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The Buckhorn Exchange

Steakhouse and Historic Site$$$$
Central Denver, Denver
  • Erik R.
    "The Buckhorn boasts the best Rocky Mountain Oysters in the West."(7 Tips)
    John N.
    "Rocky Mountain Oysters and Rattlesnake were great!"(5 Tips)
    Jeffrey L.
    "Great buffalo prime rib with au jus - very lean and full-flavored!"(5 Tips)
    Drunken History
    "... you have to try...The Buffalo Bill Cocktail, Rattlesnake, and Mountain Oysters!!!!"(5 Tips)
79 Tips and reviews
  • rocky mountain oysters
  • rattlesnake
  • buffalo prime rib
  • steak
  • authentic
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  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyDecember 8, 2017
    The Buckhorn boasts the best Rocky Mountain Oysters in the West. Take a seat, swallow your pride (& some), and brave the culinary frontier. This swinging sirloin actually tastes similar to calimari.
  • Priscilla @.
    Priscilla @shescookinAugust 4, 2017
    The oldest restaurant in Denver, and Colorado. A National Register of Historical Places serving up Wild West specialties: beef, elk, buffalo, alligator, and Rocky Mountain Oysters. A must see!
  • Denver Westword
    Denver WestwordAugust 5, 2014
    Although you can order everything from buffalo to yak to rattlesnake here, the Big Steak -- big indeed, bloody rare and served with all the trimmings -- is the dish to get. Read more
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyDecember 8, 2017
    Saddle up at the original bar located upstairs and ask for Buffalo Bill’s signature cocktail: bourbon & apple juice. Talk history and ghost stories with Martin, the ace manning the counter.
  • Sophia H.
    Sophia HJanuary 24, 2017
    Rocky Mountain oysters were out, but smoked buffalo sausage and sirloin game tips were delicious (recommended by our waiter). Very cool place to check out. Tons of Wild West taxidermy animals around!
  • Drew F.
    Drew FreyDecember 3, 2012
    The original white oak bar and backbar are upstairs in the Victorian lounge. Check it out and order a Buffalo Bill Cocktail while you're at it.
    Upvoted Dec 8, 2017
  • Jackal
    JackalSeptember 2, 2012
    Our table got both the brownie and the apple pie. Though the pie was good, it wasn't great. The brownie, on the other hand, made me want more. Complementing the rest of the, grand, meal of game.
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyDecember 8, 2017
    The long member in the top left corner that resembles a cane is actually an elk penis. The bartender would literally beat ruthless customers that acted like “dicks” with one.
  • GaryFunk
    GaryFunkFebruary 4, 2012
    Established in 1893, it is Denver's oldest and most unique restaurant! The Buckhorn Exchange was issued Colorado’s Liquor License No. 1, when the prohibition laws were repealed in 1933. Read more
    Upvoted Nov 20, 2017
  • Christine C.
    Christine CollinsJuly 20, 2014
    Very nice people. Martin is a great bartender at the upstairs bar.
    Upvoted Dec 8, 2017
  • StarGirl11
    StarGirl11September 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent food. Has both game and regular beef depending on what your looking for. Lot of history here and definitely worth a stop.
  • Drunken History
    Drunken HistoryNovember 21, 2011
    Home of CO liquor license #1 there are three things you have to try...The Buffalo Bill Cocktail, Rattlesnake, and Mountain Oysters!!!!
    Upvoted Nov 20, 2017
  • Wen H.
    Wen HuangAugust 15, 2014
    Buffalo prime rib and the Colorado lamb. The other meats can be hit or miss (tough or gamey)
  • Rachel Y.
    Rachel YoungJune 3, 2016
    Loved the lamb, the Buffalo prime rib was a bit too much for me. Should have gotten the elk.
  • Jeffrey L.
    Jeffrey LovellDecember 29, 2013
    Great buffalo prime rib with au jus - very lean and full-flavored!
  • Kara A.
    Kara AyersAugust 15, 2015
    Everything was amazing and the service was top notch. Loved checking out all of the artifacts and taxidermy, too.
  • Pamela D.
    Pamela DownesOctober 19, 2011
    Last time I was here the bartender made me a couple of different martini's, tonight the bartender said, "We only make cosmos here". Get a different job if you don't want to be a bartender! Thanks!
