About The Nickel - Hotel Teatro
Located within Denver’s historic Tramway Building, originally opened in 1911, The Nickel pays homage to the space that was once used to collect fare from customers riding its resident streetcars: a nickel. Just as the building in which The Nickel is housed has a storied past, the dishes found on the menu at The Nickel all have a story. Led by a distinguished four-person chef team, the menu incorporates the highest quality ingredients from farmers, ranchers, distillers and craft producers, and is comprised of dishes that are easily recognizable and feel simple, but eat complex. The restaurant aims to make all guests feel the warmth of familiarity within its doors, from friendly and knowledgeable service, to the glow of a wood-fire stove, to the comforting aromas of home coming out of the kitchen. The centerpiece of the restaurant, The Barrel Bar, offers house barrel-aged cocktails, on tap.
Contemporary American, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday-Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am
Saturday & Sunday: 6:30 AM-10:00 AM
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am- 3:00pm
Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Between Lawrence and Arapahoe
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We validate parking through the Hotel Teatro for $8 per vehicle.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
This Denver Restaurant’s name pays homage to Hotel Teatro's storied past. With an original vault dating back to the property’s origins as Denver’s Tramway Building in 1911, the space was once used to collect nickels from customers riding streetcars.
The Nickel - Hotel Teatro Ratings and Reviews
I had been excited to try the Nickel bas ...
I had been excited to try the Nickel based on rave reviews and family and friend recommendations. I was unfortunately disappointed. Our waiter and the atmosphere (building architecture) and location were excellent. But the food, the reason we went, was only mediocre.
To begin, the menu is limited and heavy on very rich food. My friend, who is Parisienne, ordered the liver mousse and the jalapeno bread. The former she could not eat; she described it as "sickly." The latter (a huge portion) I tried: dry and flavorless. I had the shortrib, which was well cooked and flavorful, but much too fatty for my tastes.
We took our waiter's wine suggestion and were rewarded with a delightful red we both enjoyed. In retrospect, perhaps we should have ordered off the charcuterie menu and just indulged in more wine. Great place for drinks and nibbles; skip the dinner menu.
The service and setting were excellent. ...
The service and setting were excellent. Our waiter was outstanding. Unfortunately, the food was very disappointing. My date had the chicken and biscuits and left most of it on her plate. I had the halibut; the beans were filling but the fish and beans were so bland the only word I can use to describe it was boring. We had peach cobbler for dessert; it was flavorful but the popcorn put on top of the cookie crust added nothing. The two of us agreed that overall the experience was extremely disappointing and we would never return.
My boyfriend really wanted to go to the ...
My boyfriend really wanted to go to the Nickel for his birthday. The food was just ok. I ordered the steak and it was overdone. The wedge salad, had a different twist and was pretty good. He had the ribs and they were good. For the price, it wasn't worth it. The wine list was good, but pricey as well. The chef came out with my steak when it was redone, but the flavor was still not outstanding.
The Nickel has a very limited menu, but ...
The Nickel has a very limited menu, but what they have is generally good. The quality of the food does not necessarily justify the prices, however, as the restaurant seems to consider itself very trendy and therefore pricey. But for before-theater dining, it is a great spot, as it is just a block up the street from the DCPA. Be prepared to spend close to a hundred dollars WITHOUT alcohol.
Beautiful space and wonderful service, h ...
Beautiful space and wonderful service, however the $20 chicken and waffles was very disappointing. Although the menu didn't specify, I expected a chicken breast but what I got was an undercooked KFC-type mystery cut piece, which I had to send back. They were very nice and removed it from our bill. Everyone else enjoyed their meals.
Was disappointed this time. I has the s ...
Was disappointed this time. I has the starter Veal piccata but it was overlooked. My friends had the beef rib which was one huge rib/hatchet that was difficult to eat delicately. The chicken liver pate was good but don't know when we will return. Like the location because it is right next door to the Buelle Theatre.
We had a pre-theater dinner here and did ...
We had a pre-theater dinner here and didn't have much time. It took so long to get service that I got up and poured us water because I was so thirsty. After that our server was very attentive and got our food out to us quickly! I had the wedge salad and tomato mozzarella tartlets, both of which were delicious. My husband had the chicken and biscuits, which had a great sauce but he didn't love the turnips.
