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The Fort

$$$$, Healthy,
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465-8731
+1 303-697-4771
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Overview
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good31%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“quail” (157 reviews)
“wild game” (45 reviews)
“steak” (85 reviews)
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Contemporary, Healthy, Native American, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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$$$$
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19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465-8731
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1 - 10 of 684 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went early on a December Tuesday evening. At first only a few couples were there but volume grew to about half capacity while we were there. The setting is unique and interesting. The prices are high - about $50 an entree. Started off with a...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 318raymonds
Reviewed 3 days ago

I understand that the idea behind this restaurant is all about the experience and as a history enthusiast I appreciate the effort to keep a small piece of history alive; however, the cost of a meal here is not justified. My son has been asking...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank jpeek2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

OK, so it's not entirely fair to base your review of a restaurant on one of the busiest days of the year(Thanksgiving) BUT I'm gonna do it anyway! Let me say that this is a unique place to dine but it is not Michelin Star...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Raytec12
Holly K, Owner at The Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Raytec12, Thank you for taking the time to write a review, and for choosing to dine with us on Thanksgiving. I’m sorry to hear that some dishes did not meet your expectations, however, I’m happy to hear that some in your party were pleased...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Holly, you are doing a fabulous job. Your dad (parents) would be very proud. The menu was excellent; full of great offerings for the holiday. The turkey dinner had every element and looked and tasted wonderful. I enjoyed the game dinner; quail, elk and buffalo...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank H8858QCkarena
Holly K, Owner at The Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear H8858QCkarena, Thank you for taking the time to leave a kind review, and for the continued patronage over the years. I’m delighted to hear you enjoyed your meal and dining experience. I look forward to welcoming you back in the near future! Holly Arnold...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love history and the setting, interior décor and the area in the patio with the fire pit burning..were only a few of the delights at this unbelievable experience! Once inside the entrance had photos of all of the past presidents that had eaten there!...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank trvlngpat
Holly K, Owner at The Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear trvlngpat, Thank you for taking the time to write a detailed review of The Fort, and for the wonderful endorsement. I am delighted that you enjoyed the historical setting, memorable dining experience, and accommodating staff. We hope to welcome you back soon for more...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We also had not been to The Fort for maybe 20 years...pace of life and it being on the opposite side of Denver from us. But my daughter and I share a birthday, and her friend from Mississippi wanted to treat us to dinner, and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank GaryH_Colo
Holly K, Owner at The Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear GaryH_Colo, Thank you for the wonderful review, and for choosing The Fort to celebrate your birthdays. I am delighted to hear you and your party enjoyed our unique atmosphere, wide-ranging menu, and attentive service. We look forward to welcoming you back very soon. Holly...More

Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

Walked in to an unexpected adventure. The menu offer Buffalo prime rib, beef steak, Rocky mountain ???, quail. This is an expensive restaurant but you are living an adventure.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Kim G
Holly K, Owner at The Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Dear Kim G, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your recent visit to The Fort. I’m delighted you enjoyed our unique dining experience and one-of-a-kind menu offerings. I hope to welcome you back soon! Holly Arnold Kinney, Proprietress

Reviewed October 16, 2018

I went to the Fort 30 years ago and remembered it was a great place to eat. I was happy to hear it was still open. I went again on September 6, 2018. It was just as good as it was years ago.More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank J M
Holly K, Owner at The Fort, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2018

Dear J M, Thank you for your kind review, and for visiting us 30 years later. I’m delighted to hear your recent dining experience at The Fort was equally as satisfying as your first, and I hope to welcome you back for another memorable meal...More

Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

It starts with the atmosphere, outdoor fires giving off a delightful wood smoke aroma. Once inside staff are very pleasant and accommodating. Our waitress offered suggestions and detailed descriptions. We had the drink made with old crow, tobacco and gun powder. Quite tasty. Every aspect...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Lbjcartier
Holly K, Owner at The Fort, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2018

Dear Lbjcartier, Thank you for taking the time to provide a wonderful endorsement of The Fort. I’m delighted you enjoyed our inviting atmosphere, unique drink selections and one-of-a-kind menu options. I hope to welcome you for a future visit! Holly Arnold Kinney, Proprietress

Reviewed October 11, 2018

The Fort is a great experience. It is a replica of the old historic Bent's Fort on the Arkansas River. The food is good - not a run of the mill. We take out-of-town visitors to this restaurant because it is so unusual.More

Date of visit: March 2018
1  Thank jvogel1032
Holly K, Owner at The Fort, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2018

Dear jvogel1032, Thank you for taking the time to write a kind endorsement of The Fort, and for your continued patronage. I’m pleased to hear you continue to enjoy the historic, early west-inspired experience we strive to offer our guests and I hope to welcome...More

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bodine150
September 13, 2017|
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Response from Carol R | Reviewed this property |
There is no dress code. Anything from nice jeans to suit would be appropriate. I would personally not wear shorts or exercise clothes. It is a great place to celebrate birthdays, or date nights.
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July 24, 2017|
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Response from Rich Z | Reviewed this property |
I'd spend the money and go here, even not knowing what place your comparing it too.
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sandykaufman
June 8, 2017|
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Response from bridgetc1313 | Reviewed this property |
The Fort is extremely pricey but the food is awesome! The way I see it...if you are coming from Michigan and a restaurant doesn't care to respond...spend your money elsewhere. There are so many incredible places to eat out... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$31 - $80
Cuisine
Contemporary, Healthy, Native American, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Scenic view
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Monday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465-8731
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Morrison
  • Phone Number: +1 303-697-4771
  • E-mail
Description
An award winning and nationally acclaimed “truly Colorado” restaurant, The Fort is located in Southwest Denver’s Red Rocks Territory. Specializing in regional game, such as bison, elk and quail, as well as seasonal fish and hearty vegetarian fare influenced by American Indian and Mountain Man cuisine, The Fort’s creation of “New Foods of the Old West,” brings back popular recipes from the 19th century, prepared with a twist. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Fort is a full-scale adobe replica of Bent’s Fort, an important fur-trading fort originally in Southeastern Colorado (1833-1849). Paying homage to the property’s historic inspiration, The Fort’s cuisine is modeled after the diets of pioneers along the Santa Fe Trail, mountain men and native Indian tribes, as well as the culinary influences of the Mexican and Spanish traders who once occupied the border of Old Mexico and the U.S. Territory where the original Bent’s Fort sat. Kinney leads The Fort’s creation of “New Foods of the Old West,” bringing back modernized versions of popular recipes from the 19th century, utilizing a rare cookbook library with more than 3,000 volumes. Dishes such as roasted bison marrow bones, braised bison tongue, Rocky Mountain Oysters and Buffalo tenderloin filet mignon are menu staples, as are cocktails like Trade Whiskey, made with “organic” gunpowder, and “The Hailstorm,” the first Colorado cocktail served in 1833 at Bent’s Fort.
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