Best Denver Steakhouses: Try These Restaurants Where Steak is King
By Christine Loomis
Denver Local Expert
Trying to find the best Steakhouses in Denver? 10Best has you covered. Our editors and experts-in-the-know have searched the metro area and found a steakhouse for every taste. The Mile High City has historic steakhouses, such as the amazing Buckhorn Exchange, where western game is also a staple on the ever popular menu. At the city's newer restaurants such as Guard and Grace, a more contemporary aesthetic prevails along with menus that offer a fresh take on traditional steakhouse dishes, yet there is no lack of big, hearty steaks to satisfy the dedicated steak lover. There are steakhouses in the heart of the city, including The Capital Grille, Edge Restaurant & Bar and The Palm, and many of the city's eclectic neighborhoods have their own steakhouses, such as Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House in the south part of town near the Denver Tech Center and Elway's, which has locations downtown, in Cherry Creek and out at Denver International Airport. Just slightly farther afield, the one-of-a-kind Fort Restaurant sits near the dramatic red-rock formations in Morrison and offers an ambiance that captures the larger-than-life appeal of the Great American West. What that all boils down to is this: We've done the legwork and you have 10 amazing steakhouses to choose from.
Attention was paid to lighting, acoustics and design in this next-generation classic steakhouse with decor elements that include, as one would expect, former Bronco's coach Mike Shanahan's Lombardi trophies. In addition to serving up USDA prime aged steaks, Shanahan's offers seafood flown in fresh daily and certified by the Marine Stewardship Council. Consider adding black-truffle butter or Shanahan's signature rub to your steak. All of the beef served here is corn-fed and aged 40 days, then hand cut and cooked in high-temperature broilers so they sear perfectly. Free-range chicken and Niman Ranch all-natural pork chops are also on the menu. (3037707300)
Sullivan's is a quintessential steakhouse and popular among the business set for power lunches. Somehow it feels de rigueur to have a martini with your steak here, which is okay because the bartenders, like the chefs, know exactly what they're doing when it comes to pairing anything with steak. The welcoming bar has its own menu (sliced steak is featured) and live music sets the tone starting at 6 p.m. If you get a salad, make it the iceberg lettuce wedge, another perfect companion for the hearty steaks. But leave room for the Warm Cast Iron Apple Caramel Crumble served up with butter pecan ice cream. (303-295-2664)
The Denver outpost of the well-known family-run Italian steakhouse in New York City is located inside the Westin Downtown Hotel, and like its East Coast sibling it serves up generous--some would say humongous--portions of USDA Prime steak that is aged a minimum of 35 days. Also on the menu are broiled Nova Scotia lobster (3-5 lbs.), sea bass, salads, traditional Italian fare and a variety of sides, including potatoes five different ways. The walls are hung with hundreds of caricatures of the rich, famous and well-loved who've patronized the restaurant over the years--how many can you identify on first glance? (303-825-7256)
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
This uber popular Greenwood Village eatery is located near the Denver Tech Center and often frequented by high-powered businesspeople and local celebrities. Nevertheless, it also makes an ideal choice for any steak lover, and perhaps especially for those celebrating a special occasions. If big steaks are your passion, Del Frisco's is the right place. On the other hand, if lobster is your thing, Del Frisco's is also the right place. And if you prefer veal, Del Frisco's is the right place, too. At lunch, the steak salad is an exceptional way to enjoy broiled and sliced filet mignon in a lighter variation, served with fresh greens. (303-796-0100)
EDGE Restaurant & Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Denver
A self-titled "progressive American steakhouse," Edge is sleek and sophisticated as befits its location in the elegant Four Seasons Hotel Denver. Meats here are fire grilled over pecan wood and the contemporary upscale menu offers more than 200 wines by the bottle and 50 wines by the glass. Steaks include a 16-oz bone-in buffalo rib eye and a 32-oz Porterhouse for two. Veal chops and lamb chops, tuna steaks, Scottish salmon and jumbo sea scallops are also offered and grilled to perfection, and there are a variety of toppings on offer, including lump crab citrus Hollandaise and pan-seared foie gras. (3033893343)
You probably know the name: John Elway, the legendary Broncos quarterback and now VP of football operations for Denver's NFL team. Elway has also had a highly successful career outside of football, including with the three restaurants in Denver that bear his name and that serve up some of the best steaks in the city (the 20 oz. porterhouse is on many steak lovers' lists). Elway's downtown is located in the elegant Ritz-Carlton, Denver, and it serves three meals daily, meaning guests and others can get steak at any meal of the day. Elway's other locations are in Cherry Creek and at Denver International Airport. (3033123107)
Capital Grille - Denver
A 14-oz dry-aged sirloin and 24-oz dry-aged Porterhouse are among the steak offerings, but there's also lobster mac 'n cheese for the comfort-food crowd and sushi-grade sesame-seared tuna for those who prefer lighter fare. The Capital Grille is in the heart of it all, in vibrant Larimer Square with its shops and watering holes, and it's walking distance to the Denver Performing Arts Center and many downtown hotels. Although part of a small chain, Capital Grille feels like a hometown restaurant, and that is underscored by the many, many locals who drop in frequently for happy hour and a good steak dinner. (3035392500)
Guard and Grace
Opened in April 2014, Guard and Grace is chef Troy Guard's latest. Steaks are front and center--there are 22 different options in three categories: Prime, Angus and Grass-fed, all made from Colorado-raised beef. It can be cooked however you like it from blue (very red, cold center) to well done. But the creative, distinctly contemporary menu also includes oak-grilled chicken enchiladas and Rocky Mountain trout among the entrees, a starter of oak-grilled carrots (rave reviews), excellent salads, vegetable- and meat-topped flatbreads and all kinds of shellfish in the raw bar, as well as American sturgeon caviar and both tuna and kampachi sashimi. (303-293-8500)
The Fort Restaurant
The Fort serves more buffalo than any restaurant on earth--approximately 80,000 entrees annually, including buffalo steaks--but the menu also includes elk, quail, salmon and, of course, beef. But what sets the Fort apart is its history: it was built as a tribute to Bent's Fort on the Santa Fe Trail, and it celebrates the spirit and culture of the American West, especially the Native American tribes that once thrived here. The Fort is one-of-a-kind, and only a 30-minute drive from downtown Denver. If you have a celebration going on, order Champagne; your server may take the cork off with a saber. (303-697-4771)
Operating since 1893, the Buckhorn Exchange offers an ambiance that evokes days of old, especially if your old days involved hunting and taxidermy. That said, this is one of Denver's most authentic and historic restaurants, and a dream-come-true for steak lovers. Our first suggestion: the Buckhorn's famed 24-oz. porterhouse. In the spirit of community, and a good choice for those on the paleo diet, the restaurant serves up massive steaks for sharing--from 1.5 to two pounds for two diners to 3.5 or four pounds for five, with the price for the latter currently set at $215. These beauties are carved tableside and served with a variety of goodies. Elk, quail and salmon are among other choices on the extensive menu, and ostrich and yak, yes, yak, are available on request. (303-534-9505)
About Christine Loomis
Christine has written about every aspect of travel, from romance and adventure to family and wellness. She is also lucky to have had three major home states through the years: New York, Colorado and California. Today she divides time between the Denver and San Francisco areas. Christine loves shoe shopping and fishing; walking anywhere; horseback riding (she was on the equestrian team at the University of Oregon); and discovering menus that include small-batch whiskeys, craft beer and lesser-known wines. She would go anywhere in an RV and believes summer is best when it includes a rafting trip.
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