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Top 10 Favorite Restaurants in Estes Park

Estes Park Dining

With Restaurant Week & Taste of Estes around the corner on April 12-24, we've got delicious food on the brain! One of the questions visitors to Estes Park often ask us is, "Where do you recommend we eat?".  Afterall, vacation for must of us means a break from cooking and doing dishes!  So we've put together a list of our Top 10 Favorite spots to eat when you are in town:

  1. Asian - Cafe De Pho Thai serves delicious Vietnamese and Thai food with fresh flavors and spices.  Meals here are rich, sensory experiences without being heavy. They also offer take out and delivery, so if staying home by a roaring fire is more your pace give them a call!
  2. Bar-B-Que - Smokin' Daves slow smokes their meat until it's tender and full of that great smoky flavor we all love about good bar-b-que. They have a family-friendly atmosphere that can easily accomodate large groups.  The staff is friendly, and it's a terrific spot to stop for lunch or dinner after a day in Rocky Mountain National Park!
  3. Breakfast - Egg & I does breakfast right - fresh squeezed orange juice, good coffee, wonderful eggs benedict, and great waffles! It's a casual, happy place with friendly service.  And they have lunch too!
  4. Casual - Poppy's Pizza & Grill is our favorite spot to grab a burger.  They also have great pizza, sandwiches & wraps, hearty soup & salad, and a good kids' menu. You've got to try their handmade, thinly sliced onion rings! They have a great atmosphere, and are located along the Riverwalk so it's always fun to take an after lunch/dinner stroll.  
  5. Coffee House - Kind Coffee lives up to their name.  And they serve really good coffee and treats too!  In addition to their smiling staff, Kind Coffee makes the conscious effort to support sustainability by serving certified organic and fair trade coffee.  While you are there, pick up a bag of Flood Mud beans and give to Estes Park Flood Recovery.
  6. Italian - Dunraven Inn uses the freshest ingredients, and you can taste the difference! If you are the type of person who wants to create memories when you dine, and always seeks the non-chain restaurants when you travel, you must go to the Dunraven Inn! The kids and "kids at heart" will never forget the walls covered with dollar bills and Mona Lisa's smiles. 
  7. Mexican - Pepper's is the perfect place to stop for a quick, delicious meal. Technically it is fast food because their fresh, homemade Mexican won't keep you waiting! Try their fish tacos and enchiladas.
  8. Romantic - Fawn Brook Inn in Allenspark isn't too well known by visitors, and we sort of hate to share it with you because it's such a special place.  For over 33 years the Fawn Brook Inn has served intimate, 5 star meals with an old world flair.  Gourmet and delightful, this is the perfect spot to celebrate romance.  It is only open on weekends from 5:00-8:00 pm, and reservations are a must. 
  9. Steak & Seafood - Orlando's Steakhouse serves hormone free steak, organic, local vegetables, fresh seafood, homemade soups, and tantalizing desserts. Chef Tandy is passionate about what he does, and that comes through in their high quality menu. 
  10. Tavern & Music - Rock Inn is a lively gathering spot with local flair and live music.  They serve classic comfort food and a full bar with a side of bluegrass, rock, and acoustic singer/songwriters. You can count on a good time! 

For a complete listing of Estes Park dining, click hereLooking for a fun St. Patrick's day idea? Wear your green and head up to the Rock Inn Monday night! Starting at 5:00 pm there will Guiness on tap, salmon fish & chips, and other lucky fair.  The Rock Inn will be rockin' at 7:00 pm when the Gristle Gals take stage for live music and dancing. 

Great Roads to Great Chefs – A Luxury Culinary Experience Inspired by Nature

Table Restaurant at The Stanley

The iconic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO is hosting a truly unique “foodie” experience called Great Roads to Great Chefs. 

Great Roads to Great Chefs takes place over 11 weekends spanning until mid-April, so there are several opportunities left to attend.  Table, the new restaurant in the Stanley Hotel has invited some of the nation’s most promising chefs to serve intimate gatherings of up to 20 people to taste an exquisite 5 course meal with wine pairings. 

Chef Alec Schuler says, “I draw my passion from nature.” Several of the Chefs in Residence note their connection to the land, nature’s inspiration, and their relationships with local farmers.  We can’t think of a more inspiring natural setting than the Gateway to the Rockies in Estes Park!

Aside from an amazing evening, you will feel great knowing a portion of the revenue from Great Roads to Great Chefs will go towards helping victims of the Northern Colorado Flood. 

Dinner a la carte - $100 per person

For reservations call 970-577-4160

Come up for an unforgettable dining experience, and stay for weekend.  To check availability, click here. 

February 21/22  - Chefs Orlando Benavidez & Drew Hardin of Lola Denver (2/22 Sold Out)
February 28/March 1 - Chef Geoff Rhyne of “The Ordinary” Charleston SC- James Beard Nominated
March 7/8 - Chef Ryan Leinonen of Trillium Denver
March 14/15 - Chef Jeff Osaka of Twelve Denver
March 21/22 - Chef Chad Scothorn of Cosmopolitan Telluride
March 28/29 - Chef James Mazzio of The Edge Restaurant Snowmass, F&W Magazine Best New Chef Winner (3/29 Sold Out)
April 4/5 - Chef Hosea Rosenberg- Bravo Top Chef Winner (4/4 Sold Out)
April 11/12 - Chef Ari Kolender- formerly of 2 star Michelin restaurant Providence & Red Medicine Los Angeles
April 18/19 - Caleb Shriver and Chef Phillip Perrow from Dutch & Company Richmond, Virginia