ELWAY'S Downtown
ELWAY'S Downtown

ELWAY'S Downtown

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elways.com/downtown
  • Phone: 3033123107x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily 7am -10:00am; A la Carte Brunch: Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00am - 2:00pm, Lunch: Monday - Friday, 11:00am -2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Happy Hour: Daily 4:00pm - 6:00pm - includes $3 Coors Light, $5 select glasses of wine and Prosecco, 1/2 price select bar menu appetizers. COMPLIMENTARY VALET PARKING FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH, HAPPY HOUR, BAR AND DINNER
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Robert Bogart
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: Always the perfect setting, ELWAY'S Downtown welcomes your celebrations, events and business gatherings. We offer seating accommodations for 6 to 50 people.

    Individual Rooms:

    ELWAY'S Room: Accommodates up to 12 guests.
    Mile High Room: Seats up to 20 guests.
    Hall of Fame Room: Hosts a maximum of 50 guests.
    The Semi-Private Room is a partially enclosed area of the restaurant that can accommodate up to 70 guests.

    To begin planning your personalized event and menu, please contact Jenni Boyer at (303) 312-3135 or at jennifer.boyer@ritzcarlton.com.

    All events include 8% tax and 21% gratuity.
    Lunch events include a room facilitation fee, and dinner events have a minimum total for food and beverage sales.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 18th & Curtis St
  • Public Transit: ELWAY'S Downtown is located within walking distance to multiple bus and light rail stops. We are happy to assist in offering directions.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet services are offered through The Ritz-Carlton, Denver. All guests of ELWAY'S Downtown receive complimentary valet parking.
A word from ELWAY'S Downtown
ELWAY'S Downtown offers 100% USDA Prime steaks, hand-cut on the premises, an award-winning wine selection and a comfortable, memorable and attentive dining experience. Enjoy our outdoor terrace complete with HD TV's. With multiple private dining options to accommodate 6 to 50 people, ELWAY'S Downtown is the perfect setting for any occasion.
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ELWAY'S Downtown reviews from OpenTable diners
147 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (83)notable wine list (50)romantic (40)fit for foodies (26)good for groups (22)great for lunch (17)vibrant bar scene (15)hot spot (13)great for outdoor dining (8)late-night find (5)great for brunch (5)neighborhood gem (4)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • It was our first time in there.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    It was alright, the food was good and we will come back to visit again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food was amazing the best meal we have ever had. Loved the service they were awesome and very friendly. Gave us great recommendations I would have never ordered the cream corn had it not been for them. We were celebrating my Dads 90th birthday wanted it to be special we were not disappointed
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NOT the choice for restaurant week.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My boyfriend and I chose this over many other restaurants that are participating in restaurant week. We hadn't been before and it was a good chance for us to test the menu. Boy am I glad I did before paying exorbitant prices for a mediocre meal. At least I assume, we didn't get regular menus (other diners did), our only choice was restaurant week menus. Salad was boring, both of our prime ribs were tough. The saving grace was his red pepper soup (Delicious!). Maybe it was because we are younger, but the service we got was sub-par. We both felt as if we were being ignored, something we encounter at times, but we expected more from Elway's, especially considering the fact that we were celebrating his birthday. Very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Made even the basics distinctive
    Eddy
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Enjoyed another restaurant this week, in this same class of steakhouse. That experience was good, but Elways was distinctively better. Made the basics come alive like creamed corn and mashed potatoes. Pick a place for these two side items? Heck no. But everything that was served, everything, exceeded expectations. Steak was great too, of course. Great culinary experience. Loved the dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful date night
    Pinky
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    My husband and I had a wonderful date night. The service, the food and the venue were fantastic. From the host to services were excellent. My husband had a prime rib and I had the sirloin. The corn and mashed potatoes were great. My husband was skeptical in the beginning, because of the not appealing caesar salad, at the end he was sold by wonderful meal we had. Meat was cooked perfectly according our wish. We can go with different dessert than peach cobbler. Overall was a wonderful night for us.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't Do Restaurant Week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I guess its good if u want to get a mediocre steak but as soon as u answer "Yes" that u are with Restaurant Week, they will completely disregard u as a REAL customer. My boyfriend and I, along with what seemed like all the other R. Weekers were seated in the back right next to the kitchen. The cesar was good but when they say "small", they mean it. 4 bites, tops! My steak (Top sirloin) was overcooked and had more grizzle than meat. Judging from how hot the plate was, it was under the hot lamps for a while. The mashed potatoes are good but thats not why u go. for dessert, u have 1 option, peach cobbler/crumble. Its good, but I like options. All in all, I've heard that this is a great restaurant, just not for Restaurant Week.