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3503 E Colfax AveDenver, CO 80206Map & Directions
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Bastien's Restaurant Inc
Good For Groups: Yes
Parking: Lot, Private
Cuisines: Burgers, American, Hot Dogs, Steakhouse, Seafood
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar
Bike Parking: No
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Above Average
My family and I went to this restaurant the other night and had the WORST service EVER! It took almost an hour to get our food and my husbands burgers bun was black from over toasting it. The steak was cooked med. rare as asked, but was very tough. I will NEVER go back to this place!
02/11/2011Provided by Citysearch -
We used to eat here years ago. It was nice. Retro, inexpensive, decent but NOT great food.
We had not been back in some years. We were asked when we got there if we had a reservation. At Bastiens? The place is never full.
Then we got the menu. Had not eaten there in years. And the prices were...well high. For the Bastiens of old. Maybe this was a new Bastiens. I mean, there were no more one tooth waitresses...
So I had the $20 chicken dinner. Jebus. Everyone else from the pasta to the steak was thinking, what the hell.I am paying this much for this little. This little service (are you ready to order yet? How about now? How about now?), flavor? Quality?
I specifically asked if the chicken gravy was homemade. Yes. It was poo. Pure crap. And tasted like beef gravy out of a jar.
Four meals and four glasses of wine for $140 including the tip. Do not waste your time. This place was worth lerss than half that.
09/17/2010Provided by Citysearch -
We were party of 7 meeting for Tuesday evening of fun. I had heard alot about the history of the place and looked forward to being with friends. First, I will say the food was great. Probably the best 'hamburger' I've ever had. That's where it ends. The service was very slow. The pricing was too expensive. And the drinks were suspect. One of the members of our party said his margarita tasted like soda. The wine glasses appeared to be less than 4 oz and pricey for house wine. The owner was on-site and when asked casually a question about getting drinks, she rudely informed me I would have to wait for my waitress. While we had a fun night with friends, I would not return for the experience.
04/22/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I've read many rave reviews of this place, and being very close to us we wanted to try it. I have to say I was pretty disappointed. The sugar steak was pretty tough and not very flavorful. The vegetables were unpeeled carrots that were barely cooked, and some brown broccoli. My wife's salmon tasted farmed and not very fresh. The twice-baked potato was pretty good though. Service was slow despite it being a Wednesday night, and worst of all she forgot our 5-year-old's grilled cheese sandwich. Not until she came out to ask how our food was did she say ""Oh, the cook must have forgotten it!"" like it wasn't her job. In the end he loved the grilled cheese, but that was the highlight of the evening.
Maybe it was the coupon we used or something, but we won't be going back with or without a coupon. The atmosphere had potential, though it's starting to seem kind of seedy.
03/04/2010Provided by Citysearch -
We were looking for a steakhouse to take out-of-town guests - nothing was available downtown so the search was expanded - we came across several reviews and decided to try this out-of-the-way gem - Boy, are we glad we did! A distinctive looking round-octagon shaped building right on Colfax, just west of Colorado belies the great ambiance and food you will find inside.
Tastefully decorated with cozy tables for 4 (large groups must arrange ahead of time as they do not have tables to seat parties larger than 6). Full bar service, pages and pages of Steaks, Chicken and Fish and Desserts to die for! Large, filling portions, moderately priced averaging $20-25/plate, salad and veggie included. Desserts homemade on premises. Service was prompt and available when needed, staff was very knowledgeable about the menu offerings, suggestions taken made for excellent choices, steaks cooked to perfection.
Lastly, I must comment on the music - 30's & 40's Big Band, Swing and Jazz including Sinatra, Dorsey, Goodman, Ellington, Basie and more - many were USO and live radio recordings - a perfect compliment to a perfect evening. We are already planning a return visit.
10/29/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Okay...we live in Denver and are surrounded by a million steakhouses. BUT...that shouldn't prevent you from giving Bastien's a try. This is one of the funkiest little places you'll find, and the Sugar Steaks (yes, really...it's a steak rubbed down in sugar) is wonderful!!
As soon as you walk in you get the feeling that time has stood still! The decor is so very retro but it's great! It's hard to put into words, but when you step in you'll get it.
The price is another plus. You won't fork over an arm and a leg to get a full meal, including a delightful salad in addition to your meat course. The bar is fully stocked as well, so ask for a cosmo (or something retro...just work with the atmosphere!) and enjoy.
