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About Bastien's Restaurant

HOME OF THE SUGAR STEAK Family owned for 75 years we are in the fourth generation. we have won many awards like the best kept secret for 5280 magazine, best steak house by westword. We also boast that we made it to the national historic landmark for the googie syle architect. If you are in the mood for Sinatra, steak and retro cocktails, this is the place for you.

3503 E. Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:30PM - 9:30PM

Friday & Saturday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Sunday 4:00PM - 9:00PM

Cross Street:
Madison and Colfax

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 322-0363

Website:
http://www.bastiens.com/

Public Transit:
We are located five blocks west of Colorado Blvd

Executive Chef:
Ryan Bastien

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine

Bastien's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (16)
Special Occasion (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
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Good for a Date (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Casual (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Romantic (9)
Authentic (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Cozy (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fun (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Business Meals (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Seasonal (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Food and atmosphere was great, I will return and it was very relaxing to listen to Frank Sinatra, the service could have been a lot better if the waitress was not rushing us to order. She was very rude and kept coming back to see if we were ready to order. We had an early reservstion just so we could take our time, and there was no need for the rush because there were very few people in the restaurant.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We were late getting there due to traffic from the Parade of Lights but manager was very gracious and found a way to squeeze us in.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great food - tried some new dishes this time and they were just as good as our normal dished we get - the Steak David/Black and Tan and the bacon wrapped filet.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Enjoyed very much and the food was spectacular!

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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Enjoyed my dinner with my father however the hostess at the front didn’t want to give us a booth because it wasn’t that servers time to be sat a table. Then when we asked for a liquor to be put in the coffee afterwards we had to pull out of the server what kinds they had. She wasn’t knowledgable or helpful.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great service, delicious food and wonderful ambience. The jazzy crooning of Sinatra, Bublé and Harry Connick Jr in the background was loud enough to be enjoyed and quiet enough to hold a conversation over.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 8, 2017

As Denver's original "main street" Colfax Avenue has always had quite a mix of businesses including that of restaurants. Historically some of the finest ones - and ones best left to the scrap pile and Board of Health memory - have been alongside a wide variety of businesses. Bastien's is the perfect "don't judge the book by its cover" in that from the outside it barely tells you how truly awesome it is inside. Not that the outside is bad and the free parking lot is becoming rare too, just that the inside is a tribute to the RatPack 1960's and a menu that, while not priced from then obviously, could easily have been presented to diners then. That, to me, is a tremendous plus. for millennials, maybe not which makes it even better: nobody taking photos of their meal, clicking away or growing their beards. Wonderful portions against a very reasonable price point for quality steaks, topped with very unusual, but delicious offerings. A true "hidden gem".

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 8, 2017

This place is a gem!!! Never disappointed. Never wrong if you go for the sugar steak.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

I would definately recommend trying out this dining experience. This will be our new spot for date night.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Bastien's is fantastic, a mid-century modern gem with great food, reasonable prices and a friendly staff.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I was recommended this place from a couple of different friends and it definitely does not disappoint. They're known for their sugar steak, but everything we ate here was great. This place has an older decor, but it feels more authentic than dumpy. I hate even using the word dumpy as it is NOT AT ALL, but it's certainly more retro. They've got a sweet sunken bar area that you can get food at too that's just really cool. To top it all off, it's VERY affordable. It's now a go-to for me if i need a quick steak.

Tags: Seasonal, Casual, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Outstanding food value. Steaks are delicious and done to perfection. The service is always excellent.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Classic steakhouse. Great selection, unique and creative recipes in addition to simple steakhouse classics. Excellent service and reasonably priced, all things considered. Brie would have been better in a pastry shell instead of with crackers though!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We cntinue to enjoy Bastien's, albeit a bit pricey. Steaks are excellent, salad is superior and soup is always very goo. We cannot afford to go often, but always enjoy the meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

The meal was exquisite. The Sugar Steak was as legendary as advertised. The service and ambiance were top notch. I felt that 4 stuffed jalapeño halves for $17 was over-priced, but aside from that, we enjoyed the experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 22, 2017

A little scared by the outside- needs updating. Recommendations had been great, thought, so wanted to try the famous sugar steak. It delivered!! And inside ambiance was much better. Give it a try!

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Great place for dining and especially the sugar steaks! We were given the name of this place by a local and I'm glad we went. Great vibe to the place and we will definitely be back.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Loved this experience. The food was excellent. I had the sugar steak. Best steak I have had in a long time and maybe ever and I worked on a farm in Nebraska while I was in college. The Staff and service was great and so much fun. We had a blast with them. One criticism...The Better than Sex Cake...really, really, really good, a great end to the meal. But...Better than Sex? Hmmm...not so sure about that. Thanks for the great meal and adding to a great night.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

All around great place..service was good, love the decore. Prices not bad. Comfortable. love this place.
It was our first time..
Only one thing tables were a little small..a little cramped..everything else was great....

