About The Nickel - Hotel Teatro
Denver, CO 80202
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
Special Events & Promotions:
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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
While I had made a reservation and requested 2 specific seats at the bar to recreate the night I met my girlfriend the Maitre 'd had not looked at the notes in OpenTable and initially we had to sit elsewhere. The bar tender immediately began attending to us like we were the only ones there, offering a complimentary glass of sparkling wine to wet the palate congratulating us on our anniversary. A nice touch to break the ice and get my mind off 'our' seats that were occupied across from us.
My glaring stare at the folks sitting in our seats went unnoticed until one of the couple got up to use the ladies' room. I ventured over and asked the gentleman if they were getting ready to leave and after hearing our story he kindly moved over to allow us our desired perches at the bar.
From there the night was wonderful. Alex, the bartender, was extremely attentive, amusing, warm hearted and gracious. The cocktails were perfectly mixed and presented and the food was outstanding.
Thank you for making a special night that much more memorable.
I've eaten several times here, but will not anymore. The food is getting a bit too out there/weird. My entree was three prawns with full head and shell covered in lime sauce. Served in a bowl so you can't get the angle you need to take shell off. I looked foolish and messy. All for three bites of food. Veggie sides also weird. Tough beans wrapped in pork and stringy black carrots. Even the chocolate cake was burnt like a hockey puck. Just wanted a nice meal before the ballet.
I've never eaten at Nickel and met a friend there before the ballet out of convenience. I was pleasantly surprised how good it was. The wine list was solid and the food and service was absolutely delightful. So, much so, I shared my experience with my husband and suggested that go back together for a second try in the near future.
The food was excellent and the presentation was most impressive. A classy casual restaurant with a great atmosphere. If privacy or an intimate date is what you are looking for you won't find it here, but the cozy accommodations were not the least bit intrusive. A great place for dinner with friends. The service was on point.
Went for brunch. They were out of several thing which was hard as their number of choices at brunch is already quite small. Service was very slow....has been every time I have been there. Ordered second choice as first choice was out. I had breakfast nachos.....truly gross. No real cheese, and the "poached" egg was completely clear so I didn't dare eat it. The hotel and restaurant decor is gorgeous though.
The food is definitely not for everyone and we thought it was substandard. My husband has the octopus that went right through him and I had the Colorado bass that was unappetizing and gave me indigestion. The wedge salad was good and the only thing we both liked. The French onion dip was too salty and thus inedible. We sent it back and the waiter, who was excellent, took it off our bill. We would never go back, mostly because it made us both I'll.
We reserved a table for two after the Symphony. We (two) were seated A. near the drafty door, and B. near a rowdy group (five?) playing dice, treating the restaurant like a run-of-the-mill hotel bar. Staff readily accommodated our request to move.
The menu is a bit misleading. The ingredients are listed without descriptors. Our server was able to provide recommendations, but not many specific terms about the food. When the chef served our food, he was able to explain the preparation, the reasoning, and explained each of the dishes. The server wasn't able to do this, and it would have been helpful for making informed selections.
Let's start by saying this was my seventh trip to Nickel. What happened? The steak presentation was literally something out of a horror movie. It looked like someone threw blood all over a plate and let it dry. Then serve a steak on top? Horrible. One of the servers actually pushed at speed a steak knife across the table. Off night? Possibly. I won't be back.
The Nickel delivered us an outstanding Christmas dinner. The service and food selections were amazing. Rick our server was well versed with the menu and gave many great suggestions. Ruben was so accommodating at the bar with our drink orders and ensured everything was just right.
We especially enjoyed the black truffle potatoes, beet & goat cheese tart, and the tile fish. I cannot wait to go back to enjoy the beautiful plated presentations and delicious flavor combinations.
Thank you for making the Holiday so special for our family.
I have visited The Nickle and The Study a few times now and the service is always exceptional. The food is delicious and the drinks are fantastic, no matter what I order. My only concern is that the portion sizes of some meals do run very small considering the price. I will still continue to visit here frequently; I only hope that in the future their portion sizes line up more appropriately with what they charge.
Had never been but was intrigued by the menu for a fun family holiday gathering. To say the least, it did not disappoint. I relied heavily upon our server, Joey, for recommendations being a virgin at the Nickel. He was right on target and from the get go the whole experience was exceptional... charcuterie selections to appease any meat and cheese lover complimented with a stellar Manhattan. Short ribs were exceptional, odd without a bone, but so savory and perfectly textured it soon went unnoticed. Their sides you ordered al a carte were all scrumptious... nicely done kale and mashed potatoes with shaved truffles!. Great wine selections to compliment a very memorable meal. Highly Recommend for any local or out of towner.
