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The Fort
The Fort

The Fort Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thefort.com
  • Email: fortmail@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
  • 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 & Promotions: 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!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "An incredible special with appetizer, drink, entree with wine, and HUGE dessert! Great service with no rush to leave."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Our daughter, her fiancee, and his parents were in town. Since this was the parents first time in Denver we wanted to take them to an iconic Denver restaurant for dinner. At my earlier request, we were seated at a table with a wonderful view. And, as usual, the service was great (the waitress was attentive but not hovering) and the food was delicious. The bison steaks were well-prepared and SO tender and the stew was amazing! This is our favorite restaurant to bring first time Colorado visitors to, and we have NEVER been disappointed!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Fantastic meal and service. Bison filet was excellent and cooked perfect per my request. Love this restaurant and the surrounding scenic beauty. Recommend for any occasion."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This our our time visiting The Fort. We had heard from friends that it was very good, so we decided to try it ourselves. The food was great and the service very good too. We will go again."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I wished the food portions were a lot bigger...the 3 course special had very small servings."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Relaxing. Fantastic service and great view of the city. A place where your choice of food is unique."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "It's not worth the fifty plus dollar cab ride from Denver. And back."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Hadn't been there for many years - both of us felt everything was a bit flat compared to our memories."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "If one thing that I liked most about the place was the service that we received. It was an amazing experience and I would love to go back again."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Celebrated our 35th anniversary at The Fort on a Monday night. Started with excellent guacamole, but the buffalo quenelle wasn't so interesting. Thoroughly enjoyed our entrees - duck breast (with cheese grits) and the smaller portion of the BBQ buffalo ribs. Entrees were so generous we had enough to enjoy the following evening.....so we had dinner twice which makes the prices more palatable. The prickly pear margarita was a pretty pink but didn't pack much punch. Our server was capable & hospitable taking pictures for us (one for each camera). Views from the lower dining room next to the patio are stunning. Can get noisy as the crowd builds....but a Monday eve was quite tolerable for easy conversation."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "There are not enough great things to say about The Fort. The ambience, service, views and so much more are amazing! Yes expensive. Worth the celebratory splurge every so often. I've been here twice now for birthday celebrations and have walked away everytime with a great big smile, great picture of the birthday person and a full tummy. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone! Thank you to all those that work at The Fort and those that maintain a great place! It's a gem!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "As always the Buffalo ribs were outstanding. I also enjoy the flute players music and his very interesting stories he will share with guests."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I don't recall leaving a rating before but I could not pass on the opportunity. Perfect evening! The five stars for each area were not given but earned."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "A great place to bring out of town guests. The Fort's game platter provides a wonderful way to sample the various game dishes. The service was friendly. They provided a high-class service without being overly pretentious. It was very comfortable dining. The wine list offered a wide selection of wines, but they seemed to be either on the cheap end or high end ($6,000), without too many choices in the middle from a cost perspective. Overall we, and our guests, thoroughly enjoyed our food and the experience."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Wanted to take out of town friends to a unique Colorado dining experience. We were successful!!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We got a great table from which we could enjoy the outdoor scenery. We got the 3 course dinner and it was wonderful! It was a relaxing atmosphere and the service was really good! We will go back again for a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Was enjoyable and very comfortable setting. Steaks were tender and well cooked. Delicious salad and bread. Very nice wine list."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The ambiance and food at The Fort are worth the drive to Morrison. The view is great and the fort itself is a fun attraction, especially for visitors. Great selection of wild game and plenty of tame selections as well."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We were at The Fort on the March Madness coupon from the Denver Post. We were very surprised that it included 5 courses for less than most regular entree prices. The portions were not reduced and we had more than we could eat; took our dessert home. Everything was unique and delicious. Our only mistake was going early enough that we finished before getting to see the nighttime city lights."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Despite a rocky beginning with a not-so-pleasant hostess, we had an excellent dinner and were glad that we stuck around to try The Fort out."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Great food, great service, great setting!!! This restaurant reminds me of the song, "Oh give me a home where the BUFFALO roam", in this case it was on the plate."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The Fort helped make dinner for a family reunion a special night"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I got the New York Strip steak which had a lot of grizzle. The steak was very thin for being a New York Strip. The mashed potatoes and shaved Brussels sprouts were really good."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My husband found a special coupon in the newspaper - we know the Fort has great food - so we jumped on this. We had lovely steaks, with potato and veg plus a glass of wine (preceded by salad and prickly pear margaritas) and desert to top it off. It was so good, not a morsel was wasted until the very end. I was so stuffed, that I seriously could not finish the desert! Can't wait 'til the next time."