Ship Tavern at the Brown Palace
Ship Tavern at the Brown Palace

Ship Tavern at the Brown Palace

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.brownpalace.com/
  • Phone: (303) 297-3111
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Bill Dexter
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off site catering is available from the Ship Tavern or the Brown Palace Hotel catering menus.
  • Private Party Facilities: Any of the Brown Palace Hotel's catering rooms may be reserved based on availability.
  • Private Party Contact: Kevin Bird, Ship Tavern Manager 3032973111x3225
  • Entertainment: Pianist plays Wednesday – Saturday: 8:30pm – 11:30pm
  • Special Events: International award winning "Breckenridge Burbon barrel aged and infused with Brown Palace rooftop Honey"

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Broadway & Tremont Place
  • Public Transit: Bus: Civic Center; Light Rail: 18th & California
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: The Brown Palace Hotel has valet parking as you arrive at the entrance of the hotel.
A word from Ship Tavern at the Brown Palace
Enjoy Ship Tavern’s own micro-brewed beer on tap along with a large selection of bottled beers while watching sporting events on the plasma TV. Ship Tavern features a casual menu and the freshest seafood in town. This Denver Colorado restaurant is also home to the region’s best prime rib, Rocky Mountain trout, prime steaks, fresh seafood & the best lobster salad sandwich in town.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Ship Tavern at the Brown Palace reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (24)neighborhood gem (19)special occasion (19)fit for foodies (15)vibrant bar scene (11)romantic (10)late-night find (10)hot spot (9)good for groups (9)notable wine list (8)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Relaxing Brown Palace Dining
    JayB2035VIP
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Love the Brown Palace and the Ship Tavern was a perfect spot to join family for a memorable meal. Variety of menu options to satisfy each of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the late reservation!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Love the late reservation! It fit in with our schedule so that we didn't feel rushed the entire evening. Great job!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ships tavern
    Eduardo
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Great place for unique atmosphere and experience old Denver.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ship Tavern always a hit
    Carol
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    The afternoon scene on Christmas Eve was energetic with a mix of families, friends, couples and small groups. Watching the superb waiters was like watching good choreography - every move was efficient and professional, yet cordial. I spilled a glass of wine, and the young captain took care of it so graciously. Our onion soup, seafood chowder and prime rib were delicious. Obviously on holidays make a reservation; other times you can usually be seated quickly. Wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Debnite
    Merxmas
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Very busy bar at 7:00. Asked for 7:00 reservation online, was told nothing until 9:00. Took the reservation for 9:00, came at 7 anyway and was seated right away. Obviously next time I won't bother to make reservations. Food was so so. Probably won't be back for dinner. Happy hour might be fun.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wrong weekend
    pakrin
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    usually excellent but this was the wrong weekend....12/2X....Debutante Ball - the place was a madhouse. stood 15 minutes past our reservation but manager came by and comped the first round of drinks. Kobe burger a bit overcooked, prime rib a tad undercooked. tables crammed together with a bunch of thoughtless and self absorbed patrons.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Training
    chopper
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    We have always had an excellent experience until our last visit. Friends of ours wanted to join us for lunch after hearing our comments. Our server tried but it was obvious that his training was either not complete or insufficient. When ordering coffee after our meal(s) he came out and said that there was no decaf coffee. I can't believe that they had run out of decaf coffee to serve. I think he should have said that it would be a moment as they were brewing a frest pot. He seldom checked on our table to see if we needed anything. Our previous experiences have always been excellent largely due to the experienced and attentive wait staff. Lastly, the leftovers that we took home were just thrown into the boxes and no lid on the salsa.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little left to be desired...
