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Brooklyn, New York
February 28, 2006
From journal Old-World Charm in Denver—What a Wonderful Place!
December 22, 2005
Vesta Dipping Grill is very highly acclaimed by everyone, from critics to locals, I talked to in Denver.
I had heard stories that "you will wait, even with reservations," but we showed up to an empty restaurant at 4:55 on a Tuesday evening (they don't open till 5pm). We had a drink at the long, curvy sheet metal-covered bar (wine for me from their respectable wine list, a specialty martini for my date) while we waited. The restaurant seems as though it's inside an old building, from the original wooden floor to the exposed wooden posts and beams. Light is provided by dim lights and candles throughout the restaurant, definitely making for a trendy, romantic atmosphere. The whole restaurant and bar area is nonsmoking.
As soon as we were seated, more people came in to fill up the restaurant.
Everything on the menu looked delicious. All of the appetizers and entrees come with three of their signature dipping sauces. Their are recommended sauces, but you can also choose your own or add more sauces for $0.50 each. The appetizers range from $6 to $12, and entrees go from $18 to $30 (the vegetarian entrée is $16). I ultimately decided on the grilled beef tenderloin and my date decided on the ginger child seared tuna.
Both our meals came artistically arranged in a pile--entrée on top, side dishes below. My tenderloin was cooked exactly to my liking and was outstanding. The mushrooms complemented it, and the mashed potatoes were good, too (Of course, I've never had a bad mashed potato!). I was not particularly fond of the dipping sauces that were recommended with it. I usually prefer something sweet or tangy, but two of them were kind of peppery and the third was kind of bland. I wish I had ordered different sauces, but I did really enjoy my steak!
As for my date's seared tuna, he would not shut up about it! Just before our trip, he had been somewhere that he claimed had the best seared tuna, but he said that this one was even better--the best he's ever had. He also really liked the sauces that came with his dish (they were salty and spicy, which he likes). I tried his tuna--it was really good. I also liked his sauces a little better than mine, so I started trying his sauces with my tenderloin.
Overall, the food was delicious, but the portions were a little small. They do give you a basket of bread (and butter) before the meal, but I think I would have also liked to have had a small salad (the tuna came with a salad) with my meal. The experience was unique, and I loved the atmosphere. I would definitely want to take my friends there for a nice meal the next time I'm in Denver!
From journal 40 Hours in Denver in the Middle of the Week
July 22, 2003
From journal Colorado in the off-season
Washington, Washington, D.C.
December 11, 2001
From journal Business in Denver