Buckhorn Exchange

4.6
409 reviews
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Steakhouse
Welcome to a taste of history!

Denver’s original steakhouse, The Buckhorn Exchange is located in the city’s oldest neighborhood, just 5-minutes from downtown Denver -- with a light-rail stop right across the street. This National Historic Landmark and Western Museum has been serving the finest in Old West fare since 1893.

Prime grade beef steaks, buffalo prime rib, elk, salmon, quail, game hen, and succulent baby-back pork ribs are just some of the marvelous offerings on the Buckhorn menu. Exotic appetizers such as alligator tail and buffalo sausage are available, and no dinner is complete without the house specialty, Rocky Mountain Oysters.

For lunch we serve up a lighter fare including our renowned Grandma Fanny’s pot roast sandwich, enormous beef and buffalo burgers and more!
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Denver
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a blast taking new people to the Buckhorn. Consistently great food and atmosphere!!

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Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this place and will be back again! We celebrated my husband's birthday and settled on this place after reading reviews and watching a recent news segment on them. We are so glad we made it here - our server was great, the NY strip was done perfectly and we can appreciate all of the mounts and history throughout the restaurant. Great experience and would encourage people to give it a try!

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MT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Very disappointed in the food we drove over an hour to experience, we ordered the 24 oz. porterhouse. My wife order hers medium and it came out totally rare sent it back and the same steak was returned nearly well done and the potatoes on the plate were not re-heated, I ordered mine medium rare and it was cooked unevenly parts of it was medium and other parts were rare. None of the food had any flavor at all, the steak, mashed potatoes, and side of mushrooms all tasted like none of it was seasoned. One of the steaks was very fatty. The portion of salad that came out with the meal was very small. There was also a water leak coming from the window and dripping down on the edge of the wood and splashing my wife and a gentlemen next to us. Over all I just feel when you order a $59.00 steak it should come out to perfection and taste. Our visit prior to this one was excellent.

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PW
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous food and service. The bartenders upstairs were very entertaining. We enjoyed everything about our dining experience.

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CA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! The service was so knowledgeable and kind! I would 100 percent recommend getting the specials, but if not I would go for the combo plates so that you can have a little of everything. Also, come hungry and do not fill up on bread.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traveled from Los Angeles just to enjoy the wonderful faire at this outstanding Restaurant! To see Denver is to eat at the Buckhorn exchange! Highly recommend to all. Food flavored perfectly and not spicy for seniors also! Marx was an excellent server, highly recommend!

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Such a cool place for a special occasion or a nice dinner out. Food came hot and fast. Almost too fast. The animals are fun to look at. The wines by the glass list could use an update as well as the wine glasses themselves. Apple pie was delicious. Overall, recommended if you are looking for something completely different.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic lunch at #buckhornexchange Denver’s oldest restaurant/steak house. Grilled buffalo prime steak with garlic sauce, veggie melody and housemade mustard were on point. The entire building is a trace of 125 years history and looking around the property was the perfect way to finish a big meal. Please note that I went there for a lunch and noise level might be different at night.

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CM
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was what we expected or better after checking out on the web. Super service, and food prepared as ordered. Decor was exceptional and historical. Liking stepping back to the 1880's. Will definitely going back when in Denver area. Order anything that is Elk or Buffalo.
Appetizer over priced, meal was not.

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JM
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a ball at the Buckhorn Exchange! Our waitress Lynn had been there a long time, told us a lot of historical facts and was super efficient. The food was exotic and delicious. We had buffalo, elk, quail, and even rattlesnake.
The ambiance was lively and fun! There were so many old newspaper articles, pictures and big game on the wall to look at.
Over all a great evening, and easy access right off of the light rail.

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JY
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and food!
There's so much to see!
I need to go back again and again!

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PA
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible meal and experience. A must for your bucket list .

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Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the animal decor... very very cool. First liquor license of Colorado they acquired is displayed at their bar. Great service and amazing food.

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RS
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmospere, service and selection of food are all excellent. Historic restaurant with great atmosphere. Rich in area history.

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GG
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, beautiful building full of history. Well worth going to visit and have a steak.

