About Briarhurst Manor
Winner of Top 50 Most Romantic Restaurants in U.S. by Open Table users. Best Fine Dining & Best Colorado Cuisine! Spectacular Victorian Estate on 5 secluded acres seats up to 500 guests features casual yet elegant dining in 9 intimate rooms, an extensive menu & wine list,complete 5-course dinners starting at $34 featuring domestic & game meats, fresh seafood, pastas, poultry, specialty salads, vegetarian,& hand crafted desserts. Just 10 minutes from downtown Colorado Springs, ideal for corporate meetings, fundraisers, weddings, receptions. Elegant outdoor patio dining, gazebos & rose garden provide the appropriate atmosphere for lifetime memories. Former home of Dr. William Bell, founder of Manitou Springs & Denver Rio Grande Railroad,& listed on the National Register of Historic Places."A final note: "As I gave my review a final edit, I noticed I had grossly overused six words: creative, crafted, gracious, succulent, elegant and lovely, I cannot make a finer recommendation"
Contemporary American, Wild Game, Continental
Hours of Operation:
Open Wednesdays -Sundays at 5 for dinner. Next Murder Mystery Dinner Show Sunday August 28th, "Murder at the Disco"! Enjoy a wonderful 5 course dinner while being entertained by Red Herring Productions. Solve the case and win Prizes! 70's Attire Optional. Call now for reservations to this special events.
Planning a Wedding or Banquet? Come in, tour the venue and book with Briarhurst Manor to receive a Gift Certificate for Dinner!
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parties are welcome to hire musicians, bands or DJ's for their events. We can provide local referrals.
Full service on site catering from extensive & diverse preplanned menus or customized to your individual needs & desires. Please call for information & quotes for your event.
Two acres of on site parking with room for hundreds of cars. Abundant Street parking also available.
City bus stops on Manitou Avenue close to our location.
Private Party Facilities:
Your personal experienced banquet director will guide you through the event planning process making your event a success using one or all of a variety of banquet options. You may choose one or all of nine intimate dining and meeting rooms.
Private Party Contact:
Ken, Janice, Alison: 7196851864x
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Briarhurst Manor Ratings and Reviews
The hostess and the waitperson were very ...
The hostess and the waitperson were very welcoming and friendly. When questions were asked about the wine or the food before ordering, the waitperson (who seemed to be new to the restaurant) asked the chef in order to get us the correct answer. We appreciated that.
The evening was lovely.
Each course was exquisitely prepared to ...
Each course was exquisitely prepared to the eye and to the palate. The scallops were succulent and tender, the scampi was excellent, the beef tips were tender and moist along with the homemade noodles. The sauce prepared with the beef tips was perfect. The artichoke served on an authentic slate tile from the original roof, was tasteful. It also came with a homemade meat manicotti that was also delicious. The elk was good, too. We didn't have dessert because we opted for a cake made by Carol Hildebrand from Creative Cakes (made special order for us) which never disappoints. The lemon cake with the lemon filling was moist and flavorful. We enjoyed this dinner and it will be a fond memory for the family.
A special offer brought us in, but we qu ...
A special offer brought us in, but we quickly decided to go with the 5 course meal. We had a very enjoyable experience and were able to take our time and visit with our friends over dinner.
The food was delicious and creative. We had the steak Diane and lobster tail.
Desert was beautiful. Everyone had something different, so we were able to sample several.
From the hostess to our waiter (Cody) we felt welcomed and well-taken - care-of.
We will definitely return.
The food was AMAZING!! The attention to ...
The food was AMAZING!! The attention to detail in all aspects is top notch, second to none. I informed the restaurant that I'm allergic to chocolate & when I asked if the dessert I was choosing had chocolate, our waiter, Randy, told me that he already informed the kitchen about it & I need not worry. SUCH a relief!!
We were taken care of very well by the w ...
We were taken care of very well by the wait staff. The place is beautiful, very nice quiet environment with great "vintage" furnishings. We enjoyed the meal, and all of the people working that evening.
A bit pricy, for instance, a bottle of wine - Kendall Jackson Chardonnay was $38.. about $12-13 at Costco. Quite the markup, as it's usually 2x.
Really enjoyed the evening. We were in the old "Master Bedroom", and they had even put a room air conditioner vented to the fireplace exhaust. It was great.
I had the Scampi, delicious, and the wife had the Filet, also delicious. Desert of the Chocolate Bomb was way way over the top, but it was excellent.
It is a beautiful little restaurant. Eve ...
It is a beautiful little restaurant. Everyone there was very professional. We got the Groupon, they had a nice list of choices for it. They also let you pick anything on the menu and just pay the difference which was great! All the food was very tasty! It was a bit too quiet for our liking though, some music or something would've been nice, it felt like we had to whisper our entire meal and we could hear everyone else's conversation. Other than that it was a perfect anniversary dinner! They even brought out our desert on a slate and wrote Happy Anniversary in chocolate. Beautiful!
