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About The Briarwood Inn

The Briarwood Inn is Colorado's most loved private event venue. Nestled in the foothills of Golden, CO, The Briarwood is a special venue to host a wedding, ceremony and reception, corporate functions and social celebrations.
With 3 unique interior spaces and a beautiful outdoor garden terrace Briarwood can accommodate up to 250 people.
Also check our website at briarwoodcatering.com for special event happenings such as Afternoon Tea, Holiday Dinners and more!

1630 8th street
Golden, CO 80401
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Continental, European

Hours of Operation:
Open for booking events year round

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 279-3121

Website:
http://thebriarwoodinn.com/

Entertainment:
Located just 20 minutes west of Denver, within minutes from the Coors Brewery, Colorado School of Mines and The Foothills Art Center. A short drive to the historical gambling towns of Central City and Black Hawk and the renowned Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Parking Details:
Self Parking

Executive Chef:
Tom Morris

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Holiday Season at The Briarwood,

"What the Dickens Carolers" Enjoy classic holiday caroling with the beautiful
voices of the Dickens Carolers. The perform at The Briarwood on Sunday December 14th
starting at 4:30. Reservations recommended!


Open Christmas Eve for Lunch an Dinner
Open Christmas Day serving Dinner all day starting at 11:00 am


Happy Hour - Monday thru Thursday 4pm - 6pm
All wines by the glass, Cocktails and Bottled Beers $2.00 off

"App Happy" Mondays 4pm to 6pm
Signature Briarwood Appetizer Tray for only $15


Private Dining

Thank you for considering The Briarwood Inn for your special event. We will provide you with superb food, excellent service, and our charming ambiance that will create an unforgettable experience.

The Briarwood Inn Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.4

service

3.4

ambience

3.9

value

2.8

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54% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (23)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
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Good for Anniversaries (12)
Romantic (11)
Good for a Date (10)
Afternoon Tea (9)
Seasonal (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Scenic View (7)
Cozy (7)
Authentic (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fun (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Casual (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Live Music (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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·Dined 7 days ago

christmas season caroling event. it was a nice family get together

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined 7 days ago

We come to Briarwood for various occasions and Saturday afternoon tea. This was a great addition to holiday festivities that are not the norm. The food was really good. The Dickens Carolers were fun to hear and watch. Great night for relaxing and being together. Definitely will do it again next year!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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·Dined 7 days ago

We have gone to the Briarwood for the past 7 years but the place is now under new ownership. There is no longer a menu, just a buffet option. The food was Luke warm and tasteless. There were very few items and it was $45. We will not be going back again. The only positive..the Christmas singers were nice as always.

Tags: Seasonal
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·Dined 7 days ago

I’ve been here three times in the last two months and every time the food has been fabulous but the service was not very good. We sat at the table for ten minutes before anyone came over, waited twenty minutes for salt and had ask multiple times for water. The food and the atmosphere are worth a visit but for how expensive it is the service should be better.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined 7 days ago

We eat here with some regularity for special occasions and special night out. It always is worth our effort and dollar value.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Live Music, Healthy, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 7 days ago

I have been going to the Briarwood restaurant for over 20 years and have always thought it the most beautiful venue for dinning that I’ve ever been to. I have had many meals there over the years and have never missed a holiday season brunch. Part of the charm has always been that when you left you felt you had been pampered and very well fed.
Outstanding service from the waitress and the busboy. The hostess was not friendly or accommodating.

I was very disappointed during this visit. Since there is not room here for all I have to say, I am sending the Briarwood my complete review by snail mail.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Cozy
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food was excellent and service very good. Beautiful decorations for Christmas, warm and inviting atmosphere.
was confused by phone message that this is now an event center.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Been coming for years and we were here in October and December and the service and food left something to be desired both times. Before that it was amazing.

