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Baldpate Inn
Baldpate Inn

Baldpate Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.baldpateinn.com/index.php/?page_id=24
  • Phone: (970) 586-5397
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Executive Chef: Lois H. Smith, Innkeeper Chef
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Features in Bon Appetit, Taste of Home, Woman’s Day, Country Living, Frommers and Forbes highlight Baldpate’s sterling reputation for excellent mountain hospitality If you are considering a special event, we are pleased to cater meetings, luncheons, weddings, receptions, and dinner parties for groups up to 100 persons. Please contact us for more info about our Key Group Dining options.
  • Private Party Contact: Lois H. Smith (970) 586-6151
  • Entertainment: During your visit to The Baldpate Inn plan time to visit our unparalleled collections, reminiscent of our fascinating and sometimes mysterious legacy. The world renowned Baldpate Key Collection is displayed from the walls and ceiling of the Inn’s Key Room. Thousands of keys will invite you to become part of the legacy. Equally fascinating, The Baldpate Photograph Collection lines the walls of our dining rooms. Here you will find fascinating Black & White autographed photographs of presidents, movie stars, and many historic world figures. Both collections are open to the public at no charge

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Baldpate Inn
A classic mountain getaway, Baldpate is located seven miles south of Estes Park, Colorado on the designated scenic “Peak to Peak Highway” Colorado Route 7. Our setting is nestled in the pine forest on the side of Twin Sisters Mountain, next to the Lily Lake area of Rocky Mountain National Park.
For more than 20 years the Baldpate's dining room was rated as a 5-star Duncan Hines restaurant. Today our specialty buffet continues to bring highest honors as we provide an unparalleled dining experience. Although we do not offer traditional entrees, we are loved for our fresh salad buffet, homemade soups, breads, and pies. Not only locals, but travelers especially delight in the refreshing change and value that our soup and salad menu offers. Seating in our sunporch dining room offers the bonus of an unequaled treetop view of the mountain valley.
Our dining room is open continuously for both lunch and dinner, 11:30 AM through 8:00 PM
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • " We were seated at a table by the windows, the hummingbirds were a couple of feet away at their feeders. I have never seen so many hummingbirds at once. Beer was served with a chilled glass, water and ice tea were kept refilled as we had a leisurely lunch with a view of the Estes valley and lake Estes. They do a soup and salad buffet that is all you can eat, The soups are excellent, homemade muffins and breads, too many to try them all. We did split a slice of rhubarb pie to see if it was as good as Grandma's, and it was, even to the flaky crust. Then we looked around at the history, pictures,and keys. You need two or three hours to do lunch and really see this place. Bring your parents and grandparents, they will love it!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "One of our favorite spots in northern Colorado. The homemade soups are just great; salad bar features cold, crisp items; homemade breads and muffins are tasty; and their pies are absolutely the best ever! And then there is the view.....nestled on a hill in the forest of pine and aspen with beautiful views of the Estes Park valley and the peaks beyond to be enjoyed while sitting in a log lodge which is on the National Historic Register. Can't beat all that!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "My husband, son and I celebrated my birthday with lunch at the rustic Baldpate Inn this past Sat. We were seated at a corner table on the enclosed porch by a window where we enjoyed Estes Valley views and continuous hummingbird sightings at the feeders placed by the windows. The fresh, cold salad bar was a meal in itself, but was also accompanied by a cheese tray, various selections of homemade breads, and a selection of soups. My husband and I had a hearty chili with freshly baked warm bread. Our son had vegetable soup with cornbread. The wait staff was courteous and did not rush us. Following lunch, we enjoyed perusing the remarkable key collection and the history of the soon-to-be 100-year old inn."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The soups were terrible, unfit for consumption. The broccoli cheese soup was burnt. The white bean soup had beans that were crunchy they were so undercooked. The broth was watery and without flavor. Couldn't hardly find the chicken in it. The salad bar was okay...nothing spectacular...certainly not worth the $15.00 price tag."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Take an historic inn, add a scenic view and top it with a unique assortment of soups, salads and homemade muffins/ breads and you have the dining experience at the Baldpate Inn!! Oh and you will love the assortment of fresh baked pies for dessert!!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The restaurant is a pleasant place to relax with friends and enjoy a good meal."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We always enjoy going to the Baldpate Inn. There were six of us. One couple from Loveland and two couples live in Estes Park. We love to take our visitors there. The soups are always very good, salad bar has a good variety, and the cornbread is to die for! I bought their recipe book a few years ago and bake the cornbread often. I've shared the cornbread recipe with many friends and they all rave about it."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The food was delish. The atosphere was inspiring. The views were beatuiful within a moutain setting."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "41st anniversary celebration in a unique place to have dinner. We always love the Baldpate."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This is a great place to go after a hike! A good soup and salad bar where everyone can find something they like."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The soups (chili and a vegetarian choice) were good, as usual. The salads and bread were pretty limited that night. They were out of pie (which in the past has been home-made and delicious) so there was no pie-ala-mode, which was a disappointment. We will try again in the future because this particular experience was marred by a shortage of salads, desserts, breads and dessert this particular evening. In the past we have had some very nice suppers at the Baldpate, and we have no doubt we will again."