The Palm The Classic American Steak House
1672 Lawrence St., Denver, Colorado; Tel. 1.866.729.0860
The Palm in downtown Denver is renowned for its USDA prime-aged steaks and jumbo Nova Scotia lobsters. The Denver Palm is more than just a great restaurant—it's a celebration, where great moments happen!
1515 Restaurant 1515 Market St., Denver CO 80202
1515 restaurant offers dining on three levels as well a lively bar, live music and pool tables. The food at 1515 restaurant has evolved and now serves a wide range of dishes including buffalo steak, lamb T-bone, Maryland style crab cakes, and sake-glazed ahi.
California Café 8505 Park Meadows Dr., Littleton CO 80214; Tel. 303.649.1111
Located at Park Meadows Mall, California Café offers a casual yet eclectic atmosphere. The restaurant emphasizes fresh and inventive fare and a deep wine list. Look for creative pizzas, great salads and artfully prepared fish, pasta and meat dishes.
Chinook Tavern 265 Detroit Street, Denver, CO 80206
The friendly, family-owned Chinook Tavern, located in Cherry Creek North, serves an enlightened menu of contemporary American and Bavarian fare. Menu highlights at Chinook Tavern include the wild mushroom strudel, sausage platter, wiener schnitzel, and sauerbraten.
Ellyngton's at the Brown Palace 321 17th Street, Denver, CO 80202
Old World elegance meets contemporary American creativity at Ellyngton’s at the Brown Palace, a Denver favorite for brunch. Choose from wonderful pastries, a carving station that offers slices leg of lamb or strip loin of beef, as well omelets of your own creation. In business since 1892, Ellyngton’s at the Brown Palace continues to offer good food in refined surroundings.
Tea at the Brown Palace 321 17th Street, Denver, CO 80202
Tea service in this circa 1872 hotel offers a touch of Victorian elegance to Denver. Tea is served in the Brown Palace’s impressive, nine-floor atrium. Piano and harp music accompanies the silver pot tea service. Pastries and sandwiches also served.
Mizuna 225 E. 7th Ave., Denver CO 80203; Tel. 303.832.4778
Winner of numerous local dining awards, Mizuna restaurant succeeds with its changing menu of fresh, satisfying food in a colorful and comfortable dining room. Look for grilled beef tenderloin, udon noodles in orange sauce, and engaging game and seafood dishes. Professional, friendly service and great wine list round things out at Mizuna restaurant.
Palace Arms at the Brown Palace 321 17th Street, Denver, CO 80202
Contemporary American. The Palace Arms is a legendary restaurant choice for the food and wine aficionado. Blending contemporary American cuisine with one of the best wine selections anywhere, the Palace Arms consistently rates among the finest restaurants in Denver. Signature items such as seared steak of King Canyon bison and American Kobe rib eye combine with many creative contemporary dishes. The "New" Palace Arms provides a casual dress code where jackets are not required. (Description provided by Opentable.com)
Piatti - Denver 190 St. Paul Street, Denver CO 80206; Tel. 303.321.1919
Piatti offers excellent updated Italian in an inviting space, with stellar service. The Caesar is super, the pasta sauces are divine, and dessert is a must. The wine list is fairly priced, especially by Cherry Creek standards.
Red Square Euro Bistro 1512 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202
Red Square Euro Bistro celebrates the food of Mother Russia and eastern Europe with dishes like beef stroganoff, goulash, and shrimp-filled raviolis topped with diced red peppers, sweet corn and a lemon-vodka-tomato sauce. The upscale vodka bar attracts a lively crowd with the elegant dining room is more sedate.
Restaurant Kevin Taylor 1106 14th Street, Denver CO 80202
Restaurant Kevin Taylor remains one of Denver’s favorite special occasion dining destinations. And for good reason. The restaurant attracts big shots, celebrities and food lovers alike with its menu of contemporary American fare. Seafood is especially good. The inventive menu includes dishes like clear, black truffle accented potato leek soup, seared sea scallops served atop the shaved tops of curried cauliflower and John Dory sole suffused with fresh fennel. The restaurants signature dessert is a miniature molten cake that oozes from the center. The luxurious restaurant boasts vaulted ceilings, mezzanine seating, silk-upholstered armchairs, gold tapestries, wood paneling and striking local artwork.
