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Best Dinner Destinations Near Arboretum

Are your parents in town? Do you have a date you’re trying to impress? Let us give you an ounce of relief and give you our best recommendations for a high-end dinner minutes from your front door at Arboretum.

Whether you are looking for a more intimate restaurant or a place that works for the family, University Park has an array of tasty, local restaurants that will always hit the mark. No matter the occasion, you will always have a great place to go when you live in University Park.

The historic districts that surround University Park like South Pearl Street and Old South Gaylord Street are lined with unique bistros with gorgeous patios that overlook the streets. Get your perfect, upscale meal with the people that mean the most to you in the most decorated and cultured areas near University Park! Here is what we recommend.

Sushi Den

Sushi Den has been a legendary Denver restaurant for premier sushi and Japanese food since it opened on Christmas in 1984. The intimate restaurant is highly acknowledged across the state and country for its high quality and traditional methods for the best sushi in Colorado.

THE FOUNDER
Our ode to Masataka Taketsuru, the “Father of Japanese Whisky” Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky, Stirrings Ginger, Simple Syrup Toasted Orange Peel, Bordeaux Cherry

TUNA TATAKI SALAD
Seared tataki style tuna served with mesculin greens, asparagus and pink grapefruit tossed in a Ponzu vinaigrette.
WAYGU NY STRIP STEAK
With wild mushroom ragout, whipped potatoes, port wine pink peppercorn demi.
NEW STYLE SALMON ROLL
RED DRAGON ROLL
CRISPY BINCHO ROLL

Washington Park Grille

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The Wash Park Grille is located 6-blocks from Wash Park and has been well established in this historic neighborhood. They take a unique flare to Italian cuisine and make their pasta in-house daily to ensure freshness. Whether you want to indulge in a 5-course meal or simply enjoy a perfectly cooked steak, the Washington Park Grille is a perfect option!

HOUSE BARREL AGED NEGRONI
Denver Dry Gin, Sweet Vermouth and Campari. Aged in-house in a smoked barrel
CHARBROILED OYSTERS
Pancetta, lime-chili butter, parmesan, panko
FRENCH ONION SOUP
Parmesan crouton, browned fontina
DELMONICO RIB EYE STEAK
Foraged mushroom-truffle butter, Yukon mashed potatoes, heirloom cherry tomatoes, spicy Brussel sprouts, parmesan
CHOCOLATE “SOUFFLÉ” CAKE (GLUTEN FREE)
Grand Marnier crème anglaise, candied walnuts, fresh raspberries, vanilla gelato

Blackbird Public House

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The Blackbird Public House is an extra minute haul, but it is always worth it! Specializing in thin-crust pizzas, fresh shucked oysters, and a variety of delicious comfort foods whatever your craving, the Blackbird will fill it. Every season find a different menu that complements the local harvests with the freshest ingredients in Denver!

WASH PARK COOLER
Woody Creek Gin, honey simple, lime juice, cucumber, & egg white
FRESH SHUCKED OYSTERS
Fresh oysters daily
WASH PARK BURGER FROM THE GRILL
Provolone, avocado, sun-dried tomatoes, arugula, rosemary aioli
PAN SEARED SALMON
Atlantic salmon, quinoa, kale, roasted beets, herbs, and olive oil


Wherever you are and whatever the occasion, these restaurants will provide you with the opportunity to try new local food within reasonable distance of your front door!

Get out there for any occasion and truly utilize your location of living in University Park!

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