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
  • 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. 27 & 28, 2014 from 10am-5pm both days! Meet the mountain men 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
The Fort reviews from OpenTable diners
453 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (359)scenic view (331)romantic (172)good for groups (152)fit for foodies (147)notable wine list (101)great for outdoor dining (99)neighborhood gem (68)kid-friendly (39)hot spot (22)late-night find (16)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Special eats
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Loved the bone marrow dish. Gelato was very good. Next time I will ask for extra gravy to go with the pot roast. I prefer more lighting...and I mean in the room not outside. No problem with noise level. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion Worthy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My husband and myself took our two grown sons for an evening out. We all enjoyed the ambiance and the food. The service was very good and all the people working seemed to really enjoy their work - which makes for a memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Embrace the quirks
    DrJeff
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We love the Fort! The history, the Old Western style. Great discussion with the Native American flute player about flutes, recorders, Sissy the Bear, and Mrs. Gene Autry! An excellent Spanish wine choice by our waitress. Where else can you sit in Gorbachev's chair from a meeting of the 8? The food consists of no frills preparations of outstanding cuts of meat and game. Be sure to start your meal with the signature appetizers...the sausage platter and Sam's guac are our favorites. The adventurous diner does not want to miss the peanut butter stuffed jalapenos and Rocky Mtn. Oysters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My husband and I had a great date night at The Fort. We don't dine there often but it is a wonderful experience whenever we do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful for Special Birthday
    Music
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The presentation of all of the meal courses was exquisite and the service was very personal. The Indian Flautist interacted with the guests with interesting information and his music was relaxing and welcoming. Great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great protein options!
    eatemup
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We enjoyed celebrating our anniversary at The Fort. We got there at 6 and were kinda disappointed because there were so many kids, but as the night progressed the ambiance improved! The proteins were fabulous! I had the Buffalo Filet and my husband had the lamp t-bones! Really great! We would come back for those alone. The vegetables left something to be desired. Overall I give it a B+.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a try
    JJJJ
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The ambiance definitely represents the location and the history of the restaurant. The service is good. The food is game focused, which is unique. We had the bone marrow as starter, really good! However, the sauces of the main courses were very salty, which ruined the meats. The meats were actually well seasoned and cooked.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Multiple Visits
    billsul
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This was our third or fourth visit and satisfied every time. The peanut butter jalapenos are awesome, lamb and bison were great! Chocolate cake - mmmmm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    LuvFood
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The Fort gave us the best meal we have had in ages in every way. The wine we chose was perfect and the staff gracious and attentive. The menu selections are outstanding and just what one wants of the western experience. The venue is itself an Old West museum feel and the ambiance could not have been better. More than five stars are deserved !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jacob, Mountain Man
    Gezellig
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My college friend and her anthropologist daughter came with me to The Fort. We were seated right next to the glowing fire on a chilly night. Our waitress (Monique?) was most attentive. The food was superbly seasoned and served. The highlight of the evening was Jacob, a local mountain man, who strolls about, telling stories of his mountain life, regalia, showing us the thinness of his flint knife, and even singing us a low and beautiful lullaby. Marvelous evening. Don't miss the Roasted Bison Marrow served in the bone--yum! And, we are sure, you will remember Jacob and the recreation of Bent's Fort on a gezellig evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Our waiter was timely and very attentive. Overall, the ambiance was wonderful and the food great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Mary Beth is a wonderful server. The Fort helped make our celebration.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed a wonderful evening
    DianaV
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was our first time at The Fort, and we will definitely be back. It was a wonderful experience because of the incredible ambiance, delicious food, and learning the history of the restaurant and family behind it. What a special place to celebrate a special occasion or just to enjoy the different items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Great Service
    Momof3
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were celebrating my youngest son's 27th birthday. Neither he nor his girlfriend had been to the Fort before. His brothers made sure he tried the drink with the gunpowder in it. We couldn't get a reservation at 6 or 7 so we got one for 5. I was afraid the staff would try to rush us through dinner, but that was not at all the case. The food was excellent, as always. Our waitress and her helper were very attentive but not at all intrusive. A very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    amh5928
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Our dinner was wonderful. My father and grandmother loved the pot roast special!! Everyone was friendly and took great care of us. We cannot wait to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "Historical" Dining
    DanielD
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This place wasn't really ever a fort, but you don't have to tell your out of town friends that. It's a cool place to dine with nice views and great for guests that want true western fare. Service was great, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good to excellent.
    seniors
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Good food properly served by friendly personnel. Portions entirely too large for seniors. Understand now that meals can be shared by seniors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Old West
    beeflover
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The Fort is a must go place for all you flat land folks, great food & drink to add to the visit, Cheers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vegashag
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The Fort has always been my favorite restaurant for special occasions. I have to say our last visit did not live up to my expectations. The food was good but for the price charged, I expect it to be spectacular. The lettuce in the salad was rusty, the bread and muffins were cold, and although my buffalo steak was tasty and tender, it had some gristle in it. For $49 I felt that was disappointing. Our server was friendly and prompt, except when my husband ordered a second drink, she forgot and never did remember until we reminded her, about 15 minutes after it was ordered. This is the first time we have ever been less than happy with The Fort, and I sincerely hope it's the last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always
    JMan
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The Fort has been doing $35 specials each month which includes dinner rolls, salad, entree, dessert and either a beer or a glass of wine. This month it was the Buffalo Pot Roast for the entree. It was well seasoned and a step above a normal pot roast. For $35 it cannot be beat. Join their mailing list to get the emails letting you know what their monthly specials are.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Evening
    80107
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had been to The Fort a few times before. The food was still great with some new items and some favorites from our previous visits. It's a little pricey but we got our moneys worth. Our table was located in the small section behind the main area. Be sure to ask for the main area if you want a view.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very unique
    Fortt
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    A wild game experience. ..foods that you do not see anywhere else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    badger2196
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My NY strip steak was mediocre and overcooked (I asked for medium) and the Fort potatoes and vegetables were nothing special. For a $45 steak, I expect much better. At that price, they're competing with the likes of Shanahan's and Elway's, who do a much better job. I can do a much better job at home for a lot less $$$.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not satisfied with service!
