Denver ChopHouse & Brewery
Active Beers: 8
Beer Ratings: 52
Beer Avg: 3.37
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 21 | Show All Ratings:
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Went here on a recent trip to Denver. First place in town that I visited.
Impression in a nutshell is that this is not a "beer destination." Beer is an afterthought, with the focus being on food (GREAT!) and wine (didn't try). If you're looking for a neighborhood bar, this doesn't have that feel to me. If you want a very nice place for "date night" or a business dinner, this is your place.
Overall atmosphere was dark, but adequately lighted. Long bar with tv's - the Broncos were playing. The seating area had that dark, clubby look to it. I sat at the bar, more open, inviting, hopefully beer friendly.
Quality and selection were good, 6 or 7 beers on top, with a nice range. I had the Dortmunder and the Dark Munich, and both were decent interpretations of the beers.
Service started out a little slow, but picked up and kept up nicely during my visit. Attentive, but not hovering. Second bartender that served me was knowledgeable of the beers, even though he had only been there a few months.
Food was outstanding. This place is known for their steaks, but I opted for the lemoncella chicken. Fantastic! However, the first bartender commented that the portion would be "huge" - her words. I was expecting a huge half bird on my plate and hoping for leftovers the next day. Not so. Small, but adequately sized portion, enough to fill, but not stuff you. And the lemon flavors just exploded with each bite.
I think my final bill was around $35 - 40, an entree and two beers, plus tip.
09-04-2010 13:42:19 | More by JamnesCameron
2.42/5 rDev -38.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | $$
There is a long bar along the right hand side with a lot of seating for dinners. A dark and dim pub with some artwork on the wall. Some 40's style jazz was playing when I walked in. A nice touch for me. Though more of a restaurant feel than a brewpub, or even just a neighborhood pub. Most of the people were drinking wine, or the "guest tap" of Coors. The service was decent, though unattentive at times and they don't know a lot about the beer. Just bartenders working for tips.
There is a wide variety of beers, though they are the masters of none. Of the nine beers I sampled, only two were any good. The pale being decent, and the Irish Stout being the best. Other beers ranged from a Pils, Dortumder, Munich Dark, Wheat, Red, bourbon barrel aged stout, to an odd Belgian/German hybrid. All are sub par to very below average. Some are just plan bad (Bourbon Stout). Really nothing that I would recommend.
I did not eat, but looks like this is more of a restaurant than anything. Not a place I would recommend for a beer destination. For the most part, the beer is just bad IMO. There are so many other better destinations than this in the area.
07-24-2010 00:43:22 | More by champ103
3.59/5 rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Denver Chop House is located on 19th Street not too far from Coors Field. Street parking is nearby as well as some garages in the vicinity but I imagine they are scarce during ball games.
As with other Chop House locations, the interior is dark with an upscale feel. The bar runs along the right side and affords a clear view of brewing equipment behind glass. The rest of the space is devoted to table seating.
The beer selection consists of around 11-12 taps, several of which are German themed (Vienna, Dortmunder, Munich Lager, Doppel Bock), plus the standard brewpub fare. There is also one specialty tap (Wild Turkey Stout). Overall the beers are average to above average. The beers are all available in a sampler.
Service was decent, although the place was absolutely packed on a weekday evening. The server did her best but didn't really spend a lot of time explaining the beers.
We did not try any food on this visit.
Overall this spot is worth checking out on a Denver beer trip, but it wouldn't be at the top of the list.
12-28-2009 04:18:34 | More by Dogbrick
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$$
I went here with my parents the first night they were visiting me in Denver. Wanted to get a good steak, and I wanted some good beer to go with it. It didn't disappoint on either count.
The atmosphere is good - this is definitely a more upscale place and it shows in the detail. The service was good - they were responsive, and brought things out at a measured pace that ensured you could finish your salad before the steak. The food was excellent, and the beer was really good.
The beer was not spectacular, but quite tasty. I had their bourbon barrel stout which I thought was quite good. I would have loved to have gone for the sampler too, but given that I had to drive my folks around Denver, it would not have been the best decision.
It's definitely on the pricier side, but it's worth the splurge every once in a while. I need to get back over there and check out the bar. Seems like a good place to chill.
12-15-2009 16:16:18 | More by YonderWanderer
3.68/5 rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Visited on June 22, 2009:
I am not sure that I can really add much to what the others have described.
The restaurant is in an old Union Pacific building, which is cool, and that theme is used throughout the building. But it is very much steakhouse meets brewpub. Dark woods, dark lighting, feels very intimate.
The bar was decent size, looked like it sat maybe 15-20 with a couple tables in the area. The bartenders were friendly, quick, so so knowledgeable about the beer. The food was decent, not great by any stretch, but good and the beer, I tried the Dark Munich Lager, which was average, and the Wild Turkey Barrel Conditioned Stout, which was excellent. Much easier to drink than most beer that have been aged in whisky barrels. They had 8-10 taps with one or two that rotate depending on the season and if the brew master decides to brew something special. The beers on tap pretty well covered a different number of styles.
