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As always, the food and service were excellent! Prices are a bit much, but remember you are paying for the ambiance as well. And that makes it worthwhile.
We did the restaurant week three course dinner. The food was great but the service was slow.
The was food good but not unique. My prime rib was cooked right but jussi as as good as other cheaper restaurants.
The wait staff were very attentive and the food was very creative and delicious.
The food was very good and the service was impeccable.
It was good. We had a great time. Went for Restaurant week. We added the appetizers because that’s our favorite. The Briarwood coffee and Creme brûlée wow!.
This was always considered to be an excellent restaurant and enjoyed high recommendations. Today it's a former image of itself and appears to be struggling to find its niche. However we thoroughly enjoyed the food and the service and drove in from Longmont based on our past experiences.
If you want to take your time and enjoy a meal, this is the place for you. Staff was very friendly, although it took quite a bit of time to put our order in. Not sure if we had a waitress assigned to our table, but the girl taking water around took care of us. I asked for no polenta with my dinner and got it anyway. When it came around to dessert, they were out of the creme brulee , very disappointing. They made it up to us by taking a meal off of our bill. We did appreciate that. The restaurant was cold. Many people had their winter jackets on at their table. We were seated right in front of the fireplace. We loved that!!
I love going to Briarwood but I will never go again for 5280. Service was horrible. The French onion soup is usually amazing but there was no cheese melted on the top. Which is my favorite part of French onion soup. Very disappointing.
It took about a half an hour to get our soup. Another 40 mins to get dinner. The dessert took another half an hour to get. My fiance ordered a crown and coke and that took about 20 minutes to get. I understand being busy but for spending that much money. I expected better service even if it is restaurant week.
All the food was amazing except for being disappointed with the French onion soup. The prime rib and dessert was very good. I was very disappointed in the service though. I will still come back as I love Briarwood but it was not the best experience.
Birthday Food was great. Quantity was very good.
Meal for two was $178 the food was cold and had to be sent back. When waiter brought it back it was still cold. No apology from management or kitchen for food. Worst meal i’ve had in a long time. Have been there on many occasions never had this bad a meal.
The food was great. The staff was very friendly. The price was good as it was during Denver restaurant week.
Overall I would say stay away from here. After reading recent reviews we were not too inclined to go to this restaurant. We went because we had received a gift card to this establishment.
First the good. Nice ambiance and the wait staff was on their toes. There was a fair number of people arriving after we arrived and there were plenty of staff on hand to pay attention to each table.
What RUINED it for us was our food. My wife and I each ordered the prime rib. My wife's salad was good but my onion soup was lukewarm or tepid. I wondered how old is was, definitely not fresh. Then our prime ribs were served. These may have been a prime rib a day or two before but they weren't tonight. Both of us noticed that the meat was cold as we went to cut it. I'm not talking about just being slightly warm or under cooked, but REFRIGERATOR COLD. I say the meat was maybe 50 degrees. WE both complained politely and our waiter returned the meat to the kitchen, a few moments later a supervisor returned these same ribs and apologized. I looked at the meat and could see it was slightly toasted on a grill. Needless to say the meat was still basically ice cold. I set my plate aside after one bite. My wife managed a couple of bites and set hers aside. The supervisor saw we weren't eating and never bothered to check back. Our waiter could see the result and was a bit flustered but it seemed there was nothing he could do.
We ordered desert and fitting with the previous 15 minutes, it came out stale.
I could on about this, but there is no point, serving customers COLD prime rib and expecting them to be happy with it, is the POOREST restaurant service I have ever experienced. Won't be back, ever.
We were seated at 4:50 PM & left at 6:50 PM; 2 hours. We've never experienced such slow service. We've been to the Briarwood many times and would have expected more timely service. The restaurant was not crowded.
The food was excellent and the server was mostly attentive.
The overall ambience was wonderful. Service was impecable - our waitress was available when needed. Altogether a delightful dining experience . . . again.
Food was phenomenal it had been many years since I have been to this place and it's still great food great atmosphere had a wonderful time
We were celebrating our 33rd Wedding Anniversary. Great atmosphere, we loved the appetizer. Prime Rib and Salmon were also very good. Great service. They even gave us each a glass of Chambord Champaign when they found it was our Anniversary. We definitely enjoyed our Anniversary dinner at the Briarwood. We plan to go there again next year for our Anniversary.
