Ellyngton's at the Brown Palace

4.4
1099 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Deal makers, politicians and businessmen frequent the restaurant regularly making it the place see and be seen. The hotel main dining room serves traditional breakfast with a twist; deli sandwiches, creative entrees and salads for lunch, as well as our City Search Best Brunch winning Dom Perignon Sunday Brunch. Three tiers of champagne are offered to complement the experience: Domaine Chandon, Moet et Chandon, and of course, Dom Perignon.
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Mon - Fri 11:00AM - 11:15AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM

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TG
Denver
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine at Ellyngton's. It is truly one of the few places one can have an intimate meal free of irritating noise.

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LV
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice brunch. The desserts were really great!

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OT
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great jazz band, great food, great waiter, no complaints, we will be back.

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JS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

I made a reservation for brunch to celebrate my husband's birthday last Saturday. We have frequented the Ships Tavern, enjoyed numerous events at the Brown Palace, and wanted to try Ellington's for this special occasion. We were greeted and seated in a lovely area; there were only a few tables with patrons. The ambiance is classic Brown Palace and you definitely feel elegant dining there. The brunch items were delicious and I would highly recommend the food. Unfortunately, the service from our server Anton was pathetic at best. There was a table that had a couple who garnered everyone's attention leaving us to ask three times for water and coffee refills that came eventually. Anton spent a great deal of time chatting with this couple while ignoring our table. In addition, I expected an acknowledgment of some type for my husband's birthday celebration and there was none. If it weren't for the delicious food, the brunch would have been a disaster. Anton needs training on how to serve his guests!!!

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JC
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very nice Sunday brunch for a friend's birthday.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was excellent and a good value for the quality. Our server, whom I’ve had before, is about as exciting and attentive as a sloth.

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WC
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are always impeccable

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating new job

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D
South Dakota
58 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great old school service, food service. One of the great lunches in the city.

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brunch buffet was fabulous with many foods to choose from and it all looked amazing. We had terrific service from Eric, and really enjoyed brunch

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MJ
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an awesome experience. I would recommend the campaign brunch to anyone that is looking for a memorable experience!

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J
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love the ambiance here. The employees and wait staff were super friendly. Excellent experience!

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EM
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I went for brunch to celebrate our 21st Wedding Anniversary. The food was fantastic and Garth (our server) was very attentive. The only complaint was that I had requested table 61 or 62 and my request was not honored. Our reservation was for 11:15am. I do not believe the comments/request are read in a timely manner. The young lady appeared to just be reading the request.

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r
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I met for lunch at Ellington's inside the Historic Brown Palace. Everything in Brown Palace exceeds expectations. Ellington's does also. We were warmly greated, promptly seated and provided a very attentive staff. Salads were elegantly plated and very well portioned. We frequent Tea and occasionally indulge in the Spa here too!

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RL
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was not as excellent as usual. Seemed like reduced wait staff.

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s
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second lunch there in a month. Each time there were 15 of us. Our tables were ready on time, the waiters were informative and attentive. Everyone in my groups loved their food and we all said we would definitely want to come back.

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m
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Sunday brunch was decent . . . very busy and hard to get the attention of our server. Food was good, not amazing. Fresh shrimp, good cheese selections, decent cinnamon rolls. We ordered eggs benedict. The hollandaise sauce was pretty congealed and the eggs were overcooked. We enjoyed our time, but not really worth the price.

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OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service and really enjoyed the live music.

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DD
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great time. We were seated a little before our reservation. The waiter was right there and explained everything. Waited until we were back at the table to bring our coffee so it would be hot. Cleared plates right away so we could start again. Food was amazing and was replenished often.

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CP
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a beautiful restaurant and a wonderful place for a special brunch. It's pricey for brunch but certainly all great food and great service.

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AG
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is excellent. Very relaxing atmosphere. Would definitely recommend trying it out if you have never been.

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DD
Denver
38 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Restaurant was early empty at 1:00 on a Friday afternoon. Food was tasty and presentation lovely. Unfortunately, it was quite a struggle to redeem the Open Table Dining Reward, and not until hours later did we realize we'd also been overcharged but hadn't the stamina to do anything about it. The old-timey elegance was nice as a novelty, but for the price we're likely to try some place more lively another time.

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m
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I’ve been going off and on for several years now but really think I’ll try to find something else at this point for the price. The food needs updating. It’s an old fashioned menu that is overall heavy and the desserts are too rich. Kids don’t have healthy options such as separately made veggies like beans and glazed/buttered carrots. The brunch items could use more creativity. Desserts like nice fluffy torts would be a welcome addition. The food offered at this point can be found at most any relatively decent restaurant. The music is great though!

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SL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

My wife and I were excited to have our annual New Years Sunday brunch at Ellyngton's yesterday. We were extremely disappointed. I am not sure if there was a change in management but the experience was at best sub par.


Two hostesses greeted us, one dressed nicely (as would be expected at the Brown) and the other in sweats (ok this might be overly picky).

There were no smoked salmon or bagels, but plenty of cream cheese. They ran out of oysters at 11:00. The carving station only served Colorado Beef - No turkey, ham of lamb. The sushi, so limited and average why even bother! The deserts were great.


The service was average at best.


Ordinarily I would not write such a scathing review, but at $70/person not including champagne, I expect more that an omelet and bacon and sausage.


Other options next year, The Inverness Hotel, YaYas or Pappadeaux.

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M
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I gave the Sunday brunch for 2, to my daughter and son-in-law for a Christmas gift.
They loved it ! I will make this a tradition for their gift next year.

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d
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years family brunch

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NS
Tucson
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Our group stayed overnight at the hotel and chose to meet up for breakfast at the hotel to keep it simple (no taxis necessary). Reservations for 9am and we were there until 10:30. For breakfast. No one ordered anything out of the ordinary, but apparently two of our orders were wrong before they even came out and had to be remade. Server must have been busy because we hardly saw him. We saw the woman who refills water more often (but don’t ask her for coffee...). One of us specifically ordered his eggs “not runny” but that’s exactly what he got.

We had a great experience at the Ship Tavern the previous night, but only Ellyngton’s is open for breakfast. Wasn’t great, but maybe it was a bad morning. For $18/entree, I’m not sure we’d come back for their runny eggs. We would have asked the server or a manager for assistance but we never saw a manager and hardly saw our server.

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OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We ate here because we received breakfast vouchers for being Marriott Platinum Premier Elite members. The food was subpar. French toast was soggy and undercooked. Eggs Benedict were bland and came out cold. Service was slow. Best part was the ambiance with the Christmas decor. I would’ve been upset if we had to pay... the food was overpriced and seemed comparable in quality to what you’d get from Perkins.

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TL
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The good was decent nothing exceptional. We were seated in the corner so I couldn’t see the rest of the restaurant. I would say a great for a casual lunch.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Were unprepared for Christmas Day. Was told there was open seating upstairs-untrue. Arrived at 1:45 for a 2:00 reservation and was told it would be 20 minutes. Just after 2 was told it would be 45 minutes. Ended up finding another table on Open Table and went somewhere else.

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GM
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The management was great about accomodating us for Christmas after a website glitch.

