The Buckhorn Exchange

We took a step back in time in this week to visit Denver’s oldest restaurant/steakhouse, The Buckhorn Exchange.  Serving Beef, Buffalo, Elk, Duck, Lamb and more; this establishment is a carnivore’s paradise.  This historic restaurant has been open for over a century, opening its doors in 1893.  They have Colorado’s very first liquor license which was issued in 1935. This National Historic Landmark has not changed much over the years, and that is a good thing.

Greeted by the eyes of over 500 prize game animals and seated at the red gingham covered table, it feels like you have entered into the wild west.  Dinner menus are presented as a nostalgic newspaper – The Osage Gazette.  There are plenty of entrees to choose from but if you are really hungry, you might want to try The Big Steak.  Steak sizes range from 1.5 to 4 pounds and can be shared with up to 5 people.  That’s a lot of beef.  Take a peek at the Supper Menu.

J ordered the special for the evening – a combo plate of Buffalo and Elk.  And I chose the Beef Tenderloin and Quail, along with a bowl of Buffalo vegetable stew.  As expected, the meat is tender, seasoned perfectly and expertly cooked.  With over 100 years experience, I wouldn’t have expected anything less.

When visiting Denver, The Buckhorn Exchange is a must see and taste.  Easy to find, they are located just a few minutes from downtown Denver at 1000 Osage St, Denver, CO 80204.  Visit their website:

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