I've eaten at all of the Estes Park restaurants that you see here and I recommend them for the following reasons: they offer you good food, good service, and reasonable prices. Some of them have special features like mountain views or outdoor seating areas and I'll let you know which ones those are.
Dining in Estes Park restaurants can be as formal as you like or as informal as you want. It's all up to you. Or if you prefer something in between, that can be taken care of too.
One thing you should know about Estes Park restaurants is that they are not all open year-round. Some are and some aren't so it's a good idea to know ahead of time. The restaurants on this page will be a mixture of both so I'll let you know which ones are open when.
If you'd like to avoid crowds at Estes Park restaurants, then I'd recommend visiting them during the winter season. Probably from about mid November to mid May. Also, weekday nights are usually less busy than weekend nights, for obvious reasons.
1) The Other Side Restaurant: this friendly little place is located at National Park Village on the corner of Moraine Ave., (U.S. highway 36), and Mary's Lake Road.
The fare here is American and you'll find things like salads, hamburgers, and sandwiches, among other things. These offerings were on the lunch menu but the dinner menu also includes items such as trout, chicken, steak and pasta. The prices for the lunch menu are moderate and the prices on the dinner menu are more expensive.
The room was airy, and there were big windows along one side. Outside these windows are a little pond, (we saw baby geese), and the mountains, so you can always ask for a window seat if one is available. They are open year-round seven days a week.
Click here to see their website. Once on the website, you'll see the link on the left for "Menus". This will take you to the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus for The Other Side Restaurant, which also includes prices. Enjoy...
2) Longz Mountain Grill: this mid priced Estes Park restaurant is located inside the Rocky Mountain Park Inn, (otherwise known as the Estes Park Holiday Inn). You'll find it on the corner of Highway 36, and Highway 7, which is also known as South St. Vrain Ave.
The food here is American and you’ll see things like soup, salad, grilled sandwiches, burgers, and steaks on the menu. We had the grilled sandwiches and thought they were pretty good. Also, the plates came hot, which is always a good thing. The prices here are moderate.
They serve up a daily breakfast buffet, and dinner is served during the summer/fall season. Note: this restaurant, (and the hotel), are currently closed for remodeling, and will re-open May 15, 2017.
And here's the address and phone number of the Estes Park Holiday Inn...they'll be able to answer any questions you may have about the restaurant:
101 South St. Vrain Ave. Estes Park, Co. 80517 Phone-970-586-2332
3) Ed's Cantina: you'll find this popular Estes Park restaurant on E. Elkhorn Ave., which is the main street going through Estes Park. Just follow Hwy. 36 into town and the restaurant is towards the beginning of town on the left side of the road. You won't want to miss it!
The food here is American and Mexican, and you'll see things like burgers, sandwiches, salads, tacos, burritos and fajitas. Our plates arrived hot which I always think is a nice touch. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal, and the prices range from moderate to more expensive. There's also a small outdoor seating area that looks out onto a walking area along the river.
This is another Estes Park restaurant that's open year-round, seven days a week, serving breakfast, (weekends only), lunch, and dinner. Here's their contact information and a link to their website:
390 E. Elkhorn Ave. Estes Park, Co. 80517 Phone-970-586-2919 Here's the link to their website.
4) Big Horn Restaurant: this Estes Park restaurant can be found on the very west end of Elkhorn Ave. (On your right hand side of the road). Although you can walk there if you want to, it's probably easier to drive to it since they have a free parking lot just outside the restaurant.
You'll find American food here with a little bit of everything. Items such as burgers, steak, sandwiches, pasta, Mexican food, chicken, and a small soup and salad bar. The prices here are moderate and they can also fix you a picnic lunch in case you're going hiking. They're open year-round, seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Here's their address and phone number:
401 West Elkhorn Ave. Estes Park, Co. 80517 Phone-970-586-2792. And here's the Big Horn Restaurant website.
5) The Egg and I: this great place is located on E. Elkhorn Ave., which is the main street going through Estes Park. Just follow Hwy. 36 into town, and you'll see this wonderful Estes Park restaurant at the beginning of town on the right side of the road. You'll find a parking lot here but if it's busy, there is additional public parking just beyond the restaurant, (on E. Elkhorn Ave.), on your right hand side of the road.
