Vita Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 1575 Boulder Street

    Denver, CO 80211

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  • 303-477-4600

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Great place, excellent drinks and ambiance and energy. It was easy to talk even though the restaurant had many happy customers. Went for a late brunch on Sunday May 13th with two others. We all ordered the 4 (FOUR) egg omelet which had

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★★★★★

Great place, excellent drinks and ambiance and energy. It was easy to talk even though the restaurant had many happy customers. Went for a late brunch on Sunday May 13th with two others. We all ordered the 4 (FOUR) egg omelet which had

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This place is awesome! The atmosphere and food are unbeatable! Don't miss the great wine list and yummy flat bread!

3
★★★★★

This place is awesome! The atmosphere and food are unbeatable! Don't miss the great wine list and yummy flat bread!

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I visited Vita for the first time on one of Denver's gorgeous 60 degree winter days. It took over 20 minutes to get a glass of wine (it was not busy), I finally had to ask the server if I could order and he rudely told me I needed to wait. The service was horrible, I got the impression that the staff felt we shoudl be lucky to be patrons at their restaurant. I live in the area, Vita has such an ideal setting with a beautiful view of downtown Denver, the perfect summer day hangout. My experience was shared with our fellow patrons that had the same experience. I would think that a local restaurant would appreciate the the business of local patrons and give them an experience they want to come back and enjoy.

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★☆☆☆☆

I visited Vita for the first time on one of Denver's gorgeous 60 degree winter days. It took over 20 minutes to get a glass of wine (it was not busy), I finally had to ask the server if I could order and he rudely told me I needed to wait. The service was horrible, I got the impression that the staff felt we shoudl be lucky to be patrons at their restaurant. I live in the area, Vita has such an ideal setting with a beautiful view of downtown Denver, the perfect summer day hangout. My experience was shared with our fellow patrons that had the same experience. I would think that a local restaurant would appreciate the the business of local patrons and give them an experience they want to come back and enjoy.

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We celebrated my bf's 30th birthday this Friday at Vita and it had an awesome time. We had reservations and got there early so had mojitos on the roof top and the view was amazing. Our server for dinner was wonderful, very attentive, and made great suggestions. Neither of us knew if we liked scallops so we tried the scallop app on our servers suggestion and it was absolutely delicious! Our dinners were both tasty, as well. The server heard it was my bf's birthday and gave us a comp champagne toast. The jazz music was great during dinner. Overall, we had a wonderful experience at Vita and cannot wait to go back!!!!!

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★★★★★

We celebrated my bf's 30th birthday this Friday at Vita and it had an awesome time. We had reservations and got there early so had mojitos on the roof top and the view was amazing. Our server for dinner was wonderful, very attentive, and made great suggestions. Neither of us knew if we liked scallops so we tried the scallop app on our servers suggestion and it was absolutely delicious! Our dinners were both tasty, as well. The server heard it was my bf's birthday and gave us a comp champagne toast. The jazz music was great during dinner. Overall, we had a wonderful experience at Vita and cannot wait to go back!!!!!

Pros: mojitos, atmosphere

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I have lived in North Denver my entire life and am sorry to say that I have never experienced Vita until this past weekend. I tend to frequent the "older" neigborhood restaurants like Gaetano's and Rosa Linda's, but heard about this spot from a close friend who swore it would be great for a "special occassion".

My wife, son and I were celebrating my son's 24th Birthday this past Friday night, so we gave it a try. The place was absolutely packed and we had to wait for about 30 minutes for a table. However, once our table was ready, we were all delighted that we were seated in one of their special round booths that we had been admiring for the previous half hour.

Our server Tim was exceptional. My wife tried one of the martinis off the menu and was thrilled, while my son and I enjoyed their Italian draft beer. Dinner was very nice, the only thing that perhaps could have been better was my steak was a bit overcooked. Immediately after dinner a manager approached with a round of complimentary champagne and some very kind words for my son and his celebration, great touch. We had their delicious doughnut dessert and left wonderfully impressed. We will return in the very near future, perhaps on a week night when the roof isn't bumper to bumper!!

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★★★★★

I have lived in North Denver my entire life and am sorry to say that I have never experienced Vita until this past weekend. I tend to frequent the "older" neigborhood restaurants like Gaetano's and Rosa Linda's, but heard about this spot from a close friend who swore it would be great for a "special occassion".

My wife, son and I were celebrating my son's 24th Birthday this past Friday night, so we gave it a try. The place was absolutely packed and we had to wait for about 30 minutes for a table. However, once our table was ready, we were all delighted that we were seated in one of their special round booths that we had been admiring for the previous half hour.

Our server Tim was exceptional. My wife tried one of the martinis off the menu and was thrilled, while my son and I enjoyed their Italian draft beer. Dinner was very nice, the only thing that perhaps could have been better was my steak was a bit overcooked. Immediately after dinner a manager approached with a round of complimentary champagne and some very kind words for my son and his celebration, great touch. We had their delicious doughnut dessert and left wonderfully impressed. We will return in the very near future, perhaps on a week night when the roof isn't bumper to bumper!!

Pros: Views and People!!

Cons: Busy busy..

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I went to Vita for a business lunch. We sat on the rooftop and I was pleasantly surprised at all of the menu options. Three or four items stood out and I decided on a small plate- the ceviche. Very simple, very nicely presented. I also discovered that they use natural chicken- very much appreciated! The only thing that made me sad was that I could not order one of the beautiful summery cocktails going by me. They looked absolutely delicious and I will definitely be back to try one...or three! =)

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★★★☆☆

I went to Vita for a business lunch. We sat on the rooftop and I was pleasantly surprised at all of the menu options. Three or four items stood out and I decided on a small plate- the ceviche. Very simple, very nicely presented. I also discovered that they use natural chicken- very much appreciated! The only thing that made me sad was that I could not order one of the beautiful summery cocktails going by me. They looked absolutely delicious and I will definitely be back to try one...or three! =)

Pros: Lovely rooftop views

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The atmosphere and service was very nice, but the food was terrible. My shrimp was over cooked and had that rubber texture and taste, and the Tuna Tartar had some parts that you could not chew up. I won't go further. The service and the atmosphere was very nice.

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★☆☆☆☆

The atmosphere and service was very nice, but the food was terrible. My shrimp was over cooked and had that rubber texture and taste, and the Tuna Tartar had some parts that you could not chew up. I won't go further. The service and the atmosphere was very nice.

Pros: Atmosphere, service

Cons: Food

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I have been meaning to write a review for this place for weeks and finally got around to it. I stumbled upon Vita about 2 months ago, wandering around the lower highlands in search of a spot for a late night drink. The dark, seductive lighting and "mood music" playing softly from the outdoor speakers inspired me to give it a go. I was VERY pleased to find out that THESE GUYS KNOW MOJITOS! Rum has always been a "passion" of mine you could say, and when I ordered my Pear Mojito, I was blown away, literally one of the best drinks I have ever tasted. The gentleman behind the bar...who I would later find out is the General Manager...humored me and my cocktail preferences by chatting with me about a cane rum they kept "secret" behind the bar. I cant remember the name, but he allowed me a small taste of this delicious stuff as I enjoyed my drink. So far, so good.

I decided to bring in 2 of my close friends, both visiting from Chicago, for my first go at dinner. The manager was hosting the dining room and recognized my ugly mug right away! A friendly greeting that made me look like a mild celebrity in front of my guests. He showed us to one of their sleek booths, which pleased all of us and created the "mood" that would carry us through our dinner. Our server, Erin, approached quickly and informed us of our wonderful luck. 1/2 PRICE WINE ON TUESDAYS!! As we perused the wine list, Erin assisted our search by recommending, perhaps, the finest bottle of wine I have ever enjoyed. I DO remember the name of this one, the Tor Mast Cabernet. Amazing. Then the food arrived, which was equally exceptional. The Scallops were fantastic, the Steak cooked to perfection, and the best of all was the SeaBass which was the special of the evening. My guests and I were beyond content.

