Elway's Downtown

Downtown Denver’s elevated steakhouse
One could go a whole meal at Elway’s Downtown, a steakhouse located within The Ritz-Carlton, Denver, and never realize it's named after one of the Denver Broncos' best and most beloved quarterbacks of all time, John Elway.

The steakhouse is actually a chic spinoff of his Cherry Creek restaurant, and it opened with the hotel in 2008. While hints of the athlete’s long career peek out from time to time in the form of memorabilia and tucked-away paintings, Elway’s is overall more of an ode to another Colorado tradition — the hand-cut steak.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • As the second of four Elway's locations, fans of the first spot in the Cherry Creek neighborhood of Denver will be pleased to find an almost identical menu.
  • Unlike that standalone spot, this one is run completely by The Ritz-Carlton, which means you benefit from the hotel's award-winning staff and its focus on hospitality.
  • Hotel guests can order the Colorado Wagyu burger with green chiles and cheese, a crisp Cobb salad or steak tacos with pineapple-habanero salsa from the confines of your luxury suite any time of day.
  • If you crave a little bit of sunshine, the sleek little outdoor terrace is open for lunch and dinner.
  • Like the rest of the hotel, Elway's was recently renovated. You can see the updates in the new sitting area, a community space created both for restaurant patrons and guests of the hotel.
Things to Know
  • Happy hour is held daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • There are plenty of table options for large groups. Elway’s Room accommodates 15, Mile High room hosts 24 guests, Hall of Fame Room seats 50 and The Semi-Private Rooms is large enough to accommodate a group of 70.
  • View NFL Sunday ticket in style in the bar and lounge.
The Food
  • Elway's is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and for weekend brunch.
  • To start the meal, order the classic Dungeness crab cakes with Granny Smith apple slaw; the grilled artichokes with garlic aioli; and the shrimp cocktail, an unassuming dish featuring giant crustaceans chilled over dry ice, a trick that makes it look like the food is smoking.
  • Entrées off the vast menu include the Meyer Ranch 20-ounce prime rib, rosemary-crusted Colorado lamb or the prime beef enchiladas, a dish The Ritz-Carlton brought over from the original location after a guest bemoaned the absence.
  • Get ready for those storied sides. Options include Brussels sprout hash with toasted almonds and au gratin potatoes; garlic spinach with herbed goat cheese and creamed corn; hash browns with caramelized shallots; and the Denver restaurant’s fried rice with duck confit.
  • Don’t pass up dessert, either. Pick decadent dishes like banana pudding with chocolate-dipped shortbread cookies or the toffee bread pudding served warm with s’mores ice cream and seasonal fruit compote.
The Design
  • The big feature of this space is the large community table designed by local Aspen firm Rowland + Broughton.
  • The new light-up onyx divider between the main dining room and the bar helps to section off the spaces without making them feel like separate rooms. This is good for those who want to leisurely lounge with pint of Colorado beer and an appetizer rather than commit to the full steakhouse experience.
  • Inside, you’ll find a long curved bar with bar tables on one side and tufted leather booths on the other. The latter subtly channels the American football while offering a plush, comfortable place to sit.
  • You can also opt for one of the deep red chairs surrounding the main dining room’s sturdy cherry wood tables. All of the space exudes rich browns and warm reds and gold, giving it a den-like vibe ideal for passing anything from time to plates to the salt.
Business casual
Kid friendly
Outdoor seating
Private dining
Reservations recommended
Valet parking
Getting There
1881 Curtis Street, Denver, Colorado 80202
Elway's Downtown
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