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“Always an adventure.”
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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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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, 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.
Denver, Colorado
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Always an adventure.”
Reviewed August 6, 2014

I never tire of The Fort. Great Bison and superb service...pricey. The special events are always interesting.

  • Visited October 2013
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361 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Best Meal on our Denver trip”
Reviewed August 4, 2014

The food, the service, and the setting were all splendid. Several of us had the Game Plate, which consisted of Elk, Buffalo, and quail - all cooked to perfection. One of us had the Trade Whiskey, made of bourbon, black gunpowder, and tobacco. If you go, be sure to shout the mountain man toast "Waugh!".

Visited July 2014
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Carlisle, PA
Level 6 Contributor
237 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“What can you say, you just have to go here.”
Reviewed August 4, 2014

The atmosphere and history of this place, including as a meeting spot for world leaders, makes this an interesting destination. But, in addition, the food is really good. They know how to cook food, especially game. And, you may end up sitting in a chair that someone really famous sat in. the serving staff is personable, efficient, and they make your visit fun.

Visited August 2014
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Senoia, Georgia
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Best family experience in a restaurant”
Reviewed August 3, 2014

My wife and I went to The Fort on our honeymoon and the experience was fantastic! The food, experience and staff were top notch. We went back with our 3 children for a family trip and once again the food, staff and experience was top notch. The food is definitely of local taste, but delicious. We will go back again!

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank Dru M
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Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Awesome food. Better views.”
Reviewed July 30, 2014

This is a really cool place to eat. The views are absolutely gorgeous. The signature steak, the bison Filet Migon, was awesome. Very lean like you would expect from bison, but without the gaminess that it can have if it is not cooked right. I would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Michael A
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