Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Restaurant Review: Simms Steakhouse

The View from Simms Steakhouse

Simms Steakhouse

11911 W 6th Ave
Golden, CO 80401
(303) 237 - 0465

Monday - Thursday 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Friday and Saturday 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Sunday Brunch 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Sunday Dinner 10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Happy Hour Monday through Friday 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Lounge opens daily at 4:00 pm

I had occasion to travel to Denver, Colorado recently - I wrote about it here: RIP Uncle Ballbat. What I haven't written about was the restaurant my two cousins (BigNewz and Gong) treated us to. Here's the straight skinny on Simms Steakhouse.

At first glance you'd be tempted to believe that Simms Steakhouse is all about the view, and you'd be half right. The view is magnificent, especially at night. I managed to capture a fair photograph here, but it doesn't really do the place justice. The other half of this equation is that the rest of the restaurant lives up to the view. Simms provides the true fine dining experience, and if you're even in the neighborhood I'd encourage you to splurge and enjoy dinner at Simms.

Tables Next to the Window

Entering the Dining Room
Tables Near the Lounge
While there aren't any bad tables at Simms, if you want to be seated next to the window my suggestion is that you make reservations. As you can see there are plenty of tables along side the tall windows, but given the view I'm sure they are in high demand.

In keeping with the fine dining experience, everyone at Simms was glad to see us and very attentive to our comfort. We had a party of eight, seven of whom fell off to admire the restaurant on the way to the table. Little wonder, as I counted three fireplaces, two display cabinets for food and wine and this impressive wine rack (wine wall?).
One of several fireplaces
Wine Wall - What a Rack!

Our waiter introduced himself as Nate, and turned out to be a college graduate who was knowledgeable about the offered fare and not a bit shy about expressing his own opinions. Nate would cheerfully recommend one dish over another, including the specialties of the house. He turned out to be extremely knowledgeable about wine and spirits, and was able to discuss vineyards, weather and years with my cousin BigNewz, who it turns out is quite a wine aficionado. Nate also recommended a different brand of rye when I ordered my usual manhattan.  Leobold Bros. produces a rye whiskey that isn't available in Ohio, but since the distillery is local to the Denver area Simms keeps a plentiful supply in the bar. It's a very nice rye, by the way.

Simms Menu
Simms offers a very nice menu with a little something for everyone.  On Nate's suggestion BigNewz and I ordered a steak and crab legs, then split both orders.  Nate told us that the portions were large, and he was quite correct.

My dinner, an impromptu surf and turf

Our food arrived in good time and with fanfare.  The sous chef arrived along with Nate and several servers; the chef insisted that anyone having steak cut into the steak immediately to see that it was properly cooked, because if the steak wasn't done to perfection it would be corrected immediately.  Naturally everything was to our liking, but here's my point: This is the essence of service.  When you dine out, the new standard is to serve the dinner quickly and depart before the customer can find anything wrong or ask for something else.  Presuming that your steak is not done just the way you like it, you'll sit around and wait for the waitress to return and then argue over taking it back to the kitchen.  That kind of thing will not happen at Simms.  Nate was always, always around when you needed him, and could even answer questions about sports trivia.

The food at Simms is first rate, and I've very seldom been served a comparable dinner.  That said, the outstanding qualities of Simms Steakhouse are the service and the ambiance (in no order).

In summary:
  • Ambiance: 10 
  • Service: 10 
  • Food: 9 
 Overall Rating: 10

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