The Fort
The Fort

The Fort

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thefort.com/
  • Phone: 3036974771x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 10pm, Saturday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Wild Game
  • Executive Chef: Matt Crow
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Indian flute music on select nights.
  • Special Events: Tesoro Cultural Center's 1830's Rendezvous and Spainsh Colonial Market coming up Sept. 28, 29, 2013 from 10am-5pm both days! Meet the mountinmen, and experience the Early West. Free parking and free admission. Fun for families !

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: A large, spacious lot is adjacent to the restaurant.
A word from The Fort
Situated in the Red Rocks country 17 miles southwest of Denver on Hwy 285, The Fort is a true replica of Bent's Fort, the first American community west of the Missississippi & rendezvous of Kit Carson & other "Mountain Men". The nine dining rooms, seating 350, are white plastered over adobe. Unusual but hearty dishes, typical of the early West, are provided from open grills. Waugh!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
The Fort reviews from OpenTable diners
411 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (322)scenic view (306)romantic (153)good for groups (124)fit for foodies (118)great for outdoor dining (92)notable wine list (87)kid-friendly (42)neighborhood gem (41)late-night find (15)hot spot (14)great for brunch (12)great for lunch (8)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Great service and wonderful food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We went because we'd always heard great things about the Fort. It did not disappoint. We loved the food!! The quail and the elk were our favorites. We will definetly be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Game Plate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The best meal is the Game Plate - Elk, Buffalo, and Quail... unique and cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week in Denver
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food was excellent. It was a pleasant surprise to find that we were there during Restaurant week. We love the ginger sangrias. Great waitress.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We come here every year for our anniversary. This year, we accidentally scheduled during Restaurant Week. We still ordered off the main menu where everything from the drinks to the dessert was fantastic - except the mashed potatoes, which were cold. Even my replacement ones were luke warm. Regardless, it will not keep us from returning next year! Keep up the great work, Fort!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great time
    Monphy
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Another great dinner at the Fort. We really enjoyed ourselves.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Fort Never Disappoints!
    Mthede1VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food and service at The Fort is always top notch...they even nailed Restaurant Week which is tough to do! I had the sirloin and my husband had the buffalo filet. Prepared perfectly. Don't miss their Prickly Pear Margarita- so delicious and unique. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming, but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was good (it was restaurant week) so the menu was very limited. However, the kids menu was downright expensive and lacked "taste". $12.00 for a kids mac n cheese with no flavor is not my kids idea of dinner. There was mac but I can almost say no cheese. The adult meals were good "5 oz. sirloin with a teriyaki cornish hen". Now for the real "interesting" things. The bread and muffins were good, the alcohol was okay, the ice cream for the girls was expensive and it was ice cream, the service was good. The one thing that drove me crazy was the constant up selling. Yes I know, it is the restaurant biz but it almost felt like a car dealership after about the 3rd up sell.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun ambiance, good food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I went during Denver Restaurant Week. The place was packed, but service was still moving at a reasonable speed, and unhurried. We ordered both from the special event prix fixe menu, and the regular menu. Most everything was delicious. The buffalo filet in particular was excellent. There was a strong sense that everyone involved in the restaurant really cared about my experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious and a great view
    phishyjeff
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We dined here for the summer restaurant week in 2014. Often, I feel like the food during restaurant week isn't as good as it is the rest of the year, but I did not feel this way here. They also had special appetizers, cocktails and wine specials and we took advantage of all 3. The salad was fresh and crisp, the buffalo was cooked perfectly and very tender and flavorful and the quail melted in your mouth. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable and available just the right amount of the time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I are new to Denver and found The Fort to be a great place to visit and enjoy a great meal. The views are incredible and the atmosphere is extremely unique. Great experience that we are looking forward to returning to more often.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disapointed with the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Lived in colorado most of my life, and The Fort has a reputation of having rare exotic meats. I feel like that has seriously changed. I was looking forward to trying something I cannot get anywhere but The Fort. There were no specials, nor was there anything more exotic than elk or quail. That is not exotic in my opinion. I have eaten such foods as water buffalo, and Ostrich. This would be more exotic to me. I went there for this type of experience - something new and extremely rare. I can get good service or ambiance anywhere. The Fort used to be set apart by its variety of exotic meat selection. Unless this changes, I likely will NOT revisit the The Fort.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Somewhat pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    While I still go to the Fort for special occasions, I seem to go away with the feeling of the meal being over priced for the quality of the food received. The wait staff was very nice but she was handling a large group along with a few tables, so the service was a little slow. The buffalo ribeye was a lot fattier than I expected, since it is known for being a lean meat. And my wife's ribs tasted more like roast meat than ribs, but maybe that is normal for buffalo ribs.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We dine at The Fort every time we travel from the San Francisco Bay area to Colorado. This visit found the food and servers as "top-notch" as always. These elements are what have brought us back to this unique-in-every-way dining experience for years now. I always recommend The Fort when I know that friends and family are within traveling distance to The Fort's delicious dinners and outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic for out of town guests
