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The Briarwood Inn
The Briarwood Inn

The Briarwood Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://thebriarwoodinn.com
  • Phone: (303) 279-3121
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday-Sunday starting at 4:30pm

    Afternoon Tea: Saturdays 11:00am - 2:00pm

    Brunch: Saturdays & Sundays 10:00 am - 2:00pm

    Happy Hour: Monday-Thursday 4pm - 6pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental
  • Executive Chef: Tom Morris
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Briarwood Inn has various indoor dining rooms available for private parties, as well as a brand new outdoor Garden Terrace.
  • Private Party Contact: Duncan Newman (303) 279-3121
  • Entertainment: Located just 20 minutes west of Denver, within minutes from the Coors Brewery, Colorado School of Mines and The Foothills Art Center. A short drive to the historical gambling towns of Central City and Black Hawk and the renowned Red Rocks Amphitheater.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Happy Hour - Monday thru Thursday 4pm - 6pm
    All wines by the glass, Cocktails and Bottled Beers $2.00 off

    "App Happy" Mondays 4pm to 6pm
    Signature Briarwood Appetizer Tray for only $15


Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Self Parking
A word from The Briarwood Inn
Nestled in the foothills of Golden, The Briarwood Inn has been a time honored Colorado dining tradition since 1979. With a classic continental fare, served in elegant old world charm. Over the years The Briarwood Inn has been awarded numerous accolades including "Top Restaurant for Celebrations", "Most Romantic", "Best Dining Ambiance" and "Favorite Sunday Brunch!" Their wine list of over 250 selections has be recognized by the Wine Spectator's "Award Of Excellence" Whether it is a special occasion or dinner out with friends The Briarwood Inn is always a well deserved treat. All dinners include The Briarwood Inn appetizer tray, choice of salads, choice of entrees and dessert. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Our party of four ate in the Tavern. Very quiet as it was almost empty on a Monday evening. The menu is limited but more reasonable than the main dining room. The food was excellent and the service very attentive."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "again you all out did yourself, everything was wonderful, I had the Summer gazpacho, tasty, crunchy veggies, luscious, flank steak was cook to perfection, mashed pots were smooth and tasty, baby carrots good. The dessert was wonderful, it was a nutella ice box cake, so rich I could not finish it. I would have loved to see the chopped salad as an offering you had at the first Denver Restaurant week but you always come up with great and tasty temptations. I love the place, been coming for as long as you've been around. Thanks for an awesome dinner!"
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "Food is wonderful, service is great! I did not like the sweet marinade on my steak, but I used a little au jus and it was fine. Generally, never a problem!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "We went here before a show at Red Rocks on Sunday night in August (also during Denver Restaurant Week). We wanted to try a new place close to Red Rocks. The restaurant's menu seemed good and it had gotten Diners Choice Awards for multiple years. However, as soon as we sat down I knew it was going not be a good experience. Food crumbs all over my booth seat, crumbs on my plate and when my husband picked up the wine book he had food smeared all over his hand (some food was stuck to the back of the wine book). Our waiter, while very polite, also came back several times to ask us the questions about our order because he forgot. And our food was not great (I got the steak, carrots and potatoes and hubby got salmon). We will not come back."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "We went for the Denver Restaurant Week and were quite disappointed. What the Briarwood was offering for $30 was a real rip-off. My wife had the salmon which was good but was nothing more than a small piece of salmon with no accompanying veggies or potatoes. I had the the flatiron steak which consisted of 5 or 6 very thinly sliced pieces of flanksteak, a dollop of mashed potatoes and 3 mini carrots. That's right. Three! There was no bread and butter provided but they did offer an appetizer tray for $39. We passed on that. We've been to several other restaurants for Restaurant Week (used to be 5280) before so we had a fair idea what to expect. Unfortunately, the Briarwood didn't meet our expectations."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Celebrated our anniversary at the Briarwood - Ray and John took care of us and did a fantastic job. As usual, we had a delicious meal.....Appetizer tray followed by salad and scallops. Entrée - Peppered steak and Rib Eye - both delicious, tender and moist...done to perfection. Then dessert - what a wonderful way to celebrate 33 years together!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "The food was not up to the standard we look for at the Briarwood Inn. The carrots were raw. The service was great as it always is."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "This is the kind of restaurant that Grandma and Grandpa are expected to love. We didn't! The food is predictable fare, nothing interesting, but not bad. I asked for no onions on the salad, and got onions, then had to wait for a long time to get a salad without onions. The salmon was overcooked and pretty bland. We won't go back."