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Boulder’s Spanish steakhouse, Corrida, sources beef from Carter Country in Wyoming
Boulder’s Spanish steakhouse, Corrida, sources beef from Carter Country in Wyoming
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Where to Find a Great Steak Around Denver

Because nothing says Denver like a juicy cut of beef

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Boulder’s Spanish steakhouse, Corrida, sources beef from Carter Country in Wyoming
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As the cosmopolitan hub for a large swath of the American West, Denver has long known how to serve up (and enjoy) a good steak. That’s no less true today, even as the dining’s city has undeniably grown more diverse.

These 13 restaurants span classic Denver and Boulder haunts and modern new additions. Most are full-on steakhouses, a few feature onsite butchers, a handful are dry-aging in house, and all provide standout cuts or preparations.

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Corrida

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This Spanish tapas bar and steakhouse features chef Amos Watts’ standout meat program, which highlights Wyoming Carter Country Meats. The newest steakhouse on the map, it’s worth a trip to Boulder for the classy dining room and fourth-floor views of the Flatiron Mountains.

Corrida
Corrida
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Blackbelly

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With an onsite whole-animal butcher shop, Blackbelly is the go-to spot in Boulder for organic meats sourced from regional ranchers. At the restaurant, order just about any cut from Carter Country's dry-aged beef, or Boulder lamb with beluga lentils, cucumber, persimmon, hatch chile harissa, and black garlic mojo.

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Blackbelly
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Columbine Steakhouse

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This no-frills Federal Boulevard spot is perfect for casual but serious steaks. Cash-only and open late (til midnight), Columbine serves baked potatoes, toast, and iceberg salads on the side of the main attraction.

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The Buckhorn Exchange

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For the true Wild West experience, there’s Denver's original steakhouse and Western museum. Since 1893, the Buckhorn has prepared prime-grade beef steaks, buffalo prime rib, elk, quail, game hen, succulent baby back ribs, and, for the bravest of all, Rocky Mountain oysters.

The Buckhorn Exchange [official]

Citizen Rail

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Union Station's newer Citizen Rail restaurant is tucked inside the Kimpton Hotel Born and specializes in house-butchered and -aged meats as well as smoked and cured options. Try the 8-ounce bison filet, or the 48-ounce tomahawk for two.

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Urban Farmer Denver

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Located below the Oxford Hotel, Urban Farmer and its chef Chris Starkus are bringing some classic preparations and exciting new developments to Denver’s steak game. Table-side tartare with fennel and parmesan should start the meal, and the most exciting main course is a steak tasting with 6 ounces each of New York grass-fed, grain-finished, and 21-day dry-aged beefs.

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Guard and Grace

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Denver chef Troy Guard’s take on a modern steakhouse focuses on wood-fired dishes. Diners should start with a few small plates (beef tartare, house charcuterie tasting) and then move onto some local, grass-fed beef (try the 22-ounce porterhouse).

A filet mignon from Guard and Grace
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Elway's

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John Elway may have been known for leading comebacks during his days as the Broncos’ quarterback, but his eponymous steakhouse has been a hit ever since it burst on the scene in Cherry Creek in 2004. These days diners can enjoy a decadent meal at one of the four locations scattered around Denver. The USDA prime beef comes with superb flavor thanks to a 35-ingredient rub.

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Quality Italian

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Old world Italian elegance meets modern steakhouse flair at this outpost of this New York-based Italian steakhouse, which opened inside Cherry Creek’s Halcyon Hotel in 2017. Choose from a filet mignon, New York strip or a 16 or 24 oz. rib steak and pair your cut with one of the more unique sides such as the corn crème brûlée and brussels sprouts calabrese.

Quality Italian
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Bastien's

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Hailed as the home of the sugar steak, this Colfax Avenue staple has been slinging meat in the same setting since the 1930s. The “4x4” comes with four scallops and a 4-ounce filet prepared "simple" or with balsamic, béarnaise, gorgonzola, and pistachios. The New York strip has Bastien’s signature sugar and spice blend and is cooked rare or medium-rare only.

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Shanahan's

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Across town, this contemporary classic serves up top-quality USDA prime meats, specialty bone-in cuts, and more. The sprawling bar is the best place to enjoy a steak while watching the team owner (and former Broncos coach) Mike Shanahan took to two Super Bowl wins. Or perch at the massive indoor-outdoor fireplace post game.

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Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

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Massive servings of dry-aged, corn fed-classics such as the ribeye and New York strip have long drawn the suit and tie crowd to the unassuming corner of the Denver Tech Center occupied by this steak destination. Those with the biggest appetites and wallets splurge on the “Double Eagle.” a 32 oz. ribeye. The prime steak salad, meanwhile, makes an appealing option for sampling Del Frisco’s trademark beef during the daylight hours.

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Lulu's Inn

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A short drive to Denver’s east places one squarely in cattle country, where this comfortable country hangout in Watkins has been serving up one of the area’s most affordable steakhouse experiences since the 1940s. Feeling adventurous? Head out back and cook your own steak on the patio barbecue. Or sit back and nosh on some garlic bread while the staff grills up your New York steak to perfection.

