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“Very enjoyable exquisite dinner”
Review of Twelve - CLOSED

Twelve
Price range: $31 - $50
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Five Points
Cross street: Park Avenue
Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

This was a great experience. We started with a special appetizer prepared with cheese and some small baked green peppers. Lovely. We had the pork and the beef. The pork was outstanding and the beef was correct. The pan perdu was a good dessert that did not stand out. The service was wonderful and the experience was overall good.

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1  Thank MauricioBabilonia
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

This restaurant fully embraces the local and seasonal approach to dining. The name derives from the fact the menu changes monthly so that only the best of the season's ingredients are offered. This is done with both creativity and flair.

On our recent visit we chose an appetizer of ricotta cavatelli with cherry tomatoes and kalamata olives followed by entrees of duck breast and pork shoulder. The freshly made cavatelli was tender,perfectly al dente and surrounded in the bowl by barely braised heirloom cherry tomatoes all swimming in a fresh tomato water broth that intensified the peak of the season flavor of the tomatoes. Kalamata olives that had been dried and crushed were sprinkled like pepper across the top and added a wonderfully hint of saltiness that amplified the sweetness of ripe tomatoes. The locally produced pork shoulder was slow cooked then pulled and reformed into a rillette which was seared and served with rum glazed sweet potatoes, braised dandelion greens and esquites, a Mexican corn dish. It was a dish full of familiar comfort foods and yet totally new. The pork was both meltingly succulent and sweet, yet crispy from the final sear, all of which balanced with the addition of the tender yet bitter dandelion greens. The duck breast was perfectly medium rare and redolent with five spice on the crispy skin. This meat was accompanied by braised mustard greens and turnips no larger than radishes. Again there was the wonderful inter-play of the sweet spices against the bitter greens and earthy turnips.

It was hard to settle on a dessert but we chose a pistachio torte topped with a rich, dark chocolate ganache. The cake was dense, rich, but not overly sweet cake and offered a perfect counterpoint to the intense chocolate ganache while finely chopped pistachios added crunch and fresh nut flavor.

We found the service to be attentive yet not intrusive and the wine steward knowledgeable. The wine list itself is on the small side but comprehensive with a good variety. The wine steward, Tristan, was accommodating in suggesting wines that not only would pair with our meal but which also offered excellent value for the price.

The atmosphere of Twelve is low key. One wall is dominated by a beautiful, antique looking wooden bar while the rest of the small dining room is minimally decorated with intimate tables which are close but not so close as to feel uncomfortable. Here you are offered fine dining in establishment that has the ambiance of a neighborhood hangout. Dress up, dress down - either way it would not be out of place. (The Monday through Wednesday $38 prix fixe/ 3 course special is a deal that should not be missed!)

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1  Thank Susan O
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Yum is the best description. Wine selection is great, apps have "character" and entrees are worth coming back for! The waiter was not only service oriented but easy on the eyes :). He knew the menu well, had obviously tried the dishes and also knew the beverage menu down to the minor details.

12 tables, 12 entrees and lots of character. I would recommend to anyone and will be going back very soon!

Thank Courteney F
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

The food was some of the best I have ever had in comparable sized cities. The staff was not at all pretentious. Extremely knowledgeable about wines! The three people in my party all got different dishes and all were outstanding! If you want the best that this city has to offer, don't look any further.

Thank Micask
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

It's on Larimer, but not in all the congestion of the center of Lodo. when we arrived I knew I would like it. it's not fancy, it has character. make a reservation as it sits less than 50, including the bar. the service was excellent, the food was excellent, the wine list was exceptional, and the atmosphere was excellent. it's unique fine food, but not pretentious. very casual and laid back. i'll be back.

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Thank dex49
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