Taking its name from the Gold Rush era, 1858 sits in the shadow of what may be America's most famous mountain peak—Pike's Peak—and at the base of Cheyenne Canyon, where diners can gaze out at steep granite walls and a 181-foot waterfall characterizing Colorado's natural beauty. Meat and produce are sourced from local farmers and ranchers, while many dishes feature French, German, and Creole touches in a nod to the early East Coast miners who ventured to the area more than 150 years ago in search of their fortunes.
Located blocks from Rockefeller Center, the boutique Kimberly hotel evokes the golden age of nostalgic New York City, while its restaurant, the recently launched Empire Steak House & Lounge, captures the essence of its previous life as a 1920s-era opera house. The completely reconstructed, 10,000-square-foot space features an ornate winding staircase and a cathedral dome ceiling, a grand setting for the fine meats, fresh seafood, and extensive wine list offered by Chef Jack Sinanaj and his fraternal partners, Jeff and Russ Sinanaj.
Located in the Short North Arts District of Ohio's capital city, The Guild House bills itself as an artisan eatery, something accomplished with creative American cuisine artistically crafted from seasonal offerings, both regional and global, and a custom gin blend from Columbus' own Watershed Distillery. The 6,000-square-foot restaurant embraces the local area's cosmopolitan character with an energetic dining room punctuated by green chandeliers, reclaimed barn-wood beams, and local art.