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“Fun and unique experience - Cook your own expensive steak!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Mint Steakhouse Restaurant

The Mint Steakhouse Restaurant
347 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne, CO 80498
970 468 5247
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Ranked #9 of 29 Restaurants in Silverthorne
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner
San Diego, California
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“Fun and unique experience - Cook your own expensive steak!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

What a experience of cooking your own experience steak in a historic building.
If you want to compare with sit down dinner then don't even try coming into here.
No place to impress a new date! but atmostphere is fun.
The meats are excellent. Some are freshed cut (Prime cut) and some are well aged (Choice ribeye).
Suggest talk to the butcher. He's experienced and proud of his work. He will explain the cut, the dark blood marks if two pieces sitting next to each other, the marble, the dry age process, etc...
Ask him about the approximate time to cook the steak each side according to your definition of medium rare to well done (who eat the well done steak?)
Besure to ask him for the BBQ Grill Meat thermometer. Recommended 115 F or less for medium rare.
Choose a spot in the middle of the grill for better heat. Be humble and learn how to do it right, else you eat what you cooked.

Besides order the sides, please check out the included all you can eat salad bar. Pretty good bar and sauce. The Texas Toast is not to be missed. Watch out for the butter, spread on one side only and do not flip, otherwise you will have a fire show and charcoal bread.

Beer and wine choices are good. Remember the price of them in a steak house, not in supermarket.

You can share the big portion of Prime cut and enjoy the meat with your partner instead of order the Choice ribeye. The servers and and the butcher are friendly and busy. You can help serve your own water if don't want to wait. You serve your salad, toast and steak anyway.

All in one, very unique and fun experience. Will have something to talk about for a while.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Berryville, Virginia
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Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
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“Great bar”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

I can't comment on the restaurant because my wife and I were just there to spend an hour while my son and his friend were working out nearby during a skiing trip last week. What a fun local place! We were there from 5-6 pm and were probably the only non-locals there. It was like stumbling into the bar at "Cheers." The bartender, James, knew everyone who came in and treated us like we'd always been coming there. We only intended to have beer and wine, but had an appetizer special of local smoked trout...wonderful. Warm and friendly.

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Nixa, MO
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Way overpriced for mediocre food you cook on an subpar grill”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

$2/oz for ribeye, $40 for a 16oz prime strip. I'm sure the prices change from time to time, and the unlimited salad with the steak is OK. But those are prices you'd expect at a nice sit down, professionally cooked with superior service like at Morton's or Ruth's Chris. the heat on the grill provided is too low to allow a proper sear and there is no option for a finishing oven to properly cook a steak like a pro (or even how I'd do it at home).

There's no price list for sides, but they're mostly reasonably priced and large, so if you get a side, be sure to share.

The guy running the steak case acted like a pro and seems to know a bit like he knows what he's talking about, but the first thing he did after cutting my ribeye off was to trim off the fat! Now he says he was trying to help save me the additional cost, and I believe him, but anyone who knows steaks knows that you do NOT trim the fat off, that's the most flavorful part and imparts additional flavor to the steak itself.

also, if you're a steak fan, you don't want to go here, it's frightening what other humans will do to a perfectly good steak to ruin it...there should be laws.

I didn't like the way you have to line up to select your steak in a very tight/crowded area and the new customers have to push through that same line. It's just a really bad set up for flow...when the line gets long it even backs up on the salad bar.

Timing of the food is odd and not intuitive. You order your appetizers, then you go select your steak and sides. While cooking your steak the appetizers come, but you're cooking your steak, so by the time you return to the table the apps are already getting cold and you're eager to eat the steak (though you should let it rest 5-10 minutes anyway). And there's no convenient time to make or eat your salad, unless it's while you're waiting for the steak to rest. IOW, it's just an awkward set up more like a school cafeteria than a fine dining place, but a school cafeteria where your food is $40-50/plate.

There were no kid options either. There were some burger patties in the bottom of the case, but the meat salesman said those were only for the bar sliders and wouldn't sell her one. So we paid $20 for an 8oz sirloin for her! come on, a couple brats or burgers would kill you?

We won't be going back. The meat wasn't horrible and if you've got cash burning a hole in your pocket and want a DIY steak it's ok, but if you're particular about quality and service at all, you'll be disappointed and have a much lighter wallet.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Great family time around the grill”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

This is a unique steakhouse, they offer prime meats but it is up to you to cook them on the commercial grill. It is great family time to gather around the grill and cook. We make this a tradition every ski season. The sides can be pricy but the salad bar is all you can eat. If they someday add a house Caesar you can thank me.

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Houston, Texas
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“nice dinner and fun atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Very good food and an interesting atmosphere. My husband and I ate here last night after a long day of skiing, we had a table down the stairs near the fireplace. Our server was very polite and attentive. We had the bacon wrapped scallops first, which were amazing. Steaks were very good, cooking them yourself is quite fun. We both had fries on the side- he had steak and I had sweet potato. We could have easily shared one side, as it was quite large. Salad bar is not huge, but was fresh and had a good selection. Will be back!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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