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/Private Rooms, 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
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!
A great restaurant for every generation !
A great restaurant for every generation! We saw businessmen, an elderly couple, a mother - daughter, and a big group of women, dining, drinking and enjoying themselves. My husband and I were very impressed with the food, wine and atmosphere. We had a great time talking and laughing. The valet parking was an extra bonus.
Went there for restaurant week and was d ...
Went there for restaurant week and was disappointed. Felt like they did a bait and switch on the menu. Chicken pot pie ended up being chicken and a biscuit and the biscuit was hard and dry. Overall a disappointing dining experience for the price.
Great Pre-Theatre Dinner Spot!
We had a wonderful dinner at The Nickel before seeing a play at the Buell. We valeted our car and were able to walk to the play and back which is one block away from the restaurant. They were very accommodating to our time schedule and made the dinner flow nicely without feeling rushed. We absolutely loved the artichoke soup, it was amazing. Then we had pot roast and the chicken and biscuits. While you may think this is comfort food, it was elevated and delicious. The ambiance is very unique. The hotel has history and so does the restaurant. It is decorated very well and has a warm and upscale vibe. We have found our new spot for seeing plays and already made a reservation for next time! It was absolutely a perfect evening.
Expensive and Limited Selection
Went for lunch on a Sunday before a matinee play. The convenience to the DCPA is great. Both of us had open-faced tortas with egg, chorizo, refried beans and a spoon of guacamole. While it was tasty, at $16, it was very overpriced. The menu is limited and the choices all seem expensive. Service was quite good and arrangements for one of us to have gluten free was effortless.
When we arrived, our table in the main room was not ready so they seated us in the adjacent lounge area which was quieter, and in some ways nicer than the vibrant main room. the menu has been updated and the new offerings keep up the tradition of fine fare.
We chose Nickle due to the proximity to DCPA. Loved the onion dip appetizer...yummy! Nice atmosphere. Busy but not too noisy. We had the lamb shank which while the flavor was really good..did not fall off the bone as a shank should. Needed to slow cook longer.
Unsatisfactory Pre-Theater Dinner Experience
We recently dined at The Nickel prior to a performance at the Denver Performing Arts Center. The restaurant is a great location for DPAC. And the service was wonderful, attentive, friendly. But the food -- we ordered chicken pot pie -- was bland and unattractive. Even the vegetables in the pie looked like they came out of a can (although I'm sure they did not). So obviously the meal was unsatisfactory and over-priced for what we got. Thankfully, however, the decent wine list and pleasant (but loud) ambiance saved the meal a bit for us. I understand the restaurant is fairly new, so hopefully it will make some necessary changes to its food menu, or we will find other restaurants in the neighborhood that are convenient to the theater.
Perfect for pre-theatre dining
The restaurant is very convenient to the DCPA performing arts complex -- just across the street from the parking garage. For an efficient and tasty dinner before a play or concert, this is just the place. The wine list has a good selection of moderately priced wines and the staff is helpful in making an appropriate selection. The food is great for sharing -- our party of 4 orders a few dishes and shares them around.
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