The Briarwood Inn
The Briarwood Inn

The Briarwood Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://thebriarwoodinn.com/
  • Phone: 3032793121x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday-Sunday starting at 4:30pm

    Afternoon Tea: Saturdays 10:30am - 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 3032793121x
  • 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: 35th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION DURING THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
    Join us in celebrating 35 years as one of Colorado's most loved restaurants. Enjoy our
    featured 3-course $35 menu with a throwback to some original entrees. Menu is offered
    every night through the month of September.'

    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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
The Briarwood Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
188 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (148)romantic (106)fit for foodies (45)neighborhood gem (43)great for brunch (41)scenic view (36)great for outdoor dining (35)notable wine list (35)good for groups (31)great for lunch (10)hot spot (4)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Something's Changed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    As customers for 32 years, we were disappointed with the entirely different feel we experienced. We usually save visits to the Briarwood for special occasions. This visit was to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. What a surprise!! The wait staff was one person instead of the previous many who would constantly provide attention to the customers. The menu was significantly reduced and the meal I had been thinking about all day was not available. The appetizer tray was there, but it definitely wasn't the same and neither was the preparation of the spinach salad. The final straw came with the dessert tray which was nothing like the previous. Not sure if they are just cutting costs, but we won't be back for a some time to find out.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Extremely Enjoyable
    Barbie61
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    First time for brunch and we are looking forward to next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quiet old world style
    Mom2groom
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have been going to the Briarwood for years but the food quality had declined. We decided to give it another chance for an engagement dinner for our son and were pleased that the food was great again. I did miss the appetizer and dessert that used to be included with your maw and found the entres to be pricy, but it is quiet and you can carry on a conversation. Service was less attentive then I recall from past visits but overall al good experience
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of Golden
    mehorst
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had dinner with friends at Briarwood and it couldn't have been better. Our table was right next to the fireplace, which was perfect for our friend who is always cold. The service was impeccable and friendly. and the food was excellent: a selection of salads and soups (I'm partial to the warm spinach salad), generous sized entrees cooked to precisely order, bookended with an apetizer tray and a dessert tray. This was not my first visit to the Briarwood and will definitely not be my last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for an anniversary!
    ColoNative
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent service, beautiful setting and great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I've eaten here in the past and they lived up to there greatness
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Afternoon tea
    Barbie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Brought a good friend (who had never been for afternoon tea). The service was as usual excellent and the food was very good except the scones were rather dry. This is such a wonderful thing to do with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top notch
    Sirhod
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    From start to finish an excellent experience. Fireside table. Attentive servers. Varied menu. Good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not My Kind of Restaurant
    Arn28Colo
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I do not care for restaurants with an a la carte menu. I will not be returning to the Briarwood.
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  • Briarwood Brunch
    Canucks
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We were the first to arrive for the day and were treated very well by the staff. The menu was full - fruit salad, champagne, choices for main course, coffee and sweet treats. More than a normal person should eat at one sitting! The flavor of the omelet was rather bland - even with several components inside. Perhaps a bit more spices would have helped. The room got busier as our meal proceeded but the service was still excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very poor meal and service
    FoodcrazyUSA
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I'm very sad to say our dining experience was poor; the restaurant is still lovely, but the prices now are exorbitant for the quality of the meal, the food was average at best and poor for one of our party ordering the Prime Rib, and the service was sub-par. When we used to dine here for special occasions, the meal included the appetizer tray, salad, entrée, and dessert tray for the price the entrees cost now, and the food used to be great. We chose not to order the fixed menu at $65 after I'd read the recent reviews, and our waiter seemed to take offense. He had an attitude of inconvenience. I ordered scallops - the entrée, not the appetizer - at $34 and got three. The Prime Rib was tough and tasteless. Sad to say we will not return.
