Guard & Grace

Guard & Grace

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.guardandgrace.com/
  • Phone: 3032938500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

    Social Hour: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 6:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    Sunday: CLOSED
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Troy Guard
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Cassie x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 18th Street
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Guard & Grace
Chef Troy Guard’s largest and most exciting concept, Guard & Grace, is a 9,000 square ft. modern American steakhouse located at 1801 California Street in downtown Denver. The sophisticated new space offers private dining areas, one of Denver's largest patios, an expansive raw bar, a wood burning oven and open kitchen. Complimentary valet parking is located outside of the restaurant on California St.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Guard & Grace reviews from OpenTable diners
166 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (96)special occasion (96)notable wine list (59)hot spot (57)romantic (53)good for groups (51)great for lunch (40)vibrant bar scene (40)great for outdoor dining (25)neighborhood gem (19)great for brunch (7)scenic view (4)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Happy Birthday!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Flew in from east coast for family get together/birthday celebration. Everything at Guard & Grace was excellent. Sevice, food, presentation, creative twists on entire menu. Satisfied 5 different palates. It is a finely tuned operation. Kudos to Troy Guard. Would highly recommend for special occasion or expense account dining.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Guard + Grace + Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Overall an excellent restaurant for a special dinner. The steaks, as expected, were pricey, but worth it. The "family style" sides were some of the best we have ever eaten. Our waiter, Luke, was knowledgeable and personable. I appreciated his candor when he noted that the wine I selected had just been added to the menu, and he had not had a chance to try it.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, poor service
    eddie51
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Wanted to like G&G--great dining in the core of downtown is not abundant. Food quality and presentation was very good. Slightly overpriced. The dining space is sleek and inviting. However, the service was poor even for Denver--20 minutes late getting seated, one hour from placing order to receiving food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    jlerner
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    For a special occasion, this is the place! Exquisite food, gorgeous decor, and top notch service.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All about the meat!
    foodie4everVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    What I like most about Guard and Grace is that they don't mask the flavor of the steak. It is good quality meat and they really showcase that. In addition, the desserts were really good, as well! I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special
    luvfood
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Everything was perfect! Hubby and I made a reservation to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We were greeted with a card signed by the staff. We each ordered a glass of wine that didn't quite live up to our expectations. Our server, without hesitation, whisked them away and recommended a perfect match for our meal, which did not disappoint. After our amazing dinner, we were so full we didn't order any dessert. Our server still brought out a sweet platter of mini's for us to enjoy. From beginning to end, a lovely evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual fine dining at it's best!
    Larrydawg
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My wife and I had a wonderful meal. The Poke appetizer was the only part of the meal that was not 100%....it was a bit fishy but still tasty. The Octopus appetizer is to die for. One of the best things we have ever eaten! My steak was excellent and her prime rib was very good. I love the casual feel of the restaurant but really appreciated the fine dining experience. Our waiter Hoyt was one of the best waiters I've ever had. He was very skilled, highly informed on the menu and just a fine fellow. Kudos to Hoyt for enhancing an already great experience. I told Hoyt it was my wife's birthday and he made sure that our dessert had Happy Birthday on it and he also brought over a card signed by the wait staff....a very nice gesture.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Lunch!
    Mthede1VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Don't miss the brussel sprouts or the burger! The cookies served at the end of the meal were like little bits of heaven- maybe the best cookie I've ever had...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food
    DWP1VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I've e been here twice and both times I ordered the black cod perfect both times, to die for!! A friend ordered chicken thought it was dry, another the lamb they didn't like it, another grass fed steak loved it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • Superlative!
    DisaPointedVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Obviously, the review title says it all. Yes, it's pricey, but the "get what you pay for" adage holds true here. We had great service, fabulous food, and the table in the back that a certain letter writer had previously disdained, was for us an intimate, special place. Keep it up, Troy. Denver needs this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • High class setting; great food
    MoakleymanVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had a leisurely Friday lunch, starting out with some of the best crab cakes we've ever tasted...big chunks of crab. Followed this up with two fresh, delicious and plentiful salads. Great by the glass wine list. John James, our waiter, did a superb job. We mentioned (not really complaining) that the salt on the corn chips detracted from the smoked salmon "dip," and it was immediately comped. Didn't need to be, because the dip itself was wonderful, but...they did it anyway. He also taught me the varietal from which Muscadet is made: Melon de Bourgogne. Been drinking the stuff for almost 50 years and always assumed it was Sauvignon Blanc. Now, I know. Fun time was had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is always amazing
    Curious4LifeVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I have always had John James or Josh when dining at G&G. They are both fabulous. The food is always superb. Great for business lunches!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Busniess Lunch
    liziis
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Took a departing colleague out to lunch. Called ahead and asked for a table rather than a booth and they accommodated the no problem. Service and food were great. Lamb burger and Brussels were fantastic. Didn't care much for the music at lunch, a little to techno-happy. Despite the music, I look forward to returning.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful service Wonderful Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    First off I cannot say enough good things about the service. They knew who we were before we came in (baby probably gave it away) and had the table all setup for us with a birthday card for my wife waiting for her signed by the staff. Second was the patience and enthusiasm they had with one of our friends who has a long list of food allergies. Not only did they take the time to talk to her about all the food they made sure she didn’t feel like an inconvenience. All the food we had was excellent. The appetizers were very tasty but a little on the small side the salads, the sides and the steaks were very good portions and were cooked perfectly. The quality of the steak meat is beyond excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at the Bar
    foodie4u
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had such a great dinner. We ate at the bar and had perfect service. Our food was timed perfectly and you could see that the team worked together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dining experience
    Outstandin
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    drinks were very good. service excellent. grass fed filet mignon one of the best steaks we have every had. i like the choice for smaller portions. it was comfortable. good ambience. valet parking. much more interesting and better than most of the steakhouses in Denver and this is a local one, not part of a chain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great new spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Guard and Grace made a great first impression! Had and amazing lunch, can't wait to try it for dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Awesome
