The Nickel - Hotel Teatro

4.3
760 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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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 760 people are saying
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kakiebell
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The menu is very limited for one. The prices and the quality of the food do not match. The iced tea was made from a powder and you would think that fresh, brewed iced tea would have been served for this restaurant. Overall, it was a big
disappointment.

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Maynard
Denver
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Disappointing menu variety and prices are high, and drinks are expensive. Ambience is good, noise level is controlled and not an issue.

Great location for pre-theatre dining...we wouldn't expect GREAT food and drink value as the location is part of the equation, but the combination of high prices and limited selection is just too much.

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vipClosed
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We didn't have huge expectations for this place, but we were thrilled with our dinner. The Nickel is a perfect example of doing a few things, but do them very well. So the menu isn't huge, but everything we had was excellent. I can't believe they weren't busier on a Friday night. The bar tender ,EJ, was also excellent and did some custom cocktails for us.

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Jaell
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location. Amazing food. The staff was friendly & attentive. Great location too.

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vipTara8888
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The server was kind and offered that they were extremely short staffed and the menu was much different than what was online. The food that we ordered was average and quite expensive for what we ordered. Unfortunately, we were not super thrilled and most likely won't be back for the restaurant. The hotel was stellar though!

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OldPete62
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

proximity to DCPA was great, our server was very good she was efficient and enthusiastic. The food was very well prepared and met our expectations. The only real downside was that the menu was limited due to staffing shortages.

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JamieM
New England
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent breakfast! Food was inventive and delicious, our waitress was friendly and accomodating! Got the biggest cup of coffee I have received at a restaurant too, which I loved! Would definitely go again next time I stay at Hotel Teatro!

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vipdenverite
Denver
44 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We asked for distancing and were perfectly accommodated. The food was excellent, and the service good. It was nice to be able to talk and hear with no loud tables to drown out our conversation.

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BarbaraM
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The Nickel seems to be suffering compared to our prior visits. Though our wait person was very nice, she seemed disorganized and the service was very slow. Several things we had to ask for more than once. Though our food was tasty, the prices have increased by at least 50% or more, making it a less attractive option for pre theater dining. You can do better Nickel!

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Paxton
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Flatbread appetizer is great - as is the duck. Service is very attentive and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

New Years early outing.

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Eunice
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was good and the food was very delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance for a date night. Food was outstanding and service was stellar. Have a Manhattan cocktail in the library. The best!

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Copper
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice restaurant close to DPAC. Good and service were excellent.

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vipMomma
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre Nutcracker Dinner

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AnnO
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We waited quite a while for drinks from the bar. Three of our five meals arrived cold, so we sent them back and one of them came back still cold and the pasta was dried out. The staff was great, and we were comp’d the cold meal and they offered us free dessert. Don’t sit at the table by the door as it is cold and drafty when the hostel door opened and closed.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Best espresso martini I’ve ever had!

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Theresa
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I greatly enjoyed our dining experience at The Nickel. Our server was friendly, informative, and attentive to us during our dining experience. The caprese appetizer was my favorite part of the meal. Something about the blend of flavors was refreshing. My steak was cooked the way I liked it and topped off with a Malbec wine made for an enjoyable evening.

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Joey
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect dinner. Excellent service from hostess to server to kitchen. Creative menu, very well prepared and presented.

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vipDULawProf
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific pre-Nutcracker ballet meal. I took a friend—an older woman with some mobility issues—to a pre-ballet dinner. The staff were very gracious, the service excellent, and the food was terrific. We valet-parked ($25) and walked down from the restaurant to the Ellie. Highly recommended anytime but especially before an evening in DPAC.

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LarryS
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dinner pre-theater, and added bonus of valet parking. Food exceeded our expectations and staff was outstanding. Will return!

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vipSteveW
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The food was delicious, I had the pork chops and my husband the fish and chips. Plus, the prices are very good, considering it's downtown. My main issue was the dessert. We had the peach cake dessert, it had obviously been sitting the the fridge for awhile. Very bland flavor. We'll go again, but next time try the other dessert. The dessert should get as much attention as the main course. We did have to ask for drink refills; however with the shortage of wait staff, that wasn't too surprising. Almost forgot, we also had the house salad and it was excellent.