After 2 weeks I decided to try Vita yet again, this time with my buddies from the highlands. We were pleased to find out their rooftop bar and seating area was open! We, again, took advantage of Tuesday night wine special and ordered another bottle of the Tor Cabernet immediately. Even better than the last time! After downing this one pretty fast, we decided to go for another. But tragedy struck; it was the last bottle!!! The Manager happened to be nearby when this happened and hurried over with a humble apology and quick tongue. His startling knowledge of their wines and tasteful sales pitch moved us onto another bottle of Cabernet that was nearly as wonderful. We also discovered that they had made a menu change in the meanwhile, and sure enough, my SeaBass made the cut! Myself and 1 of my guests ordered this, and were just as impressed as last time. My other pal "accidentally" ordered the Mushroom Ravioli, which he did not enjoy. Im not sure how you "accidentally" order the wrong thing, but my careless buddy admitted to his faux pas. When our server discovered this, he had a new menu down on the table within seconds, again with great recommendations. The Pork Tenderloin arrived soon after, everyone was happy. Another amazing night at Vita, this time in the comfort of the outdoor skyline views.

I could continue to rave about this place, but I think you get the picture. Their food, wine, staff, and attention to detail puts this restaurant on the top of my list.

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★★★★★

I have been meaning to write a review for this place for weeks and finally got around to it. I stumbled upon Vita about 2 months ago, wandering around the lower highlands in search of a spot for a late night drink. The dark, seductive lighting and "mood music" playing softly from the outdoor speakers inspired me to give it a go. I was VERY pleased to find out that THESE GUYS KNOW MOJITOS! Rum has always been a "passion" of mine you could say, and when I ordered my Pear Mojito, I was blown away, literally one of the best drinks I have ever tasted. The gentleman behind the bar...who I would later find out is the General Manager...humored me and my cocktail preferences by chatting with me about a cane rum they kept "secret" behind the bar. I cant remember the name, but he allowed me a small taste of this delicious stuff as I enjoyed my drink. So far, so good.

I decided to bring in 2 of my close friends, both visiting from Chicago, for my first go at dinner. The manager was hosting the dining room and recognized my ugly mug right away! A friendly greeting that made me look like a mild celebrity in front of my guests. He showed us to one of their sleek booths, which pleased all of us and created the "mood" that would carry us through our dinner. Our server, Erin, approached quickly and informed us of our wonderful luck. 1/2 PRICE WINE ON TUESDAYS!! As we perused the wine list, Erin assisted our search by recommending, perhaps, the finest bottle of wine I have ever enjoyed. I DO remember the name of this one, the Tor Mast Cabernet. Amazing. Then the food arrived, which was equally exceptional. The Scallops were fantastic, the Steak cooked to perfection, and the best of all was the SeaBass which was the special of the evening. My guests and I were beyond content.

After 2 weeks I decided to try Vita yet again, this time with my buddies from the highlands. We were pleased to find out their rooftop bar and seating area was open! We, again, took advantage of Tuesday night wine special and ordered another bottle of the Tor Cabernet immediately. Even better than the last time! After downing this one pretty fast, we decided to go for another. But tragedy struck; it was the last bottle!!! The Manager happened to be nearby when this happened and hurried over with a humble apology and quick tongue. His startling knowledge of their wines and tasteful sales pitch moved us onto another bottle of Cabernet that was nearly as wonderful. We also discovered that they had made a menu change in the meanwhile, and sure enough, my SeaBass made the cut! Myself and 1 of my guests ordered this, and were just as impressed as last time. My other pal "accidentally" ordered the Mushroom Ravioli, which he did not enjoy. Im not sure how you "accidentally" order the wrong thing, but my careless buddy admitted to his faux pas. When our server discovered this, he had a new menu down on the table within seconds, again with great recommendations. The Pork Tenderloin arrived soon after, everyone was happy. Another amazing night at Vita, this time in the comfort of the outdoor skyline views.

I could continue to rave about this place, but I think you get the picture. Their food, wine, staff, and attention to detail puts this restaurant on the top of my list.

Pros: Service, winelist, staff

Cons: They no longer carry my favorite bottle!!

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Went there on a Tuesday randomly and I was mildly surprised when I found out everything was 1/2 off that was alcohol. Me and my date took a seat at the bar and the bartender was just perfect: knowledgeable, slightly cocky, quick with the humor, and kept my date having a good time. He even gave us a taster of some moscato d'asti. Every bottle of wine and champagne was 1/2 off the list, from a 30 dollar bottle to Dom Perigon at 400.. that made me smile. We got some food and here's the downside to this fun little nock, its slightly pretentious. I got the sliders and she got the halibut. Her dish was a healthy portion and tasted delicious. Now I know sliders are bar food but looking around I figured I'd get what I pay for. Not so. The sliders are a little smaller than most places and they garnish the plate with chips; garnish. I had to buy a basket of chips just to make it seem like a meal. All in all the decor is great, the atmosphere is lively, the bartender rememberable, but the food portion, for what you pay for, was not.

2
★★★★☆

Went there on a Tuesday randomly and I was mildly surprised when I found out everything was 1/2 off that was alcohol. Me and my date took a seat at the bar and the bartender was just perfect: knowledgeable, slightly cocky, quick with the humor, and kept my date having a good time. He even gave us a taster of some moscato d'asti. Every bottle of wine and champagne was 1/2 off the list, from a 30 dollar bottle to Dom Perigon at 400.. that made me smile. We got some food and here's the downside to this fun little nock, its slightly pretentious. I got the sliders and she got the halibut. Her dish was a healthy portion and tasted delicious. Now I know sliders are bar food but looking around I figured I'd get what I pay for. Not so. The sliders are a little smaller than most places and they garnish the plate with chips; garnish. I had to buy a basket of chips just to make it seem like a meal. All in all the decor is great, the atmosphere is lively, the bartender rememberable, but the food portion, for what you pay for, was not.

Pros: Awesome deal on Tuesday

Cons: Slightly pretentious

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My husband and I went to Vita for the first time last week for our anniversary. We were pleasantly suprised to find a sophisticated, modern atmosphere that was matched by a sophisticated and excellent menu. I was looking for a light and healthy option and my husband, being more of a meat and potatoes man, was looking for a hearty meal. We were both thrilled with our choices and have been raving about it since. We typically like to explore new places, but we have both expressed that our next night out will be back to Vita.

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★★★★★

My husband and I went to Vita for the first time last week for our anniversary. We were pleasantly suprised to find a sophisticated, modern atmosphere that was matched by a sophisticated and excellent menu. I was looking for a light and healthy option and my husband, being more of a meat and potatoes man, was looking for a hearty meal. We were both thrilled with our choices and have been raving about it since. We typically like to explore new places, but we have both expressed that our next night out will be back to Vita.

Pros: menu serves wide range of desires

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I love this place! Having had explored many of Denver's restaurants them, I rank Vita among the best. The energy is young and urban but not pretentious. The rooftop deck has phenomenal city views and is equipped with heaters that actually work for little girls like myself who get cold easily. The wine list and drink menus have some great unique options and the food selection is broad enough that no matter what you are looking for, you can typically find something to scratch your itch - I highly recommend it.

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★★★★☆

I love this place! Having had explored many of Denver's restaurants them, I rank Vita among the best. The energy is young and urban but not pretentious. The rooftop deck has phenomenal city views and is equipped with heaters that actually work for little girls like myself who get cold easily. The wine list and drink menus have some great unique options and the food selection is broad enough that no matter what you are looking for, you can typically find something to scratch your itch - I highly recommend it.

Pros: Fun, young, delicious

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Vita is my favorite roof bar in Denver. I have had dinner there a number of times and have always enjoyed the food. My girlfriends and I recently had our weekly girls lunch there and really liked the lunch menu (I had the Chinese chop salad, one of my girlfriends had the Cubano pork sandwich, which she loved, two of my other friends shared the tuna tartare and kobe sliders - they were very happy with both). Beyond the food, the roof deck was a great setting for our lunch - we all commented on how great the lunch and experience was and we will definitely be back!

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★★★★★

Vita is my favorite roof bar in Denver. I have had dinner there a number of times and have always enjoyed the food. My girlfriends and I recently had our weekly girls lunch there and really liked the lunch menu (I had the Chinese chop salad, one of my girlfriends had the Cubano pork sandwich, which she loved, two of my other friends shared the tuna tartare and kobe sliders - they were very happy with both). Beyond the food, the roof deck was a great setting for our lunch - we all commented on how great the lunch and experience was and we will definitely be back!