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "A unique and fun place to visit. I wish they had better quality food. That would have made our experience perfect."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I felt this was very expensive for what food they served. We came at 2:30 and a lot of food was gone and we had to wait while they refilled everything. Loved our waiter he was fun and the service was awesome!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The Baldpate Inn was the highlight of our vacation! The dinner salad bar was served in an old fashioned bathtub on ice! The homemade blueberry lemon muffins & cherry pie ala-mode were simply heaven! The dinning room has a tree house feeling view over- looking the Rocky Mountain National Park with humming bird feeders hung along the windows so you can watch the birds while you dine. Coffee was brewed at 6 am so I could sit on the Baldpate porch and watch the humming birds early. Our three course breakfast was sweet rasberries, homemade poppy muffins, fluffy asiago quiche and over-sized homemade 5" cinnamon rolls. Lois, the owner, came by our table and told us how her staff prepares the daily nectar for the pretty humming birds."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Baldpate Inn is a lovely historical site with a fabulous restaurant that features all fresh ingredients on it's delicious soup/salad/cheese/breads/dessert buffet. Everything is homemade and exceptional. I bring all visitors to my Estes home here for lunch or dinner provided they are visiting during the open season."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Have eaten lunch here several times before, nice to be able to eat here in the evening."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The view....need I say more? The character of the Inn and the helpful staff...all from outside of Estes....adds that special quality that we go to the Baldpate for. As always, we will be back on our next trip from southeast Nebraska! Arlo and Barb"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Always love Baldpate Inn! Delicious salads, muffins, Nd homemade soups. The view is excellent by the windows to watch the hummingbirds. I loved the patriotic feel of the place on the Fourth of July! Very pleasant waiter."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The food is always good at the Baldpate. The rustic atmosphere and charm make it a unique place to have a relaxing lunch, or take out of town visitors for some local flavor. You can spend hours reading all the tags in the Key Room. After lunch, cross the street and soak in the beauty of Lily Lake."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I have visited the Baldpate Inn before; it was my friend's first time. I had the pumpkin curry-very tasty; my friend said the chili was not bland. The salad bar for a 1-PM reservation, my opinion, had a good variety of salad accommodates. I had the yummy blue cheese dressing; my friend selected honey Dijon and was not thrilled. Here is part of my write up on my FB profile along with the pics: very relaxed ambience, the weather held out with cool breezes. I really did enjoy my pumpkin curry soup, salad, muffins--especially the corn bread, and the moscato d'asti was superb. I will be back for the soup & salad; my friend would return for pie & coffee--which neither of us had."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Nostalgic, charming, and a great hideaway! Soups, salads, and desserts are offered as advertised. While you eat you're able to enjoy dozens of hummingbirds feeding on the nectar just on the other side of the glass...or go outside if you prefer to watch. Cowboy Buffalo Stew a bit spicy for my taste...but still good. Staff was very cordial and helpful. Worth the drive out of Estes Park to find."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Soup was not hot, and the buffalo veggie soup had no buffalo in it. Service was awful. Some of us just had water, but could not get it refilled. The waiter added an extra tip to our bill, I saw it on the online bank. It was a buffet and he was awful. Nice guy, but bad."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Well-kept secret in a mountain setting. Lived here all my life and did realize the restaurant even existed. Great food, great service, casual atmosphere -- quaint. We will return often."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We were disappointed to find that the Baldpate Inn only had a salad and soup bar. There was no menu. In addition to the salad and soup they did offer corn muffins, a peanut butter muffin, and a nice home made bread as well as some cheese. The soups offered that day were a corn chowder and chili. The pot containing the corn chowder apparently was not working because the soup not hot. I had to ask the waiter to heat it up. He later came by and reported that the pot had been fixed so I assume this was not a regular occurance. The soup was OK but I did not find it anything special. The bread was delicious. I am not a salad eater so I can't comment on that. I would not go back."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We have stayed at the Bald Pate years ago and enjoyed our stay. I was looking forward to a wonderful dinner with my wife and was pleasantly surprised the Bald Pate was on Open Table. We arrived and were promptly seated and I requested menus. The server was very friendly but informed us it was a buffet only. We walked over to the buffet to see what was on it and a kitchen staff member told us the two soups for Saturday evening were vegetable beef and mushroom. I looked at my wife and told her I was sorry for not checking their menu online. We thanked the server, walked out to our car and got onto Open Table and made reservations at The View Restaurant."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The view and simplicity are great; leave hustle behind. Eat here."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Wonderful food, fresh salads, homemade pies, great soups and fabulous staff + great view of mountains"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great scenic and historical site. The soup and salad bar is not spectacular, but filling. The pie was good!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We have been to Baldpate 3 times as a mid-week get-away from Greeley. The food is always great, service is always great, atmosphere is always incredible. Some time we will make an overnite stay and see how your breakfast is ! Lee & Kathi Polk"
    Dined on 9/9/2013
  • "This place is excellent! Great views, great food, great service..."
