Buckhorn Exchange

4.5
241 reviews
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$50 and over
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Steakhouse
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
LUNCH
MON THRU FRI • 11:00AM-2:00PM

SUPPER
MON THRU THURS • 5:00PM-9:00PM
FRI AND SAT • 5:00PM-10:00PM
SUN • 5:00PM-9:00PM

HAPPY HOUR
MON THRU FRI • 3:00PM-6:00PM
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Phone number
(303) 534-9505
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Our parking is adjacent to the restaurant.
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Public transit
10th Avenue and Osage stop
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wi-Fi available, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
241 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
67%
Very Good
22%
Good
6%
Fair
3%
Poor
2%
4.4
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Reservations made for lunch set for 5 people, our table was so close I could hardly get in or out of the seat. The good news is our food was outstanding! Buckhorn is our favorite place for special occasions! With the construction around made it quite challenging to park, but again well worth the inconvenience.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Best taxidermy in Colorado. Excellent elk and bison

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3.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Had a great but pricey steak. The restaurant was uncomfortably hot which definitely took away from the experience.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

I bring all of my international clients to Buckhorn Exchange, and every single one has loved it as a result of the food, service, and setting. This time, I took my girlfriend who had never been to Buckhorn Exchange on a date here, and she too loved it. I have never seen her so excited to sit down and look at everything on the walls or to eat once her meal came out.

She had the Salmon and Buffalo ribeye combination plate, and I had the Buffalo and Elk steak with mixed berry glaze special. Both were cooked to perfection and tasted amazing.

Wait staff is not only excellent with service but incredibly cordial and humorous with their jokes.

Buckhorn Exchange is an unforgettable dining experience and I will continue to bring guests and clients here as a result of their overall standard for excellence.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We saw this restaurant on the Food Channel and stayed overnight in Denver on our way to the mountains. It was everything we expected and was a real treat to eat here. Service was great and food was terrific. Be sure to make reservations if you plan to eat here. Also if you have trouble with stairs, request a table on first floor.

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3.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Had the buffalo rib-eye special. Extremely fatty and stringy. Able to only eat about half. Asked waiter before ordering and I was told it would be similar to a regular rib-eye but different flavor. Flavor was fine, just not anything that would make me order again.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

It was great!!

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Table was very small. Felt rushed to eat food to make room for next plate.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

We have been here several times and have always enjoyed it. However we were put upstairs where is was so cold and noisy. My steak was over cooked and the one brought to replace was raw. I took it home to finish cooking it.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

A Fun and different eating experience in Denver... loved the old world decor!!

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Food was intriguing. Martin the bartender was so knowledgeable and talkative. We would definitely go again. Take an Uber

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3.0Dined on June 29, 2018

For a steak house that specializes in game meat, you would think they could cook elk correctly. Unfortunately not the case

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Great selection of wild game, decor is one of a kind, a must see

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2.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Way over priced for quality of food. Service was great. And atmosphere very different.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

It's been our favorite restaurant experience for over 20 years. Nothing can top it.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Staff very accommodating with fluctuating number in our party. Got us seated sooner than requested. Server very knowledgeable and perfected balance of being attentive but not intrusive.

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1.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Food was mediocre at best, one of the worst overpriced steaks I have ever had. I was excited for the experience after reading the reviews....., but oh so disappointed. We ordered the 2lb steak for two that the menu claimed was an amazing way to eat steak. No the steak was bland lacked any bit of flavor except the burnt tasting crust on the outside. We ordered medium rare. T tasted like an unseasoned steak from Wal mart or worse. $200 totally wasted! Go for a drink to check out the building and all of the dead animals, skip the food!!

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2.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Very disappointed with the food. Steaks were undercooked, had no flavor, and luke warm. Even the cesar salad was less than desirable. Service was ok. Would not highly recommend it as a destination that is a must see when you go to Denver.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Second visit and as memorable as the first. Definitely a place to try when in Denver. The duck appetizer was excellent as was the elk and buffalo steak entries. Didn’t love the rattlesnake queso appetizer special though but it was edible and not too chewy. Just not a rattlesnake fan although it sounded interesting when described. Really enjoy the newspaper style stories written into the menu. Several U.S. Presidents have dined here.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Classic western ambiance with a variety of eclectic meats.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

I live this place the best Game meat I have ever had! And the service is first rate!

