Briarhurst Manor

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1367 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

Only a few minutes drive west of Colorado Springs, Briarhurst Manor is located in the tiny valley of Manitou Springs. The stately Victorian manor house was built in 1872 by the founder of Manitou Springs, Dr. William Bell of London, England.
Our restaurant seats up to 500 guests and features casual yet elegant dining in nine intimate rooms, an extensive menu and wine list complete with five course dinners featuring domestic and game meats, fresh seafood, pastas, poultry, specialty salads, vegetarian, and handcrafted desserts. The finely grained pink sandstone Tudor manor displays the architecture and landscaping of an English country house complete with the bubbling Fountain Creek passing through the estate. There is also an unrivaled view of Pike's Peak.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1367 people are saying
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JonathanF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kelton was the best waiter we have ever had. The food was excellent.

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MarkB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

In two hours all we were served were water, a poor selection of bread and crackers and a small bowl of lobster bisque the tasted as if they took Campbells tomato soup and added 6 tables spoons of salt it. At the two hour and 15 min mark we still had not been served our meal and we left. We have already told all family and friends... Do not try to eat here

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience1

First, the entrance is not marked and it took us several minutes to find the dining room.

The service and food deliver was sooo sllloooow.

30 minutes for our bread to arrive. 40 minutes later a tiny cup of soup arrived… after 3 hours the incorrect and poorly-made deserts arrived.

After being assured our check would be deeply discounted for the delays, the check arrived with extra charges that were not ours and we were charged for items we ordered but they did not deliver.

The soup and entrees were delicious, but the horrible wait and dreadful service was torturous. Not worth it. There are many wonderful restaurants in the Springs. Never again Briarhurst. There is simply no excuse for this.

(We weren’t the only ones, two other couples in the dining room told the waiter the wait was unacceptable and paid for what they had so far and left).

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Lyndy
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Old historic mansion with nice ambience, pleasant hostess, great waiter, but just a little bit slow because they were shorthanded. Food was excellent!

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jaym
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Disappointed in the menu which no longer has any wild game choices such as buffalo, boar, antelope, duck, etc. We took advantage of the 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm surf and turf special and decided to upscale to a 5 course for the $18 each extra cost. But we discovered that the 5 course no longer included the hors d'oeuvers that you used to serve and now the bread which was always a standard is now considered as the first course of five. Food was excellent but due to choices I would have to say that the facility has gone from a 5 star to a 3 star.

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vipChadM
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

First time back in about 12 years and I don’t want to start off on a negative note, but the place was absolutely filthy dirty inside and the entire building, interior / exterior and grounds need serious attention. It’s sad remembering how amazing this place was to what it’s become now. The food was hands down amazing, along with the service / staff. I can say we are major foodies and this dinner was certainly on our top 5 ever.
Please try to do something with the historical landmark and get it back to its former glory.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the 5 course meal and it was awesome!!

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SeanC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

True fine dining experience! Worth upgrading to the 5 course option. The food tasted amazing , service was impeccable and the prices were great for a fine dining establishment.

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PRDiamond
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I like to give constructive feedback - lots of cleaning could have been done during COVID shutdown. Cobwebs on light fixtures, LOTS of dust on drapes, windows are dirty, weeds all over court yard, broken light fixture when you enter and parking lot is a mess. Peeling paint and dirty, gross carpets. I've eaten at many fine dining places and I was looking forward to coming here. Menu is limited and could use some innovating. For the price point, the wine selection could be improved. Serving Beringer wine ($6 per bottle) should NOT be served here. Sterling was a good choice though. Filet was cooked perfectly. Just sad that this place has SO MUCH potential and the owners are acting like they don't care if they stay open or not. It could have been a fabulous night (our anniversary) but what I'm mentioned above diminished what I had expected.

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RegisB
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Bread service, $5, three half dollars pieces of bread and some crackers. I guess artisans eat crackers. Salad, soups and entrees were world class. Wait staff is suffering. Bought a pound of coffee. Weighed 12 oz when I got home. They need help to make their world class chef shine. Truly remarkable food.

