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The Broker

821 17th St. Send to Phone
Steak and seafood, including the bottomless shrimp bowl, an extensive wine list and opulent surroundings lure downtown denizens to this stalwart.


Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly

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The Broker Restaurant Review

: This Denver landmark --- launched in 1972 --- is housed in a former bank building vault, making it one of the more unusual restaurant settings in the city. Today, old-school Victorian ambience and traditional American West dining replace the valuables and important papers. The Broker, however, has a longstanding tradition of its own --- a complimentary bowl of chilled peel-and-eat shrimp that has endeared the house to many. It’s a wonderful touch that weighs in at over a pound; we like it. The place also serves up other riches, including an encyclopedic wine roster, oysters Rockefeller, crab cakes, lobster ravioli and protein-heavy plates of meat and seafood. Filets come in beef and buffalo versions; the dry-aged porterhouse is massive; and the slabs of sesame seed-coated tuna and Parmesan-crusted salmon are also popular. Some snicker that this is a dining den past its prime, with old-school food relying on bygone glory. But longtime locals and big business lunch and dinner crowds don’t seem to agree.

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