The Nickel - Hotel Teatro

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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Located within Denver’s historic Tramway Building, originally opened in 1911, The Nickel pays homage to the space that was once used to collect fare from customers riding its resident streetcars: a nickel. Just as the building in which The Nickel is housed has a storied past, the dishes found on the menu at The Nickel all have a story. We proudly serve menus that incorporates the highest quality ingredients from farmers, ranchers, distillers and craft producers, and is comprised of dishes that are easily recognizable and feel simple, but eat complex. The restaurant aims to make all guests feel the warmth of familiarity within its doors. From our friendly and knowledgeable service team, to our sommelier curated wine program, to the centerpiece of our restaurant- The Barrel Bar - which offers house barrel-aged cocktails on tap.
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Social Hour Specials

Join us at The Nickel bar or Study Lounge and enjoy barrel-aged cocktails, selections from a well-curated wine list, local craft beer, and a specialty bites menu. Wine and craft beers for $5, and specialty cocktails for $8 or less.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 15, 2020

Ends: January 16, 2119

Availability: Mon-Fri 3:00PM-5:00PM 8:00PM-10:00PM

Wine and Dine Monday's

Dine with us every Monday and receive 50% off any bottle of wine with a spend of $50 or more. Reservations suggested. Available for Dinner service only.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 26, 2019

Ends: November 27, 2118

Availability: Mon 4:00PM-10:00PM

What 687 People Are Saying
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JM
Denver
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant week menu was excellent and an excellent value. Serving sizes were generous, service and ambiance were very good.

RL
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Only ok for price, menu and vene

DA
Denver
47 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A nice place for a quick bite before the theater!

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

2 nd time there, food was not as warm as it should be and we had steak and it tasted unusual. Great place price on the height side.

SF
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience5

This was my second attempt at brunch at the Nickel. I had hoped the lousy experience the first time was an anomaly but no so.

The food here is mediocre at best. I got the pork belly hash, which was just a combo of diced white sweet potatoes with no seasoning, about 10 pieces of pork belly and 2 eggs sitting on top. Then there were four whole peppers flanking the bowl/plate. How are you supposed to eat that?

My friend got french toast which was three pieces of bread and no side item.

This rather lackluster, basic food preparation took 40 minutes to deliver to our table. There's just no excuse for that for anything on a brunch menu.

Disappointed again. Won't be returning.

s
Salt Lake City
23 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a spectacular dining experience! Great food, Moe was a phenomenal member of the wait staff, and the pace was perfect. Highly recommend

P
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Been here several times, food is consistently good but service has been consistently slow.

d
Denver
42 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience5

The entrees on the winter menu are (all but one) game - elk, venison octopus, wild boar. This doesn't offer any choice for the non-game customer and especially for someone who isn't a heavy meat eater. We'll have to wait for the spring menu to decide if we come again.

AA
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Had brunch at The Nickel this weekend and let me tell you, it was amazing! The initial reservation process left something to be desired but upon my reservation chef Ian sorted it all out and turned things around. Arriving for brunch I was promptly greeted and shown to my table by the friendly host. Our waiter was friendly and diligent. The bartender was a familiar face and still preforms at a top notch level. Everything that came out of the kitchen was spectacular! There were no complaints at the table and mostly clean plates, Ian you out did yourself. 10:10 will visit again.

KO
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food but very pricey! Be prepared to spend a lot!

N
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful relaxing place to dine. Intimate yet lively. A perfect place before an event at DCPA .

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The Nickel was once an outstanding restaurant but has clearly gone in the wrong direction. We have eaten there twice in the last two months, and both times the food was obviously off base.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Wonderfully close to the Buell theatre for an after performance dinner

OT
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good menu selections. Tasty brunch items. Cold air from the hotel lobby doors. Make a reservation.

OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A very eclectic variety of entrees, not the same stuff you find most places. Also great cocktails.

MJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall the dinner was excellent. Venison osso bucco , elk loin, and surf and turf were all delicious and perfectly prepared. The octopus was a disappointment. Lamb pops starter with arancini were delicious, although one came out nearly raw (replaced immediately). Our server, Jameson, was outstanding, very attentive and helpful. Desserts were fantastic, chocolate creme brûlée and chocolate mousse cake. Yum! We will be back.

AK
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My wife and I have been coming here for the last 10 years for Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner. We've always enjoyed the food but this was our first time with the new chef. The menu was very game driven like elk, venison, boar, and rabbit all nice options if you're into wild game dishes, which we are not. We ended up getting the spagaetti bolognese and the polenta porchetta which were very good. However, the one thing we missed that we feel was a signature dish for The nickel is the short ribs which is no longer on the menu. Please bring it back!

OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I made reservations on open table for a late lunch at 3pm after The Nutcracker on Christmas Eve. On arrival no one greeted us and we sat ourselves. It became apparent that the only wait staff was the bartender who was very busy at the bar. After about 15 minutes he ran over to give us a happy hour menu as dinner wasn’t available until 5 and there wasn’t a lunch menu. We ordered soup which was truly horrible...tasteless broth, a few veggies , a tiny bit of strange sausage ,lots of whole peppercorns and soggy cubes of bread. I then ordered a duck tartar dish with crackers fried in duck fat. The crackers were bland with no crisp and the tartar was mediocre. Luckily my kids ordered hamburgers which were fine but nothing to make them special. When you’re paying over $100 for 3 people, it would be nice if your hamburger came on a brioche bun instead of a sesame bun that you can buy at Safeway.

Sorry to be negative on Christmas but this meal was that bad!!

