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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
Disappointed and embarrassed. My brother and his wife came to Denver to visit. My wife and I had been told by others that to show them a good time you have to check out the Fort. My brother and I ordered the same meal. Bison Ribeye 160z. Mine came out just the way it should have. His came out full of grizzle and tendons and as a result was totally inedible.
My husband had chosen The Fort for his 75th birthday. He is a Mountain Man at heart so this was a perfect setting for a milestone birthday. His son and girlfriend from New York were visiting us in order to be part of his special day. Three of us had the Buffalo Prime Rib special and one of us had the Beef T-Bone special. Everyone enjoyed their meal immensely. The meat was cooked to perfection. All of the sides and desserts were excellent as well. My husband was given a complimentary dessert of his choosing to top off his meal and his historic birthday celebration. Highly recommend!
I made a reservation way in advance for my husband’s birthday. The main dining room was not busy and they placed us the overflow room. No one joined us in that room for a while all the while more people were taken to the main dining room. My husband’s $51 dollar steak was grizzly. He only ate half of it. Very disappointed with the whole experience.
Our sitting and waiters were very good!
They need to update the dated worn seating.
For the value, we were NOT impressed with flavoring of the beef, appetizer, or the very small margarita, all too expensive.
The green chili dip appetizer that was highly recommended, for us it was very Bland and Not spicy for green chili at all and pasty! My T-bone steak was very grizzly, I spat out more tough fat then eating meat. My husband's sirloin was tasteless and very small portion!
There was a couple arguing in the seats near us, awkward and uncomfortable!
Parking on gravel sucked to walk on in high heals.
If the waiters hadn't been nice and professional, we would have hated it!
Living in NM for years, not impressed with them trying to look similar to Santa Fe or Toas, or anywhere in NM.
Pathetic and sad, was a go to special occasion restaurant for years, pricey but so Colorado. Sad to see this amazing place be run so poorly. Romantic table for our 20th anniversary was horrible really wobbly table, 3 times we had to re level it during service, almost caused our bottle of wine to spill. The last straw for me was the server touting the Elk from New Zealand? Really? Menu appears to be moving towards a casual Mexican joint but touts itself as a Colorado Game experience and boasts the menu price to do so. I hope they refocused and return to what the Fort was😔
We had such a fabulous time at dinner, my husband is hearing impaired and had trouble hearing our conversation because of the large party behind us but overall we had a wonderful time on our anniversary. Thank you for such great food and impeccable service.
So much to say about this place! First, the atmosphere of the restaurant is representative of a genuine Colorado cabin. A quiet, rustic environment is well paired with the tasteful and intimate setting. Next, the service was outstanding. We were frequently checked on by our hosts in a polite and courteous manner. They cleared our table quickly between courses and timed the food delivery such that we didn't have to wait more than a few minutes between the appetizers, main course and dessert. Our waiter, Kevin, was extremely professional and courteous. Finally, the food was outstanding. The restaurant makes most everything from scratch, including the condiments and drinks, and it adds a unique yet refreshing dimension to the menu. This extra effort adds to the amazing flavors found in the menu items. This restaurant is highly recommended for a special night out as it will likely exceed expectations on all elements that define a good restaurant, where so many others fall short on one of the important elements that make for a quality dining experience.
We visited while attending the NWSS where we show our Angus cattle. We also have the luxury of eating our Angus beef so we might be a bit biased but for the price we paid for beef ribeye at the Fort. ...we were very disappointed with the taste and the preparation of their meat. Overall price for the dinner we were served was just too expensive.
We decided to try The Fort since it's a Colorado institution. There were pros and cons. The bison tenderloin was so tender and flavorful - definitely recommend it. The appetizer tray was really interesting and different. It consisted of tasty quacamole, pickled jalapeños stuffed with a peanut butter/mango mixture (loved it!), bison sausage, bison tongue (my husband's favorite) and Rocky Mountain oysters that were so breaded and deep fried that you could not tell what the taste was. A half portion was plenty for both of us. My husband had the three meat platter. The quail was delicious, the bison was tasty but not as tender as the cut I had, and the elk was so raw that my husband could not cut it to eat it. Very disappointing. We mentioned it to the beverage/dessert server, who said she would send our main server to us. Didn't happen. We ended the meal with the cast iron apple cobbler - not special at all. The flute player was great! Besides being musically talented, he is a story teller who spent time sharing the history of The Fort with us. We probably will not return for dinner - expensive and not great across the board. But we are glad we had the experience and may return in the summer when we can enjoy appetizers and wine on the patio.
Second time at The Fort. Excellent meal, service and ambiance -- a fun place for the special dinner out. The quality was good and quantity of food generous, but the prices were quite high. They did let us split an entree which helped with both portion size and price.
The ambiance of The Fort is the main driving force to eat there. If you like Elk and Quail they do a good job of preparing it. If you're in the mood for a great steak (buffalo or otherwise), you're better off spending the same amount of money at a different steak house.
The Fort has a great location overlooking the lights of Denver. From the Trapper who greats you in the entry courtyard to the strolling flautist and waitstaff, the Fort's people make this a very memorable, relaxing and fun evening. Service is good but not at all rushed. There is time for conversation with your table mates as well as with staff. Ruth and Stormy were our server/assistant. They were very friendly, efficient, and made the evening for us! My wife had the buffalo ribs (even 4 was a huge portion) and I had the game plate with Elk, Buffalo, and Quail. These are large servings, so go easy on ordering additional sides unless you truly are hungry. For an appetizer, we would recommend the guacamole and chips - best we've had in ages.
We had known of this restaurant for years, but had forgotten the name. Recently, friends suggested to check it out and we finally made the drive up the hill. Unfortunately, while our experience was above average, the food was an altogether different situation. Rather than get into the details, let's just leave it that we had wished to have dined somewhere else, and will likely not be going back.
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