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CO
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere, menu and service. The buffalo prime rib is a must!

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AM
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant! Great service, unique food and its like a museum inside. Very cool. Will be returning!

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m
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They always have delectable selections, especially their daily specials. Love the atmosphere. We always take out of town guests to this very unique and history filled restaurant when they are visiting. Always so pleasurable to see their expressions on their faces when they enter.

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MF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a place to visit if you are in Denver. The food, service and surroundings were great. The ONLY small issue was the noise level made it difficult to carry on a conversation or to hear the server.

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Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was our anniversary and we wanted to take our time and enjoy a cocktail before ordering our meal. It seemed our server wanted us in and out. When it was time to order she was abrupt answering questions about the food. Would not look at us while answering at times. The food came and the
Buffalo prime rib was excellent but the potato was not good. The amount paid for the meal was not reflected in the quality or service. If you want to see animals mounted on the wall that is the place. Otherwise extremely expensive.

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MB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vintage Denver meat house with traditional steaks along with buffalo, elk, wild boar and more. Great to take out of town family and friends for an authentic Wild West experience. My parents from Miami enjoyed it so much we went back the next day for lunch.

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JF
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The kitchen does a wonderful job - meats are cooked perfectly and everything comes out appropriately hot or cold. Service staff is attentive and does not rush you.

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JH
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It has been years since I have been at the Buckhorn Exchange. The neighborhood and light rail have changed the neighborhood. Service was terrific, as was the food but portions are smaller and prices up. Then again I am old and live in the past. Perhaps morning tours would be an idea for the future to offset costs.

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Philadelphia
57 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Server was so-so, kept running off before we could ask questions/tell her how we actually were. Mom's elk steak tasted like propane as did her quail. Buffalo steak was good, lamb chops were good. Ambience was very cool.

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MB
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. Staff was amazing, they made excellent suggestions.

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JH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. I didn't feel like we could complete our Denver trip without visiting Buckhorn Exchange for some bison steak and Rocky Mountain Oysters.

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BJ
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

The dining experience at the Buckhorn Exchange has gone downhill since my last visit. The dinner was too expensive for the quality of the food. The ribs were old and warmed over. The buffalo prime rib was fatty. Past dinners there were very different. I will not go back. Try another option.

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B
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a staple in Denver so you have to go , when you go to the mile high city !!!

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Indiana
28 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good atmosphere for a birthday party for a country boy. We had a great time trying meat we had not had before. It was prepared wonderfully, and the recommendations were on point.

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RR
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Poorly prepared food, crappy service!! Talk about using your history to screw your customers!

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LW
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coming from out of town we were told a Must-See in Denver was an evening at the Buckhorn Exchange! We were not disappointed! Every part of the dining experience was professional and first-class. The reservationist, waitress and servers all were glad to see us and made us special throughout the evening. I have already started telling our friends back home about our memorable dining experience!

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N
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Disappointed in the food for the amount of money spent. Great to go and experience but will not return.

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AV
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We really did enjoy our overall experience at The Buckhorn. The restaurant is cool and has a really nice vibe. Lots of neat heads and birds. The food was also pretty good. Not as amazing as I had hoped, but good. The service was good as well. It’s pricey so be prepared.

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

If you want authentic old Colorado flare, this is the place! Great service and amazing vibes.

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Denver
16 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The gentlemen who greeted us at the door was woinderful and moved us to a different table on request. It was my husband Bday. Amber was great. The special rib eye had good flavor but was a bit tough. Pot roast was great

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KK
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Great atmosphere! Unique and fun experience. Pricey but worth it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A long needed awesome meal for me and my special lady.

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Denver
7 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our second visit, and it won't be our last! The food is incredible, and Mara gave the best service both times we've been in. Superb, all around!

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was my first time dining at Buckhorn Exchange and I was very impressed. Our waiteress was phenomenal, the atmosphere was very pleasant, and the food was cooked to perfection!

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ST
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sitting is kinda cramped and people are walking around taking pics while you are eating. Food and service was amazing. It was our first time visiting and we will return

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