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • " we had a party of six and were seated at a round table which was nice for visiting. One person ordered a beverage and it did not come in a timely fashion and we had to request the order again. Desert was served and we were not asked if coffee or tea was wanted, again we hade to request this after we received the desert. The sun was in two of our guests faces and the blind did not go down far enough to shield the sun from their faces. The food was excellent, which was important because we chose the Briarwood because we have always been pleased with the food."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "One person loved the restaurant week menu; the other thought it was OK. The gazpacho was excellent; the Colorado peach dessert was a bit disappointing because we didn't like the jalapeno ice cream flavor with the peach flavor. I would recommend sticking with the regular menu, which is always excellent food."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "The salad and salmon were very good, but it is pretty pathetic that you have to pay extra for bread. Also the main course had no vegetables or starch with it. The peach dessert was very small - two bites at most. Not a good value even for 5280 and we won't be going back."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "The curried Halibut was amazing, all 4 courses were Golden!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "The service was fantastic, the food so-so, way too expensive."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Food was great, wine was wonderful, sommerlier was very nice, crowd a bit older than I remember! Maybe a bit too blue hair for me."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Met friends for Music on the Terrace - CU Buffoons. Wonderful evening. Enjoyed a glass of wine with the artichoke/spinach dip while listening to 8 CU students sing A Cappella. Ordered the Tenderloin Tacos - delicious with beans - spicy (at least for me) but extremely tasty. Others enjoyed the Fish & Chips - not too much batter - delicious chips. A little rain didn't stop the enjoyment - the entertainers sang on and no one left. They broke up the singing with jokes - made for a most enjoyable evening. Next Wednesday is the last Music on the Terrace for the season - jazz - don't miss it!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "I made a reservation for the patio. When we arrived they told us they dont take patio reservations. I said well you gave me one when I made the reservation. So we had a drink and left. Disappointing"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "All were impressed about everything. The restaurant made an occasion special"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "An item on the menu listed "Farro" to accompany the meat and vegetables. My wife is gluten intolerant. We asked what Farro is and were told it was an old grain and was gluten free. My wife ordered the dish, ate the Farro and spent the next two days in bed with severe pain and discomfort. We "Googled" Farro and found that it is NOT gluten free. An otherwise pleasant dining experience has left us very irritated that the restaurant staff were so ignorant."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "I love the Briarwood Inn. It is a great palce to eat. That being said, I hope they add more gluten free options for their gluten free guests. She had little to choose from and no pasteries were available to my guest except the coconut macaroon. I know the Briarwood chef's can hopefully add gluten free to their menus. Thanks"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "My husband and I and another couple dined at the Briarwood Inn for my friend's and my birthday. We had a lovely evening. They've freshened the dining rooms so you still get the woodsy feel, but it seemed lighter. The food was excellent. We started with the appetizer tray. Always a favorite and was excellent as expected. My husband loved the spinach salad and the other 2nd courses were delicious and well prepared. The steaks were prepared to the proper doneness (from medium well to rare) and were very tender and flavorful. Dessert held a variety of sweets which we enjoyed. The service was exceptional. There when you needed them, but not hovering. All in all a very enjoyable meal."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food is plentiful and delicious. The service and atomsphere make this a very special restaurant."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Our table for two was right by the windows allowing a lovely view of the "river" that ran past the restaurant along with trees and shrubs making us feel like we were dining outside. (There is seating on the patio but we chose to be inside.) Our waitress was altogether lovely and very helpful in explaining the menu. Her service was excellent. The food portions were very generous. After eating for an hour we still took half the food home. This is a quiet, elegant setting fit for any special occasion."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Disappointed. Had to find a waitress to get a glass of wine in the bar, heard a crash of wine glasses, and the prime rib was not tender. Not great place for a quality steak."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "The Briarwood Inn was outstanding - we booked for my parents 50th wedding anniversary - the staff went out of their way to ensure we had a lovely table outdoors for the evening. Entertained by "Sinatra" it was a perfect Colorado venue! Additionally our family has a peanut allergy and the staff was extremely knowledgeable on ingredients and helped provide for a great meal for all of our guests."