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The Fort

19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465-8731
+1 303-697-4771
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good32%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“wild game” (43 reviews)
“steak” (73 reviews)
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American, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465-8731
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Braised buffalo tongue. Bacon wrapped quail eggs. Beef steaks and more. A historic Denver restaurant. Ordered "Denver's Best Guacamole" and the name is fitting! Our second visit and will return. The only reason it doesn't get a 5 is because it's rather pricey- $180 for...More

Thank Lorie303
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant has become a Denver institution due its adherence to its founder’s philosophy of serving excellent dishes based on authentic frontier and southwestern recipes. Meat and game are the stars here with bison, elk, venison, quail and duck featured on the menu, along with...More

Thank Mongoeat
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had dinner to celebrate our anniversary. We have dined there before and never have been disappointed. Eric was our server and took great care of all our needs. It’s very unique as they feature wild game. The Buffalo was very good as was the...More

Thank Dale R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The title reflects how I feel during my 5280 restaurant week visit to The Fort in Morrison, Colorado. Their website boasts a weekend price for Buffalo ribeye that I was looking forward in purchasing but was told not available during restaurant week. Initially I was...More

Thank smkenney
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cousins took us to this gem of a restaurant and recommended the Bison Tenderloin. This was the most delicious Tenderloin I have ever eaten! And it was Bison!! Great wine list and cocktails, too! Pricey but so, so worth it!More

Thank KellyP1962
Holly K, Owner at The Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear KellyP1962, Thank you for taking the time provide a kind review following your recent visit. I'm pleased you enjoyed our award-winning wine list as well as our buffalo tenderloin filet mignon - one of my favorite dishes! I hope to welcome you for a...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place for a dinner date. The food, which includes a few wild game options, is fabulous and the service has always been incredible. The view can't be beat, be sure to have an after dinner cocktail out on the patio.More

Thank A4182ULheatherd
Holly K, Owner at The Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear A4182ULheatherd, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of The Fort. We're honored you chose us to celebrate date night with us and appreciate your endorsement. We look forward to welcoming you for cocktails and appetizers (or dessert) on our patio...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the great places to enjoy fine food and history of Colorado. From the great service, outstanding food and the ever present Mountain Men to the Buffalo Head birthday greeting what more could you ask. Well, maybe the outstanding view of Denver from the...More

Thank Dennis A
Holly K, Owner at The Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Dennis A, Thank you for your kind endorsement of The Fort. I'm so pleased you enjoyed every aspect of your experience with us, from attentive service to menu selections and our birthday celebration tradition. We appreciate your patronage and hope to welcome you again...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely worth doing with out-of-town guests; the Fort was a long drive from the city edge when I was a kid, but has always been memorable. Food specialties include lamb, buffalo, wild game and other "unusual" meats, in addition to excellent "usual" meats & seafood...More

Thank Pat C
Holly K, Owner at The Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Pat C, Thank you for making The Fort your dining destination with out-of-town guests. We appreciate your continued patronage and look forward to welcoming you for more shinin' times soon. Holly Arnold Kinney, Proprietress

Reviewed 13 February 2018

I've been to the Fort 3 times over 15 years. The first trip was for a meeting, so the food was limited, but good from what I can remember. The 2nd trip was with my mom and grandma. Our food was delicious and the experience...More

Thank dmsrdh
Holly K, Owner at The Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Dmsrdh, Thank you for taking the time to write a detailed review of The Fort. While I'm happy to hear you've repeatedly enjoyed the ambiance and overall experience of our historic restaurant, I am disappointed to read your most recent meal fell short of...More

Reviewed 4 February 2018

Truly a one of a kind dining experience featuring exotic game dishes( buffalo, elk, venison, rattlesnake, etc.) nestled among the rocks in the adobe re-creation of old Fort Bent. High-end and famous for it's guests over the years, including a G-8 Summit dinner, you don't...More

Thank James S
Holly K, Owner at The Fort, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear James S, Thank you for taking the time to write a kind review of The Fort. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your dining experience with us and hope you will join us again soon. Holly Arnold Kinney, Proprietress

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Matthew C
14 September 2017|
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Response from Carol R | Reviewed this property |
There is no dress code. Anything from nice jeans to suit would be appropriate. I would personally not wear shorts or exercise clothes. It is a great place to celebrate birthdays, or date nights.
24 July 2017|
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Response from Rich Z | Reviewed this property |
I'd spend the money and go here, even not knowing what place your comparing it too.
9 June 2017|
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Response from Bridget C | Reviewed this property |
The Fort is extremely pricey but the food is awesome! The way I see it...if you are coming from Michigan and a restaurant doesn't care to respond...spend your money elsewhere. There are so many incredible places to eat out... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 80
American, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465-8731
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Morrison
  • Phone Number: +1 303-697-4771
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An award winning and nationally acclaimed “truly Colorado” restaurant, The Fort is located in Southwest Denver’s Red Rocks Territory. Specializing in regional game, such as bison, elk and quail, as well as seasonal fish and hearty vegetarian fare influenced by American Indian and Mountain Man cuisine, The Fort’s creation of “New Foods of the Old West,” brings back popular recipes from the 19th century, prepared with a twist. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Fort is a full-scale adobe replica of Bent’s Fort, an important fur-trading fort originally in Southeastern Colorado (1833-1849). Paying homage to the property’s historic inspiration, The Fort’s cuisine is modeled after the diets of pioneers along the Santa Fe Trail, mountain men and native Indian tribes, as well as the culinary influences of the Mexican and Spanish traders who once occupied the border of Old Mexico and the U.S. Territory where the original Bent’s Fort sat. Kinney leads The Fort’s creation of “New Foods of the Old West,” bringing back modernized versions of popular recipes from the 19th century, utilizing a rare cookbook library with more than 3,000 volumes. Dishes such as roasted bison marrow bones, braised bison tongue, Rocky Mountain Oysters and Buffalo tenderloin filet mignon are menu staples, as are cocktails like Trade Whiskey, made with “organic” gunpowder, and “The Hailstorm,” the first Colorado cocktail served in 1833 at Bent’s Fort.
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