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The Briarwood Inn
The Briarwood Inn

The Briarwood Inn Details

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

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

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

    Happy Hour: Tuesday-Thursday 4pm - 7pm & All Day Sunday
    Closed on Mondays
  • 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 - Tuesday thru Thursday 4pm - 7pm
    All Tavern Menu items are just $7 per selection
    Copper Ridge Wine selections are just $5
    Discounted Cocktails and Bottled Beers

    "App Happy" Tuesdays 4pm to 7pm
    Signature Briarwood Appetizer Tray for only $10

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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "Typically, for Pat and I, the Briarwood is reserved for special occasions. The freshly renovated west dining area is a treat. The food and service are always appropriate and well presented. If you want a jumpin' noisy joint, this is not the one - plenty of that downtown Golden."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "My Husband and I think of the Briarwood as the best place we know to celebrate special occasions or to do things with special people. We have celebrated our wedding anniversaries at the Briarwood for many years. Dinner at the Briarwood was a special reward for my husband's employee team for a successful year of sales. Our Bible Study group had Christmas dinner at the Briarwood for the Christmas Caroler's Event . We went to the Murder Mystery event for my Birthday. I take my best friends to the Briarwood for Birthday lunches. Every visit to the Briarwood through the years has become a happy memory. The service is fantastic , the food amazing and the atmosphere romantic and festive."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I stopped by about 5 hours before my reservation to drop off flowers and stuff for a very special occasion. They handled my requests EXACTLY, even obtaining a birthday cake from somewhere else for me, since they don't normally carry them. The food, the wine, and the service were all excellent too. It was a magical evening. (To be fair, most of the credit for that belongs to her - It probably would have been magical even if we'd gone to McDonald's. But the people at the Briarwood made it PERFECT.)"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I've been going here for decades but this was probably my last time. They've revamped the menu and not in a good way. It seems like the chef is trying to modernize the offerings but just ended up with dishes that are not a good blend of flavors. I would especially recommend staying away from anything that is billed as "our recipe.""
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We ate here on a Friday night and had their 60 dollar prix fix menu that came with a appetizer (crackers and spreads), salad, choice of entree, and desert plate (hostess-esque snack size puffs and brownies). The food was not bad, I had the salmon, which was soaked in butter and slightly dry, my dining partner had the peppercorn steak, which was a nice peace of meat but a bit peppery for her taste. All in all the food was mediocre, but we enjoyed the setting immensely. It was like being in an old french cottage. However, the service completely ruined the experience. The waitstaff pretended like we didn't even exist, and were not the most friendly either. This was extremely disappointing, especially paying $145 (prior to tip) for 2 people,."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We frequent the Briarwood for special occasions and in the summer for their outside dining. We chose the Briarwood for our 40th wedding anniversary and I went through Open Table to book it. I had added a comment about the special occasion and the possibility of being seated by the fireplace. I don't believe the comment was even looked at. We were seated in a different section of the restaurant and did have a nice table with a window, but no mention at all of the special occasion. We didn't expect anything free - just some acknowlegement of our 40th wedding anniversary. Guess they don't make notes on any of the incoming reservations."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I took a friend to brunch and the food and ambiance was superb. There are so many wonderful dishes to choose from and there was not a single thing that wasn't prepared perfectly. The Briarwood Inn has an excellent reputation in Colorado and every time I have been there was an excellent experience."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "As always the Briarwood food was prepared to perfection. The staff was friendly and perfect."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I went to this restaurant for our anniversary. While the setting is nice, the food quality does not justify price. The prix fix meal (what this restaurant is known for) is $60 per person and includes a four course meal (appetizer tray, soup/salad, entree, and dessert). For my entree I ordered a filet minon. The first one they brought out to me did not look or taste like a filet minon (the cut actually looked more like a sirloin). After sending back the first steak I had to wait about 20-30 mins for a second one to be cooked. The second steak they brought out was certainly better than the first, but still not good quality. I ate and paid for it because I didn't want to make another fuss and spend more time there."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I have dined at the Briarwood many times and this was the worst experience. There were four of us and we received one appetizer tray that previously would have been two. The spinach salad had too much dressing and the dressing had an unusual flavor. We asked what it was and were told they did not share recipes. We didn't want the recipe but wanted to know why the flavor was not good. The filets were not cooked as ordered and had to be returned. The grapes on the dessert tray were old and soft."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The Dover Sole was amazing served with risotto topped with pine nuts. If I hadn't been in such a wonderful place, I would have licked my plate!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Fresh fish Friday - delicious. Second week we've gone for fish. The preparation changes - again fantastic. $30.00/pp for a 3 course meal. Who could ask for anything more......good food......beautiful surroundings and in the company of your better half or friends. Fresh fish Friday continued through April 18."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We've been here several times in the past, generally for special occasions. The menu is limited and a bit disappointing. We usually get the crab legs and/or a prime rib as they are prepared very well. None of the food we have tried there has been bad or ill-tasting. My qualm is with the limited menu and the prices. They have recently gone to adding a surcharge for the premium dinners in addition to the normal $60 per person 4-course meal. They do offer their products ala carte, but I'm guessing most people don't go that route as a dinner would be more expensive that the fixed cost of $60/plate. My overall opinion is that the restaurant has great food and service, but is overpriced and overrated."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "My daughter and I shared a great dining experience with wonderful food and great service."