Palace Arms at the Brown Palace

3.9
973 reviews
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Contemporary American
The Palace Arms has a posh, old-world ambiance that provides a charming, cozy and superior dining experience. Conscious effort is put into assuring all organic, local farm-to-table, humanely raised and GMO-free foods as much as possible. The Palace Arms’ multiple award winning wine list is one of the largest in the world and makes our wine-pairing options opulent.

Our versatile private dining room, The Independence Room, allows you to host a rehearsal dinner, hold a business meeting, celebrate a special occasion, or go for a night out on the town. Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan options are available. Reservations are appreciated. Complimentary valet parking with validation is available.
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MW
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Harrison, our waiter, was magnificent! Our favorite restaurant in Denver.

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S
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Ambiance was great and room was quiet...so nice for conversation. Food is very expensive, well presented, but every dish was cold. The sorbet was delightful. Dessert was flavorless but pretty to look at.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner. The food was amazing and the wine was exceptionally paired. We will definitely return.

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C
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still nearly perfect after all these years.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

This was the weirdest experience at a “Fine Dining” restaurant. We often go out to lovely, more pricier restaurants. Don’t know if this is the usual, but The Palace Arms has a very limited menu, and each course was tasteless and bleh.... My main course was a beef dish, and somehow they managed to give me a rarer steak that was so tough it literally shook the table while trying to cut. It was also flavorless. I left the two little medallions, as I couldn’t even get through them. How do you pull off rare AND tough? :) The server seemed rather annoyed in general that he had to be there. My husband got a blackened cod (the only other option on the 4 course menu), and it was horrible! A limp-less slab of white fish on runny, milky, flavorless potatoes. No color, no veggies, no unique sauce, nothing. The last dessert course honestly tasted like banana pudding that my grandma use to make from a box. I don’t know if it was just an off night for staff all around, but it was a Friday, and it really should have been a hopping, delicious experience. We ended up ordering room service later to actually satisfy our appetite.

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BS
Portland
38 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Overall Unique experience. Traditional course servings.

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SG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Had dinner with my husband on Valentine's Day at the Palace Arms. Enjoyed the fish course and the wine selection. The meat was really bad - we asked for medium rare and got something hard to chew. Debated sending our plates back but ended up filling ourselves with more of the really good wine pairing. Dessert was not enough to be the saving grace.

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M
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Just a rip off. Hardly any menu options, portions were tiny, and the restaurant looked old and tired. Even worse, it was super pricey. You can get so much more value from other nearby high end restaurants. At least the service was good.

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KE
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Fixed price menu is very limited for the lowest priced version...just two choices for entree. I requested an entree selection from the more expensive menu (duck) which they said I could have for an up-charge although they didn’t say how much. The duck choice was tough, salty and almost un edible. I ate very little.

I asked at the end of the meal to forgive the up-charge due to the very unsatisfactory duck which they did. I should have sent it back immediately for something else due to the poor quality.

Sever and service was good.

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ES
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

At the conclusion of dinner the waiter handed me a rose. Nice touch!

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f
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

value of food is fair.
the initial offer of very small pork pate with fruit glee -why bother? the evening slipped from there.
the menu offered was fixed. beet salad with mix of lettuce and grapes - was not complementary fusion of flavor, under seasoned winter soup with side of cold garnish (i would prefer all items on the plate to be ready to eat and not have to peal the cold squash), entree less than fair as the Colorado beef came out the under side of rare and gristled. Skip the chocolate mint desert.

staffing: the is service was pleasant and tried to recover and busboys hovered to much - however there was not more than 3 occupied tables to stay busy. I long for old days of Palace Arm and long for the day when fine dining is fine.

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WP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Very expensive for mediocre to inedible food. The only good course was the soup. The beef was inedible--mostly gristle and fat, and the dried mushrooms must have been reconstituted without rinsing, because they were so sandy we both had mouths full of gravel. It was disgusting. The rest of the meal was overly presented with ho-hum (cheap) ingredients, like squash, lettuce, grapes, and pumpkin seeds. Also, the wine is overpriced. The servers, however, are very friendly and enthusiastic; we couldn't fault them for trying so hard.

Unrelated to the meal, when we sat down in our first booth an outlet behind us exploded and sent sparks flying onto our clothing. Fortunately we moved, because the same outlet sparked again a few minutes later. Overall, the Brown Palace is getting tired and in need of maintenance.

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A
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a historic location. The restaurant was very quiet with high ceilings and chandeliers. We had the four course dinner with seabass. Everything was delicious and unique.

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

This is one of our favorite restaurants worldwide. Our recent visit was no exception. The choice of three fixed price menus gave us a good opportunity to sample the best the chef has to offer. The wine selection may well be the best in Denver. Service was perfect, And, surprisingly on a Saturday night, it was not too busy. We look forward to our next visit.

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m
Portland
136 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning decor and excellent food and service.
Go early to receive over the top service.

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great experience!

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OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Food was just so so, but the service was wonderful.

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F
Denver
45 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

We have enjoyed celebrating special occasions at the Palace Arms for 25 years. It is so sad that it’s illustrious history has come to an end. In the past there were excellent appetizers, amazing table side Caesar Salad, and some of the best seafood and meat entrees in Denver. The room is still beautiful and inviting but the food is average at best.

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C
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

We used to love going to the palace arms restaurant. They have since changed their menu and the eating experience has declined significantly. We will not be back until they change their menu back to what it was. It's too bad; it was a special place to eat.