Pros: Excellent views, great food

Cons: Sun can be hot

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I have never experienced such slow service at any restaurant in Denver. I brought my family here before going to the Nuggets playoff game. We had two hours to eat lunch, which seemed like plenty of time. But, after sitting on the rooftop for almost an hour and a half we started to get a bit antsy. Our waitress completely ignored us. When we finally asked about our food she came back with three out of six plates. The other three meals were not served for another 20 minutes. We tried to cancel our food because it was taking so long. And when the food finally did arrive it was terrible. I had the worst piece of burnt chicken atop bagged lettuce - something I could have made at home for much less than the $150 we wasted at Vita. We missed the first half of the playoff game and felt sick from scarfing down the terrible food.

I was so excited to try this new restaurant in my neighborhood that I had even bought a gift certificate. I didn't have it with me and now wish I had never bought it because I have absolutely no desire to ever go back.

Unless you are just going for drinks and you don't mind waiting for them, stick with Lola's next door - it is much better!

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★☆☆☆☆

I have never experienced such slow service at any restaurant in Denver. I brought my family here before going to the Nuggets playoff game. We had two hours to eat lunch, which seemed like plenty of time. But, after sitting on the rooftop for almost an hour and a half we started to get a bit antsy. Our waitress completely ignored us. When we finally asked about our food she came back with three out of six plates. The other three meals were not served for another 20 minutes. We tried to cancel our food because it was taking so long. And when the food finally did arrive it was terrible. I had the worst piece of burnt chicken atop bagged lettuce - something I could have made at home for much less than the $150 we wasted at Vita. We missed the first half of the playoff game and felt sick from scarfing down the terrible food.

I was so excited to try this new restaurant in my neighborhood that I had even bought a gift certificate. I didn't have it with me and now wish I had never bought it because I have absolutely no desire to ever go back.

Unless you are just going for drinks and you don't mind waiting for them, stick with Lola's next door - it is much better!

Pros: location

Cons: service and food were terrible

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I experienced Vita with my friend and his family over a month ago. My friend was doing research on different restaurants trying to decide where to apply as a server. I thought Vita was fine, it didn't knock my socks off, but I'm not that picky of a person. However, I enjoyed the establishment itself and felt that it's location would prove to be busy even in our current economy. So, my friend applied. After having spoken to "the manager" and being interviewed a couple of times in person, my friend felt that this just might be a good fit. However, after the final interview, a call back was promised for the next day and we all eagerly awaited the decision. The next day, no call. My friend did call back to check the status and left a message. Apparently that night "the manager" left a message on my friends cell phone and a text message. That was my first clue....how professional was it that this "manager" called my friend from his cell phone and also sent a text saying "sorry, forgot to call..will get in touch with you tomorrow". Let's jump ahead...2 weeks later..still no call, but not a definate "no" because this "manager" went on vacation before calling my friend back. During these 2 weeks, my friend didn't know that this "manager" was on vacation, and left a message usually every other day. At this point in time, I think we all knew the answer was going to be a "no", but it had now come down to professionalism and following through on what you say you will do. My friend also left a message at the number that the "manager" had called him from. Turns out it was the "manager's" personal cell phone. Then, last week, my friend was FINALLY able to speak with this "manager" the conversation took an ugly turn. After getting the "manager" on the phone, this "manager" proceeded to rail at my friend saying that leaving so many messages and ANY on his cell phone was "offensive" and then hung up. My feeling is this: For someone in "management" the failure to follow up after having said he would within a day is unforgivable...especially in our current economic climate, when people are trying to find decent jobs. And calling my friend "offensive" for leaving messages and using his cell phone...well, sir, if you don't want anyone calling you on your PRIVATE number, don't use it to follow up with potential employees...and a text message is NEVER a PROFESSIONAL way to communicate. I think Vita's owner or owners need to take a good look at who they have running their establishment and evaluate the professional practices of the person who makes make or break decisions. No one deserves to be treated that way, and after reading some of the reviews regarding this "manager" I'm so happy that my friend wasn't chosen to work here...obviously this "manager" treats his staff and customers worse than he treats potential employees. How disappointing.

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★☆☆☆☆

I experienced Vita with my friend and his family over a month ago. My friend was doing research on different restaurants trying to decide where to apply as a server. I thought Vita was fine, it didn't knock my socks off, but I'm not that picky of a person. However, I enjoyed the establishment itself and felt that it's location would prove to be busy even in our current economy. So, my friend applied. After having spoken to "the manager" and being interviewed a couple of times in person, my friend felt that this just might be a good fit. However, after the final interview, a call back was promised for the next day and we all eagerly awaited the decision. The next day, no call. My friend did call back to check the status and left a message. Apparently that night "the manager" left a message on my friends cell phone and a text message. That was my first clue....how professional was it that this "manager" called my friend from his cell phone and also sent a text saying "sorry, forgot to call..will get in touch with you tomorrow". Let's jump ahead...2 weeks later..still no call, but not a definate "no" because this "manager" went on vacation before calling my friend back. During these 2 weeks, my friend didn't know that this "manager" was on vacation, and left a message usually every other day. At this point in time, I think we all knew the answer was going to be a "no", but it had now come down to professionalism and following through on what you say you will do. My friend also left a message at the number that the "manager" had called him from. Turns out it was the "manager's" personal cell phone. Then, last week, my friend was FINALLY able to speak with this "manager" the conversation took an ugly turn. After getting the "manager" on the phone, this "manager" proceeded to rail at my friend saying that leaving so many messages and ANY on his cell phone was "offensive" and then hung up. My feeling is this: For someone in "management" the failure to follow up after having said he would within a day is unforgivable...especially in our current economic climate, when people are trying to find decent jobs. And calling my friend "offensive" for leaving messages and using his cell phone...well, sir, if you don't want anyone calling you on your PRIVATE number, don't use it to follow up with potential employees...and a text message is NEVER a PROFESSIONAL way to communicate. I think Vita's owner or owners need to take a good look at who they have running their establishment and evaluate the professional practices of the person who makes make or break decisions. No one deserves to be treated that way, and after reading some of the reviews regarding this "manager" I'm so happy that my friend wasn't chosen to work here...obviously this "manager" treats his staff and customers worse than he treats potential employees. How disappointing.

Pros: Very nice wait staff

Cons: Management

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I moved to Denver last summer and was told Vita had a great roof top patio, which I have frequented many times. But I had always only gone to Vita for wine and cocktails, they have a great Tues night wine special.
Last night I took my girlfriend in for dinner. We started with the scallop appetizer with a black rice risotto, so good!!
For dinner we shared the Blackened Sea Bass and the Strip steak. Both were outstanding, and cooked perfectly.
I was told this is a new menu for the restaurant. If you haven't been into Vita lately I highly recommend checking it out!!

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★★★★★

I moved to Denver last summer and was told Vita had a great roof top patio, which I have frequented many times. But I had always only gone to Vita for wine and cocktails, they have a great Tues night wine special.
Last night I took my girlfriend in for dinner. We started with the scallop appetizer with a black rice risotto, so good!!
For dinner we shared the Blackened Sea Bass and the Strip steak. Both were outstanding, and cooked perfectly.
I was told this is a new menu for the restaurant. If you haven't been into Vita lately I highly recommend checking it out!!

Pros: Great date restaurant

Cons: The band was a little loud at times

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We stopped here while waiting for our table at Lola to open up. After a delicious cocktail we opted to forgo our reservation and tuck into the cuisine here. The drinks were great, but stick to the small plate selections. The short ribs fell apart as expected, but the kitchen couldn't temp salmon even if they had sous vide. The great bartender and gorgeous view in the mirror of the rooftop bar more than made up for it.

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★★★★☆

We stopped here while waiting for our table at Lola to open up. After a delicious cocktail we opted to forgo our reservation and tuck into the cuisine here. The drinks were great, but stick to the small plate selections. The short ribs fell apart as expected, but the kitchen couldn't temp salmon even if they had sous vide. The great bartender and gorgeous view in the mirror of the rooftop bar more than made up for it.

Pros: View, cocktails

Cons: Entrees

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Recently checked Vita out again for a nice sunny day. They have a great rooftop deck and seating out front as well. Going in my friends and I knew the food was not worthy but gave it a shot anyway. Bad move. I thought a soup and a salad was safe but I was wrong. Three out of the four of us ate less than half of their meal. I have only eaten their brunch menu so don't know about dinner menu. If your out for drinks on a nice day I would recommend the rooftop deck highly. And when you are hungry head next door to Lola's or Forest Room Five.

