Willow Creek Restaurant
Willow Creek Restaurant

Willow Creek Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.willowcreekevergreen.com/index.htm
  • Phone: 3036749463
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch Daily from 11 AM

    Dinner Service begins at 5PM

    Sat & Sunday Brunch

    Chefs Choice Bar Menu Available 3 -5 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Curtis Lincoln
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Call Tony Elwood for details
    303-674-wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private parties up to 150 people. Please call with inquires
  • Private Party Contact: Manager 3036749463

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highway 74
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Willow Creek Restaurant
Willow Creek is Located at Evergreen Lake In The Heart Of Evergreen, a scenic 30 minute drive from Downtown Denver. We feature A Beautiful Patio Overlooking the Lake, Glass Walled Wine Room, Beautiful Rock Fireplace, All Glass Walls, Every Table Has A View! Tastefully Decorated, Private Room Is Available. World Class Chef Curtis Lincoln & Wife Kristopher Have Created a Wonderful Local Restaurant Experience.

Artisinal Coctails and Interesting Wine List, there is something for every walllet! Fresh Pasta's & Sauces, Fresh Flown in Fish, Local Beef & Meats, Colorado Trout, Braised Rabbit... Each Menu Item Is Carefully Crafted. Reviewed by USA Today as one of the TOP TEN Places in the US to eat Housemade Pasta's (Our Rabbit Dish)



