Denver ChopHouse & Brewery
Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
4.14/5 rDev +5.3%
Often enough, I'll jot down some statement or quip that's supposed to mean something to me when I get around to actually writing the review, which often lags a bit as I'm always a good few in the hole, and playing catch up. Maybe it's a quick sentence or just a word or five. Something that'll make me so "Oh yeah" and bring the whole thing back to the forefront of my memory. That little something this time around, is a scribble in the top corner of the page that reads, "It's Heartland ChopHouse on crack". And it is. With a big flashy neon sign you can probably see from the airport...
It's a high end steakhouse, nicely done. Lots of brick and tile, and deep red walls. Low lighting throughout. An "L" shaped bar seats a dozen and a half with about a dozen bar tables lying adjacent. Sectioned seating areas forward of the bar and across the whole other side of the room as well as lining the hallway to the rear of the building. Right inside the front door is a large display case o' wines, to the rear of the main portion of the dining room an open kitchen area, and behind the bar lie a bunch of brewing vessels in a room behind a glass wall. It's a very nice upscale restaurant. The place was packed and people were dressed to the nines. Other people, that is. We were dressed like out of towners on a bar crawl. And although the joint was jumping and we looked out of place there, the bartender was friendly and attentative, offering us up samples of a few beers, probably because he sensed that we were beer people.
10 beers on tap this GABF weekend. What, Pale Ale, Copper, Brown, Pilsner, Golden, Stout, Lager, a cask single barrel Pale Ale and a cask Wild Turkey Stout which was really nice. Very nice for a RockBottom affiliate.
My plan to get back here for a meal the next night never gelled but there's always next year.
11-08-2004 03:53:14 | More by slander
4.56/5 rDev +16%
Mentor cautioned me not to eat at this establishment, since I was on a tight budget on this leg of my journey, so I heeded his warning. As I approached the building, it suddenly dawned on me that this place was part of a chain that included the District Chophouse & Brewery in DC, which is a personal favorite of mine.
I ascended a flight of stairs, passed through a vestibule, and found myself right in front of the maitre d station. I already knew the correct answer and requested a seat at the bar, which I was granted. Looking around to take it all in, the place was 1930s elegance, reincarnated. The waitstaff was all in white shirts, black pants, dark vests, and white aprons. The serving tanks were behind the back bar with the brewhouse further aft on the right hand side. The whole place was just beautiful, with fresh white tablecloths, soft lighting, and Dean Martin and other crooners on the sound system. The bar was rough stone, edged by dark wood. There were lots of vintage photographs throughout, as well as a separate meeting room, off to the right. The washrooms were aft, off to the left. The exposed brick, velvet curtains, and Venetian blinds all combined to created an astounding ambiance. I had a sampler of really good beers, then went for a pint of Bourbon Stout, which was equally as good as what I have had in DC in the past. My CouchSurfing.com host joined me here and he agreed that the beers were top notch. Our bartender was Jim, a fellow teacher and an accomplished server.
10-25-2006 01:13:22 | More by woodychandler
3.59/5 rDev -8.7%
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
3.75/5 rDev -4.6%
Visited this establishment twice during my recent trip, and both times were very pleasant. The bar was crowded and noisy both times, and the restaurant was packed also. I was lucky to get a seat at the bar both times. It was amusing watching patrons try to strike a match on the bar top with little success to lite their smokes. The food was great, one dish of Buffalo Carpaccio and a rare burger with blue cheese finished it off. The beer was OK, not overwhelming by any means. They had 7 different styles on tap. I had the same bartender both trips, and he was knowledgable about the styles. I had 4 different styles during the two visits and all were mediocre. This place is for beef lovers, but don't expect phenominal beers - just decent enough to enjoy with the food.
08-13-2003 01:30:37 | More by Gavage
3.8/5 rDev -3.3%
An upscale brewpub chain, food looked good but on a different night they had a 90 min wait for tables. This even looks like an upscale chain inside ... not a bad thing, I was just happy enough to find out the beers have made a turn for the better over the years.
We did get a chance to sample so of their brews, the Saison was tasty ... the Pale Ale and Single Track Copper Ale were even better. The bar staff was quick, efficient and friendly.
No doubt we will be back here for dinner one night next year ... I love a good porterhouse.
10-04-2006 04:14:33 | More by Jason
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
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
2.42/5 rDev -38.4%
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
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
Won a bet off a friend and she took me to this place. A steak house first and foremost, with their own craft brews. Situated in lower downtown (Lodo) Denver next to the Rockies stadium, this place is large, with dark wood as its main decorum. Wait staff was very friendly and responsive.
I had the Top Sirloin with cheddar mashed 'taters. Very good beef, very good 'taters...and a lot of them! Steak was aged, moist and very good. For dessert I had the beer sampler (of course).
Its a tray of 10 (4oz.) beers they have on tap arranged according to style and each placed on the tray matching a written description of the style (2 rows). The pilsner was placed top left and its suggested to drink them left to right, top to bottom, which I did. The top three in my book were the Oatmeal stout, EBB (extra bitter, bitter) and the Wild Turkey stout-aged in old WT barrels. Darn good dessert.
Overall the place is very good, but not worth the price. The Sirloin was $20 for 12oz. The porterhouse was $28+. It needed a bit more kick to justify this price
05-30-2006 21:29:11 | More by Mebuzzard
4.25/5 rDev +8.1%
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
Denver ChopHouse & Brewery in Denver, CO
89 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.