The Fort

4.5
5750 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
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  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Worth the Drive
Situated in the Red Rocks country 17 miles southwest of Denver on Hwy 285, The Fort is a true replica of Bent's Fort, the first American community west of the Missississippi & rendezvous of Kit Carson & other "Mountain Men". The nine dining rooms, seating 350, are white plastered over adobe. Unusual but hearty dishes, typical of the early West, are provided from open grills. Waugh!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Wild Game
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Hours of operation
Reservations available for Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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(303) 697-4771
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AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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A large, spacious lot is adjacent to the restaurant.
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Entertainment
Indian flute music on select nights.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Private & semi-private rooms are available. Please contact us for availability.

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What 5750 People Are Saying
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r
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Waitress bent over backward for my food allergy. Was much appreciated as friends and I all had great time.

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GC
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very pricey, ok food. My table was right by a serving station and I repeatedly got bumped and almost wore a tray of food down my back...

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LS
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the menu options, great setting made for a special occasion

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k
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Experience dining that also supplies a creative food menu. I was impressed with the waitstaff and the timing of the meal. Everything was perfectly cooked with good portion size.

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MH
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

I felt disappointed with the quality of food, especially with how expensive it is. I enjoyed the ambiance and views but don't think it's worth the price.

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D
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love The Fort. The food is delicious and the waiters very accommodating. Only complaint is that the portions are too large. Wish there were more small plates available.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to the fort in over 10 years. We had a party of 5 and were celebrating a birthday. The service food and ambiance were all very good other then one meal. The salmon plate was over cooked but everyone else enjoyed their meals tremendously. I would definitely recommend saving some time to enjoy the outside patio & fire pits , we enjoyed after dinner drinks & birthday desserts on the patio after dinner.

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Denver
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Sadly, I have to say that with the reputation and history of this restaurant it disappointed in its excessive high prices and lack-luster food. Most disappointing was the beef, it was not buttery, but full of gristle. The view is special for this area, as there are no houses looking out across the foothills, so perfect for an outdoor deck drink and appetizers.

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Denver
22 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Let me just summarize.
$225 (before tip) for one appetizer, 4 meals, one pepsi and one hot tea. No alcohol.
My salmon was fishy tasting and was served with 4 sad looking broccoli and bland rice. It was Perkins type food for very expensive prices.
Also, there was a really bad smell. Don't want to know what that was.
So disappointing!

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LE
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good, restaurant was different, very expensive! I would go again, but only for a special occasion

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DV
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Could have without the old men walking around telling 10 minute stories about themselves or history while I'm eating. 1 to 2 minutes would have been adequate.

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Denver
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Meeting out of town guests here for first visit. Outstanding ambiance and view. Meal was terribly overpriced! Will not go back for that reason.

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WW
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

The steak was very good. The appetizers and salad mediocre. Way too expensive for what it was.

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DK
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

It was an experience eating Rocky Mountain oysters and elk and buffalo medallions
My wife’s ribs were tough and not worth the price.
If not for the uniqueness of the dining experience I would not have considered if based on food alone

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LG
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go every year for our Anniversary....food is always amazing and it is a FUN and romantic eve out!

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B
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for an unique occasion. We went for wedding anniversary

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GG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The service and view were top notch, as was the Bison steak. However, do not order the chili pepper wrapped peanut butter unless you can tolerate extremely hot and spicy. After a very spicy nibble of the chili pepper, none of the four of us could eat any more of it. I consumed the peanut butter without the chili pepper and it was still adequately hot. The crispy lamb ribs were disliked by two of our party [strange taste] and the rocky mountain oysters to me were soggy. Although we all were pleased with our entrees, the accompanying vegetables were again too spicy. I would advise warning customers about the degree of heat [spice] on the vegetables and chili wrapped peanut butter. Our guests from out of state were polite about it, but could not eat everything they ordered.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Business team outing.

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PW
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and gorgeous scenery to accompany. When I return to Denver I will definitely come back to eat at the fort!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Uniquely Colorado experience

Where else can you get quail eggs wrapped in buffalo sausage as appetizer and elk steak, buffalo steak, and Teriyaki quail? Vintage western dining presented fabulously.

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R
Jackson Hole
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Way overpriced for the food. Nothing spectacular and most entrees rum in the $40 and up price range. Would have expected more for the price. Our food came out on portions so we had to wait for everyone’s to arrive which was disappointing. I heard great things about the Fort but unfortunately was rather disappointed in the overall experience. Paid $120 for one entree and two appetizers. Was also very warm in the restaurant when we were there.