    Rachel
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Much of the special charm of the Tavern is the old classic presentation (special melba toast; butter in pats with the Brown Palace logo; and shrimp coctalil served in the old classic stem container over and little ice and lettuce). These things have gone away and the replacement is nothing to write home about. My trout was dry and not very good. My and I both commented we would not go back for the food. Service and ambiance was wonderful…so sad to have had another less than stellar experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    FrequentGuest444
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    This place has everything. Great wine list, great pub food and great dinners. We had the prime rib dinner and it was excellent.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • over cooked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    My meal was overcooked. They did comp it, but dissapointing given the price. On other hand my wife was very satisfied with her meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Christmas Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Joined 2 friends for our annual Christmas lunch and the decorations at the Brown Palace were superb. Really got us into the holiday spirit. Lunch at the Ship Tavern was excellent although somewhat pricey. Service was very good. Would go again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint
    cakegirl
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    We have come here every year before Christmas for many years. It is a small, sophisticated bar perfect for couples or small groups of 4 or 6. The drinks are very good, and the food is good as well. The Brown Palace has so much wonderful tradition, and it is especially lovely during the holidays. We look forward to coming every year.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The dozen of oysters rockefeller
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    The dozen of oysters rockefeller that we had for an appetizer were not the same as what we have previously had at the restaurant. Unlike the normally blended mixture served on top of the oysters, this time they were served with large chunks of bacon/ham and greens on top which were a little overpowering and took away the salty/sweetness of the oysters.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Business Setting
    Lizzie
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    I love to bring clients and suppliers to the Tavern - always great food and impressive. The Christmas setting always has that WOW factor and it is a classy place
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    We could not have asked for better service, food, or attention. Celebrating a special mother/daughter holiday occasion, even though we were 1/2 hour late checking into the hotel, the restaurant held our table. We were given one of the best seats in the restaurant and the food was beautifully presented, cooked to perfection and nothing went to waste. Will look forward to the next time we can visit downtown Denver and this wonderful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Way overpriced
    Traveler
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    The food is of no better quality than, say, Red Robin, although there are some luxury items such as oysters on the half shell (tasty but very small). I had a spinach salad w/ seared salmon--generous portion, and the salmon was prepared nicely (seared & med. rare) but it didn't taste quite fresh, and I didn't care for the creamy salad dressing. I've had similar dishes at many other restaurants, much better, for half the price. My youngest had a grilled cheese, made with what looked like Velveeta (blech). My husband had a Reuben which was fine, but the bill for a family of four (incl. one ordering from the kids' menu) came to over $200 including tip. For that kind of money in Denver you should get top quality. This was nowhere close.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Family Tradition
    Nana
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Every year we go down to the parade of lights and stay at the Comfort Inn and we enjoy eating at the Ship;s Tavern. The food is good and the atmosphere is enjoyable and family friendly. Our grandchildren are 4 and 7 and really like the atmosphere and our waiter was very child friendly. It was great with the cold weather that we just walked across the walkway to get to dinner. They also love all the beautiful decorations all over the Brown Palace. We're looking forward to next year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyed ourselves
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Thank you for accommodating our large group, many ages. Also 3 of us appreciated the gluten-free menu.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Institution
    FrequentEater
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Three girlfriends and I had a lovely lunch here. Good food, great waiter, lovely hotel (Brown Palace) at Christmas.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at the Brown
    Joe123
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    Scheduling, service and ambience were excellent but we were disappointed with the food. Prime rib sandwich was not what I remembered from past visits, with too much gristle and under cooked. Lobster salad sandwich was chewy. Since this was a retirement luncheon, we had hoped for a better food experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • old historic jewel
    dgb1
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    "vintage" is the new black..and The Tavern has kept itself relevant without going in and changing everything... it is unique.. not many like it left. The service could be a little more retro vintage friendly to match the rest of it...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    Laughej
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Scott was the best and most professional waiter we have had.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent salads at the Ship
    ConnieOVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    I've dined at the Ship several times, and their soups and salads are always top-notch. This time I had one of the best cobb salads I've ever eaten, and my friend had the salmon salad and thought the fish was fabulous. We both also loved the Laughing Lab beer, which we ordered after the waitress brought us a sample to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best seat in the house
    AnAvidFan
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    The Ship Tavern has it all, ambiance, great food, service and John KIte on the piano. He is absolutely fabulous and fun! I wonderful place to go anytime or a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey place should be a bit better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    Ship Tavern is located in the beautiful Brown Palace hotel. It is a comfortable, intimate, upscale casual tavern with soft lighting. It had two TVs playing (with the sound low) which can be good or bad depending... The waiter was professional and knowledgeable but not fake or fawning. We had prime ribs which the waiter told us is what that place is known for. My end cut was enjoyable, but given my level of expectation, which the waiter had cultivated, along with the price, it should have been better. I was pleased to learn that ST has a large gluten free menu in which many of the items from the standard menu are available in a very tasty, gluten-free version. I'm told that the dessert (of which I did not partake) was phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over-priced, under-serviced
    Foodie4Life
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    Despite having a reservation, we waited 15 minutes to be seated and another 15 minutes to see a waiter. I ordered the Salmon Oscar for a whopping $38 and it was the smallest piece of salmon I have ever seen. My table mate ordered the salmon spinach salad for $20 and she had twice as much salmon. My husband's Buffalo burger was also over-priced and disappointing. There are so many great restaurants downtown that I would not recommend the Ship Tavern. This was our second visit and it was equally disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun place, poor service.