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  • Wonderful
    luv2dine
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Food was outstanding as was the service, lovely place to dine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular
    sitandspin
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were married at the Briarwood three years ago and we did come for dinner for our third anniversary. It was beautiful, romantic, wait staff excellent. The food as always was inventive and spectacular. Love to visit with everyone every year. Loved the updates to the entire facility, it was more open, yet still had the cozy charm that is expected with the Briarwood. There was a wedding the evening we were there, it provided even more great memories of our wedding day. Charming, charming, charming.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for special occasion
    Jenna
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We held a small baby shower for a friend here and it was perfect! Brunch was delicious and the service was fantastic. The setting is formal without feeling stuffy- great for tea as well. Loved it and will have other events here in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HonuVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The Briarwood is celebrating 35 years serving customers.....brought back some of the dishes from years ago. We enjoyed Beef Wellington and Chicken Rochambeau...both delicious. Had enough for a second meal at home. Dinner included salad and dessert - special price $35.00/per person. This offer ends September 30. What a great way to celebrate 35 years at the Briarwood!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful gem in Golden
    Dena
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The Briarwood Inn is a family owned restaurant in Golden and has been in the same place for 35 years. It has a beautiful decor and a wonderful chef. The staff is professional and attentive. I was at a table with air on me so the waiter moved us to a warmer place. They have an outside patio for summer days and evenings with entertainment and happy hour. I've been eating there since I was a teenager and it brings back happy memories of dining with my parents at Christmas. My husband and I always enjoy dining there, whether it's just the two of us or with our friends and family. I highly recommend it for special events or a romantic evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but expensive
    Haleigh
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I dined here with a friend for a birthday celebration. We both ordered the pre-fixed meal for $65. The appetizer tray was spectacular, onion soup great, ribeye good, and desserts ok. Unfortunately, they brought the wrong wine. When we asked, they brought the right wine. Overall, it was a good meal, but for $200, I expected it to be spectacular.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We enjoyed a leisurely brunch before heading back to Texas from Colorado. The waiter communicated well to help determine the appropriate pace and we were in and out within an hour. The waitstaff were busy that day with a wedding party but were still able to accommodate our special requests. The pastry tray, assorted fruit, champagne cocktail, and brunch menu allowed for a nice assortment. Many of the entrees provided sufficient variety and heartiness to make it a satisfying meal to take the place of both breakfast and brunch in a beautiful setting. It is likely we will return. Hint: If you want to work up an appetite or take a stroll after dinner the Clear Creek Trail is the perfect option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Evening
    newtogolden
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My second visit this year. Was absolutely wonderful. Service, ambiance and total experience. Highly recommend. Enjoyed the "Special" anniversary menu they had available. Only 3 courses instead of the usual 4, but was a steal at just $35.00 They even recognized our celebration. Received a free gift card at the end from the server. Perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • date night
    cookie00
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Well it was overpriced for my dinner which was chicken with a fatty piece of very thin ham and a over rich sauce that overtook everything. My husband had beef wellington that was med well instead of med. The salads they offered only had sweet dressings. For which I can not have. Our tablecloth had stains on it. Dinner was 145.00. With a dining room that had no ambiance. Bright lights and no soft music. Not really a romantic setting. The staff is overly friendly. Not genuine. Food was fair.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Prix fix menu
    bblovesbe
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The appetizer tray was nicely plated and tasty.My second course of Lobster Fritters was a disappointment, it tasted liked old grease and the shellfish in the third course of cioppino was a bit over cooked. Not a a fan of rice pudding but the rest of the desserts were yummy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our 50th anniversary
    veryspecial
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is a very good choice for a place to celebrate a special occasion. We noticed most people were there for anniversaries or birthdays. We were happy to have a table rather than a booth. The staff were so helpful in every way. The food was outstanding, the hot food was hot and the cold food was cold. The ribeye was perfectly cooked and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. The wine pairings were perfect with the four courses. We were happy to celebrate our 50th anniversary in such a nice setting.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic High Tea
    5280Girl
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I take my Mom and Grandmother to High Tea once a year, usually at the Brown Palace. Someone I work with recommended I try the Briarwood Inn. I have never been, but thought I'd give it a try at her recommendation. So I brought my sister, mother, and my Grandma to high tea. No downtown parking. I almost cheered. IT WAS FANTASTIC. The restaurant is simply gorgeous, the kind of place you don't see anymore. The dining room was elegant and quite with an amazing copper fireplace. The server was knowledgeable and attentive. The tea was beautiful with lots of options, it came with several courses including a soup. We had an incredible time. They offer it every Saturday and I am going to return during the Christmas season when decorations are up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food
    wannabefoodie
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Came here to check out the food before picking this as our wedding venue....Awesome food and great ambiance! Cannot wait to show all our guests this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bring old menu back
    Gummy
