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“adventure in mountain cuisine”
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The Fort
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Ranked #2 of 23 Restaurants in Morrison
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $80
Cuisines: Southwestern
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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.
Reviewed August 25, 2013

I had family in town for a celebration. This restaurant has been on my list to try. It was a lot of fun. We had a variety of game style meats ( tongue, quail eggs, rocky mtn. oysters, elk, buffalo, lamb, quail, and several steaks) all prepared to perfection. Trying new things is a great way to party. You can't go there all the time......it is a little pricey, but our celebration was wonderful. Everyone should try it.

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Reviewed August 22, 2013

My wife and I ate here before a concert at Red Rocks this month. If you want to plan a nicer meal before a show, then this is the place. It is very easy to get to the Red Rocks venue from The Fort and I would suggest making a 5:30 or 6:00 reservation (depending on when your show is starting). I had the bison ribs (half rack) which were very good. I can't imagine how a human could have eaten a whole rack. The meat (and specifically game) selection is pretty extensive. The wait staff were extremely nice and very hospitable. I definitely recommend this restaurant if you want to try something different, and especially if you are going to Red Rocks afterwards. P.S. You really can't beat the views from this place either.

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Thank Mark B
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Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

The Fort is a gimmick place. You take out of town visitors here for an "old west" experience--eating elk, bison, etc, in an "old fort" location. The prices are high -- especially if you are paying in after tax dollars, instead if charging your meal to an expense account. Unfortunately, all 3 times I've been there, the food has been over cooked and slow to arrive, while the staff routinely tries to sell you on the most expensive menu items. While the western gimmick is attractive, the experience may disappoint you.

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Thank TC415
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

the fort is one of the best in colorado.the view from the outdoor patio is beautiful. the elk chops are some of the best i've ever had. the service is excellent as are the drinks.the rocky mountain osyters are a must have when you eat here .the music is a native american playing the wood flute and comes to the table. try it.

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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Our return to The Fort was disappointing -- our dinners were frankly an embarassment to an establishment with The Fort's reputation. Our quail were dry and overdone...these should be prepared delicately and clearly these poor little fellows were not. Another entree was served with mashed potatoes that were cold, not cool, cold. When our guest inserted his fork into them and attempted to remove a taste, the entire serving came off the plate! Horrid. They were quickly replaced with fresh and hot potatoes, but the die was cast. Happily his lamb t-bones were at least as ordered, though the flavor and quality were indifferent.

The house special at "market price" was $59, and many of the red meat dishes are quite large, probably great to share at more than a pound each, but a tall order for an average appetite. The chocolate tulip dessert was quite good, and the cocktails were a fair value. The experience should be memorable as the setting is quite dramatic and we were "entertained" by a first class thunderstorm and lightning show.

Our server and her assistant did their best to save the experience, but the quality of the meal doomed the evening. A return visit anytime soon is unlikely.

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Thank anasoll
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