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★★☆☆☆

Recently checked Vita out again for a nice sunny day. They have a great rooftop deck and seating out front as well. Going in my friends and I knew the food was not worthy but gave it a shot anyway. Bad move. I thought a soup and a salad was safe but I was wrong. Three out of the four of us ate less than half of their meal. I have only eaten their brunch menu so don't know about dinner menu. If your out for drinks on a nice day I would recommend the rooftop deck highly. And when you are hungry head next door to Lola's or Forest Room Five.

Pros: View

Cons: Food

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I HATE TO EVEN GIVE THEM ONE STAR. We went there and received the WORST dining experience ever!
We went there as a party of four for a nice evening. Two people in our party requested vegetarian dishes. Unusual? I think not.
They were served soup with pork in it, they had to send it back. Then they were served a dinner with bacon under it. Needless, to say the people in our party were upset and rightfully so. The waiter came over and apologized and said it was his fault and he was very sorry. Thank you waiter.
The waiter then went over to get the manager to come and speak with us. He obviously is the worst manager and should be fired. He came over and yelled at them. The people went and asked to speak to him outside so not to disturb the other guests. He became very rude and started yelling. My husband and I were still at the table eating our dinner we were unaware of what was going on outside or that they even were outside. The manager came back inside and literally ripped the plate and my fork out from in front of me as I was eating and said we were to leave and never come back. NOW I'M UPSET. This had nothing to do with us even though we were understanding why the other people were upset we were not involved. He then kicked us out and called the police. What a terrible manager. I will never go here and will never recommend this place to anyone or anything again.

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★☆☆☆☆

I HATE TO EVEN GIVE THEM ONE STAR. We went there and received the WORST dining experience ever!
We went there as a party of four for a nice evening. Two people in our party requested vegetarian dishes. Unusual? I think not.
They were served soup with pork in it, they had to send it back. Then they were served a dinner with bacon under it. Needless, to say the people in our party were upset and rightfully so. The waiter came over and apologized and said it was his fault and he was very sorry. Thank you waiter.
The waiter then went over to get the manager to come and speak with us. He obviously is the worst manager and should be fired. He came over and yelled at them. The people went and asked to speak to him outside so not to disturb the other guests. He became very rude and started yelling. My husband and I were still at the table eating our dinner we were unaware of what was going on outside or that they even were outside. The manager came back inside and literally ripped the plate and my fork out from in front of me as I was eating and said we were to leave and never come back. NOW I'M UPSET. This had nothing to do with us even though we were understanding why the other people were upset we were not involved. He then kicked us out and called the police. What a terrible manager. I will never go here and will never recommend this place to anyone or anything again.

Cons: Service was terrible. Chef unable to make a veggie meal by leaving off bacon.

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So, I met a gentleman last year who was, at the time, a manger here and he encouraged me to come check it out. It took me too long to get over there... I finally did this past summer and just loved the place. We got a table on the front patio, somehow stumbled upon Half priced wine night (score), and although we ate light, the food was exquisite. My date didn't really eat much of his shrimp (because he said he was nervous), but he said it was good and the presentation was just gorgeous. I ordered the Gaspacho and it was positively TasteY; I get cravings to go back just for it. We shared a great bottle of wine. Because it was half off we splurged and ordered a bottle that we probably wouldn't have dropped the money on otherwise. They let us take the bottle upstairs to finish on that rooftop patio- Oh my. What a beautiful little patio, and of course, the view of the city was specacular. Wish my date was as enticing as the restaurant.

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★★★★★

So, I met a gentleman last year who was, at the time, a manger here and he encouraged me to come check it out. It took me too long to get over there... I finally did this past summer and just loved the place. We got a table on the front patio, somehow stumbled upon Half priced wine night (score), and although we ate light, the food was exquisite. My date didn't really eat much of his shrimp (because he said he was nervous), but he said it was good and the presentation was just gorgeous. I ordered the Gaspacho and it was positively TasteY; I get cravings to go back just for it. We shared a great bottle of wine. Because it was half off we splurged and ordered a bottle that we probably wouldn't have dropped the money on otherwise. They let us take the bottle upstairs to finish on that rooftop patio- Oh my. What a beautiful little patio, and of course, the view of the city was specacular. Wish my date was as enticing as the restaurant.

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I travel a lot and have eaten at some really decent places. I think I just had one of the best stateside meals right here in Denver!!!

Unexpected food quality and awesome presentation. Service was "real" and focused-even when it got busy. Servers were really nice and even made eye-contact with my table. It is obvious they have a real chef in the kitchen. Took my family there on a Saturday night and ate in the main dining area. moderately noisy but no loud canned music. Pretty decent live jazz near the end of our meal. Went upstairs after dinner for drinks and loved the very "Seattle like" view from above. I did not realize Denver had such a gem. WIll definitely go back.

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★★★★★

I travel a lot and have eaten at some really decent places. I think I just had one of the best stateside meals right here in Denver!!!

Unexpected food quality and awesome presentation. Service was "real" and focused-even when it got busy. Servers were really nice and even made eye-contact with my table. It is obvious they have a real chef in the kitchen. Took my family there on a Saturday night and ate in the main dining area. moderately noisy but no loud canned music. Pretty decent live jazz near the end of our meal. Went upstairs after dinner for drinks and loved the very "Seattle like" view from above. I did not realize Denver had such a gem. WIll definitely go back.

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As the bar manager of a very good restaurant in Downtown Denver, I'm a very harsh critic of dining in this town. I've been to and worked in a lot of great places, and a lot of bad places too.
Vita on a beautiful night, with some old friends on the rooftop should have been a great dinner, and a great chance to catch up with old friends, but instead we were treated to the worst meal, and the worst dining experience I have ever had in Denver. I am embarrassed that I recommended this restaurant to my friends, as I thought it would be a great night out in a nice atmosphere.
The one positive thing about this place is the location. Fantastic rooftop patio, and a wonderful view.
That is the only thing I can say about the place that isn't negative.
I made reservations on opentable a week prior, asking specifically for a table of the rooftop patio, only to find out that the rooftop is first come first serve when we got there.
Thankfully, after the hostess told we wouldn't be able to get seated upstairs, we went upstairs to find 4 open tables, and were seated right in the middle of the best patio in Downtown Denver.
Our server came over after a few minutes and took our drink order, dropping one dinner menu for a table of 4, and the menu was wet from the last table spilling drinks on it, We ordered a bottle of white wine for the ladies, and two of the margarita martini cocktails, with (fresh squeezed juices).
These were obviously not so, as they were horrible. Took me right back to college, because it tasted as if a high school kid had raided his parents liquor cabinet, and mixed it with whatever as available. Got a good buzz on, but I would have rather just done a shot.
Service was up there with the worst I have ever seen in Denver. Our server obviously didn't care about our dining experience. Food was all too salty,
To put it plainly, there was no love being put forward in this place. They are just going through the motions.
Don't waste your money.

0
★☆☆☆☆

As the bar manager of a very good restaurant in Downtown Denver, I'm a very harsh critic of dining in this town. I've been to and worked in a lot of great places, and a lot of bad places too.
Vita on a beautiful night, with some old friends on the rooftop should have been a great dinner, and a great chance to catch up with old friends, but instead we were treated to the worst meal, and the worst dining experience I have ever had in Denver. I am embarrassed that I recommended this restaurant to my friends, as I thought it would be a great night out in a nice atmosphere.
The one positive thing about this place is the location. Fantastic rooftop patio, and a wonderful view.
That is the only thing I can say about the place that isn't negative.
I made reservations on opentable a week prior, asking specifically for a table of the rooftop patio, only to find out that the rooftop is first come first serve when we got there.
Thankfully, after the hostess told we wouldn't be able to get seated upstairs, we went upstairs to find 4 open tables, and were seated right in the middle of the best patio in Downtown Denver.
Our server came over after a few minutes and took our drink order, dropping one dinner menu for a table of 4, and the menu was wet from the last table spilling drinks on it, We ordered a bottle of white wine for the ladies, and two of the margarita martini cocktails, with (fresh squeezed juices).
These were obviously not so, as they were horrible. Took me right back to college, because it tasted as if a high school kid had raided his parents liquor cabinet, and mixed it with whatever as available. Got a good buzz on, but I would have rather just done a shot.
Service was up there with the worst I have ever seen in Denver. Our server obviously didn't care about our dining experience. Food was all too salty,
To put it plainly, there was no love being put forward in this place. They are just going through the motions.
Don't waste your money.

