When planning a first date, you want everything to be just right. The right date calls for the right outfit, and of course the right location, as a bad restaurant for dinner can spoil more than just your appetite. In Denver, there are quality restaurants to suit any dating style. Here are the best restaurants in Denver for a first date whether its a classic dinner date or a quirky night of fun.
The playful first date: Punch Bowl Social
If just the thought of having to sit for hours on a dinner date makes you a little fidgety, consider a more interactive dining experience like the one at Punch Bowl Social for a first date. Located on South Broadway in Denver, this massive restaurant has indoor and outdoor dining areas, lounges and several bars, as well as lots of games. Punch Bowl Social is truly a social dining experience with bowling, marbles, ping pong, shuffle board and arcade games with food and drink service available in all areas. So forgo the classic seating arraignment on your first day and have dinner while playing darts at Punch Bowl Social.
The quirky first date: Casa Bonita
For a unique first date head to one of Denver’s most unique restaurants, Casa Bonita. Its trademark pink tower has been part of West Colfax since the 1970s and it’s unlike any other restaurant in Colorado. In fact, it's unlike any other restaurant anywhere as it’s the last of a chain of Mexican restaurants started in Oklahoma in 1968. Of course, it’s the flamboyant interpretation of Mexican culture that draws daters and not so much the food which is cafeteria-esk at best (except of course for the sopapillas, which are wonderful, so think little meal and big dessert for this first date). And with cliff divers, a haunted house and a mariachi band, a first date at Casa Bonita is an entertaining evening if nothing else.
The dinner and a drink first date: Goosetown Tavern
If you favor the latter half of the concept ‘dinner and a drink,’ head to Goosetown Tavern, a bar with great bar food. The laid back atmosphere at this local favorite in the Congress Park neighborhood is perfect for a first date as is the jerk chicken sandwich, which is large enough to share.
The classic dinner date: The Kitchen
Head to historic Lodo for a classic dinner date at The Kitchen Denver. Open seven days a week, The Kitchen is simple yet sophisticated; or as described on their website a “world class neighborhood restaurant.” Conveniently located on 16th Street Mall this restaurant can easily fit into several first date plans in Denver.
The something to talk about date: Linger
If it’s that awkward talking part of a first date that befuddles you, be sure to pick a restaurant where there’s lots to talk about, like Linger in the Highlands. At Linger, you can talk about the awesome view of downtown Denver from the rooftop patio, the building’s unique history as a mortuary, the Light Bright bar, the delicious Devils on Horseback (bacon wrapped dates) and the eclectic mix of patrons that fill the restaurant and bar daily—talk about a good time.
So whatever your dating style, from a quirky to classic, one of these top restaurants in Denver is sure to be the perfect location for a first date.