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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JG
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere. Excellent service, great food.
I had the 18.00 lunch filet. It was tender, cooked exactly as I requested and delicious. It was better than most 50.00 filets I have had.

My husband had the Dutch Lunch. What a great value, everything was delicious.

We will be coming back.
All the employees were extremely friendly.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s the buckhorn always great to bring out of town guests

MS
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We expected top shelf drinks, and flavorful wild game. Cornish game hen lacked flavor, Buffalo was extremely fatty, wines/drinks mediocre. Very overpriced! Cool atmosphere.

CA
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The historical venue is really cool to look at. Worth the trip just for that. Be sure to go stairs and use the restroom. However the food leaves something to be desired. Almost no vegetables anywhere on the menu and all of the steaks even the fillet were terribly chewy and full of gristle. Don’t go for the food. Go for the history. Don’t spend a bunch on a fancy steak. The service was excellent

WP
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Things that went wrong. Server did not mention that there would be nuts on salads. Both my wife and sister in law are allergic to tree nuts. That was the only SNAFU we had.

The food was amazing. That Elk steak was like butter. I also had the Yak steak was wonderful. Other than the salad issue we had a wonderful time. I will be going back to this place again. I fo feel that that prices are a little high for what you get. But the food was great.

I hope I did not scare anyone away, I did really like everything we had ordered, (I am not allergic to the nuts), I enjoyed the salads.

J
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Bathrooms are upstairs if anyone in your party has any mobility issues - also have to make sure you're not shy as the women's restroom doors don't offer much privacy especially with people waiting in line to use.

RF
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food is always amazing, the staff is always friendly. and the history of the place is the coolest ever. somehow you feel like your always being watch.....lol

LP
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch. Had friends in town from Virginia. Unique local restaurant

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat upstairs on the patio and service was outstanding. We had a reservation for 1:00, but arrived early. Hostess said could not accommodate us until our reservation time downstairs, but could seat us upstairs on the patio. Being upstairs on the patio was a thoroughly enjoyable with a friendly efficient waiter. It was quiet and the food was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The Blackened Salmon needs work, it looked boiled and slightly charred. The dessert was good and very traditional but for 10 dollars a slice it needs to be more flavorful and unique. The beans were average and need more flavor. Overall the food was good but needs work because I wasn’t amazed.

NW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful historic restaurant. The building and decor are authentic old west. The food was excellent. The Dutch lunch was a very generous portion. The bean soup is a "must have." The wait staff was attentive without being pushy. A fun place for a special occasion

PG
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

I was disappointed in the quality of the food and the prices. I ordered salmon. It was served charred and dry as a bone. I have NEVER been served salmon CHARRED!!! The garlic mashed potatoes were bland, to say the least.

I won't be going back.

EA
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It is a different experience. Definitely unique. It is one of a kind. It was a neat experience even though I only eat fish. My husband and sun truly enjoyed it.

MD
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Ambiance was great. The Caesar salad was good. The mashed potatoes were good and the chips had no flavor. I bought a 3 pound steak, and was very surprised that a steakhouse couldn’t cook it correctly. They cut it at the table into thirds. The outside pieces were burnt and the inside was raw. I would recommend just getting the smaller steaks. The history and the ambiance will bring me back...I have had lots of better steaks at a lot cheaper restaurants.

AD
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Disappointed in being sat up stairs in the newer section after having a reservation for weeks. 2 of the 5 meals ordered -specials where mediocre and cold.

SZ
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Came for our Christmas Eve dinner and what a huge disappointment the entire night was. Terribly slow service all night long, So much so that we ended up getting most things we needed from the busser. The server came back to check on us 3 seconds after delivering our food and never came back. My $60 t-bone was nothing but fat and gristle and the busser boxes it up when he saw I was not eating, I never asked him to do this. The server dropped off the check and I told her how bad the steak was. She was extremely rude and said I should have said something. I would have loved too but she never checked on us all night. She then dug through my to go bag took the steak out and said the cook needed to see it. Then I literally watched her walk over to garbage and throw it away. I will NEVER step foot in this establishment again. It seems they are hanging on by a thread from their past reputation but with the way this evening went even that won’t last. Yet again another Denver established going down the tubes and it’s really sad.

B
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

It was nice. The staff was attentive to our ever changing guest count. More museum than fine dining.

This is where Denver came from. Our guests enjoyed themselves and so did we.

Parking was great!

SP
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

One of our diners found buckshot in her food and one requested medium rare and the steak came out well done. Wait person said oh, well to the buckshot. We will not be returning.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the Elk, Colorado lamb, sirloin tips. The bartender was nice.

m
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We visit this restaurant at least 6 times a year, and we are never disappointed in the taste of the food. Always delicious and a great variety to choose from.