Overall, this is a good place to go if you are in Denver or in the area, but not some place that I would specifically plan a trip to go to, but if in the area a place you should definitely try.
06-23-2009 23:08:27 | More by PhillyStyle
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Visited 4/25/09 after the Rockies and Dodgers game, reviewed from notes, stopped in for a few beers after dinner, steaks looked good though, food looked tempting although it was quite expensive and you could tell from the atmospere, fanc inside with several lockers full of wine, two sets of taps with the same eight beers that inlcuded pilsner, wheat, dortmunder, pale, Brwer's Marker IPA, Barrel Conditioned Wild Turkey Stout, dry stout, and munich lager, tried the barrel aged stout and IPA, both were decent and fairly priced at around six dollars a pint, a little too uptidy for me inside and no really centered around beer, bartenders seemed nice though and it was immaculate inside, might revisit if back in the area, worth checking out
05-07-2009 04:43:21 | More by Floydster
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$$
High end steak house meets brewpub. That pretty much sums things up here. Lots of dark wood and exposed brick. The building used to be a Union Pacific depot and a fair amount of that flavor remains.
Beers are of average quality. Nothing really stood out to me, but I didn't try any clunkers either. Food is very expensive, but worth it. Excellent prime rib. The sour-cream mashed potatoes were amazing.
The best time to visit is on a week night during the baseball off season. Things get pretty busy on a baseball weekend.
Overall, this is a place I can only afford to hit maybe once a year. It's worth the trip.
11-19-2008 19:34:26 | More by Rayek
4.25/5 rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
We visited the Denver Chop House on our final night, quite late after the last session on Saturday. Normally I wouldn't go to a place like this at 10:30 for dinner, but what the hell.
Atmosphere: Great. Kind of like taking Morton's and a Brewpub and melding them. Decor, wait staff attire, service of Morton's with the bar and brewery view of a brewpub, with the customer attire somewhere in between. Very roaring twenties decor and feel.
Quality: Pretty good beers. I had a very enjoyable IPA premeal. Nothing mind blowing, but solid and tasty.
Service: Fantastic. They had no problem seating and waiting on us at 10:30 when we were probably the last table to sit and order. Knowledgeable, prompt, friendly, and fast service. Also worked with us to split up an unnecessarily complicated check (our fault not theirs).
Food: The food is fantastic. I had the Gorgonzola Buffalo Fillet and it was fantastic. Perfectly cooked and with some great sides.
Value: Beers here are about average price the food is not. I don't think there are many entres under $20. That said, the food is worth it, but not cheap. But it is a steak house so I wouldn't expect it to be.
Fantastic place to bring clients for a business diner or the significant other for a great night out. Also good to grab a beer at the bar if you want.
10-14-2008 11:22:22 | More by Loki
3.85/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$$
Hit this joint prior to yesterday's Rockies Game, family in tow.
This has the "uptown" steak joint feel vice brewpub, but not too big a detractor
I tried 4 beers & all were tasty the red, dubbel & pils & the were pretty good & the Wild Turkey Barrel aged stout was tasty indeed!
Top knotch service & the waitress really understood beer, so that helped
7 beers on offer, expected a few more, given the location (loads of competetion in the area)
Food was tasty & good variety, but not anywhere near cheap. Kids meals were reasonable ($3 each), not always the case in these snooty steak houses
This place was not cheap, 2 starters,2 kid meals 3 pints & a snifter of dubbel, plus a margarita for $54 (includes tax, not tip)
Not the worse place I've been, but like I said too many other places you can go in LO DO
05-21-2007 04:07:35 | More by russpowell
3.4/5 rDev -13.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped in with a co-worker after a long day at Swedish Medical Center, I ordered up a Nut Brown Ale and a rather odd appetizer. It was super thin cuts of raw buffalo meat. I can't remember the name, and there is no mention of it on their menu or website. Our server recommended it, and I was glad he did. It had a very unique flavor, very rich and melted in your mouth. This review is a little bit old, so I am not sure if they always have this, or if it was a seasonal offering.
For the main course I ordered up an Iowa Pork Chop, and an oatmeal stout. The stout was a little thin and weak, but it was drinkable, I have had much better oatmeal stouts though. The pork chop was cooked to perfection and absolutely delicious. Our waiter was very attentive, but seemed to really be trying to work the tip.
This one is a bit upscale, and may be more attractive to the 'white linen' crowd. From what I understand there is usually a wait to get in, but we were seated immediately. Parking can also be a bit of a nuisance. Probably a good place to check out if youre trying to impress, plus you can work in a few good beers on the backside. They also have an impressive selection of wine. It is definitely more of a restaurant atmosphere than a brewpub. If you are looking for a hardcore brewpub you have many options in Denver. The Chop House is more of an upscale restaurant with quality craft beer.
05-06-2007 01:10:23 | More by gixxerman
Denver ChopHouse & Brewery in Denver, CO
89 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.