Cliff House at Pikes Peak
Cliff House at Pikes Peak

Cliff House at Pikes Peak

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thecliffhouse.com/cliffhouse-dining-room
  • Phone: (719) 785-2415
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 10:30pm
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Steakhouse, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Scott Savage
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Banquet facilties available for Weddings, Business etc.
  • Private Party Contact: Kristen Eurich 7197852422

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Park Ave
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Free valet parking available.
A word from Cliff House at Pikes Peak
The Best in Colorado Fine Dining. The Cliff House Dining Room has gained national renown as one of Colorado’s premier dining destinations. We are proud recipients of the distinguished DiRoNA Award, AAA Four Diamonds, "Best of Award of Excellence" Wine Spectator Magazine and "Unique Award of Distinction" from Robert Parker's Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Our wine list is the largest in the Region with over 800 offerings. Led by our visionary Executive Chef Scott Savage, our elite culinary staff will astound your senses with a creative symphony of tastes, smells and textures. His award winning dishes will amaze you with their modern twists combined with his fearless utilization of cross-cultural techniques and fresh Colorado ingredients. For "foodies", gourmets, aspiring cooks, and even master culinarians, Chef Savage also offers ground-breaking weekly episodes of his Internet show, "The Savage Kitchen". In this innovative show, Chef Savage will walk you through his favorite recipes.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Cliff House at Pikes Peak reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelQuiet
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (51)romantic (39)notable wine list (28)fit for foodies (25)neighborhood gem (16)scenic view (12)great for outdoor dining (10)good for groups (7)great for brunch (6)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Nice option for Manitou Springs
    DeniseG
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I always love to see a historic building brought to life and this was a long awaited, lovely remodel. Which has nothing to do with the food, but it is a very nice place to visit, whether you eat here or not. The food is very good, well presented and tasty. Strange that when we went to make the reservation on OpenTable for 7:30pm, it kicked us up to 8pm which was fine, but when we got there, the place only had 3 occupied tables.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • free breakfast = same dinner room
    Jmkimpressoion
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We thought the ambience would have been dimmed lights, center pieces and outstanding service...I mean it is five star dining. The room looked the same for dinner as it did for the included continental breakfast, the service was fairly good and the food was very good. Being a foodie I was excited to try this place...but the cliff house in general wasn't what we expected. It was an overall just ok experience at dinner and the hotel. I would have expected classical music playing, dimmed lights and OUTSTANDING service for the price. There was no music, decent service and no real dinner lights. Sadly we won't be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 2WheelsRacing
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I've been try to get to the Cliff house for the past ten years to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Life happens and we finally made it. After 30 years together the Cliff House dining absolutely did not let use down. Your tastebuds will love it and wanting more. My only regret is we did not make room reservations as we spent it with family. We will be back and will get the full package. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • idahogrumpy
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    It's a tough call in this day and age, but it is perplexing to allow diners with small children in a nice restaurant and don't enforce some level of decorum. The hotel makes a point of advertising a "romantic" setting but then allows a group of adults and a small child to dine in the main dining room. I blame the adults, not the child who was reasonably well behaved. The "mom" in the party in question was constantly leaving the table to field phone calls and left her dinner mates eating alone for long periods of time. It appeared only one person ate off the menu--which wasn't cheap by the way--and shared with everyone else. So, next time we'd just eat in the bar and forego trying to have a romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 65th Birthday Dinner/Celebration
    ElderGal
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We so enjoyed our dinner Saturday, 10/18/2014 at The Cliff House - it is our go-to place for special occasions. It was my 65th birthday, so we enjoyed a lovely dinner and a wonderful overnight stay at the historic hotel. We always recommend it to friends for a special experience. Brunch on Sunday morning was also great! We will return!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for our special occasion
    CRHeals
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Service was very nice, food was absolutely amazing. It was pricey, but for a special occasion (like our five year anniversary) it was a wonderful treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Evolving
    James
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    A great historic setting and well appointed dining room, that is still working at better service. Slow response from servers even when not busy. Coffee spill on one diner at our table was met with an apology but no other compensation. Our party was apparently caught in a transition between server shifts and was left unattended for a long period. Food and presentation were good. The dining experience could be improved with more attention to server training. Still a good place to dine with great potential.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mountain Town Elegance
