The Fort

4.7
7339 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Situated in the Red Rocks country 17 miles southwest of Denver on Hwy 285, The Fort is a true replica of Bent's Fort, (1833-1849), the first American fur trade post in Colorado. The Cheyenne, Arapahoe, Kiowa and Pawnee traded and intermarried at Bent's Old Fort, creating an economic and peaceful exchange of cultures in an otherwise violent West. The Fort building is on the National Registry of Historic Places, and celebrates the many cultures that traded at Bent's Old Fort. Our menu features "New Foods of the Old West" including the best cuts of buffalo, elk and quail, grilled to perfection. There are vegetarian options inspired by American Indian recipes including Corn Beans and Squash, known as the Three Sacred Sisters. The wine list is awarded the Wine Spectator each year, and the nine dining rooms, with intimate seating, has a 350 seat capacity, with real adobe "beehive "fireplaces that burn wood in the winter and fall months. Romantic. Amazing views of the Valley and Mountains!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 7339 people are saying
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4.8
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDrLou
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience2

It was very crowded. No masks. We had requested a quiet table and had to be moved twic. Not the usual experience that we have come to enjoy

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Spam
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We've been going to The Fort for over 45 years and this special evening's dining experience was the most lacking in all our times there. Krissy (sp?), our table attendent was forgetful and inattentive. A wine order was never served. A nonserrated knife was served with a steak and after dinner coffee or beverage was not offered.

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Lisa
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were amazing. It was just really loud.

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NancyK
Denver
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This local gem is a destination spot, and the ambience is unmatched! However, The Fort is resting on its laurels a bit, and needs to step up its game to match its reputation. While the huckleberry roasted Elk was first class, the ladies room was in disrepair, the margarita was weak, and the flute player lingered a little too long.

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CaseyL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was extremely friendly and welcoming. Their food was phenomenal and there are beautiful views. We even watched a helicopter take off after dinner.

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debbers5
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. It was our 49th anniversary and we believe we’ve come to The Fort for about 40 of those! It’s our tradition. A few of those years we were a bit disappointed but not last night. Thank you❣️

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ThomasG
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

There should be no Chlorine in the water. It wrecks the taste buds. Crème Brûlée was not made with vanilla husks (= no blacks seeds). Otherwise excellent. I am going to the Fort 20+ years.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife’s birthday, pleasant dining experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience1

The food was great and the service was great. The table we had was awful. Right next to the server area where used plates were taken and food scrapped off. Also where food was taken before being delivered to tables. That table needs to be removed!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect from start to finish! We loved our server Kevin. A great team building and birthday dinner!! So peaceful

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vipMollyB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my fiancé here for his birthday and it was such a wonderful dinner!! We both love western history and are big fans of southwest decor which made it all the better. Also the views are amazing!!

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Shawscove
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family of 9. Serving sizes are very generous -pace yourself!

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DWJohnson
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A special place to create special memories! The Fort has never disappointed.

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vipbpompon
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I had never been to The Fort and was interested to see which side of the reviews I was going to come down on. I'm happy to say that we had a wonderful meal. My husband had the rib special and they were nice and tender and really good. I had the tenderloin, it was tender and nicely seasoned. We will definitely go back.

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FritzM
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a special event. The best restaurant for special occasions. Always a favorite.

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None
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food and the place, everyone is so nice and great views

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jessydog
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. Perfect for special night out. Pricey but lots of food Only thing I’d change is the vegetable options. Peas and carrots are not for everyone.

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JessicaG
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fun, different kind of dining experience! We had a great time- staff were great, food was fantastic and plentiful, kids meals were great- all around an excellent experience!

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AnneT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Setting and ambience can't be beat, but was very disappointed in the quality of the game meat (elk and bison). Both steaks were rather tough and not what was expected for such expensive meat. The appetizers were great, drinks OK, but game meat not worth the price.

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SteakLover
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great good and excellent wines. Dining room is really loud when full and the acoustics aren't so great for mitigating that, but otherwise it was a wonderful dinner out.

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DonaldJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, great service and a fantastic setting

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DianeC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The noise level was difficult to hear those talking at our table. The service was good, but slow to respond.

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CHK072021
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We had a party of 4 and overall everyone rated the food as good. My buffalo and Elk were cooked perfectly. I have visited "The Fort" many times over the last 35 years and I could tell it was very short staffed. The only real complaint anyone had was the "Rocky Mountain
Oysters" served on our appetizer plate were burnt to a crisp. How those made it out of the kitchen is very puzzling.

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StephenG
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and wonderful caring and personable service. It was totally delicious! Our party of eight really enjoyed the historical presentations by extremely knowledgeable and entertaining staff members. Eric Many Winds Herrera was so mesmerizing and inspirational with his Native American (Black Feet Nation) presentation that covered his culture, religion, and family life. His talent on his native flute was sublime.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kevin was an outstanding waiter ! Such a wonderful meal in a beautiful setting

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JosephM
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The Fort has been a favorite place for our family to dine. The food is always excellent and the ambiance is wonderful. Saturday was our first visit since pre=Covid, and I might say, The Fort has survived. I am not familiar with the numbers of wait staff, however, it seemed The Fort was not quite back to 100%. We understand the difficulties ramping back up to normal, therefore, we will ignore some slight improrities. We have no issues at all to communicate. All was well worth visiting The Fort! Thank you for an excellent time.

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ClintS
Toledo
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Doug provided us with outstanding service. Will return if ever back in Denver area.

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KenR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Really enjoyed the evening.

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Kelli
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

They didn’t have quail or at least enough of it to have it on its own you had to have it on the game plate. And the steak that most of us ordered were over cooked. The macaroni and cheese was excellent

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Mike
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. I made reservations several days before taking two out of town guests there for dinner. I requested a table by the windows so my guests could enjoy the view. However, when we arrived, we were seated at a table in the interior part of the dining room. I was told that the window tables were reserved, but they were still empty when we left after finishing dinner.

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DavinaT
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We always enjoy dinner at the Fort. The food and the atmosphere are great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Service is good and the atmosphere is unique. The food was however bland, tough, and charcoal crusted from to high a flame on all the meats. I was really looking forward to trying this place for the first time and brought guests from out of state here, but our experience was disappointing.

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MarciR
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. also had the character of the old west come by the table and share some great stories about the G8 summit, the origin of Mac and cheese in the us (try theirs it is great!), and other fun facts.

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DPACjunkies
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've never been disappointed when we visit the fort. Our servers were delightful, the food was fantastic, and the ambience was terrific. So glad to see the Fort back in stride after this ridiculous past year.

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vipDavidH
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at The Fort! The food, view, and service was exceptional! The Fort represents what all restaurants should strive to be!

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Dietmar
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and quality of food preparation. Appreciated the birthday dessert.

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ElishaM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience1

Very busy, theyve added many tables. A maze to get to oyrs. Very loud. Not the nice quiet quaint place its been in the past

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Willman
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had family in town and lived in Colorado for most of my life and never been to the Fort. The staff was awesome and the service was 1st class! In addition, the food was delicious and drinks were tasty. Overall, a great experience for our 1st visit and we’ll be returning in the near future!

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SteffanieB
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a window seat and the view was spectacular. The guy play the flute was amazing. The food was scrumptious.

FAQs

The Fort offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 697-4771.

The Fort is rated 4.7 stars by 7339 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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