JS
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lynn provided my family great service and an enjoyable evening . As always the food was prepared to perfection

JJ
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I wish they would reroute where servers would go because my chair was consistently moved or bumped by servers and other diners. The space downstairs was crowded and it was difficult to hear from my significant other, which negatively affected our anniversary. The eggnog mixed drink was tasty though, but the food was very dry. I had a combination of quail, cornish game hen, and duck with wild rice. A little bit more sauce would have improved the dryness. Additionally, the bread was cold. I used to adore this place but the loud ambiance, constant disturbance from my chair and table being moved by other diners and servers, and dry food has deeply disappointed me. Unfortunately, I will not be coming back here again, especially not for my anniversary.

a
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The Buckhorn Exchange is a showcase of the old west and Denver history, it's not a great steakhouse. A variety of meats including elk, buffalo and steak come at a hefty price. Mashed potatoes or rice on the side. Salad or soup as your starter. My group ordered two appetizers, Rocky Mountain Oysters and deep fried artichokes, again nothing special just deep fried and plain tasting. Our main dishes consisted of rack of ribs which could have been cooked longer as they were tough and chewy. The elk and buffalo fillets were good and three of us shared the big steak served tableside. The steak was good but for the price of $137, expectations were much higher. Overall a good experience and unique ambiance but we hoped for great and it just wasn't there.

CB
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience3

Ordered the elk medium, but came overcooked and I could not eat me bite. Bison was better, but not as good as meals previously eaten here. Service was okay.

CD
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente comida y sobre todo el trato, siempre estuvieron pendientes de lo que necesitaba
El alce que preparan es riquísimo

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KV
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We loved seeing/learning about the history of Buckhorn. the servers were very attentive. We were a bit dissapointed in the quality of the food for the $ value. Bread choices, nothing speical. Ceaser salad was nothing speical, but the main concern was the Buffalo prime rib. Your ad states its lean and sweet.
MIne was chewey and tough. We would like to come back and try your bar and bar food to give it another try. I had purchased 3 gift certificates in May/June and will check in to see if they have been used yet. Your location is great so hoping the next visit food lives up to our expections.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was our wedding anniversary. Service was great. We felt like the food was good, but not amazing especially when looking at the price. Super cute and funky restaurant!

m
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best steak houses in Denver. The Bison prime rib was amazing.

t
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Service was slow
Room noisy

RL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The restaurant is meticulously decorated. The staff is really friendly and the food is amazing with good price!

SS
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The table was in a lovely area. Service was excellent with the waitress making sure on a number of occasions that everything was alright. She even gave me a couple of postcards which was great. The food was outstanding and was of good value. Would definitely recommend.

JR
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A must do if you are interested in the history of the Old West. Good food, especially if you're interested in game that goes with the period. Outstanding service!

KK
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

A unique Colorado experience from a historical perspective. Otherwise, over priced food for the quality and taste. The steak prices are in line with upscale dining however they lack any seasoning and the taste of the high quality cut of meat they claim. All appetizers were small fried irregularly shaped pieces of protein indistinguishable from each other. Not much variety with sides. I would recommend this place to see a part of Colorado's history and if you enjoy taxidermy but not so much for the food.

BJ
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Pretty cool old place, wild game on menu is interesting but very good!

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Just in Denver and we had never been to Buckhorn. Seemed like a great place to try.
Had to wait just 30 minutes since we did have a reservation.
Prompt drink service and waitress was very helpful with specials.
The wife ordered rack of baby back ribs and they were weary good.
I ordered elk medallions rare. They were well overcooked and too dry and tough to chew. I. Then ordered my quail. This dish was overcooked and very dry.
It was obvious to us that all the game was prepared and just warmed to serve.
We won’t be back.

D
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great history and classic menu. Very goo experience.

G
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Food was good, but not great. Service was good. We were seated on the “patio” which lacks the frontier atmosphere that the main part of the restaurant has.

RA
Denver
28 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating 2 birthdays in our group of 5. Two of us had the special buffalo burger with green chili. One had the buffalo rueben and the other had a bowl of bean soup. Everything was very good. As usual, the baked beans and homemade chips were delicious. Our server was very responsive and efficient. He even brought us an apple dessert and a brownie dessert to share. We had a 2 year old who was excited to see all the animals and birds. We always enjoy our visits to the Buckhorn Exchange.

E
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place. Great history Parking on site. Food unique.

SD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I liked the Buckhorn but my husband loved it. We went for lunch. We go the alligator appetizer. I had the buffalo burger and my husband had the steak sandwich. Everything was good. Our server was really nice. We took a photo with the stuffed bears upstairs before we left.