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Where to Dine in Denver (only 1 night)

Hello everyone. I'll be in Denver on a saturday night. Four guys looking for a great dinner. Would prefer not to wear tie or sport coat. Seafood and or steaks would be good. Thanks in advance...

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  1. Will you be downtown/ Central Denver area or does location matter? I can't think of too many places where a tie or sport coat is required or you would feel out of place if you are not wearing one.

    All the big steak chains are here and you can't go wrong with Capital Grill or The Palm if price is not too much of a concern. A great local steakhouse (IMO) is Elways- there is now one downtown and the original is in Cherry Creek area. If you are looking for a more moderate steak place The Keg and Chophouse are near Coors Field downtown. For seafood I would reccomend Jax or Oceanaire.


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    1. re: ColoradoFun

      price doesn't matter, we will be staying alittle south of downtown but we have a car so location doesn't matter. how is Del Friscos?

    2. The Trail Dust Steakhouses offer great steaks and a fun atmosphere. There are 2 in the Denver area. They do have a tie policy - if you wear one they will cut it off!

      Jerry Saywell

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      1. re: Jerry Saywell

        The Trail Dust in Westminster is no more. I don't know about the one down south.

        1. re: Jerry Saywell

          I have yet to make it to Del Friscos but I think it is similiar to the other high end steak places.

          (FYI - I believe there is only one Trail Dust in Denver now- the one on Westminster closed last year)

        2. Del Frisco's is very good, but I prefer Elway's in Cherry Creek. From the Tech Center to get to Cherry Creek, go north on I-25 and exit at Colorado Blvd. North again to 1st Avenue then left (west) on 1st. 1st will curve a little to the right in a few blocks. You are now driving beside Cherry Creek Mall. Elway's is toward the west end of the mall near Bed, Bath and Beyond.

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          1. Hi Kevin...I'll have to put up another vote for Elways and Del Frisco, correct me if I'm wrong anyone, but I think a nice collared shirt or sweater and dress pants could pass almost anywhere in Denver. Del Friscos has always had the inside the restaurant industry reputation for one of the best steaks in Denver. Along with Restauranteurs, it's also a popular place the pro athletes and other who's whos of Denver. Del Frisco's is more classic and standard steakhouse fare than Elways with a similiar menu to Chophouse's, Cap Grill, Keg, etc. If your looking for a refined classic environment, you can't beat Del Friscos. I've actually Managed for the owner of Elways at another local concept. The executive chef of Elways is very creative. You'll find a great creative twist to the classic steakhouse, like Bone-In fillet's and Homemade Ding Dongs or cheesecake lollipops for dessert. Order the Shrimp cocktail and you will find the plumpest, most lucious shrimp with the most absurdly eye watering cocktail sauce. They have a great selection of Seafood and reasonably priced high end wines as well. I'll second Jax for best and most local fish house around. Best of Luck! Please let us know what you thought.

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            1. re: skicraze

              Re "The executive chef of Elways is very creative." The exec chef is Tyler Wiard, who has cooked at some of Denver's best restaurants, and elevates the appetizers and sides above the usual over-sized, over-priced dishes found at other steakhouses.

              The Fort is a great suggestion, and so too is the Buckhorn Exchange. Both are Denver classics and unlike Del Frisco's, aren't found in half-a-dozen other places across the country.

            2. Oh one more idea if you looking for authentic Colorado a little outside of Denver. I honestly haven't been there, but have heard consiently decent things. The Fort in Morrison offers game meat and other old west style food.


              1. if driving is feasible, I definitely echo the recommendation for Trail Dust; it's just wierd and fun, even if the food's not haute. On the other hand, if you're looking for fancy cuisine, go with DelFrisco... But, I would overall suggest steak over seafood (being landlocked in cowtown results in better prices/quality for steak than seafood)

                1. Echoing others' replies, Elway's is top-notch for steaks and seafood. I've only been to their Cherry Creek location, but they recently opened a second restaurant in the new Ritz-Carlton Hotel downtown. If you are looking for clubs or entertainment following Denver, this location might be preferable to Cherry Creek, as there isn't as much to do in CC late night. Tyler Wiard, chef of Elway's, is a true star and his creativity will not disappoint.

                  1. Diamond Cabaret! Yes, it's a strip club, but the steaks are amazing!

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                    1. re: jcattles

                      it sounds like Elways has it so far. Good point on the seafood. Why worry about it (inland)when a great steak is available. Any other comments on The Fort or Buckhorns exchange? thanks to all so far....

                      1. re: kevin25

                        I respectivelly disagree w/ the Trail Dust recommendation. It's a Texas-based chain, with nothing particularly Denver-ish about it. OTOH, both the Buckhorn and The Fort are classics. The Buckhorn: abundant memorabilia, trophy heads and red-white checked tablecloths. If you're staying downtown, hop aboard lightrail, which stops right there. The Fort was created by the late Sam Arnold, a passionate Western historian and food authority, and is run by his daughter. It is a recreation of Bent's Fort (on the Santa Fe Trail) and is a repository of top SW art. In addition to steak, it serves more bison (or is it elk?) than any other restaurant in the nation. The views toward the plains are epic. Both are unique. Downtown or in Cherry Creek North, Elway's has the cachet of Denver's enduring sports hero. Other than that, there are other Palms, other Ruth's Chrises and other Del Friscos, so why spend the one night in Denver eating someplace that could be elsewhere?

                        1. re: ClaireWalter

                          Please, I beg of you, do not go to the Traildust on your only night to dine in Denver. Local favorites like Elway's, The Fort, The Summit or Luke's - but not the chain experience of a Traildust.

                          I am always intrigued when posters infer that Denver seafood is inferior to other cities closer to the coasts and that the beef is better here. Perhaps 20 years ago this would be true. With the technology and logistical advances that get the product to Denver as fast as it gets to New York City or Chicago, there is literally no difference between seafood supplies in most major cities. We don't have cattle drives down the 16th Street Mall and New York restaurants don't pull their bluefin out of the Hudson River.

                    2. Kevin, let us know which restaurant you chose and about your experience. We are all interested to hear about it.

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                      1. re: Pampatz

                        we have had a set back in our trip so we'll be going later this year. I'm certainly going to let you all know what we think. thanks so much for your thoughts...keep em coming...

                        1. re: kevin25

                          I think either The Fort or the Buckhorn Exchange would be a good choice if you're looking for something uniquely Denver. The Buckhorn is kind of kitschy (think taxidermy everywhere) but in an interesting way. I thought the food was very good, although a little overpriced. You will have tons of options for game there (among our group that dined there, we had elk, quail, bison, yak, rattlesnake, and something else I can't remember at the moment).

                          The Fort also has a lot of game options, a little bit "nicer" atmosphere, and a nice view of the city. I can't remember what I had there, but I remember it being very good.