    Dined on 9/3/2013
  • "The food was good was usual however the variety of food choices was not as varied as in the past. The service wasn't as good as it has been either. We'll definitely come again with the hope that the food and service will be back to it's normal excellent standard!"
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "The atmosphere is nice, pretty setting and open views from dining area. The salad and soup are very good, nice selection. I would recommend, however, that for the price of the buffet, coffee/tea and dessert should be included."
    Dined on 8/29/2013
  • "The soup was very disappointing. It seemed to have been watered down. The bread is always wonderful and the salad bar is predictable. It is a wonderful place to experience and hope that the soup improves. I also heard this from someone else recently. When they originally took us for lunch the soup was wonderful but since then we both had disappointing experiences."
    Dined on 8/28/2013
  • "We love to visit the Baldpate once a year for a special, relaxing meal. Great get away and view!"
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "The view is great and the inn is historic & very interesting. That being said the food is below par. One of our soups was good - the white bean chili. The salad bar is below average which is sad since that is all that they have to offer. We have come here for years when we are in the area & the last few times we have said we will not come back despite the ambience. The cornbread was also cold & not good. Skipped the dessert. The service was also not good. Probably will not be back."
    Dined on 8/13/2013
  • "Peter was our server. He was very helpful, friendly and professional. We liked Peter. The food was GREAT too. The salads were wonderful. It would have been good to have a little sign designating the flavor of the muffins. The one I chose was sweet, when I would have preferred savory. (The sweet one was yummy though.) I would have chosen the sliced bread, but it wasn't cut. We were seated by a window and loved the view and the humming birds. We're local, and plan to return. Although, when we do, we will try a time that's not so busy. There was a table with a family, including children, next to our table. It wasn't a problem until someone wanted to walk between the tables, or we wanted to go to/from our table."
    Dined on 8/7/2013
  • "The view and atmosphere are amazing. Well worth checking out. The soup and salad brunch is overpriced for what you get in terms of food. The pie is supposed to be fantastic, but I found it rather ordinary. My husband loved the cheese and broccoli soup."
    Dined on 8/7/2013
  • "The Baldpate Inn is a truly unique and wonderful place. From the historic lodge itself, to the views from the porch, and the very scrumptious food, it provides a chance to disconnect and almost travel back in time to when life moved at a slower pace. I was first introduced to the Baldpate back in 1995 and every visit has been wonderful. We even had our rehearsal dinner here in 2010, which was perfect for us and our family and friends. On our most recent visit we had a beef stew that was hearty and absolutely wonderful - esp. when paired with the cornbread. We will definitely go back when we are in the area and would highly recommend others go as well."
    Dined on 8/4/2013
  • "This dining experience would have been poor if not for the humming birds feeding just outside the windows. It was thrilling to watch them feed and they provided a distraction to the fare we were offered. The soup and salad bar seemed sparse. A day later we found turbulence in our digestive tracts and wondered if hygiene was not all that scrupulous. Separate charges for dessert was also disappointing. It raised our expectations of the expected treats which were dashed by key lime pie being green jello chiffon goop on almost raw crust. The pecan pie arrived cold and after request for it to be heated, came back looking somewhat sorry, only a tad better than the key lime pie. $72 for soup and salad with 2 pieces of pie for 4 seems a bit pricey."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "...the luncheon soup and salad buffet was disappointing. The restaurant is located in an interesting historic log structure perched above Estes Park in the pines, but the food served in the buffet was somewhat lacking. The homemade dressings were good, as was the potato leek soup. This was countered by a tasteless chicken rice soup and a low variety of greens and salad toppings to choose from. For the price- fifteen dollars- somehow we had expected better from this charming location. We topped lunch off with key lime pie, which tasted like it was made with whipped topping, and not the custardy delight I have come to know and love. There was an extra charge for dessert and coffee. We may go back for the views, but not for the food."
    Dined on 8/3/2013