The state of Colorado has been home to great steakhouses for decades. Coloradans’ obsession with a well-prepared steak grew from the early days of the wild West. The restaurants below range from old staples to newcomers but they all know how to prepare a prime cut of beef. From ribeye to filet mignon, the perfect steak to your exact liking is found at one of these 9 best steakhouses in Colorado.
Founded by John Elway, a former Denver Bronco’s quarterback, Elway’s serves up some of the best cuts of USDA prime meat. With three locations in Denver as well as one in Vail, this popular Colorado steakhouse is the spot to visit for the best ribeye or even New York strip. There are also other options besides steaks such as fish, lamb, tacos and even vegetarian options.
Denver Chophouse & Brewery, an upscale steakhouse, serves prime cuts while also offering made-in-house craft beer. This steakhouse has a great wine list too and hefty selection options for bourbons and scotch in order to complement the restaurant's eclectic menu. Find not only the best porterhouse you’ve ever eaten but also burgers, fish, pork or chicken. From ribeye to sirloin, it’s sure to be juicy at Denver Chophouse.
This upscale restaurant, part of a small chain, offers dry-aged steaks such as bone-in ribeye and a 24-ounce porterhouse. Located in historic Larimer Square, The Capital Grille may offer some decadent steaks but don’t miss out on the lobster mac and cheese or the extensive wine list. For 25 years now, The Capital Grille has been serving up great meats in a relaxed environment that is simply steps away from downtown entertainment options.
Known as the oldest steakhouse in Denver, the Buckhorn Exchange is a classic steakhouse that is a must-visit for anyone in the Denver area. The decor alone is enough to make you eat here as it's filled with taxidermy and historic artifacts. Since 1893, the Buckhorn Exchange has seen some interesting guests walk through its doors from celebrities to past presidents. This steakhouse is the place to go to for unique meats such as ostrich, yak, elk, quail, buffalo, game hen, pork, rattlesnake or even alligator tail.
Expect a killer bar, relaxing cigar lounge with live music and of course top notch USDA beef at Del Frisco’s. The meat lover will fully enjoy the steaks here from the filet mignon to the ribeye. This classy place not only offers steaks however but also lobster, lamb and even salads. Diners can even enjoy an outdoor dining area complete with a fireplace.
Opened in 2014, Guard and Grace offers a sleek atmosphere complete with an oyster bar and a walk-in wine cellar that has over 4,000 bottles. However, don’t forget about the grass-fed beef steaks here, which come in a variety of cuts and sizes and can be wood-fired to your liking. Even vegetarians in your party will find something on the menu at Guard and Grace. For those that need a great sauce with their steak, this steakhouse is the place to go since it offers unique sauce options like brandy peppercorn or crab oscar. The oak-fired carrots, a fan favorite, make a great side to any entree option.
Co-owned by former Denver Bronco’s head coach Mike Shanahan, Shanahan’s Steakhouse has great meat options with an atmosphere to match. Complete with a 25-foot-tall granite fireplace and leather furnishings, you’re sure to feel like a king at Shanahan’s. The bone-in steaks here are what make this place so special. Check out the championship rings and trophies near the hostess stand before heading to your table on the patio where live music concerts happen during the summer.
Step back in time in this retro Denver steakhouse with a 1950s-inspired vibe. Enjoy your steak as Frank Sinatra music plays in the background. For a real throwback, enjoy shrimp cocktail or twice-baked potatoes. However, don’t leave without trying the famous “sugar steak,” which is seasoned with sugar and spices. Top your evening off right with a big slice of banana cream pie.
At Fleming’s, enjoy a dry-aged steak that has been perfectly handled to ensure the best taste. For example, Fleming’s prime ribeye has been aged for at least 21 days. Although Fleming’s is a part of a steakhouse chain, this steakhouse hasn’t gained national popularity for no reason. The steaks here are worth the visit. For those that enjoy pairing their steaks with wine, use Fleming’s WiNEPAD, which is an iPad loaded with wine options in order to help you find the perfect drink out of this steakhouse’s extensive wine list.