  • Tim J.
    Tim JacksonAugust 20, 2011
    Try the mountain oysters. Also, quail, gaming hen and duck. This place is extremely historic and rich in old west history.
  • Jonathan H.
    Jonathan HosterAugust 3, 2014
    A must-visit in #Denver! The Old West lives on here! It's Denver's oldest restaurant!
  • Wayne B.
    Wayne BartDecember 31, 2014
    Amazing location, atmosphere and food. Had a great bison steak, will definitely return
  • Olga N.
    Olga NeisinghNovember 17, 2014
    The best steaks ever! Plus very friendly service! Love it!
  • Dave P.
    Dave PuhrmannOctober 3, 2011
    The "Dutch Lunch" is an awesome meal for the price. You get a little bit of everything and it is all great.
  • Rod V.
    Rod VeatchApril 4, 2015
    Family owned and operated for close to three decades. The porterhouse rivals any in the West.
  • Benjamin Y.
    Benjamin YAugust 7, 2013
    I came here after watching Bizarre Foods! Great place! Get the bison it's really good!
  • Home Sweet Beer
    Home Sweet BeerOctober 25, 2012
    Since you're here and this place was the 1st. one to be allowed to sell alcohol after the prohibition, order an Odell 90 Shilling, locally brewed in Colorado!
  • Christian H.
    Christian HinckleSeptember 7, 2014
    If you have a chance stop by and enjoy.
  • Tony
    TonyJanuary 18, 2015
    The bison prime rib is worth every penny. Try it with the mushrooms.
  • Milkman A.
    Milkman AmokNovember 12, 2011
    Executive lunch with pot roast sandwich (on pumpernickel) and bean soup. Narcotically salty & delicious.
  • Cliff R.
    Cliff RohlfJanuary 29, 2015
    Very cool place to have dinner. Good is good and there's lots to look at
  • Drew G.
    Drew G.August 1, 2011
    Take a close look at the walls. There is more hung on them than trophy animals. This place is a veritable museum of Denver, Colorado and Western history. Read more
  • Chris E.
    Chris EmanuelSeptember 7, 2012
    This place is not for vegetarians. A dream come true for carnivores. Holy yum.
  • Lindsay B.
    Lindsay BartoMay 11, 2014
    Go for the combo. Elk, Buffalo and Quail, then thank me.
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RauertOctober 2, 2017
    Nice stop right off the light rail at 10th and Osage! Good little beer stop!
  • Timothy J.
    Timothy JordanJanuary 28, 2014
    The Buffalo tenderloin! Staff recommendation and its fantastic.
  • Jeremy S.
    Jeremy Sanchez 🚀September 20, 2011
    Try the Buffalo Bill Cocktail. They've been making it here for over 118 years. Read more
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelAugust 11, 2011
    Denver's oldest and most unique restaurant, as seen on Man v Food: Denver!
    Upvoted Dec 14, 2017
  • B C.
    B CrenshawMarch 30, 2011
    Best happy hour EVER! Free wings, ribs, chicken pasta,stew and 2 for 1 drinks! 4-6
  • Kristopher M.
    Kristopher MagnusonNovember 7, 2013
    Can't go wrong with the rattle snake app and quail entree!
  • Mdp S.
    Mdp SttirpMay 10, 2010
    A must see in Denver! We had the pot roast sandwich and aligator sausage. Sausage is a bit spicy.
  • Ranell D.
    Ranell DodgeOctober 3, 2015
    Our server, the food and atmosphere were "Over the Top"
  • Grace T.
    Grace TanMarch 20, 2014
    Love the buffalo prime rib!
  • Moonlight Basin
    Moonlight BasinJanuary 27, 2011
    No trip to Denver for SIA would be complete without a visit to the oldest restaurant in Colorado. The Buffalo is where it's at. #SIA11
  • John N.
    John NolanAugust 11, 2015
    Rocky Mountain Oysters and Rattlesnake were great!
  • Jake A.
    Jake AdrianoMarch 5, 2011
    If drinking, try the Buffalo Bill Cocktail. Smooth as butter.
  • Melissa G.