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We were very disappointed in Vita. We went for Brunch after hearing rave reviews. There were seven of us, 6 adults and one child. First disappointment was no children's menu. We can live with that and never thought much about it. Servers were polite and prompt. Our order was taken quickly, but then we waited and waited and waited for 45 minutes for our food. When the food arrived it was totally disappointing. Four of the party had Vita Eggs, all the eggs were cold, the potatoes were also cold, and two of the orders were wrong, My sons French Toast was dry and he announced that the French Toast at school (Denver Public School) was much better), my granola pancakes were raw in the middle. My husbands grits were cold and the shrimp were over cooked. All in all a complete disappointment, I don't think I have ever eaten at a restaurant where everything was so disappointing. Also the place was empty, very telling - especially as LoLa next door had a line for tables. We won't be going back.

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★☆☆☆☆

We were very disappointed in Vita. We went for Brunch after hearing rave reviews. There were seven of us, 6 adults and one child. First disappointment was no children's menu. We can live with that and never thought much about it. Servers were polite and prompt. Our order was taken quickly, but then we waited and waited and waited for 45 minutes for our food. When the food arrived it was totally disappointing. Four of the party had Vita Eggs, all the eggs were cold, the potatoes were also cold, and two of the orders were wrong, My sons French Toast was dry and he announced that the French Toast at school (Denver Public School) was much better), my granola pancakes were raw in the middle. My husbands grits were cold and the shrimp were over cooked. All in all a complete disappointment, I don't think I have ever eaten at a restaurant where everything was so disappointing. Also the place was empty, very telling - especially as LoLa next door had a line for tables. We won't be going back.

Pros: Lots of space

Cons: Cold Food

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We did not even know that the patio was upstairs in the first place. Great view but get there early because its hard to get a table. Drink specials are nice but the biggest suprise was the food. (chicken is great)

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★★★★☆

We did not even know that the patio was upstairs in the first place. Great view but get there early because its hard to get a table. Drink specials are nice but the biggest suprise was the food. (chicken is great)

Pros: food/patio

Cons: crowded

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I went here a while ago with some friends and really enjoyed it. It did take a little bit for the host to seat us, but we didn't mind. We sat on the rooftop and loved it. The view is great! Our server was very nice and helpful. We each ordered something and then we shared. Everything was very tasty! I can't wait to go back in the warmer weather to take advantage of the rooftop...just hope the view is still their since there is construction across the street.

2
★★★★☆

I went here a while ago with some friends and really enjoyed it. It did take a little bit for the host to seat us, but we didn't mind. We sat on the rooftop and loved it. The view is great! Our server was very nice and helpful. We each ordered something and then we shared. Everything was very tasty! I can't wait to go back in the warmer weather to take advantage of the rooftop...just hope the view is still their since there is construction across the street.

Pros: The Rooftop

Cons: Parking can be tricky

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I love this place. The view is just beautiful and everyone is so nice. We wanted to take it slow (and I hate when you feel like you are being pushed out the door), and never felt rushed. The bar is nice to sit at (although sometimes it is difficult to find a seat) but the booths are better. They have one of the nicest drink list in town and the food is memorable. Quicky becoming one of my favorite spots.

2
★★★★★

I love this place. The view is just beautiful and everyone is so nice. We wanted to take it slow (and I hate when you feel like you are being pushed out the door), and never felt rushed. The bar is nice to sit at (although sometimes it is difficult to find a seat) but the booths are better. They have one of the nicest drink list in town and the food is memorable. Quicky becoming one of my favorite spots.

Pros: Low lighting, wonderful ambience

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Waiting 20 minutes before waiter come over to the table (only after we requested). He acted annoyed. Date ordered Orange Grey Goose Martini-waiter brought over a mystery martini. When asked he said they were out of GG so they just poured Stoli (if you ask for Goose, you should get Goose). Waiter took back martini, went back to the bar and the bartender poured another Stoli martini. When sent back again the bartender said he accidently grabbed the wrong bottle and the waiter was annoyed that it was being sent back again. Right. Food was mediocre at best. Tuna was fishy. Gnocci was still somewhat frozen in the middle. Overall, I have never written a bad restaurant review but between the service and the food it was a miserable dinner. If you go, sit at the bar and drink wine-don't there. If you order a martini, make sure they pour you the right vodka as they may try to slip you the cheap stuff.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Waiting 20 minutes before waiter come over to the table (only after we requested). He acted annoyed. Date ordered Orange Grey Goose Martini-waiter brought over a mystery martini. When asked he said they were out of GG so they just poured Stoli (if you ask for Goose, you should get Goose). Waiter took back martini, went back to the bar and the bartender poured another Stoli martini. When sent back again the bartender said he accidently grabbed the wrong bottle and the waiter was annoyed that it was being sent back again. Right. Food was mediocre at best. Tuna was fishy. Gnocci was still somewhat frozen in the middle. Overall, I have never written a bad restaurant review but between the service and the food it was a miserable dinner. If you go, sit at the bar and drink wine-don't there. If you order a martini, make sure they pour you the right vodka as they may try to slip you the cheap stuff.

Pros: 1/2 off wine glasses on Tuesday

Cons: everything else

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The food is way over priced for what you get. I ordered salmon. It was farm-raised atlantic and for the money, I expect fresh, wild, alaskan sockeye salmon.
The ambiance is dramatic and intimate but the acoustics don't lend themselves well to conversation. Our waiter seemed to have trouble hearing us on several occasions or else he was just unattentive. Our group conversations required a close circle of heads leaning over plates, endangering our clothes and the food.
The attraction to the place was their Tuesday night special, half-price on all bottled wine and normally, I wouldn't complain; it was just another high-priced denver dining experience that left me unsatisfied but this is nothing new.
However, the dishonest and underhanded business practices of our particular waiter and perhaps the entire restaurant are completely unacceptable. Five of us dined at Vita that night. The total for the original bill, without accounting for the 50% off wine special was $180. After the 'discount' the total was about $137. As a group, we weren't very impressed with the service, so we decided to leave 18% on the 'discounted' total. Every person paid $33, four people paid by credit card. The waiter made no complaint after he took all the signed credit slips away. When I happened to check my statement the next day I found that a charge of $39.60 was pending on my account, payable to the restaurant. I contacted my friends and they all confirmed the unexpected totals with their banks.
We all plan to revisit the restaurant and ask them to fix their mistake, but I am not convinced that this is not an honest mistake. I would never patronize this place again.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The food is way over priced for what you get. I ordered salmon. It was farm-raised atlantic and for the money, I expect fresh, wild, alaskan sockeye salmon.
The ambiance is dramatic and intimate but the acoustics don't lend themselves well to conversation. Our waiter seemed to have trouble hearing us on several occasions or else he was just unattentive. Our group conversations required a close circle of heads leaning over plates, endangering our clothes and the food.
The attraction to the place was their Tuesday night special, half-price on all bottled wine and normally, I wouldn't complain; it was just another high-priced denver dining experience that left me unsatisfied but this is nothing new.
However, the dishonest and underhanded business practices of our particular waiter and perhaps the entire restaurant are completely unacceptable. Five of us dined at Vita that night. The total for the original bill, without accounting for the 50% off wine special was $180. After the 'discount' the total was about $137. As a group, we weren't very impressed with the service, so we decided to leave 18% on the 'discounted' total. Every person paid $33, four people paid by credit card. The waiter made no complaint after he took all the signed credit slips away. When I happened to check my statement the next day I found that a charge of $39.60 was pending on my account, payable to the restaurant. I contacted my friends and they all confirmed the unexpected totals with their banks.
We all plan to revisit the restaurant and ask them to fix their mistake, but I am not convinced that this is not an honest mistake. I would never patronize this place again.

