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About Palace Arms at the Brown Palace
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 menu 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. Valet parking is validated.
Denver, CO 80202
Contemporary American, Organic, Farm-to-table
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday 5:00pm - 9:00pm CLOSED: Sunday & Monday
Between Broadway & Tremont Place
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Available for Private Dinning
The Brown Palace Hotel has valet parking as you arrive at the entrance of the hotel. The Palace Arms will validate your parking ticket.
Bus: Civic Center; Light Rail: 18th & California
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Available for Special Events Private Dinning
Palace Arms offers the Independence Room for private dining (10 to 24 guests). Additionally, any of the Brown Palace Hotel's catering space may be reserved based on availability.
Palace Arms at the Brown Palace Ratings and Reviews
For the price, the food was not up to par. It was small plate with no substantive taste to the food. We ordered lamb ravioli for the first course and for $22 got exactly 1 lamb ravioli! Now I am not entirely without class, but come on!!!! SERIOUSLY?!?!?!? The next time I want to go spend $400 on a meal, I'll go somewhere that we won't need to have a sandwich when we get home! The service was impeccable and the ambiance was without compare. It does not surprise me that the quality has gone downhill considering the Brown Palace is now owned by Marriott.
My wife and I moved away from Denver in 1989 and she talks often of pleasant memories of her dining experiences at the Palace Arms with her father. I finally was able to take her to dinner in this magnificent locale this last Tuesday evening (April 4) and now I understand. The setting was beautiful, the staff attentive and the meal delicious. We started with a Caesar salad and moved to entrees of lobster for her and beef Wellington for me, but before all that the chef sent out to each of us a small complimentary appetizer of salmon tartare with chorizo powder and tiny wild onion flowers, which was wonderful. The lobster and beef Wellington entrees were prepared and presented perfectly. The baby root vegetables and purees were excellent additions to the plates. Luckily for me my wife is a small eater so I was able to enjoy my appetizer and entrée as well as stealing a few bites of hers. Our host/waiter was a lovely young man who made us feel right at home and the waitress helping him made sure our water glasses never got too low, our bread plates get too empty or our places get too untidy. After dinner, our host brought a beautiful red rose to my wife which created a very special ending to our evening. On our way out we strolled through the lobby of your magnificent building and up to the second floor to take in the full spectacle of the atrium and high stained glass ceiling that takes the breath away, just as it must have when it was first built in the 1800s. We will certainly make every attempt to return to the Brown Palace when we next visit my wife’s home town.
Terrible experience. Do not eat there. I had been there a number of times over 30 years and always enjoyed the experience. Way way overpriced. We had meal for 7 with bill of about $1000 with 1 bottle of wine. I would not complain about the price if the food lived up to the price. Not even close. 1 small scallop in $20 appetizer. Terrible old Caesar salad with soggy croutons. It was a Saturday at 6:30 and they were out of the Beef Wellington. So I got the $52 Ribeye which was 2 very small 1.2- 2 oz pieces of meat. My wife got the lobster. It came out clear (raw). We sent it back but by the time they brought it back, everyone was done eating. Desert was not any improvement. They seem totally lost in what they are trying to do. Grand Traditional atmosphere with an attempt at high end fusion food. Epic Failure.
The food was an over reach at gourmet/fusion, which never quite made it where the chef may have intended. The textures where fabulous, and some of the garnishes very tasty, but the overall taste of the main courses left much to be desired. The portions were also un-Coloradan. We've eaten in some wonderful places in L.A., Paris, Rome, NY, San Francisco, and never felt a portion was too small until now. With a very limited option of vegetables or sides, and the fresh flowers, not so fresh, we felt disappointed in our choice for dinner that evening.
This was a delightful experience, in the elegance of days gone by. Romantic setting with service that was excellent, discreet if you wanted it to be, friendly if you wanted it to be. The food was excellent, even improved from the last time I was there. There is much history there if you like that European feel and ambiance. I definitely recommend it, even more so for special occasions. I am very pleased that this restaurant has not been "updated" or modernized, and I feel special to be served by elegantly attired staff. Please don't change a thing. This is one of the few restaurants in town with great romantic ambiance and an atmosphere in which one can be heard and enjoy the conversation of their dining companions.
Food was good, service was good but the value for what you get was not as good.
Again, everything was good but I feel there are more modern restraints out there, such as Guard and Grace, that offer more at the same price point.
Overall I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend Palace Arms but I also wouldn't turn anyone away.
Service was attentive for the first 40 minutes, then completely dropped off. We were in need of drinks for more than 20 minutes. Food was good, but we were hungry when we left. After $150+ for a dinner for two, we expected to be satisfied. Completely the opposite of my expectations for this highly touted restaurant.
