Estes Park may be a mountain adventure destination, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in fine dining options. After you’ve spent the day summiting a stunning peak or exploring the riverside shops in downtown Estes Park, treat yourself to a fine meal out. Leave the hiking boots behind and select one of these top five fancy restaurants in Estes Park to make it a truly special evening!
Twin Owls Steakhouse
Not only offering up excellent meals, the atmosphere at Twin Owls Steakhouse also delivers. An open, airy Estes Park fine-dining room with vaulted ceilings and twinkling white lights overhead create a special ambiance, while walls of soaring windows offer unparalleled views over the mountain landscape. Twin Owls Steakhouse is an ideal place for celebrating a special occasion in Estes Park or simply enjoying a cherished evening out. Estes Park is known for their wild game meats, and Twin Owls Steakhouse is a great place to try these dishes. Start your meal with an appetizer of elk kabobs, marinated and grilled on a skewer with fresh vegetables. Mains include steaks made from beef, bison, or elk, with several surf ‘n turf options also available. Save room for a slice of their moist carrot cake, layered with cream cheese icing and topped with pecans.
Bird & Jim
Chandeliers hanging from vaulted wood beamed ceilings create an elevated dining experience at Bird & Jim. Careful attention is paid to the presentation of each dish at Bird & Jim, making each moment feel special. Start your meal off with a bowl of smoked pheasant chowder, which offers the perfect creamy texture. For mains, choose from a number of burgers, seafood options, and pasta dishes. The lamb T-bone is a favorite, served with a side of mashed potatoes and topped with a garlic honey cilantro glaze. Choose from sides that range from fried plantains to comfort foods such as mac & cheese. Save room for a bowl of their cinnamon bread pudding, served with vanilla ice cream and warm caramel. Bird & Jim offers an extensive wine list by the glass and bottle, and you just may find yourself lingering long after your meal chatting over multiple glasses.
The Stanley Hotel is a historic Estes Park landmark and situated within this impressive building is Cascades Restaurant. With a focus on fresh local ingredients and a seasonal menu, Cascades Restaurant brings a fresh taste of Estes Park to its diners. Choose from the indoor dining room or the outdoor patio, where you can enjoy your meal with a waterfall view. Choose from a variety of game meats, seafood dishes, steaks, seafood dishes, and sandwiches for lunch or dinner. The elk, buffalo, and kurobuta pork meatloaf is a favorite, topped with wild mushroom sauce. The pesto salmon is also excellent, served with couscous, zucchini, and yellow squash.
Seasoned – An American Bistro
This intimate chef-owned and operated restaurant offers seasonal dishes and creative cuisine. Situated in a renovated home, snag a table in the cozy Estes Park fine-dining space or out on the umbrella covered deck. Start your meal off with their signature cheese puffs before moving on to options such as steaks and seafood dishes. The Three Sisters is a favorite farm fresh dish, featuring heirloom beans, butternut squash, and grilled corn & scallion succotash. Suggested wine pairings are offered with each dish, making it easy to make a great selection. Enjoy a leisurely evening of after-dinner drinks selected from the extensive menu of wine, beer, cider, spirits, and specialty cocktails. Seasoned also serves an excellent brunch for those looking for an upscale meal to start their day. Options range from simple dishes such as granola parfaits to fresh scallops and a smoked trout sandwich. Pair your brunch order with a mimosa, Bloody Mary, or steaming latte.
The View Restaurant at the Historic Crags Lodge
Situated at the Historic Crags Lodge, The View Restaurant is aptly named for the breathtaking view it affords while dining. White clothed tables and high-backed wooden chairs sit in front of an expansive wall of windows overlooking a spectacular mountain setting. Whether you’re planning a special occasion or you simply want to celebrate with a special someone, The View Restaurant more than delivers when it comes to spectacular dining. The selective menu at The View offers options such as burgers, lamb, pasta, and items from the grill. The filet mignon is an excellent choice, topped with Bordelaise sauce and served with whipped potatoes and green beans. Top your meal off with an order of peach cobbler, served with warm caramel and vanilla ice cream.
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