The Fort

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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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M
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience, but very pricey. Table service was excellent.

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VH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have recommended in the past, will again. For out-of-town guests, this is a must.

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GB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service.
The only thing that didn't work was the $250.00 gift card that you (Open Table) sent me. It did not work there at all.

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OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Good drinks. Nice Colorado atmosphere. Expect to spend $75 to $100 per person.

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SC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was wonderful. Food was great. Wind instrument player was awesome. We came for my mom's 73rd b-day, we had wonderful time.

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g
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Quite expensive, great meats, quite unique and enjoyable setting, at least if you have a seat with a view. Service was uneven and a little rushed, but we enjoyed ourselves immensely. Worth the occasional splurge.

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TH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We were disappointed. The hostess was polite and not unkind, but overwhelmed and we had to remind her we were still waiting to be seated. Then they were out of the huckleberry lemonade. How can you be out of lemonade? One of our meals was overly salty. The mushrooms and carmelized onions were mushy and too sweet. My steak was delicious-but the rest of the meal was blahhh. Four people, $375. I appreciate the atmosphere and the tradition-but it just wasn’t worth it for us to ever return. We expected more both in the food, presentation and service for that amount.

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PS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would definitely recommend this restaurant to my friends.

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GL
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful table in the back room with all the windows that overlooked the foothills. The view was lovely. The staff, beginning with the hostess and the flute player all the way through dinner with our server and assistant, wonderful. The food was delicious! Especially enjoyed the quail eggs wrapped in sausage appetizer and the butter filet.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was absolutely amazing from start to finish!

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BP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We got a gift card as a wedding gift so we decided to try this restaurant out. It’s definitely in the mountains but it is beautiful if the weather is cooperating. I made a reservation for 8pm and we arrived right on time. We checked in and they told us there were no tables available which I found bizarre since I could see a bunch of them open. The hostess led us to a weird area and said a bartender would be right with us. No one ever stopped by and after 10 minutes I started to get agitated. I went back to the host stand and said we made a reservation can we please sit at a table, we’ll wait for the waitress no problem. They led us to our table thank goodness. We ordered guacamole and margaritas and they were pretty good. Then we decided to order our main course, 2 filets with a side of their homemade macaroni and cheese. There was a lot of interesting options on the menu including quail, buffalo and duck. The filets were pretty good and the mac & cheese was delicious. Since we mentioned we were newlyweds we got free dessert. The waitress Lynn was very nice. The ambience is cool like an old western movie.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great food and service!

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TS
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We very much enjoyed our meal and experience at the Fort. From the self-guided tour to the table reservations, we had a great experience from them we drove up to the time we got ready to leave.
The food was very good, and the menu had a wide selection of intriguing items. Their wine suggestion was superb with the Buffalo ribs, the dessert a nice way to finish a wonderful meal.

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M
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

This place was awful and very very expensive it was the worst $62 steak I’ve ever had.
Sams clubs ribeyes are a much better value and more tender.
And I’m a better cook than their current “chef

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TS
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Just not worth the money. Good food but not at these prices. Paying for ambiance but can't justify an extra $20-$30 per entree for an old rustic fort. Good food, good service, just not worth it.

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B
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife to The Fort for a early Mother’s Day dinner. The menu was scaled down but still offered a wonderful choice of entree’s. We started off with Quail Eggs and the sausage platter. For our main course my wife had trout and I ordered the Kit Carson 16oz Bison steak. The fish and steak were cook to perfection. We finalized our meal with a slice of mud pie and bourbon cake. Yum! Service, atmosphere and the overall experience did not disappoint.

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S
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Colorado restaurant. A family favorite. We love the ambiance and the excellent food. Many special days are celebrated here with our family.

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a
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day special daytime timing. Had music, story telling and even meeting the owner! Wonderful Mother’s Day dinner!

