Denver's five best hotel restaurants

Categories: Best of Denver

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The digs at Panzano.
Sitting at Edge in the Four Seasons for this week's review, I contemplated the notion that you can visit a city and never see anything but your international luxury hotel's version of it. Unfortunately, that's what a lot of hotel restaurants bank on -- that you'll be stuck eating there, anyway, so they can charge you a fortune for food that's only mediocre.

There are some hotel restaurants that are breaking the mold, though. Here are five in and around Denver that are worth checking out, even if you aren't checking in:

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Lori Midson
5. The Garden Terrace
One thing you can almost always count on at a luxury hotel is a massive, blowout brunch. The very best one in town? The Garden Terrace in the Inverness Hotel and Conference Center. The massive display is piled high with cheese blintzes, Belgian waffles, eggs Benedict, made-to-order omelets, pastas, bacon and sausage and carved meats. The restaurant goes beyond regular weekend fare, too, with its oceanic seafood display, heaped with crab legs, mussels, fist-sized prawns and smoked fish of several varieties. Save yourself, though, because the pastries on the dessert buffet are also worth your attention. And if you're overwhelmed, you can calm your nerves with a couple of mimosas before you get started. There's live piano music, too.

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4. Restaurant Kevin Taylor
Before any other restaurateur brought bastions of fine-dining to Denver, there was Kevin Taylor, a big-name chef who proved that high-end dinners and an expensive wine list could make it in this cowtown. More than a decade after it opened, his eponymous continental restaurant in the Hotel Teatro is still worth a blowout feast -- particularly if you can put it on an expense account. As an added bonus, the space was revamped last year, and the seasonal menu changes frequently.

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3. Elway's Downtown
When the Ritz-Carlton opened in Denver, it added a second outpost of Elway's, the steakhouse that was already a hit in Cherry Creek. If you're looking for that kind of opulent meal, Elway's Downtown is a notable stop, whether you're a guest of the Ritz or just a guest. But we're more likely to be found in the plush booths in the bar -- an excellent spot for people-watching, rounds of martinis and at least an order or two of the best sushi outside of a sushi restaurant in this city.

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Ultigirl
Ultigirl

O's remains a restaurant that blows my mind.  I think most of the other restaurants listed have comparable non-hotel counterparts.  O's is: exceptional molecular gastronomy, in a hotel AND in the suburbs.  Nothing really comes close to the surprises in store at O's.

Lupeh
Lupeh

Thank you for recognizing The Garden Terrace! The Inverness Hotel has been hard at work perfecting the art of yummy buffets and we're glad to be recognized for our efforts.

Charles Goldstein
Charles Goldstein

Mazel Tov, 3 of my favorites made the list The Edge 4 Seasons, Second Home at the J.W. Marriott., and Panzanno's at the Hotel Monaco.  To all my buddies Sean, Alex, Amadeus and Robert at The Edge, Meribeth, Nicole, Joseph, John. Jordan and Nick at Second Home, Nick and Papa   at The Hotel Monaco. ' Keep up the good work and serving GR8* food."  

Jeff Bolton
Jeff Bolton

This is awesome to be on this list! 

SRG
SRG

Congratulations to our very own Chef Jeff Bolton from Second Home Kitchen + Bar. 

wim
wim

Nice list, but ... no Palace Arms? Can't quite believe you'd put the Inverness brunch on this list over the Palace Arms.

Bemcinerney
Bemcinerney

I haven't lived in Denver for 6 years, but I remember Randolph's in The Warwick Hotel was always a great place to dine.

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