    Todd
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    I took my daughter to dinner here last Sunday night after she completed her Cotillion class that was given in a Brown Palace ball room. The atmosphere was lively and there were a lot of sports fans having a good time and I noticed several tables with kids and/or other Cotillion parents with their kids. Food and appetizers took way too long. I didn't really pay attention at first, but they forgot to bring bread until I asked and then brought the appetizer and my daughter's dish at +30 minutes and at +45 minutes I had to get up and ask the waiter for my food which had been sitting. Other people were getting served ahead. Great sports bar or restaurant if your not in a hurry. I recommend you pass if you value service. I regret going.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    KelM
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Arrived a few minutes early and the host seemed overwhelmed. He noted our reservation, but appeared confused by where to seat us, etc. When we were finally seated it took a while for the server to greet the table. One of the meals had an issue. The order was a salmon salad, but the salmon was VERY under cooked. The server removed it for a re-fire immediately, but the salad was not returned for almost 25 minutes. By this time our meals were cold as we waited for our friend's meal to be re-delivered. By the time the salad arrived we were really rushed to eat and get to the concert venue. A manager visited the table stating he knew there was an issue, but did not seem to be sincere or aware of the delay. Not a good response & average visit.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vegetarian dining
    Healthydiner
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    I was so impressed with this restaurant. My friends eat meat, but I don't so I called ahead to see if they could make something vegetarian for me. They actually called me back to see what I was in the mood for and ended up making me an outstanding vegetable risotto. Just lovely.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great but very expensive for
    Rusty
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Great but very expensive for the setting. Then we went to the cigar bar, no drinks, hamburgers, coffee and two cigars. Met kids. Was very expensive there also so this is a special occasion place. Did enjoy it.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service
    Trish
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    The food was decent yet overpriced. However, the thing I did not pay for was our waiter's condescension. Horrible, belittling demeanor. I felt insulted and talked down to.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Atmosphere and Quality - TOP NOTCH
    DWellser
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    I took a client to Ship Tavern for lunch and had a perfect lunch. The atmosphere was very pleasant. The food was outstanding. And the service was top notch. But most importantly, even though it was a full room, we were able to have a conversation without having to change our voice tone and enjoy the full hour and half we were there. I highly recommend the Ship Tavern at The Brown Palace.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better for lunch...
    eatoutalotVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    Who does not love a visit to the grand dame of Denver, The Brown Palace. Food at the Ship Tavern can be good, great or mediocre...seems to depend on the day, who is in the kitchen and who is serving. It isn't the most consistent of experiences but when they get it right they have wonderful prime rib, a great lobster club sandwich, and decadent potato chips made in house.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the money
    SarahEH
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    It took over an hour for one cheeseburger. The food wasn't even that good, they have better burgers at some fast food restaurants. Considering the bill for 2 drinks, one appetizer and a cheeseburger entree was $70, I was extremely disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food and drinks were very
    wolfe
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    The food and drinks were very good, and the service was excellent as usual. We happened to land there in the middle of Denver's Great American Beer Festival, and so the Tavern, as were likely most others others in downtown Denver, was full of loud, partying Festival goers, making it difficult to hear conversation at our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Prime Rib Ever
    LuanneS
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    It is noisy at happy hour. The Prime Rib is the best we have ever had and the service was really great with "Don". We also had the Ginger Crème Brulee which was wonderful. We need to remember to go after happy hour. There are other great sounding dishes to try but we always have to Prime Rib!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    Susan
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    Had the special chicken sandwich on the Ciabatta bread. It was an amazing combination of cheese, tomato, grilled onions...terrific! It was served with the thin sweet potato fries with nice chunky salt crystals. The seared salmon salad on spinach was just as amazing. Green goddess dressing on the leaves, and topped with caramelized pecans, feta and blackberries. Both dishes were very tasty with beautiful presentation as well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    Oldster
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Picked the ShipTavern over the Palace Arms for our anniversary dinner because the menu, being more "down to earth" (though not much less pricey) was more to our liking. Had a very good wine before some excellent onion soup and a tender 14 oz. ribeye steak, accompanied by a tasty twice-baked potato and perfectly steamed broccoli. The service was very good, the waiter attentive, but the main course took a long time getting there. The room was a little noisy, but I should not have been surprised. The capper was a surprise huge piece of black bottom pie for dessert, courtesy of the manager, in honor of the occasion. The black bottom pie was exceptional, and we managed to eat it all despite the ample main course. Very nice, memorable meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday lunch
    Shrink
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Great birthday lunch with a dear friend. Best French Onion Soup. Speaking of onions the onion rings were delicious. Liked that they are open for lunch until 5:00. Able to see an afternoon movie and then grab lunch .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great old-fashioned food & service
    Bill
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    I first dined here in the early 1960s, and my fond memories are not disappointed upon infrequent returns to Denver. Then there were three items on the menu- prime rib, trout and steak. They're still there, and I can vouch for the continuing greatness of both the prime rib and steak. My daughter raved over her shrimp dish as well. The ambience is always warm, lively and informal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic