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“Great "date night" dinner”
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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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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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.
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great "date night" dinner”
Reviewed June 2, 2014

My husband and I went to The Fort for date night. We had heard great things about it, and were not disappointed. The atmosphere was what I would call dressy western casual. Our server, Christy, was the perfect blend of friendly, attentive without hovering, and knowledgeable about the menu. The food was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. And while we were much too full to think about dessert, we enjoyed finishing our meal with a table-side serenade by a Native American flute player who gave us a little history about Ute flute music and played us a traditional love song. Everything on the menu sounded so good, it was tough to choose. We started with the sausage sampler of bison, boar, and "jackalope" - a blend of rabbit and antelope. All were juicy and bursting with flavor. Following that, we shared the mixed game plate of quail, elk chop, and bison. The elk was super tender and had great flavor; the quail was so tasty, we almost changed our minds about what to order. But for our entrees, we shared the smoked bison ribs and beef rib-eye,and both were excellent. The accompanying salad was lots of mixed leafy greens, and we both had the house honey-mustard dressing - quite delicious. The other sides were also great - asparagus, potatoes, and a bread basket. We chose one of our favorite Colorado wines to go with our meal, a Two Rivers Merlot. The menu pricing was what we expected for a restaurant of this caliber. The panoramic view from the dining room overlooks the foothills down to Denver, and we were treated to a spectacular double rainbow as we arrived. If I were to have any complaint at all (not really even a complaint, just a personal preference) it was the drum beating and hip-hoorays for other diners celebrating a birthday. There were about half a dozen while we were there, and it became slightly annoying. That sort of thing belongs in an Outback or Chilis, not a fine dining establishment.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Karen S
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
497 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
“Good setting but very average food”
Reviewed May 30, 2014

Ate here after visiting red rocks, restaurant is a fun replica of a fort set in a decent setting. Service was good as you always expect stateside but the food was very average. Ordered meat rare and it was certainly well done. The Elk was to be recommended, all in all not a bad experience but wouldn't make a visit on basis of the food.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank maraalfa
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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Spectacular & unique”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary here in April 2014. The food options were different and very appealing. I had the buffalo tenderloin which truly melted in my mouth and was superbly flavorful. My husband had the trio meat plate which consisted of a buffalo steak, an elk chop and a quail. I of course tasted the elk chop and quail which again were very delicious. The dishes were served with vegetables and small buttery potatoes. Yum! The decor and music was Native American and was very tasteful and actually lovely. The entire restaurant carried a very relaxed ambiance and the views all around are beautiful. Red rocks and a long view to downtown Denver. Just awesome. The grounds around the restaurant are so interesting. Containing an area with benches and a fire pit. Although we didn't look at all the buildings there appeared to be a shop and some other buildings we would have viewed had we not been heading to a movie. We will be going here again add I see this being a special place to take our out of town guests when they visit.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Kwickline
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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68 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Very touristy”
Reviewed May 27, 2014 via mobile

Staff was friendly but food was just average. I felt like a tourist in the 1960s with the teepee decorations. Was part of a large group and we were very cramped and service slow. I guess anyone traveling to the area needs to experience it once but I won't be going back.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank OutdoorLover4Life
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st. louis
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147 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Wow, we had great food and great service”
Reviewed May 22, 2014

We had a large party and a late reservation. We closed the restaurant but never felt rushed. The staff were attentive to the children in the group as well as the youth and adults. Everyone enjoy the variety of bison, quail, steak and elk. We also loved the appetizers (who knew jalapenos and peanut butter?) and great drinks from the bar. We plan to visit when in town again.

  • Visited May 2014
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