03/07/2009Provided by Citysearch -
You would not know it driving down colfax and from the outsite of the building, but this Steakhouse is a GEM in the Denver area.
From the outside of this octagon shaped building I would have NEVER have dined there, but a freind referred us to Bastien's over a year ago and now this is our favorite Steakhouse hangout...We love the Steak Bryan and the Sugar Steak.
This is a place to try only once and you'll either love it or hate it, we LOVE it!
08/29/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I walked in to the bar area to sit at the bar, ""I was lucky no one was smoking"" to find a relaxing place to unwind. I ordered iced tea and was served freshly brewed tea that actually tasted like tea. The lady taking my order was jovial as were the other two customers present, giving the place a ""Cheers"" feel. When my soup came out it tasted so good i had to gobble it down. I forget exactly what it was called but cream and potatoes were the major ingredients. It would have been great by itself as a larger serving in the winter. The steak came out next. They called it a sugar steak and it was perfect, just on the rare side of medium rare, the sugar ""caramelized"" on the outside sealed the juices in and captured the flavor. I ate the meal in an unhurried state and bypassed the desert menu of fresh pies for fear of exploding. the whole experience was pleasurable. As i left the waitress told me to come back again and sounded as though she meant it. All in all I felt my business was appreciated for a change and I will have to plan a trip back that way again.
07/17/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Bastien's is one of my absolute favorite places to dine in Denver. I've lived here for 13 years and Bastien's has always been a staple for me. This place is not for snobs or idiots that would rather eat at Chili's (see review 2nd after this one). This place is not trying to be anything but what it is- a great steak house with brilliant service, an incredible Lemoncello cocktail and the type of ambiance no chain restaurant could EVER pull off. Our service has never been short of EXCELLENT. The escargot is a favorite of mine, as is the steak with craw fish and sauce. As the GM of a busy Larimer Square restaurant, I know great service, and I know great food, and obviously, I cannot say enough about this place. Drop your pretension and save some bucks at this wonderful and amazingly affordable restaurant. The aforementioned idiot who also mentioned they expected to see a call girl or ex-con is right- and that's one of the reasons this restaurant is a Colfax gem! Bastien's has been around for a long time for a reason, so go check it out- I hope you'll find it to be the wonderful destination I know it is. Cheers to Eric and all the staff!!!!
06/27/2008Provided by Citysearch -
After passing by many of times, my curiosity got the best of me, and I stopped in for dinner.
WOW! Right out of the gate I know I had found a new staple. The ambiance draws you in right away.
After drooling over the menu, for quite some time, I finally decided to try the house special and get the Sugar Steak. A NY strip with a delicious caramelized glaze, and good sized at that! I complemented the steak with the garlic mashed potatoes. After dinner I had to indulge in one of there famous desserts. The skillet pie came highly recommended, I chose the apple. What a great finishing touch!
The wait staff was extremely friendly and made me feel right at home. Long story short Bastien's was a great find and i would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great meal and comfortable atmosphere!
06/13/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Building is old and tired, look's horrible from the street (colfax) inside is old & dingy, some 40's theme with dust bunnys galore. Bar is somthing you see in an ex con movie looks wise. I expected to see a ""Call Girl"" with a john in the corner any second. Had it not been recommended we would have walked out as soon as we walked in. Service depends, 60% is fair-good, 40% is bad-horrible. Even with a reservation you will not be seated promptly. I ordered my steak med. rare stress on the rare, it came med. well done, the host or waiter or whoever he is was very rude, arguing with me that it was a perfect med. rare steak, and basically I did'nt know what I was talking about. Other time's he's nice as can be, unless you say something negative about any of the food, like the sour tasting steak I had to turn back to the kitchen today. Waitstaff is usually not very friendly, and hard to get over to the table, the bus boy was great. There are 3 storys, and depending on where you sit, you could be looking at other customer's feet, booth tables are very small with the large plates & if multiple people are dining with you. Food is 80% good, the mignon is usually very yummy (except for the sour taste this time, and being overcooked twice) Sugar Steak... I dont understand the hype, it was ok, not something to order more then once a year, I would rather take a Chili's Ribeye to a Sugar Steak anyday. A nice vegi combo come's with every meal, twice baked potato is lacking, usually mashed is good, they do have wonderful home made almost yard stick long breaksticks with seasoned dipping butter. Deserts are generally good, except for the sponge cake one which was very dry, the whip cream and fruit topping did nothing to help.