The Nickel is handy for a pre-show dinner on the shortest day of the year. I had the braised short rib; tender, tasty, and a generous portion. My companion had the steak, which was well-flavored and served with an elegant sauce, but perhaps a bit dry. The surprise of the evening were a side of green beans, which are actually a roulade of beans and port mousse, wrapped in bacon. A carnivore's delight and we get to count it as a vegetable!
Steak was tough, fish was overcooked and tasteless. High cost for entree that only included a steak or fish; sides were extra. Au gratin was mostly onions with little sauce-way too much onion. Dinner cost with 3 glasses of wine and tip was $150 which was not a good value!
The food was over-priced and it wasn't good. $13 for a small salad with a dusting of bacon and blue cheese. The menu for brunch was very limited too. Only 1 egg dish which didn't sound very good. We didn't even have a designated waiter. One time we had the bar attendant, next we had the hostess, etc. Very unimpressed.
Friendly service but needs to be quicker at getting food in front of hungry diners. 45 min is too long to wait with nothing but water & cocktails. Bread or olives should be offered gratis. Some excellent food, marred by excessive creativity. A thick layer of dehydrated salami does not improve the deliciously creamy grits. Simpler is better.
Staff inattentive -we arrived at 4:55 for a 5pm reservation and advised we had a 6:30pm theater. Despite our pleading we did not get seated or look at menus until 5:20 and did not take our order taken until 5:45pm. instead of the leisurely dinner we planned to enjoy, we had to hurry and eat to not miss our show. Too bad, the food is good, staff is not.
I was very excited for brunch prior to the Nutcracker as a special treat for my friend and I; however it turned out to be extremely disappointing so much so that we had to go to another place for a round 2 brunch as we did not want the experience to ruin our day. We order a starter which was forgotten. Then when our meal came the descriptions on the menu were so different than what the food actually is that I thought I had received the wrong meal. The couple next to us had the same issue and were surprised at what came to their table too. In addition the couple to the other side of us had sent their food back. So, all in all it wasn't looking good. The menu does not accurately describe what the dishes are and when asking the server for clarification he listed what would be in the dish- it was not what came out. When we did receive our starter it was delicious but my meal, I took two bites of and was completely over it.
We asked for the check and were done with it. The thing that surprised me was that the server clearly saw that I did not eat my meal and didn't ask if anything was wrong. Yes, the manager(I assume was the manager) brought the starter over and it was on the house. Nice gesture, but then never came back to see how it was or how our overall experience was. Not what I would expect from an establishment of this level. We left after 30 minutes, went down the street to the corner office and had a lovely delicious do-over brunch. The environment is gorgeous, and people friendly .. but definitely some things to work out .
Very disappointed by the new format, and truly shocked about how small the portions were and how expensive they were. We had brussels sprouts that were virtually raw and uneatable.
Service was below par. We have loved this restaurant in the past but we will not return. Such a loss for us!
Amazing as always! Absolutely love going to The Nickel for brunch and bringing out of town friends there. We celebrated a friend's bday and another friend's new job and they surprised us by giving us a yummy dessert. Made the brunch celebration so special. We'll definitely be going back many many more times (we love the pancakes).
Beautiful space. Good drinks but no one checked on us enough to keep refilling drinks. Issue with food item was dry and not good so ordered second quail dish. Glad we did because first quail dish was good but second was great, it had dressing first one should have had.
Had been here twice in past and amazing food and not sure if we will be back for more than drinks now.
Was taking my 14 year old granddaughter to a play and planned for a special dinner. Despite having a reservation, was seated in the bar. Television was on throughout dinner (muted - but closed caption). Bad luck as it was night of Trump allegations being detailed by Anderson Cooper. We turn off the TV at home for dinner - so certainly didn't need it this night. Single waitperson was stressed - missed regular dining amenities like water refills, offer for dessert etc. Had to call for check. A colossal waste of an $85 meal (without alcohol). And - the couple without a reservation right before us was seated in the dining area. So much for the service advantage of Open Table.
We came for lunch on Saturday before a mantinee performance at the Buell. The menue was brunch that had not been our expectation. We let the waitress know that we had not cared for our entree choices. She told the manager who comped all three of our meals AND brought us dessert! That degree of caring about customer satisfaction was unparalleled. Therefore, I would definitely recommend them. Check their menu on-line and go if it suites your taste.
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