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We saw the advertised special for Champagne and Oysters for $10. We are fairly frequent diners at the Briarwood. The oysters were fresh and very good. The champagne was not Dom but it was very good. For the price and the atmosphere, it can't be beat. They also had their appetizer tray on special (Mondays) for $15. This was our entire meal. I recommend it whenever they have this special."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Excellent as always. Amazing food and unsurpassed service!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "My husband and I had a wonderful dinner at the Briarwood Inn. The food was wonderful and the atmosphere was quiet and was perfect for celebrating our anniversary. All staff members were attentive to our every need and each of the four courses was timed perfectly."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Perfect place to celebrate our retirement - had a private dining area with excellent service from Bryce and Patrick. Everyone enjoyed the evening. Ordered from the Tavern menu - most had fish/chips - everyone thought they were delicious - more than enough. Two of us ordered the Cobb Salad and a number of our guests had the Tenderloin Tacos - which were no only filling but they were tender. A couple friends ordered the house made ice cream - best around. Began the evening with the spinach and artichoke dip and cocktails. Spent about 3 hours enjoying food and friendship."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The service was excellent and the food was what I would expect from a restaurant of this caliber. My husband and I have made it a tradition to go to this restaurant every year for our anniversary. We are never disappointed."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We love to drive from Colorado Springs to the Briarwood. The food is filling, the presentation of all of their food is fantastic, and their service is awesome."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "This was our first time there. Went to celebrate 45 years of marriage. Great service but temperature of food was warm at best. I had a Rib Eye and my wife had Prime Rib. Nice cut of meat but neither was hot. Mash potatoes and vegetables were the same. Desserts were delicious. It was not very busy for a Saturday night. Probably won't go back. Too many other choices."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Briarwood's environment takes you back in time with excellent food"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Four of us celebrated the 50th birthday of a friend and it was the perfect venue. Everything was lovely, the service was impeccable, and the food was absolutely delicious. Truly felt like a special occasion!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Great place to have Tea party, Elegant, beautiful, Food is awesome."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Took our nephew from Wisconsin for brunch. He's been there before and loved the restaurant - especially the prime rib. My favorite is the omelet - ordered with everything except tomatoes.....huge - shared with our nephew. Dan ordered Eggs Briarwood - cooked to perfection. Sami - front desk greets everyone with a smile - just adding to the friendliness of the restaurant. Mimosa , fruit cup and pastries were delicious - even took some home. Patrick made sure we had everything we needed. Most enjoyable late Saturday morning."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We enjoyed our meal in the Tavern - Jimmy took wonderful care of us....but then he always does. It was a bit hectic - a wedding was going on at the same time - people all over the place. Even with that confusion we weren't lost in the crowd and we give all the credit to Jimmy. Our nephew from Wisconsin was with us and we all felt like family. Ordered the wings - delicious - love the sauce. Meals consisted of the fish fry - very thin batter which was perfect.....Cobb salad - very filling....and the Tenderloin Tacos which our nephew loved. The tacos include beans - I think our nephew could have eaten a couple more servings - he said they were excellent!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I indicated that I wouldn't recommend The Briarwood Inn to a friend and that is based on my experience, not the rest of the party. The service from all the staff was exemplary, the ambience was wonderful however I was disappointed in the quality of my entrée. We were a party of four, two ordered the prime rib which was excellent, my wife ordered the filet which was excellent and I ordered the rib eye which was not acceptable. It was tough, very thin and very gristly, overall very disappointing. I've had far superior rib eyes at half the price at other eating establishments. I'm not one to complain or send an entrée back, I simply don't return."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We took advantage of a happy hour special on the patio. The signature appetizer tray was sufficient for the four of us. Delicious variety of goodies to go with the shrimp and crackers. Very nice garden setting."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The filet was mouthwatering. Absolutely delicious. My friend ordered a seafood melody in tomato broth. It had a bit more of a tomato taste than what the waiter suggested and was a bit salty. He said it was good but personally wouldn't order it again. The lobster fritters were wonderful. We had a great table out of the way of traffic. Met early for a drink in the bar."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Hi Kim was a great server and the pre-fix menu is well worth the price."
    Dined on 7/5/2014