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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
The Fort reviews from OpenTable diners
449 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (357)scenic view (338)romantic (171)good for groups (142)fit for foodies (134)great for outdoor dining (103)notable wine list (101)neighborhood gem (57)kid-friendly (45)late-night find (22)hot spot (20)great for brunch (12)great for lunch (8)vibrant bar scene (4)Show More
  • A gem outside of Denver
    freddyT
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The Fort is a must. The ambience is unique old west - charming not kitschy. The staff is friendly and helpful -- they seem to care that we were enjoying it. The food was great. They have a unique menu of buffalo, quail, duck, beef -- all superbly prepared. Great views from the outside terrace. Pricey but worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buffalo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We all had Bison or buffalo not sure the difference and really for the price the meal was very mediocre. Of course you go for the ambiance and the history etc to this restaurant but the prices just did not justify the food. Mixed drinks were not great either.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a colorado classic
    peanut64
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Ive been visiting the fort for 20 years now. great game, elk, buffalo and quail. Great drink selection too. Love the huckleberry sauce on the elk chops. great for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Did Not Live Up to the Hype
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Another restaurant week shortcoming. We were so excited to closeout restaurant week with dinner at The Fort after hearing so many good things about the place. It's location is well positioned next to some beautiful red rocks, and upon entering through the front gate you are greeted with an outdoor fire pit which sets a warming environment. The service was steady and pleasing, but the food was average at best. We may just have to give this place another try outside of restaurant week to see if the food improves off the regular menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will be hesitant to go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We went not realizing it was 5280 week. The service was very slow. We did not order from the 5280 menu and bought full price meals thinking we would get better service. We did not. Very expensive diner with so/so service. The water tasted weird so my son ordered ice tea which also tasted dirty. He switched to Sprite but the ice cubes made that taste bad also. We did enjoy our food when we finally got it. Buffalo steaks cooked perfectly and the quail was yummy. My husband and son had the elk and they enjoyed that also.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We couldn't have asked for a better night out. The food was excellent and the waitress we had was exceptional. The company and view were great and the weather held out for us! We would highly recommend The Fort anytime to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They never disappoint!
    Arlp
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Took some friends that were first-time visitors to Colorado and they loved the whole experience, the food, the service, the views, and the sense of history surrounding the Fort. Loved it as usual!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prickely Pear Margarita bonus
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Wonderful table service and great atmosphere. Definitely try the vanilla bean locally made ice cream dessert!
    Special Features:
    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.
  • Once is enough
    allinante
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    It was an interesting experience but not worth repeating. The entrees that my husband and I ordered were very good but I'm not convinced that they are worth the price. The kids mac and cheese she got was just plain bad so all she ate was the corn which was delicious.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Colorado Gem
    Dave
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The Fort continues its legacy of providing amazing, outstanding food with quality service in a delightful setting!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    A unique atmosphere and great food. Great for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    It was packed so it must be doing things right. Nice place to visit once like Casa Bonita for out of town guests. Could have used some more young staff to bus tables. If not for the week special, sorta overpriced but no shortage of patrons.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Fort is Awesome!!
    TheRock
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food was great and the service was impeccable! We went with friends who had not been there in years, and they were very impressed!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Service was second to none. Appetizers smartly priced for half sizes so we could try two. Food awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    jj2denverVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Had a great table in the sunroom with a view. A little noisy next to the server's station but the food was excellent. Alexis was the high point of my dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • retired
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great for that special occasion or getaway. Service and food is excellent. They attended to you as a special guest in all aspects.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal during restaurant week
    WonderfulVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We enjoyed a very good meal at the Fort (my husband's first dining experience there, my second). The bison filet was fabulous, as was the tenderloin and quail combo. The dessert was lovely. The only drawback was the "seasonal" veggie (corn on the cob) which was tasty but due to being restaurant week, was pre-cooked & kept warm under the heat lamps a little long. Bonus: They gave us a $20 coupon for a return trip and we will make the trip back in the coming months.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food good seating not
    TCRiter
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Never had a bad meal at the fort. But the seating wasn't the best. Didn't feel like we were at highly rated resturant. Asked for view I had view of Crack between wood panel and wall with wire exposed next time we will just leave and eat else where.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Went for restaurant week and was very happy with the decision. Had 2 small children with our group and it was a kid friendly experience
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Good basic food. The price was right for Denver Restaurant Week.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Choice for DRW
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    First visit ever to The Fort. What an enjoyable evening. The views are spectacular. Service was impeccable and the food was above our expectations. The bison eggs are a fun and tasty appetizer. Very relaxed atmosphere and very clean. This was our choice for Denver Restaurant Week and we are not disappointed, and will definitely return in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth every penny!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This was our first dining experience at The Fort. To be honest, before arriving, we were slightly apprehensive about the atmosphere. (Was it going to have that "upity" feel ?) That worry was quickly extinguished as we were seated ! Outstanging staff, perfect atmosphere for all, and amazing food !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We were very disappointed in the quality of the food here. Our server was plenty friendly and attentive. It also has a fun atmosphere. However, due to the poor quality of the food and how overpriced it is, we will not be returning.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    haydale
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    No waiting for reservation. Service was very good. Food was excellent. Will definately return and recommend.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Colorado tradition
    motorcyclehistorian
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The Fort is a Colorado tradition in all senses. It embodies our history in its physical building, it builds upon it in its culinary offerings and it preserves our spirit into the future. All the while we can enjoy great food, drink and a fabulous view!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Feeling Fort-ified
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I hadn't been to The Fort for years. Once a year my friend and I drive 285 as we take the scenic route to Santa Fe. Each time we pass near the restaurant, I say: "we should really go there some time." But it's an hour's drive from Boulder and we never do it. Las week we got an e-mail about the Restaurant Week specials and decided to go. I brought two friends, who had never had The Fort experience. They were blown away by the feel of the place, the marvelous food -- oh that honey chipotle salad dressing (darn, the store was out of it!), the prickly pear margaritas. Thanks for renewing and reinforcing an old, pleasant memory.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and wonderful food
    AnT2014
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Game Plate
    SailingThroughLife
    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
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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
    likegoodfood
    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
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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
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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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming, but...
    JSW01
    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.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun ambiance, good food.
    Phrogz
    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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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    gmoney
    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
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    • 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.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Somewhat pricey
    Overpriced
    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SKD123
    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
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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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.