The Nickel - Hotel Teatro

3.8
710 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
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 incorporate 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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Experiences

  • Denver Restaurant Week

    $45.00 per person

    Apr 23 - May 2, 2021

    Nickel is offering a 3 course meal for $45 - see web site for details
  • Mother's Day Brunch

    May 9, 2021 only

    In addition to our daily breakfast menu, we will be offering the following brunch supplements: Cinnamon Roll French Toast + BLT&E Sandwich + Cuban Benedict + California Benedict + Avocado Toast + Olive & Tomato Caprese + Wedge Salad Seating will be extended until 1:45 PM. As we are still operating with limited capacity, tables will fill up quickly so be sure to book your reservation today!

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 710 people are saying
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3.8based on recent ratings
3.7
food
3.7
service
4.1
ambience
3.6
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64% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DWLikesEats
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and libations. Courteous and accommodating service. The kitchen happily modified the menu for us based on being short on some items.

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vipAwtumnskids2
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely dy-no-mite! The atmosphere was upscale and the service was top notch. It was a bit pricey.

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LISAA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding and this visit did not disappoint! Food, service ambiance all top notch! Highly recommend a visit

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food

MC
vipMarkC
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I felt safe in times of covid and every food and drink delivered was great. I wish the menu was broader, but Cisco took great care of us and we never felt lacking.

JH
JenniferH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Took the family for the Valentines Day special menu - ended up with a $400 bill for 4, overcooked risotto with one piece of lobster on the top, steak not medium rare, finished with $25 chocolate covered strawberries- 4 tiny strawberries but the chocolate was really good. Place was nearly empty and we had to get up twice to find a waiter - wait time in-between courses over 20 mins. Won’t be heading back there....ever.

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Ashley
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Service was really bad. Waited almost an hour just for charcuterie and 30 minutes for a glass of wine and then they added $2 extra for my glass of wine to our tab.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Really wanted to like this place. We came here the night before Valentine’s Day for their special 3 course menu. We ordered the first course which was a charcuterie board but we took two bites and sent it back. It came out on 3 different plates and each plate was very scarce in spread, so they could have easily made a very nice presentation if they had just combined everything to one plate... But for the high price of a charcuterie board we expected a much higher quality and presentation.

We were then told that one of the two entree specials for the evening (which we planned on ordering) was already sold out, and the other option was fish and chips. Who wants to order fish and chips for a romantic special occasion like Valentine’s Day? We ended up ordering entrees from their normal menu, which also only has 5 options and they were not at all what I would have expected for a place like this (a panini and a flatbread, really?) the salmon risotto was good, but the burger had zero sauce on it and when we asked for some type of sauce or aioli for it she said she had ranch or hot sauce...weird. Overall, nothing amazing.

I will say the drinks we ordered were the highlight of the entire dining experience, even though they took awhile which seemed to be the theme of the evening. We could also tell from the moment we were seated that the tables around us were already very unhappy so that initially set a poor tone for the evening. Our server was nice but not very attentive and hardly came by. When we asked what she recommended since the special was sold out she said “well my dad is a rancher so I don’t really like any of our meats compared to his, I’d get the beet wellington because it’s vegetarian” which was a very odd suggestion in my opinion but oh well. We also were brought our check without even being offered dessert, which was weird because who doesn’t love to order dessert for Valentine’s!? Overall experience was meh and will likely not be coming back unfortunately.

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vipElisa
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

A place that used to be a wonderful location for food and ambiance was ruined by a cocky and rude bartender. However, I'm willing to return since Valentine's Day weekend can always be stressful on the account and staff.

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PATRICKK
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Granted we dined on the Saturday before Valentines, the heaviest restaurant day of the year, so that may have affected our experience. However, the food menu offerings are very limited, the food itself was just average, but served almost cold. Service was very slow (probably affecting food temp).

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience5

The menu they have on open table is not updated.

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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.

SP
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
6 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
9 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
2 reviews
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.

MW
vipMicaW
Denver
42 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

MF
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.

JM
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.

RL
vipRonaldL
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Only ok for price, menu and vene

DA
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
32 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
7 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.

MJ
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!

FAQs

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

The Nickel - Hotel Teatro is rated 3.8 stars by 710 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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