Very traditional venue and ambiance — you’ll probably love it or hate it. Very traditional menu, too. Food is good (prime rib excellent). Service is friendly but slow (unexplained wait of thirty minutes between entree and dessert with server nowhere in sight). Briarwood is expensive and maybe just not quite as good as other restaurants at same price level. I’d read a lot of bad reviews on the Briarwood (some good ones too) so I was actually pleasantly surprised - a generally better experience than many of the diners who wrote reviews had. That said, I don’t think I would go back - just too many better places at the Briarwood’s price point.
Having been to The Briarwood back when it was in full service mode and the meal was an actual EVENT, not just sustenance, I have to say that I was disappointed. My daughter was finally old enough to appreciate such a life change meal and service. I was so excited! I told her to expect that they would place your napkin on your lap, refill your water after a few sips and would decrumb the tablecloth. None of this happened. Our server Brian seemed like he didn’t even want to be there. The food as always was amazing! Just so disappointed in the lack of service. We don’t do meals like this but every few years so Denver Restaurant Week seemed like such a great time to share this amazing experience with my daughter. Just REALLY disappointed.
Worst dining experience ever. Even with a reservation we had to insist on being seated 40 minutes later. The hostess was clueless and though the restaurant was fairly empty (no wonder) he wasn’t seating anyone. The chef offered a limited Valentine’s Day menu that did not even have a vegetarian or pescetarian 2nd course. I had to ask them to omit bacon and bacon dressing on a salad because French onion soup made with beef broth was the only other option. Basically I had spinach with a vinaigrette, nothing special there. My entree arrived with beet straws burnt beyond being edible. Unfortunately they were crumbled into the spinach and polenta, rendering them also inedible, so my entree was 3 scallops. They do not provide salt and pepper and everything we ate was under seasoned and bland. The dessert was awful. Honestly I was shocked when the bill arrived at $85 each before drinks. Don’t waste your money here. Briarwood used to be a special place but they will not be around much longer if they keep serving awful food and treat customers poorly. The only good thing to be said is that our server was excellent. I think he should find a better place to work, he’s too good for Briarwood.
Came here on Valentine’s Day. Didn’t get a table for an hour even with a reservation. After getting sat the silverware on our table was disgusting and not clean. Didn’t see a waiter for an hour not even to greet us or take drinks. After waiting 2 hours for service my date and I left. Terrible service here would not recomend to anyone.
Waited an hour past reservation to be seated. Long waits in between courses. Disappointing. Usually do not go out for Valentines, now I know why.
Had a reservation for 7 pm, arrived at 6:50 pm for Valentine’s Day. Ordered wine from the bar and waited. Other customers loudly complained about their wait time, which became justified as it took them until 7:45 pm to seat us, even with a reservation. Low staff, no attempt to explain the issue. Ended up Ubering to a Texas Roadhouse to get food. Glad I made those reservations weeks in advance for a memorable date. Overall, a waste of my time and money.
45+ min wait with a reservation. Terribly unorganized. This used to be a premier restaurant. Now it is a disappointment. It pains me to say it, but it should maybe skip all restaurant events at this point and stick with private events only, assuming it can do this well. Farewell Briarwood Inn.
We have eaten here several times, but this will be our last. The service was SLOW, food was good, but the whole experience was a costly exercise in patience.
It took 2.5 hours for Dinner. The waiter was really busy and appeared to have very little assistance. We did not get very much food for the price and finally had to ask for our desserts to go since we were tired of being there.
We have been going to the Briarwood for special occasions and sending gift cards for approx. 10 years. Until this experience it has always been a 5 star restaurant. Under the new direction of event center it isn't hardly a 1 star. They were very disorganized , food prep. was very slow. We had 4:30 pm reservation and never got seated until 4:45 and we were the 2nd couple to arrive. The first couple and us were skipped and others coming in were seated until I mentioned we had been waiting. The price listed for the meal was $80 and they charged $85. The waiter was very friendly, professional and working hard to get the food out but it was not ready. We did not
get finished until 7:15 pm and when we left no one was waiting. Usually the place is full and others waiting for the good service and excellant food. Very Very disappointed and has been taken of our list of places for any meal out alone special occasions.
We miss the Briarwood the way it used to be. We always came for special events and evenings out. Now, there are really no lovely restaurants on the west side of town. The appetizer tray was such fun and of course the food was wonderful. The room we dined in on Sunday felt rather cold, both in temperature and ambiance. We are sad.
