The Fort
The Fort

The Fort

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thefort.com/
  • Phone: (303) 697-4771
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
The Fort reviews from OpenTable diners
425 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (333)scenic view (304)romantic (165)good for groups (151)fit for foodies (148)notable wine list (90)great for outdoor dining (85)neighborhood gem (64)kid-friendly (43)hot spot (27)late-night find (17)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (4)great for lunch (4)Show More
  • Dinner with company.
    icextr
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    We planned for months to treat our family to dinner at The Fort. It met every expectation from the table by the fire, every fantastic course to the wonderful service. If you are looking for a truly special evening, this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WELL DONE
    Jason
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    This was my first time to The Fort, I took my Girl Friend for our 2 yr anny dinner. We made a reservation for 6pm I would recommend an early start to the meal because the place starts buzzing and sometimes was hard to hear our conversation. Overall the meal was well prepared and the wait staff was on top of their game. very friendly and accommodating as they worked in pairs on the tables. I would go back any time.... I wont spoil any other aspects of the place... must go check it out and enjoy for yourself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun birthday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    After 20+ years between visits it won't be that long next time. Excellent service!! Eric was the best! Great wine, great food, and a great way to celebrate my birthday with drums and a wolf hat with a picture to take home. Especially enjoyed the flute music. So much fun. We'll be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our faves!
    PennyS
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    The Fort is a great place to celebrate special occasions, and to give out-of-towners a true taste of Colorado. Bison, elk and lots of other delicious choices, We especially like the bison marrow bones on the appetizer menu - pricey but so delicious it's worth it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Had not been for a few years - and it was as good as we remembered.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another memorable fort experience !
    Zengolicious
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We have dined at the Fort many many times over the years and have never been disappointed...I can still hear Sam Arnold's radio commercials telling me about the Fort....he is greatly remembered and missed....He can be proud that his high standards have been maintained...the ambiance food and service are impeccable...... As casual as it is, the details such as bringing out clean forks, etc, when needed, do not go unnoticed....in fact this is what impresses us with the understated elegance...we sat in a room with a fireplace and no other guests....perfect since we were celebrating a small family reunion and the privacy and quiet added to our intimate connecting... thank you, as always....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WeatherProfessor
    WeatherProfessor
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The Fort...Build as a model of Bents Fort in southern Colorado....brings back a feeling for food from far in the past but with updates that make it one of the Best places in the Denver Area ...If not the BEST place to eat in Denver Area. Great View... Camp Fire outside to stand by and warm your hands. Mountain Man that came by and talked to us. Lots of history. Fun Place, Great Food, Romantic,.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Special Ocassion Restaurant
    GregH
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for her Birthday Dinner. She had the Buffalo Tenderloin and I had the Game Platter. Both were very good and they should be for the price. The staff was very good; which is a rarity at most places these days. I would recommend this place to anyone visiting Denver or wants to treat someone to a special night out. I wish I could've eaten here when they had a circus bear drinking at the bar!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleasurable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food is delicious. Definitely go for the big game dishes. The bison ribeye is delightful. Bring someone special with you.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I had been to The Fort before, many years ago,so was excited to use a gift card we received through a friend for our 20th anniversary. My husband looked forward to our dinner but have to say we were both a bit disappointed in our meals. My husband ordered the Game Plate, his Quail was burnt and the stake was tough to cut, much less to chew. I ordered the New York Strip which I thought for the price should have been way more tender, my meal was..."ok", but not worth the price. I do give great compliments to or waite staff,and or server Barrett, they all did a wonderful job!! Desert and drinks were also good, but again..not sure I would choose The Fort again for a celebration dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Snowy evening
    rose
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    enjoyed a wonderful evening with good friends :) Took our time to orderand enjoy the fine meal. We have always enjoyed going to the Fort right up the road from us. Been going for 30 years.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a Denver Classic
    MikeC
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I took a couple of friends from out of town to the Fort and they were so impressed. The uniqueness of the night started with their drink menu and the Historian Platter for an appetizer. I really think that the three of us could have been happy with just that but when the elk steak came they were fans for life. The staff was attentive without being intrusive and made the evening a special one for my first time visitors. There is no doubt that this will become a must go place every time they come back to visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, mostly great food
    TickerLee
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The Fort restaurant often has both good points and bad for me. This time, the only disappointment was the vegetarian dish, Tlaxcalan’s Tamal Nuevo. The description sounded delicious, but is was two squares of what tasted like rather bland polenta with some other unidentifiable ingredients mixed in. Nice sauce drizzled, but not quite enough. Two of the four of use ordered this dish, and it's a good thing someone else ordered the buffalo ribs (delicious!) and a ribeye steak. We should have ordered just one. The guacamole appetizer was superb. Love the ambiance and decor. The view is usually great, but dark at this time of year!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Changed over the years
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Compared to many years ago, the menu choices are more limited and focus on "game" meat--probably a result of the "upscale" changes made for the G8 conference a few years ago. I much preferred the previous menu selections.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I've eaten at the Fort before. Decided to take my daughter there for her 18th birthday. Although the building is charming and full of character - Mountain Man was nice and friendly however I found the waitress to be so- so in her service. My kids chose not to order any type of drink instead opting for water and was responded with an "oh" as if we were being cheap and her tip was going to be less. Her overall service was fair not very friendly somewhat unprofessional for a restaurant of this means. . The side servers were better. The meals we ordered were good but I found the service to be lackluster at best.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food & service = great time!