    BusinessDiner
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I have taken out of town guests here twice for business dinners. Each time, The Fort delivered!! This most recent time, as we sat on the patio enjoying our cocktails, a helicopter circled above and dramatically landed right in front of us on the helipad. What a dramatic entrance and impression to make on my guests. They were amazed at how perfectly attentive the wait staff are and the quality of the food is second to none!! I will most definitely be back!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A dining adventure
    PSmurfVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    If you've never been here, and you're in the Boulder-Denver-Golden area, it is definitely worth a visit once or twice. Also, a great place to take out-of-state visitors, for the Old West ambiance. An over-the-top menu--mostly very ample cuts of Bison, elk, and some beef & lamb. Oh, and quail, which can be ordered as two or three of them. The Game Plate, consisting of a Bison sirloin filet, Elk chop & quail, solves the problem of choice. Interesting appetizers. Excellent wine list. The service is attentive, friendly and professional. An interesting combination of elegance & fine dining in a casual, western environment. Definitely bring the kids. Of course, a very pricey place. Check their interesting web site.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic
    JayH
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Always a great meal with great service, thank you Orin. An historic setting, what could be better?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hold the Fort
    hungry
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Fantastic location, interesting history, unique menu, friendly service
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun for 40th
    Foodiesfrombasalt
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I took my husband to The Fort for his 40th. Making the reservation online was quick and easy. I received a day of phone call to confirm as well. We were welcomed to the fort by an authentically dressed frontiersman. There was a fire in the fire pit with a heavenly aroma that really got us salivating. We were seated right away at a table for two near a window. Great views and even though the place was decently busy, the noise level was decent. Barrett was great. He made accommodations for our gluten allergy and we were able to have the duck quesadilla (delicious) on corn instead of flour tortillas. He also let us know which items were gluten free on the menu. We had elk, buffalo and quail. Yum! You have to try it for yourself!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Fort is a Must See place 2 Eat
    Cyndi
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We traveled from California to Denver to go to a concert at Red Rocks. Since this was on my bucket list of things to do, just no ordinary food places would do. We made an early dinner reservation on OpenTable with ease. The Fort is just that...a big fort. The food was amazing. I had the duck Quessedilla to start accompanied with the white wine sangria that was to die for. I then had the hunters platter with elk, buffalo, and quail. Surprisingly it wasn't at all gamey. I then had a dessert called the Negrita, a chocolate delight!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • soso
    paco
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was passable. I have had better steak for half the price. The buffalo tounge appetizers were dry and the braised cheese was not gooy as advertised and a little too salty. The service was great.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Time for a new chef?
    firsttimers
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The experience was great, our waiters were amazing, but the food was lacking. Thinking it may be time to hire a new chef, upgrade those ingredients and serve what you would expect from the pricetag on the entrees. Duck breast was tough, steak was thin and not cooked well, mac and cheese was dry. Appetizers were very good.. guacamole was very fresh, Rocky Mountain Oysters were tasty.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • first timers
    godining
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    we were indeed impressed with our dining experience at The Fort. The food was wonderful and our server was top notch. Although we don't generally spend that kind of money. It was a special occasion and on my husband's Bucket List ! :) We will return someday and recommend it for a special place to go dine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wild Game Dinner
    jalapenoisus
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had friends visiting us in Colorado. We thought it would be great to bring them to the Fort. Only 1 of us had ever been. This place is great. We ordered 4 appetizers. Tongue [2 orders] to die for, jalapeno peppers [served cold with peanut butter] - OMG, who knew p'nut butter & jalapeno could be so tasty, quail eggs [2 out of 4 loved them, the other 2 not so crazy about them], bean dip which was very flavorful & had a nice bite to it. Entree's - 3 bison ribeyes, 1 quail. Excellent presentation & great tasting. Service was outstanding with Brian who was on top of everything, gave us opinions about our questions is the reason we ordered 2 tongue appetizers & the jalapeno. Definitely will return. This is a great place!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Confused Restaurant
    Aryn
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This place cannot decide if it is a theme restaurant or fine dining. The food was disappointing. The buffalo ribs looked great but didn't taste so great. The quail was excellent, eat quail if you go here. The elk and buffalo were chewy, I've had much better elsewhere. It was disappointing because game in Colorado should be excellent and this restaurant is not cheap. The view was excellent, but if you want great food, this is not the place to go
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Such a great place!
