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About The Fort
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!
Morrison, CO 80465
Steakhouse, Wild Game
Hours of Operation:
Reservations available for Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
$31 to $50
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Indian flute music on select nights.
A large, spacious lot is adjacent to the restaurant.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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The Fort Ratings and Reviews
The Fort is pricey but right in line with other places serving prime beef and game.
Let's be clear - the quality and preparation of the food was outstanding. I had the game plate with Bison, Elk and Quail and each was cooked perfectly , flavorful and tender. My wife had the Bison prime rib - asked for and received an "end cut". The wait staff (Ruth) and her assistance were knowledgeable, interactive, efficient, and unobtrusive. The Fort is always a fun place for special occasions and to bring guests from outside of Colorado.
That said, we found surprising limitations for a high-end restaurant. (1) All beer was in bottles and (unless I missed it) that fact was not published in the menu or noted by our server. (2) The selection of wines by the glass was limited and of course my wife's favorite wine (Muscato) was only available by the bottle. (3) The salad (included with dinner) contained various lettuces with no ability to substitute spinach - so due to digestive issues I had to pass on the salad. (4) There was no option to substitute the salad with soup or any other option. (5) There was no offer to adjust the bill.
On the plus side, because it was our anniversary, The Fort comp'd one dessert (highly recommended chocolate bourbon cake) which was a unexpected.
In summary, great food, service, and a unique ambiance. Peanut-butter stuffed Jalapenos (3), Bison, Elk, Quail, one bottle of Coors Original, one glass of Riesling, one glass of Malbec, and a comp'd dessert + 20% tip = $150.
Overall we enjoyed it. However, the duck was undercooked twice so that was disappointing. Fresh Green Beans were a hit, little undercooked as well, but better than being overcooked. I loved the Buffalo Filet Mignon..not sure it was $55 for 6oz worthy, but it was very tender and tasty. My husband enjoyed the Quail, tasty. Must try the Fort Potatoes, sooo good..melt in your mouth good. We finished it off with coffee and the Bourbon Spice Chocolate cake....best cake I've ever had in a restaurant. Oh, and the quacamole was delicious, just the right amount of spice. The fire pit was nice, too bad we couldn't see it from the table.
We have been in Colorado for 5 years, but, never went to the Fort. We ordered the chips and guacamole appetizer. It was real good. We also ordered the salmon entree and the shrimp entree. The salmon was very dry and lacked flavor. The shrimp was ok. We had to take some of the sauce from the shrimp and put it on the salmon to give it better flavor and make it go down easier. We were seated in a small little room with a fireplace. It was cozy, but, my husband wasn't crazy about looking at a wall for the evening as I looked through a doorway. It was quiet, but, being people watchers, we would have rather been amongst more people.
The Fort is inconsistent. Previously had a good meal so decided to try it again. This time the waitstaff, hostesses, etc. were quite unprofessional. The place was busy but not terribly. Hostess left us standing at the front for quite awhile...several hostesses congregated there but none addressed us. Not real classy. Table was nice near a roaring fire, however, the waitperson took forever to get our drink orders. We had to ask for a wine list. The wine bottle took forever to arrive. Just wasn't professional like some lesser expensive restaurants. I believe the Fort is overpriced for the quality of food. I wish they would hire some mature waitstaff...seems like kids are running the place. Just doesn't have the "attention" expected for a $300 plus meal. Probably won't go back.
We celebrated our anniversary, lovely setting, fantastic food - casual, cozy environment. I had the duck and my husband the bison prime rib both were excellent. Our server Marisa and everyone else who dropped by were very genuine and attentive - fantastic overall service. I highly recommend the Fort, I think this is our new spot for special occasions - or whenever we want to get out of the city.
The staff was friendly and attentive most of the evening. The kitchen does not have backup options for allergies, which makes the menu very limited for some. Our waiter didn’t know some of the ingredients which, when discovered, forced a change in our order because of said allergies. The Fort is a nice touristy restaurant, but there are other options.
We had a great experience at The Fort. We went on a Sunday night with the family and thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance, the roaming historian and the food. The Rocky Mountain oysters were delicious as was the buffalo prime rib special! This is the place to bring out of town guests for a true Colorado dining experience!
First off, they wouldn't honor my pre-arranged request for a window seat. I had very special out of town guests and I think they just didn't want to waste a prime table on 3 women. Just my personal opinion. The ambiance for a Saturday night could've been better but maybe they just don't do things like they used to. We were greeted by a mountain man coming in, which was cool, and the flute player came by a couple times to talk. Very nice guy. The food... no one cared much for the appetizer tray. Historian something or other I think. The RM oysters were very tender and breaded nicely but one is more than enough. The buffalo tongue on crostini, just no. The guac was outstanding and the PB stuffed pickled jalapenos were very good. A little too much PB for my taste but that was easily remedied. The Ranch dressing it by far the best I've ever had. That was worth the whole price of the dinner. The one thing that was truly not good was The Bowl of Kit Carson's Wife. It's a turkey soup with just broth and turkey. It is large, but the broth was utterly tasteless and then it was just a pile of turkey and one slice of avocado. Needed megatons of salt. I don't salt anything except soups and eggs. For $25 I would think it would be a lot better. I pumpkin walnut muffins are to die for. For a higher end restaurant, you would think they would package your leftovers for you but they do not. Really hard with a mostly uneaten huge bowl of soup. We had 5 containers but no offer to give us a bag. Really? We had to ask for one. The service was very good but I do have to take off one star for that. The buffalo medallions were probably some of the best meat I've ever had. Perfectly cooked and the potatoes were spectacular. Just not as impressed overall as I used to be. I've probably been there 2 dozen times but just not worth the $$$$$$$$$ anymore.
Food was good - as usual. But the two waiters were very inadequate this night. Had to ask for water refill, plate for our dinner rolls. Then the final check was in error - twice. We had a coupon for $5 Margaritas - they charged us $ 7 for our second round! Other than the main witer & one waitress, it was great.
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