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Went for Mother’s Day brunch. Just was disappointed with lack of options but a bunch of steak at 12:30pm

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TC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing! Great location. 5he highlight of our visit was the Mountain Man. He came by our table, gave us the history of the place and chatted with us for a bit! What a personality! We also, loved the food. My buffalo steak was cooked to perfection. My nephew had the buffalo ribs and said it was the best meal ever. My sister had the stuffed bell pepper and she raved about that. Lastly, my friend had the salmon and cleaned her plate. All in all, a wonderful meal!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Took my girlfriend here to propose and they made it incredible for us. Was slightly unimpressed with the food itself but the ambiance and our server made up for it.

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LH
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good, but way too expensive for what you get. Wish they had more seafood options. Wait staff was great! Very helpful and prompt.

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JR
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We had been wanting to go to the Fort for years, and on our 6th anniversary we decided to make reservations and go. We were amazed at the wonderful courtyard, view, and ambiance. The characters roaming about were not overly chatty and did not have their hand out for a tip, which was refreshing. The menu was interesting and we started out with an appetizer and then had dinner. We understand that we were at a high volume time, 6:30 on a Saturday night so the slow service was almost understandable. The lamb I had was inconsistent; of the 2 cuts on my plate one was medium rare but the other was extremely rare. My wife had a very nice steak but was halfway finished before the red wine she had ordered before the steak arrived finally came, a good 10 minutes. The vegetables, desert and salad were spot on and tasty. When the bill came we had been over charged but the waitress took care of it, it is always awkward correcting a bill but $20 is $20. We had asked for the leftovers and bones for our dog but realized after we left that we never had been given a doggie bag.
Overall we had a nice experience but it will be a long while before we drop $200 at the Fort again.

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R
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day!

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MS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our evening with all of you.....a bit pricey for us, but we truly enjoyed our time there.

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HS
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent... a great dining experience....wonderful atmosphere ....

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PC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious meal, and the service was impeccable. This restaurant deserves it’s fine reputation, they execute the meal service very well from beginning to end. A unique and wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion.

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KW
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been back to The Fort since we moved from Denver over 20 years ago. The experience was as awesome this time as we remembered it to be. The food is outstanding and the service was excellent. The quail eggs appetizer was marvelous! The steaks were done to perfection and the quail was amazing!
We went with long time friends and the atmosphere was perfect for us to be able to talk, catch up, and enjoy their company. The staff was very attentive but did not make us feel rushed or imposing as thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

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PS
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my 96 year old dad to share my birthday. I have been 2 times prior, but it was a first for my dad who moved to Colorado last year. My dad ate every last bite. Highly unusual for him and he immediately wanted to plan a return. I don't think I have ever seen my dad, highly critical, enjoy meal more. Oh, and again my dinner was fabulous.

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T
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Fort is one of our favorite places to go for celebrations and entertaining out of town guests! We never have to worry about the food or service ! It’s always great.

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T
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was our first time to The Fort. The service was fantastic! The food was good but pretty expensive. Our meal came to $200 including tip. It was somewhat loud. The outside had a fantastic view and nice lounge areas with fire pits.

I would definitely go again, but mostly for a special occasion as we can't afford $200 dinners every Saturday night.

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MB
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most relaxing places I’ve been to. Great food & service!

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JE
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

The food was over priced. You pay more for the experience it seems. The service was great but the food was mediocre. I would not go back there.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Great place to celebrate!

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PI
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 5

The the prices charged we should have gone to the Buckhorn Exchange. The food is just as good or better and the ambiance much better

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B
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. However, the gravy on the mashed potatoes was spicy hot. Would recommended they tell customers in case they don’t like it hot.

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U
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Stuffed 14oz. strip steak was not a great cut. May have been low end of choice, but for $61 should be a well trimmed prime. Guy playing the flute was too talky, hope his surgery went well...Service was timely and polite.

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SK
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First time at The Fort. Took my son for his 29th birthday. He is the pickiest eater (still) I've ever known and he was very happy with the food. The staff was wonderfully attentive, happy and friendly. The food and drinks were outstanding. Next time I'd like to find a table with a better view...we happened to be seated in a bit of congested trafficked area. But overall it was fab!

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RA
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wish there was a better lounge area to relax before dinner

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KP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and truly spectacular setting. They really take care of you at the fort. The steak entrees are outstanding. Other entrees are quite good.

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