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good, but not quite there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Elways was very good. There, I said it. The food was good, the service was decent, the ambiance was OK. Given the price we paid for the meal, I would have expected more. There are other places around town (in the same price range) that are outstanding and memorable. We had a good steak, but not one that we will remember down the road. The service was acceptable, but not outstanding. The noise level and ambiance was a slight step above a casual steak place, but not to the level one would expect. For our special occasion meals my wife and I both agree that this would be top 10 in Denver. Just not at the top of the top 10, which means we likely will go somewhere else when we are looking for that special place in the future.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elways
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This will be my last time going to this restaurant. The service was horrible. I did not see my server until we were done with our meal. I had the steakand it was burnt and really DRY! My husband got the prime rib and it was not cooked the way he wanted, also completely dry! I would not recommend Elway to any of my friends. For being a high end restaurant, everything was horrible.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First timer
    luvfreshfish
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was our first time here, and it won't be our last! The recommendations from Heather and assistant Scott were spot on! The sirloin melted in your mouth and was done perfectly! Hubby had prime rib and he didn't talk during the whole time - it was that good! The house specialty creamed corn was homemade goodness. Never waited for water, or to have dirty dishes taken off table. Great experience!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food
    Reviews
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was not at all what I expected. The steak was burned, lobster was very salty, the shrimp was battered but not cooked enough so it was doughy. The only thing I liked was the creamed corn and the water!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love #7's
    LoRo
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I love John Elways restaurant. Don't fear the price tag. You will not be disappointed. Ever time we've been there we've spent some money but it is worth every penny!!! SO... SO... GOOD!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SD
    SueD
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    If you are looking for a premium steak look no further! The Steaks were cooked perfectly medium & medium rare as ordered. Inside is a bit loud so we chose to eat outside on a beautiful evening. We are from Chicago on vacation and would recommend this all our friends & family here in Denver & in Chicago if they visit Denver!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • How it's supposed to be
    Classic
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Had a great experience from beginning in the bar with apps to dinner including a ny strip that could be mistaken for a tender juicy filet with amazing flavor, perfectly prepared sides and a couple of entertaining social wait staff members. The night was capped off upon retuning to the bar for desert - 4 different ones that were all awesome - and desert coffees after the Rockies actually won a game! Bar was hoppin at 11pm on weds night too - great place - definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    It was our anniversary the night we ate at Elways. (or didn't eat) the bread came right away, my husband ordered oysters and they came right away. We ordered and sat there for at least 25 minutes. No one showed back up nor did our meal come. We left. Stopped and had a sundae on the way home. Not a perfect Anniversary to say the least.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elway's:Denver's Big Disappointment
    JimmyMacVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    With great anticipation, we arrived 20 minutes early for our 8 pm reservation (by Open Table) at Elway's inside beautiful Denver Ritz-Carlton.We would have to wait to be seated.No problem-restaurant was crowded and noisy.At 8 pm, our inquiry about reservation was met with tart response "Your reservation is for 8 on the dot." It was 8 on the dot.Several minutes later, another hostess came over to us - misidentifying us -apparently our reservation meant nothing.It's tough to remain hospitable on a busy night - staff did not attempt at even fake hospitality.They were tired and beat and so was the food and service at Elway's. My soup was not bad-chicken special was a plate of glop, enjoyed only by a pesky fruit fly that had dinner with us.Poor!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • open table mistake
    manyaVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Everything about our dinning experience was good. But I was upset because I made the reservation on open table and when we got there to check in there was some confusion about our reservation. Then the next day I got an email from open table saying that we did not honor our reservation and were a no show.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food was better than most, service was better than most! It was so loud at the ritz it seemed like a cafeteria, the pic on the website was misleading as far as what the dining area was to be! Spent over $200 for two people for what was good but not great! Won't go back!! I've had a better dining experience for $150 n tipped $60 due to the overall experience, one will not get that at elways!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Elway's Downtown...Awesome!
