Element Kitchen & Cocktail


Element Kitchen & Cocktail offers an elevated version of the traditional sports bar with a carefully curated menu created by focused on seasonal and local foods and celebrates the best of Colorado’s beer and spirits.

Chef John Tesar, a four-time James Beard nominee and two-time “Top Chef” contestant, is the culinary consultant and mastermind behind the menu and all back-of-house operations. His critically acclaimed Dallas restaurant, Knife, has reinvented the steakhouse experience, leading him to great success in the Dallas food scene. Chef Tesar’s vision for the menu has a creative and more sustainable approach to traditional bar food by having a focus on seasonal and local ingredients and a healthier take on preparations.

“When the Element Hospitality team approached me with the idea of this project in Denver, I jumped at the opportunity,” said Chef John Tesar. “The culinary scene here is growing rapidly and competition is incredibly steep but I believe we’re bring a fresh and exciting concept to Denver, marrying the city’s two most valued things – sports and locally-sourced / responsible food.”

Our menu offers a wide range of options including gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan offerings, while pleasing carnivores with artisanal pork butcher boards, great burgers and the best casual steak in the city. The full bar is also Colorado proud, focusing on local beer and spirits. Paying homage to these native establishments, we highlight and display the distance of each brewery, distillery or winery from the restaurant.

Our 6,000 square-foot bar and restaurant is able to accommodate over 175 guests in the dining room and on the rooftop patio. With 12 TV’s and a huge projection screen, the restaurant is one of the best places in town to cheer on your favorite team. Punch Architecture, a Las Vegas-based architecture and design firm with offices in Denver and New York City, designed the rustic yet modern space, which includes a rooftop patio for additional seating (50) and incredible views of the city. Punch Architecture has worked with many widely popular restaurants and bars across the country with Element Kitchen & Cocktail being their first hospitality project in Denver.

The Las Vegas and Denver-based hospitality group behind Element Kitchen & Cocktail, Element Hospitality Group, has a long history of using out-of-the-box thinking in the creation and launching of projects. The team has worked on numerous nightlife venues and bars in Las Vegas, San Francisco, Miami, Los Angeles and Lake Tahoe, each providing guests with a unique atmosphere and nights to remember (or forget).

“As a Colorado native, I’ve always wanted to open a great concept in Denver and the stars really aligned for Element Kitchen & Cocktail,” said Jon Spadafora, Element Hospitality Partner. “For a city that has so much to offer, we really wanted to open something that hadn’t already been done and we needed a unique space to do that, which we found in the City Hall Building on Broadway. We’re excited to put roots down in Denver and become an integral part of the Golden Triangle neighborhood.”

Chef John Tesar

Never one to shy away from controversy or the limelight, renown Chef John Tesar’s life choices are just as daring and bold as his cuisine. The four-time James Beard “Best Southwest Chef” semifinalist and “Top Chef” contestant specializes in modern American cuisine prepared with authentic European techniques, served up to his legion of fans who flock to his Dallas-based steakhouse – Knife. Tesar’s no-nonsense personality and sharp culinary perspective have garnered high-profile acclaim throughout his 20+ year career including national nods from Esquire (named to “Best New Restaurants” for two consecutive years), Food & Wine, New York Magazine, The New York Times, appearances on “The Today Show,” “The Early Show” and winning the inaugural season of the Food Network’s “Extreme Chef.”

Tesar opened Knife, located at the Highland Dallas hotel, to critical acclaim in May 2014. A reinvention of the steakhouse experience, the chef-driven restaurant features all-natural born and raised Texas beef, pork and lamb in dry-aged prime cuts and specialty cuts such as chuck flap, beef tongue and Akaushi beef. Named one of Eater National’s “Most Anticipated Openings,” Esquire magazine’s “Best New Restaurants,” Zagat’s “Hottest New Restaurants,” Maxim’s “America’s Best Steakhouse Specialties,” D Magazine’s “Best Steakhouse in Dallas” 2015 and 2016 and featured on Esquire Network’s “Restaurant Revolution,” Knife is Tesar’s revolutionary steakhouse vision realized.

Prior to Knife, Tesar opened Spoon Bar & Kitchen, receiving recognition in Condé Nast Traveler’s “Best New Restaurants in the World,” Bon Appetit Magazine’s “The Best New Restaurants of America in 2013” and Esquire magazine’s “The Best New Restaurants of 2013.”

Tesar, who received classical French training at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Paris, originally started his culinary career in his home state of New York.  He worked at posh eateries such at Club Pierre in Westhampton, followed by stints at 13 Barrow Street, 44 & Hell’s Kitchen, Vine, and even cooked alongside Anthony Bourdain at the Supper Club in Manhattan. He would eventually trade the Big Apple for Sin City to work with Chef Rick Moonen at RM Seafood in Las Vegas.  However by 2007, Tesar embarked on another major move to then up-and-coming culinary hotspot Dallas to take the helm at the ritzy Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek; there he would earn two five-star reviews.

A highly sought-after consultant, Tesar is the genius behind the menus at DRG Concepts’ Dallas Chop House, Dallas Fish Market, Wild Salsa, and Chop House Burger as well as The Cedars Social, Oak in the Design District, and The Commissary; for which he earned a “Best New Restaurant” award in D Magazine with his revolutionary CVap cooked burgers.

With a steadfast focus on the future, Tesar recently announced he is currently developing a television show, and working with Flatiron Books and Macmillan on his first book, “Knife: Steakhouse Meals at Home,” to be published in spring 2017. There are also future plans to expand Knife steakhouses nationwide, and immediate plans to to open a Knife Burger at the much-anticipate Legacy West food hall in Plano, TX for fall 2017.

From bringing seafood to the heart of Texas to reimagining the traditional steakhouse, Tesar continues to be a visionary, instrumental in Dallas’ growing reputation as a true foodie destination.

Hours of Operation

Sunday-Thursday 11am-10pm
Friday-Saturday 11am-11pm
Lunch served daily 11am-3pm