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 ... More
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!
This is a great dining experience. The place oozes character with the building and the view. Eric Herrera playing Native American flute completes the picture.
The food is quite good. We shared buffalo empanadas as an appetizer. I recommend the Fort Dixon chili sauce with them. Neither of us could resist the elk on the main menu. It was well-prepared and the white cheddar garlic mashed potatoes make an excellent side. The elk does come in a huckleberry sauce that is sweeter than I (and my Broquel Malbec, for that matter) would have preferred. Anyone ordering wine with that dish is advised to take that into account. I would probably go domestic Cabernet Sauvignon or old vines Zinfandel if I had it to do over again- and I hope to. We ordered dessert, but probably should not have. Dinner portions are ...generous... and the desserts were a come down. My wife was particularly disappointed by the chocolate bourbon cake.
The wine list is extensive and well-chosen. Hence those Wine Spectator awards you will notice on the front page. There are some good values to be found, but shop carefully as there are also four-digit wines.
The Fort is one of the restaurants I think about when someone asks me for a uniquely Colorado restaurant. The restaurant outside is a reproduction of Bents Fort and coming into the courtyard you can almost feel you are leaving the present behind and stepping back into the old west. Once you come inside, that illusion fades away as the smells from kitchen hit your nose and your mouth starts craving to taste what is coming out of there. The menu itself is very game heavy with buffalo, quail and many other items to tempt you.
The fort is a great place to take friends from out of town to show them a piece of the old west or just to go and enjoy for yourself. If you would like to see some pictures of the fort and the food they serve along with a full review of the meal we had feel free to visit our blog at www.milehigheater.blogspot.com
We visited with a group over the summer and were treated to a mixed plate: salmon, beef tips with a mashed potato and asparagus; better than descent fair. My recollection of Sam's place over the years has always been fabulous, but our Holiday experience last year left a permanent scar on my feelings. When one orders Osso Buco one is planning to savor a specific flavor. Get this, I got an ok piece of meat with a rock in the middle! The manager comp'd our desert but we did pay for the 'Osso Buco.' Would always bring out-of-state clientelle for the unique experience, but probably for little else. It's just not the same without Sam Arnold.
We went for a special event and the steak was more than half fat, the place was overcrowed and overpriced. When we mentioned the low quality of the steak, our waiter said it would be at least an hour for another one, they were too busy. With tax and tip (no booze) the cost was $150. A day later I called the Manager who sent me a gift certificate to eat there again, and although it was a slow night the food was not a whole lot better. I would not take anyone from out of town here, I thought it was a rip-off.
Amazing experience. We went for a graduation. The service was excellent. The food was incredible and portions enormous. Dessert very, very good.
Any special occasion you have in Denver, this is the place to go!
The Fort is a classy restaurant experience. The food was excellent as was the service. The staff were helpful when ordering and went out of their way to make it a wonderful evening. My only complaint was at times it was difficult to hear our waiter.
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