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I can't believe this restaurant abandoned it's unique and delicious menu last year and now has a menu I can get at any old place. Really bad decision. We came in for the 35th anniversary only to have the old nenu again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic Anniversary Dinner
    Romantic
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Awesome food, staff and ambiance! My husband and I had a wonderful anniversary dinner! Thank you so much for making it great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We have been dining at the Briarwood for years and have always enjoyed the food, the service and the ambiance. In the last year we have been disappointed twice. Earlier this year we went to celebrate our birthdays and ordered lobster tail. Both of them were under cooked. We returned my husbands and it took 20 minutes to get another. On this visit we tried their 35 Year Celebration menu. It was awful the salad with a Champagne dressing was totally tasteless, the veal was tough and tasteless. The appetizer tray was not included so we ordered bread which we were charged $3.00 for and if we wanted more we would be charged another $3.00. The waitress took forever to check in with us and it seemed we were always waiting for her.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We were there recently for the 35th anniversary special. Our table was under the air conditioning outlet and it was cold. One of the meals was over seasoned. I have been there many times and this was my first time I was disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • too expensive
    DisappointedinDenver
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Our food was good but not outstanding and price was extremely high - $350 including tip and one bottle of wine for 4 people. This restaurant seems to have outlived its relevance
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • an upscale Denver restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    a known winner for years. A bit pricey but well worth it. The food, service and atmosphere are outstanding. The holiday decorations make it a must, during the Christmas holidays.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gary
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Main meal was excellent The desert was stale. when we told our waiter he said it from being frozen. He did not offer a replacement and totally avoided us the rest of the time except to collect the credit card. We wanted a refill of coffee and he wasn't around. He could be seen at another level walking around. the busser was better than the waiter. The busser asked us if we would like a refill of the coffee and when we were leaving he gave us a slice of key lime pie. It was a shame that a stale desert caused this review to be bad. but the poor service made the dining experience worst.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Traditional
    PNich
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Continental cuisine with no surprises, no fusion - just straight forward dining. Slow paced for patrons and quiet for special, intimate dinners - no loud laughing, kids, rowdy groups - no elevated anything. The service was excellent and the food was very good. Good place to propose (or break up!). Food presentation was very nice and elegant. For me, the entire experience was a little old fashioned and stuffy, but for a a relaxing and romantic evening where you can actually hear each other's words and not have to fight to have a pleasant conversation over loud music or loud talking from other patrons, it is very nice. Hard to believe it is one of the best restaurants in Denver, or the country, but again, very good; not outstanding.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Low info server and fish was dry
    eaterguy
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Ordered the Prix Fixe 4 course. Whether it was where the beef was sourced or what wine pairing should be chosen our server had no idea. The halibut was in a cumin heavy sauce that was just plain weird and was cooked 10 minutes too long to the point of inedibility. The wine pairing is not really a wine pairing as you have to choose...We chose 2 out of 3 correctly but I guess that is our fault for ordering a wine pairing and expecting it to be "paired" with our meal... The prime rib (which i highly doubt was truly only grass fed) was the fattiest prime rib Ive ever seen... but flavorful and the mashed potatoes were great. Desert was a boring collection of out of the box style cookies but the fruit and cream was good. Poor $/quality ratio.
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  • Jcn
    JonathanN51
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    A special restaurant that we have enjoyed over30 years. Unique decor with many different rooms and patio to enjoy. We were celebrating our anniversary and the staff and food was prepared to our liking.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Very bad experience. I have been coming here for years and don't plan to return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Onion Soup was great BUT ...
    FeynmanVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We went to Briarwood with high expectations: reviews were good & we had been there years before. We were surprised by how few diners there were but thought that was because we were there later in the evening. The onion soup was great but the salads were under dressed. Then everything deteriorated: the waiter forgot to bring the wine & disappeared for long stretches of time. The prime rib end cut was extremely rare - bloodier that the "rare" I ordered - it had to be sent back. Our friends fillet was medium on one end and practically raw at the other - when we sent that back, it took forever to come back and it was still rare! But the real insult was the fact that the fillet had stringy gristle - it was a composite/glued fillet! Yuck!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The atmosphere was pleasant, the food, both in quality and quantity, was outstanding, and the service couldn't have been better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • RonJ
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The dinner was a celebration of our anniversary. The food and service was fabulous. The flowers that I had ordered were already set on the table when we arrived for dinner. We have been to this restaurant several times, and have always had a great experience. We will be bringing our friends from California to enjoy the experience at the Briarwood Inn.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Bash
    DWCHITT
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We celebrated our 43rd wedding anniversary eating a fine dinner. Had drinks first. Quiet restaurant. The dinning was superb . We will go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 35th Anniversary Menu
    DrJeff
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We took advantage of the less expensive 35th Anniversary 3 course prix fix menu, but couldn't turn down the iconic Briarwood Appetizer tray. A very nice meal, very nice night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet