Buckhorn Exchange

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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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4.5based on recent ratings
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ClayR
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing. We had the steak for two and I highly recommend it.

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Saint
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was everything we expected it to be. Great service and great environment. Gio the waiter provided great recommendations and we tried almost everything on the menu! Definitely a must eat spot in Denver.

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HeyG
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I would rate an overall 5, but I felt for the price the food was ordinary. Possibly because if Covid the menu was not the normal full menu. I would not come back unless a visitor to Colorado requested it. Overall it was a pleasant experience .

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OpenTable Diner
Cancun
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice dinner

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DaleS
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great service but all of our meals were cold.. it was just two couples so i would think that isnt too complicated. Have had great food in the past, but this was not very good.

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kberry70
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The food was just ok. I had the Elk and Quail. The accompanying sauces were not good at all. I wish I had gotten the buffalo rib eye that the people next to us had. It looked amazing coming out on a sizzling hot plate. My son and his fiance kept talking about how uncomfortable it was without music. We loved the decor though! We had late reservations and the wait staff let us explore upstairs as well. We also had the mountain oysters and rattlesnake queso! Our server was great and even gave me a Buffalo Bill cocktail on the her. I would go back but would not order the Elk or Quail. It was a bit pricey but, overall we made great memories in a cool old bar.

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Willito
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time that I have eaten there. I would eat there more often if I did not live so far away. The ambience and food are incredible.

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etet
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience2

Several of us noticed that our waiter seemed rather brash. The man who cleared the table and refilled water was much better. Meals were so-so, save for the Elk that my son liked. It had been some time that we ate here, tried it again, no need to return.

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ColleenM
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great thank you!! Will definitely be coming back

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RobWestergard
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was my first time here and totally worth it. Since we were visiting from NC, I wanted to try meats that we cannot get served to us, I had rattlesnake queso that was pretty good. I also had the special which was Buffalo and Elk, really good. Not gamey at all. Totally glad that we dined her. Our service was pretty amazing too, great suggestion of wine which was Bikers Girl I believe. Thanks

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OliviaW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Decent quality food, great service, but very very expensive for the mediocre quality

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relatives visiting from California loved it!!! They never saw anything like this restaurant.

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Picky
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service in a historic building!!

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johnc
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Overly expensive food for not that great of flavors. Expected so much more from the buffalo prime rib. Great to say we tried it, won't be back.

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RonF
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A must do in Denver. Great time with such a history.

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None
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was pleasant and the host stated we could walk around to grasp in all the memories on the wall that made up the Buckhorn Exchange! Drinks were good and the meat was the most tender meat ever had. Totally recommend to all to go and enjoy!

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vipfamishedfoodie
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Come here for wild game and the ambiance. A classic western steakhouse

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RettaD
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my husband here for his birthday. The service was attentive and friendly. The server was knowledgeable and made suggestions based on the likes and dislikes we shared with her. The food was flavorful and well presented. The buffalo barley soup, Rocky Mountain Oysters and elk steak were delicious. My husband was given a choice of desserts for his birthday which was a very nice bonus! He had toffee cheese cake and it was fantastic!!

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DerekL
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great place to try some different foods. If you've never tried rattlesnake, elk, quail, and the infamous "rocky mountain oysters", then you can get them all at once. The food isn't cheap, though, but it is worth the price of admission.

I also liked the decor; there were plenty of stuffed animals of all types there, even the elusive Jackelope. Who says they aren't real?

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vipHungryman
Kansas City
168 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing old restaurant serving exotic meat dishes. Had the Buffalo Prime rib so good and the staff were so friendly.
Try it you will not be sorry...

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SaraJ
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Excellent steaks and sausage. Nice wine. The rest, well don’t go for that.

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KyleK
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere with delightful food! Staff was very helpful in guidance for a first time patron

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful experience all around. Good food, fair prices at the bar and a lovely evening all around. (4th visit was as good as my first.)

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RobH
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is what a steakhouse should be. The dining room felt like being at your grandparents living room. Awesome place. Just go.

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MIKELLM
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are in Denver, the Buckhorn Exchange is must!!!

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Melissa
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent selection of meals that are cooked perfectly.

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NickE
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Mostly great food, prices were a little more than average but the ambiance made up for it.

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jasontiffany
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great. Buffalo prim rib was superb.

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ChristopherH
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome, would definitely go back any time in Denver

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is an institution. The food is incredible. Staff is amazing. The ambiance is exactly what you'd expect coupled with this menu. Try it all, you will NOT be disappointed!

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StephanieC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in town! Will come back when we are in Denver again! Would recommend! Service was great and the food was amazing!!

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KarenW
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

It is a tourist destination. All the food was over cooked

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PamD
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate here on a recent trip to Denver and would highly recommend! The ambiance, service and most important the food was superb! I had the lamb chops and they were fantastic. My husband had the porterhouse and it was cooked to perfection just like the lamb chops.

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AmandaM
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, all staff members were exceptionally friendly, tables were well spaced, and the over-all atmospher was very relaxed. Great place for a date!

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RonaldK
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food & service. Great atmosphere.Enjoyable time.

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ValarieJ
Omaha
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

The waiter was attentive, but would not look us in the eye.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was very good and the whole character and ambiance of the place made it a place to try at least once. I had a good time.

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MatthewW
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took our friends from out of town here and couldn’t be more happy with the experience. Unique, historical, and delicious!

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MATTHEWB
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The food was horrible. The iconic big steak had no flavor and was tough. For $150 I would expect more. You are paying too eat at a historical establishment and they are cashing in on that.

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AbqTom
New Mexico
22 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was good, especially the duck breast appetizer. But, it was not great. The elk and bison seemed a bit overcooked. Service was outstanding. Location is great since it is at a train stop. We will definitely go back.

FAQs

Buckhorn Exchange offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 534-9505.

Buckhorn Exchange is rated 4.5 stars by 667 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.