Lulu’s Inn
Lulu’s Inn Official Website

Corrida

This Spanish tapas bar and steakhouse features chef Amos Watts’ standout meat program, which highlights Wyoming Carter Country Meats. The newest steakhouse on the map, it’s worth a trip to Boulder for the classy dining room and fourth-floor views of the Flatiron Mountains.

Corrida
Corrida
Jonathan Phillips/Eater

Blackbelly

With an onsite whole-animal butcher shop, Blackbelly is the go-to spot in Boulder for organic meats sourced from regional ranchers. At the restaurant, order just about any cut from Carter Country's dry-aged beef, or Boulder lamb with beluga lentils, cucumber, persimmon, hatch chile harissa, and black garlic mojo.

<span data-author="-1">Blackbelly</span>
Blackbelly
Rachel Adams/Blackbelly

Columbine Steakhouse

This no-frills Federal Boulevard spot is perfect for casual but serious steaks. Cash-only and open late (til midnight), Columbine serves baked potatoes, toast, and iceberg salads on the side of the main attraction.

The Denver City Page [official]

The Buckhorn Exchange

For the true Wild West experience, there’s Denver's original steakhouse and Western museum. Since 1893, the Buckhorn has prepared prime-grade beef steaks, buffalo prime rib, elk, quail, game hen, succulent baby back ribs, and, for the bravest of all, Rocky Mountain oysters.

The Buckhorn Exchange [official]

Citizen Rail

Union Station's newer Citizen Rail restaurant is tucked inside the Kimpton Hotel Born and specializes in house-butchered and -aged meats as well as smoked and cured options. Try the 8-ounce bison filet, or the 48-ounce tomahawk for two.

Citizen Rail/OpenTable

Urban Farmer Denver

Located below the Oxford Hotel, Urban Farmer and its chef Chris Starkus are bringing some classic preparations and exciting new developments to Denver’s steak game. Table-side tartare with fennel and parmesan should start the meal, and the most exciting main course is a steak tasting with 6 ounces each of New York grass-fed, grain-finished, and 21-day dry-aged beefs.

Urban Farmer
Adam Larkey?Eater

Guard and Grace

Denver chef Troy Guard’s take on a modern steakhouse focuses on wood-fired dishes. Diners should start with a few small plates (beef tartare, house charcuterie tasting) and then move onto some local, grass-fed beef (try the 22-ounce porterhouse).

A filet mignon from Guard and Grace
Guard and Grace/Facebook

Elway's

John Elway may have been known for leading comebacks during his days as the Broncos’ quarterback, but his eponymous steakhouse has been a hit ever since it burst on the scene in Cherry Creek in 2004. These days diners can enjoy a decadent meal at one of the four locations scattered around Denver. The USDA prime beef comes with superb flavor thanks to a 35-ingredient rub.

Elway’s [official]

Quality Italian

Old world Italian elegance meets modern steakhouse flair at this outpost of this New York-based Italian steakhouse, which opened inside Cherry Creek’s Halcyon Hotel in 2017. Choose from a filet mignon, New York strip or a 16 or 24 oz. rib steak and pair your cut with one of the more unique sides such as the corn crème brûlée and brussels sprouts calabrese.

Quality Italian
Adam Larkey/Eater

Bastien's

Hailed as the home of the sugar steak, this Colfax Avenue staple has been slinging meat in the same setting since the 1930s. The “4x4” comes with four scallops and a 4-ounce filet prepared "simple" or with balsamic, béarnaise, gorgonzola, and pistachios. The New York strip has Bastien’s signature sugar and spice blend and is cooked rare or medium-rare only.

Bastien’s/TripAdvisor

Shanahan's

Across town, this contemporary classic serves up top-quality USDA prime meats, specialty bone-in cuts, and more. The sprawling bar is the best place to enjoy a steak while watching the team owner (and former Broncos coach) Mike Shanahan took to two Super Bowl wins. Or perch at the massive indoor-outdoor fireplace post game.

Shanahan’s [official]

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

Massive servings of dry-aged, corn fed-classics such as the ribeye and New York strip have long drawn the suit and tie crowd to the unassuming corner of the Denver Tech Center occupied by this steak destination. Those with the biggest appetites and wallets splurge on the “Double Eagle.” a 32 oz. ribeye. The prime steak salad, meanwhile, makes an appealing option for sampling Del Frisco’s trademark beef during the daylight hours.

Del Frisco’s Grille CC Del Frisco’s/Facebook

Lulu's Inn

A short drive to Denver’s east places one squarely in cattle country, where this comfortable country hangout in Watkins has been serving up one of the area’s most affordable steakhouse experiences since the 1940s. Feeling adventurous? Head out back and cook your own steak on the patio barbecue. Or sit back and nosh on some garlic bread while the staff grills up your New York steak to perfection.

Lulu’s Inn
Lulu’s Inn Official Website

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