    Mustluvbostons83
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I was so excited about coming to this place again, but when it got to our server who's name must have slipped my mind from the lack of personality and service made me think otherwise. She was clearly only in it for a job and could care less about us. We were ignored mutiple times etc and My boyfriend and I felt rushed to hurry along and get us out of there. Too bad I had such high hopes it might take me another 15 years if I ever decide to come back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Wonderful food and service get if you are going to red rocks for a concert
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Buffalo ribs I have ever eaten
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The Fort Restaurant is a great place to take out of town guests and clients. The food is awesome, the service is impeccable and the ambiance is like no other restaurant in Denver.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Occasion
    capnlouie
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Our visit was a birthday event. The Fort is perfect for a special event of this type. Ambiance, food, and our waitress were perfect. The High Country menu, as always, was tops. It's a 45 minute drive (each way) from our home but well worth it. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The fort forgot but no big deal
    HungryRussiandah
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    the fort has great food and amazing service. They worked with a last min time change. I requested the gentlemen that plays the flute. He never showed up. The fort said he would be there I think he is what made my first time memorable. Other then that they were great all the way! I'm glad everything worked out because my date was a disaster before so I was glade to know the forts food and environment was one thing I could look forward too in a crazy night. Love the fort and the food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    Mushcat
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I really enjoyed my cocktail. The staff is extremely friendly and attentive. I loved the unique combination of ingredients in the entree sides. Eager to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    1streview
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We normally cannot afford this kind of restaurant, but we had saved for this. We hired a babysitter and a car service for a 7pm reservation on a Sat. night, looking forward to a great meal in a romantic, special place, as we had experienced the last time we visited a few years ago for our anniversary. Instead we found people dining in shorts and flip flops, a woman breastfeeding with the top half of her shirt completely removed while facing the entire lounge area, and children running and shrieking around the outside fire pit after dinner (about 9pm at night). We had a seat by the window, however, the view from the dinning area was completely obscured by outdoor tents. For a place featuring $50 entrees we were shocked.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth the drive or the price
    Unpretentio
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Service was lacking. When I have to ask for more water, you'd think the servers would then monitor and fill our glasses on their own. But no. No water offered, I had to ask for it again. Just because you offer unusual menu items doesn't mean the food is necessarily flavorful. And lose the roaming pig-tailed flute player. Parking situation is ridiculous. You shouldn't need hiking boots to get to the front door.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Birthday Dinner
    MustTRYallFood
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The fort is DEFINITELY a must try! The buffalo steak was so juicy and like nothing I've ever had. The taste stands out and I'm STILL thinking about it days later! Was my first time there and worth the experience. The setting was pretty romantic too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    bconjack
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Cold appetizer cold room bad game platter. Only good things were our waitress the salad and filet mignon
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  • birthdayVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Food was very pricey. We were told how "melt in your mouth" the bison filet was, consequently, it was overcooked. Ambience would normally be great, but they were getting ready for a weekend festival. Therefore, tents blocked our view.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great views & service, average food
    birthdayboy
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    we've been here before and the food was spectacular, so we know its potential. but on this particular night we were a little disappointed. I ordered the lamb special and my husband got the new york strip. my lamb was very chewy and underdone, and the steak was just ok. i was very much looking forward to the dessert that came with my meall, chocolate mouse, but other than pretty the hard chocolate shell it was also nothing special. although the food was edible, it was definitely not the unique melt-in-your-mouth quality one comes to expect from the fort's reputation and prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    GoodVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I have heard about The Fort for years. We had out of town guests so we decided to take them to The Fort for a Saturday night dinner. The ambience inside is interesting. It was raining that night so we really could not experience everything that was offered outdoors. The food was good but far from great. Outside of some unusual entrées and game meats there was nothing special about our dinner. The service was fine, but we all found our waitress to be quite odd. The prices are extremely high for what you get. We had one appetizer, four dinners, no alcoholic drinks, no desserts and we still paid over $250. We have had much better steak dinners at Elway's restaurant in Denver. I don't think we will ever go back.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not what I remember
    73dine
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I could not have been more disappointed in our experience Saturday night. The front desk was rude and our reservation was late without explanation. Our waitress got my order wrong and then to correct it served a raw elk chop. When you pay $60 for a steak it is fair to expect the best. This could not have been more opposite than that. This used to be a fun historic feeling restaurant, it certainly was not on Saturday.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lov2eat
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The lamb was terrible, full of gristle and fat ---very disppointing for the special item on the menu.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The view and service were great...
    PuppyPaws
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    When we first arrived, we were sat in a very small room at a two top with a family of 8 sitting next to us. Not great for a romantic dinner. We asked to be moved and our server was great about moving us to a better table and after we were moved, the ambiance and view could be enjoyed. We have eaten at the Fort in the past and loved the food, however this time around, the food was just okay. We both had buffalo and although there was nothing wrong with the meal, there was really nothing memorable either regarding the food. Not sure if it was just an off night or what, however I think it will be awhile before we dine at The Fort again. Hoping they improve because we really do love the location.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    Royce
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I have been coming a few times a year for over 30 years, excellent every time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic