Buckhorn Exchange

4.5
269 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!
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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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
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CE
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was great ,but not sure why was asked if special occasion nothing was said or done about our anniversary Waiter wasn’t around much had to flag him down a few times for service.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Buckhorn Exchange is my favorite restaurant anywhere. Always have a wonderful meal.

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MV
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely amazing. Great atmosphere, great cocktails, and one of the best steaks I’ve ever had.

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l
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable and a great place to take out of town visitors. Food is always excellent as is the service. However, they need to turn up the lighting as it's somewhat dark and depending on where you sit, can be difficult to read the menu.

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CP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really enjoyed the history of this old saloon and the venue straight out of history.

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SL
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My family of seven in total went here to celebrate a couple birthdays and wow the staff is friendly, efficient and fantastic at what they do. Wonderful food options, the buffalo being my favorite. The drinks menu was great. The over all appearance of the place is noteworthy and classic. Definitely great for special occasions. My husband and I have been coming here for our anniversary for about three years now. It's pricey but the quality is worth it.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Amazing fun atmosphere! Food doesn't rise to that level - but then again how can it. A must go if on vacation in Denver for a week.

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KL
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Great ambiance, delicious food, love the historic designation, and all of the animal mounts! Easy, enjoyable LightRail ride from downtown.

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L
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service great time! We went for my husbands 30th birthday, we were very impressed with the delicious food and drinks, highly recommend

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ML
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Wild West steakhouse - The establishment holds Colorado Liquor License #1. Great mounted Old West artifacts. Steaks are excellent. My wife and I went for lunch this time and we each had the Dutch Lunch. Great value and enough food for all day: Bean Soup, Baked Beans, Coleslaw, Sausage, Brisket and BBQ Ribs. Great Food, Great Ambiance.

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AL
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the food was delicious and generously portioned, and the service was great!

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C
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was superb...very attentive. We had tenderloin, quail and lamb chops. The men were ready to go back the next night! Yum and superb! Thanks BE...you are great!

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G
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Although the dinning room had many comfortable looking booths and chairs, sadly we were not seated at one of them! The chairs were very small, hard and uncomfortable. The food was simply prepared and although very high quality my Bone-In Buffalo Rib-Eye was cooked medium well not medium as ordered. It was still good but just not great and definitely NOT worth $46 The "Big Steak" for two we ordered medium rare was also overcooked and one again although a decent high quality cut of strip loin (NY) I have had much more flavorful beef for much less then $104 for this two pound chunk. Other stuff: Famous Navy bean soup was bland and boring. Garlic mashed potato just okay nothing special. Sauteed mushrooms and onions also under seasoned and underwhelming. So all in all the decor, atmosphere and building itself is the star of the show at Denver's oldest restaurant definitely not the food!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing. The food was incredible. All the staff was so nice also. Encouraged us to take pictures of everything too. The buffalo prime rib was delicious. The cinnamon rum sauce on the apple pie, wow, great flavor to that.

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c
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Old friends getting together unfortunately one of our Salmon orders was extremely dry. Unfortunarely he is 80 and preferred not to complain. I attribute this to an unfortunate night. My two meat special was incredible! Still my favorite special occasion restaurant!

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New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We went to the Buckhorn because of its longevity in Denver and for its uniqueness. It was in no way bad but simply not up to par in my mind. The service was good but not outstanding, the food took too long to get to us and management did not acknowledge us. It seemed that nobody appreciated that we were there. As an owner of a restaurant myself, it was not the dining experience I would give my customers. I will not go back only because there are many other independent restaurants in Denver

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WK
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely pricey but that’s to be expected given the history of the place and the game animal meals they serve. Overall timely and friendly service in an engrossing and relaxed atmosphere.

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RD
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love coming to dine at this historic restaurant with its interesting and wild history. Food is consistently good. Always love bringing out of state visitors here for the wild west experience.

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B
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A unique place to dine in Denver: historic, excellent food, right on the light rail line. Service was just excellent as was our whole evening.

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CP
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Loved all the history. Very friendly.

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VR
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Both the appetizer course and soup course were underwhelming. The appetizer was over cooked and under seasoned. The soup had really great flavor but was so salty it was unpalatable. The main course was cooked to perfection and everything I was expecting from the recommendation we got and dessert was fantastic.

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CW
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live some distance (120mi) away from Denver and the Buckhorn but we try to get there a couple of times a year. The Buffalo ribeye was excellent, cooked just right and served hot. Our waitress was the same one we've had on other occasions and she is very attentive, friendly and takes the extra steps to be certain you are taken care of. We'll be back later this year...

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B
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overpriced food at over $35 for steak and amazed at $7.9 for a very small side of onions and mushrooms plus food served on a very small plate, looked like kids plate with chips falling off.

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PR
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the history and the way it was displayed. Food was delicious and reasonably priced.

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RS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was the single most expensive meal I have ever paid for, and WORTH every blessed cent! The service was outstanding, very attentive and anticipated our needs to a T. Food was excellent, prepared to perfection, and I highly recommend the rattlesnake queso and chips.

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J
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Always enjoy seeing all the history. Food is ok. Enjoyed the elk, did not care for the sauce. Bison was too thin so was not rare.

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RS
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

loved this restaurant. We had a lot of fun. The bar tender was very personable. After reading reviews on trip advisor we almost didn't go due to some of the comments about the food being undercooked. Our food was perfectly cooked. I think the people who left the poor reviews might not be used to the "doneness gauging" of a real steak house.

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c
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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MD
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Best taxidermy in Colorado. Excellent elk and bison

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DS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

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

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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C
St. Louis
18 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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KP
New England
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

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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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!!

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C
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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

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CF
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

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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JG
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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

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SB
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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NS
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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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B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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