“We try to keep our food specialized,” Harden said. “Our daily specials are not made with just what is leftover in our kitchen. They are unique features and true specials that give our customers different options that are not always available.”
The rich colors, dark wood and candlelight give the restaurant an intimate feel. The tables are configured so a maximum of 75 customers can eat at one time, which allows the kitchen to cook the meals to order. One perk is the restaurant’s extensive wine list, which consists of more than 36 selections available by the glass and more than 100 available by the bottle.
And to top it all off, The Mantel can transport its patrons to New York City with the famous Carnegy Deli cheesecake, or offer up a chocolate gateau or bananas foster made tableside.
The Mantel is open for lunch Monday through Friday starting at 11 a.m. and serves dinner until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until 11 p.m. Friday and from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Lunch entrees range from a chicken saltimbocca sandwich at $10 to the pepper-crusted beef tournedos for $24. At dinner, the pasta del giorno can be had for $16, with the Dijon-marinated Colorado rack of lamb with a rosemary red wine reduction costs $39.