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MY
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Game plate was exceptional and service by John was outstanding.

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C
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Expensive but worth the experience. I’d go back to have the Buffalo ribs again.

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CK
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding. We had the Buffalo filets done medium rare. They were cooked perfectly and super tender. If you didn't know it was buffalo then you would swear it was beef. Not gamey at all . Service was excellent. My only gripe is that it was my husband's birthday- i made the reservation through Open Table and my husband's birthday was not honored. Either it was not conveyed to the restaurant or to the server. Spent over $350 for the 2 of us so disappointing they did nothing for his birthday.

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

The Fort has always been one of our favorite places to celebrate a special occasion. We try to get there a couple of times a year. We love the staff, atmosphere, history, and of course the food. One of Colorado‘s best

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Denver
7 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful server and the food was very good. We finished our bottle of wine on the patio. Overall a lovely dinner.

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TD
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This was the most disappointing dinner we have had. Not sure how 3 steaks can come out wrong. Then sent back and come out cold and not done correct. Then to top it off server and manager not on the same page. Very disappointing.

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JG
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had not been to the fort for about 30 years. Decided to take my wife and her sister who was visiting to dinner there and was not disappointed! Food and service were excellent as were the prickly pear margaritas. Highly recommend the fort restaurant!

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LF
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This was my 3rd visit to the Fort in about 5 years. I typically save this location for special occasions and anticipate it being pricey. I have always found it to be worth the price until this visit.
The first thing that happened was we checked in for our reservation and were asked not once, not twice, but three times how many were in our party before they brought us to our table.
Then the hostess walked us to a table of 5 seats when we reserved and confirmed 6. She then said it was the wrong table (ok-fair) and walked us to the table we sat at. After we ordered drinks the hostess came and asked again for the last name on our reservation. This was sort of getting old. Then we ordered food. The food was not even close to as good as I recall. We got ribs and they were tough and tasted odd. Three of our party ordered this menu item. We were all disappointed. The other three were ok with their selection, but when you consider how much is paid for a special occasion like this, it just wasn't worth the money at all.
Don't know if they are under new management or something, but it was not the place I remember at all.

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p
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great steaks, staff was fantastic, nice few, very cool place, will go there again

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Fort is a landmark in Denver and provides a unique dining experience, blending aspects of an upscale steakhouse, hunting lodge and themed historical restaurant. I can highly recommend the Elk Saint Vert and the Duck Breast!

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S
Denver
98 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I hosted a dinner for four here a few nights ago. Overall we were disappointed. Won’t be back.

High points: excellent service from knowledgeable and friendly staff. Good cocktails.

Low points: Preparation and food quality are average at best—this is not good for an expensive restaurant.
We had walleye—overcooked and bland. Poorly sauced.
Bison was quite chewy, elk was tasty, quail was tender but bland.

The presentation of our main dishes was very 1960’s: Meat and two veg tossed on a platter.

For the same high price, we’ll go to Capital Grille next time where we can have a meal whose quality is commensurate with its price.

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JK
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

It's all about the meats, which are well prepared and tasty. The sides are unremarkable, but tasty. Good breads and muffins, and very good deserts. Pretty expensive for what it is, a place to take out-of-town guests who aren't hardcore foodies.

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J
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always! Excellent service and food cooked to order perfectly! An enjoyable 45th anniversary.

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Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was very good. Interesting game entrees and western beef, however the prices are out of line. Drinks were priced as you would expect but main courses were extremely high. We are foodies and eat at many fine restaurants but entrees running $50-$70 was uncalled for, taking into consideration the accompanying vegetables and the overall ambiance.

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

Location and view were beautiful. Service and ambiance were excellent. Food was well prepared and flavorful, but expensive. Go for a special occasion.

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

We had a very good time and enjoyed ourselves as this was our first time here. The food is good and a good selection but the price is extremely high. Might be a long time before we return considering the cost.

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H
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fabulous. The wait staff knowledgeable and attentive without hovering. The views are beautiful. A special place!

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P
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love the Fort!! We love to take out of town friends for a special night there. Unfortunately we can’t afford it often but that makes it all the more special. Also the storytellers and flute player are special people with wonderful personalities. We all had a great time.

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

Birthday dinner

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