Golden >Lodging > Briarwood Inn
1630 8th St, Golden, CO | Directions 8040139.754493 -105.234094
Neighborhoods: Kinney Runn
It's a Unique Restaurant with a Powerful voice – I went there on Saturday night back in September. When we first entered, there was no one at the front and we stood for about 1 or so minutes before the manager came to take us to our seat. I don't blame him, it seemed like a REALLY busy night for just him. Within in seconds of sitting down, a busser brought us water and was very talkative and kind. Most bussers at other restaurants normally have no interest in you. We had a wonderful appetizer already on our table with shrimp and a bunch of dips and sauces. The Cream cheese and jelly stuff was disgusting but the other 5 sauces where pretty good, especially the salmon butter stuff. Our waiter Ray i believe his name was came 2 minutes later and was especially kind and more personal and treated you as a unique person and not just another table. The busser was always taking dirty plates away very promptly and replacing dirty silverware with new. Salads were ok, nothing special. For the price, i expected the place to have ranch dressing instead of the 2 dressings they gave us. The wine selection was huge and our waiter Ray seemed to be a genius in recommendations of wine for the entree we selected and was right. The Red wine we had to our filet and lobster was PERFECT. Food, WOW!!! Perfect temperature, moist and juicy with flavor, by far the top 3 best filets i have ever had. The Desert tray was a treat but the cookies were very dry. The manager, Jeremy i think his name was came over and talked to us for a few minutes also giving a warm more personal voice instead of a just another table. Very kind person. The price was high but you get a appetizer, salad, entree, and desert tray all included in one price so well worth it, especially the service. Service by far is what leaves the most biggest imprint and by far, the Briarwood has a very great team.
BEST Service!!!!! AMAZING FOOD!!!! You never stop EATING!!! – Service WAS BY FAR!!! Excellent. The Staff including EVEN the bussers were in to talking with you!! It was VERY friendly, many jokes passed back and forth between not only the staff, but other tables.
The Food, The Appetizer can REALLY get you. Got to be careful not to spoil your dinner. Full of fresh shrimp and a nice selection of dipping sauces etc. The Salad was ok, disappointed they didn't have ranch. The Entree was full of FLAVOR and it even smelled Delicious. You GET ALOT more meat than other places. Little fat. Vegetables were fresh and steamed, food was hot,
The Desert Tray, was ok, nothing real special, but they REALLY let you pick what you want from a BIG variety. Coffee is brought to you right away and kept full. same with water until the end.
Music is HORRIBLE though!!!!!!!!!
Bussers there and Waiter really kept things off the table and clear.
Overall, Go there, and RELAX, don't be nit picky, enjoy the food and simply relax.
Lovely setting, great service – We went on a Sunday night for a special family event and were not disappointed. I had never been there before, so I had no particular expectations. Service was terrific. The menu was expansive, with something for everyone. I had never tried elk, so the waiter brought me a small, complimentary sample, beautifully arranged on a plate. We had a 7-yr-old with us. The staff was very kind to her. They, also, took family photos for us, even suggesting some other parts of the restaurant for photo shots. Yes, it was expensive, but for special occasions or a "splurge," it was well worth it.
Sve your big bucks for another restaurant – This was my second visit to the Briarwood, and I was as disappointed this time as I was after my first visit. I think it is highly over-rated and over priced. The restaurant feels like a factory. While the waiters are well trained, they are more like a atomatons than humans. Evereything about the place feels rote and worn out, from the menu, to no-personality wait staff, to the quality of food. The spinach salad was limp, the fish entree tasted like shoe leather, and the dessert tray had no freshness to it . If you are looking for fine dining, take 20 extra minutes and drive into downtown Denver; because you are not going to find it at the Briarwood.
Just average – Sorry I have to give this place a just average review.
I have been there 4 -5 times over the last 4 - 5 years and the only thing that has changed was my expectation. The service was only a little less than prompt the food was ok and the prices were high.