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

We went for the Dickens Christmas Carolers and dinner buffet. Only good part was the excellent singing. Food was cold and disgusting, tiny selection, terrible presentation, dip without crackers, over-priced, $45 buffet and only water included, server put the tea strainer stand which is supposed to sit on the table inside my teacup and then poured tea on it as it sat in the bottom of the cup which I then had to fish out. We also had a bad experience at the Witches Tea in October this year which included bad service and cold tea. Also, they never answered the phone or returned voice messages. Very disappointing and these are traditions we're sadly going to discontinue.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We were sad that the Briarwood closed its regular restaurant, but glad they opened for Christmas-time with the Dickens Carolers. The buffet was good, including appetizers (shrimp cocktail, an artichoke dip, and some of their regular spreads although I missed their liver pate), salad, prime rib roast, plus salmon, bison short ribs, chicken-something, vegetables, and garlic mashed potatoes, and deserts. All but a very few items were gluten free.

The very talented carolers completed the evening as a perfect beginning for this Advent season and a welcome reminder of past Christmas celebrations at the Briarwood.

Tags: Scenic View, Live Music, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Two hours after arriving for dinner, we still did not have our entree. We left without it.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

My husband and I had a first date there, 20 years ago, and have returned every year, whenever we were in the country, to celebrate our first date and our wedding anniversary. Many times we have brought clients there. About 3 years ago, we noticed the food and service was not the same quality. We began to dine at The Broker, downtown Denver. This year, again, I made reservations, as we had last year, for the Witche’s Tea. Even though we all agreed the service was slow, and our server was rather rude last year, we understood, with it being a busy day. So we were looking forward to returning this year, with reservations at 1:30. I was shocked the parking lot was so empty when I arrived at 1:25. Nevertheless, when I arrived, some of my party had arrived a bit earlier, and I joined them. We were in costume, and enjoyed each other’s company, however it was a good 15 to 20 minutes after I arrived that we were seated. There were plenty of empty tables. We ordered our tea, and then were told, 10 minutes later, that they had run out, so, we re-ordered another. The luke-warm soup arrived, and was the most disgusting French Onion soup I have ever seen. The sandwiches were skimpy, not much filling, mostly dry bread. The French macrons were dry. We had to ask our server for champagne, as it was not was not offered. The service was slow, the sweets were of marginal flavour, but we ate what was offered, as we are not ones to complain at the table. That’s very tacky, but I will say the cupcakes were delicious. I was embarrassed to bring my friends to such a lovely setting, and it is sad to say, but the dining experience did not live up to the gorgeous ambiance. I wish you luck as an Event Center, and hope the service and quality improve. Hopefully, as you progress in the Wine Dinners, we will be following the comments and reviews, and would love to dine with you again. I wish you luck, for we love The Briarwood.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Love the afternoon tea service! We always enjoy it very much and look forward to it every year.

Tags: Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I was called the day of the reservation and told that due to a power outage, they would be closed for the evening. The restaurant happens to be on my way home, so I drove in around 30 minutes before they were supposed to be open. I saw at least 10 cars in the parking lot, and someone getting out of their car, who looked like they could be waitstaff. The lights were on around the front door.

Sure didn’t look like there was a power outage or that they were closed...

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

I wish I could leave a review. They closed due to power outage, they won’t answer their phones. Their doors are closing to the public and we are held holding a gift certificate I’m not sure we will ever be able to redeem . Hoping they reply to my email

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Briarwood Inn has for years been one of our very favorites. We're sad we didn't dine there more often through the years. (too close to home, we guess) NEVER, had anything other than a great experience since it first opened.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

This was my first visit there and not impressed. There are other restraunts I've been to and spent less money, better quality food. The food was bland, it seemed like someone bought the restraunt, kept the name and opted for lesser quality food. My girlfriend has been at the blairwood numerous times before the announcement that they were going to just accommodate functions. We both were highly disappointed. I don't mind spending good money on a very good quality meal. Without being lengthy, it was a waste of time and effort.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

After going to the Briarwood for 16 years, I can say that this is the first time I have been disappointed. We recommended this for celebrating 2 birthdays. One couple had never been before and this was the second time for another couple. The food was under lukewarm and one lady had to ask for the coffee to be served hot -not tepid. Our praises of the Briarwood to them were certainly not met.


