Denver may be 4,889 miles from the Place Vendôme in Paris, but Bistro Vendôme serves up little tastes of Paris right from Larimer Square.
Decor: This Room Has A View
With a decor that harkens back to the city’s humble bistros, Bistro Vendôme is full of charm. While I’m certainly not a fan of the “outdoors inside” façades that have become ever-so-popular at faux-french establishments like The Paris Las Vegas, there is something charming about the way Bistro Vendôme has laid out its atrium. It’s reminiscent of Parisian passages, covered walkways installed by Haussmann between 1830 and 1920.
Diners can sit in the atrium or in the dimly-lit bistro with windows to its faux-outside. The bistro ambiance is romantic, if not humbly understated, with cozy, uncovered wood tables packed into corners and up against walls. Larger groups sit around large round tables, perfect for sharing bottles of wine and conversation.
Entrée, Plat, Dessert: The Menu
The food is exquisite. Bistro Venôme’s menu offers everything from French haute cuisine (filet d’agneau, steak tartare) to more casual bistro fare (moules, steak frites).
The moules (pronounced "mool"), or mussels, are a meal in and of themselves. A heaping bowl comes in a garlic white wine broth that takes me back to a lunch or two on the pedestrian streets by the Chatêlet Metro stop in Paris.