Legendary 1893 saloon still serves up steak platters, buffalo burgers, elk, and lamb amid an impressive collection of taxidermy and guns
What You'll Get
Choose Between Two Options
- $15 for $25 worth of lunch
- $45 for $75 worth of dinner for two
The Fine Print
About Buckhorn Exchange
The history of Buckhorn Exchange reads like an Old West tall tale. The saloon was founded in 1893 by "Shorty Scout" Zietz, a famed cohort of "Buffalo Bill" Cody, but Zietz is just the first of the larger-than-life characters who move through its story. There are accounts of Teddy Roosevelt dropping in to find a hunting partner, not to mention visits by everyone from Bob Hope and Roy Rogers to JFK, Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan.
Today the decor conveys something of this sense of the restaurant's mythical status. Inside, a 575-piece taxidermy collection shares space with a 125-piece gun collection. Nearby stands an oak bar built in 19th Century Germany, and elsewhere you'll find the very first liquor license issued in Colorado after Prohibition.
The menu is just as adventurous as the setting, starting with an appetizer selection that includes marinated rattlesnake, fried alligator tail, and rocky mountain oysters. Broiled quail, grilled elk, and charbroiled salmon anchor the entree section, though Buckhorn's large portion steaks demand consideration as well. Intended to feed multiple people and carved tableside, these mammoth platters of meat can range anywhere from 1.5 pounds to 5 pounds of crusted New York strip loin.