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Buckhorn Exchange, founded in 1893, is one of the oldest restaurants in Denver serving a menu of wild game and steak in a rustic and old west atmosphere. The dinner menu features steak, buffalo, rattlesnake, Colorado lamb, Cornish game hen, fried artichoke hearts, oysters, grilled duck breast, elk, salmon and other wild game meat, while the pot roast sandwich, bean soup and buffalo Reuben sandwich feature in the lunch menu. The restaurant is popular amongst high-profile celebrities and foreign royalties. The Buckhorn Lounge features old western entertainers Wednesday through Saturday evenings.
Hours

Regular Hours

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Phone: (303) 534-2814

Fax: (303) 534-2814

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Price Range
$$$
Neighborhoods
Central Denver, Lincoln Park
AKA

Buckhorn Exchange Restaurant

The Buckhorn Exchange

Categories
American Restaurants, Brew Pubs, Steak Houses, Bar & Grills, Family Style Restaurants, Barbecue Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Free, Private

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes, No

Cuisines: Brew Pubs, Barbecue, Family Style, American, Steakhouse, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Pets Allowed: No

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LeslieM996

04/25/2012

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My boss took 16 people out to dinner at

My boss took 16 people out to dinner at the Buckhorn Exchange Restaurant last night, 4/24/12. Several of the guests were visitors from Switzerland, and we were hoping to give them a feel of the ""old west"". The ambiance was nice, but the food was awful. So spicy that the meals couldn't be finished. At $60 per person, it was a great disappointment. We won't ever use this restaurant again. Next time we'll go to The Fort.

BrownShoes

08/20/2011

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Worst Experience in 37 years

Poor service, the food was really bad, and management has been unresponsive to my complaints. I had not been to the Buckhorn in over a year. My previous impression was that the food was better than average and the atmosphere great. Although pricey, it seemed like a good choice for entertaining an out of town guest. My recent visit left me feeling embarrassed to have brought our out of town guest to the Buckhorn.

A fly landed and died in my son's half full pop. Not a big deal to the guy looking forward to a little Yak but when I asked the waiter to replace it he only brought a glass with ice and no pop. Pop is sold by the bottle at a hefty price. He did not adjust the Bill or offer an apology.

My son and I had the Navy Bean soup along with our entrees. It had a burnt taste as though from the bottom of a burnt pot. My wife and our guest had salads. They were flattened as though they had been stacked for a long period of time and my wife said the ingredients were limp.

The prime rib of buffalo and yak were chewy and tasteless. The salmon was overcooked and dry as was the quail. The only item that tasted ok was the osterich.

My son and I were sick to our stomach's that night presumably from the soup. I wrote to the Buckhorn the following morning to report all of this through their websiet and although they promise a reply in 24-36 hours they still have not replied four days later. I've lived and dined in Denver for 37 years and this is by far the worst dining experience I have had.

Pwdr

10/25/2009

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Not what it use to be

Last couple visits, the buffalo and elk has been very poor quality. Which is very dissappointing for a place that charges $36-$41 for a typical prime rib or medalions.

kathuff

10/01/2009

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amazing!!

i really dont know what people are talking about with all the bad reviews. my husband and i went just this evening for his 20th birthday. i called the night before and made reservations and we showed up 30 min early and were seated right away. our waitress was sooo nice and very attentive. we ordered alligator and rattlesnake appetizers...we loved them both...the alligator reminded us a little of calamari and the rattlesnake was very unique! for our meals i got elk and buffalo with a salad and baked potatoe and veggies. it was more than i could eat and everything was delicious..i like the elk more than the buffalo. my husband ordered elk and quail, we both loved the quail sooo much!!!after our meal the waiters came out carrying s giant fudge brownie covered in hot fudge and ice cream with a little candle in it. it was so cute when they sang to him! honestly other than being very expensive this place is deffinetly worth a special occasion. we plan on returning with my parents before my husband is deployed to iraq in march.

travel4e

08/31/2009

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The WORST eat out experience ever!!!

Horrible food. Meat is overcooked, taste like rubber. Don't order the ""Rocky Mountain Oysters"", tasteless. It's not the ball that's bad. It's the way they prepared it. In fact, it's not gourmet food. They WARM (frozen stuff) instead of cooking from fresh. And the soup, it's worse than dog-food in 3rd world countries. Lots of travelling and having tasted food around the country and overseas prove this place to be a dump. That TV chanel shouldn't have taken $ from this place to include it in their show. It's a shame.

gmoney303

08/25/2009

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Overpriced Road K!LL

What an expensive lesson.. $186 dollars (less tip} for three of us to sit outside with the flies and wind; just to eat mediocre food. Ostrich, yak... stuff like that. We had three entrees, three beers and 2 ice tea's.... for $186 Major highlights below...

> Flies were horrible oustide
> Despite being outside in the heat.. food got cold before we could eat it.
> The ""famous"" bean soup = dishwater with navy beans in it.
> $5.50 for a beer ?!?!?! Shotgun Willie prices ?!?!
> Take some time and clean those head mounts
> I would recommend Casa Bonita to a visitor before this place...

Overpriced road k!ll as far as I'm concerned Could have gone to Morton's or Del Frisco's for that price.

Gary

magnanimo

06/16/2009

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Very Dissapointing

I took my fiance here for a special birthday dinner with pretty high expectations. Needless to say, we were both very disappointed. The food was okay - nothing that would justify the price they were charging. The staff was awful. Our waitress was inept. And before dinner, we stopped at the bar for a cocktail and had to deal with rude bartender. I implore you to save your money and stay away from this place.

Cheezenrice

09/19/2008

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Don't go if you are hungry

This place must be surviving on its great decor and history alone. Service is pleasant if you are dropping the bucks, not if you aren't. I have to suspect that the good reviews are plants--the food is simply sub par. What is good is served in tiny portions. Is rattlesnake always as tough as a old cowboy boot?

fizzylinn

09/10/2008

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Ruined a perfectly good evening

I was unimpressed by the service at the Buckhorn Exchange. Despite there being several rooms filled with empty tables, the staff moved us from upstairs happy hour area and tried unsuccessfully to squeeze our party into a table that was obviously too small to accommodate us. When they found out that not everyone in the party planned to eat dinner, they acted very cool towards us (even though we'd called ahead to let them know only a couple of people planned to eat). They proceeded to move us back upstairs, where we lost some of our previous seating and during which time several of our party left, feeling they were an inconvenience. The organizer of the outing felt terrible that people drove all that way to simply turn around and go home. I won't be back.

RalphDukerson

09/05/2008

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Booooooooooooooo!!!!!!

I was very disappointed in the service and I felt looked down upon. The main hostess/owner was clearly making us feel unwanted when not everyone was wanting dinner. I feel they only care about the customer when they are spending their entire paycheck at dinner.
They had no idea that the people pretty well off and I convinced them to come experience the buckhorn, they were devastated when they discovered they couldn't stay down in the dining area unless they bought a dinner plate.
Big mistake for the restaurant because if the guests would have stayed and gotten great service, they would have suggested it for some of their big name clients.
I was very embarrasses for myself for suggesting the restaurant and for everyone involved.
boooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!

davesym

04/22/2008

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I wanted it to be good!

I've read other reviews that say the main dishes are delish, but I'm sorry that we won't be back to try them after the appetizers we ordered. The four we tried were embarrassingly bad: 1) The Alligator. Difficult to say whether there was meat in there or not... Just rubbery fried breading. 2) The Rattlesnake. A soupy dish of cream cheese and Chipotle seasoning. Some rubbery meat in there too. 3) Rocky Mtn Oysters. Again, fried breading and something with not-really good texture. 4) Soup. I hate to sound like I'm piling on here, but the Cheddar Potato soup was watery, and little taste. We came armed with cameras, excited about this wonderful Denver landmark, but left very disappointed and felt somewhat taken advantage of. Ok, maybe I'll go back for the free drinks they gave us, but foodies need not apply.

ahagzan

09/26/2007

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Stick to main dishes, apps a disappointment

We were there a few days ago very excited about the prospects of trying Rattlesnake and Rocky Mountain Oysters. However, the rattlesnake was the most expensive appetizer on the menu but came BURRIED in nacho cheese sauce. It was served with Nacho chips and we tasted no rattlesnake at all, as it was chopped into small bits and blended in. The Oysters were sliced thin, breaded and deep fryed... for a 1st timer that was good for me, but my hubby wanted the real deal.