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "after thinking about going there for some time, we finally made the drive from Fort Collins to The Fort. We were not disappointed. The food was excellent, the location eclectic, we felt like we were in Santa Fe. The wandering Mountain Man was a delight to talk to. The indian floutist was also great. My wife ahd the duck, and i had the buffalo ribs. both were excellent as was the appetizer of buffalo empandada, and the desert of butterscotch sundae. Don't for get to try the 'Trade Whiskey' for a before dinner drink! they claim it has gun powder in it!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My wife and I had decided our friend Jean deserved a special birthday dinner. We chose the Fort which she was most happy with. It seems Jean had been on at least four occasions and was talking the place up on our drive there. We arrived at 6:30 and were greeted and seated right away. Mary Ann had the game plate which is elk, bison and quail with a huckleberry jam sauce excellent. Jean ordered the duck and was quite enamored. I chose the bison tenderloin and sausage stew. I didn't need a search party to find the meat and was quite satisfied with my choice. The dinners include a tasty salad and a bread basket which had some delicious pumpkin muffins. Service was spot on, attentive but not intrusive. We will return."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This was our first visit to The Fort. The reason that we went to begin with was for the March Madness Special, which included a 7 oz New York Strip a wild game sausage, mashed potatoes, vegetables, Salad, Dessert, and an adult beverage of either Wine or Beer. Our server suggested we try an appetizer - it was the hot goat cheese with garlic butter crostini - it was delicious. The steaks were cooked to perfection! We were seated by the window which overlooked the patio and the view was to the east. It was very romantic and quiet. A gentleman came around playing an Indian tribal flute and stopped at our table and gave us a bit of history on The Fort - very interesting. We stopped at the gift shop on the way out. Awesome experience!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Meat was delightful but roasted Brussels sprouts not appetizing. Nearby tables with unruly children very distracting. Parents whomallowmtheir children to roam free in high class restaurants should be fined....or maybe one room in restaurant should be strictly for families with children. Don't like spending a lot of money on a meal where whiny, disobedient children rule the room. Will think twice before bringing my international guests there again."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "If it is western food that is desired, the Fort Restaurant served up its western fare with style, ambience and friendly, helpful, attentive service. The March Madness deal is what brought us in to celebrate a birthday and we were not disappointed. When we have wanted to choose a very nice restaurant for that special night out, The Fort Restaurant has been a very nice choice for us. They were able to cater to the gluten free limitations of the diet and were happy to make the substitutions. One may eat as exotic or not as desired. But I think one will always find a dish they will like."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great food with exceptional service in a western setting. Nothing but great things to say! Sherrill was a gem and was marvelous in helping us to determine what to have from drinks to appetizers to the meal itself and dessert. We very much enjoyed our experience and will absolutly be returning."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I like to bring family and friends visiting for a special treat. I especially like the selection of game meats."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "I can't say enough about the game and beef menu items, superb. The appetizer sampler platter was a delight with some not so every day items. Love this place!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The Fort has to be a stop for anyone in the Denver area. The food, atmosphere, view and attitude of the staff are all great. Obviously, the focus is on meat and some traditional Western fare, so it's not the ideal place for a party of vegans. It is, for the carnivore, the epicenter of all things red. Never had a bad seat in the restaurant, never had to tell a waiter the same thing twice, and always felt like I was being treated like family."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We dined at The Ford for our daughter's birthday and it was a fantastic experience. Food, service and ambience were outstanding."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "we were shown to a table that was totally undesirable - cold air and very bad ambience. Upon asking, we were then given a much better table with a view and fireplace. Restaurant was very busy and noisy so we couldn't talk very well. Steaks were excellent and the service was super good and everyone was very nice and communicated with us extremely well. Just a suggestion - Brussel sprouts are not a favorite vegetable; the dish was well prepared and I enjoyed it but no one else did. Overall, we felt it was a relaxing evening."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great food and service as usual. Love going to The Fort for special occasions with family and friends."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We brought friends for their first visit. We had a excellent dinner and experience. Great service and overall delightful dining experience."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Just introduced a new friend to The Fort! It's very fun to watch a newbie look through the diverse menu, learn about the history of the place and enjoy the unique food items. Service, as usual was impeccable."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We enjoyed dining here very much. Great all around."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We greatly enjoyed our dinner. Views can't be beat; pink & purple sunset followed by the twinkling city lights far below. Ask for a window seat! Perfectly prepared appetizers, salad was fresh but not extraordinary, main course was delicious. Presentation was less than artistic, but this did not detract from the interesting flavors. Service was efficient, well timed and friendly...appropriate for the "historic" and rustic atmosphere. Our celebration of a birthday was quietly remembered by the wait staff during desert ...this jovial kindness was greatly appreciated and will be fondly remembered. The Fort is a fantastic place for group dining, family gatherings or the celebration of a special occasion. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/19/2014