    Dean
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We arrived early for our reservation but were promptly seated near a classical guitarist providing background music for the dinner service. The 800 label wine list was matched with a simple menu of a dozen or so entrees. The shrimp tempura appetitizer in lime chili sauce was perfectly cooked. We had the steak Diane and elk filet wrapped in bacon. Neither needed a steal knife. The service was efficient and unobtrusive. We try to find a reason to dine at the Cliff House at least once a year. You should, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great time for our group
    ww13VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We had friends in from all over the country and had a great time. Staff was efficient and knowledgeable and food was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gourmet dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    generally the food and service is all that your restaurant aims to achieve. The prices meet with the gourmet plates. The only thing we didn't like was the Bread pudding for dessert. It had no razzle-dazzle to end a wonderful meal. Wouldn't be ordering that again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Worth Price
    turk
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food was not great quality and was overpriced. Would not recommend.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Rmorley32
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We used open table to make a reservation for 7 pm and when we showed up at 7 they had our reservation written in at 630. I thought maybe it was my error but I checked back on my email and it confirmed 7 pm. The service was slow, took 10+ mins to get our drinks and they were not busy. It was too quiet, you couldn't have a conversation without the table next to you hearing. Overall the service and the atmosphere was just awkward. The soups were amazing, but my seafood entrè was just okay. Not worth the price! The couple sitting facing us's ticket got lost so they sat there for a long time without food or drinks!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Dinner
    Ottrocks
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Dinner has always been fantastic, We have been going there on our anniversary for 5 years now, love the food, appreciate the service and attention. Nothing is better then being treated like a guest rather then a customer. Only had one problem, server brought me the wrong dinner. So my wife (On our anniversary) ate hers while mine was being prepared. It only took a few moments, I didn't want hers to cool while waiting for mine to arrive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious dinner in Manitou Springs
    Conansmom
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We celebrated my husband's birthday at the Cliff House in Manitou Springs & it was a very nice evening. The service was top notch, as was the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like Eating with Friends
    apricotalma
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We ate two dinners at this restaurant and were extremely pleased with menu selections, wait staff, and atmosphere. We ate at 6 and 6:30 respectively on a Friday and Saturday evening. The latter day had a violinist playing from 6:30 to 8PM. Our entrée selections included Colorado Bass, Smoked Ruby Trout, Veal Chop and Pork Chop. Each was served with unique vegetable combinations suited to the meat/fish and season. There is also a vegetarian menu as well as a highlighted vegetarian dish on the main menu. We both had salads (wedge or house w/roasted watermelon- excellent!) The wait staff was attentive and provided suggestions and answers that were spot on - not trying to push a dish - as to a diner's taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unusual twists & flavor blends
    NCGal
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I had never had a grilled Caesar salad--the romaine lettuce head was split in half and lightly grilled on the cut side. It was interesting. The elk was perfectly cooked to the level I asked for. The most memorable dish was the dessert of three different flavors of creme brulee. Yummy!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rick
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We were given a beautiful window table. The service was outstanding without being overbearing. Jay did a great job recommending a wine we had not tried before that really added to the experience. He has some hidden gems in the cellar! Our meals were absolutely outstanding in quality and presentation. We highly recommend the Cliff House.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful special effects
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Happy Anniversary written in chocolate around dessert plate was a perfect finish to a romantic evening. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner at The CLiff House. The service was spectacular, the food delicious and the atmosphere was charming.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Quality Reigns
    vindetable44
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Back for dinner after a gap of about a year. Good to see the maitre d' still there. Dining room retains all of its charm. The staff is attentive and eager. The food remains among the best in Colorado Springs. I had the chateaubriand, and the meat was perfect, with a wonderful reduction sauce. So tender the knife was unnecessary. Another in our party had the elk chop, and loved it. Someone else had the bass and rated it good but rather dull. My only disappointment was the Caesar salad; the chef sears the romaine. That adds nothing and makes the romaine rather limp, and increases the bitterness. Terrific wine list as always. A last bottle miscue was handled by a complimentary half bottle of another similar wine. Classy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food! Quiet, formal setting.
    Pharmer
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was our first time at the restaurant. We did not know it was formal dining. We felt slightly out of place with a two-year old and didn't know some of the etiquette of formal dining. Our waiter did bring out a cup of fruit right away to keep my niece occupied which was thoughtful. It is a better date night or quiet, adults, wine-night out. Food was expensive but worth it for a special occasion. The lobster bisque and potato leek soup were both very good. The lamb and beef steak were okay, the bass was very good and the elk was excellent. Everyone at the table liked the elk steak the best. I would highly recommend it. Overall, too refined for the environment we were looking for that night but would be great on a different night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quality2
    beenthere
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The quality was okay. The food, Elk I have had prepared better. The dessert was okay. The lemon was wasn't of great taste
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Excellent food and the service was just as good. I definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic; great wine; skip the meal
    TXVisitor
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Amazing wine selection, great staff/service but food was nothing to write home about; definitely overrated.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Evening Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We booked a room at the Cliff House for our 10th wedding anniversary, so we chose to eat there as well. Our food was very good, though the starter we ordered was not the one delivered to our table. The mix-up was ok, but wasn't really anything special and the intended dish sounded preferable. When making our reservation, we did mention that it was our anniversary, which the host mentioned, but beyond that, nothing out of the ordinary happened. I wasn't expecting anything, but a table with a view, or in the corner would have been nice, rather than smack dab in the middle of the dining room. Great wine list in a variety of costs. Food was flavorful and well-presented. Overall, it was a memorable meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    Greatfood
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    It's pricey but worth it. The food was so nicely prepared and very tasty. Would definitely go again and would recommend it to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cliff House
    Shawna
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The Cliff House is Amazing. The food and service is awesome. We love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious food
    Skyqueenden
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This is a wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion. The staff was very accommodating and added special touches to make our Silver anniversary special. If in the area, do consider.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Loved that this was a fine dinning restaurant with a wonderful view of the history postal office across the street. Great menu options! We enjoyed everything!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A special place
    Mange
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    It is always wonderful to find a beautifully restored place in the heart of an important piece of American history. Those who fought to save this beautiful hotel and restaurant, and historic location and town should get special commendation from us and future generations. The lovely hotel and great food are icing on the cake-not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 273 reviews are from the Cliff House at Pikes Peak reviews archive.
  • Disappointed
    COSdiners
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had expected a well-prepared gourmet meal with great service because we had that kind of experience on two occasions in the past few years. This time, however, the salads were especially unappealing and the entrees and side dishes were nothing special. The excessively loud large group in the same dining room required more servers so our service was very, very slow and conversation was difficult. We won't be back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oh What A Disappointment.
    HutchVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Our waitress forgot about us...Thought she had partied too much the night before... Our desert was served before our main course... the main course was served after more than an hours wait...cold. My wife asked that her salad and soup be served together but they were served separately... The wine was excellent and served well. It helped me through the comedy of errors. And then the check was brought to us by a man from the bar that had been asked to help out in the dinning room, not our server... though she did apologize a bit later. The bill was adjusted not as offered by the staff (only the deserts were comped) but taked care of by me on the completion of the check payment... What a FIVE star disappointment.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 40yearstogether
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary with dinner here. It was very nice and the servers were very nice to us. They took care of us without being too intrusive. The food was excellent and was the right texture and temperature. I would recommend this historic building to visit while you are in Manitou Springs.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome dinner
    Matt
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    From our amuse bouche to the elk ribeye to the chocolate bread pudding, everything was fantastic. Definitely a place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Kup60
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I had the lamb and was the best I ever had. My wife had the Colorado bass and she loved it but could not finish it because of the large portion. We started with the Cliff House wedge salad and that also was very good. Will return when we get back to the area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    cbco
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Though the outdoor porch seating was nice, the food was very unremarkable, and for not being busy during lunch, our food took over 30 minutes. The fish and chips were over breaded, leaving very little fish, and very tasteless, and the fries were grease soaked. The lobster bisque was ok, I've had better. The romaine salad was about 3 small grilled leaves plus the meat; would hate to see what it wasn't if meat had not been ordered with it. The burger was ok. For what was described on trip advisor as 4 stars didn't come close to what we were expecting. The restaurant next door looked like it had a much more appealing menu, but we'll never know for sure.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Romantic evening
    welovetoeat
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Our experience was delightful. The wait staff was friendly, efficient and very professional. The food was delicious. We are so glad we chose the Cliffhouse.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oasis of charm
    Ski4food
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This restaurant is a gem tucked inside the tourist town of Manitou Springs. Food was inspired, service was unobtrusive but stellar, and the level of sophistication right across the street from the town penny arcade made this a true find. Would highly recommend for 5-star food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special place
    PickEeater
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We were a party of six who first had relaxing drinks in the bar. Then went in for dinner where we were seated at a round table in the small room, perfect for conversation. Everyones dinner was outstanding, and the service was exceptional! This is the perfect place for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad vegetarian options
    Vegetarian007
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    This restaurant has a poor selection for vegetarians. It did not have very good options. The service is great and everyone is very helpful. I appreciated the ambiance and set up. The beet was very good, but the lasagna was especially disappointing
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet