Denver >Food & Dining > Buckhorn Exchange
1000 Osage St, Denver, CO | Directions 8020439.732284 -105.005163
Neighborhoods: Lincoln Park, Southwest Denver
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Denver's oldest restaurant serves up steak and beer in a traditional Americana atmosphere. – In Short
Founded in 1893 by Henry "Shorty Scout" Zietz, the restaurant features a museum of taxidermy, antique weapons displays and photos of visiting celebrities. The menu features oddities such as fried alligator tail with cocktail sauce and and rattlesnake marinated in red chili and lime. For dinner, the tender and succulent buffalo prime rib rivals any beef version, and the broiled quail, served in a prickly pear and apricot glaze, is rich with subtle sweetness.
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.
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
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.
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.
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