Pros: Ambiance, tuesday night wine special

Cons: theft, noise, service, food

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Vita is one of my favorite restaurants, and after seeing the last review, and being in the credit card business, felt obligated to explain to this woman how her credit card works. As I frequent this restaurant 2-3 times per month and have nothing but positive things to say regarding their menu and service, I have to assume the following...
When a credit card is ran for a certain amount, the credit card processing companies will "verify" that there is adequate funds to not only complete the purchase, but for any added gratuity. The percentage varies from card to card, however, if you check your bank "pending charges", this verification process is what you will see for the total transaction. After a few days, the "additional" amount over the actual transaction cost "falls off" the account.
I have a feeling that whomever wrote the previous review will feel pretty stupid to have jumped the gun on slandering this restaurant. By the way, Tuesday night 1/2 bottles of wine night is my favorite time to dine at Vita as my guests and I always try something that we normally would not have tried for fear of spending $100 on a bottle of wine and not enjoying it. Tips: The short ribs and ahi entrees are to die for!!!

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★★★★★

Vita is one of my favorite restaurants, and after seeing the last review, and being in the credit card business, felt obligated to explain to this woman how her credit card works. As I frequent this restaurant 2-3 times per month and have nothing but positive things to say regarding their menu and service, I have to assume the following...
When a credit card is ran for a certain amount, the credit card processing companies will "verify" that there is adequate funds to not only complete the purchase, but for any added gratuity. The percentage varies from card to card, however, if you check your bank "pending charges", this verification process is what you will see for the total transaction. After a few days, the "additional" amount over the actual transaction cost "falls off" the account.
I have a feeling that whomever wrote the previous review will feel pretty stupid to have jumped the gun on slandering this restaurant. By the way, Tuesday night 1/2 bottles of wine night is my favorite time to dine at Vita as my guests and I always try something that we normally would not have tried for fear of spending $100 on a bottle of wine and not enjoying it. Tips: The short ribs and ahi entrees are to die for!!!

Pros: food, service, live jazz, ambience

Cons: Can be difficult to get in on weekends without a reservation

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Happy hour is great! 2 generous glasses of wine for the price of one. Also great deals on food! Fun environment. Great round tables to meet your closest girlfriends out after work. Great location. Close to the Highlands, Downtown, between the Speer exit and the 20th exit off of I-25. Great service as well!

2
★★★★☆

Happy hour is great! 2 generous glasses of wine for the price of one. Also great deals on food! Fun environment. Great round tables to meet your closest girlfriends out after work. Great location. Close to the Highlands, Downtown, between the Speer exit and the 20th exit off of I-25. Great service as well!

Pros: location, parking, great deal for happy hour, no wait, plenty of tables

Cons: basic restaurant

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I've been to vita several times - it's in the neighborhood - and I've never experienced anything bad -- food or service. Service is always great, when i'm not sure what I want, my servers always come through with a good recommendation, on both food and wine. The bartenders are also well versed in the fare the restaurant serves as well as the wine and cocktails they serve (cocktails are fantastic by the way). Great place for drinks after work or dinner.
p.s. I love the patios. Reminiscent of the neighborhood restaurants you'll find tucked away in Europe.

2
★★★★★

I've been to vita several times - it's in the neighborhood - and I've never experienced anything bad -- food or service. Service is always great, when i'm not sure what I want, my servers always come through with a good recommendation, on both food and wine. The bartenders are also well versed in the fare the restaurant serves as well as the wine and cocktails they serve (cocktails are fantastic by the way). Great place for drinks after work or dinner.
p.s. I love the patios. Reminiscent of the neighborhood restaurants you'll find tucked away in Europe.

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This a pretty good place, but it needs some work up front to move to the next level.
Vita suffers from three things -
1. Very bad house staff. The wait staff is lazy, uninformed on the menu, sloppy and at times rude. This does a huge disservice to a great dinner menu. Some of the bar staff is great, some should be washing dishes, seriously. The manger needs at least a jacket in the dining room, the hostess needs to smile and not hunch over the desk and everyone needs a smile. Nobody looks happy to be there.
2. Schizophrenic menu - the happy hour menu comes from another kitchen. How does a kitchen capable of such amazing food, turn out stuff you might find at a chain place? A cheese plate from Costco, calamari served with the equivalent of catsup, bland hummus. Then the dinner knocks your socks off. Some of the best yellow fin tuna around, the pork was off the charts, well cooked great flavor. The dinner menu can be GREAT!
3. The new roof top patio is nice for a drink, but it looks more like a LoDo club patio than a place where I'd have a nice meal. Vita certainly has an identity crisis.
If you can overlook the serivce, the food might be worth it.

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★★★☆☆

This a pretty good place, but it needs some work up front to move to the next level.
Vita suffers from three things -
1. Very bad house staff. The wait staff is lazy, uninformed on the menu, sloppy and at times rude. This does a huge disservice to a great dinner menu. Some of the bar staff is great, some should be washing dishes, seriously. The manger needs at least a jacket in the dining room, the hostess needs to smile and not hunch over the desk and everyone needs a smile. Nobody looks happy to be there.
2. Schizophrenic menu - the happy hour menu comes from another kitchen. How does a kitchen capable of such amazing food, turn out stuff you might find at a chain place? A cheese plate from Costco, calamari served with the equivalent of catsup, bland hummus. Then the dinner knocks your socks off. Some of the best yellow fin tuna around, the pork was off the charts, well cooked great flavor. The dinner menu can be GREAT!
3. The new roof top patio is nice for a drink, but it looks more like a LoDo club patio than a place where I'd have a nice meal. Vita certainly has an identity crisis.
If you can overlook the serivce, the food might be worth it.

Pros: Great dinner menu, 1/2 off wines on Tuesdays, nice patios for drinks, great happy hour

Cons: Untrained wait staff, service, uninformed wait staff

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It seems every time I go out to eat with my boyfriend, it's the same wearisome scenario. Stuck-up hosts, slow waiters, uninterested management, and bartenders that only serve you if you're waiving a $100 bill in their face. Vita, on the other hand, was a refreshing change from the snobby service I have experienced at similar restaurants. The host greeted us with a smile (and, *gasp* it didn't seem like she was only smiling because someone told her to). She led us to a table close to the live music. My boyfriend and I prefer quieter, more private tables, and the host picked up on this signal right away, suggesting "you can have a booth a little further back if you'd like something more quiet". AMAZING! We didn't even have to ask. She politely handed us our menus, indicating which were her favorite dishes, and wished us a wonderful dining experience. Before she even left the table, one of the server assistants was already filling our waters, followed immediately with a waitress (bread in hand). She noticed my boyfriend was eyeing the wine list, and made some suggestions based on what kind of meal we would be eating. We asked for descriptions on some Chardonnays, and without skipping a beat, our waitress was giving us detailed descriptions of flavors, lables, and even an interesting fact about the winery where one particular chardonnay was made. Question after question we threw at her, she had a fully informed answer, and even though the dining room was full, she never once tried to rush us through our decisions. When we were through with our meals (which were phenomenal), not one, not two, but 3 people thanked us on our way out. Fantastic...
It's so great to know I can finally go out to eat, and not be treated like just another "customer," but like a guest in their restaurant.

2
★★★★★

It seems every time I go out to eat with my boyfriend, it's the same wearisome scenario. Stuck-up hosts, slow waiters, uninterested management, and bartenders that only serve you if you're waiving a $100 bill in their face. Vita, on the other hand, was a refreshing change from the snobby service I have experienced at similar restaurants. The host greeted us with a smile (and, *gasp* it didn't seem like she was only smiling because someone told her to). She led us to a table close to the live music. My boyfriend and I prefer quieter, more private tables, and the host picked up on this signal right away, suggesting "you can have a booth a little further back if you'd like something more quiet". AMAZING! We didn't even have to ask. She politely handed us our menus, indicating which were her favorite dishes, and wished us a wonderful dining experience. Before she even left the table, one of the server assistants was already filling our waters, followed immediately with a waitress (bread in hand). She noticed my boyfriend was eyeing the wine list, and made some suggestions based on what kind of meal we would be eating. We asked for descriptions on some Chardonnays, and without skipping a beat, our waitress was giving us detailed descriptions of flavors, lables, and even an interesting fact about the winery where one particular chardonnay was made. Question after question we threw at her, she had a fully informed answer, and even though the dining room was full, she never once tried to rush us through our decisions. When we were through with our meals (which were phenomenal), not one, not two, but 3 people thanked us on our way out. Fantastic...
It's so great to know I can finally go out to eat, and not be treated like just another "customer," but like a guest in their restaurant.

