Ten Best Pre-Theater Restaurants in Denver

Ten Best Pre-Theater Restaurants in Denver
Javid Rezvani

So you landed those tickets to A Christmas Carol, Jersey Boys or the Australian Bee Gees Show, you've got your outfit picked out and you're ready to go. Except for one thing: You haven't been downtown in ages and you have no idea what's happening in the dining scene, especially around the Denver Performing Arts Complex. The show starts at 7 p.m., giving you scant time to find a parking spot and wolf down something tasty before the performance; you certainly don't have time for an extravagant multi-course meal.

Our restaurant critic, Gretchen Kurtz, advises picking something light to keep you comfortable for the next couple of hours, someplace close so you only have to park once, and somewhere that's accustomed to efficiently dealing with hordes of fellow ticket holders. With that in mind, here are ten of our favorite places to grab a bite before a show.

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Ten Best Pre-Theater Restaurants in Denver

10) The Kitchen 1530 16th Street 303-623-3127 Take a seat at the bar for the Kitchen's "community hour," which runs from 3 to 6 p.m., and splurge on a seafood platter or select from a number of other fresh shellfish options and a range of charcuterie, light nibbles and upscale sandwiches. At just over a half-mile from the Denver Center, it might be a little far for hoofing it, especially in those new shoes, but just jump on the free 16th Street Mall bus to cut that distance in half.

Ten Best Pre-Theater Restaurants in Denver

9) ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro 1555 Blake Street 303-353-5223 Larimer Square is less than a half-mile from the theater complex, making it an easy walk in all but the worst weather conditions. ChoLon's menu of Asian-inspired small plates are perfect for mixing and matching without filling you up. One of our favorites, the French onion soup dumplings, may be a little dangerous for a new outfit, but Kaya toast with coconut jam, pork belly steamed buns and fried-rice carbonara are quick dishes big on flavor but not on portion size.

Ten Best Pre-Theater Restaurants in Denver

8) Osteria Marco 1453 Larimer Street 303-534-5855 Osteria Marco's fun and lively atmosphere and great cocktail menu make for a festive pre-theater choice. Choose from a wide range of salumi and cheeses -- don't skip the house-made burrata -- or opt for a salad from a list that features light but filling choices, like a chopped rotisserie chicken and pancetta mix.

Keep reading for more great restaurant to hit before a night at the theater.



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