We have always enjoyed this during the Holiday Season and are disappointed that we will not be able to see the beautiful decorations this year. This has been our destination for taking a group of managers for the last 6 years as well as our personal pleasure.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Just had to go back one more time before the Briarwood Inn discontinues operating as a restaurant and begins its new life as an events center. Very glad we went!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

WE HAD BRUNCH, THE MEAL WAS COLD AND
DISAPPOINTING..

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

OUR GROUP OF FOUR DECIDED TO INDULGE ONE LAST TIME AT THE BRIARWOOD BEFORE THEY CLOSED AND TURNED INTO AN EVENT CENTER. SHOULD HAVE RECONSIDERED. THE SERVICE, MEAL, AND ENTIRE EVENING WERE SUCH A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT AND I CAN SEE WHY THEY ARE GOING OUT OF BUSINESS AS A RESTAURANT! HAD RESERVATIONS AND TOOK QUITE SOME TIME TO GET SEATED IN THE FIRST PLACE. THEN WE WERE PUT AT A GIANT TABLE WITH A LOT OF NOISE AND NO ONE CAME BY US FOR A GOOD 15-20 MINUTES. FINALLY WE FLAGGED SOMEONE DOWN AND ASKED FOR SERVICE AS WELL AS TO BE MOVED TO A SMALLER, MORE PRIVATE TABLE BY THE WINDOWS. WERE TOLD OUR FIRST ROUND OF DRINKS WOULD BE COMPED AND THE SERVICE WOULD THEN BE STELLAR. THE SERVER HAD A CANDY STUCK IN HER TEETH AND HAD TO EXCUSE HERSELF. THE WHOLE MEAL TOOK FOREVER TO GET. SOME OF THE ITEMS WERE NO LONGER AVAILABLE ON THE APPETIZER TRY. THE LOBSTER BISQUE SOUP WAS NOTHING BUT COLORED WATER WITH SOME SMALL CHOPPED RED PEPPERS IN IT, NO LOBSTER AT ALL. AND THE RIBEYE WAS TOUGH, THE FILET VERY SMALL, AND THE LOBSTER ENTREE BARELY EDIBLE. WE DID NOT ORDER ANY DESSERT AND LEFT FEELING ROBBED. WAS TO BE SUCH A WONDERFUL NIGHT WITH OUR DEAR FRIENDS BUT WAS JUST A BIG UPSET. AND TO BOOT, THE BILL WAS WELL OVER $300. IF THEY WEREN'T CLOSING THEIR DOORS, I WOULD SUGGEST THEY FIRE THEIR STAFF INCLUDING THE CHEF AND START OVER. BE LEARY IF YOU CHOOSE TO HAVE THEM HOST A SPECIAL EVENT!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Worst meal every. Bugs in our glasses, waitress rarely appeared so we went looking for someone to help us and they were rude.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

I have been here several times, and have always loved the food. I was very surprised by the quality of food. Very disappointed, the new chef is terrible.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great service. Took my elderly parents ... they loved it!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The Briarwood was great yet once again. It is a shame this will be the last time to enjoy this great restaurant. As of Nov 1 they will become an events and catering center. We have enjoyed many years at this wonderful place. You will be missed.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

I had been to the Briarwood Inn numerous times over many years. This visit to the Witches Tea was sub-standard and a huge disappointment. The savory portion of our tea included one apple slice with a teaspoon of chicken salad and baked scrambled eggs cut into a wedge to simulate quiche. The sweets included a scone that resembled a hockey puck, a dry cupcake with store bought frosting and a dry marshmellow dipped partially in orange frosting. We declined a to-go box. All this for $42. New ownership doesn't have a clue about creating a wonderful dining experience.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Very disappointed this year for witches brew.
Service was very slow, food was disgusting. Scones were dry & hard, alot smaller than last year.
Soup was ok, but not hot, finger foods were chinsy, there were no sandwiches. For dessert the cupcakes were dry, pumpkin cookies fell apart, marshmallows were hard, oreo brownie was ok. Apple w/chicken salad was about the only good thing. The price for this event was ridiculous!

