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“One of a Kind!”
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The Fort
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Ranked #1 of 22 Restaurants in Morrison
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $80
Cuisines: Southwestern
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
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.
Wichita
Level 6 Contributor
255 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“One of a Kind!”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

We had a wonderful dinner at The Fort during a recent trip to Denver. The service, atmosphere and meal were exceptionally good. We didn't have a view of the mountains from our table, but enjoyed wandering around outside after dinner. With most entrees $30 and well above, dinner at The Fort is at our "special occasion" price point and worth it in my opinion even when the special occasion was simply that we were in the area. I recommend making reservations and asking for a table with a view.

  • Visited June 2013
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Peaceful with Great Views.....Great Food and Incredible Service”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

This is a huge place with a wonderful story...so study up or get there early. My friend & I went for wine and "munchies" on the terrace. Time our arrival for what kind of view you would like and note that the latest the were seating folks out there the 2nd week in June was 7:30. We had the place mostly to our selves...and as the sun was getting lower....the views were incredible! Enter the Black Foot flute player......if you ever wanted to totally relax be for dinner ..... this was it...The wine and drink list was very good and the "apps" out of the ordinary....strongly recommend "Peanut butter stuffed Pepper"......You will crave them long after you meal at "the Fort"
Dinner: Pricey yea, and worth every penny! The menu is big on meat....and much of it features Bison ( ranch raised Buffalo ) which I love..so I had the Bison Tenderloin and my friend lamb chops...both were not just great but OUTSTANDING....that night the soup of the day was called: "Bison Pot Pie", a wonderful taste and texture ( considering ourselves "foodies" we asked for and were given the recipe for the soup) it was an additional $2.00 more than the regular side but more than worth it and I can't wait to make it at home....although not sure I will be able to duplicate the puff pastry Buffalo that floated on the top.
The sides were as wonderful as the meat and the only disappointment was the dessert menu. We did not find anything that really struck out fancy.....
So far I purposely have not mentioned the service. The service stands alone.....ABSOLUTELY WHITE GLOVE only with out the gloves. From the young woman on the terrace who mad sure that we had a table with a view even before we had made our decision to the server at our table inside and his associate.......we could not ever have asked for more......
If I lived in CO this would easily become my place!!!!!

  • Visited June 2013
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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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138 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A taste of the Old West”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

I can summarize the evening as a memorable occasion! It's set away from the maddening crowds so you can walk around the grounds and get a great (and peaceful) view of the valley. Or sit on the patio and enjoy the setting sun. Food was exceptional. I added a number of firsts to my list - bison tongue, buffalo bone marrow, jalapenos stuffed with peanut butter, cherry and jalapeno crème brule, and Trader Whiskey (complete with red pepper and gunpowder!.) Had the buffalo medallions and they were so tender! My wife had the mixed plate - elk, buffalo, and quail - and they were all excellent. Service was excellent and the entertainment included a flute player and a group celebration of us wearing traditional headdresses accompanied by a drummer! Too much fun! Call ahead for reservations, ask for seating away from large groups if noise is an issue, and know that you'll pay for the experience. And then relax and enjoy a unique night out!

  • Visited June 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Very Bad”
Reviewed June 14, 2013

Our table was seated next to a huge wedding party (aobut 40-50 people). They were so loud, we couldn't hear each other talk! Plus they had the doors open in the restaurant and every 10 minutes or so we would get a huge wiff of sewage! it was awful!! Smelling sewage and trying to eat your $50 buffalo is really disgusting!! Plus around dusk, the mosquitoes started flying around because the doors were open. Our table kept smacking our arms to kill the mosquitoes!! The decor hasn't changed since the 70's and all they serve now is outrageously priced buffalo or elk. Not worth the money at all!!

  • Visited June 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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“Very, Very disappointed”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

We went on a Saturday night and while the view is very nice, it wasnt worth the price! It was dusk and they had the doors open all around the restaurant. But every once in a while we would get a big gust of wind that would blow in and it smelled like sewage!! Not very appetizing eating a $45 dollar buffalo steak and smelling feces. And then the mosquitoes came in around dusk too and we kept swatting our arms to kill them. It was not what I expected for $50-$60 entrees!! There was also a huge (30-45 people) wedding party that sat above our table! It was soooooooooooooooo loud, that the four of us at our table had to yell and scream at each other to hold a conversation! Why wouldn't they have some sort of a banquet room to put this wedding party?

  • Visited June 2013
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