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w
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

Expensive... terrible meal.. tough beef, beet salad was a jumbled up mess..even the ice cream was tasteless.. I expected a lot more from the best restaurant in Brown Palace..

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BW
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Just a disappointing experience

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MH
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

The food was surprisingly mediocre in flavor and overly presented with complicatied things like the pineapple upside cake dessert. The physical restaurant is beautiful and classic with professional service.

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OM
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Special menu for Thanksgiving was fabulous in many ways, especially the service, but was not designed to ensure one could enjoy dessert. And one when is eating in a restaurant for Thanksgiving, you do not have the luxury of wandering away for two hours and coming back to have dessert as many families do and thus the ultra rich surprisingly sweet second course meant dessert was near impossible for all of us. We are regular restaurant eaters, have a clear sense of value, and felt that the Thanksgiving dinner was a $400 dinner that ended up costing us $800 after tip when there is no choice and the menu is Wholly pre-ordained, then the cost per person should feel like an experiment and adventure not a subsidy. Let us be clear the dinner was very good and we were very happy but despite our experience in restaurants at this level we did feel that it wasn’t fully our money’s worth. And we would’ve happily and did happily tip for the incredible quality of service offered by the hostess our waiter the runners and the other servers in the restaurant. We would not complain but wanted to be clear because we did have a lovely time.

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BC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The food for Thanksgiving diner was only barely warm. Very disappointed.

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f
Denver
91 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

They don't make them like they used too, what a cool old place to enjoy a meal. The food and service were great. I would recommend giving yourself some extra time to enjoy some music in the lobby before or after your meal.

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SL
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Food was really disappointing except for the tomato soup which was very good. Scallops were rubbery. Very expensive. Service was also inattentive. Nice ambiance, quiet— since it was almost empty on a Friday night.

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DN
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A Saturday evening dinner at Palace Arms was a special occasion surprise for my spouse's 65th birthday along with our two grown up sons and their dates who had never been to the Brown Palace. When we sat down our surprise was that the Tasting Menu was our only option for dinning that evening with our choice of a six or eight course meal. I did not notice the menu before making this reservation, but once we realized this limited option, we should have gotten up to go to another restaurant in the Brown Palace to eat. The atmosphere was quiet and dark - more like going back in time - compared to the lively options in the downtown Denver area. Four people ordered the six course meal and two ordered the eight course meal. We shared the extra two courses which were veal and duck. The food was tasteful but not exceptional. Although there were only six or seven tables being served that evening, service seemed to be slow - possibly understaffed. For example, after a wait our dessert was presented and then the pre-dessert was delivered since the staff was still making the pre-dessert. Our experience lasted over three hours during which a few of members of our family lost patience. The Palace Arms is Denver tradition which is relying on is reputation. Unfortunately, this dinning experience did not live to our expectations especially considering how much the final tab was.

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MS
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Set menu, which was ok but happened to feature one of the few foods I cannot stand: beets.
The red meat and fish were dry/overcooked. The artwork is odd. There were only 2 other tables occupied on a Saturday night and I think it's because overall it was not all that great, esp for the price.

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CY
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Brown Palace is just a delightful establishment
From its white linen service in the Palace Arms to Churchill’s Cigar Bar or the less casual Ships Tavern. It is the Denver institution when it comes to stetting the standard in quality and service.
I love the place.

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G
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary here. It was an awesome experience. We enjoyed the 6-course chef menu. The food was tasty, the service exceptional. We felt truly “special” throughout this memorable meal. Needless to say, the rose that I was presented was a delightful, thoughtful touch.

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SL
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Chose the restaurant to celebrate a 30th Anniversary. Enjoyed the ambiance and the historic status of the hotel. The menu was a chef's tasting with good variety and techniques. Our party enjoyed the food very much and appreciated the portion size. The number of wait staff was more than adequate which leads to my major complaint. With so many staff and a limited number of courses, that were the same for each table, why did we get lost? The waiter served the second to last course, the beef course, without even knowing that we were already missing two courses, the salad and fish, and unless we reminded him where we were he had no clue. Then he asked if we even wanted them! Really? We were in the restaurant for 3.5 hrs to finish our meal. The waiter did comp one bottle of wine to make amends but this was a $600.00 dollar dinner and I expected better from the Brown Palace. Now that I think of it, maybe I was to nice in my ratings.

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JP
Grand Rapids
21 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Failed to check menu in advance and it turned out to be limited to a prix fix menu only which would not have been our preference.

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D
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Six course dinner, only the dessert was okay, the others were either barely edible or inedible

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OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went for a dinner date. The meal was average, however the wine pairings were wonderful. We opted for the six course meal, which consisted of salmon, a curry style soup, steak and the dessert was a creme brûlée. The steak was too rare. My husband and I both felt the meal wasn’t comparable to the price. The ambiance is beautiful and the wait staff excellent.

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LP
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fancy dinner. I liked the concept, the food was well arranged on the plate. However not all dishes were tasty. And they only had the 6 and 8 course seasonal menu, so options were limited.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for an anniversary. Wonderful food. They do an amazing job of creating such synergy in the tasting menu. Be warned. It is a LOT of food. Definitely worth the money, but come prepared to eat a lot of wonderfully delicious food!

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Denver
36 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my wife's birthday. The eight course entree was fabulous. They acknowledged her birthday and the evening was fabulous. Wonderful evening.

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JB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Had 6 courses. Perfect amount of food. Atmosphere very romantic.

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MK
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A remarkable experience!

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KM
San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gastronomical gem! Trust this chef to your meal, and be delighted with perfectly composed meals, paired with harmonious libations.

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