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nicolamj May 26, 2010 05:59 PM

Hi -

I'm attending a conference in the Denver Tech Center area soon, and my boss has charged me with finding a place to take a bunch of our clients out (10-15 ppl probably).

We'd like the food to taste good, and the service to be capable, but I know we've got limited options, as we'd vastly prefer somewhere we can _walk_ to, rather than have to arrange transportation for everyone. Here's what I've been able to come up with. Can I get the chowhounders' opinions on which is the _least worse_ option?

McCormick & Schmick's
Darcy's Restaurant & Pub
Baker Street Pub & Grill
Great Northern Tavern
Il Fornaio
Cool River Cafe
Yia YIa's Euro Cafe
Morton's
Shanahan's
Chianti

Any I'm missing?

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Il Fornaio - Greenwood Village
8000 East Belleview Avenue, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Cool River Cafe
8000 E Belleview Ave Ste C10, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Darcy's Restaurant & Pub
4955 S Ulster St, Denver, CO 80237

Chianti
5121 S Yosemite St, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Baker Street Pub & Grill
8101 E Belleview Ave, Denver, CO 80237

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Denver
8100 East Union Avenue, #R101, Denver, CO 80237

Il Fornaio
8000 E Belleview Ave Ste G10, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

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    nicolamj Jun 1, 2010 08:47 AM

    I should have probably said before, this is for a dinner. Thanks for all the input everyone, I really appreciate it.

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    1. re: nicolamj
      e_bone Jun 1, 2010 10:55 AM

      My own cliche- I will gladly eat at Morton's, Shanahan's, Ruth's Cris, etc... on YOUR dime and enjoy myself but if I'm spending my money the only place I'd go is Del Frisco's. Was just taken there again about 2 months ago and it was fantastic as always. Just a nearly perfect dining experience for that style of food. Great service... vegetables cooked perfectly (a little snap left in them) and the steak is simply my favorite. It's highly seasoned (it has a salty crust) but so dang good.

      Holy heck it's expensive!

      1. re: e_bone
        Veggo Jun 1, 2010 11:11 AM

        Another vote for Del Frisco's, but stick with steaks and skip the veal chop; I had 2 lousy ones. I like a couple thick slices of red onion with italian dressing as an accompaniment with a good steak, and they bring it without hesitation or charge. Overall very good food and service.
        P.S. Improve the 'tude - there are pretty good options.

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          Heyteacher Jun 3, 2010 04:11 PM

          I agree - Del Frisco's is it. Their sauteed mushrooms and spinach are heavenly!

    2. mommy3esq May 28, 2010 03:36 PM

      For lunch, I would consider Yia Yia's because of the option to sit outside over the water and the decor is nice for a relaxed business meeting. The food isn't remarkable but the appetizer tower is fun and tasty for a light lunch. They also have some nice salads and a little bit of something for every taste. I have to additionally add that I really find Cool River mediocre at best. If you are going to do a steakhouse, I would vote Shanahan's or Del Frisco over Cool River. Finally, I like McCormick's but I am often in the minority with that view. I enjoy their menu and atmosphere. Finally, Chianti is charming in its own way. The food is well prepared but the place in tiny, located in a strip mall and lacks luster by day. Hope that helps!

      http://www.yayasbistro.com/menus.html
      http://www.veniceristorante.com/index.php (Chianti is owned by this group
      )http://mccormickandschmicks.com/Locat...

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      Cool River Cafe
      8000 E Belleview Ave Ste C10, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

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        nicolamj May 28, 2010 03:03 PM

        Thanks for the comments, this is really helpful. Thanks for the Del Friscos recommendation apmcmoon, they seem to have much better comments on yelp than most of the other steakhouses (except Morton's). It may be a little too far to walk from our hotel, but I'll def recommend to my boss.

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          jcattles May 27, 2010 09:05 AM

          Personally I'd skip Il Fornaio. I've never had good service there and the food is disapponting.

          I do like Yia Yia's, but I don't know if they are able to accomodate large parties. Might give them a call & see if they are willing.

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          Il Fornaio
          8000 E Belleview Ave Ste G10, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

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            rlm May 28, 2010 03:09 PM

            Definitely scratch Il Fornaio and Baker Street Pub off your list. I had horrific service at Yia Yia's recently and surprisingly mediocre food. I haven't been to the new-ish Shanahan's, but Mike used to do commercials for Del Friscos and I used to see him dining there before he opened his own meat palace and moved. I'd definitely favor Del Friscos over Morton's, although Elway's in Cherry Creek would be my choice if you weren't married to the DTC. Great Northern, McCormick and Schmick's, and Cool River are all good. I definitely prefer many other spots in the metro area over these, but the DTC is tough.

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            Cool River Cafe
            8000 E Belleview Ave Ste C10, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

            Elway's Restaurant
            2500 E 1st Ave Ste B101, Denver, CO 80206

            Great Northern
            8101 E. Belleview Ave, Denver, CO 80237

            Il Fornaio
            8000 E Belleview Ave Ste G10, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

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            apmcmoon May 27, 2010 08:45 AM

            If you are entertaining clients I would trim that list down to Il Fornaio, Mortons, Shanahans and add to it Del Friscos.

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            Il Fornaio
            8000 E Belleview Ave Ste G10, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

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