The Fort

4.5
5749 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
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  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • 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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Phone number
(303) 697-4771
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
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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Additional
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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r
5.0
Dined 2 days ago

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
3.0
Dined 3 days ago

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
5.0
Dined 3 days ago

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

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k
Denver
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

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
2.0
Dined 5 days ago

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
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

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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OT
Chicago
4.0
Dined on July 14, 2018

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
2.0
Dined on July 14, 2018

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
1.0
Dined on July 14, 2018

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
5.0
Dined on July 14, 2018

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

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DV
5.0
Dined on July 14, 2018

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
3.0
Dined on July 13, 2018

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
2.0
Dined on July 12, 2018

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

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DK
4.0
Dined on July 12, 2018

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
5.0
Dined on July 12, 2018

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
5.0
Dined on July 12, 2018

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

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GG
Denver
3.0
Dined on July 12, 2018

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
5.0
Dined on July 11, 2018

Business team outing.

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OT
5.0
Dined on July 11, 2018

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
2.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

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
5.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

Game plate was exceptional and service by John was outstanding.

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C
Miami
5.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

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

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CK
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on July 9, 2018

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
5.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

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
5.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

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
1.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

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
5.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

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
2.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

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
5.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

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

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Denver
4.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

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
3.0
Dined on July 4, 2018

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
4.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

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
5.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

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

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Atlanta
4.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

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
4.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

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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OT
4.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

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
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

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
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

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
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Birthday dinner

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RK
5.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

Beautiful place with relaxing atmosphere and nice views. Excellent service and tasty food. All around wonderful experience for my husband and myself. Perfect for intimate and party celebrations.

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