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Had been to the Buckhorn twenty plus years ago during an October blizzard that closed down Denver. The concierge at the Brown Palace called and they said they were staying open if we could get there. Long story short, we had a memorable meal and last week upon our return to Denver we knew we had to go back. Again a memorable dining experience amongst all the wildlife! I loved every item I tasted. Smoked rattlesnake on chipotle cream cheese, smoked buffalo sausage w spicy mustard, and my "combination plate" was custom ordered (waitress even suggested we could do this) buffalo tenderloin and rack of baby back ribs (moist and tender)!!! Plan to spend a little extra time after your meal walking around to look at the signed celebrity photos and mounted animals.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Everyone enjoyed their lunch. Two friends were celebrating their birthdays and received a free desert. Our waiter was friendly, gave us the specials for the day, and checked back with us several times. Our water glasses were refilled, and boxes and bags for our take home items were brought. It was the first time for 3 friends to eat here, and they enjoyed the atmosphere at this historic restaurant from 1893. We arrived by light rail which stops right at the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Excellent service!

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

I was visiting Colorado with a friend. We read about your restraunt being the oldest steak house in Denver. When we looked at the menu, it was a must visit. It is always good trying new foods. I wish we could have tried more items. I got to try elk, buffalo, and quail and also have an awesome cooked salmon as well.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Great ambiance, amazing wild game, quality cocktails; definitely worth checking out!

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Quite a historic place. Every kind of animal on the walls along with photos of famous people. Steaks were good and service was excellent. Glad I got this one off the bucket list.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

We enjoyed a fun 21st Birthday dinner for my son. Food was great and the atmosphere is fun. Definitely a unique experience.

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2018

This famous steakhouse in Denver was worth the trip. You can get high quality delicious steak all over the state of Colorado. The Buckhorn Exchange has been around forever and look like it. By itself in a residential neighborhood it’s easy to find. Looks a little sketchy from the outside but go on in. Reservations suggested. It was busy on a weeknight in early June. Had a great meal, aged NY Strip for me and Elk/Buffalo combo ( pic below ) for my partner. Both excellent. The waitress was attentive and professional but not friendly. It’s fine, I didn’t come to make friends. Finished meal with warm Apple a Pie ala mode. Really good treat. I recommend and would def go back.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

This place never ceases to amaze me. Love the decor and history. Of course you can’t miss the Rocky Mountain Oysters and the Buffalo Prime Rib. My wife had the Baby BacK Ribs which were fall off the bone delicious.
Service as always was impeccable.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

We had out of town guests who enjoy hunting so this was an easy choice! Great decor, ambience, service and food. Thanks for a memorable dining experience!

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Food was good, service was outstanding, tables are close in the area we were seated. But had a very enjoyable experience. Would recommend a must for locals and visitors alike.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

We had a family luncheon in honor of Grandson's graduation. The Buckhorn Exchange was a perfect choice-memorable venue, great food and service, wonderful staff and easy location in terms of parking/access. They even provided a complimentary pie a'la mode to the graduate! No wonder this Denver institution continues to be a terrific dining choice!

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2.0Dined on May 31, 2018

We went to the Buckhorn Exchange Thursday 31 May 2018 and were greatly disappointed. The food is fair but for the price is terrible. It is a steakhouse and they don’t have ribeye steaks. My wife had the bison prime rib with a baked potato and I had the “24 oz T-Bone”. Her prime rib was better than expected but not worth $50. My T-Bone was more like 16-18oz, was full of gristle, over cooked and the baked potato was incredibly dry. It is very sad that a steakhouse with such a wonderful history in Denver served such mediocre food.

And the waitress was so bad when I talked to the manager I didn’t even mention the food it was just about the service.

We do not recommend the Buckhorn Exchange.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Loved the decor. Outstanding food and service. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Buckhorn has been on my "bucket list" forever. Finally knocked it off the list . Everything I hoped it would be. Unique, great food, drinks , cool "old west" ambiance.
Wife and I had a great time. A definite "must do" in Denver.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The Rocky Mountain Oysters - best ever. Just get those for appetizers, you will not regret it.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Again lived up to my last memorable visit. My out of town friends from San Diego were impressed by the delicious meats they chose (bison, pot roast) and the unusual ambience of the place and its wonderful history.

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3.0Dined on May 16, 2018

We were there for my husbands birthday. I was underwhelmed.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Showed up 15 minutes early and was taken right to our table. Hostess came and we ordered drinks and then ordered up some delicious steaks! They were scrumptious! Hostess was super nice and attentive to our needs! 😁

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