What others have said about Steuben's
Best Hamburger (2016)
Best Mac & Cheese - Reader’s Choice (2016)
Best Food Truck - Reader’s Choice (2016)
The Ten Best Macaroni and Cheese Dishes in Denver - "There's something about a classic macaroni and cheese that makes it the ultimate comfort food. Is it the rich gooey-ness, the satisfying umami flavor or the warming way this menu item goes down? Who knows — but we do know that both the uptown and Arvada Steuben's have continued to make one of the best versions around…" (2016) Read More
The Ten Best Places for Fried Chicken in Metro Denver — 2016 Edition - "Steuben's gives the same attention to its lightly coated fowl as it does to dead-on gravy fries, green-chile cheeseburgers and lobster rolls." (2016) Read More
100 Favorite Dishes: The Cheese Steak at Steuben's Food Service - "Get your dish loaded with griddled onions, peppers and/or mushrooms, and marvel at the way it all blends together into a soft sandwich of comfort-food dreams." (2016) Read More
The Fourteen Most Promising New Restaurants of 2016 — So Far - "The new Arvada Steuben's doubles the fun of the Uptown original, with a spacious dining room done up in mid-century decor and plenty of extra seating at the swanky bar and diner-style counter, where the chrome gleams and the housemade ice cream cannot be ignored." (2016) Read More
Gretchen Kurtz’ Restaurant Review: A Second Steuben's Lets the Good Times Roll in Arvada- "Of all the restaurants in Wolkon’s coterie, Steuben’s is the right concept to complement the feel of Olde Town Arvada, just blocks away… Happily, however, they stuck with the winning formula: regional comfort food, a few healthy dishes, a few trendy ones and cocktails. This decision was especially smart because a roster of straight-up diner fare — without high-end and/or tongue-in-cheek touches such as lobster rolls and Steubie snacks — would’ve made Steuben’s feel old-fashioned, not retro; tired, not hip. But hip it is, and satisfying." (2016) Read More
…in CONSCIENTIOUS business practices that consider our environment. We compost and recycle at each of our restaurants to minimize waste. Steuben’s Uptown’s patio houses a solar awning to reduce our carbon footprint. Secret Sauce F&B partners with Arcadia Power to help homeowners offset their energy use with clean wind power. All fryer oil is recycled. Local, responsibly produced ingredients are sourced whenever possible.
…in providing opportunities for younger generations to live productive, OPTIMISTIC lives. While we support many different non-profit organizations and causes, we have created deeper relationships with youth-focused organizations such as Urban Peak, The Book Trust, and DHA's Youth Culinary Academy to make a larger impact with our philanthropic efforts.
…in the RELIABLE comfort and warmth of Regional American dishes that represent our youth, our hometowns, and our country’s diverse cultural heritage. We strive to build the same memories for our community. We believe in celebrating our region’s myriad producers, growers, distillers, and brewers that make Colorado so special and unique.
…in the amazing individuals we work with that embrace our CORE values of being conscientious, optimistic, reliable, and ENGAGED. Our company is run as a family business and our people are our most important asset. We believe in promoting from within and creating career opportunities for our staff.
Our Founder - Josh Wolkon
I love dining “experiences.” Whether at home, on a beach, on a farm, on a hike or in a restaurant the combination of food, drink, atmosphere, people, play, laughter, hospitality, conversation and music can combine to create these memorable experiences. I love old buildings. They have a built in character and story that lend themselves to creating something unique and special. Morphing old buildings into restaurants and bars filled with life is an incredibly challenging and rewarding experience. It is a gift to have the resources and creative minds and energy to bring such dreams and visions to reality. With each buildout comes an incredible opportunity to team up with like minded architects, interior designers, graphic designers, chefs, mixologists and local artisans to bring the visions of a menu, a space and a vibe all together. With each new concept has come an opportunity to travel and be inspired by an industry that continues to reach new levels of creativity, design, and originality.
Vesta, our first restaurant opened in 1997 in Lower Downtown, Denver. I was 25 and driven by blind ambition to open my dream restaurant. Surrounded by young, energeitc, passionate, and fun people we created a destination restaurant before Lodo iteself became a destination. The term “Vesta Vibe” was coined and the foundation of positive energy, genuine hospitality, philanthropy and fun has paved the way for our company’s success since 1997. Vesta has consistenly been recognized as one of Denver’s Best restaurants and remains a staple for pre-parties, engagements, first dates and celebrations. Bold flavors excite my palette. These flavors and a commitment to providing a social and memorable dining experience are the foundation of Vesta. The people, personalities and staff that execute the concept of Vesta have been the key to our success. They personify the “Vesta Vibe” which allows us to express excellence in the most inclusive, accessible, genuine and hospitable way possible .
After the first ten years our veteran management team was ready for a new challenge. In 2006 we opened Steuben’s, named after a historic Boston restaurant that my Great Uncle’s owned in the 1940-s thru the 1960’s. We saw a need in Denver for that everyday, neighborhood diner serving all of our favorite Regional American things to eat: A lobster roll from New England, a Green Chili Cheeseburger from Alberquerque, Fried Chicken and Ribs from the South. The old Dan’s Garage was transformed to create a 60’s modern diner blended with classic café. The prices are right. The cocktails are classic and the scratch kitchen executes crave worthy dishes that stay true to their origin. The Steuben’s Food Truck launched in 2009 helping to bring the food truck phenomenon to Denver and giving the company another great resource for doing outside events and charitable parties. In 2016, the Steuben’s team opened a second location in Olde Town, Arvada, Colorado. We renovated a 25 year old classic diner, into a new and modern version of Steuben’s, bringing our celebrated menu to the West side of town and helping to lead the revitilization of Olde Town. I am blessed to have an incredible team of passionate people who understand this industry and love it. My wife Jen has been with me since Vesta opened and continues to be an integral part of the design and daily decision making process while doing an incredible job with our two young boys. Vesta, Steuben’s and Ace Eat Serve are one big family with nearly 300 members. We work and play together in an environment that encourages fun, parties, creativity, eating, drinking, playing, dancing, philanthropy, community and connecting with people. On the surface, the restaurant worlds of Vesta, Steuben’s, and Ace are entirely different, but a common thread of incredible staff, delicious food and a good times make these restaurants sisters. We are incredibly lucky and fortunate to do what we do for a living as we get to see the rewards on the faces of our staff and guests on a daily basis.