Linda and I had been to the Briarhurst b ...
Linda and I had been to the Briarhurst before and we thought the food was much better on our previous visit. Service was good but the food could have been better. Linda and I did enjoy our evening out. Thanks, Fred
The service was wonderful and the food w ...
The service was wonderful and the food was excellent. Our waiter was very attentive and had a great grasp of the menu and how the food was prepared. Their coffee is specially made for them and is absolutely delicious! Romantic with beautiful grounds. Well worth the time and price.
Great service at a beautiful, romantic s ...
Great service at a beautiful, romantic setting. Lobster bisque was delicious and the chocolate dessert was amazing. My wife enjoyed her trout while I thought my NY steak was just OK. Partly my fault though as I don't care for blue cheese. We had a fun evening and I would definitely go back to try another menu option.
Service was good. Wait staff took good c ...
Service was good. Wait staff took good care of us. Lobster bisque was good. Wine was only okay. Beef Wellington was doughy. Angus beef was average. Sides were boring. Nothing special. Was given free dessert to take home for the doughy Wellington but was not what we had ordered.
It was our anniversary and they made it ...
It was our anniversary and they made it wonderful. The food was amazing, the service excellent and the place is beautiful. The outside area had a wedding going on, but it was quiet and lovely where they had us, didn't hear anything.
We celebrated our wedding anniversary. ...
We celebrated our wedding anniversary. We've been here before and we are always excited when we have a reason to make reservations. The service and ambiance is great. The food for myself was very disappointing. My wife had the beef Wellington and I had a braised buffalo dish. My main dish was so dry it was like eating a poorly done rump roast. Usually we have never encountered food that we were not impressed but on that day it was not to par. Would I go back? Yes! Would I order anything buffalo - NO!
Entree was VERY SLOW in coming, and 3 of ...
Entree was VERY SLOW in coming, and 3 of the 4 steaks were under-done. But given the time it took to get the entrees in the first place, no one was willing to send them back to be cooked properly. And it took 3 tries to get the bill correct.
Not our first visit but our last. It wa ...
Not our first visit but our last. It was our 40th anniversary , we were greeted by the Hostess and seated promptly, our waitress was friendly and courteous and asked if this was our first time there and asked if this was a special occasion and we replied that it was our anniversary. I ordered the stuffed calamari as a starter, it took 20 minutes before it arrived. The calamari was warm at best, and the chorizo(?)had no spice to it and the squid had the texture of a rubber band. Our entrées showed up a full hour after we ordered them, I had BBQ 1/2 duck, it was over smoked so the orange glaze was lost as was the thigh. My wife ordered the beef wellington, the puffed pastry looked more like pie dough and was not flakey, the meat should have been completely wrapped in the pastry but the end was exposed and looked burnt. Nothing offered for special occasions for dessert unlike other high end restaurants we've been to.
We have dined at The Briarhurst several ...
We have dined at The Briarhurst several times over the years, always our first choice for celebrating anniversaries (#54 this year). The manor setting with dining in various rooms provides for settings to match the occasion. We ate in the library so had only a dozen other guests in the room giving us plenty of privacy to talk. Service was superb, unhurried but highly attentive and the food was amazing from the amuse bouche through the steak & lobster entree to the creme brule served on one of the original slate tiles from the recent remodeling. We are not wine drinkers and were pleased to have several non-alcoholic beverages to enhance our meal. Staff members stopped by to check on how pleased we were with the food and made us feel like VIPs. This is definitely a place to "dine" rather than have dinner out.
More expensive than I can usually afford ...
More expensive than I can usually afford, but great for special occasions (anniversary, in this case). The staff works hard to make sure you get exactly what you want, exactly the way you want it. And the chef sometimes sends out little "extras," just to help you feel special. The food itself is always well-prepared, and often presented in remarkably creative ways. Two of our dishes came on a slate shingle from the old house that had burned down long ago! The Briarhurst is also special for its history with the early Manitou Springs. We always enjoy re-reading that history when we come.
The food was excellent and our complimen ...
The food was excellent and our compliments to the chef. We had the steak and lobster and it was very, very good. The house wine was superb.
The atmosphere, while lovely in the sense that it is in an old mansion, is not luxurious and people are crammed in rooms with little privacy.
The service also was good but I would categorize it as adequate. Our server was pleasant; brought water whenever needed (which is a rare talent). But in watching other servers they were trying too hard to be high end and it came across as contrived and insincere. It's like they watched a video about high end service and tried to emulate it. Our dinner took a long time to arrive, to the point where we were joking about the early bird special being the last to get attention.
So it was a nice dinner but will not go down in our memories as one of the best.
Great for a Special Occassion
My wife and I went Briarhurst Manor to celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary. The service was personal and attentive and the food was out of this world. I noted in our reservation through Open Table that we were there for our anniversary and everyone from the receptionist to our waitress was well aware and congratulated us without any prompting. Overall, it was an amazing experience!
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