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“Glad we finally got to try it!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Buckhorn Exchange

Buckhorn Exchange
Ranked #45 of 2,977 Restaurants in Denver
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Florida
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141 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Glad we finally got to try it!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2013

A very cool experience, but off the beaten path. As visitors to the area, we were able to convince some locals to go with us who had never before tried Buckhorn Exchange. We went for lunch, which offers a somewhat more limited menu than dinner.

Not especially busy when we visited, service was very efficient and very friendly as well. Orders came out promptly. Between the four of us, we had bean soup, buffalo prime rib, salmon caesar salad and turkey sandwich. All items were outstanding. If you love bean soup, get this. The recipe is on the souvenir take-home menu.

Buffalo prime rib? VERY good. We plan to go back to try the larger portion at dinner on our next trip to Denver.

Take a camera with you if you go to the restroom ... It is upstairs and the old bar there is very old western saloon decor. Makes you feel like you were just dropped into an episode of "Gunsmoke".

Overall very good experience. Not all will likely appreciate the taxidermy/exhibits that adorn the walls (all the walls) inside, but at 120 years old, this restaurant has stood the test of time.

  • Visited November 2013
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Padua, Italy
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74 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Incredible place, good food ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2013 via mobile

I went there with 7 colleagues after a conference in Denver (we are all italian). The restaurant is incredible with so many hunting decorations. Everything is old style, like '800,very impressive. The food is good, try the elk and the bison, very tasty. The waitress was very kind, she helped us in digging the menu and suggested to stop when the order became too huge! Important: try the oysters!! Moreover the wine selection was excellent, with many local good wines. A little pricy (65-70usd each) but once a while it's OK!

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SF Bay Area
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180 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
“Old, rustic, unique; wildlife decor; meat eaters delight”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2013

We were looking for a place to eat lunch that had a local flavor and good food. Locals directed us to the Buckhorn Exchange in a remote, off the beaten path part of town. The restaurant just celebrated its 120 birthday, has one of the oldest liquor licenses in Colorado and has a very unique decor. They are in their original building and the walls are covered/jammed with taxidermy, mostly heads of animals. Whole stuffed animals, old guns, news clippings and photos thru the years of events and personalities of the area and related to the restaurant provide interesting reading and viewing. The bar, lounge and outdoor "garden" seating are up stairs and worth a look.
This is a restaurant for meat lovers - lots of wild game comfort food dishes and a few more exotic dishes like ostrich are also available for the more adventurous diner. See the menu on their web site for details. We wanted to eat light and tried our best, but the The Dutch Lunch of a half brisket sandwich with their famous bean soup and the Chuckwagon Salad (their version of a chef's salad) proved to be too much - the serving sizes are very generous. All of the dishes were very good. The Chuckwagon Salad was unusually large and loaded with meat; it should satisfy any hearty salad appetite.
Our waitress was excellent - she was very pleasant and friendly, knew the menu well, answered our questions quickly and efficiently and returned serval times after taking the orders to attend to our needs.
Our first visit confirmed what the locals told us - this qualifies it for another visit to try some of the wild game and to recommend it to others.

  • Visited October 2013
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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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“Where's the beef? It's HERE!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2013

Ahhh. A restaurant for meat lovers. Beef, elk, buffalo, ostrich. Some quail, duck, even salmon. M'lady and I had the single 1 1/2 lb slab of New York cut, heavily charred on the outside like we like it, and carved at the table. Sides included mushrooms and onions, wild rice for me, mashed potatoes for her. They treated her to a super delicious hot apple crisp with ice cream which we shared. The scrumptious dinner with sides and salads was about $84 prix fixe as of Nov. 2013. 2 glasses of wine and a generous tip sill left us at less than $150, less than we would spend elsewhere for similar. Service was excellent.
The atmosphere is wild west historic casual. The walls are a taxidermists delight. The menu is a take home newspaper with a generous recount of the history. We've been in Colorado for a collective 60 years and have never been here. We'll be back in a few months.

  • Visited November 2013
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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Worthwhile ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I got the steak, and probably should have went for the wild game. Steak was ok, but not awesome. The atmosphere and service was phenomenal though so I would go back.

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