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "My wife's favorite restaurant. The prime rib and French onion soup are excellent. This is not a everyday restaurant however, for special dinners it is in the top 5 restaurants in Denver. What makes it number 1 is the location, decor, excellent food and excellent service. I don't like loud restaurants or taverns and The Briarwood Inn is anything but. Try their fish and chips in the tavern. Their chips are not true English chips, but the steak fries are fresh and have a great flavor. The fish is the best I have had in town, definitely worth a try for 15.00 dollars"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The four course meal is the way to go! 1st course was traditional for The Inn and did not disappoint! The soup and salads were amazing as well. 3rd course (main) out of this world with perfect flavor and presentation! The only draw-back to our special evening out was the dessert tray. Not sure if the inn changes this seasonally or if it is always the same, but it lacked in diversity for our taste. (Lots of chocolate and alcohol infused chocolate) One of us is allergic to alcohol and the other does not care for chocolate. Over-all ... an amazing experience! Loved the ambience, the food and the service!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Enjoyed their Friday fresh fish special.......unbelievable. It's a 3 course meal - salad or soup - entrée - dessert for $30/PP. Fish was prepared perfectly - sauce delicious - topped with vegetables/mushrooms. Won't go home hungry! Fresh fish special runs through April 18. Each week a different fish is featured. See you there next Friday!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Went for 5280, went back for lenten fish. both meals wonderful, fresh pineapple and mango salsa on fish totally delish. Will go back for Easter brunch! Love the romantic ambiance, and Waite staff excellent and friendly. Want to try the outside dining this summer."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Good food and service. However, food that is supposed to be hot should come out hot. The mashed potatoes came out cold, not even slightly warm. The other food was warm but hot food should come out hot."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We had a wonderful evening at the Briarwood for my wife's birthday. It was perfect for our party of 6 and we all had a great time. The service and atmosphere were great, but the food was average. The lobster bisque was served with a lot of fanfare with lumps of overcooked lobster placed in bowls on the table and then the liquid poured over it. By the time it was in our bowls, it had cooled and was thick and pasty. The spinach salad was wilted and over-dressed. The cioppino was salty and otherwise bland. The elk was delicious as were the lobster tails and beef medallions, so stay close to home and you'll be okay. It's still a great place to go for special occasions, but know that you're going there for the atmosphere and not the food"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Tavern menu deals Sunday - Thursday.......have tried everything on the menu. Nothing will disappoint! Good time for all - wine and delicious food - can take your time and enjoy your friends."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Try the Tavern - new menu. Special deals available Sunday - Thursday. Ordered the mushroom flatbread - delicious.....also the elk sliders (3 good size sliders) - chicken wings to die for - scallops BLT, best around. Fantastic way to unwind after a day of work. Wine and good food - what more could you want."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We were celebrating 2 birthdays. We had excellent service and a great meal. The restaurant is a bit pricey,but we knew that ahead of time. It was worth the money . A great place to go for a special night. I also understand that their brunch is wonderful. It has been many years since I tried that."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Visiting CO from MD to see my mother. Took her there for a special dinner. Very nice inside even though under renovation so couldn't use the front area. Very cozy; service was professional yet personal. Had quite a lot of food with the Fixe Price option, all delicious. Wasn't as busy as I would have thought for a Sat night. Maybe they need to do more advertising...specials...Sunday brunch info....just a thought."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We had not been to the Briarwood for sometime. After making reservations, I read some of the negative reviews and saw they had changed the menu. I almost cancelled. Don't listen to the bad reviews!! Yes it's changed a bit, but they still have the wonderful apps, I had the onion soup (off the charts good!). All 4 of us chose a differnt entree' and all were amazing. Service is very Proffessional, our waiter was very experienced and was great. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The filet mignon was one of the best steaks I have ever had. Service was excellent and will go back again and again."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food was great as was the service. A very enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Had a great time wanna go back but at sat ot sin brunch same food and service at low pfice"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "I was really worked up for a fine dining experience and was greatly disappointed. The portions were small and the food quality was not in keeping with a restaurant that supposedly offers fine dining. I could have done just as well at home and saved $200."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time at the briarwood . The food was great and the portions right. Also very good service. It is nice to see they don't scrimp on restaurant week like so many of the other restaurants are doing."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Outstanding food and great ambience! Perfect for a nice, quite evening."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I go to the Briarwood to enjoy the best prime rib in the Denver area. I have never been disappointed with the service or the food there. My son turned 17 and it was his first time at this highly rated restaurant. There may be additional trip in the future...:)"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Food great as always. Very small portions for 5280 week but great flavor."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Everyone was friendly and helpful. The food was excellent and well prepared. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "this was a 5280 dinner. food was good - service, especially the bar - was slow due to 5280. overall good."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "The menu for restaurant week was very good, and the food was cooked perfectly."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We visited at the end of restaurant week. The Briarwood Inn has very nice anmbience in a sort of country-club or classic old-fashioned style. The restaurant week menu was a bit underwhelming featuring Briarwood Medalions Duo, Sesame Ginger Salmon or Lemon Polenta. The winter salad was very nice but more than a bit pricey at $12 for the one in our party ordering a la carte. Medallions duo turned out to be a singl ebeef tenderloin medallion accompanied by a scallion with parsnip puree and a few vegetables. Rounding out the meal was profiteroles, chocolate mouse infused with Grand Marnier, or Hot Buttered Rum. The servings were small, the scallops were just ok. The server was very nice and included a free desert. and service was excellent."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "While maintaining all the original charm The Briarwood has made an effort to become more in tune with the times. The food options are are less strict and more options are available."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The Briarwood always gives a lovely dinner out with friends and family. I love the food, service and elegant dining rooms. It is traditional class verses modern hip."
    Dined on 2/28/2014