Pros: view, 1/2 price bottles of wine, live music, food, wine, EVERYTHING!!

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We recently moved to the Lo-Hi section of town and decided to check out the much acclaimed Vita. We sat at the outside bar because it was a perfect evening to enjoy the temperate denver climate. we started with some drinks--the girls had a rasberry lemonade cocktail that was truly awesome. my wife and friend were floored by the freshness of the juice. i had the jalapeno dirty martini that was pretty good as well. definitely had some spice to it--i wouln't recommend eating the jalapeno garnish they dress it with. VERY HOT. Major bonus: 3 huge olives unlike most other places. next we shared the gnocchi which was on the smaller side but very tasty. you could tell it was homemade and the mushrooms were sauteed perfectly. at this point all 3 of us were very pleased with our experience. Then the entree's came. my wife got the goat cheese ravioli. the ravioli was cooked to her liking however the green olives truly overpowered the dish leaving her quite unhappy with her meal. our friend had the lamb which was prepared to her liking and very tasty. she wasn't very fond of the cucumber salad and it didn't look very appetizing either. Then came my dinner. i ordered the linquini with calamari and sausage. first things first. I grew up in an italian family and the last time i checked, linguine was bascially flat spaghetti. this pasta appreared to be some type of Ramen noodle product that was cut into 1 inch pieces and then horribly overcooked. The calimari had the consistency of rubber bands. yum. the only decent part was the sausage. after trying to stomach this horrendous meal (unsuccessfully) i asked for some marinara and was given "tomato jam". Unfortunatley this did not improve the situation. we ended up going home and fighting over the last slice of leftover pizza. Ultimately, this is a good place for drinks and appetizers. funny part is that no one else was eating dinner! i won't eat here again but will go back for cocktails

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★☆☆☆☆

We recently moved to the Lo-Hi section of town and decided to check out the much acclaimed Vita. We sat at the outside bar because it was a perfect evening to enjoy the temperate denver climate. we started with some drinks--the girls had a rasberry lemonade cocktail that was truly awesome. my wife and friend were floored by the freshness of the juice. i had the jalapeno dirty martini that was pretty good as well. definitely had some spice to it--i wouln't recommend eating the jalapeno garnish they dress it with. VERY HOT. Major bonus: 3 huge olives unlike most other places. next we shared the gnocchi which was on the smaller side but very tasty. you could tell it was homemade and the mushrooms were sauteed perfectly. at this point all 3 of us were very pleased with our experience. Then the entree's came. my wife got the goat cheese ravioli. the ravioli was cooked to her liking however the green olives truly overpowered the dish leaving her quite unhappy with her meal. our friend had the lamb which was prepared to her liking and very tasty. she wasn't very fond of the cucumber salad and it didn't look very appetizing either. Then came my dinner. i ordered the linquini with calamari and sausage. first things first. I grew up in an italian family and the last time i checked, linguine was bascially flat spaghetti. this pasta appreared to be some type of Ramen noodle product that was cut into 1 inch pieces and then horribly overcooked. The calimari had the consistency of rubber bands. yum. the only decent part was the sausage. after trying to stomach this horrendous meal (unsuccessfully) i asked for some marinara and was given "tomato jam". Unfortunatley this did not improve the situation. we ended up going home and fighting over the last slice of leftover pizza. Ultimately, this is a good place for drinks and appetizers. funny part is that no one else was eating dinner! i won't eat here again but will go back for cocktails

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When I first stepped through the front "gates" to Vita, my jaw literally dropped. This restaurant is beyond gorgeous! Candles blanket the walkway as you walk to one of their many fine tables. You have your choice of sitting in one of their cushy black booths, or choose a table by their window, overlooking the entire Denver skyline. My husband and I got the best of both worlds, and were given a circular intimate booth by their windows. On nice evenings, they are able to open all the windows to give the restaurant and indoor/outdoor feeling. They also have a great patio, as well as an outdoor bar!
We only sat for seconds before we were greeted by a genuinely cheerful waiter, even though the restaurant was jam-packed. When we showed curiosity in the, apparently new, cocktail list, he was eager to explain that the bar has gotten rid of all flavoring syrups, and are switching to freshly squeezed fruits. I chose to order the Cucumber Cooler, while my date had the Highland Sunrise. Both of which were unlike any cocktails I have ever tried. I strongly suggest trying anything on the cocktail menu!!
After beginning with drinks, we ordered the Mushroom Gnocci and "Max's Favorite Salad" to begin our meal. Both dished were flavorful and delicious! From there, we moved on to the Twisted Pasta and Winter Squash Lasagna, which were both out of this world! The pasta has just the right amount of seasoning, crisp broccolini, spicy sausage, and even calamari! It was everything I could have wanted in a dish. The Lasagna was something the chef should brag about as well. Chef Max MacKissock really knows what he's doing! Desserts were so tasty they didn't last 30 seconds, and the entire evening cost under $100. We were lucky enough to stumble in on their "1/2 price bottles of wine" special (every Tuesday), and we were even able to get some Happy Hour prices on top of that.
I could reccommend Vita until I'm blue in the face! It was extraordinary!

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★★★★★

When I first stepped through the front "gates" to Vita, my jaw literally dropped. This restaurant is beyond gorgeous! Candles blanket the walkway as you walk to one of their many fine tables. You have your choice of sitting in one of their cushy black booths, or choose a table by their window, overlooking the entire Denver skyline. My husband and I got the best of both worlds, and were given a circular intimate booth by their windows. On nice evenings, they are able to open all the windows to give the restaurant and indoor/outdoor feeling. They also have a great patio, as well as an outdoor bar!
We only sat for seconds before we were greeted by a genuinely cheerful waiter, even though the restaurant was jam-packed. When we showed curiosity in the, apparently new, cocktail list, he was eager to explain that the bar has gotten rid of all flavoring syrups, and are switching to freshly squeezed fruits. I chose to order the Cucumber Cooler, while my date had the Highland Sunrise. Both of which were unlike any cocktails I have ever tried. I strongly suggest trying anything on the cocktail menu!!
After beginning with drinks, we ordered the Mushroom Gnocci and "Max's Favorite Salad" to begin our meal. Both dished were flavorful and delicious! From there, we moved on to the Twisted Pasta and Winter Squash Lasagna, which were both out of this world! The pasta has just the right amount of seasoning, crisp broccolini, spicy sausage, and even calamari! It was everything I could have wanted in a dish. The Lasagna was something the chef should brag about as well. Chef Max MacKissock really knows what he's doing! Desserts were so tasty they didn't last 30 seconds, and the entire evening cost under $100. We were lucky enough to stumble in on their "1/2 price bottles of wine" special (every Tuesday), and we were even able to get some Happy Hour prices on top of that.
I could reccommend Vita until I'm blue in the face! It was extraordinary!

Pros: Beautiful View, Late Night Food, Unbelievable Happy Hour!

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Went for 5280 Restaurant Week and had a great meal! The menu is intriguing - we'll definately be back for dinner. Decor is very modern - it's a great place to take a date. In the summer it looks like they have patio seating with a great view of downtown. Check it out!

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★★★★★

Went for 5280 Restaurant Week and had a great meal! The menu is intriguing - we'll definately be back for dinner. Decor is very modern - it's a great place to take a date. In the summer it looks like they have patio seating with a great view of downtown. Check it out!

Pros: Great location - close to downtown, lots of unique menu items

Cons: None to mention

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I have never posted a comment on this site, but after my experience here I thought I needed to. I was looking for a nice place to take my friends who were in town visiting from AZ. They have always showed my a good time and taken me to some excellent places in Phoenix. I was EXTREMELY dispointed and embarassed after our experience. I went there for dinner on a Sat. night with 5 others. I asked the waiter (who was very slow even though there was only 2 other tables who were eating) for a recommendation. He highly recommended the Twisted Pasta and 4 of us decided to order it. It was absolutely terrible!! It honestly tasted like Hamburger Helper! My friend actually asked if we could stop at McDonald's after we were done! We were all very disappointed, especially after we got our $180 bill. We also ordered the mushrooms as an appetizer, which was OK but overpriced. The plates are very small and watch out for the meat and cheese platter! One of the items included was chicken liver mousse!! I was absolutely disguisted and turned off from eating anything on the plate. I will not go back, instead I will go to LOLA! I have eaten at some great restaurants in Denver, and this definately was not one of them!

