Meet the 2021 RARE Restaurant Participants

801 Chophouse

Located at the valet entrance of Cherry Creek Shopping Center, 801 Chophouse is the newest steakhouse to arrive in Denver. Experience only the finest, aged, USDA prime steaks and attentive, personable service in an authentic New York-style steakhouse right in the heart of Cherry Creek. Combined with a daily fresh sheet that includes Maine lobster, innovative side dishes, small-batch bourbons and scotches, and an award-winning wine selection from around the world, you’re sure to have an amazing culinary experience you won’t find anywhere else in Denver. You can also make Sunday dinners a tradition at 801 Chophouse and enjoy our signature three-course prix-fixe menu with special pricing.


Located in Lower Downtown (Lodo) Denver, Avelina Offers
Seasonal New American Cuisine From an Award-winning Culinary Team.
The Beautifully Executed Dishes, Exceptional Wine List,
Thoughtful Cocktails and Intoxicating Ambiance Are Not to Be Missed.

Citizen Rail

Chef Graves’ open kitchen and custom wood-fired grill are the center of the action at Citizen Rail, and guests in the dining room get a front-row seat to the show. Out on the heated patio there’s a lively scene all its own; cozy and sociable, it’s an ideal perch for a Union Station happy hour, dinner with friends or weekend brunch.

Edge Restaurant & Bar

Led by Chef Jessica Biederman, the EDGE culinary team have redefined the modern steakhouse. New raw bar selections and seafood entrees have been added to their fine-aged cuts, providing with an unmatched selection of proteins from the world over are offered. The reimagined social destination now features three separate bars, a glass-encased raw bar and a completely transformed space. The Butcher’s Block, one of the three private dining rooms, offers a newly introduced, innovative dining experience: a glass-walled private dining space allows guests to feel as though they’re part of the talented kitchen crew – as the chef delivers meats grilled to perfection on the butcher block which connects to the larger custom-built dining table.

Elway’s Downtown

Located in the heart of the Mile High City, ELWAY’S Downtown is the ideal setting for any occasion. Celebrate a birthday or anniversary, entertain business associates or meet friends for cocktails. You can always enjoy an outstanding meal served with genuine hospitality in an environment that is uniquely Colorado. Our menu boasts USDA Prime, hand-cut steaks, Colorado Lamb, raw bar selections with fine fish, crustaceans and much more. You’ll always find something new at ELWAY’S Downtown – including a new lounge and outdoor patio. Our menu changes to match market availability, ensuring you the finest and freshest dining selections.

Elway’s Cherry Creek

Elway’s emerged from a mixture of good friends, good food, and the belief that Coloradans are looking for – and deserve – more from a dining experience. Longtime friends John Elway and Tim Schmidt envisioned a place where friends, families, and business professionals could celebrate life’s victories, or just unwind at the end of a busy day. Where an ever-changing menu offered the best of the best, accompanied by fine wines at fair prices. All delivered in a contemporary atmosphere much like Colorado itself – adventurous, fun and always alive. Together, John, Tim and the Elway’s team invite you to enjoy Elway’s and the best of Colorado.

G-QUE Barbeque

The “Sultan of Swine” and “Maestro of Meat,” Jason Ganahal of G-Que is a decorated barbecue champion who knows how to bring the heat. G-Que BBQ lays claim to Denver’s barbecue scene, offering meticulously crafted signature sandwiches for dine-in and fresh meats by the pound for take-away. Bragging the “finest quality meats, best seasonings, and freshest ingredients,” G-Que has won dozens of competitions and awards, most recently taking first place at Denver’s Chicken Fight Festival.

Guard and Grace

Guard’s most ambitious restaurant to date opened in early 2014.  Named after the chef’s daughter, Guard and Grace is a take on the big, fancy, modern steakhouse – miles and miles of fiery grills and charcuterie, oyster bar and bar tops, private rooms, and a posh, walk-in, floor-to-high-ceiling glassed wine cellar – yet still, with more of a bright, airy playfulness than the usual dark, stiff, mano a mano atmosphere.


