Here we celebrate Vesta, the Roman goddess of the hearth, through a menu created by Colorado-raised Executive Chef, Nicholas Kayser, whose culinary talents enhance our much-loved menu with creative interpretations and beautiful plating.
At Vesta, we serve bold, sexy food from a menu that embraces seasonal, fresh ingredients. Vesta’s dining room hums with energy from the guests who are drawn in by the menu of flavorful, ingredient-driven small plates and shareable, fire-grilled meats and vegetables served alongside Vesta’s signature sauces.
A warm, inviting vibe has always been the foundation of Vesta, and our food is complemented by a thoughtful, diverse wine list and cocktail menu offering both classic and creatively contemporary variations made with top local spirits. Vesta’s wine list receives consistent recognition from Wine Spectator, and the Sommelier Journal as featured Vesta’s barrel-aged cocktail program as a leader in the industry.
Vesta has won dozens of awards including multiple years as Open Table’s “Diners Choice,” “Best 1st Date in Denver,” “Best Bartender” and many others, showcasing our commitment to creating an unparalleled experience for our guests. Vesta is the go-to destination for diners celebrating special occasions, hosting visitors from out of town, or in search of the perfect weeknight spot to gather with friends. Vesta truly embodies the essence of the hearth — a place where delicious meals are prepared and friends and family gather by the warmth of the fire.
I love dining experiences. Whether at home, on a beach, at a farm, on a hike or in a restaurant, the combination of food, drink, atmosphere, people, play, laughter, hospitality, conversation and music combines to create these memorable experiences.
Old buildings have a built in character and story that lend themselves to the creation of something unique and special. Morphing old buildings into restaurants and bars filled with life is an incredibly rewarding experience. With each buildout comes a fantastic opportunity to team up with like minded architects, interior designers, graphic designers, chefs, mixologists and local artisans to bring the visions of a menu, a space and a vibe all together.
Vesta, our first restaurant, opened in 1997 in Denver’s LoDo. I was 25 years old and driven by pure ambition to open my dream restaurant. Surrounded by young, energetic, passionate, and fun people, we created a destination restaurant before LoDo itself became a destination. The term “Vesta Vibe” was coined and became the foundation combining positive energy, genuine hospitality, philanthropy and fun.
Vesta’s weathered brick walls, worn woods floors and open ceilings have stood sentry over thousands of tear-filled marriage proposals, birthday celebrations where candles were blown out and wishes made, anniversary dinners for couples who’ve been together for five, 15 or 50 years, and family get-togethers where loved ones gathered around Vesta’s tables. It is an honor to be a part of a place where so much joy is shared. Life happens at Vesta.
I am blessed to have an amazing team of passionate people who understand this industry and love it the way I do. My wife Jen has been with me since Vesta opened and continues to be an integral part of the design and daily decision making process while doing an incredible job with our two sons. We are remarkably lucky and fortunate to do what we do for a living as we get to see the rewards on the faces of our staff and guests on a daily basis.