All 3 of these steakhouses are downtown, and all 3 are great for a date night in their own way. Guard & Grace was created by Troy Guard — who you must have heard of if you’ve spent any amount of time in Denver. (He is behind the TAG Restaurant Group, which also owns TAG, TAG Burger Bar, Los Chingones, Bubu, FNG, Hashtag, and others.) Guard & Grace strikes a great balance between trendy and traditional, and is the only one of these 3 options that is original to Denver. STK has more of a chic, fun vibe — and you can totally see how they have successful locations in places like Las Vegas and Miami. It also boasts a great daily happy hour, even post-COVID. And The Capital Grille is always a dependable option for the traditional steakhouse vibe, dishes that have been perfected over the years, and impeccable white-glove service. I have never had anything but an outstanding experience here.
Must try: Obviously, any tartar or steak dish at any of these. On top of that: at Guard & Grace, the oak-fired carrots and oak-fired octopus; at STK, the $2 happy hour oysters; at The Capital Grille, the lobster bisque.
Post-COVID update: STK is open and has a daily happy hour 2:30-6:30pm and all day Sunday. The Capital Grille has also re-opened, but they’ve never had a happy hour. I have not heard if/when Guard & Grace will re-open in Denver (although its Houston location is re-opening).