The entrees were excellent! We had an ostritch, elk, buffalo, quail, yak combo - which were amazing, small in portions but very good. Stick to the main dishes!

Atmosphere was great, services was great.

shootsie10

09/01/2006

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BEST OF

BEST OF MANY THINGS! I GREW UP IN DENVER (DON'T LIVE THERE ANYMORE) AND THE BUCKHORN WAS MY FIRST CHOICE ON MY BIRTHDAY FOR MANY YEARS. IT IS ONE OF THE THINGS I MISS MOST. ALSO, ANYONE WHO IS SMART ENOUGH TO TRY THE BUCKHORN SHOULD ASK ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE BAR UPSTAIRS. IT MADE THE TRIP FROM GERMANY MANY YEARS AGO BY SHIP. THE HISTORY OF THE ESTABLISHMENT ITSELF IS QUITE FASCINATING. IT'S TIES TO THE RAILROAD WORKERS AND THE FACT THAT IT HOLDS THE FIRST LIQUOR LICENSE IN COLORADO AND IS STILL SERVING TODAY SHOULD SAY SOMETHING FOR THE QUALITY! OH YEAH...GREAT FOOD! ESPECIALLY THE DREADED ROCKY MOUNTAIN OYSTERS!

peatwo

06/06/2005

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Not your typical steakhouse

If you are looking for a Morton's or some other traditioal prime steakhouse, you are at the wrong place. I've tried and enjoyed some of the best steakhouses in the US. If you are looking for some of the best steak, wild game in Denver then DEFINITELY give Buckhorn a try. I suggest the sampler where you can try prime beef, venison, yack, or anyother wild game they are offering that day. EXCELLENT!!!! If you are a hunter and you don't enjoy the atmosphere, something is wrong with you.

rowdyyates

03/11/2005

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BuckHorn is great

We really enjoed ourselves at the buckhorn. As a hunter I ws excited to try some game meat prepared differently from mine. I love elk and have a freezer full at home, so I was anxious to try some. I foung out later that they import thier elk and its not a Rocky Mountain elk, its a cross between elk and red deer. However it still was very good. The buffalo sausage appetizer was excellent. We also tried the Rattlesnake. Its interesting and everyone should try it, even if just to say they ate some rattlesnake. The interior is awesome as well, lots to see

jetphantom

11/08/2004

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Wonderful

I am from out of town and truly enjoyed everything about the Buckhorn Exchange this evening. It was the best steak I have ever eaten, and the service was the best. I highly recomend this for a stop in Denver.

bronco1980

11/02/2003

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Soooo Disappointing!!!

Took out of town guests, what a mistake! It wasn't just the price, but the quality. Everything leading up to the entrees, from the appetizer to the bread to the salad was ordinary and below average. I ordered a baked potato ""with everything"", and got an under done russet with a bit of sour cream on the side in a paper container, embarassing!! This made way for an elk ""nibblet"" about the size of my thumb. Both who ordered steaks got a charred piece of leather we guessed was as old as the place itself. We all thought the food was a joke considering the price, an average of $35 per plate. I will never consider going back.

SAcheson

01/18/2003

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Good food. Worst service imaginable

Discrepancy in bill caused the server to become irrational. Experienced was ruined by amazingly rude staff. Will NEVER spend a dime there again.

lizzienyc

11/12/2002

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Disappointing

I had such high hopes going there. We had the duck, pheasant, and quail combo. In all my years of eating duck and pheasant, I haven't ever seen large chunks of white meat on one. The meat we were given was dry and tough. The elk and beef tip appetizer had such small shavings of elk, that they were hard to get any flavor from. The entertainment upstairs though was first rate. We enhoyed the folk singer and his autoharp.

denismeloche

07/25/2002

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Rustic and Original, Denver's Best!

The Chef is a genius, the atmosphere rustic and original, the service first rate and the food eclectic and excellent. This is a first class, first rate restaurant if there ever was one. The sauces are one of a kind, the specials original and always special, this is a restaurant you won't forget. From the decorations on the walls, to the drinks at the bar, to the one of a kind appetizers, the original and delicious menu, and finally the first class deserts, you will come back. See You There!

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