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Wed, 6/16
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An award-winning and nationally acclaimed "truly Colorado" restaurant, The Fort specializes 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.
$31 - $80
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night
Contemporary, Healthy, Native American, American
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Full Bar
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I have been a fan of The Fort for years. It has been one of my favorite restaurants. That said, tonight was not good. The food was fine, but the service was atrocious. I realize that they are probably having trouble getting help, but still....The server(s) attempted to clear our appetizer before we'd even gotten started. The girl then tried to take away my dinner plate when I had literally just started eating and had my fork in my hand. It was laughable. 'Rushed' isn't even halfway describing it... Clearly, they wanted us out of there. Our total time at a table was less than 1 hour for a meal, drinks, appetizer, dessert. THEN to top it off, I was asked if I wanted to leave a tip. When I said yes, the server entered in the amount (20%) in her machine without asking me and hit 'send' and walked away before I had any chance to choose my own amount. Completely inappropriate. I will not be back for a while. A LONG while, most likely. It's more pleasant to eat at home.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow! Is the word that comes to mind to describe The Fort. Unique, fabulous, and delicious are also adjectives that aptly describe The Fort. We were in Colorado visiting my daughter & son-in-law and made a reservation for this place. We were all first timers....Walking from parking lot to entrance is a feast for the eyes- full size teepees, statues and the architecture is very ‘Old West’. We were greeted by Kevin who took great care of us all evening. He answered any questions we had and provided suggestions when asked. The food and drink were excellent. There is soft flute music playing. I can’t name one dish but the guacamole and chips were great as a starter plus the stuffed mushrooms. Example of a main course that was incredible is the NY Strip Steak with delicious potatoes and snow pea pods. Almost forgot to mention the bread-omg- outrageous also served with pumpkin mini muffins. I could go on and on but want the reader to make a reservation for The Fort now. Seriously , between the food, the ambiance and Kevin’s TLC, we are now officially spoiled and love it❤️More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We celebrated our anniversary at an incredible resturant!. They followed strict safety guidelines without any comprimises in service. Our server, Ian, was first class and very attentive. The foodand drink was simply outstanding and totaly up to The Fort quality and reputation. You cannot experience...fine dining any better than at The Fort!More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed May 6, 2021 via mobile

In the last 26 years, I've been to The Fort only 3 times. Each time I have had a bad experience. So I've waited almost a decade then tried again. No more. Went last night with my fiancé. Neither of us enjoyed the experience. The...stuffed mushrooms had little flavor besides sour cream and bacon. The guacamole was mostly onion and tomato - where was the avocado? Dinner rolls were too salty. Salmon was not grilled (pan fried?), terribly dry, and without flavor. Wild rice was terribly dry and without flavor. Mac and cheese just tasted like noodles - no FLAVOR!! Out of all the mixed drinks they offered, we could only find two that even mildly appealed to us, both of which tasted pretty bad (we suffered through those). I had a Buffalo steak which was edible but not great (I make much tastier steaks at home), and the grilled shrimp were fine although nothing special about them. For the quality food we got, prices were outrageous. We also found it dark and not particularly romantic. There was nothing elegant or special about the interior of the restaurant. It's just a standard restaurant that charges a huge amount of money for substandard food. No, thank you. This was my fiancé's first time there. We were anticipating a fantastic experience. We got everything but that. It will be the last time to The Fort for both of us.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed October 31, 2020

Date night with my bride on Halloween. Service was friendly but SLOW. Took forever to get our dinner salads and bread -- those were both solid. We had the bison prime rib special -- bison had almost no seasoning or taste. Great mashed potatoes --...clearly homemade. Probably the highlight. But way overpriced. Unlikely (sad) to back.More

Date of visit: October 2020
hollyk586, Owner at The Fort Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2020

Dear CenturionMinistry, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. While I am glad you enjoyed friendly service and our signature side dishes, I am sorry your overall experience fell below expectations. We hope you will give The Fort another chance to provide...More

Reviewed September 21, 2020 via mobile

This is not your run of the mill restaurant! We love historic buildings and were not at all disappointed with the Fort’s architecture, but of course we were there for the food! First I must give kudos to our server, Kevin and his teammate Malia....Kevin was extremely knowledgeable about EVERYTHING to do with the Fort. More about him later! I had already researched the menu online in advance and knew we wanted to share the Fort”s Game Plate (buffalo sirloin, elk medallion, grilled quail), and Kevin recommended the full order Historian’s Platter appetizer (buffalo sausage, guacamole with chips, Rocky Mountain Oysters, buffalo tongue on crostini and peanut butter stuffed jalapeños). The fresh guacamole was a HUGE portion and so delicious, we asked for leftovers to go! The Rocky Mountain oysters were fried and we couldn’t decide if it had no taste at all, or more like liver. In any case, it was fun to sample them. The buffalo tongue was surprisingly tender. We weren’t sold on the pb jalapeños. In addition to the Fort Game plate, we also ordered the General Armijo’s Lamb Tbones. Both entrees were split on two plates by Kevin and Malia, so we each had a plate that we shared with the other half of our couple. The 2 salads that came with entrees were also split, so we each had our own. Bread came with the meal, and it looked delicious, but I had too many of the delicious warm tortilla chips to have room, but I did save room for the Cheesecake which was shared between only 2 of us. It lived up to its description of being light and creamy!! We were seated near a window displaying Remington sculptures and I read there were 5 in the restaurant. Kevin helped me locate them all, gave us a brief tour of the front part of the restaurant, and encouraged us to go through the gate at the rear of the courtyard for more amazing views. The place is HUGE! The outdoor area is situated on a cliff overlooking city lights below, all nestled into the rock. You MUST go here!!More