Chef de Cuisine Daniel LaCounte



General Manager/Co Owner Kristopher Lincoln



NOTE:WC Does NOT Accept Restaurant.COM Certificates,
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Willow Creek Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
69 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (56)great for outdoor dining (55)special occasion (41)fit for foodies (38)neighborhood gem (36)romantic (32)notable wine list (20)great for brunch (17)great for lunch (16)good for groups (6)late-night find (5)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (4)Show More
  • Wonderful Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The experience at the Willow Creek was fantastic! We had Italian Mimosas and they were fantastic. The variety of different options for brunch were great and well worth the price. It seemed that the waiters were very busy and would not check on our table very often. I would go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining in a mountain town
    MountainMermaidVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    This restaurant continues to impress me. Although they don't offer much of a menu change by the seasons, they do source their foods. We enjoyed sustainably-raised Verasso Salmon. The staff was knowledgable as to why the chef had selected this particular fish. (Verasso is the only seaside farm-raised salmon to be certified environmental, sustainable option by the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch list). It was prepared perfectly. Thank you, chef, for caring to make a sustainable choice. (At times Wild Salmon becomes too expensive for small restaurants to serve).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful experience
    timberwolf123
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This was our first time here. We went to celebrate our 14th anniversary & it couldn't have been better. We were greeted warmly when we entered & Megan was our waitress, she was great! My wife had the Haddock with lobster sauce & I had the Buffalo ribeye both were very good. Beautiful views of the lake & a warm inviting atmosphere. I would recommend this place to anyone.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice mountain dining with lake view
    Blueboxer
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    A pretty solid dining experience. Great setting, very good food, nice service, reasonable prices. Enjoyable spot if you are in Evergreen. Even better in summer as there is a nice deck that has views.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazing
    JohanH
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    great meal and innovative, fresh dishes with unique ingredients like fiddleheads (a New England delicacy that we haven't had since moving from there 8 years ago) and house-smoked sturgeon...fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Table was way too small for 4 people. Otherwise it was a great experience!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great early Mother's Day
    MikeG
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We were at Willow Creek for brunch on Saturday, before Mother's Day, because of family schedules, and it turned out to be a great choice. First, because Sunday was a huge snow storm, and second because the food and service were excellent, and it was a wonderful place to sit for a while and enjoy the food and company. We've been here before, and really like the view, the menu, the decor, the whole deal. We had a party of six, some had breakfast, some had lunch, and all was very good. Service attentive and thorough (I think his name was Hunter), and we had a very nice, relaxed time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food & Service
    ChristopherVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This was my second lunch at Willow Creek Restaurant. I met a celebrity PBS chef there for a business meeting. We were both impressed with quality of food and service. The weather was beautiful and we noticed Eagles soaring over the lake. Breathtaking!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous view!
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This restaurant has the most scenic view of anyplace I've been in the Rockies. The food and service are excellent. Every time we go to Evergreen, we make sure to eat at Willow Creek!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    woody
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Outstanding food and service, we would recommend it to anyone who loves great food.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food
    Denver2828
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Wonderful journey out of Denver to enjoy fantastic food and a wonderful scenery! I have never been disappointed!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely lunch
    Mari
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    A lovely place for lunch. Good food and friendly service. Great patio on warm days.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Great service, beautiful view of Evergreen Lake and absolutely fantastic food! I can't wait to go again!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sweet mountain eatery
    DawnVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    This is a fabulous place for locals to have a great dinner or visitors from Denver to take a drive for Sunday brunch. The menu is creative and tasty. Willow Creek overlooks Evergreen lake, and we cannot wait to come back when the weather is warm and sit out on their deck.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic as always!
    VespaGirlVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We love going to Willow Creek, it is one of our favorite restaurants. And as usual, Willow Creek did not disappoint. The fish specials were amazing - wonderfully prepared and flavorful. Willow Creek makes an effort to always provide fresh specials in addition to their seasonal menu, so there is always something new to try. The staff are so friendly and helpful, from the hostess, to the server, to the owner - they all make you you feel incredibly welcome. The location and scenery is the best in Evergreen, as the restaurant overlooks the lake. We are looking forward to warmer weather again so that we can enjoy dinning back out on their patio! Five stars all the way for another wonderful meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic all around!
    NHemmer
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We tried Willow Creek for a date night this past weekend and had the most fantastic experience! We were seated away from a window but still had a fantastic view of the lake and the restaurant was so charming. There was even a herd of elk that came by and were playing in the lake during dinner. Our waiter was wonderful and gave us great recommendations. I had the rabbit dish and it exceeded expectations. We will definitely be going back when the weather gets warmer so we can try the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wine pairing provides variety
    DianeS
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    We frequent the WC often and appreciate the restaurants effort to provide variety and reliability of good quality dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressive first visit
    MoakleymanVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    First, the owner and her staff made us feel at home. Our waitress was fun, but professional and efficient. The wine list is a great read with very reasonable prices. How often do you find a Petit Chablis on the menu? The mussels and cockles appetizer was superb...watch the salt...and so were the braised rabbit papardelles. The trout preparation was unusual. A most enjoyable evening!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great!
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I have had many dinners here, both inside and on the deck overlooking the Sea of Evergreen. New Years Eve was especially good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Every meal we have had has
    Sarah
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Every meal we have had has been excellent! Brunch, romantic valentines day to special birthday celebrations we have always had an excellent meal, great service and atmosphere. We recommend all the time to others!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very good restaurant with
    Marshdinning1
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    A very good restaurant with views of Evergreen Lake from most of the tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Irresistable Food and Scenic View
    friends4dining
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Loved the location and the quiet romantic feel. The wine list was very inviting and the food was absolutely some of the best we have tasted for long time. The roasted beet salad was so crisp and delicious. We are looking forward to returning during warmer weather and having a meal on the irresistible patio overlooking Evergreen Lake. We discovered Willow Creek while looking at the list for restaurant week and a birthday celebration. The food, service and atmosphere way surpassed our expectations !!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5280
