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“Game for game?” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Fort

The Fort
19192 Hwy. 8, Morrison, CO 80465
303-697-4771
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Ranked #2 of 20 Restaurants in Morrison
Price range: $31 - $80
Cuisines: Southwestern
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Situated in the Red Rocks country 17 miles southwest of Denver on Hwy 285, The Fort is a true replica of Bent's Fort, the first American community west of the Missississippi & rendezvous of Kit Carson & other "Mountain Men". The nine dining rooms, seating 350, are white plastered over adobe. Unusual but hearty dishes, typical of the early West, are provided from open grills. Waugh!
Golden, Colorado
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Game for game?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Business dinner for 8. The Fort is a tradition that endures.
The menu is predominately game and well prepared. Buffalo tenderloin was outstanding. All 8 loved the meat and those that had dessert were very happy. . The sides were a bit stodgy and uninspired but the view made up for a lot.
Staff was very attentive and unobtrusive if dressed in slightly dated costume like uniforms
The Fort is the first place you should choose for out of town visitors if your expense account can cover it.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Denver, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Gorgeous views, unique menu, unexpected clientele”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

We love taking visitors to The Fort to show off the gorgeous patio and views. It is also a fun place to try new foods- the peanut butter stuffed jalapenos are yummy and the chorizo bean dip is a favorite. The menu is definitely unique and the restaurant does it right without going all "Casa Bonita" with the atmosphere. It is a classy, unique experience, that is definitely worth a visit. The fire pit at the entry with the heavenly smelling Pinon wood is worth the visit in itself. Give it a try, see what you think!

Visited July 2012
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Colorado
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114 restaurant reviews
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
“Great Dining, Casual, Worth Trying”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

I recently visited The Fort for 5 for some fine dining. The restaurant is on the West side of Denver just on the Front Range. The place was unique from the outside and had a nice courtyard with an outdoor fire pit. We were promptly seated and greeted with the specials of the night. They are primarily known as a wild game restaurant with several unique items on the menu. Having heard of Rocky Mountain Oysters, I had to give them a try. If you don't think about what you are eating, they are not bad. I order the Bison filet. I was worried that it would be too lean to cook, but they did a great job. Others had the game hens and bison spare ribs. It's a nice causal fine dining restaurant. At times it got a little loud, but not bad.

Be sure to make a reservation and ask for a table facing East overlooking Denver. Those are the best tables with a view.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Denver, Colorado
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57 restaurant reviews
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
“out of the Olde West”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

This is the place to take friends and visitors, VIPs and casually interested alike. The situation is on high ground with a long view of the plains and Denver city. Dusk and evening are even more magical than day. Also a great place to bring a group. We had our last Friendship Force international exchange visitors to a luncheon AND a presentation by one of The Fort's excellent re-enactors, who (in costume) told about what life in the frontier west was all about. The displays and the building itself (modeled after Bent's Fort) bring home history. After the visual and the audible, the food brings the taste of the west to life as well. Historical, but very palatable dishes will round out any special occasion.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Unique experience”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

The atmosphere is one of the most unique you will ever find in a restaurant. The replica fort has with a nice view, friendly service with all the staff dressed in old-style costumes. It feels slightly Disney-World-ish, but was fun and you can tell they've thought out every little detail. If you are looking for a dining "experience" this definitely will be memorable.

As far as the food goes...the buffalo was really good. We also had some cheese appetizer that was also delicious. I wasn't too impressed with the other food items we ordered. It was almost like it was trying too hard to be unique---peanut butter stuffed jalapenos, teriyaki quail, antelope (I might just not like antelope), and the rocky mountain oysters (I'll try anything, but wasn't a fan), the ancho chili chocolate cake was all "ok" not worth the hefty price tag in my opinion. I think my personal tab was $66.

But it was a fun experience. I would recommend for families if money isn't an issue. It's more fun than romantic for couples. Also, the plates are huge---splitting an entree would have been a better, more reasonable deal.

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