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Denver ChopHouse & BreweryDenver ChopHouse & Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1735 19th St., #100
Denver, Colorado, 80202
United States

(303) 296-0800 | map

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Reviews by Loki:
Photo of Loki
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of RutgersBeerGuy
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

The Denver ChopHouse & Brewery should be thought of as a steakhouse that happens to have an attached brewery. I think this goes a long way toward mitigating any disappointment with the beer.

That said, the beer is fine. It's just below expectation for Denver, where the average quality of beer is so high. I will say that I did really enjoy their one-off IPL and found myself coming back to it.

The food is great. Lots of steakhouse classics. My strip was a nice cut and perfectly cooked. SIdes were very good, as well.

Again, it's a steakhouse with house-brewed beer. And that's just fine.

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Photo of BeerBucks
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Interior, food and vibe was awesome! Beautiful and upscale inside. Had the prime rib sliders and they blew my wife and my minds! Had a 12 beer flight and it was terrific! They offer some rare carry out.

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Photo of redleg411
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of indy351
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of amvrana
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of WDJersey
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Todd
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of champ103
2.42/5  rDev -38.9%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Floydster
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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

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Photo of Rayek
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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

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Photo of gixxerman
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
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 you’re 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.

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Photo of benito
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I can't believe how many times I've visited Denver and ignored this place. What was I thinking? For beer, service, and food, this beats out Rock Bottom and Bull & Bush as Denver's best brewpub by far!

I stopped by for lunch just as this year's snowstorm was making all of Denver head home. This is a classy steakhouse where everything--from the booths to the bar to the knives is oversized. I took a seat at the bar and was promptly served by a bartender who was happy to talk about the (nine) house brews on tap.

I had a giant steak tips lunch with more mashed potatoes than I could eat. If you plan on eating here and not breaking the bank, lunch is your best bet. They've got a fine menu of meat and fowl in large portions, both in sandwich and steak form.

As for the beers, they put out some interesting styles for a chain. Their "Red Ale" (Irish red) was the true find--a malty, bready and well balanced brew that I would take home by the growler if it were possible. Their pilsner, pale ale, dubbel, and bourbon stout were also excellent, and their other brews--a wit, ESB, Irish dry stout, and amber--were above average as well.

Overall, this is a great steakhouse and brewpub. Splurge for dinner or enjoy a reasonably priced lunch--and don't underestimate the beer! (Plus, it's only a block from Falling Rock, so you have a logical next stop on a Denver beer crawl!)

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Photo of woodychandler
4.56/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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 1930’s 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.

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Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Presented as an upscale steak joint and it is replete with all the masculine brass and wood touches every steak joint seems to go in for. I only had soup, but it was damn good. The beer was so-soish with some that were decent enough. Nothing came close to reacing incredible status, but the brewer did make a few incredible attempts at barrel aging and some more obscure styles. I enjoyed the woodford Reserve Barrel aged Stout along with the Saison and Tripel. Worth a visit and could be a real winner if the beer reaches the quality of the brewer's aspirations.

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Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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.

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Denver ChopHouse & Brewery in Denver, CO
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