    Dray
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Date night for Restaurant Week and it was a hit! Friendly and attentive staff, prompt seating, great food and atmosphere. The Trout was amazing, Owner came by to say hi and she was very personable. Looking forward to revisiting in the Spring/Summer so we can try other menu options and check out the patio!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evergreen gem
    wyrdoc
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Overlooking Evergreen Lake, this is a wonderful place to enjoy a relaxed gourmet meal. The nice restaurant week menu was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evergreen Gem
    FredB
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    We found Willow Creek Restaurant in the Denver Restaurant Week Website. And we are DELIGHTED we did!! From the BIG smile on the gracious hostess as we walked in to the outstanding service from our waiter, Hunter (be sure to ask for him), to the personal visit by Christopher (owner) to the last BIG smile and "have a safe trip home" from the young lady buser as we were leaving it was perfect . For restaurant week (extendied to March 8) three very tasty courses for $30 and an excellent well-chosen (and long) wine list. Menu changes almost daily responding to available ingredients. All in all, this restaurant, reviewed by USA Today as one of the "TOP TEN Places in the US to eat House Made Pastas," is an excellent choice. Try them and enjoy!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and friendly service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    We tried out this restaurant for Restaurant Week. We will definitely come back as our experience was terrific. Our server, Linda, was friendly and provided very good service. After salads (which were fine), we shared a bowl of mussels and cockles. Loved it and also loved sopping down the sauce with their bread. I was pretty stuffed by now (thanks, bread!) but found room for the beef duet with perfectly seared beef and a yummy pinot noir sauce followed by the Triple Delight dessert. Would come back just to try out other desserts. I came away VERY full and extremely pleased with the entire experience. The hubs had their rigatoni and sausage which he liked alot, but agreed that my beef dish was the hit of the night along with dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love Willow Creek
    Evergreenite
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    This is a great place to celebrate a special occasion but also nice to meet friends after work. Especially in the summer on the patio. I had the Risotto with puree of beet from the Restaurant Week menu. It was sooo good. The wait staff and owners have always been friendly and we have always had excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    rozili
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    We went for restaurant week with friends. We had an excellent time, the food was fantastic and the service was just perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great but .....
    WaldoNow
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The food and service was great, but going on a Saturday during restaurant week was probably a bad idea. Our party of 4 was put at a table for 2. Seriously, the 2-tops around us were the exact same table. It was the only sour note to the evening, but I do put some of the blame on the cause-and-effect of restaurant week. We will go back this summer and spend some time on the deck!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place - Great food/consistent
    DateNightVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Beautiful little restaurant with nice views of Evergreen Lake. Nice deck for summertime too. Not a large menu, but great variety and have never been disappointed. Brunch menu is very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • romantic
    calvin
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I took my girlfriend here on valentines day and it was great. The atmosphere was very romantic and our waiter (Michael) was extremely hospitable and friendly. The food came in a 3 course menu with a variety of options, all of which sounded delicious. The food itself was out of this world, and the wine selection is prefect for those who know their wine. The restaurant was right next to Evergreen lake, and although it was dark out one could tell that during the day/afternoon it would be a very beautiful sight. Amazing on all levels!!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth thr trip to Evergreen
    hungryinIndy
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    My husband and I had dinner at Willow Creek during a recent visit to Colorado. This family owned restaurant is worth the trip to Evergreen. The staff was friendly and our server, Sierra, was pleasant, and knowledgeable about the menu. The pace of the meal was perfect. The dishes were served in a timely manner and we were not rushed. We tried the abalone appetizer with stir fried vegetables in a sauce with a hint of wasabi, and the braised rabbit pasta entree. Both dishes were delicious! The ambiance was relaxing and we had a beautiful view of Evergreen Lake. We will definitely dine at Willow Creek again on our next trip to Colorado!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special place 4 a special occasion
    DianeS
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    The WC is a destination restaurant that is satisfying in food, service, view, and overall experience. There's a reason reservations are recommended. Don't drive to Evergreen on a weekend night and expect open tables as the WC is an intimate setting w limited bar and table tops. It is refreshing to experience an establishment w staff proud of the organization and genuinely interested in serving their patrons quality. Looking forward to having the WC in a Evergreen for many years to come.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    cjg1
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    We are starting to become regulars. Best location and best cuisine in evergreen. By far!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    Gejolley
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Staff was outstanding, friendly but not overdone. Food was terrific. Setting was spectacular. Would recommend to everyone for all occasions.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • How Did I Miss This Gem?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    I've lived in the area over 35 years and never knew Willow Creek was there. What a find! Everything about this place from the beautiful decor, the bar, the food, the ambience and the service was top shelf! Ask for a table by the window and in the winter watch the skaters on Evergreen Lake! Sit in the Amazing Peter's section and enjoy some of the best service anywhere! Nothing on the menu will disappoint be it the famous Rabbit Pappardelle, the delicious Saint Georges Scallops, the Lemongrass Brick Chicken or one of the chef's evening specials. Don't wait as long as I did to enjoy this beautiful restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    The restaurant was all that I had hoped and the food was wonderful. We live in Lyons and it was worth the drive. We will come there for dinner some night. The waitpersons were great and very friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous New Year's Eve
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    They served a wonderful 4 course dinner with great choices in each course, including foie gras, rabbit, & lobster. I tried eight items and all were wonderful. All the staff was dressed from the 1800s and one sang beautiful songs during dinner. I've been here many times in the past two years and it's always good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Years Eve
    Siudave2000
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Had a 5pm reservation for New Years Eve. Arrived on time, but staff was not quite ready. Once seated our table got lost in the shuffle and waited nearly 30 minutes before we finally got a server. They quickly apologized, comped a couple glasses of wine and were outstanding from there on. Food & ambience was top notch. Even with the hick up they made up for it and would highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hope you're not in a hurry
    MrstatsVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    My wife and I had lunch here after spending some time ice skating at the lake. The service was VERY slow, we waited over 30 mins after we ordered, just for a salad and burger. Prices are also on the high side here, $15 for a burger and $3.50 for an ice tea, where did these come from? The plus side was that the food was actually very tasty, burger wasn't big but cooked perfectly and my wife really enjoyed her salad. Don't think we'll be back however, just too long a wait for lunch and again I would expect a $15 burger in Vegas, not Evergreen, CO.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate