Denver >Food & Dining > Prime 121
121 Clayton St, Denver, CO | Directions 8020639.719426 -104.955834
Neighborhoods: Cherry Creek, Southeast Denver
Prime 121, I can't wait to get back! – I love this restaurant! The food is incredible and the ambiance is great. I've dined here 3 times and each time I felt relaxed and welcome. The service was attentive but not overly so. Did I spend too much money? I was prepared to splurge and I only wish I could go back more often. I found the staff warm and pleasant, my steak was perfect and I'm crazy about creamed spinach...
Give this place a try if you want to be spoiled.
Worth a Second Look – I dined at Prime 121 this week under the recommendation of a friend and I must say I had a wonderful time. As I arrived, it was about what one would expect when visiting an upscale steakhouse in Cherry Creek. Valet Parking for those who would rather not deal with the headache that is parking in Cherry Creek. White table clothes, fresh flowers on the tables, servers wearing pressed white coats. However, our experience was much more than ordinary. First off the music playing was upbeat, contemporary top 40 rather than the typical monotonous formal dinner music found at most of these types of establishments. The service was perfect and the staff seemed to know exactly what we needed before we did (Mojito's here are excellent and the wine list is A+). And the food, top notch!!! Steaks cooked to perfection. We had appetizers, salads and entrees, and despite being a party of 7 on what seemed to be a relatively busy evening, the dinner flowed perfectly. I've seen some negative comments about this restaurant, but I have to say Prime 121 was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. Perhaps worth a second look.
Go to Elways instead.... – I went here for 5280 week and was so disappointed. We had 6 people in the group and 3 of the steaks came out cooked completely wrong! This is a steak place! You should know how to cook them. The sides were very average and the service was awful. I love dining out a nice steak places and will never be back to this one. They just filed bancrupcy and it's no wonder. A nice steak place in Cherry Creek should be great, not okay. Go across the street to Elways! Amazing!!!
The service was great but meat quality very poor. Ambiance very weak and contirved. Management cursed and screamed at the help. Very uncomfortable experience @ such high prices. – My partner and I dined at Prime 121 hoping to give a fledgling restaurant another chance. We had dined earlier on in their exisitence and had a horrible experience, to the point where the manager screamed at one of his servers in plain earshot of all of the patrons. We found that little has changed at Prime 121, if anything the quality has declined. Our previous experience although marked by discomfort, was tolerable due to a delicious steak. Our recent visit was one of discomfort and terrible food. The steak was like rubber and the scallops tasted of something Burger King would offer, but at $30+. What I presumed as management was empty and contrived, essentially they looked miserable and acted rude. The only bright spot was a server with longer hair, whose name escapes me, he was knowledgeable and pleasant and helped us with a wine selection and also chilled the red we selected due to it being too hot. He alleved our novice with a candor and grace that put us at ease. The server, however, could not save the experience as the dining experience, we view, was a waste of time and money...we will not return!
Great Service! – This past weekend, my husband and I dined at Prime 121. We first stopped at the bar and had a two martinis, which the blonde bartender recommended. She was so friendly! We then went to our table and ordered salads (which were average) and I had surf and turf and my husband had a NY Strip. Both were above average. Our server wast extremely professional and courteous even though he was busy with about three tables. He gave great suggestions on wine, and was easy to talk to. Only drawback was the huffiness of the matre'd. He seemed really flustered for no reason. All in all, I would recommend this steakhouse.
food vs. service – I have dined at Prime 121 several times. We continue to go back because the food is exquisite. However the service is less than average. The hostess is delightfully adorable and will make sure you have a table you are happy with. I would recommend sitting at the bar, because I have nothing awful to say about any of the bartenders. My favorite is Courtney, she also will make sure you are happy with your experience. I have however had several negative encounters with the servers. If you are going for the first time make sure that you do not dine with 3 servers; Sean, Matt and Greg. All of our ecounters with these servers have been flat out awful. Combined together they are rude, carry a cloud of cigarette smoke and have made errors on our orders several times. I would recommend asking for Peter or Eric. My only other complaint would be the owner. I would describe him as tactless, un-approachable and disrespectful.
Food wise I would recommend any of the steaks. They are all very delicious. My favorite is the Ribeye or Filet. The best bar food is the sliders, lobster mac and cheese, calamari and shrimp diablo. I say it is a toss up because i think the food is worth every dime you will spend, however if you are more concerned with recieving good service along with a good meal, I would not recommend this steakhouse.
Honestly the Best Restaurant in Cherry Creek – I've written a review for Prime 121 before, but after reading the review by santorem, who is obviously seeking revenge towards the restaurant or the owner, (an ex-employee?) I am compelled to restate my opinion.
Prime 121 is an excellent restaurant with incredible food and superior service. For those not interested in "being seen" at Elway's, but rather to enjoy a great dining experience and truly good food, Prime 121 is the place to go.
I know from experience that the service at that "other" restaurant leaves a lot to be desired.
Comfortable Excellence in Cherry Creek – My work regularly means entertaining elite clients in the midst of extended periods of travel for both business and recreation. Anytime that travel includes a stop in Denver I'm sure to book the night at the JW Marriott in Cherry Creek with dinner at Prime 121 across the street. Most of the time I have to have to select different dining locations for my diverse constituent base, but I have yet to find a demographic disappointed by Prime 121. Its polished yet unpretentious ambiance and careful, complimentary service consistently leave my guests raving about the total experience - top-notch food, a wide variety of wine - most importantly a fun and relaxing evening.
I love steak and have regularly made the circuit of Denver Steak houses (except for the dreadful Sullivan's). I am pleased to add Prime 121 to the loop. My wife and I went on a Saturday for a night out and had an exceptional dinner. The food was excellent and prepared to my liking. The portions were reasonable and the sides were generous. The restaurant was lively and busy, but it wasn't so loud it was hard to make conversation. The service was a little on the slow side, but it is also nice to know that I am not being rushed out the door. Dessert was delicious AND the valet parking is complimentary. We had a lovely meal.
A great Saturday night...at a price. – I won't say I wasn't skeptical going into this dining experience. I had read the reviews on this site and my wife had purchased dining cards at Costco that offered a pretty hefty discount. I think 20%. The dinner was a thank you to three staff members and spouses and we were really wanting to go all out.
The valet out front was great. It was an extremely cold night and to have that in Cherry Creek is great. Once inside, we sat at the bar for a few. Our bartender was very nice, but blurred the line between banter and interruption a bit much. Once our entire party arrived, we took our drinks to the table and had the opportunity to relax. Our waiter was excellent. My wife was actually a tad rude to him, but he took it in stride and assured we had excellent service throughout the night.
All of the dishes were phenomenal. I highly recommend the Shrimp Diablo as an appetizer. To die for! Most of us commented on how we would love to try it as a meal. I had a very nicely cooked steak and my wife's fish was very nicely cooked.
Watch out, though, the prices are not cheap. Even the wine selection was a bit on the high side. You may find a better meal for the price, but if you're looking for the Cherry Creek atmosphere, this is one of the best I've been to.
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