Buckhorn Exchange

Hamburgers | Steak
One of the best

The Buckhorn Exchange is a sure-enough tourist attraction. Holder of Colorado liquor license #1 and the oldest restaurant in Denver, it is outfitted with antique firearms and furniture (including tables with little nooks underneath to park your belly gun), and hung with a dazzling menagerie of some five hundred game animal trophies shot by former owner Shorty Zietz and his family.

While many customers do come to gape, there are plenty of regulars for whom the Buckhorn Exchange is simply a good place for a half-pound hamburger at lunchtime. Much of the dinner menu is devoted to such ostentatiously Old-West cuisine as Rocky Mountain oysters (deep fried sliced testicles), bison, elk, and rattlesnake, but the steak selection is impressive. You will pay top dollar for a T-bone that the menu bills as prime, and indeed it is extra-thick and super-juicy. New York strip loins are available in sizes that feed from two to six people. The biggest one — a full four pounds, and billed as enough for five guests — goes for more than $200. That includes a crock of sauteed mushrooms, salad, and a side dish.

The good dessert is a big serving of hot crumb-topped apple pie a la mode topped with cinnamon rum sauce.

What to Eat
Buckhorn Exchange, Buffalo Prime Rib
Buffalo Prime Rib
Buffalo prime rib with Saratoga chips
Buckhorn Exchange, Rocky Mountain Oysters
Rocky Mountain Oysters
Rocky Mountain oysters are the fun-menu euphemism for sliced bull's testicles.
Buckhorn Exchange, Smoked Buffalo Sausage
Smoked Buffalo Sausage
Buffalo sausage is lean with a pleasantly chewy texture.
Buckhorn Exchange, Bean Soup
Bean Soup
Bean soup is a Buckhorn must.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday5pm - 9pm
Monday5pm - 9pm
Tuesday5pm - 9pm
Wednesday5pm - 9pm
Thursday5pm - 9pm
Friday5pm - 9pm
Saturday5pm - 9pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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