The Dunraven Inn
The Dunraven Inn

The Dunraven Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dunraveninn.com/
  • Phone: 9705866409
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Everyday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Marty Metz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Find us on Facebook for daily updates of weekly events!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: near the YMCA Camp
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Dunraven Inn
The Dunraven Inn is a special place for many people and we hope you will see why. We are especially proud of our staff, many of whom have worked for us for many years. Our goal is to provide great food and service, in a restaurant that is warm and friendly. We offer an extensive wine list that will compliment our food at a good value to you. Any questions you have regarding a wine or pairing a wine to your dinner, please feel free to ask! We have a fully stocked bar and serve many varieties of bottled beer.
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The Dunraven Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
190 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (109)neighborhood gem (89)romantic (61)fit for foodies (58)good for groups (43)notable wine list (38)hot spot (23)kid-friendly (22)scenic view (6)late-night find (5)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (4)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great,as always!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The Dunraven is not only popular with guests to Estes Park, but is also a favorite of local residents. The food is consistently excellent, hosts and servers enjoy their jobs. Creamy garlic salad dressing is the best! Be sure to make a reservation - it fills up fast!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fancy
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We use to visit this restaurant frequently and moved away. We just recently returned to the area and was excited about our meal. The server advised us that the restaurant had been bought out by a new owner since we were last there. The shrimp was so overly breaded that there was no taste of shrimp. Our server offered to return it and bring something else but that meant my husband and I would be eating separately. The spaghetti was dry with very little sauce and my husbands lasagna was a clump of cheese and very little meat. NOT THE QUALITY that was always present with the previous owners!! Certainly would never return!!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Scallops
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The scallops were excellent. The sauce is a little rich (for my taste) so I recommend having your side be the bed of angel hair pasta so that they're not sitting in the bowl of sauce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Possibly the best dining experience we've ever had. The owner and his staff went out of their way to make our anniversary dinner a special one. The service was excellent, as was the food. We will be recommending it to everyone and certainly will return in the future.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    KSDog
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Awesome location, food & service. Advance reservations are recommended. Amazing service & selection of entrees. Cute little restaurant with lots of character & great wine list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I wasn't expecting this good!
    DiningDave
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our dining experiences in Estes Park had been comical based on the service staff. The Dunraven service staff was exceptional and friendly. You could watch the staff in action and tell that they were on task with no confusion. We went into to the main dining room which was warm and charming. (request seating in here) The food was wonderful...I had been craving Lasagna and it was very good. I also got the upgrade seasonal salad and it was awesome. My wife had the shrimp scampi and loved the large shrimps. For dessert, we ordered the carrot cake and it was incredible!! It was large enough for four people. I give them an A+ on both food and service!!! They've got it going on at Dunraven!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Italian food and wine
    WyoDiner
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The Dunraven Inn has consistently been among my favorites for Italian food, and their wine list is extensive and moderately priced. I have eaten there most years for the past 15 or so and it's service and food can't be beat. You might not want to sit in the cramped back room with a table full of college kids next to you, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Came back again.
    Jeffry13
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We last visited Estes Park about 6 years ago and we had to come back. The dollar bills in the walls and the atmosphere were nice. The service was top notch, very efficient waiters kept the water glasses full. Nice menu, some things were a bit pricy. I had he Alfredo and it ws a strong basil garlic flavor, a bit much for me. The meatballs were exceptional and you could order a small serving. I will come back when I return to RMNP.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Every time I am in Estes Park I make sure and eat at the Dunraven. The food is excellent, the wine list is well thought out (if small) and the oprices are very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Badly overrated.