Rodizio Grill The Brazilian Steakhouse/Denver 1801 Wynkoop, Denver, CO 80202
An authentic Brazilian Steakhouse featuring a parade of waiters holding 3 foot skewers stacked with a variety of rotisserie grilled meats carved tableside by Brazilian Gauchos. Rodizio Grill's specials include glazed pineapple, top sirloin, filet wrapped in bacon, salmon, and more, plus a 30 item salad bar and homemade Brazilian desserts such as Bolo Brigadeiro (chocolate cake). (Description provided by Opentable.com)
Ship Tavern at the Brown Palace 321 17th Street, Denver, CO 80202
Ship Tavern offers its micro-brewed beer on tap along with a large selection of bottled beers. The Ship Tavern restaurant features a casual menu that includes good seafood, prime rib, Rocky Mountain trout, and a great lobster salad sandwich.
Solera Reataurant 5410 E Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80220
Chef Christian "Goose" Sorensen, formerly of Mel's Bar & Grill, Starfish and Michael's of Cherry Creek in Denver, brings his considerable culinary experience to Denver’s Solera Restaurant. Sorensen combines flavors and cooking styles to produce an inventive, free wheeling menu of new American cooking with great service to match. Look for striped bass in a lobster and bell pepper reduction laced with smoked paprika, grilled pork chops topped with caramelized onions and beef tenderloin features with wilted spinach on the side.
Tamayo Restaurant 1400 Warmer Street, Denver CO 80202; Tel. 720.946.1433
The Menus at TAMAYO offer a modern interpretation of authentic Mexican Food with recipes created by critically acclaimed Chef/Owner Richard Sandoval at his MAYA Restaurant in New York City. Tamayo's main bar features a 40 foot Mosaic Mural of semi-precious stones imported from Mexico, and the terrace offers breathtaking mountain views for alfresco dining.
Denver Ski Area Restaurants
Splendido 17 Chateau Ln., Avon CO 81620
Splendido restaurant is a perennially favorite with imported Italian linens, comfortable furnishings, impressive Chagall prints, and colorfully painted walls. The menu bridges American and European sensibilities with dishes like Dakota buffalo filet mignon with crème fraiche and chive potatoes, wood oven-roasted Maine lobster with cous cous and lemon hollandaise sauce, and ginger-roasted barramundi fillet with lemongrass broth and soba noodles. Reservations are recommended.
Sweet Basil 193 East Gore Creek Dr., Vail, CO 81657
Located in the heart of the Vail Village, Sweet Basil has been a must for travelers and locals alike since 1977. The cuisine is unrivaled contemporary American utilizing many cultural influences from around the world; all of this in a setting that blends fine dining with a captivating "bistro-like" energy. (Description courtesy of Opentable.com)
Surrounding Area Restaurants
Mateo 1837 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302
Boulder’s festive Mateo restaurant offers simple but refined southern French fare at family friendly prices. Look for bouillabaisse, lobster ravioli with herb fondue and watercress and the braised Colorado lamb shank with soft polenta, roasted vegetables and lamb jus. This neighborhood charmer features a changing menu drawn for local organic farms. Full bar.
Mirador at the Lodge at Cordillera 2205 Cordillera Way, Edwards, CO 81632
Mirador at the Lodge at Cordillera offers spectacular Rocky Mountain views accompanied by regional Colorado fare created by Chef Fabrice Beaudoin. An extensive global wine list combines with an innovative menu that includes a well prices five-course dinner for $75.
The Fort 19192 Hwy. 8, Morrison, CO 80465
The Fort restaurant is an outpost of hearty American fare served in a replica of Bent's Fort, the first American community west of the Mississippi and rendezvous of Kit Carson and other "mountain men." The nine dining rooms seat 350 and serve creative, satisfying food typical of the early West where grilled meats ruled. Look for Rocky Mountain oysters, rattle snake cakes, grilled steaks, and an array of exotic wild game. The Fort is a truly one of a kind dining experience.