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★☆☆☆☆

I have never posted a comment on this site, but after my experience here I thought I needed to. I was looking for a nice place to take my friends who were in town visiting from AZ. They have always showed my a good time and taken me to some excellent places in Phoenix. I was EXTREMELY dispointed and embarassed after our experience. I went there for dinner on a Sat. night with 5 others. I asked the waiter (who was very slow even though there was only 2 other tables who were eating) for a recommendation. He highly recommended the Twisted Pasta and 4 of us decided to order it. It was absolutely terrible!! It honestly tasted like Hamburger Helper! My friend actually asked if we could stop at McDonald's after we were done! We were all very disappointed, especially after we got our $180 bill. We also ordered the mushrooms as an appetizer, which was OK but overpriced. The plates are very small and watch out for the meat and cheese platter! One of the items included was chicken liver mousse!! I was absolutely disguisted and turned off from eating anything on the plate. I will not go back, instead I will go to LOLA! I have eaten at some great restaurants in Denver, and this definately was not one of them!

Pros: View, which will not last

Cons: Everything besides the view

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Went here with my husband on a recommendation from a friend. We were greeted warmly when we arrived and were seated promptly according to our reservation. The service was excellent. Our waiter was friendly without being bothersome. The wine selection was good. We shared calamari and a salad to start, both were fresh and tasty. My husband had sea bass which was excellent and I had a homemade pasta dish which I thoroughly enjoyed. No room for dessert but we'll try when we return. A very good dining experience

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★★★★★

Went here with my husband on a recommendation from a friend. We were greeted warmly when we arrived and were seated promptly according to our reservation. The service was excellent. Our waiter was friendly without being bothersome. The wine selection was good. We shared calamari and a salad to start, both were fresh and tasty. My husband had sea bass which was excellent and I had a homemade pasta dish which I thoroughly enjoyed. No room for dessert but we'll try when we return. A very good dining experience

Pros: great view, excellent service, friendly bartenders

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Of the Prosciutto wrapped salad with melon sauce. So 5280 week four of us headed out to try this new neighborhood dining establishment. Well, our expectations were met and then some. Service was AWESOME, had a really cute server, friendly, prompt, fabulous recommendations. The place is beautiful, lighting is perfect with these big draped lights that look like the inside of a portabella mushroom all lit up. The food was incredible, unique and my taste buds were doing the wave! Have you ever bitten into something for the first time and then just moaned. That is how every course was. Thank Vita, I will be seeing you again!

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★★★★★

Of the Prosciutto wrapped salad with melon sauce. So 5280 week four of us headed out to try this new neighborhood dining establishment. Well, our expectations were met and then some. Service was AWESOME, had a really cute server, friendly, prompt, fabulous recommendations. The place is beautiful, lighting is perfect with these big draped lights that look like the inside of a portabella mushroom all lit up. The food was incredible, unique and my taste buds were doing the wave! Have you ever bitten into something for the first time and then just moaned. That is how every course was. Thank Vita, I will be seeing you again!

Pros: Food Plating, comfortable booths

Cons: none

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I went to Vita tonight for their Restaurant Week special, and everything, from the apps to dessert, was heaven in my mouth. The lamb was tender and flavorful, the gnocchi literally melted in my mouth, and the gelato was simply the best I've had in all of Denver. The flavors and preparation were spot on.

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★★★★★

I went to Vita tonight for their Restaurant Week special, and everything, from the apps to dessert, was heaven in my mouth. The lamb was tender and flavorful, the gnocchi literally melted in my mouth, and the gelato was simply the best I've had in all of Denver. The flavors and preparation were spot on.

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We were in Denver a couple of weeks ago and visited Vita on our first day. It was so good we went back 2 more times during our visit! We had been introduced to Chef Max MacKissock?s fabulous food at the GNT in Keystone and were thrilled to find out that he had moved to ?the city?! We "managed" to try several of the dishes and my favorite has to be the crispy polenta sandwich?it melts in your mouth! My husband is crazy about the hangar steak with Hannah yam puree and our daughter loves the marinated ahi tuna. The food is so creative and beautiful and yet so delicious....you don't always get both. The ambiance is hip and energetic and yet romantic. The staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable?.one or two have followed Chef Max from Keystone. This one is a ?keeper?!!

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★★★★★

We were in Denver a couple of weeks ago and visited Vita on our first day. It was so good we went back 2 more times during our visit! We had been introduced to Chef Max MacKissock?s fabulous food at the GNT in Keystone and were thrilled to find out that he had moved to ?the city?! We "managed" to try several of the dishes and my favorite has to be the crispy polenta sandwich?it melts in your mouth! My husband is crazy about the hangar steak with Hannah yam puree and our daughter loves the marinated ahi tuna. The food is so creative and beautiful and yet so delicious....you don't always get both. The ambiance is hip and energetic and yet romantic. The staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable?.one or two have followed Chef Max from Keystone. This one is a ?keeper?!!

Pros: great food and entertainment experience and affordable too.

Cons: none

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The Highland neighborhood is really coming into its own with quite a number of excellent restaurants. Vita is a welcomed addition. It's quite upscale and seems to get better with every bite (I've been there three times, two shortly after opening and they are continually improving.) It has a very sultry atmosphere and the food is delicious. The scallops are a super win, the fig, Prosciutto, spinach and gorgonzola salad I order regularly, the sea bass was wonderful, etc.) It's a great place to dress up and feel relaxed. While one can dress up in Cherry Creek, I always feel I'm on display there. Too many 'beautiful people there. Highland has more of an 'in the know' kind of feel to it. Upscale, cool, but not snobby. Enjoy! If there is a wait, you can always walk along the shops on 15th street.

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★★★★★

The Highland neighborhood is really coming into its own with quite a number of excellent restaurants. Vita is a welcomed addition. It's quite upscale and seems to get better with every bite (I've been there three times, two shortly after opening and they are continually improving.) It has a very sultry atmosphere and the food is delicious. The scallops are a super win, the fig, Prosciutto, spinach and gorgonzola salad I order regularly, the sea bass was wonderful, etc.) It's a great place to dress up and feel relaxed. While one can dress up in Cherry Creek, I always feel I'm on display there. Too many 'beautiful people there. Highland has more of an 'in the know' kind of feel to it. Upscale, cool, but not snobby. Enjoy! If there is a wait, you can always walk along the shops on 15th street.

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This is the first time I have reviewed a restaurant but felt it was worth saying something! I have been to Vita a few times since it opened in mid-December and every time I go I experience something new and delicious!! From the delicate roasted mushroom gnocchi, the winter squash lasagna to my absolute favorite, the Beef Tenderloin with whipped potatoes - - the menu is always consistent and full of wonderful flavors! Executive Chef, Max Mackissock has really out-done himself on this menu! I just love Thursday night Jazz Night - - it is a fun place to go and visit with friends and enjoy a maritini from the menu of over 40! I also find the Tuesday night special - 1/2 price bottle of wine (on all wines!) is a great chance for me to try a more expensive wine that I have always wanted to try at half the price! This place gets a thumbs up! And I can't wait to enjoy that patio once the warm weather hits!

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★★★★★

This is the first time I have reviewed a restaurant but felt it was worth saying something! I have been to Vita a few times since it opened in mid-December and every time I go I experience something new and delicious!! From the delicate roasted mushroom gnocchi, the winter squash lasagna to my absolute favorite, the Beef Tenderloin with whipped potatoes - - the menu is always consistent and full of wonderful flavors! Executive Chef, Max Mackissock has really out-done himself on this menu! I just love Thursday night Jazz Night - - it is a fun place to go and visit with friends and enjoy a maritini from the menu of over 40! I also find the Tuesday night special - 1/2 price bottle of wine (on all wines!) is a great chance for me to try a more expensive wine that I have always wanted to try at half the price! This place gets a thumbs up! And I can't wait to enjoy that patio once the warm weather hits!

Pros: Food, Service, Ambience

Cons: None

 

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