This is the first outpost of the popular New York eatery of the same name, and it fits perfectly into its upscale Cherry Creek North neighborhood. Yes, it fulfills its steakhouse name with a menu that includes classic filet mignon, New York Strip and bone-in rib steak. There's also salmon and fresh pasta with Porterhouse. But it would be foolish to think that you can come here and not be tempted by the delectable Italian offerings, such as spicy lobster rigatoni alla vodka and a chicken parm that will not soon be forgotten. Corn creme brûlée is the side that shouldn't be missed. Coffees, teas, house-made after-dinner spirits, a nicely curated wine-by-the-glass list and flawless service elevate the experience and help make this a go-to not just for steak lovers but for everyone.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Steak combined with modern Italian--it's the best of two dining worlds and that's what Quality Italian Steakhouse delivers.
Christine's expert tip: The restaurant has an elegant private dining room for events and special occasions that accommodates 24 seated or 30 for a reception. Like all private dining rooms, this one is likely to be more in demand during the holidays.
The Palm Restaurant lives up to the New York City original. Located inside the Westin Downtown Hotel, The Palm serves up generous, some would say humongous, portions of USDA Prime steak aged for a minimum of 35 days. Also on the menu are broiled Nova Scotia lobster (4 lbs. and larger available on request), sea bass, salads, classic Italian fare such as linguine and clam sauce and veal Marsala, as well as a variety of sides including potatoes five different ways. The open modern space has a large bar, three private dining rooms and a decor that captures an old-school urban vibe with its cityscape mural and caricatures on the walls, yet it appears definitively contemporary. The Palm is everything diners have loved about traditional steakhouses and more.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: New York's legendary restaurant is a Denver legend, too.
Christine's expert tip: Share the 36-ounce double-cut New York Strip with one or two of your dining companions for a true steak lover's treat.
A self-titled "progressive American steakhouse," EDGE is sleek and sophisticated as befits its location in the elegant Four Seasons Hotel Denver. Steaks include a 16-oz dry-aged buffalo ribeye and a 30-oz Wagyu Tomahawk, and the contemporary upscale menu offers more than 200 wines by the bottle and 50 wines by the glass. Dry-aged pork chops, Colorado double lamb chops and a nice selection of seafood are also offered and grilled to perfection. How can you top your choices? With crab Oscar, blue cheese, pan-seared foie gras, creamy horseradish or Salomon's jalapeño sauce, perhaps. If you're celebrating a special occasion, consider caviar, oysters or the impressive chilled shellfish tower on the "shared experiences" menu.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: A warm but definitively chic aesthetic sets the tone in this modern take on a traditional steakhouse.
Christine's expert tip: With a location across from the performing arts complex, EDGE is a good choice for a pre-theater, prix-fixe three-course meal.
New York strip, bone-in ribeye and Porter House are among the choices for steak lovers, in variations including Oscar, gorgonzola and Diane. There's also slow-roasted prime rib and a prime sirloin salad in case you want a lighter entrée, as well as 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 bourbon-barrel stout. 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.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: It focuses on steaks and chops and brews a nice selection of beers onsite to go with them, close to Coors Field and downtown.
Christine's expert tip: Can't decide on a brew? Ask for a beer sampler (preferably before dinner rush) and receive 11 or 12 four-ounce tasters.
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, wild mushrooms or truffle butter, and three different styles of potatoes are available as sides along with a nice selection of veggies, and there are five different salads as well. The menu has plenty to satisfy vegetarians, while burger aficionados have multiple options to choose from including the distinctly Western LoHi burger with pinto bean, crispy red onion, pickled Anaheim pepper, fried egg and bbq sauce. Happy hour runs daily every day from 3-6 p..m. and again from 10 p.m. to close.
A 14-oz dry-aged New York strip, 22-oz bone-in ribeye and 32-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.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: It's a Larimer Square staple that offers casual sophistication, excellent menu, expansive wine list and welcoming vibe.
Christine's expert tip: This is a see-and-be-seen gathering spot with a lively vibe and congenial crowd, especially at happy hour.
As the name suggests, Ocean Prime, on Larimer Square, specializes in seafood and steaks and does both very well. Although it's a chain, it delivers an experience that doesn't feel like a chain. There are multiple steaks to choose from in terms of cuts and sizes, including four choices of filet mignon, one a 12-oz. bone-in option. The list of sides to accompany them is extensive, from parmesan truffle fries to lobster mashed potatoes and, of course, mac & cheese. Equally impressive are the seafood options, though if trying to impress your dinner date is a goal, the custom-built smoking shellfish tower on the raw menu should do the job. There are, of course, bottles to choose from, but there's also an entire page of wines by the glass. One perfect way to finish your meal is with a glass of tawny port, found on the dessert menu.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Seafood and steak have always been a good match and the Ocean Prime menu reflects that, with plenty on offer from land and sea.
Christine's expert tip: Ocean Prime offers an entire gluten-free menu at both lunch and dinner.
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 sharingfrom 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 $220. These beauties are carved tableside and served with a variety of goodies. Elk, quail and salmon are among other choices on the extensive menu.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: It is a Mile High City institution. 'Nuff said.
Christine's expert tip: The Buckhorn Exchange is Colorado's oldest saloon with the oldest liquor license in Denver (No. 1), and also one of the city's most meat-centric restaurants with its menu offering seven options for steaks, four for buffalo steaks and prime rib, lamb, elk, pork and mega steaks to share from 1.5 to 4 libs.
Steaks are front and center in this 9,000-square-foot modern space, with an emphasis on wood-fired optionsand 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. If you can't get a reservation on the night you want, go just when happy hour ends and grab a table in the convivial lounge area, where the full menu is available.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Chef Troy Guard is one of Denver's top chefs and his steakhouse doesn't disappoint.
Christine's expert tip: During the day, valet parking is free only for the first 90 minutes; from 5 p.m. to close it's entirely complimentary.
This uber-popular Greenwood Village eatery is located near the Denver Tech Center and often frequented by high-powered business people and local celebrities. Nevertheless, it also makes an ideal choice for any steak lover, and perhaps especially for those celebrating a special occasion. 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 steak in a lighter variation served with fresh greens.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Del Frisco's is the choice for steak in the Denver Tech Center area.
Christine's expert tip: Need space for a private party? There's one here that accommodates up to 60 seated, 75 for a reception.