    CO3rdGen
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I thoroughly enjoyed everything, including the flute player and the mountain man.I heard about the bison bone marrow on CPR and I was so glad to have finally tried it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a dining experience like no other
    TheRealDeal
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    effortless online reservation and great dining experience. staff and food was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Lamb chops in Denver
    Western33
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I have eaten lamb chops at 2 other 5 star restaurants lately and they did not compare to the way these tasted. My husband eats steak everywhere he goes and he said the steak with the red chili sauce and the egg was excellent too. My daughter had the Salmon and raved about it and the dill -carrot thick broth. Generous Portions, The non alcohol drinks were a hit too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Expensive. Other very nice restruants offer great meals at a better price
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classic Colorado
    Boxer1962
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food was beyond what we expected. Our waitress really made the dining experience what it was!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best bargain in town
    ArtyAJ
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    In the Fall, the Fort has a special; 3 courses for $35. It includes soup or salad, great bread, entree (usually bison), dessert and even a glass of wine. We also had a coupon from the Post for a free quesadilla and margarita with entree. It is a historical place with tons of atmosphere and character, from the time you enter the courtyard. The staff is extremely well trained and attentive.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    WayneVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Overpriced. Venue overrated. Strange ambiance with dated decor. Service was actually well done. Food very rich and portions are huge. Cheap wine list.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I've always heard about "the fort" but the only thing I've heard is it's expensive and has buffalo. Well, we came in mainly because we had a gift card and babysitter. Everyone at the fort was so nice! The older man, was great and told us all about the forts history. The Native American man playing the flute was also great! Overall I would say it was quite a fun experience, the building, the characters but the food wasn't great. My ribs were burnt and not very flavorful and my husbands lamb was good but just good. I like the idea of the fort but because of the price and not so great food we won't be coming back any time soon. If the food would have been as great as the rest then it would have been perfect. Also our server was great!
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over priced for food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food was not the best for the prices. Over priced, meat was tough and side dishes were lacking in flavor. Overall experience will not have me coming back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    There were 4 of us that ordered different cuts of meat. Not one of us received a steak which was cooked to order. For a place supposedly specializing in game & steaks, this was very disappointing. Service was acceptable, but overall quality of experience was overshadowed by the lack of quality in the food & expensive price tag.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good Times
    GoodTimes
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Good views and interesting food. ttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RGhost1a
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    A great dining experience, nestled in the foothills just SW of Denver. The outdoor tepee & campfire was great too !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    As always The Fort was fabulous. We enjoyed sitting out by the wood fire that was burning in the courtyard after eating a wonderful meal. We have enjoyed The Fort for over 20 years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Fort
    Greatdinner
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Food was excellent and the staff was fantastic. Overall great experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Linda Sasse
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We brought out of state guest on our last visit. We all had a wonderful experience. Is definitely our new favorite place to celebrate events,
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • musselmaniac
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    3 of us enjoyed the pot roast special and the guacamole was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at the Fort
    ColoradoCouple
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had not been to The Fort for a decade. Had good service and enjoyed our dinner.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect place for a great meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food is unique and delicious. The service was very attentive. We brought two small children and they were treated very well. Overall great experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I have not been in 10 plus years, but exactly like I was remembered. In my opinion, the place in the front range.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    It's been years since we visited the Fort and in the past it was always a wonderful experience. Pricing has escalated and quality of food has diminished. I had the duck and the sauces was delicious, but the bird breast was very tough. Others in our party were pleased with their orders. But for $300…the food was marginal at best.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special eats
    Hungaryamy
    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.
  • Outstanding!!
    JSRN
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We had the October bison pot roast special. It was outstanding--absolutely delicious! The serving size was so generous, we even had two more meals with what we brought home. The service was outstanding also. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.