Buckhorn Exchange

4.6
394 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

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

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AM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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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Denver
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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M
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
14 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
53 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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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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San Antonio
7 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
1 review
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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S
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2 Australian visitors joined us for a special lunch here today. The beef was tender and cooked perfectly!

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AM
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was amazing! The service was great and the overall experience so unique! It’s a bit expensive but well worth it! If you go definitely take advantage of all of the amazing decor! I would highly recommend it to anyone, especially people who enjoy history and love a completely different dining adventure!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the buffalo prime rib. Was excellent! Exceeded all expectations! Family was happy with there meals. Price was fair for the experience. Definitely eating here again!

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Amarillo
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is awesome. All the history displayed and told us so cool. The food is insanely good. If you get the opportunity, you should make a reservation and go. The service is top notch, too. Mara was so attentive.

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CC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing , friendly service. First time and we are Denver native! It was a wonderful experience and the food was exquisite! Will be definitely going back!

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B
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined here in 1985 and were always determined that if we came back to Denver we would repeat the treat! Luckily, we managed a visit with our 31 yr. old son and were delighted that nothing had changed, the atmosphere, friendly staff and delicious ( and unusual!) food was still the same and it really is a special occasion. Fellow guests were celebrating birthdays or big get-togethers, which made it feel even more fun!

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KR
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

If you are visiting Denver, and you have not visited Buckhorn Exchange, you need to correct that. One of the more unique dining experiences anywhere. It is not a gourmet restaurant, but a meatlover's paradise. The food is quite good, and portions are generous. If you order an appetizer before your meal, plan on bringing a doggie bag home. My second visit was this past weekend, and it was just as enjoyable as the first. I look forward to returning next time I am in Denver.

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

The Buck horn Exchange is a MUST do when in Denver. Can't say enough about this exceptional place.

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BH
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Denver must. Food was awesome, staff was dialed. Just go and thank me later. End of review.

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

Definitely a blast from the past. This place holds so much history, and so much taxidermy, it's definitely a destination meal! Great for out of town guests, and certainly not for the vegetarian/vegans amongst us. It's a pricey night out, for sure, so save it for a special occasion!! Lots to see, but if you can, ladies, avoid the bathroom, the stalls don't leave much to the imagination! The saloon type stall doors, are too high, like above toilet height. Make sure to take a walk around the whole place, because you don't want to miss one stuff animal. Enjoy!

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Denver
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed the food, as did my friends. We had quail, pot roast and buffalo prime rib. The atmosphere is pretty fun and interesting and the history is fascinating. We came back for special birthday dinners for my husband and his best buddy and wife. It had been 5 years. I do need to say, however, that my Caesar salad was absolutely dripping wet as though it was rinsed and put on the plate without draining. Also, I had reservations and explained about the special 70th birthday twice but this was never acknowledged until after we had paid. The waiter suddenly noticed and asked if he could buy us a shot as we were leaving. We’d already had dessert and shots but thanks anyway. Kind of disappointing since I was trying to treat our friend and veteran to a special evening.

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RB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

The scenery was excellent but the steak was poor quality to be so expensive. I was really disappointed.

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DK
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! The history 0f the place is phenomenal.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful! The ambiance is unlike anywhere you will encounter! Our meals were delicious and perfectly prepared. After dinner, we made our way upstairs to the bar. The bartender was knowledgeable and charismatic! We will definitely go back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my grandfather there for dinner and he absolutely loved it. Great all around

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