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“Delightful ”
Review of The Fort

The Fort
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Fri, 10/18
8:00 PM
Ranked #3 of 24 Restaurants in Morrison
Price range: $31 - $80
Cuisines: Southwestern
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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.
Reviewed August 2, 2019 via mobile

Along with a concert at Red Rocks, we looked for a restaurant to celebrate our Anniversary and The Fort perfectly fit the bill.
The staff was friendly, courteous and efficient.
The dinner was cooked to order and was splendid. I had the Buffalo Tenderloin Filet Mignon and my wife had the Herb Butter Buffalo Tenderloin Filet Mignon. Both were delicious.
There is an outdoor patio with a view that was perfect for sitting after dinner as the sun set.
Highly recommend The Fort for a special occasion.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Holly K, Owner at The Fort, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2019

Dear tag302,

Thank you for your kind review, and for celebrating your anniversary with us! I’m delighted you enjoyed the buffalo filet mignon – one of our most popular menu items – and I hope you’ll visit us again soon. Waugh!

Holly Arnold Kinney, Proprietress

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Reviewed August 1, 2019 via mobile

We went to dinner at the Fort, after it was recommended to us. The venue itself was very nice. Unfortunately, our dining experience was not wonderful. My wife ordered surf and turf - shrimp and buffalo. I order the elk, buffalo and quail plate. We both ordered medium rare. My wife’s buffalo came back back as medium, which was palatable but the shrimp came back burnt. We did send the shrimp back and the new ones were awesome. My elk had to be sent back because it was well done. The replacement was incredible. My quail and buffalo were also done just right. When we wrapped up the night they boxed up some that we did not finish along with the burnt quail and overdone elk. Not really sure why they would do that. The half price wine special was also great. We were going to add on a gift card for our son and his fiancé, but after our experience, we decided not to.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Holly K, Owner at The Fort, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2019

Dear dzaiontz,

Thank you for visiting us at The Fort, and for taking the time to leave a review. While we always strive to deliver the perfect dish to every guest, we appreciate the opportunity to make things right if a meal is not cooked to the desired temperature. I’m pleased you enjoyed your replacement elk and shrimp and hope you’ll consider returning in the future.

Holly Arnold Kinney, Proprietress

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Reviewed July 22, 2019 via mobile

We walked around a bit before dinner, took some pictures, went in the tee pee and sat by the fire outside. In the back, there are some really comfy couches you can chill out on. We ordered the sausage platter and bacon wrapped quail eggs for appetizers. The sausage was buffalo, elk and rabbit I believe. The sausage was good but a quail egg must be about a half an inch so that was quite comical. I got the 16 ounce NY strip and it was cooked medium and I would give it an 8/10. What you would expect but not the best. I ate some of my wife’s buffalo ribs and pork ribs as she got the special. They were tasty. Buffalo ribs are huge so she got 2 and the pork ribs were really good. The pumpkin bread was like a dessert that we got before dinner. There was other bread but the pumpkin was awesome. I probably had 5 of those. The home pie was blueberry I think and really good with vanilla ice cream. It was a great experience and very nice. It was about 75-100 a person after all was said and done. Oh, we got 2 pitchers of prickly pear margaritas too. It seemed better that way as a pitcher was 21 bucks and got you 4 and it was 8 bucks a single drink. You got to go! Great experience.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Holly K, Owner at The Fort, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2019

Dear Wayeasy,

Thank you for taking the time to provide a detailed review following your recent visit. I’m delighted you had the opportunity to explore our historic grounds and sample a variety of our menu selections, including our summer $39 BBQ Ribs special and prickly pear margaritas. I hope to welcome you again soon, perhaps for cocktails and appetizers on our newly-upgraded patio. Huzzah!

Holly Arnold Kinney, Proprietress

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Reviewed July 11, 2019 via mobile

Very nice location and views were great. Service was great and food was cocked as requested. Would visit again and worth checking out if you have never been.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Holly K, Owner at The Fort, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2019

Dear 852cgp,

Thank you for your kind review following your visit to The Fort. I’m delighted to hear you enjoyed your experience – especially on such a special occasion. Happy anniversary to you!

Holly Arnold Kinney, Proprietress

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Reviewed July 4, 2019

REALLY wished they opened earlier, especially for kids and older folks who don't want to be out late. Ambience is cool.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Holly K, Owner at The Fort, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2019

Dear L B,

I am so glad you enjoy the ambience at The Fort. I appreciate your feedback and hope you will join us at 4:30 p.m. for our summer dining hours.

Holly Arnold Kinney, Proprietress

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