines.

The Family Jones Spirit House

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This LoHi space with soaring windows and a sunken bar serves cocktails and custom plates from a bar and kitchen hybrid known as the “bitchen.”

Flagstaff House

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This Boulder icon up Flagstaff Canyon, with fine food, stellar service, and amazing views, has been the place to impress your date for more than half a century.

Fruition

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With only 50 seats, this restaurant serves creative cuisine in an unpretentious setting, and the carefully chosen fresh, local ingredients really shine.

Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret

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At this Parisian nightclub in the basement of the historic Daniels & Fisher Tower on the 16th Street Mall, there’s music and burlesque, appetizers and desserts.

License No. 1

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Sip craft cocktails and listen to live music at this sprawling hideaway in the basement of Boulder’s Hotel Boulderado, a secret rendezvous spot with plenty of hidden nooks and crannies ever since it scored the city’s first liquor license in 1969.

Mizuna

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This Capitol Hill standby has a soft, elegant ambience and changes the menu monthly, giving chefs free reign to experiment.

Nocturne Jazz & Supper Club

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You can sip a glass of wine or a cocktail while you share plates at this RiNo jazz lounge, but the five-course tasting menus inspired by historic and iconic music albums are the most fun.

Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox

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The veggie-friendly small-plates menu is a bonus at this upscale LoDo gastropub, but the brothel vibe (because it once was one) makes it ideal for a vintage soft-core Valentine’s.

Peaks Lounge

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How can a spot overlooking Denver from the 27th floor not be romantic? This bar atop the Hyatt Regency has a good selection of cocktails made from Colorado-crafted spirits to sip with small plates and desserts (s’mores fondue for two would be the Valentine’s Day choice).

Piatti

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This Cherry Creek North classic, with its soft yellow ambience and rustic Italian comfort food, feels like putting on a favorite cashmere sweater.

Sushi Sasa

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Small but mighty, this quiet restaurant in Highland Park serves some of Denver’s best Japanese fare.

Tavernetta

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From the team behind Boulder’s legendary Frasca Food and Wine, this Union Station restaurant offers Italian cuisine and an impressive wine list. The fireplace lounge is the place to be on a cold February night.

Ultreia

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In the heart of Union Station, this 50-seat “gastroteka” does it Spanish style, with Iberian-inspired tapas and creative gin-tonics.

Vesta

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At this warm, inviting LoDo spot, it’s all about the sauce. You can share plates of fire-grilled meats and vegetables to dip in those divine sauces and a bottle of wine from an award-winning list.

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