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Was there for the witches tea which we have been doing for the past 5 years. The price went up a bit which is fine but the service was slow. Or server was very nice though. Overall had a fund day.

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Very slow service which did not make for a very pleasant dining experience.

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Horrible...lousy food, dirty environment, bugs in the light fixtures. was excited to go before they shut there doors for dinner > very disappointed !! Good thing they are in the process of changing

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

I was so disappointed in the Briarwood. They have such a short timer attitude. I mentioned that we were celebrating an engagement AND a birthday and there was no recognition of this other than "congratulations". We were in a corner of a back room, probably because they don't have reservations after 2:00. This was so different from the excellent service and ambiance of the old Briarwood. We were considering this venue for my daughter's wedding, but not if this is the lack of attention we could expect.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Sorry to hear the Briarwood will be closing for regular dining this month, but will open for special events and seasonal offerings. I've been going there since the 70s and always enjoyed the experience. Watch for Christmas time events with holiday decorations and carolers.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Afternoon Tea, Romantic, Seasonal, Authentic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Cozy, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

This is a great restaurant to hold events. I was sorry to hear that everyday dining won't be available after this month as we just found our new favorite brunch restaurant. Our friends had an event here this summer and it was fantastic. The owners really know how to take care of their guests and the staff is amazing. Great service. The food is fantastic. Don't hesitate if you want to hold an event here or go to any of their special events they advertise. Definitely will be back.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Romantic
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Too bad their closing for Private parties only. Will miss restaurant.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

So sad that the famed Briarwood Inn is now "mailing it in" with their closing scheduled for the end of the month. Reservation was at 7 pm but we weren't seated till 7:35. We ended up being served our entrees after 9pm. We had periods of 15" with empty drinks and we had to get help from other servers to track down our server. Had to ask that the fan or AC turned off as uncomfortably cold air was blowing on us.

With no sign of our server, we actually went into the kitchen to find out where our food was. The chef was stunned & very attentive and personally delivered our food in 10 minutes. Sadly, 3 of the 4 meals were either cooked wrong or wrong sides.

I could go on but I'll finish with my recommendation to avoid the Briarwood going forward for regular meals or their new event center strategy.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Unfortunately, we hit the Briarwood Inn on a bad evening. They are transitioning from a full time resteraunt to an event/conference center location. We celebrated our pre-honeymoon dinner at the Briarwood, 25 years ago and thought a final dining outing, for our Anniversary would be fitting.
Not sure how much the fact that they were hosting a wedding reception, at the time of our reservation attributed to our experience or not, but we had never experienced “service errors” in any of our other 1/2 dozen Briarwood visited. From the cold tap water that was presented in my wife’s tea pot, to various misses in our appetizer, second and main course selections, it got embarrassing to keep having to ask our wait staff to bring or replace parts of our menu selections.
We did notice that the couple seated after us, having not received any crackers for their appetizer tray in 30 minutes, asked for the check and they left. We also picked up on other comments from other surrounding tables- what we could hear over the abundant room noise.
We wish the Briarwood Inn well, in its future endeavors, and hope that our experience was part of a systemic problem that they will address or can simply be explained by our being there, overlapped with an event, the size of a wedding reception.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Waitress ? Needs to go back to truck stop ! She removed food from my plate with her hand !

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Very disappointed. Not the traditional Briarwood. We wanted to go one last time before they changed over to an events only facility. Reserved the west main dining room and got stuck in the east room due to a wedding - would have rearranged dates if we were told about this. Very few selection of meals and extremely slow service. If this were our first time we would not be returning. No wonder they will no longer be a restaurant after October 31, 2017.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We visited with a friend as a thank you and it was very nice evening. Our main courses were very good as was the "ordurve" tray but a little smaller than the old days. Our booth was quite near a speaker so the music was too loud. Our server was excellent. Looking forward to your Christmas decorations. Hope te see you then!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Casual
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Awesome restaurant and it will soon start doing only parties, so we had to go before it closed to the public. We will miss it very much.

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