    Bevolives
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Very noisy and crowded. Food was very over seasoned. Chef seems to love garlic and oregano. Even the potato-mushroom soup contained oregano. Ordered meatball and Italian sausage spaghetti. Sausage was extremely undercooked. Couldn't cut through the casing. Questioned the sausage, chef said it was supposed to be pink inside. Not a good meal.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great seafood in the mountains
    FarndogVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Dun raven is located outside Estes Park and we were on vacation a few years ago and stopped - it was so good we went back the next night. Knowing I was going to be In the area, we had to go back. So glad we did, The scallops appetizer and halibut special were fantastic - others had steaks and both were ver good. Hope to be back again before too long.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Suebelle
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Charming old restaurant, decorated with a sense of humour! I had Italian...delicious....my spouse , shrimp and stake! Very interesting bar menu, especially if you like your martini infused with pineapple. Great dining experience. Would recommend!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Bad, for Estes Park
    Peter
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Unfortunately Estes Park has a dirth of decent restaurants. Dunraven was probably the best meal we had during a long weekend stay, but it wasn't perfect. The service was good, and the menu held some promise. I would say that the quality of the ingredients was good, but the cooking left something to be desired. My steak was well-done when I asked for medium, and the shrimp scampi was overcooked as well. The salad was edible but a bit limp. And the deserts were uninpiring. Again, this is about as good as you get in Estes, so if you find yourself there, this is a decent bet. Book a reservation if you are going to arrive around 6 as it gets busy at that time. Go later and you probably won't have a problem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good food but too noisy!
    elliebethmv
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Open Table only lets you rate the noise level as quiet to energetic. I'd call the noise level here "almost deafening." Maybe it was just the night but the tables are very close together and there were a lot of large parties. Other than the noise level, we loved this place. The drinks were excellent, the food was great and the staff attentive.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Our server Luke was very knowledgeable, fun atmosphere, good wine and cocktail options.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Been going here for 37 years!
    WeRfoodies
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We never come to Estes Park without dining at the Dunraven. It is a family and business favorite. Food is always excellent, service wonderful and menu extensive. Nice combo of classic Italian with steaks and seafood entrees as well. Something for everyone. Unique atmosphere in the bar area with two nice dining rooms. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our haunts when we visit
    Marcia
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We have been coming here for 25 years whenever we are in Estes Park. You will get a lot of food, so go hungry. It's not groundbreaking, but is a good value. The walls are don't-miss.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance Plus
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The Dunraven is our favorite restaurant. They offer a wide variety of entrees served by the best wait staff in Estes Park. And although it may be tucked away in the Rocky Mountains, their fresh seafood is flown in daily. Try their scallops... they'll melt in your mouth. Don't visit Estes without spending an evening at the Dunraven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BillG
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food and service was outstanding! The restaurant is very noisy! We sat at a very small table. Our server had difficulty having enough room to set down our entrees. If you do not like crowded or very noisy restaurants, you should not go to The Dunraven Inn.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner!
    Fortyniner
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Went here to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Both of us had fresh fish. The wild caught salmon was delicious. The halibut was absolutely wonderful. Unlike many restaurants, the portions are just right.They gave us a dessert to split. Definotely would go here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    mamarita
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Have eaten at Dunn raven in many times. Over the past 40 years. You NEVER disappoint. Love the food, service was great. We'll be back! !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than I remembered
    happyhobos
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had been there many years ago. Found it to be noisy, crowded, basic good food. This time chose to make an early reservation (4:30pm) found it quiet, intimate, great food, wonderful wine choice and the server was SUPERB! Best service we have ever had. We had an antipasto (high quality), soup (mushroom) - very good, and we shared a dinner of mushroom tortellini. Still took home to go bags. We chose the 14 hands wine (very excellent). Definitely will return and recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Resraurant!
    Date2night
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Greating from hostess was welcoming, our server was very good also. The food was fantastic and portions were well worth the price. We will deffinately be returning to dine there and would recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Dunraven
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My wife and love to frequent the Dunraven everytime we come to Estes. The food is really the best in town and by far the best for Italian in the area. The scene at the Bar and in the main Dining room are very unique and make you feel very welcome and warm!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • vacation in Estes park
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This restaraunt had high ratings and the scallops and chocolate cake for dessert were fantastic. However the prime rib fell short of our expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderous
    dvanpelt
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have yet to eat at a restaurant in Estes Park that we didn't like. However, like all people we have our favorites for one reason or another. Dunraven is our favorite. Whether it is the ambiance, the fact they remember us from year to year, the excellent service or the $ bills on the wall you won't go wrong with this restaurant. (:
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!!