    Melissa GehrkeJuly 14, 2011
    Had the balls... But went in between 2 and 5 they weren't serving dinner I'll have to come back for the meat!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Buckhorn Exchange as seen on Bizarre Foods America , Man vs Food , Food Paradise Read more
  • Nick M.
    Nick MeyerFebruary 24, 2015
    Kay said Bison Tenderloin med rare and she was right!!
  • Moonlight Basin
    Moonlight BasinJanuary 27, 2011
    No trip to Denver for SIA would be complete without a visit to the oldest restaurant in Colorado. The Buffalo is where it's at. #SIA
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle McGrailAugust 9, 2010
    Buffalo is a MUST have here! Try the Rattlesnake dip, it is great!
  • Matt M.
    Matt MatergiaAugust 13, 2014
    Great happy hour and the wildest food
  • Sherrie M.
    Sherrie McAllisterApril 26, 2015
    The steak for 2 is good!
  • Grace T.
    Grace TanMarch 20, 2014
    Colorado lamb is SO juicy!
  • Nick R.
    Nick RSeptember 20, 2014
    Buffalo Bill Cocktail
  • Brown Palace Hotel
    Brown Palace HotelOctober 5, 2011
    The Buckhorn Exchange was issued Colorado’s Liquor License No. 1, when the prohibition laws were repealed in 1933.
  • Alex H.
    Alex HemkerOctober 19, 2011
    Oldest bar in denver gives the slowest service. Great food but you'll be waiting for hours.
  • Nicholas O.
    Nicholas OlsenDecember 20, 2016
    Buffalo Prime Rib!
  • Roberto B.
    Roberto Bruder AguiarOctober 20, 2015
    You get in and you know it's a touristic restaurant with average food.
  • Ron R.
    Ron RuttJuly 16, 2016
    Rocky Mountain oysters and buffalo
  • Sean M.
    Sean McFarlandAugust 6, 2010
    Food was good, had the buffalo and elk combination. Elk was very chewy though. And crazy expensive...
  • Heather R.
    Heather RobtoyApril 26, 2012
    Peppered ostrich was really good!
  • Tom C.
    Tom CroomJuly 17, 2010
    When choosing meat, order the Buffalo. The Elk was good, but the Buffalo was great!
  • Mike A.
    Mike AlltonNovember 13, 2012
    The Elk was fabulous!
  • Mouni R.
    Mouni ReddyJuly 3, 2016
    Rattlesnake and chips 😳
  • Matt S.
    Matt SugerikJanuary 21, 2011
    The Buffalo Tenderloin is ridiculous. It's a must get.
  • Christian H.
    Christian HinckleSeptember 7, 2014
    Received the first liquor license in Colorado!
  • Rob L.
    Rob LaceyFebruary 18, 2013
    Best.... steak..... ever
  • Eduard R.
    Eduard RozenOctober 19, 2012
    1st liquor license in Denver!
  • Rob H.
    Rob HirtOctober 12, 2011
    the number on the liquor license is 1
  • Island Amy T.
    Island Amy ThomasSeptember 23, 2010
    You must try the rocky mountain oysters!
  • Brown P.
    Brown PalaceOctober 10, 2012
    Home of CO liquor license #1
  • Adam H.
    Adam HansenMarch 20, 2012
    Animals were harmed in the making of this restaurant.
  • Julie D.
    Julie Dent-WiardDecember 29, 2012
    Liquor license # 1 in CO
  • Mallie T.
    Mallie TMay 26, 2015
    Denver's oldest restaurant.
  • Andre L.
    Andre L.August 27, 2009
    Go to Buckhorn Exchange and try the Rocky Mountain Oysters. Love them balls.
  • Kristi D.
    Kristi DellJune 17, 2011
    Great Happy Hour!!!
  • Emilio S.
    Emilio SmekeJune 24, 2012
    Honestly? There's nothing for vegeterians in the menu... Horrible trophies on the walls. If you are an animal lover please don't come here
    Downvoted Dec 8, 2017
  • Viviane M.
    Viviane MelloJanuary 30, 2014
    A carne de bufalo e a ribs e tudo de bom
  • Doug S.
    Doug SerrurierSeptember 23, 2014
    Buffalo prime rib
  • J Enrique A.
    Steak, bistec,elk, buffalo
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