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Ship Tavern at the Brown Palace

3.9
1758 Reviews
$30 and under
American
**Reservations are currently available. Please note, a face covering is required while entering, exiting or moving through the restaurant. Parties must be complete to be seated, and should not arrive more than 5 minutes before their reservation time.**

Welcome to the Ship Tavern at The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, located on 17th Street in beautiful downtown Denver! We are pleased to offer a varied menu sure to accommodate all appetites! Chef Herwerth and his team source our signature Prime Rib and Colorado Trout, as well as most of our products, locally! Enjoy John Kite live on the piano every Friday & Saturday evening from 7:30 to 10:00 pm.

The Ship's cocktail menu offers hand-crafted beverages, a large selection of beers, including tap and a pleasing spirit list! The Palace Arms' wine list is also available!

In order to accommodate parties of 8 or more guests, please contact us directly 303.297.3111 extension 3315

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1758 people are saying
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Kallen
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

2 prime ribs, 2 bowls of chowder, a single dessert and one bar drink was $152 and none of the food was "excellent". Overpriced and not a good value for mediocre quality of the food.

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PaulR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Frank, was awesome. Thanks for making it a fun and memorable night.

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NorPol
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, atmosphere and food. We're first time visitors and this establishment was on top of the list recommended for us by the Norwegian Consulate in Denver, CO.

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Bubbey
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very noisy. Difficult to hear everyone at our table.

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BRICON
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our time there. The food was good the atmosphere was awesome

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FoodLoverWith3Kids
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Ships Tavern and the Brown Palace never fail to deliver ambience of good cheer and timeless festivity. Yet, the overall food and service experience was not up to par this time around, I'm disappointed to say. The waitstaff was likely not fully staffed, and seemed a bit frazzled. Our main course took over an hour to arrive, and we noticed another family of 4 who came in well after us had received their main at least 30 minutes before we received ours. The charcuterie board could have a better variety of meats as well as some olives to be more 'current' and the beet hummus was pretty bland. The seafood chowder wasn't as flavorful as we'd hoped, but the chicken wings were nice and spicy, the salmon dish was very good and the tenderloin w frites were more of the quality we're accustomed to seeing here. We are very sad that the lobster roll is no longer offered, as that was a very delicious option. We'd recommend coming for drinks.

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MichealW
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Halibut was over cooked and very thin slice.
Service was very good.
Resyrant was very cold.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Over charged on the salad

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't remember our servers name but she was fantastic , so Bubbly and full of great reccomendations. We forgot to mention it was our anniversary until after we closed out and she was so amazing she brought us a desert on the house to help us celebrate and made the fantastic reccomendation of chocolate cake. It came out with a beautiful chocolate that said happy anniversary. It was the perfect meal to end a great day of pampering at the brown palace spa.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Waiter wasn't really helpful and was a bit rude. Awful, don't need to come back.

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csnow
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New years eve lunch, very fun, great food

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Gatorvisitor
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

We were very disappointed by our visit to Ship Tavern. The food was not good - salad not fresh, unable to substitute any sides, mediocre quality all around. Overpriced for what we received. The staff were friendly, but very busy, making it too difficult to attempt to correct anything. There were far too many people for comfort given the pandemic situation. The noise level was so high that we could not have any conversation at the table. Regretful experience.

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vipnochitchathere
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Our man bunned server arrived at our table and before even greeting us, declared - we're going to be really busy today, so won't have time to chit chat, are you ready to order?

this is not 5 star service and colored our entire experience. Our iced tea glasses were never refilled and a $70 lunch just shouldn't be this way.

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PatsyG
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

I might suggest you stop here for a drink and a quick appetizer or stick to the sandwich menu only. The food wasnt great and when you order Chicken Pot Pie for $35.00 you would really expect the very best, instead got a grey bowl of mushy sauce with a pastry topper. Some shredded chicken which barely allowed the name "Chicken Pot Pie" ! My friend got the Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich which he enjoyed. The ambiance was nice and our drinks were great. Our service was attentive and went above and beyond. The Ships Tavern may have sunk a bit and may need a menu overhaul or more attention to the quality of what is being served.

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DSAPiano
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Incredible onion soup served in a mini cast iron pot, then a huge club sandwich. Guest had the fried chicken blt and enjoyed it, too. The whole meal was a treat.

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Robbie
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We ordered 2 different mixed drinks. They were both poorly crafted, did not taste the way we expected cocktails to taste at a classy place like the Brown Palace.

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vipMallory
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Let's be honest, you come here for the ambiance, and because it is the only place you can get in at the Brown Palace, especially around Christmas. It's very clear the staff is overwhelmed, and when we first walked in, they looked absolutely panicked even though there was nobody in the restaurant and we had a reservation. The food was average, and the menu rarely changes. The wine list is incredibly overpriced, and a glass of wine is what you would spend on a bottle at the store. This was a fine meal to bring our out of town guests to see the decorations at the Brown Palace, but it definitely is not a five star experience. I'm fine with only going once a year, but next time I think we will try to get our reservations elsewhere even if it means booking in June.

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vipfamilyof5
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ao special! We love it here! Everything was perfect! The prime rib is the best!

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vipHollisB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Slow service and cold food….

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Understaffed and the waiter tried so hard. It was over an hour just to order but we had water. It is so noisy, terrible acoustics. It’s difficult to hear someone just across from you! The food was average. This used to be more enjoyable.

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ilikefood
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had Christmas dinner here, since I stayed at the Brown Palace Hotel. The food was good, but expensive. The room is very fun, though, with all the ships and maps.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Merry Christmas Denver! Another outstanding meal at The Ship’s Tavern in The Brown Palace. This time joined by friends to celebrate Christmas Day. You’d never know it was a holiday. We were seated at exactly 5:30, our reservation time, and our drinks order taken immediately. Once our drinks arrived we placed our order from the menu which included a special traditional Christmas meal which allowed for a substitution of chicken instead of ham, which I ordered, and my husband had the ham version. Our guests had the salmon and prime rib from the regular menu. Our meals came out quite quickly and our drinks were refilled promptly as well. We all enjoyed delicious dessert too. An absolutely delightful meal served by attentive staff even on a busy night. An excellent experience and worth every penny. We cleared our plates!

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LilliD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ship Tavern is a unique and welcoming spot for a meal. Although the menu is small, there is something for everyone. Service was excellent, and although very busy & bustling with patrons, it was easy to converse and enjoy our meal. The French onion soup is very tasty, and the buttermilk chicken sandwich was a hit. A definite place to visit again.

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Paul
Denver
48 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We chose the Brown Palace because we’ve lived in Denver for nearly 45 years and had never eaten there. It was only O.K. I believe one pays a lot for the atmosphere.

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VERNETTEU
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience except for the high noise level in the Tavern .

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LisaS
Detroit
25 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our Christmas meal. We enjoyed the Carolers. The hotel was beautiful decorated. The Tavern coukd have used some holiday decor

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vipdoctor
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the holiday memories the Brown Palace has given us.
We also celebrated our wedding at the Brown Palace 38 years ago.
Thank you!

SG
SusanG
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was the perfect place to be! Been going for over 20 years and always fun and fabulous. Thank you

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CKopinion
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Worst experience we had to start our holiday. The food was AWFUL AND WE SENT EVERYTHING BACK! We left and went to another restaurant. Will never go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Special holiday meal with friends, food was marginal for the price. Service was extremely disappointing given the locale. Server was definitely having a bad day and it spilled over onto our lunch.

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SkyB
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Christmas tradition! We love the food, ambiance, service and atmosphere. They pour a good drink here. A lovely place to have lunch all year round!

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Mlee
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nice for Christmas lunch. Service capable & friendly.

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donna5280
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service, and ambiance! The salmon and mushroom risotto were fabulous! Highly recommend. John, the pianist made a great evening even more special.

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Holidaywineevent2021
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Family Christmas luncheon

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Hendo
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

what a disappointment for a 55 year tradition to dine at the Ships Tavern over the holidays
A table not from the regular selection but a fill in with convention chairs and out of balance when other tables were open the entire time
Food was just plan bad and had to request bread, water and refill of drinks
Should have walked out when they only had one menu for our table
did I mention the place was half full
Don't go
you will be disappointed

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RogerS
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food was presented well - we were not rushed and we received a complimentary desert. It was very hard to hear the conversation at the table because of room noise.

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scottb
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

food was just pretty average. Service was slow since they didn't have a lot of workers. Great bar and cool atmosphere when things are more in full swing. Expect mediocre until improvements in labor or food start picking up.

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None
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Very pricey, one of the worst $22 hamburgers I’ve had

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vipCeleste
New Mexico
23 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

So disappointed! The Brown Palace and Ships Tavern was once a gem, now it is shabby. Food was overdone and the service was insolent. The hotel lobby decorations are spectacular and valet parking was nice, but we’re sad at the obvious decline of such a famous historic Denver treasure.

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RickB
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

This was a disappointing anniversary experience. I note in OpenTable this was our anniversary but this was never acknowledged by the waitresses. We had to wait 30 minutes for seating, then another 35 minutes before we received menus. I got up and took a menu from an open table. Then the hostess came over. She said she would get us a waitress. This took about 15 minutes. It took her 10 minutes to get us bread and water when she took our order. It took 15 minutes to get soup, and one was cold. It took about 30 minutes to get our dinners. Total time from reservation to leaving was 2 hours and 45 minutes. It was very noisy in the restaurant.

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Ship Tavern at the Brown Palace offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 297-3111 ext. 3315.

Ship Tavern at the Brown Palace is rated 3.9 stars by 1758 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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