1. The Broker Restaurant821 17th St, Denver
2. Mickey's Top Sirloin6950 N Broadway, Denver
3. The Buckhorn Exchange1000 Osage St, Denver
4. The Summit Steakhouse2700 S Havana St, Aurora
5. Columbine Steak House & Lounge300 Federal Blvd, Denver
6. Charco Broiler1716 East Mulberry Street, Fort Collins
7. Bastien's Restaurant3503 E Colfax Ave, Denver
Built around a century-old bank vault, the dining rooms here hearken back to the heyday of railroad barons and shipping tycoons, from the gleaming woods to the beef Wellington and chocolate mousse. Don't forget to catch the cheap happy hour in the lounge, where the chatty bartenders are as sweet as the pre-craft movement Appletinis and White Russians.
A little bit Cattlemen’s club, a little bit honky tonk, a little bit red-sauce parlor complete with bocce ball court: this stock-show HQ has been honing its hard-partying schtick for more than 50 years. Here, good old boys and great-grandmas gather amidst framed paintings of cowhands, chiefs, and cattle to chow down on gnarly 24oz porterhouses, weekend prime rib, or the namesake cut - plus all the fixings you’d expect.
Open since 1893, the Buckhorn Exchange Since has been serving the Lincoln Park community prime-grade steak and other slabs of top-notch meat. Walking inside feels like visiting an Old West museum that happens to make food. Taxidermy lines the walls and Teddy Roosevelt's hangs prominently framed. He's eaten here, as have a few other Presidents. You should eat here too -- try something you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere, whether it's Rocky Mountain Oysters, rattlesnake, or buffalo, a Colorado favorite.
Dark woods, twinkling lights, white linens: this longtimer’s more fancy than the usual Auroran haunts. But hey, hand-cut fries, half-priced Cognac at happy hour, and bruschetta topped with shaved prime rib: sometimes fancy is very a good thing.
Columbine has been around for decades, and has triumphed in our old-school steakhouse ranking. The atmosphere in the dining room and lounge match that of a dive bar with a grunge vibe. The staff is friendly and personable, and the steaks are the size of dinner plates, paired with Texas toast, a salad, and a potato. The menu here is old school and all-American, so this is a great place to visit when you are craving some classic dishes.
This isn’t just a slice of the jazzy, snazzy mid-century lush life — it’s the whole pie, from the snug mirrored bar to the split-level dining room lined with the black-and-white mugs of (who else?) Marilyn and Frank. You’ve got your goofy martinis, wine glasses filled to the brim, and soft, warm breadsticks. Your throwback snacks; your myriad chops; and finally, speaking of pie — could be banana cream or skillet-baked apple à la mode, depending on the evening.