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Briarwood Inn Restaurant Review: Elegant and old-world, this Golden stalwart makes for a memorable brunch experience or dinner out, thanks to its setting at the base of the foothills and an opulent and romantic ambience illuminated by chandeliers and adorned with stained glass, dark cherry wood, antiques and tapestry fabrics. The Briarwood is not a cutting-edge restaurant, although chef Jeff Jones is making strides in that direction. Renowned for its topnotch service and goliath wine list as well as its $70, five-course prix-fixe menu, this is a special occasion restaurant that lingers long after you’ve had a nightcap in the bar. Dinner might begin with foie gras torchon with pistachio pesto or the pork belly elevated with watermelon, goat cheese and scallion vinaigrette. Main dishes zigzag from filet mignon and pan-seared sea scallops paired with soft shell crab to duck confit and seared Colorado rack of lamb with heirloom cherry tomatoes. The dessert finale includes a tray of fresh fruit and petits fours, and the wine list showcases more than 700 imported and domestic vintages and 25-plus Champagnes and sparkling wines.