I didn't give it five stars because I re ...
I didn't give it five stars because I read the menu on the Internet and had decided upon the halibut. A large private party that booked that afternoon reserved all the halibut. In my book it is poor restaurant management to allow a party to remove an item from the menu. This restaurant has a small menu and it was the only main fish dish. The four dinners at the next table also were upset when they couldn't order the halibut.
The room was absolutely charming, the se ...
The room was absolutely charming, the service impeccable, and the ingredients good, but somehow, the dishes did not work. The halibut, a dry fish, was served over fava beans with various fruits (peaches, plums). The apple strudel type dessert was also dry, and just barely had apples.
Amazing food and courteous staff. The en ...
Amazing food and courteous staff. The entrees were works of art. People at home were drooling over the pic I took of my amazing pork ribs. Thanks Yelp peeps for the great reviews that lead me here. Everyone in my party loved their meals!
The Nickel is the perfect pre-theatre sp ...
The Nickel is the perfect pre-theatre spot. The bar is lively and service is faster than one might expect. The menu offers unusual items, such as the chicken liver mouse, which is far better than most. There are numerous wines by the glass covering all palettes. And, surprisingly, the kids menu has several selections with extremely generous portions. A simply wonderful experience!
Outstanding Denver Restaurant
Our third dinner at The Nickel (pre-theater) -- every meal more outstanding than the next and unique -- it's so fun to see what is on the evenings menu as it changes based on what is fresh and in season -- the Chef De Cuisine and the Sous Chefs are brilliant and skilled, and The Nickel is a true gem -- warm, organic and farm fresh food with dishes often prepared in a deconstructed style -- the potato leek soup with a deconstructed baked potato crisp was brilliant last weekend -- this is a wonderful change from the more traditional, heavy plated dishes common at The Edge and other great restaurants -- whether stove cooked or coming from the wood fire grill, the passion by the team of Chefs for great food and great presentation has come through on every meal we've enjoyed -- It's a 2 Michelin star experience for sure, based on quality and consistency -- just an excellent, excellent dining, food and drink experience and one where you want to thank the Chefs personally for their passion and for caring so much --
We eat at the Nickel especially when we ...
We eat at the Nickel especially when we are going to the symphony. We secured our reservation there again as our friends had not eaten there and we wanted to have a great meal. The Nickel never has disappointed us. The food is wonderful and our server McCaela did a great job explaining all the items for us. She was very attentive.
We will return again and again to the Nickel. A gem in the heart of downtown.
Amazing food Fantastic service!
The Cubano was the best I've had in Colorado! It was extremely flavorful without being too salty. The flatbread with green chili was delicious and had the perfect amount of complimentary toppings. The fries were delicious and the side salad was crisp, fresh, and tasty! We will definitely be back!
Great pre or post theater dining experience.
This is a charming dining experience, but the added perk of the staff timing your meal to ensure you get to your show on-time reduces the stress of pre-theater dining.
We have been here three times, and it has never disappointed.
An excellent dinner before the symphony ...
An excellent dinner before the symphony performance. Interesting menu and beautifully presented dishes. Considerate service with keen sense of our time concerns. It was quiet at 5:30 but moderately noisy at 7:00 when we left. All in all a lovely dinner.
Good ideas; execution ?
I and my friend have been here several times before going to the theater. It is so handy. The kitchen staff has good food ideas, but the execution is not always the best. Case in point the goat cheese and beet tart we both ordered as an appetizer on our latest visit. First it was cold which surprised both of us, then the goat cheese was spread so thick on the crust it was difficult to eat. A little goat cheese goes a long way. The beets were fine but could have used a little more seasoning. The pork ribs, while tasty, were barely there. Three (tiny and I do mean tiny) ribs. ( I believe McDonald's McRib sandwich has more meat on it.) And for a price close to $30, I felt underwhelmed.
we went here for Easter brunch and had a very bad dining experience. The service was very good as the restaurant was nearly empty. However, the food was not very good. Pretty much just had their normal menu with a few specials. We ordered coffee and had to send it back because it was so bitter. Two people ordered the chicken and waffles, which came with two over done legs , on a bed of lettuce on top of a waffle. Lettuce with waffles and syrup? This entrée was $20.00. I don't mind spending a chunk of money on good food but this was really bad. Do not go there for brunch!
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