Benefiting The Colorado Restaurant Foundation

The Denver Steak Championship

Returning June 2024

The Denver Performing Arts Complex & Sculpture Park


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the Experience

Who doesn’t love a thick, tender slice of Grade A prime beef?

A steak town at its roots, Denver welcomes RARE – a festival centered around the juicy cuts of the Wild West. For one evening, the best restaurants in the city will come together and dish up their highest quality steak bites paired perfectly with steak-worthy cocktails.

In partnership with Stella Artois and benefitting Colorado Restaurant Foundation, RARE will serve as a one-of-a-kind competition among Denver’s finest steakhouses. Pitted head-to-head, 25 of the region’s most acclaimed steak purveyors will put their grilling expertise to the test as they vie for the title of Top Steak.

You can help decide which steak reigns supreme, as competitors aim to garner the most votes from a panel of professional judges and our festival attendees.

Chefs can try to win the hearts of the city’s steak lovers with a tried-and-true classic in the “Traditional Steak” category, or throw caution to the wind and get inventive in the “Creative Steak” category. All restaurants will enter a signature cocktail to complement their plates to up the ante – because what’s a great steak without something delicious to wash it down?

From the team that brings Denver TOP TACO and Chicken Fight!, RARE will be yet another culinary experience that features food, drink, and fun in one location for an evening sure to ignite all of your senses. Calling carnivores from across the state, get ready to sink your teeth into the juiciest evening of 2023 at Denver’s own steak championships.


$ 125
  • 7:00 PM ENTRY
  • Unlimited Steak Samples
  • Wine and Cocktail Samples
  • Live Entertainment
  • People's Choice Vote


$ 165
  • 6:00 PM ENTRY
  • Unlimited Steak Samples
  • Wine and Cocktail Samples
  • Live Entertainment
  • People's Choice Vote


$ 325
  • 5:30 PM ENTRY
  • Unlimited Steak Samples
  • Surf, The Denver Seafood Challenge
  • Elevated Wines and Cocktails
  • People's Choice & VIP Vote
  • VIP Lounge Areas
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Participating Restaurants

Participating Restaurants

Get Ready! Over 30+ restaurants will be at RARE this year.

Join RARE 2023 and be a part of Denver’s premier steak competition! Showcase your steak expertise and compete against the best in the city. Enter the “Traditional Steak” or “Creative Steak” categories and pair your dish with a signature cocktail for our beverage competition.

Proceeds will benefit The Colorado Restaurant Foundation and all steak cuts are sponsored by Aspen Ridge Natural Angus Beef, ensuring high-quality, all-natural humanely raised beef for the competition.

Don’t miss the chance to make a lasting impression and be recognized as one of Denver’s finest steakhouses. Apply now and be a part of RARE 2023!

Get Ready, Rare Starts in . . .



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We developed Aspen Ridge® Natural Angus beef because we believe you and your family deserve fresh, nutritious food without exception. So, we partner with American family farms to source Angus cattle, raised under Certified Humane® conditions, with no antibiotics or added hormones. From sourcing to packaging, Aspen Ridge has one mission – to bring you the finest beef eating experience in the world, every single time. Once you experience its simple excellence, you’ll see why so many people keep coming back to Aspen Ridge – the beef you’ll crave by name.

Natural Angus beef, it all starts with genetics

We take pride in the verified Angus genetics of our cattle. Our ranchers follow strict genetic, feeding, and handling protocols, and all Aspen Ridge cattle are source and age verified back to their birth ranch in the U.S.

Plus, all animal handling practices are third party validated, designating all Aspen Ridge cattle as Certified Humane®. This designation requires that animals have ample space, access to food, water, and shelter, and are handled gently to minimize stress.

When this breed is raised Naturally, fed properly and cared for humanely, the results are consistently astounding.


RARE Steak Championship was a blast! See you next year!

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