reputed for his creative, unpretentious approach to American
cuisine, native Coloradoan Kevin Taylor burst on the Denver dining
scene in 1985, opening the acclaimed, Zenith, at the age of 25.
Zenith garnered culinary praise, locally and nationally, including
the prestigious Mobil Travel Guide Four Star rating.
In 1998, Taylor opened his
eponymous Restaurant Kevin Taylor in the luxury, boutique
Hotel Teatro. This intimate and luxurious space set standards
previously unseen in Denver and Taylor has maintained quality
cuisine and service standards. Restaurant Kevin Taylor offers
refined, seasonal menus of contemporary French cuisine. Since
opening, Restaurant Kevin Taylor has received the AAA Four
Diamond award, the Mobil Travel Guide Four Star award, and
the Wine Spectator “Best of Award of Excellence” each year.
Other major awards include: Nation Restaurant News’ Fine
Dining Hall of Fame Recipient and Travel + Leisure’s “50 Best
Hotel Restaurants,” Taylor continues to call this restaurant, “my
pride and joy.”
Also in Hotel
Teatro, adjacent to the flagship of Taylor’s fleet, is the stylish
Prima Ristorante, voted one of “Denver’s Top Ten New
Restaurants of 2005” by 5280 Magazine. Taylor has created his
own vision of contemporary Italian fare with a light, fresh take on
Italian classics. Prima has been warmly received by Denver patrons
and food critics alike, and has earned the Wine Spectator’s
“Award of Excellence.”
Taylor’s at the Opera House
and Kevin Taylor Catering offer guests a sophisticated and
opulent pre-theatre dining experience in the Ellie Caulkins Opera
House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Taylor creates seasonal
menus with unparalleled presentations, using the freshest
ingredients available from around the world. Set in the lower level
of the renovated Auditorium Theatre, guests are surrounded by larger
than life Vance Kirkland art that is like nothing else in the city.
Central City, Rouge and The Face Restaurant are two
restaurants in one of Colorado’s most prominent preserved historic
spaces, the Teller House. Offering lighter fare in The Face and
steaks, chops and seafood at Rouge - Central City Opera’s patrons
have unique dining options just steps from the Opera.
Taylor and partner Denise Mease have been serving contemporary
cuisine at the Denver Art Museum at Palettes, and recently
have added a full service catering operation for museum events with
Palettes Catering. In 2006 Palettes underwent a complete
makeover for the anticipated Frederic C. Hamilton building opening.
The new Palettes is modern, bright and artistic and the trend among
leading art museums to incorporate a high profile dining experience
lives on at Palettes. Forbes Traveler ranked Palettes “One of
the Best Museum Restaurants” 2008.
2007, Taylor and team present another unique venue for Denver’s pre
and post-theatre crowd. Limelight Supper Club and Lounge
serves creative American cuisine, in two settings - modern
lounge or contemporary, sleek dining room – 16 steps from the Buell
Theater in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.