Eat your way around the world with twisted takes on barbecue styles from across the globe at H3SHER BBQ CO. From Chef Jeff Gebott and restaurateur Tony Fitzgeralot, H3RSH3R is not your traditional wings and brisket. This fun, funky menu dives into the unexpected, spanning global flavors such as Korean BBQ Tacos, south of the border mac n’ cheese, and Asian sticky ribs.

Hickory & Ash

Guard’s most ambitious restaurant to date opened in early 2014.  Named after the chef’s daughter, Guard and Grace is a take on the big, fancy, modern steakhouse – miles and miles of fiery grills and charcuterie, oyster bar and bar tops, private rooms, and a posh, walk-in, floor-to-high-ceiling glassed wine cellar – yet still, with more of a bright, airy playfulness than the usual dark, stiff, mano a mano atmosphere.

KoKo Ni by Paul Qui

KoKo Ni, “here” in Japanese, is an American Izakaya and Western saloon inspired by local ingredients, traditional Japanese cuisine and American seafood. With the emphasis on “fun”, KoKo Ni provides a casual atmosphere to elevated dining. Chef Paul Qui has been recognized as Top Chef Winner, Best Chef, Southwest – James Beard Foundation, one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chef, Chef of the year by Esquire Magazine, Winner – S. Pellegrino Cooking Cup Young Chef of the Year, and with 2021 Best Hotel Restaurant in Miami – Pao by Paul Qui in Faena Hotel.

Local Jones

Local Jones is a warm and inviting neighborhood restaurant featuring genuine and reliable fare in a socially engaging atmosphere.

Friends and soon to be friends come together to celebrate the things we cherish: great food, great wine, great company. Taking hospitality to heart by ensuring all of our guests feel at home and leave satisfied, nourished and inspired. Trade stories, enjoy the food.

Ole Hickory Pits

We manufacture and market state-of-the-art commercial, competition and residential barbecue smoker ovens, in addition to barbecue equipment, sauces, seasonings and lifestyle products. Our greatest joy is to “Shine in the reflected glory of the successes of our Friends and Customers!” We’re here to help you Barbecue at YOUR Best!

Seasoned Swine BBQ

American BBQ restaurant and food truck specializing in premium cherry smoked meat, scratch sides, and exceptional guest relations. Offering a variety of Cold Local Beer, Fresh Margaritas, and the best Old Fashioned.

Señor Bear

Señor Bear is a one-of-a-kind Latin-inspired restaurant and bar in the Lower Highland neighborhood of Denver. Named in part after our executive chef Blake Edmunds, aka “Whiskey Bear,” Señor Bear marries the culinary traditions of Latin America with refined, modernized cooking techniques. The Señor Bear team prides itself on inspiring, surprising cuisine and impeccable yet approachable service. Rooted in the traditions of Central and Southern America, Señor Bear combines the authenticity of classic Latin cooking with professional, elevated execution.

STK Steakhouse

STK Steakhouse Denver artfully blends the modern steakhouse and a chic lounge into one, offering a dynamic, fine dining experience with the superior quality of a traditional steakhouse. Located in the Lodo neighborhood of downtown Denver, we invite you to join us for weekday Happy Hour and Power Lunch, Nightly Dinner and Weekend Brunch & more!

The Capital Grille

From the moment you step into The Capital Grille, the experience is one of comfortable elegance. African mahogany paneling and Art Deco chandeliers provide a warm, stately setting for our nationally renowned dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood, and acclaimed world-class wines.

What Makes Our Steaks Extraordinary

Long before our steaks meet the grill, they are meticulously dry aged on premises for more than 18 days to achieve incomparable flavor and texture. Then, each is hand-carved by our in-house butchers to exacting standards. An intensive process, but we’re confident you’ll agree it is most certainly worth it.

The Fifth String

Fusion plates, cocktails & a robust wine list offered in an industrial setting with outdoor seating.