The food here is American, and as you can guess, most of it is egg related. Still, you can also find a few sandwiches, soups, and salads here. The prices are moderate and we thought the food was delicious. It tasted home made! Anyway, they are open year-round, seven days a week, serving breakfast and lunch.
Here's their contact information and a link to their website:
393 E. Elkhorn Ave. Estes Park, Co. 80517 Phone-970-586-1173 http://www.theeggandirestaurants.com
6) Poppy's Pizza & Grill: this Estes Park restaurant is located on E. Elkhorn Ave. The best place to park is in the public parking lot that is just beyond The Egg and I restaurant, (right side of the road). From there, just cross the street and look for Barlow Plaza, (near the beginning of town), where you'll find the restaurant.
The specialty here is obviously pizza, but you'll also find a good selection of hamburgers, sandwiches, and salads. Speaking of salad, there's also a delicious looking soup and salad bar. Prices are moderate to more expensive, and we really enjoyed the pizza. Also, they're open every day from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the summer, and 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. the rest of the year.
I almost forgot to tell you about their lovely patio: it looks out onto the river and a hillside full of trees, making it seem like you could be in Rocky Mountain National Park. Enjoy!
Here's their address and phone number:
342 E. Elkhorn Ave. Estes Park, Co. 80517 Phone-970-586-8282
7) Hunters Chop House: one of my favorite Estes Park restaurants, as well as being popular with residents, they are located on Big Thompson Ave., near the Lake Estes marina.
To find it, follow Hwy. 36 west to the second stop light in Estes Park. Turn right on Big Thompson Ave., (Hwy. 34), and follow the road until you see the big sign for Hunters Chop House on your right. They have their own parking lot so just drive on in and find yourself a good spot.
You're going to find mostly American food here...things like steaks, ribs, burgers, chicken, sandwiches, and salads. But they also have a pretty good selection of other items such as seafood, pasta, and game. No shortage of choices here!
This popular Estes Park restaurant is open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Prices range from moderate to more expensive with most items being priced somewhere in between.
Need more info.? Here's their contact information:
1690 Big Thompson Ave. Estes Park, Co. 80517 Phone-970-586-6962
8) Grumpy Gringo: as the name implies, this Estes Park restaurant serves Mexican food. It is located on Hwy. 34, just across the highway from the Estes Ark. Yes, the Estes Ark! The Estes Ark is a building inside an ark...anyway, it makes a good landmark for helping you find the Grumpy Gringo!
They open their doors every day at 11:00 a.m. and their prices are moderate.
Grumpy's prepares their food every day from scratch, and you can really taste the difference that makes! Some of what you will find here includes: taco salad, taco platter, enchiladas, chimichangas, crispy rellenos, and burrito fajitas. You also get a free bowl of chips with a cup of salsa, and if you'd like to sit outside, it's available.
Sound good? Here's how you get there: follow Hwy. 36 west to the second stop light in Estes Park. Turn right on Big Thompson Ave. (Hwy. 34), and follow the road until you see the big sign for Grumpy Gringo on your right. It's just beyond the Comfort Inn and you will also see the Estes Ark on your left. Parking is on-site.
1560 Big Thompson Ave. Estes Park, Co. 80517 Phone-970-586-7705 http://www.grumpygringo.com
9) Village Pizza: are you looking for a good place to get pizza? If so, this Estes Park restaurant just may be your place. The service was good and the food came hot. Village Pizza was recommended to us by friends and we weren't disappointed! Also, it's easy to find since it's located in the Stanley Village shopping center.
Some of what you'll see on the menu includes: specialty pizza, veggie pizza, create your own pizza, (meaning choose your own toppings), pasta, sandwiches, soup, and a salad bar full of fresh veggies. Also, if you're so inclined, you can add meat to the veggie pizza. Prices here are moderate.
This Estes Park restaurant is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m., so if you're interested, here's how to get there: follow Hwy. 36 west to the second stop light in Estes Park. Turn right onto Big Thompson Ave., (Hwy. 34), then turn left into the Stanley Village Shopping center. Turn right towards Village Pizza and look for a good parking spot.
543 B Big Thompson Ave. Estes Park, Co. 80517 Phone-970-586-6031
Are there any Estes Park restaurants that you think should be on this page? If so, let me know through my contact form, and I just might go check it out :-).