The Ten Best Hotel Restaurants in Denver
Stoic & Genuine in Union Station.
Whether you're traveling for work or vacation, there's nothing more depressing than the standard hotel restaurant. Kept in business by expense accounts and timid tourists, most offer little more than tired bar fare designed to appeal to the masses. Hotels can get away with 3 a.m. room-service club sandwiches, but sitting down at a normal dinner hour to something bland or poorly cooked can ruin a trip. Here in Denver, we were already lucky to have a good range of hotel restaurants that are destinations on their own -- but with the opening of Union Station and a few other high-profile spots this year, we're about ready to check in for our own staycation.
If you have friends or family visiting over the holidays and don't have the space (or patience) to put them up at home, send them to a hotel and then meet them for dinner at one of the ten best hotel restaurants in Denver. Here's our list, in no particular order -- and without reservation!
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10) Spruce Hotel Boulderado 2115 13th Street, Boulder 303-442-4880
Spruce opened in the Hotel Boulderado over the summer, after renovations of what had been Q's for the past couple of decades. With plenty of big windows and a year-round,enclosed veranda, Spruce's atmosphere is bright and airy, bathing the century-old architectural elements in Colorado sun. Like the dining room itself, the menu takes traditional standards and gives them new life with modern ingredients and techniques. Colorado striped bass stands out on a mound of black quinoa and Harris Ranch filet mignon rests in a pool of smoked tomato jus. Pastries are a kitchen strong point, even in savory dishes like a roasted pear tart with caramelized onion and Gorgonzola.
Randolph's in the Warwick Hotel.
9) Randolph's Warwick Hotel 1776 Grant Street 303-318-7272
Just outside of the downtown business district and away from the the standard hotel zones, the Warwick is a bit of a secret. Randolph's is as much of a secret, but chef Jesper Jonsson -- who was just inducted into the Disciples of Escoffier in October -- is doing his best to get Denver's attention, with locally sourced meat and produce, classic technique and a few unique menu items like tart flammande (a traditional northern French pizza) or rabbit ragout fettucini, as well as steaks and chops for executive travelers.
Chicken and waffles at Second Home.
8) Second Home Kitchen and Bar JW Marriott 150 Clayton Lane 303-253-3000
Second Home offers a more playful approach to the normally staid and stuffy hotel restaurant. From the Sunday Pajama Brunch to chicken with cornbread-cheddar waffles, the eatery -- equal parts modern and woodsy -- invites guests to drop the business attire and relax. Daily specials like all-you-can-eat fried chicken on Sundays and chicken-pot pie on Thursday offer homey alternatives.
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