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Disabled Access, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Vegan, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Comfort Food
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 30, 2017

I feel like this is a Denver must. Love the family atmosphere, the throwback style and the good food.

Tags: Fun, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 30, 2017

A great steak - you must also have the stuffed mushrooms!!! Best fried chicken - as good as your Grandmother's, from her cast-iron skillet!!!

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Love this place - took my mom, who was visiting, for her Birthday. The food was great, as usual, and the waitstaff, always friendly. Will be going back many, many times.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 19, 2017

This restaurant has the most delicious and amazing food! Wonderful staff and service! This is one of my favorite places to go in Denver! The sugar steak is like nothing else out there!!!!! Craving it now!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Our group of three all loved our meals. One chose the tournedos, one the sugar steak. Unfortunately, we were seated next to two men whose voices were quite loud. Though the restaurant did not seem to be full, we could not be seated at a different table. We managed to do fine by just scooting closer to each other. Besides being seated in a booth (already reserved), it did not seem like any other place in the restaurant could guarantee a quieter time, thus the review for noise level (energetic). It is a great neighborhood restaurant, it has been there forever, and the steaks are reliably delicious.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on August 8, 2017

3 of us tried 3 different steaks. The sugar, atomic and ring of fire were all outstanding. One of us had the 20 ounce bone in rib eye steak and it was delicious.
We also enjoyed their dinner salads and special mashed potatoes with cherry pepper chunks
Our male young server was phenomenal. Best server we have ever had at this restaurant
Just a great overall experience

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Bastien's is a good old-fashioned steak house. Sugar steak, Steak David, ribeye, they are all great. You can't go wrong.

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Classic restaurant. Best steak in Denver! Owned by the same family since 1937.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Retro. Steak was mediocre and overcooked and overpriced. Service was rushed at times and perfunctory.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Steaks still outstanding but a bit over priced. Twice baked potato used to be the best but falllen in quality. Also loved it for music with Frank Sinatra. Did not hear him once.Terrific salald, and great steak. I have been going there for over half a century.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Get the sugar steak! Better yet, sub a ribeye fir the strip in the sugar steak.

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Rachel was great. Such a diamond in the rough. Old school, but in an excellent way. The whole staff is terrific and you feel like you're part of the family. Delicious steaks!

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 2, 2017

I was looking forward to enjoying this longtime Denver institution, but I was so disappointed.
The food was marginal at best, and my sugar steak, the item they are known for, was tough.
The service was way too fast, not enough time to enjoy each course. The prices are much too high for such a poor steak. The only good thing is the building itself.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Service was TERRIBLE! The hostess had a poor attitude and our waitress didn't greet us for 15 minutes. I mentioned 3 times (when reservation was made, called ahead and at the time of our reservation) that we were ther celebrating a birthday. They did not pay attention to that at all. The food was delicious but do not expect to have "steak house" ser vice. You will not get even close to that there. It's too bad too because I had heard good things about the this place. We will not go there again for a special occasion because it will go unnoticed. But again, the food was very delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 28, 2017

We've been coming here for a real long time. The food and Service is always excellent!

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 25, 2017

This place is great. My steak was cooked perfectly and the price is reasonable for the food. The waitress was very prompt and answered all of our questions with respect. This was our first time but we will definitely be back.

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Always great drinks, super service, and delicious food, especially potatoes & steaks!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Bastien's was terrific. The mussel appetizer was delicious, enough for two to share. The Black and Tan 12 ounce was extremely tender. We both shared it with one dinner salad and a twice baked potato. We felt it was all plentiful especially since we had the Coconut Creme Pie for dessert which wasn't the best I've ever had. Next time we'd try a different dessert. Go for the steaks. Swing Era ambience and listen to Frank Sinatra in the background. Way cool!

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We celebrated my husband's birthday at Bastien's on Saturday night! We both got the sugar steak...our first time there...and it was delicious. Great value as it comes with soup or salad...and potato and veggie all for $27! Can't beat that! The spicy tomato soup was the special of the day and it was wonderful. The special mashed potato was cheddar, chives and mozzarella...both change daily and are yummy!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Good standby restaurant for steaks. Their signature Sugar Steak has been better. Our experience this time was that the cuts were a bit tough. Very good service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Something of a throwback to the 1960s/1970s family steakhouse, and very good in that genre. Not nearly as polished as the modern high end steakhouses, which cost twice as much, but a fun way to relive one's youth, if you were born before about 1970. Or to get an insight into your parents' youth, if you were born after 1970. Solid steaks, well-prepared. Excellent cocktails. Well-priced but a bit unimaginative wine list--that could stand a bit of input from a wine consultant. Friendly, helpful, and unpretentious service.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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