You and your Valentine can still sit down to dinner in Denver for under $50 – if you know where to look. While February 14 can be a time for high-priced multi-course meals, we’ve been looking for places where you can pop in and out without doubling your check at the end. Most are open on Monday (the public holiday) and all are at least charming if not downright romantic for a romantic evening. Here are nine options for your V-Day meal or drink.
Chez Bastien (East Colfax)
Come for the tableside martinis, stay a while for the retro steakhouse vibe. This Colfax institution always sells cocktails under $10 (Rickey’s Gin, Tom Collins and more), so you can enjoy drinks with an appetizer. Order a shrimp cocktail ($15) or a classic wedge salad ($9) and you’ll be perfectly on your way.
3503 E. Colfax, 303-322-0363; bastiensrestaurant.com. Note: This restaurant is closed on Mondays, so pick another night to celebrate.
This restaurant went viral on TikTok in the fall, and for good reason: Viet-Cajun butter and garlic sauces or “fire voodoo” accompany boiled shrimp, crawfish, snow crab and more. seafood options, all in boiled bags of goodness. You’ll pay between $29.99 and $51.99 for three options of mixed seafood bags that come with corn and potatoes.
1862 S. Wadsworth Blvd., 303-632-8079; eatclawful.com. Note: This restaurant is closed on Mondays, so pick another night to celebrate.
Marco’s Coal Fired (Ballpark and Englewood)
A four-course meal for $55 per couple is hard to beat in Denver, so we stretched the budget a bit for this one. This Neapolitan pizzeria hits the deal with options of garlic cheese bread or spinach and artichoke dip to start; followed by your choice of salad; then a specialty pizza, eggplant rollatinis or lasagna; and finally the strawberry tiramisu for dessert.
2129 Larimer St., 303-296-7000 and 1011 Inverness Main St., Englewood, 303-790-9000; marcoscfp.com. Note: This special offer is available from 10 Feb. to 10 Feb. 15.
Odyssey (6th Avenue)
Half-price pasta every Monday night means a real Valentine’s Day dinner bargain this year. You’re looking at $10 fettuccine alfredo, penne bolognese, or gnocchi di patate, to name a few options. The setting in an old Victorian on 6th Avenue will have you craving red sauce when you walk in.
603 E. 6th Ave, 303-318-0102; odysseyitalian.com.
Osaka Ramen (RiNo)
A truly “RAMENtic” Valentine’s Day special gives you two bowls of ramen of your choice (so you don’t have to fight over shoyu, tonkotsu, or spicy miso) and two Tivoli rice beers, the all for $35. It even leaves room for dessert (try the mochi donuts or the tea cakes, both $8).
2611 Walnut St., 303-955-7938; osakaramendenver.com. Note: The special is available on February 11, 12 and 14.
Pho Duy (Broomfield and S. Federal)
A great pho from the best Vietnamese broth maker in town will set you back $13.95. Add banh hoi thit nuong with grilled meat ($12.95) or banh xeo (shrimp and pork pancake, $8.95) and you’ve got plenty of leftovers for a post-Valentine’s brunch.
925 S. Federal Blvd., 303-937-1609; phoduyrestaurant.com
Postino (Broadway, Colorado Blvd., LoHi)
This wine cafe has many special offers for your weekday celebrations. Try half panini and half salad or soup for $13.50. And if you leave before 5 p.m., you can get any glass of wine or a pitcher of beer for $5. Or, go after 8 p.m. on Monday or Tuesday (avoid the crowds) and order a bottle of wine and a bruschetta board for $25. 145 N. Broadway, 303-351-7000; 830 Colorado Blvd, 720-262-5474; 2715 17th St., 303-433-6363; postinowinecafe.com
Spice Room (Berkeley)
The 38th Avenue neighborhood Indian bistro has tons of reasonably priced options, especially for vegetarian and vegan dinners. If you’re avoiding meat, try the Vegetable and Coconut Soup ($10), Mushroom Manchuria (fried, $8), and the Rajma and Aloo Masala (red bean and potato curry , $12). 3157 W. 38th Ave, 303-455-3127; denverspiceroom.com
Yum Cha (16th Street)
Fans of Denver chef Lon Symensma’s East Asian cuisine can find it at a new, more casual dumpling and noodle bar downtown. Its menu of dumplings, bao rolls and other street food bites are best enjoyed during happy hour, when prices range from $3 to $10 (with sake under $10 and cocktails on the side). . Try the Shanghai-style pork and crab soup dumplings (two pieces for $6) and the “firecracker” chicken bao buns (two pieces for $8) and go from there.
1520 16th St. Mall, 720-638-8179; yumchadenver.com. Note: This restaurant is closed on Mondays, so pick another night to celebrate.
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