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“Game for game?”
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The Fort
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Ranked #2 of 22 Restaurants in Morrison
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $80
Cuisines: Southwestern
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
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.
Golden, Colorado
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Game for game?”
Reviewed April 25, 2013 via mobile

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
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Denver, Colorado
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Gorgeous views, unique menu, unexpected clientele”
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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Castle Rock, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
186 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Great Dining, Casual, Worth Trying”
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
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Denver, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
302 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
“out of the Olde West”
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
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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61 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Unique experience”
Reviewed April 17, 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
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