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vipJessieS
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I am going to start by saying I’ve never left a negative review....but....

I came here with my girlfriends for a 40th birthday dinner. Upon entering the grounds, we had high hopes since it’s a gorgeous historic property. However, the dining experience was less than historic. After waiting for an hour - we finally received our “bread basket” that was basically crumbs and crackers.

We are pretty sure that our lavender lemonades had no vodka (would have helped make the experience more tolerable). We are not a rowdy bunch - but the restaurant was so quiet and stuffy - that we received constant judgmental stares from our neighboring patrons.

Two hours into the dining experience, our handsy waiter let us know that the kitchen accidentally gave our meals to another table. And we would have to wait another 30+ minutes for our meals.

After two hours of only eating bread crumbs and a syrupy lemonade...we decided we needed to find food at a different establishment.

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MitchellD
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful anniversary dinner , soup was a it salty but overall it was great !

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MikeW
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great place. They appeared under staffed

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ChristineL
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit and cannot wait to go back the next time we are in town . The food was delicious and our server did an outstanding job

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Went for Mother’s Day with very high expectations and was unbelievably disappointed. The ambience and physical restaurant is incomparable and absolutely charming. You can’t imagine a cooler place to eat and spend time. However, the service was poor, excessively slow, and unprofessional.They said they were under-staffed but the server’s hands were filthy, he handled the glasses right where you drink from, and it took 2.5 hours to get our main course (no exaggeration). When we got it, the salmon we ordered was literally raw—not under done but nearly uncooked. After a painful 3.5 hour meal they apologized and took care of most of the check which was nice and definitely the right thing to do. It’s unfortunate this place cannot adequately train its wait staff and chef because it has so much potential. Hopefully they get their act together, it could truly be a gem but isn’t there yet. In short, I wholeheartedly do not recommend this restaurant if you are looking for professional service and well prepared food. (Read Thomas’ review from 22 Feb below, this is an unfortunate trend)

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vipcmichop
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. We went to the Briarhurst for Mother’s Day. What a gem!

The staff were attentive and the food was spectacular.

We have plans to go again soon.

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Sage
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The hostess was very rude and ignored me for the first 10 minutes she had me waiting. The server was very nice. But my friends and my entree came out raw. We had to send it back and didn't get to eat, which sucked because we were really looking forward to it. They comped it only because they basically said it would take too long to remake and I'm sure they had other reservations to seat. I literally had to eat somewhere else 30 minutes later.

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NewtoManitouSprings
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Prompt & polite service. Food was presented nicely, and tasted amazing. Thoroughly recommend the Buffalo & the filet mignon.

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LovesHawaii
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We enjoyed our evening there, service was ok, had to wait 15 minutes for water at one point. Food was good and they do make an effort to accomodate any dietary needs. Felt like for the cost, there are better restaurants in town. Worth going at least once though to experience the mansion.

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Primetime
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice Retirement dinner. Outside patio was nice but public address system from local High School football game was annoying.

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JenniferS
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, excellent service, perfect for a romantic dinner

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vipOpenTable Diner
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I made a reservation for my Son 30th Birthday. They even confirmed it when we checked in. I’m from Tennessee and came to Colorado to visit my son. We have never been to this restaurant. It took awhile to get food, the dessert took a long time too. Then they didn’t do anything for my Son Birthday. So what good is it to make reservations and give them a special occasion if they aren’t going to do something. Then they gave me another one bill that was twice as much then ours and it took a long time to pay the bill. Food was good, nice presentation. Service was lacking. Don’t think I’m going to go there again on my next trip to Colorado Springs

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AlinaG
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was absolutely gorgeous! The food was great and the main course had great representation. Wish there was more desert choices though.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Was not terrible, just kind of bright atmosphere, too quiet, and the service was far from personal. The PB&J desert was awful though but the rest of the food was tasty. Didn’t feel like $60 per person kind of dining.

