No matter where you plan to be at 11:59 on New Year's Eve, you know you're going to have to eat first. Why not make your last meal of 2015 one to remember? Whether you're trying to avoid the usual bar crowds, attempting to ring in the New Year in a more casual ambiance, putting down a layer of good food so you can pile on the booze later, or looking for an elegant spot where you can dine until the clock strikes twelve, Denver has plenty of options for New Year's Eve. Here are ten of our top picks, ranging from fine to fancy to fun, and presented in no particular order.
1400 Wewatta Street
Instead of jumping right into 2016, take some time to savor the past at Coohills, which will be serving the Last (First-Class) Meal on the ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. All ten courses that were served on April 14, 1912, in the first-class dining salon will be recreated as you dine and dance the night away to the Titanic String Quartet, which will be playing from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The classic menu will feature oysters, poached salmon with Mousseline sauce, saute of chicken Lyonnaise, roast squab and cress, pate de foie gras, Waldorf pudding and more. Come dressed in your best, period attire and you could win a bottle of champagne and a Coohills gift card. The dinner is priced at $135 per person, and includes a glass of Heidsieck & Co Monopole Champagne, the same champagne that was served for toasting on the Titanic. For reservations—which are required—and more information, call Coohills at 303-623-5700.
9) Frasca Food and Wine
1738 Pearl Street
Forego the bar scene on New Year's Eve and spend the evening celebrating like the responsible adult you're trying to be next year, with good food, wine and jazz music. For a more upscale evening, Frasca will be serving
a four-course menu for $110 per person. Seatings will be available between 5 and 10:45 p.m., but guests are welcome to stay through midnight to ring in the New Year. Jazz pianist Paul Shinn will be setting the mood, and playing from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. Call Frasca at 303-442-6966 to make your reservations.
8) The Kitchen Denver
1530 16th Street
If you enjoy the hustle and bustle of the 16th Street Mall on New Year's Eve, and want to catch a glimpse of the city's fireworks display, there are few better places to enjoy your last meal of the year than The Kitchen Denver. The Kitchen will be serving up a four-course, prix-fixe menu with optional wine pairings as well as an optional raw bar supplemental. Diners can choose form several options for each course, including dishes like chestnut soup, duck ravioli, braised short rib, chocolate terrine and more. The dinner is priced at $75 per person with wine pairings costing an additional $65. The raw bar supplemental, which includes caviar with potato blini, oysters and smoked mackerel rillettes, is $24 for two. For reservations and more information, call the restaurant at 303-623-3127.
7) Avanti Food & Beverage
3200 Pecos Street
Avanti Food & Beverage has the perfect location for catching the fireworks display over downtown Denver. The collective eatery also has seven restaurants, with food ranging from arepas to pizzas, and a rooftop bar; for New Year's Eve all seven restaurants at Avanti will be serving their standard menus in addition to special small plate dishes. And while many bars in downtown Denver will be charging a hefty cover just to get in the doors, Avanti's NYE celebration has no charge at the door, and includes a complimentary champagne toast. For those who have more of a thirst to quench, there is a VIP unlimited drink package for $70, which includes all-you-can-drink wells, house wines and house drafts. The party runs from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.; get your unlimited drink package at imbibe-events.com
6) Jax Fish House Glendale
650 South Colorado Boulevard
It's hard to go wrong with seafood, and Jax Fish House has been a longtime seafood staple in Denver. The Glendale outpost is a bit newer, but it lives up to its heritage — and has a stunning setting that's perfect for New Year's Eve, complete with a special five-course, prix fixe seafood menu created by chef de cuisine Matt Lewis and sous chefs Patrick Miranda and Jenna McNeil. The menu is priced at $70 per person; reservations are required and space is limited, so call the restaurant at 303-756-6449 to make yours now.