Overall I like the food, dislike the building look in/outside, they need to update and CLEAN, and most all the waitstaff is rude, slow, and has no reserve about giving an attitude to, or yelling at it's customers. Food pricing is average, drinks are overpriced.
05/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The idea that this is the best brunch in Denver is ridiculous. The food at Bastien's was acceptable, nothing more, and anybody who thinks it's better than Le Central or Lucille's is out of their mind. San Antonio omlette was topped with jarred salsa, not homemade. Potatoes were overcooked. Coffee was blah. Waitress acted like we were putting her out. Just average.
11/18/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My fiancee and I were visiting Denver and had decided we really wanted a steak for dinner. We checked out City Search ... Bastiens was on the list ... had good reviews ... but we were both on the fence about whether it sounded good enough to go. After some debating ... we went.
From the outside ... my first thought was this place is going to be a joke ... it looks like a very old, unkempt, building. When we walked inside we were pleasantly surprised. It was definitely nicer than the outside. The wood bar, when you first walk in, is where we made our home for the night. The bartender ... I wish I could remember his name ... was excellent. Timely, attentive, friendly service.
We ordered steaks ... I had the special ... a ny strip steak with gorgonzola and chiant reduction ... amazing!!!! My fiancee had the sugar steak. I know ... sugar and steak sound like a terrible combination, but it was fantastic. A perfectly cooked, medium rare ny strip, with a hint of sweet. My fiancee and I both agreed it was the best steak we have probably ever had.
The atmosphere is very relaxed with air of comfort from family and friends.
The dessert was only ok, but everything else was 5 star without the 5 star price.
07/04/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Darn near everything on the menu (although I haven't sampled it all, yet) is a taste treat. The signature sugar steak is a wonderful medley of taste and texture - juicy and tender throughout. The monthly specials are not to be missed as they are unique and tasty. Although the exterior silhouette of the building is low, the interior is surprisingly open and spacious. The outdoor patio is unexpectedly cozy thanks to branches and miniature lights woven through the wrought iron. In spite of being located just off Colfax, the patio is nicely intimate. The staff (many of whom are the children or grandchildren of the founder) are knowledgable and friendly. If you don't know what to try, just ask! The holiday meals and special occasion menus are fantastic. Bastiens is our first choice for a special night out.
04/14/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Bastien's is a Denver treasure - you can't tell it from the outside, which makes it all the more charming. The service was excellent, the sugar steak is out-of-this-world. Also worth trying are the Black Russian cake and the appetizer gnocchi. Everything we had at Bastien's was great!
03/15/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Don't believe the hype! These People Who say this place is the best have either never dined out or ate some place else. The Only positive aspect about this restuarant is the outside appearance would make you think dumpy diner, But the inside has that pleasantly suprising 1930,s/40,s time warp. My boyfriend & I kept reading the wonderful dining reviews about this place, so on a whim decided to give it a try, especially because we are both steak connoisseurs of Steaks & do not like franchises. The service was extremely slow. My 2nd cocktail was completely a different drink mixture from the 1st,in which I order the exact same beverage. My boyfriend ordered a ribeye. I ordered a T-bone. Both of us ordered medium rare. His steak was unbelievable bland. My steak needed a chainsaw to cut & overcooked. The salads were chintzy & side dishes were absolute waste of space on our plates. Zero flavor. Too bad, we really had hope for this joint, after all the raving hype. This dining establishment must have bribed these critics. It's the ONLY explanation I can think of, because when we dined at bastiens around thedinner time hours, It wasn't empty, but there was only 5 other tables with patrons. SAVE YOUR TIME & MONEY
02/26/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I just went to Bastien's this weekend for a birthday party based on the results I had seen here at citysearch. I have to give it my highest rating. Having moved here from Chicago, I've been looking for a quality resturant to take guests, business associates, etc. I will certainly be back. Everything the whole night was perfect. The staff went out of their way to accomdate our party of 7 in their small enviroment. The service was good, what you would expect from a quality resturant.
The food, to be sure, was simply amazing. We all enjoyed every meal we had and sampled some of the other food to just have a taste. From the Escargot to the house speciality, Sugar Steak to the little Breadsticks on the table. Hmm... Great. The woman next to me got a chicken dish wrapped in Proscutto, which I began asking her if she'd like to trade for my Sugar Steak. Best Chicken Dish I've ever had. Sugar Steak was good, very tender for a cut of meat not known for it's tenderness.
I've been to major Steak Houses around the US and I'd have to say that Bastien can compete with any of them at a fraction of the cost.