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CarrieH
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. I got beef, husband short ribs both delicious. Appetizer we got Brie Flatbread was so tasty

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vipAndy
Denver
73 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

limited menu and they got rid of the charcuterie board

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DanV
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special "THANK YOU" to our waiter, Daniel, who was very knowledgeable about the menu. He went out of his way and found some ice cream to go with our desert even though it was not offered on the menu (not sure why). And special "THANK YOU" to the bartender who made an apple martini drink without any apples because I originally tried to order an apple martini, but it was not on the menu. Our experience was awesome. The staff was top notch and went out of their way to show us hospitality. We look forward to going again. Yes, we would recommend The Nickel to anyone looking for a unique and memorable experience. - Thanks again, Dan and Bill

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MishelleC
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular, portions were perfect both for dinner and breakfast. Staff was amazing. It was my 40th birthday and we also stayed at the hotel. They made us feel so so special. Definitely recommend both the restaurant and the hotel.

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vipNewington
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The Nickel is a comfortable and convenient place to have dinner before a show at the Denver Performing Arts Center. They offer discounted valet parking for diners and the restaurant staff are warm and professional. Cocktails are excellent. The food is uneven. Starters such as the caprese salad and the grilled peach salad were good, and one guest enjoyed his hamburger. However the pork chop was unpleasantly full of fat and gristle; probably an inexpensive cut. Dessert, a filled chocolate cup, was overly sweet and not especially tasty.

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CarolB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Our entrees were slow coming out of the kitchen, and when they were served, the food wasn’t hot.

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SusanK
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great sweet corn polenta! Short ribs melt in your mouth

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LindaL
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The artificial flowers at the entrance go Hotel Teatro were not working for me. Tacky. Also, when you offer grilled peaches in a salad, you need to deliver. Apparently the salad chefs do not realize that people read the menu and the descriptions of the food they are ordering. The peaches were not grilled and tasted like hard canned peaches. We understand that people have mentioned this in the past and the chefs choose not to pay attention. Generally, the food was fine, but nothing great. Still, our experience was good and we like the proximity to the DCPA.

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Tami
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nada our server was amazing! She was attentive without being in the way. And so friendly! Every recommendation she made was out of this world. This place is so underrated. We absolutely loved our meal (short ribs, steak, and desserts). It's the best restaurant we've been to in Denver (better than Rioja and all the other buzzy restaurants). It's so comfy and warm with an inviting bar. It's even within walking distance to DCPA's arts complex. I highly recommend this place! You won't be disappointed.

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vipStuie
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

They are open early for breakfast which is a plus. Service was excellent and the coffee was very good in a very large cup. Overall, it’s a breakfast place to go to on my next visit to Denver.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

It wasn’t The Nickel of old with a great brunch, Bloody Mary bar, etc. Could have been any hotel restaurant. Non-descript, no reason to go back except the service..

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RaymondS
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A very limited menu, but excellent food. We'll go back!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place!

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elicorswe
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The peach dishes were good and fresh but I felt the menu options weren’t great

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vipAndrewB
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Appears to be a very stripped down version of this restaurant. Limited menu, limited staff. Everything very salty. Adequate for a bite for hotel guests, but nothing more at this time.

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DonnaA
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good. Wish the silver-dollar pancakes had been available as a side (doubt they would really make a full meal by themselves).

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KeriM
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic and for the price was even better. This wonderful place is not as much as other restaurants down town but the food quality is on par with other 5 star restaurants. The menu was a bit short and we were sad to no longer see the charcuterie board present among other dishes. However, our entre's were superb. The restaurant was a tad cold as well but every thing else was wonderful. Will definitely be going back soon.

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mmw3350
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful decore; comfortable seating; responsive staff. Pork chop is a winner, as is the burger.

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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 4.3 stars by 760 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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