Denver, CO 80209
- New American
- Tue-Sat 5pm-10pm
- All Major Credit Cards, cash
- Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Vegetarian Friendly
- Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
- Full bar
Olav and Melissa Peterson, the husband-and-wife team behind Bittersweet, worked hard to give the old gas station new life when they opened their restaurant in late 2010. Olav built a menu that uses classic French technique to showcase high-quality ingredients. His tight board changes with the seasons, makes use of many parts of the animals he buys, and draws from the patio gardens that surround the building. He's a perfectionist, too, constantly tweaking dishes and making changes to his list, constantly trying to make everything better until he gets it right -- then he scraps it completely and moves on to the next season. Melissa was in charge of the remodel, and she took her design cues from Olav's food, channeling an artisanal blend of old world and modern aspects. The two intimate, high-ceiling dining rooms seat a total of sixty people at tabletops meant to resemble European butcher blocks. Plush, hide-covered chairs sit in the foyer, old maps and Melissa's artwork adorn the walls, and both sides of the restaurant feature an indoor-outdoor fireplace. But the best seating of all may be on those patios, a real garden of eatin' in the middle of central Denver.
Tips from foursquare
Voted Best Clam Chowder in Westword's Best of Denver 2011!
Bittersweet is one of the few places in Denver where you can actually dine in the restaurant's garden. [Eater 38 Member]
Creative and savory compact menu. Don't miss the clam chowder and roast duck breast. Clam chowder $10; entrees $22-$29. "More Info" for review:
The clam chowder is warm, yummy and filling. Razor clams and crispy pork. What could be better?
Menu changes often, but the duck sausage and pressed chicken are to die for. Wrapped up with fraise an Provence for your dessert!
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Best Of Awards
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