The Nickel - Hotel Teatro

4.1
699 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 699 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our waiter was rude and pushy. The food was very underwhelming/overpriced. I got a special of the evening that was served with polenta, the polenta was completely flavorless. The fire alarm went off during our meal and they said it was not an emergency so we waited it out, after over 5 minutes of the fire alarm blaring we finally were escorted outside in the cold/rain and not told anything about the situation. We asked our waiter if we could get a discount and just leave since we couldn’t even finish our meal and he said... “what do you expect me to give everyone a discount?”


I’d expect better customer service from a hotel restaurant that makes patrons sit through a blaring alarm with mediocre/overpriced food.

Bad experience

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The charcuterie board was fantastic as it always is and the old fashioned is on point. I had the fl

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AshlynM
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Food wasn't good. Drinks were overpriced. Service was frightening because of covid. I witnessed a servicer with unhealthy sanitation practices.

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SusieP
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love unique and well-prepared foods and The Nickel is an exceptional option. We had delicious duck tartar, scallop & coppa carpaccio, and an exquisite leg of rabbit. Our server was charming, helpful and had perfect timing. We look forward to another lovely dinner at The Nickel!

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katea
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

1 out of 2 entrees were good . . . Rabbit was great, soup was awful.

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Jules
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at The Nickel. It was a great experience form food to staff. I’ll definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, attentive, and not overbearing service. Delicious food. Cool atmosphere. Good wine list and fun cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Nickel had excellent food and service. Portion sizes were perfect, staff was friendly and attentive and the restaurant has a very unique atmosphere. We will definitely be back!

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MichaelC
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant! Definitely good for a date night.

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vipMicaW
Denver
41 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had attended a champagne tasting at the Nickel in January. We decided to have dinner there before a show. We didn't realize it was Restaurant Week when we made the reservation. The menu was amazing with so many choices. We all ate too much but managed to stay awake for the play! ;) Service, food and wine recommendations were on point! thank you

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MarkF
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious - my wife had the house made pasta bolognese and I had scallops. A friend had the lamb pops and there were three fairly large pops a nice appetizer, I will go back to try that. The fried pumpkin ravioli dessert was fun, playful and delicious -I will have that again next visit. The small lobby room next to the restaurant was a great place to sit and chat after the meal - we had coffee and spend another hour. Seems like the perfect place to go before or after theater.

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SofiaA
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went for brunch before a show. The pork hash was very good.

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JeanneM
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipRonaldL
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Only ok for price, menu and vene

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DAVE
Denver
47 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A nice place for a quick bite before the theater!

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipSusanF
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.

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vipswoe44
Salt Lake City
27 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

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Petya
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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

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vipdenverite
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.

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AndrewA
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.

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KarenO
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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vipNancy
Denver
37 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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vipMikel
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Wonderfully close to the Buell theatre for an after performance dinner

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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vipMonheganJoe
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.

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AKXY
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!

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OpenTable Diner
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!!

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vipDouglasJ
Denver
14 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!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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

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vipNancy
Denver
37 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.

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vipKathleenK
Denver
16 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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PenelopeB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful setting - food was very good with imaginative twists

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YOUNGTHING
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.

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vipDenverFoodie
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.

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vipsonja
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 ;-).

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ShariH
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.

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LaurenCO
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.

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The Nickel - Hotel Teatro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (720) 889-2128.

The Nickel - Hotel Teatro is rated 4.1 stars by 699 OpenTable diners.

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