Date of visit: September 2020
hollyk586, Owner at The Fort Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2020

Dear Dede R., Thank you for your ringing endorsement. From a delicious meal to our historic grounds, I’m delighted you experienced a truly Western evening at The Fort! Huzzah! Holly Arnold Kinney, Proprietress

Reviewed August 17, 2020 via mobile

We had reservations at 1600 Sunday and they don’t like opening the doors much before to wander the grounds. Our reservations were inside and they had to figure that out. However, the very sort part was the waiters body odor, he stunk of BO extremely...bad, so bad every time he walked past we gagged if we did not hold out breath. It was so bad, we almost walked out, but felt the management would be rude and nasty since he passed the tablet around and forced us to place our own order. Have never had a waiter that stunk like that before, why they allowed him to work and smell so revolting and thus destroyed a good night out is unknown. Then I was not done eating, had not touched my corn and they took away my plate, just snatched it out from in front of me, I guess they assumed I was done, but nobody even asked. We will never go back to such a place, it’s repulsive and disgusting and service was not exactly good.More

Date of visit: August 2020
hollyk586, Owner at The Fort Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2020

Dear MyYummieFoodie, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Our management is always available to address any concerns guests may have during their visit to make for a more comfortable dining experience. We appreciate your feedback. Holly Arnold Kinney Proprietress, The Fort...More

Reviewed March 15, 2020

We have wanted to have dinner here for years. The opportunity finally came up. We booked tickets for one of their Friday night doin's which was Dining in the Dark. Super cool concept and a neat adventure. However the entrees, steak were not up to...par with their reputation. Our steaks were rare in the middle but overcooked on the outside which made for a weird consistency and hard to eat. I did use the table lamp to take a quick look, and yes, why undercooked in the middle. The staff were friendly but I think I would come back and just stick with the normal menu and try again.More

Date of visit: March 2020
hollyk586, Owner at The Fort Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2020

Dear Princeton1212, Thank you for your honest feedback. While I’m glad you enjoyed our Dining in the Dark event, I am sorry the meal itself did not meet your expectations. I hope you will give us another opportunity in the future to demonstrate the fine...More

Reviewed March 5, 2020

It doesn't matter if your from Colorado or elsewhere but most music fans have heard of the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater which is located 20 minutes east of Denver on the Edge of the Rocky Mountains in Morrison, CO. Just down the road 5 minutes...south of RedRocks is the old historic Fort Restaurant. With a look and feel straight out of the old west The Fort delivers with modern and historical quizine options. While the food can be a bit overpriced the ambiance more than makes up for it. Try the rattle snake appetizer or something more mainstream but take a moment and let yourself slip from the present to the past.More

Date of visit: May 2019
hollyk586, Owner at The Fort Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2020

Dear JSRider, Huzzah! I am delighted to know you’ve enjoyed many Shinin’ Times at The Fort. I hope you will visit us again soon! Holly Arnold Kinney, Proprietress

Reviewed February 21, 2020

I went here for Denver Restaurant Week so the value was well worth it. The entrees were well seasoned and tasted great. I got both the bison sirloin and quail. The salad was also delicious, particularly the Chile honey dressing. The disappointment was the appetizer...and dessert. The duck quesadilla was extremely sparing on duck and cheese. It was essentially just a pressed plain tortilla with the slight duck flavor. And the house desert was rum infused but was way too harsh of an alcohol flavor. Also my service was a bit lacking. Overall glad I tried but not sure if I would go back.More

Date of visit: February 2020
hollyk586, Owner at The Fort Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2020

Dear Kevin B, Thank you for joining us for Denver Restaurant Week. While I am delighted you enjoyed your entrees, I am sorry you felt the appetizer and dessert were lacking. I hope you will give us another chance to demonstrate the high-quality Western cuisine...More

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June 27, 2020|
Response from davejanenewquist | Reviewed this property |
Holy Cross winery is a nice winery located South of Colorado Springs. I am not aware if The Fort carries this particular wine. I was not able to find it on The Fort website. I would suggest calling The Fort to see if they... More
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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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The Fort Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5