Us, being in our forties were the youngest couple in the restaurant.
The section of the restaurant we sat in was dark and hot and with the music selections being played I felt like I was in a mortuary. I guess they just do not know how to compete with the new upscale places that have raised my expectations of what kind of friendly service I should expect. Even though we were seated right away, received prompt service our order was accurate it felt robotic and was not a special memorable experience. Our waitress even though efficient did not have a personality and was not very knowledgably with the wine list. We had to ask for a wine list and what the specials were.
Probably not going back
Fabulous all around, a must see! – My family and I have been going to the Briarwood Inn for years, and never have been disappointed. If you have never had the chance to visit, do. I highly recommend this restaurant not only for it's exceptional service, but romantic ambiance and delicious food. As soon as you sit down to the table for dinner, an appetizer tray with shrimp and spreads for the crackers greets you. For brunch, the pastries are wonderful. Sure, it is a bit on the pricey side, but the experience is worth every penny, and you can't beat the romantic feel this restaurant gives off. The antique European atmosphere mixed with the 8 page wine list is more than impressive. This is a beautiful restaurant all around, and hope you visit this timeless classic, it is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in the greater Denver area, and one of the best in the whole city.
NO WONDER THE PLACE WAS EMPTY ON A SATURDAY NIGHT... – $40-115 entrees?
I thought I was walking into one of those cheesy 1970s corporate espionage thriller flicks, with dated decor and the medley of cheap looking oak veneer and behemoth discount antique carved wood pieces. Gulf shrimp and port cheese appetizers... although tasty, not high quality items and more reminiscent of a midwestern spinster aunt's wake spread than an Haute Cuisine bistro.
The waiter was creepy, and the staff smelled like cigarette breaks in scientific notation. I joked with my cousin that the vested and aged staff might slip up and start yodeling. I love Golden, I think it is a great little town, but maybe on the way to Central City, they picked up too many employees with casino etiquette to keep their image shining.
Too damn expensive. If you are an old school Republican without much culture, and extra dough (money creates taste, right?) you might take your trophy wife and the in-laws here from Wisconsin to impress them with all the refinanced home loans bonuses you received this month. Otherwise, if you have any self respect, find a bistro in Denver... or the Mesa Grill @ Table Mountain Inn, if Golden is on your agenda.
The Briarwood used to be a Breeze ski rental and a road house in one stop. It should have stayed that way. At least a working man could enjoy it for what it really is... a dive.
Food was good, Steak was great, but not worth $65 for a filet mignon. If they change their tune, let me know.
I admit, I have high standards, but for New York City prices, an establishment ought to live up to New York City expectations, or yield to the competition.
Bleh! – I had the misfortune of going to the Briarwood for a family holiday meal. Every aspect of the experience was dismal. The decor is old, stuffy and unimaginative, filled with fake plants covered in dust. The service was slow, uninformed, and uninterested. The food was mediocre. Overall, it seemed the Briarwood is the restaurant for those who do not know better. If you only enjoy one upscale meal a year, and assume that because you are paying 50.00 a plate then it must be good ? the Briarwood is the place for you.
What about Brunch? – While dinner is fantastic (especially the appetizer tray), Mother's Day brunch was definitely lacking. The service was poor and the entree selection left much to be desired. If you are looking for a place to enjoy a nice brunch, skip the Briarwood!
An award-winner for its courteous staff, charming ambience and impressive wine list. – In Short
This upscale restaurant has a country club feel, featuring antique chairs, 19th-century engravings of landed gentry, a law library and various Americana. A goblet bearing fresh fruit compote awaits your arrival for Sunday brunch, as does a mountainous tray of muffins, pastries, eclairs, Danishes and chocolates. Brunches offer several egg dishes, often paired with a generous slab of prime rib. Dinner options include the sampler plate--smoked salmon butter, pâté, cheeses, spinach mousseline, salad and brownies.
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