Restaurant Week 2017. Our anniversary falls during restaurant week and we always enjoy dinning during this event. Very disappointing in the food choice and amount of food served. We thought it was more of a tasting rather than dinner. Not sure we will go back again. That being said service was excellent.
We recently expanded our Brown experience with a dinner at the Palace Arms. From the time we arrived until we walked out the door, the staff made us feel welcome and highly valued. They were all friendly, engaging and attentive. Serving was well-paced, and all requests were cheerfully fulfilled. As we have found on every visit to the Ship Tavern, the Spa, and for afternoon tea, arrival at valet parking marks initial contact with an exceptional team that keeps us coming back for more.
We went for the Valentine's tasting menu. The desert was fantastic, however, the rest of the meal left us unimpressed. I'm fairly certain the chef had just discovered salt because it was overwhelming in all but one course. The service was top notch, and the ambiance was really great. The food just didn't match the high level of service. It wasn't horrible, but there was not one dish that left either of us wanting to return. Fun place to experience, but no where close to a restaurant I would encourage others to try.
My husband and I have been going to the Palace Arms for special occasions for more than a decade. The food was uniquely outstanding, but in the last two years the food and service have changed due to turn over in chef and changes on the menu and wait staff. They no longer offer the Rossini--a one-of-a-kind, award-winning Bison or beef filet that sat on top a slice of brioche, covered with Swiss chard and a truffle sauce, then doused in a port reduction sauce. While their website indicates they still offer it, they actually don't. They've replaced the filet with rib-eye, which is tasty but doesn't compare to the filet. The offered tableside mixing of Caesar salad, which was once done completely at the table--the waiter asking how you wanted your dressing to be prepared--is now a sham with the dressing pre-mixed and ordinary. We sent it back. And the once extensive award-winning dessert menu has been reduced to three offerings, none of which come from the award-winning menu. The only truly positive thing we can say about our recent experience is that our waitress tried her best to make up for what the restaurant lacked. While once we talked highly of this restaurant and recommended it to friends for special occasions, we are no longer impressed and will probably never go back. It's just too pricey for a less satisfying experience.
I will share these comments with the Brown Palace management as well. We were so disappointed at a decline in service and menu that is counter to our prior visits. The table side bananas foster is off the menu. We did not have a sommelier to guide us tonight. It just wasn't what we've experienced in the past and we were sad to see things go downhill at a special restaurant. AAA has this listed as Four Diamonds. Other restaurants meet that standard. Not on this visit.
Wonderful, pampered experience. Tremendous service and unbelievable wine list (if you have an oil well in your back yard). Staff pointed out an awesome bottle on the close-out page and saved me:). Menu is limited, and expensive, but the food is quite good. Given the number of really good dining experiences around downtown, i would have trouble being a regular here. But, if staying at the hotel, it's worth the experience once.
Live piano music in bar was wonderful! Our men enjoyed the food, but thought the portions were small. Outstanding service and extra treats from the highly skilled Chef made the evening special. Although, we should have let the Chef know we had a Vegan with us.
We make sure to stop in once a year on our visit to Denver. It's always at the top of our list to make sure we get a spot reserved and take the time out to enjoy our meal. Everything is Great except... Some of the staple items weren't available anymore. There's no Chocolate Soup, No Bananas Foster, A shortened version on the Cesar Salad made tableside. The food is still Great, It just takes away from the Brown Palace "Aura" I guess. We'll still go back and enjoy ever minute of it. For a "complaint" it's pretty ticky tacky, but it is worth a heads up to the Chocolate Soup Lovers!
We went to Palace Arms on Christmas Day and NYE. Christmas Day was horrible, not because of the food, nor the service that the other reviewers who dined here are complaining about. We were mostly disappointed with the ambience created by the people who went to dine there (the restaurant is not to be blamed as they don't get to choose who their customers are). Food was excellent as always - although gourmet and not the same as "main-stream" restaurants. I read lots of complaints about the price but it was a tasting menu, on a special day, and the price and menu were clearly advertised on the website. So if it's "too pricey" for your own taste - don't go there. We found the blend of flavors delectable. And the chef can accommodate any "temperature" you want - so if you want rare, just say so. We were shocked at the number of people complaining on Christmas Day when the place was booked and everything was disclosed on the website - just take the time to read what you are agreeing to.
This was the Christmas dinner. Waited for initial contact with the waiter. The salad was delivered with no forks and had to wait for forks to be provided. The salad was fairly uninteresting. The pork was overcooked and dry. The crust of the pecan pie was so hard it was difficult to break with a fork. We were provided with the wrong check at the end of the meal and had to wait for the correct one to be delivered. In the end it was only a fair experience for the price.
In a word, horrible. We arrived 5 minutes late for a 5pm reservation for 3 and still had to wait 10 minutes to be seated in an almost empty restaurant. Since this was Christmas dinner our dinner option was vegetarian or not. I chose the vegetarian. The soup was lukewarm and bland. The salad almost nonexistent. The Japanese palm, rubbery. The cupcake sized pecan pie was so hard it was impossible to eat. The half bottle of wine, $65, was the only decent item. Well, the wine and the warm dinner rolls. The other meals differed only in the breaded trout and the pork. The trout almost made my wife lose it. Tip - the price on the menu for each course was the additional cost. So, if you wanted ice cream with your pie that would cost you an additional $20. Total came to over five for just three people with no additions added.
I was contacted a week before to confirm reservation, at that same time I requested a booth.
1. Reservations were at 4:45pm we arrived 10min early and were promptly seated, but we seemed "unwelcome" by our hostess.
2. We were seated at a small table right in front of main entrance. I had to straddle the table leg in between my legs. Having a private conversation was not easy with people constantly peeking in, add to that people walking in to be seated.
3. The lighting was sufficient to read the menu, and the menu was not overwhelming.
4. Our server was amiable but cocky, and was not forthcoming with information. I had to request the addition to the food, and we were never told we could change things up. My Daughter would have loved to have the Pecan Pie dessert a la mode, vs plain. Was never offered up. The service definitely did not meet the expectations to the level of restaurant it represents.
5. Presentation of food was questionable, clay pottery, a chipped coffee cup. The food was difficult to cut and grab in the "bowl".
6. Food texture was a DISASTER, was overcooked, (maybe it was done day before and just over reheated). The beans were overcooked and the Heart of Palm was hard as a rock. The dessert was not edible, the pecan layer was harder than the crust it was in.
7. Our check was placed quietly on our table with no "thank you" from our server.
Dining in a fine restaurant is meant to be an experience, hopefully a pleasant one. However this particular one was not. $600 plus 2 hours later, 3 people left hungry and with disappointment.
We informed our server of the issues and was informed it was Christmas day, this is the the experience at the Palace Arms. If that was the Christmas experience I will never go in to find out what a daily experience is like. Management of the Palace Arms should really consider new menu, new staff, and new serving dished. If none of that seems possible, send in a secret guest to review how things are going.
In my opinion the current undership has ruined the palace arms...... what's with the new China? It's like eating at Panera bread. No elegant ice water, no beautiful plates, and no macaroons at the end of the meal. What is up with that?
A disappointment. Weak staff (for any restaurant, much less one of this alleged caliber). Ordinary food. Nice wine list, but that seemed mainly a waste of good wine -- not to mention money. Very limited menu, and the dishes proffered were neither well-described nor well-executed. It's hard to do old school well these days. If Marriott and the Brown no longer can, they should face the music and stop faking it.
I'm sorry, I've eaten at this place on many occasions over 60 years and have always loved it. The current menu, however, is pedestrian, limited and very skimpy in portions. Used to love the Caesar made table side. They still make it table side but the dressing they use is prepared ahead of time! Also forget any of the old, fabulous flaming desserts! No more. Service was nonexistent and indifferent. Until they get a chef trained and interested in more classic dishes (Beef Wellington? Steak Diane?) instead of the current generic items, I doubt I'll eat there again. Really too bad, I have loved the Brown and the Palace Arms for years. By the way, the Ship's Tavern is still very good with "real" food. Must have a different chef.
My wife and I have made dinner at the Palace Arms an anniversary tradition for 11 years. We always ordered the bison steak, table-side Caesar salad, and bananas foster and we were very disappointed to discover that these signature dishes have been taken off the menu. Not only were these signature dishes for the Palace Arms and on the menu for many years, they were some of the best dishes in Denver. I frequently recommended the bison steak to visiting clients. In an age of change and unpredictability, we were always able to count on the Palace Arms to provide these amazing meal options, until now. It's our understanding that the new chef has changed the menu and is trying more modern dishes, but this shouldn't be done at the expense of the best dishes at the restaurant in in Denver. The new options were average and not worth the premium price that the restaurant charges. It was very disappointing. We hope that the Palace Arms reconsiders it decision to take these dishes off the menu.
We went for Thanksgiving Dinner. You know how when you are served meals with courses in a fancy restaurant, two or three will be outstanding? Well, all 5 of these were outstanding. Great wine selection. If I were going back to visit Denver for Thanksgiving, I would check the Palace Arms first for a reservation.
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