As dinner restrictions and cooler weather worsen, the Denver dining scene has adapted to include outdoor igloos and greenhouse dining, like something straight out of a futuristic movie. While other restaurants are being forced to go back in time with roadside pick-up and take-away orders – around March 2020 – this list of Denver restaurants and breweries serving innovative dining will help power small businesses.
Where: 2501 Dallas St. Ste 108, Aurora
The lowdown: This restaurant with a James Beard Award Finalist Executive Chef at Stanley Marketplace In Aurora, modern American dishes are served with delicious cocktails. Annette’s menu from Wednesday to Saturday includes a dinner from potato gnocchi to a Wagyu beef burger and on the weekends brunch from pork hash to egg salad toast. It is closed on Monday and Tuesday. Greenhouses (and a yurt!) Can be reserved online here.
Where: 2227 W. 32nd Ave., Denver
The lowdown: Located in the Highland district, Bar Dough presents imaginative little dishes with handmade pasta and wood-fired pizza. With pappardelle, margherita pizza and homemade meatballs, every cozy greenhouse becomes an intimate Italian experience. Each greenhouse has a set price menu at $ 55 per person. The menu consists of several courses, starting with fried artichokes and supplí, followed by cacio e pepe pasta and a porchetta with bortolotti beans and cippolini onion dish. This menu is also offered as a vegetarian option. Greenhouses can be reserved online here.
The tailor of the wolf
Where: 4058 Tejon St., Denver
The lowdown: Located in North Denver, Wolf’s Tailor offers a raised plate menu inspired by Italian cuisines and Asian night markets. The new outdoor seating skips the greenhouse and igloo trend and goes straight to heated tents. Reservations can be made here.
Where: 1535 Central St., Denver
The lowdown: Fast, casual New England-style Denver restaurant has a lobster menu and now has outdoor greenhouse seating. From lobster macaroni and cheese to stuffed buns to grilled lobster cheese and BLTs, the Maine Shack is the coastal haven of this landlocked state. Greenhouse seating is first come, first served, from open to closed.
Where: 2239 W. 30th Ave., Denver
The lowdown: The Lower Highlands location offers the same artisanal wood-fired pizza and oyster menu that Cart-Driver is famous for. It also includes a $ 60 date night package that includes a green salad, bread and butter, daisy pizza, chocolate mousse, and a bottle of wine to share. The food in the greenhouse is first come, first served Tuesday through Sunday and is closed on Mondays.
Ace Eat Serve
Where: 501 E. 17th Ave., Denver
The lowdown: Step outside the greenhouse trend, Ace Eat Serve offers a heated igloo experience that caters to a maximum of six people with a two-hour limit. A deposit of USD 25 is required for the igloo, which will be deducted from the balance. While the full menu is available in the Igloo, the minimum amount is $ 200 regardless of the reservation size. Some menu items are tiger wings, pot stickers, bao buns and spicy ramen. The next igloo dates and reservation details can be found here.
My brother’s bar
Where: 2376 15th St., Denver
The lowdown: One of Denver’s oldest bars near Confluence Park welcomes igloo-style seating with cozy furniture that creates an intimate setting. The menu reflects the seating with classic burgers, ham and Swiss sandwiches, red chili, and a long list of draft beers, spirits, and wine. The igloos are open Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. first come, first served and are closed on Sundays.
Daughter Thai cuisine
Where: 1700 Platte St. Ste 140, Denver
The lowdown: Located in the same area of Confluence Park, Daughter Thai Kitchen offers classic Thai food like lamb curry with jasmine rice, pad thai, fried pineapple rice and unique cocktails. This restaurant also has greenhouses for outdoor seating. Reservations are accepted both online and over the phone.
Where: 620 E. 6th Ave., Denver
The lowdown: Another greenhouse fanatic is Angelos Taverna, which serves classic grilled oysters, homemade pasta and pizza. The Denver location’s outdoor deck has five heated greenhouse pods that can be reserved over the phone.
Spice Trade Brewing Co.
Where: 8775 E. Orchard Rd. Ste 811, Greenwood Village
The lowdown: The Spice Trade Brewing Co. in Greenwood Village has a number of 13 heated igloos. The tap list includes pilsners, IPAs, globally inspired imports, pumpkin spice beers, jalapeño pilsners, and a chai milk stout. To accompany the long list of beers, the menu features adult tater tots, spicy buffalo wings, macaroni and cheese for adults, and other import-inspired dishes like Thai wings, poutine, fried rice with red curry, and a Korean chicken sandwich. For reservations for dome seating, click here.
Tributary Food Hall & Drinkery
Where: 701 12th St., Golden
The lowdown: This golden dining room consists of seven micro-restaurants, a full-service bar, and a coffee shop. From Mr. Miner’s meat and cheese boards to Vito’s pizza and pasta, Tributary has something for everyone. This dining hall has also added igloos to their outdoor seating, creating a series of human snow globes. While the team is still working on the kinks, it is recommended that you order an igloo seat beforehand.
Northside Eatery & Market
Where: 1691 Central St., Denver
The lowdown: The hotel is located in the Lower Highlands district, Northside Eatery, and Market serve upscale comfort dining, cocktails, coffee, and simple pantry staples – much like the one-stop-shop markets popping up all over Denver. The restaurant offers a brunch menu with items such as pesto quiche and cinnamon rolls, and lunch and dinner with dishes ranging from miso salmon and falafel sandwiches to lane wed and roasted tomato sponge peppers. The full bar menu is also available from brunch to dinner. Greenhouses can be reserved online here.