    Levi13
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    If someone wants to take you to Elway's Downtown, you say "Yes"!!! It is pricy...$53 for the bone-in rib eye...but it is one of the best steaks you will ever enjoy. I think our waitress might have been flirting with my wife, or both, but that's how good the service is. The menu at first glance looks like overpriced bar food, but order anything and you won't be disappointed. I had the coconut shrimp appetizer...only 3 shrimp...but these were prawns(large shrimp, with small shrimp flavor), amazing! The drinks are strong, and BOTH of our waiters were great with helping us make beverage and food choices. You will not walk out of Elway's hungry or dissatisfied...broke maybe...but not hungry.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Hannah
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I was hoping to have a romantic evening with my boyfriend at a nice restaurant. The ambiance was great but the food left a lot to be desired. It was over priced and I was not impressed. My boy friends steak was over cooked. I made the mistake of ordering a sald and could have done better at panera.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little disappointing this time
    francoinc
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My wife and I love Elways - this time was a bit of a letdown. Everything we had tonight was something we've had in the past - ind it just didn;t live up to the quality we've come to expect from Elways. Her steak tacos lacked the flavor she loved the last time, my artichok was undercooked and lamb was very fatty. They also were out of the wine we usually get there. We will be back hoping that this was an isolated incident
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Needs a remodel
    Jeep
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Elway's has great food. Problem is the decor. Bright lights shining down on a wall of mirrors make the experience more like a Denny's. Probably won't go back there even though I eat a lot of lunches in downtown Denver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a good choice
    diner
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Lunch at Elway's is always a treat. I meet a friend there about every six months, and we usually stay for about two hours. We are never rushed. Servers do not give you the sense that they are hustling you to finish and leave. Yes, it is pricey, but it is such a luxury to be there that I never mind the cost. I did notice this time that more and more people coming into the Ritz and Elway's were dressed as though they had been to the beach or at a ballgame--to my mind, way too casual for such a nice place. Free valet a nice extra too. The food is just fine, but the service and the ambience are the restaurant's best qualities.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Good, but...
    johnVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was very good, the wine list broad, if overly expensive, and the service was attentive. Our only real complaint was the noise level, which is exacerbated by the hard surfaces thriughout. A nice evening which would have been even better if we had been able to hear each other across the table.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always dependable
    Tammy
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    You can always count on Elway's for good food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded expectations
    MoooVinOn
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    This is a First Class restaurant! I didn't know what to expect, but Mr. Elway's notoriety lead me and my business associates to have dinner. The food, atmosphere and service were beyond expectations (and I'm comparing to Ruth's Chris, where I dined the night before).
