Hideaway Steakhouse opens today with chef Chris Cina at the helm

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Lori Midson
"Where should I start?" responds Chris Cina, when I ask him about his new restaurant, Hideaway Steakhouse, that opens today in Westminster.

Cina, whose name is synonymous with the Fourth Story, a long-gone restaurant that resided on the top floor of the former Tattered Cover in Cherry Creek, and, more recently, with the Timberline Grill at the Ameristar Casino in Black Hawk, where he was the executive chef, has spent the last several months putting together what he calls an "American steakhouse reinvented," along with owners Steve and Terrie Woodward, who have long wanted a restaurant of their own. "This is their first restaurant, but Steve is a really, really great home cook, and this has been a dream of his for more than than 25 years," says Cina, who admits that, at least initially, he wasn't particularly interested in the project.

"When I first met Steve and Terrie, and we talked about a concept, I was still trying to figure out what I wanted to do after leaving Timberline, and I wasn't sure that a steakhouse was it," explains Cina. Nonetheless, he continued to keep in touch with the couple, even though he eventually landed on the line at Jax Fish House-Denver, a move, says Cina, that simply didn't work out. "I loved the concept of Jax, and I love what they do there, but things there weren't as I had hoped," he admits.

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Lori Midson
Hideaway Steakhouse executive chef Chris Cina
When he exited the kitchen at Jax (on good terms), Cina got Steve Woodward on the horn, assuming that he'd already hired a chef to run the kitchen at Hideaway. As it turned out, Woodward hadn't, and after Cina met with him and Terrie once again, they hammered out the concept -- a concept that jived with Cina, who started on the project last September. "We had seven months to think about what we wanted to do, and who we wanted to be, and while we originally were focused on being a steakhouse known for its charcoaled steaks, we realized that we really didn't have to be just a steakhouse after all," says Cina.

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Lori Midson
And with that revelation surfaced the idea of offering two menus: one that's devoted to American steakhouse classics -- slabs of beef, crab cakes, salads and the requisite side dishes -- and a second one that's an "upscale American menu."

"Have you ever heard of the term chef-driven steakhouse?" asks Cina. "No -- and that's what I'm doing here," he says. "We're using a lot of local and sustainable ingredients, and we're reinventing the typical American steakhouse experience by putting a chef-driven spin on the food." And to that end, he's hustling everything from a penne pasta with pancetta, onions, tomatoes and chile oil to New Zealand Chinook salmon done two ways and slow-roasted, garlic- and thyme-rubbed pork belly plated with cheddar grits.

As for the beef, Cina is working with a co-op of Angus farmers in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska to procure his cow flesh, which is aged for seven days. "We want to keep our prices in line, so we're not using prime beef, but the Angus beef we are using is some of the best I've had," says Cina, adding that unlike high-end temples of steer that only pimp à la carte cuts of cow, the steaks here are all served with a house salad, and either a side and a sauce, or two sides. "You're getting a whole meal here, and while it's not cheap, it's neighborly and affordable."

Hideaway opens today at 3 p.m. Beginning tomorrow, it will be open Sunday through Thursday, from 5 to 9:30 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday, from 5 to 10:30 p.m. There's live piano music in the bar on the weekends, along with a bar menu, and Cina will roll out a Sunday brunch board within the next few weeks. For more info, call 303-404-9939.

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Hideaway Steakhouse

2345 W. 112th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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18 comments
Average_Jack
Average_Jack

Horrrrrible.  Emailed the owner "Steve" to help preserve a local buisness but never received a reply???  Must happen alot.  Own my own buisness and repy to every inquire!! Servicie is beyond horrible.  Travel 30% of the year never had this type of service even at the AIRPORT or McDonalds. 

TJ
TJ

A friend of ours has been here a couple times and raved about the cuisine and decor. We decided to try it out last night and had a wonderful experience. While pricey, it met our expectations and the personalized service from management was welcomed. The north area lacks nice eating establishments! I hope that they market to the surrounding areas with enticing coupons or something to raise awareness. It is hidden, on a quiet street, and without favorable word of mouth and advertising, it probably wont last. We will definitely be back. Wonderful decor, and you have to try the crab cakes and apple fritters. Looking forward to trying their Sunday brunch.  

Michelle
Michelle

My husband and I wanted to try this place for awhile. Our first visit was for his birthday. We brought our 5 year old and were afraid it wouldn't be too kid friendly. We were wrong. They had a great "kid's menu". The atmosphere is amazing, the waitstaff very attentive. The food was AWESOME...I had the 6 oz filet cooked to perfection and my husband had the NY Strip...also perfect. Our little boy had the kid's (HUGE) burger. He ate it all. The sides were ample and delicious! The prices were what one would expect from a higher end restaurant and were quite reasonable. We will definitely be returning for more! 

Susansmith
Susansmith

My experience while at the Hideaway Restaurant was horrible… the worst I have ever experienced!  Sorry.  Susan

Jkramers627
Jkramers627

Noticed this restaurant had finally re-opened and was looking for a restaurant there to replace the Gussie's of old we enjoyed so much. The design and layout of the restaurant is very relaxing. We went to dinner early, but still had to wait in 5+ mins to be seated, there were maybe 25 people dining and plenty of open tables for 2 people. That's a little disappointing. We were greeted promptly once seated and cocktails and our order for appetizer were taken promptly. We shared the lobster Tacos's . The Tomatillo salsa was great, but the taco's could have been a bit warmer.  The side salad was just that a side salad and the balsamic vinegrette was ok, my husband enjoyed the mustard vinegrette dressing . We ordered the 6 oz. filet mignon and the pork chops. The steak was very tender, yet could have been warmer and cooked a bit more to meet the standards of Medium, this steak was in reality done Rare.  I didn't want to send it back because there was some wait in getting our main course. The whipped potatoes were bland and the glazed carrots were tough and I could not tell what the carrots had been glazed in.  My husbands pork chops were great, he had the garlic wilted spinach which was done very nicely. The sauce was very nice and flavorful. We shared the white chocolate creme brulee for desert. That was a wonderful dish with very a surprising taste combination that we were both impressed with.   It was an expensive meal for what we got, but some of the meal was enjoyable. I would definitely ask for medium well next time to get the level of pink in my steak increased. I would not bother with either the carrots of the "whipped potatoes", neither of them are worth what you are paying for the $26 steak. We will give them another chance to impress us because I think it is possible for them to improve in these areas.    The wait service was pretty attentive and very pleasant. The only delay was in dinner coming out in a timely manner. Maybe we'll be surprised more next time if they are listening to their patrons.

Tj
Tj

Food was okay, overpriced for the quality of the food.  Live in the neighborhood so was glad to see an upscale restaurant open in the area. however, the only thing upscale is the decor.  If you are of color, don't expect the same service. 

jHoffa
jHoffa

So after reading the poor reviews, the wife and I still wanted to try this "local" steakhouse. We should have heeded the warnings! Slow to be seated, slow to take the drink order, even slower yet to take the appetizer and food order! The crab cakes were nearly all "cake" very little crab. When our steaks (filet and NY) they were only warm and very dry. After the main course we decided to cut our losses (over $100 with wine). In a nutshell, poor service, so so food quality, poor presentation, good Pinot Noir (but then how could they mess up the wine!), we will not be back.

bab
bab

Overall, was not impressed. We made a reservation for our anniversary and were really looking forward to dining here. They sat us at a table for 2 (which was ok). The busboy brought us water, then after a couple of minutes our server came. He apologized as the candle on the table wasn't lit, so he did that. We ordered the lobster tacos to start. They were ok, nothing special. Would have been better warm. For dinner, we ordered a sm filet , salad, baked potato, and the pan-fried scallops, with a house salad. We barely finished our appetizers, when the meal arrived. No salad first. She asked if we want the salad (either with our meal or after). ah, No thanks... Timing of the meal was horrible. I had to wait for waiter to bring me a knife to cut my steak with. Steak was lukewarm, and honestly, it was not any better than what I could have got at the Texas Road House (and for less money). Did not really like the smokey flavor with the steak. The scallops and short-rib sweet potato hash was good. The manager (I think) came over, apologized for the salad episode and said desserts would be on the house. After we finished the meal, we both ordered cream brulee. Again, I had to wait for someone to bring me silverware so I could eat it. It was ok.We spent a lot of money for a subpar meal on what was a special day for us. Gussies was so much better.

IMissGussiesToo
IMissGussiesToo

I miss Gussies, too. How sad. We need something in this area that isn't a ridiculous chain.

Smallminnow
Smallminnow

Warm and cozy atmosphere. Mediocre menu. Way too much salt in the food for my taste. Priced too high for the neighborhood. Instead of a great new hideaway, a disappointing one time stop.

Jsapiette
Jsapiette

AWESOME!!! Had a delicious New York Steak that came with Potato/Salad and a wonderful Brandy Peppercorn steak sauce. Steak cooked to perfection and really tender. Apps included Lobster Taco...yummy! My friend had Scallops and I had a "bite or two"....very good also. Service was very good. I'll be back!!!!Judy

JimBo
JimBo

Again, nice try from the PR dept, owners or chef to try to rally the poor reviews of this restaurant in a downward spiral! Very transparent......

Donna
Donna

We chose to eat here because it is close to our home and we like to support our local businesses...We were celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary so we wanted to go to a special place! I ordered a 6oz filet, It was barely warm....I sent it back.......same thing again......3rd time it was better but not how I would have liked it.........The salad I had was supposed to have a balsamic dressing but it was dripping in oil so I just used the oil to dip my bread into it......My husband had the double pork chop it was really flavorful! The side of scalloped potatoes he had with it, however didn't have much taste.....I don't know about you but when we go to a nicer steak house we expect so much more........

Rick
Rick

SUPERB!!!! I've been waiting to visit a steak house like this for years! The concept is original!The New York Steaks I and my wife had could be cut with a fork. The prices are reasonable and we found the piano bar to be very entertaining. They do draw a crowd so I would suggest to get there early. Thanks Cris!!!!

say
say

nice marketing plug from the PR dept. You could at least make an attempt to sound like a real person and not a marketing schmuck.

Gwstevenson2005
Gwstevenson2005

HORRIBLE!!! Starting with service. I had a 6 pm reservation. Showed up at 6 sharp and with tables open, was made to 15 minutes to be seated. While there was an apology, apology not accepted. Service after that was OK. Took order promptly. We ate a filet and a strip, ordered medium. Heart of the menu for a steakhouse. Steaks where hard, dry and tasteless. When served, they were luke warm. Sides were onions for me and sweet potatoes for her. My sauteed onions where like there was a ration on onions. ONIONS! The sweet potatoes were four small slices. In summary, this may be a good place for Denver, but anywhere else, this place SUCKS!

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