Denver's Best for Power Breakfasts

September 20, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Rise and shine. Book a morning business meeting at one of these power breakfast destinations in Denver.

Mercantile Dining and Provision
New American · LoDo · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

Alex Seidel (Fruition Restaurant) and his team have "another winner” in LoDo’s Union Station: by day, the “hip” , “high-energy” space functions as a European-style market offering “superb” sandwiches and “top-notch” coffees; by evening, the open kitchen prepares an “inspired” assortment of “complex, artfully executed” New American dishes, delivered (along with "delicious" wines and cocktails) by “agreeable servers who want you to feel welcome” – ensuring you "can't wait" to return.
Panzano
Italian · Central Business District · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.5

"Consistently" "scrumptious" Northern Italian fare – including "superb" freshly baked breads and "imaginative" gluten-free options – is the draw at this "casually elegant" Downtown "jewel" in the "trendy Hotel Monaco" ; an "incredible" staff "flat-out rocks" , "treating all ages and appetites appropriately" , and "not-to-be-missed" happy-hour "bargains" only add to the "pleasure."
Ellyngton's
American · Central Business District · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.5

"To feel pampered" by "exceptional service" , the "expense-account crowd" gathers at this daytime American fixture in Downtown's legendary Brown Palace Hotel for "power breakfasts" and "business lunches" amid "elegant" surroundings; though "the menu isn't imaginative, the food is excellent" – perhaps especially on Sundays, when the champagne brunch buffet makes for a "very special treat.”
ELWAY'S
Steakhouse · Central Business District · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

"Melt-in-your-mouth steaks" "score big" at the "clubby" Cherry Creek flagship of the namesake football legend's chophouse mini-chain, but the real "highlight" may be its "meat-market" bar scene, comprising "big-spending" "cougars" , "sugar daddies" and "local celebrities" who can afford the "Super Bowl prices" (though there's "value" to be found on the "extensive wine list" ); similar perks, including "smooth" service, await at the "glitzy, ritzy" Downtown branch, the "bustling" Vail offshoot and the outpost in DIA's Concourse B, a "wonderful" option for jet-setters.
EDGE Restaurant & Bar
Steakhouse · Central Business District · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

"Well-executed" steaks and seafood plus other "thoughtful creations" round out the "reliably excellent" menu of this "contemporary" chophouse in the Four Seasons Downtown, where "top-notch service" is to be expected; the "prices make it more suitable for special occasions" , perhaps, but "if budget is a concern, happy hour in the bar is the way to go."