Returned once again for Sunday brunch, thanks to a gift from a friend. The drive was lovely and the setting beautiful and cozy. The food was as good as we remembered it,with several new additions, and the service outstanding, thanks to our server, Kim. The Executive Chef, Kelly, came by our table and was warm and genuinely interested in our views on the menu. There have been some changes here, with more attention to special events, but the Sunday brunch is an excellent value and we are sure the same holds true for their special events on Valentine's Day and other holidays.
Valentine Sweetheart Tea: Not as good as expected. They were VERY slow in service, and not prepared to have guests try more than one tea flavor. They also did not anticipate dealing with food allergy issues. The menu said they would include sandwiches but NONE were on the tea service tray. Very odd flavors and choices of food items for most guests to enjoy, especially the little girls brought by parents or grandparents. The back room used for the tea service was very cold and devoid of décor for the occasion. We might have enjoyed the other part of the building with a fireplace better given that it was snowing outside. This was supposed to be a special treat for my 82 year old mother and it was disappointing. Had the food and décor been better, I would not have minded the price, but as it was we ate very little and so the price seemed too high. The best menu item was the fresh made cinnamon and blueberry scones which were AWESOME.
The food and service was excellent as expected and experienced in the past. It is worth the expense for special occasions. Was surprised with all the empty tables for a Sunday brunch. Will definitely return.
This was the only time we have had poor service and food at this restaurant. All our other visits were wonderful. This time, the service was slow and poor. We did not make it past the scones on the tea, but these were of very poor quality. The clotted cream looked like melting ice cream, the strawberry jam was a chunk with no strawberries in sight. And, the basket that should have had items for 4 persons only had food for 3. One of our party got tepid water for the tea. The wait staff seemed very anxious and hard pressed. There were excuses for everything that happened, not a good thing. We left at this point and will not return. I can't remember when we have ever done this at a restaurant.
We have been going to this restaurant for years for the same occassion. They only serve high tea on Sat. now and we received a lecture by the staff about seating request...we left.
our dish was salmon with spinach, etc The salmon was hands down the best I have eaten thus far Crisp on the outside but so creamy and moist on the inside, delicious. The greens were also very good with a mild sauce?? can't remember the name, breads and pastries were tasty, could have eaten more, didn't ask nor were they offered. Wait person was very amiable. We enjoyed our time there and look forward to another visit. this was my first visit, husband had been there several years earlier with his first wife (died in2013) we have been married 2 yrs.
Briarwood Inn is always excellent. We were there to have Christmas Eve dinner. We were a bit surprised that at 2:45 in the afternoon, it was brunch we were served. It was good. Next time as I make a reservation on a special occasion like Christmas I'll pay closer attention to which menu they are serving.
I understand they are a special occasion restaurant or an events place. Sorry about that.
Super disappointing. The service is amazing as always,however the food was very disappointing. The Briarwood has lost its touch for amazing food on this visit. I was served cold coffee the pastries were very ordinary and the prime rib was not so prime. It seems as if the idea of them just catering for special occasions has left them with that unremarkable catered food realm. So , so disappointing.
Expensive but worth it for a special occasion. Beautiful presentation of the food which was scrumptious. Beautifully decorated for the holidays. Quiet enough to easily have a conversation with your company.
So sorry to post a bad review. This is a pretty spot and so close for us but the food is marginal and way way way overpriced.
For 27 years the Briarwood had been the measure by which other fine dining was weighed. Unfortunately that is no longer the case. Christmas was a magnificent event but is now done with as a sloppy afterthought. The Dickens event seemed more like an excuse to lure the unsuspecting for what was a sub standard buffet. Actually the only difference between the Sunday evening buffet at the Briarwood and Golden Corral was the lack of a chocolate fountain. Gone is the personal touch and the elegance of a generation past. It is obvious to us that the younger generation of ownership has decided to focus on cost/benefit rather than tradition. Granted the evening was advertised as a buffet, but still there is an expectation of excellence that was missing.
Needless to say we were greatly disappointed and would gladly have spent twice as much to have the Briarwood experience that we have come to expect. Gone is the tradition and flavor. Denver has lost a true gem of the culinary arts. The only bright spot was the service of one of the wait staff who took the time to attempt the attention and respect of old. It is truly a sad day. It goes without saying that we would not recommend dining at the Briarwood as there are far better experiences to enjoy in Denver.
Special occasion which was ruined by the fact that nowhere was it said that this was a buffet. We first dined at Briarwood 40 years ago and new the owner (Reed Pascoe) personally--many special occasions over the years. So disappointing to see it deteriorated.
We left before being served.