Trying to find the top Steakhouses in Denver? 10Best has you covered. The Mile High City has historic steakhouses, most notably Buckhorn Exchange, where western game is a staple and the experience is one-of-a-kind. 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. Denver ChopHouse & Brewery and Edge Restaurant & Bar. 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 and Quality Italian in Cherry Creek North. And while steak can be pricey, steak lovers on a budget should check out the menu at Columbine Steak House & Lounge. What all that boils down to is this: We’ve done the legwork and you have 10 great steakhouses to choose from.
This is the first outpost of the popular New York eatery of the same name, which drew its inspiration from the traditional butcher guilds of Italy that oversaw quality of meats. It fulfills its steakhouse creds with a menu that includes classic filet mignon, New York Strip and bone-in rib steak. There’s also fresh pasta with Porterhouse and baked lasagna with filet meatballs. It would be foolish to come here without considering the delectable Italian offerings including spicy lobster rigatoni alla vodka and several varieties of chicken parm for two. The creative cocktail list is the handiwork of Quality Italian’s head barman, and there’s a nicely curated wine-by-the-glass list. Bottom line: this a go-to not just for steak lovers but for everyone.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Quality Italian is the perfect combo of steaks grilled to perfection and house-made pasta and other Italian fare.
Christine’s expert tip: The restaurant has elegant private dining spaces for events and special occasions accommodating 24 to 70 seated or 30 to 100 for a reception. Like all private dining rooms, these are likely to be in high demand during the holidays.
A self-titled “progressive American steakhouse,” EDGE is sleek and sophisticated as befits its location in the Four Seasons Hotel Denver. Steaks include a 16-oz dry-aged buffalo ribeye and 30-oz Wagyu Tomahawk, and the contemporary upscale menu offers more than 200 wines by the bottle along with more than 40 by the glass. Colorado double lamb chops, salads and seafood are also good menu choices. How can you top your steak here? With the usuals such as béarnaise, brandy peppercorn sauce and creamy horseradish, or the distinctly Western Salomon’s jalapeño sauce, among other options. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, consider oysters, the impressive chilled shellfish tower or the restaurant’s signature 900-degree hot stone with Wagyu beef or ahi tuna.
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 meal.
New York strip, bone-in ribeye and Porter House– are among the choices for steak lovers, in variations including Oscar and gorgonzola. 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 and bourbon aficionados will be pleased to know there are small-batch bourbons, too. Wine lovers need not worry. Denver Chophouse has an extensive wine list, too. If you want to visit earlier in the day, there are lunch and bar menus as well.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Denver ChopHouse focuses on steaks and chops along with a nice selection of beer, wine and cocktails to accompany them.
Christine’s expert tip: Denver ChopHouse & Brewery is located a very short walk from Union Station and Coors Field.
Among the steaks on offer are flatiron, New York strip and filet mignon, served up with chimichurri, garlic-herb butter or blue-cheese butter, depending on your preference. You can also add green peppercorn sauce, LoHi seasoning, wild mushrooms or a crab cake, and four different styles of potatoes are available along with a nice selection of veggies and salads. The menu has plenty to satisfy vegetarians, while burger aficionados have multiple options to choose from including the LoHi burger with bacon, cheddar, spicy mayo and steak seasoning. Happy hour runs daily from 4-5 p..m. A 22-percent fee, split among front-of-the-house and kitchen staff, is added to all checks as a way to make restaurant work more equitable.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: LoHi SteakBar is proof that downtown isn’t the only place for Denver’s top steakhouses.
Christine’s expert tip: Complimentary parking is available at the 32V parking garage at 32nd & Vallejo Streets. Provide your license plate number to receive up to two hours of validated parking.
A 14-oz dry-aged New York strip, 22-oz bone-in ribeye and 10-oz filet 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 leaner fare. The Capital Grille is located in the heart of Larimer Square with its shops, galleries and watering holes, and it’s walking distance to the Denver Performing Arts Center, Coors Field, the convention center and many of the downtown hotels. Although part of a small chain, Capital Grille feels like a hometown restaurant, and that is underscored by the many locals who make Capital Grille a regular stop.
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.
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 three choices of filet mignon, one a 12-oz. bone-in option. The list of sides is extensive, from parmesan truffle fries to lobster mac & cheese and, of course, loaded baked potatoes. Equally impressive are the seafood options. If trying to impress your dinner date is a goal, the custom-built smoking shellfish tower on the raw menu should do the job. The wine list includes many bottles to choose from, but there’s also an entire page of wines by the glass. In our opinion, the 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: Want gluten-free? Just ask. Many items on Ocean Prime’s menus can be modified GF.
Wood-fired food is front and center in this 9,000-square-foot modern space, a not just steaks. In addition to prime, Wagyu and grass-fed cuts from four to 18 ounces, there are also wood-fired veggies and fish dishes on the expansive menu. Sauces cover a steak lover’s spectrum, from crab Oscar and bleu butter to béarnaise, chimichurri and brandy peppercorn. You can also add a lobster tail if that appeals. Don’t miss the oak-fired carrots (rave reviews), 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: Valet parking is available.
If you want a good steak but don’t want to pay a fortune for it, Columbine Steak House & Lounge is your go-to restaurant. It’s been family owned since opening in 1961, and it retains that low-key, casual, family atmosphere today. It’s a favorite of locals who relish its “neighborhood feel.” Visitors to Denver who are lucky enough to discover it are likely to vow they’ll return next time they’re in town. Don’t expect frills like fancy sides and sauces. If you want A-1 on your steak, that’s just fine with this staff, in fact, they have it ready for you. All dinners are served with a salad, Texas toast and a choice of baked potato or fries, all sandwiches come with fries. If steak isn’t your choice, there’s also shrimp, fish, fried chicken, pork chops. burgers and corn dogs.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Good steaks at reasonable prices pretty much says it all. Add family-owned and casual and Columbine Steak House is a steak lover’s happy place.
Christine’s expert tip: Columbine Steak House is cash-only so visit the ATM before going if you don’t normally carry cash.
This uber-popular Greenwood Village eatery is located near the Denver Tech Center and often frequented by high-powered business folks and local celebrities. It’s also an ideal choice for any steak lover, perhaps especially those celebrating a special occasion. If big steaks are your passion, Del Frisco’s is definitely 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 a fine way to enjoy broiled and sliced steak in a lighter variation served with fresh greens. And, yes, vegetarians are accommodated here as well with a cauliflower steak.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Del Frisco’s is the choice for steak in Denver’s Tech Center area.
Christine’s expert tip: Need space for a private party? There’s one here that accommodates up to 50 seated, 80 for cocktails, another holds 100 seated, 150 for cocktails.
Operating since 1893, the Buckhorn Exchange offers an ambiance that evokes days of old, especially if your old days involved hunting and taxidermy. 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, 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 diners, 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: 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, though there are other choices, too. Combo plates pair options such as elk and Cornish game hen or buffalo prime rib with salmon.