Where To Eat This Weekend: Denver – Ambria

August 10th, 2012 Posted by Denver, restaurants, Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet

Ambria opened on the 16th Street Mall in November of last year, giving Denver foodies a one-stop shop for a variety of dining styles in one rustic yet elegant setting.  Priding itself on its selection of protein, seafood, small plates and local ingredients, Ambria sets the stage for an elegant evening, happy hour or brunch that is sure to entice anyone in your party.

Chef Gabe Balenzuela, formerly of Mirepoix Restaurant in Cherry Creek and The Oceanaire Seafood Room, infuses Italian, French, Spanish and North African flavors into his own style and rapport, creating a menu of Mediterranean-American cuisine, presented in both entrée and small plate form.

This eclectic sampling is presented in an earthy and sophisticated setting with warm oranges, yellows and browns accentuating the predominantly wood interior.  The seating continues the tradition of variety at Ambria with patio seating, a community table, booths a bar and private dining rooms, all dotted with globe lighting and chrome and glass accents.

Start your weekend here with happy hour from 2:30-6:30 or 9 to close on Friday and choose from 10 wines by the glass for $5 each and a variety of small plates at discounted prices such as Meatballs Al Forno, Roasted PEI Mussels, Warm Ricotta, Short Rib Raviolis.  If you’re a bit more hungry, try the all-beef burger or the spiced lamb burger.

For dinner, start with a sampling of small plates ranging from $5-12.  If variety is the spice of your life, you can find it here amongst Roasted Quail, Salmon Tartar, Raw Carrot Salad, Market Priced Oysters or Roasted Beets.  For dinner, go for the Cioppino…Trust me, you should look no further into the entrees on your first visit here.  However, if seafood isn’t your game, Duck Confit, and Gnochhi are good alternatives!

Ambria is also on their A-game for Saturday brunch from 11-2:30, offering Poached Eggs, Pain Perdu, Shrimp Hash, Brazed Goat and Bottomless Mimosas AND Bloody Mary’s; all for $12 or under!

Stop in Ambria this weekend at 1201 16th Street for happy hour, brunch, dinner or an ALL DAY happy hour on Sunday!

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