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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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
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Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Another Wednesday night enjoying friends and Music on the Terrace. Cocktails, dinner and entertainment. What more could you need on a Wednesday night. Ordered Fish/Chips, Sirloin burger, Summer Cobb Salad and Spinach/artichoke dip. Everything was delicious. Had a 3 year old with us - after each song she was clapping - she knew what to do. Fun evening for everyone! Not too many more Wednesdays scheduled - enjoy it while you can."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Very welcoming and pleasant. Our server was knowledgeable of the menu, wine list, very warm, friendly and attentive. The four course meal was plentiful, delicious and displayed beautifully."
    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
  • "Wonderful evening - perfect way to celebrate our retirement. Ray took fantastic care of us. Appetizer tray was delicious as usual. Jimmy's Italian Margaritas were fantastic. We ordered prime rib and peppered steak - enough for 2 meals. Melted in your mouth. Dessert tray after a wonderful meal was perfect. Enough to take home for a second most enjoyable meal."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We went to hear a Frank Sinatra tribute on the patio and had drinks & appetizers. The place was packed! Because everyone showed up and ordered at 5:30 when the music started, service was a little slow, but we went for the music so it didn't matter. I've been there on other occasions and the service was fantastic - they are usually very attentive and food is always wonderful. They have their signature appetizer tray on Mondays for less than half it's normal cost, so that's a favorite day to go there, too."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "For a restaurant of this caliper I expect to have our wait person serve us however, someone else served our champagne and I had to refill our champagne glasses our waiter did absolutely nothing except take our order and our check and the restaurant was not busy at all (maybe 7 parties a total of 30 guests maximum)! I am a big tipper when earned and left a very small tip percentage wise due to the lack of attention we received for example empty water glasses etc."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "This is the second time I've been here. The service is impeccable and the food is not only wonderful to taste, but it's wonderful to look at. It's not only a meal, but a presentation as well. If you're looking to impress your date, this is the place to go."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The quality is what you would expect for this price range with a prix fixe menu, but they are surprisingly generous with the portions. We were shocked when they allowed a patron to have her dog accompany her in the restaurant. Not what is expect of this type of restaurant. I was a bit offended. Our waiter Ray had about 15-20 tables with limited support from busing staff; Ray did the majority of filling our water and served all of our food. Although he had to run around a lot, he was very personable and entertaining. If he noticed an empty glass or long wait time, he would make a joke to keep us happy. Overall the experience was below what you'd expect from a restaurant in this price range, but Ray made it worthwhile."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Briarwood Inn never disappoints, wonderful brunch as always!!!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We chose the Briarwood for a dinner with another visiting couple that we have know for 50 years. The location and ambiance were very good. The menu was appropriate for the occasion. The expense at $100 per person with wine and tip was appropriate.... One big issue was the over attentive wait staff. We wanted to "go slow dinner" and listen to stories. We mentioned this to the wait staff, however we kept being pushed down the process they had planned for us. Too many stories being interrupted trying to get our order into the kitchen and on to the next course.... European dining at a restaurant of this caliber is aware of the occasional diner taking their time to enjoy an evening with food and conversation..."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Music on the Terrace - another delightful Wednesday evening. Briarwood does everything to make their customers happy. Enjoyed jazz while we dined on Sirloin burger and Fish Fry. Both meals were delicious. Highly recommend Wednesdays at the Briarwood. You can order from the dining room menu or the Tavern menu."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We celebrated our 53rd wedding anniversary on the 24th of June here. Everything was perfect. We love to come here for special occasions. We always tell our family and friends about this place. The food, the wine and the service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We have eaten here many times over the years. Although the menu has changed (for the better) , the service and ambiance has remained consistent. This is the finest all around restaurant in Golden."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Well worth our trip from Ault. This birthday is memorable with a very delightful evening. Thanks to the ambience, staff and food."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The Briarwood is one of those restaurants to which our family returns year after year for birthdays, anniversaries, and all special occasions. It is unique in the Denver area in this regard. The Briarwood also has a great Sunday brunch which makes for a special occasion all by itself."
    Dined on 6/21/2014