    Deb14
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our steak was cooked perfectly, the Bernaise sauce was to die for and the service was outstanding
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dunraven Anniversary
    Deniwaitewantingromance1
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great food. Great martini. Too close for comfort. Noisy. Our 26th anniversary and we were placed in an area with high traffic and lots of noise. I probably would not recommend this for a romantic special occasion, but for family dinning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Was OK, nothing special
    PBJ10
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    You Really need a reservation as they are extremely busy. Seems to be a neighborhood favorite. The staff was very friendly and prompt. The food was good but not exceptional. Portions were to large, need to be able to doggy bag it. Only really complaint I would have is the very high noise level and the tables are to close together.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dunraven Estes Park
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We go there every year when on vacation in Estes Park, CO. My favorite is the calamari maranera. the atmosphere is wonderful with great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mostly very good, make reservations
    fussydiner5
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had a very good meal here with the notable exception of the eggplant, which was not thin-sliced as described on the menu, and simply not good. However the waiter promptly acknowledged that the person at the table found it unacceptable and offered to replace it. Then only put the eggplant on the bill, not the more expensive substitute. The Alfredo was unremarkable, but it is hard to make it otherwise. Everything else was VERY good, including the fish. The place is loud/noisy, but we knew that going in, so not an issue. We'd definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • leslie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We have been going to this restaurant over many years and it is always consistently good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We have been to the dunraven inn many times. Table was great. We had asked for a quieter spot in our request and they handled. Most of the food was underwhelming. We have always liked before but this time was just disappointing. Eggplant (usually good) was tough and bitter. Waitress nice enough but not very tuned in. Will certainly go again because this is one of our traditions.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening
    Corky
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Wonderful Italian food, very friendly people, excellent service and they don't rush you. I can't think of a better place for an occasion or a wonderful evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Gathering
    LoveToHike
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Dunraven accommodated us when we needed to change the reservation at the last minute, to a later start time. We arrived and they sat us promptly. Service was prompt and efficient, with no rush to get us out of there. Perfect for a family gathering and birthday celebration. Food was excellent, with an excellent mix of subtle flavors. We like to cook and I hate going to restaurants that serve dishes we can produce at home. I was not disappointed with our choice for an evening celebration. We had 8 people at the table, each getting a different dish, all unique. It was a wonderful time of sharing dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quality of food was not there
    Texasgirl
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This restaurant came recommended by a friend but the food quality was very poor. The breadsticks were hard, the salad came straight from a bag, the service was very slow and it was very loud inside. I would not dine here again on a repeat visit to Estes Park.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Time for a remodel... seriously!
    nannerv
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Ok... I am thrilled that Estes Park is thriving this summer after the devastating floods... But... now I look everywhere and see places like the Dunraven as lazy! I see it all over Estes....There are many businesses that could provide better... and not just count on the tourists that may never come back. I want to want to come back.... I'm not sure if the great food was worth the rest.... It's time to give the customers the ambiance or at least a little better environment to enjoy the great food! The food is amazing and felt it was worth every penny.... The wait staff is also the best! .... but why should I sit in a dirty ugly place for that?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great local place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The Dunraven is popular year round with locals as well as summer visitors. They do a great job!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice meal out
    Peajay
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    When staying in Estes Park we generally make our own meals at the cabin but like to have one nice meal out. This was our second time at The Dunraven Inn and it was just as good as the first time! Knowing it would be busy, we made reservations and were seated as soon as we arrived. The place was very busy which made it very loud. We were able to have conversation without the need to raise our voices but the server did have to lean in to hear us when she took our orders. The Bubbly Pomitini and Mona's Martini were very tasty! I had the Tortelloni and it was heavenly! My husband had the sirloin and it was cooked just right. I was a little disappointed in the Tiramisu-I've had better at chain restaurants. Overall it was a wonderful meal!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it!
    Pete
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Awesome service every time we go! Had a couple great bottles of wine. Reminds me of great Italian dining we used to enjoy in upstate NY.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.