    Zbigtom
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Had an awesome meal - ranks at the top of all time dining experiences. Great service from the hostess, bartender and our server - Katie. The food was out outstanding. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • don't order the prime rib
    bbtdinner
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The steaks and starters were excellent, but the prime rib was tough! I was told it was finished on the wood fire, but it looked and chewed like it was totally cooked like a steak instead of slow roasted! Service was excellent; staff was polite and attentive. Caesar salad was large enough to share. Will go back but will order a steak the next time.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great new place to dine!
    DenverdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great restaurant with exceptional service and a great atmosphere. Our waiter was very knowledgable and made some very great recommendations. We had a great time and will definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    DiscriminatingDiner
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Wonderful food, service, sommelier, atmosphere... everything was perfect. We have a new favorite restaurant in Denver.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Favorite restaurant
    StabsVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We have dined at Guard & Grace 4 times this month. We have not been disappointed once. The food, service & ambience is outstanding. We enjoy the bar area with its friendly bartenders which allows us to pop in without a reservation. We will return again & again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Not Troy's best
    AjdenverVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Very underwhelmed by the food and the service. The bartender, Matt, was the highlight of the evening. Friendly, knowledgable and accomodating. From there things were just mediocre. Our server did not seem very polished or knowledgable. The steaks, which we ordered in the classic style (cooked in an 1800 degree oven) were lukewarm. I'd give it another shot because I think that at its best it would be really good. Unfortunately in my experience it was not.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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  • Troy Guard = Great as Usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I love the atmosphere at Guard & Grace and the food doesn't disappoint either. We had a delicious appetizer of buffalo tartar and some salads and steaks. All of the food was wonderful, I'd definitely recommend checking this place out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • maria
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    STAFF VERY FRIENDLY AND BROUGHT WATER WHILE WE WERE WAITING FOR OUR TABLE
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old bread cold food
    maria
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I ordered the French dip and it was not good. The bread was old, there was hardly any sauce on the meat. The fries were just luke warm & they were tiny like from the bottom of the bag. The restaurant was FREEEEEEZING. We had to order hot coffee for lunch.
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  • Flavorful but a work in progress
    MegDaveDineOut
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We loved the atmosphere, the oysters, burratta, bone in ribeyes and filet as well as the smashed and mashed, the zucchini and the carrots. However the angliotti lacked sauce and enough lamb and the octopus was over cooked and chewy. Also, the server didn't have a lot of enthusiasm to talk about the menu outside of selling additional sides or sauces. Great wine selection and draft beer selection as well as creative and delicious dessert menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    DenverDiner
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had a great meal here on a Friday evening at 8PM: steaks, appetizers, salads and sides. We didn't try any of the small plate first menu, but you won't go wrong with the steaks they serve.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    good, but pricey... not sure value is there... but fun to visit rarely
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and service
    davdenver
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Octopus and black fish were excellent. Bison tar tar okay. Crab appetizer was very good. Coffee cake was superb. Best service in Denver, very knowledgeable about the food and cooking processes, at least Wade our waiter rocked..
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place downtown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Right downtown Guard and Grace has a great location. There are many steak options to choose from. The prime filet was amazing. Great environment. Not to loud so we were able to talk and hear each other. Good wine and drink list.
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    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special occasion
    ladyvespa
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We went here for my dad's birthday and wound up spending far more than we had anticipated... but it was worth every penny. Everything on the menu is mindful and the service was fantastic. I'd recommend against bringing a picky vegetarian but all things considered, we're lucky to have Guard & Grace here in Denver.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Not as good as the first time
    Foodie1VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    This was my second time in for lunch. Everything was missing a beat since the first visit, from the friendliness of the hostess to the quality of the food. I had the poki which was good and also the shrimp salad which I thought was very bland. Still trying to find those couple of menu favorites that will keep me coming back. Maybe just an off day...?
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  • Great food and service
    TeriVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We had a great experience! We arrived early for our reservation, but they seated us right away at a window table as we requested. Loved reading the menu-- such a great variety. Bison tartare recommended by server was amazing. Filet oscar style was the best steak we've ever had (and we travel and eat out a lot). Great wine list, too. Server was knowledgeable, friendly and made our experience really enjoyable. We'll be back here every time we're in Denver!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So far so good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I have eaten here twice now and sat outside and inside. Both were awesome lunches. The servers were fabulous on both occasions. The food was excellent and the parties I was with on both occasions also loved the food. I can't wait to go back again very soon! It's close to work, which is even better.
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • friday night first time dining
    lovetodineindenver
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    hmmmmmmmmmm ok. great wine, good appetizers......"light on the Spanish ham dish"....a little skimpy meal: good bone in ribeye.....cold bake potato, undercooked, thin sour cream, great brussel sprouts
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    hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Staff was friendly. Great menu. Enjoyed the experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over priced
    jimbo
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I wasn't impressed. The restaurant is noisy, the bar area is not separated from the dining. Food is ok but not worth the $. Service was great. Ambiance is lacking.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent New Restaurant Downtown
    maria
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Service and food were geat. We all had salads and they were excellent. We would have enjoyed being offered bread or something to accompany our salads. The cookies were excellent. Love the décor. Nice to have a new restaurant downtown that is not on the horrible 16th street mall or in Lodo or Larimer Square. Excellent spot for business lunches. I will return.
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    great for lunch, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fresh and different
    Tammy
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The salads are always good and very different. Some day I'll break down and have the tenderloin - just a bit pricey for lunch.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic