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Briarhurst Manor Estate

404 Manitou Ave, Shared Driveway with the Blue Skies Inn, Manitou Springs, CO 80829-2303
+1 719-685-1864
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good16%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible6%
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American, Seafood, Mediterranean, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
404 Manitou Ave, Shared Driveway with the Blue Skies Inn, Manitou Springs, CO 80829-2303
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking forward to a quiet splurge, before the holiday festivities began and the Briarhurst came highly recommended. It was a splurge - but not one we will ever repeat. The ambiance is lovely, but the service was poor. The presentation of the food...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Ellen D
Cogirl123, Front Office Manager at Briarhurst Manor Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We appreciate your feedback. Please call us directly so we may better determine who on our staff served you as well as who was working in the kitchen as we want every visit to be a wonderful experience for every guest.

Reviewed November 22, 2018

I am normally a fan of the Manor. I try to make it there a couple times a year. This time, I decided to take my wife of one year, there for the first time. I had raved about it to her and thought that...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank scorsine
Cogirl123, Front Office Manager at Briarhurst Manor Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so sorry that there were so many issues with your experience on Thanksgiving. Please contact us directly so we can see what we can do to make things right so that you will want to come back and show your wife the Briarhurst...More

Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

This is by far the best food in the region. In my opinion, to steps above the Cliffhouse. The portions are Apple. A number of the food choices include elk, wild boar and visit. What was especially wonderful was our waiter Adam- Very helpful and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Barb C
Reviewed September 2, 2018

As retirees, we rarely dine out. But we decided to go for our anniversary dinner, because we knew it would be exceptional service and food! We opted for the 5 course meal option; it was all excellent! The highlight was the entree...we each ordered their...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Heather_Geo
Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile

Horrible food served in a dark, ugly, ancient house. The food was pretentious and had all kinds of weird flavors that don’t usually mesh well together. For example, my husband had the foie gras which was served as a parfait with angel food cake on...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank catlover429
Reviewed August 20, 2018

This marvelous restaurant was once the home of Dr. Bell and his rambunctious family. Bell was General Palmer's partner in developing the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad in Colorado. He also had a vision of developing Manitou Springs into a fine resort catering to the...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank nancykwilliams
Reviewed May 14, 2018

Fabulous, historic atmosphere, great food. Spoiled with 5 courses, ambiance was priceless. Awesome!!

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank santhony05
Reviewed April 24, 2018

Amazing food and great atmosphere in small parlor rooms set up for dining. The history pf the Briarhurst is fun, and we spent time trying to see if any ghosts were in around while we were eating.

Date of visit: May 2017
1  Thank Daniel R
Reviewed March 24, 2018 via mobile

We were staying at the Cliff House and heard great things about the Manor and the restaurant. Made reservations and told them we were celebrating a birthday. Manor is gorgeous and everything was going great ( birthday wishes from host and first server). Rooms are...More

Date of visit: March 2018
1  Thank WillIGoBack
Reviewed March 11, 2018

We went out for a romantic dinner, to celebrate my husband's birthday a couple weeks late. The Briarhurst Manor was an excellent choice. Our server Denny was pleasant and very good at his job. He up-sold us the five-course meal, and we really enjoyed it....More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Diane K
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Jill M
October 2, 2018|
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Response from Cogirl123 | Property representative |
It is violation of Briarhurst Liquor License for guests to bring any alcohol into the restaurant. I am not sure where someone got the idea that there is a corkage fee but they are mistaken.
Angélica P
February 7, 2017|
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Response from Cogirl123 | Property representative |
You should have received another email from Open Table explaining that the first was in error. But yes feel free to call us directly to confirm and see what other notes we can add to the reservation. Especially if you have... More
Angélica P
February 3, 2017|
Response from Cogirl123 | Property representative |
It is the guest's decision on how much to tip unless it is a larger party. For banquet's the service charge is generally 22% unless payments are late.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$30 - $56
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
5:00 PM - 7:45 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 404 Manitou Ave, Shared Driveway with the Blue Skies Inn, Manitou Springs, CO 80829-2303
    (Mayfair Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: City bus stops on Manitou Avenue close to our location.
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  El Paso County  >  Manitou Springs
  • Phone Number: +1 719-685-1864
  • E-mail
Briarhurst Manor’s construction started in 1872 by the founder of Manitou Springs, Dr. William Bell for his wife Cara. It is situated in a box canyon at the foot of Pike’s Peak by the banks of Fountain Creek. The famed architect Frederick Julius Sterner designed Briarhurst, as well as Glen Eyrie Castle for General Palmer, Dr. Bell’s business partner & dear friend. In the Roaring Twenties Briarhurst became a “Gentleman’s Supper Club”. In 1940,Robert and Vida Ellison purchased it. In April 1973, Briarhurst was officially entered in the National Register of Historic Places. Then renowned Chef Sigi Krauss purchased it, and opened a opened a fine dining restaurant in 1975. Today, Mr. Ken Healey operates Briarhurst as a restaurant and venue for fairytale weddings, parties & receptions for all occasions. Our menu brings back a taste of life as it was for the Bell’s in the New West by combining a blend of classic and innovative culinary techniques.
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