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DaveA
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at the Briarhurst Manor for our 30th wedding anniversary. I did not receive a return call for a private room reservation. And although our food took excessively long. We enjoyed our visit. The food was amazing. The salad was huge. The Elk Wellington was melt in your mouth tender and savory. We were pleased to know that we had options of ala carte & 5 course meal. We will most definitely refer anyone and hope to return in the future.

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sharona
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought our friends from PA. Thursday evening...Our waiter Colton was awesome.. He answered all our questions about different meals.. Our friend got the Buffalo and also Duck wings.He said they were delicious... The rest of us had meals that were just as good.. Thank You so much for such an enjoyable evening..Sharon Adams

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We came to the Briarhurst Manor for my son’s 10th birthday. We did the five course dinner. The first three went great. Unfortunately, it took over 45 min for our main entree to arrive. Our server was very apologetic and to help the situation, he said he told the chef our food was taking way to long and offered our kids meals comped. Once we received the food, it was very good. Overall a good night, just a very long one.

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JoannO
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere was great. Thank you for making our anniversary memorable.

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Mark
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Tyler and the kitchen staff at Briarhurst were their usual outstanding. We're keto right now so their awesome bread service was offered but regretfully declined. The amuse-bouche is always remarkable and was again this time. The chef is so creative and Tyler's description is always interesting. Many of the individual ingredients I don't even like. But when it hits the table it's almost indescribable - incredibly flavorful and delicious. Not to be missed! We both had the filet as we usually do and lots of delicious salad and mushrooms to go with it. My wife had the crème brûlée (might be the best in town right now) for her birthday dessert and I had the berries and cream. They topped off another simply fantastic dining experience at the Briarhurst! We're headed back next month for my birthday. Go!

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MatthewM
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was memorable. The staff took excellent care of me and my fiancee for his birthday. I can't wait to come back!

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vipJohnC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I would never reccomend this resteraunt to anyone, cold food and a potential case of food posioning was the result of our visit.

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afa83
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, Briarhurst Manor was perfect for a special occasion. In this case, Easter dinner. Because of COVID, they had to go to a menu vice a buffet, but the choices were great. To top it off, our server David was topnotch.

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HeatherW
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Service was dismal. Rarely saw the waitress when she was there she was in and out. We wanted coffee with dessert but she dropped the dessert and left. She said , " Since your done here's your check!" We felt dismissed.

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Whitehat
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was delicious, as always, but they were exceptionally slow getting it out. Wait staff was over extended

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ColleenA
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service was excellent. My husband had the elk Wellington and I had the shrimp scampi. Enjoy the experience. Not the place to dine if you are in a hurry.

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PeytonFoodie
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was definitely up to the usual standard for the Manor, but the service was lacking. Our server suggested that there had been a staff shortage, and the number of cars in the parking lot as compared to the number of diners that we personally saw suggested that there might have been a private event that was draining resources. Our server was gracious but we went long periods without seeing her at all; our party of four was not greeted at the door for at least 2-3 minutes after arrival, and the entire dining experience took just about 2-1/2 hours. The food was, as I already said, excellent, but for a $200+ check we felt we could have had a better experience. We'll chalk it up to a bad night and hope things are better when we return the next time.

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CWiner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food and service were very good. The 5 course menu offered many gourmet options - the hardest part was trying to decide what to choose.

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Clara
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It has been a very long time since I have dined out at one of my favorite places in Colorado Springs to eat. It was very comforting to know they are still open. There was less on the menu, understandably . There were fewer people. David was our host and server. He took very good care of us and even walked us to our car. If you haven't tried the fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich for dessert, do. It is delicious with the homemade ice cream.

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vipBillybob
Denver
53 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great meal. The people that came in were loud and confused. If they weren't there it would have been better.

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Yuliana
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt like I was transported back in time. It was a lovely and unique experience. The food was incredible!

FAQs

Briarhurst Manor offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (719) 685-1864.

Briarhurst Manor is rated 4 stars by 1367 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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