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The Winners of RARE Festival 2022

For yet another rendition of the tenderest, juiciest, meatiest food competition in all of Colorado, Denver’s greatest grillmasters came together at Sculpture Park on August 18 for RARE: The Denver Steak Championships from DiningOut Events. 

More than two dozen of the city’s premier chefs sliced, seasoned, and served up expert cuts of grade A prime beef all night long to hundreds of hungry Denverites in a competition to be crowned Meat Master, Grill Guru, Denver’s Steak Champion. 

Meet the winners of the 2022 RARE Steak Championships:

Judges’ (Blind Tasting) Choice:

Citizen Rail

Traditional Steak:

1st place: Citizen Rail

2nd place: GQue Barbeque

3rd place: EDGE Restaurant

Creative Steak: 

Guard and Grace

1st place: Guard and Grace

2nd place: Avelina

3rd place: Ultreia


1st place: The Fifth String

2nd place: Forget Me Not

3rd place: STK Steakhouse

VIP Seafood Challenge:

1st place: Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar

2nd place: A5 Steakhouse

3rd place: Mizu Izakaya

People’s Choice:

Traditional Steak:

1st place: 801 Chophouse

2nd place: STK Steakhouse

3rd place: EDGE Restaurant

Creative Steak: 

1st place: TIE! Great Divide Brewing Co. / Urban Farmer

2nd place: Eddie Merlot’s

3rd place: Monarch Casino and Resort


1st place: STK Steakhouse

2nd place: Great Divide Brewing Co.

3rd place: Kona Grille

VIP Seafood Challenge:

1st place: Denver Poke Company

2nd place: Mizu Izakaya

3rd place: Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar


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