The annual feeding frenzy known as Denver Restaurant Week is nearly upon us, and Visit Denver — the organization that heads up the ten-day event — has published menus for more than 150 of the participating restaurants so that you can plan out your reservations. This year's Restaurant Week runs from February 26 through March 6 and marks the twelfth year that Visit Denver has invited Denverites to enjoy three-course meals for a budget price.
Originally set at $52.80 for two, in recent years the price has risen to $30 per person, and many restaurants offer upgrades and supplements for a little extra.
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The complete list of menus can be found on the Restaurant Week website; more will be added as chefs finalize their choices. With so many excellent options, you may be wondering where to drop your thirty bucks. If you're going for the shiny and new, Abejas, Ophelia's Electric Soapbox, Solitaire and Milk & Honey Bar-Kitchen are participating — and made our list of the fifteen best new restaurants of 2015.
Of course, some folks prefer to avoid the whole to-do, even if dining out is part of their regular routine. If you'd rather skip the crowds and the prix-fixe menus, here are a few of our favorites — whether new last year or time-tested — that are skipping Denver Restaurant Week altogether and sticking to standard menus and service: Stoic & Genuine, Rioja, Mizuna, Old Major, Blackbelly Market, Cho77, Osaka Ramen, Blue Pan Pizza, Rebel Restaurant, Cafe Marmotte, Ototo and Bar Dough.