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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

The food was cold, the buffet eggs were watery, the French toast must have been from 8am because by 1 they were hard as rocks and not edible. The potatoes were not cooked all the way. The price of the food was not worth it at all. But on a lighter note the service was great.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

I’ve been going there for brunch for 18 years. It’s really gone down hill. The service was poor. The man making the omelettes was down right rude. The ambiance is not what it used to be since the new owners took over. They now have banquet chairs instead of the nice wooden one with arms and the pretty upholstery. You have to go past the “tea area” in the lobby to get to the restaurant which is usually beautifully decorated for the holidays. But this year they had a banquet table in the aisle which made it difficult to get to the restaurant. I’m very disappointed. I doubt that I’ll return considering the price point and current atmosphere. I didn’t mind the price in the past because of the service and ambiance. But it’s no longer worth it in my opinion.☹️

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JC
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I made our reservations far in advance for our 5 year anniversary and when we arrived a few minutes early before our 11:30am spot, we were told that a table was available (as opposed to reserved) and we were sat at the absolute worst table possible, in the very middle of the restaurant directly in front of the band. When I asked Sarah the hostess for another table she very impolitely stated that I could come back at 12 to see if they had anything else. I saw that there were 2 tops where guests had just finished & I thought she would at least apologize and request the bussing staff to clean a quieter table as quickly as possible to accomodate us. I should have asked her for that since she did not offer, but I was so taken aback by her attitude, I just went back to our terrible table.

I really wasn't expecting anything special done for us for our anniversary, but when I make a reservation, especially at a location as nice as the Brown Palace, I do not expect to be seated at the worst table and I certainly expected better customer service.

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OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

A major disappointment, to the point that one must consider The Brown Palace to no longer be a top destination for brunch. While the seafood selection of clams, oysters, and shrimp was nice, the tuna nigiri was marginal, and other selections were below average. The cheese blintzes, for example, we're soggy and didn't have any depth of flavor. The potatoes were over done to the point of being a dark brown (and tasted overcooked), and the prime rib was average, and not distinguishable from Golden Coral.

To make it worse, the service was abysmal. We waited 10 minutes after being seated by a clearly disinterested hostess, and nary a server was to be found. I was finally able to get the attention of a waiter, who promised to send someone over. Two individuals then had an argument over who had responsibility for our table. Finally one of them graciously decided we could receive their attention. The lines for the food we're extremely slow due to triangle layout that blocked all progress to any items because of the egg station. The layout needs serious rework. While we were eating, a different waiter bumped into the table, spilling all of the drinks. He apologized for bumping to us (accidents happen), but failed to help clean the table, or refresh the drinks. Coffee, for example, was undrinkable because the saucers we're flooded with the spilt beverages and would.have left a trail of drippings we're one to have lifted the cup. It took a long time to finally flag our waiter to get replacements. The lack of follow through after an incident simply demonstrates the lack of attention.to detail that distinguishes good service.

In short, the food is not exceptional, the wait times in the lines simply inexcusable and could be resolved were the management even slightly involved in analyzing the flow, and the service below that of what one could find on any dive dinner in the country.

The band was good, however.

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G
Denver
98 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Romantic breakfast with husband before the Christmas chaos. Really enjoyed the setting and the more formal atmosphere. I had the bakery basket, which had some amazing buttery rolls and muffins. Coffee was wonderful. They let us linger and catch up without a rush to the door. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

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BL
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Not great food. Not great experience. So many other places to go.

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PC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my 9 year old granddaughter there for breakfast before taking her to see the Nutcracker. She had been there for tea, but loved the breakfast too. We saw the Christmas decorated chandelier which was beautiful! A great breakfast, glamorous entry, and terrific way to start our grandma/granddaughter day!

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DA
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family makes Sunday Brunch at the Brown Palace a Christmas tradition every year. Wouldn't miss it! Love the food. Love the setting. Love the jazz trio.

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HB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I began, a few years ago, the tradition of a nice holiday brunch, just the two of us. This year brought us to Ellyngton's at the Brown Palace Hotel. We'd both been to the Brown before, both to the other restaurant, me for holiday tea, and both to stay, so we knew it would be great. And, it was. Brunch buffets can be difficult in terms of maintaining food quality, but Ellyngton's does it perfectly. Everything was delicious, the service was terrific, and the live music was so nice. We were early, and they were able to seat us right away, which was also really nice. The entire experience, from valet parking to the hotel decorations, was spectacular!

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