Nonna's Chicago Bistro, named Best Italian in 2011 on Denver's 7 A-List, lures hungry passersby with a menu of Windy City–style Italian fare, more than 20 wines by the glass, and complimentary ciabatta bread with saucy marinara. The owners, a family of Chicago natives, dedicated Nonna's to their grandmother, whose passion for hearty, homestyle fare inspired their chefs to perfect such classics as chicken parmigiana, lasagna, and slow-cooked, Chicago-style ribs. Dinners pair with a glass of Italian Da Vinci chianti or a Californian 181 merlot, or assorted well drinks and domestic brews from the exposed-brick bar.
Nonna's Chicago Bistro's dining room provides guests with an elegant eating coliseum, boasting walls painted with grapevine designs and windows that welcome a breathtaking view of the Leaning Tower of Willis. The quaint eatery also fills ear canals with live music performed by jazz trios, classical guitarists, and country crooners on weekend evenings.
To say The Cork House Broker Restaurant is a wine restaurant that just happens to serve food wouldn't be totally inaccurate. The extensive wine list encompasses a wide range, welcoming bottles of sparkling and still, red and white, inexpensive and indulgent. Those who join the restaurant's wine club receive exclusive invitations to events such as wine dinners, tastings, cooking classes, and meet-and-greets with winemakers.
With that said, the restaurant’s chefs certainly know their way around the kitchen. Guests can pair their wines with a flight of carefully curated cheeses, made from goat's and cow's milks, or consult a dinner menu filled with timeless entrees including steak diane, french onion soup, and fabulous mussels. Meals unfold in the restaurant’s intimate dining room or under the patio’s generously shady cover of trees.
One of Denver’s oldest coffee houses, Paris on Platte, located in Lower Highland, is an artsy hangout for sophisticated students cracking the books and prowling the internet, caffeine junkies, philosophers discussing the world’s woes and old-timers wistful for nostalgia. The bohemian space, bedecked with kaleidoscopic artwork, creaky wood floors, weathered wooden booths and tables and a fully equipped barista counter, encourages lingering, and people post up for hours, sipping cappuccinos and snacking on sandwiches, soups, salads, pizzas and a full board of desserts. At night, the adjacent wine bar, located next door, features live music, a chill vibe and a weekday happy hour from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Don't limit yourself to one entree — at Cellar Wine Bar, you can sample a range of small plates (and share with your friends!). Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list. Home to one of the happiest happy hours, pop in after work for great drinks and good company. Not to be overlooked is Cellar Wine Bar's no-charge wifi. You won't feel cramped at Cellar Wine Bar, even with a large party — the restaurant is perfect for large groups.
The restaurant can fill to capacity on the weekends, so don't forget to call ahead to reserve your table.
Sidle into a space on the street or park your vehicle in the adjacent lot.
A mid-priced establishment, Cellar Wine Bar offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less.
A wine tasting should take place without frills. At least, that’s what Row 14 Bistro & Wine Bar’s owner David Schneider thinks. “The wine experience that a guest will have at Row 14 is all about trying and enjoying wine without the pretense that can be associated with it,” he explains on the restaurant’s site, adding, “Wine should be casual and conversational.” He opened his eatery in March of 2011 to bring his envisioned atmosphere—one that’s “sophisticated yet approachable”—to Denver. He partners an understandably extensive wine list with a menu that changes seasonally. All of the ingredients used are thoughtfully sourced from local farmers who adhere to sustainable practices. Items ranging from cheese plates and PEI mussels to lamb bolognese and roasted duck breast join glasses and bottles or reds, whites, and sparkling wines. The décor is minimal and modern, with sheer golden curtains matching honey-colored booths. Gray walls hoist abstract work above a deep brown, tree-like divider that runs through the center of the eatery. Overhead, gray lanterns cast soft light over the wooden tables, and an outdoor patio allows for al fresco dining.
Solera Restaurant and Wine Bar offers a wide variety of classic American dishes. Solera Restaurant and Wine Bar is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu. Be sure to take advantage of Solera Restaurant and Wine Bar's BYOB policy and bring along your own beer or wine. The drink list at Solera Restaurant and Wine Bar has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out). Check out the brews and bites at happy hour, and kick back without spending a fortune. Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Solera Restaurant and Wine Bar's beautiful outdoor seating area. Ideal for birthday parties or other large get-togethers, Solera Restaurant and Wine Bar has all the room you'll need to be comfortable.
The crowds come out in force on Fridays and Saturdays, so don't neglect to make a reservation ahead of time. No need to gussy up for a trip to Solera Restaurant and Wine Bar, where patrons dress for comfort and fun. Or, take your grub to-go. The restaurant has catering services as well.
Parking is plentiful — the restaurant provides valet in the nearby lot, where regular parking is also available. Drivers can take advantage of alternate street parking when the lot is packed.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Solera Restaurant and Wine Bar's moderately priced fare. All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.