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Steakhouse
    DeltaMark
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    If you like an excellent steakhouse, Elway's will not disappoint. Great ambience inside the Ritz Carlton hotel. It's expensive like any other top steakhouse. Excellent food and presentation.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DON'T BOTHER!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The best thing about the dinner was the bread. My husband and I both got appetizers, my husband the coconut shrimp woch had an extremely vinegary sauce, and I got the shrimp cocktail that was fairly decent. I got a salad with the white balsamic dressing that was very heavy on the vinegar. For entrees, I ordered the strip that was so grisly I could barely cut it with my steak knife (the waitress said you could cut their steaks with a fork - NOT). I sent it back and opted for a filet instead, which was much better than the strip (which is my favorite cut of meat). This dinner cost us $240.00+ with the tip. I've had way better steaks at Ted's Montana grill & it will cost you about a third of the money. THIS PLACE IS OVER RATED & OVER PRICED!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Steak and Seafood
    LovingDenver
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    All in all a great experience. It was a little dark inside so we opted to sit out on the patio which was nice. Would have gave the food outstanding but the asparagus was under cooked. The service was a little slow but this could have been due to us sitting outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    Pearl
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Mushy shrimp that made my daughter ill (3 for $17), prime rib that was dried out and dark on the surface from air exposure, tough stringy asparagus and no visit apology from the manager or the chef when we had to send items back to the kitchen. Presentation of food resembled what you might expect in a diner. "Man Cave" décor. We will not return to this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner
    ZLewis
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The experience I had was horrible. Service was sub par at best. I expected much more from this place. I would not dine there again. I order a 14 oz steak and 4 oz of it was fat. From the time I sat down to the time I got any apitizers or salad was about an hour. And, the place was not even busy.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tres' Yummy
    ajronlineVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I was treated to a business lunch by one of my favorite vendor representatives, and it was delicious from beginning to end. We started with the chicken corn chowder, very tasty and rich, and then on to the tenderloin salad. The tenderloin was perfectly prepared, at just the right temperature, with a crisp seasoning crust around the outside. I would recommend the iceberg over the Caesar. An enormous slab of chocolate cake that we couldn't possibly have finished and still gotten out the door for dessert, and we were completely happy with the meal. Our server was Scott, who was, as the hostess described him, "awesome". Friendly, attentive, and efficient service, along with the great food, made this a 5 star dining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service overcomes food
    CakewalkVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Poor service from the onset when the hostess was MIA for several minutes leaving us ungreeted. She shows up and seats us at the worst table possible in a half empty place. We get her to move us, but she neglects to tell anyone so we sit for 8-10 minutes and not a single server comes to the table Finally get a server assigned. My date orders the salmon, and asks for the cream seafood toping on the side. You guessed it, the kitchen delivers the salmon swimming in cream sauce. Send it back to the kitchen, wait 8-10 minutes for it to come back. Our female wine steward was excellent. she go out of her way to recommend excellent wines and she even bought us water and bread when the serving staff electing to "go on strike" that night.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and service. $$$$
    boulderVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Great food and great service. Pricey though but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Price does not equal experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    If you are looking for a quality steakhouse in downtown denver I would suggest going elsewhere. The food was moderate at best. High priced steak houses tend to be very good, not this one....
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    JeanW
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The service was wonderful and the food delicious. My friend and I shared a mediterranean salad (highly recommend) and John's salmon. Both were fantastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for celebrating anniversary
    Smathy
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Our service was top-notch. The artichoke appetizer is not to be missed. Our dishes were excellent, although they could have been a bit less salty. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth it
    3030
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    For the money you're spending, you're better off going somewhere else. Food was bland. Presentation was horrible. $180 for 2 people, without ordering any drinks. We will not be returning.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Notable service
    DocJulie
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I read the mixed reviews on service, and our experience was excellent. We were a few minutes early, but we're seated right away. The water and wine list were brought promptly and the food arrived at appropriate amount of time. The filet was cooked to perfection and delicious ( somewhat salty, but good). The wine list has nice selections. For a special treat, I'd say Elway's would be a great choice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jeans? Really??????
    RestaurantPolice
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The hostess was smug, off-putting and tried to seat us at the worst table in the back, to which I objected. This table was not much of an improvement;I was tempted to ask for a third table. The food servers were great and very friendly. We especially like the gal from Argentina. The biggest problem: Elway's NEEDS to institute a dress code. There were too many people in jeans and t-shirts. When dining at a very expensive restaurant, I expect the clientele to be appropriately dressed, and not appearing to have been prowling the streets. I wear jeans to those kinds of restaurants, but when it comes to elegant restaurants, people should dress more respectably. The prices border on being unreasonable, especially awash in a sea of blue jeans.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Original shine has tarnished
    Diningout
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We have always believed that Elways downtown was on apt with Capital Grille. Our visit proved otherwise. Our server brought the wrong champagne twice, was short with us and not accommodating in the least. The steak was seasoned but lacked taste. We chose to finish the night at the bar which was filthy. One bartender seemed to be working very hard, while her bar backs and other bartenders just watched her. No one wiped down the bar. We will not be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet