Best Steakhouses in Denver, CO

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Denver, Colorado – the mile high city – is within reach of the Rocky Mountains. This city is notorious for its thriving breweries, eclectic dining, and top-notch music scene. It’s not surprising that Denver is littered with an equally diverse range of steakhouses to satisfy every appetite.

The key to any good steakhouse is the top quality USDA prime steak and the aging process. Let’s explore some of the Best Steakhouses in Denver and discover which ones stand out from the pack.

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Buckhorn Exchange

Established in 1893, Buckhorn Exchange is Denver’s oldest steakhouse that has stood up to the test of time. When dining here, you’ll probably get an eerie feeling that all eyes are on you. That’s because their 575-piece taxidermy collection surrounds you. The Buckhorn Exchange has an endless array of wild game and steak options and is a place for carnivores only.

The Steak
Ethically SourcedNot specified.  
Beef GradesFeaturing USDA Prime steak cuts.
Aging
Process
Not specified.
ButcherNot specified.
The Steakhouse
MenuThis menu is a meat lover paradise with steak, ribs, buffalo, game, and fish to choose. The Big Steak is a signature dish at the Buckhorn Exchange. Patrons can share a steak amongst five guests!
ServiceA la carte and private events.
BeveragesNothing notable, just the usual beer, wine, and spirits.
Price RangeMid-range ($$$)
AtmosphereThe Buckhorn Exchange has a museum/restaurant feel to it with its taxidermy collection, 125-piece gun collection, and American Indian artifacts. It truly is a cabinet of curiosities.

I love the old wooden bar. It kind of feels like you are stepping back in time and getting a taste of the Wild West.
Online ReputationAfter assessing 5340+ online ratings across four platforms, Buckhorn Exchange ranked as A-.

Buckhorn Exchange website, 1000 Osage Street, Denver, CO 80204, 303-293-8500

Guard and Grace

Guard and Grace, Denver opened in 2014, and just last year, the team opened their second steakhouse in Houston. This fine-dining establishment is located in the hustle and bustle of Downtown Denver’s business district.

The Steak
Ethically SourcedAll beef is purchased locally, but ranches and farms are not specified.  
Beef GradesFeaturing USDA Prime steak cuts on the menu. There is also a specific section on the menu for grass-fed steak.
Aging
Process
Featuring 21-day dry-aged rib-eye steak. This was the only steak on the menu that referenced the aging process.
ButcherNot specified.
The Steakhouse
MenuGuard and Grace have something for everyone with various seafood, charcuterie, artisanal cheeses, and vegetarian options on their menu.
ServiceA la carte and private dining.
BeveragesFeaturing a walk-in wine cellar with 3,000+ bottles of wine. Handcrafted cocktails. Local and domestic beers.
Price RangeExpensive ($$$$)
AtmosphereContemporary, elegant, and big, this is 9,000 square feet in size. Guard and Grace are business-friendly, featuring floor to ceiling windows overlooking the downtown Denver skyline.
Online ReputationAfter assessing 6330+ online ratings across four platforms, Guard and Grace ranked as A.

Guard and Grace website, 1801 California St, Denver, CO 80202, 303-293-8500.

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Shanahan’s Steakhouse

Shanahan’s Steakhouse is a modern take on the classic steakhouse. This space features a timeless ambiance and provides comfortable booth banquette seating.

The Steak
Ethically SourcedWagyu filet is sourced from Snake River Farms, Idaho. It is unclear where Shanahan’s source the remaining steak on the menu.
Beef GradesFeaturing USDA Prime steak cuts on the menu.
Aging
Process
Custom aged for 28 days. The aging process is not specified (dry or wet).
ButcherNot specified.    
The Steakhouse
MenuShanahan’s has a raw bar stocked with seafood flown in daily and certified by the Marine Stewardship Council. Food is produced using Colorado-grown, organic produce.

Signature plates include: 6 oz. filet with a croquette, blue cheese, and cabernet sauce.Dutch harbor red king crab legs. 36 oz. Wagyu rib eye tomahawk.
ServiceA la carte and private dining.
BeveragesHandcrafted signature cocktails. A wine cellar boasting 5400+ bottles of wine.
Price RangeExpensive ($$$$)
AtmosphereA contemporary and casual dining experience with plasma TV screens scattered throughout so diners can catch the score of the game. Enjoy cozy winter evenings near their fireplace. Outdoor dining is also available during warmer months.
Online ReputationAfter assessing 9350+ online ratings across four platforms, Shanahan’s Steakhouse ranked as A.

Shanahan’s Steakhouse website, 5085 S Syracuse St, Denver, CO 80237, 303-770-7300

Quality Italian

Based in Cherry Creek’s Halcyon Hotel, this steakhouse offers the best of both worlds. Quality Italian is a classic New York steakhouse infused with old-world Italian flair. Let’s dive in and find out what all the fuss is about.

