Trying to find the top Steakhouses in Denver? 10Best has you covered. We have have searched the metro area and found a steakhouse for every taste. The Mile High City has historic steakhouses, such as Buckhorn Exchange, where western game is also a staple on the ever-popular menu. But Denver is a contemporary, food-oriented city, too. We embrace our history but keep moving forward. At newer restaurants such as Guard and Grace and LoHi SteakBar, a sleeker aesthetic prevails along with menus that offer a fresh take on traditional steakhouse dishes. There are steakhouses in the heart of the city, including The Capital Grille, Edge Restaurant & Bar and The Palm. Some of the city's eclectic neighborhoods also have their own steakhouses, such as Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House in the south part of town near the Denver Tech Center. 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.
The Fort Restaurant
The Fort may be most famous for all the buffalo it serves–thousands of entrees annually, including buffalo steaks–but the menu also includes elk, quail, salmon, duck 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. All of the recipes are based on ingredients that were available in the 1830s, when Bent's Fort was a center of trade. The Fort is one-of-a-kind, named on the National Register of Historic Places, 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)
Fogo de Chao
This chain originated in Brazil and remains extremely popular there. But that doesn't mean the menu is not inventive and delicious. For steak lovers there's rib eye, top sirloin, bottom sirloin, beef ribs and prime sirloin. If steak isn't for you, no worries: there's also chicken, lamb, pork and seafood. The market table includes such tempting additions as edamame roasted corn salad in season, caprese salad, hearts of palm, apple salad, kale and orange salad, quinoa and even bacon oven roasted with brown sugar, black pepper and red pepper flakes. Sides include caramelized bananas and polenta in addition to garlic-mashed potatoes, and don't miss the papaya cream for dessert. California, European and South American wines give diners plenty of choices for pairing. (303.623.9600)
Denver ChopHouse & Brewery
Kansas City strip, New York strip, bone-in ribeye, Porter House–this is a place where steak lovers get their choice of steaks for dinner, as well as their choice of preparations, including Oscar, gorgonzola and Diane. There's also a prime sirloin salad in case you want a lighter entrée, and a whole slew of non-beef options, from salmon to pork chops, burgers and chicken. A nice selection of beer is brewed onsite: lagers, ales, stouts, as well as some barrel-aged specialty brews such as straight bourbon stout and blackberry sour lager. Excellent lunch and brunch menus and a tavern menu are also available, and there's a nice selection of desserts and after-dinner cognacs and ports. Not to worry if you prefer your steak with wine: Denver Chophouse has an extensive wine list, too. (303-296-0800, 800-513-1021)
The Palm Restaurant in downtown Denver reopened April 2016 after a major remodel, giving it a fresher, more contemporary look in which to enjoy the same delectable steaks and other dishes it's known for. The Palm, located inside the Westin Downtown Hotel, still 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, classic Italian fare such as linguine and clam sauce and veal Marsala, and a variety of sides, including potatoes five different ways. The open modern space has a large bar, three private dining rooms, a new cityscape mural and new caricatures on the walls. In other words, it's everything diners have loved and new elements that make it even better. (303-825-7256)
Among the steaks on offer are flatiron, New York strip and filet mignon, served up with chimichurri, garlic-herb butter, blue-cheese butter or Lohi seasoning, depending on your preference. You can also add green peppercorn sauce, scallops, a Portobello mushroom or truffle butter, and four different styles of potatoes are available as sides along with an nice selection of vegetables. The menu has plenty to satisfy vegetarians, while burger aficionados have four different varieties to choose from. Steak & eggs is just one dish on the brunch menu that also includes such delights as Nutella-stuffed donut holes, French toast, pancakes, huevos rancheros, omelets, a breakfast burrito and more. Happy hour runs daily from 3:30-6:30 p..m. and 10 p.m. to close. (303.927.6334)
Capital Grille - Denver
A 14-oz dry-aged New York strip, 22-oz. bone-in ribeye 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 locals who drop in frequently for happy hour and a good steak dinner. (3035392500)
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 dry-aged buffalo ribeye and a 15-oz bone-in filet mignon. Elk and Colorado lamb chops and a nice selection of seafood are also offered and grilled to perfection. How can you top that? With lump crab Hollandaise, Point Reyes bleu cheese or pan-seared foie gras, perhaps. (3033893343)
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 are available on request. (303-534-9505)
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 lamb, 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)
Guard and Grace
Chef Troy Guard of TAG fame opened Guard and Grace in April 2014. Steaks are front and center in this 9,000-square-foot modern space, with an emphasis on wood-fired options–and not just steaks. In addition to prime, Angus and grass-fed cuts from four to 22 ounces, there are also wood-fired veggies and fish dishes on this expansive menu. Sauces cover a steak-lover's spectrum, from crab Oscar, bleu butter and foie butter to béarnaise, chimichurri and brandy peppercorn. You can also add a sunny-side up egg if that appeals. Don't miss the oak-fired carrots (rave reviews) and excellent salads, and do try one of the restaurant's creative cocktails before settling on a fine wine or Colorado craft brew to accompany your meal. (303-293-8500)
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