Photo by: Melanie Pahl Smoked Trout Spread
House Restaurant has opened in the space left vacant by Gemelli’s at 43rd/Tennyson St. Although the rustic Italian eatery will be missed, this new rendition is an excellent replacement. Only a few weeks old, House is bringing them in for the food, the gorgeous front patio and the neighborly service.
On a Friday afternoon the patio is the place to be. Designed as if it were someone’s personal home; a sophisticated person, with good taste. Complete with fountains, pergola and outdoor furniture sets, we felt as if we were at a backyard get together instead of a restaurant. To complete the atmosphere, like a good host, the wait staff anticipates your needs and they ask you if you require anything before you realize you do. The interior dining room is comfortable with clean lines to match the exterior. Bright artwork and squishy booths make for a relaxing, yet upscale environment.
Photo by: Melanie Pahl House's front patio area
Still too new to have a complete website, they do offer happy hour, serve dinner weeknights and brunch on the weekends. Oh, and you can bring your dog. If you’re eating outside on the patio, Rover can sit beside you (if he doesn’t eat off your plate). Happy hour is from 3-6pm during the week and includes $3 beer, House wine and well drinks- great deal! There are also numerous appetizers from which to snack on, try the Apple Pork Skewers wrapped in prosciutto or Smoked Trout Spread. They also offer 8” thin crust pizzas with unusual topping combinations that are perfect for an appetizer to share or a lighter dinner option. The Tennyson has smoky BBQ sauce (not too sweet), with tender roasted chicken; the Dog House has an assortment of meats with jalapenos (spicy!) and some chunks of cream cheese mixed in to throw you a bit. The flavors work. Everything could be found at any backyard party, albeit nicer parties, which completes the feel House provides.
Dinner entrees have some comfort food selections such as Turkey Pot Pie, Ahi Tuna Casserole, Bison Meatloaf or a vegetarian Tempeh Creole. All are simply plated and presented as if Mom were back in the kitchen herself, cooking for all your friends. Including the desserts, which are listed on the chalk board in back. Chocolate Oatmeal Bars, anyone? There is off street parking, which usually isn’t a problem unless it’s the weekend and they have to compete with Parisi and Swing Thai. This new House on the Tennyson block is a great addition to our restaurant scene. Check it out on the next First Friday Art Walk!
House: 4363 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO. 720-885-9800.