The Steak
Ethically SourcedNot specified.
Beef GradesFeaturing USDA Prime steak cuts on the menu.
Aging
Process
Featuring dry-age cuts on the menu.
ButcherNot specified.
The Steakhouse
MenuIn keeping with the Italian twist, all steaks are prepared with Gorgonzola – horseradish or truffle butter. Some signature dishes on the menu include:   Dry-aged porterhouse agnolotti, Filet mignon meatballs, Beefsteak tomato and stracciatella
ServiceA la carte and private dining.
BeveragesHandcrafted cocktails.The wine list features a large Italian presence.Colorado and Italian brews.
Price RangeExpensive ($$$$)
AtmosphereThis vibrant restaurant is surrounded by modern, industrial décor with warm lighting.
Online ReputationAfter assessing 2440+ online ratings across four platforms, Quality Italian ranked as A-.

Quality Italian website, 241 Columbine St, Denver, CO 80206, 303-532-8888

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Citizen Rail

Citizen Rail debuted in 207 at the Kimpton Hotel, behind Union Square. This steakhouse indulges in the traditional with soulful, rustic grilling over a wood-fire. Citizen Rail’s butcher cures and smokes meats in-house, so you indulge in the charcuterie board while you are dining.

The Steak
Ethically SourcedBeef is raised on spring water and sourced from Wyoming, Colorado, pastures. It is unclear which ranches and farms that Citizen Rail sources their steak.
Beef GradesFeaturing USDA Prime steak cuts on the menu.
Aging
Process
Beef is dry-aged in-house for at least 28 days. The word is that some of their beef is aged for up to a year.  
ButcherIn-house butcher hand-cuts all beef, duck, and wild venison. Citizen Rail makes sausages, pate, and cures all meats in-house.
The Steakhouse
MenuCitizen Rail has a great mix of contemporary and classic meals on the menu. Signature plates recommended by the team include: Smoked, braised oxtail over rice porridge, Blistered eggplant caviar with roasted garlic, Citizen Rail Burger
ServiceA la carte and private dining.
BeveragesHandcrafted signature cocktails. Craft beers from Colorado. Wine list assembled to complement food menu
Price RangeModerate to Expensive ($$$-$$$$)
AtmosphereModern, cozy, and lively ambiance surrounded by an art-deco design scheme.
Online ReputationAfter assessing 1970+ online ratings across four platforms, Citizen Rail ranked as A-.

Citizen Rail website, 1899 16th St Mall, Denver, CO 80202, 303-323-0017

801 Chophouse – Denver

The 801 Chophouse is a New York-style steakhouse located right in the heart of Cherry Creek. The Chophouse chain model their restaurants on 1920s style New York steakhouses. This group prides itself on stocking USDA Prime steaks only. Let’s explore all the 801 Chophouse has to offer.

The Steak
Ethically SourcedNot specified.
Beef GradesFeaturing USDA Prime steak cuts only.
Aging
Process
Not specified.
ButcherNot specified.
The Steakhouse
MenuThe menu is complementary to that of a traditional steakhouse with a selection of steak preparations such as fromage (blue cheese), bone marrow butter bat, Tuscan style, and black truffle butter. Sides include scalloped potatoes, grilled asparagus, and mushroom pan roast.
ServiceA la carte and private dining. Complimentary valet.
BeveragesAward winning wine list. Exclusive list of small batch bourbons and single malt scotches. Handcrafted cocktails.  
Price RangeExpensive ($$$$)
AtmosphereClassic New York steakhouse has a warm ambiance. The 801 Chophouse is surrounded by wood paneling walls, leather booths, and brass fixtures.
Online ReputationAfter assessing 2000+ online ratings across four platforms, 801 Chophouse ranked as A-.

801 Chophouse website, 3000 E 1sh Ave Denver, CO 80206-5638, 303-214-6474

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The Verdict

Denver has some quality steakhouses, but what lets some of them down is their lack of transparency about where steak is sourced and their aging process. If you are looking for a truly unique historical experience, then the Buckhorn Exchange is your best option.

If you seek a guaranteed, quality steak Citizen Rail, Guard and Grace, and Shanahan’s Steakhouse are the best options for you.

Dallas Steakhouse Scorecard Ranking

RankingSteakhouseEthically SourcedBeef GradesAging ProcessButcherOnline ReputationOverall Rating
1Citizen Rail ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔A – / 2447 critics4.5/5
2Guard and Grace ✔ ✔ ✔ A   / 6333 critics4.5/5
3Shanahan’s Steakhouse ✔ ✔✔  A   / 9384 critics4.5/5
4Quality Italian  ✔✔  A  / 1330 critics4/5
5Buckhorn Exchange ✔   A – / 5343 critics3.5/5
6801 Chophouse Denver  ✔  A – / 2005 critics3.5/5

Our personal choice was Citizen Rail because the idea of devouring a wood-fired steak was simply irresistible. Plus, since we are a pate fiends, that chicken liver mousse on the charcuterie board has our name written all over it!

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Kelly Pettitt

By Kelly Pettitt

When she's not working on the train tracks, Kelly is a proud carnivore who travels the globe on the hunt for the ultimate steak experience. When she’s not devouring a New York Strip or chomping down on a rack of ribs, she is mixing up a dirty martini or sipping on a full bodied shiraz.