    FFMcC
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My fiancé and I went here to celebrate our anniversary and everything tasted great, was cooked to perfection, plus it was hard to choose because everything had a unique twist to it that made each choice tempting! Definitely pricy but worth it. Service was fantastic even despite a forgotten glass of wine: but our waitress was so sweet it didn't matter. Definitely fantastic and came highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Always a treat on a special occasion. The room was a little too cool at first but they adjusted that quickly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Totally outstanding
    Bennie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We loved the food it was soooo delicious, and the montoya wine 2010 vintage was out of this world so was the trade whiskey with gun powder and tobacco!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique food and atmosphere
    happydiner
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We celebrated an anniversary here. We were seated in a "quieter" section of the restaurant with a lovely view of the valley and mountains. This was a Sunday night and the place was packed, so would recommend reservations (we had them). We started with the Rocky Mountain oysters, which were prepared in a unique way and delicious - plentiful and very tender. The salad was good, too. One of us had the buffalo rib-eye, and it was cooked to perfection, the other had the duck breasts, which was delicious. Service was outstanding. The decor/atmosphere is 1800's frontier fort, so kids would love this place (and adults!). It is quite pricey, but a fun place to go occasionally.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • one of Denver's best restaurant's
    VonRoth
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The food was magnificently cooked, thunder and moist. The atmosphere was for the truly romantic at heart. The only down side is for the wait-staff. Table's should not be cleared while other guests are eating.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Although the food was good, it was way overpriced. Not sure I would go again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Fort is AWESOME!
    MellerGoodCall
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We always hit the Fort for a special dinner when in Denver for our annual CO wedding anniversary trip. We're not sure which is better, the amazing scenic view or the fantastic food & drinks! The service is always great too. This is a must try to anyone looking for a fabulous unique Colorado dining experience. Go before sunset!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tourist trap and too pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We were so excited to finally go to the fort after living in denver for 5 years but what a disappointment. My steak was just ok and my other food was cold. As was the table next to us who sent their food back. Felt it was way to pricey for the food that was served. The view is nice but otherwise it seems like a tourist attraction not a place to go for a really good steak:(
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Colorado fare
    SPerer
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Good native foods, prepared as ordered, fine atmosphere
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable Occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Had family in from out of state and wanted them to experience something uniquely Denver/Colorado. We were able to make a reasonable reservation the day before, we were seated right away. The service was excellent, with a knowledgeable waitress who was very attentive and personable. The food, from appetizers to main course to dessert was absolute fabulous. Worth every penny. Prices are a bit high compared to your average "steak house" but the meal is far above average. The offerings are unique and well prepared and a unique taste experience. Everyone at our table of 4 ordered something different and we all loved what we had. Even the entertainment, a native flute player was fascinating and added to our enjoyment. Great view. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Fort
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Had a wonderful time as always at The Fort! Love the ambiance and the food!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Atmosphere good, but not the food or the service. The water & ice had a strange flavor, hence ice ruined the taste of all the beverages. All but one of the meals was very overcooked. Left for another restaurant to enjoy dessert.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great atmosphere
    kh123
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I went with my family to celebrate my 30th birthday. Our waitress was outstanding! The food was delicious and we had a wonderful evening. Following the meal we checked out the view and explored the courtyard. The Fort is an upscale resturant with a relaxed atomsphere, I would recommend it to everyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointed
    vinman
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I ordered the Gonzalez style cut with buffalo. When served the steak was not what I ordered, but was quickly rectified. The steak was only fair due to a heavy fat content in the steak. I have visited the Fort for 40 plus years and hope this will be a one time experience!!!
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    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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  • awesome
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Fantastic service, great food and very friendly staff
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome environment
    Fortlover
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We love everything about the Fort.... Great environment for a romantic dinner... The food is superb...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.