DJ
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a busy night before the Nutcracker on the 23rd. The staff, starting with the top, made sure we were all taken care of and on time to the show. The food is always great. It’s the service I’m raving about here. Two Christmas thumbs up!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

not very good food during happy hour... rewarmed burgers and such

N
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wonderful experience Great food and nice ambience But tell your hostess to wear more appropriate attire . Holey jeans does not get it and cheapens a nice restaurant.

KK
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, great service. New menu from new Executive Chef is outstanding.

The Nickel - Hotel Teatro
Responded on December 23, 2019

Hi Kathleen! Thanks for reviewing your recent visit with us at The Nickel, we're thrilled to hear you enjoyed. We'd love to have you back soon! All best, Hannah Anderson Marketing Manager

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PB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful setting - food was very good with imaginative twists

YO
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Took our grandchildren to lunch at the Nickel on Saturday before attending a children’s theatre performance next door. I found their menu online and saw that they offered a children’s menu only to find out that they only serve a brunch menu on Saturdays. The hostess couldn’t have been nicer and the manager offered to prepare cheeseburgers for them even though it was not on the menu. The hostess also followed up with us to put our order in before a large party of 13. It was a busy day and service from our actual waiter was a bit slow, but I will give them an A for effort and great customer service by the hostess and the manager. Thankful that our grandchildren were well behaved and overall a great experience for us.

DF
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This restaurant has become increasingly poor since losing Kevin Taylor as its main venue. Since The Nickel took over this space, the food and service have gone from average to well below a rating of mediocre. Time for another overall and new chef.

s
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I had dinner at Nickel before going to the Nutcracker. The ambiance is both lovely and cozy at the same time.
We started with creative and delicious cocktails and lamb lollipops over the best arancini I think I have ever had. My steak was rare, as I'd ordered it (surf and turf) and my daughter's thicker steak (Steak Frites) was medium rare, as she had ordered it.
The service was exceptional- servers checked in just enough, plates were removed promptly but with permission, our glasses were never empty. My daughter ordered a lemoncello cocktail that was fairly complicated, and our server apologized for the delay and explained the reason. She had 2!
For dessert, we split the chocolate mousse cake- it looked like a giant petifour, Beautiful! It tasted pretty good too ;-).

SH
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Recommend two salad/soup sizes so they can be either a meal or part of a multi-course dinner.

LC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

I have been to the Nickel several times. Great ambiance and drinks. However, the service and food leave a lot to be desired.

AH
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

While the menu is very interesting, we were underwhelmed by the qualify of the food. The potatoes were oily and mushy, the salad was wilted etc. the “jam” they serve with the cheese was gelatinous and flavorless. The decor is very pretty and seating comfortable. It was a very quiet evening with some tables open and still had to ask for our server to return. Could use a little effort.

MR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

While the ambiance and decor were warm and inviting, the food and service left something to be desired. Especially at the high price point, we were very disappointed with our entrees. The gnocchi and octopus were both overcooked and rubbery, and the porchetta was only so-so. The farro salad and burrata were both great- I wish we would have stuck with appetizers!

Our server was nice, but took a long time to greet us and didn't provide any recommendations. However, the hostess was very kind, warm and professional.

K
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Service was horrible.
Our server didn't fill our drinks, we had to ask.
Left our menus and didn't return, I had to go to him to get his attention.
When our food arrived, we were missing my daughter's who's didn't arrive for 10 mins.
And he didn't seem to care that the mistake had happened.
The only thing that saved our experience was the food.

D
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We had a relaxing dinner before the theater.

R
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Duncan was a wonderful server and had great suggestions. A great night!

GQ
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Never again! The hotel was amazing but the restaurant a disaster. I visited my daughter in Denver from LA. I made reservations for thanksgiving day. The 3 course dinner was so terrible I couldn’t eat it. The rib I order was mostly fat and uncooked the plate looked like pew. So terrible.. for $70 per person if I recall at least they should have had the decency to provide a good meal and some type of presentation. I will never never go back. The hotel in the other hand amazing!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Food seemed just mediocre and as if it were made it large portions hours before hand and the food wasn’t even warm. Best part was the soup but other than that I was let down especially having family in town.

M
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

I was visiting from out of town and expected a very nice Thanksgiving meal. I be brief the meal was overpriced and a huge disappointment. Would not recommend this establishment to anyone.

TA
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Outstanding service won the day on Thanksgiving. Food very mediocre, with two plates plated wrong, one with two carbs the other with two greens. A lasagna with no noodles. Small olive bread rolls served with too cold butter. A tragic green bean casserole the color of a gray sweatshirt. Turkey was thankfully good as was chocolate brûlée and very nice wine pairings. Every single staff from valet to hostess to server was a joy.

J
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience2

Two $69 Thanksgiving dinners. Cold mashed 'gouda potatoes' with the cheese flavor indecipherable. Prime rib that was tasteless and impossible to cut. Cutting knife that was incredibly dull. Replacement a bit better. Wine was off. My wife got nothing but dark meat, had to request white. Desserts (pumpkin and pecan pie) were delicious but tiny. Total tab with two glasses of wine and still water came to just under $200. Tip for good service took it to $230, about what we'd pay for a good (good!) steak dinner at Shanahan's. We won't be back.

M
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Pleasant environment and service but the food wasn't anything special. There are much better places in the area.

MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Birthday brunch at The Nickel before going to The Nutcracker. Ambience/aesthetic was nice. Food was mediocre at best. Staff got our order wrong. Disappointing for the money.

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