The high rating is because this place serves the most amazing soups I have ever had. They change daily and the chef has an imagination! The server told me that the chef just makes up the soups as she goes.
So, the ambiance - well, it is a pretty big place that has a large child room in the back with all sorts of toys. Kids love it.
Then there sort of a front room that seems coffee-shopish. And a room further back past the bar that seems a little retro supper clubish. Atmosphere is not the selling point here (though I love that there is an area where kids can play happily). In the supper club room - there are big old Hollywood cut outs (want your photo with Marilyn Monroe?).
While the outside says steakhouse, they don't really have steak at lunch, which is when I go. They have a small salad bar. And unlike most Colorado salad bars, you can go back as much as you would like.
This is where the soups are. The last time we went, the soups were chicken cabbage and Hungarian mushroom. The chicken cabbage had the most wonderful broth and took me by surprise with how tasty it was. The Hungarian mushroom was as good as it sounds (not thick, but a mushroomy broth with a little sour cream and lots of mushrooms). Another time, I had spaghetti soup and smoked chicken potato soup.
The only thing that would make the soups better is to have better names. That spaghetti soup was a thin (but full of Italian flavor) broth with Italian sausage, zucchini, celery, carrots onions and FLAVOR.
The chicken fried steak is excellent - crunchy outside, tender inside and not greasy at all. The veggies are the star. I saw this mix of veggies and thought it was from a big Sysco bag of frozen stuff. No - everything was fresh and each vegetable in the mix was crisp tender and had a little garlicky butter on them. Potatoes were home mashed with an occasional tiny lump.
My husband is an onion ring snob and these passed the test as did the patty melt (but why does everyone in Colorado use marble rye instead of just good rye - a pet peeve).
So - this is not going to be a gourmet, ritzy ambiance place. But, if you find better soups, let me know!